25. June 2016
Only one week on from an unforgettable Le Mans 24 Hour race, top flight sports car endurance racing continues in France this weekend with the running of the Paul Ricard 1000km. The fifth round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series, the 1000 kilometre race marks the halfway point of the championship. Even though plenty of drivers and teams use the six-hour race in the south of France as a dress rehearsal for the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the points on offer make the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km an appointment not to be missed. After winning the previous round of the Blancpain GT Series at Silverstone, Maxi Buhk and Dominik Baumann now enjoy a healthy lead of 13 points in the driver standings. The nearest competitor of the #84 AMG-Team HTP Motorsport pairing - who will again be joined by Jazeman Jaafar - is McLaren-stalwart Rob Bell. Bell - winner at Monza - had a rather disappointing home round at Silverstone, but together with New Zealand Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen and Côme Ledogar, the Briton is determined to get a good result for the #58 Garage 59 McLaren. Those two driver trios also dominate the standings in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, with the Mercedes drivers having a 11-point lead over the McLaren drivers. Belgian duo Fred Vervisch and Laurens Vanthoor are third in both classifications, but with 33 points up for grabs in the six-hour race, the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT-drivers could turn that situation around by claiming a win in Le Castellet. Not that such a feat will be easy. With 27 cars in the Overall category, the top class of the Blancpain GT Series enjoys its biggest entry since the start of the season, making the Saturday evening race (start at 6 pm, finish at midnight) an even tougher challenge. Black Falcon brings the #00 Mercedes-AMG for Bernd Schneider, Yelmer Buurman and Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal. Not a trio of drivers that will be happy just making up the numbers. There is an extra HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG and German squad SPS automotive-performance has another three-pointed star GT3 machine on the grid as well. At the wheel of the #80 car will be German trio of Valentin Pierburg, Lance David Arnold and former FIA GT1 driver Alex Müller.Continue reading...
25. June 2016
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has become not only one of the world motorsport's iconic events , it has become a popular part of the British Social calendar along with the Ascot Horse Races, Wimbledon, The opening day of a Test match at Lords and Conservative Party kinky sex parties. This year's Festival features a tribute to BMW which will include Australia's Tony Longhurst back behind the wheel of his BMW Super Tourer plus classic BMW powered F1 cars and Le Mans racers. While the competitive hillclimb up Lord March's driveway isn't really the big deal here, it's still fun watching all those classic cars and bikes in action once again. Having been to Goodwood in the past, it's one of those events you really only need to do once, unlike Le Mans where I'd be happy to go every year, but if you haven't been then it really should be added to the bucket list. Anyway if you can't get there the good news is the entire event is streamed live and you can watch it all right here:Continue reading...
24. June 2016
David Gelb is the highly respected filmmaker behind the award winning documentary "JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI" and the current Netflix hit series "CHEF'S TABLE". He has now turned his attention from food to fast cars with "A FASTER HORSE" a rare look behind the scenes at the creation of Ford's newest incarnation of its most iconic performance car The Mustang. "A Faster Horse" looks at the car's design and development with unprecedented behind the scenes access to some of Ford's most secretive production and testing areas. I had the chance to catch up with David to ask him about the film and the place of the Mustang in American popular culture. You can hear that interview here:Continue reading...
19. June 2016
Just when you thought that Australia couldn't possibly have any more new motorsport categories comes the introduction of TA2. Based on the popular USA second level Trans Am category the new class has been born and bred in Queensland where they do things a little differently. The TA2 formula has been a success in the USA and has now also spread to Europe and South America. Designed as a cost effective alternative to top level Trans-Am cars, TA2 feature a control engine, chassis, suspension, tyres and bodywork. All TA2 bodies must be either a Ford Mustang, a Chevrolet Camaro or a Dodge Challenger. from approved manufacturers. Fields in the USA have grown to the point where the class now features it's own standalone race attracting as many as 40 cars. TA2 Racing Australia hit the track for the first time with a demonstration held at Queensland Raceway during the Shannons 2 Days of Thunder meeting on June 11-12.Continue reading...
18. June 2016
If you’re hoping to catch some action from Le Mans and you don’t have pay TV or the WEC app then you’re either restricted to unreliable and illegal streams or you can follow the race via Radio Le Mans and some of the legal in-car coverage from the following teams: LMP1 Porsche Team #1 Porsche […]Continue reading...
18. June 2016
Former World Sportscar Champion and 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Martin Brundle posted the fastest time in the red flag interrupted qualifying session for the first ever Road To Le Mans race. Brundle had posted a 3m55.748s lap in the LMP3 class United Autosports Ligier-Nissan, the car his son Alex races in the European Le Mans Series. The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup grid was headed by the no88 Mentos Racing Porsche 911 of Norwegian driver Egidio Perfetti who set a 4m04.494 lap. The green flag was waved to start the qualifying session on a dry track dry and an air temperature of 17.7 degrees. The no66 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini of Joe Twyman was given a black and orange flag for loose bodywork at the start of the session. The session was interrupted after 15 minutes when the no24 Oak Racing Ligier of Pierre Nicolet went off into the barriers at Zone 6 and double yellow flags soon became a red flag as debris was spread across the track. WATCH THE RACE LIVE FROM LE MANS HERE...Continue reading...
6. May 2016
The promise of straight-line speed for the new Toyota’s that was hinted at Silverstone has realise in early running for this weekend’s Spa 6 Hour Race, Round Two of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The new Toyota TS 050 HYBRID made it a 1-2 sweep of Free Practice 2. Kazuki Nakajima’s time of 1m58.556s heads teammate Stephane Sarrazin’s 1m58.711s around the famous Belgian circuit with Porsche third and fourth.
However the Porsches still set the quickest time of the day with a 1:58.012 by Brendon Hartley.
It was a tough day for Audi as No.7 driven by Marcel Fassler in fifth and the No.8 R18 failing to take part after technical problems.
20. November 2015
Markus Pommer edged out provisional pole position man Felix Rosenqvist in final practice for the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Friday, as he produced the fastest lap of the event so far.
The Motopark driver moved to the top of the timesheets just past the halfway point of the 40-minute session, and then set about delivering a series of quicker laps to produce the fastest time of 2m11.103 seconds in the closing minute.
SJM Theodore Racing by Prema’s Rosenqvist, who had been fastest overall in first qualifying, could not quite match his German rival, who was particularly strong in the second sector.
But, after ending up 0.321 seconds behind, Rosenqvist is still well placed to defend his top spot in the afternoon’s final qualifying session.
Van Amersfoort Racing’s Charles Leclerc, who briefly topped the timesheets early on, ended up third quickest ahead of Carlin’s Antonio Giovinazzi, whose team had fixed the brake problem that ended his qualifying run early on Thursday.
Prema’s Lance Stroll recovered from an incident at the Melco Hairpin, where he had run straight on in to the barriers, to set the fifth fastest time as he continued to build up his pace on his first visit to Macau.Continue reading...
23. October 2015
Popular Touring Car Masters and Australian GT driver Keith Kassulke is in a serious condition in the Alfred Hospital after a fiery crash in practice for this weekend’s Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships at Phillip Island.
Mr Kassulke was air-lifted to Melbourne’s Alfred hospital after suffering significant burns.
He was driving his Ascari KZ1R GT3 for this weekend’s Victorian Sportscar Championship final round.
An enthusiastic part time racer, he is also a regular on the International long distance Sports Car racing scene, most recently driving in Ryan McLeod’s Queensland-built Focus V8s in the Creventic series.
He recently scored a class victory in the Dubai 24 Hour.
Kassulke also drives a fast XB Falcon Coupe in the popular Touring Car Masters.
CAMS has commenced an investigation into the incident.
Keith and the Ascari were a featured story on In Pit Lane last year and the thoughts of all our cast and crew go out to Keith and his family at this very difficult time.
19. September 2015
The tension continues to build in the ADAC GT Masters title chase. On the penultimate race weekend of the season at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, championship leaders Sebastian Asch (29, DEU) and Luca Ludwig (26, DEU/both Team Zakspeed) in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG are coming under intense pressure from their two closest pursuers driving a Porsche and a BMW respectively. In qualifying at Zandvoort, the main rivals of the Mercedes-Benz duo for the 2015 title shared out the two pole positions between themselves. First place on the grid for Saturday´s race went to Martin Ragginger (27, AUT) who is supporting the challenge of second-placed Klaus Bachler (24, AUT/both GW IT Racing Team Schütz Motorsport), his co-driver in the Porsche 911. On Sunday, it will be the turn of third-placed Jens Klingmann (25, DEU) and Dominik Baumann (22, AUT/both BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert) in their BMW Z4 to start from the front. “The cooler weather conditions are helping us here,” said Ragginger. “If it stays this way, we have a good chance of converting the pole into a victory.” Ludwig and Asch go into the two races on the former F1 circuit in the North Sea dunes from grid positions three and nine respectively.
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24. August 2015
Lewis Hamilton has started the second half of the season with a dominant win over teammate Nico Rosberg at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton nailed his start under the new clutch regulations while the field behind him bunched up at the first turn.
The championship leader, who stretched his advantage to 28 points over Rosberg with the collection of another Mercedes one-two finish, survived a temporary scare when Sergio Perez passed him down the Kemmel straight, but the Briton wrested the place back in the second sector before streaking away in the lead.
“For me, an amazing weekend,” said Hamilton. “Today was a dream. The whole weekend the car was fantastic.
“Again, an incredible job done by the team throughout the whole weekend.
“Nico obviously had good pace, but I was able to answer most of the time.”
Rosberg dropped down to fifth place, letting Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas jump him over the line, cutting his work out for him.Continue reading...
23. November 2014
Sam Bird cruised to victory in the 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25 points and clinch his maiden ePrix win. Bird dedicated his win to former GP2 team-mate Jules Bianchi, who […]Continue reading...