12. January 2017
An impressive line up of talent for MARC Cars Australia's entry for this years Bathurst 12 Hour. Australian Formula Ford Champion Leanne Tander, Australian Formula 4 and Toyota 86 Series Champion Will Brown, Australian Production Car Champion Beric Lynton and Australian GT Trophy MARC Cars class winner Jake Camilleri are amongst the strong group of drivers spread through the six entries. British Touring Car Championship frontrunner Jeff Smith, Dunlop Series runner Bryce Fullwood, Third generation racer Aaron Seton, F4 ace Nick Rowe and two-time Bathurst 12 Hour winner Rod Salmon are also featured amongst the list, that includes a host of MARC Cars’ regular competitors. Each combination is likely to be a contender for the Invitational class this February.Continue reading...
10. January 2017
Day Two of the 2017 North American International Auto Show from the Cobb Centre in Detroit and the focus is on pick-ups and SUVs. A familiar brand name returns to Ford, Audi unveil a new crossover concept and the US names it's Cars of the Year. It's all here thanks to the team at AutoNews.com WATCH AUTONEWS FROM NAIASContinue reading...
7. January 2017
The #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan will be starting on pole for the 4 Hours of Buriram, the penultimate round of the Asian Le Mans Series. The best lap in LMP3 was set by the #26 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JSP3, their second pole of the season. The GT class pole sitter, the #37 Team BBT Ferrari 488 GT3 also claimed their 2nd pole position of the season. Team NZ and PS Racing will start on pole in their respective classes, GT Am and CN. The hot and humid weather in Buriram is quite a change from the fresh mountain air in Fuji, but the teams and cars are handling it well. Both free practice sessions went by smoothly, one on Friday and one on Saturday morning, letting the drivers get (re)acquainted with the track. The #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan was quickest overall out of both sessions, but the other three LMP2 cars were not far off the pace. In LMP3, the Ligier JSP3 and the Ginetta LMP3 all put in good performances, with the #26 setting the quickest free practice lap in FP2 Saturday morning. The GT class saw strong performances from the two FIST-Team AAI BMW M6 GT3, #90 and #91, but also from the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Team BBT, Spirit of Race and DH Racing. The GT and GT Am qualifying was the first of the two qualifying sessions that took place Saturday afternoon. The top spot was strongly contested, and in the end went to Alessandro Pier Guidi who put a lap of 1:31.858 in the #37 Team BBT Ferrari 488 GT3, the 2nd consecutive pole for the car. Rui Aguas in the #38 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 was second quickest, setting his best time of 1:31.889 as he crossed the session’s chequered flag. Third quickest was Tom Blomqvist in the #90 FIST-Team AAI BMW M6 GT3 with a lap of 1:31.972. The top eight cars are within a second of the pole sitter, which predicts close racing to come.Continue reading...
5. January 2017
Australia’s Chris Atkinson will compete in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross series (GRC) after signing a deal to join Subaru. The deal sees Atkinson become the first ever Australian to compete full time in the series that has captured the attention of fans across the globe with its high octane, action-packed racing format. The former World Rally Championship star is excited by his newest assignment which will see him move from the remote forest stages and into the arena, racing toe-to-toe with 12 other 600bhp Global Rallycross cars. Rallycross was once hugely popular in Australia at tracks like Calder Park and Catalina with Australian racing icons including Peter Brock and Colin Bond regulars on the scene. This form of motorsport is making a powerful resurgence with a huge rise in popularity, especially to a younger audience with a strong online presence via RedBull.TV. After a positive 2016, which saw Atkinson compete in the final four GRC events with Subaru Rally Team USA, the Gold Coast-based racer will make his full time debut with the squad in April.Continue reading...
7. December 2016
Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA, December 7 —RMITV Student Television and In Pit Lane are delighted to announce that for the third year running they shall be live-streaming the Australasian Formula SAE competition from Melbourne's Calder Park on December 9 - 11. And thanks to the support of RMIT University, the 2016 event will be bigger and better than ever. The action starts Friday December 9 with the design and static competition which will feature on a special edition of In Pit Lane at 3:30PM Melbourne time.Continue reading...
4. December 2016
The #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP2 Nissan will start from pole for the 2nd round of the Asian Le Mans Series, The 4 Hours of Fuji. Andrea Pizzitola’s lap time of 1:32.646 placed the team at the head of the 27 strong field. The #26 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JSP3 took the LMP3 class pole, and the #37 Team BBT Ferrari 488 GT3 will be on pole in the GT class. The results in both free practice sessions were quite varied and predict a close race ahead, with Free Practice 1 seeing the top 4 within 0.262 seconds! The #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan topped the first two-hour session on Friday afternoon with a best lap of 1:34.486 and the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP2 Nissan topped Free Practice 2 with a lap of 1:33.523.Continue reading...
21. August 2016
An incredible day of racing for day one of the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion with close racing, great weather and thankfully few incidents Sunday see the final day of action with the highlight the appearance of classic Formula One cars of the 1970’s.
The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. In addition to the entertaining on-track action, there are always engaging autograph opportunities with legendary drivers, Q&A sessions, and fine wine and cheese tastings among the myriad activities.
Saturday’s action kicks off Monday morning at 5:30 AM Australian Eastern Time so you’ve got time to catch some action before the trip to the office.
Better still call in sick and catch it all right here…
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...