17. July 2016
A drama filled qualifying session for Round 3 of the European Le Mans Series in Austria saw pole position claimed by the Panis Barthez Competition Ligier-Nissan of Paul Loup Chatin, with the LMP3 sister car of Simon Gachet on class pole as well. The LMGTE pole went to ELMS debutant Matteo Cairoli, the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Italia champion posting the fastest time in class to take the car’s first pole of the season and the second for the Proton Competition team. LMGTE were out on track first and Cairoli was fighting with Andrea Bertolini in the no66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari, Alessandro Pier Guidi in the AT Racing Ferrari and Marco Cioci in the no51 AF Corse Ferrari. At the end of the 10 minute session Cairoli held a slim 0.121s advantage over Bertolini in second and 0.167s Pier Guidi in third. WATCH THE RACE LIVE...Continue reading...
16. July 2016
The Australian combination of George Miedecke and Ash Walsh will start from position seven in this afternoon's first race of the GT Asia round at Fuji Speedway. Being that it's Fuji, chances are that there will be rain so an entertaining afternoon of viewing I would think. The experienced driver pairing of Richard Lyons and Frank Yu will start the race from pole in their Craft Bamboo Porsche GT3R ahead of the Ferrari 488 of Davide Rizzo and Anthony Liu. The Ferrari pair currently lead the driver pointscore after six rounds. Third on the grid is another Ferrari for Carlo Van Dam and Piti Bhirombhakdi with the Phoenix Racing entry of Alex Yoong and Alex Au the first of the Audi runners in fourth. Conditions were wet for the first session so should the rain continue the times should be a good indication of wet track form. Australian driver Jonathan Venter will be looking for a return to form this weekend in his Craft Bamboo Bentley. Venter won the opening round of the series in Korea but since then a run of misfortune has seen him fall back to 12th place in the championship pack. WATCH LIVE...Continue reading...
14. July 2016
Formula Student (SAE) is always one of our favourite events, we have been fortunate enough to cover the Australasian event for more than a decade with the last two years streaming live from Melbourne's Calder Park. The Australasian event is one of many around the world and one of the biggest is Formula Student UK at Silverstone. Traditionally held the week after the British Grand Prix the Silverstone event attracts a huge entry from all over the world, Australia will be represented by the all conquering team from Monash University. The outer Melbourne University has dominated local competition with their "winged wonder" but they will have their hands full up against some of the biggest and best University teams in the world. Not that the Aussies dont have a chance, in fact RMIT University have taken the competition on two occasions. But the quality of international entries, especially among the electric teams, is of an extraordinary standard with many teams featuring substantial technical backing from major European manufacturers. The 2016 Silverstone event is being streamed live this year so if you'd like to see one of the most entertaining and innovative motorsport events then check out the action right here. And remember to follow In Pit Lane on both Facebook and Twitter for news about Formula SAE Australasia 2016 in December.Continue reading...
9. July 2016
We had just wrapped up what sadly was to be our final interview with the great Peter Brock when the kernel of a plan was hatched. As per usual we were talking about all manner of things with Brocky, who was far from a one dimensional petrolhead. We had talked art, the environment, politics and cricket when I turned the topic back towards motorsport. "You know that the BMW that you raced at Le Mans in 76 is now eligible for the Le Mans Classic?" I said. Brock's face immediately lit up, and his voice went up a good octave as he excitedly said. "Oh my God, I know who has the car! Wouldn't it be great to go back there in that car, in those colors and race there again."Continue reading...
3. July 2016
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup leaders Enzo Ide and Christopher Mies will start from pole for tonight's main sprint race at the Nurburgring after a win in the qualifying race. The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT-drivers held off the #58 Garage 59 McLaren of polesitter Alvaro Parente and Rob Bell, while René Rast and Will Stevens took their first podium in the #28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT R8. The Pro-Am win went to the #11 Kessel Racing Ferrari of Michal Broniszewski and Giacomo Piccini, while GRT Lamborghini-duo Luca Stolz and Michele Beretta took another Silver Cup win. In the Am Cup the championship leaders Lemeret and Sdanewitsch added another win to their tally. WATCH THE MAIN RACE LIVE FROM THE NURBURGRINGContinue reading...
2. July 2016
BMW drivers Tim Leahey and Beric Lynton have taken victory in race one at Sydney Motorsport Park after an intense late race battle with fellow Class A entrants Luke Searle/Paul Morris in a BMW M135i. The result – which also saw them claim the Class A victory – went down to the wire in the shortened race, with the BMW eventually taking out the victory despite ABS issues earlier in the race and the need to hustle earlier in the day to replace a fractured boost pipe following qualifying. "About lap 7 the ABS turned off and under one of the safety cars I reset the car and got it back for a lap or two, and then it went away again." said Lynton. "We reset the car again when Tim got in and he didn’t have a issue after that, which was great as otherwise he certainly wouldn’t have been able to do what he did. He drove the tyres off it to catch Luke and get past him, and then they had a great race.... I would like to say we are confident for tomorrow.” Third outright and taking the victory for Class B were Grant and Iain Sherrin #1 Sherrin Racing BMW135i, with Grant having lead the field in the early stages of the race. Rounding out the top five were the entries of Mark Eddy and Dean Fiore – who didn’t let the fact they were lacking a windscreen in their Class A #2 Network Clothing Audi TT RS stop them from storming through from 18th on the grid – and Tony Alford and Stu Kostera. Kostera had earlier lead the race in the Class A Donut King BMW Audi TT RS after a lightening start from the second row. Sixth and last on the lead lap was the Rick Bates/Bob Pearson Class A #33 Pro-Duct Mitsubishi Evo 10, who finished ahead of the Class I Kyle Alford/Aaron Seton Donut King BMW1M – birthday boy Seton lead outright for a large chunk of the race before pitting from the lead on lap 41. Eighth was Mark Griffith and Rod Salmon in the Class A Skwirk Mitsubishi Evo, while ninth and the Class C victory went to the Doug Westwood/Chad Parrish Falcon Fire BMW. Rounding out the top 10 were Colin Osborne and Hadrian Morrall in the Class C Osborne Motorsport Renault Megane, while 11th and the Class D victory went to father and daughter outfit Carly and Barry Black in the Gosford European Car Services Renault Clio. In Class E, the win went to Liam Thompson and Alexandra Best from 12th outright, in the Lauren Gray Motorsport Toyota Echo.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...