23. November 2015
Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard celebrated being crowned the 2015 FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Champions after a thrilling 6 Hours of Bahrain. Driving the No.17 Porsche 919 Hybrid, the trio finished in fifth position after recovering from technical problems which saw them lose nine laps to the leaders for visits to the pits. With the sister No.18 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas winning the race ahead of the No.7 Audi Sport Team Joest car of André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoit Tréluyer, it ensured that the No.17 Porsche drivers enjoyed a five point advantage in the final provisional championship standings. After four straight victories at Nürburgring, COTA, Fuji and Shanghai, the No.17 Porsche drivers were deserving champions after a tough and thrilling campaign where they fought tooth and nail in a riveting title contest with the No.7 Audi drivers. Ironically it was the most challenging race of the season for the new champions, as an engine actuator problem lost them several laps and threw into doubt their chances of taking the crown. The problems struck after just thirty minutes when Timo Bernhard was forced to pit and the car lost eight laps. A fine recovery drive ensured that they were soon back in to the top six but, at that stage with the No.7 Audi leading the race, they still needed to place fourth to take the title. After a brake disc problem struck the No.8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, and the No.18 Porsche 919 Hybrid fought through to the front of field after a thrilling fight with the Benoit Tréluyer driven Audi, it ensured that the No.17 Porsche would have sufficient points to take the title. “It was super stressful, but thank God we got our car home,” said Webber. “It wasn’t the cleanest day, but we had enough points and had enough wins this year to be world champions.Continue reading...
22. November 2015
Felix Rosenqvist was handed victory in the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix Qualification Race, after on the road winner Antonio Giovinazzi was penalised for a collision with Daniel Juncadella. Pole position man Rosenqvist had got his SJM Theodore Racing by Prema car away cleanly at the start, as Juncadella slotted in behind him on the run down to Lisboa. But through that corner, Giovinazzi managed to muscle himself inside Juncadella – and, as they battled side-by-side on the run to San Francisco Bend, contact was made. Juncadella was spun in to the barriers before being collected by several of his rivals, which forced the Safety Car to be called out.Continue reading...
21. November 2015
Porsche will start the final round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance championship at the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain from the front row of the grid after another spectacular performance in qualifying. Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard combined to set a scorching pace in the No.17 Porsche 919 Hybrid to claim Porsche’s 11th consecutive […]Continue reading...
21. November 2015
Mercedes driver Maro Engel will start from pole position for the SJM Macau GT Cup – FIA GT World Cup Race on Sunday after being handed victory in the Qualification Race when Aston Martin’s Stefan Mucke was handed a post-race penalty. Mucke won the race, but stewards ruled afterwards that he had not complied with Safety Car restart regulations. The German was given a 10-second time penalty and dropped to third. Mucke started from pole position and raced away to an early lead ahead of Maro Engel in the Mercedes SLS and former Macau Grand Prix winner Edoardo Mortra in the Audi R18 LMS.Continue reading...
21. November 2015
Felix Rosenqvist held off intense pressure from Daniel Juncadella on Friday to grab pole position for the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix qualifying race. The SJM Theodore Racing by Prema driver had been fastest overall in Thursday's first qualifying session, but had it all to do again after Van Amersfoort's Charles Leclerc moved to the top of the timesheets halfway throughout today's session. After switching to some new tyres, Rosenqvist responded brilliantly – producing a sequence of laps to secure the top spot as his rivals started delivering their best. Behind him, Daniel Juncadella left it late to deliver his best and the Spaniard was on the verge of taking the top spot. But well aware that there was a chance he could lose pole position, Rosenqvist had to push hard again and eventually edged himself two tenths clear. His pole spot was then secured when the red flag came out with four minutes remaining after Antonio Giovinazzi crashed just after Matsuya Bend. With not enough time to restart it, a Rosenqvist and Juncadella front row was secured. Rosenqvist said: “Definitely the two guys (Leclerc and Juncadella) game me a lot of push today. When they told me on the radio that Dani was on a similar lap time to me, I had to put the next gear in and risk a lot to do the lap. But I was happy to do it.” Juncadella, who will start ahead of Leclerc and Giovinazzi, had no complaints at not getting another shot at pole because of the shortened session.Continue reading...
21. November 2015
Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars are the most remarkable race machines on the planet. Nothing on earth accelerates like one of these remarkable beasts. While Drag Racing has it's critics, I have yet to see anyone who is not left in total awe when they get to experience these nitro burning land missiles first hand. Throughout the recent history the one great unanswered question was just how powerful these cars actually were. No Dyno on earth, no not even from our friends at Dyno Dynamics, could handle the incredible power of these massive engines. All sorts of estimates were thrown around. Many of them openly sneered at by critics of the sport. 5000 BHP, 6000m 8000? Who really knew? Well now we do know, and the truth is even more amazing than even the wildest estimates. Race Engines Technology magazine, joined together with testing specialists AVL Racing and Top Fuel Championship race team Don Schumacher Racing to record the real power of a Top Fuel Dragster. If you ever wondered just how a car can accelerate from standstill to over 500 Kmh in less than four seconds, check this out.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.