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...
20. November 2016
2012 Macau Grand Prix winner Antonio Felix da Costa will start from pole for this afternoon's race following victory in the Saturday qualifying race. Da Costa used all his experience and great skill to pass early race leader Callum Illott holding on to take the win. Ilott never gave up the fight but just couldn't get close enough to the leader to challenge for the lead again and finished 0.850 seconds behind. Da Costa’s teammate Sérgio Sette Câmara finished in third place, having made a good start from fourth on the grid, while Japanese F3 champion Kenta Yamashita finished fourth after moving past pole man George Russell on lap nine. Speaking afterwards, da Costa said: “I was able to pull a little bit of a gap, just to keep a safety margin to avoid the tow, but it was very hot out there and hard. I am used to power steering now" said the DTM driver, "and was struggling with my arms on the mountain.”Continue reading...
18. November 2016
A surprise pole winner on the streets of Macau as 18-year-old George Russell (Hitech GP) beat the rain and the red flag with a stunning 2min10.1sec lap to claim pole for Saturday’s 10 lap qualification race for the FIA F3 World Cup. Russell’s time, hailed by him as his “best ever lap”, was the more impressive as drops of rain had begun to fall on an already slippery Guia track which had brought out caution flags on the notorious Lisboa corner. Russell had already claimed fastest time on the previous lap from fellow 18-year-old Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort) who had been on top of the time sheet for most of the session. Russell’s rationale for going even faster typified the courage and commitment of the young F3 field: “I knew I was already on pole so if I crashed I’d still be on pole. They can always fix the car.” Ilott was second with a time of 2min10.47 seconds from 25-year-old former race winner and comparative veteran Antonio Felix da Costa (Carlin) 2min10.501.Continue reading...
16. November 2016
It's one of motorsport's most iconic events. The annual Macau Grand Prix around the streets of the former Portuguese colony attracts race fans and top drivers from all over the world. The highlight of the weekend is of course the Grand Prix itself, now also designated as the official FIA Formula 3 World Cup event. The list of champion drivers to have made their names with a victory here is a most impressive one and includes names like: Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese, David Coulthard and Takuma Sato. Australian's to have won the race are Kevin Bartlett (1969) Vern Schuppan (1974/76) and David Brabham (1989).Continue reading...
12. November 2016
It’s the final round of the 2016 Autobacs Super GT series and thanks to NISMO.TV and Radio Le Mans we have live streaming with English commentary this weekend. It’s a twin Sprint race final with races on both Saturday & Sunday. The event will consist of Round 3, replacement of Autopolis round that was cancelled […]Continue reading...
8. November 2016
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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.
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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...