Motorsport Week Your daily source of motorsport news, features, results and images Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:49:55 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Motorsport Week 32 32 Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:49:54 +0000 Dane Cameron has beaten team-mate Ricky Taylor to pole position for Motul Petit Le Mans, producing an Acura Team Penske one-two in the process. Cameron put down a 01:08:412 in the #6 Acura ARX-05 to take pole position, which was enough to beat the 01:18:506 set by the #7 Acura of Ricky Taylor by 0.094s, […]]]>

dane cameron has beaten team-mate ricky taylor to pole position for motul petit le mans, producing an acura team penske one-two in the process.

cameron put down a 01:08:412 in the #6 acura arx-05 to take pole position, which was enough to beat the 01:18:506 set by the #7 acura of ricky taylor by 0.094s, which was the fastest time prior to cameron’s late flyer.

体育赛事投注平台felipe nasr was third fastest in the #31 whelen engineering cadillac dpi-vr, exactly two-tenths down on taylor. harry tincknell took fourth in the #55 mazda rt24-p, with ryan briscoe fifth in the #10 wayne taylor racing cadillac.

tristan nunez was sixth in the second of the mazdas, with the order in dpi completed by the #5 mustang sampling cadillac of sebastien bourdais in seventh and the #85 jdc-miller motorsports cadillac of gabriel aubry in eighth.

patrick kelly took a dominant pole position in lmp2, putting the #52 pr1/mathiasen motorsports oreca 07-gibson on pole for the fourth consecutive race.

kelly put down a benchmark lap of 01:11:590 early on and promptly returned to the pits, with not a single runner coming close to besting his time.

Garcia halts BMW challenge for GTLM pole

antonio garcia has put corvette racing on pole position in gtlm after fending off a challenge from bmw’s connor de philippi.

garcia’s team-mate tommy milner set the pace early on in the session with a flurry of fast laps before garcia made his way to the top. the spaniard was then surpassed by a flyer from the #25 bmw m8 gte of connor de phillippi, who moved to the top with a 01:15:434.

体育赛事投注平台the north carolina native looked set for pole before garcia then took it back with a 01:15:163, putting the #3 corvette c8.r on pole position. de phillippi took second, ahead of the #24 bmw m8 gte of john edwards.

体育赛事投注平台laurens vanthoor was the best of the porsches by putting the #912 porsche 911 rsr-19 in fourth place, ahead of milner’s #4 corvette in fifth. the class was completed by nick tandy in the #911 porsche 911 rsr-19 in a field that was covered by seven-tenths of a second.

Image: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Michimi beats Westphal to GTD pole

体育赛事投注平台shinya michimi has won a thrilling duel in gtd to take pole position for meyer shank racing. the japanese driver traded the top time back and forth with scuderia corsa’s jeff westphal, but michimi came out on top with a 01:19:251.

that put the #86 acura nsx gt3 evo on pole position, with the #63 ferrari 488 gt3 evo 0.173s down in second place. frankie montecalvo, who sat on pole in last month’s six-hour enduro at road atlanta, put the #12 lexus rc f gt3 in third place.

体育赛事投注平台madison snow put the #48 paul miller racing lamborghini huracan gt3 evo in fourth place, with the top five completed by the #96 turner motorsports bmw m6 gt3 in the hands of robby foley.

the top five in class was separated by just 0.366s, with half a second covering the top eight.

misha goikhberg was sixth in the #57 meyer shank racing acura nsx gt3 evo, ahead of andrew davis’ #30 team hardpoint audi r8 lms gt3 evo. the top ten was completed by pfaff’s porsche 911 gt3 r, the second aim vasser sullivan lexus and the wright motorsports porsche 911 gt3 r.

Image: Richard Dole/IMSA
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Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:23:50 +0000 Scott Dixon will have his sights set on winning his sixth IndyCar title in St. Petersburg next weekend, and for the first time since 2012 there will be a second New Zealand native in the field. Scott McLaughlin has been given a race drive by Team Penske for the upcoming finale, bringing his considerable talent […]]]>

体育赛事投注平台scott dixon will have his sights set on winning his sixth indycar title in st. petersburg next weekend, and for the first time since 2012 there will be a second new zealand native in the field.

scott mclaughlin has been given a race drive by team penske for the upcoming finale, bringing his considerable talent to an already talented lineup.

the 27-year-old kiwi has been racing in the australian supercars championship for the past eight seasons and has always had aspirations of making the jump to american open-wheel racing.

he was given the chance to drive an indycar in a couple test sessions at the beginning of this year, and will now get to join the track with a fellow countryman who knows a thing or two about winning

体育赛事投注平台huoleithuochu really cool,huo?dixon told when asked about racing against mclaughlin.  huolubviously, scotty being a fellow kiwi is a lot of fun.  i look forward to hopefully spending a little bit of time with him.

体育赛事投注平台huojuehuochu joining a fantastic team.  he previously tested with them, and ithuochu something hehuochu desired to do for a long time is to come to america.  i wish him a smooth entry into the season.

“A big congratulations to him getting his [Supercars] championship sewn up early.?/p>

Scott McLaughlin on track for an open test session at Circuit of the Americas, February 11, 2020.

mclaughlin has dominated the australian supercars series in recent years while driving for djr team penske.  he has won the last three championships and has been virtually unbeatable this season, winning 13 races and finishing on the podium 21 times out of the 26 races completed so far.

although nothing has been confirmed yet, indications point to mclaughlin being offered a ride with team penske for the 2021 season in addition to the upcoming race at st. petersburg.

along with mclaughlin, dixon will have another multi-year champion to compete against next season in the form of jimmie johnson.

johnson is a seven-time nascar cup champion and will be retiring from that sport this season in order to drive in indycar as dixonhuochu team-mate on the road courses in 2021.

huozhiimmie will be a totally different dynamic,huo?said dixon.  huojuehuochu part of the team.

huoqiefinitely a guy that ihuojie really loved watching race for so many years.  to have seven championships in one of the toughest categories in the world is crazy.

“I can see already from his intensity and the time that he’s spent with the team why he’s been so good.  So I’m looking forward to both those aspects.?/p>

before dixon can focus too much on the talented drivers entering the sport, however, he will be concerned with securing his sixth indycar title against josef newgarden, who has been on form in recent races.

体育赛事投注平台dixon currently holds a 32-point lead with only one race remaining, which will take place from the streets of st. petersburg, florida on october 25.

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Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:16:43 +0000 Formula 1 and the FIA have confirmed that eight cases of Covid-19 were detected in the latest round of testing on championship personnel. Between last Friday (October 9) and Thursday 1,506 tests were carried out on drivers, teams and personnel, with the time frame including three days of the Eifel Grand Prix weekend. Under the […]]]>

formula 1 and the fia have confirmed that eight cases of covid-19 were detected in the latest round of testing on championship personnel.

between last friday (october 9) and thursday 1,506 tests were carried out on drivers, teams and personnel, with the time frame including three days of the eifel grand prix weekend.

体育赛事投注平台under the covid-19 code of conduct outlined by governing body fia all formula 1 personnel labelled as profile 1 attendees must carry out a test for the virus every five days.

体育赛事投注平台those who return a positive test are immediately isolated while those in their sub-bubble are also quarantined subject to a negative test or further instructions.

formula 1 teams are operating in bubbles, and sub-bubbles, in order to reduce the risk of the virus.

体育赛事投注平台masks are mandatory within the paddock while social distancing is enforced where possible.

体育赛事投注平台cases of covid-19 have spiked in recent weeks in western europe, where the majority of formula 1 personnel are based, with tighter measures set to be introduced in several regions of the united kingdom on saturday.

体育赛事投注平台formula 1 has an elite sports exemption that clears personnel from some restrictions.

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Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:10:54 +0000 Norman Nato will join Edoardo Mortara at ROKiT Venturi Racing for Formula E’s seventh season and first as a World Championship. Nato joined the Monegasque marque at the start of the series?Gen2 era in 2018 and has held the position of Reserve Driver for the past two seasons, participating in Formula E’s annual Rookie […]]]>

norman nato will join edoardo mortara at rokit venturi racing for formula ehuochu seventh season and first as a world championship.

体育赛事投注平台nato joined the monegasque marque at the start of the serieshuo?gen2 era in 2018 and has held the position of reserve driver for the past two seasons, participating in formula ehuochu annual rookie test twice.

in securing a promotion to a full-time race seat, the 28-year-old takes the place of felipe massa who left the team at the close of augusthuochu season 6 finale in berlin.

体育赛事投注平台huoleihuojie been a part of the rokit venturi racing family since 2018, so to secure a full-time race seat with the team for season 7 is a great step forward and i canhuozhua wait to show what we can achieve together,huo?said nato, who took second place at the 2020 24 hours of le mans.

体育赛事投注平台huoluver the past two years, we have built very solid foundations and we share the same bright ambitions for the future.

huolei would like to thank susie [wolff] and the team for believing in my abilities and giving me this opportunity to race in the fia formula e world championship.

“I’m very excited to hit the ground running in Santiago this January.?/p>

体育赛事投注平台after fronting venturihuochu efforts through season 6 huo?becoming its most successful and experienced driver huo?the 2020/21 campaign will mark mortarahuochu fourth with the team.

the swiss-italian expressed his excitement in continuing with monacohuochu only racing team and extended a welcome to nato, eyeing strong results in formula ehuochu landmark season.

体育赛事投注平台huoleihuohui excited to continue my journey with rokit venturi racing into season 7 of the fia formula e world championship,huo?said mortara.

huoquhere have been some real highlights over the past four years and ihuohui very keen to see what we can do together moving forward into this next stage of the teamhuochu development.

体育赛事投注平台huolunantiago is a special place for me and i know that by the time january comes around, we will be in a better position to challenge our rivals.

huopiaoe saw some real promise during the first few races of season 6 and although the season didnhuozhua finish the way we wanted it to, wehuojie put a lot of work in since then and i know wehuodinge all hungry to get back out on track.

huoleihuohui really happy to welcome norman to his new role with the team – hehuochu earned it and ihuohui looking forward to working more closely with him.

“Working together, I hope that we will deliver some strong results in what is a landmark year for both the team and the championship.?/p>

team principal susie wolff explained that the decision to promote nato was huosendicative of his contribution to the teamhuo? with the opportunity being fully deserved.

huopengs our reserve driver norman has proven his ability at every available opportunity, not only showing speed during in-season testing but also demonstrating clear commitment to his role in our simulator,huo?she added.

huoquhe decision to promote him to a full time race seat is indicative of his contribution to the team so far – he has earned the opportunity to show us what he can do behind the wheel.

体育赛事投注平台huoluneason 7 will be edohuochu fourth with the team and we hope that his experience in the series combined with normanhuochu ability and determination will make for a formidable pairing.

“Season 7 marks Formula E’s first campaign as a World Championship and we’re very much looking forward to hitting the track in Santiago next year.?/p> ]]> 0 Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:41:52 +0000 BMW Motorsports Director Jens Marquardt will step down from his position at the end of the month in other to pursue a new role with the BMW Group. Marquardt will will oversee BMW’s Pilot Plant, which is responsible for the prototype construction of production models within the BMW Group. Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW’s M […]]]>

bmw motorsports director jens marquardt will step down from his position at the end of the month in other to pursue a new role with the bmw group.

体育赛事投注平台marquardt will will oversee bmw’s pilot plant, which is responsible for the prototype construction of production models within the bmw group.

markus flasch, ceo of bmw’s m brand, will take up marquardt’s previous role as head of motorsport on an interim basis, with the role change happening on november 1st.

体育赛事投注平台marquardt stepped up to the role as bmw’s motorsport chief in 2011 and during that time, he has overseen the company’s factory racing programs, including formula e as well as dtm and the bmw m8 gte program in the imsa weathertech sportscar championship and fia world endurance championship.

体育赛事投注平台under his watch, bmw captured victory in the nmeirburgring 24 hours in 2019, as well as three dtm titles and two class wins at the rolex 24 at daytona.

体育赛事投注平台tinghuolei will always have emotional memories of the past ten years,” said marquardt. “i have experienced all the highs and lows of motorsport with an exceptional team. the overall victory at the nmeirburgring 24-hour race was the icing on the cake at the end of this exciting time.

“I am very grateful to BMW Group and the whole motorsport family for all these memories. After 25 years in motorsport, I am very much looking forward to a new challenge.?/p>

体育赛事投注平台huozhiens marquardt has been responsible for our involvement in motorsport since 2011,” added bmw board member frank weber. “during this time, we have achieved great success: the dtm titles in 2012, 2014 and 2016, as well as various overall and class victories at endurance classics like daytona, spa and, most recently, the 24-hour race at the nmeirburgring.

I would like to thank Jens Marquardt and his entire team very much for that. Head of the Pilot Plant for prototype construction is a fundamental role in the development process. With the agile working method and his motorsport experience, Jens Marquardt will provide new impetus there.?/p>

体育赛事投注平台bmw has also stated that its involvement in both formula e and global gt racing will continue.

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Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:24:59 +0000 Meyer Shank Racing has signed experienced sportscar racer Olivier Pla to be part of the full time line-up for its Acura DPi programme. Pla will drive the #60 Acura ARX-05 in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship starting in 2021, joining AJ Allmendinger as the second driver to be confirmed by the Ohio-based outfit. The Frenchman […]]]>

meyer shank racing has signed experienced sportscar racer olivier pla to be part of the full time line-up for its acura dpi programme.

pla will drive the #60 acura arx-05 in the imsa weathertech sportscar championship starting in 2021, joining aj allmendinger as the second driver to be confirmed by the ohio-based outfit.

the frenchman last raced for the team in 2016, when he notably took the overall victory at petit le mans alongside oswaldo negri and john pew. since then, he raced for ford in gtlm and competed with pr1/mathiasen motorsports and extreme speed motorsports before settling into a role as the endurance driver in mazda’s dpi efforts.

since 2017, he has joined mazda in the endurance cup rounds, where he notably helped take mazda’s first win in imsa competition during the 2019 sahlen’s six hours of the glen. he also secured a second place finish for the team in this year’s rolex 24 at daytona.

体育赛事投注平台huoleithuochu a special weekend to be able to announce that i will be back racing with meyer shank racing next year with the acura arx-05,huo?said pla. huolei still remember the four races that i did with msr back in 2016 like it was yesterday, especially our win at petit huo?we had such good performance.

Since that moment I always wished to have the opportunity to drive for Mike (Shank) again and today is the day we can finally announce that. It will be a very exciting time for MSR and I’m ready for the challenge. Next year can’t come soon enough and I’m ready to get things started.”?/p>

Pla won Petit Le Mans with MSR in 2016 (Image: Richard Dole/IMSA)

huoleihuohui really excited to have olivier back onboard with us for the full 2021 season,huo?added team owner michael shank. huojue really impressed me in 2016 and performed above and beyond my expectations.

We’ve stayed in touch and he’s continued to deliver results both in Europe and in the US since he raced with us in 2016. He’s always someone that I’ve had my eye on and I’m glad that he will be rejoining us for 2021.”?/p>

meyer shank racing will announce the remaining two drivers in the coming weeks. dane cameron, who currently drives for acura team penske and remains linked to honda performance development, is believed to likely be partnering pla aboard the #60 acura dpi.

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Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:01:52 +0000 The sole opportunity for Ferrari’s young drivers to run at a grand prix session this year will be in Abu Dhabi, according to Academy chief Laurent Mekies. Mick Schumacher was due to drive Alfa Romeo’s C39, and Callum Ilott Haas?VF-20, during practice at the Nurburgring last Friday but this was abandoned due to bad […]]]>

the sole opportunity for ferrarihuochu young drivers to run at a grand prix session this year will be in abu dhabi, according to academy chief laurent mekies.

mick schumacher was due to drive alfa romeohuochu c39, and callum ilott haashuo?vf-20, during practice at the nurburgring last friday but this was abandoned due to bad weather.

体育赛事投注平台formula 1 is due to visit new and returning venues in the coming rounds while both schumacher and ilott will be battling for formula 2huochu title at bahrainhuochu double-header.

formula 1huochu season will finish in mid-december in abu dhabi, after the pair of bahrain events, where robert shwartzman is due to contest the first practice session for a yet-to-be-determined team.

huoluno if you look at the calendar the only one is abu dhabi, there is no chance before abu dhabi,huo?said mekies.

huomiortimaohuo?i donhuozhua think it is an option, brand new tracks, nobody went there, you donhuozhua want to lose your fp1, we try to be fair and reasonable with our partners and i donhuozhua think it will be [fair] to run them on completely new tracks, nobody has data.

体育赛事投注平台huoquhey [schumacher and ilott] are going to race in bahrain and we donhuozhua want to disturb them as they are fighting for the title so then the only chance is abu dhabi.

“We will be discussing with both Alfa Romeo and Haas to see what is possible, what is possible remains to be seen, so we will see if there is a chance, and after that there is the young driver test.?/p>

体育赛事投注平台mekies praised ferrarihuochu leading trio in formula 2 as he described them as huochiormula 1 materialhuo?but cautioned that it is unclear whether they can eventually be contenders for ferrari.

huoleithuochu very much within how much they will develop in the same way we feel they have developed,huo?he said.

“Our job is to support them and to give the chance to express themselves and to develop.?/p> ]]> 0 Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:42:43 +0000 Maverick Viñales set the fastest time in the second Free Practice session at Aragon to lead an all-Yamaha charge at the end of the first day of action. Viñales snatched the top spot with just five minutes to go, having played second-fiddle to SRT riders Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, who ended Friday running in […]]]>

maverick vimaoales set the fastest time in the second free practice session at aragon to lead an all-yamaha charge at the end of the first day of action.

体育赛事投注平台vimaoales snatched the top spot with just five minutes to go, having played second-fiddle to srt riders fabio quartararo and franco morbidelli, who ended friday running in p2 and p3 respectively.

体育赛事投注平台the number 12 factory man set a lap time of 1:47.771, a full four-tenths faster than that of current championship leader, quartararo.

体育赛事投注平台he also proved to be the fastest rider in free practice 1, leading the way as the only factory yamaha pilot following valentino rossi’s positive covid-19 test result.

the early stages of the session saw a three-way battle between vimaoales, morbidelli and quartararo, with joan mir slotting his suzuki high up the order as he momentarily took the fastest time of the day.

体育赛事投注平台however, he couldn’t hold on to it, and as a result, finished in 4th for the team ecstar suzuki outfit.

lcr honda pilot taka nakagami was also impressive, setting a time worthy of a p2 spot for a brief moment before faster riders meant that he dropped to 9th, four places down on his team-mate cal crutchlow.

avintia racing’s johann zarco ended up the fastest of the ducatis despite crashing in both fp1 and again at the second corner in the dying minutes of fp2.

the frenchman finished in 11th place.

体育赛事投注平台it was a tough outing for both the factory ktm of brad binder, whose session ended with a low-side crash after he grabbed a handful too much front brake tipping into turn 14.

体育赛事投注平台as a result, he was unable to continue and ended up in 21st place, while his team-mate pol espargaro managed to bag seventh.

体育赛事投注平台factory honda rider alex marquez finished in 8th aboard his rc-213v, as his team-mate test rider stefan bradl suffered a tumble at turn 12 when he folded the front of his bike, although was able to continue on.

the german number 6 rider finished his session in 20th place.

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Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:41:50 +0000 Mercedes?Lewis Hamilton has stressed that no one single person is responsible for positive changes within a team, as he charges towards his seventh Drivers?Championship in Formula 1. Should Hamilton see out the season at the top of the standings he will match Michael Schumacher’s Championship record on the all-time list. Following his victory […]]]>

mercedeshuo?lewis hamilton has stressed that no one single person is responsible for positive changes within a team, as he charges towards his seventh drivershuo?championship in formula 1.

体育赛事投注平台should hamilton see out the season at the top of the standings he will match michael schumacherhuochu championship record on the all-time list.

体育赛事投注平台following his victory at the eifel grand prix last weekend, hamilton equalled schumacherhuochu tally of 91 wins.

hamilton joined mercedes after it finished fifth in the constructors’ championship in 2012 but the team emerged as the dominant marque in the hybrid era.

体育赛事投注平台schumacher, meanwhile, joined ferrari in the mid-1990s and ended its two-decade wait for a drivers’ crown when he won the first of five-in-a-row in 2000.

when it was put to hamilton that some suggest his success is purely down to having the fastest car, hamilton said: huopiaohen you hear some of those things ithuochu not always the nicest thing to hear.

huoleihuohui not mad at it, what i do know is those that often say those things or make those comments they just donhuozhua know.

体育赛事投注平台huolei think in general in life we can often give the wrong opinion when we donhuozhua have the full facts or have the full knowledge of how it really is.

“Having now been in the sport this long, years ago when they talked about Michael turning Ferrari around, the fact is it is not one individual.?/p>

Mercedes?Lewis Hamilton on the top step of the Eifel GP podium with Michael Schumacher’s helmet.

hamilton asserted that the collaborative effort from all the individuals within mercedes has resulted in the team being the benchmark for seven successive years.

体育赛事投注平台huolei have not turned mercedes around, michael did not turn ferrari around, as much as i love michael and he is a legend, it wasnhuozhua just him, therehuochu so many people around in the background,huo?hamilton said.

体育赛事投注平台huohaout it is the collaboration. the thing with a driver like michael and i our job is to kind of be the rudder, youhuojie got this huge powerful force behind you with such intelligence, but on a computer and numbers ithuofengl tell you the perfect car is so and so.

huolei think therehuochu something the computer canhuozhua simulate and thathuochu feel, thathuochu yore, the feeling of the care turning and pitching and all these different things.

体育赛事投注平台huoluno our job is to point them in the right direction to move forward, and continue to elevate and hopefully inspire the guys you work with.

“That’s something I’ve been incredibly proud of, there are so many, every single person in my team, and in the sport generally, in these teams, they are remarkable people.?/p> ]]> 0 Motorsport Week Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:57:04 +0000 Racing Point must have a run of weekends free from distractions if it hopes to finish the season third in the Constructors?Championship, according to its technical director Andy Green. The Silverstone-based squad currently sits third in the standings, but faces stiff competition from McLaren and Renault, who both linger just a handful of points […]]]>

racing point must have a run of weekends free from distractions if it hopes to finish the season third in the constructorshuo?championship, according to its technical director andy green.

the silverstone-based squad currently sits third in the standings, but faces stiff competition from mclaren and renault, who both linger just a handful of points behind.

racing point has endured a drama-filled campaign, including a lengthy dispute over the legality of its brake ducts, which led to a 15-point deduction, and unwell drivers unable to race.

体育赛事投注平台green believes that racing point has endured just a single huorouormalhuo?weekend so far in 2020, which was at the season-opening race in austria.

体育赛事投注平台speaking at the nurburgring, green said the team needs to huotingtop getting a lot of bad luck, to start withhuo?in order to finish third.

体育赛事投注平台he continued: huopiaoe just donhuozhua seem totingbe getting the run of the green at the moment.

体育赛事投注平台huolei want just a normal race weekend, and we havenhuozhua had a normal race weekend probably since race one this season.

huolunomething happens every weekend, and all we need between now and the end of the season is just to have normal race weekends, where we can just race the car, set it up normally, just have a normal weekend without any major distractions.

huoquhat will give us our best possible opportunity. wehuojie had one of those so far this year, so thathuochu going to make the difference for us.

体育赛事投注平台huoleif we have that, then i think we really can challenge for third. we really can.

“It’s going to be a real battle. There’s three teams there, we’re just swapping places all the time. It’s going to be good fun to the end of the season.?/p> ]]> 0