Motorsport – Otago Rally http://otagorally.net/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:55:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://otagorally.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Motorsport – Otago Rally http://otagorally.net/ 32 32 Leclerc celebrates ‘perfect’ finale to seal second place overall – Motorsport Week https://otagorally.net/leclerc-celebrates-perfect-finale-to-seal-second-place-overall-motorsport-week/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:34:57 +0000 https://otagorally.net/leclerc-celebrates-perfect-finale-to-seal-second-place-overall-motorsport-week/

Charles Leclerc says Ferrari pulled off a ‘perfect’ race in Abu Dhabi to ensure he finished second to Max Verstappen in the 2022 Formula One championship.

Leclerc went into the final on points but with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez ahead, meaning whoever finished ahead would seal second place overall.

Verstappen drove away in front, Perez in second and Leclerc in third, but the two challengers pursued different strategies.

Perez opted for a two-stop approach, while Leclerc managed a one-stop effort, eventually holding the Red Bull driver 1.3 seconds clear.

It was Leclerc’s highest overall finish and the first time since 2018 that a Ferrari driver has sealed second place.

“It was really, really tricky,” Leclerc said of his race. “Especially at the end of the stint on the Hard, although to be honest we managed very, very well.

“It’s tricky because at the end of the race the front lockup became a problem so it was very easy to make a mistake. But in the end we got everything under control and managed to keep Checo behind us.

“I think it was a really, really perfect execution on our part.

“I don’t think we had the pace of the Red Bulls yet and our goal from the start was to get Checo to do something different, which we did perfectly.

“And again, with great tire management, we managed everything from a single source, which ultimately brought us second place.”

Leclerc ended the season with three wins and eleven podiums.

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Chase Elliott had “low expectations” while giving Hendrick Motorsports rival Kyle Larson the ultimate compliment on “the toughest race on earth” in 2021 https://otagorally.net/chase-elliott-had-low-expectations-while-giving-hendrick-motorsports-rival-kyle-larson-the-ultimate-compliment-on-the-toughest-race-on-earth-in-2021/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:31:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/chase-elliott-had-low-expectations-while-giving-hendrick-motorsports-rival-kyle-larson-the-ultimate-compliment-on-the-toughest-race-on-earth-in-2021/

Last year it was announced that Hendrick Motorsport star Chase Elliott would be competing in the legendary Chili Bowl Midget race. Following the news, Elliott was asked a few questions about his expectations of entering this unique racing format.

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Elliot explained To the me. I only felt like I am still in I’m in my twenties and I feel like learning new things gets harder as I get older disciplines. I I didn’t grow up with it but I It just felt like going out and trying something new, i have to do it before you know it you’re getting too old and things are getting harder to learn and you’re getting older for that secure.”

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“So I just felt the opportunities were right and luckily it was time to try it out so I’m looking forward to it. My expectations are definitely low. But I’m excited to try to learn and honestly try to learn it the right way. I think it’s a completely different thing and I’m looking forward to going there and I’d say give it a try.

Chase Elliott mentioned that he’s not a quitter

Elliott was also asked how he would feel if he couldn’t exceed expectations for his Chili Bowl race. He also paid an indirect compliment to his Hendrick Motorsport teammate.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 16: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Chevrolet, waves to fans as he arrives during driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, 2022 in Las Vegas takes the stage Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Elliott replied, I like to think for myself look at it like this You know, be a fan of event and look at the… event as I see how hard it is. I mean, that had to be one of the most difficult You know that want have to be one of the most difficult Race for victory in the world.”

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His Hendrick Motorsport teammate Kyle Larson had previously won the Chili Bowl race and Elliott called it one of the toughest races, which may have been an indirect compliment to Larson’s performance.

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“I mean by how many Cars are entered and how there is no Gguarantees and your leader nights and only Everyone the Run So I Completely receive the Challenge. I think I understand it enough to knows the it is walk to be very difficult,” concluded Elliot.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu Wins Mandalika Opener https://otagorally.net/toprak-razgatlioglu-wins-mandalika-opener/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 06:13:53 +0000 https://otagorally.net/toprak-razgatlioglu-wins-mandalika-opener/

Poleman Razgatlioglu led from start to finish at the Indonesian venue to record his 12th win of the season and keep his tenuous title defense hopes alive by beating Bautista’s Ducati by a margin of 4.3 seconds.

That means Bautista has a reduced lead of 77 points in Sunday’s two races, with just 99 points up for grabs this season.

At the start, Razgatlioglu and teammate Andrea Locatelli established an early one-two for Yamaha as Bautista jumped from fifth on the grid to third ahead of Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki.

Six-time champion Rea was later able to reclaim third place on the first lap before taking easy work off Locatelli to finish second on lap 2 of 21 before closing in on leader Razgatlioglu.

But it soon became clear that Rea lacked the pace to lead the battle against the runaway polesitter and he soon had to focus on defending second place from Bautista, who didn’t take long to put Locatelli in third space to overtake.

Bautista popped inside Rea in the long 15-16 right-hander on Lap 9 and was second, but by that point Razgatlioglu had already gained three seconds off at the front of the field.

Razgatlioglu suffered a fright on lap 13 when he went too far, allowing Bautista to close to just over a second, but he soon began to regain his advantage and was never seriously threatened on his way to the checkered flag.

Behind Bautista, Rea was a distant third, a result that officially sidelines the six-time title winner from the championship fight.

Locatelli was lately passed by Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s second factory Ducati for fourth, but on lap 17 Rinaldi went too far, allowing Locatelli to come through again and claim his best result since the May lap at Estoril.

A fierce battle for sixth place was eventually won by Xavi Vierge, the only Honda factory representative in the absence of Iker Lecuona, who was unable to race after injuring himself in a practice accident on Friday.

Garrett Gerloff finished seventh on the GRT Yamaha to beat Axel Bassani to take the honor of best independent rider, while Alex Lowes was just ninth after slipping wide on the first lap.

Loris Baz was the best BMW finisher in 10th after a late crash by Michael van der Mark, who had made it as far as fifth in one stage before falling back and crashing at Turn 16 while battling Gerloff .

Scott Redding was another rider who lost heavily on the first lap, falling to practically last place, with the Brit only recovering to a disappointing 12th place at the finish.

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2022 WEC 8 Hours of Bahrain – How to Watch, Session Timings and More https://otagorally.net/2022-wec-8-hours-of-bahrain-how-to-watch-session-timings-and-more/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:30:36 +0000 https://otagorally.net/2022-wec-8-hours-of-bahrain-how-to-watch-session-timings-and-more/

All five Drivers’ Championships remain up for grabs as the WEC makes its annual visit to the Middle East, which retains its now traditional date on the calendar for the season finale. And in the Hypercar World Endurance Drivers’ Championship, things couldn’t be closer as the top two crews from the competing brands arrive in Bahrain tied on points.

The Signatech-powered Alpine A480 started the season in the best possible way with a win at Sebring, with Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere earning another top score at Monza to extend their lead en route to Japan. But at the first running of the Fuji 6 Hours since 2019, Alpine were no match for the Toyota GR010 HYBRIDs as a one-two led the Le Mans 24 Hours winning trio of the number 8 Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa Winner Takes All Title Decider.

The form book certainly favors Toyota for the In-the-Night race, only the second eight-hour race on the calendar after Sebring. It has won in the desert seven times since the WEC began in 2012, with Buemi taking the spoils on three of those occasions, while Alpine finished third in both last year’s six- and eight-hour editions. But any reliability weakness, like the one that caused the #8 crew to retire at Spa, will certainly be attacked by the ultra-consistent Alpine, who have never finished lower than fourth this season.

The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose María Lopez remains mathematically contested, although the 2019-20 and 2021 champions are 26 points behind and need a non-finish for their rivals to secure a third title on Spin .

Bahrain is the third race for Peugeot’s pair of 9X8 Le Mans hypercars and the first opportunity to see Nico Muller in action with the French marque. The longtime Audi racer will make an early debut at Peugeot to replace James Rossiter, who has retired from driving to prepare for his new role as team principal of Maserati’s Formula E efforts, another Stellantis brand focus. Joining forces with Gustavo Menezes and Loic Duval, a winner in Bahrain at Audi’s 2016 WEC farewell, Muller will be keen to make a good first impression as Peugeot look to claim a first podium on their prototype racing return.

In the manufacturers’ championship battle, which is calculated on the basis of each manufacturer’s best finisher, Toyota has a 26-point lead over Alpine.

#93 Peugeot Totalenergies Peugeot 9X8: Paul Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen, Jean-Eric Vergne

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

The class struggles

The GTE Pro competition will be no less fiercely contested as the class bid farewell with one final battle between the Ferrari and Porsche factory teams before they enter the hypercar arena next year.

Reigning champions Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo have an 11-point lead over Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen’s #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19, while Porsche’s second car is also in the running. Ex-Ferrari man Gianmaria Bruni in the number 91 machine is a further three points adrift and could become the first driver to win the title solo since Richard Lietz in 2015 after the Austrian – Bruni’s regular co-driver – retired from Monza on a positive Missed COVID -19 exam.

The momentum between the two rival manufacturers has ebbed and flowed throughout the season, with each winning two of the five rounds played to date. Only at Fuji did Pier Guidi and Calado become the year’s first double winners, while the #52 sister Ferrari of Miguel Molina and Antonio Fuoco edged out 2018-19 champions Estre and Christensen to third place by deftly assisting their teammates .

It remains too close to decide, especially with the lone Corvette Racing C8.R of Monza winners Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner trying to get into the mix. They will be equally determined to end the year – and the GTE Pro era – on a high note before the American marque climbs the ranks of the GTE Am next year and could play a crucial role in the bottom line.

The point for pole is also highly valued. If the #51 Ferrari takes the top spot, it can afford to finish second and still clinch the title.

Ferrari is just a point ahead of Porsche in the manufacturers’ standings as the Italian marque aims for a seventh GT manufacturers’ crown in the WEC era. Porsche has won it twice, most recently in the 2018-19 season.

Aston Martin may no longer feature in GTE Pro, but the British marque will claim GTE Am title wins for the first time since 2017, with TF Sport and Prodrive-powered NorthWest AMR teams battling for the honor.

The dramatic fall of Henrique Chaves at Monza was the only major hiccup so far for TF points leaders Ben Keating and Marco Sorensen, who topped their Le Mans win with Fuji and failed to finish second this season an excellent season. They have a 20-point lead over Sebring winners Paul dalla Lana, Nicki Thiim and David Pittard and can secure the title with fourth place – with 38 points available for victory over the eight-hour distance.

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO GTE-PRO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO GTE-PRO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado

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Only a major mishap will prevent the #38 Jota ORECA crew of Antonio Felix da Costa, Will Stevens and Roberto Gonzalez from securing the LMP2 title. The trio have a 28-point lead after finishing second at Fuji last time out – missing out on victory with a splash-and-dash just four minutes from the end – and can secure the crown with sixth place.

Still, the #23 United Autosports ORECA pursuer, who will be shared by Oliver Jarvis and Josh Pierson with Alex Lynn, has plenty to do as the Anglo-American team look not only to break open Jota’s armour, but also to defend the challenge of their second place finish. Realteam by WRT – featuring Ferdinand Habsburg, Norman Nato and Rui Andrade – are just six points adrift, while victory at Fuji put WRT drivers Robin Frijns and Sean Gelael in fourth place, another two points back.

The LMP2 Pro/Am sub-class also remains undecided, with reigning GTE-Am champions Francois Perrodo, Nicklas Nielsen and Alessio Rovera currently leading the standings. To secure a fourth WEC title for Perrodo, the #83 AF Corse crew will need to defend an eight-point lead over Algarve Pro Racing trio Steven Thomas, James Allen and Rene Binder after three previous GTE Am triumphs.

Complete session times for the Bahrain 8 Hours in 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Free Practice 1: 09:15 – 10:45 GMT (12:15 – 13:45 local time)
Free Practice 2: 14:30-16:00 GMT (17:30-19:00 local time)

Friday 11 November 2022
Free Practice 3: 08:00 – 09:00 GMT (11:00 – 12:00 local time)
Qualifier 1: 13:50-14:00 GMT (16:50-17:00 local time)
Qualifier 2: 14:10 – 14:20 GMT (17:10 – 17:20 local time)

Saturday 12 November 2022
Race: 11:00 – 19:00 GMT (14:00 – 22:00 local time)

#56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE Am: Egidio Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli, Riccardo Pera

#56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE Am: Egidio Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli, Riccardo Pera

Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

How can I watch the Bahrain 8 Hours?

The 8 Hours of Bahrain can be viewed via the Motorsport.tv streaming service, which offers fans a weekly schedule of live racing and on-demand content. A monthly subscription, which includes live WEC coverage, access to the Duke Motorsport archive and the exclusive full 24 hour Le Mans archive, costs £4.79 or £39.99 on an annual basis.

Fans can download the official WEC app, which gives fans English-language commentary on all sessions, as well as access to live timing and highlights. Within the app, a full season pack costs £23.99, allowing users across five devices to watch the live feed and access exclusive onboard camera footage. For further information, click here.

The race can also be viewed via the Discovery+ streaming service, which costs £6.99 a month or £59.99 annually.

Reports will follow after each session on Motorsport.com and a full race analysis will be available to read on Monday.

Weather forecast for the 8 hours from Bahrain

The weather will be hot and sunny for the 8 hours of Bahrain before night falls with a very low chance of rain and maximum temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius.

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Age is ‘irrelevant’ as a full rookie F1 season lies ahead – Motorsport Week https://otagorally.net/age-is-irrelevant-as-a-full-rookie-f1-season-lies-ahead-motorsport-week/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 10:17:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/age-is-irrelevant-as-a-full-rookie-f1-season-lies-ahead-motorsport-week/

Nyck de Vries has stated that while he is older than the average Formula One driver going into his rookie season, his age is irrelevant given the experience with which he enters the racing category.

The 2019 Formula 2 champion will be 28 years old when he embarks on his first full season in F1 next season at AlphaTauri, taking the more unconventional route of competing in Formula E before realizing his chance in F1 receives.

In a perfect world, a driver of F2 championship caliber would climb into an F1 seat the following season, with Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Mick Schumacher being prime examples.

However, F2 champions like Oscar Piastri, Felipe Drugovich and of course de Vries can be left without a full-time driver more often than they really should due to the limited opportunities for a spot on the grid.

In an interview on F1 podcast Beyond The Grid, de Vries spoke about his long wait for an F1 seat: “Everyone goes their own way, so I think it’s almost irrelevant regardless of my age or how I got here .

“I think in the end, all that matters is getting the opportunity when the time is right.

“For me personally it’s obviously been a roller coaster ride and it actually feels – sort of – better to have the chance now.

“Sometimes I probably would have thought it was less likely [realise] my dream, but at the same time I never really gave it up.”

While waiting to materialize his F1 drive, de Vries received a drive for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, where he won the 2021 title and helped the team to back-to-back Team Championships.

His first taste of an F1 grand prix came at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, where he filled in for the appendicitis-plagued Alex Albon and shone as he drove for a Williams team struggling to secure points achieved ninth place.

“[Monza] was very overwhelming [but] At the same time, I believe my experience and maturity has helped me stay very down to earth,” added de Vries.

“It was a great experience and I’m very grateful for everything that happened this weekend.”

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Mercedes will wait for F1’s ‘quiet period’ in winter to sort out a new Hamilton deal https://otagorally.net/mercedes-will-wait-for-f1s-quiet-period-in-winter-to-sort-out-a-new-hamilton-deal/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 19:13:06 +0000 https://otagorally.net/mercedes-will-wait-for-f1s-quiet-period-in-winter-to-sort-out-a-new-hamilton-deal/

Speculation of a move to sort out an extension was recently sparked when Hamilton clarified he would soon be re-signing with Mercedes beyond the end of 2023.

Speaking to select media outlets including Motorsport.com, Hamilton said: “We will do another deal.

“We’re going to sit down and discuss this over the next few months, I’d say.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says his team is not looking for anyone else as the seat was 100 percent owned by Hamilton.

However, he felt there was no rush to get things sorted out straight away – and that it would be easier to get things sorted out, including more responsibilities beyond driving, once the season is over.

“We haven’t started talking yet,” Wolff said. “We definitely want to finish the season and then find a quiet time over the winter like we did last time which literally started during the winter holidays and lasted over two months. We didn’t do that.

“But he’s much more than a driver to us now. While we’re not talking about retirement, it’s also important to talk about his role as an ambassador for Mercedes and the many sponsors we have and the importance he can have in our wider audience.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Hamilton has only raced with Mercedes engines in Formula One, having initially joined his then-partner McLaren at the start of the 2007 season.

He drove for the Woking-based team until 2012 and won the world title in 2008 before joining the Mercedes factory team in 2013. He has won another six championships with the team.

Reflecting on his relationship with the German automaker, Hamilton said he had no desire to join any of his rivals.

“My goal is to stay with Mercedes. I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13 years old. And it really is my family: Mercedes-Benz is my family,” he said.

“You’ve been with me through thick and thin. They stayed with me when they were expelled from school. They stood by me through everything that was going on through 2020. They stood by me through my mistakes and shit that was in the press; You have accompanied me through the ups and downs.

“I really believe in this brand. I believe in the people in the organization. And I want to be the best teammate I can be for them because I think we can make the brand even better, more accessible and even stronger than it is. And I think I can be an essential part of that.”

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Mercedes F1 Junior Antonelli dominates in F4 for Italy https://otagorally.net/mercedes-f1-junior-antonelli-dominates-in-f4-for-italy/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 09:53:58 +0000 https://otagorally.net/mercedes-f1-junior-antonelli-dominates-in-f4-for-italy/

The Mercedes F1 Junior was on pole position after his victory in the qualifying race on Saturday and immediately pulled away from the start.

Dario Cabanelas was slow from the second row and was challenged by Pedro Clerot and Bruno Del Pino Ventos on the run to Turn 1, but contact with Clerot saw the Swiss driver fail immediately with right rear suspension failure and his car spinning several times Pirouettes before he came to a halt.

UAE F4 Champion Charlie Wurz, who retired in the qualifying race after a contact with Germany’s Valentin Kluss on the first lap, made up 12 positions on the first lap from 24th on the grid, although the Austrian went off the track and almost would have come into contact with another car when rejoining.

After a brief safety car period to retrieve Cabanelas’ car, Antonelli pulled away again and controlled the rest of the 30-minute competition to win by 6.902s and give Italy their third gold medal of the Games.

Portugal’s Manuel Espirito Santo was second throughout, finishing 4.6 seconds ahead of Bruno Del Pino Ventos, who claimed bronze for Spain despite late pressure from Danish F4 champion Julius Dinesen.

Clerot was fourth early before being challenged by Dinesen, who was edged wide by the Brazilian before completing the move to Signes, followed by Lorens Lecertua in fifth where the Belgian stayed until the end.

#23 Belgium: Lorens Lecertua, Formula 4

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Wurz continued to gain ground during a frenetic battle within the top 10 to finish sixth ahead of Clerot, who was inspected at the finish for exceeding the course restrictions.

Kluss also climbed through the order, finishing eighth ahead of Ukraine’s Oleksandr Partyshev and Panama’s Valentino Mini.

Michael Shin of Korea Republic was involved in the battle for fourth place in the early stages but eventually fell out of the rankings after damaging his front wing.

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Motorsport Games Report Thi https://otagorally.net/motorsport-games-report-thi/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:01:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/motorsport-games-report-thi/

MIAMI, Oct. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Motorsport Games Inc. (MSGM) (“Motorsport Games”), a leading racing game developer, publisher and provider of esports ecosystems of official motorsport racing series around the world will release financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 on Thursday, November 10, 2022, after market close. Management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results at 5:00 pm ET the same day.

Attendees can access the live webcast on the Company’s Investor Relations website at https://ir.motorsportgames.com under Events. You can also call 1 (877) 407-0784 from within the United States or 1 (201) 689-8560 from abroad.

About Motorsport Games:
Motorsport Games, a Motorsport Network company, is a leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider for official motorsport racing series around the world. By combining innovative and immersive video games with exciting eSports competitions and content for racing fans and gamers, Motorsport Games strives to make the joy of racing accessible to everyone. The Company is the officially licensed video game developer and publisher for iconic motorsport racing series for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, including NASCAR, INDYCAR, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the British Touring Car Championship (“BTCC”). as well as the industry-leading simulations rFactor 2 and KartKraft. RFactor 2 also serves as Formula E’s official sim racing platform while also serving Formula 1™ centers through a partnership with Kindred Concepts. Motorsport Games is an award-winning esports partner of choice for the Le Mans 24 Hours, Formula E, BTCC, the FIA ​​​​World Rallycross Championship and the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, among others. Motorsport Games is building a virtual racing ecosystem where every product creates excitement, every esports event is an adventure, and every story inspires.

Contacts:
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A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/90cf8d59-ce48-4ab2-ac0c-fbca9a4cabdd

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Up to Speed: October 22-23, 2022 https://otagorally.net/up-to-speed-october-22-23-2022/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 18:15:48 +0000 https://otagorally.net/up-to-speed-october-22-23-2022/

A range of British Championship action, including the conclusion of the inaugural British Endurance Championship, takes center stage in another weekend of motorsport in Britain.

Let us update you:

British Endurance Championship – Donington Park (GP)

With no more point losses to consider, Donington Park will host a blockbuster season one finale of the British Endurance Championship.

Chris Goddard and Charlie Hollings currently lead by 144 points in their RNR Performance powered Ferrari 458, just two points ahead of Wayne Marrs and Tom Jackson in the Rob Boston Racing prepared Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The two race in different classes and are regularly on the top step of their respective podiums. The Ferrari is set for perhaps a tougher opponent ‘in its class’ so maintaining that winning form will be crucial for Goddard and Hollings to lift the coveted crown.

Third overall and poised to strike should misfortune befall the two teams ahead, the MKH Racing Aston Martin GT4 is in the hands of Peter Montague and Stuart Hall.

To catch the title-decisive weekend, visit the live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKztHtFX76A

British Drift Pro Championship – Snetterton

Ollie Evans looks destined to claim the 2022 Motorsport UK Drift Pro Championship crown at Snetterton this weekend, with a 70-point lead en route to the Norfolk venue.

Evan’s next challenge is Josh King – winner last time at Brands Hatch – and he will be hoping to repeat his performance to take second place overall, just 10 more points ahead of third-placed Lwi Edwards.

Also on the bill at Snetterton this weekend is the TCR UK Touring Car Championship Final with Chris Smiley, the Team UK competitor for the Touring Car discipline at the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games, heading into the weekend level with Isaac Smith at the Championship Summit.

To follow the weekend live, there is the stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHuRCZbJblU

Around the clubs

Three tram Events mark another vibrant weekend of club motorsport this weekend across the UK.

From Scotland to Sevenoaks, the AutoSOLO promotion will continue to offer ‘thrills per minute’ motorsport at a great value price, with only a standard road car, club membership and a free RS Clubman license from Motorsport UK required to enter.

North of the border, the Scottish Sporting Car Club hosts its winter AutoSOLO and Test, and navigation training is held nearby, courtesy of the Saltire Rally Club.

Down in Sevenoaks, the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club will be hosting the Ashford Cattle Market AutoSOLO. To learn more about it tramand how to get involved visit the dedicated website: https://streetcarmotorsportuk.com/

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Toparis confirmed for FIA Motorsport Games https://otagorally.net/toparis-confirmed-for-fia-motorsport-games/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 00:30:06 +0000 https://otagorally.net/toparis-confirmed-for-fia-motorsport-games/


Costa Toparis has been selected to compete in the Formula 4 Cup at the FIA ​​Motorsport Games.

The final member of Team Australia’s 2022 FIA Motorsport Games campaign, Costa Toparis has been confirmed to compete in the Formula 4 Cup.

With the second edition of the Games taking place later this month, the addition of Toparis is a major boost for Team Australia, who now have eight drivers competing in motorsport’s ‘Olympic Games’.

While not the most experienced driver on the Formula 4 entry list, Toparis has a winning mentality and was very successful in his junior karting years.

Last year the New South Wales youngster’s raw talent got permission to compete in the Ferrari Driver Academy’s World Scouting Finals, but Australia’s border restrictions made travel difficult and forced him to withdraw.

The decision to stay at home only motivated the New South Welshman as he spent much of 2022 testing in an F4 car run by the highly regarded team AGI Sport while honing his racing craft at the Motorsport Australia NSW Motor Race Championships .

Competing as part of the State Championship in single-seater cars, Toparis finished second for the season despite missing a lap and piloted his Mygale M14-F4 to a race win, pole position, three fastest laps and five other podiums in his six races.

Toparis, invited again this year to take part in the Ferrari Driver Academy, has had to withdraw from the competition due to other commitments but still has an intense testing program ahead for the remainder of 2022, which includes a stint in Formula 4 United Arab Emirates Emirates includes Championship.

When he was selected for the FIA ​​​​Motorsport Games, the 15-year-old was keen to represent his country in what will be the first of many international appearances.

“I feel privileged and am looking forward to starting at the FIA ​​Motorsport Games. The excitement surrounding the event and the enthusiasm from all countries is unbelievable. I especially want to thank my sponsor Rodin Cars for believing in my potential and creating these opportunities for me,” said Toparis.

“The amount of effort and work that goes into the FIA ​​Motorsport Games is amazing and I can’t wait to get out on track and race against some of the best in the world.

“I am flattered and proud to have been selected by Motorsport Australia to represent Australia at such a high profile event, I am confident that I will prove myself on the world stage.

“Coming into the event I feel confident that I can perform when needed and that we will be at the finish all weekend – I believe we have a great opportunity to be successful during the games.

“I have no doubt that the FIA ​​​​Motorsport Games will help my career and will be a great experience both on and off the track. I’m sure it will advance my career regardless of the outcome and help set a clear path for the next steps in my motorsport journey.

“I think what I’m most looking forward to is getting to know the new car, its unique appearance will offer great parity between the cars and it will offer a level playing field with the best in the world.

“To race in all other countries will be exciting to say the least and a great competition in the Formula 4 discipline.”

The addition of Toparis to the team will see him join Stephen and Brenton Grove (GT Endurance), Matt Campbell (GT Sprint), Aiva Anagnostiadis and Peter Bouzinelos (Karting), Philippa Boquida (Digital Cup) and Aaron Cameron (Touring Car). .

Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca was delighted with Team Australia’s final line-up for the Games and believed Toparis would be a welcome addition to the squad.

“Congratulations to Costa who will proudly represent Team Australia. We are thrilled to have such a fantastic young ambassador for sport at the Games,” said Arocca.

“The already great interest in Costa confirms that he is a very special talent who is capable of anything. Hopefully he can take home a medal.

“With the appointment of Costa as our official Formula 4 driver, Team Australia’s line-up is set and I look forward to the team’s success in France.”

TEAM AUSTRALIA

Formula 4 – Costa Toparis
GT – Stephen Grove (team captain) and Brenton Grove
GT Sprint – Matt Campbell
Sports – Philippa Boquida
Karting Sprint Snr – Aiva Anagnostiadis
Karting Sprint Jnr – Peter Bouzinelos
Touring Car (TCR) – Aaron Cameron

The 2022 FIA ​​Motorsport Games will take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France from October 28th to 30th.

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