World Rally Championship – Otago Rally http://otagorally.net/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:23:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://otagorally.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png World Rally Championship – Otago Rally http://otagorally.net/ 32 32 Craig Breen returns to Ireland to headline the Killarney Historic Rally https://otagorally.net/craig-breen-returns-to-ireland-to-headline-the-killarney-historic-rally/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/craig-breen-returns-to-ireland-to-headline-the-killarney-historic-rally/

Craig Breen will take a step back in time when he leads the line-up at the Killarney Historic Rally this weekend.

Breen will swap the all-new Puma he tested out over the past few weeks for a ’70s-style Ford Escort for its second appearance, leading them into the hybrid era of the 2022 World Cup on his home soil in two years.

The 31-year-old from Waterford has been part of the Hyundai WRC team for three seasons, but only competes in selected rounds of the series in addition to European Championship events. He really wanted a full program to become world champion.

And now Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle have landed two-year contracts with Ford and will present the hybrid Puma at the Monte Carlo Rally in January.

Always keen to support Irish rallying – he’s a two-time Circuit of Ireland winner and still reigning Tarmac champion – Breen enjoys the opportunity to get back to his roots and took the chance to join his father Ray on the starting list for Killarney .

They’re just two of the leading names setting off this weekend for the classic Kerry stages of an event officially listed as the start of the revived Tarmac series in 2022.

Jonny Greer will follow Breen off the start line on Saturday and will switch from the R5 Citroen, in which he finished second at the Ulster Rally last weekend, to the family’s Ford Sierra Cosworth, while his father David drives an Opel Manta 400.

Former Tarmac champion Donagh Kelly, who won the historic Ulster Rally category, is also on the grid in his BMW.

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Taylor confirmed for 2022 Dakar Rally debut https://otagorally.net/taylor-confirmed-for-2022-dakar-rally-debut/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 04:08:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/taylor-confirmed-for-2022-dakar-rally-debut/

Molly Taylor (center) with Nico Rosberg and Extreme-E team-mate Johan Kristoffersson. Image: Sam Bloxham

Australian championship rally winner Molly Taylor has announced that she will compete in the Dakar Rally next year.

Taylor will be the first woman from Australia to take part in the legendary event in Saudi Arabia on four wheels.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33-year-old had a busy year in 2021 when he competed in the first Extreme E-Series with Rosberg X Racing.

Taylor has also participated in select FIA World Rally Championship events, including Rally Finland with M-Sport.

“To be honest, it was just a dream come true,” said Taylor of her upcoming Dakar debut.

“I’ve followed the Dakar for as long as I can remember. Every January we sit down and watch the two weeks of the fantastic Dakar adventure.

“To actually have the chance to drive yourself, you say, ‘One day I’ll do Dakar,’ and it’s very exciting that it’s so close to the action.”

Taylor will travel to the UK for the final round of Extreme E she currently leads on December 18-19, before stepping up preparations for the Dakar Rally.

The prologue begins on January 1st with the start and the first stage a day later before it ends on January 14th.

Taylor said she was dying to return to the northern hemisphere to finish the year.

“The Extreme E-Series has been fantastic this year and it’s just an amazing, new, innovative championship to go to these remote places and race in these nearly two-ton electric SUVs and really get involved with climate change and to be able to be an influence on that side too – and to work with Nico Rosberg and all the drivers and Johan Kristoffersson, my team-mate, three-time rallycross world champion, so it’s been an amazing year, “said Taylor.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride and I’ve literally lived out of my suitcase for the past six months and moved from place to place. It was an adventure, that’s for sure. But tonight I plan to go home and go to my bed for the first time in six months. That’ll be nice too. “

Taylor won’t be the only Australian to compete in the Dakar Rally in 2022.

KTM rider Toby Price will return next year, as will Daniel Sanders, who will drive for GasGas.

Andrew Houlihan will drive a new KTM 450 rally at the Crown Jewels Offroad Event.

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NRX FC1-X makes its debut at the 2022 Race of Champions https://otagorally.net/nrx-fc1-x-makes-its-debut-at-the-2022-race-of-champions/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 05:40:52 +0000 https://otagorally.net/nrx-fc1-x-makes-its-debut-at-the-2022-race-of-champions/

the Race of Champions 2022 Not only does the top-class event take place on a snow / ice surface, but also the first race for the FC1-X. On Monday, the day after Nitro rallycross Following the conclusion of the Wild Horse Pass racing weekend, ROC announced that the series electric car FC1-X will make its racing debut at the event, February 4-6.

Various rallycross series have experimented with electric vehicles lately, perhaps most notably the one FIA World Rallycross Championship which wants to switch to a fully electric network in 2022. First of all, the series has the fully electric FIA RX2e Championship Support class. The FC1-X from NRX will also start the competition in 2022 with a starting field of 16 cars, albeit as a separate division, while the supercars continue to use internal combustion engines as headliners. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Good Times Racing, Grönholm RX, Olsberg’s MSE, Vermont SportsCar, and XiTE races have currently blocked their entries for the FC1-X, as well as an organization yet to be announced.

The FC1-X was presented at Wild Horse Pass and was approved by. designed First corner, a joint venture between QEV technologies and Olsbergs MSE, with blessings from manufacturers like ford, Subaru, and Volkswagen. QEV is a Spanish electric mobility manufacturer responsible for projects such as solar cars and has participated in motorsports such as Formula E, Extreme E, the World Rally Championship and touring cars. Olsbergs MSE is one of the top companies in the rallycross world. Both parties also worked together on the RX2e.

The FC1-X is said to be the fastest and most powerful rallycross car in history, even faster than its ICE-powered counterparts. It is planned to have over 1,000 horsepower; By comparison, supercars have 600 hp.

“Our future goal is to break all possible records with this platform.” said Olsberg’s MSE director Andreas Eriksson. “Today we can do 0-100 km in less than 1.5 seconds. The car will shape history and maybe change our view of motorsport. ROC is the perfect launch pad for the FC1-X. “

ROC, which will take place near the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, adds the FC1-X as part of the move to carbon neutrality and greener options. The RX2e will also be used at the event.

“We belong to a region that is at the forefront of the green transition, and we also want all of our events to be shaped by environmental and sustainability issues and to take responsibility for them.” commented organizer and Pite Havsbad Group head Tobias Lindfors. “Pite Havsbad, the largest tourist and conference facility in the Nordic region, is heated to 95 percent with waste heat. We are very proud of that, but of course we will continue to work on further developing these topics and electric cars are one of them. “

NRX founder Travis Pastrana will participate in the ROC, its ninth time (2003, 2005–2007, 2009–2011, 2017).

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These underrated sports cars deserve more recognition https://otagorally.net/these-underrated-sports-cars-deserve-more-recognition/ https://otagorally.net/these-underrated-sports-cars-deserve-more-recognition/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 22:30:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/these-underrated-sports-cars-deserve-more-recognition/

In the decades since Sports car The market’s popularity exploded for the first time in the mid-20th century. The market is arguably more diverse than ever, especially as electric vehicles are redefining accessibility in terms of speed and acceleration. With so much to choose from, it’s inevitable that a few cars will slip through the cracks and be largely forgotten, even though they’re great to drive or historically important.

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Some of these cars are currently being sold new and some are already classics, but all of them deserve more credit than they get. Among them is the first car from one of the world’s most valuable automakers, the car that the designer of the McLaren F1 drives on a daily basis, and a stripped-down family sedan that can compete with supercars on a racetrack. They all offer something to talk about in theory, although unfortunately most enthusiasts forget about them.


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Alps A110

The front of the A110

Via Alpine

The relaunch of the historic Alpine brand in 2017 initially caused a stir, but the hype has long since ebbed. Even so, the company is still producing its signature car for a small number of avid buyers. Among them are some very influential people, including Gordon Murray, the designer of the McLaren F1.

3/4 rear view of the A110 on the move

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Murray received his A110 in 2018 and has since showered it with praise, even called it “the best car” [he’s] ever driven for driving and driveability. “Given that this is a man who built one of the most revered cars in the world, that’s pretty much. He reportedly uses the Alpine as his daily driver alongside a Suzuki Jimny. As great as it is, Alpine has made a decision not to bring the A110 on the market in the States since a lack of brand awareness meant that there was no viable business case.

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Ginetta Akula

Ginetta Akula

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There are many British sports cars that are not getting as much attention as they should, but few have been as criminally ignored as the Ginetta Akula. The Akula presented in 2019 is Ginetta’s first real super sports car and builds on the company’s decades of experience in racing in LMP1 and GT4.

Ginetta Akula

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It uses a carbon fiber tub and a self-developed V8 that mirrors the formula of another British racing manufacturer that became sports car maker McLaren. It’s good for 600hp and first deliveries started in 2020, yet most enthusiasts will never have heard of it.

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Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

About Tesla

When the roadster first hit the market, Tesla was just one of a wave of emerging automakers trying to turn electric vehicles into something that buyers actually wanted. Previous electric vehicles had tried not to generate market interest, but Tesla really paved the way for the electric market and made electric vehicles cool for the first time.

Tesla Roadster

About Tesla

As the brand’s first production model, the roadster is a uniquely important piece of modern history that will likely be recognized as an important turning point for the automotive market in a few decades. At the moment, however, it has mostly receded into the background to Tesla’s newer products, such as the Model 3 and the endlessly hyped Cybertruck.

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VW Corrado VR6

The front of the Corrado VR6

About collecting cars

The Corrado name is made in the VW history books today, but in the 1990s the VR6 was the fastest Volkswagen on the market. It was designed as a replacement for the Scirocco Coupé, which was itself a replacement for the legendary Karmann Ghia.

The rear of the Corrado VR6

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As the name suggests, the VR6 had a 2.9 liter V6 engine and a chassis that was specially developed for optimal handling. Used VR6s are cheap to buy and cost little to run. It doesn’t have the same cult status as an old Golf GTI or a Beetle, but the VR6 is arguably one of the best bargain sports cars around.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm

The front of the Giulia GTAm

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In a world where most major automakers are focused on developing electric SUVs and crossover hybrids, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm is a refreshing old school muscle sedan. Driven by a 2.9-liter V6 biturbo, which was developed in collaboration with Ferrari, the GTAm develops 533 hp and takes just 3.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h.

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The stern of the Giulia GTAm

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It is supposedly a hoot to drive and it looks every bit as crazy as its $ 210,000 price tag suggests. Production is limited to 500 units and Alfa is currently taking orders. So if you want to have what is possibly the most exciting sports sedan in recent years, you should be quick and reserve one.

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Fiat coupe

The front of a blue Fiat Coupe

About FavCars

A little Italian sports coupe with an engine from the greatest rally car of all time should be a recipe for an iconic car, right? Well, the Fiat Coupe is all of those things, but few people recognize it as such. The coupe was designed by the influential Chris Bangle and assembled at the Pininfarina factory in Turin, Italy.

Fiat Coupe Turbo

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The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that launched the car was inherited from the Lancia Delta Integrale, which had won a record-breaking sixth World Rally Championship just a few years earlier. The car sold well when it was launched, but its popularity quickly waned, and today used examples can be picked up for as little as a few thousand dollars.

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Porsche 928

Porsche 928

About collecting cars

Another car that theoretically had the right ingredients was the Porsche 928. It was designed to be the best of both worlds, with the luxury and technology of a grand tourer but the handling and performance of a traditional sports car. It became Porsche’s flagship from 1977 to 1995, although only 61,000 units were sold during that time.

Porsche 928

About collecting cars

Its lack of recognition today is largely due to its older and more iconic brother, the 911. Despite attempts by Porsche to kill the 911 Over the years, its popularity has remained strong, with the result that other models have never really been in the spotlight.

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Acura NSX (2nd generation)

2022 Acura NSX Type S

about Acura

After half a decade of lackluster sales, Acura finally announced that they would be phasing out the NSX in 2021. A final edition of the Type S will be produced for model year 2022, with only 300 units available for US buyers. Much like the previous generation NSX, the current generation car didn’t generate much fuss due to a lack of headline-making metrics or insane styling.

2022 Acura NSX Type S

About Acura

It’s also a hybrid that carried a stigma when the car launched in 2016 that the NSX could never shake off. Fast forward to 2021 and there are plenty of hybrid supercars out there, but it’s too late for Acura to grow its sales as the car’s fate is already sealed. Fifteen years after the first generation NSX was phased out, prices have skyrocketed as buyers realize how far ahead of its time the car was. It is entirely possible that the price of the second generation car will do the same in another fifteen years.

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Lamborghini Jalpa

Lamborghini Jalpa

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The enthusiastic interest in the original Lamborghini Countach peaked again when a new version of the car was just announced, but most enthusiasts still don’t remember the Jalpa that was sold alongside it. The Jalpa was supposed to be the entry-level Lambo, a car that was slightly more practical and usable than its deranged big brother.

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Lamborghini Jalpa

Via Tom Hartley Dealers

Unfortunately, at the time, Lamborghini buyers simply weren’t interested in a decent supercar, and eventually the Jalpa was dropped with just 410 units sold. Today Jalpas are among the cheapest Lambos, because anyone who wants a classic Lambo still wants a Countach. It’s a shame because a Jalpa will still be eye-catching and fun even if it doesn’t have the same star performance.

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Chevrolet SS

Chevrolet SS

About Chevrolet

The Chevrolet SS is a little different from most people’s idea of ​​a traditional sports car, but that was its biggest flaw. To say the least, it’s a bit strange as this is an Australian-built performance sedan that has been modified to look like a regular family van. To be clear: this isn’t just any old sedan, but comes standard with a screeching LS3 V8 and 415 hp.

Chevrolet SS

About Chevrolet

As a real sleeper, the SS never attracted much attention in the States, and those who thought about buying it were likely put off by its relatively high price point and simple appearance. The car was painted in 2017 when the Holden factory where it was made closed, and it is unlikely that there will ever be a successor. The rise of electric vehicles means there will likely never be another car like the SS, marking the end of an era for both Australian manufacturing and GM muscle sedans.


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Aaron Johnston lands with Takamoto Katsuta. World Rally Championship https://otagorally.net/aaron-johnston-lands-with-takamoto-katsuta-world-rally-championship/ https://otagorally.net/aaron-johnston-lands-with-takamoto-katsuta-world-rally-championship/#respond Mon, 08 Nov 2021 07:55:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/aaron-johnston-lands-with-takamoto-katsuta-world-rally-championship/

Up-and-coming Ulster co-driver Aaron Johnston will have a full season in the World Rally Championship next year.

The 25-year-old from Co Tyrone has been selected to partner with Takamoto Katsuta on the Toyota team as the WRC series enters its new hybrid era.

Johnston, who had worked with another rising star, Oliver Solberg, for the past two years, broke up with the Norwegian in September but was quickly brought in by Toyota to partner with Katsuta, whose regular co-driver Daniel Barrett was forced to go with one Side standing back injury.

They competed together for the first time in Finland and then in Spain and will end the season at the Monza Rally in Italy this month. But with Toyota confirming that Katsuta would be part of the official team for the next season, it had to make a decision about who would be its full-time co-driver and chose Johnston.

“It’s been a privilege for me to work with Taka-San and everyone at TGR over the past few months, and I’m more than excited about the future,” tweeted Johnston.

Andrew Watson finished his first World Championship season with the Japanese D’Station team in eighth place in the GTE / AM category at the Eight Hours of Bahrain.

Watson and his teammates Tomonobu Fujii and Satoshi Hoshino started in eleventh place, but like the week before in the six-hour race, Fujii stormed into the GTE lead before incurring a drive-through penalty for colliding with another car.

From then on they played catch-up, but Watson finished strong, their TF Sport-Run Vantage ended up as the best-placed Aston Martin in a race in which Toyota confirmed the overall champions with the first two places on the podium.

On the spot, Gerard O’Connell won the Northern Irish Sprint Championship finals in Kirkistown, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Alan Cassells at the top of the standings.

With five straight wins in his OMS, Cassells could afford to skip the final lap, where O’Connell set the fastest time ahead of Tony Greenan, both of whom were Dallaras.

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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge fits in perfectly with the new FIA World Rally Raid Championship, says Ben Sulayem https://otagorally.net/abu-dhabi-desert-challenge-fits-in-perfectly-with-the-new-fia-world-rally-raid-championship-says-ben-sulayem/ https://otagorally.net/abu-dhabi-desert-challenge-fits-in-perfectly-with-the-new-fia-world-rally-raid-championship-says-ben-sulayem/#respond Sat, 06 Nov 2021 11:30:53 +0000 https://otagorally.net/abu-dhabi-desert-challenge-fits-in-perfectly-with-the-new-fia-world-rally-raid-championship-says-ben-sulayem/

During today’s press conference at the Yas Marina Circuit, key event sponsors and an international line-up of drivers and drivers were introduced.
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Abu Dhabi: Mohammed Ben Sulayem says the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the spectacular event he founded 30 years ago, is a perfect fit for the new FIA World Rally Raid Championship that will bring cross country rallying next year leads into a new era.

Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Al Dhafra region, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge hits a new milestone this week as the longest-running cross-country rally in the Middle East.

“We thank Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his continued support and encouragement as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the rally,” said Ben Sulayem, President of the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO) and FIA Vice President for Sports.

Strong position

“This was crucial and has now put us in a strong position from which to look forward to an exciting new chapter in cross-country rallying.”

Ben Sulayem, currently with the FIA ​​overseas, led the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge into the FIA ​​World Cup for cross country rallies in 1993, two years after its inception, and regards it as one of the elite events marking the new direction of the sport can fully absorb.

The World Cup series will be replaced next year when the FIA, the world governing body for motorsport, introduces the new World Rally Raid Championship. The focus is on new, alternative and experimental technologies in line with the FIA’s environmental strategy in support of climate change, technology and innovation and sustainable practices.

During today’s press conference at the Yas Marina Circuit hosted by EMSO CEO Mahir Badri, key event sponsors and an international line-up of drivers and drivers participating in the 30th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge were presented.

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is supported by the Ruler’s Representative Court Al Dhafra Region, UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, ADNOC Distribution, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Aviation, National Ambulance, Al-Futtaim Toyota, Abu Dhabi Police , Abu Dhabi Township, Al Dhafra Township, Al-Ain Water, and Tadweer.

“This is a proud moment for everyone at EMSO, as well as for our sponsors, who are invaluable in their support, and the volunteers who devote their time every year to make the rally a reality,” said Badri.

“Over the years we have enjoyed seeing many of the top competitors in the sport put their skills to the test at this great event and our local drivers and drivers have the chance to share an exciting world stage. We look forward to more of them on the occasion of the 30th anniversary. “

30-year record

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, the official headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, commented: “We are delighted to work with EMSO again to ensure that the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge continues to showcase Abu Dhabi as a world-class sporting goal.

“This is undoubtedly one of the world’s premier international cross-country rallies and the Yas Marina Circuit is proud to have contributed to the event achieving its impressive 30-year record.”

At today’s press conference there were Nasser Al Attiyah from Qatar, who was champion of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in 2008 and 2016 and leader of this year’s FIA World Championship, and Khalid Al Qassimi from the United Arab Emirates, winner of his 2017 home race.

Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al Rajhi, who finished second in the FIA ​​World Cup drivers’ championship, is looking for his first Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, while Emirati driver Yahya Al Helei is extending his remarkable 30-year, 100 percent home race appearance record .

He shared the press conference spotlight with son Mansour, who originally drove for his father before taking the wheel, as well as Molly Taylor, who became the first Australian female rally champion to appear after being the youngest driver ever the series in 2016.

Top driver

The top drivers present today included Austria’s new FIM cross-country rally world champion Matthias Walkner, Emirati Mohammed Al Balooshi, who was the first driver from the GCC region to win the FIM Bajas World Cup title, and Poland’s six-time FIM World Cup quad -Champion, Rafal Sonik.

Also at the press conference were French star Adrien Van Beveren, former Australian enduro specialist Daniel Sanders, 2015 FIM women’s cross-country rally world champion, Anastasiya Nifontova, and Portuguese Joaquim Rodrigues, who has worked professionally for 27 years Supercross and motocross drivers were on the road before the start of the rally.

After the Yas Island Super Special Stage for bikes and quads on Saturday afternoon (1.30 p.m.), tomorrow morning the Abu Desert Challenge will take place in the dunes of Al Dhafra for the first of five test stages. The rally ends on the next Thursday afternoon at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge rally schedule

Nov 6 Super Stage Yas Island – 2km
Nov 7th Level 1 Representative court of the ruler Al Dhafrah region – 262.02km
Nov 8, Stage 2 ADNOC distribution – 333.43 km
Nov 9, Stage 3 Abu Dhabi Sports Council – 293.00 km
Nov 10, Stage 4 Abu Dhabi Aviation – 251.98km
Nov 11, stage 5 Yas Marina Circuit – 162.94km

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19 cars for the rookie test in Bahrain – Motorsport Week https://otagorally.net/19-cars-for-the-rookie-test-in-bahrain-motorsport-week/ https://otagorally.net/19-cars-for-the-rookie-test-in-bahrain-motorsport-week/#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2021 16:27:57 +0000 https://otagorally.net/19-cars-for-the-rookie-test-in-bahrain-motorsport-week/

19 cars will take part in the rookie test of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The test is returning for the first time since 2019 as it was not carried out in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All three hypercars were submitted, along with seven cars in LMP2, four in GTE Pro and five in GTE Am.

Toyota Gazoo Racing will use both of its masterful GR010 hybrid hypercars. Mike Conway will share the number 7 car with Charles Milesi, one of two drivers officially nominated for the test by the WEC. The # 8 car is shared by Sebastien Buemi and seven-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier.

Alpine has registered its # 36 Alpine A480-Gibson exclusively for Nicolas Lapierre.

In LMP2, the Richard Mille Racing Team will have its # 1 ORECA 07-Gibson driven by W Series stars Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell and Alpine Elf Europa Cup driver Lilou Wadoux. DragonSpeed ​​has invited Juan Pablo’s son Sebastian Montoya to drive his # 21 with his father and Ben Hanley. Jazeman Jaafar will drive for JOTA, while Sophia Floersch will test alongside Robin Frijns in Team WRT.

Two teams, Racing Team Nederland and Realteam Racing, took part in the test but have not yet announced any drivers.

A total of four Ferraris, three Aston Martins and two Porsches are used in the GTE ranks. AF Corse will welcome Peter Mann, Simon Mann and Christof Ulrich on board its # 51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo alongside Alessandro Pier Guidi in vehicle # 52, while Porsche has nominated its entire Bahrain 8H line-up.

Depending on the outcome of the season finale on Saturday, Porsche or Ferrari will also welcome Laurents Hörr, the second officially nominated driver, for the test.

In GTE Am, Iron Lynx used both cars for drivers from different backgrounds. Former GP3 driver Bruno Baptista and TCR Europe driver Franco Girolami will drive the # 60 Ferrari, while former FIA F3 and Indy Lights drivers Alex Peroni and Benjamin Goethe will share the car with the # 85.

Both TF Sport and NorthWest AMR will also take part in the test for Aston Martin. Their line-up consists of Kenton Koch, Valentin Hasse-Clot, Nicolai Kjaergaard, Dylan Murry, Greg Huffaker, Florian Latorre and Andrew Watson.

Other well-known names on board the number 98 Aston Martin Vantage AMR are the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup champion Roman de Angelis and the BMW GT3 ace David Pittard.

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Braves rally to defeat Astros and take the 3-1 lead in the World Series https://otagorally.net/braves-rally-to-defeat-astros-and-take-the-3-1-lead-in-the-world-series/ https://otagorally.net/braves-rally-to-defeat-astros-and-take-the-3-1-lead-in-the-world-series/#respond Sun, 31 Oct 2021 04:04:05 +0000 https://otagorally.net/braves-rally-to-defeat-astros-and-take-the-3-1-lead-in-the-world-series/

Atlanta-based Dansby Swanson celebrates after scoring a solo home run in the seventh inning of the Braves’ 3-2 win over Houston in their fourth World Series game in Atlanta on Saturday. Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

ATLANTA – Dansby Swanson chose a good time to compete in his first run of the World Series.

With Atlanta trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning in Game 4 on Saturday night, Swanson hemmed a 95 mph fastball from Cristian Javier over the right wall for his first post-season homer and tied the game.

Pinch-hitter Jorge Soler followed with a go-ahead homer, also against Javier. It was the first time the Braves had met consecutive World Series homers.

Thanks to the sudden display of performance, the Braves won 3-2 and lead the World Series 3-1. The Braves can take their first World Series championship since 1995 in Game 5 on Sunday evening.

Prior to his homer, Swanson was 2-for-11 in the World Series. He stood up and kicked out his first two at-bats on Saturday night.

Swanson, a right-hander, hit Homer in the opposing field over the wall in the right field. He watched the ball fly as he ran to first base and then raised his right arm in triumph after circling the bag.

Swanson’s big hit was a major blow to a Braves offensive that appeared to be stuck on a two-pass hole. The Braves suffered a 7-2 defeat in Game 2 before setting off a strong start from Ian Anderson to a 2-0 win in Game 3 on Friday night.

Solers Drive sailed just out of reach of Astros leftfielder Yordan Valdez, who crashed into the wall trying to make the catch.

It was the second time in the postseason that the Braves hit consecutive home runs. Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario hit the homers in the second inning of Atlanta’s 9-2 win in Los Angeles in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series in consecutive at-bats.

Swanson and the Braves will attempt to build the Force resurgence in Game 5 on Sunday night against Framber Valdez, the starter in Game 1 of Astros.

Upon entering the game, Swanson had an average of .273 career hits in 30 post-season games. In last year’s postseason, he hit three homers, including two against Miami in the NL Division Series and one against the Dodgers in the NLCS.


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The Toyota Gazoo Racing driver had a troubled second half of the season with three different co-drivers occupying the right seat of his Yaris World Rally Car in consecutive events.

Dan Barritt led Katsuta to his first podium in the FIA ​​World Rally Championship at the Safari Rally Kenya before injuring his back at the Rally Estonia.

He was replaced by Keaton Williams in Belgium, but the Briton was unable to compete in the EKO Acropolis Rally Greece for family reasons. Katsuta therefore did not start and Aaron Johnston, who had just split up with Oliver Solberg, jumped in for the next rounds in Finland and Spain.


Video: Katsuta leaves Spain early


While Katsuta and Johnston fell on both events, the Japanese believes the Northern Irish holds great promise.

When asked what will happen in the future, he replied, “I’m not sure. I’m pretty sure Aaron will do a very good job. I have no questions about this and Dan – I’ve been with him a long time. I am very happy with both of them.

“I want to continue with both of them, but I know I can only have one passenger. I have to choose. “

Barritt was at the RallyRACC – Rally de España earlier this month to write safety instructions for Katsuta.


Katsuta teamed up with Aaron Johnston in Finland


“Before this rally,” said Katsuta, “Dan felt more comfortable, but after the rally I feel very comfortable with Aaron.”

Focusing on choosing a co-driver is an important process for Katsuta – as is returning to the speed he showed mid-season when he finished second in Kenya after a remarkably consistent start to the year.

“I have to find that trust again,” he said. “A lot happened in the middle of the season and now I have to forget that and drive the way I did again. I was disappointed in Spain, I made a mistake, but I feel like things are moving in the right direction. “


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Kenya: Omanyala wins LG Sports Personality for September https://otagorally.net/kenya-omanyala-wins-lg-sports-personality-for-september/ https://otagorally.net/kenya-omanyala-wins-lg-sports-personality-for-september/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 08:50:38 +0000 https://otagorally.net/kenya-omanyala-wins-lg-sports-personality-for-september/

Nairobi – Kenya’s sensational sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala was named LG Sport’s Personality in September.

Omanyala achieved the feat after his outstanding performance at the Kenyan round of the prestigious World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series 2021, Kip Keino Classic, where he broke his own national record and set a new African record of 9.77 seconds.

This happened after he finished second in the 100 m, which the American Trayvon Bromell won in a world lead time of 9.76 seconds, while the former Olympic and world champion Justin Gatlin came third in 10.03 seconds.

“I’ve been nominated for this award many times and I’m happy to win it today. It’s always good to be appreciated at home for what you do. I thank LG and SJAK for thinking about athletes, it means a lot because our efforts are recognized, “said a happy Omanyala, who was accompanied by his wife Laventer Amutavi.

He added, “I’m training hard and working to perfect my start because next year I’ll be competing for the big boys. We have a lot of events like the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, African Championships and I’m sure I’ll get better times. “

For his part, William Kamore, LG Electronics’ content manager East Africa, congratulated the Starrunner and said he was a living example of how the country wants to leave its mark in sprints.

“Kenya has always dominated medium and long distance running. Omanyala’s impressive heights at Kip Keino Classic will no doubt motivate a generation of runners to take on the breakneck 100-meter challenge on a continental and global scale.”