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Performance Tech Motorsports will head for the Canadian border for Rounds 7 and 8 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team has seen four of its five drivers earn podium finishes this season. This time the team hopes to see a podium sweep with its Masters Championship drivers, Craig Duerson, Jon Brownson and Joel Janco, all competing in the L1 class.
This is the series' only trip outside of the United States this season and will prove to be an exciting one. The track, commonly referred to as Mosport, is 2.459 miles of blind corners, high-speed straightaways and elevation change.
The goal of landing the Performance Tech fast five - Craig Duerson, Hayden Duerson, Robert Alon, Brownson and Janco - on podium will be challenged only by the circuit's 10 turns and the No. 10 car of series leader Mikhail Goikhberg. Sweeping the previous race weekend at Watkins Glen International, Goikhberg helped JDC Motorsports pull ahead in the Team Championship. Performance Tech is second in the Team Championship, 16 points behind JDC. But knowing the team's can-do attitude, Team Principal Brent O'Neill sees no reason why the team would not leave CTMP in the lead.
"We'll have extra time to focus on the Lites car this weekend with PC not running," O'Neill said. "I think this track will really suit the Duersons' and Alon's racing styles. I think we have a good shot at seeing them all on podium at Mosport.
Practice starts at 9 a.m. (ET) Thursday, July 10, with qualifying at 3:40 p.m. Friday, July 11. The 30-minute Race 1 takes place at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and the 45-minute Race 2 is scheduled for 9:50 a.m. Sunday, July 13. Follow live timing and scoring at scoring.imsa.com/prototype-lites/ and also follow the action live at @IMSALive on Twitter.
On Tuesday, July 8, the organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship announced a joint partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, showing their support for the environmental actions led by the Foundation and helping to raise funds for future projects. The Foundation, created by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2006, is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development.
“Formula E is a perfect illustration of what can be achieved in terms of clean mobility with electric vehicles," added HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. "The move towards a low-carbon economy is one of the key challenges of this century on which global climate change and the level of adverse consequences for the planet's population will greatly depend. The development of a series of spectacular and exciting races will certainly be a key factor for raising awareness of these crucial issues and we are both pleased and proud that the organisers, recognising the action implemented by my Foundation, have chosen to make it part of their commitment.”
Formula E is scheduled to race around the streets of the Principality on May 9 2015 and will be Round 8 of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship. Routes for the race are currently being finalised but as with all Formula E events, it will take place through the city streets, incorporating the historic Monaco harbour backdrop.
The Foundation’s efforts focus on three main sectors: climate change and clean energies, biodiversity, and integrated and sustainable water management, which seem to be a perfect match for the new all-electric racing series. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation joins previously announced ONE DROP as one of the official Formula E founding charity partner. During each race weekend, Formula E will be hosting activities to help raise funds to be distributed between each official charity, along with projects across the country and other schemes in the local area.
“We are great supporters of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and their commitment to sustainability and green initiatives, which ties in with the ethos of the FIA Formula E Championship," stated Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. "We share many core beliefs and the goals associated with both companies are very similar: to raise awareness of environmental concerns and in turn promote renewable energy sources.”
Beginning this September in Beijing, Formula E is the FIA’s global motorsport championship featuring fully-electric open-wheel cars racing around 10 of the world’s leading cities including London, Miami and Monaco. The debut of Formula E ushers in an innovative age where a race on the world stage has become the platform to showcase and promote sustainable technology for the environment.
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, reached the halfway point this past weekend in Buchanan, Michigan, for the Red Bull RedBud National. The 4th of July weekend tradition showcased the world's best motocross racers taking to one of America's most renowned tracks, housing the infamous "LaRocco's Leap," in hopes of gaining valuable championship points. Fans filled the grounds to watch a day of top-notch racing while celebrating Independence Day.
Through partnerships with series sponsors, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize the riders who are able to lay claim to the Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program, theMotoSport.com Holeshot Award in each moto, and the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award throughout the 2014 season.
The biggest surprise of the weekend came from Rockstar Energy Racing's Joey Savatgy, making a noticeable return to form in his second season as a pro. After injury kept him out of the entire AMA Supercross season and the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Savatgy has gradually worked his way back into contention in the 250 Class. This past weekend, the reigning Rookie of the Year experienced the highs and lows of the sport in the course of two motos, earning the RC Hard Charger Award and a Motosport.com Holeshot Award along the way.
Joey Savatgy (43) earned the RC Hard Charger Award and a MotoSport.com Holeshot
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
The RC Hard Charger Award is entering its sixth season in 2014. Named after Ricky Carmichael, the most winning motocross rider of all time, the award recognizes the one competitor at each of the 12 rounds of the championship who overtakes the highest number of his fellow racers in any of the four championship motos between the 250 and 450 Classes.The award is a testament to "The Greatest of All Time" or "The GOAT" and his never-give-up attitude over the span of a career that warranted 10 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross titles and 102 wins - two feats that will likely never be duplicated. All recipients of the RC Hard Charger Award are given a custom-designed trophy.
Savatgy fought harder than anybody to earn his result in the opening 250 Class moto, experiencing misfortune on the opening lap and crossing the line in dead last, 40th place. Despite the early adversity, Savatgy refused to quit and fought his way past 21 riders to finish an impressive 19th, rightfully earning the RC Hard Charger Award.
Likely motivated by his effort in Moto 1, Savatgy then went on to grab the MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in Moto 2, earning the very rare distinction of starting dead last in one moto and first in the next, and earning $500 in bonus money for his efforts. It was the kind of outing Savatgy needed to get back into the swing of things and potentially turn his season around.
The Motosport.com Holeshot Award is brand new to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this season and it awards $500 to the rider who gets the holeshot of each moto - in both the 450 Class and 250 Class - at every round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs at each event between the two classes, thanks to Motosport.com.
In the 450 Class, the fourth gate pick proved to be enough for Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey as he raced to the line quicker than the top three qualifiers in Moto 1. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard fought hard with Dungey down the straight and into the first corner, but Dungey was able to stay hard on the throttle and take the line away from Canard while also taking away the $500 award with him. However, it was Dungey's teammate Ken Roczen that would ultimately take control, making his way from deep inside the top 10 to pass each and every rider on his way to the front.
Ken Roczen (94) posted a 1-1 sweep in the 450 Class, grabbing a MotoSport.com Holeshot Award along the way. Fredrik Noren (80) made a memorable debut
aboard the Team Honda Muscle Milk factory effort.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Roczen continued his charge in Moto 2, leading the 40-rider bunch into the first turn of Moto 2. After a little close competition, Canard seized the opportunity again to quickly take the lead away from the rookie. Canard did everything he could to hold off Roczen and the duo battled it out until the Red Bull KTM finally found the inside and powered away from Canard to cap off a dominant day.
Matt Bisceglia (96) claimed a MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in the 250 Class
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
The 250 Class saw two fresh faces leading the eager pack early in each moto. GEICO Honda's Matt Biscegila had a great jump in Moto 1 and raced hard with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett to the line. Biscegila put the power to the ground to take his first MotoSport.comHoleshot Award, taking home the $500 prize to complement Savatgy's effort in Moto 2.
The Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program is designed to present a unique challenge for the 2014 season, providing a different twist by recognizing the rider who sets the fastest lap of practice in both the 250 and 450 Classes. Each rider will receive special Oakley Bomb trophy, specially designed by the brand.As the season wears on, the total number of Oakley Bomb awards a rider receives will be tallied into a final season total. The competitor with the most awards at season's end will be presented with an Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch.
Ken Roczen claimed yet another Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Award
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Some recent track changes and added sections were said to make for better racing and faster lap times for the 2014 national at RedBud. With the new sections offering various types of dirt and traction, tire selection would leave mechanics and riders scratching their heads. However, that did not seem to pose a challenge for the 450 Class points leader Roczen. The Red Bull KTM rider set the fastest lap in practice, posting a 2:02.848. Roczen parlayed the top time into a win for the second time this season and is the only rider to qualify fastest and then secure the overall in either class thus far.
Christophe Pourcel is 5-for-6 with fastest times this season
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
The 250 Class saw Frenchman Christophe Pourcel continue his supremacy of practice, posting yet another chart topping time of 2:03.517. Capturing another Oakley Bomb trophy, Pourcel will add a RedBud title to his stack of others from the 2014 season. Pourcel is 5-for-6 with fastest times, but is still in search of a moto win. At RedBud, Pourcel crashed in the first moto while leading and eventually pulled off with a DNF, forcing him to have a bad gate for Moto 2 where he started outside of the top 10 and ultimately finished 11th. He ended up 16th overall for his worst outing of the season.
Only days after Team Honda Muscle Milk announced he would be the replacement rider for an injured Justin Barcia, Swedish rider Fredrik Noren made a memorable debut aboard his factory ride by earning his second RC Hard Charger Award along with Savatgy. Noren battled his way from a 38th starting spot to finish 17th, matching the 21-rider total he achieved at Thunder Valley earlier this season.
2014 Specialty Award Winners
Oakley Fastest Lap Program
Glen Helen - Ryan Dungey
Hangtown - Ken Roczen
Thunder Valley - Trey Canard
High Point - Ken Roczen
Muddy Creek - Eli Tomac
Red Bud - Ken Roczen
Glen Helen - Christophe Pourcel
Hangtown - Christophe Pourcel
Thunder Valley - Christophe Pourcel
High Point - Jeremy Martin
Muddy Creek - Christophe Pourcel
Red Bud - Christophe Pourcel
Motosport.com Holeshot Award
Moto 1 - Josh Grant
Moto 2 - Ken Roczen
Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey
Moto 2 - Jake Weimer
Moto 1 - Josh Grant
Moto 2 - Trey Canard
Moto 1 - Chad Reed
Moto 2 - Chad Reed
Moto 1 - Eli Tomac
Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey
Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey
Moto 2 - Ken Roczen
Moto 1 - Jeremy Martin
Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin
Moto 1 - Zach Bell
Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin
Moto 1 - Jessy Nelson
Moto 2 - Zach Bell
Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel
Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel
Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel
Moto 2 - Justin Bogle
Moto 1 - Matt Biscegila
Moto 2 - Joey Savatgy
RC Hard Charger Award
Glen Helen - Josh Grant (+22)
Hangtown - Andrew Short (+24)
Thunder Valley - Fredrik Noren (+21)
High Point - Shane Sewell & Zack Williams (+14)
Muddy Creek - Josh Grant (+29)
Red Bud - Fredrik Noren & Joey Savatgy (+21)
Round 7 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Mechanicsville, Maryland, for the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National on Saturday July 12.
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As one of the fastest road courses in the world, the Canadian Tire Motorsports park, located in Bowmanville, Ontario, has been known for decades as demanding both passion and commitment in order to succeed. The same can be said for its fans, some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable in the sport.
The 2.459-mile road course is cut out of the Canadian countryside north of Toronto and has always been about speed. While safety and amenity changes have kept the track current in the years since its founding, it continues to be a legacy of previous great eras of road racing. While not near the overall track length of Road America or the Circuit of the Americas at which the Tudor Championship will compete on later in the year, its fast corners and elevation changes generate some of the highest average speeds that the GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars, like Sellers' Porsche 911 RSR, will compete on. Each corner demands full commitment, there are no "take a breath and relax" turns among the 10 that make-up the layout of CTMP.
For Bryan Sellers, the July 13 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at CTMP is a non-stop, high-energy blur in and out of the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR he shares with Wolf Henzler (Germany).
"This is a racetrack that takes quite a bit of time to get back up to speed," added Sellers. "The difficulty of the circuit is high along with the level of commitment needed to be fast. You have to mentally prepare yourself for the speed and risk level of the circuit by running through all your past experiences. I think everything eventually matches mentally and physically, you just have to not be in a rush to get there."
The Sunday afternoon race is among the favorite stops on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship circuit and seldom fails to provide the unexpected.
"It is rare to get a high-speed track that is also technical," stated Sellers. "However, CTMP is one of those tracks. You have to be fast and you also have to have good car placement. It is one of a kind! I am looking forward to get the Team Falken Tire Porsche onto the track and face the challenge."
Despite the danger that comes with the speed, or perhaps because of it, the track draws passion from the drivers and teams that compete here. It is considered among the most challenging tracks but that creates a desire to "beat" the circuit, one corner, one lap and one race at a time. Nothing is taken for granted.
"Turn two is probably the most famous corner, and for good reason," Sellers continued. "It is a corner like no other. It takes full commitment and demands all of your attention. It is extremely fast and line sensitive making it so difficult. You have to take a deep breath before turn two every time you approach it."
That level of commitment and passion carries over to the fan base as well. The two-hour, 45-minute multi-class race draws spectator support not only from all over Canada but it is a destination event for motorsport fans the world-over. The opportunity to witness, firsthand, drivers in the fastest GT machines in the world, battle the track is hard to turndown. The fans that come to the track recognize the skill and the commitment of the drivers and they pay that back with unequalled appreciation and knowledge of the sport. Saturday afternoon's autograph session and Sunday's fan grid walk will be among the most crowded of the season.
"The fans here have such a rich history in motorsports," Sellers concluded. "This is our only stop in Canada and they make sure they come out in full force to support the Tudor Championship. The fans are so great that I wish we could come more than once a year with the Falken Tire Porsche. They are educated on our sport and love coming to the race. As a driver, it's exciting to race in front of these Canadian fans and to try and impress them with a great race. That isn't easy. They have seen a lot of great racing over the years here."
The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix can be seen live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, July 13. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the race live on its network of stations. Sunday's race will also have live timing and scoring available at IMSA.com. Live streaming of the qualifying show is available on the IMSA web site beginning at 5:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 12.
Returning to their familiar home where they ran unbridled in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, thundering Can-Am cars will be a popular group this year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Held August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the event is a collection of 550 authentic and period-correct race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports.
It will be difficult to ignore the guttural rumble of 30-plus authentic Can-Am cars as they accelerate out of Turn 11 and down the straightaway to the start/finish bridge. These very same cars from the “anything goes” era of motorsports raced here in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to enormous crowds watching from the hillsides.
The original Can-Am series attracted the world’s finest drivers. The Who’s Who of driving included Mark Donohue, George Follmer, Jim Hall, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Jacky Ickx, Vic Elford, Bruce McLaren and John Surtees, to name just a few.
The grid is dominated by McLarens, Shadows and Lolas. “The Can-Am group is a popular one for fans and participants alike as they represent the true definition of win at any cost,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “These cars retain their characteristic look and certainly sounds and they are a welcoming site in their spiritual home.”
The Can-Am group is one of 15 race groups featured at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. They will be on track in Group 3B, racing on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary is Maserati, which is this year’s featured marque. Visitors will have the chance to visit the Maserati heritage display in the race paddock, exploring the company’s past, present and even future.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the cornerstones of the renowned Monterey Classic Car Week and is the largest event held annually in the scenic coastal community. Visitors worldwide descend on the community to enjoy the historic cars in action, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the myriad of supporting activities that comprise the motoring week.
Advance general admission tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are on sale beginning at $50 (Friday) and a three-day ticket at $130, which includes a complimentary souvenir magazine. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality packages begin at $200 per person.
For more information on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion or to purchase tickets, visit MazdaRaceway.com or call 800-327-7322.
After trading the top spot in Nitro Funny Car numerous times throughout the weekend, Tim Nemeth capped off a wild weekend in the nitro-powered Funny Car category at the IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals with a thrilling victory over Tim Boychuk to lead the way at IHRA's biggest event of the season. Ike Maier (Top Fuel), Joe Delehay (Pro Mod), Damian Cownden (Nitro Bike), Shane Reykdal (Pro 6.90) and Dawn Perdue (Jet Dragster) also were winners at the IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Parts Canada Sunday at Castrol Raceway.
Sunday's sportsman winners on the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Amsoil were Cody Liwiski (Top Sportsman), Scott Hearn (Top Dragster), Mark Faul (Super Stock), Ed Matiejewski (Stock), Mike Shannon (Quick Rod), Dave Stobbe (Super Rod), Carey Borchuk (Hot Rod). The remaining sportsman winners included George LeBlanc (Box ET), Ray Peck (No Box ET), Jenna Michaud (Junior Master), Kassie Thomas (Junior Advanced) and Connor Scott (Junior Beginner).
Nemeth and Boychuk, who have combined to win the last five Rocky Mountain Nationals events in Nitro Funny Car, spent the majority of the weekend trading the fast lap for the weekend. Nemeth led the way after qualifying on Friday, but he conceded a great lap to Boychuk on Saturday to give the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series regular the top qualifying spot. On Sunday, Nemeth saved the best for last and drove his way to his second consecutive Rocky Mountain Nationals victory.
"We were really excited about this event. We got here early, got setup and really focused on the possibility of back-to-back wins at one of our favorite tracks," Nemeth said. "We started the weekend off rough. We had a good first round of qualifying, but after that we started to struggle and we thought this might not be a back-to-back weekend after all. But last night, I got everyone together, we had a nice dinner and I told them to suck it up, put the bad behind us and go to work. We got up this morning and everything just came together."
From the No. 2 spot on the Amsoil Nitro Funny Car ladder, Nemeth, in the "Iceman" '77 Firebird, won a thriller over Boychuk with a 5.929-second lap at 238.05 mph. Boychuk, in the "Forever Forward" '77 Firebird, had a 6.190 at 205.19 in the runner-up effort.
"Tim and I are really good friends on and off the track, but it looks like there is a little bit of a rivalry developing between us," Nemeth said. "Friday we went out there thinking we are just going to repeat what we did last year and it didn't happen. We just held on to the top spot until Tim came back on Saturday with a number and we thought, wow, this is going to be a tall order. But we just stuck to our guns, stuck to our game plan and Sunday turned out to be our day."
Nemeth added a win over Jordan Pawlick earlier in the day and received a bye into the final in the non-points paying Canadian showcase.
Sunday's other big winner was Joe Delehay, who set both ends of the track record and bested a few personal bests on his way to the Ironman in Pro Modified. Driving a beautiful blue and silver '68 Camaro, Delehay qualified first and was the fastest driver all weekend on his way to his first win at the Rocky Mountain Nationals.
"We have been away from this race for three years and it was great to once again put on a show for these fans," Delehay said. "Tim McAmis built us a pretty good racecar. It goes right down the track every time, straight as an arrow, and has been really good to us as of late. We came here in August of last year and won the race. We went to Las Vegas and won the race. Now we come here and win again to make it three-in-a-row. That is not too bad."
With everyone on the property gunning for the weekend's fast qualifier, Delehay's final-round opponent, Garry Weslosky, got ahead of himself, going way red and allowing Delehay to make a victory pass of 6.086 at 238.72 for the win.Delehay, trying to put down the first five-second Pro Mod pass in Castrol Raceway history, flirted with the record all weekend long, coming as close as 6.001 Saturday evening. But on Sunday, Delehay shifted his focus from records to an Ironman as he weaved his way through Kerry Stone and Glen Kerunsky on his way to the win.
"We actually hadn't run this car since November. We put the car together, put a new blower on it, new gear ratio, new combination and started the weekend pretty safe in our setup, but we stepped it up as the weekend went along," Delehay said. "We were so close to that five-second mark. We thought we were there a couple of times, but we just came up short. Still, we set a few records and came away with the win and we are pretty happy about that."
IHRA's largest pro field in Edmonton was Pro 6.90 made up of the Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car group as Edmonton's own Shane Reykdal, piloting the "E-Town Hustler" '79 Omni, drove to his second win in the last three years at the Rocky Mountain Nationals. From the No. 7 position on the 16-car ladder, Reykdal went four rounds ending with a win over Ryan Hodgson.
Reykdal had a .025 light and drove a 6.982 at 197.62 in the final of the 6.90-index class as Hodgson broke-out by .003 at the line.
Reykdal added wins over Cal Tebb, Landon Goudreau and Troy Sitko on his way to his second Ironman in three years.
Damian Cownden, from Victoria, B.C., won the Drag Specialties Nitro Bike category, meeting up with Nate Gagnon, from Qualican Beach, B.C. in the final. Gagnon, who won IHRA's most recent race in Grand Bend,Ontario just two weeks ago, had the advantage on the starting line with a .109 to a .137, but lost it at the top end as Cowndon rode to a 6.699 at 212.43. Gagnon had to shut it off early.
Tottenham, Ontario native Ike Maier won his second consecutive IHRA Ironman in Top Fuel on Sunday, besting Indiana native Kyle Wurtzel in the final with a 4.988 at 279.73. Wurtzel's dragster lit up in a fiery explosion at the line, handing Maier the win.
Wrapping up pro eliminations in Edmonton was Jet Dragster as Dawn Perdue, in the Sport Aviation jet dragster, collected her second Ironman of the year over Marisha Falk. Perdue had a 6.008 at 262.74 in the final, while Falk launched before lighting the stage light, negating her run.
Mark Faul and Casey Plaizier led the way in the sportsman categories during the three-day weekend. Faul, from Tacoma, Wash., won Super Stock both Saturday and Sunday, while Plaizier, from Stony Plain, Alb., took home a pair of Ironman trophies on Saturday in Stock and Hot Rod.
Next up for the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is a trip to Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois for the IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals July 18-19.
Showing the true power of German engineering, Audi Sport Abt’s Lucas di Grassi set the pace during the second official test for the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship at Donington Park with his best time in the afternoon session topping yesterday’s pace-setter Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault).
Belgian racer Jerome d’Ambrosio, testing for China Racing, topped the morning timesheets with a 1:34.554s and already up on Buemi’s best time from day one. Times then began to tumble partway through the afternoon stint when the temporary chicane on the exit to the Old hairpin was removed after a number of drivers made contact with it.
That paved the way for di Grassi, testing with two cars due to an absent Daniel Abt on GP2 duties, to lay down a benchmark in the 1:31s which was never bettered.
“It was my first time driving the car with full power and I’m really pleased with the performance,” said di Grassi. “With Daniel [Abt] at Silverstone for GP2, I had the use of two cars so was able to do a lot of work in race mode. We had very little problems and I was very pleased with the way the Abt team worked, and I’m looking forward to getting in the car next week.”
Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld came away with the third best time whilst team-mate Stephane Sarrazin could only manage 13th spot. Scott Speed, testing for Andretti, looked sharp to finish fourth in front of Mahindra’s Bruno Senna and Spain’s Antonio Garcia - testing with China Racing. Nicolas Prost finished ahead of Virgin’s Sam Bird – completing the most laps of any driver with 56 – with d’Ambrosio and Jarno Trulli rounding out the top 10 before rain brought an early end to proceedings with 10 minutes left on the clock. Oriol Servia made his test debut for Dragon Racing alongside newly signed driver Mike Conway.
Reigning GP2 champion Fabio Leimer, taking over the duties for Antonio Felix da Costa at Amlin Aguri, ended the day 12th commenting: “It’s been interesting getting used to the car. It’s something quite different from what I’m used to. But we have been moving forward in a good way and everything is fine. I used race power and qualifying power – there’s a big, big difference between them and I think that will be something quite interesting for the driver.”
FIA Formula E Championship – Day 2, Donington Park – Test results (Combined times):
1. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt, 1:31.973s
2. Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, 1:32.089s
3. Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, 1:32.373s
4. Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport, 1:32.632s
5. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, 1:32.960s
6. Antonio Garcia, China Racing, 1:32.966s
7. Nicolas Prost, e.dams-Renault, 1:33.040s
8. Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, 1:33.072s
9. Jerome d’Ambrosio, China Racing, 1:33.178s
10. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, 1:33.299s
11. Franck Montagny, Andretti Autosport, 1:33.754s
12. Fabio Leimer, Amlin Aguri, 1:33.792s
13. Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, 1:34.006s
14. Katherine Legge, Amlin Aguri, 1:34.071s
15. Michela Cerruti, Trulli, 1:36.064s
16. Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, 1:36.962s
17. Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing, 1:37.415s
18. Oriol Servia, Dragon Racing, 1:43.239s
19. Mike Conway, Dragon Racing, 1:44.698s
The test day also saw the announcement that pioneering electric car company Rimac Automobili is to supply the series with one of its exclusive fully-electric Concept_One supercars which will be used by the Race Director. The one-of-a-kind car, which can accelerate from 0-60mph in the same time as a Formula E single-seater, also took to the Donington track for a number of demonstration laps.
The next test days take place on July 9 and 10 at Donington Park with free access to fans, including a pitlane walk. For more information visit www.fiaformulae.com
On Thursday, July 3, race fans and the world in general listened to the sounds of near silence as E.dams-Renault’s Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time during today’s maiden official test for the new FIA Formula E Championship at Donington Park. The first of five public tests took place at the Leicestershire circuit in dry, bright conditions and saw all 10 teams and drivers use the full Donington Park GP circuit, modified to include an additional chicane at the exit to the Old Hairpin.
Being the first outing for many of the drivers, the day focused on getting to grips with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E cars with German driver Daniel Abt, driving for Audi Sport Abt, laying down the early benchmark for the morning session. The German, who ended the day eighth overall after missing the afternoon session due to other commitments, lapped in the low 1:37s, closely followed by Buemi and Andretti’s Franck Montagny.
“I’m more than happy to be honest," Sebastien Buemi said. "I didn’t have any problems with the car at all and that meant we were able to learn quite a lot about it. It’s always nice to be P1 so let’s hope it continues tomorrow.”
Times began to tumble in the afternoon session with Buemi once again on the pace, posting a 1:35.475s with under an hour to go and holding on to the top spot until the end of the day. Abt’s Lucas di Grassi finished over a half a second shy of the Swiss despite only running during the afternoon session with Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird a further three-tenths back in third. Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna ran well all day to finish fourth with Venturi’s new signing and ex-Le Mans driver Stephane Sarrazin rounding out the top-five during his first outing in a fully-electric single-seater.
Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault), son of four-time Formula One World Champion Alain, finished sixth to edge out Jarno Trulli with Virgin Racing’s Jaime Alguersuari and Mahindra Racing’s Karun Chandhok completing the top-10.
The day also saw outings for several of the championship’s new signings including Amlin Aguri duo Katherine Legge and Antonio Felix da Costa, Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld, Trulli’s Michela Cerruti and Dragon Racing’s Mike Conway.
Former F1 racer Jerome d’Ambrosio and Spain’s Antonio Garcia tested for China Racing with Scott Speed making his test debut for Andretti – sharing the car with IndyCar legend and Formula E ambassador Gil de Ferran.
“Today’s first test has been a special occasion for everyone involved with the FIA Formula E Championship," added Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. "This project has been a long time coming but to see all the cars and drivers taking part is a very proud moment and my thanks goes to all our investors, partners, teams and Formula E personnel for transforming the FIA’s dream into a reality.”
Day two of testing gets underway tomorrow at 9am with free access to fans, including a pitlane walk.
For more information visit www.fiaformulae.com
The lineup expanded today with the addition of two wild card entries for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round. AMA Pro Road Racing riders Americans Chris Ulrich and Larry Pegram have joined the starting grid to compete against the world’s best.
Pegram is coming off a good 2013 season, finishing sixth in the AMA Pro SuperBike standings with five top five finishes, including three podiums, while Ulrich finished 14th in AMA Pro SuperBike with a season-best finish of ninth at Daytona.
With half of the World Superbike season complete, the U.S. Round at Mazda Raceway is sure to see some hard fought race action as riders try to gain on the reigning World Champion and points leader, Tom Sykes. The British rider currently leads the Championship with 251 points, Sylvan Guintoli of France is second with 212 and his fellow countryman Loris Baz with 210. Englishman Jonathan Rea has 199 and Italian rider Marco Melandri has 179 to round out the top five.
New to World Superbike this season is the Team Hero EBR, the only all American team regularly competing in the series. Georgia natives Geoff May and Aaron Yates ride EBR 1190 RX motorcycles, which are manufactured by Erik Buell Racing in Wisconsin. It has been a learning experience for the team in its inaugural year, which has struggled to earn points thus far in the season.
Advance tickets for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round are still available for sale and range from $20 for a Friday general admission ticket to $70 for a three-day ticket. VIP hospitality packages, paddock passes and camping spaces are also available. For information, call 800-327-7322 or visitwww.MazdaRaceway.com.
Circuit of the Americas (COTA), host of the upcoming 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, has announced that it will be the official training partner for driver Simona De Silvestro. After recently becoming the first female racing driver in history to test a Formula 1 car on Ferrari's legendary Fiorano Circuit in northern Italy, Simona will continue her training at COTA in early August.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Simona’s journey to becoming the first full-time female driver in Formula One racing,” said COTA President and CEO Jason Dial. “What better place for her to continue to advance her training than at Circuit of The Americas, the North American home for world-class motorsports. In addition to being her official training partner, COTA is dedicated to building awareness around STEM education and sustainable practices- two things which are very important to Simona as well.”
COTA and De Silvestro both embrace and strongly support sustainability, advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers, and clean air technology. While driving in the IndyCar Series, De Silvestro served as an advocate for the Clean Air Energy national campaign.
“My racing career has evolved in America, so I can’t think of a better track to train at than Circuit of The Americas,” De Silvestro said. “The track is truly a world class facility and one of the best on the entire calendar. I can't wait to drive there.”