October, 2017

 

FRIDAY IN GB: EVANS DOMINATES

The Welshman won three of the six slippery speed tests in the mid-Wales forests to head M-Sport team-mate Ott Tänak by 24.6sec. Sébastien Ogier moved another step closer to a fifth world title in third, as the British team held a clean sweep of the top three. Evans, whose popularity among home fans prompted them to name a corner after him in the Myherin test, revelled in the muddy conditions using a new range of tyres developed for such weather. Sunshine and mild temperatures did little to dry the forestRead More


Vettel to use new chassis for remainder of Austin event

Ferrari have elected to change Sebastian Vettel’s chassis after the German experienced problems in Friday’s second practice session in Austin. Having been late to go out on track in FP2 as Ferrari made changes to his car following first practice, Vettel then had a huge slide off the road at Turn 19 and spent some time in the pits before re-emerging. The four-time world champion was third fastest after completing his run on the ultrasoft rubber, but he soon returned to the pits complaining that something ‘felt weird with theRead More


WILSON’S TÄNAK TRIBUTE

MALCOLM WILSON ADMITS IT WON’T BE EASY TO SAY GOODBYE TO LONG TIME M-SPORT DRIVER OTT TÄNAK WHEN THE ESTONIAN LEAVES FOR A SEAT AT TOYOTA IN 2018. Toyota announced today that Tänak would drive a Yaris next year, and M-Sport were quick to pay tribute after a long but complicated association that stretches back to 2009 when Tänak was first signed as a development driver. “It is with a heavy heart that the team say goodbye to Ott and Martin (co-driver Järveoja) who have been such an important partRead More


Alonso to race on with McLaren in 2018

Fernando Alonso will contest the 2018 Formula 1 season for McLaren, it was confirmed on Thursday, finally ending speculation that the two-time world champion could leave the team after what has been another frustrating campaign. Alonso, who will again race alongside Stoffel Vandoorne, had been widely expected to re-sign with McLaren ever since the team announced last month that they are to switch from Honda to Renault power next year – a move they hope will return them to the sharp end of the grid. “It’s fantastic to be ableRead More


FP1 – Hamilton leads Vettel in damp Austin opener

Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time around the Circuit of The Americas on Friday morning, as overcast conditions greeted the drivers for opening practice in the United States. Hamilton’s best lap put him half a second clear of Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel, with Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas taking third. Max Verstappen was the leading Red Bull in fourth, ahead of McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Williams’ Felipe Massa. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest, followed by the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez. Carlos Sainz, in hisRead More


Jeffrey driver-of-the-weekend at Radical Series Challenge

Guyana’s speedster Kristian Jeffrey impressed on his final weekend of the Radical Series Challenge in the UK. Competing for Radical Works Team at Snetterton Racing Circuit, Jeffrey posted on his Instagram account on Sunday, “Can’t ask for a better way to end my season of the Radical Challenge Series. P4 in qualifying, P3 race 1, P4 race 2 and P2 in the final race with great battling in all races. Also got the driver of the weekend award…” In Race One, a drag race to the finish line, Jeffrey lostRead More


WILSON COUNTS ON HOME WIN

MALCOLM WILSON SAYS IF HIS M-SPORT TEAM FAILS TO WRAP UP THE WRC MANUFACTURERS’ TITLE LATER THIS MONTH, IT DOESN’T DESERVE IT. After further pulling clear of rivals Hyundai in Spain last weekend, Wilson’s squad is all but guaranteed the title win on home ground when the series resumes at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26 – 29 October). M-Sport heads to the penultimate round with a lead of 85 points over Hyundai and a straightforward hurdle to clear. “All we have to do is get one of our cars toRead More


FIGHTER MEEKE RELISHES SPAIN WIN

KRIS MEEKE BELIEVES HIS DOGGED DETERMINATION TO FIGHT BACK FROM CAREER KNOCKDOWNS HELPED HIM RETURN TO THE WINNER’S PODIUM IN SPAIN ON SUNDAY. He secured his second WRC victory of the season at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España, just three rounds after being controversially axed from the Citroën Racing line-up in Poland following an accident-plagued year. Meeke’s 28.0sec win over championship leader Sébastien Ogier relieved the pressure on his shoulders after crashing in the opening street stage at the previous round in Germany. “It’s not important how many timesRead More


PANTON ON TOP FORM AGAIN AT BRC WINTER SPRINT

Terrific two-wheel-drive tussle settled by split seconds Jamaica’s Jeff Panton slid to victory – twice – in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) double-header Winter Sprint on Sunday (October 8) to maintain his 100 per cent record in the 2017 BRC Driver’s and Class Championships, with one round to go. As drivers dealt with slippery stage conditions, a monumental battle for two-wheel-drive honours was the highlight of a slick event, which drew praise from competitors and officials alike. Clerk of the Course Neil Barnard said: “The event started bang on timeRead More


MEEKE REIGNS IN SPAIN

KRIS MEEKE BANISHED MEMORIES OF A TROUBLED WRC SEASON TO CLAIM HIS SECOND VICTORY OF THE YEAR IN SPAIN TODAY AS SÉBASTIEN OGIER MOVED CLOSER TO A FIFTH CONSECUTIVE DRIVERS’ TITLE Meeke mastered the final two legs of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España to win by 28.0sec in a Citroën C3, just three rounds after his form sank to such a low that he was dropped from the team. Ogier fended off team-mate Ott Tänak to claim second by 5.0sec. Title rival Thierry Neuville retired this morning with brokenRead More