Motorsport – 3/11 –

Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we talk about the best motorsport events in the last three days.

This week, we were treated to one of the most prestigious endurance events in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, that took place in France. Besides that, Formula 1 held its Canadian GP this weekend, while Nascar saw two races take place, one in Kentucky, for the Nationwide Series, and one in Michigan, for the Sprint Cup.

So, it seems there was something for everyone. Curious to see how Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Denny Hamlin or Brad Keselowski did in their respective events? Hit the jump to find out.

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Mercedes-Benz continued its partnership with the Formula 1 competition at the beginning of the year by releasing the SLS AMG safety car. For the WTCC, where its Cruze model is making a good impression during the current season, Chevrolet wanted something a bit more special.

As such, Chevy has just unveiled a very special Spark model, that will be employed in the racing competition as a safety car. Before you laugh, bear in mind that this Spark uses the same 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine that will be available for the US-spec Cruze. Capable of 140 HP, this Spark safety car will certainly be more than up for the challenge.

The first appearance of the tiny model will be at the Zolder race, in Belgium, between June 19 and 20.

Until then, those who tuned in to the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race were also able to catch a few glimpses, as the Spark safety car was showcased alongside the Cruze WTCC racer and the Corvette C6.R GT2 models.


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By now we’re pretty sure you’ve seen the video of Red Bull’s Dominican Republic shenanigans, where the Formula 1 team took one of its RB6 F1 cars and raced it on the beautiful beach.

While that was pretty exciting, we’re pretty sure most of you were wondering how the Red Bull team got the very sensitive race car to actually do anything on the sand.

Luckily, a behind the scenes video was also released by the team, showcasing the preparation that went into getting both the car and its driver, Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari, to perform well on the Caribbean beach.

Hit the jump to see what it takes to turn a track-ready F1 car into a beach ‘buggy’.

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Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we talk about the best motorsport events in the last three days.

In Europe, Italy was the center of attention, with the MotoGP holding its Italian GP at Monza and the IRC holding the Sardinia Rally in that lovely part of Italy. Nascar stopped in Nashville for its Nationwide Series race, and then moved to Pocono, for the Sprint Cup event.

So, interested to see what happened with Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Juho Hanninen or Kyle Busch plus a video of a nine-car pileup from the Nascar race? Then hit the jump and find out.

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If you’ve been following our Motorsport Weekend feature, you would know that last week the World Rally Championship (WRC) had its Rally of Portugal stage.

At the event, besides the already known drivers like Sebastien Loeb or Mikko Hirvonen, rookies like former Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen and Rally America driver/stunt man Ken Block also attended. As you know, Block, besides racing the Ford Fiesta in the Rally America championship, he has also been doing races in the WRC with the bigger Ford Focus.

While he isn’t really breaking any records in WRC, Block is still showing a good pace.

In the first stage of the Rally of Portugal, the organizers decided that something a bit more special was needed. As such, they organized a side-by-side circuit in a stadium, and pitted drivers one against another.

Block was tasked with keeping up with Kimi Raikkonen, a task much harder than it seems. The actual race was extremely intense, so if you want to find out how it ended, hit the jump to see the video.

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Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we take a look at some of the most interesting races from the past three days and share the results with you.

We were treated to several exciting races this weekend, with the Formula 1 Turkish GP in Istanbul, the WRC Rally of Portugal and the Nascar Charlotte races, the Coca-Cola 600 and the TECH-NET Auto Service 300, taking place in Concord, North Carolina.

Curious to see how Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Loeb or Kyle Busch faired in their respective races? Then hit the jump and find out.

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Porsche really shocked everyone this year when it announced that its first ever hybrid race car, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, would be competing in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race.

The event was held a few weeks ago and the 911 hybrid proved to be a worthy adversary, leading the whole race for quite some time.

Now, for next year’s race, the Stuttgart supercar manufacturer is preparing an even bigger surprise: a race-ready version of the 918 Spyder hybrid concept we saw at the beginning of the year in Geneva.

For those who don’t remember, the 918 Spyder packed a combined output of 718 HP by mating a 3.4-liter V8 engine with three electric motors capable of a combined 218 HP. It’s electric only range was 16 miles, but it more than made up with the 78 mpg (US) average. 0 to 62 mph was achieved in 3.2 seconds and reached 200 mph.

While the stunning Porsche 918 Spyder concept doesn’t need any more hype around it, as it was welcomed with open arms by the media and enthusiasts, a race-ready version would further augment its popularity ahead of a possible production debut.


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Lamborghini initially started its Gallardo Super Trofeo racing series to hype up even more its entry-level supercar.

Sadly, it seems that the Brno race, counting for stage four of the one-make series, got a lot of publicity for all the wrong reasons.

Italian driver Giorgio Bartocci went on the gravel for an unknown reason and when he re-entered the actual track, he lost control of the powerful Lamborghini Gallardo race car. The vehicle slammed into the pit wall at high speed and promptly burst into flames right on the track.

While the crash is downright terrifying, the reaction of the fire crew is a bit puzzling to say the least. The safety crew struggled to control the fire with small extinguishers and didn’t really attempt to save Bartocci from the blaze immediately.

Thankfully, the Italian driver is being taken care of at the hospital. He sustained some major injuries but doctors are confident he will be able to make it through the recovery process.

Hit the jump to watch a special report from a Czech TV station about the incident.

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Since 2008, when the last Formula 1 US Grad Prix was held in Indiana, rumors consistently appeared about the return of the famous motorsport competition to America.

Now, after much speculation about the venue, it has been officially announced that Formula 1 will be returning to the USA in 2012. Where will the race be held? Surprisingly at a purpose-built track in Austin, Texas.

The venue has yet to be built, but with the ink still drying on the contract that mandates the F1 US GP to be held there between 2012 and 2021, you can guess that the work has been pushed into overdrive.

We’re a bit surprised of the location, but if this means the glorious F1 cars will once again be able to show their stuff in the USA, we’re all for it.


Post tags: Tags: austin, f1, formula-1, Motorsport, texas, united states of america, usa

Red Bull Racing certainly brought some more excitement to Formula 1 since it entered the popular motorsport competition.

Now, the team took things to a whole new by unleashing Torro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari on a beautiful Dominican Republic beach in an actual Formula 1 race car. Those who believed that race cars were prone to breaking in nothing but the most perfect conditions were certainly proven wrong, as it braved even the sand and the water, not to mention Alguersuari’s antics.

Hit the jump and check out this really impressive video with the Red Bull F1 show car reaching 180 km/h (112 mph) on sand.

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The 24 Hours of Nurburgring saw some pretty sweet racing action, pitting BMW versus Porsche and Audi. While the main race was won by a BMW M3 GT2 model, the rest of the event wasn’t without surprises.

One of the biggest incidents in the race through the ‘Green Hell’, as the Nurburgring Nordschleife is nicknamed, involved the #114 Lotus Exige. The car was being driven by Roger Green, an editor of British car magazine EVO, and, on one of the laps, the car’s rear-mounted engine burst into flames.

Green showed some nerves of steel and managed to keep driving the Exige until a patch of grass was found, after which he quickly jumped out of the flaming Lotus. Thankfully he was unhurt and the fire team quickly intervened so that the blaze was extinguished.

Hit the jump to see the whole flaming Lotus incident from the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race.

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Without a doubt one of the most promising young drivers in Formula 1 is Sebastian Vettel, who makes a great team with Mark Webber at Red Bull Racing.

As you could imagine, bigger F1 teams have noticed this and are already expressing an interest in the German driver. But what does Vettel prefer? In order to find out, Spain’s El Pais newspaper interviewed the Red Bull driver about his future in F1.

“I am very happy with Red Bull,” Vettel said. “I am not going anywhere else, but in the future, I don’t know. I want to fight for the world championship, and if you look at the past, Ferrari has always designed very competitive cars. Why not go there in a few years? Ferrari is unlike any other team, it’s a legend. There are other brands that achieve great success, but Ferrari is special.”

Red Bull knows how important Vettel is, and signed him on for quite a few years, so he won’t be able to switch teams that easily. On the other hand, reports indicate that Ferrari might be interested in Vettel’s teammate, Webber, who showed impressive form by winning the last two F1 races in Barcelona and Monte Carlo.

The year-to-year contract the Australian pilot has with Red Bull isn’t the most secure, so we might get to see Felipe Massa replaced in 2011. Nothing is set in stone though, so until something is announced, there will be a lot of backstage fighting taking place in the motorsport competition.


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Yes, the title is correct. Mr. Bean, or rather Rowan Atkinson, the actor who depicted the much loved British character, will try his hand at a bit of racing, in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 series that was announced earlier this year.

The famous actor will partner up with Aston Martin chairman David Richards, for the Silverstone stage counting for the one-make series. Both Atkinson and Richards have racing credentials, with the latter winning the 1981 World Rally Championship as a co-driver.

Mr. Bean, on the other hand, has shown us multiple times what he can do in an old Mini on the popular TV show, but what we didn’t know is that Atkinson has also tried his hand at racing Aston Martin models in the past.

Now, the two drivers will take turn on May 22, when the Silverstone race of the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 series will take place. Hopefully a Reliant Regal Supervan won’t be spotted around the track.


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Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we take a look at the results of the most important motorsport races that took place in the last three days.

We were treated to some memorable events in Europe, the Formula 1 Monaco GP and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring Nordschleife, plus the Nascar races that took place at the Dover International Speedway, in the USA.

Curious to see how your favorite drivers and teams faired in their respective events? Then hit the jump and find out!

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After plenty of rumors and speculations, former performance driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, now Volkswagen‘s motorsport representative, has confirmed that the German company is interested in the Formula 1 competition.

Before you think a new team will emerge, the official followed up, saying it will only supply engines to competing teams, and won’t go the same route Mercedes-Benz did, which formed its own GP team this season.

At the same time, Volkswagen did say it is still waiting on a decision from the FIA, F1′s ruling body, on what new type of engines will be adopted in 2013. As you all know, the current 2.4-liter V8 units might be replaced with smaller, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engines, in order to increase efficiency and lower emissions.

Still, this news should definitely make a lot of fans happy, as it will (hopefully) lead to a more exciting Formula 1 championship.


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