30 year old Mike Conway will join Toyota Racing as a reserve and test driver for 2014.
Conway drove for G-Drive Racing in the WEC with a Oreca 03 Nissan shared with Roman Rusinov and John Martin.
From 2008 to 2010 he was competing in the GP2 Series and then from 2009 till 2013 in the IZOD Indycar Series where he scored two wins, including a surprise win at this years Detroit GP where he won Race 1 for Dayle Coyne Racing.
He also drove in the American Le Mans Series for Level 5 Motorsports at CTMP (better known as Mosport) as a replacement for the at that time injured Ryan Briscoe.
I hope that Toyota get’s it together with the resverve driver thing, not like Lotus in F1 (you know the story).
Conway was impressive in the WEC this year, but i also liked his race at Mosport.
Toyota made a good choice there. He may be not the fastest, but he is a very consistent driver who brings the car home safely.
Jorge Lorenzo won the San Marino GP at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli ahead of the two HRC riders Marc Marquez and Dan Pedrosa. Marquez started from Pole, but had a bad start, so Lorenzo was going into the lead. Also Pedrosa passed Marquez for 2nd place. But Marquez soon got the position back, what led to the story of the race. Pedrosa made a surprise move on Marcquez, but the 20 years old rider got the spot back afterwards. It was an fantastic battle. Lorenzo meanwhile had a 4 seconds lead to the two Honda riders and held that lead until the end. Bradl was following Crutchlow for more than 20 laps, before he overtoke the brit in the last lap for 5th place. Rossi had a solid 4th.
In CRT, Espargero was having a incredible Qualifying with 6th on the grid. But he made a jump start and had to make a ride through penalty. He ended being 2nd in the CRT class and 13th overall behind Forward Racing rider Colin Edwards.
The next GP is at Aragon, Spain on the 29th of September
The Oreca 03 from Signatech Alpine won the 3h of the Hungaroring ahead of the Murphy Prototypes from Hartley/Hirschi. The LMP2 championship leaders TDS Racing were having a awful race, with many incidents ending up 6th in class. The Jota Sport Zytek from Dolan/Turvey were having a battle with Hartley/Hirschi for 2nd, but they had a puncture in the 2nd hour and had to pit. 30 minutes later they got passed by the Oreca 03 from Hartley/Hirschi, but due a late pitstop they lost 2nd position again. So Dolan/Turvey were 3rd. The Race Perfomance Oreca 03 retired after having two spins.
In LMPC, the #49 Team Endurance Challenge car won the category
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Proton Competition won in GTE ahead of he RAM Racing Ferrari and the AF Corse Ferrari. The IMSA Matmut Perfomance was leading the LMGTE class in the first half an hour but they got a stop and go penalty for leavng the engine on during the pitstop. So the Proton Porsche was leading the race until the end.
SMP Racing Ferrari won in GTC, their 3rd win in a row. GTC championship leaders Ecurie Ecosse with their BMW Z4 GT3 were having a solid race until 20 minutes till the end were they had contact with #56 AF Corse Ferrar 458 LMGTE car. So they ended up being 5th in class.
The next race of the European Le Mans Series will be in two weeks time at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France. All championships will be decided at this race.
Kimi Raikkönnen will leave Lotus for Ferrari in 2014/15. It’s the second time that the finn will drive for Ferrari. He drove for them from 2007-2009. In these years he got 9 GP wins and 1 world championhsip in 2007. He then was replaced by Feranando Alonso in 2010, who’s also he’s new teammte for the next season. Yesterday evening Felipe Massa announced that he will leave Ferrari at the end of 2013, no news on his future plans yet.
Now it’s of course interesting to see who’s going to drive for Lotus, i hope it’s going to be Nico Hülkenberg, who showed great performances in the last couple of years in F1. But who will replace him at Sauber? Well most likley it’s going to be Sergey Sirotkin, who’s only 17 years old and for me not ready for an F1 full time cockpit.
I really can’t wait to see how the F1 2014 season is going to unfold, with Raikkönnen now in a team that has the money to produce a winning car.
Marc Marquez started from Pole, with injured collarbone after his Warm Up crash in the morning. This time he had a quite good start, but Lorenzo was able to overatke him after Turn 1.
Crutchlow had a miserable beginning, he started from 3rd and dropped down the order till 7th place.
Stefan Bradl overtook Valentino Rossi for 3rd at the end of the first lap, but even lost two positions in the next lap to Pedrosa, Rossi and Gresini rider Bautista.
Pedrosa was the fastest on the track catching up to Marquez. Marquez folowed Lorenzo for a long time, he was waiting to do a move on him on the last laps, which eventually happend.
The Honda rider overtook Lorenzo three laps until the end, but Lorenzo got the position back later in this lap.
Marquez then had quite gap between him and the #99 Yamaha rider, but then they both came to the last complex of the track. The 2012 Moto2 world champion made a move on the inside, the next corner was then a right hander and the HRC rider tried to make it on the outside as Lorenzo was still beside him.
Lorenzo got the momentun out of this corner and secured the lead until the checkered flag was waved. Pedrosa was 3rd.
Meanwhile Rossi battled with Bautista for 4th, as Bautista made a move on Rossi after the ”Meggets and Bekkets” corners. Rossi got the postion back in the new area of Silverstone and finished 4th.
Bradl and Crutchlow were on a lonley 6th and 7th. Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith battled with the two Ducati riders again, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizsio.”Dovi” crashed out, Smith ended up being 8th.
Aleixs Espargaro won the CRT class for Aspar ahead of Forward rider Colin Edwards.
The next GP of the MotoGP is at the 12th of September at Marco Simoncelli Misano Circuit in San Marino.
1 99 J. Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 40:52.515 20
2 93 M. Marquez Honda Honda 40:52.596 0.081 20
3 26 D. Pedrosa Honda Honda 40:54.066 1.551 1.470 20
4 46 V. Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 41:05.748 13.233 11.682 20
5 19 A. Bautista Gresini Honda 41:05.813 13.298 0.065 20
6 6 S. Bradl LCR Honda 41:12.742 20.227 6.929 20
7 35 C. Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 41:18.814 26.299 6.072 20
8 69 N. Hayden Ducati Ducati 41:28.508 35.993 9.694 20
9 38 B. Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 41:28.634 36.119 0.126 20
10 41 A. Espargaro Aspar ART 41:45.711 53.196 17.077 20 CRT
11 29 A. Iannone Pramac Ducati 41:51.573 59.058 5.862 20
12 51 M. Pirro Pramac Ducati 41:53.225 1:00.710 1.652 20
13 8 H. Barbera Avintia FTR 41:54.205 1:01.690 0.980 20 CRT
14 5 C. Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 41:54.358 1:01.843 0.153 20 CRT
15 9 D. Petrucci Ioda Ioda-Suter 42:01.348 1:08.833 6.990 20 CRT
16 14 R. de Puniet Aspar ART 42:01.578 1:09.063 0.230 20 CRT
17 71 C. Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 42:08.989 1:16.474 7.411 20 CRT
18 7 H. Aoyama Avintia FTR 42:09.050 1:16.535 0.061 20 CRT
19 70 M. Laverty Paul Bird PBM 42:24.572 1:32.057 15.522 20 CRT
20 68 Y. Hernandez Paul Bird ART 42:28.739 1:36.224 4.167 20 CRT
21 67 B. Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 42:53.150 2:00.635 24.411 20 CRT
DNF 4 A. Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 37:17.411 2 Runden 19
DNF 52 L. Pesek Ioda Ioda-Suter 2:14.233 19 Runden 1 CRT
It was one of the most chaotic ALMS races i’ve ever experienced.
It wasn’t even a endurance race, it was more a crashfest.
Everything began at the start, were the Dyson Lola from Chris Dsyon jumped the start.
Klaus Graf bracked to signal a wave off for a restart. Tucker, who was behind Graf didn’t see that one coming and was hard on the brakes. Lazarro couldn’t do anything and touched Tucker at the rear.
Tucker spun and was in the middle of the track, in opposite direction.
The Falken Tire Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Wolf Henzler made an big frontal impact with the #551 Level 5 HPD from Tucker in 4th gear.
Then it became full chaos and suddenly 8 cars were involved in the crash, including the Paul Miller Racing and Core Autosport Porsche 911 GT cars, one Risi Ferrari 458, #93 SRT Viper and a LMPC car.
The GTC field had luck that they weren’t involved. Also the GT front runners, especially the RLL BMW’s were pretty lucky to escape from that one.
After half an hour of cleaning up all that mess, restart was attended from the drivers.
And again the Dsyon car jumped the start, so let’s try again folks! Eventually, a clean restart was made and everybody was coming unscafed through Turn 1, but Green flag only lasted for 3 turns.
The #2 ESM HPD from Lazarro spun the RSR PC car into the tire wall at Turn 4, another full cause caution.
So we already lost an hour of the race and not a single lap was made, pathetic isn’t it? Finally we hade our 4th restart of the day and everything went fine now.
Another full cause yellow, the rear bumper from Maxime Martin was in the middle of the cricuit. Then the 5th restart was made and there only 25 minutes to go.
After the restart, the #552 Level 5 HPD entry from Guy Cosmo made a driver change with Marino Franchitti.
Franchitti was on cold tires, slid off and ran into a tire bundle at chicane on the start/finish straight.
So the BMW Z4 from Dirk Müller had to brake hard as he saw the crashing Level 5 LMP2 machine and got overtaken by the two Corvettes.
Magnussen/Garcia won for the first time the Baltimore GP in the GT class.
But there was also action in the LMP1 class, as Guy Smith in the Dsyon Lola suddenly overtook Lucas Luhr for the lead. Luhr had some sort of a problem, but got the 1st position back, 3 minutes until the end.
The chicane is an issue that needs to be under investigation for the next years event.
It doens’t make it safer to drive on these railways, it makes it even more dangerous.
The next race of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will be at the 21st to 22nd September at the Circuit of the Americas, making a Super Enduance Weekend with the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Full results of the GP of Baltimore presented by SRT: