2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore Highlights

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MotoGP: Lorenzo wins dramatic Silverstone GP

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.

Full results:
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

ALMS: Luhr/Graf win a chaotic Baltimore GP

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:

http://www.alms.com/sites/default/files/race_result_files/Unofficial%20Race%20Results_1.pdf

WRC: Why Sordo’s win at Germany was a special one

Author: David van den Boom
 

On Saturday I was at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the 9th round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2013. I was at SS11, the Arena Panzerplatte stage, were Jari Matti Latvala nearly retired after hitting a ”Hinkelstein”.

It was fantastic, until the rain came, which then was the reason of the cancellation of the historic event, what is always great to watch.

It was also a great stage for Sordo, because he overtook Neuville in the overall classifications for the lead of the rallye, and he stayed there.

Then the last stage of the rallye ”Dronthal 2” what was also the Power Stage.

Sordo was only 25 km away from his first WRC win. He started the stage behind Neuville, who was only 3 seconds behind Sordo in the overall standings.

Now both started the stage.

Sordo was faster in the first split time, but in the second he was only 0.1 seconds faster than Neuville.

In the third split time they had the exact same time, it couldn’t get any more exciting.

But suddenly Neuville made a mistake and lost nearly 30 seconds. After that it was clear that Sordo had won the rallye.

It was his the first ever WRC victory and I will now tell you why this win was quite special…

Sordo’s WRC career

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Dani Sordo came into the JWRC (Junior World Rally Championship) in 2005 driving for Kronos Racing in a Citroen C2 S1600.

As teammate he had the brit Kris Meeke. He won 4 rallyes, including a home victory at Spain and won the JWRC championship afterwards.

Sordo then began his WRC career back in 2006, again driving for Kronos in a Citroen Xsara WRC.

He’s teammates were, at that time 2-time WRC champion Sebastian Loeb and Xavier Pons. Sordo was 8th at the season opener, the Monte Carlo Rallye.

He was only 16th in Sweden, but in Mexico he got an impressive 4th position and then got two podium places at Corsica and Spain.

He was then promoted as a No.2 driver at Kronos, because Pons was more crashing than making results.

Sordo scored a 2nd place finish at Germany and was fourth at New Zealand as a replacement for the injured Loeb.

Then Citroen came back to the WRC in 2007 with the new C4 WRC.

After a great 06 season, Sordo joined the factory Citroen Racing WRT together with triple world champion Loeb.

From 2007-2009 he got many podiums at tarmac rallyes, but never a win, because his teammate was also the guy to win these rallyes and he was the clear No.2 driver so he had to help Loeb to secure the titles for him.

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He even had to let Loeb pass for the lead at Spain 2008, what was quite hard for him.

In 2010 Sordo did the same thing like in last three years, but Citroen wanted more from him, they wanted him to be more succesfull on gravel rallyes, even wins there.

But it never happend, so he’s Citroen seat looked really bad, because there was one young french driver who was to replace him, a guy called Sebastian Ogier.

Ogier drove for the Citroen Junior Rallye team, nearly winning at New Zealand and then winning actually at Portugal, he showed winning potential on gravel and tarmac.

So he replaced Sordo for the gravel rallyes at the 2nd half of the WRC 2010 season.

Sordo only drove for the factory teams at the tarmac rallyes and driving for the Junior team at the gravel rallyes.

Well after Ogier won at Japan, it was clear that he will replace Sordo for the 2011 season, and it happend.

Sordo then switched to Mini for the 2011 WRC season, his teammate again Kris Meeke.

After a lot of testing the John Cooper Works WRC car (based on the Countryman) it made it’s debut at the Sardegna Rallye, were he ended up being 6th.

Dani-Sordo---MINI-WRC-Team---Friday-4

Then a disappointing Finland rallye, but a great Germany rallye with finishing 3rd overall.

Another two podiums at France and Spain later in the year.

So it looked quite promising for Sordo and Mini, as they will compete the full 2012 season.

But after  a great 3rd position at Monte Carlo, everything came to the opposite direction.

BMW pulled out the financial support, so Prodrive didn’t had enough money to compete the 2nd half of the season, the actually long term Mini project was over.

Sordo then became a 2nd chance at Citroen, after Ogier left the team in 2012 and Loeb slowly retiring from the sport.

A terrible to the 1st half of 2013 for Sordo, lacking pace behind teammate Hirvonen.

Citroen again wanted to replace Sordo for the rest of the ”gravel” season with Kris Meeke. But now after the win in Germany, it’s unlikley that they won’t keep him till next year (at least).

Sordo competed in 106 WRC rallyes until winning his first event last weekend. He truly deserved it, now i hope this won’t be the only one….

Note: This rallye was overshadowed by the death of two dutch rallye drivers (one driver, one co-driver) who died at Saturday evening at ”Panzerplatte 2” in a Triumph for the Historic event.  They had crash at the ”Gina” jump. Thoughts are with thier friends and family.

R.I.P.  to both.

2013 Belgian Grand Prix Review

Heading into Turn 1, no casualties
Heading into Turn 1, no casualties

A wet start to the Belgian Grand Prix was expected, many fans throughout the world wanted one but it didn’t arrive at the start. The five red lights went out and pole sitter Lewis Hamilton got a clean start and maintained the lead heading into Turn 1 but Sebastian Vettel snatched the lead from Hamilton on the Kemmel straight. Biggest gainers were Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg. Paul Di Resta lost two places at the start. At the end of lap two Vettel was 2.8s ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Felipe Massa had a KERS failure on lap four. Fernando Alonso using DRS went passed Jenson Button fir fourth position and within the next few laps Nico Rosberg for third place. Kimi Raikkonen having break duct issues on lap nine still continued to push and continued passing few cars. Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg were the first ones to pit on lap ten. On lap eleven Paul Di Resta pitted and Charles Pic was forced into retirement due to technical issues. On lap thirteen Nico Rosberg pitted. After Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop he spent most of the time behind Romain Grosjean and the former passed him on lap fourteen. Lewis Hamilton was under immense pressure from Fernando Alonso behind and was overtaken on lap fifteen.

Sebastian Vettel pitted on lap fourteen and took the lead from Jenson Button on lap sixteen.  Mark Webber was the only driver among the front-runners to go onto the hard tyres during his first pit stop. Jenson Button pitted on lap eighteen for hard tyres, his teammate pitted after two laps. Romain Grosjean on a set of medium tyres went on till lap twenty-three, he was clearly on a one pit stop strategy. On lap twenty-four Sebastian Vettel was leading the race from Fernando Alonso by 8.8 seconds and 13 seconds from Lewis Hamilton. On lap twenty-six Kimi Raikkonen ended his consecutive 27 races points finishing record. Lewis Hamilton,  Felipe Massa pitted on lap twenty-six. On lap twenty-eight Paul Di Resta had a collision with Pastor Maldonado taking the former out of the race and the latter was handed a STOP/GO Penalty. 

Mark Webber pitted on lap thirty for medium tyres and his teammate on lap thirty-one for hard tyres and his final pit stop of the race and was still in the race lead. Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber were in fight for third place. With ten laps to go it looked that Sebastian Vettel was untouchable. Jenson Button pitted on lap thirty-five for fighting for the  final podium spot but the strategy McLaren opted didn’t pay off.

Jenson Button, McLaren, 2013 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Formula 1


The final six laps were easy for Sebastian Vettel and cruised to the chequered flag with a great performance from Fernando Alonso coming home in second who started from eighth and the pole sitter came home in third while his team-mate  came home in fourth, Mark Webber in fifth, Jenson Button in sixth, Felipe Massa in seventh, Romain Grosjean in eighth, Adrian Sutil in ninth and Daniel Ricciardo in tenth.
The Drivers Championship and Constructors Championship as it stands after Round 11:started from eight and pole sitter came home in third place, his teammate Nico Rosberg came home in fourth with Webber coming home in fifth,  Button in sixth, Massa in seventh, Grosjean in eight, Sutil in ninth and Ricciardo the final point scoring driver.

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https://f1head.wordpress.com/2012-formula-one-drivers-standings/

https://f1head.wordpress.com/2012-formula-one-constructors-championship-points-table/

Notes: Sebastian Vettel leads the championship by 46 points from Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button’s fifth place finish helps Mclaren move ahead of Force India in  the constructors championship by four points. Lotus drop to fourth in the constructors standings.

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2013 Belgium Grand Prix Saturday Images

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in parc ferme
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Shell grid girls

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Cars on Kemmel straight
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Esteban Gutierrez
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Nico Rosberg's footwear
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Paul Di Resta, looked impressive in Q3
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Shell grid girls
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Mark Webber just before the bus stop chicane
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Nico Rosberg
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Nico Hulkenberg's 50GPs celebration eith his team

All image credits to Sutton Images

DTM: Wickens wins at Nürburgring

Author: David van den Boom (@David__VDB)
 

Robert Wickens won the DTM race at the Nürburgring ahead of Augusto Farfus and Christian Vietoris.

Farfus started from Pole ahead of Wittman. The race was started under rainy conditions, so the start wasn’t without collisions.

Rockenfeller spun at Turn 1, were in contrast Wickens had a great start comming from 10th to 3rd, but dropping back through the race to 5th.

Then he battled with Adrien Tambay for 5th and bumped the Audi driver from behind, so both were onto the grass.

Spengler got a penalty for this afterwards and was then only 14th.

After a terrible start championship leader Rockenfeller had a superb strategy which led him to the lead of the race, until he made his 2nd pitstop, he ended up being 4th.

Wickens overtoke Wittman, after he made a mistake and got 2nd. Wickens then handed the lead from Rockenfeller after he made his last pitstop and holded it till the end.

Scheider had very bad luck again, an ended up at the end of the field. Tomcyck finally got his first points of the season, finishing 5th.

Also Molina had a great race after starting on a great 4th position he ended up being 8th.

It was great race to watch, but i couldn’t get any footage of the race because it was raining pretty hard.

I’m quite delighted that i didn’t watch the live coverage on TV, because the ARD (the channel which is broadcasting the DTM) always switch to the World Championship in Athletics (what was also live) in the middle of the DTM coverage, what is quite awful.

Full results:

1 10 R. Wickens HWA-Mercedes 47 0
2 7 A. Farfus RBM-BMW 2.158 47 0
3 9 C. Vietoris HWA-Mercedes 9.749 7.591 47 0
4 19 M. Rockenfeller Phoenix-Audi 20.524 10.775 47 0
5 15 M. Tomczyk RMG-BMW 27.104 6.580 47 0
6 24 A. Tambay Abt-Audi-Sportsline 27.523 0.419 47 0
7 21 M. Wittmann MTEK-BMW 29.540 2.017 47 0
8 20 M. Molina Phoenix-Audi 33.037 3.497 47 0
9 12 J. Green Abt-Audi-Sportsline 39.972 6.935 47 0
10 18 P. Wehrlein Mücke-Mercedes 40.486 0.514 47 0
11 6 F. Albuquerque Rosberg-Audi 40.908 0.422 47 0
12 5 E. Mortara Rosberg-Audi 42.629 1.721 47 0
13 11 M. Ekström Abt-Audi-Sportsline 46.303 3.674 47 0
14 1 B. Spengler Schnitzer-BMW 51.991 5.688 47 0
15 2 D. Werner Schnitzer-BMW 57.649 5.658 47 0
16 16 A. Priaulx RMG-BMW 1:21.517 23.868 47 0
17 3 G. Paffett HWA-Mercedes 1 Runde 1 Runde 46 0
18 22 T. Glock MTEK-BMW 1 Runde 8.615 46 0
19 4 R. Merhi HWA-Mercedes 1 Runde 23.227 46 0
DNF 17 D. Juncadella Mücke-Mercedes 18 Runden 17 Runden 29 0
DNF 23 T. Scheider Abt-Audi-Sportsline 39 Runden 21 Runden 8 0
DNF 8 J. Hand RBM-BMW 47 Runden 8 Runden 0 0

Support series recap

So in contrast to the WEC at Spa, were we only had the Porsche GT3 Benelux Cup with only had 11 cars in the field, at the Nürburgring we had the FIA Formula 3 Europen Championship, Auto GP, porsche Carrera Cup and the VW Scirocco R Cup.

They all had good amount of cars in their fields, especially the Carrera Cup with 34 cars (!).

F3 wasn’t really that exciting, the drivers aren’t driving like in GP2, they are pretty calm and careful at overtaking, which actually didn’t take place. Marciello (Ferrari F1 junior driver) won all three races and it looks he’s going to win the championship with only 3 venues to go.

Auto GP had two good races (despite only 15 cars), with Race 1 won by former F1 driver Narain Karthikehyan.

Carrera Cup and Scirocco Cup had the best races, especially the Scirocco Cup, despite the big crash frm Tomas Schreier in Race 1, which was red flagged afterwards.

My footage of the races will come soon.

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