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ELMS 3H of Red Bull Ring Review

LMP2: TDS wins, Jota again with bad luck

TDS Racing wins the 3H of Red Bull Ring with Beche/Thiriet ahead of Signatech Alpine and Morand Racing.

It’s their 2nd win of the season.

The Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Jota Sport with Turvey/Dolan was on pole after the actual pole time from the Signatech Alpine was cancelled because it was set under yellow flags.

So Sigantech Alpine had to start from the back of the LMP2 class.

Jota Sport had great start with Oliver Turvey dominating the race.

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But when Turvey was coming to his first pitstop, he was to fast on the pit straight and got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty.

Turvey was on P4 and then came for a driver change with Simon Dolan, who then made a spin on his outlap.

Dolan had then a great battle for P3 afterwards with the Race Perfomance Oreca 03 from Michel Frey.

Dolan came then for his final pitstop coming in for fuel and then had to settle for 4th.

TDS Racing however wasn’t the fastest on the track, but the consistent.

Despite of small problem at their 2nd pitstop the Oreca 03 Nissan didn’t had any problems and Thiriet was running away with the win.

Boutson Ginion Racing who were the favourites of the race with WEC Lotus LMP2 drivers Holzer/Kraihamer had problems with their Oreca 03 and finished on a disappointing 8th in class.

Also Murphy Prototypes with Hirschi/Hartley had early problems with their Oreca 03 Nissan, they had to retire.

The No. 48 Team Endurance Challenge Oreca FLM 09 with Paul-Loup Chatin and Gary Hirsch took victory in the LMPC class, with

Hirsch holding off a charging Nicolas Verdonck in the final laps for the win ahead of the Algarve Pro Racing PC car.

GTE, GTC: Ferrari all the way

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RAM Racing won with Ferrari F458 Italia GTE car, even making a 1-2 ahead other Ferrari from JMW.

The Porsche’s however from Proton Competition, Prospeed and IMSA Perfomance Matmut couldn’t go the pace of the Ferrari’s and were lacking topspeed.

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In GTC, we had a great battle between SMP Racing and AF Corse (both Ferrari) in the first hour.

But after a pitstop problem from the AF Corse Ferrari, SMP Racing made a 1-2 win in GTC.

3rd was Ecurie Ecosse Team with the BMW Z4 GT3, maintaining a 100% podium record this year.

The next race of the European Le Mans Series is going to be the 3H of Hungaroring in Hungary at the 14th of September.

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Official: DTM cooperating with the USCR in 2015

The DTM wants to be more global, not more a european series like it has been for years.

Ok, they raced twice in Shanghai, but this races weren’t really good and the chinese people as we know don’t give attention to motorsport.

So after the the cooperation with the Super-GT for 2014, the ITR and IMSA have decided today to do a cooperation for 2015-with the DTM and the new USCR. The “US-DTM” could be a support series for the USCR, so it will come on TV.

But there are two problems the ITR has to solve. The lack of cars and manufactures maybe?

That shouldn’t be a problem. They have Mercedes, Audi and BMW from the DTM and Lexus, Honda and Nissan from the Super GT.

Cadillac, Dodge-SRT and Lincoln (!) have also interest to involve in the series.

No exciting circuits? I think it will be incredible to see those cars at Sebring, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca or Road America.

But the problem is the DTM as a series.

If you ever watched a DTM race on TV, you may have noticed that the races are quite boring for Touring car races.

They give a penalty after the other, lack of overtaking (most of the time) and of course no last lap action.

I mean Americans want to see how drivers are fighting hard for positions at the last lap and then to see how they all crash at the last corner and you don’t know who is going to win.

That’s why Nascar  is so popular.

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The next big problem are the aerodynamics.

Maybe they are interesting for us europeans or asians, but americans don’t give a s**t.

That’s one of the reasons why F1 is not so popular over there and also one of  reasons why the LMP1 class didn’t survive for the USCR.

So the target for the ITR and the IMSA has to be, less aerodynamcis, so the drivers can make the difference of winning and losing- not the aeros.

I really hope the DTM cars will look like the cars from the Super GT.

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The Super GT has incredible racing in contrast to the DTM and the sounds of the engines are magnificent!!!

The Honda HSV 010 sounds like a F1 car, the cars look brilliant and this series is very popular in Asia.

So ITR take the GTA (The association of the Super GT) as a example and learn from them.

But the ITR is already going in F1 direction with the addition of the option tires and DRS system for 2013.

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These are Touring cars, they don’t need that to have great racing (again Super GT as example).

But when the DTM wants to be global, why didn’t they cooperate with the WTCC?

The WTCC will have new regulations anyway, so why didn’t they use it as a opportunity?

Maybe they don’t want to work with the FIA, i don’t know.

So lets wait and see how it will work out.

FIA names new F1 doctor

The FIA has named Dr Ian Roberts as the new F1 doctor as a replacement for Dr Gary Hartstein.

Jean-Charles Piette remains the F1 Medical Delegate, to who Dr Ian Roberts myst report © Sutton Images

Roberts’ official title is FIA Formula One Medical Rescue Coordinator, and he will report to the FIA’s permanent F1 Medical Delegate Jean-Charles Piette. Roberts’ role will be to respond to on-track incidents via the medical car and supervise the local medical team, with Piette overseeing matters from race control.

Roberts has previously worked as the chief medical officer at Silverstone, which has led him to be the chief medical officer at the British Grand Prix for many years.

Hartstein’s contract was not renewed at the end of the 2012 season, with Hartstein launching a stinging attack on the FIA via Twitter as he questioned the reasons for being replaced.

Source: ESPN F1

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Nurburgring set for 2013 German GP deal

Bernie Ecclestone hopes to hold this year’s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring as the calendar looks set to stay at 19 races.

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The FIA approved a modified calendar in December that moved the German Grand Prix to July 7 and opened up a date for another European race two weeks’ later. While the location for the German race was uncertain – with the Nurburgring due to host the race but in financial difficulty – it was believed Hockenheim could step in, but Ecclestone says he believes a deal with the Nurburgring could be agreed this week. “It should be the Nurburgring and we are trying to make it happen,” Ecclestone revealed to Reuters. “I’m talking with them today.”

Ecclestone also told the news agency that he expected the calendar to remain at 19 races despite the amendment last month, with talks over a return for the Turkish Grand Prix having stalled over money.

Source: ESPN F1

Mercedes & Ferrari pass mandatory FIA crash tests

Two more F1 teams’ cars have passed the mandatory FIA crash tests.

According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, one of them is Mercedes’ AMGW04, to be raced next year by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Reports also said that the silver single seater will have a new and smaller gearbox, totally different sidepods for the Coanda exhaust, and rear suspension designed to be flexible to geometry changes if required to suit Pirelli’s new tyres.

Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo said that Ferrari’s 2012 successor has also passed the FIA’s monocoque crash tests.

Earlier this month, Sauber became the first team to announce that its new car, the C32, had passed the FIA crash tests and was therefore clear to begin winter testing in February.

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull crowned at 2012 FIA prize gala

By Jonathan Noble Sunday, December 9th 2012, 00:48 GMT

Vettel Horner FIA AwardsSebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team collected their FIA world championship trophies in Turkey on Friday night – with boss Christian Horner adamant his outfit was better this year than it has ever been.

Vettel was presented with the F1 world drivers’ championship trophy, and Horner the constructors’ award, by FIA president Jean Todt at the organisation’s prize gala in Istanbul.

Reflecting on the campaign, Vettel and Horner did not hide from the fact that the season has been incredibly challenging as rivals Ferrari took the title fight all the way to the final round of the season in Brazil.

Horner said: “This is a phenomenal achievement for our team. The hard work and the dedication this year have been exemplary – but I think hard work and dedication have been common up and down the pit lane in this fantastic Formula 1 season.

“It didn’t seem possible we could raise our game after last year but I think we have.

“The team have used every scrap of their skill and ingenuity; they’ve had the courage of their convictions and have refused to buckle under the most enormous pressure. I’m honoured to collect this trophy on their behalf.”

Vettel also praised the efforts of his team – which fought back from a major points deficit in the middle of the season to secure the drivers’ title by just three points.

“Winning the title with Red Bull Racing three times in a row makes us all feel very proud,” said the German.

“This was a season with lots of ups and downs and the team had to push hard to get me over the line. In the garage and at the factory everyone did an incredible job, and the support we had from Renault was also great.”

Indian Grand Prix organisers were meanwhile presented with Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula 1 Promotional Trophy for the best race, while Sky Sports were awarded the accolade for outstanding television broadcast coverage.

 

Source: Autosport.com