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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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The pressure mounts in India for Kingfisher Airlines

Although Force India has done well this year on the race tracks, there are still very serious worries about the team’s future funding because of difficulties that its two owners – Vijay Mallya and Roy Subrata Sahara – have run into.

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Mallya’s deeply-indebted Kingfisher Airlines – which owes an estimated $1.4 billion – is now facing ever-deeper trouble. This morning a number of Kingfisher pilots in Mumbai decided to join the strike called by the company’s engineers, who are complaining that their salaries have not been paid in seven months. The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation says it is “examining the situation” and will decide whether it is safe for the airline to continue to operate flights.

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Almost all the shares in Kingfisher Airlines have been pledged to guarantee loans, many of them to other companies in the Mallya empire, but also to banks. Some of the debts have been sold on to other financial institutions. It has been clear for some time that Mallya has been running out people willing to loan him money. No-one appears to want to buy into the airline and thus there is strain on other companies in the empire. The local offshoot of the credit rating agency Moody’s has in recent days reduced the rating on the loans to Mallya’s United Spirits to junk status. This will increase the pressure on Mallya to sell the profitable liquor business to Diageo. The British firm is playing a canny game at the moment and says it wants control of the Indian business, or at least to be able to have a way to gain control in the future. Mallya is baulking at that but he seems to be running out of options. Even if he sells some of his stake in United Spirits, Mallya will not have enough money to pay Kingfisher’s debts, although it might allow him to find banks willing to keep the airline afloat.

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In the meantime Sahara is also in significant trouble. At the end of August the Supreme Court of India ordered the company to pay a thumping $5 billion to the Securities and Exchange Board of India within three months, in order for the Sahara investor to be refunded. In addition the court ruled that investors should be paid 15 percent interest for each year. This means that the full extent of the repayment should be in the region of $10 billion. That money will be deposited in a nationalized bank that offers the maximum rate of interest and will then be repaid to investors. If this money is not paid the regulator has the right to seize and sell property and freeze all Sahara bank accounts. The firm was ordered to furnish the regulator with all the appropriate records by September 10, which it failed to do. It is not clear where all this leaves the F1 team. It will need a solid budget to continue its activities and to fund its technology deals with Mercedes-Benz and with McLaren, not to mention the operational costs. There have been rumours for some time that the team is up for sale, but it seems that Mallya wants to remain involved so as to retain his image of being the leader of Indian motorsport. Whether the team can find someone who is willing to pay for that is another matter.

Source: joesaward.wordpress.com