Tyre failures or punctures have been part of the scene since the dawn of motor racing. Sadly, over the decades many drivers have lost their lives as a result of tyre issues, or presumed tyre issues. It used to be that suspension or wing breakages were just as much of a concern, but they are rare at F1 level in the modern era, such is the technical competence of the teams. When they get into their cockpits drivers have total faith that the car has been put together properly. Tyres are the one part of the car over which teams do not have complete control; complete because Pirelli has made it clear that the current controversy involves how teams operate their tyres, and thus they do have an input into how they behave. The technical directive issued by the FIA this week was designed to close any loopholes and ensure that tyres are always operated to the parameters that are prescribed by Pirelli. That initiative has been welcomed by the drivers, who can only see safety … [Read more...] about Have F1 drivers lost faith in Pirelli after Baku failures?
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Schmitz died in March this year at the age of 51 after a long battle against cancer. A native of nearby Adenau, Schmitz became an immensely popular figure at the Nurburgring, becoming the first female winner of the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 1996 before taking a second win the next year. She was also famous for her BMW Ring Taxi rides and helped promote the legendary German circuit with various TV appearances. In total she is estimated to have completed over 33,000 laps of the full Nurburgring-Nordschleife, earning her the affectionate nickname 'Queen of the Ring'. The Nurburgring has decided to honour Schmitz's life by naming a corner after her, the first left-hander of the Nordschleife having been renamed the Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve. "Sabine Schmitz was the ambassador of the Nurburgring. Her name was mentioned around the globe in the same breath as our race track", says Nurburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. "It is still stands for what defines the Nurburgring: … [Read more...] about Nordschleife corner named after late Sabine Schmitz
Tickford Racing driver James Courtney is set to take on Australian Superbike champion Wayne Maxwell in a single-lap demonstration 'race' around the Darwin circuit. The aim of the crossover is to promote the packed schedule during the Darwin Triple Crown weekend, with Supercars sharing the bill with both Superbikes and the Nitro Up North drag racing event tonight. There is also a link between Courtney and Maxwell through backer Boost Mobile. Supercars and Superbikes are closely matched in terms of lap speed at Hidden Valley, with Scott McLaughlin's Supercars practice lap record of 1m05.473s comparing to Troy Bayliss' ASBK pole-winning 1m05.601s in 2018. The Courtney/Maxwell match race is the second promotional event including Supercars, with four drivers and their cars set to take part in a drag race during the Nitro Up North event . Brodie Kostecki will drive the Erebus Motorsport ride car, while Todd Hazelwood (Brad Jones Racing), Zane Goddard (Matt Stone Racing) … [Read more...] about Supercar, Superbike to race each other in Darwin
The category confirmed earlier this year that it was looking to turn the Darwin Triple Crown into its designated Indigenous Round , a concept used across Australia's two top sporting codes, the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League. The initial plan was for this year's Darwin to formally be an Indigenous Round, however Supercars has now confirmed the concept will be brought to life in a complete sense next season. Teams will be encouraged to work with Aboriginal artists from their regions to create one-off liveries as the category looks to celebrate Indigenous culture. “The Territory’s Aboriginal culture is one of the most vibrant things about this incredible place,” said Tim Watsford, CEO of event organiser Northern Territory Major Events Company. “By developing the official Indigenous Round we want to highlight this important part of our cultural heritage, and celebrate everything it brings to the Territory.” Supercars COO Shane Howard added: … [Read more...] about Supercars formally launches Indigenous Round
As first revealed by Motorsport.com , the famous Ford squad will re-expand to four cars next season after successfully bidding on one of two spare RECs. There was no successful bid for the second available REC. "We are delighted to see the grid expand for the 2022 season," Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said. "We congratulate Tickford on its successful bid, and we wish them luck in their preparation for next season. "Supercars received interest from several parties to purchase the RECs, proving there is a desire to expand our championship. "We look forward to seeing more cars on the grid as we welcome Gen3 in 2022." Tickford will own four RECs for the first time since 2018, when it handed one entry back so it could bring Phil Munday's customer entry in-house. Munday then sold his REC to Brad Jones Racing at the end of last season, forcing Tickford to scale back to three cars as Lee Holdsworth lost his seat. The successful bid for re-expansion is good news for … [Read more...] about Supercars confirms 2022 grid expansion