Albon will complete his first season in a tin-top championship this year, sharing an AF Corse-run Ferrari GT3 car with Envision Virgin Formula E driver Nick Cassidy in the revamped DTM series. The Anglo-Thai driver is aiming to stay race fit by contesting a part campaign in the German category, while he continues to work behind-the-scenes with Red Bull as its reserve and simulator driver to land an F1 comeback in 2022. A newcomer to GT3 racing, Albon set the third fastest time in the pre-season Lausitzring test, ending up less than two tenths behind the pacesetting Mercedes of Maximilian Gotz. The 25-year-old admits he doesn't have as much experience with GT3 machinery as some of the other drivers in the series, but is pleased with how he adapted to the Ferrari during pre-season testing. "We've done a fair amount [of testing]," Albon told Motorsport.com. "I don't think it's much compared to our competitors. I think I've had five and a half days in the car so far. … [Read more...] about Albon “up to speed” with Ferrari GT3 car ahead of DTM debut
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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?
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
Price is currently preparing for a fifth crack at the Cars section of Australia's most prestigious desert race, with the covers coming off his brand new TSCO Trophy Truck on the Gold Coast this evening. The V8-powered beast has been modified to carry Mitsubishi Triton bodywork rather than the standard Ford-based panels in what is a world first, with Mitsubishi Motors Australia backing the programme. Eyeing a long-awaited first Finke win on four wheels Price has also bolstered the engineering firepower of his crew by recruiting well-known Supercars engineer and team manager Dutton. The renowned Triple Eight man will join Toby Price Motorsport in a hybrid team manager role for Finke, which will include navigating for Price on the first leg from Alice Springs to Aputula. Dutton will then focus on his team manager duties for the return leg as mechanic Joe Weining takes over the navigator's seat. "As if you wouldn't want to have a go," Dutton told Motorsport.com. "I really … [Read more...] about Dakar winner Price lands top Supercars recruit
The Feds estimate the car is worth $51,355.39. A South Carolina company called All JDM Motors has drawn the attention of Customs and Border Protection after allegedly trying to smuggle a 1996 Nissan Skyline into the United States. The firm claimed the coupe was a "used breakdown car" worth $810 on shipping documents, according to The Post and Courier , but agents were able to start the car up easily after hooking up a battery. The Post and Courier . The Feds claimed the imported Skyline was worth $51,355.39 and estimated that All JDM Motors undervalued the goods in the shipping container by over $107,000. CBP agents discovered the Skyline during a random inspection of All JDM Motors’ shipping container. Photos show the Nissan covered in bubble wrap and stacked on top of a bunch of engines. Another image appears to show a complete Nissan 180SX front end, including the steering wheel. All JDM Motors’ allegedly didn't declare this second Nissan and 56 used transmissions … [Read more...] about 1996 Nissan Skyline In Bubble Wrap Seized By Feds In S. Carolina