Losing Honda funding for Bourdais, losing Michael Cannon to Chip Ganassi Racing and losing Craig Hampson to Arrow McLaren SP could have made Coyne’s little Plainfield, IL.-based team a depressing place during the off-season. This combination of personnel – as well as the quiet but hugely talented Olivier Boisson and rookie Santino Ferrucci who proved immediately strong on ovals – had kept Coyne buzzing in recent seasons. Heck, the team’s first ever 1-2 finish looked feasible as recently as last August at Gateway’s World Wide Technology Raceway. And while Bourdais finished outside the top 10 in the championship last year, one only needed to look back a year to see the four-time Champ Car title-winner beating both Arrow SPM cars, both Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars and even a Chip Ganassi Racing entry… Now, was one winter going to see Coyne’s pool of high-profile talent drained almost dry? No. Because ever since Alex Palou interrupted his Super Formula season to test a DCR-Honda … [Read more...] about IndyCar 2020 hot topics: Has Coyne found a megastar in Palou?
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As previously documented, this year’s SUPER GT season opener was a curious affair, as the top two cars from last year’s championship standings both had substitute drivers. In such situations, you’d normally expect the experienced hand to shine and the unknown quantity to perhaps struggle under the pressure, but at Okayama it was the exact reverse: while Hideki Mutoh flopped at the wheel of the Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT, his opposite number in the #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra, Sakaguchi, shone. Indeed, while Mutoh was so underwhelming that he didn’t even take part in the following race at Fuji Speedway once it was clear Tadasuke Makino was fit enough to race, TOM’S is already openly floating the idea of 20-year-old Sakaguchi becoming a permanent partner to Ryo Hirakawa in the absence of Sacha Fenestraz, who is still unable to enter Japan. The irony of the situation is that Sakaguchi was a Honda junior driver, only to be cast to one side after a middling but not egregiously bad … [Read more...] about The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of
Thirty-one drivers representing 18 different countries will mark the return of the world’s premier drifting competition, being held for the first time under the stewardship of a new promoter – Russian Drift Series – and taking place at the Bikernieki Sport Complex, also a venue of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, in Riga, Latvia. Catch all the action from Riga on Motorsport.tv The entry is headlined by reigning two-time Cup winner Georgy ‘Gocha’ Chivchyan, who will pilot his familiar Nissan Silvia S15 that took him to his previous two crowns. As the most decorated driver in FIA IDC history and a three-time RDS GP champion, Gocha will be determined to fend off the challenge of some of the best drivers in the world to retain the cup. However, facing the quality of this year’s entry, the driver from Krasnoyarsk will need to work even harder than in the previous editions to achieve a hattrick of FIA IDC titles. The list of challengers is headlined by Japanese … [Read more...] about Watch live: FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup returns in Riga
This time, Cook led home temporary BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R team-mate Dan Cammish in a race that featured two substantial accidents, the first of which caused a red flag, the second a safety car. Read Also: Thruxton BTCC: Cook draws first blood in Race 1 opener As in race one, Cook had to survive contact at the Complex on the opening lap of the restart to race two. Tom Ingram brought his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N side by side with the Honda, which skipped off the kerb and made contact with the Hyundai. There was another brush between the pair in the runoff before they continued. Ingram’s delay allowed Cammish to grab second at Segrave, and Jake Hill moved his Motorbase-run MB Motorsport Ford Focus up to third. With Cammish in only for this weekend, it seemed likely that he would play rear gunner to Cook, who now had 75kg of success ballast aboard his Civic. But Cook was setting good lap times and, although he began to lose a little speed at the Complex … [Read more...] about Thruxton BTCC: Cook doubles up in red-flagged race
Cook started his BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R from the front row, but lost out to the rear-wheel-drive cars of poleman Ash Sutton (Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50) and third qualifier Colin Turkington (West Surrey Racing BMW 330i M Sport) at the start. Cook then tried to repass Turkington around the outside into the Complex, and in trying to defend his position the four-time champion nerfed Sutton's Infiniti into a spin. Contact was also made side to side between the BMW and the Honda, folding in Turkington's wing mirror. Cook had a wild slide at the super-fast Village right-hander, and his bid to defend from Turkington slowed both, allowing Tom Ingram to slice past the BMW into Church at the wheel of his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N. Turkington then ran wide at Church, allowing Jake Hill up to third and, unable to get a full view behind him due to his folded-in mirror, Turkington inadvertently forced teammate Tom Oliphant off track and into a spin at the Brooklands … [Read more...] about Thruxton BTCC: Cook draws first blood in Race 1 opener