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Daniel set for Austin, Texas

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Posted on October 19, 2023 Tags:  

Red Bull – The Master Showman

And Jordan Love is ’23 European GT Silver Cup Champ

Last Friday the Perth superstar stopped off in Nashville, Tennessee on his way to Austin, helping Red Bull host a promotional ‘showrun’ up and down Lower Broadway – driving the RB7, the team’s 2011 car -thrilling a 30,000+ crowd of adoring fans

Seriously, it’s little wonder Christian Horner seems hellbent on getting Daniel behind the wheel of a Red Bull beast in 2024. His fan power is simply extraordinary!

Yeah, I’m back!

Check out Daniel’s antics in Nashville

Austin Texas

It’ll be only his third race since his return to the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The eight-time winner had started the season as Red Bull’s reserve driver.

Daniel and his plucky AlphaTauri teammate Yuki Tsunoda are in Austin, which kicks off a series of four F1 races – three of them run consecutively – on the American continent.

It’s a land steeped in motorsport tradition but has truly made its F1 presence felt only in the past few years, thanks to all the different initiatives implemented by Liberty Media in a number of different areas.

COTA – F1’s “Complete Track”

COTA is often described as a complete track, with medium to high levels of downforce.

Turn 1, a left-hander, is particularly distinctive at the end of a 22-metre climb, covered within just 200 metres of track distance.

It makes the start particularly interesting, with drivers heading in a number of different directions to find the best line. That corner leads into a flowing first sector, characterised by a series of medium to fast corners all the way to the hairpin that is Turn 11. That’s then followed by a long straight leading into the final part of the track, which is instead typified by a series of slower and 90-degree corners.

Some corners on the Herman Tilke-designed Circuit of the Americas are inspired by famous turns at other renowned tracks.

Lateral Forces at Austin

“They are quite well balanced between front and rear, without a specific corner of the car being subjected to particular stress. “It’s also important to have good traction in the slow corners. “The asphalt is still quite bumpy, despite the partial resurfacing that took place last year. “This can lead to the tyre sliding very slightly, which is a potential cause of overheating. “The degradation seen at Austin is mostly thermal, while graining is quite a rare occurrence.” Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Motorsport.

Austin, Texas, USA

It’s not uncommon to see alternately sunny and rain days, with a wide range of temperatures.

However, this year the forecast in Austin is for very warm weather throughout the weekend!

•             The Medium and the Hard were used during last year’s race. Race winner Max Verstappen did his first and his final stint on the Mediums, with the middle stint run on the Hard. There were two neutralisations with safety cars.

Of the 11 different venues to have hosted world championship races, with Watkins Glen staging the most Grands Prix – 20 in total – followed by Indianapolis on 19.

Marta Leads Charge at Austin F1 Academy

Prema Racing’s Marta Garcia


The Pirelli-equipped series for young female drivers hosts three races at the Texan track and will crown its inaugural champion.

Prema Racing’s Marta Garcia currently leads the championship with 235 points, followed by ART Grand Prix driver Lena Buhler on 187 points and MP Motorsport’s Hamda Al Qubaisi on 179 points.

Jordan Love Wins Coveted European GT Crown  

To the Victors go the Spoils!

It was another brilliant display from Jordan, his British teammate Frank Bird and the Haupt Racing Team, this time at the classy Dutch circuit through the North Sea dunes.

The 2023 season has seen the Mercedes-AMG Junior Driver and HRT become front runners in the closely contested Silver Cup class from the outset.

With Jordan behind the wheel of the blue #77 HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3, and Frank back replacing Swiss driver Alain Valente for this crucial race, the team entered last weekend’s final round trailing the #99 Audi by just one point.

Jordan has showcased excellent speed at the helm this for HRT to claim four class wins, nine class podiums and four pole positions on his way to securing the Silver Cup honours by 17 points and with it, the drivers and teams championship.

After utilising Friday’s free practice and pre-qualifying sessions to familiarise himself with the challenging circuit, ending the day P3 overall in pre-qualifying, the young Aussie was elected for qualifying on Saturday morning.

Early Rain

A red flag stoppage to the session prevented Jordan from recording a lap to challenge for pole. The team settled for P2, six places behind the championship rival they had to outscore.

Jordan started on slicks due to earlier rain, making a great start gaining several places, and handing the #77 over to teammate leading the class. Frank remained clear of trouble to cross the line as Silver Cup winners, recording their third victory of the season. Moreover, in doing so the pair claimed a remarkable sixth place in the overall race order.

The HRT team began the final race day Sunday with a slender lead at the top of the championship.

Frank took advantage of slick tyres in rapidly drying conditions to put the blue Mercedes-AMG GT3 #77 on pole position in the Silver Cup, good enough for P5 overall – changed to P3 overall following penalties for other competitors.

Frank began well with the changing conditions and handed over to Jordan, with rain again beginning to fall once more, and the pair running P2 overall and on course for victory in the Silver Class.

Jordan managed the drying conditions well to take the chequered flag. And with it a fourth class win of the season and yet another sixth place overall.

Images courtesy of Haupt Racing Team

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