Ricciardo, Hulkenberg DQs Stand!

Renault Can’t Take A Trick

DESPITE SAYING they believe the penalty was “inconsistent with previous sanctions for similar breaches”, Renault has decided not to appeal their disqualification from the Japanese Grand Prix.

FIA stewards Disqualified Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg from Suzuka over Renault’s brake bias adjustment system.

 The Anglo-French team had until 11pm Western Standard Time Thursday to “notify intent to appeal”.

Nico Hulkenberg.

 The subsequent loss of F1 championship points has effectively dashed the hopes of the proud French marque’s 2019 benchmark stated aim of finishing fourth in the Constructors Championship, ahead of its engine customer McLaren. It would take a motorsport miracle from here.

Mind you, the rules are the rules

 Racing Point lodged a protest (how did they know?) and the sport’s coppers impounded Renault’s steering wheels and ECUs, did their due diligence and found in fact – the system did not breach Formula 1 technical regulations.

 However, it did rule the Anglo-French team’s system “acts as a driver aid, by saving the driver from having to make a number of adjustments during a lap”. And that was in contravention of the sporting regulations.

Anyone Know the Answer?

 Renault had scored a crucial double-points finish in Japan – its fourth for the season – with Daniel Ricciardo classified sixth and Hulkenberg 10th.

 Perhaps one of my wily readers could explain how the heck could one team know?  Unless, of course, they hacked into an opponent’s system.  Which, in itself, must be against any category’s sporting regs!

 This weekend’s Mexico F1 Grand Prix will be run in stark contrast to the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Hagibis which ravished Japan’s main island, with tragic loss of life.

 The 4.304km Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – named after Mexico’s two most celebrated racing drivers – is vastly different to Suzuka. It is, after all, an old baseball stadium. Its wide variety of speeds and corners, two very rapid straights, and that twisty stadium section keep the pressure on the pilots.

  Last year, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the drivers’ title at the Mexican Grand Prix: this year he has another chance to seal the championship once more in Mexico City.

Pirelli’s Take on Mexico

MARIO ISOLA – Head of F1 and Car Racing:

 “Mexico has always been a tough and unpredictable race with a fantastic atmosphere: especially in the stadium section, where the drivers say that they can hear the fans cheering. Both the overall and race lap records were broken last year.

“There are some good overtaking opportunities over the course of the lap, and we’ve also seen a number of different strategic approaches in the past, as well as quite variable weather conditions.

“The altitude of Mexico City definitely affects the cars and the set-up, and this has a knock-on effect for the tyres as well. Even a high down-force setting can feel like low down-force, so there can be a lot of sliding.

“Once more, we’ve brought a harder selection of compounds compared to last year: this should enable drivers to push the tyres to the maximum”.

Both Overall and Race Lap Records Broken

 Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s two-stopper was the 2018 winning strategy in a race affected by a virtual safety car. Both Ferrari drivers and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton have chosen an identical tyre allocation for Mexico. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has gone for an extra set of hards, while Red Bull has loaded up on softs.

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Love What’s Around the Corner

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IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS Perth’s Love brothers, Jordan and Aaron, have left an extraordinary mark on Australian motorsport. And this weekend the talented pair have it all before them on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Teenager Aaron (left) debuts in Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia on the tricky street circuit, bringing to five the number of Sonic Motor Racing Services cars by a single team.

He joins Jordan in the team, making the 16-year-old the youngest driver in 2019 to make a start in the highly competitive Porsche championship.

Theirs is an ongoing achievement that must bring delight to the lads’ family, particularly their popular restaurateur Dad Ian Love – himself a handy pedaller in his day. Ian turned 70 Friday. Happy Birthday, young man. Cheers!

Eyes on Porsche Shootout in Portugal

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve , Portugal.

Jordan’s also in Surfers Paradise readying for the final round of the championship, in which he heads his Sonic teammate Dale Wood by a mere two points.

A simply fascinating result for the championship. And a great promotion Porsche Australia. It promises much on those scary tight streets of Surfers.

No question the young man will be focused on that coveted 2019 title, but he’ll be mindful of what lies ahead.

The 20-year-old is off next month to Europe to get set for the Porsche Junior Shootout – quite likely a career-defining indicator – at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in gorgeous Portugal.

Jordan must concentrate on the Gold Coast first!

The Algarve: A particularly tasty part of the planet. Although it can be a tad chilly in November.

An Extraordinary Training Regime

Jordan Love leads the way in 2019.

“I’ve been working hard on and off the track in the last few months with my team, Porsche and my trainer Josh. While sealing the championship this weekend is my main goal, I feel honoured to be the Australian nominee for this year’s shootout.”

Jordan Love

During 2019 each Carrera Cup championship across the globe nominates just one candidate. Representing Australia: Jordan Love who, in recent months, has undergone an extensive program in preparation for the challenge ahead.

“It was my major goal since starting in GT3 Cup Challenge two years ago.”

“The Michelin Junior program is fantastic and as we’ve seen with Matt Campbell and Jaxon Evans genuinely provides young drivers with the opportunity to take their careers to Europe.

Aaron Love’s exceptionally handsome ride.

Ultimate Aim: “Porsche Factory Driver.”

“My ultimate goal is to use the Porsche pyramid to become a Porsche factory driver and it will be interesting to see how I fare against the best Carrera Cup drivers from around the world.

Long Way from WA Karting

“I’m incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity and I’m sure I will gain a lot of experience no matter what the outcome may be.”

It’s been a fascinating journey since Jordan Love, aged nine, finished second in his first comp – the West Australian Karting State Championships!

Meanwhile, young Aaron currently sits second in the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge class – for the previous generation Porsche 911 Carrera Cup cars – with one round to go!

How’s That for a Double This Weekend!

“It’s a really good opportunity to experience this higher level of competition,” he said. “It will be a massive learning curve, so I have an open mind.

“Of course, you always want to get up the front, but because I’m experiencing something new, I just want to take as much as I can out of it and move forward from there.

“I love the circuit too – it’s one of the most unique street tracks around the world, so I can’t wait for it.”

Michael Ritter, Team Owner, Sonic Motor Racing: “GT3 Cup Challenge does such a good job of preparing drivers for Carrera Cup and we are pleased to be able to give Aaron this opportunity.”

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Demolition Derby!

28/12/2019 @ 3:30 PM 10:30 PM

The 38th Annual Sprintcar King of Wings is one of the most prestigious blue-ribbon events of the summer for the winged warriors.
The wings continue to be featured with the 360 Sprintcar Power Series, Limited Sprintcars, Formula 500s and – to add some further spice to the super program – we’ll throw in the Awesome Late Models.

Rounding out the Super Speedway event will be the first Carbusters Demolition Derby for the season and the demons of destruction will bash and crash it out for the $5,000 prize money.For All Event Information:CLICK HERE

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Super Sportsman Showdown

14/12/2019 @ 3:30 PM 10:30 PM

Round Three of the WA Drag Racing Championship series will feature the Super Sportsman Showdown. You can expect everything from our future stars in Junior Dragster to Doorslammers mixing it up on the Drag Strip and with over 130 teams expected to face the starter at this event it will be on from the start.

The Nitro Guzzling Top Bikes that always thrill with their unpredictable style of two wheeled (sometimes one) racing will be out there testing their set ups as well..For All Event Information:CLICK HERE

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South Aussie is FIA’s Top Marshal

And West Aussie Wins Gold

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 South Australia’s ROBERT THIRY has been named as the world’s Best Track or Road Marshal of the 2019 Season during the prestigious FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Paris.

30 Years Contributing to all Facets

Rob Thiry – Top of the World!.

 Thiry, the Australian Officials Commission Deputy Chair, has spent more than 30 years contributing to the sport in almost every capacity across every level.

 He began as a flag marshal and becomes just the eleventh Australian in history to claim top honours at the FIA’s prize giving ceremony.

 Rob Thiry didn’t even now he was nominated until he received a call from CAMS president Andrew Papadopoulos to say he had actually won the award.

“To be recognised as the best in my field out of thousands of officials in 140 countries is just unbelievable.”

“It’s extremely humbling because when I think about our own talented 10,000 officials, I am purely a representation of the quality of officials that we have here.

“I actually see this award as a reflection of CAMS, our training and the greater motor sport family doing whatever they can for the love of the sport.”

Rob Thiry

 Thiry’s devotion, knowledge and passion helped him rise up the ranks to get to his current position of Clerk of Course at many of Australian major circuit events.

 A member of the CAMS International Training Team, travelling to both Bahrain and Singapore for their Grand Prix development, Thiry has previously been awarded a Service award and Service Star award from CAMS as well as the Castrol Australian Motor Sport Official of the Year award in 2016.

 

West Australian Honoured by FIA

Winners are Grinners

 Rob Thiry wasn’t the only Australian to be recognised during the Paris ceremony, with Esports star CODY NIKOLA LATKOVSKI acknowledged for his efforts during the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games in November.

 Latkovski was one of 16 drivers to take part in the Digital Cup category and the 19-year-old’s superb strategy in the final race saw him claim Australia’s first gold medal at the games.

 In what was a brilliant and race-winning strategy, Latkovski chose to take an extra pit stop than his closest competitors to use the speed of the fresh tyres to his advantage.

Spinning Out with One to Go!

 Starting from second on the grid after a consistently strong qualifying period, Latkovski overcame the German pole-sitter to take an early lead.

 It wasn’t all smooth running though, with Latkovski spinning out of the lead midway through the race to fall behind Costa Rica. But Costa Rica had dramas of their own, dramatically spinning out on the penultimate lap to allow Latkovski to take the chequered flag and create history as Australia’s first ever medal winner at the FIA Motorsport Games.

 “Wow, I’m just lost for words at the moment – happy I could get gold for Australia.

“This is just amazing, I couldn’t be happier. I can’t believe it, to get this great achievement for Australia, it’s just outstanding, I couldn’t have hoped to go better.”

Cody Nikola Latkovski

 “On behalf of everyone at CAMS, we are extremely proud of both Rob and Cody Nikola’s achievements,” CAMS president Andrew Papadopoulos said. “The continued success of Australians on the global stage highlights the strength of motor sport in this country and we should all be proud of these outstanding achievements.”

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John Day Speedcar Classic

07/12/2019 @ 4:30 PM 11:00 PM

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EVENT DETAILSThe WA Sprintcar Championship plus John Day Speedcar Classic

Lock this Super Speedway show into the calendar of must see events, with 58th running of The WA Sprintcar Championship featuring the West’s best in their quest for State title glory.

The John Day Speedcar Classic has attracted some huge interest with the $50,000 purse up for the grabs over 50 laps.

State pride is on the line with Bunbury’s Great Dayne Kingshott, Glen Mears, Keenan Fleming and a host of WA stars looking to keep the trophy at home. Add in Awesome Late Models, Solos and Flat Track bikes – don’t miss this pre–Christmas blockbuster.

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USA v WA Speedweek

06/12/2019 @ 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

The ‘Plex is the place to be this Boxing Day.

Round one of the USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek features a huge Super Speedway night of action with Sprintcars, awesome Late Models, the Pool Shop Group Speedcars, Formula 500s and Wingless Sprints plus the Carbusters Demo Derby.

The USA Sprintcar Team are almost confirmed and are super pumped to take the Speedweek trophy away from WA and back to the land of Stars and Stripes.

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Young Turk is 2020 Porsche Junior

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Turkey’s 21-year-old Ayhancan Güven is the 2020 Porsche Junior, selected as the latest driver to enter the German manufacturer’s coveted development program. Ayhancan, who won this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup France and next year will compete in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, was among 12 drivers nominated by their respective single-make series.

A Grueling Process

The gun youngsters included Perth racer Jordan Love, above, who contested the grueling three-day selection process in Portimão in Portugal late last month.

The 2019 Porsche Junior Shootout has been recognised as the strongest field on record, with champions and drivers from around the world.

Aussie star, Jaxon Evans.

Sim racing for Turk

This year was the Turk’s second nomination for the shootout.

He lost out in 2018 to Jaxon Evans – Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia champion and reigning Porsche Junior – but went onto compete in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship this year, claiming both race victories and podiums this season. 

Interestingly, while Ayhancan started off in karting, he switched to sim racing until the age of 17 where he won several races in his home country.

He took out the Porsche Carrera Cup France and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, claiming titles in both in 2018 and repeating in the French championship this year.

Jaxon Evans back for 2020

Porsche traditionally supports two young drivers at the same time, and Aussie Jaxon Evans has been given the honour of returning alongside the Turk as a Porsche Junior in 2020.

The young champions each receive a sponsorship package that includes 225,000 euros for a season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, racing eight rounds at the wheel of a 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Huge Momentum into 2020

Jordan Love has impressed throughout his ascent up the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, earning his debut nomination in the global shootout – after winning both the 2019 Michelin Junior title and clinching the 2019 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Championship on the Gold Coast recently.

“He now carries huge momentum into next year with strong opportunities abroad on the horizon. Porsche.

Porsche has supported talented young racing drivers since 1997 and helps them on their way up the motorsport career ladder.

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Nico Bows Out, Head High

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I sincerely hope this weekend is not the last we’ll see of the talented Nicolas Hulkenberg in F1, as the door shut on his last hope a few days ago when Williams signed Canadian Nicholas Latifi to partner George Russell during 2020.

Unlikely classy Nico will be back in F1 before 2021!

The 32-year-old German is all class – and a nice guy to boot – and bowing out of the category as the driver with the record of most starts (62) without a podium is not his style.

With just a bit of luck at Abu Dhabi this weekend Nico and teammate Daniel Ricciardo might get the vital handful of points they need to creep past Toro Rosso for fifth – worth, according to former F1 world champ Nico Rosberg – $10 million to Renault’s coffers!

Lando Norris checks out Abu Dhabi

Pirelli brings to the UAE the very softest combination of tyres in its range – C3 as the White hard, C4 as the Yellow medium, and C5 as the Red soft – well-matched to the smooth surface of the Yas Marina circuit

2019 champion Lewis Hamilton – pictured above at Yas Marina meeting Melbourne fan, little Leila McKay – won the race last year by going from ultrasoft to supersoft quite early, under a virtual safety car.

The 21st and final grand prix race starts 9pm WST (Perth time). Enjoy!

Mario Isola – Head of F1 and Car Racing”

“Abu Dhabi marks the end of another very long season, but the work still continues for us after the grand prix, with a series of tests for both Formula 1 and Formula 2, using 13-inch tyres as well as 18-inch tyres.

“In total, we’re bringing around 4500 tyres to Abu Dhabi, for racing and testing: more than double the usual quantity.

“The two-day official F1 test after the race will be particularly important, as it gives a chance for the teams to compare 2019 to 2020 tyres in representative conditions and with specifically adapted cars for the first time.”

“Before then, we have one final grand prix to complete.

There’s a strong chance that we could see more lap records broken again over the weekend, with the teams now having maximised their knowledge of the 2019 tyres.”

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