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  • Formula E - Evans shines in Seoul to prolong title fight
    by arichard on 2022년 08월 13일

    Sport newsMitch Evans knew that he had to go for gold in Korea's Olympic Stadium with just two opportunities left to narrow the gap to ABB FIA Formula E World Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne, and produced the perfect performance in race one of the Seoul e-Prix (13th August) to ensure that what is now a two-way battle for the eighth FE crown goes all the way to the season finale tomorrow.Although he was denied a place on the front row of the grid by some fine wet-weather driving from poleman Oliver Rowland and series veteran Lucas di Grassi — who lined up second for his 99th Formula E event — Evans was not to be denied when the lights went out. Vaulting past Rowland as the Mahindra driver inadvertently fell foul of a slippery sponsors logo just ahead of his pole spot, the Kiwi had to cede first place to di Grassi entering the first corner, but lined his Jaguar TCS entry up perfectly to send it down the inside of the Brazilian in the very next braking zone, claiming a lead he would not relinquish.Evans' initial run at the head of the pack was swiftly curtailed, however, as an eight-car pile-up at Turn 20 brought out the red flag with barely two minutes of the scheduled 45-minute (plus one lap) duration on the clock. With cars battling in the spray ahead of him, series returnee Norman Nato — in the second Jaguar TCS entry following the post-London diagnosis of a fractured wrist for Sam Bird — was forced off the ideal line and simply skated into the retaining barrier. NIO 333 team-mates Dan Ticktum and Oliver Turvey, Envision Racing's Nick Cassidy, Oliver Askew (Avalanche Andretti), Sebastien Buemi  (Nissan e.dams), Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) and reigning series champion Nyck de Vries all piled into the melee.Fortunately all eight drivers escaped injury. Once the action resumed with a safety car start, Evans took control of the race, gradually extending his advantage over the pack to more than a couple of seconds and, a brief lock-up scare late on notwithstanding, was able to claim his fourth win of the season. To say that the New Zealander wasn't threatened at the end would be to ignore the fact that the race ended under the safety car after Alexander Sims lost the rear of his Mahindra entry and found the wall, but that could not disguise the imperious nature of the victory.With title rival Vandoorne only fifth across the line, Evans trimmed the Belgian's overall points advantage to 21 heading into Sunday's finale, but knows that he will need to produce a repeat performance — and hope his Mercedes EQ opponent hits trouble — if he is to leave Seoul with the ultimate prize.Vandoorne's race was another quiet one. Having started seventh, he gained a couple of spots due to contact ahead of him, but seldom looked like threatening for the podium. The red flag interruption allowed track conditions to improve, with dry tarmac under a blue sky emerging as the race went on, but the advantage of plumping for a dry set-up didn't pay off as much as expected.Rowland claimed second place, and his first podium of a trying year, after pulling a brave move on di Grassi through the right-hander inside the stadium section, with fellow Briton Jake Dennis taking fourth, ahead of Vandoorne. With this third place, di Grassi achieved a 39th career podium on the day he passed 1000 points and edged closer to a century of appearances.Jean-Eric Vergne, eliminated from title contention during qualifying, took sixth place despite hitting Edoardo Mortara under braking shortly after racing resumed. The Swiss driver was the one who copped the blame for the contact after being adjudged to have moved repeatedly in his defence of the position, but the five-second penalty he was handed proved moot after his ROKiT Venturi Racing entry cried enough with 11 minutes remaining, cementing his exit from the title fight.Pascal Wehrlein, unable to capitalise on fourth on the grid, came home seventh, with Robin Frijns, Antonio Felix da Costa and Cassidy completing the scorers. The destiny of the 2021-22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship crown will now be decided in the 16th and final race of the campaign, which will get underway at 15:00 local time (09:00 CET).MITCH EVANS, JAGUAR TCS RACING, #9, said:"There's been a lot of work since London to make this all possible. This morning was tricky as we didn't quite have the pace, but then the rain came at just the right time to save my qualifying and allow me to qualify up front. The race was really hard to manage, with conditions changing all the time, so thanks to the team for guiding me through. This is what we needed. We didn't give up and we'll go into tomorrow and keep fighting. The plan is obviously to do 'the double' — I've done it before [in Rome] so let's do it again!"OLIVER ROWLAND, MAHINDRA RACING, #30 said:“I can't really ask for much more, it has been a difficult season. Obviously getting the Pole Position and the 18 points is fantastic for the team. We knew this year was going to be difficult, my first with the team, but we are pushing really hard for next year and I am glad to give the whole team and these fans a great result.”LUCAS DI GRASSI, ROKiT VENTURI RACING, #11, said:“It is a really big honour to race here, amazing place, amazing fans - thanks everybody. We did our best today for the team on the constructor's championship, and for me personally to reach my 39th podium and 1,010 points, so I am super happy and we are going to celebrate a lot! It couldn't be better, this track and the people of Seoul have been amazing, we couldn't have had a better day. We fought very hard, we extracted the most out of it - no mistakes - and thank you to the team for the car that they gave me, and thank you to the fans for being here.” ABB FIA Formula E World ChampionshipFormula ESEASON 2021-2022SportCircuit1SportABB FIA Formula E World ChampionshipCircuitSEASON 2021-2022Formula E00Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 1:33pmSaturday, August 13, 2022 - 1:33pm

  • EHRC - KIVENNE AND SAIRANEN LEAD EHRC CONTENDERS IN FINLAND
    by jcarter on 2022년 08월 12일

    Sport newsThe no16 Latvala Motorsport Toyota Celica of 2014/15 Rally Finland winner and WRC front runner Jari-Matti Latvala and his co-driver Juho Hanninen was the runaway leader at the end of the first day, the Finns 1m38.2 ahead of the no4 Audi quattro of Kivenne and Sairanen.  However, Latvala and Hanninen are not full season EHRC entrants and therefore are not eligible for championship points at the end of the Lahti Historic Rally.The no6 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4 of Anders and Ingrid Johnsen finished the day in third spot on the EHRC listings.The no2 Porsche 911 SC of Karl Wagner and Gerda Zauner arrived at the final service in the Category 3 lead but there was a lot of concerned looks in the service park as the Austrian team tried to find a solution to a transmission issue.  The Porsche had arrived at the service area stuck in third gear and, unfortunately, there was no solution to the issue.  The car retired, handing the overnight Category 3 lead to the Volvo 244 of Siegfried and Renate Mayr.The Category 2 battle between the no5 Ford Escort of Valter Jensen and Erik Pedersen and the no10 Ford Escort of Will Graham and Michael Johnston was close on every stage.  At the end of the sixth and final stage of the day, the gap between the two cars was just 0.8 seconds, with the Norwegians ahead of the British crew.In Category 1 the current championship leaders Ernie and Karen Graham were revelling the road conditions, which they described as perfect Escort roads.  The British crew finished the day over three minutes ahead of their rivals, with the no14 Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Teuvo Hamalainen and Pirjo Rosberg in second place.The only other EHRC car to retire on the first day was the no8 Mercedes-Benz 190E of Tuomo Liukkonen with an engine issue.Leg 2 of the Lahti Historic Rally will get underway at 09h09 with the first car on SS7.CLICK HERE for the result from Day 1** Image by Marko Kyostila Video of FIA EHRC ROUND 6: Day One Review   European Historic Rally ChampionshipEHRCEHSRCSEASON 2022SportHistoric1SportEuropean Historic Rally ChampionshipHistoricSEASON 2022EHRCEHSRC01Friday, August 12, 2022 - 10:24pmFriday, August 12, 2022 - 10:24pm

  • 14 Rising Stars ready to compete in Le Castellet next week (17-21 August)
    by cmorard on 2022년 08월 12일

    Sport newsLaunched in May this year, the third edition of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme involved a worldwide talent search among the FIA’s national sporting authorities, each of which nominated promising young drivers with national or international racing experience. Following this initial phase, the FIA selected eight senior and six junior drivers, representing 12 countries, to continue the competition at the Circuit Paul Ricard, as part of the renowned Winfield Racing School. The 14 Junior and Senior drivers are:Junior category: Born between 31.03.2008 – 31.12.2010LisaBillardFranceMathildaPaatzGermanyShriyaLohiaIndiaZoeFlorescu PotoleaItalySaraMatsuiJapanTyraSundbergSwedenDomenikaArellanoEcuadorGabrielaTeixeiraPortugal  Senior category: Born between 01.01.2006 – 31.03.2008First NameLast NameCountryAliceBuckleyAustraliaAuréliaNobelsBelgiumChloeGrantUKChloeChongUKMacieHitterUKAgustinaSanchezUruguay The 14 girls will be welcomed and registered at Circuit Paul Ricard, on Wednesday 17, marking the start of four intense days of instruction, education, competition and scrutiny, both on and off track.Among the activities on the programme, from 17 to 21 August are: physical and mental training, security and safety briefings, tyre management, driver nutrition, media training, simulator experiences and much more. Drivers will also take part in a number of on-track sessions which will be used to assess their performance and progress (in karting for the juniors and in F4 for the seniors).All activities are supervised by the FIA and its partners: FDA, Iron Dames, Winfield Racing School, 321 perform, Pirelli, OMP, Kart Republic.The expert jury at Le Castellet will choose four junior and four senior drivers to go forward to the final stage of the competition in November when the victorious 2022 drivers will at last be revealed.The winning junior driver will participate in an international karting season with the potential financial support of the Ferrari Driver Academy. The selected senior driver will potentially become the third female to have the chance to join the Ferrari Driver Academy – following in the footsteps of Maya Weug and Laura Camps Torras, the winners of the first two editions– where she will begin development of a professional career in motor sport and compete in the Formula 4 Italian Championship with FIA Girls on Track’s main partner, the Iron Dames project.FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars is part of the FIA's strong commitment to promote Diversity and Inclusion in Motorsport.Note to media: Media are invited on site throughout the selection (detailed programme on request). Contact and registration: cmorard@fia.com (+33 675 947 859).Women in MotorsportGirls on TrackSport1SportWomen in MotorsportGirls on Track00Friday, August 12, 2022 - 12:23pmFriday, August 12, 2022 - 12:23pm

  • World RX: new all-electric era launches in Norway
    by cmorard on 2022년 08월 12일

    Sport newsA large crowd gathered in downtown Stjørdal to witness the birth of the fastest World RX cars ever created, at a special presentation which was broadcast live across all World RX social media channels.And even before the new RX1e cars take to the track in anger for the first time this weekend, four-time FIA World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson, who had given his fully electric RX1e car a shakedown test in Sweden a few days before, promised fans that this will be “a season to remember”.Following the public presentation, the World RX drivers and their FIA RX2e Championship counterparts – accompanied by a number of leading lights from the FIA European Rallycross Championship, including home hero Andreas Bakkerud – set off on a parade through the town, thrilling onlookers as they drove past at close quarters.With twin motors pushing out 500kW – equivalent to 680bhp – and 880Nm of instant torque, the new cars are the fastest and most powerful ever seen in the World Championship.On the narrow streets of Stjørdal this evening, they were kept firmly on a leash. In Hell this weekend, that leash will be removed...“It’s fantastic to finally be starting World RX’s electric era this weekend,” said Kristoffersson.“I drove the car for the first time a few days ago, and I think fans are going to be surprised by the performance and speed. I’ve rarely felt so pumped going into a new season – it’s certainly going to be one to remember.”“I’m so excited to be beginning my first season in the World Championship, and what a place to do it,” added CE Dealer Team driver Klara Andersson.“Hell is such an iconic rallycross track, and there’s so much enthusiasm for the sport here in Norway. I’m obviously a rookie this year and I’m well aware I have a massive challenge ahead of me, but it’s also a massive opportunity – and I’m going to grab it with both hands!”“Wow - what a welcome we have received here in Stjørdal – for my first taste of rallycross, I’ve honestly been blown away by the passion and knowledge of the fans,” said Aksel Lund Svindal – the double Olympic gold medal winning alpine skier, who will make his rallycross debut in the FIA RX2e Championship this weekend.“I got my first experience of the RX2e car in testing a couple of weeks ago and it was mega fun – I can’t wait to race it at the weekend.”All of the on-track racing action and off-track features throughout the weekend in Hell will be broadcast live on RX+.World RXSport1SportWorld RX00Friday, August 12, 2022 - 10:01amFriday, August 12, 2022 - 10:01am

  • Drifting slides back into FIA Motorsport Games 2022
    by cmorard on 2022년 08월 11일

    Sport newsThe popular discipline’s return will attract the best drift-car drivers from across the sport to compete for the honour of winning a gold medal for their home nation at Circuit Paul Ricard.Featured as one of the founding disciplines of the first FIA Motorsport Games, drivers from 22 ASNs gathered to compete in the then-named Drifting Cup at Vallelunga in 2019. After two days of intense competition, Dmitriy Illyuk emerged as the inaugural Drifting gold medalist for Team Ukraine. Since Drifting was adopted as a recognised discipline in 2017, the FIA has launched the Intercontinental Drifting Cup and worked to develop drifting at national level worldwide, through sporting regulations as well as training for officials and judges.Born in the 1970s on the mountain roads of Japan, Drifting now returns to headline at the second edition of the Games this October in France. With up to 80 ASNs expected to join the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games, each can enter one driver to compete in their country’s colours.Koichi Murata, FIA Drifting Commission President, said: “The return of the FIA Motorsport Games, again featuring Drifting, is excellent news. Drifting as a discipline has huge potential and an ever-growing popularity around the world. “Over the last couple of years, the focus of the FIA’s Drifting Commission has been on delivering the highest possible standards to drifting competition and supporting the growth of this sport at regional and national levels. For this reason, I’m very much looking forward to this year’s edition of the FIA Motorsport Games, where the results of the work should be seen. The event looks very promising, and I’m confident of strong ASN representation in our discipline.”The 2022 FIA Motorsport Games Drifting contest will unfold across two days of competition at the Circuit Paul Ricard Driving Centre. The action starts with free practice and qualifying on Friday, 28 October, ahead of the tandem practice, Top 32, and final to decide the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners on Saturday. Stars from across national championships are already confirmed to compete in Drifting for the 2022 Games. Those include Latvia’s Nikolass Bertans, Gerson Junginger for Germany, and Nodari Kodua for Georgia. Jakub Przygoński is set to race for Poland, while Portugal has chosen João Vieira as its Drifting representative. Entries for the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games are open until Sunday, 25 September via the dedicated FIA registration platform. Competitors wishing to represent their country are encouraged to contact their respective National Sporting Authority, a full list of which can be found here: fia.com/members/member_club/sport-mobility-3/member_club/sport-1 For further information visit fiamotorsportgames.comFIA Motorsport GamesSport1SportFIA Motorsport Games00Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 12:00pmThursday, August 11, 2022 - 12:00pm

  • World RX ready to electrify the motorsport landscape in Norway
    by cmorard on 2022년 08월 10일

    Sport newsThe championship’s ultra-powerful electric cars – feature twin motors, pushing out 500kW (equivalent to 680bhp) and 880Nm of instant torque, and will propel them to 100km/h faster than a Formula 1 car.The entry list in Hell is headlined by Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS’ Johan Kristoffersson, who is chasing a fifth Drivers’ crown behind the wheel of his Kristoffersson Motorsport-run Volkswagen RX1e.Timmy Hansen tied with Kristoffersson on points last season at the end of a nail-biting duel, so the Hansen World RX Team driver will be more determined than ever as he targets a second title to add to his 2019 triumph. Younger brother Kevin Hansen, meanwhile, who recorded seven podium finishes from nine starts last year – and is more than ready to step out of the shadow and grab his own share of the spotlight.Niclas Grönholm enjoyed his finest campaign to-date in 2021 – matching Kristoffersson for wins on his way to third in the overall standings – and the Finn will lead the Construction Equipment Dealer Team charge. His team-mate Klara Andersson is the first permanent female competitor in World RX history, and great things are expected of the highly-rated young Swede – who shone in the supporting FIA RX2e Championship last season – over the coming years.There is also a rapid and experienced home hero in the field, as Ole Christian Veiby rejoins the fray for Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS just under seven years on from his last appearance in World RX – and having enhanced his CV significantly over the intervening period at the highest levels of rallying.While GCK Motorsport’s Lancia Delta Evo-e will not be ready to race in Hell due to the extensive development work required to incorporate the new technology into the car, it will appear on-track in World RX later in the season.The popular and undulating Lånkebanen circuit will celebrate its return to the calendar following a three-year absence with a full bill of rallycross entertainment, as the stars of RX2e, Euro RX1 and Euro RX3 – including Olympic skiing legend Aksel Lund Svindal and fans’ favourite Andreas Bakkerud – similarly prepare to head into battle. Vincent Caro, FIA Head of Department - Historic Motor Sport, Hill Climb and Off Road, said: “This weekend is the dawn of an exciting new era for the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The launch of the first-ever electric rallycross world championship underlines the FIA’s ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries on innovation and sustainability. The event in Hell, Norway is the result of a lot of commitment and dedication by all stakeholders – teams, suppliers, the promoter and the FIA – often amid challenging conditions. It is fitting that Norway, a country with a proud history in Rallycross, and the leading nation in mobility electrification, will stage the premiere of this fully-electric world championship.”Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said:“I feel a bit like a kid at Christmas, to be honest, waiting to see these ground-breaking electric World RX cars race for the first time. Ever since we took over as championship promoter, we have been very clear about our commitment to a more sustainable future and we have been working tirelessly towards this day. This is a totally fresh start for World RX, and one that will disrupt and transform the motorsport landscape by demonstrating the outstanding potential of this pioneering new technology. Seeing the cars hit the track in Hell is going to be a very proud moment for everybody involved – and the start of what will be an amazing adventure for this great sport.” World Rallycross ChampionshipWorld RXSEASON 2022SportCircuit1SportWorld Rallycross ChampionshipCircuitSEASON 2022World RX00Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 11:31amWednesday, August 10, 2022 - 11:31am

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