BTCC Thruxton: Circuit specialist Cook romps to pole ahead of Hill

Cook was allowed just 1.5 seconds of hybrid usage per lap on his BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R, but that did not prevent him from lowering Jake Hill’s previous session-topper by 0.077 seconds on the final runs.The performance also meant that Cook, seven times a winner at Thruxton, became the first non-BMW driver to qualify on the BTCC front row in ...

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Nordschleife WTCR races cancelled over Goodyear tyre failures

The two races, due to run on Saturday morning ahead of the Nurburgring 24 Hours, were officially canned shortly before the first was to begin. The decision follows a number of tyre failures during the two free practice sessions on Thursday and qualifying on Friday.The stewards decision read: “Since the beginning of round two in Nurburgring, several...

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Supercars aware of recent crew injuries

There have been crew injuries at the past two events involving Supercars, the first, and most serious, coming at the Supercars-owned Bathurst 12 Hour.A team crew member was involved in an incident during pack down at the end of the event, a head injury thought to have at one point been critical.His condition was fortunately stabilised.There were th...

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Infamous Mustang returns to Bathurst

News of a third wildcard for the 2022 running of the Great Race, a 28th entry in total, broke earlier this week.Anderson Motorsport, which regularly competes in the third-tier Super3 Series, will tie up with Dick Johnson Racing to run the one-off entry.Team owner Michael Anderson, a Bathurst local, has agreed to buy one of the powerhouse squad's sp...

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What the DTM’s scariest corner meant for Lausitzring lap times

The relatively shallow 8.7 degrees of banking means the long, fast left-hander can’t quite be taken flat-out and was billed in the lead up to the event as “hardcore” by Winward Mercedes driver Lucas Auer.“I think everybody is shitting his pants a little bit when you go there,” he admitted. “Last week when we tested there, the first lap I thought ‘O...

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Dick Johnson Racing extends Shell deal

The iconic partnership between Shell and DJR, which stretches back more than five decades, will continue for at least the next handful of seasons thanks to this new multi-year deal.The latest guise of the Shell/DJR tie-up, through Shell licensee Viva Energy Australia, started back in 2017.“To have the premium fuel brand – Shell V-Power – continue t...

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Supercars squad BRT baffled by lack of pace

The single-car squad made a promising start to the season, driver Tim Slade racking up six Top 10s from the first nine races.However there have now been two tough rounds in a row, the squad struggling to tune its Tickford-built Mustang at either the Perth SuperNight or the Winton SuperSprint.Slade's best result from those events was a 10th in the f...

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The Lamborghini talisman leading his troops to DTM success

A stealthy drive to sixth is never going to be the sort of performance that makes headlines. But for Lamborghini GT3 talisman Mirko Bortolotti, such instances as his Lausitzring race one recovery from being shuffled outside the top 10 on the long run down the first proper braking zone at Turn 2 “because were struggling a lot on straightline speed” ...

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Cassidy “really pleased” by pace on DTM return at Lausitzring

The Envision Formula E driver, who made his DTM debut with the AF Corse-run Red Bull Ferrari team at last year’s Norisring round in place of Alex Albon, was brought into the lineup full-time this year but had to miss the Portimao opener due to a clash with the Monaco E-Prix.In his place, rally legend Sebastien Loeb finished 16th and 18th in his fir...

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Frustrations continue over Gen3 Supercars

A full grid of the next-generation cars needs to be built ahead of the 2023 season opener early next year, with Supercars having already delayed the introduction three times.Initially the cars were meant to debut in 2021, before that was pushed back to 2022, then mid-2022, and then 2023 as the design and development process was delayed.That process...

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Van der Linde: Schubert BMW made "big steps" for Lausitz DTM double

On a weekend when Schubert also swept the ADAC GT Masters round at the Red Bull Ring, van der Linde took the car’s first DTM win in race one after passing Lucas Auer at the start, then was never headed from pole in race two despite carrying 25kg in ballast.The South African, who now leads the standings by 15 points over Lamborghini's Mirko Bortolot...

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Edwards: Waters bucking "embarrassing" SVG trend

Waters and Tickford spent the entire Winton SuperSprint weekend locked in a thrilling battle with van Gisbergen and Triple Eight.It was a battle they ultimately won as well, Waters scoring two victories to van Gisbergen's one as they locked out the top two on all three occasions.In the case of both of Waters' wins the key was beating van Gisbergen ...

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DJR Mustang for Bathurst 1000 wildcard

The third one-off entry for the Great Race will be a DJR Mustang run with substantial support from the squad itself.However it won't solely be a third DJR Mustang, with another team working in conjunction with the powerhouse Ford squad.Further details of the project, including potential drivers, are yet to come to light.However it's understood the ...

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Percat explains horror qualifying run

The race winner has endured a tough spell of single-lap pace, particularly at the recent Perth SuperNight and Winton SuperSprint events.In Perth he qualified dead last for all three races.He was down the back again at Winton, twice out-qualified by main game rookie Jayden Ojeda in the WAU wildcard, including another dead last on the grid for Sunday...

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Auer bemused by “massive pace” deficit in DTM Lausitzring race two

The Austrian driver finished third on Saturday after being jumped at the rolling start by eventual winner Sheldon van der Linde and dropping behind Luca Stolz in the pits with a slightly slower turnaround.But Auer was only able to qualify ninth for race two, where he finished eighth with 5kg success weight after taking advantage of Marco Wittmann a...

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Rast explains “upside-down” set-up change behind DTM podium return

After a year away racing in Formula E, the Abt Audi driver had a tough return series return in Portimao as he scored no points, and admitted that he found his R8 LMS Evo II “quite difficult to drive” on his way to eighth at the Lausitzring in Saturday’s race one.But after his mechanics worked late into the evening on an “upside-down” change to the ...

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Supercars teams question two-day events

Two-day meetings have become common for Supercars since the pandemic with five listed on the schedule for this year, including last weekend's Winton SuperSprint.Usually the meetings do run over three days, however the Friday is restricted to support category running before Supercars hit the track on Saturday.The idea is that Supercars teams can sav...

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Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win

The Schubert BMW driver aced the start and despite carrying 25 additional kilos that allowed Maro Engel (Gruppe M Mercedes) to close, he never came under serious threat until the final sequence of corners and won by 0.347s.Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast took the first podium of his comeback season in third in the leading Abt Audi, as a quick pit...

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Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde beats Rast to Sunday pole

Schubert BMW driver van der Linde, who put in a controlled drive to win race one after seizing the lead at the start, was the only driver to duck under the 1m31s bracket with a 1m30.998s lap.His M4 GT3, which is running 10kg lighter than on Saturday but with a 0.057 reduction in boost pressure following Balance of Performance tweaks, was only ninth...

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Winton Supercars: Waters pips van Gisbergen in finale

Waters was the big winner at the start, bolting into the lead through Turns 1 and 2 as he left van Gisbergen scrapping over second with Andre Heimgartner.It was a scrap that Heimgartner was up for, too, demoting his fellow Kiwi to third on the exit of Turn 2 before covering smartly into Turn 3 to seal second place.Heimgartner was initially able to ...

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