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F1 Cost Reduction Agreement delayed, teams in limbo UPDATE Despite much talk and a lot of effort behind the scenes, the deadline for agreeing a new package of cost control rules for next season came and went on June 30. This date was important because it was the date by which things could be passed by a majority. After that unanimity would be needed.

There is talk of extending the deadline to a new one of July 24th. But if the original deadline has passed, many are asking what force a new deadline will have. And now the teams and the FIA are in something of a limbo. Most of the teams turned to the FIA to regulate the Resource Restriction Agreement from next year onwards because, as the F1 Teams Association, they had failed to do so itself.

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Webber to favor Red Bull in 2013 team talks UPDATE CORRECTED, PARAGRAPH 5: "First I will talk with my team, because I would be happy to continue here," Webber, this year's Monaco winner and currently second behind Alonso in the drivers' championship, said.

Mark Webber - smart enough to know it is probably suicidal (for your career) to leave a team where Adrian Newey heads up design
(GMM)  Mark Webber has revealed he will prioritize Red Bull as he plans for his twelfth season in formula one in 2013.

The energy drink owned team has indicated it is likely to extend the 35-year-old Australian's latest one-year contract.

But Webber has also been linked with a move to Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso.

He told French broadcaster TF1 that he would like clarity in "a few months".

"First I will talk with my team, because I would be happy to continue here," Webber, not yet a winner in 2012 but currently second behind Alonso in the drivers' championship, said.

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Comments on feature article on Helmet Scam
We received these comments from readers on our Helmet Scam article:

Dear AR1.com, While I agree with the ideas voiced in the Helmet Scam column, unfortunately in our litigious society, a sanctioning body that did not require participants to use helmets conforming to the latest standards is just asking for a law suit after someone sustains an unfortunate head injury. It won't matter to the attorneys looking for someone to blame that "the recommendation for five year helmet replacement is a judgment call." So, I believe the sanctioning bodies are trapped unless/until Snell adopts a longer window or some other testing organization steps up with more comprehensive testing and standards that supersede the Snell standards. But I don't really know why someone would want to get in front of that freight train. I believe we're stuck with the status quo. NEIL KOMAI 

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Dillon dominated Nationwide race with illegal car UPDATE The right rear of Dillon’s car failed to meet the minimum height, and NASCAR issued a six-point penalty Monday afternoon. In the ultimate show of cheating pays, the Richard Childress Racing driver gets to keep the victory but now sits four points behind teammate Elliott Sadler in the standings. He and the team must be laughing all the way to the bank.

07/01/12 In typical NASCAR fashion, where cheaters prosper, a driver with an illegal car was able to keep his race win.  Austin Dillon dominated Friday night's Nationwide race at Kentucky leading 192 of 200 laps, but afterwards it was determined that his car was too low, which means faster.  But rather than take the win away, and give it too the next legal car in the finishing order, Dillon will keep the win and trophy and get a slap on the wrist (fine) from NASCAR midweek.  You see Dillon is being groomed to be the next NASCAR star.


Honda returns to Dakar Rally after 23 years
Japanese car and motorcycle manufacturer Honda announced its return to the '13 edition of the Dakar Rally on Monday. Honda will participate in next year's 34th Dakar Rally with a factory team in the motorcycle category after a 23-year hiatus. The drivers are already set and include Helder Rodrigues (POR), Felipe Zanol (BRA), Sam Sunderland (GBR) and Argentine Javier Pizzolito (ARG). Between '81 and '89, Honda won the Dakar five times. Honda Racing Corp. President Tetsuo Suzuki clearly defined the team's goal for next years rally when he said, "We aim for the victory, even in our first year" Motorsport Magazin


Some IndyCar teams in serious engine trouble
It looks like the new IndyCar engines do not have the quality needed to meet the IndyCar rules for endurance - i.e. time between engine changes.  INDYCAR provided an update today regarding the status of fresh engines remaining for each team for the remainder of the IZOD IndyCar Series season.


Entrant Driver Fresh Engine Status
No. 2 Team Penske Ryan Briscoe 1 Engine Remaining
No. 3 Team Penske Helio Castroneves 1 Engine Remaining
No. 4 Panther Racing JR Hildebrand 2 Engines Remaining
No. 5 KV Racing Technology E.J. Viso 2 Engines Remaining
No. 6/7 Dragon Racing Legge/Bourdais 2 Engines Remaining
No. 8 KV Racing Technology Rubens Barrichello 1 Engine Remaining
No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon On Engine 5
No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dario Franchitti 1 Engine Remaining
No. 11 KV Racing Technology w/SH Tony Kanaan 1 Engine Remaining
No. 12 Team Penske Will Power 1 Engine Remaining
No. 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Mike Conway On Engine 5
No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Takuma Sato On Engine 5
No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Justin Wilson 1 Engine Remaining
No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing James Jakes 2 Engines Remaining
No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Ed Carpenter 1 Engine Remaining
No. 22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Oriol Servia 2 Engines Remaining
No. 26 Andretti Autosport Marco Andretti 2 Engines Remaining
No. 27 Andretti Autosport James Hinchcliffe 2 Engines Remaining
No. 28 Andretti Autosport Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 Engines Remaining
No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Graham Rahal 1 Engine Remaining
No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Josef Newgarden 1 Engine Remaining
No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Simon Pagenaud On Engine 5
No. 78 Lotus-HVM Racing Simona de Silvestro On Engine 5
No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Charlie Kimball 1 Engine Remaining
No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Alex Tagliani 2 Engines Remaining

Pursuant to Rule 15.1.4, Each Full-Season Entrant will be provided with no more than five fresh built Engines throughout each year covered by an engine service agreement. Using more than five fresh Engines in a season will result in a penalty. Engines beyond the fifth fresh Engine may be fresh or part-used.

Pursuant to Rule 15.6.2, Using more than five fresh Engines in a season will be considered Unapproved Engine Change-Outs.


Patrick Long on how good Bergmeister is
Jorg Bergmeister and Porsche – it’s been a constant in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron since 2002. For more than half of his ALMS career, Bergmeister’s erstwhile partner in Porsches has been Patrick Long. So as the tall German’s 100th ALMS start approaches, there is no one better to salute him than Long, who has been a part of three of Bergmeister’s five ALMS GT championships…

There’s no one quicker at getting up to speed and pushing for lap times every single session of the weekend than Jorg. He’s a master on the technical side and he can drive a car that’s outside the window of handling better than most; he can take a subpar, unbalanced car and put on the edge like no one I’ve ever seen.

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Ed Carpenter Racing To Be Featured This Sunday On "INDYCAR 36"
Ed Carpenter
It might have looked funny last week at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 when cameras and sound equipment were stuffed into the engineering room at Ed Carpenter Racing recording strategy information for the race. 

Or that the same equipment and personnel were following Ed and Heather Carpenter around Adventureland with their kids, Makenna and Ryder, before Saturday’s 250-lap IZOD IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

Those “behind the scenes” insights will be just a fraction of the events involved in this Sunday’s (July 8) INDYCAR 36 television program set for 7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports Network when Carpenter and his Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka-sponsored team are featured in the 30-minute special.

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Geoff Bodine opens Honda dealership in Florida
The sports world is filled with tales of what happens to athletes once the spotlight dims. More often than not, they are about personal problems or financial difficulties instead of successes and accomplishments. Consider Geoff Bodine the "not." Bodine, a popular NASCAR driver with a Daytona 500 win to his credit, can now add another accomplishment: Brevard County [Florida] businessman. Not that Bodine is fully retired from the racing circuit. He's cut back on the time he can devote to the sport even as he finds a team that wants a 63-year-old aging Baby Boomer to be its driver. Secondly, Bodine is a busy guy. Not only is he still involved in NASCAR and other racing events, but the New York native also makes bobsleds for the U.S. Olympic team under the banner of the "Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project." Now, there is Geoff Bodine's Honda Powersports of Melbourne, a venture with partner and longtime friend A.J. Hiers, a local automobile dealer. The Honda dealership, the largest of its type in Central Florida, sells everything from generators to motorcycles to personal watercraft. Sales have gone surprisingly well since its opening several months ago, especially considering the shaky economy, Hiers said. Florida Today


NASCAR selects SapientNitro for digital platform
NASCAR announced Friday that SapientNitro, part of Sapient, has been selected to design and build its new digital platform, including NASCAR.COM. The new platform will result in an integrated digital experience for NASCAR's fans through critical channels, including: website, mobile and tablet.

Earlier this year, NASCAR announced it will assume business and editorial control of its interactive, digital and social media rights, including technical operations and infrastructure of NASCAR.COM and all other NASCAR digital platforms, starting in January 2013. As part of the announcement, the sanctioning body and Turner Sports restructured their partnership, with Turner continuing to support NASCAR with advertising and sponsorships sales across its digital platforms through 2016.

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Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC
NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona on ESPN       
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races Friday night, July 6, in the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway and the race airs live in prime time on ESPN. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 7:49 p.m.  Also from Daytona, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Friday at 2 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven (analysts).

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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Vodafone reviewing support of McLaren
    McLaren's Vodafone backing in doubt - report
  • Hamilton to negotiate with McLaren over trophies
  • F1 'not corrupt', defiant Ecclestone insists
  • FIA tells Vettel to mind his manners - report
  • Unlucky Button aims to end Silverstone 'jinx'
  • Promoter confirms Spa race alternation idea off
  • FIA extends 2013 cost rules deadline to July - reports
  • Boss Sala hints HRT to keep Cosworth for 2013
  • 'Serious differences' in tire quality in 2012 - Marko

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iPhone App Testers Wanted UPDATE We have enough volunteers to test, so thank you.

07/01/12 We will be releasing a new and improved version of our iPhone App soon.  We are looking for up to five volunteers to test the new version ahead of its release.  If you are a current user of our iPhone App and would like to be the first to try out our new version and kick the tires, please email us at contactus@autoracing1.com


Fraud Office Looking To Launch Inquiry Into Ecclestone
After a banker was jailed for accepting $44M in bribes from F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, the Serious Fraud Office has "contacted German authorities and is examining whether it is feasible to launch an inquiry," according to David Charter of the LONDON TIMES. The banker, Gerhard Gribkowsky, was jailed in Munich for eight-and-a-half years for "taking money from Mr. Ecclestone and his family trust over the sale of a huge stake in the motorsport." The SFO said, "We are aware of allegations made against Mr. Ecclestone. We are liaising with the authorities in Germany in respect of these allegations." HM Revenue & Customs have also looked into the case. Ecclestone is facing "further investigation in Munich and possibly in London" LONDON TIMES


Nick Yelloly wins Race 2 at Spa
Nick Yelloly (Comtec Racing) became the first driver this season to win two races in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series after executing the perfect strategy and switching to wet tires at just the right time. Marco Sorensen (Lotus) and André Negrao (International Draco Racing) joined him on the podium. By finishing fourth, Sam Bird (ISR) leapfrogged Robin Frijns (Fortect Motorsports) into the championship lead. But with Bird already contracted to Mercedes AMG F1 Team, Frijns took the prize of a drive in one of the Red Bull Racing F1 demonstrations scheduled during the next meeting at Moscow Raceway.

There was certainly no sleep in Robin Frijns eyes on Sunday morning as he claimed the first pole position of his Formula Renault 3.5 Series career, clocking a circuit record with a lap of 1:39.991. The 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion lined up on the front row alongside Marco Sorensen, with French drivers Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) and Arthur Pic (Dams) sitting behind them on the second row.

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Bianchi ends wait for first FR3.5 Series win
Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) led from start to finish at the Nürburgring to claim his first victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, with Nico Müller (International Draco Racing) and Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) finishing second and third respectively. By finishing third, 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Frijns takes the overall championship lead and edges ever closer to an appearance in the Red Bull Racing F1 exhibition – the prize at stake for the man at the top of the standings at the end of the weekend.

Robin Frijns and Jules Bianchi engaged in a brilliant duel in qualifying. French driver Bianchi eventually got the better of his Dutch rival, putting in a perfect lap to claim his maiden pole position in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The drivers had 450 seconds of DRS at their disposal for the race.

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Jamie Green wins at Norisring
Jamie Green
The fifth DTM round at the Norisring ended with a bang. With his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, British driver Jamie Green crowned a great recovery with his first season win and mastered the constantly changing weather conditions. With three laps remaining, the 30-year old was still in third place. After that, he first overtook Canadian BMW driver Bruno Spengler and then caught reigning DTM champion Martin Tomczyk (BMW) to claim his fourth race win in Nuremberg in five years. 

For his employer Mercedes-Benz, it was the tenth consecutive victory at Norisring. “I am so proud of my success. The race was hard, but I felt really well in the car. On the last ten laps, my tires built up an immense amount of grip and that enabled me to win”, said an overjoyed Green.

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Richard Petty Celebrates 75th
Ricard Petty
You will have to find a cake large enough to hold 75 candles if you want to celebrate the birthday of "The King" Richard Petty on Monday. Petty, the seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and owner of 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins, including seven Daytona 500 victories, is celebrating his 75th birthday in the same town he was born, Level Cross, N.C. Petty will spend time working at the current location of Petty's Garage and will later spend time with his family.

Later this week, Petty will fly to a familiar summer spot for him in early July, Daytona Beach, Fla. This is where Petty, family and friends will not only celebrate the 4th of July, but also a birthday dinner in the honor of Petty's 75th. The dinner, coined "Red, White and Petty Blue," will take place at the Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort and feature guest speakers who have been a part of Petty's life. The night will conclude with a fireworks display and a birthday cake made by the TLC hit show "Cake Boss."

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Alonso hopes to design F1 circuit
Fernando Alonso
While Championship leader Fernando Alonso won’t be thinking about retirement just yet, the Spaniard has revealed some of his future plans from questions asked by his fans on Twitter.

The Ferrari driver encouraged supporters to ask him questions and has answered his favorites on Ferrari.com.

“Many of you ask about the future, what I’d like to do when I stop racing, or if I will set up my own team. Why not? It would be a nice adventure,” he said. “But if Bernie would allow it, I would like to design a real race track, like the kart circuit I designed at Oviedo which is due to open soon”

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Quaker State 400: Traffic fine, but the heat
This year, the fans loved everything but the weather.

Nearly a year after Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner/CEO Bruton Smith and the executives at Kentucky Speedway spent the inaugural Sprint Cup Saturday in Sparta answering questions about traffic, the only fan complaints at the Speedway and on social media sites dealt with the heat.

With temperatures sitting in the high 90s for most of the day – and the heat index climbing well into the triple-digits – many fans felt the effects.

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Ice cold in the sweltering heat – Gary Paffett claims pole at Norisring
A happy Gary Paffett
Summer temperatures of around 35 degrees C turned qualifying for the fifth DTM season round at the Norisring to a hot battle. Points’ leader Gary Paffett remained the coolest with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. The Brit completed his lap of the 2.3 kilometers long street circuit in Nuremberg in 49.139 seconds and will be starting from first place on the grid into Sunday’s race. The qualifying winner said about the 111th pole position for Mercedes-Benz: “That was close. I am totally happy, a perfect day. Tomorrow, I want my third victory of the season. Driving safely is not an option, I will give everything to win.” For Paffett, it is the tenth pole of his career and the second of this year.

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TNT Notes from Kentucky
Countdown to Green
Adam Alexander (host), Larry McReynolds (analyst) and Kyle Petty (analyst)

(TNT’s Countdown the Green crew interviewed No. 17 Matt Kenseth)

Kenseth on leaving some relationships after moving on from Roush Fenway Racing at the end of this season: “That’s the hardest part whenever you decide to do something different or leave an organization that you’ve been at for a long time. I have some friends and family over there and no matter how you spin it you feel like you’re leaving those guys behind.”

Kenseth on preventing his decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing from becoming a distraction: “We’re the ones who control how big of a distraction it is. If we don’t let it become a distraction, it’s not a distraction. We’re the ones who have to perform every week.”

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Hamlin working on contract extension UPDATE
Denny Hamlin will not test NASCAR's free-agent market, agreeing Saturday to a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin announced the extension on Twitter before Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway. Terms of his extension were not released, but he locked up a new deal almost 15 months before his current contract with JGR was set to expire.

In a message posted just as drivers were about to be introduced, Hamlin Tweeted, "IT'S OFFICIAL. I've signed an extension with (at)JoeGibbsRacing. Happy to know where my future is. Excited for tonight and beyond with my team."

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British F3

Fantin & Tincknell take the wins; Harvey the series lead
Pietro Fantin and Harry Tincknell set the pace among the British Formula 3 field at the Norisring in Germany today, Fantin taking the British championship honors in the first of the day’s races after setting a blistering qualifying pace, and Tincknell winning outright the reverse-grid race, leading from pole position to checkered flag.

Jack Harvey meanwhile scored well in both races to overhaul Jazeman Jaafar for the championship lead, while in the National class there were twin wins for T-Sport’s Spike Goddard.

Fantin led the way among the British F3 runners in the delayed qualifying session, posting fifth-quickest time overall, two-tenths off the pace of pole man Pascal Wehrlein.

Qualifying had been due to take place on Friday afternoon, but high temperatures in Nuremberg led to the track breaking up at two corners, and the decision was made to postpone the session to this morning; repairs were effected overnight.

Fantin’s best lap of 49.328s was 0.166s better than that of his closest British F3 rival, Fortec Motorsport man Felix Serralles, to earn Pietro fifth on the grid for tomorrow’s 40-minute finale. Fantin’s second-quickest time was good also at 49.376s, earning him fifth position also in this morning’s 40-minute encounter.

“I like it here and my car is really good,” said Fantin. “It’s completely different to anything we have driven before: low downforce and heavy braking, so it’s really tricky. Here, the time is made under braking, so you need to risk it, and be on the limit all the time. The track is similar to some at home in Brazil because it is really bumpy, and maybe that suits me.”

Serralles’ Fortec team-mates Pipo Derani and Hannes van Asseldonk enjoyed strong showings also in qualifying, third and fourth among the British championship runners respectively, with Carlos Sainz and Jazeman Jaafar next up for Carlin.

Harry Tincknell, the British pacesetter in yesterday’s free practice, was baffled to be only eighth among his rivals today. “I don’t know what the problem is, but it’s a different car today,” said the Devonian. Brands Hatch double winner Jack Harvey will line up immediately behind Tincknell tomorrow; he complained of balance problems.

Round 15
Fantin scored his first British Formula 3 win of the season in the first 40-minute race, the 20-year-old Brazilian bringing his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen home in third place overall, surviving unscathed an incident-packed race which saw dramas for several leading championship contenders.

Fantin finished behind two of the Euro F3 series drivers in the combined British and European series event; the race was won overall by Carlin’s Will Buller following the exclusion of Prema Powerteam driver Daniel Juncadella after a series of controversial late-race clashes.

With a 28-car field on a tight, bumpy and twisty street track, incidents came thick and fast. The turn one hairpin produced an opening-lap clash between British F3 title protagonists Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar, Racing Steps Foundation driver Harvey colliding with the rear end of his Carlin team-mate’s car, sending Jaafar spinning into the path of the field which resulted in front-end damage for the Malaysian and necessitated a pit call.

“I tried to go up the inside of Jaz, and he covered a bit,” said Jack, “and at that point I just couldn’t stop it. I was on the ‘marbles’ and in dirty air, and couldn’t stop.” Race officials penalized Harvey, then running eighth overall, with a drive-through penalty.

Fortec’s Alex Lynn was caught up in the first-corner melee also. “It’s just so tight here,” said the Essex man. “I just got squeezed out and into the inside wall. I was lucky to be able to keep going.” Lynn was forced to the pits for a new nosecone.

Later on the opening lap it was the turn of Carlos Sainz to strike trouble, or more specifically the wall; the Spanish Carlin driver retired to the pits with suspension damage.

Despite an average start, Fantin was away and running in sixth overall, with a Euro car between himself and his closest championship rival, Pipo Derani, with Felix Serralles next up from Harry Tincknell.

Fortec man Derani ended his race on lap seven, when he was tapped into a spin by Prema Powerteam’s Michael Lewis. Derani’s team-mate Hannes van Asseldonk got caught up in the fracas. “I got hit from behind and my wing broke,” said the Dutchman, “I lost a lot of places and then I got a flag to come into the pits and the team pulled my wing off.”

Double R’s Fahmi Ilyas joined Sainz and Derani in retirement on lap seven when the Malaysian damaged his suspension on one of the Norisring’s unforgiving retaining walls.

With Juncadella and Mucke Motorsport’s Pascal Wehrlein disputing top spot, Fantin held a secure sixth with a lead of around 5s over Serralles, and Harry Tincknell - minus his rear wing in a radical attempt to boost his straight-line speed - up to third.

Fantin was bottled up behind ma-con Euro runner Emil Bernstorff but dared not risk his British series lead by attempting to pass. “My start was not really good,” said Pietro after the race. “I lost one position there, but my position compared with the British cars was really good. I needed this win, so I didn’t risk anything by trying to pass the Euro Series guy. I did try to have a go one time but I ran wide and Felix caught up a little with me. I had good pace today, the car was really good and I am really happy.”

Fantin crossed the line 1.3s ahead of Serralles, with Tincknell a further 8.8s behind in third. “I started with no rear wing,” said Harry. “It was a tactical decision to try to help me pass people - it didn’t really pay off until later in the race when I got used to it.”

Australians Geoff Uhrhane and Nick McBride were next up for Double R and T-Sport respectively. “It was chaos out there,” said McBride. “I got hit and lost quite a few spots as a result. We are still paying the price for our qualifying performance when we had too much understeer.”

Harvey returned to the fray after his drive-through penalty to finish sixth among the Brits and the last unlapped runner. Spike Goddard was seventh for T-Sport to win the National class - his eighth class win of the year - ahead of pit-callers Jaafar, Lynn and van Asseldonk, with Duvashen Padayachee completing the finishers in his Double R National class car.

Juncadella crossed the line first overall but was later excluded from the results for his part in closing-laps collisions with his team-mate Raffaele Marciello, as well as Wehrlein.

Round 16
Harry Tincknell led the 20-minute Norisring reverse-grid race from start to finish this evening to rack up his second British Formula 3 win of the season. After struggling in qualifying and finishing the first race eighth overall, the Devonian started from the pole and took full advantage of it.

Tincknell was shadowed from the beginning by Fortec’s Felix Serralles, the Puerto Rican making a superb start from fourth on the grid to slot into second on the opening lap, ahead of Euro F3 runners Felix Rosenqvist and Pascal Wehrlein.

Serralles chased Tincknell as hard as he dared, never allowing the leader’s advantage to extend beyond one second, but had in the end to settle for the second step of the podium.

As with the day’s earlier race there were incidents galore, including wall-bashing early on from Double R’s Fahmi Ilyas and T-Sport’s Nick McBride. Ilyas retired to the pits but McBride was able to continue after a pit call. A brief Safety Car period did little to disturb Tincknell’s composure.

“I knew that I had to get off the line and get into the first corner first,” said Harry, “because that would make my life quite a bit easier. Then the safety car came out and I had to make sure I had a good restart. From there it was a question of controlling the race.

“We went quite radical in race one with no rear wing; we went back on that for this race. The team have done a great job for me; to qualify 15th and to have had a third and a win - in F3 on a street track - makes it a really special day and I am really happy for all the guys. I got my confidence back at Rockingham with my win and things are just getting better and better.”

Serralles was pleased with his performance also: “I started fourth and got another great start, picking up two places. It’s a great result. Fortec did a fantastic job and I’m happy with all the points I have scored today. I couldn’t catch Harry - he was quicker in some places and me in others - but that’s the way racing is.”

Jack Harvey made major gains from the chaos of the opening lap, leaping from 13th overall on the grid to eighth, and third in terms of the British championship runners. Racing Steps Foundation driver Harvey picked up a further place when Euro man Sven Muller retired on the seventh lap and held on for the duration of the race to claim the final step of the British podium.

With that prize for Harvey went the championship lead: erstwhile points-topper Jazeman Jaafar endured a torrid time, brushing the wall and suffering contact with another car. The Malaysian finished 14th overall, and seventh in the British class.

Fourth of the British series contenders was race one victor Pietro Fantin, who would have been closer to the sharp end but for losing a lot of ground on the opening lap, with Fortec’s Alex Lynn fifth, ahead of his team-mate Hannes van Asseldonk. Double R’s Geoff Uhrhane took eighth behind Jaafar, with Pipo Derani ninth from the back of the grid after his race one retirement. McBride recovered from his early damage to 10th in class, a lap in arrears.

In the National class, Spike Goddard ran home the winner for the second time today for the T-Sport team, beating his Double R rival Duvashen Padayachee to the line by 10.4s.

Carlos Sainz suffered his third no-score in as many races, the Carlin man retiring after 18 laps with gearbox problems.

British Formula 3 International Series
Round 15, Norisring (GER) 30/06/2012
42 laps / 60.02 miles

Amended provisional results British International & *Euro classes
1  *William BULLER / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Mercedes  37m 13.438s / xx
2  *Emil BERNSTORFF / GBR, ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen  +1.109s
3 (1)  Pietro FANTIN / BRA,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +1.720s
4 (2)  Felix SERRALLES / PUR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +3.014s
5  *Felix ROSENQVIST / SWE,  Mücke Dallara-Mercedes  +4.298s
6  *Pascal WEHRLEIN / GER,  Mücke Dallara-Mercedes  +11.387s
7 (3)  Harry TINCKNELL / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +11.817s
8  *Sven MULLER / GER,  Prema Dallara-Mercedes  +12.095s
9  *Tom BLOMQVIST / GBR,  ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen  +12.684s
10  *Sandro ZELLER / SWI,  Zeller Dallara-Mercedes  +19.001s
11 (4)  Geoff UHRHANE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  +19.978s
12 (5)  Nick McBRIDE / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Nissan  +20.545s
13 (6)  Jack HARVEY / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +20.783s
17 (7)  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  41 laps
18 (8)  Alex LYNN / GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  41 laps
19 (9)  Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  41 laps

National class
16 (1)  Spike GODDARD / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  41 laps
20 (2)  Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda 40 laps

Did not finish
Fahmi ILYAS / MAS,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  7 laps
Pipo DERANI / BRA,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  6 laps
Carlos SAINZ / ESP,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1 lap

Fastest laps Marciello Raffaele 49.138s; Harvey & Serralles 49.424s / 104.10mph

Round 16
22 laps / 31.44 miles

Provisional results British International & *Euro classes
1  Harry TINCKNELL / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  20m 10.193s / 93.53mph
2  Felix SERRALLES / PUR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +0.419s
3  *Pascal WEHRLEIN / GER,  Mücke Dallara-Mercedes  +2.102s
4  *Felix ROSENQVIST / SWE,  Mücke Dallara-Mercedes  +4.715s
5  *William BULLER / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Mercedes  +4.840s
6  *Tom BLOMQVIST / GBR,  ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen  +5.049s
7 (3)  Jack HARVEY / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +7.098s
8 (4)  Pietro FANTIN / BRA,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +8.522s
9 (5)  Alex LYNN / GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +9.059s
10 (6)  Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +13.053s
14 (7)  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +16.938s
15 (8)  Geoff UHRHANE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  +18.904s
16 (9)  Pipo DERANI / BRA,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +19.895s
24 (10)  Nick McBRIDE / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Nissan  21 laps

National class
22 (1)  Spike GODDARD / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  +40.608s
23 (2)  Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda +51.078s

Did not finish
Carlos SAINZ / ESP,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  18 laps
Fahmi ILYAS / MAS,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  1 lap

Fastest laps Buller 49.250s & Serralles 49.319s / 104.32mph

Provisional championship standings
1 Harvey 186 points; 2 Jaafar 182; 3 Serralles 156; 4 Sainz 137; 5 Lynn 134; 6= Tincknell & Fantin 125; 8 Derani 94; 9 van Asseldonk 65; 10 McBride 53 etc.
National class: 1 Goddard 249; 2 Padayachee 217.

Next round 1 July Norisring


Stoner and Pedrosa dominate in Assen
Casey Stoner
The legendary Assen circuit was the setting of another brilliant performance by the Repsol Honda Team. The 90,248 spectators occupying the grandstands at the 'Cathedral' enjoyed a two-man battle between Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, who led from start to finish, with no rivals to challenge them.

Casey celebrated his sixth consecutive podium in Assen with another victory, his third of the season, and Dani crossed the line behind him to complete the team's fifth double podium of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship. This result, combined with Jorge Lorenzo's unfortunate crash, places Casey in the joint championship lead with 140 points and Dani, 19 points behind them consolidating third position.

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Roush would like to have kept Kenseth
NASCAR team owner Jack Roush said Friday he was surprised to learn Matt Kenseth was leaving Roush Fenway Racing, and Roush wished he would have done more things to keep him. RFR announced Tuesday that Kenseth would leave the organization at the end of the season and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the defending Nationwide Series champion, will replace Kenseth in the #17 Ford in Sprint Cup. "I will say I was surprised when I learned [Kenseth] would not be signing with us," Roush said at Kentucky Speedway. "I won't comment on any of the negotiations because we have an agreement not to talk about that." But Roush added that he probably could have done more to re-sign Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion, had he known Kenseth was serious about leaving. "If I was as diligent on that end as I am about finding out why a fuel pump broke, I might have been able to stop it," Roush said. "From my standpoint, he will be moving to the dark side. But the friendship part for us will survive. I've not lost respect for Matt and I hope he hasn't for me. I've enjoyed the 15 years with Matt and the success he's had as a driver. He is a cornerstone here and his DNA is all over this organization." ESPN.com


Ecclestone - no fear of Hockenheim arrest
Ecclestone hoping to avoid arrest.  Not the kind of pinstripe suit he likes to wear.
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has denied suggestions he will not risk travelling to Germany next month.

Bild newspaper indicated recently the F1 chief executive might skip the race after this weekend's British grand prix for risk of arrest.

Speculation is ramping up that Ecclestone, 81, will be charged for bribery, after former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky was convicted and jailed last week for receiving the payments from the Briton.

"The only thing I did wrong is that I personally paid him ten million pounds", Ecclestone told the German newsmagazine Focus, explaining the money was paid because Gribkowsky was threatening to cause trouble with his British tax affairs.

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Magnussen Jr. tests McLaren
Fresh from his first series victory at Spa-Francorchamps, Danish Formula Renault 3.5 Series racer and McLaren Young Driver Development Program member Kevin Magnussen is now targeting a repeat performance this weekend at the Nurburgring in Germany.

The Carlin Racing driver was in fine form at the previous round in Belgium, taking pole position in for both races and victory in the Sunday race. The win hauled him back into championship contention after a run of ill-fortune with three consecutive DNFs.

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Hamilton looking forward to McLaren updates
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is hoping McLaren's planned upgrades for the British Grand Prix will help the team respond to Red Bull's big Valencia step forward and "make the nation proud" in next week's race.

Although Ferrari and Fernando Alonso ultimately won last Sunday's European GP to regain the lead of the Drivers' Championship, at one point earlier in the race it had seemed that Sebastian Vettel was on course to claim the most dominant victory of the season prior to the appearance of the Safety Car and his subsequent retirement with an alternator failure.

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World record for the Audi R8 e-tron
Record setting Audi e-tron.  All-electric cars are coming, it's just a matter of time.  Too bad we're still generating electricity to charge them with polluting fossil fuels instead of nuclear power.  Japan earthquake - 20,000 dead from Tsunami, 0.00000 dead from the failed nuclear reactors.
The future of electric mobility at Audi is highly dynamic: The R8 e-tron has set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system on the Nurburgring Nordschleife – the toughest test track in the world. Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in 8:09.099 minutes. With this Audi has achieved yet another milestone in its history, following overall wins at the 24-hour races at the Nurburgring and Le Mans.

"The R8 e-tron has given a magnificent demonstration of its potential on the toughest race track in the world," said Michael Dick, AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development. Dick, who completed a fast lap himself in the R8 e-tron, added: "The record-setting drive confirmed that we are on the right track. To us, electric mobility has never been about sacrifice, but rather is about emotion, sportiness and driving pleasure."

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Dillon roars to first Nationwide win at Kentucky, nabs points lead
Austin Dillon
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In his 26th NASCAR Nationwide Series start -- in his first full season in the series -- pole-sitter Austin Dillon administered an emphatic, definitive, no-doubt-about-it beating to 42 also-rans in Friday night's Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

How decisive was Dillon's first Nationwide victory? Consider this:

Dillon led 192 of 200 laps, most ever by a Nationwide race winner at the 1.5-mile track.

He beat runner-up Kurt Busch to the finish line by 9.828 seconds.

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Stenhouse talks about going Sprint Cup Racing

Ricky Stenhouse happy to drive full-time in Cup
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. met with media members Thursday afternoon to talk about his crazy week, finding out he would be elevated to a full time Cup ride in 2013. A partial transcript of his media availability, including responses to questions pertaining to his move to Cup racing in 2013 follows:

TALK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE PLANS WITH ROUSH FENWAY AND COMING HERE TO KENTUCKY TO RACE THIS NATIONWIDE RACE AS WELL. “It was a big week for us. I got the call last week about it and I guess I didn’t really realize it was going to be that big when they announced it. I thought that was pretty cool seeing everything on Twitter and everybody texting me. It was like I won a race again with people texting me and things like that. It is a great opportunity. I was kind of shocked when I heard the news.

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Gurney tops Friday Grand-Am practice at The Glen
It’s a storyline GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series followers have seen many times over the years, but we could be in for another battle between GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and SunTrust Racing for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen TOTAL Pole Award on Saturday 11:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen set to start at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED and MRN Radio.

Alex Gurney posted the quickest lap of Friday’s three practice sessions at Watkins Glen International, lapping the 3.4-mile road circuit at 1 minute, 42.532 seconds/119.377 mph in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP. Gurney’s lap was just four hundredths of a second quicker than Ricky Taylor’s best lap in the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP of 1 minute, 42.574 seconds/119.328 mph.

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European GP USA TV Rating UPDATE The final rating came in at a 0.8.

06/25/12 The overnight TV rating for the tape delayed European GP F1 race from Valencia, Spain on FOX was a 0.9.

track news

Daytona Int'l Speedway Takes First Steps Toward Major Redevelopment Of Facility
The Sports Business Journal reports that Daytona Int'l Speedway has taken the first step toward a major redevelopment of the 53-year-old facility, filing paperwork with city and hiring an architect. The steps are the first in a six- to eight-month process that could result in an overhaul of the speedway's grandstand, the addition of new suites, the creation of a modern exterior, a redesigned midway and more.

DIS President Joie Chitwood said, "We have elements that are original to (the speedway's) first year. As we continue to be the world center of racing, we have to look at what's next. That's the important element now: what can Daytona be for the next 50 years?"

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Saudi man sentenced to beheading by sword for joyriding deaths UPDATE Watch this video to understand why he got this severe sentence!  There are hundreds if not thousands of these sort of video's, all from the Middle East area, with these sort of CRAZY stunts on mainly public roads without them being closed off ... No wonder the guy got this sort of punishment!

06/29/12 A Saudi man in his thirties, identified by the name Mutannish in reports, has been sentenced to death for causing two onlookers to die during a driving demonstration of Hagwalah – one of the wild displays of drifting we're used to seeing from that part of the world. During the show, two were killed when a person in the audience was hit and fell onto another. The driver then sped off, failing to provide any assistance. His sentence was likely influenced by the fact that he went into hiding and that he was wanted for the same crime, the death of an onlooker, at a previous event.

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Stoner leads Repsol Honda 1-2 at Assen
Pedrosa and Stoner top qualifying
Casey Stoner will start tomorrow's Dutch TT from pole position, with team mate Dani Pedrosa alongside him after one of the best qualifying sessions of the season for the Repsol Honda Team. It is the third time in 2012 that the Repsol Honda riders have started from 1st and 2nd, having also done so in Estoril (1st Stoner - 2nd Pedrosa) and Le Mans (1st Pedrosa - 2nd Stoner).

The session was interrupted twice due to light showers and the final grid positions were only decided in the final flying laps. Casey did a fantastic job to put this morning's hard crash behind him and whilst laying ninth on the grid with just six minutes remaining, put in an incredible lap to take his third pole of the season, after Portugal and Catalunya.

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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday UPDATE Update shown in red below.

  • Deep skepticism greets London GP idea
  • McLaren considers Ferrari pull-rod for 2013 car
  • Team dithering means F1 cost-cutting at risk - report
  • Politics making life 'difficult' for Red Bull - Marko
  • Peter Sauber rethinking retirement plans
  • Montezemolo: I am worried because we’ve seen Red Bull is very strong New

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