F1: Despite Ferrari Dominance, Hamilton Steals Pole in China

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JIADING, Shanghai, China — Despite the best efforts of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton was able to grab pole for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, setting the all-time fastest lap of 1:31.678 on his way to his 64th pole position, just one away from his hero Ayrton Senna, and joined Senna and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to …

F1: Wehrlein to Not Start Australian GP

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MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia – – The Sauber F1 Team has decided to replace Pascal Wehrlein for the Australian Grand Prix. Wehrlein does not feel fit enough for a complete race distance due to his training deficit. As of FP3, Antonio Giovinazzi will take over the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the rest of the Australian Grand Prix weekend. Pascal Wehrlein (car number …

MEXICO: NASCAR Announces Schedule for 2017 Peak Mexico Series

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The return of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will take the green flag in March in Monterrey, and the 2017 champion will be crowned in November at Mexico City, as part of a 12-race calendar announced today.The schedule for the top racing series in Latin America features a challenging mix of six oval and six road-courses …

VASC: Triple Eight to The Fore In Qualifying

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PUKEKOHE, New Zealand — Jamie Whincup prevented his Red Bull Racing Australia Teammate Shane Van Gisbergen from grabbing a complete sweep of pole positions during Sunday’s qualifying sessions for the ITM Auckland Supersprint. Whincup grabbed pole right at the end of qualifying for Race 27, while Van Gisbergen, who will start on pole for Race 26, finished second after his …

VASC: Drivers Down on Sprint Format

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PUKEKOHE, New Zealand — Despite leading today’s races at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, front-running Supercars drivers have questioned the 100km sprint race format for the weekend. The ‘International SuperSprint’ format means four qualifying sessions and four 100km sprints to the line – no pit stops. The same four race format is run at international event the Australian Grand Prix, and …

VASC: Sam Michael Joins Triple Eight Race Engineering

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SOUTHPORT, Australia — Former Formula 1 engineer Sam Michael is to lend his experience and knowhow to Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia with immediate effect. Taking a part-time mentoring role with the Team, Michael joins Triple Eight as the team rolls out a number of new engineering appointments over the next three months. Michael has enjoyed a highly successful, 21-year …

VASC: SuperUtes Series to Launch in 2017

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SOUTHPORT, Australia — Supercars Australia will launch an exciting new category in Australian motorsport, SuperUtes, in 2017. SuperUtes will replace the existing V8 Utes series and be open to all manufacturers as part of a new and expanded category. Supercars Managing Director Matt Braid said the introduction of SuperUtes was an exciting development for Australian motorsport. “V8 Utes has been …

VASC: Triple Eight’s Bathurst Appeal Dismissed

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SOUTHPORT, Australia — The CAMS appointed Supercars National Court of Appeal has dismissed the Appeal submitted by Triple Eight Race Engineering (Australia) Pty Ltd in relation to the time penalty imposed by the Stewards in the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. The Appeal Hearing was heard at the County Court of Victoria this evening, relating to the severity of the …

VASC: Volvo Must Mediate With GRM, Court Says

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SOUTHPORT, Australia — Garry Rogers Motorsport will enter mediation with Volvo Car Australia to determine whether they can race the S60s with the B8444S engine next year in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Volvo’s shock decision to exit the sport next year was delivered in May, after a dominant showing from Scott McLaughlin at Phillip Island and before his confirmed …

COBOURN: Remembering Chris Amon, 73

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ROTORUA, N.Z. —  Chris Amon, the 1966 winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and former Formula One World Championship driver, died Aug. 3 in a hospital in New Zealand of cancer. He was 73. Having started in 96 Formula One races from 1963 to 1976, Amon was perennially known for his poor luck. Driving for Ferrari from 1967 to 1969, Amon …