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F1Weekly podcast #674

Nasir tries to convince Clark the Australian Grand Prix was an exciting race to behold! We have a special report from long time listener and F1W forum member Jason Bentley and I also want to share some news from the BTCC testing at Donington Park…

Team BMR sets the pace in Season Launch test at Donington Park

Two-time Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato laid down the gauntlet to his rivals today (24 March) at the Season Launch official test at Donington Park. The seasoned campaigner set the fastest time during the afternoon running – a 1:10.249s – just pipping his new Team BMR stable-mate and reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington by 0.006s.

In identical VW CC machinery, the pair look set to lock horns throughout what will undoubtedly be another thrilling campaign, and with times already so close at the top there are sure to be fireworks when racing commences at Brands Hatch in Kent on 4/5 April.

With the top two from last year’s championship setting the pace, it was a very impressive showing from the two Mercedes A-Class machines of Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan that saw them placed third and fourth in the time sheets for Laser Tools Racing and WIX Racing respectively. Morgan secured his first ever BTCC win at the Brands Hatch finale last October, and as Moffat makes the switch to a new car it looks like an exciting season in prospect for the ambitious young duo.

A team pairing took up station in fifth and sixth, as Triple Eight Racing drivers Jack Goff and Andrew Jordan put in a formidable tally of laps around the Donington Park National Circuit. Indeed the only driver to complete more circulations than Goff was Team BMR owner Warren Scott, who managed to post the eighth fastest time having lapped the 1.98-mile track an impressive 68 times.

Hunter Abbott was seventh fastest in his Exocet AlcoSense Audi A4,  with the returning Honda Civic of Martin Depper in ninth. Sam Tordoff secured top BMW honours in his first timed session for the newly-announced Team JCT600 with GardX squad in tenth, just ahead of Dave Newsham who has switched to a Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet for this year.

Honda Yuasa Racing unveiled the stunning new Civic Type R this morning in front of a huge media gathering, and the car will surely grab headlines as the it hits the track in earnest even before the production car hits the showroom floor. Matt Neal piloted the #25 car to the 12th fastest time.

Attentions now turn to Brands Hatch for the first three BTCC battles of 2015.

Jason Plato said: “We had an issue which cost us about an hour today which is a little frustrating as we had a plan of things we’re trying to get though and it’s left us with a couple of questions on the set-up that aren’t 100 per cent answered. It was a good day though – the guys have had a tough six weeks and I think now it’s time to down tools, get everything ready and checked for Brands Hatch and make sure we don’t have any reliability issues. We’ll be on the pace at Brands – if we’re not quickest we’ll be there or thereabouts and I think we can win races.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 673

Clark and Nasir prepare themselves for the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season, they try to understand Fernando Alonso’s trip to 1995. We have Motorsports Mondial with the king and…We bring you the latest news on this weeks GP2 Testing at Yas Marina…

Richie Stanaway quickest at Yas Marina …Status Grand Prix driver sets fastest laptime on Day 3

The final day of the pre-season testing at Yas Marina opened once again in windy conditions. Alexander Rossi was the first driver to feed onto the track, closely followed by teammate Jordan King, but it was Stoffel Vandoorne who was the early pace setter. The proceedings were halted within the first forty minutes after Artem Markelov stopped on track at Turn 7. When the pitlane went green again, some drivers switched to super soft Pirelli tyres and put their visor down. Raffaele Marciello was the first man to dip under 1m50s, but Mitch Evans bettered the Italian’s laptime to break the 1m49s barrier. Vandoorne went even quicker and set a laptime of 1:48.921 just as a second red flag period occurred courtesy of Evans who stopped at Turn 9.
The session restarted and on the one hour mark, Marciello improved again, enough to edge Vandoorne out of the top spot. Evans went back on track and was able to go even faster in a 1:48.850 and took control of the timesheet. At the halfway mark, Richie Stanaway went top with a laptime four tenths quicker and sat pretty at the head of the standings until the chequered flag dropped. Pierre Gasly surged to second in the closing stages ahead of Evans, Marciello, Rossi, Vandoorne, Alex Lynn, Rio Haryanto, Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.
After a one hour break, the pitlane reopened for the afternoon session and Haryanto was the early pace setter. At the halfway point, Lynn went top, one tenth quicker than the Indonesian driver. The proceedings were halted after Rossi went off track and lightly hit the barrier at Turn 8. The session restarted with one hour remaining but there was another short interruption after Zoel Amberg stopped at Turn 14. The session resumed and Sirotkin found some extra pace to clock in a laptime of 1:49.158 and moved up to P1.
A final red flag stalled proceedings, courtesy of Markelov who stopped on the straight/finish line. At the restart, there were ten minutes left on the clock for a final shoot out and for the drivers to put their last set of super soft tyres to good use, which is exactly what Pic did moving up to P2. A double yellow flag in sector 2 in the dying minutes however ruined any last attempt to shine as Sirotkin stopped at Turn 19.
The Russian thus remained unchallenged until the chequered flag, but thanks to his morning laptime, Stanaway finished the first pre-season test on top. The next test session will take place on April 01-02-03 at Sakhir International Circuit.

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F1WEEKLY PODCAST # 672

Clark and Nasir on testing results from Jerez de la Frontera admit to being surprised with the pace of the 2015 Ferrari, the challenge facing McLaren Honda and they question why Susie Wolf is a test driver. We also have Motorsports Mondial and a fresh new episode of Tech Talk with Tim.

WILLIAMS MARTINI F1 BARCELONA TEST DAY ONE.

Susie Wolff: We learnt a lot today. Carrying out some longer runs in the morning gave me experience of tyre management and it was good to get time in the FW37. The car has a lot of potential and the number of laps we completed today gave the team a lot of data. It’s just a shame I didn’t get the chance to drive the faster tyre. I got a good feeling of the car and as a driver, have learnt a lot.

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F1Weekly podcast # 671

Clark and Nasir both looking forward to the 2015 Formula 1 season and couldn’t wait to talk about NASCAR and the Assassin! We alo have a sneak peak at the 2015 Williams Martini FW37

WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has revealed the first images of its 2015 car, the Williams Mercedes FW37 on the front cover of Haymarket’s F1 Racing Magazine. Following on from a successful season in 2014 Williams hopes the FW37 can continue the positive momentum into another competitive season of racing.
 FW37 FRONT
‘The notion for the FW37 was to look closely at the FW36 and its performances,’ says WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds. ‘We then went about recognising what had worked well and identifying and resolving the areas that we felt needed to be improved. Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations ’
The design of the FW37 has stemmed from the performance of the FW36 but the conceptual ideas came long before the 2014 successes.
‘The first conceptual stage of the FW37 came before the FW36 had turned a wheel. The main element to this is understanding the rule changes and how they will affect the design of the car, from here we can start see if our ideas will fit within the regulations.’
The performance of the FW36 in 2014 saw the team move forward from ninth in the Constructors’ Championship to third, obtaining nine podiums throughout the season and a front row lockout at the Austrian Grand Prix.
‘The desire to beat Ferrari to third place in the Constructors’ in 2014 meant we pushed our development through to late autumn, but the size of the team is now at a point where it was able to sustain this development whilst still working on the FW37.’
With the regulations relatively stable from 2014 the team went about developing the FW36 with the additional changes necessary to meet the 2015 rules.
‘We felt we came up against design barriers in the FW36 and so took the opportunity to remove those barriers for the benefit of the performance. The FW36 carried a reasonable amount of ballast, so we were able to make alterations to the design for added performance without the fear of adding excessive mass.’
The layout phase of the car was completed by the summer break in August, with work on the new front bulkhead a main priority for the designers and aerodynamicists as the changes to the regulations had their effects on the car.
‘The change in regulations offered us a slight headache. The new front bulkhead and nose geometry had much more of an impact than we had initially anticipated and the effect on the aero was profound. The team have worked hard on pulling back the deficit these regulations have made for us.’
After a strong 2014 the team has aims to continue improving in pursuit of podium finishes throughout the 2015 season.
‘The more rule stability there is, the closer the field gets. I hope as a team we are more capable of maintaining the forward momentum to catch Mercedes, than the teams behind us are of catching us. It’s not just about stable regulations but also about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving.’
Frank Williams, Team Principal concluded ‘The team had a fantastic season last year, we are aiming to replicate this development over the winter and to start the 2015 season in a strong position. We have an enormously talented group of people here at Williams who want nothing more than the team to do well. This passion produced a great turn around in fortunes for the team in 2014 and everybody has worked tirelessly to continue that climb up the grid.’
‘We have added a few more high profile names to accompany the incredibly supportive group of partners we have,’ Frank Williams added. ‘After a very strong first year with Mercedes we are looking to further develop the relationship as we look for more podiums in 2015. I feel this year will be equally as exciting as the last and look forward to seeing the car on the grid at the first race.’

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F1Weekly podcast # 670

Clark and Nasir want you to buy…Samba & Tango The Latin Beat of Formula Uno

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From Juan Manuel Fangio to Juan Pablo Montoya, Latin America has produced great racing champions.

The Argentine “Maestro” was the first driver from South America to become Formula One World Champion in 1951. From 1954-’57 he was unbeaten in the World Championship.

Jose Froilan Gonzalez, a compadre and countryman of Fangio, gave Enzo Ferrari his first taste of success in Formula One at Silverstone in 1951.

Emerson Fittipaldi became the first Brazilian to win a grand prix at Watkins Glen in 1970 – in only his fourth F1 start! He was World Champion in 1972 & ’74.

Nelson Piquet, who went to school in San Francisco Bay Area, also took his first grand prix victory in the United States, on the streets of Long Beach. He was the first turbo-powered World Champion in 1983 with Brabham-BMW. He also took the title in 1981 & ’87.

Then came Ayrton Senna. From incredible wins like Estoril 1985 and Donington 1993 to fierce rivalries with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell, Senna for many remains the greatest driver of all time.

Other drivers featured in this classic calendar include the Rodriguez brothers, Carlos Reutemann, Carlos Pace, Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello.

Carefully selected images from the archives of Grand Prix Photo are accompanied by informative captions to enhance your enthusiasm of grand prix racing’s rich history.

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We thank you for your interest and business, and hope you enjoy another trip down
Formula One memory lane with “Samba & Tango.”

Our previous editions have included Maiden WinsPowered by Turbo, La Dolce Vita and Lost Tracks.

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F1Weekly podcast #669

Clark and Nasir wrap up another great Formula One season and great news for our friends at Peugeot!

GIROLAMI, THE NEW CHAMPION OF STC 2000! PEUGEOT WON THE THREE DISPUTED CHAMPIONSHIPS

Potrero de los Funes, San Luis; 30 November 2014. The Argentine Super TC 2000 Championship came to an end, and Peugeot was crowned with the three disputed championships: Drivers, Teams and Brands. Stunning claws and heart showed the Lion that led by Nestor “Bebu” Girolami managed to lift its second crown in the category, after the feat achieved by Juan Maria Traverso that 12 November 1995 aboard his Peugeot 405. Regarding the 12th round of the championship played at the International Circuit of Potrero de los Funes and in a final without the series, where the classification had taken place last Thursday 27, #PeugeotLoJackTeam made history through the work of Ulises Armellini.

The difference in points with which Girolami came to the event over Leonel Pernia, the second, kept him calm all weekend because finishing within the 1st to 10th position inclusive, would make the driver from Isla Verde be the champion. And that happened. After an intense and demanding race, locked at times due to the safety car interruption, the strategy proposed by the DTA went smoothly, “Bebu” knew how to care for the integrity of his 408, arriving in seventh place (after he would be fourth because of the exclusions) and became the fair winner of the title in the 2014’s season. Agustin Canapino, the other lion that came with concrete chances of winning, made it clear that the development of his car was the right one, showing competitiveness during the 21 laps. The driver form Arrecifes came to climb from the 8th step up to podium position, but was eventually excluded by the CDA due to the repetition of dangerous manoeuvres on the cars of Leonel Pernia (Fluence) and Mariano Werner (Linea). Meanwhile, in his farewell from #PeugeotLoJackTeam, Julian Santero started from the fourteenth place, fighting at times for the tenth position with Matias Rossi (Corolla), but on the last lap, he received a blow from Norberto Fontana (Cruze) that let him relegated and ended fifteenth. image

 

The professionalism, dedication, commitment and confidence are just some of the adjectives that back “Bebu’s” career and the numbers throughout the season speak for themselves: Three wins (200 km of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe street track day and night races), four pole positions, five podium finishes and four lap records (Buenos Aires, Santa Fe day and night races and San Juan). This 25-year-old youth became the 34th winner of the category (including TC 2000 and STC 2000). The Team Championship was also in dispute last Sunday, and remained at home for the French team; the #PeugeotLoJackTeam was “Number 1″ with 426 points. With these achievements, Peugeot Sport Argentina fulfilled the goal set at the start of the racing year being absolutely satisfied with the work done by each member of the DTA team.

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