F1Weekly podcast #716

CLARK AND NASIR GO INTO OVERTIME WITH THEIR 2016 FORMULA 1 SEASON REVIEW PART ONE. THE HOST IS BULLISH ON THE UPCOMING SEASON AND IS ALSO EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEWS FROM CITROEN…!!

CITROËN LAUNCHES A NEW ASSAULT ON THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THE C3 WRC

  • One month before the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship gets underway at the Rallye Monte-Carlo, Citroën Racing officially unveils its C3 WRC in Abu Dhabi.
  • Complying with the new FIA regulations, which see the introduction of a new generation of very spectacular World Rally Cars, the C3 WRC heralds the return of Citroën as a works team in a discipline in which the Brand holds a record 96 race wins and eight world titles.
  • In the 2017 season, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT will enter two to four C3 WRCs for its crews: Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Craig Breen/Scott Martin, Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau and Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi/Chris Patterson.

 

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BLANCPAIN

CMRTEAM BY EURASIA AND EKS MOTORSPORTS JOIN BLANCPAIN GT SERIES ASIA

Aston Martin GT3 and Porsche GT4 entries confirmed. The inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia campaign continues to gather pace after two more outfits – CMRTeam by Eurasia and EKS Motorsports – confirmed they will both join the championship in 2017.

The experience and expertise SRO has earned running global GT categories over the past 25 years arrives in the continent full-time next season. And taking advantage of that opportunity are two more successful teams well known across Asia.

CMRTeam by Eurasia will enter an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in Blancpain GT Series Asia for drivers James Cai and Kenneth Lim. The Chinese/Malaysian pairing raced GT cars together in 2015 before the latter claimed this year’s Renault Clio Cup China drivers’ title.

Their Aston Martin will be run by Eurasia Motorsports, a team with a proven track record in the Asian sportscar, single-seater and GT ranks.

Kenneth Lim: “We are very excited to be part of the inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia campaign. It will be our first full season in the Aston Martin and we cannot wait to start racing.”

CMRTeam by Eurasia’s Aston Martin joins the three Mercedes-AMG GT3s confirmed by GruppeM less than two weeks ago, while further high-profile announcements are expected early in the new year.

Also committing to Blancpain GT Series Asia is one of the region’s foremost outfits, EKS Motorsports, who will field a single Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for Am/Am duo Chang Tzu Ching (Keo Chang) and Wang Chih-Chuan (Jeremy Wang).

The Taiwanese pair will benefit from EKS Motorsports’ extensive Porsche know-how, having been the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship’s Official Technical Service Provider for the past 14 years.

Theirs is the second Cayman confirmed in Blancpain GT Series Asia’s GT4 class following HubAuto’s announcement last week.

Team Principal Hong Heng Soon: “Blancpain GT Series Asia is the perfect racing platform for us as GT4’s Am/Am format is ideal for our drivers who are stepping up to a more professional environment that features state-of-the-art BoP. Everyone at EKS Motorsports is looking forward to testing the car and the challenge that awaits us. Sepang next April can’t come soon enough.”

Blancpain GT Series Asia General Manager Benjamin Franassovici: “I’m delighted to welcome another two established names in Asian motorsport to the Blancpain GT Series Asia fold for next season. The championship is coming together nicely and we’re expecting to announce more top teams soon. Indeed, at this stage – when considering these latest confirmations, enquiries and firm commitments – we expect to see 20-plus entries for our first campaign in 2017.”

The inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia season begins at Sepang in Malaysia on April 8/9.

2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia Schedule

April 8/9 – Sepang, Malaysia
May 20/21 – Chang International Circuit, Thailand
June 24/25 – Suzuka, Japan
August 19/20 – Fuji Speedway, Japan
September 23/24 – Shanghai, China
October 21/22 – Zhejiang, China

RENAULT SPORT

RENAULT SPORT RACING HONOURS IT’S 2016 CHAMPIONS

The awards ceremony for the Renault Sport Series’ was held Friday December 9 at the Atelier Renault on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In the presence of Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing and many guests, this exceptional season came to its conclusion with the rewarding of the stars of 2016.

Renault has been a major contender in motorsport for more than 115 years. This year it opened a new chapter in its long history, emphasising more than ever competition in the centre of its strategy via Renault Sport Racing, the entity that is now based in Viry. This evening was also the occasion to draw the conclusions on the customer competition seasons in rallying and circuit racing, and to hand out the trophies to the laureates.

Clio R3T France Trophy: the triumph of Charles Martin

After dominating the season, Charles Martin received his cup from Jean-Pascal Dauce, Director of the Renault Sport Racing Customer Competition Programme. Charles Martin also picked up the Junior trophy and the Jean Ragnotti Best Performer award. The French driver was joined by fellow competitors William Pitot and Kevin van Deijne. Charlotte Dalmasso, French Rallywoman Champion, and Manu Guigou, third in the French Rally Championship, were also rewarded thanks to their exceptional performances in the Clio R3T.

Coupe de France Renault Clio Cup: Éric Trémoulet takes the title

Jean-Pascal Dauce also handed Éric Trémoulet his winner’s trophy as his rivals Jimmy and Teddy Clairet looked on, but they combined to give Team Clairet Sport the team championship. Pascal Arellano and Jeremy Sarhy were also honoured for their titles in the Gentlemen and Junior categories. After a season of hard battling, the five men will come together in the Team Clio Cup France at the 24-Hours of Dubai next month.

Renault Sport Trophy: a parade of champions

Laurens van den Acker, Directeur du Design Renault et initiateur du projet Renault Sport R.S. 01, montait ensuite sur scène pour remettre son prix à son compatriote Pieter Schothorst, sacré en PRO. Le Néerlandais faisait de même pour Fabian Schiller, titré en AM ainsi qu’en Endurance avec Markus Palttala. Grands animateurs d’une deuxième saison animée, Kevin Korjus, Fran Rueda, Miguel Ramos et Fredrik Blomstedt étaient également récompensés aux côtés du Team Marc VDS EG 0,0, lauréat chez les équipes.

Laurens van den Acker, Renault Director of Design and the creator of the Renault Sport R.S. 01 project, was next on stage to hand his countryman Pieter Schothorst his trophy for winning the PRO category. The Dutchman did likewise for AM category champion, Fabian Schiller who also won the Endurance crown with Markus Palttala. Front runners in a very competitive second season, Kevin Korjus, Fran Rueda, Miguel Ramos and Fredrik Blomstedt were also rewarded as well as winning team Team Marc VDS EG 0,0.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0: the consecration for Lando Norris

For more than 45 years, Formula Renault has revealed the biggest hopefuls of tomorrow. Following the McLaren BRDC Autosport Awards, Lando Norris was awarded the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 winner’s cup and rookie of the year title from Renault Sport Academy Director Mia Sharizman. His toughest rivals, Dorian Boccolacci, Max Defourny and newcomers Sacha Fenestraz and Will Palmer were also honoured, as was Josef Kaufmann Racing, which won the team title for the second consecutive year.

Renault Sport Racing, even stronger in 2017

Renault Sport Racing Managing Director, Cyril Abiteboul concluded the award ceremony in turning to the future of the categories in 2017. The commercial success of the latest generation of the Clio Cup has enabled it to solidify its presence in many markets. Also aiming to participate in Renault’s notoriety, trophies dedicated in France, Spain and Switzerland await the Clio R3T. On the circuits, the Renault Sport R.S. 01 will now demonstrate its qualities in prestigious races around the world. Finally, the Eurocup Formula Renault will have an improved calendar where Monaco and eight other 1 tracks, as well as the Pau street circuit, will allow for detecting young champions and perhaps future members of the Renault Sport Academy

F1weekly podcast # 715

CLARK AND NASIR STILL IN SHOCK OVER NICO’S RETIREMENT BRAZIL AND ABU DHABI STILL FRESH IN THEIR MINDS AND WILL MAX BE A CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER NEXT YEAR ALL THIS AND MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL. WE ALSO WANT TO SHARE SOME NEWS FROM RED BULL AND THE DAKAR RALLY COMING AHEAD.

Success at the Dakar depends on great teamwork, there’s no other way to tackle the challenges that arise when traversing 10,000km of the planet’s harshest terrain. That’s why Red Bull have joined forces with offroad experts in every imaginable field to ensure peak performance is maintained throughout the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Once again Red Bull is sharing the road with Team Peugeot Total as they look to defend the car race title they secured at the previous edition of the rally. The brand-new PEUGEOT 3008 DKR has been given an impressive paint job before being shipped to South America and fans of endurance racing can’t wait to see this fearsome machine in action.

here’s also high expectations for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team and Team Kamaz Masteras they look to extend their winning records in the bike and truck categories respectively. With 11 months of preparation now over these teams have waved off their machines from Le Havre, France and will collect them in a few weeks in South America.

As the teams fine-tune their strategies for success at the Dakar we’re cooking up our own plan to bring the rally closer than ever to fans around the world. Red Bull TV will be broadcasting a daily show featuring engaging features and interviews. RedBull.com will have all the latest news direct from the bivouac and the Red Bull Content Pool is offering a constant stream of downloadable content to media outlets.

The Red Bull team of content creators will be hard at work throughout the rally and the stylish yet durable clothing supplied to them by AERONAUTICA MILITARE is sure to help them operate in whatever conditions the Dakar will throw at them. The sportswear brand is endorsed by the Italian Air Force and has been designed to stand up to even the most testing of environments – and that’s exactly what we’ll find at the Dakar!

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FORMULA 1

NICO LEAVES FORMULA ONE AND  LCH UNDERSTANDS!

Nico Rosberg retires from Formula 1 after winning world championship . Rosberg says world championship was his dream and ‘now I’ve made it’; Made decision a day after winning title in Abu Dhabi; Mercedes now looking for a new team-mate for Lewis Hamilton

2016 world champion Nico Rosberg has sensationally announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

The German driver, 31, won the title last week, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to his first Drivers’ Championship.

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion,” said Rosberg. “On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start.”

Rosberg has revealed he took the decision to quit on Monday evening, just 24 hours after sealing his maiden title in the season finale.  Upon informing Toto Wolff, Rosberg says the Mercedes team boss “knew straight away I was completely convinced and that reassured me”. Wolff has described the decision as “brave” and “testament to the strength of his character”.

The Austrian added: “He has chosen to leave at the pinnacle of his career, as world champion, having achieved his childhood dream. The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.”

NICO: Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people,the Silver Arrows.

“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me

FORMULA 1

LCH LOOSES THE 2016 FORMULA 1 DRIVERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. CONGRATS TO NICO!

Rosberg has won his maiden Formula One world championship. Needing to finish in the top three in Sunday’s final race of the season in Abu Dhabi he was second to his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

But he had to survive a scary few final laps as the outgoing champion ignored team orders and attempted to back Rosberg into the cars behind.

The result means Rosberg has won the tile by five points. The fact that Hamilton has won 10 races to Rosberg’s nine this year will be of no consolation to him.

It was another controlled, calculated race by the German to bring him the title he has always coveted. But he also showed some courage in his overtaking move on Max Verstappen to regain second place, almost colliding before surging into the lead.

But Rosberg had to survive a late fright as Hamilton employed some gamesmanship by slowing down.

With Hamilton leading, Mercedes told him to quicken up. They asked the driver why he was going so slowly, then said: “Lewis this is an instruction, we need 45.1 for the win.” But Hamilton replied: “I suggest you just let us race.”

With Max Verstappen behind Rosberg, and Sebastian Vettel closing fast on fresher rubber, it was a scary moment for Mercedes and Rosberg. The team’s technical director Paddy Lowe came on the radio and said: “Lewis, this is Paddy, we need you to pick up the pace to win this race.”

But again the plea fell on deaf ears. Vettel went past Verstappen to take third and then closed on Rosberg with Hamilton making no attempt to stretch out the pack. “Right now I’m losing the world championship, whether I win or lose this race,” Hamilton said.

Rosberg was reminded that third would be good enough, and with Verstappen struggling on old rubber there was no real threat on the German in the final lap.

But in the end it was the usual one-two for Mercedes, with Vettel third and Verstappen fourth.

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