F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

MAIDEN FORMULA 3 VICTORY FOR JAKE HUGHES

Event: 08 Nürburgring
Session: Race 2
Track: Nürburgring sprint circuit / DEU
Pole position: Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix)
Race winner: Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix)
Weather: overcast, 11.7 °C

At the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit, Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix) won from Lando Norris (Carlin) and Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam). Hughes, who had already scored five podium finishes this season, led from the start and not only collected his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship victory, but also scored the first win of the season for his team Hitech Grand Prix. With his 17th podium finish of the year, Lando Norris extended his lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings. Now, he has a total of 356 points and an advantage of 54 points over his main rival Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam).

Having started from pole position, Jake Hughes led the field into the first corner and immediately pulled a gap. Behind him, Callum Ilott had to defend his position against Lando Norris until the McLaren protégé overtook his compatriot on lap three. However, it was only in the closing stages of the race that Norris was able to reduce the gap to race leader Hughes in such a way that he was able to put the latter under pressure. However, the Hitech driver didn’t let himself get forced into an error and collected his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship victory as a result. Behind a buoyant Hughes, Lando Norris took the chequered flag in second place. Callum Ilott rounded out the podium with a clean sweep of the top three for British drivers.

Fourth across the line was Tadasuke Makino (Hitech Grand Prix), the best FIA Formula 3 European Championship result to date for the Honda protégé. His team-mate Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix) finished fifth after Chinese Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam), who was in fourth place in the opening stages of the race, had spun and dropped out of the top ten. Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing), Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing), Joel Eriksson (Motopark) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) rounded out the top ten.

Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix): “This race was mega and my car was really good, too. I already started from the front row the first time I competed in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship during the season finale at Hockenheim last year, but I didn’t think that it would take so long for me to score that first win. At the start, I was able to take the lead and then I was able to keep my advantage for a long time. When Lando got closer and closer towards the end, I thought: ‘That black and yellow car better leave me alone’, but eventually, he didn’t have a chance to attack me.”

Lando Norris (Carlin): “My start was good and I managed to overtake Callum after a few laps. I reckon that the quick overtaking move was the key to second place. At the end, I was able to reduce my gap to Jake from over three to less than one second, which wasn’t too bad. Second place is a good result as it allows me to extend my points’ lead.”

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

EIGHTH VICTORY FOR LANDO NORRIS

Event: 08 Nürburgring
Session: Race 1
Track: Nürburgring sprint circuit / DEU
Pole position: Lando Norris (Carlin)
Race winner: Lando Norris (Carlin)
Weather: first rain, later sunshine, 11.7 °C

Lando Norris (Carlin) remained unfazed by the rainy Eifel weather in the opening stages of the race at the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit and dominantly won the 22nd race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season from Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix) and Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing). For McLaren junior driver Norris, it was his eighth win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season while Australian Mawson scored his maiden podium finish in the junior single-seater series. Norris extended his lead in the drivers’ standings to 338 points and thus is 36 points clear of second-placed Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam). The German, who is backed by Mercedes-AMG, had to make do with 13th place after an early pit stop following a collision with Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix).

The race went underway in the rain. British driver Lando Norris was unaffected by the precipitation and he took the lead at the start. Behind him, his compatriots Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) and Jake Hughes followed in second and third place, but Hughes overtook Ilott in the opening stages of the race. On lap three, newcomer Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) missed his braking point and ran into the rear of Nikita Mazepin’s car (Hitech Grand Prix). The Russian, who was fourth at the time, retired and the Frenchman incurred a drive-through penalty. Race control called for a Full Course Yellow (FCY) to allow for Mazepin’s car to be recovered from the run-off area. FCY means no overtaking and reduced speed for all competitors.

After four laps, the order in front was Norris from Hughes, Ilott, Mawson and Tadasuke Makino (Hitech Grand Prix). While Norris out in front had already built up an advantage, Ilott lost out in the battle for third place to rookie driver Mawson. Meanwhile, it wasn’t plain sailing for the front runner either: on lap eight, he briefly came off the track, but his lead was never in jeopardy. Eventually, he scored an undisputed eighth FIA Formula 3 European Championship season victory from Jake Hughes, who brought his equally undisputed second place home.

The battle for third became considerably more exciting in the closing stages of the race. Callum Ilott put Joey Mawson under pressure and Tadasuke Makino was lurking behind the duo. The three youngsters staged a thrilling battle, in which Ilott initially attacked Mawson, but the latter successfully defended his position. Makino used this chance to get past Ilott for fourth. With Mawson ahead of Makino and Ilott, the trio crossed the finish line. After the race, the Japanese was penalised with a 5 second time penalty, as he was too fast under FCY. Thus, ended up in seventh position.

Position four was inherited by Callum Ilott, from Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin). Behind Makino, Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam), Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam) and Joel Eriksson (Motopark) competed the top ten.

Lando Norris (Carlin): “There isn’t too much to say about my race. My start was good, I managed to keep Jake and Callum at bay. After that, I was able to pull clear from the rest of the field and build up an advantage. On lap eight, I had a hairy moment when I briefly went off the track and lost a few seconds. Otherwise, everything went well and my car was great, so I can’t complain.”

GOODWOOD

ECURIE ECOSSE TO GRACE GOODWOOD REVIVAL
West Sussex, England — As the Goodwood Revival gets underway today  (Sept. 8), the event will include daily on-track tributes to the legendary Scottish race team Ecurie Ecosse to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the team’s 1st- and 2nd-place finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1957. Get the full entry list and watch the Goodwood live stream.
 
If you’re doing Goodwood this year, wear your tartan. Photo: Goodwood
David Murray founded the team, famous for its distinctive Flag-Blue metallic paint, at the end of 1951 and ran Cooper and Connaught machinery in three British Grands Prix at Silverstone for himself, Ian Stewart, Jimmy Stewart (brother of three-time World Champion Jackie) and Leslie Thorne.

Later, Ecurie Ecosse made international headlines when its Jaguar D-Types took back-to-back Le Mans 24 Hour victories. At this weekend’s event, three of the 11 original long-nose D-Types that ran at Le Mans will lap Goodwood again, harking back to the 1956-’57 races when Ron Flockhart, Ivor Bueb and Ninian Sanderson trumped rivals.

The Lea Francis-engined Connaught A-type F1 car, the Jaguar-engined Tojeiro that raced at Le Mans in 1959, a Cooper-Monaco entered for the French enduro in the early 1960s, the little Austin-Healey Sprite and a rare Tojeiro EE-Buick will be among the other significant Ecurie Ecosse cars on track for high-speed runs tomorrow and Sunday.

Learn how your kilt can get you a place in the Ecurie Ecosse grid walk!

FORMULA E

ALEX LYNN STEPS UP TO FULL-TIME FORMULA E RACE SEAT WITH DS VIRGIN RACING
  • Briton joins team stalwart Sam Bird for all-British season four campaign

British racer Alex Lynn has been signed on a multi-year deal alongside Sam Bird to contest the forthcoming fourth Formula E season for DS Virgin Racing, marking the series’ first ever all-British driver line-up.

The 23-year-old was appointed the team’s official reserve driver earlier this year but will step up to a full-time race seat when the burgeoning all-electric single-seater championship gets underway on December 2 on the streets of Hong Kong.

Despite his age, Lynn brings with him an impressive track record having previously been crowned the Formula Renault UK Champion, GP3 Champion and victor in the coveted Macau F3 Grand Prix. Additionally, he has multiple wins in GP2 (now known as FIA Formula 2) to his credit and has also been a Formula 1 test driver. In June this year, he made his Formula E debut for the team in New York, securing pole position on his first attempt and becoming only the second driver since Beijing 2014 to have ever done so.

Meanwhile, Bird, who has contested every one of the team’s 33 race starts, will continue his longstanding association with DS Virgin Racing, which has seen him secure five wins and nine podiums to make him the third all-time Formula E points scorer.

Lynn will replace Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez who made his Formula E debut with the team last season.

“I am over the moon at being promoted to a full-time drive with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team,” said Lynn. “Having worked very closely with them since January this year, it has been a genuine pleasure to learn from such a fantastic group of high quality engineers and to integrate myself into their set-up. Indeed, I have been made to feel very welcome throughout their organisation and I would specifically like to thank Alex Tai for not only giving me the chance to make my series debut in New York, but for subsequently promoting me to this full-time race seat. I am currently enjoying helping the team to further develop the car and intend to fully repay everyone’s faith in me on track next season.”

Bird said: “It’s great to be remaining with the DS Virgin Racing family which I’ve been a part of since we completed the first ever test lap at Donington Park in 2014. Last season saw us take some big steps forward in terms of pace and energy management – as our double victory in New York showed – and I know the team has been working hard on maintaining this competitive edge. I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team.”

Team Principal Alex Tai commented: “I’m delighted to announce our driver line-up for season four. Alex has always impressed me and has a proven track record in international motorsport so I know he will perform out of the blocks as we’ve already seen. It’s also important for us at DS Virgin Racing to be nurturing young drivers like Alex and the next generation of Formula E racers. Together with Sam, who has consistently proven himself to be one of the most talented drivers on the grid, and the pace of our car, I believe we have a very competitive package that can fight at the top.

“I would also like to personally thank Jose for his contribution to the team last season and we wish him well for the future.”

INDYCAR

ROSSI WINS AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, New York (Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017) – Alexander Rossi completed a dream weekend with a win in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen. Josef Newgarden endured a nightmare incident in the race that leaves the Verizon IndyCar Series championship battle wide open for the 12th straight year heading to the season finale.

Rossi won the 60-lap race at iconic Watkins Glen International from the pole position on the same weekend it was announced he would return to Andretti Autosport next season in a multiyear deal along with sponsor NAPA Auto Parts. The 25-year-old Californian led a race-high 32 laps and drove the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda across the finish line 0.9514 of a second ahead of four-time Watkins Glen winner Scott Dixon.

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN: Box score

Points leader Josef Newgarden finished 18th after his car sustained damage in a collision leaving the pits. The Team Penske driver saw his championship lead slip to three points over Dixon with the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, offering double race points on Sept. 17, remaining. Seven drivers are still mathematically alive in the title hunt. The Verizon IndyCar Series champion has been determined in the season’s final race every year dating to 2006.

Rossi overcame a malfunctioning fuel probe on his second pit stop that left him short of Sunoco E85 ethanol and forced an earlier third stop than scheduled. From there, Rossi laid down laps at near-qualifying pace, regaining the lead on Lap 29 and building an advantage of more than 12 seconds. The full-course caution for Newgarden’s incident on Lap 46 bunched the field, but Rossi kept Dixon, in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, at bay over the 11-lap dash to the finish.

The victory was the second for Rossi in the Verizon IndyCar Series and first since his memorable triumph as a rookie in the 2016 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

“An amazing job by the whole team today,” Rossi said. “We had an issue in the beginning with the fuel thing, but whatever. It doesn’t matter, the team recovered. We had the pace to do it, but it’s pretty amazing.

INDY CAR

ROSSI SPEEDS TO FIRST CAREER POLE AT THE GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, New York (Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017) – Alexander Rossi’s weekend of great news continued today when he won the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.

A day after it was announced he would return to Andretti Autosport next season in a multiyear deal along with sponsor NAPA Auto Parts, Rossi clocked a dramatic last lap of 1 minute, 22.4639 seconds (147.119 mph) on Watkins Glen International’s high-risk, high-reward permanent road course. It was the fastest lap in the Firestone Fast Six, the third and final round of knockout qualifying, to earn Rossi the first pole position in his 32-race Verizon IndyCar Series career.

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN: Qualifying results

“It was a big lap we needed,” said Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner and driver of the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda. “The lap before was pretty good, but they came on the radio and said, ‘You need at least a tenth (of a second quicker),’ so we went for it.

“It’s amazing to finally accomplish this, especially on the back of the announcement on Friday. I think it’s been a long time coming, so it’s just nice to finally get that. The whole team has been working so hard and they deserve this.”

Rossi was the last of the Firestone Fast Six drivers on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn circuit at the session’s end, crossing the timing line to win the pole as the others were in pit lane. The 25-year-old Californian’s best previous qualifying effort was third on two occasions, both on ovals this season at Indianapolis and Texas.

Rossi will lead the 21-car field to the green flag in Sunday’s 60-lap race (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). In winning the pole, he denied Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon the chance to edge closer to championship leader Josef Newgarden in the point standings.

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