ENAAM at world finals

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ENAAM at world finals

ENAAM REIGNS IN BAHRAIN AT WORLD FINALS–

The customary tranquil and picturesque Sakhir, Bahrain was to be the backdrop to determine the 2013 KFJ Champion.   Sixty two of the world’s Elite Kart drivers gathered to hopefully make their mark in the channels of KFJ racing.  After a long and very arduous season the drivers had to once again muster up all their reserves this weekend for one final battle.

Since Sarno, Enaam Ahmed, the new kid on the block had fought his way to 5th place.  No other rookie had ever achieved this but this weekend reputations meant nothing. You were just another driver that had to be beaten.    The extraordinarily wet weather which greeted the Ricky Flynn Team upon their arrival to Bahrain was to be an omen for what lay ahead.  Enaam despite having a virus was intent on racing and making an impression on the world stage.  Tuesday and Wednesday was used as an opportunity for the Ricky Flynn Team to familiarise themselves to this new track and acclimatise to night racing under floodlights.  Racing well into the night Enaam was clocking some of the fastest times but something wicked lay ahead.  During a lap Enaam’s kart skidded and headed straight into a wall.  To make matters worse as Enaam’s kart bounced off the wall another kart collided with it at very high speed.  Both drivers were rushed by ambulance to hospital.  Thankfully the drivers were not seriously injured.  Enaam suffered whiplash injuries and was very shaken by the incident.  Undeterred Enaam was not going to let this defeat him.  He was going to race Thursday night and prepare for the biggest qualifying of his life. 

 

Being in the second qualifying team allowed Enaam to get an idea of what sort of times he needed to qualify in pole position.  The fastest times were coming late in the session from Alessio Lorandi (Italy) and Lando Norris (Great Britain). See link below.

Media coverage by Kartcom:

http://www.kartcom.com/en/news/2013/11/21/beautiful-pole-for-ahmed-in-world-kfj-qualifying

Unfortunately Enaam’s times were posting below par. However, in a last ditch effort, on the last lap, Enaam blew the competition away!  Posting a lap time of 53.556 which was a massive 1.5 tenths faster than the rest of his competitors. Enaam had qualified pole at the World Championship with the fastest lap time in the world!  He had qualified pole at the World Championship and was ecstatic!

 

On Friday for the heats Enaam arrived with a spring in his step. The start of the heats was difficult due to a sandy inside line, but he still managed to secure two wins and a third position.  Maintaining the pole position from the previous evening meant for a lot of media attention for Enaam. 

Saturday arrived and the strong desert sun provided the highest temperatures of the week.  Racing in twenty six degree heat required Enaam to stay hydrated and keep focused in order to complete the long races into the night.  The Pre-Final was 18km long, 12 laps of the tough Bahrain Circuit.  The Grand Final would take place later that night and was double the length of the heats at 25km.  Enaam pulled away at the Pre-Final gaining a 2 second lead in the early stages.   It was looking like another win but the older and more experienced Russian Robert Swartzman closed down Enaam and took the win.  Enaam would start fourth in the Grand Final.  He was running purely on adrenaline and considering his health, had he left enough in the tank for the Final?

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Starting on the outside row would prove difficult for Enaam; nevertheless, he battled his way to the inside and came out of the tough first corner in 5th place.  Being smaller than other drivers, Enaam struggled to get temperature in his tyres early on in the race, and fell short of contact with the other drivers losing the front pack.  Driving with a virus and whiplash was now beginning to take its toll.  Fighting to stay in the race in the dark with the other 33 competitors, Enaam summoned up every ounce of energy he had and managed to claw his way back into 3rd position. But there was more drama still to unfold.  Enaam was forced off line into the sand which knocked him further back in the grid.  Exhausted and running on empty Enaam finished in a respectful 6th position.  One thing for sure this 13 year old kid possesses is the raw will power to fight no matter what.  To finish 5th overall in KFJ World Championship in his first year is a great accomplishment.

ENAAM speaks to FIA official

Enaam played a significant role in the biggest race of the season in Bahrain, starting in pole position on the Friday, and again in the finals on Saturday.  Enaam’s father Shami explained “The lessons learnt as a rookie has positioned him as favourite for all the main championships in 2014”.  A winter fitness regime and testing will keep Enaam primed for the 2014 onslaught where the goal is to win the European and World Championships.

 

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

Vince Lombardi

 

Motor Racing - Sahara Force India Driver Announcement - London, England

Formula 1


Motor Racing - Sahara Force India Driver Announcement - London, England

SERGIO PEREZ JOINS SAHARA FORCE INDIA WITH MULTI-YEAR DEAL-

Sahara Force India is delighted to announce the signing of Sergio Perez as race driver for the team in 2014 and beyond. 

The 23-year-old Mexican completes Sahara Force India’s 2014 line-up alongside Nico Hulkenberg and helps create one of the most exciting pairings on the grid.
 
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Sergio to the team. He brings a healthy mix of youth and experience, and I’ve been very impressed with his recent performances. He already has several podium finishes to his name and being chosen by McLaren last year was a clear indication that he is a driver to watch for the future. We also recognise Sergio’s incredible talent and we are proud to have him in our team. He clearly has great speed and plenty of fire in his belly. Our job is to make sure he settles in quickly by creating the right atmosphere so that he can realise his potential. By pairing Sergio alongside Nico, we enter the new season with an extremely competitive line-up, which will go toward helping us achieve our goals for the new season.”
 
Sergio Perez: “It’s great to announce my new team as Sahara Force India. Coming here was always my first choice and I’m really happy everything has now been confirmed. I want to say thank you to Vijay and the whole team for giving me the opportunity. This is a young team with a lot of determination and they’ve produced competitive cars for the last few years. It’s all change for next season with the new regulations, but I already have a good feeling about 2014. My plan now is to visit the factory and get to know everyone in the team.”
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2014 F1 Calendar


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          -JIM CLARK ON THE COVER OF MOTORSPORT MEMORIES 2014 CALENDAR-

The Scottish legend to this day is considered by many as the greatest racing driver of all time. His achievements, on both sides of the pond, speak for themselves. His entire Formula One career was spent with one team only; Lotus. Together they won 25 grand prix races, two world championships and the Indy 500.

Clark raced a stock car at Darlington and a Lotus Cortina at Laguna Seca, and in the off-season raced in the Tasman series. His glorious career, and that of nine other British World Champions, is celebrated in Saison 73’s new offering for the 2014 season; Rule Britannia.

To order please visit our merchandise page.

UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powering his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3 on the final day of Dubai International Rally.

World Rally Championship


UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powering his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3 on the final day of Dubai International Rally.
UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powering his Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3 on the final day of Dubai International Rally.

KRIS MEEKE, MADS ØSTBERG AND KHALID AL QASSIMI TO COMPETE FOR CITROËN RACING IN 2014—

_NZS0391Citroën Racing is delighted to announce its line-up for the 2014 World Rally Championship. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle and Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson will be the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s driver/co-driver pairings in the DS3 WRC next season.

Having won the World Rally Championship eight times between 2003 and 2012, Citroën Racing is to continue its involvement in WRC with two new high-potential pairings.

Kris Meeke came through the ranks of Citroën Racing’s promotional formulas, before driving a C2 Super 1600 for the brand in the Junior WRC. IRC Champion in 2009, the Northern Irishman has since made a return to the World Championship. His two 2013 appearances saw him put in some impressive performances at the wheel of the DS3 WRC. In 2014, these occasional outings will give way to a full programme, as he becomes the first British driver to race a full season since Colin McRae’s 2003 swansong with Citroën.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” says a delighted Kris Meeke. “I’ve always been close to Citroën over the last few years. I’m really lucky to be able to work with a team that has so much experience and so many titles.”

“I have only competed in ten World Championship rallies in a WRC,” he says. “I think I’ve got some potential, but I still need to get some experience under my belt. The Citroën DS3 WRC is a terrific car and I’m going to be able to use the team’s knowledge to help me improve. I know that I’ll have to be patient in the first half of the season and learn all about the rallies that I haven’t done before.”

26-year-old Mads Østberg has already taken part in 65 WRC rallies and won the Norwegian Championship four times. With seven podium finishes to his name at world level, he notched up his first WRC victory at the Rally of Portugal in 2012.

“I am very happy and proud to be joining Citroën Racing,” explains the Norwegian. “We worked hard to get an official driver’s spot. After so many years watching Citroën win, it’s a dream come true to be part of this team.”

“Competing is the most important thing,” adds Mads. “And even though I don’t know the team or the car yet, I can recognise the worth of the guys and the Citroën DS3 WRC. Of course, I’m joining Citroën Racing to get some good results and to try and win some rallies. I’ve always shown that I could be quick. I know that the standard in the World Rally Championship is exceptionally high, but I want to be competitive!”

Like last year, Khalid Al Qassimi will take part in a selection of World Championship rallies. The driver from Abu Dhabi will line up for the races in Sweden, Portugal, Italy and Spain and will concentrate on taking part in the entire Middle East rally Championship.

“Our team line-up for the 2014 season is in keeping with our ambitions,” concludes Yves Matton, Managing Director of Citroën Racing. “Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg have followed very different career paths, but both of them are on the cusp of making it into the very top class of world rally drivers. After an initial phase of learning and getting to know each other, our goal will be to help them to improve and turn them into real contenders for victory.”

Citroën Racing will unveil its entire rally and track racing programme for 2014 on Monday 16 December, at a press conference in Versailles. The event will be broadcast on the site www.citroen-wrc.com at 14:30 (GMT+1).

williams

Formula 1


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THE WILLIAMS F1 TEAM ANNOUNCES STRENGTHENED AERODYNAMICS TEAM FOR THE 2014 SEASON—

The Williams F1 Team is pleased to announce a strengthened aerodynamics line-up as it gears up for the 2014 Formula One World Championship season.

As part of the on-going work to improve key areas of the business, Williams is pleased to announce that Dave Wheater will join from the Lotus F1 Team to become Head of Aerodynamic Performance, reporting to existing Head of Aerodynamics Jason Somerville. Also supporting Jason as we move forward will be Shaun Whitehead, previously of Red Bull Racing, who joins as Head of Aerodynamic Process.

Commenting on the new appointments, Jason Somerville said: “I’m very pleased to have secured the first class talents of Dave and Shaun, both of whom have enviable track records within F1. With the exciting challenges ahead for 2014, I am confident they will both add strength and experience to the team here at Grove.”

Pat Symonds, Williams F1 Team Chief Technical Officer, added: “These two appointments show our commitment to both improving the process of aerodynamic development while focussing on the application of that development to true on-track performance.  Dave and Shaun bring a wealth of experience to our team and I welcome them both to Grove and fully expect them to make significant contributions to the renewed competitiveness that we are all working so hard to achieve. With Dave and Shaun on board, and under Jason’s stewardship, we will be well positioned to make gains in this important area and support the continuing task of developing the FW36 in what promises to be an exciting year for the sport in 2014.”

about-clark

F1Weekly podcast # 644


about-clark

For the off season F1weekly will be re-publishing some vintage or should I say classic early podcast from the 2006 F1 season, I think you’ll find these shows highly entertaining!

Originally podcast number 59 recorded June 24, 2006 you’ll notice that the host of the program has had a we bit too many Stella’s and Steve Falb my co-host is handling it as the straight man.

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