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DAKAR RALLY

Torrential rainfall puts pay to Stage Six of the Dakar Rally

With much of Oruro and the surrounding area underwater this morning the Dakar Rally organisers had no choice but to cancel Stage Six. The “extreme climatic conditions” in the region saw competitor safety put first and the proposed 527-kilometre timed special stage between Oruro and La Paz called off.

Get a real sense of the torrential rain falling in Oruro and the impact it had on proceedings by watching/downloading today’s News Cut here.

Those competitors who remain in the race after a gruelling first week that has seen high-profile retirements, such as Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz and Toby Price, came into La Paz this afternoon. The racers were greeted by hoards of enthusiastic fans that lined the streets of the highest capital city on the planet.

Now comes a well-earned Rest Day in La Paz with racers searching for a slice of comfort after exiting the mudbath of the Oruro bivouac. Rest Day gives Dakar competitors a chance for a full service of their race vehicle, various media commitments and hopefully the chance to get some much needed shuteye.

The Rest Day also gives a chance for petrolheads such as windsurf legend Robby Naish to get an up close look at how the Dakar works. Naish is due in the La Paz bivouac on Sunday to catch up with crews such as Team Peugeot Total, the Red Bull KTM Factory Team and Team Kamaz Master. After a dramatic first week of action they’ll be no shortage of stories for the thrill-seeker to hear about.

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

DTM

MARCO WITTMANN TAKES HIS THIRD WIN

Marco Wittmann extended his points’ lead in the DTM drivers’ standings with an undisputed lights-to-flag victory in the race at the Nürburgring on Saturday. In pleasant late-summerly conditions, the BMW driver won the 30 lap race with a margin of 7.136 seconds from his fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist. For Wittmann, it was the eighth DTM race win of his career and the third of the 2016 season. “Unbelievable. This was a great race,” Wittmann commented after the race. “I had a good start and tried to avoid making any mistakes. I was pushing flat-out all the time to maintain focus and concentration. This is a special win, especially for my team RMG and team principal Stefan Reinhold. For the guys, the Nürburgring is their home track.”

Having taken the chequered flag in third place with his Audi RS 5 DTM, Jamie Green claimed the final podium slot in the Eifel. His fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara finished fourth from Timo Glock with another BMW. Paul Di Resta was the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver in sixth position. Second in the championship, Robert Wickens, who had started the race from 13th on the grid, crossed the finish line in ninth place behind Lucas Auer and Maxime Martin and thus lost important points in the battle for the DTM title.

In the DTM drivers’ standings, Wittmann has extended his lead to 35 points with his race win. With a total of 155 points, he is leading Wickens (120 points), Green (119 points) and Edoardo Mortara (112 points). With five races still remaining and 125 points at stake, nothing is decided in the battle for the title yet.

The second DTM race at the Nürburgring will start on Sunday at 15.10 hrs (ARD live from 15.00 hrs). Prior to that, the starting grid positions for the 14th race of the DTM season will be decided in qualifying from 12.50 hrs (live on One, formerly known as Einsfestival from 12.45 hrs).

 

FORMULA 1

RED BULL RACING COMMENTS ON THE GERMAN GRAND PRIX

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 3rd
“I’m very pleased with today obviously. To beat one Mercedes is nice but for both cars to beat one Mercedes and the pole-sitter was really good. In the first part of the race I was sitting in third and the pace was okay but I think I really came to life in the second half of the race and that’s when I was able to show a bit more speed and capture second place. It was the best we could do today and I’m now happy to go into the summer break with another podium in the bag. For me the strategy worked very well, I was comfortable on the supersofts and it worked out my pace was better in the end with that tyre. Drinking out of the shoe on the podium is an Australian thing. It’s called a “shoey”. I said if I win a race this year I’ll do it, but just in case, I thought I’ll do it next time I’m on the podium. The last few races I got a bit more out of the race weekends and it’s nice to get a bit of momentum now before the summer break. Just to stand up there on the podium is the best feeling in the world.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 4th
“The start was very strong and during the race we had good pace. We didn’t expect it to be that good this weekend so we definitely maximised the result. Strategy doesn’t always work for you but I took one for the team today and we still finished second and third and in front of Ferrari, which was the main aim. Rosberg just braked very late and then didn’t turn into the corner, that incident cost me a lot of time, he pushed me wide and put me in a bad situation. I then let Daniel go by as was the strategy of the team, in the end the most important thing was to score the points and move up in the Constructors’ Championship. Finishing only 10 seconds back from Mercedes is very good. It is still too early to say how close we can get by the end of the season as I think they may have some in reserve. It’s good to go on a little break now and spend some time with family and then be ready to go again in Spa and see all the Dutch fans.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A fantastic team performance today, particularly from the drivers starting from the second row of the grid. After they both made strong starts, Daniel gave Max just enough space at turn one, though it looked pretty tight and from there on the drivers settled in to their race. We elected at the first stop to split the strategies, putting Daniel on to the soft tyre and Max on to the supersoft, so they were both running slightly different races. When we pitted Max to cover Rosberg he did manage to get a run on him and then obviously Rosberg picked up a time penalty down at turn six, so the objective thereafter was for both drivers to clear him at the pit stop. With Daniel being on the faster supersoft tyre, he quickly closed on Max who allowed him to pass after the request from the team, to not lose any time, allowing them both to get out ahead of Rosberg at the final pit stop. To finish up second and third on the podium here at Hockenheim, to have outscored Ferrari and go into the summer break with a 14 point advantage over them in the Constructors’ Championship is a great end to a really strong first half of the year. Time for a well-earned break for all of the team, to recharge their batteries and come back for the final nine races, where there are circuits on the calendar that will hopefully suit us. We’ve exceeded all of our expectations in the first half of the season. I don’t think pre-season any of us could have imagined to have been second in the Constructors’ Championship after 11 rounds.

F1Weekly podcast # 706

CLARK AND NASIR CATCH UP ON THE LAST TWO GRAND PRIX OF CANADA AND BAKU, OF COURSE THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS MUST BE TALKED ABOUT BUT… THE MEAT AND POTATOES OF THIS PROGRAM IS THE ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN SURTEES CBE PART 1.

John Surtees, CBE (born 11 February 1934) is a British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. He is a four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion – winning that title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 – the Formula One World Champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels. He founded the Surtees Racing Organisation team that competed as a constructor in Formula One, Formula 2 and Formula 5000 from 1970 to 1978. He is also the ambassador of the Racing Steps Foundation.

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Volant Euroformula

Enzo Guibbert Volant Euroformula

ENZO GUIBBERT FINISHES ON A POSITIVE NOTE—

The “Volant Euroformula” 2012, Enzo Guibbert, started this year in the highly competitive French GT championship and for a first in this discipline, it is safe to say that his gamble pretty much paid off! We met him at the Euroformula School:

 

  1. Enzo, you put on some good performances and in between you had some difficult times, like your pole position at Ledenon and then unable to get into the lead at Castellet. How do you explain the uneven outcomes?

 

First of all, success stayed cruelly out of our reach. Then there was not enough driving practice between races which handicapped me the most because I wasn’t at my best at the start of the meeting. I had to work around technical breakdowns like in Imola, for example, where I only raced in the qualifiers! Between lack of experience, hard to overcome without practice, and points lost because of various problems we ran into, we automatically end up with a season of highs and lows. Also, the Porsche, an excellent car all things considered, doesn’t have the top speed our rivals had like in Castellet, for example, where we were giving away 10 kilometres/hour to the leaders, that’s about seven tenths of a second lost. Even though the car was well balanced in the bends, it was impossible to catch up on the time lost.

 

2.    Tell us about the highlights and what conclusion do you draw from your first season in the GT Tour?

 

This season had a lot of powerful moments but the best memory will always be my pole position in Ledenon, all my family were there and we weren’t far from home with all our friends, it will always be a special moment because it was the completion of a year’s work with a lot of sacrifices, there was a lot of emotion! My season also had some bad times, the most notable being the meeting in Imola where I could not take part in the two races because of mechanical problems. The outcome still remains positive in relation to my progress throughout the season. I had a good season as part of Philippe Alméras’ Pro GT organisation, they have a good team. For next year I hope to start a new season in GT or to run in the Porsche Cup France for which I have already been selected to try for the Scholarship.

 

 3.Talking of awards, how did the “Volant Euroformula” help you and which memory will you keep from your victory?

 

My victory in the “Volant Euroformula” allowed me to drive this year, without it I think I would have had to give up my career. This Volant was a great opportunity for me. I remember the final as if it was yesterday. I was motivated and came to win. I had focus from the start and decided to attack from my very first lap. With good pace, I felt at ease in the car and everything went well. A great moment. Thanks again!