LAGUNA SECA

330 HISTORIC RACE CARS COMPETING AT MONTEREY PRE-REUNION REV UP ANTICIPATION FOR ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION

MONTEREY, Calif. Monterey Classic Car Week is in full swing following the Monterey Classic Car Week Kickoff Car Show with race cars driven from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday and the Monterey Pre-Reunion on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors from across the world will be witnessing some of the finest machines on wheels during a week that culminates with the four-day cornerstone event, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on August 23-26.

The Monterey Pre-Reunion proved to be a thrilling preamble to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion with the two-day event attracting a large turnout of 330 entries across 10 race groups. Fans enjoyed a wide range of historic vehicles with race provenance from sports cars that competed in the original Pebble Beach Road Races to high-powered vintage Can-Am, Formula 5000, and Formula One machines.

Race groups completed a practice session and race on each day of the Monterey Pre-Reunion. The 10 race groups were 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars (Group 1); 1955-1961 Sports Car Racing (Group 2); 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc (Group 3); 1968-1976 Formula 5000 (Group 4); 1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, GTU (Group 5); 1966-1972 Trans-Am (Group 6); FIA Manufacturers Championship (Group 7); 1981-1991 IMSO GTO, GTP (Group 8), 1966-1974 Can Am (Group 9); and 1967-1984 Formula One.

Results from the Monterey Pre-Reunion are listed here: Saturday | Sunday

A turnout of more than 560 entrants selected out of over 1,000 applicants are expected to make the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion a truly special event. Nissan will be honored as the featured marque in a historic first for an Asian automobile manufacturer. In addition to the 15 race groups and special exhibitions such as Mika Häkkinen driving a McLaren F1 GTR on Friday and Saturday providing captivating on-track entertainment, there will be a special presentations such as the Picnic in the Paddock on Saturday.

The Murray Smith-led Picnic in the Paddock panel featuring Nissan and Datsun legends John Morton, Peter Brock and Steve Millen will be followed by a tribute to Dan Gurney that includes Sir Jackie Stewart, Chris Cord and a musical tribute by Donald Osborne. Additionally, vintage race and lifestyle activities from car shows to book signings and lively displays will be present throughout the bustling paddock and Hagerty Marketplace.

WEC

ALONSO, BUEMI, NAKAJIMA TAKE HAT-TRICK WIN; FERRARI TRIUMPHS IN LMGTE PRO

The No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima took their third consecutive FIA WEC victory at Silverstone today.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing team enjoyed another 1-2 finish after a close battle throughout the 6 Hours of Silverstone.

LMGTE Pro saw a typically thrilling multi-manufacturer battle but it was reigning champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi who took their first win of the Super Season in the No.51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.

The Jackie Chan DC Racing squad took a dominant 1-2 victory in LMP2 as Ho-Pin Tung, Stéphane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry beat the No.37 crewed Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri ORECA-Gibson.

LMGTE Am saw a second consecutive victory for Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche as Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell sealed their second consecutive victory after Le Mans.

 

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

MICK SCHUMACHER SCORES HIS SECOND FIA FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WIN

Event: 06 Silverstone
Session: Race 2
Track: Silverstone Circuit / GB
Pole position: Fabio Scherer (Motopark)
Race winner: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing)
Weather: overcast, 17.2 °C

With a good getaway, Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) laid the foundation for his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win. At the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Circuit, the German won from Jüri Vips (Motopark) and Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark), the latter scoring his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship podium finish. Daniel Ticktum (Motopark), who started the race as the points’ leader, finished eighth and thus maintained his lead in the drivers’ standings.

4 Mick Schumacher (DEU, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 2, Silverstone (GBR), 17. – 19. August 2018 *** Local Caption *** Copyright (c) FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Having started from second place on the grid, Mick Schumacher moved up into the lead on the first few metres. On the opening lap, he already built a margin of more than one second from his nearest rival Fabio Scherer (Motopark), who had started the race from pole-position. Next up behind the Swiss were Jüri Vips and Jonathan Aberdein.

At this time, Daniel Ticktum, who had taken the championship lead as the winner of the first race at Silverstone a few hours earlier, was outside the top ten, but was looking for his chance in demanding duels.

4 Mick Schumacher (DEU, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 2, Silverstone (GBR), 17. – 19. August 2018 *** Local Caption *** Copyright (c) FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

At the halfway point, the order at the front of the field was unchanged. Meanwhile, Ticktum worked his way past Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing) and moved up into the top ten. Out in front, Vips took over second place from his teammate Scherer a few moments later as the Swiss retired with a technical issue. Aberdein moved up into the final podium slot and brought it home behind race winner Schumacher and second-placed Vips. Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP), Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) finished in fourth to sixth place, followed by Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin). Ticktum, Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Aron rounded out the top ten.

Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “The story of my race is told quickly: my start was good, I was able to pull a gap on the first lap and then I tried to maintain it. Around the halfway point, my rivals closed up a bit, but then I pushed more and re-established my initial margin. I am really happy with this victory.”

Jüri Vips (Motopark): “I am really happy with second place. Apart from first qualifying, it has been a good weekend for me so far. In this race, I could perhaps have achieved even more, but there was contact between Fabio and me in the first corner and then I was behind him for a long time. Once I had found a way past him, Mick was already too far off.”

Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark): “This is my maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and I am very happy with it. My start and my first laps were good and Fabio’s retirement promoted me to third place. Here at Silverstone, the Motopark car is really fast, but we have made improved really well in the past races. Seeing that the hard work by the team pays off is really nice.”

 

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

A HOME WIN FOR DANIEL TICKTUM

Event: 06 Silverstone
Session: Race 1
Track: Silverstone Circuit / GB
Pole position: Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin)
Race winner: Daniel Ticktum (Motopark)
Weather: overcast, 17.6 °C

Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) has won the first of this weekend’s three FIA Formula 3 European Championship races at the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Circuit and thus also took over the lead in the drivers’ standings. Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) was second across the finish line from Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP). Rookie driver Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing), who came to Silverstone as the points’ leader, finished sixth in the 16th race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.

Start of the race, 11 Sacha Fenestraz (FRA, Carlin, Dallara F317 – Volkswagen) taking the lead from 1 Guanyu Zhou (CHN, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), 23 Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, Motopark, Dallara F317 – Volkswagen), 27 Daniel Ticktum (GBR, Motopark, Dallara F317 – Volkswagen), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Silverstone (GBR), 17. – 19. August 2018 *** Local Caption *** Copyright (c) FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Sacha Fenestraz took the lead at the start. Initially, Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) was behind him, but the Chinese lost second place to Daniel Ticktum on the opening lap already. In the opening stages of the race, Fenestraz thus led from Ticktum, Zhou and Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing), while there were some position fights in the midfield. For instance, fifth-placed Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark) couldn’t make any mistakes as Enaam Ahmed, Jüri Vips (Motopark) and Marcus Armstrong were following closely in his slipstream.

After five laps, Aberdein had closed the gap to Schumacher who, in turn, was no longer able to keep up with the drivers in front of him. One lap later, the German retired with a puncture and Aberdein inherited fourth place.

Out in front, Ticktum overtook Fenestraz for the lead with an exciting duel on lap 15 and then drove an undisputed victory home. Zhou retired with a puncture just a little bit later, which promoted Aberdein to third. However, he wasn’t able to bring this position home: following a full-course yellow (FCY) after Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing) had spun, he dropped back to fifth behind Amhed and Vips. Behind the South African, Marcus Armstrong, Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP), Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing), Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) and Fabio Scherer (Motopark) completed the top ten.

Daniel Ticktum (Motopark): “Winning on home soil is a great feeling, I am very happy. Today, all drivers in the top three had a similar speed, so I knew that it was going to be difficult. Therefore, I had to use every chance. Early on, I managed to overtake Guanyu on the outside and towards the end I benefited from the fact that Sacha’s tyres degraded. Now, I am leading the drivers’ standings again, but I am still working from race to race. When I would be thinking too much about a possible title win, I would be putting myself under pressure too much.”

Sacha Fenstraz (Carlin): “It is nice to be back on the podium after such a long time, but I really wanted to win, particularly after starting from pole position. I had to push hard in the first laps, so that my tyres weren’t very good anymore in the closing stages. Otherwise, I probably could have made it more difficult for Daniel to overtake me.”

Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP): “I am happy to finally be back on the podium. On the past weekends, we were slightly lacking speed, because other teams like Motopark and Prema developed quicker. Now, we have also made a step ahead. On the opening lap of the race, I was able to make up some positions. After the FCY, I think I was more awake than Jonathan Aberdein, so that I could overtake him as well.”

F1Weekly podcast #766

CLARK HAVING SEEN THE FUTURE KNEW THAT FERNANDO WAS DONE. NASIR GOES ON ABOUT WHY RED BULL DIDN’T WANT TO PRESSURE MAX WITH A FERNANDO…AND THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW…NEEL JANI

He was linked to a reserve F1 seat with the Sauber team. In 2004 however, he moved back to GP2 the following year. In December 2005 he was confirmed as Scuderia Toro Rosso’s third driver, alongside race drivers Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi, a role he held throughout the 2006 season, before departing to pursue a Champ Car career. For the 2008 F1 season, Neel was linked with the test driving role at Red Bull Racing.

As his father is from India, Jani was linked to the proposed Indian-backed buyout of BMW Sauber but this did not succeed. In early 2010 he tested for Force India and was rumoured to be involved with the team in 2010. However Force India signed Mercedes driver Paul di Resta as their test and reserve driver.

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FORMULA 1

McLAREN CONFIRMS FERNANDO ALONSO DECISION

Fernando will not race in Formula 1 in 2019

McLaren Racing today confirms that double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso will not race in Formula 1 in 2019.

Fernando, who turned 37 in July, is competing in his 17th F1 season, his fifth with McLaren, and has amassed 32 wins, 22 pole positions and 97 podiums to date. Beyond his two titles – in 2005 he became the then-youngest world champion in F1 history – Fernando has been championship runner-up three times.

Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing, commented:

“Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1. His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history.

“There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his. We respect his decision, even if we believe he is in the finest form of his career. Our open dialogue with Fernando has meant we could plan for this eventuality.

“While evaluating his future during the past months, Fernando’s competitiveness has been undimmed. He has continued to perform at the highest level throughout, as we know he will do in the remaining nine races of this year’s championship.

“I know that the entire team joins me in paying tribute to Fernando’s enormous contribution to McLaren; he is a legend both for the championship and for the team. Fernando is an important part of our story and will join an illustrious line of McLaren drivers. On behalf of Shaikh Mohammed, Mansour and our entire board, we wish Fernando every success in the future.”

Fernando Alonso commented:

“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on. I have enjoyed every single minute of those incredible seasons and I cannot thank enough the people who have contributed to make them all so special.

“There are still several grands prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.

“Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner. I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.

“I want to thank everyone at McLaren. My heart is with the team forever. I know they will come back stronger and better in the future and it could be the right moment for me to be back in the series; that would make me really happy. I have built so many great relationships with many fantastic people at McLaren, and they have given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and race in other categories. I feel I am a more complete driver now than ever.

“I made this decision some months ago and it was a firm one. Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely thank Chase Carey and Liberty Media for the efforts made to change my mind and everyone who has contacted me during this time.

“Finally, I would also like to thank my former teams, team-mates, competitors, colleagues, partners, journalists and everyone I have worked with in my F1 career. And, especially, my fans all over the world. I am quite sure our paths will cross again in the future.”

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