Sonoma Historics

 Greene in Napa Valley

 A visit to the wine country by a member of F1 Weekly familia


Racing at the highest point of Sears Point Raceway in scenic Sonoma, the No 28 car in the Grand National Stock Car class, a 1963 Ford Galaxy (there’s a 7-litre engine in there, folks!) driven by Mr. Jere Clark of Phoenix, AZ


Group 8 (1925 – 1941 Racing Cars), a 1931 Alfa-Romeo Tipo B “P3”, an ex-Tazio Nuvolari car currently owned and driven by Peter Giddings of Danville, CA. 

 

Number 32, the Lotus 11 Le Mans owned and driven by Mr. Steve Anderes of Sunnyvale, CA leading the pack along the back straight during the 1955 – 1960 Sports Racing Cars race on Sunday.

 

A 1972 McLaren M8-FP with nearly 8.4 liters of magnificent Chevy power, heading onto the back straight during the Can-Am race.  Car owned and driven by Wade Carter of Woodinville, CA.

Photos and captions courtesy of Mike Greene.

Speed Euroseries

Davide Rigon gets ready for his debut at the Speed Euroseries in Imola

A new challenge for Davide Rigon. Next week end the Italian talented driver will be behind the wheel of a Tatuus 12 for the third round of the Speed Euroseries, which will take place on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari track in Imola.

This is Davide’s debut in this kind of Championship and It will be a good chance for him to keep his concentration alive and do a physical training just before the third round of the Blancpain GT Endurance Series, on the programme at the end of June on the French Paul Richard’s track. It will be an intense week end in which Rigon will have to discover the car since free practices, to be at his best during qualifying ( on programme on Saturday, the 23rd at h12.40) and the 90-minutes-race.

“ I’m very happy to have the chance of racing consistenly, even if my main engagement is working with Ferrari Team and the GT Endurance Championship. It’s a honour to cooperate again with a constructor. For this reason, through my knowledge and experience, I’ll give my contribution to a further development of the car, previously started by Gianmaria. It will be a very hard week end, but I’ll have enough time to study the car and prepare myself at best for the two races. The goals to reach are of a high level so I hope to do a great job” says Davide Rigon.

“ I’m happy for the agreement with Tatuus. During the week end in Imola Davide will take a stab at driving a new car, offering all his experience to Tatuus. I’m sure that this will be another chance for Davide to show his abilities, even if our main engagements are the cooperation with the Ferrari Team and Kessel Racing in the GT Endurance Championship” says the manager from Faenza , Mr Giovanni Minardi.

Davide next racing week end will start on Friday morning with a 2 hours free practices session and will go on the following day with a qualifying round and the first race on programme at 16.45. The second round on Sunday (h15.45) will be the final one

Formula One

Caterham Group Announces Graham Macdonald As New CEO Of Caterham Cars

Caterham Group, the parent company of Caterham Cars, Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Composites and CTI (Caterham Technology & Innovation) has today confirmed that Graham Macdonald, previously CFO of Caterham Cars will step up to the role of CEO after current Chief Executive Officer Ansar Ali leaves the business by mutual consent.

Graham has played an active role with Ansar in helping create Caterham Cars into its modern-day guise as a core element of the Caterham Group and will now lead Caterham Cars as CEO.

Ansar will leave his post as CEO after leading Caterham Cars following a management buy-in which assumed control of the business in 2005 from the Nearn family who originally founded Caterham Cars. Ansar oversaw a program which initiated a fundamental shift in the engineering focus of the business, a move which revitalised the legendary Seven range. He also oversaw the long-term stability of Caterham Cars, building on its historic spirit of innovation, entrepreneurial endeavour with a core motorsport base and dedicated to the notion of serving the ‘unserved’, making racecar performance accessible to everyone.

Ansar has now decided to move on to new challenges and Caterham Group thanks him for the integral role he played in building Caterham Cars into a globally respected automotive brand and helping form Caterham Group in its present-day guise. Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Chairman, said: “I want to take this chance to thank Ansar for everything he has done for the Caterham brand over many years. Without his leadership Caterham Cars would not be the world renowned, profitable business it is today and we would almost certainly not be working under the Caterham name if he had not initiated the discussions with us that led to the enviable position Caterham finds itself in today.

“Now we move on to the next phase of the expansion of Caterham Group and Caterham Cars. Graham is the perfect person to take over and lead the company and his experience and dedication will help us make a smooth transition into the next chapter of the Caterham Cars story.”