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Redusernab Motorsport News For September 12, 2016

Bradley Brownell September 12, 2016 Motorsports, The News! 1 Comment

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This was a bit of a down weekend, as there was not a whole lot to watch in terms of racing action. There was some vintage stuff at Goodwood, an Indy Lights championship was settled, GT Open, Stock Car Brasil, Super Formula, DTM, MotoGP and NASCAR. Okay, there was a bunch of racing, but was there anything really interesting? Let’s find out together.

Read along to see what good stuff happened this weekend. Summer is winding down a bit, and the racing is running to the end of the championships, so we’ll do our best to help keep your finger on the pulse. Just be aware of the fact that this post is filled with spoilers. Giant carbon-fiber, multi-element, DRS-equipped, Gurney-flapped, Spoilers! Oh, and in case you missed it, I am also hosting a new motorsport podcast these days…

Super Formula Back At Okayama

NASCAR Back At Richmond

Indy Lights Championship Decider At Dry Lagoon

MotoGP Nowhere Near San Marino

DTM Has Nurburgers

GT Open Spielberg Film Festival

Andy Lally Tries For Street Luge World Record

Goodwood Video Explosion

Stuff You Should Watch

Stuff You Should Read

Super Formula – Okayama

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In a split weekend formula this weekend, Stoffel “The Waffle” Vandoorne took his maiden victory in race one, while Yuji Kunimoto won race two on pit strategy.

Race 1 –

Pole man Kazuki Nakajima lined up on the grid in the wrong position, so event organizers sent the cars on another formation lap, dropped Nakajima to last on the grid, and reduced the number of laps in the race by 2. When the race got underway, the now-polesitter Yuji Kunimoto was overtaken nearly immediately by Stoffel Vandoorne. Vandoorne then increased his gap over second by nearly two seconds. By the finish, the kid had stretched that lead out to nearly 5 seconds.

Race 2 –

In race 2 it was pit stop strategy that ruled the day, as there was one mandatory stop needed to finish. Everyone who pitted earlier was given an advantage by dint of running faster lap times on newer tires for longer, apparently. Kunimoto, Nakajima and Andre Lotterer all pitted in the opening laps of the race, and were running faster than the leaders. By the time the leaders pitted and returned to the circuit, the trio were at the front. From there, he saw a short-lived challenge from Nakajima, and that was that. Done and dusted, Kunimoto victorious.

NASCAR – Richmond

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Denny Hamlin won the Chase cut-off race in Richmond. This race sounds like it was a disaster, as there were 16 total caution periods and one red flag, primarily caused by several tire failures. Hamlin started from pole, and led 189 of the 400 laps to win the race.

Most importantly, Chris Buescher came home in 24th and got the points he needed to stay in the Chase at 30th. I hope his team hooks that kid up with some serious equipment for the rest of the season and he mows down the rest of the NASCAR establishment.

Indy Lights – Laguna Seca

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Race 1 –

On Saturday it was Kyle Kaiser, a local boy, who was victorious on the Monterey Peninsula. Starting the race from pole, Kaiser stretched out an impressive nearly 8 second lead over Carlin Racing’s Ed Jones and Zach Veach in third. With the second place finish, Jones pulled enough points to take over the championship with just Sunday’s race remaining. Only he and Santi Urrutia were mathematically eligible for the one-million dollar prize and a guaranteed seat in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

Race 2 –

The first start was called off as the grid didn’t form up properly. On the second start, Jones led away from pole, but not for long, as Urrutia went to the inside at turn 2 and moved into the lead. Or he would have if Zach Veach hadn’t stormed around the outside of both of them to take the top spot. From there, Veach stretched a massive lead over Urrutia and Jones dropped back to 5th. As it sat, Jones and Urrutia were tied on points, but Urrutia would have won the championship on countback due to 4 race victories to Jones’ 2. For nearly an hour, that was the way it looked to be playing out. Nobody passed anybody and the gaps stretched out to nearly insurmountable. Then on the final lap, Carlin Racing teammate Felix Serrales pulled over and allowed Jones up into 4th and handing him the championship.

It played out how I knew it would, but I don’t know why they had to wait until the final lap of the series to make the handoff for 4th, and I don’t know why they made it so blatantly obvious that it was team orders. Of course, what makes it more egregious is that Jones later denied there were team orders for him to make the place advancement, which just pissed Urrutia off even more. On the podium, Santi nearly broke down in tears over the incident. He’d come just short of a championship, a million dollar payout, and three IndyCar race seats in 2017.

DTM – Nurburgring

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Race 1 –

Marco Wittmann, the DTM championship leader, started race one from pole with wingman Tom Blomqvist starting and keeping second position. Wittmann quickly pulled out a lead over Tom Blom, who faced pressure from Jamie Green and Edoardo Mortara behind. With all of the action happening behind him, Wittmann pulled out a massive 7 second lead and the win. Blomqvist finished second with Green third.

Race 2 –

Mortara made good on his race 1 promises, starting 4th on the grid and using his pit-strategy to move into second, then muscled past pole sitting Lucas Auer for the victory. Auer and Wittmann stopped far earlier than Mortara and many of the other Audi drivers. Mortara rejoined from his pit stop provisionally in second, and on far fresher tires began to pressure Auer for the lead. Passing around the outside at turn one, Mortara had the lead and began to stretch it to the flag. Mortara won by almost 4 seconds from Auer, with Wittmann in third. Wittmann retains the championship lead, but with his 3rd race victory of the season, Mortara moves into second place in the championship some 33 points behind.

MotoGP – San Marino Grand Prix

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Dani Pedrosa won his first GP in over a year, by taking the victory from a shockingly low 8th on the grid. This was MotoGP’s 8th different winner in as many Grands Prix. With a gamble on soft tires Pedrosa was able to pick up a lot of pace. While hometown hero Valentino Rossi was able to make an early move into the lead on the medium tire compound, it was the second half of the race where Pedrosa came into his own and wiped the floor with everyone ahead of him. At the end, it was Pedrosa 2.8 seconds ahead of Vale, with Jorge Lorenzo gapped back to third.

GT Open – Red Bull Ring

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Race 1 –

From GT Open Press Release:

A beautiful and lively Race 1 at the Red Bull reopens the games in the International GT Open, as Miguel Ramos-Pieter Schothorst won with the Teo Martín BMW, beating local heroes Mario Plachutta-Thomas Jëger (Lechner Racing Mercedes AMG) and the Balfe Motorsport McLaren 650S of Shaun Balfe-Adam Carroll. It’s the maiden win in the GT Open for young Dutchman Schothorst but the third this season for reigning champion Miguel Ramos, who has reduced to 8 points his gap with the standings leaders, Thomas Biagi-Fabrizio Crestani, today only 7th. The Orange1 Team Lazarus Lambo paid the toll of its atmospheric engine on this track located at 700 meters. In bGT-Am, Miguel Sardinha and Manuel Da Costa took their fifth success of the year with the Sports&You Mercedes AMG.

Race 2 –

From GT Open Press Release:

The Teo Martín Team BMW rounded a perfect weekend by winning also Race 2, this time with Fernando Monje and Gustavo Yacamán. The Spaniard and the Colombian took a very well-deserved first win of the year. They beat Thomas Biagi-Fabrizio Crestani (Orange 1 Team Lazarus Lamborghini), who put a solid race and collected very heavy points towards their championship lead. In a lively finale, Alexander West crossed the line in third, taking his maiden podium finish with the Garage 59 McLaren 650S shared with Alvaro Parente.

The GT-Am category saw another win of Da Costa-Sardinha on the Sports&You Mercedes, although conquered in the closing moments of a race led until then by Guedes-Barreiros (V8 Racing Renault).

Goodwood Video – Break The Internet!

Watch the full multi hour live stream here –

Lally Luge Lunacy

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Crazy Lally is a race car driver, MMA fighter, and competitive street luger. Basically the dude is looking for a thrill at all times. This weekend, his aim was to break the world street luge speed record. He broke the old record, but failed to set a new one, as two other guys were faster than him.

Mike McIntyre set the new world record at 102.2. Roger Hickey came in second at 100.4. Andy followed up in third at 98.8. Mike, on his record winning run crashed his luge and ended up in the hospital, but will pull through.

Here’s a slower earlier run that Andy did with cameras (cameras later removed for aero purposes).

I guess some of the stand up skateboard guys were in the 80 mph range. That’s nuts.

Hot Rod Drag Week

Live all this week, there are something like 400 cars running this weekend. You can watch the livestream here:

Stuff You Should Watch

If you made it through all of that Goodwood stuff and you’re still looking for more, here you go.

Conti Challenge From VIR – Full Race

IndyCar Test Footage From Sonoma:

Porsche Driver Brendon Hartley Drives The New Panamera Hybrid

Throwback to Pikes Peak with Hot Rod and the Dodge Viper

Roadkill Runs A Dirt Tracker On The Street

Formula E Pre-Season Test

Michelin GT Challenge

Speed Academy Runs A MX5 Cup vs Street MX5

Alex Rossi races a Plane

Things You Should Read

Combos

In other news, Combos are still the official ‘Cheese Filled Snack of NASCAR’.
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[Sources and Photos from Motorsport, Racer, Crash.net, Andy Lally’s Facebook page, GTOpen.net.]

 

 

  • outback_ute

    Huge news on the F1 front. Also, I wonder if Chambliss’ Edge 540 is faster inverted (as per the video preview image) or upright?

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