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The Redusernab Motorsport News For October 31, 2016

Bradley Brownell October 31, 2016 Motorsports 6 Comments


This Weekend there was actually a surprising amount of racing worldwide, even as the season ends. Well, some seasons are ending, meanwhile the Asian Le Mans Series had their season opener at the 4 hours of Zhuhai. Formula 1 is winding down, but hasn’t named a victor yet. Super Formula had a season-ending championship victor, and the points were absolutely crazy, we’ll talk about that later. NASCAR has another Chase contender after a wacky Martinsville race. WRC saw Ogier put a stamp on his already-clinched championship with a stellar win. MotoGP saw a guy win who hadn’t seen the top step of the podium since 2009. We have spy-video of a mid-engine Porsche GTE fighter. Oh, and AUDI IS LEAVING WEC!!!!!

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…

Audi like 5000

Formula 1 Down Mexico Way

Super Formula’s Super Finale

AsLMS Proves Jackie Chan Is Still A Winner

NASCAR Goes To Virginia For Office Supplies

WRC Puts The Great In Great Britain

MotoGP Malays

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Audi Announces They’re Leaving LMP1 After 2016 Season

I just can’t stop being a little bit sad about this. Audi has been in top-level prototype racing since I started following racing. The R10 TDi was a revolutionary racing car, the R8 that preceded it was a prodigious winner. They’ve basically had the best racing drivers running for them in long distance races for the last 18 years. This is a shock to the entire sport, as it is one of the longest-running programs in history. This kind of program only comes along once in a lifetime. I understand why they’re quitting, but it doesn’t mean I’m happy about it. :Sad Face Emoji:

Formula 1 – Mexican Grand Prix


Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico. Sunday 30 October 2016. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, sprays the champagne on the podium with Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG, and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari. World Copyright: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _R3I5614

Lewis Hamilton kept his title hopes intact with a victory in Mexico this weekend, however, Nico maintained his title lead as he came home second again, netting a Merc 1-2 victory. There was a point where Max Verstappen nearly ran Nico off the road, as at lap 50 he dove down the inside of Rosberg’s car, locked up all four, and went straight on as Nico went around the back of Max resuming in second. Other than that, it was uneventful for the Merc pairing.

Further back, however, Sebastian Vettel had a rougher go of things. Following the slidetackle attempt from Verstappen, he slowed a bit and Vettel was able to catch up. On lap 68, Vettel made a pass attempt, and again Verstappen locked up his wheels going down into turn 1. In the end, Max took to the grass to maintain his position ahead of Vettel, netting him a 5 second post-race penalty.

Having been balked by the teen, Vettel was erratic, frantic, and pissed off. He had a bout of swears on the radio, ultimately telling race director Charlie Whiting that he could “F**K OFF”. The next lap, Seb was forced to fend off a pass attempt from the other Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo. Seb forced Daniel to back out of the fight as they touched wheels going into turn 4 with just 2 laps remaining in the race. Because of this move, Sebastian was given a post-race penalty as well, dropping him from third to 5th, promoting Ricciardo to 3rd and Verstappen to 4th.

Whiting has also issued a statement confirming he is discussing a potential race ban for Vettel due to his on-air f-bombs. The statement referenced the rule that racers shall not bring the sport into disrepute. Basically Whiting telling Sebastian that he can “F**K OFF” too.

Super Formula – Suzuka



This season of Super Formula has been wacky with a bunch of different race victors and a very narrow points gap going into the final round. Almost half of the field was still eligible for the championship at the beginning of the weekend, but coming off a double-victory at the previous round, Yuhi Sekiguchi was my favorite for the title. The Super Formula Gods were not smiling on Yuhi, however.

Race 1 –

Yuji Kunimoto led the race away from second, as pole position starter Hiroaki Ishiura faltered at the green, Andre Lotterer was also allowed up into second (another title contender).

Sekiguchi, meanwhile, had started back in 13th, and was already up into the top ten after just one lap. As he attempted to make his way past Stoffel Vandoorne, the two made and Stoffel spun off to the rear of the pack. For his part in the incident, Seki was given a 30 second post-race penalty and lost out on any points for this round.

Race 2 –

After his race 1 victory, Kunimoto had a 3.5 point lead over Sekiguchi. At the start, it was again Ishiura’s pole position that fell to second as Stoffel Vandoorne sprinted into the lead. Points leader Kunimoto simply needed to finish ahead of Sekiguchi to win the title, but lost several positions at the start falling to 7th at turn 1.

Many racers pitted early, getting their mandatory stop out of the way. At the front, Vandoorne and Ishiura stayed out until lap 16, gapping the field enough to get their stops done without losing their track position. There were a couple of safety car incidents, with Naoki Yamamoto spinning on the front straight with a mechanical issue and later Takuya Izawa crashing on the back straight. Ultimately Kunimoto finished 6th and Sekiguchi ended up 8th for a half-point, handing Yuji Kunimoto the Super Formula title. Prior to this season, his best finish had been 7th in the points. Andre Lotterer finished second which was enough to give him second place in the standings without winning a single race all year.

What a season it was!

Asian Le Mans Series – Zhuhai


At the 4 hours of Zhuhai this weekend, the season opening Asian Le Mans Series, there was a LMP2 battle, and LMP3 battle, and GT battles to go around. Local favorites Jackie Chan DC Racing (yes, that Jackie Chan) won both the LMP2 and LMP3 classes.

LMP2 – In P2 there was a great fight at the front between the DC racing Oreca Nissan (Ho-Pin Tung and Gustavo Menezes) and the Algarve Pro Racing Ligier Judd (Tacksung Kim, Andrea Roda, and Matt McMurry).

In the early stages, Nicky Catsburg (teamed with Munemann and Pizzitola) was the only racer to be able to keep up with Menezes. Catsburg, however received a drive-through penalty for that knocked that car out of contention, and allowed an easy victory for Tung and Menezes.

LMP3 – An easy victory for DC Racing here with David Cheng, James Winslow, and Pu Jun Jin in their Ligier. The DC car ultimately finished 2 laps ahead of their nearest P3 contender, and running 4th overall at the flag.

GT – IN the GT class, it was Spirit of Race winning with their Ferrari 488 GT3 raced by Marco Cioci, Nasrat Muzayyin, and Rui Aguas. Their victory was the slimmest, with just 1.1 seconds separating them from the Clearwater Racing Ferrari (Weng Sun/Sawa/Griffin) at the finish.

For more great photos from this weekend, check out Sportscar365’s gallery here.

NASCAR – Martinsville

28-30 October, 2016, Martinsville, Virginia USA ©2016, Scott R LePage  LAT Photo USA

In a move that surprises almost nobody, Jimmie Johnson won again at Martinsville’s just-over-half-mile paperclip track. It’d been a while since he took a win there (spring 2013), but he’s traditionally had good luck at the track. This was Johnson’s fourth victory of the season and 79th of his career.

The race saw two long green-flag runs of over 110 laps each, and Johnson’s car was hooked up on the long fuel runs. He didn’t pass for the lead until lap 409, putting Denny Hamlin in his rear-view. That move, however, kept him at the front for the remainder of the race. Ultimately Brad Keselowski passed Hamlin for second on lap 477, and that’s how they finished.

Johnson’s win pumps him up into chase contention, getting him one step closer to his 7th title (which would tie him as all-time leader with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt).

Johnson on his championship bid:

“I’ve been trying to ignore the conversation about seven, but now I can’t. We’re locked in. It’s crazy to have a shot at seven now.

I’ll probably lie to all of you guys and say I’m not going to think about it at all. But it’s inevitable. Fortunately, I don’t have to think about it for three weeks. But we’re going to enjoy this and savor it. We’re going to get our ducks in a row for Homestead.”

WRC – Rally GB


Not many things have been consistent for the last four years, but Sebastien Ogier winning the Wales Rally GB is one of them.

Ott Tanak was making a hard go of it to catch Ogier in the closing stages of the Wales Rally GB this weekend, but didn’t quite make it high enough to win the rally. He did win the final three stages of the weekend and closed within 10.2 seconds of Ogier’s Volkswagen, however. This is a mega effort for Tanak, in a privateer Ford, who equalled his previous best WRC finish of second.

Thierry Neuville took his Hyundai i30 to third in the rally, and Hayden Paddon followed him home in 4th, netting a Hyundai 3-4 finish. Neuville’s finish moved him up to second in the points ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen’s Volkswagen, though still over 100 points down from Ogier’s massive 247 total.

MotoGP – Malaysian GP



Everyone give a slow clap-it-out for Andrea Dovizioso, who took his first MotoGP victory in 7 years by beating Valentino Rossi to the line in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Ducati hasn’t really been the best bike for some time, but in the rain victory is decided by equal measures balls and brains.

A heavy shower showed up just prior to the intended start time, and race officials decided to delay the race by 20 minutes and decrease the lap count to 19 (from 20). The top six riders all opted for “Wet Medium” tires at the front and back for their bikes. As a result, the early laps were really close battles with a lot of argy bargy. Jorge Lorenzo streaked out to an early lead, but was passed by a five-bike train just a few laps later.

Rossi and Andrea Iannone ran first and second fighting tooth and nail while Dovi sat back and let them run. Meanwhile, Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow, and Jorge Lorenzo slowly fell back. Crutchlow and Marquez both fell off of their bikes at lap 12, while Iannone fell at lap 13. Normally this would have been clear sailing for Vale, but on lap 15 Rossi ran wide and had to over-slow his bike, allowing Dovizioso into the lead where he would stay for the final 4 laps of the event, gapping Rossi by 3.115 seconds at the finish line.

This was the Ducati rider’s first victory since Donington Park in 2009 and his first as a Ducati rider. This was, strangely, the 9th different winner MotoGP has seen this season in 17 Grands Prix.

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[Sources and Photos from Motorsport, Racer, Sportscar365, and DailySportsCar]

  • Wayne Moyer

    So how long until Seb Vettel names his car “Get off my lawn!”. First let me say this. Max should have moved aside. He got a competitive advantage from it. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about Old Man Vettel. He’s been grumpy and angry for the entire season. Which has lead to his DNF’s and generally a lot of issues. He also should have known not to curse at Charlie.
    Take for instance how he didn’t flip Max the bird after he got beside him. Seb obviously remembered what the FIA did to Coulthard for this. Maybe he could have apologized profusely when The Real Charlie Whiting (with no Twitter account) was walking him into the green room.
    The other bit here is that maybe they brought the wrong tires to the race when you could get 70 laps out of the mediums.

    • Monkey10is

      Ferrari have managed to bring the wrong tyres to just about every race this season. Either their chassis doesn’t get heat into the tyres as predictably as other cars, or their tyre simulation software is screwed up or they are hiding a serious tyre wear problem which effectively limits them to just two of the three types available at each race; but there is obviously something very wrong.
      Unusually this was the first race in many where they perhaps got race strategy calls right;we had the sight — rare this season — of Ferrari pit wall decisions that allowed their cars to move forwards rather than just dropped them back.

      Overall Ferrari is not a happy team. I am surprised by the extent that Vettel is allowing this to show on track though with some unusually erratic driving and cuss-filled radio messages throughout this latter half of the season. Perhaps he has taken on too much of the team’s Latin temperament?

  • Lokki

    I don’t don’t know what to do or think about Verstappen. The kid is obviously a great driver, but he is really over on the very edge of the edge with his conduct. There’s no doubt he is going to be a multiple-time world champion. If he was a lesser talent like Kvyat he could just be demoted to car in the back of the pack until he grows up a little.

    As things stand, he is just going to fuck up a lot of otherwise good races until he learns some limits. I have little sympathy for Vettel, but I think his punishment should have been a cash fine (say, $100 K) rather than a loss of positions. His verbal misconduct had no affect on the outcome of the race, unlike Verstappen’s.

    • Bradley Brownell

      He was actually penalized race positions for the blocking he threw on Ricciardo’s attempted pass, not for his language.

      He may receive a race ban or other punishment for the foul language.

  • CraigSu

    So as far as Vettel was concerned “F1 in Mexico” became “FU in Mexico”.

  • I own a copy of “Into the Red”, and listen to the CD about once a year. As nerdy as Geräusch Night Sound Nacht sounds, I do admit it’s a strange, strange thing. Also, the clips are way too short.