Keith Collantine

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  • #320424
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    Another favourite: Toyota craziness from the BTCC at Silverstone in 1993, with superb Murray Walker commentary:

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    Shortly before Red Bull made a winner out of one Dutch driver they hired another to their junior team. Richard Verschoor won his first ever race in a single seater which, conveniently, was the Formula Four Northern European Zone race supporting the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.

    I hoped to put highlights of that race in the Weekend Racing Wrap. The series has a great YouTube channel with highlights of all its races – except the Sochi events. The Sochi races I believe aren’t on there because FOM restrictions forbid it…

    But I digress. Verschoor is Red Bull’s youngest driver at the moment at just 15. He wasn’t able to add to his wins tally in the next event at Zandvoort but he did take a second place, and lies fifth in the championship table which is headed by three-times winner Jarno Opmeer – another Dutch driver in his first year out of karts. The future looks bright for the Netherlands.

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    I was thinking we need a points system for these to assess which was worst: 0 points if both drivers keep going, 1 if one driver retires, 2 if both retire.

    In which case this was nearly a three-pointer:

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    The Watkins Glen race has been confirmed. There were rumours a multi-year deal was in the offing but a 2016 race is all that’s been confirmed for now:

    IndyCar announced today that the Verizon IndyCar Series will return to Watkins Glen International for an event on Sept. 1-4. Tickets for the Labor Day weekend event – which will also feature Indy Lights – will go on sale next week and will be available for purchase at TheGlen.com and by calling (866) 461-RACE. The race will be the 15th event on the 16-race schedule and will likely play an integral role in the chase for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

    “It’s great to have the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Watkins Glen,” said Jay Frye, IndyCar President of Competition and Operations. “A tremendous amount of thanks goes to track President Michael Printup and his entire staff for their efforts in helping make this a reality in such a short time frame. Obviously, Watkins Glen has great racing history and it’s a track that will showcase the on-track competition and overall excitement level of our series. Our season is off to a great start and we can’t wait to bring the Verizon IndyCar Series back to our fans at Watkins Glen.”

    Watkins Glen joins Phoenix International Raceway and Road America in a 2016 schedule that returns IndyCar to fan-favorite venues with deep history in the sport. The 60-lap event will be held on the track’s 3.4-mile permanent road course and broadcast live on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212.

    “We’re excited to welcome IndyCar back to The Glen,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “The fact that we could put this deal together so quickly shows how motivated each party was to make this happen for the fans and the competitors. I know our team has the capability to make this a premier event for IndyCar, and I believe the drivers are really going to love the new asphalt and that translates into an exciting weekend for the fans. It’s truly a win-win for everyone.”

    Watkins Glen International has hosted nine past Indy car races, from 1979-81 and again from 2005-10. The first two events were run on the 2.4-mile short course and were both won by Bobby Unser. The race moved to the 3.4-mile long course in 1981 when another Indy car legend, Rick Mears, drove to victory.

    “We’d also like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support and diligence in bringing this international event back to Watkins Glen International,” Printup continued. “Tourism in the Finger Lakes Region and across New York State will benefit from this exciting addition to our 2016 schedule.””

    The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to the historic circuit in 2005, with Scott Dixon winning three straight years before Ryan Hunter-Reay won in 2008 for Rahal Letterman Racing, Justin Wilson secured the first-ever Indy car win for Dale Coyne Racing in 2009 and Will Power took the checkered flag for Team Penske in 2010.

    The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season continues with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET) and includes the highly anticipated 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29 (ABC, 11 a.m. ET). For information on the series, its 16-race schedule and the 100th Running of the Indy 500, visit http://www.indycar.com.

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    Not so fast – the FIA has refused to grant him permission to enter on the grounds he is too experienced:

    The FIA has gone to great lengths in the last 12 months to establish the championship as one of the main developmental categories on the way to Formula One, introducing measures such as a maximum number of seasons in the championship (three) for any driver, as well as not allowing an existing champion to defend their title.

    Under Article 4.7 of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship Sporting Regulations, “any driver application to participate in the Championship will be studied by the FIA and accepted or rejected at its absolute discretion”.

    With the above strategic direction in mind, believed it would contravene the spirit of the championship for the FIA to approve the application to field such a highly-credentialed and experienced driver as Nelson Piquet Jnr – the reigning FIA Formula E champion, LMP1 driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as 28 races in Formula One.

    The FIA’s Single Seater Commission President, Stefano Domenicali said:

    “We cannot deny that we were pleased that a driver with the talent and the achievements of Nelson Piquet Jr has expressed a desire to race in a round of the FIA F3 European Championship at a prestigious circuit such as Pau.

    “However, we must keep in mind the spirit of the Championship – as one of the primary steps on the ladder to F1.

    “Therefore, we decided that we could not accept the application presented by Carlin.

    “This season the FIA introduced new eligibility criteria with the specific intent to define the characteristics of the FIA F3 European Championship more precisely. Today’s decision is a logical consequence of these measures.”

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    @carlitox I reckon the definitive version of that is even nicer:

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    With the Boston race cancelled it now seems IndyCar will go to Watkins Glen instead:

    No complaints here about that, it’s a belting circuit. However the possibility of a post-season non-championship race in China has ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ written all over it:

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    Some useful advice from the race organisers themselves:

    > Use public transport
    In addition to studying various options with Catalonia’s police force (Mossos d’Esquadra) for getting
    to and leaving the Circuit in such a way as to keep traffic problems down to a minimum, the Circuit
    will be continuing to offer options for getting to Montmeló by public transport:
    – The Sagalés coach company will be making it possible to get to the GP by coach from
    Barcelona. The bus stop is located in the Barcelona North Bus Station, platforms 25, 26 and
    27, and arrives at the Eastern Area of the Circuit. Tickets cost 12 euros and reservations can
    be made from the Sagalés company (www.sagales.com – tel. 902 13 00 14).
    -The Spanish railway company Renfe will be reinforcing its line-2 regional-train service from
    Barcelona by putting extra places to facilitate getting to the F1® Grand Prix. Renfe will be
    putting on special trains linking Barcelona and Montmeló. Once at Montmeló, there are
    three ways of getting to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: using a special shuttle service, by
    taxi or going on foot, which takes about 30 minutes (www.renfe.es).

    > Taking advantage of the areas set aside for private vehicles

    Recommended exits from the AP7 motorway and the C17 main road are shown for getting to the
    Media Car Park, as well as for getting to the other car parks at the surroundings of the Circuit.

    > Follow instructions from the police and the organisation staff

    Take note of the information posters put up outside and inside the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
    For security reasons, no cans, bottles, fireworks or any other potentially dangerous objects may be
    brought into the Circuit.

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    The drivers are racing there this weekend’s here’s an onboard lap of the circuit narrated and driven by Tom Coronel:

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    Formula E has abandoned its efforts to host a Russian round of the series in Moscow on June 4th. Attempts to organise a replacement race in Monaco have also failed. Both events were part of the series’ inaugural 2014-15 schedule.

    The news means there are only two race weekends left for this year’s championship – Berlin on May 21st and the London double-header on July 2nd/3rd. It’s good news for championship leader Lucas di Grassi too as his 11-point advantage over Sebastien Buemi counts for more now there’s only 90 points left on the table instead of 120.

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    cannot see RB getting rid of DK

    Why? Ricciardo’s doing much better. And Ricciardo has already indicated he may not be able to leave Red Bull next year.

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    @zantkiller Thanks very much for the tip. I’ve been in touch with the circuit and they’ve supplied some more information:

    Sepang circuit to get slower final turn

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    @robinrhysjones Thanks again for that tip – they were only on for a brief bit at the end but it shows just how grave the situation was for Lotus last year. They had creditors queueing up…

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    Thanks for the tip – watching right now on 5 +1.

    Not sure if the programme is available for streaming, here’s the home page. It’s series four episode two:

    Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!

    #317761
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    The first two races are this weekend and sadly the field has shrunk to just 15 runners.

    Who’s your tip for the title?

    1. Louis Deletraz – Fortec
    2. Pietro Fittipaldi – Fortec
    3. Rene Binder – Lotus
    4. Roy Nissany – Lotus
    7. Egor Orudzhev – Arden
    8. Aurelian Panis – Arden
    15. Alfonso Celis – AVF
    16. Tom Dillmann – AVF
    20. Giuseppe Cipriani – Durango
    21. Johnny Cecotto Jnr – RP
    22. Vitor Baptista – RP
    23. Mattihieu Vaxiviere – SMP
    24. Matevox Isaakyan – SMP
    25. Yu Kanumaru – Teo Martin
    26. Beistske Visser – Teo Martin

    I’ll be commentating live on both this weekend’s races from Motorland Aragon for BT Sport including the three 2.0 Eurocup support races so do tune in!

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