Posted: 16 August, 2016

Holden Dumps HRT; Goes With Red Bull

Photo: www.facebook.com/OfficialHoldenRacingTeam

Holden is to stop funding the most successful team in Supercars history but will continue to maintain a factory team in the championship for the next three seasons.

Holden confirmed on Tuesday it will keep funding the Triple Eight Race Engineering entry of Red Bull Racing for the next three years but its backing of Walkinshaw Racing's Holden Racing Team (HRT) will end.

The decision ends a 26-year relationship between the manufacturer and Walkinshaw Racing which delivered six drivers' championships and seven Bathurst 1000 crowns.

Formed in 1990 as the successor to Peter Brock's Holden Dealer Team, HRT won the 1996, 1998 and 1999 titles with Craig Lowndes before Mark Skaife claimed a hat-trick of titles from 2000-02.

Holden says the decision to back Triple Eight over Walkinshaw was based on recent results.

Since switching from Ford to Holden in 2010, Triple Eight have won four of the past five championships and consistently outperformed Walkinshaw's pairing of James Courtney and Garth Tander.

HRT principal Ryan Walkinshaw said despite Holden's decision, he was committed to running a two-car team in 2017.

"We are naturally disappointed but respect Holden's decision," Walkinshaw said.

"Racing is in our blood. We love competition, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to find our way back to the top of Supercars.

"With change comes opportunity, and we are as committed as ever to deliver on the track."

Holden's funding announcement means there will be at least one-factory backed team on the Supercars grid for the next three years.

Swedish giant Volvo will pull its support from Garry Rogers Motorsport at the end of the year while Ford stopped factory-funding in Supercars two years ago.

Nissan is yet to confirm if it will remain in the championship as a factory outfit next year but Holden's decision to commit may help the Japanese brand to stay on board.

Holden chairman Mark Bernhard said the manufacturer would continue to work with Walkinshaw Racing in a non-factory support role but to maintain a presence in Supercars, a decision on funding had to be made.

"We need to look at this from our overall business perspective," Bernhard said.

"We're certainly really excited, we're committing to the sport and I think our fans should be very pleased about that."

As part of the new arrangement, Triple Eight will rebrand their team to Red Bull Holden Racing Team from next season and it will also be responsible for developing, building and racing a next-generation Commodore from 2018.

"We're thrilled and honoured that we've been chosen as the factory team at a time when they're reducing their involvement to the one full team," team principal Roland Dane told AAP.

"We don't underestimate the importance or the value, at all, of their backing."

The news casts further doubt over the future of Tander and Courtney, with both HRT drivers off-contract.

Supercars is delighted to have three more years of Holden commitment and said it would do all it could to support Walkinshaw Racing.

"We will continue to work with Walkinshaw Racing to ensure it remains an integral part of the championship," Supercars chief executive James Warburton said.

"It is one of the most popular teams in our sport and we look forward to them continuing to be part of Supercars for many years to come."

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Posted: 1 August, 2016

Daniel Ricciardo's Embarrassing Joke Backfires At Press Conference

Photo: @F1

Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has celebrated his second place in the German Grand Prix by drinking champagne from his boot on the podium.

However, a joke backfired on him during the post-race press conference when he put on his best Irish accent... only to find out he was speaking to a Scotsman.

“Top of the morning to you Graeme,” he said in his best Irish accent. It's then that he realised Graeme wasn’t Irish at all. Watch the video below. 

Ricciardo Drinks From Boot (Watch the video below)

Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has celebrated his second place in the German Grand Prix by drinking champagne from his boot on the podium.

"That is two weeks in a row I've been on the podium and it is great to have the race back here in Germany," Red Bull's Ricciardo said after coming in behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.

"This is the first double podium for us in over a year and it is awesome to close out the first part of the season like this."

Ricciardo's Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was third, making it the first time the two drivers shared the podium.

Red Bull pushed past Ferrari into second place in the constructors' standings.

Hamilton's win increased his championship lead to 19 points over teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who came fourth on Sunday despite starting from pole.

Sebastian Vettel finished fifth ahead of Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton got off to a super start, moving past Rosberg, who also saw the two Red Bulls leave him behind.

Verstappen overtook Ricciardo from the outside as they raced into the first corner but Ricciardo later regained the second place to finish 6.9 seconds behind Hamilton, who covered the 67 laps on the 4.574km track in 1 hour, 30:44.200 minutes.

"We had two different strategies so I let him by," Verstappen said. "I think we played well as a team."

The Dutch teenager is the only driver to win a race this season apart from Hamilton and Rosberg and finished 13.4 seconds behind Hamilton.

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Tags: Daniel Ricciardo, Formula One

Posted: 20 June, 2016

Daniel Ricciardo Doesn't Know What An Engine Looks Like

Sounds like something you should know mate!

(Image: Getty)

Daniel Ricciardo's wretched run of luck has continued at Formula One's European Grand Prix, with tyres this time costing him a shot at a podium finish.

The 26-year-old Australian sunk to a seventh place finish despite starting on the front row of the grid after he and Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen were forced to switch to a two-stop strategy early in the race at Baku in Azerbaijan.

Ricciardo, had maintained his second spot early but was forced to pit in the seventh lap after his super soft tyres gave way, before again stopping midway through the race for mediums.

"We just had rear tyre issues," Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1.

"We couldn't keep the grip in them and the temperature out of them.

"It was a bit unexpected as we race in some hot places and Singapore for example is one of our stronger venues.

"We didn't expect to suffer with that but that was our biggest limitation and we need to understand why.

"The two-stop strategy wasn't the plan but we were forced into it."

Ricciardo said after the race that rules should be adjusted to give driver's some more assistance while they're out on the road.

“If it’s more than mechanical stuff or, ‘Engine’s doing this, what do I do here?’ then we should be allowed to get instructions,” Ricciardo said.

“I don’t even know what the engine looks like so I need help with that. You think I’m joking.”

It's the fourth time Ricciardo's podium hopes have been dashed by non-driver issues in as many races.

Ricciardo was left livid after the Monaco Grand Prix last month when Red Bull failed to have tyres ready for a pit stop, costing him a maiden victory at the track as he finished second behind Lewis Hamilton.

He also lost time at the Canadian Grand Prix last month due to a fumbled pit stop, while he blamed a mid-race strategy change at the Spanish Grand Prix for costing him a possible victory after he led that race early.

-AAP

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Posted: 22 May, 2016

Horrific Crash Sends Car Flying

This is NUTS.

(Image: YouTube)

Two drivers were taken to hospital following a monstrous clash at the Red Bull Ring in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship on Saturday night.

Ryan Tveter took a turn too fast and went off the track, spinning out into the gravel.

His car was sitting in the middle of the track obscured by dust before being run into by Peter Li Zhi Cong and Pedro Piquet.

Li's car went completely airborne.

He was diagnosed with four fractured vertebrae and broken bones in his heel, while Tveter went to hospital with a badly bruised knee.

You have to see it to believe it.

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Posted: 7 March, 2016

5 Greatest Australian Grand Prix Moments

The Australian Grand Prix is almost here for 2016 - here are some of the highlights over the years from Melbourne and Adelaide.

 1. Michael Schumacher Wins His First Formula One Championship

Hill vs Schumacher 1994 Adelaide Formula 1 GP.

In infamous circumstances Schumacher wins his first F1 Championship by default in Adelaide after a collision with rival Damon Hill that left him in 2nd overall.

2. Mark Webber Comes Fifth On Debut

Mark Webber Finish is home Grand Prix

Superb effort by Mark Webber on his debut after qualifying 8th clawed his way through the field to come fifth.

3. Jensen Button Wins The Australian Grand Prix With Brawn

Jenson Button Wins the Australian Grand Prix with Brawn GP, welcome back

Riding with a basically unknown team, Button pulled off a great win in 2009.

4. The F1 1986 Championship Comes Down To The Wire

Nigel Mansell Tire Explosion At Adelaide 1986

Another championship hung in the balance in Adelaide 1986 with Mansell, Prost and Piquet in contention. Mansell looked like he had it wrapped up but his tyre blew out on lap 64 going 300km/h.

5. McLaren Laps The Whole Field Of The 1998 Grand Prix In Melbourne

F1 1998 Australian GP - Part 8

With some rule changes and a new McLaren design, Coulthard and Hakkinen qualified a second in front of the field and ended up lapping them in the '98 season opener.

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Lastly, the greatest moment in Australian GP history has to be the time Schumacher paid homage to Crocodile Dundee with this outfit in '94.

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Tags: Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Australian Grand Prix, Formula One

Posted: 1 March, 2016

Dubai Closed So Ken Block Can Tear It Up

Gymkhana 8 Annihilates U.A.E.

Ken Block knows a thing or two about Rally X.

Precision to the millimetre, whether doing 5kmp donuts, or over 200kph. 

The man usually hangs out at an aerodrome to sharpen his skills, as Top Gear's James May discovered... FIRST HAND.. lucky bastard 

But now, Ken needs more room. How about Dubai? Clearly, the locals were keen as they shut down one of the world most beautiful cities, just so he can tear it up. This... is nothing short of breathtaking.

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

Michael Schumacher's Health Is "Not Good"

Bad news from reports

Image: Getty

Ex-Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo has confirmed saddening news regarding the condition of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

The former world champion suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013 and has remained in a coma ever since.

“I get news about him constantly, and unfortunately it’s not good,” said Montezemolo on Thursday.

“He was the most successful driver Ferrari ever had. He only suffered one accident in his entire career, in 1999, and it was our fault, not his. Unfortunately, a skiing accident ruined his life.”

Reports initially suggested that Schumacher was at fault for the accident, but Montezemolo denied it:

“It’s not true that Michael wasn’t careful on his skis. When he went off piste, he was always careful,” he added. “More than anything, on skis he was very careful.”

A German magazine titled Bunte announced that the former driver was walking again - claims that were later slammed.

Schumacher's long-term manager Sabine Kehm said specifically about the claims: 

“Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true."

Schumacher won five consecutive titles for Ferrari between 2000-2004.

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Posted: 8 December, 2015

V8 Wags On The Red Carpet

Craig Lowndes has won the Barry Sheene Medal for the best and fairest V8 Supercars driver this season at a gala event in Sydney.

And the lovely ladies turned out to support their driver partners.

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Runner up Craig Lowndes hits the carpet with partner Lara McDonald Photo: #V8SC

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Mark Winterbottom with Natasha Manion Photo: Mark Winterbottom Facebook

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One of the favourite couples of pit lane has arrived at the Gala Awards – it's David Reynolds and Tahan Lew Fatt Photo: #V8SC

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James Courtney and wife Carys have arrived this evening. Photo: #V8SC

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Here's Fabian Coulthard and Becky Lamb Photo: #V8SC

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James Moffat and partner Leah Unsworth Photo: #V8SC

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Last year's Barry Sheene Medalist Scott McLaughlin and partner Teagan Osborne arrive at The Star Photo: #V8SC

Delta meets the Winterbottoms! Photo: #V8SC

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Our six-time champion Jamie Whincup and partner Courtney arrive at The Star Photo: #V8SC

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V8 Supercars couple Will Davison and Riana Crehan arrive for the evening #V8SC Photo: #V8SC

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Tags: V8 Supercars, WAGs

Posted: 4 December, 2015

Stadium Super Trucks Crash

It even hurt us a little bit watching it

This crash happened at the Sydney 500 today, and it was only on the first lap too.

As you can see in the video below, it was absolute chaos. It even hurt us a little bit watching it. 

They should take these things to Bathurst !!!!

Stadium Super Trucks - Race 1 Highlights

Stadium Super Trucks...Insane. #V8SC

Posted by V8 Supercars on Thursday, 3 December 2015

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Posted: 10 October, 2015

Bathurst Rocked By Another Massive Crash

Huge crash on Conrod Straight.

Driver Damien Flack suffered a massive crash during an Aussie Racing Cars event at Bathurst.

Flack was driving along Conrod Straight when his car was clipped by another vehicle.

The car went spinning through the air, tearing panels and doors off the body.

 

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Tags: Bathurst, v8s

Posted: 9 October, 2015

Bathurst Champ Chaz Mostert Crashes During Qualifying

Last years champ involved in a big crash on the top of the mountain.

Qualifying RED FLAG - Chaz Mostert involved in a monster qualifying crash. He is talking with medical staff and on the way to the medical centre. #Bathurst1000

Posted by V8 Supercars on Thursday, October 8, 2015


Last year's Bathurst champ, Chaz Mostert has been involved in a massive crash during qualifying.

While going through his paces, Mostert has clipped a wall at the top of Mount Panorama arond 'Skyline' and then went into a wall completely destroying one side of his Pepsi Max Falcon FG X.

Reports have come out that the ambulance and medics have come out and that Mostert was taken away on a strecher, however, it is believed that his aren't life threatening.

The V8 Supercars website is reporting that Mostert has a "suspected broken leg", if that's true his Bathurst campaign is certainly over.

This follows the action of the day as Jamie Whincup set a Bathurst lap time record today with a historic 2min 04.909 around the mountain.

More updates as they come through.


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Tags: Chaz Mostert, V8 Supercars, Bathurst 1000

Posted: 13 April, 2015

Hamilton, Rosberg Argue Post-Race!

Mercedes teammates involved in a war of words post-Chinese Grand Prix

(Watch from the 40-second mark Video: Sky Sports) 

Lewis Hamilton roared to victory at the Chinese Grand Prix but sparked a furious blast from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg as their long-running feud reignited on Sunday.  Watch the full video above from the 40-second mark.

The Briton made it two wins out of three races this year after the cars came home behind the safety car, with Rosberg second and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finishing in third. 

Rosberg, who reacted petulantly to his near-miss in qualifying by snapping at mechanics, at one point demanded over the radio that Hamilton speed up as Vettel closed in behind him. 

"I wasn't controlling his race, I was controlling my own race," shrugged Hamilton, when asked about orders to pick up his pace. "I had no real threat from Nico through the whole race." 

An infuriated Rosberg shot back: "It's interesting to hear from you, Lewis, that you were just thinking about yourself. 

"Driving slower than was really necessary at the beginning of stints opened up the opportunity for Sebastian to try to jump me," added the German, still hopping mad. 

"It compromised my race." 

World champion Hamilton extended his record number of wins in China to four, but victory was overshadowed by his latest spat with Rosberg. 

"It's not my job to look after Nico's race," insisted Hamilton, when offered the chance to respond to Rosberg's accusation. 

"My job is to manage the car and bring the car home as healthy and as fast as possible. And that's what I did." 

The pair's rivalry boiled over last year when Rosberg drove into Hamilton in Belgium, and Mercedes will be anxious to avoid any further bad blood spilling over to next weekend's Bahrain race. 

Vettel, who stunned dominant Mercedes to win in tropical Malaysia two weeks ago, failed to produce another upset as the Silver Arrows resumed normal service, but he held off teammate Kimi Raikkonen to finish on the podium. 

Hamilton was cruising almost five seconds ahead of Rosberg until Max Verstappen's Torro Rosso stopped on the pit straight two laps from the end, bringing out the safety car. 

"The safety car at the end wasn't helpful for anyone because it's an anti-climax," said Hamilton, whose only trouble of a near-flawless weekend was an overheating cockpit. 

"Ultimately it was a much smoother weekend than the last race." 

Starting from pole, Hamilton darted aggressively into turn one and immediately began to take control. 

Twenty laps in, Rosberg tetchily told his team: "Tell Lewis to speed up." 

Hamilton, who had been protecting his tyres, obliged and quickly established a comfortable gap over Rosberg that would prove impossible to close. 

"We tried everything we could today," said Vettel. "We were able to put some pressure on them, especially in the beginning of the race. Towards the end they were just too quick." 

Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished fifth and sixth respectively, with Romain Grosjean's Lotus seventh and Sauber's Felipe Nasr eighth. 

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Marcus Ericsson in the other Sauber rounded out the top 10. 

McLaren's Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso both finished a race together for the first time this year but have yet to win a point in 2015. 

Alonso finished 12th but Button was given a five-second penalty for colliding with Lotus's Pastor Maldonado, demoting him from 13th to 14th.

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Tags: Motorsport, Formula 1, F1