Posted: 27 September, 2016

V8 Supercars Find Home In Newcastle

Supercars will race through the streets of Newcastle under a deal to make the NSW city the host of the season-ending V8 Supercars race.

The first race, which take in several of the city's landmarks including Nobbys Beach and Fort Scratchley, will take place in November 2017.

"The Hunter has thousands of Supercars fans who now have an event to call their own," Premier Mike Baird said on Tuesday.

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Posted: 19 September, 2016

Grand Prix Marshall's Game Of Chicken With A 360kmph F1 Car

The Singapore Grand Prix turned into a game of chicken with an F1 car for one race marshall.

The marshall had been clearing debris from opening lap Singapore GP crash and despite the safety car being called in, the marshall was still on track

He was forced to sprint off circuit to avoid 360kmph collision.

 

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Posted: 29 August, 2016

Daniel Ricciardo Makes Mark Webber Drop A Shoey On Belgian Grand Prix Podium

#shoeysallround

The smile is back on Daniel Ricciardo's face.

After a tough start to the Formula One season, which saw him struggle for form, watch a teenager upstaging him and then berate his own team, the Australian driver has now secured three straight podium finishes.

His second place at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday was full of the composure that the 27-year-old Australian showed in his first season with Red Bull in 2014, when he won three races, finished on the podium five more times and outperformed four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

Ricciardo engaged in some podium antics with fellow Aussie Mark Webber...

Webber was interviewing the top three after Sunday's race when Ricciardo took off one of his racing shoes and asked Webber to drink some Champagne out of it.

Webber refused, then changed his mind as Ricciardo broke out into raucous laughter watching him sipping the bubbly out of his shoe.

"I think we just made our country even prouder," he said to Webber, while race winner Nico Rosberg and Hamilton looked on.

Ricciardo is third in the F1 standings behind the Mercedes pair.

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Tags: Daniel Ricciardo, Grand Prix

Posted: 27 August, 2016

Courtney Delivers For HRT In Supercars

After the pain of losing Holden's factory support, James Courtney's podium finish at Sydney Motorsport Park was just what his team needed.

The Holden Racing Team star secured a much-needed boost on Saturday in the team's first race since Holden confirmed it would end its 26-year partnership with HRT.

Courtney passed Ford pair Chaz Mostert and Scott Pye with a move early in the race, which Mark Skaife labelled the "pass of the year", and didn't look back.

It's Courtney's first podium at his hometown track, having grown up down the highway in Penrith.

It's also a big personal moment after Courtney suffered serious injuries in a pit-lane accident in 2015, which forced him to miss three events last year and left him to deal with lifelong pain.

But the 2010 Supercars champion had more praise for his team than for himself after the race.

"It's a great job by the guys ... it was great team effort," Courtney said.

"The mood's good, especially now.

"We're all big boys. Holden's been a sponsor of the team for a very long period of time but unfortunately it's business. We're all grown-ups.

"We've just got to make sure we can put someone else in place and push on."

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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: 10 March, 2016

7 Reasons to Become an F1 Driver

It’s the best job in the world

Your job SUCKS because you don’t get paid to drive a Formula 1 car.

Here are a list of reasons why you should become an F1 driver. We’ve assumed that you would take your work home with you and drive your car everywhere.

See why you need to quit your job

Posted: 9 March, 2016

6 Awesome Things at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

F1s are good but a lot of cool stuff goes on at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

We can all agree that the Grand Prix is all about the F1s. But if you’ve been to the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, you’d know there’s so much more going on.

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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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