June 16, 2014

Watch As An Idiot Civilian Drives On Track During A Race

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 1:00 PM

Every now and again somebody thinks of an idea for which they think is awesome, cool, brave, or a combination of all. For 22-year old Jack Cottle of England, such was the case when he decided to take his little Volkswagen Polo onto the Brands Hatch race track during the final 30-minutes of the Fun Cup race. Not only is doing such a thing incredibly dangerous due to the nature of motorsports, but other than getting some high-fives and having one’s video go viral – there is no sane reason for doing so.

The video above shows the Polo entering the track during mid-race amongst a pack of race cars and the announcer sounding confused when spotting the white hatchback. Furthermore, what is most alarming is that the Polo wasn’t just occupied by the driver Cottle, but also two passengers – a friend taking video from the back seat and his girlfriend riding shotgun.

Everyday safety improvements are made in motorsports both for drivers, pit crew, and spectators, but it is antics like these that make those wanting to shut things down take a step back and take a closer look. Hopefully the driver Cottle and passengers get a nice slap from the Kent police for their actions. Take this as a lesson for those looking to live out the YOLO tag line: it’s true that “You Only Live Once” just don’t make that be the case for others!

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May 21, 2014

Doran Racing Set For Battle at Lime Rock

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 12:00 PM

Cincinnati-based Doran Racing will send two Nissan 370Zs into battle in a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race this Saturday, headlining the holiday weekend schedule at Lime Rock, a picturesque track in the foothills of Connecticut’s Berkshire Mountains.  The team is looking to build on two top five finishes in a row when they take to the grid this weekend.

Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Virginia and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, Ohio will drive the team’s #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC.  The team’s #41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z is co-driven by two former series champions from Toronto: John Farano and David Empringham.

Unlike most of the series’ other events, the Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) classes will run two separate races at Lime Rock due to the small dimensions of the 1.5-mile, seven-turn road course. Doran Racing competes in the GS division, and its race is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:15 p.m. ET Saturday. Its two Nissans will be part of a 26-car field in the two-hour-and-30-minute race at the iconic track.

Series veteran Zacharias may have put it best when he suggested that Lime Rock is road racing’s version of stock car racing’s Bristol Motor Speedway. He also said it may be the most difficult race in the series. “It’s a short, narrow track with extremely close competition and limited passing zones, so hang on kids; it may be a bumpy ride,” said Zacharias.

Zacharias knows the circuit well, as he attended his first Skip Barber Racing School there many years ago, and one of his uncles was Lime Rock’s track manager in the late 80s and early 90s.

Both Zacharias and Jaeger spoke about how easy it is to go a lap down at Lime Rock.

“Unfortunately it’s not hard to go down a lap. One little hiccup on anything, and before you can blink twice it can happen,” said Zacharias.

“Lime Rock is an incredibly short track,” said Jaeger.  “The lap times are closer to those you would see on an oval track than a road-racing circuit, which means it is easy to find yourself a lap down if you have problems.  I think it’s going to be important to run a clean, quick race for the first two hours and then fight the last 30 minutes.”

Although Farano and Empringham didn’t compete in this particular event last year, they have fond memories of the track.  In 2012, they clinched the CTSCC championship there as teammates.

“John has also run Lime Rock several times in Ferrari Challenge and has done quite well, so we really are hoping for a strong run for the Tower Events Nissan,” said Empringham.  “We are hoping for a few BOP [balance of performance/rules] adjustments going into Lime Rock, but we do believe the short track should suit the Nissan.”

“I’m hopeful that some of the developments we have made on the car will help us at the track this year,” said Jaeger.  “There are definitely a few corners where the Nissan 370Z shines at Lime Rock, but our goal is to get a good overall balance with the car around the whole track.”

Nissan had great results at the most-recent race on May 3 at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with three cars in the top six.

“We’re hoping for another top-seven finish,” said Zacharias. “A top-five would be outstanding.”

All the drivers hope to run the entire race clean.

“Although I find it fun to have the giant fields of ST and GS together, Lime Rock Park is so small that it’s nice to have the split races,” said Empringham. “Overall, John and I have had our fair share of bad luck this year, and we are really hoping to get our first podium of the year at Lime Rock.”

Another challenge will be the lack of time on the track prior to the race. The weekend schedule shows just two 25-minute practice sessions at 11:25 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. on Friday before qualifying is held at 5:10 p.m. that day. Live timing and scoring of those sessions as well as Saturday’s races will be available on imsa.com.

After Lime Rock, the series appears at Kansas Speedway on June 7 and Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on June 28-29.

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May 20, 2014

86 & BRZ WORLD VIP Track Day | May 18, 2014

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

86 & BRZ WORLD VIP Track Day | May 18, 2014
Shannonville Motorsports Park
Shannonville, Ontario, Canada
May 18th, 2014

While most were enjoying the Victoria Day long weekend (in Canada), the BRZ World crew hosted a VIP track day for those looking to shake off the cob webs and run down their sporty coupes. As expected there were plenty of Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ cars on hand, as well as some other ones including an EVO and Supra.

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The track day started like most with cars arriving early and unloading rims, tires, driving gear, and tools in the pit lane. The good thing about running a track event with like-make / model cars is that everyone is in the same boat resulting in a helping hand when needed and spare parts during boo-boos!

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The green flag was out and that mean one thing, it was time to shake down the hottest and most affordable sportscar to come out of Japan.

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Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ… two different machines, but share the same bones and bloodline.

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There truly is nothing quite like watching a fairly underpowered car like these 200hp coupes carve corners at Shannonville. As the saying goes, “Straight roads are for fast cars, corners are for fast drivers!” – remember that!

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The best part of any race course is getting back onto the main straight and opening the taps, especially of the 2.0-liter Subaru boxer engine found in both cars.

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The man behind BRZ World also got his hands behind the wheel of his coupe. This thing not only looks fast, it is… and that’s just the beginning of his mod game.

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For those that have never driven either the Scion or Subaru in spirited fashion, do so. The one thing you’ll quickly realize is how (surprisingly) flat it stays throughout the corners. For a car priced at $25k, there truly is nothing more fun.

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World Rally Blue BRZ tearing it up and coming back onto the straightaway. The colour is usually reserved for the covetted WRX STI model, but BRZ owners can’t resist.

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By late afternoon, the sun started going down and track temps as well. A great time had by and all thankfully no causalities of any kind other than some tire sidewalls getting rounded. A big thanks go out to Barrington of BRZ World and all the participants for coming out!

Photos: Ben Fry (AMF)

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April 23, 2014

Watch NISMO’s GT-R Overtake 18 Cars In One Lap at Monza

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

There have been several epic one-lap overtakes throughout the years in motorsports with the most famous one being that of Aryton Senna at Donington under the rain during the 1993 GP of Europe. Well now there’s another and it is that of Al Buncombe in the NISMO GT-R GT3 running in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series. During the opening lap at the Monza circuit, Buncombe passes an assortment of cars ranging from Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, Mercedes-benz, BMW, Jaguar, and others climbing up 17 positions. From starting at the back of the pack in 32nd of a 44 car grid, it didn’t take long to slice through the field. The GT-R is setup perfectly and so is the driver who came from Nissan’s GT Academy launched in 2008 – taking Grand Turismo (video game) competitors to the race track and proving that anything truly is possible.

Check out the in car view for what will surely be a lap to remember in the history books of motorsports!

Video: Nismo Channel

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April 4, 2014

The Best of Formula 1 Engine Sounds!

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 11:00 AM

With the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix starting in just over an hour (practice session), it seems fitting to showcase some of the best engine sounds throughout the years. Formula One is a racing series that truly pushes automotive engineering innovation. From the early days of the V6 turbocharged engines to the more modern changes to V10, V12, and most recently the V8 – it makes enthusiasts such as myself miss these signature sounds. For 2014, the Formula One engines are now back to the V6 turbocharged setup and many have complained of the lack of sound from them during the race. In fact, the sounds from these new engines is more similar to that of a turbine engine minus the thrust growl leaving it lack luster in the ears of many. Okay so lap times are still impressive, but has the motorsport suffered from this essential element of the five senses?

Turn up your speakers and enjoy the harmony of little engine angels!

Video: Marchettino

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April 2, 2014

The Best Shooting Flames Moments From TRC!

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

There is nothing that gets a gear head more excited like a kid at a candy store than watching a car shoot flames from the exhaust. In fact, it doesn’t even matter if it’s a boosted Honda Civic or an ultra rare Lamborghini – they’re just damn cool! Thanks to the folks at ThatRacingChannel they’ve compiled some great clips from their videos of cars breathing like pissed off dragons from 1,000+ horsepower Supras to twin-turbocharged Gallardos. Note to the green-thumb-earthy-crunchy-eco-crowd, this is video will probably bring you to tears… #SorryNotSorry!

Full screen it, turn up the sound, and don’t wipe that smile off your face!

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March 21, 2014

Top Gear UK’s Ayrton Senna Tribute

Aryton Senna is without question one of the greatest racing car drivers of all time, if not the greatest. It has been nearly two decades since his horrific crash at the San Marino Grand Prix and today would have been his 54th birthday. As a three-time Formula One champion, Senna’s influence of always pushing the limits of ‘man and machine’ as well as his his overall good nature is something which still rings true even to this day. Not too long ago, Jeremy Clarkson and the crew at Top Gear UK did a tribute piece on the Brazilian racing legend. It is only fitting that we commemorate this day to the man and legend that he was.

“By being a racing driver you are under risk all the time. By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win. And the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory, it’s not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th. I race to win as long as I feel it’s possible. Sometimes you get it wrong? Sure, it’s impossible to get it right all the time. But I race designed to win, as long as I feel I’m doing it right.” – Aryton Senna (Interview at the 1990 Australian Grand Prix, November 1990)

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March 11, 2014

Ducati MotoGP Team Testing in Sepang

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

If you’re a fan of Ducati especially in the MotoGP racing series, here’s a little teaser which will get you itching for the season to begin. The 2014 Ducati MotoGP Team compiled some video during their testing session at Sepang. The race bikes aren’t sporting any colourful liveries just yet, but that doesn’t take away at the sheer awesomeness of watching these machines get low as they carve through the corners.

Be sure to turn your speakers up and full screen this vid!

Video: Ducati

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