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Jordan King is crowned British F3 Champion at the Nürburgring

Jordan King

The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series saw Carlin’s Jordan King take the 2013 championship title at the Nürburgring this past weekend, amid a dramatic series of events for his nearest challenger.

Qualifying saw points leader King top the times, taking pole position for races one and three. Second on the grid was King’s main championship rival, Fortec’s Will Buller, who kept King on his toes throughout the session as the two traded times.

Saturday’s first race of the weekend saw Jordan King dominate while his main championship contender suffered a disastrous blow. Before the race had even begun Will Buller was in trouble as his Fortec machine bellowed out smoke. Buller was rushed back to the pitlane as the field was forced to take a second formation lap before lining up once again.

From the start King made the most of this golden opportunity Read the rest of this entry »

Champions crowned at Blancpain 1000

Blancpain Endurance Series

The Blancpain Endurance Series has seen many new champions crowned at the final race of the season, the Blancpain 1000 six hour race at the Nürburgring in Germany.

Taking the Pro Cup drivers’ title was Maximilian Buhk, who along with team-mates Bernd Schneider and Maximilian Götz, took the race victory. A late-race brake pad change for their HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG SLS allowed the Marc VDS Racing Team Mercedes SLS AMG of title rivals Bas Leinders, Maxime Martin and Yelmer Buurman to take the lead, forcing Maximilian Buhk to perform a sensational pass on Maxime Martin for the championship title.

Up until the brake pad issue the HTP Mercedes AMG SLS had not been challenged in the race and, after pitting, stormed back into the lead, finishing 18 seconds ahead of the Marc VDS Racing BMW Z4 to with enough points to claim the drivers’ title for Buhk. Taking the Pro Cup teams’ championship silverware was the Marc VDS Racing Team. They out-scored Belgian Audi Club Team WRT to be crowned 2013 Champions. Rounding out the podium was the ART Grand Prix entered McLaren MP4-12C driven by Andy Soucek, Mike Parisy and Antoince Leclerc.

Speaking about the race and taking he Pro Cup title, a delighted Maximilian Buhk said Read the rest of this entry »

Blancpain Endurance Series set for Nürburgring showdown

Blancpain Endurance Series

The 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series season comes to a conclusion this weekend at Nürburgring in Germany. The Blancpain 1000, a 1000kms/maximum 6-hour test in the Eifel Mountains, will crown this year’s champions in both the Pro Cup and Pro-Am categories to join the already settled Gentlemen Trophy winners.

The conclusion to this year’s season sees eleven entries still mathematically capable of taking the Pro Cup drivers crown. With four winning manufacturers from four rounds already held, the destination of the 2013 titles is difficult to predict.

In the Pro Cup category points will be awarded on an enhanced basis for this maximum six-hour/1000kms race. With 33pts for the win it ensures that heading in to this final race of the season, challengers from as far as 15th position in the title chase can still take the title.

The top four in the Pro Cup drivers table are covered by a just Read the rest of this entry »

British F3 prepares for season finale at the Nürburgring

British F3

The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series heads to the Nürburgring this coming weekend, where three 30-minute races will decide which of the three remaining major title contenders will emerge 2013 British F3 Champion.

The shortened four-round 2013 season has seen fast and often frantic racing, and over the course of visits to Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Brands Hatch, a closely fought battle has developed amongst a trio of racers from the top teams in the series; Fortec Motorsports, Double R Racing and reigning champions, Carlin.

Arriving in Germany with the championship lead is Carlin’s Jordan King (118 pts). King heads the series standings by just three points from Fortec’s Will Buller (115pts).

Also still in title contention is Read the rest of this entry »

Double R hope to end British F3 season on a high at the Nürburgring

Double R

Germany’s Nürburgring will host the final three rounds of the 2013 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series this weekend (21st/22nd September), where Double R Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi will have an opportunity to challenge for the title in only his first season in the series.

Antonio is currently third in the driver standings, and within 21 points of the British F3 series lead, going into the final event of the 2013 British F3 season, with two race victories and three further podiums under his belt so far. The 19-year-old Italian will return to the German track where he was in action last month in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Giovinazzi has impressed in his rookie year in F3 with Double R, and although he faces a tough challenge to try and bid for the title, team principal Anthony Hieatt is sure Giovinazzi will deliver a series of strong performances at the weekend.

“It’s still all to play for”, said Hieatt, “Antonio has had a fantastic first year and the experience he gained at the Nürburgring in the European championship can only work in his favour. Ideally, we’d love to end the British season with a couple more wins and although the title is a bit of a long shot, we’ll be giving it our all Read the rest of this entry »

Ferrari & Lamborghini take GT1 wins at the Nürburgring

GT1 AF Corse Ferrari

The AF Corse Ferrari of Toni Vilander and Filip Salaquarda, and the Reiter Lamborghini pairing of Stefan Rosina and Peter Kox, came away with the spoils from this past weekend’s FIA GT1 World Championship races at the Nürburgring.

In Saturday’s Qualifying Race it was Stefan Rosina and Peter Kox who brought their Reiter Lamborghini to a maiden victory of the season in an incident-filled race. The Reiter team did an excellent job at the pit stop to propel the No.25 Lamborghini from fourth to the lead when Kox took over the controls from Rosina.

However, it was a bitter-sweet afternoon for Reiter Lamborghini. The safety car was required after the sister No.24 Reiter Lamborghini of Jeroen Bleekemolen made heavy contact with the tyre barriers at the Schumacher S on the opening lap. The car suffered major damage, resulting in an early retirement for Bleekemolen, who was making his debut in the 2012 championship, and co-driver Mike Parisy, who began the season at the wheel of a Porsche. Read the rest of this entry »

FIA GT1 previews Nürburgring weekend

GT1 Mercedes SLS

The FIA GT1 World Championship arrives at the Nürburgring circuit this weekend, 22-23 September, for the penultimate round of the 2012 season. The German round is expected to have a major impact on drivers’ and team’s championships. The Nürburgring is also the home event for two of the main title protagonists.

The German circuit presents many challenges for drivers, with its mix of high and low speed corners including the fast NGK chicane, which will be used for the GT1 round. The region’s fickle weather also has a habit of throwing up surprises for engineers seeking the ideal set-up.

It will be the second visit to the Nürburgring for the GT1 World Championship, the circuit having staged the sixth round of the inaugural season in 2010. This season’s drivers’ battle is tight with the Vita4One Racing BMW pair of Michael Bartels and Yelmer Buurman on 127 points, leading the Münnich Motorsport Mercedes German duo Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock by just six points. Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan GT Academy star takes British GT pole position at Nürburgring

British GT Nissan GT-R

Less than a year after he first stepped into a racing car and Jann Mardenborough has taken a pole position for the first of this weekend’s British GT races (race 3 of the Championship) at the Nürburgring. This is also the first pole position for the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car.

What makes Jann’s performance even more spectacular is that this is the first time he has been to the Nürburgring. As the newest recruit to Nissan’s roster of GT Academy graduates, Jann has a lot to live up to, and results like this are proof of the success of the Academy programme.

“Jann’s performance today was exemplary,” said GT Academy Team RJN boss, Bob Neville. “He did exactly what I would have expected from a seasoned professional. We waited a moment or two at the start of the session then sent him and he was straight on the pace. To take pole with time to spare just shows the level Jann is at now.”

“I’m feeling pretty good at the moment,” said Jann. “That’s my first proper pole position as a professional racing driver. I had to work hard for it though. We tried a few things during free practice and going into qualifying we thought we would be okay but the car felt better than ever so I went for it!” Read the rest of this entry »