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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Coulthard tops Race 13 qualifying

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Limited tire supplies for the US trip placed a premium on getting the fastest lap possible as quickly as possible in qualifying for the first race of the Austin 400, Race 13 of the V8 Supercars season Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) took the pole with a time of 1:32.5934, more than 0.3 sec faster than the fastest time set in practice (Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden 1:32.5934). Lowndes teammate Jamie Whincup was second quick...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Practice 4, Lowndes drops the hammer

Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden), who after the first couple of practices wondered if teams would use new tires to try to post better times, threw some on his ride and blew Scott McLaughlin’s (Fujitsu Racing GRM, Holden) then-best practice time of 1:34.2269 away, posting a 1:32.9042. A number of other teams followed suit, with the Top 10 fastest times all in the 1:33s. Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford) was second quickest, 0.3361 sec off Lowndes pace. Garth Tander (...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Van Gisbergen tops Practice 3; tire wear comes into play

Shane van Gisbergen (TEKNO Team VIP, Holden) continued to shine in practice for V8 Supercars Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas, topping Practice 3 after being third quickest in Practice 1 and second in Practice 2. Van Gisbergen’s time of 1:34.5358 was roughly 0.31 sec off the fastest practice time of the two earlier sessions, posted by Scott McLaughlin (Fujitsu Racing GRM, Holden) in the second session. Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden), the fastest driver in Practice 1, was ...

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Formula 1 2013: Spanish Grand Prix - Ferrari 1, 3; Kimi takes second

Photo: Sky Sports Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) came into the race weekend with momentum, having won two of the three previous races. But in order to take the top step on the podium again he was going to have to overcome recent history at Circuit de Catalunya, where the last 12 race winners have come from the front row of the field. Mercedes locked down positions 1 and 2 (Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton respectively), the second time the manufacturer has done so since its return in 2010. Vettel...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Whincup rules Perth

Three-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) won both Sunday races at the Chill Perth 360, reinforcing the championship lead he took Saturday. He won the first race of the day over Team BOC's Jason Bright (Holden) and Pepsi Max Crew's Mark Winterbottom (Ford). He scored the double in by beating teammate Craig Lowndes with Bright third. Whincup’s focus now turns to the series US debut at the Circuit of the Americas, May 17-19. "Going to Texas is going t...

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Formula 1 2013: Bahrain Grand Prix - Vettel wins, Lotus ascendant

Photo: Getty Images Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) took pole position, the second of his career and the first back-to-back Mercedes P1 starts since 1956, Lewis Hamilton having started from the front in China. Force India, meanwhile, acquitted itself very well by locking down Row 3 (Paul di Resta P5, Adrian Sutil P6), its best-ever qualifying effort. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Ferrari teammates Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were sandwiched between in P2, 3, and 4 respectively. Massa was the sol...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Bright shines in Auckland

APP, with additional reporting by Chris Smith Jason Bright (Holden) took the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy as best overall driver of the weekend home to Brad Jones Racing after winning the fourth and final race of V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland. The trophy is named in honor of the Kiwi V8 driver who died from cancer in 2011. Bright was a close friend and former teammate of Richards at BJR and was choked with emotion after stepping out of his Commodore. Richards’ wife, Charlotte, presente...

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Formula 1 2013: Chinese Grand Prix - Alonso wins, Raikkonen P2

  Photo: AFP Lewis Hamilton won his first pole since moving to Mercedes during the off-season, joined on the front row by Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus). Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) qualified third and fourth respectively. Tire wear was a theme throughout practice and qualifying, with the soft option tires degrading in as quickly as 3 laps but being substantially faster when new. This wear rate saw both Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull, P9) and Jenson Button (McLaren, P8) go o...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Coulthard tames Tasmania

By APP (additional editing, Chris Smith) A spectacular 160 kph head-on crash almost brought an end to the final race of the V8 Supercars round at Symmons Plains, Tasmania, before Fabian Coulthard (Team BOC and Lockwood Racing Holden Commodore, former F1 driver David Coulthard’s second cousin) broke through for his second win of the weekend on Sunday.  The incident happened when young Commodore driver Scott Pye's (Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, ekol Racing) brakes failed and he speared i...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Circuit of the Americas May 17-19

Photo: VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool Australian V8 Supercars will debut at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin May 17-19. The series’ first US race, the V8 Supercars Austin 400, will feature 4 x 100 km races rune on COTA’s shorter 2.3 mile circuit, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. A qualifying session will be held each morning. Former Aussie Champion and NASCAR stalwart Marcos Ambrose said the short track was ideally suited to his former category and he looked forward to w...

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