Van der Mark lights up the desert in Qatar

Van der Mark lights up the desert in Qatar

Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea set the second fastest combined time in this evening’s three free practice sessions at Losail International Circuit in Qatar in preparation for Sunday’s title-deciding final round of the 2014 World Superbike championship.

Rea was just 0.1s behind this evening’s provisional pole sitter, Davide Giugliano, with Sylvain Guintoli, the only rider able to prevent Tom Sykes winning his second championship on Sunday, third. Sykes ended the day eighth fastest.

Today was the first time that the series has been run under floodlights and Rea, 27, got off to a blinding start to set the fastest time in Free Practice 1. His Pata Honda team-mate Leon Haslam was 10th in that session but fifth fastest in FP2, with Rea fourth.

SWR Caterham Targeting Consistent Winter Series Challenge

SWR Caterham Targeting Consistent Winter Series Challenge

Successful BRDC Formula 4 Championship squad SWR Caterham F1 Driver Development Programme Team is confident of a major push for honours in the 2014 Winter Series when the eight race series gets underway next weekend, 8th/9th November, at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk.

BTCC Support Series Champions Test a Motorbase built BTCC Touring Car

BTCC Support Series Champions Test a Motorbase built BTCC Touring Car

MSA Formula Ford Championship of GB Jayde Kruger and Clio Cup Champion Mike Bushell got the chance to test the BTCC racing Ford Focus ST on Wednesday with advice from multi race winner, Mat Jackson.

If you think you have heard that name before, you are right. In 2013 he had a one-off appearance in the BTCC competing in a Chevrolet Cruze at Knockhill. He was excited to see the new, next generation Motorbase built touring car.

Würth with Pata Honda in 2014

Würth with Pata Honda in 2014

As the 2014 World Superbike and World Supersport championships head to their respective conclusions this weekend at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, the Pata Honda team pays tribute to one of its essential partners – Würth Tools.

In this short video, the team’s technical co-ordinator, Pieter Breddels, explains just how important a quality choice of tools is and it’s easy to see how the team’s mechanics simply couldn’t do their jobs without them after the jump.

Sponsored Video – Rinaldo Capello test-driver for Audi has a new competitor. But who is it?

Sponsored Video – Rinaldo Capello test-driver for Audi has a new competitor. But who is it?

  Rinaldo “Dindo” Capello started his racing career driving go-karts; he would end his career, a three time Le Mans winner. Over his amazing 12 year career, Dindo experienced it all and has raced against some of the best racers in motor sport. All of this experience has translated Dindo’s move into Audi’s Test driver. … Continued

Matteo Cairoli wins talent search and tackles Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Matteo Cairoli wins talent search and tackles Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

The Italian race driver Matteo Cairoli is the winner of the Porsche International Cup Scholarship challenge. The 18 year old receives funding of 200,000 Euro toward his 2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign. In addition, Cairoli receives support on his path to a professional racing career. The former Porsche works driver Sascha Maassen accompanies him to all race weekends as a driver coach. Moreover, he will mentored in the fields of fitness, media relations and psychological training. At the shootout in Valencia, Spain, Cairoli managed to beat eight other candidates from international Porsche brand trophy series.

Over two days, all candidates had a chance to demonstrate their aptitude both on and off the race track. Fast laps on the “Circuit Ricardo Tormo”, technical understanding of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and compelling interviews were just some of the skills and accomplishments expected from the aspirants. The level of driving ability of the nine drivers from eight countries was very high. But ultimately it was Matteo Cairoli, nominated by Porsche Carrera Cup Italia, who proved the most convincing.

Honda announces rider line-up for the 2015 British Superbike Championship

Honda announces rider line-up for the 2015 British Superbike Championship

Honda (UK) has announced the rider line-up for its full-time return to the British Superbike Championship in 2015. The two-man Honda Racing squad will include Australian rider Jason O’Halloran and Yorkshireman Dan Linfoot, who will both compete aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in the premier BSB class.

Jason O’Halloran remains with Honda for a fifth season, making the move up to the Superbike category having previously competed for the manufacturer in the British Supersport and the National Superstock 1000 championships. O’Halloran ended the 2014 season as runner-up in the Superstock championship having put in an impressively consistent performance, finishing on the podium in 10 out of 12 races aboard the new Fireblade SP machine

O’Halloran will be joined in the Honda Racing line-up by Dan Linfoot, who was one of six riders to reach the 2014 BSB Showdown, eventually finishing in fifth place overall. Linfoot has been competing in BSB since 2010, accumulating sound knowledge and experience of the championship and its circuits, which he’ll be looking to put to good use as he aims to fight with the front-runners in 2014.

Pata Honda World Supersport riders relish desert challenge

Pata Honda World Supersport riders relish desert challenge

Michael van der Mark and his Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti are looking forward to the 11th and final round of the 2014 World Supersport championship which takes place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar this weekend (31 October – 2 November).

Van der Mark, who turned 22 last Sunday, secured the 2014 title in round nine of the series at Jerez in Spain at the beginning of September. Such has been this season’s form of the new World Supersport champion that, apart from sliding off in the opening round at Phillip Island in Australia, the Dutch ace has finished no lower than second in the nine races since, notching up five race wins along the way.

Zanetti, 27, has not quite been able to match his team-mate’s pace and consistency this season but he took a well-earned and popular victory of his own in his home race at Imola in May. The Italian is still in with a chance of securing third place in the championship standings but needs a maximum points haul in this final round.

China next for Championship-Chasing Toyota Racing

China next for Championship-Chasing Toyota Racing

TOYOTA Racing aims to extend its lead of the FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend in the Six Hours of Shanghai, the sixth of eight rounds this season.

The team heads to China on the back of a dominant one-two victory at Fuji, its third consecutive win on home soil, which saw TOYOTA establish an eight-point lead in the manufacturers’ World Championship.

Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi, drivers of the #8 TS040 HYBRID, extended their lead in the drivers’ standings to 26 points with their third win of the season.

They will again race together alone in the #8. Nicolas Lapierre will again be absent.

Based on its experience in Fuji, the team considers it is the best option to continue with a two-driver line-up of Anthony and Sébastien in Shanghai and for the remaining races of the season.

Accelerate becomes digital partner of Sahara Force India

Accelerate becomes digital partner of Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India Formula One Team is delighted to announce a new partnership with Accelerate, a brand of the Crash Media Group, a leading motorsport editorial group with an involvement in Formula One dating back to 1999.

The partnership will see Accelerate become the team’s official Digital Partner and spearhead the development of the team’s new, cutting-edge website for the 2015 season onwards, while the Accelerate logo will be featured on team assets such as garage interiors and the media wall.

Accelerate’s vision for the new Sahara Force India home on the web will bring a revolution to the team’s digital offering. The new site, integrating the team’s social media presence with a thriving and growing community of fans, is to become a hub of online activity aiming to bridge the gap between the team and its supporters.