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British System 1 rookie Lando Norris happy with debut race – NEWPAPER24



British System 1 rookie Lando Norris happy with debut race

2019-03-17 14:32:56

British System 1 rookie Lando Norris happy along with his efficiency after spectacular qualifying and 12th place end at debut Grand Prix in Australia

  • British driver Lando Norris participated in his debut System 1 Grand Prix
  • He had a formidable qualification however may solely handle 12th within the race
  • Regardless, he’s proud of the consequence and looking out ahead to the following race 

British rookie Lando Norris couldn’t observe up his spectacular qualification with a factors end at his debut Grand Prix in Australia.

The 19-year-old surpassed the expectations of many when he put his McLaren in eighth place in Melbourne, out-qualifying established System One names like Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg and team-mate Carlos Sainz.

However Norris misplaced a couple of locations on the primary lap at Albert Park and was then caught in a midfield practice, winding up 12th.

Lando Norris is happy along with his efficiency in the course of the race on the Grand Prix in Australia

It was the Brit's debut Grand Prix. He had an impressive qualifying and a 12th placed finish

It was the Brit’s debut Grand Prix. He had a formidable qualifying and a 12th positioned end

Norris lost a few places on the first lap and then ended up in a midfield train until the finish

Norris misplaced a couple of locations on the primary lap after which ended up in a midfield practice till the end

He mentioned: ‘I bought caught behind (Antonio) Giovinazzi within the center, I simply did not get previous him as shortly as I ought to have executed.

‘It isn’t particular I might have gotten high 10 however it might have given me a significantly better likelihood to remain forward of (Daniil) Kvyat and Lance (Stroll).

‘It is only a disgrace I misplaced the observe place after which could not have a battle or battle for a top-10 place.’

However he mentioned he was happy along with his efficiency in his maiden Grand Prix.

‘Coming into this race, I positively didn’t count on a Q3 that is a really optimistic, a really massive optimistic for myself and the workforce,’ he mentioned.

‘Nonetheless, P12 within the race, contemplating and now understanding we may have executed higher, I am fairly happy with that. It isn’t like we have been P16 or final and pondering ‘I’ve bought a hell of a job to do’.

‘There are issues I’ve nonetheless set to work on. I used to be not so assured with the entire expertise going into the race however popping out I’ve a significantly better understanding and extra confidence.

‘So hopefully I can do a greater job total in Bahrain.’

Norris knows there is more to come, and is now looking forward to the next Grand Prix

Norris is aware of there may be extra to return, and is now trying ahead to the following Grand Prix

Norris completed first of the three new recruits to F1, with Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon ending 14th and George Russell for Williams two locations additional again.

Russell mentioned: ‘I am completely satisfied that I bought by means of it with no dramas.

‘I bought by means of it principally. We realized so much.

‘However clearly we’re not right here to battle for final and we have simply bought to analyse every thing now, get up Monday morning and attempt to put a plan collectively.’

Earlier within the weekend, the 21-year-old mentioned there was an issue with the automotive which he mentioned was confirmed by efficiency in the course of the race.

He mentioned: ‘It nearly confirmed what we knew actually, which is optimistic in itself.

‘I imagine we have a transparent course of the place to go however that does not imply we’ll get up tomorrow and may resolve it.

‘These vehicles are so complicated that to make such a giant change it’d work it may not work, we’ll see.’

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fifth FIA Sport Regional Congress Asia-Pacific held in Bangkok – NEWPAPER24




fifth FIA Sport Regional Congress Asia-Pacific held in Bangkok

2019-03-22 13:47:00

Greater than 100 delegates, consultants and audio system from 18 nations attend the Asia-Pacific Congress in Thailand’s vibrant capital metropolis of Bangkok

The FIA and representatives from its nationwide sporting authorities (ASNs) and nationwide vehicle golf equipment (ACNs) throughout the Asia-Pacific area assembled in Bangkok this week (20-22 March) for the fifth version of the FIA Sport Regional Congress held within the zone.

The Congress, hosted by the Royal Car Affiliation of Thailand (RAAT), was led by FIA President Jean Todt, FIA Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker, FIA Vice President for Asia-Pacific Heping Wan and RAAT President Dr. Somporn Suebthawilkul.

“The Asia-Pacific area is among the strongest and most well-developed motor sport communities on the planet. On the fifth version of the FIA Sport Regional Congress for this zone we’ve been in a position to contemplate the elements that contribute to its success and the way we are able to guarantee its continued good well being,” stated President Todt.

“I want to thank and congratulate Dr. Somporn Suebthawilkul for a powerful Congress, and his workforce for his or her glorious organisation. We’ve got all benefited from this deeper perception into Thailand’s motor sport tradition, and loved the nice and cozy hospitality prolonged to the ASN and ACN delegations from throughout the area.”

The Congress programme included classes on occasion administration, grassroots disciplines resembling gymkhana, karting and e-Karting, esport growth and security and threat administration, all organised underneath the management of the FIA’s ASN Improvement Process Power chaired by Andrew Papadopoulos.

Todt continued: ”A look on the Worldwide Sporting calendar reveals that motor sport within the Asia-Pacific area is robust, with 22 occasions registered on the FIA Worldwide Calendar, and 76 worldwide sequence occasions and 6 FIA Karting occasions registered on the CIK Sporting Calendar. We depend 5 World Championships within the area: four Method One occasions, in Australia, China, Singapore and Japan, and a brand new race subsequent 12 months in Vietnam, and 1 World Rally Championship occasion in Australia. Different main actions embody 2 FIA Method E Championship occasions, in Hong Kong and in Sanya, China this weekend, four World Touring Automotive Cup occasions in China, Japan, Macau and now Malaysia, and the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

“In Single-Seater we even have four F4 championships, F3 Asia Licensed by FIA, and we sit up for persevering with the custom of the FIA F3 World Cup in Macau this November. Karting is the beginning of our pyramid and the ASNs of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand have registered a driver to symbolize their nation within the 2019 FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

“Rally has loved main success in Australia, and in 2018, as a part of our overhaul of the Regional Rally Championships, the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship was our start line.

“The Asia-Pacific area has very optimistic momentum, nevertheless there may be all the time extra we should do to make sure we not solely preserve tempo, however proceed to guide. We depend on the willpower and enthusiasm of the ASNs and ACNs to make sure the vitality of motor sport within the area.”

In closing, President Todt stated: “This glorious Congress has highlighted the spirit of unity between the game golf equipment, and I sit up for seeing the robust progress that may be remodeled the course of the subsequent twelve months.”

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WRC – 2019 Tour de Corse – Preview – NEWPAPER24




WRC – 2019 Tour de Corse – Preview

2019-03-22 11:29:00

This 12 months, the French cease of the sequence contains a closely revised route that spans a lot of the Mediterranean island and can take pleasure in its greatest entry for 4 years.

On Spherical 4 of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, 96 crews will tackle the twists and turns of the CORSICA Linea – Tour de Corse (28-31 March). This 12 months, the French cease of the sequence contains a closely revised route that spans a lot of the Mediterranean island and can take pleasure in its greatest entry for 4 years.

The problem stays the identical as ever, presenting the drivers with slender and winding mountain roads shaped of tough and abrasive asphalt. The frequency of corners check drivers and co-drivers, whereas higher-than-average stage lengths add to the stress on the crews and the tyres.
For his house spherical of the championship, which he gained on 4 consecutive events between 2005 and 2008, Sébastien Loeb is again after not making the journey to Mexico and it’s Andreas Mikkelsen this time who provides manner within the Hyundai line-up. After three rounds, Toyota’s Ott Tänak stays the championship chief however has Citroën’s Sébastien Ogier, final 12 months’s Corsica winner, respiratory down his neck following his Mexico triumph with solely 4 factors between them. Thierry Neuville, the Tour de Corse winner in 2017, is just six factors additional again in third place.
Kalle Rovanperä will face Łukasz Pieniążek within the FIA WRC 2 Professional class, alongside a big entry in FIA WRC 2 that includes rivals from not lower than ten nations together with plenty of nationwide rally abilities. Rally Monte-Carlo class winner Yohann Bonato will intention to take one other win however he’ll face stiff competitors on the Corsican roads. The Tour de Corse can be the second spherical of the FIA Junior WRC Championship after Rally Sweden, with 13 entrants that can line-up at first in Porto-Vecchio, in addition to the second spherical of the the FIA RGT Cup after Monte-Carlo.
All the levels will be watched stay on WRC All Dwell on WRC+, with two levels moreover broadcast stay on tv: SS11 (Desert des Agriates 2) and the rally-ending SS14, Calvi Energy Stage.

80 per cent of the Tour de Corse route is completely different to 2018. A lot of the brand new mileage comes on Friday within the south of the island, following a ceremonial begin in Porto-Vecchioon Thursday night. Two loops of three levels can be tackled earlier than the primary service of the rally on Friday night in Bastia. Over half of the entire of 347.51 aggressive kilometres can be pushed on Saturday, which options the one two levels carried over from final 12 months and takes within the island’s northernmost Cap Corse tip. On Sunday, the rally will end for the primary time in Calvi on the north-west coast following two close by levels, with the Energy Stage concluding simply a few kilometres out of city.



Whole distance:

1,194.06 km

Stage distance:

347.51 km (29.10%)

Variety of levels:




The Accreditation Centre is positioned within the Media Centre within the Service Park at Bastia Aeroparc (N42°32.500’ / E009°28.890’). The opening hours are:

Tuesday 26 March

12:00 – 18:00 hrs 

Wednesday 27 March

09:00 – 19:00 hrs  

Thursday 28 March

07:30 – 19:00 hrs

Friday 29 March

08:00 – 19:00

* Beside the primary media middle within the Service Park at Bastia airport, there can be subsidiary press rooms obtainable at first of the rally in Porto-Vecchio (salle polyvalente) and on the end of the rally in Calvi (salle polyvalente, avenue Gérard Marché).



Wednesday 27 March


Obligatory media security briefing, Photographers’ Room, Media Heart         

17:00 hrs



Thursday 28 March


Obligatory shakedown (P1)

09:00 – 10:30 hrs

Optionally available shakedown (P1, P2P, P2, P3 & RGT)

10:30 – 12:30 hrs

Shakedown (others)

12:30 – 14:30 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’, Michelin stage, Bastia Service Park

12:30 hrs

FIA Press Convention, Press Room, Media Heart, Bastia SP

13:00 hrs

Photograph-shoot for precedence crews, Parking Capitainerie, Porto-Vecchio

18:10 hrs

Autograph session for precedence crews, Parking Capitainerie, Porto-Vecchio

18:30 hrs

Opening ceremony incl. presentation of the drivers, Porto-Vecchio

19:00 – 20h30 hrs



Friday 29 March


Begin of the Rally (Part 1), Parc Fermé, Porto-Vecchio

07:00 hrs

Regroup, Porto-Vecchio

11:31 hrs

First automotive arrives for regroup, media zone & ultimate service, Bastia SP

19:28 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’, Michelin stage, Bastia SP

In the course of the 45’ service



Saturday 30 March


First automotive arrives for regroup, media zone & service, Bastia SP

11:24 hrs

First automotive arrives for regroup, media zone & ultimate service, Bastia SP

18:24 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park, Michelin Stage, Bastia SP

In the course of the 45’ service

‘Meet the Public’ & autograph signing session, Place St Nicolas, Bastia

From 20:04 hrs         



Sunday 31 March


Regroup, Calvi Port

10:45 hrs

Podium ceremony & price-giving, Parking Christophe Colomb, Calvi

15:00 hrs

FIA Press Convention, Press Room, Media Heart, Av. G. Marché, Calvi

16:00 hrs



Thursday 28 March

FIA World Rally Championship


Ott Tänak (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Staff


Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Citroën Whole World Rally Staff


Sébastien Loeb (FRA), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Staff


Teemu Suninen (FIN), M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff


FIA WRC 2 Professional Championship


Kalle Rovenperä (FIN), Škoda Motorsport


Lukasz Pieniazek (POL), M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff


FIA WRC 2 Championship


Yoann Bonato (FRA)


Pierre-Louis Loubet (FRA)


FIA JUNIOR WRC Championship


Jan Solans (SPA)


Fabrizio (‘Fau’) Zaldivar (PRY)



Sunday 31 March

Profitable FIA WRC 2 Professional Championship crew


Profitable FIA WRC 2 Championship crew


Profitable FIA Junior WRC Championship crew


High three crews within the general classification


Consultant of the successful producer



Citroën Whole WRT

Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#1)


Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (#4)



Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#11)


Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena (#19)


Dani Sordo / Carlos Del Barrio (#6)



M-Sport Ford WRT

Teemu Suninen / Marko Salminen (#3)


Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin (#33)



Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (#8)


Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (#10)


Kris Meeke / Sebastian Marshall (#5)



The provisional classifications for all of the WRC Championships is obtainable on the next hyperlink:

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2019-03-22 08:26:00

Newest information on the regional rally championships


Qatar’s motor sport star Nasser Al-Attiyah as soon as once more set the file by sealing his 14th win on his dwelling occasion Rally Qatar, which launched the FIA Center East Rally Championship from 14 to 16 March. The 14-time FIA MERC champion additionally celebrated his 70th general win within the championship and first victory with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 whereas his French co-driver Matthieu Baumel duly claimed his third win in Qatar and a profession 18th within the Center East competitors. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (QAT) and Marshall Clarke (GBR) confirmed second with a Skoda Fabia R5 whereas Hamed bin Eid Al-Thani (QAT) and Dale Moscatt (AUS) took third place on the rostrum with a Ford Fiesta R5.

Al-Attiyah and Baumel received the season opener in spectacular style by setting the quickest time in all eleven particular levels and ending with a lead of 3min 29.6sec after 203.72 labeled kilometres. The success additionally marked the primary general FIA Championship win for Volkswagen’s Polo GTI R5 that made its debut on the FIA World Rally Championship in Spain final October and claimed FIA WRC 2 success in Sweden in February within the fingers of Norwegian driver Ole Christian Veiby. It was a cheerful ending for the pair, who had retired within the final two editions of Rally Qatar.

Their closest challenger Al-Kuwari and Clarke received to grips with their Škoda Fabia R5 because the occasion progressed and completed in a snug second place. The Qatari stated he’ll proceed testing within the desert to enhance the set-up.

2019 FIA MERC Rally Qatar - N. Al-Attiyah / M. Baumel 2019 FIA MERC Rally Qatar - Al-Kuwari

Sheikh Hamed bin Eid Al-Thani, the 1993 regional champion, claimed his first podium end on the occasion since 2010 to offer the host nation a primary 1-2-Three end since Al-Attiyah’s final dwelling win in 2016.

Kuwait’s Meshari Al-Thefiri combined it with the R5 automobiles for a lot of the rally earlier than slipping again to sixth general after the penultimate stage. The Mitsubishi driver’s comfort was a large profitable margin of 18min 34.1sec within the FIA MERC 2.

Defending MERC Three champion Henry Kahy received the defence of his title off to the proper begin with 11th general and first within the two-wheel drive class.

The second of a complete 5 rounds of the 2019 MERC, Rally Jordan, will happen from 25 to 27 April.

Discover the FIA MERC general standings right here and take a look at the Rally Qatar photograph gallery!

2019 MERC Rally Qatar - A. Al-Kuwari / M. Clarke 2019 MERC Rally Qatar - H. bin Eid Al-Thani/ D. Moscatt



Whereas the FIA MERC motion was in full swing underneath scorching solar within the Qatari dunes, Europe hosted two rounds of the 2019 FIA European Rally Trophy –  the season openers of the Benelux and Celtic collection – in considerably colder and extra humid situations!



Holland’s native champion Hans Weisj Jr. and co-driver Tim Rietveld claimed victory on the Zuiderzee Rally (15-16 March), which kicked off the Benelux collection of the 2019 FIA European Rally Trophy. The pair introduced their Ford Fiesta R5 on step one of the rostrum, forward of countrymen Kevin Van Deijne and Hein Verschuuren in a Skoda Fabia R5. Third place went to Danemark’s Kristian Poulsen and Ole Frederiksen, driving one other Fabia R5.

Two Dutch and a couple of Danish crews made it to the ultimate classification of the FIA ERT’s Benelux occasion after seven particular levels on tarmac across the metropolis of Emmeloord and over 160 aggressive kilometres run in moist situations on Friday and Saturday.

Try the Sijperda Zuiderzee’s photograph gallery! (photograph credit: Johan Vis Fotografie).

The provisional 2019 ERT Benelux Standings could be consulted right here.

2019 FIA European Rally Trophy Benelux – Zuiderzee Rally - H. Weisj Jr. / T. Rietveld  2019 FIA European Rally Trophy Benelux – Zuiderzee Rally - K. Van Deijne / H. Verschuuren


FIA World Rally Championship contenders till final 12 months Craig Breen and Paul Nagle from Eire have been the winners of the Celtic championship’s opening spherical in a Ford Fiesta R5. Their Ulster challengers Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble took second in one other Fiesta R5 whereas Nice Britain’s Tom Cave and James Morgan completed third general of their Hyundai i20.

Waterford rally ace Breen and his Killarney co-driver Nagle have been the crew to beat on the Irish occasion final week. The duo set the quickest time in 5 out of the fifteen particular levels and confortably drove their Ford Fiesta to victory.

Britons Fisher and Noble have been solely 22.2 seconds behind after two days of aggressive motion, with Cave and Morgan ending third general, one other 15 seconds down. Present British champion Matt Edwards, navigated by his codriver Walsh Patrick, took fourth place on the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5.

Former World Rally Championship champion Mikko Hirvonen was additionally among the many rally contenders on the beginning line however competing within the Nationwide Rally championship in a Ford Escort.

Watch the photograph choice, and the provisional 2019 ERT Celtic Standings could be consulted right here.

2019 FIA European Rally Trophy Benelux – Zuiderzee Rally - C. Breen / P. Nagle 2019 FIA European Rally Trophy Benelux – Zuiderzee Rally - C. Breen / P. Nagle




Nonetheless in Europe however underneath barely hotter skies, the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship fires up in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean this weekend (21-23 March), with Rally Azores internet hosting the opener (out of eight occasions) of what’s set to be one other thrilling chase for on-stage glory.

The motion will happen round Ponta Delgada, São Miguel with 15 gravel levels and a complete of 223.93 aggressive kilometres, which would be the playground for established stars together with defending champion Alexey Lukyanuk and double title winner Marijan Griebel, nationwide champions, class stalwarts – plus a number of younger prospects aiming to show their expertise in ERC Junior – competing in an thrilling array of equipment. The occasion on the archipelago’s largest island is among the most spectacular on the worldwide calendar : gravel assessments criss-cross breath-taking surroundings and plush countryside, and are characterised by their sandy floor and slim, undulating nature.

There are a number of levels from the Azores broadcast reside and you’ll observe the rally on Fb. That’s an exhilarating begin to the season in retailer!

2019 FIA ERC - Rallye Azores - action 2019 FIA ERC - Rallye Azores - action


There’s loads of rally motion this week-end and this consists of additionally Spherical 2 of the FIA European Rally Trophy’s Iberian collection: Rally Sierra Morena in Spain.

After Rali Serras de Fafe, the season opener in Portugal a couple of weeks in the past which noticed the victory of Spain’s WRC hero Dani Sordo, the rivals will battle it out across the Andalusian metropolis of Cordoba within the South of the nation – the chance for the numerous Spanish entrant crews to check their abilities on dwelling soil on this 37th version of the occasion.

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