FIA inspect proposed Mexican GP circuit

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The FIA has inspected the proposed circuit for the Mexican Grand Prix that is scheduled to be held next November, going back-to-back with the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

A draft 2014 schedule was released earlier this month featuring twenty-one races, with Mexico returning to the fray having last hosted a grand prix in 1992. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit is thought to require major upgrades if it is to be fit to host the race next year, with leading track designer Hermann Tilke set to take on the task.

A representative from Tilke’s design company was present at the track inspection, alongside race director Charlie Whiting, FIA vice president Jose Abed and former organizer of the US GP in Austin Tavo Hellmund, whose attention has now switched to the race in Mexico.

The finalized calendar is yet to be released with the ‘draft’ schedule being considered by the World Motor Sport Council at the end of the month when it convenes in Croatia.

Having inspected the circuit, the delegates from the FIA will now be able to make a final decision on whether the return of the Mexican Grand Prix is truly viable. Although the proposed grand prix at New Jersey did not feature on the draft calendar, the officials at Port Imperial are confident that the race will go ahead.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.