Austrian GP tickets sell out in 48 hours

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The first batch of tickets for the revived Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg have sold out just 48 hours after going on sale.

Formula One last visited Austria in 2003 before the old A1 Ring was condemned and became unused. However, it has since been bought by Red Bull, redeveloped, renamed the Red Bull Ring, and has hosted top level events such as German touring car series DTM. With an Austrian team now dominating the sport, the time is right for the sport to return to the Red Bull Ring with a provisional date of June 22 set for 2014.

However, any fans hoping to make the trip to Austria for the race may end up disappointed after the first batch of tickets for the race sold out in just two days, according to the Austrian Press Agency. This has come as a result of low ticket prices – most probably due to them being subsidised by Red Bull – with the cheapest ticket for the race on Sunday being just $120, which is considerably cheaper than many other European races.

The circuit does not have a large capacity, although a request has been lodged to increase the seating numbers to 80,000 for qualifying and the race on Sunday. Following this initial batch of sales, another 10,000 tickets are expected to be released before the race next June.

This is a good sign for Formula One in Austria despite some concerns about the suitability of the circuit, and it also sets an example to the other races on the calendar. That said, most of the events do not enjoy the same kind of backing as this race does.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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