Yas Marina Circuit CEO to work with new Russian Grand Prix

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The consultancy company of Yas Marina Circuit CEO Richard Cregan has entered a three-year agreement with the organizers of the Russian Grand Prix, set to debut in the fall of 2014 at Sochi Olympic Park in Russia (pictured, from this past April). Cregan has ran Yas, the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for the last five years.

“The combined, impressive experience that the international consultants have, their understanding of the Formula One world, and the desire to do the Grand Prix at the highest level guarantee a good result of our teamwork,” said Sochi promoter Oleg Zabara in a statement.

“Knowledge and experience which we will get in the course of this cooperation will ensure not only hosting the world-class Grand Prix, but also effective use of the autodrome in Sochi all year-round.”

Cregan, a former F1 team manager at Toyota, said that he would continue to be an advisor to Yas but admitted that it took some pondering before he made his decision to join the Sochi team.

“Moving on from Abu Dhabi was a tough decision for me but I have always enjoyed a new challenge,” he said in his own comments. “…I am convinced that the Russian Grand Prix will become one of the iconic events on the calendar and we will be able to build a very successful business by utilizing the amazing assets and the passion of the team here in Sochi.”

Tickets for the Oct. 12, 2014 race at the Sochi International Street Circuit will go on sale March 4, 2014 – a little more than a week after the end of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.