IMSA: Spirit of Daytona takes Watkins Glen overall win

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The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette Daytona Prototype, driven by Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante, has taken the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship win at the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. It’s the team’s first win of the season.

Westbrook made the winning move on Alex Brundle in the polesitting No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan after the second-to-last restart inside the final 10 minutes. Westbrook’s Corvette followed another Corvette DP, driven by Burt Frisselle, through before the Bus Stop chicane. Frisselle had taken the opportunity to unlap himself in the No. 9 Action Express entry just previous.

Contact between Alex Tagliani in the No. 08 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 and Ian James in the No. 23 Team Seattle/AJR Porsche 911 GT America at the final corner with less than a half an hour remaining put the race under its third full course caution, prior to the Westbrook overtake.

There was a one-lap green flag shootout after another accident between the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost Riley (Scott Pruett) and No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09 (Renger van der Zande) at the entrance to the Boot.

Although the race went back to green, given the Corvette’s torque and power advantage compared to the better aero for Brundle, the Morgan never really stood a chance at getting back around. Brundle, Gustavo Yacaman and Ho-Pin Tung finished a hard luck second.

Corvette not only won overall but also took its third straight win in the GT Le Mans category, with the No. 3 of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen on top.

CORE autosport (PC, Colin Braun, Jon Bennett, James Gue) won its fourth race of five this season and Turner Motorsport (GT Daytona, Dane Cameron, Markus Palttala) won its second race of the year.

Johnny Cecotto Jr’s retirement lasts just three weeks

2015 GP2 Series Round 8.
Autodromo di Monza, Italy.
Friday 4 September 2015.
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) 
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Three weeks after announcing his retirement from motorsport, Johnny Cecotto Jr. will return to racing this weekend at the GP2 round in Sochi, Russia.

Cecotto said on Twitter that “today my career ends” on September 17, announcing that he had lost his backing provided by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

However, the GP2 veteran will return to racing this weekend with Trident, having last raced for the Italian team at Monza one month ago. He will partner Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello once again.

Cecotto’s return is just one of a number of driver/team stories heading into the GP2 race weekend at Sochi:

  • American driver Alexander Rossi returns to GP2 with Racing Engineering this weekend following his two-race stint in F1 with Manor. He will also take part in grands prix in the USA, Mexico and Brazil before returning to GP2 once again in Abu Dhabi.
  • Julian Leal has announced his retirement from GP2, and is replaced by debutant Dean Stoneman at Carlin. Stoneman won at Sochi in GP3 last year en route to second place in the championship.S
  • Sean Gelael will race for Carlin once again, having missed the round at Monza due to a Formula Renault 3.5 clash.
  • Nicholas Latifi returns to GP2 this weekend with MP Motorsport, racing alongside Rene Binder.
  • Nathanael Berthon also returns, racing for Team Lazarus.
  • Hilmer Motorsport will miss the round in Sochi altogether, reducing the grid down to 24 cars.

Formula E adds Hong Kong race for October 2016

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The FIA Formula E Championship will add Hong Kong to its calendar for its third season, 2016-2017.

The race will take place on October 9, 2016 – exactly one year from now – around the city’s Central district. The 2km circuit will run between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry, with cars reaching speeds of up to 225kph (140mph).

The launch event today featured the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable CY Leung; Mr. Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings; Mr. Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association; and reigining FE champion Nelson Piquet Jr.

“The Hong Kong ePrix will be one of the highlights on the FIA Formula E Championship calendar,” Agag said in a release. “As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities. We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city, and international motorsport back to Hong Kong.”

The track map is linked below.

Hong Kong track map