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Todt working for fewer FIA series calendar clashes from 2018

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FIA president Jean Todt met with sporting bosses from Formula 1, Formula E and the World Endurance Championship in Monaco last weekend as part of a push for fewer calendar clashes from 2018.

Recently-appointed F1 sporting managing director Ross Brawn met with MotoGP chief Carmelo Ezpeleta two weeks ago to discuss the two series avoiding races on the same weekend from 2018.

A similar meeting was held including Todt, Brawn, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and WEC promoter Gerard Neveu in Monaco in order to create a “better alignment” of their schedules in the future.

“In close collaboration with its promoters, the FIA has in recent years worked hard to build and consolidate a wide variety of championships that provide great entertainment for motorsport fans,” said Todt.

“As such, it is important that everyone involved in our championships works towards ensuring that fans have every opportunity to enjoy our championships to the full.

“Today, in collaboration with our partners, we have begun the process of harmonizing our sporting calendars and I look forward to continuing this effort as we define our championship schedules for next season and beyond.”

Formula E and WEC previously enjoyed a gentleman’s agreement to not race on the same weekend given the number of drivers competing in both series, only for a clash to be sparked for July 16 between the series’ respective races in New York and the Nürburgring.

F1 is also set to race on the July 16 weekend when the British Grand Prix takes place (including Formula 2 and GP3 support events), plus IndyCar’s visit to Toronto takes place in that period also.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool