Vettel: Singapore already a classic race

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Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel has called the Singapore Grand Prix a “classic” race due to its unique place in Formula One as the sport’s only night race.

The German driver has won the the last two races at Spa and Monza, extending his lead over closest rival Fernando Alonso as we enter the final seven races of the season. However, he is not thinking about title number four just yet despite his fifty-three point lead.

“I’m not trying to get carried away with a gap or with a certain number or trying to make out what we have to achieve here or what is fine or where other people should finish or what’s good for us or what’s bad for us and how many points we should score on average,” Vettel said.

“Obviously in the end you can make a million theories but it will probably be different to the results.”

For Vettel, winning for a third time in Singapore will be special given that it is the only night race on the calendar, starting at 8pm local time.

“I want to win here. I want to focus on the race, and want to enjoy the fact that it’s the only night race we have, really – Abu Dhabi we finish in the night. It’s different here.

“Even though Formula One hasn’t been here for a long time, it seems like a classic already.”

Despite only joining the calendar in 2008, the race has become a firm favorite among drivers and fans alike. However, Vettel will be hoping that his affinity for Singapore will be reflected by the local fans if he does win the race on Sunday, having been booed in Italy and Canada upon taking to the top step of the podium.

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time

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For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.