Lotus targeting third place in constructors’ championship


Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has conceded that finishing in second place in the constructors’ championship may be just out of reach, instead setting his sights on Ferrari who occupy third place with two races remaining.

Just thirty-seven points separate Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus in the race for the runners-up spot in the constructors’, with Red Bull clinching their fourth successive title at the Indian Grand Prix last month. However, with Lotus trailing Ferrari by just eleven points and the Italian team currently in a poor run of form, Boullier believes that moving ahead of them is the more realistic target for the Enstone-based team.

“There are two races left and eighty-six points available, so mathematically it’s still possible and we’re not going to stop pushing in any regard,” he said. “Of course, to score maximum points you need to occupy the top steps of the podium and there’s a Red Bull plus Sebastian Vettel shaped problem there. Certainly for us, it would be good if Seb took an early winter holiday!

“Looking at the standings and how the teams have been scoring in the last few races, you would have to say that third certainly looks to be a little more within reach, but our approach is the same; to keep pushing all the way.”

Kimi Raikkonen will be keen to shake off his bad luck from Abu Dhabi after being excluded from qualifying and then retiring on the first lap of the race, whilst Romain Grosjean could continue to lead the team’s charge after four straight top four finishes.

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.