Fan arrested after invading track during Chinese GP practice (VIDEO)


A fan that invaded the track during the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday has been arrested, according to a report.

During the 90-minute session at the Shanghai International Circuit on Friday afternoon, TV footage showed a fan running across the main straight on a live track.

The spectator darted over the track in the brief gap between Marcus Ericsson and Nico Hulkenberg on track before vaulting through a gap in the pit wall. The session continued as normal without a caution flag being shown.

According to a report by Press Association‘s Ian Parkes, the fan had scaled a ten-foot fence to get out of the grandstand area before crossing the track and making his way into the pit lane.

He was then caught by security staff after making his way into the Ferrari garage and telling the team that he wished to try out one of its cars.

The fan was subsequently arrested. The FIA and circuit officials are now investigating the security breach.

Race steward for the Chinese Grand Prix and former F1 driver Mark Blundell was quick to take to Twitter to express his disbelief at what had happened.

This is not the first time that a fan has been out on track during a grand prix weekend session, though. The 2000 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim was affected by a fired Mercedes employee who looked to disrupt the race by going out on the track, whilst the 2003 British Grand Prix saw defrocked priest Neil Horan run towards the cars on the Hangar Straight waving religious signs.

Thankfully, in both of those incidents – and in the one today – no-one was hurt, but the FIA will be investigating the matter to ensure that there is no repeat across the remainder of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.