Manor planning to unveil 2015 car in August

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Manor Marussia F1 Team’s 2015-spec car will not be ready until the summer break in August, according to team principal John Booth.

The ex-Marussia operation was saved over the winter by fresh investment, but is racing in 2015 with a modified version of last year’s car and a 2014 Ferrari engine.

Despite racing with limited resources at the beginning of the year, Manor has made great progress, and saw both of its cars finish the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend.

“Yes, a double finish last time out in China,” Booth said. “That was a major step forward for us. We ran every session on plan.

“Operationally we’re working as we were last year. So that step has been achieved.

“As for the 2015 car, our aim has always been for the August break, as with arriving in Australia it is a very aggressive target and will take a lot of achieving.

“But when we get back from these first four flyaway races we just really need to sit down and see if we can bring all the areas together that need bringing together to achieve that in that time frame.”

Booth also said that Manor was now financially stable after many months of uncertainty, and has a long-term plan to get the team moving back up the grid.

“We have a commercial plan that we’re comfortable is sustainable for our model,” Booth said. “We’re confident in the investors we have now or the owner we have now to take us forward over the next few year.”

Manor’s comeback story has been nothing short of sensational, and although it may stand little chance of scoring points in 2015, getting back on its feet and securing its long-term future remains the main target this season.

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.