Ecclestone full of praise for Carmen Jorda


Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has praised Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda for her work with the team and her push to make it as a female racer in the sport.

Jorda joined the British team in a development role back in February following three years in GP3, where her highest finish was P13 at Valencia in 2012. She has also raced in Indy Lights and a number of national junior categories in Spain.

A lack of success in her racing career to date has left Jorda susceptible to criticism from many within motorsport, including 1982 FIA World Rally Championship runner-up Michele Mouton.

“Other less successful girls have managed to climb the motorsport ladder, but that has more to do with marketing strategies and political reasons, and I am not interested in that,” Mouton said when asked about Jorda.

However, Ecclestone has come to the defence of Jorda, praising her in a recent interview with

“She is very good,” Ecclestone said. “We asked Lotus to see and she has done a good job for them.

“She wants to be in F1. We have to try to find the right way, but she is not alone. There are plenty of other people.

“I saw the American girl, Danica [Patrick], and I said we would be able to do something for [Simona] de Silvestro, but they don’t want to come to Europe. They want to stay in America.

“So you have to get the person who has enough talent and wants to do it, and is prepared to give up what it takes.”

De Silvestro’s hopes of becoming the first female driver to race in F1 in over 40 years fell short following a period as an affiliated driver with Sauber.

However, she remains a part of the Andretti Autosport family, taking part in a couple of IndyCar races earlier this year and racing for the team’s Formula E squad last year.

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.