Antonio Felix da Costa parts company with Red Bull

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DTM and Formula E driver Antonio Felix da Costa has parted company with Red Bull following four years of association.

Da Costa first joined the Red Bull Junior Team in 2012 following a journeyman junior career that saw him win the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC title in 2010, test a Formula 1 car with Force India and also race in GP3, Formula 3 and at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix.

The Portuguese racer was the favorite to win the GP3 title in 2012 but could only finish third in the standings, before finishing third again after moving into Formula Renault 3.5 for 2013.

Da Costa had been expected to make the step up to Red Bull’s F1 B-team, Toro Rosso, after a series of impressive tests, but missed out on a seat for 2014 to Daniil Kvyat after the Russian won the GP3 title. He continued to work as Red Bull’s reserve driver in F1 nevertheless.

As the likes of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen leapfrogged their way up the Red Bull junior ranks, da Costa turned his attention to DTM and Formula E, winning the latter’s event in Buenos Aires last year.

However, as of 2016, he will no longer enjoy backing from Red Bull, announcing on Twitter and Instagram that he has split with the team following four years of partnership.

“I won’t cry because its finished, I’m super happy that it has ever happened! After four amazing years together with this F1 World Champion team it’s now time to say goodbye to this stage of my career and fully focus on my DTM Duties with BMW and Formula E!” da Costa wrote on Instagram.

“I drove all the world champion cars and this is something I would have never done without the support of Dr. Helmut Marko. Thanks everyone in Milton Keynes! See you when I see you!”

Da Costa’s next race comes in one week’s time in Uruguay at the Punta del Este ePrix where he will race for Team Aguri.

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.