NEXTEV TCR has confirmed that Oliver Turvey will now race in the upcoming Formula E race in Berlin following the postponement of the clashing Super GT race in Japan.
Turvey had been due to miss the race on May 21 due to a prior commitment with Drago Modulo Honda Racing at Autopolis. British racer Ben Hanley had been due to deputize.
However, the race has been postponed due to earthquakes affecting the island of Kyushu, meaning Turvey is able to race in Berlin as originally planned.
“First of all, my thoughts go out to everyone affected by the earthquakes that have hit Kyushu,” Turvey said.
“It’s understandable that the organizers have had to postpone the Super GT race at Autopolis, but I hope we can race there later in the year for all the fans in the Kyushu region.
“It now means that I am available to race in the next round of the Formula E Championship. I’m looking forward to racing on this new track and will be pushing for a strong points finish.”
NEXTEV president Martin Leach added: “We are pleased that Oliver is able to compete in Berlin for NextEV TCR, we just wish it wasn’t under such circumstances.
“Everyone at the team was shocked to hear about the earthquakes and we are thinking about those living on Kyushu.
“I would also like to say thank you to Ben Hanley for his understanding and wish him well in his racing in the European Le Mans Series this season.”
The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.
With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.
Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.
With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.
“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!
“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”
Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.
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