George Russell takes pole for Macau GP qualification race

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British youngster George Russell will start Saturday’s qualification race for the Macau Grand Prix from pole position after topping the timesheets on Friday for Hitech GP.

Russell, 18, signed up for Macau after finishing his sophomore year in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship third in the standings with two wins to his name.

After finishing 13th in the first qualifying session on Thursday, Russell shot to the front of the pack in the second round on Friday, edging out fellow Briton Callum Ilott by three-tenths of a second.

In a session interrupted by three red flag periods, Russell was able to turn in a lap of 2:10.100 to secure pole for Saturday’s qualification race, with his rivals being denied a final shot at pole after a late stoppage that brought the session to an early end.

Ilott was left to settle for second despite controlling much of the session, his best time 0.370 seconds down on Russell, while Formula E driver Antonio Felix da Costa ended up third-fastest.

Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara slotted into fourth ahead of Japanese F3 champion Kenta Yamashita, with British racer Jake Hughes following in sixth after the final red flag denied him the chance to improve his lap time late on.

FIA F3 vice-champion Maximillian Günther wound up seventh ahead of defending Macau champion Felix Rosenqvist as European Formula Renault champion Lando Norris and New Zealand’s Nick Cassidy rounded out the top 10.

The results of Saturday’s qualification race will set the grid for the 63rd Macau Grand Prix on Sunday.

Bryan Sellers aims to be first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Champion

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Bryan Sellers will leave the familiar confines of his Paul Miller Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and head into the unknown in 2019.

At the age of 36, Sellers has 25 years of competitive racing behind him and is turning his attention to the battery-powered Jaguar I-PACE sedan that he will driver for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – something he describes as “the way of the future.”

Racing for Ohio native Bobby Rahal, it is a connection that brings him home to his roots. Sellers was born in Centerville, Ohio. 

“I’m very proud to be a part of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Sellers said in a press release. “I grew up in Ohio watching Bobby (Rahal) win races and build an incredible racing program and it will be nice to finally get to see it from the inside.”

Sellers’ electric-powered Jaguar won’t have the same horsepower as the V10 Lamborghini that he steered to victory in the 2018 IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car championship with co-driver Madison Snow and Katherine Legge.

At his heart, Sellers is a  racer chasing a championship and it’s not the horsepower but the potential for close competition that drives him. Next year, he has an opportunity to win the first ever Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship.

In 2016, Jaguar joined the Formula E series. Now they are looking to make history with the world’s first all-electric production-based international race series that will compete at 10 venues next year in support of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The series’ 10 venues will be international, racing on tracks in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, China, Italy, Mexico, France, Monaco, Germany and the USA, which will showcase electric cars on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, in July.

“Electric cars are clearly the way of the future and to be involved with the first electric production car racing series is very important to me,” Sellers said. “I’m very thankful to everyone at RLL and Jaguar for giving me this opportunity.”

Sellers raced fulltime in the American LeMans Series from 2005 through 2013 – amassing four victories and two other podium finishes. In 30 career races in the Grand-Am Series, he added three more visits to the podium.

But it was last year that was clearly the highlight for Sellers. For the second time in his career, he scored multiple wins in a series (Sellers had two wins in ALMS in 2011), but he stood on the podium eight times in addition to winning the championship.

Joining Sellers in the I-PACE eTROPHY Championship Jaguar next year will be Legge, who was one of his co-drivers in 2018.

“Experience, maturity and pace are very important qualities that I was looking for when we chose our driver lineup,” said Rahal, the former IndyCar Champion and Indy 500 winner.

The series will kickoff with the Formula E season-opener in Riyadh on December 15, 2018. They will not run in conjunction with the next two Formula E rounds and will rejoin for most of the remainder of the 2019 season.