Venezuelan driver Ernesto José Viso had a good start of the season with a seventh place in the IZOD IndyCar Series opener held in St. Petersburg. Viso had had a complicated weekend qualifying in the 21th spot after a big crash in practice tore up his racecar and it had to be rebuilt in short time. For Viso, it was the first race with his new team, Andretti Autosport. Andretti won the race with canadian driver James Hinchcliffe.
“It was a tough race but the result was great after all the setbacks we had on Saturday. I was about to get the fifth place but Scott Dixon defended very strong position and we got three cars and almost next to each other in the finish line. Andretti Team Venezuela did a great job to repair the car and then overcome some technical details to be one of the fastest in the race. Congratulations to my teammate James Hinchcliffe for his first victory in the Indycar Series” said Viso.
Colombian Sebastián Saavedra was having a great race with his Dragon Racing team but was forced to retire before the end of the race, finishing 20th, 38 laps down.
The podium was completed by Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti. Switzerland’s Simona de Silvestro was racing in the third place in the closing laps but her tires gave up and she finished in the sixth position.
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A positive weekend had the chilean rider Benjamín Herrera in San Juan, Argentina where the third and fourth rounds of the Enduro World Championship were held. Herrera starts his season in the Youth category with four podiums, as he finished second and third in the two days of competition. He had won the first two Enduros of the season in Talca, Chile. British rider Jamie McCanney is the new leader of the overall championship after two solid wins in San Juan. McCanney is part of the Husaberg official team.
In the E1, the two rounds were won by Antoine Meo. In E2, Alex Salvini dominated winning both rounds. Finally in the E3, Christophe Nambotin and Aigar Leok shared the wins.
The next round of the EWC is in Spain, on May 11 and 12. The standings of the Enduro World Championship after leaving America are the following:
1, Antoine Meo, 80
2, Juha Salminen, 62
3, Matti Seistola, 58
1, Alex Salvini, 75
2, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, 65
3, Johnny Aubert, 60
4, Ivan Cervantes, 60
1, Christophe Nambotin, 70
2, Joakim Ljunggren, 67
3, Aigar Leok, 57
1, Giacomo Redondi, 66
2, Mattew Philips, 63
3, Daniel McCanney, 60
1, Jamie McCanney, 74
2, Benjamin Herrera, 72
3, Dawid Ciucci, 43
The 2014 Dakar Rally has a preliminar route. The most difficult and dangerous rally in the World will add another country to the list of places visited, as Bolivia is added to the race replacing Perú. The Dakar Rally will start in Rosario, Argentina on January, 5 2014 and will finish on January, 18 2014 in Valparaíso, Chile. Perú will be out of the rally for 2014 and will recieve a Dakar Series rally in October for a change. This rally will be named “Desafío Inca”.
The route, which will pass through north west Argentina’s canyons and sandy valleys, or the dunes of the Atacama Desert will require skilful driving as well the careful management of mechanical aspects. With longer special stages and several marathon stages, the 2014 Dakar’s competitors will constantly be required to tackle extreme endurance conditions.
The rally will have a particularity on 2014, as only the bikes and the quads will go through Bolivia, and the cars and trucks will cross directly from Argentina to Chile.
Key dates for the 2014 Dakar
– Opening of entries:15th May
– Deadline for submitting motorcycle entries: 23rd June
– Deadline for submitting entries: 1st November
– Loading of European vehicles: end of November
– Technical verifications in Rosario: 2nd to 4th January 2014
– Start ceremony: 4th January
– Dakar Rally: 5th to 18th January
– Rest day: 11th January in Salta (Argentina)
Chilean Benjamín Herrera completed a perfect weekend in the Enduro World Championship round in Talca, Chile, winning the second stage on Sunday. Herrera with a time of 1 hour, 7 seconds in the 60 kilometers of tests won Sunday’s enduro in the Youth category with a difference of 1 minute and 33 seconds over british rider Jamie McCanney with a Husaberg. Simply brilliant stuff for the 18 year old chilean who become prophet in his own land for the second year in a row. And Benjamín is just starting.
Antoine Meo continued his domination in the E1 class, taking a second victory in a row. Italian Alexandre Salvini surprised everyone winning the ultra-competitive E2 class beating Pela Renet, Ivan Cervantes and Johnny Aubert. In the E3 class, Christophe Nambotin was able to defeat Saturday’s winner, Joakim Ljunggren. Giacomo Redondi won in the Junior Class.
The Enduro World Championship continues in Argentina this weekend.
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Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne won the war that was the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kahne led 106 laps in a race that had a lot of big wrecks, including one that took out both leaders, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth, with less than a quarter of race to go. Kasey hold off the poleman Kyle Busch, who had a big battle with reigning champion Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch for the second place in the final 25 laps. Busch finally emerged from Keselowski and his own brother, who got his first Top 5 of the season with his new team Furniture Row. Clint Bowyer rounded the Top 5.
With the results, Keselowski is the new leader of the championship after a complicated day for Jimmie Johnson, who finished just 22°. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the new second in the points, 9 back from Keselowski. Johnson is third.
Both Aric Almirola and Juan Pablo Montoya were involved in a wreck. Montoya finished 30° and Almirola ended up 37°, both multiple laps down.
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Dylan Kwasniewski, driver for Turner Scott Motorsports, won the first round of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, last saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kwasniewski hold Brett Monfitt and NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Ryan Gifford to earn the first win of the season. Kwasniewski, 17 years old, is the reigning K&N Pro Series West champion and
“The car was on rails. It was just as good at the end as it was in the beginning. To win at a track like Bristol, there’s nothing like it. Also, to get the first win of the season definitely gives us a lot of momentum” said Kwasniewski.
The next race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East calendar is next week, March 23 at the Greenville Pickens Speedway.
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Chilean Benjamín Herrera stole the show today in Talca, in the first round of the FIM Enduro World Championship. Herrera, who was born in Talca, won the Youth category beating British rider Jamie McCanney. Herrera who rides the #8 TM registered a time of 1 hour, 8 minutes and 57 seconds in the 60 kilometer race. That time was 1 minute and 2 seconds faster than McCanney’s one.
The big winner of the day was Pierre Alexandre Renet, who passed Ivan Cervantes and Johnny Aubert to win the E2 category with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 33 seconds. Aubert, winner of the Super Test on Friday, finished second, and the italian Alexandre Salvini was third.
The other winners were Joakim Ljunggren (E3), Antoine Meo (E1) and Giacomo Redondi (Junior).
The activity continues tomorrow with 60 kilometers of tests in the second round of the Enduro World Championship.
Frenchman Johnny Aubert was the big winner in the first day of the Enduro World Championship round in Talca, Chile. Aubert won the Super Test in Gimnasio Municipal de Talca with a time of 2:05.21, 2 and half tenths of a second faster than italian Alex Salvini and 2 seconds faster than spaniard Iván Cervantes. With that chrono, Aubert won the E2 category. Best chilean rider in the E2 division was Benjamín Israel. Only woman racing this weekend, chilean Josefina “Kuki” Gardulski, was 30th in the E2 category.
The other winners were:
E1: Antoine Meo, 2:06.23
E3: Christophe Nambotin, 2:06.12
Junior: Robert Kvarnström, 2:07.20
Youth: Jamie McCanney, 2:09.11
DeltaWing Racing Cars is pressing ahead on development not just with its well known revolutionary open-top version, but also is revealing a Coupe version that will premiere this week at Sebring International Raceway. The coupe version of the DeltaWing features a new tub and wider driver greenhouse, among other new elements, to comply with the new 2014 LMP1 regulations. The car will debut in the American Le Mans Series later this year, possibly as early as at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May. Besides the new hard-top configuration, the car is set to be fitted with a new engine designed and built by Elan Motorsports Technologies. On the current open-top DeltaWing, the team has updated its engine to a 2.0L turbocharged aluminum block for racing in LMP1.
“As the season goes forward, and we incorporate the new tub and new chassis with the new 2014 rules, and new engine, we think as with any new program that it will continue to improve in performance,” said Dr. Don Panoz, managing partner, DeltaWing Racing Cars.
Francisco “Chaleco” López has signed with KTM Racing to became a factory rider for the brand in the next FIM Rally Cross Country World Championship and of course, in the 2014 Dakar. López had had a relationship with KTM in 2007 and 2008 when he was a support rider, and returned to the orange brand for the 2013 Dakar as a privateer.
López will compete in at least two rallies as a KTM official rider, in preparation for the Dakar. These rallies will be the Desafío Ruta 4o in Argentina (June) and the Pharaohs Rally in Egipt (September). He will also do testing with KTM in Africa and maybe will add the Morocco Rally to his schedule.
López raced the last Dakar on a KTM, but as a privateer with support from Tamarugal XC Rally Team. He won five stages and finished in a great third place behind Cyril Despres and Ruben Faria, both KTM official riders.
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