Chilean driver Jorge Bas had a couple of good weeks in México racing in the Panam GP Series. Bas grabbed two podiums finishes at Querétaro, scoring a pair of third places. That was a solid weekend for Bas. Then, last week at Chiapas, Bas got another pair of good results, finishing fifth and fourth in the two races, respectively. The results allow Bas to stay in the fight for the championship with mexican drivers Rudy Camarillo, Giancarlo Vecchi and Pablo Sánchez. In Chiapas, the other chilean drivers had tougher weekends. Abel Alonso finished ninth and Vicente Bas wasn’t able to race due to technical problems with his car.
The next round of the Panam GP Series is scheduled for September 14 and 15, with races at Autódromo La Guacima in Costa Rica.
Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya won’t race the N°42 Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in 2014, as co-owner Felix Sabates announced today that Montoya’s contract wasn’t renewed for the next season. Montoya grabbed two wins in eight years with Ganassi in NASCAR. The last three seasons have been very tough for Montoya and his team, as he has finished 21st and 22nd in 2011 and 2012, and is currently 22nd in the point standings, without wins and with only 5 top tens in 22 races. Montoya had his best year a while ago, in 2009, when he finished eight after fighting with Jimmie Johnson for the top spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Montoya, a proven winner in open-wheel, could return to NASCAR with another team or try a different series, like IndyCar or United Sports Car Racing, maybe even for Ganassi.
The replacement for Montoya in the N°42 car also remains unknown, but Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman seem to be the leading candidates.
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Good news for chilean racing fans, as progress is being made at the Autodromo Internacional de Codegua in the Sixth Region of Chile. The board of AIC has set a March 2014 inauguration date for the new facility, which will have 14 different track configurations with the longest one having a length of 4,6 kilometers. AIC will have state of the art facilities, with a focus in safety and quality. The pits will have 80 boxes and 36 VIP suites over the boxes. The width of the track will be 13 meters, with a maximum of 16 meters in the front straight.
“This may seem like a dream, something crazy, but we moved the desire to support motorsport and Chilean petrolheads. So we are building the AIC, which is located on the grounds of the Fundo La Estancilla. We acquired the site in January 2010, and after we got the permissions and certifications required for a work of this kind from the authorities who monitor environmental impact, we began work in April 2012. Our schedule indicates that everything will be ready later this year, and we intend to inaugurate it with racing in March 2014” said Luis Toledo, one of the four investors that are founding AIC. Pedro Ortiz, Mauricio Barrios and Juan Pablo Morales are the others.
AIC directors have already had meetings with Pablo Peón, from Super TC2000 Argentina and Johnny Bonilla, from the Association of Racetracks of Brazil, in order to get support and start working in future collaborations.
Codegua is only 72 kilometers away from Santiago, and just 17 kilometers away from Rancagua, the main city of the region.
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Colombian driver Gabby Cháves earned his first win in the Firestone Indy Lights series, today at Mid-Ohio. Cháves led every lap after starting from the pole, and only was challenged for the top stop in the start of the race, with Peter Dempsey making a risky move on the outside on Turn 1. Dempsey finished second and Jack Hawksworth third. Colombian Carlos Muñoz was the man of the race, after he had an spin early on while trying to pass Hawksworth and managed to recover to fourth place after falling to last place.
Mexican Juan Pablo García finshed sixth, venezuelan Jorge “Pollito” Goncalvez was ninth and Giancarlo Serenelli was eleventh and last.
Muñoz still leads the standings, with Cháves now in second place. All Colombia in the top spots of the Indy Lights series.
1. (1) Gabby Chaves, 40, Running
2. (2) Peter Dempsey, 40, Running
3. (3) Jack Hawksworth, 40, Running
4. (4) Carlos Munoz, 40, Running
5. (5) Zach Veach, 40, Running
6. (7) Juan Pablo Garcia, 40, Running
7. (6) Axcil Jefferies, 40, Running
8. (9) Sage Karam, 40, Running
9. (8) Jorge Goncalvez, 40, Running
10. (10) Matthew Di Leo, 40, Running
11. (11) Giancarlo Serenelli, 38, Running
Photo: Bret Kelley – IndyCar Media
Paulo Goncalves and Speedbrain won the Rally dos Sertoes in Brazil beating Cyril Despres and Marc Coma by a considerable margin at the finish line in Goiana. Goncalves rode a fantastic rally, winning four stages and finishing in the Top 3 in nine opportunities. It must feel great for the portuguese rider as he finally got to beat Marc Coma in a round of the FIM Cross Country World Championship. In most events this season, Goncalves had finished second behind Coma, the current leader of the standings. Goncalves’ victory allows him to cut the difference between Coma and him to just three points with just one rally remaining, the Pharaons Rally in Egypt. Cyril Despres and Marc Coma completed the podium in Brazil. Local rider Jean Azevedo finished fourth.
“This is a very important victory for myself and the entire team Speedbrain after becoming close second on the podium at the last several rounds. I have no words for this win today, I am so happy. And for sure this win not only belongs to me. It is a teamwork result for my Speedbrain 450 R bike and everybody of the team staff. Without their perfect job this would not have been possible. Four stage wins and nine times on the podium is a great reward when looking at the very hard race and tough competition. A big thank you also to all of our sponsors. We are only a small manufacturer but the support is great. Now I look forward to the final round at Egypt. I will fight hard to win the world championship title.” said Goncalves after his commanding win in Brazil.
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Final Overall Results Rally dos Sertoes 2013
1. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Speedbrain) 30:27:38 hrs
2. Cyril Despres (FRA, Yamaha) +00:25:00
3. Marc Coma (ESP, KTM) +00:30:52
4. Jean Azevedo (BRA, Honda) +01:20:00
5. Jakub Przygonski (POL, KTM)+01:31:36
Photo: speedbrain / www.speedbrain.de
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