Sebastian Vettel India F1 World Champion

By winning the Indian Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel has become the youngest-ever four-time world champion; only the fourth person in history to ever achieve four titles. Vettel claimed the race with a two-stop strategy, starting on the Pirelli soft tire and then completing two stints on the Pirelli medium tire. His first stint only lasted two laps, but Red Bull and Vettel were able to make this strategy work through traffic, to win his third Indian Grand Prix in a row. He is the only Formula 1 driver to win a race in India so far, as he has claimed the three races held there.

“First of all I would love to say thank you to the crowds, it was an unbelievable reception today and it’s a shame we are not racing here next year. I’m speechless. I crossed the line and I was empty. I took ages to think about something to say. It’s one of these moments where you want to say so many things but you can’t. It’s been such a phenomenal season. I think the team and the spirit inside the team is so strong; I said it on the radio already – it gives me so much power. It’s a pleasure to jump in the car and go out for the guys and girls and try to give it all I have. The car was fantastic today. I didn’t think about the do-nuts before the race today – it just happened. My engineer directed for the usual procedure, but I said ‘not this time!’. There are so many people on the main grandstand here, I just had to do it. I want to say a big thank you to the team to all the people behind us. It was for sure not an easy season and even though people on the outside thought we had it in our hands, I think it was difficult. It a was tough season for me personally, to receive boos even though we haven’t done anything wrong; to overcome that and give the right answer on the track and get acceptance makes me very proud. To join people like Prost, Fangio and Michael (Schumacher) is unbelievable. I think this is one of the best days in my life so far. There are so many people that I have to thank; I’ve always tried to listen and learn and it’s incredible to race some of the best drivers in the world.” said Sebastian after the race.

The podium was completed by Nico Rosberg and a brilliant Romain Grosjean, who started 17th. Latinoamerican drivers finished 5 th (Checo Pérez), 12th (Pastor Maldonado) and 15th (Esteban Gutiérrez).

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

October 27, 2013 Formula 1

Kroger 200

Darrell Wallace Jr., better known as “Bubba” Wallace made history yesterday at Martinsville Speedway by winning his first race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. With the victory, Wallace, only 20 years old, becomes the second African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series race, joining NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott.

“We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Darrell’s success, following fellow NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson’s win earlier this season, is indicative of a youth and multicultural movement that bodes well for NASCAR’s future growth.”

The Concord, N.C., driver of the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports is running for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season in the Truck Series.

In 2010, Wallace won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year and was championship runner up. Last season at Dover, Wallace became the first African-American driver to win the Pole Award. in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  Wallace was part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in 2010 and 2011.

 

Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images

October 27, 2013 NASCAR

Sam Sunderland Helder Rodriguez Merzouga Rally

British rider Sam Sunderland continues the Honda CRF450 Rally success story, this time with a victory in the Merzouga Rally. His Team HRC team-mate Hélder Rodrigues finished second.  Is the second win in a row for the Honda CRF450 Rally after a huge victory for Paulo Goncalves in the Maroc Rally, which gave him the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship over KTM’s Marc Coma. This two wins show the potential of this new Honda motorbike, which might be able to challenge the winning streak that KTM has built with riders like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres (now at Yamaha). With 70 days left for the start of the Dakar Rally, Honda couldn’t be better prepared.

“Yeah, it’s perfect. Just before the Dakar. It’s nice for confidence. The week went really well. The bike was flawless. The team did really well. Everybody was working together for the same thing and in the end we won. We came first and second. I’m really happy as it’s been a long time since I raced. To finish like this is the best it can be, just before the Dakar. I’ve a lot of confidence now. We’ve just got to keep working. It has proved that I’m moving in the right direction. The last two races we’ve come away with victory, it’s really important for the team spirit. I’m really happy to be winning.” said Sam Sunderland , after the win.

Merzouga Rally 2013 Final Results

1 – Sam Sunderland 13:41’31 ENG – HONDA – Team HRC

2 – Helder Rodrigues – +15’42 – PRT – HONDA Team HRC

3 – Olivier Pain – +37’21 – FRA – YAMAHA – Yamaha Racing

4 – Jordi Viladoms – +55’41 – ESP – GAS GAS – Gas Gas JVO Team

5 – Henk Knuiman – +02:03’48 – HOL – KTM – KTM Knuiman

6 – Antonio Gimeno – +02:16’37 – ESP – KTM – EnduroPro

7 – Pedro Bianchi – +02:42’22 – POR – HUSQVARNA – Bianchi Prata

8 – Gerard Farrés – +02:52’51 – ESP – GAS GAS – Gas Gas JVO Team

9 – Marc Guasch – +02:58’44 – ESP – GAS GAS – Gas Gas JVO Team

10 – Andrea Mancini – +03:26’46 – ITA – BETA – Team Dirt Racing Beta

 

Photo:  Helder Rodrigues and Sam Sunderland celebrate the win – Credit: Team HRC

October 27, 2013 Off-Road

Jorge Bas Panam GP Series

Chileans Vicente Bas, Jorge Bas and Abel Alonso are already in Perú preparing for the next to last race of the Panam GP Series season, to be held on October, 27 at Autodromo La Chutana in Lima. Chileans have confidence that the peruvian land will give them good results, mainly because they know the circuit better than rivals in other countries, particularly Mexico, whose drivers usually dominate the Series. “The track is very fast and technical, but we are certain that we can achieve a good result as we are all equal. For these races Mexican drivers do not know the circuit and finally we run as equals ” assures Jorge Bas, who is fourth in the championship with 111 points at only one point to the third.

For the three Chileans, La Chutana represents the stage prior to the finale of the 2013 Championship which will be held on Sunday November, 24 at the Autodromo Interlomas of Temuco in Chile.

The eighth presentation of the Panam GP Series begins Friday morning with practice at Autodromo La Chutana. Saturday will see qualifying and Sunday October 27, the two main races.

Desafio Inca 2013

Chilean riders obtained an historic international result a couple weeks back in Paracas, Perú. Chilean riders Ignacio Casale (pictured) and Pablo Quintanilla both won in their respective categories (quad and motorbike) in the Desafio Inca, the final race in the schedule of the Dakar Challenge Series. Quintanilla, riding a KTM, defeated the best in Latinamerica and some elite riders like Cyril Despres and David Casteu.

In bikes, other chileans also had a good race with Claudio “Burrito” Rodríguez finishing fifth, Felipe Prohens sixth and Cristián Naser eight. On his side, Casale dominated the race beating peruvian Ignacio Flores and argentinian Sebastián Halpern. Chilean Victor Gallegos also finished in the Top 5 with a fifth place.

Brazilian Guilherme Spinelli won in the car category.

Final Standings – Bike

  1. Pablo Quintanilla (Chile) 11:56:05
  2. David Casteu +0:09:29
  3. Eduardo Henrich (Perú) +0:31:14
  4. Juan Carlos “Chavo”  Salvatierra (Bolivia) +0:37:33
  5. Claudio “Burrito” Rodríguez (Chile) +0:37:35
  6. Felipe Prohens (Chile) +0:44:39

More chilean riders: 8. Cristián Naser Colombo, 12. Ronald Ambler, 15. Jaime Prohens, 19. Enrique Guzmán, 21. Daniel Gouet

 

Final Standings – Quad

  1. Ignacio Casale (Chile) 12:54:37
  2. Ignacio Flores (Perú) +0:26:15
  3. Sebastián Halpern (Argentina) +1:31:41
  4. Lucas Bonetto (Argentina) +1:46:06
  5. Víctor Gallegos (Chile)  +2:39:52
  6. Christian Málaga (Perú) + 2:46:01

October 25, 2013 Off-Road