Autosport 13/05/21

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in the headlines

ABITEBOUL TO MECACHROME Ex-Renault F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul has become motorsport advisor to Mecachrome. The French engineering company produces a number of components for the Renault engines used by the Alpine F1 team, and supplies powerplants for FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3. REUTEMANN UNWELL Carlos Reutemann, the 1970s and 1980s Argentinian F1 hero who went on to become a politician, was in intensive care in hospital in Rosario last weekend, aft er being transferred from care in his home city of Santa Fe. The 79-year-old is suffering from digestive bleeding. Reutemann had surgery to remove a liver tumour in 2017 and has struggled with his health ever since. HONDA PAIR WIN AT FUJI Real Racing Honda duo Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi won last Tuesday’s Fuji Super GT round on the traditional Japanese…

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in the headlines

SOLBERG JR BACK FOR ITALY Up-and-coming rally star Oliver Solberg has secured another top-flight World Rally Championship outing on next month’s Rally Italy. The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will again drive a 2C Competition Hyundai i20 Coupe aft er impressing on his way to seventh during his debut run with the team on February’s Arctic Rally Finland. The Sardinian event takes place on 3-6 June. TANAK AND NEUVILLE STAY The WRC silly season is looking very sensible at the moment. Hyundai has retained the services of 2019 champion Ott Tanak plus the marque’s long-time star Thierry Neuville for 2022 on what have been described as “multi-year deals”. It has also recruited long-time M-Sport Ford technical man Christian Loriaux as what has been described as “an external technical advisor”. GOTZ HEADS DTM…

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tough time for perez on way to fifth

Sergio Perez had to contend with a shoulder problem in qualifying that contributed to him lining his Red Bull up a disappointing eighth for the Spanish Grand Prix. Having recovered by Sunday morning, the Mexican dispatched Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz Jr at the start to climb into sixth. But Perez hit something of an impasse with the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo, who proved a tricky customer to clear despite the powerful effect of DRS. Even through the first round of stops, the Australian remained ahead. Perez finally passed Ricciardo at the start of lap 46, cruising around the outside at Turn 1 to relegate him to sixth. Perez then had enough in reserve to lap faster than Ricciardo, cementing fifth place after the midfield runners all came in to make a…

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ricciardo hits his stride at mclaren

Daniel Ricciardo produced his best race so far in McLaren colours, taking a valiant sixth place at Barcelona after defending fifth from Sergio Perez throughout the opening two thirds of the race. After clearing Carlos Sainz Jr and Esteban Ocon at the start, Ricciardo absorbed heavy pressure from Perez, although was ordered by race control to stop weaving on the start/finish straight to break the DRS tow. After his second stop, Ricciardo then had to pick his way past team-mate Lando Norris and the Alpine of Ocon to return to sixth place. Although Sainz put in a late race charge and caught Ricciardo, the Australian managed to hold on to score eight points. Norris struggled by comparison, making no progress from ninth at the start and staying there until the first round…

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cook serves up a delicious starter

Josh Cook wasn’t at the forefront of the British Touring Car Championship gossip pre-season. He’s remained at the BTC Racing Honda team to drive its Civic Type R for a third successive campaign, amid all the winter chopping and changing on the driver-and-car line-ups. There was no sign of setting the world on fire in the official test at Silverstone. And the end of BTC’s two-year tie-up with Civic builder Team Dynamics coincided with a switch from the potent Neil Brown-built Honda engines to the‘bog-standard’ TOCA Swindon unit. Yet there was the lofty Bath redhead last weekend at Thruxton, bursting out of the blocks with speed when it mattered, and rough-but-the-right-side-of-fair racecraft when required, to brush off the opposition and blitz the first two races. Reigning champion Ash Sutton could have…

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plato: age shall not weary them

Jason Plato is back, and he’s angry. The veteran two-time champion ploughed straight back into controversy in Saturday’s qualifying when he baulked Jake Hill’s final flier at the chicane while he was heading for the pits in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra. What made Plato fume was an official who, apparently in all seriousness, suggested that the bespectacled 53-year-old was perhaps getting a bit old and maybe his eyesight wasn’t as good as it once was. What followed on Sunday was three very strong races for Plato. From 11th on the grid, he raced to sixth in race one, losing out in a fight with Dan Cammish and Rory Butcher. In race two he improved to fifth after being passed by Dan Rowbottom. And in the finale he pipped Hill for…