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Autosport 19/09/19

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great competition, both with the old and the new

For those who want close competition between different machines, sideways racing cars and lots of noise, the Goodwood Revival is one of the highlights of any season. Last weekend’s 22nd edition was no exception and had some added spice. As Goodwood aficionado Marcus Pye reports on page 16, a range of modern sportscar stars, led by Andre Lotterer, put on a superb display. Lotterer’s chase of fellow Le Mans winner Romain Dumas, both in rumbling Cobras, was classy and resulted in RAC TT (above) success, while ex-F1 and sportscar racer Karl Wendlinger looked very much at home wielding Patrick Watts’s mighty Studebaker Silver Hawk. Nevertheless, Goodwood regular Sam Hancock provided the most memorable moments, with his incredible effort just failing to secure a victory for Ferrari in the 1950s sportscar encounter. Perhaps the…

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r-motorsport and multimatic for le mans astons

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Two teams will represent Aston Martin with the new Valkyrie racer in the first season of the hypercar category in the World Endurance Championship. The British manufacturer is still playing its cards close to its chest, but it can be taken as read that Multimatic and R-Motorsport will field cars over the course of the 2020-21 WEC. It appears certain that the UK-based Multimatic team, fresh from three seasons masterminding Ford’s GTE Pro assault on the WEC, will be the works operation. The involvement of the Canadian-based automotive multinational in the wider Valkyrie programme is no secret. Multimatic vice-president of engineering and motorsport boss Larry Holt sits on the steering committee for the project, while Aston chief Andy Palmer described an organisation that undertook much of the design and…

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toyota given its penalties for home fuji race

WEC The new system of success handicaps introduced for the World Endurance Championship will slow the Silverstone-winning Toyota by nearly a second and a half per lap for round two at Fuji next month. Confirmation of the penalties for the LMP1 class runners under a system that was only finalised in the week of this month’s Silverstone series opener has come from the FIA Endurance Committee. It released a table on Monday revealing the extent of the penalties and how they will be achieved. The 1.4s penalty for the #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez will be achieved by a reduction in the amounts of hybrid energy that can be deployed and fuel that can be used by the car. Hybrid energy deployment is down…

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imola plans bid for return to f1 schedule

FORMULA 1 Imola and Mugello are weighing up bids to host a Formula 1 grand prix, following Monza’s new multi-year deal that secured the future of the Italian Grand Prix. Former San Marino GP host Imola has the FIA Grade 1 status it needs to host F1 again after undergoing development work – which included cutting the final chicane – since holding the last of its 27 grands prix in 2006. MotoGP venue Mugello has never held an F1 race, but testing has taken place there, most recently in 2012. Imola bosses have tasked track-design company Dromo with revamping its paddock hospitality offerings and a statement from the track said it is “ready to accept the challenge” of trying to bring F1 back to the circuit. “The great work done by ACI president…

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williams extends deal for mercedes engines

FORMULA 1 Williams and Mercedes have agreed to a five-year extension of their Formula 1 engine-supply deal, to take their partnership to 2025. Williams, which has used Mercedes power since the start of F1’s turbo-hybrid era in 2014, will continue to make its own gearbox rather than join Racing Point and take a supply from Mercedes. “We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Mercedes-Benz over the past six years of what was originally a seven-year agreement, and so we are delighted to be continuing working with them for a further five years from 2021,” said Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams. Williams has enjoyed a good relationship with its current engine supplier for a long time, in part because Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff was previously a shareholder and director at the Grove-based team.…

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da costa joins ds techeetah

FORMULA E Another two pieces of the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver-market jigsaw fell into place this week with the announcements that Antonio Felix da Costa will join DS Techeetah and Nico Muller will drive for Dragon Racing. Ex-BMW pilot da Costa will race for the reigning champion squad – where he completed FE’s first two seasons in the team’s Aguri guise – alongside double title winner Jean-Eric Vergne, but can only start working with the team from 1 October as he remains on gardening leave after exiting his BMW contract. The 28-year-old Portuguese is expected to sample DS Techeetah’s new package in a private test ahead of the Valencia group running. “If I was going to do a change then it was an easy choice to join a team that…