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Motorsport News

08/07/20

First with the news, views and reports, Motorsport News is the voice of British motorsport and a must-read for all motorsport fans. Britain's only weekly motorsport newspaper, MN delivers up-to-date, entertaining and reliable news, reports and results from all categories of the sport. Whether you prefer Formula One cars or a Ford Escort Mk2, MN is the publication for you.

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1 min.
estonia’s first wrc round to open refreshed schedule

This season’s World Rally Championship will restart in Estonia on September 4 and have a minimum of eight rounds. The high-speed gravel event, a former European championship counter, is scheduled to get underway 174 days after Rally Mexico was curtailed on March 14 and means 33 countries will have hosted a WRC round. Rally Turkey remains on its original September 24-27 slot on the restart calendar issued by the FIA last week. It needs to move if the Ypres Rally in Belgium is to be included. Otherwise, Rally Italy – on Wales Rally GB’s original October 29-November 1 date – and Rally Japan will complete the truncated schedule. But with question marks remaining over Japan, Motorsport News understands teams are already lobbying the Turkish organisers to run their rally a week earlier than planned. That…

2 min.
going racing in the right way

This week, we not only welcome the return of Formula 1 but of national racing too. It has been a long four months since we should have begun, but UK motorsport is back. The landscape looks very different, and we sent Paul Lawrence to Castle Combe on Saturday to explore. It seems the grids are healthy, the measures put in place work and the volunteers and clubs are just as enthusiastic as ever. MN hopes that national rallying can find a solution to get itself back into action again soon too. For those who had avoided the temptation to head to the nearest pub, there was also the grand prix to enjoy on Sunday. While it looked, initially, like it would be a walkover for the Mercedes-Benz team, it made hard work…

2 min.
racing news norris lands first podium as formula 1 kicks off in austria

By Matt James McLaren racer Lando Norris said he feared he had messed up in theAustrian Grand Prix but recovered his composure to earn his first podium in Formula 1. The 20-year-old Briton joined Mercedes-Benz driver Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on the podium at the Red Bull Ring. World champion Lewis Hamilton was penalised for a collision with Red Bull racer Alex Albon which dropped him to fourth in the results. “I’m speechless,” said Norris after the race. “I think there was a few points in the race where I thought I fudged it up quite bit. I dropped to fifth with a few laps to go, Carlos [Sainz] was almost getting past me. I managed to get past [Sergio] Perez, and I ended up on the podium. “It was a long…

2 min.
in brief

All change in FE The FIA has outlined Formula E cost-saving regulations with teams’ race garage staff cut from 20 to 17 and tyre allocations by 25%. Hankook will replace Michelin as FE’s tyre supplier from the 2022-23 season. Daniel Abt, who recently split from Audi after a sim racer replaced him in an Esports race, has signed for NIO for the rest of this FE season. Williams appointed FE battery supplier Williams Advanced Engineering has won the FIA contract to supply the forthcoming Gen3 Formula E battery systems. The firm produced the Gen1 batteries used from FE’s 2014 inception until 2018; McLaren Applied Technologies got the current Gen2 deal. The 350kW Gen3 car will be introduced for FE’s 2022-23 season. Silverstone Experience reopening The Silverstone Experience will reopen on July 20, having been closed…

1 min.
le mans to have limited 2020 crowd

Spectators will be allowed at this year’s rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hour race, though only those who have already purchased a ticket or are an Automobile Club de l’Ouest member. Le Mans organiser ACO confirmed last week it has suspended further ticket sales for the 2020 endurance classic, scheduled for September 19-20, pending improvements in the Covid-19 situation and restrictions on large crowds being lifted. Those who have already booked grandstand tickets, camping areas, parking spaces or ACO member hospitality areas also can purchase corresponding race tickets. The ACO did not specify an expected crowd figure, though a cap of 50,000 has been reported. ACO president Pierre Fillon said: “At the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, solidarity and responsibility will be more than mere words. We will not be breaking…

1 min.
jordan forced to stand down from btcc commitments

British Touring Car Championship star Andrew Jordan says he is in no rush to return to the series after announcing that he would not be taking up his place with the WSR BMW team for the 2020 competition. The 2013 champion’s deal to take part in the contest with the title-winning team fell apart last week, and he will take a sabbatical from the series (see column, page 11). Jordan said: “The circumstances that we had in place at the start of the year just weren’t the same after the turbulent times we have all been though. We just couldn’t get the deal to add up, so I have had to stand down. “It was a very tough decision, but I am busy and I have had lots of offers since the news…