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Gouker, Davis, And Matsudaira Wrap Up Mini Cup By Motul Championship At Barber Motorsports Park – MotoAmerica
Zhou Guanyu Extends Alfa Romeo Stay for 2023
Lando Norris grades himself on 2022 McLaren season so far ahead of Singapore Grand Prix | F1 | Sports
10 Seriously Impressive Hybrid Performance Cars Every Gearhead Should Know About
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Kensei Matsudaira (74) won both 190cc races at Barber Motorsports Park and also clinched the 2022 Mini Cup by Motul Championship in the 190cc class. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

The 2022 Mini Cup by Motul Championship wrapped up at Barber Motorsports Park over the past weekend as MotoAmerica’s youngest road racers competed aboard Ohvale GP-0 and GP-2 mini-racers on their own dedicated course located next to the big track at Barber.

Number-one plates were awarded to the Champions in each of three classes, with Nathan Gouker clinching the 110cc class title, Ryder Davis winning the 160cc class, and Kensei Matsudaira taking the 190cc crown.

All three riders won races, with Gouker the victor in 110cc race two and 160cc race three, Davis winning 160cc race one and 160cc race two, and Matsudaira taking the checkered flag in both 190cc races. Also, Mac MacClugage won 110cc race one and 160 race four.


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Kensei Matsudaira (74) won both 190cc races at Barber Motorsports Park and also clinched the 2022 Mini Cup by Motul Championship in the 190cc class. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

The 2022 Mini Cup by Motul Championship wrapped up at Barber Motorsports Park over the past weekend as MotoAmerica’s youngest road racers competed aboard Ohvale GP-0 and GP-2 mini-racers on their own dedicated course located next to the big track at Barber.

Number-one plates were awarded to the Champions in each of three classes, with Nathan Gouker clinching the 110cc class title, Ryder Davis winning the 160cc class, and Kensei Matsudaira taking the 190cc crown.

All three riders won races, with Gouker the victor in 110cc race two and 160cc race three, Davis winning 160cc race one and 160cc race two, and Matsudaira taking the checkered flag in both 190cc races. Also, Mac MacClugage won 110cc race one and 160 race four.


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[date_timestamp] => 1664284163 ) [1] => Array ( [title] => Zhou Guanyu Extends Alfa Romeo Stay for 2023 [link] => http://formulaone.news/alfa-romeo/zhou-guanyu-extends-alfa-romeo-stay-for-2023 [category] => Alfa Romeo [pubdate] => Tue, 27 Sep 2022 02:37:13 GMT [guid] => https://rssmasher.techmasherfeed.aspx?mid=3892&id=7976875 [description] => zhou Guanyu has extended his stay with Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN after an impressive first year with the team, meaning he will race for them in 2023.. [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>


Zhou Guanyu Extends Alfa Romeo Stay for 2023

zhou Guanyu has extended his stay with Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN after an impressive first year with the team, meaning he will race for them in 2023.

The 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix made history as it saw the first Chinese driver take part in a FIA Formula 1 World Championship race, and Zhou showed has shown his worth by scoring points in his debut race. The Chinese driver has developed a good relationship with much more experienced teammate Valtteri Bottas, with the former mentoring him during his first year in the sport.

Zhou has six points this season, an impressive amount for a rookie and could have had more but he has been unlucky in multiple races throughout the year. On top of that, he is contributing not just on the track but also with his simulator work and general attitude around the Alfa Romeo team.

Despite an impressive first season, Zhou will be pushing for more next season as he looks to consolidate his status in Formula 1.

“I am happy and grateful to Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN for the opportunity to be part of the team for another season. Making it to Formula One was a dream come true and the feeling of competing for the first time in a race will live with me forever: the team has been incredibly supportive, welcoming me from day one and helping me adapt to the most complex series in motorsport.

“There is more that I want to achieve in this sport and with the team, and the hard work we have put together since the start of the year is just the first step towards where we want to be next season. There is still a lot to learn, a lot to develop but I am confident in our work: I am looking forward to the next chapter of our story together.”

team principal, Frederic Vasseur was also pleased with the announcement and hopes Zhou can continue to excel.

“I am looking forward to continuing working with Zhou. From day one with the team, at the Abu Dhabi test last year, he has impressed me with his approach to work and this is always a very positive trait.

“We knew he was quick, but the way he adapted to Formula One in such a short time has been one of the best surprises of our season. He is a very nice guy, everyone in the team likes both his personality and attitude.

“He had the humility to ask questions and learn, from the engineers as well as Valtteri, and the intelligence to apply all the information he got to improve race after race. He will have this experience to draw on next season, and I am sure he will make another step forward as we continue to grow our team.”



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Zhou Guanyu Extends Alfa Romeo Stay for 2023

zhou Guanyu has extended his stay with Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN after an impressive first year with the team, meaning he will race for them in 2023.

The 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix made history as it saw the first Chinese driver take part in a FIA Formula 1 World Championship race, and Zhou showed has shown his worth by scoring points in his debut race. The Chinese driver has developed a good relationship with much more experienced teammate Valtteri Bottas, with the former mentoring him during his first year in the sport.

Zhou has six points this season, an impressive amount for a rookie and could have had more but he has been unlucky in multiple races throughout the year. On top of that, he is contributing not just on the track but also with his simulator work and general attitude around the Alfa Romeo team.

Despite an impressive first season, Zhou will be pushing for more next season as he looks to consolidate his status in Formula 1.

“I am happy and grateful to Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN for the opportunity to be part of the team for another season. Making it to Formula One was a dream come true and the feeling of competing for the first time in a race will live with me forever: the team has been incredibly supportive, welcoming me from day one and helping me adapt to the most complex series in motorsport.

“There is more that I want to achieve in this sport and with the team, and the hard work we have put together since the start of the year is just the first step towards where we want to be next season. There is still a lot to learn, a lot to develop but I am confident in our work: I am looking forward to the next chapter of our story together.”

team principal, Frederic Vasseur was also pleased with the announcement and hopes Zhou can continue to excel.

“I am looking forward to continuing working with Zhou. From day one with the team, at the Abu Dhabi test last year, he has impressed me with his approach to work and this is always a very positive trait.

“We knew he was quick, but the way he adapted to Formula One in such a short time has been one of the best surprises of our season. He is a very nice guy, everyone in the team likes both his personality and attitude.

“He had the humility to ask questions and learn, from the engineers as well as Valtteri, and the intelligence to apply all the information he got to improve race after race. He will have this experience to draw on next season, and I am sure he will make another step forward as we continue to grow our team.”



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Lando Norris has provided an assessment of his season prior to Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. The Brit has scored 88 points so far this season, and sits seventh in the drivers’ standings – 80 points behind Lewis Hamilton, and 22 points ahead of the lead Alpine of Esteban Ocon.

The 22-year-old managed just one podium finish so far, which he achieved at Imola back in April. The young F1 star has shown consistency having finished five of the last seven races in seventh place, with a sixth-place finish at Silverstone and 12th in Belgium making up the other two.

When asked to grade his campaign so far, Norris told RacingNews365.com: “Probably an 8.5, 8.8. Some races have been extremely good. I saw a press release the other day, talking about my podium in Imola, which in some ways, I would say is probably my best podium I’ve ever had.

“We probably had one of the slowest cars on the grid that weekend, and I somehow finished on the podium, which still shocks me. But I am honored to be fighting against Alpine, I think they’ve had a better car for the majority of the season.

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“They’ve just made more silly mistakes, the drivers have made more mistakes. And I’ve just been always there picking up the pieces from people making mistakes and crashing and things like that.”

It has been a tough year for McLaren who have had to deal with the saga involving Daniel Ricciardo and Oscar Piastri. The Australian’s imminent departure was announced last month with the Australian leaving McLaren at the end of the current campaign – despite having a year left on his contract.

Ricciardo’s loss was Piastri’s gain, as the 21-year-old was announced as his fellow Australian’s replacement after snubbing current team Alpine where he is a reserve driver. Piastri will team up with Norris, creating one of the most exciting young pairings in the sport.

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Ahead of their 2023 partnership, Norris has revealed he is ‘excited’ to work alongside one of F1’s brightest prospects. He said: “I’m excited to work with someone different.

“I’ve had two very different, extremely good drivers [Carlos Sainz Jr and Ricciardo as teammates] In my first few years in Formula 1, I always look forward to working with someone new.

“I just hope that they’re someone you can get along with and have some fun with [but] I [also] don’t mind if they hate me, and they never want to talk to me.”


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Lando Norris has provided an assessment of his season prior to Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. The Brit has scored 88 points so far this season, and sits seventh in the drivers’ standings – 80 points behind Lewis Hamilton, and 22 points ahead of the lead Alpine of Esteban Ocon.

The 22-year-old managed just one podium finish so far, which he achieved at Imola back in April. The young F1 star has shown consistency having finished five of the last seven races in seventh place, with a sixth-place finish at Silverstone and 12th in Belgium making up the other two.

When asked to grade his campaign so far, Norris told RacingNews365.com: “Probably an 8.5, 8.8. Some races have been extremely good. I saw a press release the other day, talking about my podium in Imola, which in some ways, I would say is probably my best podium I’ve ever had.

“We probably had one of the slowest cars on the grid that weekend, and I somehow finished on the podium, which still shocks me. But I am honored to be fighting against Alpine, I think they’ve had a better car for the majority of the season.

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“They’ve just made more silly mistakes, the drivers have made more mistakes. And I’ve just been always there picking up the pieces from people making mistakes and crashing and things like that.”

It has been a tough year for McLaren who have had to deal with the saga involving Daniel Ricciardo and Oscar Piastri. The Australian’s imminent departure was announced last month with the Australian leaving McLaren at the end of the current campaign – despite having a year left on his contract.

Ricciardo’s loss was Piastri’s gain, as the 21-year-old was announced as his fellow Australian’s replacement after snubbing current team Alpine where he is a reserve driver. Piastri will team up with Norris, creating one of the most exciting young pairings in the sport.

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Ahead of their 2023 partnership, Norris has revealed he is ‘excited’ to work alongside one of F1’s brightest prospects. He said: “I’m excited to work with someone different.

“I’ve had two very different, extremely good drivers [Carlos Sainz Jr and Ricciardo as teammates] In my first few years in Formula 1, I always look forward to working with someone new.

“I just hope that they’re someone you can get along with and have some fun with [but] I [also] don’t mind if they hate me, and they never want to talk to me.”


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Honda NSX - Front quarter view

Hybrid powertrains manage to leverage the efficiency of an electric motor with the performance of a traditional one. With regulations kicking around the world, auto manufacturers are adapting some of their most popular sports cars with modern, hybrid versions.

While brands like BMW have taken a mild-hybrid approach, other manufacturers have dived in head-first with plug-in hybrid models that produce even more power than the outgoing models. These new models may take a bit of time to get used to, but the added performance makes it a sweet deal for everyone.

Interested in learning more about the latest hybrid performance cars? Here are 10 seriously impressive hybrid performance cars that every gearhead should know about.

10 Lamborghini Sian

Lamborghini_SianAlexander Migl via Wikimedia

Lamborghini has always been known as the most extravagant and elaborate supercar brand. The new Lamborghini Sian is the first-ever hybrid supercar that comes with an 807-hp powertrain. The new hybrid powertrain is seriously impressive as it manages to accelerate the supercar from 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds.

Lamborghini Sianvia: Lamborghini

The Sian may be a hybrid powertrain, but Lamborghini still manages to find space for a massive V12 engine. However, this V12 works seamlessly with the electrical motor to provide both instant torque and consistent acceleration to a top speed of over 220 miles per hour.

9 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo on the highwayVia caranddriver.com

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a hybrid sedan that promises both luxury and performance. The Panamera was designed with enough space for the entire family, making the Turbo S models perfect for gearheads that need the best of both worlds.

Rear 3/4 view of the Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-HybridVia netcarshow.com

The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes with a 690-hp powertrain that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds with the Sports Chrono Package. This impressive sedan comes with a unique style pack that highlights its hybrid powertrain.

Related: 10 Reasons Why We Love The Porsche Panamera Turbo SE Hybrid

8th Mercedes-AMG C 63 E Performance

2024 Mercedes AMG C63 SE Performance Front ProfileVia: Mercedes Benz

The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 shocked the automotive industry by announcing that the new model would be a plug-in hybrid. However, the bigger shock would be that Mercedes decided to cut the engine in half with a new 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain.

Silver 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 SE Performance Rear ProfileMercedes AMG

Despite this, the new C 63 E Performance was developed with the help of the Mercedes F1 Team. This new technology allows the powertrain to pump out 670-hp, a considerable increase from the previous model. The new model also comes with innovative drive models and the ability to drive in fully electric mode.

7 Acura NSX

2022 Acura NSX Type Svia Acura

The Acura NSX was one of the first high-performance hybrid sports cars. The NSX has a long and rich history, with the modern version helping to redefine the brand for Honda. The new NSX comes with all-wheel drive, an aerodynamic design, and a 600-hp powertrain.

2017 Acura NSX cinematic front view on racetrackVia: Acura

The Acura NSX Type S is the limited-edition version of the NSX that features the most powerful, 600-hp hybrid engine. This model is limited to only 350 units around the world, making it one of the most sought-after hybrid supercars on the market today.

Related: Here’s How Much A 2017 Acura NSX Costs Today

6 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Novitec Ferrari SF90 Stradale front end. Via: Novitec Group

Ferrari has developed a powerful hybrid powertrain for its new supercar. The new SF90 still finds space for a powerful V8 engine that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds. The Ferrari SF90 also includes a 160-hp electric motor, making the total output around 769 hp.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale showcased off-road. Via: Novitec Group

The SF90 was designed for efficiency. The exterior of the supercar includes flowing lines and air intakes to help cool the engine as you drive. The interior of the SF90 has been completely redesigned, with a fully digital display for the driver and a retro-styled drive selector. This design helps bridge the Ferraris of the past with where the brand is going in the future.

5 Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin Valhalla via: Forbes

The Valhalla from Aston Martin is the British company’s first-ever V8 hybrid supercar. This impressive supercar comes with an outrageous design that is completely unique in the supercar market. This design allows the supercar to cut through the air with as little drag as possible.

Aston Martin Valhalla - RearVia WSupercars

The Valhalla was designed as a plug-in hybrid supercar. The hybrid engine can produce around 937 hp even though the initial concept could produce around 986 hp. Aston Martin managed to take from the best in the industry to make the new Aston Martin supercar as the engine comes from Mercedes and the gearbox comes from Porsche.

Related: 10 Reasons Why You Should Buy The Aston Martin DBX707

4 pole star 1

Polestar-1---Front-1Via NetCarShow

The Polestar 1 is an exclusive hybrid sports car that’s built to absolute perfection. The Polestar 1 comes with a 2-liter supercharged engine that’s seamlessly integrated with an electric motor. This allows the sports car to produce a combined 609 hp.

Polestar 1 - SideVia NetCarShow

The 609-hp powertrain is paired perfectly with an aerodynamic design to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.2 seconds. This is a particularly impressive statistic since the sports car weighs over 2 tons. The two-door sports car does come with a backseat, with the rear space similar to what you can expect from a Porsche 911.

3 McLaren Speedtail

speedtailVia McLaren

The McLaren Speedtail is one of the most innovative new cars to come from McLaren in a seriously long time. The Speedtail is a driver-focused supercar that comes with the very latest in performance technology from McLaren.

speedtailVia McLaren

The McLaren Speedtail comes with a 1036-hp engine that can reach a top speed of around 250 miles per hour. The Speedtail comes with impressive acceleration, with the new model able to accelerate from 0 to 186 in just 13 seconds.

2 Porsche 918 Spyder

Front 3/4 view of a silver 918 SpyderVia Porsche

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a limited-edition supercar that comes with a 599-hp V8 engine and a 282-hp electric engine. This allows the vehicle to have a combined output of around 875 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque.

Rear 3/4 view of a silver 918 SpyderVia Porsche

The 918 also comes with a 6.8 kWh battery that provides you with an all-electric range of around 12 miles. However, the electric engine is built more for performance than efficiency. This is why the Porsche 918 Spyder can leverage its 875-hp powertrain to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.6 seconds.

Related: 10 Things Gearheads Forgot About The Porsche 918

1 Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari-LaFerrari-2014-1600-01-2Via: Ferrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari was an instant hit around the world. The LaFerrari was an iconic car for the Italian brand as they attempted to build a hybrid powertrain for the first time. However, the hybrid system in the LaFerrari worked in the background to improve the overall performance of the supercar.

2016 Ferrari LaFerrari croppedVia mecum.com

The LaFerrari comes with a massive V12 engine that works with its electric motor to produce 950 hp. This impressive hybrid powertrain managed to reduce fuel consumption by 40% while still allowing the supercar to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.6 seconds.


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Honda NSX - Front quarter view

Hybrid powertrains manage to leverage the efficiency of an electric motor with the performance of a traditional one. With regulations kicking around the world, auto manufacturers are adapting some of their most popular sports cars with modern, hybrid versions.

While brands like BMW have taken a mild-hybrid approach, other manufacturers have dived in head-first with plug-in hybrid models that produce even more power than the outgoing models. These new models may take a bit of time to get used to, but the added performance makes it a sweet deal for everyone.

Interested in learning more about the latest hybrid performance cars? Here are 10 seriously impressive hybrid performance cars that every gearhead should know about.

10 Lamborghini Sian

Lamborghini_SianAlexander Migl via Wikimedia

Lamborghini has always been known as the most extravagant and elaborate supercar brand. The new Lamborghini Sian is the first-ever hybrid supercar that comes with an 807-hp powertrain. The new hybrid powertrain is seriously impressive as it manages to accelerate the supercar from 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds.

Lamborghini Sianvia: Lamborghini

The Sian may be a hybrid powertrain, but Lamborghini still manages to find space for a massive V12 engine. However, this V12 works seamlessly with the electrical motor to provide both instant torque and consistent acceleration to a top speed of over 220 miles per hour.

9 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo on the highwayVia caranddriver.com

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a hybrid sedan that promises both luxury and performance. The Panamera was designed with enough space for the entire family, making the Turbo S models perfect for gearheads that need the best of both worlds.

Rear 3/4 view of the Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-HybridVia netcarshow.com

The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes with a 690-hp powertrain that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds with the Sports Chrono Package. This impressive sedan comes with a unique style pack that highlights its hybrid powertrain.

Related: 10 Reasons Why We Love The Porsche Panamera Turbo SE Hybrid

8th Mercedes-AMG C 63 E Performance

2024 Mercedes AMG C63 SE Performance Front ProfileVia: Mercedes Benz

The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 shocked the automotive industry by announcing that the new model would be a plug-in hybrid. However, the bigger shock would be that Mercedes decided to cut the engine in half with a new 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain.

Silver 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 SE Performance Rear ProfileMercedes AMG

Despite this, the new C 63 E Performance was developed with the help of the Mercedes F1 Team. This new technology allows the powertrain to pump out 670-hp, a considerable increase from the previous model. The new model also comes with innovative drive models and the ability to drive in fully electric mode.

7 Acura NSX

2022 Acura NSX Type Svia Acura

The Acura NSX was one of the first high-performance hybrid sports cars. The NSX has a long and rich history, with the modern version helping to redefine the brand for Honda. The new NSX comes with all-wheel drive, an aerodynamic design, and a 600-hp powertrain.

2017 Acura NSX cinematic front view on racetrackVia: Acura

The Acura NSX Type S is the limited-edition version of the NSX that features the most powerful, 600-hp hybrid engine. This model is limited to only 350 units around the world, making it one of the most sought-after hybrid supercars on the market today.

Related: Here’s How Much A 2017 Acura NSX Costs Today

6 Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Novitec Ferrari SF90 Stradale front end. Via: Novitec Group

Ferrari has developed a powerful hybrid powertrain for its new supercar. The new SF90 still finds space for a powerful V8 engine that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds. The Ferrari SF90 also includes a 160-hp electric motor, making the total output around 769 hp.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale showcased off-road. Via: Novitec Group

The SF90 was designed for efficiency. The exterior of the supercar includes flowing lines and air intakes to help cool the engine as you drive. The interior of the SF90 has been completely redesigned, with a fully digital display for the driver and a retro-styled drive selector. This design helps bridge the Ferraris of the past with where the brand is going in the future.

5 Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin Valhalla via: Forbes

The Valhalla from Aston Martin is the British company’s first-ever V8 hybrid supercar. This impressive supercar comes with an outrageous design that is completely unique in the supercar market. This design allows the supercar to cut through the air with as little drag as possible.

Aston Martin Valhalla - RearVia WSupercars

The Valhalla was designed as a plug-in hybrid supercar. The hybrid engine can produce around 937 hp even though the initial concept could produce around 986 hp. Aston Martin managed to take from the best in the industry to make the new Aston Martin supercar as the engine comes from Mercedes and the gearbox comes from Porsche.

Related: 10 Reasons Why You Should Buy The Aston Martin DBX707

4 pole star 1

Polestar-1---Front-1Via NetCarShow

The Polestar 1 is an exclusive hybrid sports car that’s built to absolute perfection. The Polestar 1 comes with a 2-liter supercharged engine that’s seamlessly integrated with an electric motor. This allows the sports car to produce a combined 609 hp.

Polestar 1 - SideVia NetCarShow

The 609-hp powertrain is paired perfectly with an aerodynamic design to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.2 seconds. This is a particularly impressive statistic since the sports car weighs over 2 tons. The two-door sports car does come with a backseat, with the rear space similar to what you can expect from a Porsche 911.

3 McLaren Speedtail

speedtailVia McLaren

The McLaren Speedtail is one of the most innovative new cars to come from McLaren in a seriously long time. The Speedtail is a driver-focused supercar that comes with the very latest in performance technology from McLaren.

speedtailVia McLaren

The McLaren Speedtail comes with a 1036-hp engine that can reach a top speed of around 250 miles per hour. The Speedtail comes with impressive acceleration, with the new model able to accelerate from 0 to 186 in just 13 seconds.

2 Porsche 918 Spyder

Front 3/4 view of a silver 918 SpyderVia Porsche

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a limited-edition supercar that comes with a 599-hp V8 engine and a 282-hp electric engine. This allows the vehicle to have a combined output of around 875 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque.

Rear 3/4 view of a silver 918 SpyderVia Porsche

The 918 also comes with a 6.8 kWh battery that provides you with an all-electric range of around 12 miles. However, the electric engine is built more for performance than efficiency. This is why the Porsche 918 Spyder can leverage its 875-hp powertrain to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.6 seconds.

Related: 10 Things Gearheads Forgot About The Porsche 918

1 Ferrari LaFerrari

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Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz Finishes Fifth On Sunday In Final MotoAmerica Superbike Race Of The Season 
 

Birmingham, AL – Mathew Scholtz and the Westby Racing team had high hopes on Sunday morning at Barber Motorsports Park that they would finish the 2022 MotoAmerica season with another podium finish, which would have given them a dozen race results inside the top three for the year. Unfortunately, a technical issue with the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 thwarted the plan, and Mathew did well to finish the race with a fifth-place result.

Starting from the third position on the front row of the grid, Mathew was overtaken by Danilo Petrucci on the opening lap. Hounding Petrucci for the next several laps, Mathew managed to get back around Petrucci and retake third on lap five. Petrucci quickly passed Mathew again on the next lap, though, and The Scholtz Kid realized he had a problem with his bike. On lap 11, PJ Jacobsen overtook Mathew, relegating him to fifth, and that was the position he remained in until the checkered flag.

 

Danilo Petrucci (9) leads Mathew Scholtz (11) and PJ Jacobsen (66) in MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Race Two at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Westby Racing.

 

“I had a small issue with the bike during the race, and it affected my ability to move towards the front,” Mathew said. “I did what I could, but I was only able to finish fifth. It’s not the result that the Westby team and I had hoped for, but given the circumstances, I should be satisfied with fifth. I need to look on the bright side and realize that the result could have been much worse. I had hoped to be able to finish the season in the top three in points, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

After a much-deserved rest, Mathew and the Westby Racing team will begin working towards the start of the 2023 MotoAmerica Championship. They plan to begin their off-season testing program in the coming months, so look for more information to come.

MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 

1. Jake Gagne – Yamaha – 376

2. Danilo Petrucci – Ducati – 356

3. Cameron Petersen – Yamaha – 304

4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 286

5. Hector Barbera – BMW – 190

For more updates about Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit http://www.WestbyRacing.com

Also, follow “Westby Racing” on your favorite social media sites.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Suzuki Motor USA, LLC:

VISION WHEEL M4 ECSTAR SUZUKI’S TYLER SCOTT EARNS THE PODIUM IN ALABAMA

Barber Supersport Top Five Dominated by Suzuki GSX-Rs on Sunday

BREA, Calif. — Suzuki Motor USA and Team Hammer ended the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing season at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday in trophy-winning fashion.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott continues his rapid development with a podium performance while competing in among the most challenging conditions imaginable to close out his maiden Supersport campaign.

 


Tyler Scott (70) ended the season strong with a podium finish in Race Two. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.
Tyler Scott (70) ended the season strong with a podium finish in Race Two. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Faced with a wet-but-drying track, Scott charged into the race’s opening corner in second aboard his GSX-R750 shod with wet-weather tires. Tentative initially, Scott dropped outside the top five before increasing his confidence at the 2.38-mile circuit.

As the track continued to dry out, the 16-year-old rookie upped his speed and fought his way back up to third and was closing on second position by the time he ultimately took the checkered flag.

The result was Scott’s ninth podium of his breakout season, including a debut victory scored earlier in the year.

Scott, who finished the year ranked an impressive third in the Supersport points standings, said, “I didn’t feel that great in the beginning of the race, but the track started to dry out and I started to get more and more pace. I thought I might be able to even get second by the end, but I just ran out of time.

“I want to give a big thanks to the whole Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team for giving me the opportunity this year. I took full advantage of everything they had, and it’s a great feeling to put it on the podium for the last race of the year. I think I learned a lot about bike set-up this year working with the team. Everyone has been a big help and I’m really happy with the progress I made.”

 


After a trying season, Sam Lochoff (44) finished in the top five in the last race of the season.
After a trying season, Sam Lochoff (44) finished in the top five in the last race of the season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Suzuki GSX-R750s ultimately secured four of the race’s top five positions, headed by 3D Motorsports LLC’s Luke Power. The rider who completed the top five was Scott’s Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate, Sam Lochoff.

Lochoff, who continues to fight his way back to form and fitness following a lengthy injury-forced layoff, battled for the podium for much of the race before eventually earning an encouraging fifth.

“It was a fun race, but it was crazy. I have often raced in the wet, but never on a dry track with rain tires. Call that one a learning experience, but I was glad to get fifth.” Said Lochoff. “I had dropped back to about seventh at one stage but I came back through the field. I thought I was going to make a pass for third, but I had no front tire left. The left side of the front tire was totally gone and the handlebars were moving back and forth even when I was on the straight.”

Despite missing several races, the South African ended the season ranked ninth with three podiums and five top-five finishes.

 


Liam Grant (90) had a challenging Race Two, but gained plenty of experience in his rookie Supersport season.
Liam Grant (90) had a challenging Race Two, but gained plenty of experience in his rookie Supersport season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Third Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki Supersport entry Liam Grant had a more difficult time with the conditions. Grant took the risk of beginning the race on dry tires, ultimately fading from his grid position inside the top ten down to 16th. The youngster ended his rookie Supersport season ranked 13th on the strength of eight top-ten finishes, highlighted by the best result of sixth.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Superbike duo of Richie Escalante and Jake Lewis ended the year in formation, taking the final checkered flag of the season in sixth and seventh position, respectively.

 


Richie Escalante (54) ended his final race in his rookie Superbike season with his 12th top-10 finish.
Richie Escalante (54) ended his final race in his rookie Superbike season with his 12th top-10 finish. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Premier-class rookie Escalante made a late pass on his veteran teammate to end the year with a promising sixth. The result was Escalante’s 12th top ten in a year that saw him finish ninth in points while scoring five top fives, including a pair of fourths.

“The beginning of the race was a little difficult,” said Escalante. “With the rain in the morning, the temperature was cooler today and we chose a different tire. Sometimes you have to take a risk and it did not work out at the beginning. As the race went on, I got stronger, and I was able to go faster and be the top Suzuki finisher. I am happy with the year, learning step by step with a great team. Now is the time to take what I learned and train hard to get ready for next season”.

 


After a challenging season, Jake Lewis (85) finished seventh in the last race of the season.
After a challenging season, Jake Lewis (85) finished seventh in the last race of the season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Lewis held sixth for much of the race over Escalante. His seventh was his 15th top ten. The Kentuckian ended the year ranked seventh, boasting three top fives on the season, including a podium.

ABOUT TEAM HAMMER 

The 2022 season marks Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 129 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 345 times, and have won 11 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport.) The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.

ABOUT VISION WHEEL

Founded in 1976, Vision Wheel is one of the nation’s leading providers of custom wheels for cars and trucks, and one of the first manufacturers of custom wheels and tires for ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts. Vision Wheel looks beyond the current trends and to the future in developing, manufacturing, and distributing its wheels. Vision’s lines of street, race, off-road, American Muscle, and Milanni wheels are distributed nationally and internationally through a trusted network of distributors. Vision Wheel also produces the Vision It AR app to allow users to see how their wheel of choice will look on their vehicle before purchase and installation. For more information on Vision Wheel, visit www.visionwheel.com.

ABOUT SUZUKI

Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. (SMO) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automotive Parts, Accessories, and ECSTAR Oils & Chemicals via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors, and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Luke Power Racing:

Luke signs off from his maiden MotoAmerica season with a second podium and the accolade of being top Suzuki once again

Luke Power ended his maiden MotoAmerica Supersport season with a superb second place finish in the final race at Barber Motorsports Park yesterday. The result means the seventeen-year-old from Australia is classified fifth overall, an impressive result considering he had no prior knowledge of the circuits, tyres, or the motorcycle he would campaign.

A technical issue on the opening day saw Luke miss valuable track time following an FP1 spill. He salvaged a fourth row of the grid start in second qualifying before another technical issue threatened to put him out of Saturday’s opening race on the sighting lap. Able to start the race, albeit on the back row of the grid, Luke passed half of the field on the first lap before a second crash cut short his hopes of another front running race.

A steady warm-up, after a bike rebuild by the team meant the #68 Suzuki mounted rider was able to compete on Sunday. Starting on wet tyres, he rode a brilliant race, backing up his early season podium at Road America with another outstanding performance on a drying track to ensure P5 in the final points classification. He also had the accolade of once again being the top Suzuki mounted rider.

Luke will now head to Europe for two weeks of off-track promotion, including a visit to the final European round of the FIM Superbike World Championship in Portugal. Details of his 2023 plans will be announced in due course.

 


Luke Power (68). Photo courtesy Luke Power Racing.
Luke Power (68). Photo courtesy Luke Power Racing.

 

Luke Power: “What a weekend. I have no words. It has been such an up and down weekend, the toughest of my entire life. We had electronic issues, two crashes and so to finish on the podium yesterday and to be top five in my first year in the US is just unbelievable. I made a mistake in race one after we had a tech issue on the sighting lap, and I am sorry to Sam (Lochoff) as we both went down. Today in warm up I wasn’t really feeling that confident but then we had a short session before the race, and I felt comfortable. I knew in the race I would have to manage the tyres and that was my plan. The target was to end the season with the best result I could, and the podium was just the icing on the cake. By the time I moved into second I could see that Josh (Herrin) was too far and I decided to just focus on hitting my marks and not making any mistakes. I want to thank 3D Motorsports for their support this year, all my sponsors, my manager, and my mam and dad for everything they continue to do for me and for letting me race motorcycles. Finally, I want to thank everyone at MotoAmerica for making my first year in the series such a memorable one. I am off to Europe now and really excited to be going to Portimão to check out the World Superbike paddock before heading home with a smile after ending the season in such a good way”

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Robem Engineering:

Robem Engineering riders score second-consecutive double podium finish Sunday at MotoAmerica season finale

Hobbs, Gloddy wrap up 2022 Twins Cup season seventh, eighth in points standings at Barber Motorsports Park
 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Robem Engineering team had both of its riders back on the box Sunday, as Teagg Hobbs and Ben Gloddy finished second and third to cap off the 2022 MotoAmerica Twins Cup season.

The pair of New Hampshirites were coming off a double-podium performance at the previous round at New Jersey Motorsport Park, and the strong outing at Barber helped Hobbs finish seventh and Gloddy eighth in the final 2022 Twins Cup points standings.

Both riders got good starts when the lone Twins Cup race of the Barber round got underway. They were running third and fourth when the race was stopped due to an on-track incident. When racing resumed, both riders got off the line OK, and Hobbs and Gloddy were in third- and fourth-place, respectively, at the end of Lap 1. Both Robem Engineering riders were in a three-way battle for the last two steps on the podium all race along, and Hobbs and Gloddy both got past the other rider on Lap 5 of the restarted nine-lap contest. Though there was some additional jockeying for position in the closing laps, Hobbs and Gloddy worked together to fend off the other riders vying for the podium to finish second and third, respectively.

The Robem Engineering duo made up two-thirds of the second all-Aprilia podium of the 2022 season. It was Hobbs’ fourth and Gloddy’s third podium finish of 2022.

Both riders started the weekend a little off the pace in Friday practice but were back in frontrunning form in Qualifying 1. Gloddy was the faster of the two in practice, finishing the session in fourth place. Hobbs finished practice ninth-fastest. When the first of two qualifying sessions took place Friday afternoon, Hobbs finished that session in second place and Gloddy was about three-tenths slower in third place. Qualifying wrapped up on Saturday with Gloddy having secured third on the starting grid and Hobbs fourth.

Robem Engineering thanks Teagg, Ben, Aprilia and its crew members and technical partners for their contributions to the team’s on-track success in 2022. The team’s racing plans for 2023 will be announced at a later date.

 


Teagg Hobbs (79). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.
Teagg Hobbs (79). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.

 

Teagg Hobbs / No. 79

“It was a great way to end the season. Ben Gloddy and I have had our struggles this year. For us to both be on the podium the last two races of the season and be consistently at the front in every session is a huge thing for the team – and us as riders. It just proves what the Robem Engineering team can do when it’s facing hardships. I have to thank the team, all my sponsors and my family for supporting me this year. It was a great season.”

 


Ben Gloddy (72). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.
Ben Gloddy (72). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.

 

Ben Gloddy / No. 72

“I had a great race. I think we ended the season really well, and I want to keep this momentum rolling into next year. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the Robem Engineering crew being behind me, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next season has for us.”

Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2022 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Synchrony, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, Sprint Filter, DID, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies, Motovation USA and SC-Project.




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Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz Finishes Fifth On Sunday In Final MotoAmerica Superbike Race Of The Season 
 

Birmingham, AL – Mathew Scholtz and the Westby Racing team had high hopes on Sunday morning at Barber Motorsports Park that they would finish the 2022 MotoAmerica season with another podium finish, which would have given them a dozen race results inside the top three for the year. Unfortunately, a technical issue with the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 thwarted the plan, and Mathew did well to finish the race with a fifth-place result.

Starting from the third position on the front row of the grid, Mathew was overtaken by Danilo Petrucci on the opening lap. Hounding Petrucci for the next several laps, Mathew managed to get back around Petrucci and retake third on lap five. Petrucci quickly passed Mathew again on the next lap, though, and The Scholtz Kid realized he had a problem with his bike. On lap 11, PJ Jacobsen overtook Mathew, relegating him to fifth, and that was the position he remained in until the checkered flag.

 

Danilo Petrucci (9) leads Mathew Scholtz (11) and PJ Jacobsen (66) in MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Race Two at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Westby Racing.

 

“I had a small issue with the bike during the race, and it affected my ability to move towards the front,” Mathew said. “I did what I could, but I was only able to finish fifth. It’s not the result that the Westby team and I had hoped for, but given the circumstances, I should be satisfied with fifth. I need to look on the bright side and realize that the result could have been much worse. I had hoped to be able to finish the season in the top three in points, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

After a much-deserved rest, Mathew and the Westby Racing team will begin working towards the start of the 2023 MotoAmerica Championship. They plan to begin their off-season testing program in the coming months, so look for more information to come.

MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 

1. Jake Gagne – Yamaha – 376

2. Danilo Petrucci – Ducati – 356

3. Cameron Petersen – Yamaha – 304

4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 286

5. Hector Barbera – BMW – 190

For more updates about Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit http://www.WestbyRacing.com

Also, follow “Westby Racing” on your favorite social media sites.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Suzuki Motor USA, LLC:

VISION WHEEL M4 ECSTAR SUZUKI’S TYLER SCOTT EARNS THE PODIUM IN ALABAMA

Barber Supersport Top Five Dominated by Suzuki GSX-Rs on Sunday

BREA, Calif. — Suzuki Motor USA and Team Hammer ended the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing season at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday in trophy-winning fashion.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott continues his rapid development with a podium performance while competing in among the most challenging conditions imaginable to close out his maiden Supersport campaign.

 


Tyler Scott (70) ended the season strong with a podium finish in Race Two. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.
Tyler Scott (70) ended the season strong with a podium finish in Race Two. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Faced with a wet-but-drying track, Scott charged into the race’s opening corner in second aboard his GSX-R750 shod with wet-weather tires. Tentative initially, Scott dropped outside the top five before increasing his confidence at the 2.38-mile circuit.

As the track continued to dry out, the 16-year-old rookie upped his speed and fought his way back up to third and was closing on second position by the time he ultimately took the checkered flag.

The result was Scott’s ninth podium of his breakout season, including a debut victory scored earlier in the year.

Scott, who finished the year ranked an impressive third in the Supersport points standings, said, “I didn’t feel that great in the beginning of the race, but the track started to dry out and I started to get more and more pace. I thought I might be able to even get second by the end, but I just ran out of time.

“I want to give a big thanks to the whole Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team for giving me the opportunity this year. I took full advantage of everything they had, and it’s a great feeling to put it on the podium for the last race of the year. I think I learned a lot about bike set-up this year working with the team. Everyone has been a big help and I’m really happy with the progress I made.”

 


After a trying season, Sam Lochoff (44) finished in the top five in the last race of the season.
After a trying season, Sam Lochoff (44) finished in the top five in the last race of the season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Suzuki GSX-R750s ultimately secured four of the race’s top five positions, headed by 3D Motorsports LLC’s Luke Power. The rider who completed the top five was Scott’s Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate, Sam Lochoff.

Lochoff, who continues to fight his way back to form and fitness following a lengthy injury-forced layoff, battled for the podium for much of the race before eventually earning an encouraging fifth.

“It was a fun race, but it was crazy. I have often raced in the wet, but never on a dry track with rain tires. Call that one a learning experience, but I was glad to get fifth.” Said Lochoff. “I had dropped back to about seventh at one stage but I came back through the field. I thought I was going to make a pass for third, but I had no front tire left. The left side of the front tire was totally gone and the handlebars were moving back and forth even when I was on the straight.”

Despite missing several races, the South African ended the season ranked ninth with three podiums and five top-five finishes.

 


Liam Grant (90) had a challenging Race Two, but gained plenty of experience in his rookie Supersport season.
Liam Grant (90) had a challenging Race Two, but gained plenty of experience in his rookie Supersport season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Third Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki Supersport entry Liam Grant had a more difficult time with the conditions. Grant took the risk of beginning the race on dry tires, ultimately fading from his grid position inside the top ten down to 16th. The youngster ended his rookie Supersport season ranked 13th on the strength of eight top-ten finishes, highlighted by the best result of sixth.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Superbike duo of Richie Escalante and Jake Lewis ended the year in formation, taking the final checkered flag of the season in sixth and seventh position, respectively.

 


Richie Escalante (54) ended his final race in his rookie Superbike season with his 12th top-10 finish.
Richie Escalante (54) ended his final race in his rookie Superbike season with his 12th top-10 finish. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Premier-class rookie Escalante made a late pass on his veteran teammate to end the year with a promising sixth. The result was Escalante’s 12th top ten in a year that saw him finish ninth in points while scoring five top fives, including a pair of fourths.

“The beginning of the race was a little difficult,” said Escalante. “With the rain in the morning, the temperature was cooler today and we chose a different tire. Sometimes you have to take a risk and it did not work out at the beginning. As the race went on, I got stronger, and I was able to go faster and be the top Suzuki finisher. I am happy with the year, learning step by step with a great team. Now is the time to take what I learned and train hard to get ready for next season”.

 


After a challenging season, Jake Lewis (85) finished seventh in the last race of the season.
After a challenging season, Jake Lewis (85) finished seventh in the last race of the season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Lewis held sixth for much of the race over Escalante. His seventh was his 15th top ten. The Kentuckian ended the year ranked seventh, boasting three top fives on the season, including a podium.

ABOUT TEAM HAMMER 

The 2022 season marks Team Hammer’s 42nd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 129 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 345 times, and have won 11 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport.) The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.

ABOUT VISION WHEEL

Founded in 1976, Vision Wheel is one of the nation’s leading providers of custom wheels for cars and trucks, and one of the first manufacturers of custom wheels and tires for ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts. Vision Wheel looks beyond the current trends and to the future in developing, manufacturing, and distributing its wheels. Vision’s lines of street, race, off-road, American Muscle, and Milanni wheels are distributed nationally and internationally through a trusted network of distributors. Vision Wheel also produces the Vision It AR app to allow users to see how their wheel of choice will look on their vehicle before purchase and installation. For more information on Vision Wheel, visit www.visionwheel.com.

ABOUT SUZUKI

Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. (SMO) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automotive Parts, Accessories, and ECSTAR Oils & Chemicals via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors, and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Luke Power Racing:

Luke signs off from his maiden MotoAmerica season with a second podium and the accolade of being top Suzuki once again

Luke Power ended his maiden MotoAmerica Supersport season with a superb second place finish in the final race at Barber Motorsports Park yesterday. The result means the seventeen-year-old from Australia is classified fifth overall, an impressive result considering he had no prior knowledge of the circuits, tyres, or the motorcycle he would campaign.

A technical issue on the opening day saw Luke miss valuable track time following an FP1 spill. He salvaged a fourth row of the grid start in second qualifying before another technical issue threatened to put him out of Saturday’s opening race on the sighting lap. Able to start the race, albeit on the back row of the grid, Luke passed half of the field on the first lap before a second crash cut short his hopes of another front running race.

A steady warm-up, after a bike rebuild by the team meant the #68 Suzuki mounted rider was able to compete on Sunday. Starting on wet tyres, he rode a brilliant race, backing up his early season podium at Road America with another outstanding performance on a drying track to ensure P5 in the final points classification. He also had the accolade of once again being the top Suzuki mounted rider.

Luke will now head to Europe for two weeks of off-track promotion, including a visit to the final European round of the FIM Superbike World Championship in Portugal. Details of his 2023 plans will be announced in due course.

 


Luke Power (68). Photo courtesy Luke Power Racing.
Luke Power (68). Photo courtesy Luke Power Racing.

 

Luke Power: “What a weekend. I have no words. It has been such an up and down weekend, the toughest of my entire life. We had electronic issues, two crashes and so to finish on the podium yesterday and to be top five in my first year in the US is just unbelievable. I made a mistake in race one after we had a tech issue on the sighting lap, and I am sorry to Sam (Lochoff) as we both went down. Today in warm up I wasn’t really feeling that confident but then we had a short session before the race, and I felt comfortable. I knew in the race I would have to manage the tyres and that was my plan. The target was to end the season with the best result I could, and the podium was just the icing on the cake. By the time I moved into second I could see that Josh (Herrin) was too far and I decided to just focus on hitting my marks and not making any mistakes. I want to thank 3D Motorsports for their support this year, all my sponsors, my manager, and my mam and dad for everything they continue to do for me and for letting me race motorcycles. Finally, I want to thank everyone at MotoAmerica for making my first year in the series such a memorable one. I am off to Europe now and really excited to be going to Portimão to check out the World Superbike paddock before heading home with a smile after ending the season in such a good way”

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Robem Engineering:

Robem Engineering riders score second-consecutive double podium finish Sunday at MotoAmerica season finale

Hobbs, Gloddy wrap up 2022 Twins Cup season seventh, eighth in points standings at Barber Motorsports Park
 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Robem Engineering team had both of its riders back on the box Sunday, as Teagg Hobbs and Ben Gloddy finished second and third to cap off the 2022 MotoAmerica Twins Cup season.

The pair of New Hampshirites were coming off a double-podium performance at the previous round at New Jersey Motorsport Park, and the strong outing at Barber helped Hobbs finish seventh and Gloddy eighth in the final 2022 Twins Cup points standings.

Both riders got good starts when the lone Twins Cup race of the Barber round got underway. They were running third and fourth when the race was stopped due to an on-track incident. When racing resumed, both riders got off the line OK, and Hobbs and Gloddy were in third- and fourth-place, respectively, at the end of Lap 1. Both Robem Engineering riders were in a three-way battle for the last two steps on the podium all race along, and Hobbs and Gloddy both got past the other rider on Lap 5 of the restarted nine-lap contest. Though there was some additional jockeying for position in the closing laps, Hobbs and Gloddy worked together to fend off the other riders vying for the podium to finish second and third, respectively.

The Robem Engineering duo made up two-thirds of the second all-Aprilia podium of the 2022 season. It was Hobbs’ fourth and Gloddy’s third podium finish of 2022.

Both riders started the weekend a little off the pace in Friday practice but were back in frontrunning form in Qualifying 1. Gloddy was the faster of the two in practice, finishing the session in fourth place. Hobbs finished practice ninth-fastest. When the first of two qualifying sessions took place Friday afternoon, Hobbs finished that session in second place and Gloddy was about three-tenths slower in third place. Qualifying wrapped up on Saturday with Gloddy having secured third on the starting grid and Hobbs fourth.

Robem Engineering thanks Teagg, Ben, Aprilia and its crew members and technical partners for their contributions to the team’s on-track success in 2022. The team’s racing plans for 2023 will be announced at a later date.

 


Teagg Hobbs (79). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.
Teagg Hobbs (79). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.

 

Teagg Hobbs / No. 79

“It was a great way to end the season. Ben Gloddy and I have had our struggles this year. For us to both be on the podium the last two races of the season and be consistently at the front in every session is a huge thing for the team – and us as riders. It just proves what the Robem Engineering team can do when it’s facing hardships. I have to thank the team, all my sponsors and my family for supporting me this year. It was a great season.”

 


Ben Gloddy (72). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.
Ben Gloddy (72). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Robem Engineering.

 

Ben Gloddy / No. 72

“I had a great race. I think we ended the season really well, and I want to keep this momentum rolling into next year. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the Robem Engineering crew being behind me, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next season has for us.”

Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2022 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Synchrony, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, Sprint Filter, DID, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies, Motovation USA and SC-Project.




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Christian Horner has admitted he was shocked Mercedes have struggled to compete with Red Bull as Max Verstappen cruises to his second championship. The team boss claimed it was “quite remarkable” the Silver Arrows had failed to win a race this season after dominating F1 for almost a decade.

Horner said he expected Mercedes to be in a “similar position” to last season after how competitive they have been. When asked if he was shocked Mercedes were poor under the new regulations, Horner simply replied: “Yes.”

He added: “Because they transitioned early, they made quite a noise about compromising last year’s championship and moving over very early on to onto their 2022 car. Then, of course, when their car broke cover, particularly with this upgrade, it looks so radically different.

“You just have the expectation, from seeing how dominant Mercedes have been, that they would be in a very similar position. Obviously [they were] hurt last year getting beat but we felt that they would come back with a renewed vengeance for this year.

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“So, it is quite remarkable that after the domination that they’ve had for the last eight years, that they’re yet to win a Grand Prix in 2022.” Mercedes struggled with porpoising issues during the opening stages of the season which saw Hamilton struggling to score points.

They have since solved these concerns but still lack straight-line speed compared to Red Bull and Ferrari. However, the German manufacturer is still clearly the third fastest car on race weekends and has managed to collect a series of podiums.

Lewis Hamilton has secured six top three finishes this season while George Russell has seven. The team is now targeting second in the drivers’ and constructors’ standings after Ferrari have lacked consistency.

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Mercedes have admitted work is already underway on next year’s car and have failed to rule out copying some of their rival’s plans. Earlier this season, technical director Mike Elliott admitted the team would look at blueprints up and down the grid.

Russell also revealed “nothing was off the table” when asked if the Brackley team could change their concept for 2023. He added: “I think we understand exactly why at circuits like Zandvoort and Budapest why we were competitive, and we understand why at circuits Like [Monza] and Spa we were uncompetitive. That doesn’t mean that we can solve the issues overnight.

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Christian Horner has admitted he was shocked Mercedes have struggled to compete with Red Bull as Max Verstappen cruises to his second championship. The team boss claimed it was “quite remarkable” the Silver Arrows had failed to win a race this season after dominating F1 for almost a decade.

Horner said he expected Mercedes to be in a “similar position” to last season after how competitive they have been. When asked if he was shocked Mercedes were poor under the new regulations, Horner simply replied: “Yes.”

He added: “Because they transitioned early, they made quite a noise about compromising last year’s championship and moving over very early on to onto their 2022 car. Then, of course, when their car broke cover, particularly with this upgrade, it looks so radically different.

“You just have the expectation, from seeing how dominant Mercedes have been, that they would be in a very similar position. Obviously [they were] hurt last year getting beat but we felt that they would come back with a renewed vengeance for this year.

READ MORE: Lewis Hamilton offered Singapore Grand Prix hope by Mercedes

“So, it is quite remarkable that after the domination that they’ve had for the last eight years, that they’re yet to win a Grand Prix in 2022.” Mercedes struggled with porpoising issues during the opening stages of the season which saw Hamilton struggling to score points.

They have since solved these concerns but still lack straight-line speed compared to Red Bull and Ferrari. However, the German manufacturer is still clearly the third fastest car on race weekends and has managed to collect a series of podiums.

Lewis Hamilton has secured six top three finishes this season while George Russell has seven. The team is now targeting second in the drivers’ and constructors’ standings after Ferrari have lacked consistency.

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Mercedes have admitted work is already underway on next year’s car and have failed to rule out copying some of their rival’s plans. Earlier this season, technical director Mike Elliott admitted the team would look at blueprints up and down the grid.

Russell also revealed “nothing was off the table” when asked if the Brackley team could change their concept for 2023. He added: “I think we understand exactly why at circuits like Zandvoort and Budapest why we were competitive, and we understand why at circuits Like [Monza] and Spa we were uncompetitive. That doesn’t mean that we can solve the issues overnight.

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Kimi Raikkonen’s former mechanic Marc Priestley has recounted some of the pranks that went on during the Finn’s time at McLaren

Raikkonen may be better known for being a cool and calm family man these days but, 20 years ago, the now-retired Finn was well known for his off-track antics just as much as his on-track exploits.

Racing for McLaren between 2002 and 2006, Raikkonen became close friends with lead mechanic Marc Priestley – now a veteran broadcaster and F1 pundit.

Appearing on the Pit Stop podcast, Priestley spoke at length about his time working with Raikkonen and said the Finn ranked amongst the very best he’d seen racing in the sport.

“We worked hard, but we partied even harder,” Priestley recalled.

“It was amazing, and the drivers were the same. I spent a long time working with Kimi, who was just the most incredible guy to work with, because he was very fast on the race track. He parted so hard off it and we went along with him, we became good friends and we had this incredible life together.

“Midway through the 2000s, things started to switch up, and it got more professional. McLaren really kind of led that and this understanding of human performance and we took it on and we were the first team to pioneer looking at human performance, not just from the drivers but from the pitstop crew and the team.

“I worked with Kimi for the longest spell at McLaren in terms of the drivers that I worked with. I say around 2004, 2005, he was the fastest driver I’ve ever worked with – hands down. I’ve worked with quite a few of the greats, but Kimi was the fastest over a lap. He could drag a lap time out of a car in his prime that the car just shouldn’t have ever done.

“We had some amazing times on track with him, he delivered stuff that was incredible. We never quite managed to win a championship. On two occasions, I think we were runner-up on two occasions (2003 and 2005), we went down to like the final days, or the final weeks of a championship with us still in the hunt, but never quite managed it with Kimi .

“But off track, he was a party animal. He was living the dream. He was a kid who had millions of dollars, and the freedom to do whatever he wanted. And he did it, and he took us along with it!”

Marc Priestley gets one over on Kimi Raikkonen

During 2006, Raikkonen decided to leave McLaren in order to take up a seat at Ferrari and replace the retiring Michael Schumacher. Heading into his final days with the Woking-based team, Priestley knew a fitting goodbye prank was needed…

“In 2006, he announced he was going to Ferrari, and we’d become really close as friends as well as colleagues,” Priestley said.

“I’d been out to his house loads of times at the end of each season, we’d go on a week-long piss-up, we’d take the mechanics out, and we’d become close friends with his close friends back home.

“We had a thing at McLaren where, whenever anyone left – whether you’re a mechanic or a trucker whatever – on your last day, we would grab them, tie them up in the pit lane, cover them in crap from the week. Leftover food slops or whatever, you’d just destroy them in front of the rest of the pit lane.


Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren, Fernando Alonso, Renault, 2005 Belgian Grand Prix

“But one of the things that McLaren did, a little McLaren tradition, what we had this blue dye which is like an intense food coloring that we put in the water system of the car. So, if you’ve got a leak, you could see it because it was bright blue. A thimble full would dye a swimming pool deep blue, it is really high power intense stuff!

“Because it’s powder, what you do is you sprinkle it on them, throw a bit of water on and all of a sudden they look like a Smurf!

“So, on his last race weekend in Brazil, because we had become good mates, I kept winding him up saying ‘mate, you know when anyone leaves McLaren you get dyed blue!’”

Priestley began laying the groundwork for the prank, revealing to Raikkonen what lay in wait for him…

“Before he left, I was winding him up all week going ‘we don’t care who you are, everyone gets dyed blue with this stuff’,” he said.

“Kimi kept brushing it off, but I could tell he was getting nervous. He was brushing it off saying ‘Ah, you won’t get me, I’ll get a helicopter straight after the race!’

“I just kept going ‘yeah, wait and see’, and all week, I just kept sort of winking at him across the garage and he knew exactly what I meant and he just kept being like ‘you f**king bastard…’

“We got to race day and I’m thinking ‘I’ve taken this so far now, I can’t back out. I’ve got to do something!’

“So one of my jobs at that time was I used to strap him into the car. On the grid in Brazil, there was quite a famous moment in Brazil where Pele was giving a presentation on the grid, and all the drivers were there for this Pele presentation. Kimi was missing from the presentation. Martin Brundle was there with his mic on his grid walk and he comes along, gets Kimi, and says ‘you were the only one that wasn’t at the presentation with Pele!’

“Kimi just went ‘yeah, I was taking as**t!’ That’s quite a famous interview. But, whilst that moment was happening, I was behind him filling his gloves up with this blue powder – sprinkling this blue food coloring into his gloves! I then strapped him into the car, and gave him his gloves. He then puts them on and off he goes to the race!

“It’s 30 degrees heat, he is sweating like ab*****d inside! So I’m now in the garbage s***ting myself that I’ve just done something stupid. This could go horribly wrong. But he’s in the race now and he’s running third and I’m thinking, ‘My God, he’s gonna be on the podium. He’s gonna take his gloves off, having sweated for two hours, waving to the crowd with smurf hands!’

“He ends up finishing fourth and, when you’re fourth, you don’t have any of the media commitments, he comes straight back to the garage, pulls his gloves off, and he’s got bright blue hands! He just came into the garage, looked across, and went ‘you f***ing b*****d!’

“But, because he was leaving and it was his last race, he then shakes (then team boss and CEO) Ron Dennis’ hand, he gets blue all over his hands! Then Ron Dennis’ wife, then the head of Mercedes and his wife, and, all of a sudden, all of these big wigs around the back of the garage have all got blue hands! I thought I was gonna get sacked! Kimi spent ages scrubbing his hands, he was really angry and he said ‘I’m going to get you back, you b*****d!’”

Kimi Raikkonen gets his revenge

Of course, having had to deal with that embarrassment, Raikkonen was always likely to find a way to retaliate – and he managed it just days later!

“The week after the last race, we go out to his house up in Lapland,” Priestley said.

“As we did every year, out to Finland for a piss-up. So we go there the first night, it’s all of his mates, all of our mates. We all get together, start drinking and it gets to two in the morning. I’m so tired. I figured I couldn’t go to bed first because I know he’s gonna try something and get me back.

“But, in the end, there’s no way I can stay awake. So I go up to my room in his house and I thought ‘I’ll put a chair under the door handle, just in case!’

“Within 20 minutes, I was asleep. 20 minutes later, the door comes off its hinges! Literally bursts, the door gets smashed to pieces! It was Kimi and his mate, and they burst in and we have this full-on fight in bed. I’m wrestling him and he’s pinning me down, his mates got me pinned down…

“I had long shoulder-length hair at the time and he gets a set of clippers and buzzes like a reverse mohican down the middle of my long shoulder-length hair! And then, worse than that, he cuts the plug off the end of the clippers and throws it out a window into like a five-foot snowdrift! They’re gone, the clippers were gone.

“That was day one of a week, so there was nothing I could do apart from a massive combover to hide it for the rest of the week!”

For more stories about life in the F1 pitlane, as well as further stories about his time working with Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren, Marc Priestley’s book ‘The Mechanic’ is available for purchase.

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Kimi Raikkonen’s former mechanic Marc Priestley has recounted some of the pranks that went on during the Finn’s time at McLaren

Raikkonen may be better known for being a cool and calm family man these days but, 20 years ago, the now-retired Finn was well known for his off-track antics just as much as his on-track exploits.

Racing for McLaren between 2002 and 2006, Raikkonen became close friends with lead mechanic Marc Priestley – now a veteran broadcaster and F1 pundit.

Appearing on the Pit Stop podcast, Priestley spoke at length about his time working with Raikkonen and said the Finn ranked amongst the very best he’d seen racing in the sport.

“We worked hard, but we partied even harder,” Priestley recalled.

“It was amazing, and the drivers were the same. I spent a long time working with Kimi, who was just the most incredible guy to work with, because he was very fast on the race track. He parted so hard off it and we went along with him, we became good friends and we had this incredible life together.

“Midway through the 2000s, things started to switch up, and it got more professional. McLaren really kind of led that and this understanding of human performance and we took it on and we were the first team to pioneer looking at human performance, not just from the drivers but from the pitstop crew and the team.

“I worked with Kimi for the longest spell at McLaren in terms of the drivers that I worked with. I say around 2004, 2005, he was the fastest driver I’ve ever worked with – hands down. I’ve worked with quite a few of the greats, but Kimi was the fastest over a lap. He could drag a lap time out of a car in his prime that the car just shouldn’t have ever done.

“We had some amazing times on track with him, he delivered stuff that was incredible. We never quite managed to win a championship. On two occasions, I think we were runner-up on two occasions (2003 and 2005), we went down to like the final days, or the final weeks of a championship with us still in the hunt, but never quite managed it with Kimi .

“But off track, he was a party animal. He was living the dream. He was a kid who had millions of dollars, and the freedom to do whatever he wanted. And he did it, and he took us along with it!”

Marc Priestley gets one over on Kimi Raikkonen

During 2006, Raikkonen decided to leave McLaren in order to take up a seat at Ferrari and replace the retiring Michael Schumacher. Heading into his final days with the Woking-based team, Priestley knew a fitting goodbye prank was needed…

“In 2006, he announced he was going to Ferrari, and we’d become really close as friends as well as colleagues,” Priestley said.

“I’d been out to his house loads of times at the end of each season, we’d go on a week-long piss-up, we’d take the mechanics out, and we’d become close friends with his close friends back home.

“We had a thing at McLaren where, whenever anyone left – whether you’re a mechanic or a trucker whatever – on your last day, we would grab them, tie them up in the pit lane, cover them in crap from the week. Leftover food slops or whatever, you’d just destroy them in front of the rest of the pit lane.


Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren, Fernando Alonso, Renault, 2005 Belgian Grand Prix

“But one of the things that McLaren did, a little McLaren tradition, what we had this blue dye which is like an intense food coloring that we put in the water system of the car. So, if you’ve got a leak, you could see it because it was bright blue. A thimble full would dye a swimming pool deep blue, it is really high power intense stuff!

“Because it’s powder, what you do is you sprinkle it on them, throw a bit of water on and all of a sudden they look like a Smurf!

“So, on his last race weekend in Brazil, because we had become good mates, I kept winding him up saying ‘mate, you know when anyone leaves McLaren you get dyed blue!’”

Priestley began laying the groundwork for the prank, revealing to Raikkonen what lay in wait for him…

“Before he left, I was winding him up all week going ‘we don’t care who you are, everyone gets dyed blue with this stuff’,” he said.

“Kimi kept brushing it off, but I could tell he was getting nervous. He was brushing it off saying ‘Ah, you won’t get me, I’ll get a helicopter straight after the race!’

“I just kept going ‘yeah, wait and see’, and all week, I just kept sort of winking at him across the garage and he knew exactly what I meant and he just kept being like ‘you f**king bastard…’

“We got to race day and I’m thinking ‘I’ve taken this so far now, I can’t back out. I’ve got to do something!’

“So one of my jobs at that time was I used to strap him into the car. On the grid in Brazil, there was quite a famous moment in Brazil where Pele was giving a presentation on the grid, and all the drivers were there for this Pele presentation. Kimi was missing from the presentation. Martin Brundle was there with his mic on his grid walk and he comes along, gets Kimi, and says ‘you were the only one that wasn’t at the presentation with Pele!’

“Kimi just went ‘yeah, I was taking as**t!’ That’s quite a famous interview. But, whilst that moment was happening, I was behind him filling his gloves up with this blue powder – sprinkling this blue food coloring into his gloves! I then strapped him into the car, and gave him his gloves. He then puts them on and off he goes to the race!

“It’s 30 degrees heat, he is sweating like ab*****d inside! So I’m now in the garbage s***ting myself that I’ve just done something stupid. This could go horribly wrong. But he’s in the race now and he’s running third and I’m thinking, ‘My God, he’s gonna be on the podium. He’s gonna take his gloves off, having sweated for two hours, waving to the crowd with smurf hands!’

“He ends up finishing fourth and, when you’re fourth, you don’t have any of the media commitments, he comes straight back to the garage, pulls his gloves off, and he’s got bright blue hands! He just came into the garage, looked across, and went ‘you f***ing b*****d!’

“But, because he was leaving and it was his last race, he then shakes (then team boss and CEO) Ron Dennis’ hand, he gets blue all over his hands! Then Ron Dennis’ wife, then the head of Mercedes and his wife, and, all of a sudden, all of these big wigs around the back of the garage have all got blue hands! I thought I was gonna get sacked! Kimi spent ages scrubbing his hands, he was really angry and he said ‘I’m going to get you back, you b*****d!’”

Kimi Raikkonen gets his revenge

Of course, having had to deal with that embarrassment, Raikkonen was always likely to find a way to retaliate – and he managed it just days later!

“The week after the last race, we go out to his house up in Lapland,” Priestley said.

“As we did every year, out to Finland for a piss-up. So we go there the first night, it’s all of his mates, all of our mates. We all get together, start drinking and it gets to two in the morning. I’m so tired. I figured I couldn’t go to bed first because I know he’s gonna try something and get me back.

“But, in the end, there’s no way I can stay awake. So I go up to my room in his house and I thought ‘I’ll put a chair under the door handle, just in case!’

“Within 20 minutes, I was asleep. 20 minutes later, the door comes off its hinges! Literally bursts, the door gets smashed to pieces! It was Kimi and his mate, and they burst in and we have this full-on fight in bed. I’m wrestling him and he’s pinning me down, his mates got me pinned down…

“I had long shoulder-length hair at the time and he gets a set of clippers and buzzes like a reverse mohican down the middle of my long shoulder-length hair! And then, worse than that, he cuts the plug off the end of the clippers and throws it out a window into like a five-foot snowdrift! They’re gone, the clippers were gone.

“That was day one of a week, so there was nothing I could do apart from a massive combover to hide it for the rest of the week!”

For more stories about life in the F1 pitlane, as well as further stories about his time working with Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren, Marc Priestley’s book ‘The Mechanic’ is available for purchase.

Read more: Five key takeaways from the announcement of the F1 2023 calendar



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Lewis Hamilton’s love for fashion is admired by Zhou Guanyu, who claims the Briton was the first to bring personalized fashion to the paddock. Hamilton is known to arrive at the paddock in style, turning heads with his own unique sense of dressing.

GuanYu Zhou and Lewis Hamilton’s drip rivalry will be fierce this season. That full Prada fit sheesh

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Guanyu and Hamilton have more in common than just the ability to hurl a car around a track at 300 kmph Both drivers are self-proclaimed fashionistas and are often the best-dressed drivers on the grid. As per Guanyu, Lewis Hamilton paved the way for drivers to express themselves at race weekends – a culture that did not exist 20 years ago in the sport. The Chinese rookie is more than impressed by the seven-time world champion’s actions, both on and off track. He claims that Hamilton’s style has helped him express himself better in the F1 paddock.

In an exclusive interview with Crash, Guanyu Zhou spoke about Lewis Hamilton’s love for fashion, saying,

“It’s been great in the last few years watching Lewis showing a different style in the paddock. This year I’ve been trying to show the stuff I usually like to wear in the paddock. In the past, maybe 20 years ago, racing drivers were just about racing. We still have our enjoyable personal stuff to do and to be showing that on Thursdays, I think it’s great. Obviously he was the first one to be open in that way and it wasn’t easy. I fully remember the first time he did that. A lot of people were saying ‘why is he wearing that?’ and I was one of the guys who liked his fashion sense.”

Lewis Hamilton has no plans of ending partnership with Mercedes

Hamilton’s association with Mercedes goes back a long way, with the Briton having won six world championships with the German team. He recently expressed his desire to stay with the team until the very end and has no plans of leaving the Brackley-based team.

Hamilton recently spoke about his future at Mercedes and winning another title, among other things, in a recent interview at Formula 1. He said,

“My goal was always to be with Mercedes. I love that we have the long partnership we have. I feel like we are embarking on a lot of really positive things, not only in the sport, but outside. I think there’s a lot of work, a lot to accomplish together, so I want to be a part of that.”

The world champion added,

“I think I’ll always be with Mercedes until the day I die. I feel like I can race for quite a bit longer, so I’ll be potentially steering towards that.”

Despite failing to turn heads in 2022, Lewis Hamilton is always able to extract maximum performance from whatever car he drives. The seven-time world champion will try his best to win his eighth title in 2023 if the team can provide him with a car that can compete at the front.

What’s your favorite race of the 2022 season so far? Tell us in the comments below..

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Lewis Hamilton’s love for fashion is admired by Zhou Guanyu, who claims the Briton was the first to bring personalized fashion to the paddock. Hamilton is known to arrive at the paddock in style, turning heads with his own unique sense of dressing.

GuanYu Zhou and Lewis Hamilton’s drip rivalry will be fierce this season. That full Prada fit sheesh

GuanYu Zhou and Lewis Hamilton’s drip rivalry will be fierce this season. That full Prada fit sheesh https://t.co/UNSsP6cYSd

Guanyu and Hamilton have more in common than just the ability to hurl a car around a track at 300 kmph Both drivers are self-proclaimed fashionistas and are often the best-dressed drivers on the grid. As per Guanyu, Lewis Hamilton paved the way for drivers to express themselves at race weekends – a culture that did not exist 20 years ago in the sport. The Chinese rookie is more than impressed by the seven-time world champion’s actions, both on and off track. He claims that Hamilton’s style has helped him express himself better in the F1 paddock.

In an exclusive interview with Crash, Guanyu Zhou spoke about Lewis Hamilton’s love for fashion, saying,

“It’s been great in the last few years watching Lewis showing a different style in the paddock. This year I’ve been trying to show the stuff I usually like to wear in the paddock. In the past, maybe 20 years ago, racing drivers were just about racing. We still have our enjoyable personal stuff to do and to be showing that on Thursdays, I think it’s great. Obviously he was the first one to be open in that way and it wasn’t easy. I fully remember the first time he did that. A lot of people were saying ‘why is he wearing that?’ and I was one of the guys who liked his fashion sense.”

Lewis Hamilton has no plans of ending partnership with Mercedes

Hamilton’s association with Mercedes goes back a long way, with the Briton having won six world championships with the German team. He recently expressed his desire to stay with the team until the very end and has no plans of leaving the Brackley-based team.

Hamilton recently spoke about his future at Mercedes and winning another title, among other things, in a recent interview at Formula 1. He said,

“My goal was always to be with Mercedes. I love that we have the long partnership we have. I feel like we are embarking on a lot of really positive things, not only in the sport, but outside. I think there’s a lot of work, a lot to accomplish together, so I want to be a part of that.”

The world champion added,

“I think I’ll always be with Mercedes until the day I die. I feel like I can race for quite a bit longer, so I’ll be potentially steering towards that.”

Despite failing to turn heads in 2022, Lewis Hamilton is always able to extract maximum performance from whatever car he drives. The seven-time world champion will try his best to win his eighth title in 2023 if the team can provide him with a car that can compete at the front.

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Edited by Aatiya Alim Qazi

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