Callum Voisin: “No reason we can’t be up there” in GB3

Callum Voisin became the first confirmed driver for the 2022 GB3 Championship in November, joining inaugural Teams’ Champions Carlin.

The 15-year-old Swiss-British driver took seven wins and four further podiums in Ginetta Junior on the way to sixth in his maiden car racing campaign with R Racing.

Despite a 70-point deduction at Snetterton for a camtiming irregularity, Voisin did enough on the British Touring Car Championship support programme to draw Carlin’s attention and admiration from across the paddock.

That brought an F4 British Championship test with the Farnham outfit in summer, and the rest is history.

The Checkered Flag caught up with Voisin four days after he was announced at Carlin.

“My first race was in France in 2016, in a Rotax Mini Max,” he said.

“There weren’t many people on the grid, but I managed to finish third somehow. I think there were only five or six Read the rest

C.J. McLaughlin returns to RSS for 13 races including Daytona

Three years after making his NASCAR Xfinity Series début for RSS Racing, C.J. McLaughlin has rejoined the team on a thirteen-race schedule for 2022. His slate will begin with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on 19 February. He will drive the #38 Ford Mustang with sponsorship from SciAps, who has supported McLaughlin throughout his career and for whom he currently works as a business development specialist.

“To be at Daytona in my own car with my name on it, I mean, when I was a kid, that was our one vacation a year, to go to Daytona,” said McLaughlin. “Now to be there in my own car with my name over the window, it means everything to me. I love that SciAps is behind this 100 percent.”

Following Daytona, he will race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (5 March), Talladega Superspeedway (23 April), Texas Motor SpeedwayRead the rest

Piastri Insists 2022 Will not be a ‘Wasted Year’ Despite Lack of Formula 1 Race Seat

2021 FIA Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri insists this year will not be wasted despite him missing out on a Formula 1 seat in 2022.

The Australian took his third consecutive championship triumph in 2021, adding the Formula 2 crown to the FIA Formula 3 title of 2020 and Formula Renault Eurocup of 2019, but it was not enough for him to earn a promotion to Formula 1 despite the backing of the Alpine F1 Academy.

Piastri will act as the Alpine F1 Team’s reserve driver in 2022 and will participate in a handful of free practice sessions, and he insists his year will be one of learning despite a lack of competitive action as he learns from both Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

“I definitely don’t think it will be a wasted year,” said Piastri to Motorsport.com. “It goes without saying that I would have loved Read the rest

Honda Made Decision to Withdraw from Formula 1 Too Soon – Masashi Yamamoto

Masashi Yamamoto believes Honda decided to leave Formula 1 too early, but he hopes the Japanese engine manufacturer can return to the sport in the future.

Honda only returned as the fourth engine manufacturer to Formula 1 in 2014 as suppliers to the McLaren F1 Team before they switched their allegiance to Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2018.  In 2019, Red Bull Racing then also signed up to race with their engines.

Honda announced midway through the 2020 season that they would be pulling out of the sport at the end of 2021, and Yamamoto, the F1 Boss of the Japanese marque, says this was a company decision that was made too soon.  

“Personally yes, I agree,” said Yamamoto to Motorsport.com. “But this is obviously a company decision and I understand which way the company wants to go, so in the end we have to accept that.

“But we always Read the rest

Andreas Roos steps in as Head of BMW M Motorsport with Mike Krack departure

With the announcement that Mike Krack will be joining the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team with immediate effect, BMW M Motorsport have announced that Andreas Roos will be taking over responsibility for motor sport activities of BMW M GmbH as of 1 February.

“We would like to thank Mike Krack for his passion and dedication across the motor sport portfolio of BMW and BMW M,” said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “He has demonstrated his wholehearted commitment to motor sport in various roles within our company. As Head of BMW M Motorsport, he took some important decisions over the past year aimed at securing a successful future for our motor sport projects. He has now been given the chance to fulfil a career dream and we do not want to stand in his way. We would like to wish Mike every success in his future Read the rest

Porsche Sprint Challenge GB Champion Edgerton joins JTR for Carrera Cup GB assault

2021 Porsche Sprint Challenge GB champion Theo Edgerton will make the move up to Porsche Carrera Cup GB with Joe Tandy Racing for the 2022 season.

17-year-old Edgerton started racing at the age of 10 in karts, entering his first championship in 2017 before moving in to the Ginetta Junior series in 2018. The 2019 season saw the Worcester-based driver gain his first podium in the Junior series as he moved up to the Porsche Sprint Challenge series for 2020, taking third place in the championship with one victory, five second place finishes and a further three final podium positions.

2021 brought further success as the young driver took eight overall victories, ten podiums, two pole positions and six fastest laps. Edgerton also made it to the final four finalists in the 2022/23 Porsche Carrera GB Junior shootout.

Credit: Joe Tandy Racing

“We’re delighted to welcome Theo back to JTR, Read the rest

Boost Mobile Super Trucks returning fleet to SST in U.S.

Despite their popularity in the region, the Stadium Super Trucks have had a turbulent history when it comes to racing in Australia. A report on Wednesday by Speedcafe.com did little to change that, and in fact may have dealt a death blow to the series’ Oceanian presence: the series’ Australian counterpart, the Boost Mobile Super Trucks, is preparing to send its twelve trucks back to America on 19 January. The news comes following a breakdown in negotiations between series officials and the Repco Supercars Championship, which was mainly spurred by unhappiness from the former party regarding Supercars’ new owners providing a lack of support.

According to Speedcafe, the trucks usually receive a fee from Supercars that would assist in paying for expenses like travel. However, such aid would not materialise in 2022 as both sides could not reach a deal to continue.

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SS-Green Light Racing retains Joe Graf Jr., allies with Stewart-Haas for 2022

Stewart-Haas Racing‘s sphere of influence continues to grow in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. On Friday, SS-Green Light Racing announced a switch from Chevrolet to Ford and the formation of a partnership with SHR. Joe Graf Jr. will return for his third season with the team, while SHR’s Cup Series pilots Chase Briscoe and Cole Custer will make sporadic Xfinity starts in the team’s other car.

“We are thrilled to be part of this new relationship with SS-Green Light Racing,” stated SHR executive Joe Custer, father of Cole. “The team is very eager to raise their competitiveness to the next level and with this technical arrangement, they are going to be in a great position to accomplish all of their goals and more next season, as well as position themselves for future growth.”

In 2021, SSGLR allied with Rick Ware Racing to field the #17 for a litany … Read the rest

Long Beach City Council approves Grand Prix extension through 2028

When the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach‘s newest contract is set to expire, the city will be gearing up for the 2028 Summer Olympics. On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted in favour of a five-year extension that will retain the beloved NTT IndyCar Series street race through the 2028 season. Prior to the vote, the contract—signed between the city and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach (GPALB)—was last approved in December 2017 and ran through 2023.

“The Grand Prix has always been a very strong community event and this agreement just amplifies the unique relationship with the City of Long Beach going forward,” stated GPALB president Jim Michaelian.

As part of the deal, the Grand Prix Association will have a say in the street circuit’s development. For example, if the city or an interested company wishes to build upon a location that is … Read the rest

Depth of 2021 Field Made Rookie Campaign ‘Not Easy’ for Tsunoda – Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly feels Yuki Tsunoda did not expect to struggle as much as he did during his rookie season in Formula 1, but the depth of talent and ability in the sport would have made it hard for any driver coming in.

Tsunoda endured a tough baptism of fire in 2021, scoring only thirty-two points compared to the one hundred and ten of his Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda team-mate Gasly, although he ended the season with his best finish with fourth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Gasly believes Tsunoda did learn some things just be observing what he did behind the wheel and adapted his approach as a result, but going against the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen was always going to be tricky for the Japanese racer.

“It’s difficult because it takes so much energy focusing on your own thing,” Gasly is … Read the rest