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by David Phillips on January 14th, 2012
Away from the sim machine, Teemu Lappalainen is the shy and retiring type; the sort of fellow who likes to sit on the beach — in anonymity. Turn the Finn lose on the tracks of iRacing.com, however, and he is anything but shy . . . or retiring. After finishing sixth in the HPD ARX01c’s inaugural season of the iRacing.com Prototype/GT Challenge, he’s out to do far better in 2011 Season 4. As the light at the end of the seasonal tunnel grows ever brighter he finds himself in the midst of a torrid tussle for the overall championship. Heading into the penultimate weekend of the season, Lappalainen occupied fifth spot in the standings behind Roderic Kreunen, Darren Marsh, Pascal Dupers and Cristian Lorente. However, he’s just ten markers behind [...]
May 8th, 2011
JR Motorsports took its second GT1 World Championship win of the weekend in the main race at Portimao, with Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm triumphing after their team-mates Richard Westbrook and Peter Dumbreck hit gearbox problems. The latter pair had led a JR Nissan one-two through the first stint, but as the stops neared it became clear that their #22 car had an issue developing
February 18th, 2011
Bernie Ecclestone insists he is becoming more hopeful that the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix will be able to go ahead as planned, and that the political situation in the region will calm – despite continuing unrest. Concern has been growing over whether both the Bahrain Formula 1 race on 11-13 March and the final pre-season test at the Sakhir track on 3-6 March should take place following tension that saw several fatalities and large numbers of injuries when security forces dispersed protesters in Manama on Thursday. Angry crowds have today gathered at the funerals of some of those killed in the violence, while pro-government demonstrations have also been held in Manama
October 12th, 2010
The Portimao track in Portugal looks set to join the Formula 1 pre-season testing roster next year, AUTOSPORT has learned, as teams close in on finalising the build-up programme to the 2011 campaign. F1 teams agreed recently that there would remain four official pre-season tests next year from February until early March. And although this year’s testing build-up took place exclusively in Spain, for 2011 teams are edging closer seeing Portugal and Bahrain added to the schedule.
July 4th, 2010
Jolyon Palmer is set up for a double victory at Portimao after claiming pole position for Sunday’s Formula 2 race. The championship leader used his qualifying boosts to set a time quarter of a second quicker than anyone else and seal his fifth pole of the year. Philipp Eng set the second quickest time, but will be relegated 10 places on the grid following his clash with Dean Stoneman on Saturday.
July 4th, 2010
Philipp Eng was stripped of his sixth place in Saturday’s Formula 2 race at Portimao when he received a 20-second penalty for hitting Dean Stoneman.
July 3rd, 2010
Jolyon Palmer claimed his fourth Formula 2 pole position of the season at Portimao this morning, pinching the top spot from practice pace-setter Benjamin Bailly. Palmer left it late to extract the best from his set of new tyres and toppled Bailly, who had been quickest in every session up until qualifying, from his perch. Jack Clarke and Nicola de Marco will share the second row of the grid for this afternoon’s first race, just 0.018s and 0.024s slower than Bailly’s time
April 23rd, 2010
David Coulthard says he is keeping an open mind about his future, ahead of his first race for 18 months in the DTM opener at Hockenheim this weekend. The former grand prix driver will contest this season with Mercedes but he told this week’s AUTOSPORT magazine that he isn’t yet set on a full-time return to racing beyond 2010. “By the time I get to lap 19 at Hockenheim, that will be one more than the consecutive number of laps I’ve ever done in a DTM car,” he told AUTOSPORT.
February 25th, 2010
The new Auto GP series has announced a change of date and venue for its inaugural round. The category had been scheduled to make its debut at Portimao in Portugal on 17-18 April, but it will now begin at Czech track Brno one week later instead
February 22nd, 2010
Stefan GP has abandoned plans to test at Portimao in Portugal this week after failing to secure a supply of tyres to run on, AUTOSPORT can reveal. The Serbian-based team has its new car, the Toyota-based Stefan 01, all ready to hit the track following a fire-up in Cologne last week, but its failure to obtain tyres from Formula 1′s official tyre supplier Bridgestone has scuppered its bid to begin testing. Bridgestone is only contracted to supply F1 tyres to those outfits that have an entry to the world championship, and the Japanese tyre manufacturer was unable to provide alternative GP2 rubber at such short notice
February 2nd, 2010
Stefan GP has announced it will test its first Formula 1 car later this month in Portugal, as it continues to push with its plans to race in the sport this year despite not having an entry. Following today’s announcement that the Serbia-based squad will send equipment to Bahrain for the first of the season, the team said it will test its car at Portimao on 25-28 February.
December 21st, 2009
The GP3 calendar was announced today for the championship’s inaugural season next year. The schedule consists of eight races, seven of which will take place in support of European grands prix. Barcelona will host the opening round in May, then GP3 will support the GP2 standalone event at Portimao in June.
December 12th, 2009
Jolyon Palmer ended up fastest in the final Formula 2 test of the year at Portimao today. The 18-year-old, who finished 21st in this season’s standings, set two laps good enough to beat his rivals at the Algarve track, with a 1m35.519s securing the top spot.
December 11th, 2009
Kazim Vasiliauskas set the fastest time of the first day of this week’s Formula 2 test at Portimao. The Lithuanian, who finished seventh in F2 this season, went quickest in the final hour’s running during the afternoon session. Newly-crowned McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Dean Smith finished the test in second place.
December 10th, 2009
Formula 3 race-winner Renger van der Zande is the latest driver to commit to this week’s Formula 2 test at Portimao.
December 9th, 2009
American Jonathan Summerton will take part in the Formula 2 test at Portimao later this week. The 21-year-old has raced in the United States for the past two seasons, but is keen on a Formula 1 future and has been mentioned as a target for the new US F1 team. Summerton was a race-winner in the Formula 3 Euro Series and A1GP earlier in his career before returning to America.
December 8th, 2009
Duncan Tappy will join this week’s official Formula 2 test at the Portimao circuit in Portugal. The 25-year-old Briton, who won the Formula Renault UK title in 2007, is considering joining the series for 2010 and will get his first taste of the F2 car on Friday and Saturday. “I’m weighing up my options for 2010 and there was the opportunity to spend two days in the F2 car,” Tappy told AUTOSPORT
December 8th, 2009
McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Dean Smith will join the Formula 2 series later this week for the championship’s test at the Portimao circuit. Th Briton, who won the prestigious award on Sunday evening, will get his first taste of the F2 machinery at the Portuguese circuit on 11 and 12 December. The Formula Renault UK title winner admitted he is excited about the test.
December 2nd, 2009
Former Champ Car racer Dan Clarke is eyeing a move into Formula 2 next season and has signed up for the series’ first winter test at Valencia this week. The 26-year-old Briton raced for the HVM/Minardi Team USA outfit in Champ Car in 2006 and 2007, and for Team Great Britain in A1GP in 2008. He is also a former British F3 race winner and Formula Ford Festival winner.
September 16th, 2009
Durango has announced that it will skip the GP2 Series finale at Portimao this weekend. The team had already been forced to sit out the Monza event due to the aftermath of Stefano Coletti’s massive accident at Spa.