What the papers say

A quick look around at what the papers are saying about the world of F1

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver makes F1 admission as part of ‘brand building’ plan

The Express: Lewis Hamilton has admitted F1 is just a small part of his attempts to build a brand around himself. 

Hamilton is one of the most recognisable faces in the world of motor sport with four F1 titles already in his possession.

And this season the Mercedes driver is gunning for a fifth crown which would put him on a par with racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio.

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the F1 standings to 40 points by securing victory at last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

His on-track success has come amid claims he’s not focussed on racing though, with fashion and music ventures ongoing. Full story: The Express

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, F1

Factors that will determine the destiny of the Formula One title

The Guardian: Sebastian Vettel cannot afford any more mistakes in his quest to chase down the leader of the F1 drivers’ championship.

Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 30 points going into the final seven races of the season, a somewhat unlikely advantage given the strength of Ferrari’s car and hence far from insurmountable. There are 175 points remaining and as things stand the Scuderia still hold the cards in performance. However the difference thus far has been Hamilton. He has proved time and again his ability to maximise the results from difficult situations and turn in impeccable runs when on top. Having been on the back foot – off the pace in Monaco, knocked back to 18th at Silverstone and starting from 14th in Germany – he ensured the damage was minimal, returning a third, second and win from the meetings. He has played the percentages with the calm confidence of a multiple world champion focused on the big picture. Continuing to do so will put all the pressure on Vettel. The Singapore GP will probably be a case in point. Mercedes expect to be behind Ferrari and Kimi Räikkönen was quickest in second practice in front of Hamilton, for whom limiting the points damage may already be paramount. Vettel however, simply must win. Full story: The Guardian

Formula One reveals striking first images of 2021 concept cars for new era

The Telegraph: Formula One has unveiled fresh concept images for its 2021 season cars, when the regulations will undergo radical changes. The images and results are visually striking and aesthetically pleasing. 

Three different concepts have been revealed. The visual aspect is just one part, however. Another important aspect of the regulation changes is to make for better and more exciting racing. 

F1’s Managing Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn outlined the objectives ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. 

“When we started looking at the 2021 car, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together,” Brawn said “What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other.”

The aim, then, is to reduce how following closely a car ahead affects its aerodynamic efficiency. Estimating that the current regulations mean a 50 per cent reduction in downforce in this situation, Brawn says the new regulation has improved this by 30 per cent, so that a car only loses 20 per cent downforce. Full story: The Telegraph

Formula 1 2021 concept

Formula One Spreads Its Wings To The Supermarket

Forbes: The technology that developed the wings which help keep Formula One race cars tight to the track has found its way to supermarkets in the U.K. and soon, in the U.S.

British company Aerofoil Energy is in Atlanta this week at the Energy and Store Development Conference to exhibit its innovation and announce trials are underway at supermarkets in this country.

Developed in conjunction with F1 engineering partner Williams Advanced Engineering, the device, called Aerofoil, attaches to a supermarket refrigerator shelf to help retain more cold air.

Front and rear wings on Formula One cars provide downforce necessary to keep the racers stable and prevent them from becoming airborne at high speeds. Full story: Forbes

Miami to host Formula One ‘mini race’ after local objections put 2019 Grand Prix plans on hold

Independent: Formula One cars are set to roar though the streets of Miami next month even though a full-blown race in the city has been given the red light until at least 2020.

In May, Miami’s City Commissioners voted to negotiate with F1 about hosting an annual Grand Prix for a decade from next year. However, the plan stalled just two months later after locals objected to the layout of the 2.6-mile track. It is due to run down the palm-tree lined Biscayne Boulevard and pass through the peaceful Bayfront Park which fuelled the opposition.

Although the plan to host a race in 2019 hit the skids, The Independent has seen plans for a demonstration event which is due to take place on a 690m stretch of Biscayne Boulevard on 17 October. It isn’t known which teams will hurtle down it but they will all be in the area as it will be held five days before the US Grand Prix in Texas. Full story: Independent

Force India, Singapore Grand PrixHow Singapore’s Formula One fling with sugar daddies turned sour

South China Morning Post: While fans focused on the race last week, others were revelling in a world where there’s a fine line between romance and remittance … and tourism officials weren’t happy about it.

Singapore hosted an array of concerts, after-parties and events for race aficionados and revellers alike during the Formula One weekend last week. But one controversial gathering almost stole the show from the annual sporting event.

A sugar daddy convention, dubbed “The Fast Lane” and supported by Malaysian “sugar dating” app Sugarbook, was held during the five-day F1-themed Sky Grande Prix promotional event run by the Singapore Tourism Board at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

The party brought together sugar baby and sugar daddy wannabes from the city state and from as far afield as the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and even New York.

But the bash inevitably irked officials in Singapore, where the Sugarbook app remains contentious. Sugar dating is a type of relationship in which older, wealthy men or women – the sugar daddy or mummy – spend an extravagant amount on a lover, girlfriend or boyfriend, known as the sugar baby, in exchange for companionship that typically includes sex. Full story: South China Morning Post

Evans looks ahead to Wales Rally GB

This time 12 months ago Elfyn Evans was on the verge of making motor sport history. By winning last year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, Evans became not only the first British driver to win Rally GB for nearly 20 years but also the first Welsh driver ever to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

It was a huge result for British motor sport and the biggest ever for Welsh rallying. Understandably, the victory celebrations in Llandudno were pretty special.

“That’s a Sunday that’s going to be pretty hard to beat,” admits the 29-year-old from Dolgellau. “There were some pretty amazing emotions last year and it’s going to be a bit strange going back.”

Wales Rally GB TrophyAs well as rewriting the history books, the Welshman’s big breakthrough success also earned him promotion to the main M-Sport Ford factory team for 2018 as team-mate to five-time world champion Sébastien Ogier. It’s fair to say, though, that he has struggled to return to similar highs during what to date has been a challenging campaign.

“It’s been tough,” he admits, “and pretty frustrating at times. There’s been the odd issue here and there, some punctures and things like that which have cost us the chance of some good results. There’s been the odd high, the second place in Portugal was good, but it’s definitely fair to say that this season hasn’t gone the way we’d hoped.”

However, there are still three rounds remaining on the 2018 calendar for Evans to rediscover his winning touch – and where better to start an upswing in results than back in Wales when the WRC returns to these shores in just a couple of weeks’ time (4-7 October).

“Competing at home always brings a special motivation,” he smiles. “The fans were amazing last year, seeing so many people out and about was incredible and I hope it’s going to be the same next month.

“In terms of what we can achieve from the rally, the target is definitely to chase another victory. We know we’ve got the team behind us and the guys at M-Sport have so much knowledge of this rally in all kinds of conditions; and we know how good the Ford Fiesta WRC is as well.”

BTCC reaches Brands Hatch climax in Diamond year

The battle for the biggest prize in British motorsport will go down to the wire at Brands Hatch next weekend (29-30 September) as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s Diamond Jubilee reaches its climax.

A mathematical three-way tussle for top honours between Team BMW’s double champion Colin Turkington and the top two Independents’ runners in Tom Ingram and Tom Chilton is in store, with the Northern Irishman the hunted, rather than the hunter this year.

Last time out at Silverstone, current Indy champ Ingram produced another trademark fight through the field to seal victory in race two, leaving him well placed to score strongly in the finale – which he duly did with a second place finish. As a result, Turkington’s lead leaving Northamptonshire was clipped by nine points to 34. With 67 points on offer over the course of a BTCC race weekend, there’s plenty of scope for all-change at the top and though a further 30 points back in the tally, Chilton’s form is such that he’ll feel there’s still a slim chance.

There have now been a record 16 different race winners in the current campaign following Sam Tordoff and Aiden Moffat’s triumphs at Silverstone, so, aside from the enthralling title battle, there are opportunities for any number of drivers to end their respective seasons on a real high around the famed Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

Three encounters are sure to produce unmissable action, with the track host to many a memorable moment over the years as the BTCC’s final port of call. A large crowd is, as always, expected at the hallowed Kent venue and hundreds of thousands will be watching the drama unfold live, exclusive and free-to-air on ITV4.

BMW’s Turkington has been here before. The double champion has the nous and experience to see his points advantage through and convert a year’s hard work into a third BTCC crown.

His season has been a story of consistency. The West Surrey Racing man counting just a single victory to his name while Ingram has notched a trio of race wins. Despite this, Turkington holds 34 points in hand over the Speedworks man. No other driver on the grid has managed more podium finishes than the Northern Irishman with ten, though the nearest competition is second-placed Ingram with his eight.

Colin Turkington, BMW, RockinghamWhere Turkington has failed to win, he’s secured bonus points to negate the difference. Where Turkington’s been unable to win, he’s ensured he’s secured good results – with just five finishes outside of the top ten all season, and 17 top six finishes in 27 rounds. It’s this constant stream of scores that sees him clear with just three rounds left to race but Turkington is not about to let up yet, despite being the man with the target on his back.

“I’ve been here before and I’m really enjoying it this year,” said Turkington. “Last year, I was the one doing the hunting, trying to claw the points back on Ash (Sutton) but I wasn’t really getting there, and that’s where you start taking risks. I enjoy these moments, it’s what we live for.

“I’m so determined this year that it’s coming home to me, especially after last year. The BTCC is such that the stars have to align if you want to win the championship. I hope that this is the year. I’ve got real determination. I’ve got a lot of people to do it for and a lot of reasons.

“All of us at WSR are very aware of how quickly the picture can change and the gap can close or grow very easily over the course of a weekend.

“We’ve definitely put together a strong campaign. It’s not been without its challenges. At the beginning of the season, Donington Park was a very difficult event where we only scored maybe six points. We analysed what went wrong and from there, my season started to flourish from Thruxton on, where we got a couple of second place finishes.

“Then we moved to Oulton and Croft where we’re historically strong and notched a first win. Snetterton was tough but we came out with good points in the bag. The strike rate of podiums has been good, not necessarily wins – the latter are very hard to come by in the BTCC.

“It’s the big points scores that, I suppose, have put me in this position. It’s more difficult to get top tens than it ever has been before given how competitive the season now is. There are a lot of occasions where 31 cars are within a second of each other – everyone’s on the pace.”

Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, Croft CircuitIngram, meanwhile, had to produce two stunning comeback drives at Snetterton and Rockingham after race one disappointment – carving his way through from 27th on the grid for race two on both occasions to reach the podium with third place finishes. It is difficult to dispute that Ingram has been anything other than a match for Turkington up to this point on pace alone and he’s had a fair share of misfortune beyond his control to contend with in 2018.

He will take encouragement from his performance in Kent last year, where he brought home 40 points – almost double Turkington’s haul.

“We will go to Brands Hatch with a fighting chance,” said Ingram. “Yes, we’re obviously still the underdog, but the ball is in our court and we’re not giving up now!

“We’re the hunter, while Colin is the hunted. The pressure is on him, not us and he’s sitting on two strikes, so he can’t afford to take any major risks whereas we can throw caution to the wind a bit more.

“We’re in the best shape possible. You’d say we’ve got the strongest car. We’re lighter on weight and we’re in the driving seat. We’ve gone well at Brands in the past. We took 42 points out of Colin in the last two races. We can do it, it’s just a case of putting it all together.”

Chilton is still in with a shout in third spot. He and Motorbase will be looking to push for Independents’ glory on home turf, as well as for the Drivers’ title – the latter by their own admission an outside chance. Chilton’s just 20 points shy in the Indy running, while Motorbase-backed Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher is just ten behind in their quest to usurp Ingrams’ Speedworks outfit for the Independent Teams’ title.

BMW is in pole position to retain the Manufacturers’ title, with Team BMW in the same position in the Teams’ running. Dan Cammish, meanwhile, holds an unassailable lead in the Jack Sears Trophy.

Honda looks to end BTCC season on a high, on Brands Hatch return

Almost six months on from the maiden race outing for the all-new Honda Civic Type R (FK8), the Halfords Yuasa Racing team returns to the scene of the car’s debut at Brands Hatch for the final round of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Marking a new era for Honda in the BTCC, the latest generation Civic Type R has represented an entirely new challenge for the hugely experienced Team Dynamics-run squad in its design and development. Nevertheless, in the hands of Matt Neal and new signing Dan Cammish, Honda has accumulated an impressive haul of two wins, two pole positions and nine podiums this season to establish a fine foundation for the future.

Dan Cammish, Honda BTCCIn the meantime, Honda heads into the 2018 finale with its sights set firmly on bolstering that tally as it looks to consolidate its championship positions. As has become tradition, the immensely popular Brands Hatch circuit in Kent sets the stage for the 2018 BTCC finale with a blast around the longer, high-speed Grand Prix configuration.

With Cammish moving into an unassailable lead in the Jack Sears Trophy at Silverstone – a crowning moment he is set to to savour fully at Brands Hatch – he together with Neal turn their full attentions to securing the best possible finish in the overall drivers’ standings.

As it stands, Neal and Cammish start the final weekend ninth and 11th respectively and well placed to make up positions such are the small margins in the top ten, with Honda second in the manufacturers’ championship and Halfords Yuasa Racing third in the teams’ reckoning.

Matt Neal:
“We come to the final round of the season feeling as determined as ever. Silverstone didn’t live up to expectations thanks to circumstances out of our control, but it means we come to Brands Hatch with renewed optimism and a good shot at securing more silverware for the Halfords Yuasa Racing team. It’s been a very positive season, one that sets a good foundation going forward and I’m really excited about opportunity to unlock the full potential of the Civic Type-R (FK8) package. In the meantime, I’ll be going all out for victory at Brands Hatch to end the year in fine style!”

Dan Cammish:
“I can’t believe we’re already coming to the end of the 2018 season – it seems like only yesterday we were rolling the Civic Type-R out for the first time and I was making my BTCC debut! We’ve had ups and downs since then but I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season as a Halfords Yuasa Racing driver and I’ve really relished the opportunity to race in such a competitive series. Now I want to end a positive year on a high. It’ll be fascinating to see how far it has come since April and there is no reason why we cannot aim for the top at Brands Hatch.”

How Will Edge Computing Change Server Room Design?

The world has an insatiable appetite for data, with over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being generated each day. At the same time speed is paramount. We want access to that data, to be able to store and share it at an ever-faster rate. The days of ‘waiting’ are long gone as we expect IT systems to provide instantaneous service and no one will accept latency in any form.

This trend will continue as more devices become connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence becomes more widely adopted within the everyday machines and services we come to rely on. Self-driving cars for example will require multiple connection points along a journey to be able to ‘intelligently’ deliver passengers to their destination. The data required will cover a range of environmental information including local traffic, road and whether conditions.

At the heart of this revolution society at large will become more reliant on hyperscale datacentres. The complexity and scale of these types of data processing factories will continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. However, with this rise in scale and sophistication will come a dependency on Edge computing.

Edge computing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_computing) is a way to optimise applications and cloud stored systems by moving part of the application, its data and services nearer to the node of local usage. The advantages of this are improved speed of service delivery and of the type required to meet the demands of the age of the Internet of Things. This will give rise to the need for more local micro-datacentres and on-site server rooms.

Micro-datacentres are growing in their popularity. Referred to as an MDC, a micro data centre or micro data center is a self-contained and possibly modular arrangement of datacentre architecture designed to be installed wherever data centre type services are required. The MDC will house all the servers, racks, power distribution and UPS systems, cooling air conditioners, fire protection, security and network integration systems. They can be installed outdoors or within a building. The point is that a micro-datacentre is self-contained and can be transported and delivered rapidly to its point of us.

The alternative for an organisation is to continue to develop its on-site IT network and facilities and run their own server room. Our forecast is that this will continue in tandem with the development of micro-datacentres. Organisations whether public sector, commercial, industrial or other, will continue to require an on-site IT network and connectivity to the outside world and Cloud storage. The local network can connect via servers, bridges and routers within a central server room or via single micro-datacentre.

Will the size of on-site facility shrink or grow due to increased demand? This is harder to forecast but the consensus is that on-site services will continue up to a demand of around 300kW of power. Most small organisations run server rooms with a 10-30kW power demand either single phase or three phase and this size will be the norm for smaller installations. Medium on-site installations could be considered in the 30-100kW and larger ones at 100-300kW.

What this means for most organisations is a transitionary period. Legacy server rooms will continue to adapt and grow within the confined physical space they operate within. The growth of their IT network will very much depend on the growth of the company and whether systems and employees are on-site or remote. In and industrial environment, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) growth in data collection and connectivity could see an organisation replacing its server room with a complete micro-datacentre. The organisation here makes a step-change in its critical infrastructure and invests in an MDC for the future.

This then gives rise to the choices facing organisations. Within a server room environment over the last 10-20 years development in hardware and software have allowed rooms to be reconfigured to make use of new technologies such as server virtualisation. This has effectively shrunk the need for physical space but pushed up potentially demand for power and cooling from larger and faster servers and storage devices. If an organisation does go down the microdatacentre route they could be limited in future capacity deployment. Scale and growth plans need to be designed into the day-one installation if the datacentre is to cater for future expansion.

At Server Room Environments we will continue to develop the ranges of products we supply and work with manufacturers who we truly believe are engaging with hyperscale and microdatacentres, Internet of Things technologies and Edge Computing. In this way we can ensure that we can continue to provide our clients with the latest technologies whether its intelligent air conditioners, racks and cabinets, intelligent PDUs or modular UPS systems.

The next 10-15 years will see another fundamental shift in technologies with energy storage being used to hold-up grid electrical supplies and electric vehicles taking over from fossil burning ones and even hybrid vehicles. In much the same way we expect to see a growing reliance on server rooms and micro-datacentres as the backbone of the systems we will rely on to store and access the data that will become vital to society, work and general services.

To learn more about our thoughts on Edge Computing and how we can help you prepare your on-site server room for the future, please contact us. We provide free server room and datacentre surveys across the UK.

World Rally Championship title race hots up

The electrifying battle royal for this year’s FIA World Rally Championship has intensified as the title race now arrives in the UK for what promises to be a thrilling Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October).

The result of last weekend’s drama-laden Rally Turkey has further tightened the tussle for top honours with the three leading contenders – Thierry Neuville, Ott Tänak and Sébastien Ogier – now locked in even fiercer combat with three pivotal rounds remaining on the calendar. The first of these title deciders comes next month in Wales, followed by two equally critical encounters in Spain and Australia.

Swashbuckling Neuville remains as the front-runner but he saw his points lead slashed after his Hyundai suffered a rare mechanical breakage on the rough Turkish tracks in the hills around Marmaris.

The Belgian’s misfortune appeared to hand the advantage to his closest rival Ogier but the reigning champion’s Ford Fiesta WRC also fell by the rock-strewn wayside thus handing a third consecutive victory to a somewhat surprised and delighted Tänak.

World Rally ChampionshipTaking full advantage of his adversaries’ troubles, the fast-finishing Toyota ace now has leapfrogged the Frenchman in the standings. As the series reaches its climax, the Estonian hard-charger now trails Neuville by just 13 points with Ogier a further 11 points adrift in third having lost second place.

However, 90 points are still on offer, so both chasers are still right in the hunt and have vowed to be on crowd-pleasing maximum attack in Wales.

“We are in the fight now,” enthused an excited Tänak. “The championship is becoming interesting; we have to keep on pushing.”

Targeting a sixth successive WRC title, Ogier is in equally determined mood as he sets his sights on a fifth win in Wales. “It’s definitely a three-way fight for the title now, and it’s still all to play for,” he pledged. “With three rallies to race, anything can happen.”

Adding a further exhilarating dimension to the season’s rousing crescendo, the three protagonists represent three different teams all locked in a similarly exciting battle for manufacturers’ honours: Neuville spearheads Hyundai’s attack; Ogier leads the M-Sport Ford squad while Tänak is Toyota’s trailblazer.

“We are witnessing the most incredible World Rally Championship for many, many years and now the action is heading right here to Wales – that’s a mouth-watering spectacle no one will want to miss,” enthused Ben Taylor, managing director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “The latest generation of turbocharged and four-wheel-drive cars are the most exciting cars ever seen in our forests and now fans have the added thrills of a title race. It’s going to be blockbuster!”

World Rally ChampionshipAs well as the promise of an unmissable title fight, tickets for the 2018 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB – an event memorably won last year by local hero Elfyn Evans – also offer great value for money. When purchased in advance, adult admission starts at just £15 for the Thursday evening curtain-raiser at Tir Prince Raceway with the premium four-day event pass remaining at £99 for the ninth successive year.

For those buying now online, Day Passes for Friday and Saturday cost £28.00 with Sunday’s Day Pass priced even more attractively at £23.00. These passes not only give access to all speed tests on that day but also include all booking fees, a copy of the Official Programme (cover price £9) plus car parking on a ‘first come, first-served’ basis.

Singapore GP news round-up

A look around the web at the latest updates from the Singapore Grand Prix…

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix to extend lead in F1 title race

The Guardian: In indomitable form, there is now a relentless, intimidating quality to Lewis Hamilton’s driving that seems to simply brook no dissent. His win at the Singapore Grand Prix was the culmination of a weekend when he put together moments of almost transcendent skill and a ruthless execution when it mattered that was untouchable.

Reminiscent of Tiger Woods at his peak, Hamilton’s performance for Mercedes under the lights of Marina Bay looked a class apart from his rivals. So much so that he now has one hand on the title. Full story at: TheGuardian.com

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix: Who said what after

ESPN: Lewis Hamilton (1st): “I’m so excited. I came here knowing that Singapore is a hard one for us. But I’m always optimistic, thinking that if we’re really diligent and do our work, we can create some chances. Then Friday was already a good day for us. Saturday didn’t start off well, but then all of the sudden that special lap came in. Knowing that we would start on pole, I knew that it was a great opportunity for us to capitalise on. I had a great start and from then I was able to manage it. When I hit the traffic, I was just mindful not to take any risks. When you start to get closer to another car, you start losing grip and start sliding around more, so there’s a higher chance of mistakes. If you’re lucky you catch the cars at the right point and they let you by so you don’t lose any time, but today I always caught them at an unfortunate point. So when Max was right behind, I had to go on the defensive, and I thought to myself “Bro, you’re not getting by – not today!” It was physically such a demanding race, so I’m relieved that it’s over now – it felt like such a long night, but I’m super grateful for the result.” Full story at ESPN.com

Fernando Alonso gives honest verdict of Singapore Grand Prix showing

Express.co.uk: Fernando Alonso has criticised his own team, by stating that their impressive performance at the Singapore Grand Prix was nothing more than a one-off.

Alonso finished seventh in the night race, having started further back in 11th place. The impressive drive was his McLaren team’s best finish since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix back in April. The Spaniard has warned that this is not a feat they will match, however. “We lapped Kevin Magnussen today,” Alonso explained.

“At Monza and Spa with many straights they pretty much lapped us, so I think it’s the circuit that’s abnormal and I’m afraid we’ll have difficulties again in the upcoming races.

“We know that every time we come to Singapore we have an opportunity but you have to be there and take it because many times you miss them due to little details, but we usually don’t.” Full story: Express.co.uk

Fernando Alonso, McLaren

F1 news: Two drivers BANNED from racing each other after Singapore GP- ‘It’s unacceptable’

Express.co.uk: Force India have decided to re-introduce team orders on its drivers after Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez clashed at the Singapore Grand Prix. 

Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in a thrilling Singapore Grand Prix this afternoon to extend his lead to 40 points in the drivers’ standings over Sebastian Vettel. But one of the biggest incidents in the race happened on the opening lap between both Force India drivers.

Both drivers collided on the exit of Turn 3 as Ocon attempted an ambitious overtake from the outside before Perez blocked him off, sending his team-mate into the wall. Ocon was forced to retire immediately while Perez continued to a 16th placed-finish that also saw him make contact with Sergey Sirotkin late on. Full story: Express.co.uk

Force India, Singapore Grand PrixSergio Perez, Sergey Sirotkin accept Singapore GP penalties were fair

Crash.net: Sergio Perez and Sergey Sirotkin both accepted they deserved penalties for incidents during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after both were sanctioned by the Formula 1 race stewards at Marina Bay.

After escaping any punishment for a clash at Turn 3 that left Force India teammate Esteban Ocon in the wall, Perez was hit with a drive-through penalty for a clash with Williams driver Sirotkin on Lap 27.

Perez had spent a number of laps growing frustrated behind Sirotkin, who was yet to pit, and managed to get alongside the Williams in the final sector, only to swipe his car to the left exiting Turn 17, causing the two cars to make contact.

Perez pitted due to damage sustained, but was deemed to have made a “potentially dangerous” move that resulted in a drive-through penalty. He ultimately finished the race one lap down in P16.

“It was very costly. It was hard racing, he was defending his position very hard, moving a lot under braking and locking up a lot under braking,” Perez said. Full story: Crash.net

Ingram win takes title to the wire at Silverstone

Sam Tordoff, Tom Ingram and Aiden Moffat shared the victory spoils on a fantastic day of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racing at Silverstone.

Standings leader Colin Turkington also scored well, but Ingram reduced the overall points deficit to 34 ahead of the Brands Hatch showdown in two weeks’ time.

Tom Chilton is the only other driver to remain in mathematical contention for Britain’s most coveted motorsport crown after the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher driver enjoyed a strong weekend in Northamptonshire.

Tordoff led home a Motorbase Performance one-two – the outfit’s first since Thruxton 2010 – ahead of stablemate Chilton, whilst Ricky Collard completed a hugely popular podium in the opening race.

Team GardX Racing with Motorbase driver Tordoff made a good getaway from pole position, but immediately came under attack from the fast starting BMW of Collard. The young rookie pushed too hard on the run down to Copse for the first time, however, running his BMW 125i M Sport wide on the exit of the corner.

Tom Ingram, British Touring Cars, SilverstoneCollard dropped to fifth as Chilton slipped into second in the Shredded Wheat-backed Focus, with BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan and WIX Racing with Eurotech’s Jack Goff now in third and fourth respectively.

The final place on the rostrum changed hands on two occasions when power problem for Jordan’s forced him out of contention, before Collard passed Goff around the outside to move into third in the latter stages.

The fight for victory was always close but Tordoff fended off the attentions from Chilton to grab his first win of the season, whilst Collard’s maiden podium was met with huge celebrations from his Team BMW squad.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Ingram produced one of his trademark drives through the field to win the second race.

The Toyota star has previously displayed his fighting spirit with efforts from the back of the grid to the podium at both Snetterton and Rockingham, and this one will also live long in the memory as he blasted from 15th to first in the blink of an eye. A ballast-free Avensis running of the softer Dunlop SportMaxx tyre compound is often a lethal combination, and so it proved around the 1.64-mile National circuit.

Having already seen off a number of rivals, Ingram made a breathtaking move for second spot as he passed both Chilton’s Ford and Adam Morgan’s Mercedes in one go. He reeled in Tordoff’s Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus and nipped by with relative ease before pulling away to take his third win of the year. Morgan and Tordoff completed the podium.

The #16 Mercedes-Benz of Moffat became the 16th different race winner in this year’s BTCC after the Laser Tools Racing driver topped a pulsating six-way battle in the final race.

Moffat – the youngest driver in BTCC history when he made his debut at 16 – dealt with intense race long pressure from some of the world’s most experienced tin top drivers to claim a phenomenal lights-to-flag victory.

The enthralling contest also included a brilliant scrap for second with the championship top two – Turkington and Ingram – vying for position.

Ingram held second for the latter part of the encounter but he had Turkington’s Team BMW 125i M Sport swarming all over him during the final laps. Minor contact ensued as Turkington went side-by-side with Ingram’s Toyota, but the Speedworks Motorsport man held on to claw back more points on his main championship rival.

With the penultimate event of the BTCC campaign now complete, Turkington, Ingram and Chilton will head into the season finale challenging for one of the most famous trophies in motorsport.

Tom Ingram, British Touring Cars, SilverstoneBMW maintained its lead in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ standings, whilst Ingram and his Speedworks squad boast a slender advantage in the Independents’ categories.

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish moved into an unassailable lead in the Jack Sears Trophy.

Round 28, 29 and 30 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Championship will conclude the season at Brands Hatch on 29/30 September.

Colin Turkington said:“I’ve been here before and I’m really enjoying it this year. Last year, I was the one doing the hunting, trying to claw the points back on Ash (Sutton) but I wasn’t really getting there, and that’s where you start taking risks. I enjoy these moments, it’s what we live for. I’m so determined this year that it’s coming home to me, especially after last year. We’ve turned it right around from 18th yesterday to a podium today, so I’m delighted. The instinct is go forward and beat Tom (Ingram) in a square fight but you’ve got to be sensible. The BTCC is such that the stars have to align if you want to win the championship. Fate has to play its cards. No matter how hard I fought last year, it wasn’t coming to me. I hope that this is the year. I’ve got real determination. It’s doesn’t matter that I’ve won it twice. I’ve got a lot of people to do it for and a lot of reasons.”

Tom Ingram said:“I was mindful of not putting myself in a vulnerable position. I knew Aiden (Moffat) was desperate for a win and rightly so. The only place I could have a little look at him was going down into Brooklands. I was trying to put myself into a position but if I went to the inside, Colin (Turkington) was going to do the opposite. I had to go to the outside and put Colin into the gap. Aiden started to go back and I was hoping he wouldn’t back me into the rest. It was a hugely important day for us. We’ve closed the gap down and it’s onto Brands Hatch now. I knew Colin was going to come at me. We had our elbows out! We’re in the best shape possible. You’d say we’ve got the strongest car. We’re lighter on weight and we’re in the driving seat. Colin’s got it all to lose and we’ve got it all to gain. We’ve gone well at Brands in the past. We took 42 points out of Colin in the last two races. We can do it, it’s just a case of putting it all together next time out.”

Sam Tordoff said:“It was long overdue! The first job was getting a good start because I knew Ricky (Collard) would be quick off the line, and then I settled into a rhythm. I made it difficult for myself when I stuck a wheel on the gravel and let Tom (Chilton) in. I knew in my head what I wanted to do but I’d be lying if I thought it would go quite that well. Tom was racing for the win but we kept it clean. I knew from the body language of Tom’s car that he was trying and we had no team orders. I am delighted to have finally got a win this season.”

Aiden Moffat said:“I’ll sleep tonight, that’s for sure. I looked at the timesheet and I was confident I would get away. I had a feeling Ingram and Turkington would be there at the end but they got there a lot sooner than I hoped. It’s a track we struggle at, so to win here is a bit emotional and special. I’ve had to fight for it. There has been a few tears after that one. It meant a lot after the way things have been going recently. I’ve put a lot of work into this weekend. I was determined to bounce back to reward everyone for their efforts. There’s a few drivers you don’t want to see behind you and Tom’s definitely one of them!”

Dixon at the double in Cheshire

Jake Dixon kicked off the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown in style by celebrating a double victory at Oulton Park today (Sunday), taking a 14 point chunk out of Leon Haslam’s lead in the standings after mastering all conditions on the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki.

The Superbike race action began with drama on the grid in the opening race for Be Wiser Ducati contender Glenn Irwin as a problem on the grid meant a delayed start and he was forced to start from the back of the grid. He was in good company though as standings leader Haslam was also on the back row after his problem in qualifying yesterday.

As the race got underway Tommy Bridewell launched himself into the lead on the Moto Rapido Ducati ahead of Dixon and Bradley Ray in the wet conditions, but by the end of the opening lap Jason O’Halloran had pushed his way into third ahead of Buildbase Suzuki’s Showdown contender.

At the front Bridewell was holding the advantage despite the pressure from Dixon, but on lap eight he made a move on the inside into Old Hall to take the lead. Bridewell had attempted a strike back but Dixon was determined and he held him off to the finish as Moto Rapido Ducati and Bridewell celebrated their first podium finish of the season – the 14th different rider to feature in the top three this year.

Jake Dixon leads the British Superbike pack away at Oulton ParkHaslam though had been carving through the pack and by the end of the opening lap he was already up to 13th and two laps later he was fighting his way into the top ten.

Josh Brookes’ Showdown started with a disaster as he crashed out unhurt at Knickerbrook on the sixth lap with Luke Mossey also sliding out of contention five laps later at Shell on the second JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

Ray was then another Showdown rider to drop down the order when he had a moment at Lodge on the eighth lap and he was forced to run on and rejoin in tenth place on the Buildbase Suzuki.

At the front Dixon and Bridewell had the advantage but O’Halloran was soon under fire for the final podium place as Haslam and Andrew Irwin were in close contention.

With two laps remaining Haslam made his move on his Honda Racing rival to move into a podium position, but O’Halloran was pushed further back on the final lap when both Andrew Irwin and Michael Laverty moved ahead.

Tarran Mackenzie claimed seventh place for McAMS Yamaha ahead of Peter Hickman, James Ellison and Dan Linfoot with Showdown contenders Ray and Glenn Irwin in eleventh and twelfth.

After a victory in race one Dixon grabbed the lead on the opening lap to lead O’Halloran, Laverty and Haslam at the start, but Bridewell was on the attack again and by the end of lap one he had moved into fourth with a move at Shell.

Laverty was showing promise on the Tyco BMW until he crashed out at Cascades on the fifth lap, ending his hunt for another top five finish.

At the front Dixon was edging ahead But Haslam was in close contention and he moved into second with a dive down the inside of O’Halloran at Lodge on the seventh lap as his RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki rival then became his target.

Jake Dixon, British Superbikes, Oulton ParkHonda Racing’s O’Halloran was then under attack from Bridewell and the Moto Rapido Ducati rider made a decisive pass at Shell, meanwhile Mackenzie was also making moves and leapt into fifth ahead of Mossey.

Ray was fighting for a top ten position on the Buildbase Suzuki but a crash at Old Hall on lap 12 ended his hopes of closing down in the points and he will head to Assen fifth in the standings. A lap later and O’Halloran slipped off in similar style to end his run for Honda Racing prematurely.

Dixon’s lead at the front was being closed down but Haslam couldn’t quite get within striking distance despite a sensational attempt to reel his rival back in over the closing stages of the race.

Bridewell and Moto Rapido Ducati celebrated a double podium finish ahead of Mackenzie and team-mate Brookes who recovered from his race one crash to claim fifth place ahead of Glenn Irwin and Mossey.

Hickman, Andrew Irwin and Ellison completed the top ten, with Brookes now holding equal third on points with Glenn Irwin and six points separating them from Ray and Hickman just four points adrift.

Singapore Grand Prix – Result

1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes
2. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari
4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes
5. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Scuderia Ferrari
6. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
7. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Renault
9. Charles Leclerc MON Alfa Romeo Sauber
10. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault
11. Marcus Ericsson SWE Alfa Romeo Sauber
12. Stoffel Vandoorne BEL McLaren
13. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas
14. Pierre Gasly FRA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
15. Lance Stroll CAN Williams Martini Racing
16. Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas
17. Brendon Hartley NZL Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
18. Sergio Perez MEX Racing Point Force India
19. Sergey Sirotkin RUS Williams Martini Racing
RET. Esteban Ocon FRA Racing Point Force India