Latest Motorsports News (Week 5 July 2018)


Takale makes a 14th place finish at Finland

Sanjay Takale has been rising through the ranks and recently has added another achievement to his repertoire becoming the first registered Indian driver to finish a round at the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The maverick driver from Pune Takale and his British teammate Darren Garrod lived through 23 Special Stages spread over a span of 317.26 kms. The track is rated one of the fastest in the World Rally Championship calendar and they succeeded in bringing in their Baltic Motorsports promotion made 2-wheel drive Ford Fiesta to an astonishing 14th position finish. When asked about his experience on the track Takale responded saying that it was his dream to compete in a WRC even and he is thrilled and overjoyed at the fact that he got to do so and secure a position for his team at the fastest World Rally Championship track in the world. He was a little dejected as he thought he could have done better had it not been for the two punctures he faced on track, but he says that it is a steep learning curve and he will not complain and only look to the future.

Xfinity Series has a new crew chief Travis Mack

Travis Mack formerly the crew chief for Kasey Kahn in the NASCAR Cup Series is reportedly returning to JR Motorsports. JR Motorsports’s no. 5 Chevrolet team will see a new crew chief in place for Michael Annett at the Xfinity Series which is set to start at the Watkins Glen. International (New York). Travis Mack has been roped in as a replacement for Jason Stockert. The 35 year old is a former employee of JR Motorsports and they go back together a long way right to the early 2004. He was the car chief in the 2014-2015 JRM’s No. 9 Xfinity entry and was part of JRM’s 2014 championship campaign. Ryan Pemberton, JRM’s director of competition was quoted saying that it was time to evaluate the No.5 teams position and it was evident that change was necessary.

F1 2019 front wings all ready for test runs

Williams and Force India have confirmed that they want to try out the newly designed front wings for their Formula 1 cars for the 2019 season at the for the two-day tests to be held at Hungaroring in Hungary. Formula 1 is introducing this new front wing design to improve overtaking. The new wings come with a couple of new specifications namely them being 200mm wider and 25mm deeper than the recently concluded season. Also, the upper flaps and the endplates will have to be eliminated from the design. This is a great opportunity to try out the new design ahead of their time and it would give a lot of insights as to how the final outcome might be even if the trials are only experimental.