Sam Bird and Jaguar Agree Contract Extension

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Sam Bird and Jaguar TCS Racing sign a new contract extension ahead of the first race of Season 8.

Season 8 may not have begun, but Sam Bird has already secured his future with Jaguar TCS racing by signing a multi-year contract extension.

The team and driver pairing enjoyed a successful season 7, their first year together, with Bird taking two race wins in Diriyah and New York. He also enjoyed a further podium finish in Rome. These results, alongside the efforts of his teammate Mitch Evans, helped the team to secure 2nd in the championship.

It was undoubtedly a successful first season together and this contract extension shows that Jaguar is confident Bird is the right man to continue this success. It will provide a huge boost to all parties so close to the first race of Season 8.

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The exact length of the contract has not been confirmed, however it means that Sam Bird will enter the new Gen3 era, in Season 9, as a Jaguar driver.

Bird stated “My first season with Jaguar TCS Racing told me everything I needed to know – I wanted to continue to be a part of the Jaguar TCS Racing family.”

He added that “The whole team is determined, focussed and ready to get results and that’s exactly who I want to be working with. Now it’s time to get season eight underway and ensure we put all our off-season practice and learnings into action to score as many points as possible.”

This sentiment was echoed by the Team Principle of Jaguar TCS Racing, James Barclay. “It is a really positive start to Season 8 as we confirm Sam Bird will continue his electric racing career with Jaguar TCS Racing after a great first season with the team. Sam’s results from last year demonstrate he fits in extremely well here at Jaguar TCS Racing, shares our goals and is very much part of the family.”

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Posted on 23rd January, 2022 for The PitCrew Online

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Formula E Reveals New Porsche Safety Car

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The all-electric Porsche Taycan will be the new Formula E safety car, launching at the first race of Season 8.

Shortly ahead of the first race of Season 8, Formula E has launched their new safety car. The Porsche Taycan is the first fully electric sports car made by Porsche.

Under the striking and colourful paint job, designed to represent all current Formula E teams, is 560kW of power, allowing the machine to reach top speeds of up to 260kh/h.

The aim is for this vehicle to highlight the “social values such as diversity and community” of all teams, as well as paying homage to the commitment of all 22 drivers.

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Vice President of Porsche Motorsport, Thomas Laudenbach, commented that “The distinctive design illustrates our commitment to the successful future of this innovative racing series. Although we’re rivals out on the track, we’re spreading this message to the world together. What’s more, we hope that this also enables us to appeal to a younger target audience who are not yet motorsport fans.”

Jamie Reigle, Formula E’s CEO added that “In designing the Formula E Safety Car, Porsche reimagined the critical on-track safety function to be a powerful symbol of the championship’s commitment to an electrified future and the unity of the competitors in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”

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Posted on 18th January, 2022 for The PitCrew Online

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Maserati joins Formula E

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Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer, Maserati, have announced they will be joining Formula E in Season 9.

When the new Gen 3 Formula E cars launch, a new team will be lining up on the grid. It has been announced that Maserati will be joining the all-electric series from Season 9.

Maserati, and their Folgore electric brand, are “proud” to be returning to single-seater motorsport after a long 60-year absence.

“We are very proud to be back where we belong as protagonists in the world of racing. We are powered by passion and innovative by nature” stated their CEO, Davide Grasso. He continued by saying “We have a long history of world-class excellence in competition and we are ready to drive performance in the future.”

Maserati’s successful motorsport history includes an F1 World Championship, won by Jan Manuel Fangio in 1957, and two Indy500 wins, in 1939 and 1940. Arguable, Maserati’s greatest successes came in Sportcar and GT racing, with 4 Targa Florio wins and, more recently, 14 FIA GT titles since 2004.

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The news comes after the announcement that three giant teams – Mercedes, Audi and BMW – will be leaving the sport at the end of Season 8. This much-needed boost will help to quash some of the discussions around the future of Formula E and the potential success of the Gen3 era.

CEO Jamie Reigle commented that “Formula E races in the heart of the most iconic cities in the world and is followed passionately by a progressive global audience. Our millions of fans will be thrilled to see Maserati line up on the grid as one of the world’s elite electric car brands.”

Alejandro Aga, Founder and Chairman, continued this by stating that “The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the pinnacle of electric racing. It provides the perfect environment for the most dynamic and innovative high-performance car brands to showcase their technological capabilities alongside their sporting ambitions.”

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Posted on 11th January, 2022 for The PitCrew Online

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Motorsport Monday – 18th March 2019

Screen Time

F1 Chat with Charli Andrews, Liam Hodgins and Connor Jackson.

Has Bottas got one major mental advantage over Hamilton already?

Where was Ferrari’s pace all weekened?

Should Claire Williams step down before the end of the season?

Will Kubica be shipped out mid-season to make way for another driver?

And who broadcast it better?  SkyF1 or Channel 4?

Motorsport Monday – 11th March 2019

Screen Time

First show of 2019!  Lester Forbes is joined by the Motorsport Radio website editor Connor Jackson and motorsport journalist Charli Andrews making her debut to discuss Formula E, IndyCars and Formula 1.

5min – Formula E / Review of Hong Kong
41min – IndyCar / Review of St. Pete
65min – F1 Chat / Australian GP Preview & Predictions

Season opener for BTCC gives a different winner in each race

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BTCC is back in action for 2019 this weekend, kicking off in Brands Hatch. We round up all the results and what this means for the championship at the end of a mad few days.



The first race of the 2019 British Touring Car season kicked off with the 2017 champion on pole. Ash Sutton flew off the line to take an early lead, ahead of Andrew Jordan.

The greasy track, whilst similar in condition to qualifying the previous day, certainly threw a curve ball to the drivers. It was Josh Cook at his BTC Racing car who eventually finished in the lead, having started in 10th.

Those at the front of the starting grid all chose to race on wet tyres, whilst Cook and others took the, seemingly genius, decision to use slicks.

Those on slicks initially lacked pace but as soon as these tyres came up to temperature, they were clearly the better option. Those on wet tyres were left unable to fight or fend off as Cook and others came powering through.

Cook took the lead on lap 9, passing Sutton at Clark corner. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the eventual winner, who faced a late challenge from Jake Hill as the leading pack had to make their way through a series of lapped cars.

Hill took 2nd having started in 15th, with the podium rounded out by Tom Chilton in 3rd. Aiden Moffet and Adam Morgan came across the line in 4th and 5th respectively.

The first wet tyre finisher was Matt Neal in 8th, ahead of pole-sitter, Sutton, who eventually crossed the line in 9th. There was further disappointment, this time for reigning champion, Colin Turkington, who could only manage 19th after starting 3rd.



The “topsy-turvy” theme of the morning continued into the second race of the day, which saw Andrew Jordan storm to victory after starting in 15th. He crossed the line with a dominant lead of nearly 10 seconds over his closest rival, and Saturday’s fastest man, Ash Sutton.

Josh Cook, who had started this race from pole, quickly pulled out a commanding lead which was up to nearly 4 seconds by lap 10. But just five laps later, an opportunistic move by Sutton and then another overtake from Jordan saw him back in 3rd. He later finished the race in 7th.

Despite taking the lead in style, Sutton was simply unable to hold back Jordan, who stormed passed at the start-finish straight, before pulling out his commanding lead. Sutton then faced further challenges from Adam Morgan – the pair could only be separated in the photo-finish.

Jake Hill crossed the line in 4th, with Tom Ingram and Stephen Jelley in 5th and 6th respectively. The top ten was rounded out by Rory Butcher, Tom Chilton and Senna Proctor.



The victor for the last race of the day – the reverse grid race – was actually decided off the track. Despite crossing the line in 1st place, Tom Chilton faced a five-second post-race penalty which demoted him to 2nd.

The penalty came after an incident with Honda’s Matt Neal – a move which, at the time, gifted him the lead of the race.

It was eventually Rory Butcher who inherited the victory, his first in BTCC, after finishing 2nd on track. He crossed the line ahead of Stephen Jelley, who also faced a battle with Neal.

While Chilton dominated at the front of the pack, there was a ferocious battle for these podium places. It looked as though Matt Neal would take one of these places, before his soft option tyres began to lose pace.

After contact between Jelley and Neal sent the Honda spinning, Jelley slowed to let him regain the position. Rory Butcher quickly took advantage of this and swiftly moved past both drivers.

Colin Turkington, having faced a miserable day so far, finished in a respectable 5th. Tom Oliphant and Chris Smiley crossed the line in 6th and 7th respectively, with Neal eventually finishing in 8th.



After the opening weekend in Brands Hatch threw up some truly interesting results, we leave the track with Josh Cook leading the championship, just 4 points ahead of Tom Chilton.

Pole-sitter, Ash Sutton is currently 7th with reigning champion, Colin Turkington in 13th, with just 14 points.


1 Josh COOK BTC Racing 44
2 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 40
3 Stephen JELLEY Team ParkerRacing 35
4 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 34
5 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport 31
6 Jake HILL 30
7 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 27
8 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing 23
9 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing 22
10 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters 20
11 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing 20
12 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 15
13 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW 14
14 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW 11
15 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing 9
16 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 9
17 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 6
18 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing 6
19 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 4
20 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 3
21 Mark BLUNDELL 2
22 Sam OSBORNE Excelr8 Motorsport 0
23 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 0
24 Nic HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase 0
25 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport 0
26 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 0
27 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing 0
28 Rob SMITH Excelr8 Motorsport 0
29 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 0
30 Carl BOARDLEY AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing 0

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Posted on 7th April, 2019 for Overtake Motorsport

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Car #7 comes out on top for a Toyota 1-2 in Fuji

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The Toyota team of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez secured their first win of the season today at the 6 Hours of Fuji WEC race.

A thrilling WEC race in Fuji saw Toyota Gazoo Racing land a dominant 1-2 result, with car #7 coming out on top. The team of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez came out on top to land their first win of the season after coming a close second in both Spa and Le Mans earlier in the season.


This was the third 1-2 for Toyota this season, but the first ever WEC win for Lopez. First since 2016 Fuji for Kobayashi and Conway.

This also saw the championship lead of  Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Buemi and  Kazuki Nakajima’s Toyota increase – they are now 13 points ahead of sister car, after winning all three of the opening races.


The LMP2 class saw a dominant 1-2 victor for the Jackie Chan DC Racing team. Weiron Tan, Nabil Jeffri and Jazeman Jaafar came out on top of this rivalry, taking their first victory over the sister car team of Ho-Pin Tung , Gabriel Aubury and Stephane Richelmi. The LMP2 podium was rounded out by the Signatech Alpine team in third place. 


Despite starting at the back of the field, the GTE-Pro class was won by Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in the Porsche, who are still enjoying their strong season opening. Meanwhile the GTE-Am class was also won by Porsche, captained by Jorg Bergmeister, Egidio Perfetti and Patrick Lindsey. This podium was completed by Dempsey-Proton Racing and TF Sport.

After facing a seemingly disastrous qualifying penalty which pushed car #7 back through the LMP1 grid, Kobayashi only needed two laps to fight his way back up and be within two seconds of the leading car.

Within the first hour, Kobayashi had overtaken Kuzuki Nakajima in Toyota’s car #8 to claim the lead which the team would take to the chequered flag.


An early safety car ensued after the GTE-Am driver Motoaki Ishikawa suffered a tyre failure and left debris across the main straight. As a result, plenty of drivers took to the pits to risk a slick pair of tyres as the track began to slowly dry out.

This worked well for everyone except Gustavo Menezes, in car #3, who fell victim to the slippery track and crashed out.


Some teams, however, opted to stay out – This included ex-F1 World Champion Jenson Button, who briefly led the field as a result.

Kobayashi’s Toyato soon back regained this lead which he was able to hold despite pressure from Buemi, in the sister car. The gap then grew considerable with Conway now at the helm.

The Fuji podium was completed by Rebellion Racing, who crossed the line 4 laps down on the Toyota, driven by Andre Lotterer, Bruno Senna and Neel Jani.

After technical issues left Button in the pits for some time, he managed to drag the SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 up to 4th.


The grid will be back in action for the 6 Hours of Shanghai on the 18th of November and Overtake Motorsport will have all the action for you here!


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Posted on 14th October, 2018 for Overtake Motorsport

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