Rocky Shore: How it happened

Rocky shore is known by its fast and sweeping corners. It is one of the overall fastest circuits the Formula D Championship will visit this year. Even if it is one of the newest circuits that were introduced to the championship, it has become one of the all-time greatest in a short time.

The qualifying produced some big surprises; Megan Fox which had qualified on pole position in the last race in Monaco, and is leading the driver championship. The next surprise was the former world champion Ken Burton who came second in Monaco also struggled, again, with his car and could not manage more than seventh place for the qualifying.

Qualifying:   

1.       McKidd (Hard)

2.       House (Soft)

3.       Mr. Awesome (soft)

4.       Kun Rå (Soft)

5.       Victoria (Soft)

6.       Snusmumrikken (Hard)

7.       Ken Burton (soft)

8.       Megan Fox (Soft)

Lap 1:

With a pole position McKidd had an easy task in the start, and was able to create that important gap down to the rest. He opted to start on the hard compound, and it looked like he would be going all the way to the last lap on it. House, which started second opted for the soft compound, and hoped that, would give him the edge in the battle against McKidd. Mr. Awesome was challenging McKidd on his third place, and Victoria trying to get as close to a podium finish as possible from her fifth position. At the end of the lap, Red Bull saw their moment to jump pit the Sony and Emirates car of McKidd and House, respectively. Snusmumrikken looked like he was going to have a struggling afternoon, and tried to make the most out of his hard tires. Megan Fox who had started dead last, started to climb up the ladder quite early on, but it looked like it would be to long up to the front runners.

1.      McKidd (Emirates)

2.      House (Sony)

3.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates)

4.      Megan Fox (BMW)

5.      Victoria (Red Bull)

6.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

7.      Kun Rå (BMW)

8.      Ken Burton (Sony)

Lap 2:

With both House and Mr. Awesome opting to pit on the first lap, McKidd was now out alone pushing to get clear enough to join out in front of the two cars of House and Mr. Awesome. Megan Fox was now running second, but she still needed to pit to switch from the soft compound to the hard compound. Kun Rå and Ken Burton scraped for the seventh position and we saw some god battling from both cars.

1.      McKidd (Emirates)

2.      Megan Fox (BMW)

3.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates)

4.      House (Sony)

5.      Victoria (Red Bull)

6.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

7.      Kun Rå (BMW)

8.      Ken Burton (Sony)

Lap 3:

On lap three a disaster happened for McKidd in the Emirates car. His engine blew; he had pushed too hard, and had raced to hard on the engine limiter making the engine give up on him. McKidd was out, meaning the race leader was now Megan Fox who had started dead last, and was still on the soft tires. Snusmumrikken was second and still on the hard compound. It looked like Victoria would be in the lead when Megan Fox and Snusmumrikken needed to pit. House and Mr. Awesome had a great battle, for a possible second place.

1.      Megan Fox (BMW)

2.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates)

3.      Victoria (Red Bull)

4.      House (Sony)

5.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

6.      Kun Rå (BMW)

7.      Ken Burton (Sony)

8.      McKidd (Emirates) Engine Damage

Lap 4:

On lap 4 both Snusmumrikken and Megan Fox decided to pit, they join respectively sixth and third. Victoria was now in the lead with House close on her tale. Megan Fox, and Mr. Awesome had a god battle with a lot of changed between them. This lap looked like it was going to go down on the last lap.

1.      Victoria (Red Bull)

2.      House (Sony)

3.      Megan Fox (BMW)

4.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

5.      Kun Rå (BMW)

6.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates)

7.      Ken Burton (Sony)

8.      McKidd (Emirates) Engine Damage

Lap 5:

Another disaster happened, this time it was again the leader, at that time, Victoria who would see her engine blew. She had also pushed too hard to create a gap down to House. The leader was now House, but Mr. Awesome was closing in on him. Snusmumrikken who had pitted on lap three made good use of his soft compound and closed in on Megan Fox. Megan Fox would not have any of it, and pushed even harder. She could be able to catch Mr. Awesome before the race was over. Ken Burton had a terrible race, and looked happy for the race nearing its end.

1.      House (Sony)

2.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

3.      Megan Fox (BMW)

4.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates)

5.      Kun Rå (BMW)

6.      Ken Burton (Sony)

7.      Victoria (Red Bull) Engine Damage

8.      McKidd (Emirates) Engine Damage

 

Last lap:

House was able to keep up the pace and settled in for his first victory in the Sony car and the first victory this year for the Sony team. He was ecstatic for this win. Megan Fox was able to catch the Red Bull car and pass him into the third corner. Megan Fox had done something very few have managed, coming from dead last to second place. Mr. Awesome managed to finish third to get some crucial points in the championship. Snusmumrikken was able to give all the car had today and end on a respective fourth place. Kun Rå could not catch Snusmumrikken and finished fifth.

1.      House (Sony)

2.      Megan Fox (BMW)

3.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

4.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates)

5.      Kun Rå (BMW)

6.      Ken Burton (Sony)

7.      Victoria (Red Bull) Engine Damage

8.      McKidd (Emirates) Engine Damage

The Driver Championship Standings is as follows:

 

Driver

Team

Points

1.

Megan Fox

BMW

102p

2.

Mr. Awesome

Red Bull

95p

3.

Kun Rå

BMW

86p

4.

Ken Burton

Sony

57p

5.

Victoria

Red Bull

56p

6.

House

Sony

47p

7.

Snusmumrikken

Emirates

40p

8.

McKidd

Emirates

35p

 The Constructor Championship Standings is as follows:

1.      BMW                  188p

2.      Red Bull              151p

3.      Sony                    104p

4.      Emirates              75p

Next time the Formula D Championship wil visit the new circuit called the Docks. It will be interesting to see how the team will cope with this new circuit. It is only three tracks more we will visit, the Docks could be the place were we will se who might take the championship home. Join us again in a few weeks.

Pre-race press conference (Rocky Shore)

What are your expectations before today's race?

Stian: Today is an important race and we need to keep up the momentum from the last race. I expect to get a good result here.

Henrik: A lot of tight driving and collisions.

Anders: Driving the cars to the maximum. And of course podium finishes for both cars.

Jonas: Improve from the last result.

What are your tactics?

Stian: The pit stop strategic will be very important here and how the drivers will manage the tires is the key to victory.

Jonas: Try to get a pole position and try create a gap and getting into clean air.

Henrik: Classified information.

Anders: To win the race.

Jonas, you had a disappointing race last week, is that going to change your approach to this race?

Jonas: We don't have so much to lose, we can just climb. So maybe we need to have a different approach.

Anders, you are currently leading both the driver and team championship. Do you think you can keep it that way?

Anders: Yes. (Fast and precise)

KERS is a big topic here in this short and fast race. Do you guys think that KERS will be as important here as it has been in other races?

Jonas: The main use of KERS in this race is to get the slipstream.

Anders: I like KERS. It will still be KERS.

Henrik: Yes, even more important.

Stian: No, KERS will be used but it is only one real place where you can use it and that is the main straight. Meaning everybody will use it there.

LBS has been used a lot this year, and this track should suit that kind of racing. Are you guys going to risk the opportunity to get a flat spot to reach the corner?

Henrik: Yes.

Jonas: Not that much.

Anders: Yes, if I gain more that I loose.

Stian: Depends on our situation. As mentioned, I said tires will be very important here, and risking a flat spot might not be worth it.

Thank you and good luck with the race.

Post Team Conference Monaco

Congratulations to the Red Bull team with their dominant win today; it looked like it all was going after the plan. What did you think about the race as it evolved in front of your eyes?

Henrik (Red Bull): At the beginning of the race it looked dark seeing that neither Q1 nor Q2 went after plan. However as the race progressed, and the two emirates cars DNF, we ended up having the win in the bag.

After an exciting start to the race, the race started to calm down after the first lap. Much because of the two cars in front (Red Bull and Sony) decided not to pit. What were the reasons behind this?

Henrik (Red Bull): The reason why the Red Bull car decided not to pit was that it was not very damaged after the first lap. The driver was confident that the car would manage to survive the next lap.

Stian (Sony): Mine was quite easy. Ken was able to keep his head out of all the action in front of him, and after the two crashes of Emirates he conserved the tires to be able to keep them on for the whole race.

Anders you decided to pit both cars on the first lap. Did you expect the Sony and Red Bull cars to continue?

Anders (BMW): I was really not sure what they would do. And we decided to pit both cars in the last second, and we see that now, not the smartest move.

After a great race in Chicago, your guys just did not coupe with the wet condition today. What were your thoughts as they crashed in the first lap?

Jonas (Emirates): Yeah, off course after a good race in Chicago and also the same condition before this race we were off course optimistic before the race. We knew we coped with the wet condition last race, but Monte Carlo is Monte Carlo. No off course we are disappointed here at Emirates this is a result we can?t be proud of. And the guys know this as well.

To all of you; what do you guys think of the new regulation about KERS not being possible to use into a corner?

Stian (Sony): Makes no difference for us. We still need to develop our car, and find the few tents the guys in front of us have. And changing the rule about KERS is not going to change that for us.

Henrik (Red Bull): FIA is always a pain in the a** when they decide to make new rules and regulations that put a stop to our new driving styles and tactics, but that?s part of the sport and we have to find new ways to piss FIA off.

Jonas (Emirates): Yeah, after this regulation I think the KERS is more categorized on the long straights, and if this is bad thing or good thing. I cannot think this will decide the championship.

Anders (BMW): We have to adjust our driving style completely. Enough said.

Last question today; Next race is in Rockey Shore. What are your expectations a head of the race?

Anders (BMW): Podium finish, both cars.

Jonas (Emirates): Yeah, now we are back of the pack in the constructor championship. We need to score some points after this disappointed weekend. After last year performance as the team trailing everybody else and this year we have main goal to improve on that. Last year we got our only victory here and this is a track that suits our car.

Henrik (Red Bull): What you expect and what you hope for in front of a race are two different things. We always work and hope for a win each time we are out on the track, but I expect that the drivers will have to think their strategies through and find the right rhythm.

Stian (Sony): Rockey Shore is one circuit that is for the spectators. It is a circuit with a lot of fast corners and a lot of possibilities to overtake. KERS will again be a problem to use because of the corners coming so fast. This has been our main problem with our car. The main thing the drivers need to think of is consistency and getting into a rhythm. If you do that you will have a chance here. Also the pit stop strategy will be a key ingredient here. Be good with your tires and this track will award you highly.

 

Monaco Race Edit

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Monaco: How it happened

After a break from the blog website, we are back in business, and this time the Formula D Championship visited the famous Cote De Azur. The circuit is known for its tight street corners and the celebrities. Today was no exception and famous people like Tom Hanks and Paris Hilton were among the crowds. The only downside this year was the bad weather. With rain pouring down the whole weekend the racing would be extremely tight. The qualification was exiting to the last bitter end in these dangerous conditions. The line-up was as following:

1.      Megan Fox (BMW)

2.       McKidd (Emirates)

3.       Ken Burton (Sony)

4.       Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

5.       Kun Rå (BMW)

6.       House (Sony)

7.       Snusmumrikken (Emirates)

8.      Victoria (Red Bull)

At the start of the race the Sony car to Ken Burton stalled, and the former champion is still struggling to find pace and consistency in the new Sony car. I think we all are asking the question, how a world winning car can go from bad to worse in just a year. Then as the rain continued to pour down BMW showed us why they were at the top of the table this year and started to make a little gap down to the rest. The only challenges came from Mr. Awesome and McKidd in the Red Bull and the Emirates car respectively. McKidd had been pushing hard to get up to challenge the BMW?s and had already been involved in two crashes in the first 4 corners. As McKidd pushed, we also saw that Snusmumrikken tried too hard to catch up to the leaders, and made a small error that saw him into the wall at the hairpin in the Lowe corner. Then it was the next Emirates car to hit the wall. McKidd after trying to catch up with the front runners made an error just before the tunnel and was out as well. This was turning out to be one of these days for the Emirate Team. Kun Rå, which was in the lead, was able to create a gap down to the three car battle between the two Red Bulls, and Megan Fox in the other BMW. The two Sony cars were trailing them all, and it looked like Sony still was struggling to get to grip with their new car. The team radio to Kun Rå was telling him to box this lap. His answer to this was: Shit pit motherfu**** thing. Then we heard Ken Burton?s radio, he was saying: What are the others doing, are they pitting. He got the answer: Kun Rå, Megan Fox, and Victoria were going to pit, stay out Ken. Please conserve your tires. We are looking at a full race distance on these tires.

The standings after lap 1:

1.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

2.       Ken Burton (Sony)

3.       Megan Fox (BMW)

4.       Kun Rå (BMW)

5.       Victoria (Red Bull)

6.       House (Sony)

7.       McKidd (Emirates) Crashed

8.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates) Crashed

After Megan Fox, Kun Rå, Victoria, and House had pitted Mr. Awesome was in a big lead with around 15-20 seconds in front of the Sony car to Ken Burton. With the two BMW?s and Victoria in the Red Bull pitting they were know trying to catch up to Ken Burton. Ken fought with the car, but was not able to keep it all together to prevent the BMW of Kun Rå to catch up with him. As the race progressed the distance between each cars stared to get larger and larger. The only real battle was between the Sony and the BMW for second place. At the end of lap two the skies had started to clear and the sun was shining down on Monte Carlo. As a result of this the track soon dried up. This happened as most of the cars had past the finish line. The only car to manage to get to the pits was Victoria in the Red Bull. She decided gamble to go with the soft and hope that this would help her catch up with the guys in front of her.

Standing after lap 2:

1.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

2.       Ken Burton (Sony)

3.       Kun Rå (BMW)

4.       Megan Fox (BMW)

5.       House (Sony)

6.       Victoria (Red Bull)

7.       McKidd (Emirates) Crashed

8.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates) Crashed

As the race had been declared as a rain race the cars did not need to pit to change tires. This meant that the Red Bull car of Mr. Awesome was able to race without a pit stop in the whole race. This was quite an impressive performance by Mr. Awesome who took the chequered flag with a big lead down to the two battling cars of Ken Burton and Kun Rå. This battle was decided in the last two corners were Ken Burton had more grip and was able to edge his car in front of the BMW. This saw the Sony car take it highest finish in this year?s championship. The rest of the cars had quite a calm race beyond the first lap, this saw them finish in much the same order as they passed the first lap.

Standings after the chequered flag:

1.      Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)

2.       Ken Burton (Sony)

3.       Kun Rå (BMW)

4.       Megan Fox (BMW)

5.       House (Sony)

6.       Victoria (Red Bull)

7.       McKidd (Emirates) Crashed

8.      Snusmumrikken (Emirates) Crashed

After the race, the Driver Championship Standings is as follows:

 

Driver

Team

Points

1.

Megan Fox

BMW

84p

2.

Mr. Awesome

Red Bull

80p

3.

Kun Rå

BMW

76p

4.

Victoria

Red Bull

56p

5.

Ken Burton

Sony

49p

6.

McKidd

Emirates

35p

7.

Snusmumrikken

Emirates

28p

8.

House

Sony

22p

 The Constructor Championship Standings is as follows:

 

Team

Points

1.

BMW

160p

2.

Red Bull

136p

3.

Sony

71p

4.

Emirates

63p

 

We will see you next time at Rockey Shore, which is known for its fast corners and unforgiving pace.

Sebring: How it happened

Sebring was the first circuit the Formula D Championship visited this year. It was all set to be a fantastic race. Previous winner Sneaky Sharks now Sony was ready to defend their title with claws and teeth but it all went wrong. Emirates had everything to prove after a difficult last season, not much different was it for BMW. They new they had it but was unlucky last season and was ready to fight back. Red Bull was the only team to fully challenge Sony last season and now they wanted not only to challenge but win. Lets look at how it all happened. 

The weather was not the best start for the season as it was raining. The weather forecast said it could be stopping but nothing was sure. So every team started on the wet tyres. 

This was the line-up:
 
  1. Kun Rå (BMW)
  2. Ken Burton (Sony)
  3. Victoria (Red Bull)
  4. Megan Fox (BMW)
  5. House (Sony)
  6. Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)
  7. Snusmumrikken (Emirates)
  8. McKidd (Emirates)
 It all started good for BMW both drivers were in top 3. Only Ken Burton was the challenge. But BMW was up for that challenge as they both got further and further ahead of Burton. The Victoria started to gain on Ken Burton. Then hell happened, Vicoria crashed. She was the first the rain had taken. Not long after Ken Burton went into the wall. Now both 3 and 4 was out. The race was not much finished. The two BMW?s in front had a big lead and could cruise into victory. But the battle for 3rd was much more exiting. House against Mr. Awesome. This was the standings after the first lap:
 
  1. Megan Fox (BMW)
  2. Kun Rå (BMW)
  3. Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)
  4. House (Sony)
  5. McKidd (Emirates)
  6. Snusmumrikken (Emirates)
On lap 2 the weather changed to overcast. This happened quite early on lap 2 so most of the drivers were able to go into the pit and change for soft or hard tyres. The only driver that did not do that was Megan Fox the leader, simply because the rain stopped after her pit stop.  

Lap 2 was not the most exiting, the only battle was for 3 position and it was much back and forth, no one could just pull away.  

This was the standings after 2 laps, one more to go:
 
  1. Megan Fox (BMW)
  2. Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)
  3. Kun Rå (BMW)
  4. House (Sony)
  5. Snusmumrikken (Emirates)
  6. McKidd (Emirates)
 Now Mr. Awesome and House had taken a lot on Kun Rå and were right up his tale. The battle for 3rd had become the battle for 2nd. Megan Fox had increased here lead on the wet tyres, and that is quite amazing. Now the weather was changing to sunny and back to raining. Snusmumrikken had driven well and was now actually into the battle for 2nd. It was in the last corner it all would be decided who would be second. It was between Mr. Awesome, House, Kun Rå and Snusmumrikken. House pushed hard but that ended in disaster, his brakes collapsed and caused him to crash. Megan Fox had already finsished first, but who would come second. Kun Rå had a great exit from the last corner and took the second place. Straight after Kun Rå, Mr. Awesome came in and then Snusmumrikken. An absolute spectacular finish here in Sebring. This is the final standings after the race ended:
 
  1. Megan Fox (BMW)              25p
  2. Kun Rå (BMW)                     18p
  3. Mr. Awesome (Red Bull)     15p
  4. Snusmurikken (Emirates)   12p
  5. McKidd (Emirates)              10p
  6. House (Sony)                       0p (Crashed)
  7. Ken Burton (Sony)               0p (Crashed)
  8. Victoria (Red Bull)               0p (Crashed)
 A good opening race here in Sebring. We saw that BMW was now up for the fight on the title. Red Bull still the trailing team on the title, and Emirates still has a lot to improve on before next race. Sony had the worst start they could possible have when they should defend the title. 

Will Sony be back and can Emirates get out of there problems. Will BMW still prove that they are a team that we can count on in the championship title? Join us next time when we travel to Race City.

27.jul.2010

Pre race press conference from Sebring

So after the first season of the formula D championship finished what are your plans for this championship?
Jonas: To not get last in the championship.
Anders: Driver hard and win
Henrik: To drive at our limit. Cost everything that it my cost to get to the top. It is make or break this season
Stian: We won last the championship last time so it very simply to defend the title.

You have now got the unofficial circuit paper with every registered circuit on it. Any you like or dislike?
Anders: Valencia sucks, so I have to drive a little more caution on that. Rocky shore is my definite favourite, simply because it is small.
Stian: Valencia is a track that is fun to drive. Sebring on the other hand is not that great, just look at the last result there.
Jonas: Sebring and rocky shore because that is where we won last time.
Henrik: I don?t like the street circuit because it is not meant to be a formula 1 circuit.


KERS is back, and will be used for the whole season what are your guy?s opinion on that?
Stian: KERS is something that should have been done the whole past season it creates more ways to get past your opponent.
Anders: I like it because it gets me easier past my opponents. But I hate to be passed by it.
Jonas: Last season we could not use to the maximum. So we need to improve on that so we will try and develop there and McKidd should handle that well. He is an experienced lad.
Henrik: I think it will be more exiting for the spectators but I kind of dislike it because there is no way to defend against it.


LBS are also something that was used in the last part of the previous season and you have now got to grip with the new system. Is it something that will help the championship or not?

Henrik:
YES!!! It is absolutely helping a lot and you will not get pissed off.
Stian: Not quite sure. It is good to have but it maybe helps too much.
Anders: It?s nice to have.
Jonas: It?s a good rule by the FIA.


The new rules that you need to use both the hard and soft tyre. Is this going to create a new problem or will it be quite exiting
Anders: No, We are pretty good at both.
Jonas: This will increase the tactical view and you need to be smart when choosing tyres.
Henrik: The problem will be in choosing tyres before qualifying. 
Stian: A good rule and it will create some new problems for us, but is should be more exiting to watch.

Team registration



Here are the offical team registrations:


Team name: Red Bull
Located: Australia
Team Principal: Henrik

1. Driver name: Mr. Awesome
1. Driver birth place and date: International waters on 07/03/75 (age 35)

2. Driver name: Victoria
2. Driver birth place and date: Australia on 10/08/88 (age 22)


Team name: BMW
Located: Germany
Team Principal: Anders

1. Driver name: Kun Rå
1. Driver birth place and date: Norway on 17/06/80 (age 30)

2. Driver name: Megan Fox
2. Driver birth place and date: USA on 16/05/86 (age 24)



Team name: Sony Racing Team
Located: Japan
Team Principal: Stian

1. Driver name: Ken Burton
1. Driver birth place and date: England on 16/10/66 (age 43)

2. Driver name: Gregory House
2. Driver birth place and date: England on 11/06/59 (age 51)


Team name: Emirates Pro Racing Team
Located: UAE
Team Principal: Jonas

1. Driver name: Kevin McKidd
1. Driver birth place and date: 09/08/73 (age 36)

2. Driver name: Snusmumrikken
2. Driver birth place and date: 14/04/88 (age 22)

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