Has Lawrence Stroll Purchased Force India F1?

Force India’s weak financial condition meant that rumours had started doing the rounds about a possible registration for ‘controlled bankruptcy.

And those rumours have actually come true, as according to AutoBild, Lawrence Stroll has bought Force India from its existing(rather previous) owners Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy and Michiel Mol.

It is however not clear if Stroll has bought a majority stake in the team or has completely bought the team for himself.

But whatever it is, one thing is for sure, the billionaire’s son, Lance Stroll will now drive for Force India.

Lawrence had earlier invested his money in his son’ team, Williams, however, lack of performance from Williams and an opportunity to buy an entire team seemed a little too enticing for Lawrence.

With Stroll moving to Force India, it will be interesting to see how the driver market behaves in the next few weeks.

One of Ocon or Perez will have to move and reports suggest that Ocon has already found suitors at Renault.

The Stroll effect will lead to movement in all midfield F1 teams, with a lot of the action set to take place during the summer break.

A lot of the movement would depend on Alonso’s decision about staying in F1 or quitting for some other form of motorsport, or quitting car racing entirely.

For the ‘Force India’ brand, it is good that it found a prospective buyer after the current(previous) owners bailed out on it due to financial constraints.

It will be interesting to see what kind of management is put in place to run the team and if it can continue to fight for supremacy in that midfield group.

Dobson Taking Season Off

After many years of speedway racing, Shaun Dobson has announced that he is taking a break away from the sport.

Government Regulator Give Karting NSW Thumbs Up

The NSW Government, and more specifically the Department of the Office of Sport, independently surveyed the ‘Organisational Health’ of all Sporting Organisations within the State of NSW recently.

For this review, State Sporting Organisations (SSO) were ranked in ‘Tiers’ according to the amount of funding received from the NSW Office of Sport, with Tier 1 on lowest funding to Tier 3 on the highest funding. Karting NSW was in Tier 3 along with 37 other SSOs including organisations such as the NSW AFL and NSW Rugby League.

The results of that review were outstanding for the sport of karting:

  • • 95 x State Sporting Organisations (SSOs) took part in the survey – and Karting NSW was ranked 11th overall.
  • • Karting NSW ranked 9th in Tier 3.
  • • Karting NSW achieved an aggregate score of 90% - exceeding the Tier 3 average of 81%
  • • Karting NSW was ranked #1 in Tier 3 for (a) Strategy and Planning and (b) Risk Management and Accountability.

The survey indicated that the primary area that Karting NSW should be focusing on to further improve its operations as a sporting organisation, is how it delivers its services.

The Department also offered input into other opportunities to move Karting NSW towards best practice. These included that Karting NSW should consider:

  • • increasing female representation on the Karting NSW Board of Directors (although they have one, more would be advisable);
  • • upgrading the IT platforms or services used by the organisation to a platform or service that is adequately effective, modern and operative;
  • • provide programs and training to staff to boost inclusion of people with a disability.

The Department in summary categorised Karting NSW as having outstanding organisational health.

The Department Representative went on to give this feedback - "for such a small organisation, Karting NSW deserves to give itself a huge pat on the back".

“The Board of Karting NSW is pleased with this independent feedback provided by our Government regulator,” stated Chairperson Dave Filipetto. “We would like to acknowledge the hard work and effort of our Administration Staff and General Manager who keep the front of office functions running superbly. We also acknowledge that this result was not just achieved in the recent past. The current Board has looked to build upon the foundations laid by those who have gone before us and who have helped forge the rich history and reputation Karting NSW enjoys within the sporting world. We acknowledge our volunteers and officials who are also part of the fabric of Karting NSW.”

“However, there is always room to improve. The current skills based Board has focussed on improving organisational governance, both internally and externally, as well as critically looking at our finances and risk profiles. We have opened up two-way communication by giving our Members a real voice and collaborating on how we work together to take ourselves forward. At our SKC meetings, the Board has shared with you and sought feedback on our desired corporate values, the strategies needed to reinvigorate the Sport of Karting and more recently, our tactical priorities in regards Officials, Training, State Competition calendars and increasing Member participation.” Filipetto stated.

The Board will also look to work on the areas of improvement identified by the Department, He also stated.

The next big event on the calendar is this weekend 14th -15th July at Dubbo Kart Track where they will be hosting Round two of the NSW State Championships with 170 competitors in attendance.

 

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JAMIE VEAL TO DRIVE FOR SWI RACING ONLY IN 2018/2019

SWI Racing are pleased to confirm that Jamie will be solely dedicated to the V35 for the 2018/19 racing season.

It has been mutually agreed that Jamie and Krikke MotorSport will now focus on their individual racing programs moving forward.

In the months ahead a full schedule of races for the V35 will be announced.

Sprint Car star Jason Johnson dies from injuries sustained at Beaver Dam Raceway

World of Outlaws star Jason Johnson died recently from injuries sustained in a crash at Beaver Dam Speedway in Wisconsin on the weekend.

Johnson was racing for the lead on the 18th lap of a 40-lap main event with Daryn Pittman. The two made contact, sending Johnson flipping into the outside retaining wall and through the billboards outside of the racetrack.

A lengthy extrication period followed before he was airlifted to Aurora Summit Hospital in Summit, Wisconsin.

Johnson is the second driver in four years to die from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at the third-mile clay facility.

Scott Semmelmann, 47, was killed in an accident in practice at an Interstate Racing Association event in September 2014.

Johnson was a five-time Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series champion and was one of the most popular winners of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals.  He also competed in Australia for many years.

He made his Outlaws debut in 1998, winning his first race at Texas Motor Speedway in 2003, but didn’t run full time until 2015. He won 12 times in the series and twice this season.

Johnson would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on July 7. He is survived by wife Bobbi and son Jaxx.

Grand season for worlds’ oldest Speedcar/Midget club.

The Victorian Speedcar Drivers Association (VSDA) is the worlds’ oldest Speedcar (midget) racing club and the 2017/2018 season was another highly successful season for the octagonerian organisation.

Members of the storied club had highly successful seasons and the club can rightly lay claim to its members winning many of the country’s biggest titles.

Second generation racer Travis “Squizzy” Mills despite cutting back on his racing in recent seasons, brought home the bacon by winning the keenly contested Diamond Air Speedcar Super Series contested across numerous states.

“Obviously it feels really good to achieve what we set out to do – and that was to win the series. We were happy we had a consistent run all the way through,” Travis explained.

Mills added his name alongside 5 time series champion Victorian Mark Brown amongst others.

Speaking of the Brown family, Marks’ 17 year old son Kaidon pulled off a stunning result becoming the youngest ever winner of the Australian Speedcar Championship and finally securing the crown for a family that goes four generations deep in Speedcar and Speedway racing. Brown (above right) was driving the V97 machine fettled by his Grandfather, Victorian Ace from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s, Rob Brown.

Another 2nd generation Victorian racer in Joe Lostitch  won his second consecutive 6 Crown Series after traversing this large brown continent successfully.

The 73rd Victorian Speedcar Championship, which dates back to the 1934/35 season at Melbourne’s Olympic Park was taken out for the 2nd time by Travis Mills. Mills’ win placed him as a two time winner alongside his legendary father John.

Another of the Nation’s premier Speedcar events is the Beasley memorial and this years’ event fell to Dayne Kingshott in the V21.

Locally the club continued to grow and shine with a swathe of multigenerational racers making their speedcar debuts with some awesome results.

Dillon Ghent headed the list of impressive newcomers by winning the 2nd annual Skips race and also the club’s driver’s championship. Never before in the long history of the club has a rookie racer achieved this feat. Ghent also nearly snagged the Avalon track Championship and would have on the final night except for an engine that would intermittently decide not to run cleanly.

Chris Nankiville and Toby “Sparkles” Smith, both 3rd generation racers, had solid rookie seasons with top 5 results.

Locally, it was a very even season with Ash Booker (above left), Justin McMinn, Nick Parker and multi-generational racers in Andy Pearce and Harley Bishop also scoring wins.

Additional highlights included McMinn (below left) winning the Avalon track championship as well as qualifying into the Sydney City 50 lapper A-Main at Valvoline Raceway with young Brown and Mills. What is impressive about this is that there were over 60 drivers contesting the event including 2 top rated Americans and a dozen hot Kiwi’s and out of the Victorian trio McMinn had absolutely no previous experience at the Sydney track – a track that massively favours local knowledge and experience.

And finally 2 Victorian cars, the V97 of Kaidon Brown and the V21 of Dayne Kingshott were both invited over to the land of the long white cloud and super competitive Speedcars to be part of the annual Tri-Nations series – New Zealand’s biggest speedway series of the year.

“This season has been brilliant in the quality of our drivers, teams and events and also the depth and promise shown by the new drivers and the trio of 2nd or 3rd generation drivers that joined us as standout rookies,” stated hard working club president Tim Fisher.

“So many of our racers had a shot at making victory lane, some did, some didn’t, but it was all great racing and it all looks really promising for the future,” Fisher continued enthusiastically and proudly.

The VSDA also wish to sincerely thank all of its sponsors, teams, supporters and fans for another great season with the worlds’ oldest speedcar club.