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Bruce Anstey’s North West 200 podium run comes to an end

Bruce Anstey’s North West 200 podium run comes to an end

Bruce Anstey’s unique podium record has come to an end following this year’s North West 200.

Making his debut in 2002 and winning a race, Anstey has stood on the podium at every North West 200 since then. He has corresponding records at the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix which are still ongoing but his North West streak has come to an end.

The Kiwi was running in a podium position in Saturday’s Superbike race but he came off his bike at Church, thankfully without injury. During that race he was also clocked at 209mph through the speedtrap – a record speed. He certainly looked like he would be on for a podium but when the second Superstock and feature Superbike race were cancelled he lost out the opportunity.

Bruce Anstey’s North West 200 record

  • 2002: Winner in Production class
  • 2003: Third in Supersport Race 2
  • 2004: Winner in Supersport Race 1; Winner in Production class
  • 2005: Third in Supersport Race 1; Second in Superstock; Winner in North West 200 Feature Race
  • 2006: Third in Supersport Race 1; Winner in Supersport Race 2; Winner in Superstock Race; Second in Superbike Race 1
  • 2007: Winner in Supersport Race 1; Winner in Supersport Race 2; Winner in Superstock Race; Second in Superbike Race 1
  • 2008: Second in Superstock Race
  • 2009: Second in Supersport Race; Second in Superbike Race
  • 2010: Third in Supersport Race 2
  • 2011: Third in Supersport Race
  • 2012: Second in Supersport Race
  • 2013: Second in Superstock Race; Second in Supersport Race
  • 2014: Winner in Supersport Race
  • 2015: Third in Superbike Race

He was even on the podium when just one race ran in 2011 due to a number of factors. It was by far my favourite record on the roads and I hope he can go on to the TT and Ulster Grand Prix and extend his records there!


Nico Hulkenberg: 100 GP and the Magic Formula

Like team-mate Sergio Perez this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix will be Nico Hulkenberg’s 100th GP race weekend. Here’s a look at the numbers that make up his magic formula.

6th season

2016 is Nico Hulkenberg’s 6 season as a race driver in Formula One. He has also spent two years as a test driver – in 2009 for Williams prior to making his race debut and 2011 for Force India after a year of racing. He came into Formula One as the reigning GP2 champion.

3 teams

Hulkenberg has driven competitively for three teams in Formula One. He made his debut with Williams in 2010 before moving to Force India to become their test driver in 2011. He was promoted to a race seat for the team in 2012 but moved to Sauber for 2013. Hulkenberg returned to Force India in 2014 and has driven for them since.

1 pole position

The German driver’s sole pole position came at the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix in changeable conditions. He went on to finish the race in 8th place.

2 fastest laps

As well as the one pole position, Hulkenberg’s key statistics show two fastest laps. The first was at the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix for Force India and the second was at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix.

63% points finish

Hulkenberg has had 84 classified finishes from his 97 race starts. 53 of these have been in the points giving him a 63% points finishing record.

12 consecutive points finishes

His longest streak of points finishes has been 12 – starting at the 2013 US GP and ending at the 2014 German GP, his home race. His highest finish in that time was 5th three times.

4th place

Hulkenberg’s highest finish in a race has been fourth place where he has finished twice. He finished fourth at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix and the 2013 Korean Grand Prix. His first podium in Formula One has still eluded him.

9th place

His best finishing position in the world championship was 9th in 2014. He currently lies 11th in the 2016 season.

So 6 seasons + 3 teams + 1 pole position + 2 fastest laps + 63% points finishes +12 consecutive points finishes +4th place + 9th place = 100 GP.


Sergio Perez: 100 GP and the Magic Formula

This weekend’s Russian Grand Prix will see Sergio Perez enter his 100th race weekend in Formula One. Here is a look at the numbers which make up his magic formula.

 6 Seasons

Perez is currently competing in his sixth season of Formula One. Making his debut in 2011, the Mexican driver moved up from GP2 after he finished a personal best second in the championship. He started his Formula One career with Sauber.

3 Teams

Over the course of his career, Perez has driven with three teams in Formula One. As previously mentioned he started off with Sauber – also signing for the Ferrari Driver Academy. After two seasons with Sauber he moved to McLaren for a season before moving to Force India for 2014 where he has remained since.

3 Fastest Laps

Perez has had a fastest lap for each of his three teams. His first came at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix for Sauber. The second was at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix for McLaren with the third coming at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix for Force India.

5 podiums

The Mexican driver has stood on the podium five times so far in his Formula One career. His first podium was at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix where he impressed to finish second for Sauber. He followed that up with a third in Canada that same year. It was a hat-trick of podiums in 2012 for Perez when he also finished the Italian Grand Prix in second place. He has finished third twice while driving for Force India – once in Bahrain and also at last year’s Russian Grand Prix.

57% points finish rate

Of the 82 times he has had a classified finish in Formula One, 47 of those have been in the points. That gives him a points finish rate of 57%. Despite entering his 100th Grand Prix this weekend, he has only had 96 race starts giving him a classified finishing rate of 85%.

12 points finishes

The most points finishes Perez has had in one season is 12. This happened in 2014 – his first season driving for Force India. He failed to start the race in Malaysia giving him 18 race starts for that season. His best finish was third in Bahrain.

5 consecutive points finishes

Perez’s biggest string of points finishes in a row is 5. This again was in 2014 when he finished Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Japan, and Russia in the points before retiring in Austin.

9th place

His best finish in the Formula One World Championship was ninth place, where he finished last season. His average championship position is 11th but he currently lies 15th in this year’s championship.

So 6 seasons + 3 teams + 3 fastest laps + 5 podiums + 57% points finishes rate + 12 points finishes + 5 consecutive points finishes + 9th place = 100 GP.

Lewis Hamilton back on top at Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton was back on the top step of the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix, leading home another Mercedes 1-2. Valtteri Bottas completed the podium positions – his first since last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton only briefly lost the lead of the race in the pit-stop phase but was never really challenged by Rosberg, who bemoaned a poor tyre choice in qualifying costing him the chance to take the fight to his team-mate for pole position. The Mercedes duo did not have a perfect run to the line with Hamilton being asked to conserve fuel while Rosberg was asked to conserve his brakes. They both made it and with a 30 plus second advantage over the Williams of Bottas, the victory was never in doubt.

Entertainment was provided by Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa fighting through the field. Mechanical issues had seen them both start near the back of the grid and both drivers went wheel to wheel with others to fight back to points scoring positions. Vettel eventually finished in fifth place – just behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen – while Massa was just behind him in sixth. Raikkonen had enjoyed his best grid position of the year starting third but a spin cost him the chance to finish on the podium. He was able to continue but it cost him valuable time as Bottas passed him on track and he was not able to close the gap again.

Elsewhere there was some drama as Romain Grosjean and Will Stevens had a coming together. As they headed down the back straight towards the pit-lane, Grosjean pulled across on the Manor driver. Stevens’ front wing was damaged while Grosjean suffered a puncture and had to limp into the pits – surprising his team. Grosjean was given a five second post race penalty and had two points added to his licence.

Stevens’ team-mate Roberto Merhi suffered Manor’s first retirement of the year with a broken drive shaft. He was joined on the sidelines by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button on another difficult afternoon for McLaren-Honda. Alonso had been asked to save fuel and he had responded that he did not want to. He eventually retired due to a loss of power. Button lasted a bit longer but was brought into the pits to retire his car. He had already started at the back of the grid due to an engine penalty which also meant he had to take a drive through penalty within the first three laps, leaving him on the back foot.

Pastor Maldonado finished in seventh place to finally secure his first points of the season while Nico Hulkenberg finished eighth despite a trip across the high kerbs at the final chicane. He had been going wheel-to-wheel with Vettel and ended up spinning, but there was no contact between the pair. Daniil Kvyat finished ninth for Red Bull with Grosjean holding on to tenth despite his penalty.

Bruce Anstey takes first Superbike victory at TT

Lap record holder Bruce Anstey kicked off the 2015 Isle of Man TT with a hard fought win in the opening Superbike race.

The race had been postponed from Saturday to Sunday and, following disrupted practice during the week, riders were more than ready to get going.

John McGuinness led the riders away in the race followed by James Hillier and Michael Dunlop, who was out on his BMW following a switch from the Milwaukee Yamaha team. It was the ninth rider to leave the start area, however, who led the way after the first lap. After a brief stint in the lead for Hillier, it was Ian Hutchinson who had the better of Anstey by the end of lap one and it soon became a two way battle at the top.

Hutchinson passed William Dunlop and Gary Johnson on the road, with the pair of them lapping in close quarters to each other and Michael Rutter in the closing stages of the race. Dunlop’s team-mate Guy Martin became a very early retirement from the race when he pulled off at Ballagarey on the first lap. He was joined on the sidelines by local rider Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson, who had an off at Guthries but was reported to be OK. Ivan Lintin retired on the second lap of the race with clutch problems.

At the end of the second lap the riders came in for their first stops and Hutchinson maintained his lead. Michael Dunlop, who had been running fourth on the road, lost out some time in the pit-lane but soon got himself into third place. The gap at the front increased to over four seconds, with Hutchinson eking out his advantage over Anstey. The Kiwi soon started decreasing the deficit and was soon leading the race and had pulled out five seconds by the final lap.

There was drama on the last lap, however, when Michael Dunlop and a backmarker got involved in an incident at the Nook. Anstey had lapped Scott Wilson and Dunlop was contemplating doing the same but, revealed in a post-race interview that he had decided to hold back as he didn’t know where the rider would be going on the road and he wasn’t sure if he had been spooked by Anstey. He revealed he would probably be sore tomorrow but still able to race – with the Superstock and Supersport races scheduled for tomorrow. Wilson was taken by airmed to Nobles with a reported broken clavicle. Andy Lawson was also taken to hospital with reported neck and arm injuries.

Due to the incident the race was red flagged meaning only the top six riders completed the full race distance. It was a podium of firsts – Anstey’s first Superbike win at the TT, Hutchinson’s first podium since his historic 2010 victories, and Hillier’s first TT Superbike podium. Behind them was McGuinness, William Dunlop, and Michael Rutter. The rest of the finishers were taken from the end of lap five and so Dan Kneen, Peter Hickman, Lee Johnston, and David Johnson completed the top ten. Jamie Hamilton was eleventh, ahead of Steve Mercer, Daniel Hegarty, Russ Mountford and Daniel Cooper.

Cameron Donald brought the Norton home in eighteenth place while newcomer Derek McGee finished in 29th. Elsewhere David Madsen-Mygdal added yet another finish to his impressive tally – having already broken the record of most finishes at the TT.

The action continues with a jam packed schedule, including the first Sidecar race, the Superstock race as well as Supersport.

2014: Classic TT: Monday 25th August Formula 1/Formula 2 Start List

Following the Okells Brewery 350cc race, the second race of the day will be the combined Formula 1 and Formula 2 classes. It will be led away by Michael Dunlop at 1.30pm.

The Bennetts 500cc race was won on Saturday by Ian Lougher with Dan Cooper and Bruce Anstey joining him on the podium. Previous race leaders John McGuinness, Ryan Farquhar and Michael Rutter all retired.

Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1/Formula 2 Start List

  1. Michael Dunlop
  2. James Hillier
  3. Jamie Hamilton
  4. N/A
  5. Bruce Anstey
  6. Ryan Farquhar
  7. Gary Johnson
  8. Steve Mercer
  9. Nick Jeffries
  10. Ryan Kneen
  11. N/A
  12. Davy Morgan
  13. Lee Johnston
  14. Dan Stewart
  15. Gary Gittins
  16. N/A
  17. Ben Wylie
  18. Timothee Monot
  19. Russ Mountford
  20. David Madsen-Mygdal
  21. Paul Shoesmith
  22. Kiaran Hankin
  23. Paul Owen
  24. Mark Herbertson
  25. Stephen Thompson
  26. Mick Godfrey
  27. N/A
  28. David Bell
  29. Richard Wilson
  30. N/A
  31. Clifton Tabiner
  32. Paul Baleta
  33. Maria Costello
  34. James Ford
  35. Stephen McKnight
  36. Christopher Dixon
  37. Chris Petty
  38. Henry Bell
  39. N/A
  40. N/A
  41. N/A
  42. Michael Hand
  43. N/A
  44. Paul Wilson
  45. Andy Lovett
  46. Peter Boast
  47. Peter Symes
  48. Ken Davis
  49. Martin Harrison
  50. Dennis Booth
  51. N/A
  52. Anthony Redmond
  53. Nigel Rea
  54. Steven Dobbie
  55. Wayne Axon
  56. Stuart Rayner
  57. Peter Creer
  58. Alan Bud Jackson
  59. Colin Croft
  60. Chris McGahan
  61. Ian Gardner
  62. Alex Whitwell
  63. N/A
  64. N/A
  65. N/A
  66. Ian Lougher
  67. James Cowton
  68. Roy Richardson
  69. Philip McGurk
  70. Chris Moore
  71. Stuart Garton
  72. Tom Snow
  73. Nigel Moore
  74. Shaun Anderson
  75. David Hewson
  76. Derek Glass
  77. Grant Wagstaff
  78. Ewan Hamilton
  79. Steven Howard
  80. Dean Martin
  81. Tom Jackson
  82. Stuart Noon
  83. Ben Rea
  84. Karl Fox
  85. Bob Owen
  86. Peter Gibson
  87. Chris Barratt
  88. Adrian Morris
  89. John Smith
  90. Andrew Davies
  91. Bob Farrington

Felipe Massa: 200 GP and the Magic Formula

This weekend Williams Racing driver Felipe Massa will celebrate his 200th Grand Prix start. The Brazilian, who entered Formula One in 2002 with Sauber, is celebrating the milestone at the British Grand Prix where his team celebrated 600 GP a year ago. So here is a look at his magic formula.

12 years

Massa entered Formula One in 2002 when he drove for the Sauber team, having just won the Euro Formula 3000 championship in 2002. 12 years on, in 2014, Massa is still on the grid, albeit not for 12 seasons. He was replaced at Sauber at the end of 2002 and had a year on the sidelines before returning in 2014.

3 teams

Despite having quite a long Formula One career, Massa has only driven for three teams – Sauber, Ferrari and of course now Williams. Massa spent three years racing for Sauber but it is his Ferrari relationship that lasted the longest.

7 team-mates

Over the years Massa has driven with a number of high profile drivers. He started his career partnering Nick Heidfeld, before then racing alongside 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, and Giancarlo Fisichella. When he was promoted to a Ferrari race seat in 2006 he partnered seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher before being joined by Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. Raikkonen departed at the end of 2009 and Massa’s next team-mate was Fernando Alonso. Following his departure from Ferrari, Massa has partnered Valtteri Bottas at Williams.

8 seasons at Ferrari

He made his debut in 2003 with Ferrari, spending the year as their test driver. Massa’s stint at Ferrari was a lengthy one and it saw him become one of only a handful of drivers to compete in more than 100 races for one team. At Brazil in 2011, Massa started his 100th team for the team and finished in fifth place. In 2012 and 2013 he added to his tally, and left the team with a grand total of 139 races for the Scuderia. He came close to winning the championship with them in 2008, but was narrowly pipped at the post. In his first season with the team he finished third in the championship.

2nd longest serving Ferrari driver

Massa is beaten only by Schumacher – who raced in 181 races for Ferrari – in terms of the amount of races for the Scuderia. With a total of 139 races, that puts him clear of fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello. It also makes Massa third in the all time list for most races with one team – between Mika Hakkinen’s 131 and David Coulthard’s 150, both for McLaren.

11 wins

Massa has 11 wins to his name in Formula One. His first was at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix before going on to win his home Grand Prix that same year. Wins in Bahrain, Spain and again in Turkey in 2007 brought his tally to five, before winning six more times in 2008. His 2008 wins were at Bahrain, Turkey, France, the European Grand Prix, Belgium, and an emotional home victory which saw him nearly win the world championship. That win also happens to be his last in Formula One to date.

3 wins at the Turkish Grand Prix

Massa took to the Turkish Grand Prix like a duck to water and won the race on three occasions – 2006, 2007 and 2008. He didn’t let anyone else have any of the fun on those three years as he also secured pole position for all three races.

5th Brazilian driver to win in Brazil

In 2006, Massa became the fifth Brazilian driver to win his home Grand Prix. He followed Emerson Fittipaldi (1973 & 1974), Carlos Pace (1975), Nelson Piquet (1983 & 1986) and Ayrton Senna (1991 & 1993).

36 podiums

Including his 11 wins, Massa has stood on the podium a grand total of 36 times. His first Formula One podium was at the 2006 European Grand Prix where he qualified in third and narrowly beat McLaren’s Raikkonen. His most recent podium was last year’s Spanish Grand Prix where he finished third.

16 pole positions

Massa’s first victory was preceded by his first pole position, at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix. He out-qualified his team-mate by mere hundredths of a second but made it count, going on to win by over five seconds. Eight of his wins have come from pole positions, including the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix where he also set the fastest lap of the race. His pole lap was emphatic, beating Jarno Trulli by four tenths of a second.

15 fastest laps

As well as his pole positions, wins, and podiums – Massa also has a number of fastest laps to his name. 15, to be precise. The 2006 Spanish Grand Prix was his first one, and the most recent was this year’s Canadian Grand Prix.

7th – average finishing position in championship

Massa’s average finishing position in the world championship is seventh. Finishing in the top three on two occasions, Massa has finished solidly in the top ten since his move to Ferrari. The one exception is 2009, when he finished 11th, but he was forced to miss half the season after a nasty accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix saw him hit by a spring and sustaining life-threatening injuries. Thankfully he made a full recovery and was able to return to racing in 2010.

70% of finishes in points

Of his 199 starts, 119 of them have resulted in points finishes. That’s a 70% finishing record in the points. He has a finishing record of 84% from his 199 race starts thus far.

4th most experienced driver on the grid

Massa is the 4th most experienced driver on the grid, behind Jenson Button, Alonso, and Raikkonen. Fellow countryman Barrichello holds the record for most F1 starts, at 322.

1 point away

One point – all that stood between Massa and a world championship in 2008. So near, and yet so far…

So: 12 years + 3 teams + 7 team-mates + 8 seasons at Ferrari + 2nd longest serving Ferrari driver + 11 wins + 3 Turkish Grand Prix victories + 5th Brazilian driver to win Brazilian GP + 36 podiums + 16 pole positions + 15 fastest laps + 7th (average finishing position in the championship) + 70% finishes in points + 4th most experienced driver on grid + 1 point = 200 GP.

The passionate Brazilian impressed at the last race, the Austrian Grand Prix, when he qualified in pole position. He finished the race in fourth place but the Williams duo showed good pace, with Bottas finishing third behind the Mercedes duo. The team showed decent pre-season pace so they will no doubt be hoping to continue their Austrian form into this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Massa’s 100th Grand Prix start was the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, a race which he won…