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Formula One / F1 2022 season
« on: September 03, 2021, 08:11:45 PM »
With Kimi gone, it is presumed by many that Bottas will take the Alfa seat on a two year deal.

I wonder if Mercedes try to keep him in the fold.

The Williams seat with cashed up new owners and the Mercedes engine could be a good two year deal.

The seat currently occupied by Vettel at Aston Martin could become available if (a) Vettel retires or (b) Vettel returns to the Ferrari fold at Alfa. He certainly hasn't done all that well at Aston Martin. A change may be good for him and we shouldn't forget that a lot of surplus Ferrari staff (salary cap) have suddenly diverted to Haas but still based at Ferrari precinct. These are people that Vettel knows and has worked with, so a Ferrari "B" team???

All three teams could be good seats with the salary cap bringing the top current teams closer. All three have owners determined to improve and each needs a good experienced driver in the main slot.

Mercedes clearly know the answers but are keeping quiet at this time, possible so as not to take the shine off their customer team announcements.

There are a few other seats up for grabs but only for newcomers and minor players.  A few current drivers may be looking at another category if they wish to keep racing,

We should know soon.

S5000 / Lowndes
« on: September 03, 2021, 07:49:43 PM »
Craig Lowndes had a crack at  open wheelers in Europe, but is a poorly backed car.

He is running an Historic F1 car soon and it's not the first.

I would love to see Craig get a ride in S5000, backed by Ampol and Redbull and 888. plus of course a Bathurst Wildcard and maybe a few other events.

Repco Supercars Championship / Team Sydney in 2022
« on: August 28, 2021, 06:16:15 PM »
Supercars mid-season report card: Team Sydney
Simon Chapman
By Simon Chapman

Saturday 28th August, 2021 - 3:00pm

I have no idea who Simon Chapman is, but he is correct that Team Sydney is doing poorly.

They are operating out of temporary premises, In fact two temporary premises in two different states with currently a hard border.


They have 888 built cars.

They have Fabian Coulthart, a proven race winner.

They have a second driver in Garry Jacobson, who is reputedly a good steerer, although I can't remember anything in recent years.

The owners, although they cop a lot of crap on this forum (or previous Forum incantation) are genuine long term racers with some good race result history, both Father and Son and they seem to have sponsor backing.

So for 2022:

They have to make their current cars last for a big chunk of 2022.

Then they will have absolutely top line Gen 3 machinery, as will every other team.

Are they short of Engineering talent, bearing in mind that they supposedly have 888 assistance?

Maybe 888 should lend out their excess talent to customer teams, when the Gen 3 requires less data work.

Their current drivers should be adequate.

Will their current sponsor (Mr. Quinn) withdraw sponsorship or will he utilize his recently purchased 888  share to  help his Local Legend tag at Team Sydney?

Will Boost step in as part owners and/or sponsors. Mr. Adderton seems to have promised more drives in 2022 that currently available?

Will Renee Gracie buy in and drive one of the cars?

Questions, questions, questions.

I bet Jono and Mrs Jono would like answers, answers, answers.

PS: Their new Sydney workshop was due to be ready for 2022, but Covid stuffs everything. :(

PPS: If MSR go Mustang, maybe their 2021 888 assistance will go to TS.

S5000 / New S5000 build?????
« on: August 16, 2021, 05:40:10 PM »
Team 88 and BRM are planning to run additional cars.

Are GRM building additional cars or are they just shuffling existing car ownership and leases?????

The category deserves a 20 car field. (or more).

The cars would surely be cheaper than a few roofed category cars.

Dunlop Super2 Series / Kelly Racing
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:52:35 AM »
I wrote elsewhere that I would not be surprised to see Kelly Racing in Super 2 or 3 or both in 2022.

Clearly, Groves are using Kelly Mustangs until Gen 3 Super 1 comes in, but have no interest in the soon to be phased out Supercars of which Kelly has at least five plus extensive stock of parts for them.

I suspect that we will se Todd having a few drives in the old Altima in one of the Nostalgia Categories.

Drag Racing / 2022 Camaro
« on: July 31, 2021, 03:23:53 PM »
Despite Supercar fans (?) claims, GM use of the Camaro for performance cars will continue for a while.

This is a a factory racecar that can be purchased by customers and will be around on tracks for years.

Back in 2012. Chevrolet reintroduced the world to the COPO Camaro. Inspired by the special order models from the Sixties bearing the same name, these factory-prepped drag racers are the most extreme iteration of the current pony car. For the 2022 model year, Chevrolet has looked back at the history of the COPO cars for a bit of guidance. For the first time since the program was reintroduced, the COPO Camaro is now available with a Chevy big block V-8.

Measuring in at 572 cubic inches, or 9.4 liters if you prefer, the new big block is the largest V-8 ever to power a factory Camaro. The engine features a cast-iron block with four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons to ensure reliability and power on the 'strip. Performance figures for the new big block have yet to be verified, but expect the NHRA to comment on that in the near future. The 572-ci V-8 will surely be the most powerful offering from Chevrolet Performance, but it isn’t the only engine available for 2022 COPO Camaro customers. A pair of LS-based small block V-8s are also on offer: a 580-hp supercharged 5.7-liter unit and a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter that produces 470 hp. Regardless of which engine is chosen, all 2022 COPO Camaros feature an ATI Racing TH400 three-speed automatic transmission.

General Motors states that the 2022 COPO Camaro 572 will start at $105,500. For a factory-prepped race car that runs eights in the quarter mile, that isn’t so bad at all. Add in the fact that this motor will surely become an item that muscle car fans adore, and the value seems like it might just be there. As GM moves into the EV era, it's also quite possible that this is one of the last real hurrah for the Camaro nameplate. If that is the case, at least General Motors went big one last time. Nine-point four liters worth of big block, that is.

Repco Supercars Championship / Archer still trying to sell Supercars
« on: June 21, 2021, 08:36:26 AM »
The earlier Supercars sale threads may have been lost in the kerfuffle.

Archer Capital in pole position for Supercars sell-off


4:00PM JUNE 20, 2021

Private equity investments in sport are heating up.

At the head of the field is the Supercars motor racing competition, where private equity outfit Archer Capital is trying to offload its majority stake.

Archer has an information memorandum doing the rounds for the competition, which does roughly $20m in annual pre-tax earnings.

Four or five parties have kicked the tyres on the investment, in a process being run by Miles Advisory.

But the glory days are well and truly over in terms of Archer’s value.

It paid $180m for its 65 per cent shareholding back in 2011.

Archer is winding up the fund that contains its Supercars investment.

One source said it might only get $30m-$35m, but another thought it could double that.

As always, complicating matters are the owners of the Supercars teams themselves, who own just about all of the remaining 35 per cent of shares.

There are said to be “drag and tag along” provisions in the contract between Archer and the teams, effectively meaning the teams may have to be bought out at the same value that Archer would theoretically sell its shareholding at.

That is said to have proven to be a stumbling block in previous attempts by Archer to sell out.

Meanwhile, soccer’s A-league is also moving closer to a deal to sell up to 25 per cent of its competition to private equity.

Some of the funds, which could be up to $100m, would be earmarked for a soccer-specific digital platform that could telecast matches and provide highlights and other content directly to consumers.

Rugby Australia has also expressed its keen interest in selling some of the sport’s commercial properties to private equity.

May be behind a paywall.

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