Formula E displays future of cars: McDonald

I spent the weekend in Montreal at the all-electric Formula E car races (received via F1 refugee Jean-Eric Vergne Sunday; Lucas Di Grassi received the race Saturday and the overall championship) as a guest of Jaguar, that is one of the important producers presently jogging inside the now-three-12 months-old collection.

Many others are joining next year — Audi, BMW amongst them — and nevertheless others — Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, especially — have given word they’ll be within the collection by means of 2019 or 2020.


Because all are satisfied that the future of the car enterprise — find it irresistible or now not — is in electrification and that is where racing has to go. I had a chat with James Barclay, Team Director of Panasonic Jaguar Racing, and he said this:

“The middle of why Jaguar goes racing is to show new era and follow that to our future manufacturing cars. We go lower back to using disc brakes at Le Mans; Jaguar attempted them out, received the race and we placed them on our manufacturing vehicles.

“As the future becomes greater electric, and to develop and engineer the era on the way to apply to our future avenue automobiles, Formula E is the right formulation at the proper time for Jaguar.”

Barclay added that racing is under siege around the world due to the noise factor.

“We had a race via the streets of Paris. If some other racing series had tried for a race there, they wouldn’t actually have gotten a meeting. A plus for the future of electric racing is that the noise trouble is going away. People who love racing as all of us do, that could most effectively be seen as a positive.

“F1 vehicles don’t sound as excellent as they did in the 1970s, but you get used to it. As long as we’ve first rate racing, isn’t that what’s essential? We need to embrace the change.”

Barclay wasn’t the simplest one preaching the benefits of less noise. Jaguar motive force Adam Carroll (he and fellow driver Mitch Evans recorded their high-quality qualifying consultation of the season in Montreal Saturday, going off in sixth and 7th places; they didn’t achieve this nicely Sunday) sat down for a communique and additionally zeroed in at the silence aspect.

“You can carry your circle of relatives (to a race),” Carroll stated, “and also you don’t want ear protection and you can genuinely have a communication even as the race is on. As a driver, you get to listen stuff you’ve in no way heard earlier than. You can hear stones on the street soar up and hit the auto. If it bottoms out, you could hear the auto hit the floor. You may even hear other automobiles crash into you — ‘eeeeech, growth!’ You can hear the whole lot.

“On the alternative hand, you’ve got 20 cars on the grid awaiting the start and the pleasure starts to build and you’re waiting for the lighting fixtures to go out and the hardest thing to get used to there is there’s no noise. Usually, anybody’s revving their engines. But then it’s bang! And you’re off and also you’re in a car race like any other automobile race.”

Okay, these motors do make a sound. They sound like massive slot motors. They take a few being used to. However, the shortage of noise apart, these are race automobiles and the racing this weekend become exceptional. The grandstands were complete and I concept there has been a terrific General Admission crowd each day. The fanatics seemed to experience it.


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There changed into a variety of grousing within the media approximately this race, even though. Why wasn’t it held on Ilse Notre-Dame wherein the Grand Prix of Canada is run on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? With all the road creation in downtown Montreal, why became a huge chew of the downtown closed off for the race? Why did Mayor Denis Coderre spend upwards of $30 million on infrastructure whilst there has been already a race tune, grandstands and so-on, out within the St. Lawrence? Why inconvenience people for no reason?

Here`s why.

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is too lengthy for those electric motors. Now. Today. But as batteries and era enhance (next year, as an example, they won`t have to alternate motors mid-race), it`s feasible this occasion ought to flow to Ilse Notre-Dame inside the years beforehand. In addition, the factor of Formula E is the quiet. You will have an automobile race and now not deafen all of us. So downtown circuits are key.

And as any Canadian is aware of, mayors in Montreal don’t supply hoots about spending money. They simply spend it and damn the consequences. That`s why this town had Expo 67 (the leisure park La Ronde is still a first-rate tourist attraction every summer time), the Olympics, the Grand Prix of Canada, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Comedy Festival and now this — so one can do nothing but develop within the years ahead and be watched with the aid of hundreds of thousands of people round the world who, after they hear the word Canada, will mechanically consider Montreal. The return in this funding can be one hundred fold.

They have Toronto’s CITY TV on the cable machine within the motel I`m in and at 6 p.M. Saturday, while Coderre was preaching the virtues of massive occasions on Montreal CBC tv, there has been John Tory at some avenue pageant in Scarborough. It was embarrassing. The Mayor of Montreal (and it began with Drapeau) thinks big, says not anything is not possible and reaches out to the world, announcing come on over. The mayor of Toronto, in the meantime, is going to a picnic.

Speaking of TSN (we weren`t, however, I just noted the cable TV in my Montreal resort room), they showed the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying on TSN1 on Saturday. Good for them. But the race? Forget it. Thousands of humans are in resort rooms in Canada at anyone time. Most resort cable systems have TSN1 and maybe — perhaps — TSN2. They do not have TSN3, four or 5. So why display the qualifying on the primary community one day and now not the race the following? On TSN1 Sunday morning at eight a.M., we got yet some other repeat of SportsCenter and then at 9 a.M. We were treated to a few difficult to understand tennis tournament in Europe presenting guys no person listen off and they are gambling in the front of a grandstand that’s 1/2 empty. On TSN2, meanwhile, there was insurance of the British Senior golf event. Dozens of human beings were in attendance over there. I do now not apprehend the thinking in the back of TV programming. Show the qualifying but not the race? That’s like showing batting exercise and not the baseball game. Who makes those decisions? Wimbledon, I can understand. Milos anywhere, I can apprehend. The British Open — the actual British Open — I can recognize. But you’ve got a Formula One world championship race available and also you don`t show it in favour of showing two who-cares packages. As I stated, I don’t recognize.

Okay, one ultimate factor. The superstar of this series is Sebastien Buemi. He is the Big Dog. But permit’s call a spade a spade. On the grand scale of absolutely the first-rate racing drivers within the world, Buemi is manner down the listing. Everybody in F1, with an exception of 1 or, is higher. That’s why he’s now not in F1 anymore. Jean-Eric Vergne, too. When you get right down to it, the drivers in this series are the second-tier. When this series will take off and capture the public`s imagination is while the batteries evolve to the factor wherein they are able to propel the automobiles at 2 hundred mph (the pinnacle velocity today is 140) and people with the talent of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are in it. Until then, it is going to be an interest, more than some thing. Having said that, even though, the racing turned into high-quality and Montreal in summer season can’t be crushed. Good stuff — and it is able to simplest get better.


I didn’t see the F1 race (see above) and I acquired conflicting reviews. One guy wrote to mention:

“The Hungarian Grand Prix become a farce of a ‘race,’ if I can name it that in any respect, and exemplifies what’s incorrect with F1. When the track they maintain an event at doesn’t permit passing, and the automobiles they drive can’t get nearer than 50 m to the auto in front earlier than they lose front give up grip or go through overheating, all you may expect to get is a fast parade. When the so-referred to as the pinnacle of motorsport and the exceptional drivers get collectively, we should be seeing a far better race than what we had. I can simply see subsequent 12 months’ difficulty of confined visibility being introduced to the excuse list of why a motive force should even try to bypass the guy in front, DRS or no longer.”

But then another one in all my spies wrote this:

“Don’t permit the outcomes idiot you. F1 became very exciting and exciting.”

So, it`s all within the eyes of the beholder. For a full record at the race, please click here.

At Edmonton Saturday night, the NASCAR Pinty`s Series raced and rising Quebec megastar Alex Labbe was the winner.

You`ll consider that a year ago, Cayden Lapcevich of Grimsby became the wick up on his season whilst he become Out West and he went on the win the championship. If Labbe wins the 2017 Pinty’s championship, the experience to western Canada may show to be the pivotal point in his season.

Labbe started out from the pole position and led three instances for 216 laps in a direction to the win inside the Luxxur three hundred at Edmonton International Raceway. It became Labbe’s 2d win in three races within the western swing, and gave the St. Albert, Que., driver the factors lead in Canada’s country wide stock automobile championship series.

Donald Theetge become second, Lapcevich finished third and Alex Tagliani and L.P. Dumoulin rounded out the pinnacle 5. D.J. Kennington becomes sixth with Mark Dilley, Anthony Simone, Kevin Lacroix and Adam Martin completing the top 10.

Labbe now leads via 10 factors (346-336) over Lacroix with 5 races ultimate at the schedule. Lapcevich, the defending collection champion, trails Labbe by means of 31 and is seven factors in advance of each L.P. Dumoulin and D.J. Kennington.

The Luxury 300 will be televised on TSN on Sat., Aug. 12, at 1 p.M. The collection will then return to action on Sunday, Aug. 13, in Trois-Rivieres, Que., for the going for walks of the Le 50 Tours Can-Am, the headline race on the Trois-Rivieres GP weekend with a view to additionally function the Canadian Touring Car Championship and the Nissan Micra Cup.

At Pocono, Pa., Sunday, Kyle Busch received the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In Victory Lane, he said how excited he became to win his first Sprint Cup race of the season, then apologized for his mistake by way of saying, “I’m new at this.”

For a whole story on the NASCAR Cup race, please click here.

Josef Newgarden — he’s searching clearly desirable these days, isn’t he? — gained the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio (please click right here for entire tale) and within the NHRA race this weekend, Tony Schumacher, Robert Hight, Jack Beckman, Tanner Gray and Jason Line locked up spots in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Please click right here for details.

Meantime, at Flamboro Speedway over Hamilton manner, a large crowd become handy — the weather turned into wonderful, too — for the yearly Don Biederman Memorial because of the OSCAAR first rate stocks plus the Budget Tire Pure Stocks, Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets and Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds entertained.

Pure Stock features winners at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway have been Andy Wheller and Eric Crow. The Canadian Vintage Modifieds characteristic winners had been Jason Keen and Brian Atkinson and Can Am Midget characteristic winners, Adam Racine and Josh Shantz. The Can Am most important became received by Jordan Hanna. The Modified characteristic become gained via Chris Milwain at the same time as the legendary Gary Elliott gained a warmth. The OSCAAR Hot Rods ran a characteristic and that went to Nick Clarke. The Super Late Models ran functions. They went to Andrew Gresel and Charlie Gallant. You can find all the details at flamborospeedway.Ca. Thanks to Randy Spencer for all of the effects.

At Merrittville Speedway, Tony Kelly’s sixth W of the season Saturday earned the Niagara Falls driving force the 2017 Tomaski Racing Triple Crown Series Title for the Central Fabricating & Welding 4 Cylinder Division on W Abrasives Night.

Also taking home his 6th win became Brent Begolo inside the Wood Motor Company Modified Lite Division with the third generation Thorold racer additionally taking home his second win in the S&W Service Centre Sportsman Division.

The busy Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series Event also saw Mat Williamson and Chad Brachmann, (Pinty’s 358 Modifieds). Rob Murray (Hoosier Stock) and Max Chechalk inside the final Vansickle Pet Valu & Groomingdale’s Enduro Qualifier expanded via Niagara College chalk up victories of their very own. Many thanks to Jim Irvine for the Merrittville file.

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