Hart­ley’s chances run­ning out

The Press - - Sport - Ben­jamin Car­rell is the on­line edi­tor of talk­mo­tor­sport.co.nz

While the For­mula One ti­tle was de­cided at the Mex­i­can Grand Prix with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamil­ton win­ning for the fifth time, Kiwi driver Bren­don Hart­ley is still in a race to re­tain his Scud­e­ria Toro Rosso team seat for 2019.

With two Grand Prix left in the sea­son, he still has a chance to prove him­self ahead of For­mula 2 driver Alexan­der Al­bon who is tipped to take his place.

Hart­ley has been pleased with his pace in the last few events and re­mains pos­i­tive head­ing to the Brazil­ian Grand Prix this week­end. He has the lat­est spec Honda engine and is en­thu­si­as­tic about the new aero pack­age that he feels suits his driv­ing style.

The Auto´ dromo Jose´ Car­los Pace in Sao Paulo is an ‘old school’ cir­cuit which first held the Brazil­ian Grand Prix in 1972. It is fast and flow­ing with a num­ber of changes in el­e­va­tion and track cam­ber. Fans make for a great at­mos­phere, while weather can of­ten play its part.

Hart­ley has com­peted there in both the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship his third F1 Grand Prix. While last year he re­tired with a tech­ni­cal prob­lem, he hopes for a bet­ter re­sult in 2018.

Cas­sidy Su­per GT ti­tle hope

Nick Cas­sidy lines up with co-driver Ryo Hi­rakawa in the Su­per GT Se­ries grid for the fi­nal race on Sun­day with a chance of win­ning the over­all ti­tle for the se­cond time. The pair­ing won the ti­tle last sea­son and head to the fi­nal round at the Twin ring Motegi in Ja­pan tied in the lead with Naoki Ya­mamoto/ Jen­son But­ton.

Cas­sidy and Hi­rakawa are on a roll hav­ing won their first race of the se­ries in the penul­ti­mate round at the Au­topo­lis cir­cuit. Cas­sidy will be keen to seal the ti­tle after fall­ing short in the Su­per For­mula sin­gle seater se­ries a fort­night ago.

Lead­ing the se­ries into the fi­nal round Cas­sidy fin­ished se­cond to ti­tle win­ner Naoki Ya­mamoto. After three sea­sons in Su­per GT and two in Su­per For­mula, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if Cas­sidy stays in Ja­pan for 2019 or heads back to Europe with an op­por­tu­nity in For­mula 2.

War of Wings un­der­way

The $100,000 War of the Wings Sprint­car Se­ries be­gins to­mor­row night at Rua­puna Speed­way in Christchurch, with an en­try list of 24 cars.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Jamie Duff (Christchurch) will come un­der pres­sure from last sea­son’s sur­prise pack­age Con­nor Rangi (Nel­son), Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) and Christchurch’s Luke Kee­gan, who was a con­vinc­ing win­ner in last Satur­day night’s fea­ture race.

Anderson could be rac­ing time after dam­ag­ing his car last week­end. This sum­mer the se­ries has been cut back to nine rounds, in or­der to un­clut­ter a full sched­ule of events for the sprint­cars, Cromwell host­ing the na­tional cham­pi­onship Fe­bru­ary 1-2.

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