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  1. #121
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    Very happy that the #7 finally won at Le Mans. So many near misses. Disappointing for Kubica in LMP2. The #51 lads did well to lead almost all the race. With the number of safety cars I had been worried the Corvette would luck into a reversal. A shame about the #52 (why was it renamed from #71??).

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    ALBON, FIRST MAGIC IN THE DTM

    Nürburgring 22 August 2021

    Alex Albon claimed a first ever DTM triumph at the wheel of the AlphaTauri AF Corse 488 GT3 Evo 2020 at the end of Race 2, held today at the Nürburgring. Liam Lawson was less fortunate, his race hampered by two punctures.

    Albon got off to a flying start after setting off from pole position, as did Lawson who gained three positions. A collision mid-group triggered a Safety Car entry and, when racing resumed, Lawson put on an excellent spurt, moving up into fourth position, capitalizing on various contacts involving the cars ahead. His team-mate, meanwhile, was managing to carve out a comfortable gap. With Albon breaking away, the Red Bull AF Corse driver moved in behind Juncadella and Wittmann, choosing to make the mandatory stop on lap seven and managing to stay ahead of Godtz who, due to warmer tyres, attacked Lawson, making contact and puncturing the New Zealander's left rear tyre. The #30 Ferrari headed for the pits, imitated on lap nine by Albon, coming back on track ahead of the drivers who had already pitted. A lap later, the Safety Car was re-deployed at the head of the pack to allow debris to be picked up from the track and the removal of stationary cars in positions deemed dangerous by race stewards.

    When the race resumed on lap 17, Albon moved up into fourth place, while Lawson, in an attempt to move up the order, tried to attack the cars ahead at the final chicane, but ended up in a collision that caused his 488 GT3 Evo 2020 another puncture, this time to the right rear. Stable-mate Albon, meanwhile, moved up to third overall before passing Nico Mueller to pull into the slipstream of general standings leader Klien, who was still poised to make his stop. The AlphaTauri AF Corse driver took over the leadership from the McLaren driver. Once the pit stops had been completed, Albon found himself almost five seconds ahead of Juncadella, whom the Thai driver kept in check until the chequered flag, thus clinching his maiden DTM win. This marks a second triumph for Ferrari in the German series.

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    THE YOUNGEST WAS THE BIGGEST AGAIN: LIAM LAWSON CLAIMS SECOND SEASON DTM WIN AT RED BULL RING

    Spielberg 4 September 2021.

    At 19 years, he is the youngest DTM driver and Liam Lawson is dictating the pace in DTM straight away.
    In the ninth DTM race of the season, the New Zealander first claimed his maiden pole position and then emerged as the winner from an entertaining race.
    Like in the season opener at Monza already, where he won his first-ever DTM race, the youngest was also the biggest. German Maximilian Götz, driving for the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, was second at the finish at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, followed by Swiss Philip Ellis with the Mercedes-AMG from the WINWARD team.
    ( Alexander Albon finished in fourth place in the Alpha Tauri Ferrari )

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    LAWSON SEALS STUNNING ENCORE AT SPIELBERG

    DTM Spielberg 05 September 2021

    Two wins out of two: ahead of the weekend, no one could have imagined a better result for Liam Lawson and the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 of Red Bull AF Corse.
    In the second race, despite 25kg ballast, the nineteen-year-old New Zealander held off Marco Wittmann’s attacks and was first over the finish line with the help of the AF Corse team’s quick pit stop.
    After a challenging qualifying session, Albon was unlucky to see a potential podium slip away due to a puncture.

    Wait.

    With Lawson starting from second and Albon from ninth, the two AF Corse Ferraris made it through the first turn unscathed and, with the Thai driver, tried to quickly climb the standings.
    While Lawson shadowed poleman and race leader Marco Wittmann, Albon drove his AlphaTauri 488 GT3 Evo 2020 to eighth after an exciting duel with Glock.
    Seven minutes in, Albon pitted together with other drivers, including the BMW man, Abril, Ellis, Buhk and Muth, followed by Lawson a lap later.
    In both cases, the AF Corse mechanics were among the fastest to complete the mandatory tyre change, allowing Lawson to return to the virtual lead and Albon to fifth position.

    Bad luck.

    However, the Thai suffered a puncture that forced him back to the pits, leaving him one lap behind the leader, Nico Müller.
    Albon made up the lap with some fast laps and a fine passing move at the Remus Kurve but was still more than a minute and twenty down on the German,
    behind who the battle for victory raged between Lawson’s 488 GT3 Evo 2020 and Wittmann’s BMW.
    The two set very similar times, but faster than Müller, with a gap of between five and eight tenths.
    Lawson passed the Audi driver to move into first on lap 27, taking advantage of the German to create a small margin over Wittmann, who passed Müller a lap later.

    In a heartbeat.

    However, in another frantic finale, the two-time DTM champion moved back into the Ferrari’s slipstream.
    With a black and white flag shown to both drivers, neither had any margin for error,
    but the New Zealander again withstood the pressure, sealing his second triumph of the weekend and third of the season.

    Chasing.

    This result, and sixth place for Kelvin Van der Linde, still leader on 147 points, narrows the gap in the drivers’ standings.
    With this weekend’s double triumph, Lawson is back in second position 12 lengths behind the South African,
    while Albon, seventeenth at the finish, is sixth on 94.

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    Thanks Forza Rosso, nice to know that Ferrari can still win something even if it is under the Red Bull/AF Corse banner, which sounds a bit odd to me!

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    You're welcome wisepie !

    I'm already getting used to the Red Bull and Alpha Tauri AF Corse Ferrari name.

    I read that Helmut Marko is very satisfied with the cooperation with Ferrari and 4 victories is proof enough of that !

    Who knows when Hypercar becomes a reality for Ferrari maybe you wan't to run more than 2 cars...
    Wouldn't it be great to see 2 red and 2 blue Ferrari's driving all year in the WEC in 2023 , instead of just 2 ?

    And at Le Mans wouldn't it be great to see 6 Ferrari factory entries , so drivers like Charles , Carlos , Mick , Max and Liam can also have a go at the Le Mans overall title ?

    But that's just me dreaming........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forza Rosso View Post
    You're welcome wisepie !

    I'm already getting used to the Red Bull and Alpha Tauri AF Corse Ferrari name.

    I read that Helmut Marko is very satisfied with the cooperation with Ferrari and 4 victories is proof enough of that !

    Who knows when Hypercar becomes a reality for Ferrari maybe you wan't to run more than 2 cars...
    Wouldn't it be great to see 2 red and 2 blue Ferrari's driving all year in the WEC in 2023 , instead of just 2 ?

    And at Le Mans wouldn't it be great to see 6 Ferrari factory entries , so drivers like Charles , Carlos , Mick , Max and Liam can also have a go at the Le Mans overall title ?

    But that's just me dreaming........
    Nice thought having real factory entry Ferraris in the WEC, preferably in red of course, but I find the RB/AT references quite hard to swallow. It's probably all about the finances but I'd like to see more recognition of the part that AF Corse plays in the running of those teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisepie View Post
    Nice thought having real factory entry Ferraris in the WEC, preferably in red of course, but I find the RB/AT references quite hard to swallow. It's probably all about the finances but I'd like to see more recognition of the part that AF Corse plays in the running of those teams.
    I think The Ferrari works entry announced a few months ago to enter the HYPERCAR class in 2023 , teaming up with AF-Corse is a good first step of recognition ,
    and a reward for all the good work done in the GT series around the world by the teams of AF-Corse.

    Ferrari could have gone their own way for the overall victory in the HYPERCAR-Class ,
    but instead they opted for a collaboration with AF-Corse , benefitting from their experience and making their semi-works entry a real works-entry !

    For Red-Bull using a Ferrari prevents them from constructing their own HYPERCAR saving them a lot of money by not having to develop their own car
    ( speculating of course that Red-Bull have any interest in entering the HYPERCAR class ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forza Rosso View Post
    I think The Ferrari works entry announced a few months ago to enter the HYPERCAR class in 2023 , teaming up with AF-Corse is a good first step of recognition ,
    and a reward for all the good work done in the GT series around the world by the teams of AF-Corse.

    Ferrari could have gone their own way for the overall victory in the HYPERCAR-Class ,
    but instead they opted for a collaboration with AF-Corse , benefitting from their experience and making their semi-works entry a real works-entry !

    For Red-Bull using a Ferrari prevents them from constructing their own HYPERCAR saving them a lot of money by not having to develop their own car
    ( speculating of course that Red-Bull have any interest in entering the HYPERCAR class ).
    Was always going to AF corse.. I knew about this couple months before the announcement. Were never going to do Ferrari in house hypercar. Just because of the history have with AF. AF Corse is a full independent team, but, with massive backing from Ferrari. Always been said, if Ferrari was going to have a full factory GTE team. Would look alot like AF Corse. Red Bull. Will not go hypercar. They were looking, witg the Aston Martin Valkyrie, who something on that. But that never got off the ground. There is no plans within, next 3 yeaes to see rbr at hypercar.

    Af corse pitstops, what can i say. I know many of them very well. Good friends. They some the hardest working crews around. They all self employed. With go where they needed within the af corse stable.. Wherever its, dtm, gt world challenge, wec, elms, imsa, asian le mans series. Ferrari challenge series.
    CAVALLINO RAMPANTE PER SEMPRE

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    Thanks Rob, know you are best buddies with the AF Corse ragazzi, any inside info is always welcome!

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    LAWSON TAKES SECOND ON SUNDAY , AFTER TAKING THIRD ON SATURDAY AND EXTENDS LEAD IN DTM

    DTM Assen 19 September 2021

    Having moved to the top of the DTM standings after Race-1, Liam Lawson extended his championship lead with second place in Race-2 at Assen. A quick Alex Albon finished fifth.

    Aggressive.

    The Ferraris started from the second row, attacking Wittmann while the poleman Auer pulled away from the group. Like yesterday, the BMW driver was very determined to protect his position and Lawson, despite getting off to a faster start than his rival, was forced to postpone his attack and was passed by his teammate.
    Undercut.
    Lawson decided to imitate the strategy that had proved successful in Race-1 by pitting on lap six, one lap ahead of Wittmann and Albon. The New Zealander's undercut proved successful, allowing the Red Bull AF Corse driver to pull alongside the BMW man as he exited the pit lane, taking advantage of warmer tyres to pass him on turn two. With Auer in the virtual lead and Lawson in second, the race was still open, waiting for race leader Kelvin Van der Linde to pit.

    Slipstream.

    The Audi driver made his mandatory stop on lap 21, returning just a few fractions ahead of Wittmann. In the BMW driver's slipstream and ahead of Maximilian Götz, Albon also tried to chase the South African, but with no luck. At the front, Lawson cut the gap to Auer to just over a second, while Albon was five-tenths down on Van der Linde, who was still battling it out with Wittmann.

    Pulling away.

    A few seconds from the end of the 55-minute race, Juncadella, in third, stopped his Mercedes at the edge of the track, allowing Wittmann to take his place on the podium. Two laps later, the chequered flag marked Lucas Auer's first win of the season, second place for Liam Lawson's 488 GT3 Evo 2020 and Alex Albon's fifth. With two rounds to go, this result puts the Red Bull AF Corse driver on 175 points, extending his lead to 10 points over Marco Wittmann, 15 over Van der Linde and 20 over Maximilian Götz. Alex Albon is sixth on 104.

    Appointments.

    With four races still to run, the DTM drivers will be back in action over the weekend of October 1-3 in Hockenheim.

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