Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mike Ready Lands WEC Sports Car Ride

Mike WEC Sports Car Ride - Sports Jagat
Mike WEC Sports Car Ride - Sports Jagat
Former IZOD IndyCar Series full-timer Mike Conway has officially made the switch to sports car racing with his move to the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Conway will still contest the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and may be up for more road/street course appearances in IndyCar later on in the campaign. But the bulk of his year will be run as part of G-Drive Racing with Delta-ADR in the WEC. He recently took part in WEC pre-season testing at France’s Paul Ricard circuit and will co-drive the team’s No. 26 Oreca 03 Nissan alongside John Martin and Roman Rusinov.

“Obviously the end of last year, I didn’t want to race ovals anymore so I knew I had to look elsewhere other than IndyCar,” he said to’s John Dagys, referring to his decision to no longer race on ovals after stepping out of A.J. Foyt Racing’s No. 14 Honda before last year’s IndyCar Season finale.

“I just kind of got talking and was looking around to see what was there. And sports cars looked like a good future for me. Le Mans is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

As for acclimating to an LMP2 class machine, Conway told Dagys that there are definite similarities and differences from his former open-wheel ride.

“The down force numbers are good so it handles similar to a single-seater,” he said. “But it’s a bit different too as you have to be a bit easier with the car, you can’t be as aggressive and expect it to turn as fast as you want.”

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pune Warriors: Mathews beats Yuvraj to Captaincy

Angelo Mathews - Sports Jagat
Angelo Mathews - Sports Jagat

Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews has got the better of Yuvraj Singh to captain Pune Warriors India for the IPL6 starting April 3. Yuvraj seemed to be in contention for the top job after Australian Test Captain Michael Clarke was ruled out of the tournament due to a severe back injury. Mathews, who is Sri Lanka's T20 captain, has been with Pune Warriors for past two years.

Pune Warriors announced Allan Donald as the head coach of the team while Rob Walters will be the fitness trainer and fielding coach. Praveen Amre will continue to be the assistant coach.

Managing Director of Sahara Adventure Sports Limited Sushanto Roy said on Thursday the decision to appoint Mathews skipper was "unanimous" and taken by senior players and team management.

"We had many options of international and national cricketers to choose from within the existing squad but we chose Mathews as our captain as we are confident of his leadership abilities. All the senior players in the team are happy with the choice and it is a joint decision taken by the senior players and team management. We now have a correct mix of youth and experience to launch an aggressive IPL Season 6 campaign," Sushanto Roy said through a press statement.

Mathews said, "It's a great opportunity to be offered the captaincy and I am grateful to the team management and franchise owners for the faith shown in me."

Mathews added: "For me personally this is a great chance to gain leadership experience working with a multi-national squad and a very exciting opportunity given the enormous talent within our young squad."

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Tour of Britain 2013: Begin on September 15, 2013

The Tour of Britain 2013
The Tour of Britain 2013 - Sports Jagat
Surrey has grabbed more cycling prestige with the news it is to host the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour of Britain event.

The Tour of Britain, the UK's biggest professional bike race, will see competitors pedal 96 miles through the county on Saturday, September 21.

First time, Surrey hosted the final stage of the event, last year - hot on the heels of hosting the Olympic road cycling races and time trials.

One bad news for local cycling fans is: this year starting line of the event will move to Epsom. This year's route will take in Mole Valley district and pass through towns and villages including Leatherhead, Dorking, Holmbury St Mary, Cranleigh, Woking, Elstead and Farnham.

The event will finish as it did last year with a final climb up Guildford High Street.

The rider line-up has not yet been announced but previous competitors include former world champion and Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish, and Olympic gold medalist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.

This year’s Surrey stage is being billed as being tougher than last year's with daunting climbs over the first half of the race before some flat-out sprints in the run up to Guildford. The King of the Mountain climbs and sprint locations will be announced in May.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “This will be the second year running Surrey has welcomed the Tour of Britain and once again the bone- juddering Guildford High Street will prove a scintillating finish for both riders and spectators.”

Coun Furey said: “We proved last year with the Olympic cycle races and the Tour of Britain that Surrey is adept at hosting high-profile sporting events. “There is a huge appetite for cycling in Surrey and I have no doubt our county will be the highlight of the Tour. “Record numbers in the event’s history turned out in Surrey last year - some 225,000.”

Hugh Roberts, chief executive of The Tour of Britain, said: “As a Surrey based company we are delighted to once again have a home stage, particularly one with such an iconic finish as Guildford.”

He said: “Surrey will once again provide a perfect backdrop for the Tour as it draws towards the conclusion of the 2013 race.”

Last year’s Tour of Britain generated almost £7.2 million for Surrey’s economy, and was watched by almost one million television viewers on each of the event’s eight days. This year’s race will again be televised.

The Tour of Britain 2013 will begin in Scotland on September 15, and end in London on September 22.