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My daily commute

7 weeks left in this job, for now …
And that is a very strange feeling after so many years.

“Just for fun”


I work in Sola outside Stavanger in Norway, and I live on an island named Rennesøy.

The trip one way are approximately 37 km and there are two long underwater tunnels on the way home 🙂

 

Post phot of my Volvo V40:

Volvo V40 R design - 2014

The Volvo and the stave church 😉


 

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Ben Payne joins McLaren as inaugural director of esports

McLaren has underlined its commitment to the esports platform with the appointment of Ben Payne as the company’s new director of esports.

McLaren has underlined its commitment to the esports platform with the appointment of Ben Payne as the company’s new director of esports.


Ben joins the company from Microsoft, where he held roles in third party marketing, partnerships and events for Xbox EMEA, as well as working on global campaigns for Windows. Prior to Microsoft, Ben held positions at SEGA, 2K Games and Future.

Ben joins McLaren on Monday 13 November, arriving just as the company’s prestigious esports racing contest, World’s Fastest Gamer, enters its final week of competition. After months of qualifying rounds, 12 finalists will converge on McLaren’s Woking headquarters to battle for the opportunity to become one of the team’s 2018 simulator drivers.

McLaren was the first Formula 1 team to announce its own esports property, in April this year. Ben’s appointment means that McLaren also becomes the first team in the sport to create a dedicated position for an eSports director.

In this new role, Ben will oversee the growth and development of McLaren’s esports strategy, including all aspects of the World’s Fastest Gamer programme. Additionally, he will lead the development of the WFG partner community, activating gaming partnerships across retail, media partnerships and key industry events.

Ben Payne said: 

“I’m delighted to be joining McLaren as director of esports during the climax of this year’s prestigious World’s Fastest Gamer contest. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time to be joining the organisation, and I’m looking forward to helping the McLaren brand grow and develop through its esports and gaming proposition.”

Zak Brown, Executive Director, McLaren Technology Group said: 

“Gaming and esports are two huge and exciting markets, and we believe that they’re essential elements of McLaren’s new marketing platform. The growth and appeal of gaming, and its close relationship to motorsport and Formula 1, makes this a natural area of expansion for us.”

John Allert, Chief Marketing Officer, McLaren Technology Group, commented: 

“We want to position McLaren as a market leader in this category. With World’s Fastest Gamer, we were the first Formula 1 team to create an esports property and now Ben’s appointment will accelerate the ambitious plans we have to grow this area of the business. We have already forged successful esports partnerships with Logitech G and Sparco, and we’re looking to develop a partner community around our gaming properties.”

For all the latest news from World’s Fastest Gamer visit:

 www.mclaren.com/WFG and follow @TheWFGamer.

 Courtesy of McLaren

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Brazil GP Starting grid:

Qual result and starting grid for the Brazil GP

From Formula1.com :

Starting grid:

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME
1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:08.322
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:08.360
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:08.538
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:08.925
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:09.598
6 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:09.617
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:09.703
8 55 Carlos Sainz RENAULT 1:09.805
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:09.841
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:09.830
11 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:09.879
12 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 1:10.116
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:10.154
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:09.330
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 1:10.678
16 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:10.875
17 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:10.776
18 28 Brendon Hartley TORO ROSSO
19 10 Pierre Gasly TORO ROSSO 1:10.686
20 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES

 

Note – penalised for use of additional power unit elements: Ricciardo 10 places, Hartley 10 places, Gasly 25 places. Stroll & Ericsson penalised 5 places for use of an additional gearbox. Hamilton required to start from pit lane due to gearbox change and switch to new-spec power unit elements while under parc ferme conditions.

 

 


 

Qualifying result:

 


Post photo:

Marcus Ericsson (SWE), Sauber F1 Team.
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

Courtesy of Sauber F1 Team


 




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2017 Brazilian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

Infographics

 


 

Post photo:

Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Saturday 11 November 2017.
World Copyright: Andy Hone/LAT Images
ref: Digital Image _ONZ4908

Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team





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Fernando Alonso to race Le Mans 2018

Alonso will drive the Toyota WEC car in a test in Bahrain on 19 November, the day after 2017 season’s final F1 race.

BBC and others reports:

 

The two-time Formula One World Championship will not be returning to Indy in 2018. Alonso might be making a run at winning the biggest race of them all, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The BBC is reporting that Alonso has agreed to a deal with Toyota to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next June, which falls between F1’s races in Canada and France.

 

Read the full article at http://m.bbc.com/sport/formula1/41947568


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“Past vs Future racing”

95th anniversary of one of the World’s oldest race tracks

Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter.

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Pictures showing a Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter. He painted the classic car on a banked curve at the long-since abandoned race circuit at Terramar in San Pere de Ribes, south of Barcelona, Spain. The demonstration under the slogan of “racing’s past meets racing’s future” was designed to back the application of the Electric GT founders to FIA to launch a new all-electric World Championship in 2018 and celebrate the opening of the historic Terramar race track 95 years ago on 28-October-1923. Stoetter was assisted by Swedish artist Vilja Vitkute.


 www.johannesstoetterart.com (Johannes Stoetter)

www.vilijaart.com (Vilja Vitkute)

www.electricgt.co (Electric GT)


 




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New job at McLaren Racing?

McLaren Racing:
With preparation for the 2018 F1 season underway, we’re recruiting for both trackside and factory-based roles.

To design, build and operate a Formula One car at race-winning levels requires focus, ambition, imagination, dedication and attention to detail.


 

 

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“One team, one mission: to win”

Link to your new job: McLaren Racing job

 


 

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Ogier wins fifth WRC title

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

 Courtesy of Red Bull Racing

 

Frenchman into second on all-time list after FIA World Rally Championship win.


A finely-judged third place at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB guaranteed a fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship for Sébastien Ogier with the 33-year-old Frenchman moving to second in the all-time rankings behind nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb.

Victory for team-mate Elfyn Evans was his maiden WRC triumph, made all the sweeter as he achieved it on home soil. The Welshman became the first Briton to win the wet and muddy forest road event since Richard Burns in 2000.

Evans is the seventh different driver to win in a remarkably unpredictable season. He headed Thierry Neuville’s Hyundai i20 by 37.3sec after leading for virtually the entire four-day, 304.36km event. Ogier finished a further 7.9sec behind.

A tense last leg culminated at the Power Stage finale alongside Llyn Brenig reservoir. Title rival Thierry Neuville charged to fastest time to claim maximum bonus points, while Ogier crept into a points-paying position by 0.1sec to seal the title with a round to spare.

“I had big emotions on the finish line,” said Ogier. “It’s been a tough year and we’ve all had to work very hard. It’s so amazing to be champion with M-Sport World Rally Team.”

Evans’ victory offset the crushing disappointment of losing by 0.7sec to Neuville in Argentina six months ago in the third-closest finish in history.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who has stuck by me through all these years. A lot of people have supported me and this win is for them,” said the 28-year-old former British champion.

To seal a remarkable weekend for Ogier and Evans, their M-Sport team lifted the manufacturers’ title for the first time since 2007. Their privately-run squad toppled three of the world’s biggest car companies after finishing on the podium on every round to date.

Andreas Mikkelsen did his best to relegate Ogier to assist team-mate Neuville. The Norwegian overhauled Jari-Matti Latvala to finish fourth, 4.6sec off the podium. Latvala struggled with the handling of his Toyota Yaris and finished half a second behind.

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

Leading positions
1. E Evans / D Barritt GBR Ford Fiesta 2hr 57min 00.6sec
2. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 + 37.3sec
3. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta + 45.2sec
4. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger NOR Hyundai i20 + 49.8sec
5. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris + 50.3sec
6. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Ford Fiesta + 1min 02.3sec

Championship positions
1. S Ogier 215pts
2. T Neuville 183pts
3. O Tänak 169pts

 

Post photo:

Elfyn Evans (GB), Thierry Neuville (BEL), Sebastien Ogier (FRA) celebrate the podium during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 29.10.2018

 

Courtesy of Red Bull Racing

 


 




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Evans closes in on first WRC win.

Elfyn Evans is chasing a first home victory for 17 years.

2017-10-29

 

Welshman remains on track for maiden victory at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.


Elfyn Evans is chasing a first home victory for 17 years and at the same time lending a massive helping hand to team-mate Sébastien Ogier in his quest for a fifth consecutive world title.

He won five of the six wet and muddy morning speed tests in mid-Wales, before surviving a torrid evening in thick fog and rain to return his Ford Fiesta to the overnight halt in Deeside with a 53.1sec lead over Ogier.

The early dank conditions were a present for Evans, whose Fiesta was fitted with a new range of tyres developed for such weather.

“This morning we had perfect conditions, we couldn’t have wished for better. But I’m glad tonight is over. It was absolutely mad in the fog and I couldn’t see a thing in places,” he said.

Ogier was a relieved man. He drove cautiously, knowing victory for Evans could be enough to deny Neuville and Ott Tänak the points they need to take the title battle to next month’s final round in Australia.

But the penultimate Aberhirnant stage was engulfed in fog and Ogier hit a stone, puncturing his Fiesta’s front left wheel and damaging the brakes. The Frenchman worked furiously to remove the brake disc before easing through the final test.

“I did the stage with only three brakes, it’s a miracle we’re here now. We couldn’t push because we had no power on the brakes. We had to brake early all the time,” he said.

Neuville threw caution to the wind to overhaul Tänak and Ogier for second in a bid to keep his championship chances alive until the weather delivered a cruel blow and dropped him behind Ogier by 0.5sec.

“We probably had the most fog. I was trying but it was impossible to see. It’s so disappointing. We’ve been fighting hard and never given up and then you get this,” he said.

Tänak fared even worse in the fog. He plunged from third to sixth, although just 13sec cover five cars behind Evans.

Jari-Matti Latvala was fourth, 4.1sec adrift of Neuville, as he finally began to get on top of the traction and understeer issues that have blighted him all weekend. Andreas Mikkelsen was fifth in another i20, the Norwegian 5.9sec further back.

Sunday’s finale comprises five forest tests in north Wales covering 41.17km. The final test alongside the picturesque Llyn Brenig reservoir forms the Power Stage, with bonus points awarded to the fastest five drivers.

Photo “Courtesy of Red Bull Racing”

 

 

Leading positions:
1. E Evans / D Barritt GBR Ford Fiesta 2h32m39.2s
2. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta + 53.1sec
3. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 + 53.6sec
4. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris + 57.7sec
5. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger NOR Hyundai i20 + 1m03.6s
6. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Ford Fiesta + 1m06.1s

 


Post photo:

Elfyn Evans (GBR) , Daniel Barrit (GBR) perform during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 28.10.2018

Courtesy of Red Bull Racing


 




 

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Qualifying result for Mexico GP 2017

I really enjoyed this qualifying, among the best in a long time.


 


Post photo:

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico.
Friday 27 October 2017.
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 Honda.
Photo: Steven Tee/McLaren
ref: Digital Image _O3I6838

Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team

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