Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for December 6, 2021 – Lemons of Love Giveaway, Self-Coaching and More

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for December 6, 2021 - Self-Coaching and More
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Race driver development is what Motorsport Prospects is all about and the Weekly Debrief is the perfect symbol of that. Every week I comb the internet and curate the best resources, tips and tools that will help make you a better race driver both on and off the track. The goal is truly to be news that racers can use. Whether it is related to improving your racecraft, acquiring sponsors or building up your physical and mental stamina, Motorsport Prospects has you covered. This week is no different with tips on self-coaching from Ross Bentley, sponsorship acquisition with Enzo Mucci and Brian Simms and an update on Shift Up Now’s first year of operations. Welcome to another week of news racers can use.

Driver Development News, Tips & Techniques

  • Here is a great video from Ross Bentley discussing how to maximize your on-track performance through self-coaching.
  • In October, Mazda Motorsports invited NASA to Sebring International Raceway for the Mazda MX-5 Cup shootout where 12 racers competed for three scholarships worth a combined $260,000 to go toward competing in the 2022 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Of the 12 drivers, four NASA Teen Mazda Challenge Drivers were nominated, and NASA was on hand to capture some of the action, and to show what it is like to participate in the Teen Mazda Challenge program.

The Business of Being a Race Driver

Drive & Testing Opportunities

  • The P1 Groupe has some excellent driving opportunities for fast and funded drivers for the 2022 racing season including the Creventic 24 hours of Dubai and the 12-hours of Abu Dhabi in January 2022. They also have options available in GT3, GT3 Cup (992 or 991) and GT4. Contact the P1 Groupe for more details.
  • Global Racing Team is signing for the 2022 season with the intent to participate in Formula Race Promotions, SCCA Majors, and the SCCA Runoffs. Interested drivers should contact the team here.

Series News

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for December 6, 2021 - Lemons of Love Giveaway, Self-Coaching and More
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  • A new junior development formula aimed at karters and young drivers under 25 is set to debut in Spain and Portugal in 2022. Called Future Formula and organized by Motor Sponsor, it will use Formula Renault 2.0 single-seaters and will have full season “arrive and drive” packages available. You can get more information from the organizers here.
  • Nissan and NISMO have unveiled their Nissan Z GT500 race car for the Super GT series in Japan. See the unveiling below.
  • The Ligier European Series have unveiled their 24 Hours of Le Mans support race format. The “Le Mans Heat” meeting will start with a forty-five-minute free practice session, which will then be repeated a second time to allow the drivers and teams to familiarize themselves with the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit. Two twenty-minute qualifying sessions will be held with a fifteen-minute break between the two sessions. For the two-driver teams, each driver will do a qualifying session and start in the corresponding race. The first fifty-minute race will start on Friday morning. The weekend will end for the Ligier European Series drivers on Saturday morning with the second fifty-minute race before the beginning of the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • Finally, Ferrari has announced a partnership with ORECA for the French company to build and provide after-sales service on the Italian manufacturer’s next GT3 race car.

Esports & Sim Racing

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for December 6, 2021 - Lemons of Love Giveaway, Self-Coaching and More
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  • Honda and Hyundai have become the latest manufactures to partner with iRacing and bring their cars to the virtual world of sim racing. A pair of TCRs, the Honda Civic Type R and the Hyundai Elantra CN7, will join the platform early next week.
  • I mentioned this in last week’s Weekly Debrief in the Driver Development News, Tips & Techniques section but this affects sim racers in particular. Two sim racers will be awarded fully-funded drives in British Formula 4 for 2023 in a programme involving the championship’s new title sponsor and FIA Single-Seater Commission chief Bob Fernley.
  • Lamborghini Esports has announced the winners of their sim racing competition The Real Race 2021. This follows a final which took place on the legendary track of Misano Adriatico. The Real Race series began in June and reached its conclusion in November, pitting 3,150 sim drivers from around the world against each other on the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform. The three champions will take part in a shootout at the Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, including an R&D sim session and a test at the wheel of a real Lamborghini racecar on an Italian circuit. The stand-out driver will then be selected as Lamborghini’s official sim driver for the 2022 season.

Business of Motorsport

  • Matt Kaulig is getting ready to take his NASCAR team to the big show in 2022 and he discusses with Forbes his journey from entrepreneur to team owner.
  • There was a lot of chatter about whether Liberty Media would be successful when they acquired the commercial rights to Formula 1. It appears their Formula 1 plan is working.

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The Last Lap

Here are some great in-car videos that you will enjoy. The first is a hot lap at Sebring in an Formula 1000 car. The second is a ride aboard an ODYSSEY 21 from Extreme E. The third is aboard an S5000 at the mighty Mount Panorama!

That’s it for me this week. Stay safe and I will see you at the track!

Mark Boudreau
Author: Mark Boudreau

Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background and research skills to assist race drivers by showcasing the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.