Episode #215: So About That Church…

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The church rebuild is cancelled, Ferrari screwed the pooch again. Two new Champions are crowned in F2 and F3, and Jonathan Rea took advantage of a resurgent Toprak to claim his 5th consecutive World Superbike title!

FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
– Normal Service Resumes as Hamilton leads Bottas in Mercedes 1-2, while Ferrari implode under tactical mismanagement and radio dramas
– Vettel retires with MGUK failure – voted DOTD – miffed LEC finishes 3rd after SC intervention
– VER finishes 4th, ALB goes from pit lane start to 5th
– Both McLarens score, SAI 6th NOR 8th, PER 7th, MAG finally in the points for Haas again in 9th, HUL 10th after penalty
– RIC, GRO, GIO involved in L1 incident
– Both Williams retire – RUS with brake failure induced crash, KUB to save parts

FORMULA 2 AND FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION
– Nyck de Vries takes pole-to-victory in feature race to wrap up the F2 title
– F2 Sprint Race marred by horror crash for Matsushita and Mazepin; Ghiotto takes the victory after long red flag
– F3 Feature: Armstrong wins, but Schwartzman’s 2nd place wraps up the title
– Vips wins last race of 2019 F3 season
– The Prema Streak lives!

WSBK MAGNY-COURS ROUND
– Race 1? Race of the Year – Toprak Razgatioglu goes from 16th to his first career victory in the 800th WSBK race!
– MvdM crashes with 3 to go – but Toprak denies Rea victory! Sykes 3rd for BMW
– Toprak goes on to win Superpole Race
– Then, in Race 2, Rea takes his 12th win of the season – and more importantly, his record-setting 5th consecutive WSBK title, vdMk 2nd, Lowes 3rd
– We probably should have seen it coming – but it bears repeating he went from 61 down on Bautista to Champion with two rounds in hand
– WSSP: Mahias Rules! Edges out Isaac Vinales on final lap to take home victory – Krummenacher and Caricasulo stalemate after both riders crash
– SSP300: 17yo Manuel Gonzalez succeeds race winner Ana Carrasco as champion

NEWS
– F1: McLaren reunites with Mercedes for 2021, reunion of partnership that won 1998, 1999, and 2008 WDCs
– F1: Toro Rosso no more? Red Bull’s Italian-based team requesting name change to promote Alpha Tauri clothing line
– IndyCar: Aeroscreen testing today at IMS; Newgarden tests the ROVAL™ this weekend
– Also, I need to go off on one about this Arrow/Hinch drama
– FE: Le Mans GTE winner James Calado partners fellow GP2 alum Evans at Jaguar Racing
– FE: Simona’s back! (As test driver with Porsche)
– WSBK: Toprak’s switch to Yamaha Racing confirmed; Alex Lowes set to counter back to Kawasaki and replace Haslam; Honda might actually have a new bike
– SFormula: Yamashita takes 1st career win, Cassidy & Kobayashi left hurt after late incidents, Yamamoto takes 1pt lead into JAF GP at Suzuka
– NASCAR AT THE ROVAL
– There’s Only One, Now Make It Two: Robert Wickens and Karli Woods get married

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