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Farfus claims fourth place in Macau in the BMW Art Car #18

Having finished second in the qualification race, BMW Team Schnitzer’s Augusto Farfus (BRA) was also the best-placed BMW driver on Sunday at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau (CHN). The Brazilian overcame an unscheduled pit stop, caused by a collision on the “Guia Circuit” that was not his fault, and worked his way up to fourth place from the back of the field. Chaz Mostert (AUS) and Marco Wittmann (GER), competing in two BMW M6 GT3 cars from the FIST – Team AAI, secured fifth and sixth positions to complete the good overall result for BMW at the spectacular 2017 GT season finale.

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The race started behind the safety car due to wet conditions, with Farfus in second place. When the FIA GT World Cup finally got going, the #18 BMW M6 GT3 was hit by a competitor. This caused serious damage to the rear bodywork, which threatened to tear off completely. Farfus had to head for the pits, where the crew removed the loose boot cover. The BMW Art Car returned to the race in last place. Farfus showed real fighting spirit to make up lost ground and finish in fourth position.

Despite his lack of experience at Macau, Mostert again put in a commanding performance to cross the line in fifth place after 18 laps, just ahead of his team-mate Wittmann. The two-time DTM champion’s car was badly damaged in a mass collision during the qualification race but the AAI team managed to repair it in time for the main event.

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However, Tom Blomqvist (GBR) missed out on the main race in Macau. His #99 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 took such a severe hit during the spectacular mass pile-up on Saturday that competing on Sunday became an impossibility.

Reactions to the main race:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was an unbelievably exciting weekend – with a dramatic finale. It is difficult to draw a definitive conclusion from a race like that. Of course, it is a bit disappointing from a sporting perspective to start from second and then cross the line in fourth, but the recovery that Augusto put in with our Art Car, after being knocked back to last place through no fault of his own, was impressive, breath-taking and in the end reconciling. We must also not forget that two other BMW M6 GT3s made it to fifth and sixth places as well. Congratulations to Team AAI, Chaz and Marco – even more so – as the team did a great job to repair Marco’s car overnight, after it had sustained such serious damage. This race also marks the end of a thrilling year under the art banner which we heralded in Daytona with the Art Car by John Baldessari and have now concluded here with the 18th Art Car by Cao Fei. Both Art Cars were fascinating in their own way. It was impressive to experience the enthusiasm of the fans and our guests here, as they joined us in cheering on Augusto and the Art Car. This project was a great success and I am sure it was not just me that found it inspirational. We believe that we have been able to continue the great Art Car tradition and we are looking forward to more projects like this in the future.”

Cao Fei: “I was nervous and excited before and after the race. Through my BMW Art Car there was a connection between Augusto and me. He asked me to sign his helmet and I wrote ‘Fast’ on it. It is amazing what he has achieved and I congratulate Augusto Farfus from the bottom of my heart. He is a hero to me!”

Augusto Farfus (#18 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 4th place):

“I enjoyed the race. We showed that we never give up. Things looked really bad for us after the first lap. After the pit stop, we fought our way up from the back of the field. When you consider the state the car was in after this race, it was a dream result. Thanks to BMW, Cao Fei, the art department and BMW Team Schnitzer. I think we showed the world that we are a really strong family. I just missed out on the podium but I will be heading home with a big smile on my face.”

Chaz Mostert (#90 BMW M6 GT3, FIST – Team AAI, 5th place):

“Everything went well for me here in Macau, apart from qualifying. I felt more and more relaxed after each session. I did touch the wall briefly during the race today. I was really lucky there. My performance was good enough for fifth place in the end. It was my first race on this circuit, and only my third in a GT3 car. I am completely satisfied and hope that I get the chance to come back.”

Marco Wittmann (#91 BMW M6 GT3, FIST – Team AAI, 6th place):

“In Macau, it is particularly difficult to start from so far back. Of course, I would have preferred a normal start because it was more difficult to make up ground. I benefited from some accidents and finishing in sixth is OK. This result really shows what a great job the team did to put the car back together overnight so that we were able to compete in the final race. The boys gave their all so I am just happy that we made it to the end of the race. Of course, I would have liked to have finished higher, or reached the podium, but that wasn’t realistic today.”

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Blog: Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing reach NASCAR’s peak

Martin Truex Jr. walks on pit road before qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) 

After a dominant season, Martin Truex Jr. is the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Series Champion, and the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing has its first title.

The only team west of the Mississippi River was the first single-car team to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2013, and they’ve come a long way in a short time.

It was fun documenting their rise last year in The Gazette’s NASCAR column, Speed Read (shut that one down a little too soon, whoops) but this year was something else entirely.

It’s been a rough few months for Furniture Row Racing – team member Jim Watson died the night before a race, team owner Barney Visser suffered a heart attack, and Truex’s girlfriend Sherry Pollex’s cancer reappeared. But through it all, Truex, 37, won eight times. His eyes were red from crying by the time he climbed out of his car on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

As for the other three championship contenders, Kyle Busch finished second, Kevin Harvick was fourth and Brad Keselowski was seventh.

Furniture Row looked to be growing, fielding two cars this season for the first time in the organization’s history. But with Erik Jones leaving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Furniture Row Racing sold the charter for the No. 77 team and there’s no plan to run a second car next year.

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Be Cautious of a Salvage Title Car

Flood-damaged vehicles can often show up as salvage title cars. While their low price point may seem attractive, there are many risks to be aware of that should make you think twice about buying a vehicle with a salvage title.

Risks of Buying a Car with a Salvage Title

One of the biggest risks of buying a salvage title vehicle is the unknown. You truly don’t know the extent of the damage that was done. In order for a vehicle to have a salvage title, an insurance company has to declare it a total loss. Depending on the state, the car’s repairs would need to cost 50 to 90 percent of its pre-cash value.

Along with the amount of damage being a mystery, there are four other risks to consider:

  1. Safety – People who rebuild salvage cars sometimes cut corners to save money by installing faulty or inexpensive parts and equipment.
  2. Fraud – People who sell salvage title cars can withhold or lie about the damage done to the vehicle.
  3. Insuring/financing difficulties – Sometimes, it can be hard to get proper coverage on salvage title cars. Insurance companies are scared off because of the difficulty involved in assigning accurate vehicle values.
  4. No resale value – Most dealerships won’t accept salvage vehicles as trade-ins, and they typically can’t be valued accurately with online pricing guides.

A salvage title car can be a viable option if you know the ins and outs of the specific vehicle – especially if you know the seller and have a detailed history of the car. You may also benefit from a salvage car if you have the mechanical knowledge to repair any future issues. Regardless of your choice, salvage vehicles come with the potential to cause more risks than rewards.

Pointing You Toward a Dealer

If you’re shopping for your next vehicle but are skeptical of a salvage title car and worry about your credit situation, Auto Credit Express can point you toward a dealer in your area. We work with an extensive network of special finance dealers that have the lending resources available to help people with bad credit, no credit, or even bankruptcy. Let us be your guide, just fill out our obligation-free auto loan request form to get started today.

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New Tesla Roadster: Quickest Car in the World

“What if Tesla created another Roadster? How fast would it be?” I’ve asked myself that question before and now I can finally answer it.

Elon Musk has announced a new generation of the Tesla Roadster, one that will be the fastest production car in the entire world. The new Roadster comes with a new design and a power pack that consists of a 200 kWh lithium-ion battery pack capable of 620 miles worth of range. Sure, I could talk about the new style, but it truly speaks for itself. What I will talk about is how mind-numbingly fast the new Roadster is.

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With two electric motors up front and one in the rear, the Roadster comes with all-wheel drive. The amount of power being provided to all four wheels is where this car becomes absurd: 7,375.6 lb-ft of torque. No, that’s not a typo. Seven thousand three hundred and seventy-five. That is enough power to rocket the small Roadster from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Don’t believe me? Check out the clip below.

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That’s not a small remote-controlled car, that’s the new Tesla Roadster showing off that it’s the real deal. Going even further down into the rabbit hole of absurdity, the Roadster is stated to be able to squash the Dodge Demon’s quarter-mile time by running it in 8.8 seconds. “Well, yeah, it’s quick, but it surely can’t have a high top speed.” That’s where you’re wrong, thoughts inside of my brain when I was learning about this car this morning. Tesla is putting the Roadster’s top speed at over 250 mph.

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All of these numbers point to a hypercar worth well over one million dollars, right? Again, Tesla is completely screwing with my brain because you can get all of these performance figures for a base price of $200,000. Want one? You better put down a reservation payment of $50,000. You can also opt for one of the 1,000 the Founders Series models ($250,000), which requires you to pay the full price for its reservation.

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Aston Martin Announces Valkyrie AMR Pro Track Car

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the English automaker’s extraordinarily extreme hypercar that will set a new precedent within the company. Today, Aston Martin has announced a new take on the Valkyrie, one that is more track-focused: the Valkyrie AMR Pro. While the road-going Valkyrie was restrained by the limitations created by making it road-legal, this new AMR Pro breaks free from any limits.

Of the changes, the ones you’ll see right off the bat are found on the exterior. The new appearance of the Valkyrie AMR Pro is created by a suite of new aerodynamic surfaces. Larger front and rear wings dominate the new hypercar’s expression, while more minute modifications can be found across its body.

Powering the car is a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter Cosworth V12 engine that has more power and torque than the road-going Valkyrie – exact figures have not been released as of yet. However, Aston Martin has stated that the Valkyrie AMR Pro will reach a top speed close to 250 mph.

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Those who buy the Valkyrie AMR Pro will go through a rigorous development program that’s tailored to their personal abilities. What’s more, facilities used by Aston Martin Red BUll Racing’s F1 drivers will be available to the new owners of the Valkyrie AMR Pro.

Only 25 examples of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be created, but they have all been purchased. Expect deliveries in 2020.


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Teenaged Australian Supercars racer Rullo to test Vauxhall BTCC car

Australian Supercars driver Alex Rullo will test a Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra British Touring Car at Brands Hatch on Tuesday next week.

The 16-year-old took part in the Bathurst 1000 this year alongside Alex Davison in a Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, and the pair finished 15th. Rullo also contested every round of the Supercars series until Pukekohe, where he split with the team after being told he doesn’t have a seat for next year.

Rullo, 17, said: “It’s a long way to travel for one day, so naturally I wanted to test with a developing top team, I have thought long and hard about my options for 2018. 

“The BTCC is an incredible series and could be the way to go for us in 2018, so when we contacted [PMR team principal] Adam Weaver and then he subsequently offered me the opportunity naturally I jumped at it.”

Power Maxed has tested a number of drivers in recent weeks. Senna Proctor, who won the rookie-based Jack Sears Trophy in 2017, and Tom Chilton raced for the outfit this year. Since the final rounds at Brands Hatch in October, Power Maxed has run former series runner-up Sam Tordoff and sportscar racer Martin Plowman in testing sessions.

Martin Broadhurst, team manager for Power Maxed Racing, said: “Any testing days give us further information on the car, and allow us to start thinking about what kind of drivers we might want to bring in and the setup required to help us get pole positions and hopefully therefore more podiums next year.”

Story by Matt James

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Lease your car, not your pet

I believe it’s better to adopt a pet from a shelter instead of buying one from a store, but I realize some prefer the store route.

If you go down that road, here’s some advice: If you finance the purchase, read the fine print on your contract to make sure you’re buying your new buddy and not just leasing.

Yes, you can lease a pet. I was as surprised to learn that as you probably are. Imagine the shock of a pet “owner” finding out the hard way they were feeding, cuddling and caring for what they considered to be a member of their family that legally belonged to someone else.

And the lease terms could bite.