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A Dream Start For M-Sport

The M-Sport Ford WRC Team had a dream start to the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship season in Monte Carlo on Sunday as Sebastien Loeb, the seven-rime championship became the oldest rally driver to win the opening event of the season at the age of 47.

Speaking following the action he said:

I’m really happy, I didn’t expect so much. When I came here I didn’t really know what to expect, I was just hoping I would be in a good rhythm and able to fight with the guys in the front. In the end it was more than we expected, we were able to fight with Ogier to boast for the win, and to finally win the rally at the end like this is just amazing.

“It comes ten years after my last championship, I haven’t done too many rallies since then, so to still be able to fight is just a great moment and I’m really proud of what we did. With Isabelle it was a very good weekend, she did a good job. The feeling with the car has been good since my first test and that gave me some confidence, but I didn’t really know what level I would be at, but now we have the confirmation that we are able to fight at the front so it’s just exceptional for us. A big thanks to all the team, they did a great job and the car was perfect all weekend, so a big thank you to everybody.

It was the M-Sport Ford WRC Team’s first win since the 2018 season-ending Rally GB.

Craig Breen came home in third place and speaking following the action the Irishman said:

“Obviously really happy with how the weekend went, perhaps not the strongest of weekends pace-wise, but we really settled into the car with every stage. Ultimately today we definitely found our feet, our pace was really good, and we managed to bring home a podium result. It’s great for the team, great to get two cars on the podium, and looking forward to Sweden now.”

Gus Greensmith, who scored his fist WRC stage win this weekend came home in fifth place and speaking following the action he said:

“Really happy with the weekend, a one-three-five for the team so pretty much the perfect start for the year. We definitely had the potential to fight for the podium this weekend, so we can use that as great encouragement for the rest of the year. Obviously the highlight was taking the maiden stage win for my career, the car is weapon and its been brilliant. I’m really happy for all the guys and girls for all the hard work they’ve put in. We’ve got this result, so let’s move forward.”

Adrien Fourmaux was really disappointed after being forced to retire from the event and speaking following the action he said:

It’s really disappointing for all the team, it’s not what I wanted for them after the hard work they put in over Christmas. It was a mistake with big consequences, and I paid the price. So I’ll do my best to try to fix that, and try to make sure that mistake doesn’t happen again.

“The car was amazing. I’m very happy with the feeling in the car, the guys have done a really good job. It is a really good result coming from Séb, Craig and Gus, and with all the work over the last two years to prepare for 2022, it is really great for the team.”

Team Principal at M-Sport, Rich Millener commented saying:

“Obviously I’m incredibly happy. To put everything together and for everyone to be so stressed out and busy working, just trying to get everything in place to build up to what is an incredibly tough rally, and to do so well, is fantastic for the team and all the drivers. It’s a dream result that will take a while to sink in, and we’re going to enjoy it while we can. I want to thank everybody, including all our friends from Ford, the M-Sport team, the drivers and the sponsors who made this happen. Without them, we simply couldn’t do it.”

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Hinchcliffe Joins NBC

James Hinchcliffe has joined NBC Sports NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship television coverage alongside Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell starting with the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on February 27.

The Mayor of HinchTown said:

I couldn’t be more excited to join the NBC Sports team this year. “I got a taste of calling INDYCAR back in 2020 and that really solidified my desire to get into this side of the sport. It’s always been a passion of mine to educate people about INDYCAR, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to help tell those stories from the booth alongside a couple of pros in Leigh and Townsend.”

As he says, Hinch is no stranger to the booth having worked with NBC is 2020 and speaking about his return, Sam Flood, executive producer and president, NBC Sports and NBCSN said:

James Hinchcliffe is one of the most dynamic personalities in motorsports and we’re excited to bring ‘The Mayor of Hinchtown’ straight from the car and into the booth for NBC Sport. “James’ engaging personality, combined with his unique perspective of what these drivers are experiencing in real time, will be a great addition to our motorsports coverage.”

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Channel 4 Team Up With Sky Sports F1HD For Abu Dhabi

Channel 4 and Sky Sports F1HD announced on Wednesday that the two British broadcasters will share live coverage of this weekend’s title deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing is aiming to win his first F1 title while Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Lewis Hamilton is aiming to make history to claim his eighth title.

Channel 4 will show a 30 minute live pre race build up produced by Whisper Films while Sky Sports F1HD will provide the commentary from David Croft and Martin Brundle.

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Tracy Confirms NBC Sport Exit

Former NTT IndyCar Series champion Paul Tracy has comfirmed that he will not return to NBC Sports for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season which gets underway on February 27 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Tracy who has been a controversial figure within IndyCar said:

Paddock Eye understands that former Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe is being lined up to replace Tracy and will commentate alongside Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell alongside his IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship commitments.

Hinch is no stranger to the NBC Sport booth as he was their pit-lane reporter in 2020.

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Grenfell United Welcome Mercedes Decision

Grenfell United, the organization set up by the survivors and families of the victims of the Grenfell fire tragedy in 2017 has welcomed the news that the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team has ended their association with Kingspan.

In a statement released on their Twitter feed on Wednesday, Grenfell United who met with Mercedes Team Principal, CEO and co-owner Toto Wolff this week commented saying:

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Mercedes End Kingspan Agreement

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team announced on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that they have ended their association with Irish insulation manufacturer Kingspan with immediate effect.

The news comes following the fallout from the announcement of the deal which came last week as Kingspan were one of a number of companies mentioned in relation to Grenfell tower disaster but they were not involved in the refurbishment of the premises prior to the fire in 2017.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mercedes said:

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and Kingspan today announced that they have mutually agreed to end their partnership.

Announced last week, the new partnership included Kingspan chairing a new Sustainability Working Group for the team, and aimed to deliver carbon reductions through their leading-edge environmentally sustainable solutions for the team’s future campus.

However, both parties have subsequently concluded that it is not appropriate for the partnership to move forward at the current point in time, notwithstanding its intended positive impact, and we have therefore agreed that it will be discontinued with immediate effect.

Kingspan issued their own statement on Wednesday to say:

Sustainability and sport are two long-standing passions and commitments at Kingspan. When Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team approached us to chair their new Sustainability Working Group, we saw a unique opportunity to bring the two together in a way that would support a sport we love, while bringing sustainability to a world stage.

We are deeply aware of the sensitivities raised in recent days, and so we have jointly agreed that it’s not appropriate to move forward at the current point in time. Much has been written about this over the past few days, and out of consideration for our customers and all the great people who work for us, we believe we must respond. We had no role in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment.

However, our Kingspan Insulation UK business is a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and fully supports the Inquiry’s important work. We understand that this is a complex topic, but there are some important facts that we would like to explain: 1. We did not make the exterior cladding on Grenfell Tower. The Inquiry itself has stated that “the principal reason” for rapid fire spread on Grenfell was the Polyethylene cored ACM cladding used on the exterior of the building. No facade system using this PE ACM cladding, regardless of the insulation used, would have passed the necessary large-scale system fire test.

Our K15 insulation board was misused in this unsafe and non-compliant system. 2. We did not supply or recommend K15 to Grenfell Tower. K15 made up approximately 5% of the insulation layer of the façade system. It was substituted without our knowledge. 3. We have completed new tests which support the previous fire safety claims of the three historical K15 large-scale system tests which came into question during the Inquiry process.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the wholly unacceptable historical conduct and emails which emerged throughout the course of the Inquiry discovery process. We have sincerely apologised for these actions by a small group of employees at our Kingspan Insulation UK business.

This in no way reflects Kingspan’s culture or values. A more detailed explanation of these issues is available in our Module 2 closing submission. A list of the extensive set of measures in place across our business to ensure that these historical process and conduct shortcomings can never occur again is available in our statement of February 19th. Both can be read on our dedicated microsite:

The planet is our priority, and we are resolutely focused on playing our part in combating climate change through our products and Planet Passionate sustainability programme which you can read about here: We Are Planet Passionate | Kingspan | Group

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Goodwood Features In Venom – Let There Be Carnage

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures may be getting ready for the release of Spider-man No Way Home which is out in cinemas in Ireland the UK next month however, one Marvel film that has gained a lot of publicity recently is Venom – Let There Be Carnage, the eagerly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Venom as it introduces Tom Hardy’s Venom character into the MCU.

Motorsport fans who have been to see Venom – Let There Be Carnage will of course recognize one location.

Ravencroft, the secure hospital where Frances Barrison, aka (Shriek), Naomie Harris has been held is in reality, Goodwood House and its grounds which feature heavily in the movie where Cletus Kasady, AKA Carnage, Woody Harrelson breaks Shriek, his love interest out of the facility.

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The World Cup Is Just One Year Away

The FIFA World Cup is exactly 365 days away and to mark the occasion FIFA President Gianni Infantino Formula One CEO, Stefano Domenicali amd FIA President Jean Todt were pictured together at today’s inaugural Qatar Grand Prix which was won by seven-time and defending champion Lewis Hamilton.

Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 while Formula One has signed a deal with the Qatari government to host a Grand Prix for ten years from 2023.

Todt and Infantino were pictured together on the grid ahead of the 57 lap race with Domenicali holding the Formula One Drivers Championship trophy while Infantino was holding the World Cup trophy.

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Swanning Around Dublin

The Gardai were called to n incident in Dublin City centre on Saturday afternoon after a feathered fugitive had made his way to Abbey Street Luas stop.

In a statement on Twitter, the Gardai said:

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Flight BA001 Arrives In JFK

British Airways flight BA001 which took part in a historical synchronized take off with Virgin Atlantic to New York City’s JFK airport to mark the end of travel restrictions between the UK and the U.S landed safely at 11.15AM local time on Monday.

Royal photographer Chris Floyd was on hand to capture the moment and he said:

“It’s been a long two years and having the chance to capture the moment loved ones were finally reunited was an honour. My career to date has seen me help bring countless moments of love to life, but this new collection is truly something special. I look forward to countless more friends and family members meeting again soon

In recognition of a long campaigned for and pivotal moment for the travel industry, for the first time ever, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic came together in a unique show of unity, taking to the skies in a synchronised departure on parallel runways at Heathrow. British Airways flight BA001 and Virgin Atlantic flight VS3, operating on A350 aircraft, left London Heathrow for New York JFK at 8.30am.

British Airways operates five flights a day from JFK to Heathrow, fares in November start from $467 based on return fare in World Traveller (economy).

Sean Doyle, British Airways CEO, said:

“Today is about celebrating the UK-US reopening of the transatlantic corridor after more than 600 days of separation. Being able to bring families, friends and businesses back together is part of closing this chapter and celebrating what’s to come.