HONDA RACING NEWS

IndyCar Series 2013 – Round 16: Baltimore – September 1, 2013

Pagenaud prevails in “Battle of Baltimore”

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)

In an incident-filled 75-lap battle on the downtown streets of Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, Simon Pagenaud came through the carnage to score his second IZOD IndyCar Series win of 2013 in the Grand Prix of Baltimore, aboard his Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Dallara.

The win, Honda’s eighth of the season, ties it with rival Chevrolet for Manufacturers’ Championship honours with only three races remaining. Josef Newgarden drove an inspired race to finish second for Honda and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, a career-best for the sophomore Indy car driver.

Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)

After starting third, Pagenaud produced a strong run in the opening laps, running in formation with early leaders Will Power and Scott Dixon. But, in what would become a pattern for the event, the caution flag waved for the first time after just 12 laps, as car-to-car contact and crashes became the order of the day, which resulted in 25 laps of the 75-lap distance being run under caution. The early yellows resulted in several different pit strategies being employed, with the Schmidt team being one of the few to “split” its cars, running a standard schedule for Pagenaud while trying an off-sequence pit strategy for teammate Tristan Vautier.

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)

As the race neared its mid-point, it appeared to be a contest between Power and Dixon among the drivers on a normal two-stop strategy, and Sebastien Bourdais and Vautier among those running an “alternate strategy”. Honda drivers delayed or eliminated by contact included Vautier, Charlie Kimball – who was forced to a full stop on track several times by crashes directly in front of him – and Dixon, whose Target Chip Gansssi Racing Honda was hit by Power while attempting to pass on Lap 52.

As the cautions continued, all without injury to the drivers involved, the strategies converged to set up a 10-lap sprint to the finish among the survivors. When the field took the green flag for the final time on Lap 65, Pagenaud stalked leader Marco Andretti for several laps, then made his move under braking for the hairpin on Lap 69 to claim a lead he would not surrender.

Once in front, Pagenaud held off several passing attempts by first Bourdais, then Newgarden, who had moved into second on Lap 70. Fading brakes then ended Newgarden’s challenge, and Pagenaud stretched his advantage to just over four seconds at the chequered flag.

IndyCar SeriesRound 16: Baltimore

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)

2

Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)

3

Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing)

4

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

5

Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology)

6

Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)

7

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

8

Sebastian Saavedra (Dragon Racing)

9

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)

10

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

11

Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

16

Stefan Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

17

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

19

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)

21

Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)

22

Luca Filippi (Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta)

23

James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

24

Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

 

 

WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2013 – Round 09: United States – September 8, 2013

Monteiro takes second in Race 1, Tarquini scores a resounding victory in Race 2

Gabriele Tarquini

Honda WTCC drivers Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini enjoyed much success at Round 9 at Sonoma in the United States, securing the FIA World Touring Car Manufacturers Championship for Honda, and highlighting the competitive pedigree of the Civic in what is only its first season.

Race 1
Tiago Monteiro made a textbook start from the second row of the grid in Race 1 to jump into second place on the very first corner, a position he held for the full 13 laps of the race to collect a valuable 18 Championship points. Tiago, who was consistently quick all weekend in California, set fastest lap of the race in his challenge to get on terms with pole man Tom Chilton but was delighted with second overall. The Portuguese was just 2.16 seconds behind the winner having eased off the challenge in the last two laps.

Tiago Monteiro

Gabriele Tarquini also made a great start in the second Castrol Honda claiming 6th place on lap 1 and holding this place to the checkered flag. “I made a good start and got up into 6th place on lap 1 and managed to hold off the early challenges. Then it was important to keep the car in good shape for Race 2 where I will start on the front row so we will have a big battle for the podium,” said Gabriele.

“I was very pleased with the Civic which has worked very well all weekend. For the first 5 laps I was really attacking the leader and expecting him to make a mistake so that I could get the advantage. It didn’t happen so we are very pleased to be a strong second. Whilst I start Race 2 on row 4 we can get a good start and be in the fight for the results,” said Tiago at the post race press conference.

The grid for Race 2 has the top 10 positions reversed from Race 1, so Gabriele Tarquini will start on the front row and be challenging for his second victory of the year.

Race 2
Tarquini Victory seals World Championship Title for Honda Civic
Gabriele Tarquini took a resounding victory in Race 2 in the WTCC event at Sonoma, California to record his second triumph of the season, his 19th career win and to secure the FIA World Touring Car Manufacturers Championship for Honda. Points scored by all three Civics in the series have contributed to the Championship title.

Honda Civics came home in first, third and fifth places to highlight the competitive pedigree of the Civic in the first season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship competition. Norbert Michelisz battled hard to secure third place, setting fastest lap during his endeavours to reach second whilst Tiago Monteiro capped a superb weekend with a fighting fifth place having started 8th on the grid.

Tarquini accelerated past the pole position man soon after the start and steadily pulled away from the field to take victory with a 2.4 second advantage. “My start was like a masterpiece to get ahead of the rear wheel drive car and once ahead I just kept the pace to maintain the gap in front. It is a great victory for me and the team and a very special win for Honda,” said the experienced Italian as he mounted the victory podium. Gabriele has moved to second place in the Drivers’ Championship points table with six races left in the series.

Michelisz was determined to get onto the podium here in the USA and from the second row he chased the pole position car from the start. At half distance he was forced to defend his position against the current Championship leader but the young Hungarian star thrives under pressure and he drove precisely to the checkered flag. “For me and the Zengo Motorsport team a place on the podium here means so much. It is a drivers’ circuit so I am pleased to get this result. The Honda is superb and we get better and better as the season moves on so I am really looking forward to Japan and the last races of the year,” said Norbi.

For Tiago Monteiro, Sonoma has proved a very happy weekend with strong showings every time on track. “I have had some bad luck days this season but when you come to this great circuit and get these results it makes everyone happy. Now we move to Suzuka where I started with the Civic last year right at the start of our development programme, so it will be great to see how far we have moved forward.”

Even a champagne bath on the podium was enjoyed by Daisuke Horiuchi, Large Project leader for WTCC development from Honda R & D. “This has been a perfect weekend for us. The engine mapping that we worked out in free practice has been great for all three cars during the whole weekend in qualifying and the races. The drivers and the team have done a perfect job. These good results will thrill the many Japanese race fans who will attend the next WTCC event at Suzuka on 22 September even more so that an additional Honda Civic WTCC will be driven in that event by Takuya Izawa.”

WTCC World Touring Car Championship
 – Round 09: United States

Race 1

Tiago Monteiro

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Tom CHILTON (Chevrolet Cruze)

2

Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

3

Yvan MULLER (Chevrolet Cruze)

4

Alex MACDOWALL (Chevrolet Cruze)

5

James NASH (Chevrolet Cruze)

6

Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)

20

Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)

Race 2

Gabriele Tarquini (Centre right)

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)

2

Mehdi BENNANI (BMW 320 TC)

3

Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)

4

Yvan MULLER (Chevrolet Cruze)

5

Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

6

Tom CORONEL (BMW 320 TC)

 

 

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013 – Round 13: San Marino – September 15

Marquez increases Championship lead at Misano

Dani Pedrosa leading Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) again increased his lead in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship with a thrilling ride to second place in the San Marino Grand Prix. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished third, while the race was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). Pedrosa and Lorenzo are now tied on points, 34 behind Marquez, with five of 18 races remaining.

Although Marquez dominated qualifying, more than half a second ahead of Lorenzo, he went into the race after a fall in the morning’s warm-up, his second tumble of the weekend. The remarkable MotoGP rookie didn’t make the best of starts and had to work to pass Pedrosa – who had made a brilliant start from the second row – while struggling to find his best-possible rhythm with a full tank of fuel. This caused the 20-year-old to make a couple of mistakes at the Quercia left-hander, the second of which saw him run off the track while right behind his team-mate, losing him some time and putting him behind Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).

By this stage of the race Lorenzo was already well gone – 2.9 seconds ahead of Pedrosa. Marquez then spent the next 13 laps making up for his mistakes, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. It took him eight laps to pass Rossi and a further five to get the better of Pedrosa.

For the next few laps the Spanish pair livened up the race as they attacked and counter-attacked each other. Pedrosa found a way past with six laps remaining, but Marquez came back at his compatriot later the same lap. He then started chipping away at Lorenzo’s three-second advantage, but soon realized that trying to catch the reigning champion would demand too many risks, so he settled for second. It was his 12th podium from his first 13 MotoGP races.

Pedrosa stayed close to Marquez but the former 250 and 125 World Champion was struggling with grip issues, as he had during practice, so he couldn’t find a way through and crossed the line half a second down on the reigning Moto2 World Champion.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) spent the race shadowing Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha), then passed the Briton at Turn Seven on the final lap to take fifth place, seven seconds behind Rossi. It was a strong result from the young German who came back well from a big tumble on Friday.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP)

Alvaro Bautista (GO & FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) had a mostly lonely ride to seventh at his team’s home Grand Prix. Although he recorded the fifth fastest lap of the race he struggled throughout getting his bike to turn into corners, a problem he hadn’t come across in practice.

Alvaro Bautista

Bryan Staring (GO & FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had a luckless race, his machine struck by gremlins that causing him to pull out with only a few laps to go.

Moto2
The duel for the Honda-powered Moto2 World Championship swung back in the favour of Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Kalex), the Spaniard scoring a brilliant, hard-charging win while main rival Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) struggled to sixth. Two weeks ago at Silverstone it was the other way around, with Redding taking the win and Espargaro coming home in eighth spot.

Although Espargaro started from pole position and led the first few laps it was Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) who dominated most of the race. At the halfway stage the Japanese was two seconds ahead of Espargaro and looked set for his first Grand Prix win. But once again his pace faltered in the last laps while Espargaro got into the groove, thanks to his crew successfully adapting his bike to a new rear slick recently introduced by Dunlop. Espargaro carved big chunks out of the leader’s advantage to take the lead at the start of the penultimate lap. Nakagami had no reply, crossing the line 0.6 seconds down on the winner and 1.2 seconds ahead of Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Kalex).

Redding started from the second row and was never in the hunt for the win. He spent most of the 26 laps in the second group and lost several positions as the race went on.

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing Suter) came on strong in the later stages to lead the group home in fourth, with Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) fifth and Redding sixth after pouncing on Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter) at the last corner of the last lap. The Briton had gone into this race 38 points ahead of Espargaro. Now he goes to the next race at Aragon defending a 23 point advantage.

Xavier Simeon (Maptag SAG Zelos Team Kalex) was five seconds further back in eighth spot, just ahead of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex). Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) completed the top ten.

Moto3
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) had a superb ride in the Moto3 race, running with the five-man second group throughout and launching a stunning attack on the last lap that promoted him to fifth place, his best result of the year. The Australian teenager bore the marks of the closely fought battle, with his leathers scuffed black from contact with his rivals’ machines.

Niccolo Antonelli (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda) was in the thick of the same group and passed Miller several times, but the Italian didn’t fare so well in the crucial final laps and ended up at the back of the group in eighth position.

Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) fought his way into the top ten in the final stages, after having stormed through from 22nd at the end of the first lap. Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was the final Honda points scorer in 14th.

The race was won by Alex Rins who narrowly beat fellow KTM rider Maverick Vinales after a race-long duel.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix – 
Round 13: San Marino

MotoGP

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team)

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

2

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

4

Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)

5

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

6

Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

7

Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)

8

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)

9

Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)

10

Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)

11

Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

12

Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

13

Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)

14

Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)

15

Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)

2

Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)

3

Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)

4

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)

5

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)

6

Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)

7

Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)

8

Xavier SIMEON (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)

9

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

10

Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)

11

Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)

12

Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)

13

Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)

14

Marcel SCHROTTER (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)

15

Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

2

Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)

3

Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

4

Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

5

Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology – RTG)

6

Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

7

Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)

8

Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)

9

Philipp OETTL (Tec Interwetten Moto3)

10

Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)

11

Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)

12

Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)

13

Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)

14

Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)

15

Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

 

BOAT REVIEWS

Linder 445 powered by a Honda BF30HP proving to be one helluva catch (courtesy of Leisure Boating, SA’s premier monthly boating magazine)

Linder 445

Linder boats is the latest range of aluminium boats to hit the South African market place – and so far, they’re making quite a splash. Linder says their boats ‘like small motors’ – but are they so fond of the ocean? The Editor takes a Sportsman 445 Catch for a spin in the swell at Gordon’s Bay to see if this little craft delivers on all that she promises.

Linder 445

To read the review click on the link: http://bit.ly/19i7ZKl

 

Chaparral H2O 21 Sport “Entry-Level” Bowrider goes 80.7kph (courtesy of BoatTest.com)

Chaparral H20 21

Here is a brand-new “entry-level” bowrider that will get its owners to veteran status in a hurry. Chaparral calls the H2O line “entry-level” to help distinguish it from the 25 models in six other lines that it builds, all of which have more gravitas (and higher prices) than the H2O series. But with speeds like the one we captured we think the H2O 21 Sport will give the rest of the Chaparral line a run for the money.

Chaparral H20 21

To read the review click on the link: http://bit.ly/15lDSE7

 

BOATING TIP FOR THE MONTH

OUTBOARD versus STERNDRIVE (Z-Drive) Engines – What to Choose?

Outboard or sterndrive engines?

Much debate ensued at the recent Durban and Johannesburg Boat Shows as to whether an outboard or a sterndrive (Z-Drive) engine offered the best boating option. This subject has become even more topical since Honda Marine became exclusive agents for stern-driven Chaparral Recreational Sports Boats and Cruisers, but ultimately your decision will be based on specific applications (cruising/ skiing/ wakeboarding), salt or fresh water usage, overall budget and personal preferences.

With a national dealer network also able to offer you a full range of Honda 4-stroke outboards from 2 to 250HP, matched to an exciting range of Honda-exclusive boats, from Robalo Offshore and Recreational Waterskiing Boats to smaller Honwave inflatable boats (as well as other top South African boat manufacturer brands), Honda Marine and its dealers are in an excellent position to help you make the right choice.

At the end of the day, it’s really a question of weighing up the respective advantages.

OUTBOARD ADVANTAGES :

Outboard engines of different sizes subject to the power application are generally the norm...

  • Can be tilted completely out of the water, making it less exposed to corrosion and a much better option for salt water conditions.
  • Can be run in shallower waters.
  • Less intrusive in terms of taking up space in the boat.
  • Better economy.
  • Produce less wake offering advantages to those wishing to water ski.
  • Easier to repair and work on. Inboards generally need more maintenance.
  • More accessible making them more interchangeable.
  • Cheaper to purchase than a sterndrive.
  • Better resale value on Outboards vs. Sterndrives (Engines only).
  • Because Sterndrives weigh more, they are less fuel efficient and have a lower power to weight ratio.
  • Anodes on Sterndrives will have to be changed more frequently.
  • Outboards are generally regarded as being less of an overall fire risk.
  • More chance of taking on water through a Sterndrive fitting.

STERNDRIVE (Z-Drive) ADVANTAGES :

For specific applications sterndrive engines are the way to go...

  • Generally give a better centre of gravity and overall balance of the boat, which in turn will give you a smoother ride in rough waters.
  • Produce more wake offering advantages to those wishing to wakeboard.
  • Engine out of the way, more lounging room at stern of the boat, plus more room for platforms etc.
  • Swim Platform gives easier access and exit from the water.
  • Much larger engines can be fitted.
  • Much more variation on propellers.
  • Much quieter than 2-stroke outboards.
  • Sleeker (more integrated) overall appearance to the boat.

To discuss your exact boating needs, please contact your nearest Honda Marine dealer.

PARTNERSHIPS

Honda 4-stroke technology giving major benefits to the demands of NSRI usage
By Andrew Ingram – NSRI

Some of the NSRI crew at Shelly Beach

From the twin 60HP Hondas on the 5,5 metre RIB’s to the twin 225HP’s on a 8,5 metre cabin class Sea Rescue boat in Port Alfred, six of the National Sea Rescue Institute’s boats are now driven by Honda engines. The reasons for fitting Honda’s on each boat is slightly different, but the common thread is the excellent service that Honda gives NSRI as well as the quality of their 4-stroke engines. They have ample power, are quick out of the hole as well as being among the most eco-friendly and fuel-efficient outboard engines on the market at the moment.

NSRI searching for the lost diver PHOTO: Anne Harris

A great illustration of just how good the fuel consumption of the Honda 60‘s are, was the rescue of Shelly Beach dive-master Jean-Pierre Els, who was swept off Protea Banks in February 2013.

Still searching..... PHOTO: Anne Harris

A huge search was initiated involving eleven boats, three of them Sea Rescue boats and the Durban TNPA helicopter. Search patterns were drawn up and the boats moved slowly down the coast. But they were looking for a head in the ocean, and as the weather deteriorated it became a little like looking for a needle in a haystack. Some of the search boats started to run out of fuel.

Eventually JP was found by the helicopter crew after six and a half hours. He had drifted 35km.

Lost diver JP exhausted from this terrible experience, but safely back on 'terra firma' PHOTO: Anne Harris

The NSRI Coxswain of the 5,5m Rescue boat, Caltex Challenger, was volunteer Shaun Harris. With five years experience on station at Shelly Beach Shaun had cut his teeth on two stroke engines but now is a convert to the 4-stroke Hondas. “We would never have been able to do the distance that we did on 2-stroke engines,” said Shaun.

“They are awesome. They have pop … if you look at fuel usage, eco-friendliness and performance my money would be on the Honda 4-strokes …”

PRODUCT NEWS

Celebrating a 50 year tradition for innovation and environmental awareness

The NEW Honda BF100HP outboard engine

The launch of the new BF80 and BF100 engines comes as Honda gets set to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in the manufacturing of marine outboards. Ever since the introduction the first four-stroke outboard in 1964, the GB30, Honda has pioneered the development of four-stroke in line with founder Soichiro Honda’s philosophy that “products that are used on the water should not pollute the water”.

Honda’s current class-leading range of engines from the BF2 to the BF250 exceeds all European RCD regulations and American CARB and EPA regulations and the recent integration of Honda’s proprietary engine technologies across its entire mid-range and larger engines further demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the environment.

The new models will be available across Honda’s South African network of Authorised Marine Dealers from early 2014, with pricing to be confirmed.

The NEW Honda BF80HP outboard

Technical Specifications – Honda BF80 & BF100 outboard engines:

Specification BF80 BF100
Engine Type OHC-4 cylinders, 16 valve OHC-4 cylinders, VTEC™ 16 valve
Displacement 1496 1496
Bore x Stroke (mm) 73 x 89.4 73 x 89.4
Full Throttle RPM range 5000 – 6000 5500 – 6300
Rated Power [kW (PS)] [58.8 (80)] [73.6 (100)]
Cooling System Water cooled (with thermostat) Water cooled (with thermostat)
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection)
Ignition System Electronic PGM-IG Electronic PGM-IG
Starting System Electric Start Electric Start
Exhaust System Propeller Boss Propeller Boss
Gear Ratio 2.33 2.33
Alternator Output 44 amps 44 amps
Battery Charging Capacity 35 amps 35 amps
NMEA 2000® compliant Yes Yes
Transom Height (mm) L:537 / X:664 L:537 / X:664
Dry Weight (inc. propeller) L:165 / X:171 L:165 / 172
Engine Trim & Tilt Power Trim & Tilt Power Trim & Tilt
Overall L/W/H 748 / 449 / 1566 (L) / 1693 (X) 748 / 449 / 1566 (L) / 1693 (X)