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The second round of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series took place yesterday in Italy. Racing Engineering’s Matt Snider claimed an excellent second place, with great performances by the drivers.

HAPPY RACES!

The Racing Engineering team bids “ADIO” to Italy with a magnificent ending in the Elite 2 race: second place for the driver Myatt Snider, sixth for Ander Vilariño, ninth for Romain, and 23rd for Eric Clement. This weekend Badtoro joined the team at the Autodromo Di Franciacorta in Brescia.

Myatt Snider

24 laps of a race that ended up being an amazing finish for Myatt who started at fifth place on the grid. Italy and Spain became rivals when Myatt lost his place to the Italian, Ghirelli. Not able to block on the first curve, he fell to 6th place, but seven laps from the finish he started to change the scene, managing to get past Longin and coming up on Ghirelli. Second place has a name: Myatt Snider!

Foto: Racing Engineering

Badtoro of the month: Ander Vilariño

Saturday was not a good race for Ander Vilariño since he had to retire with his damaged car. Ander started from tenth place on the grid and Romain from 21st.

Sunday the view changed at the Brescia racetrack and on lap seven Ander managed to get ahead to ninth place. But he hadn’t defeated everyone and, like a good “bad friend”, on lap eleven Ander overtook Ferrar to gain eighth place. Finally, he got to 6th position with ten laps to the finish.

Romain Lannetta, who started in 21st position, achieved a very good place given how he started and ended the race with his name in the 9th place spot on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Congratulations to the whole Racing Engineering team.

Ander has been racing for 24 seasons now. When he was less than 4 years old, he drove a go-kart for the first time. He also competes in open-water swimming. His source of inspiration is his father (also a driver), he takes his training very seriously, and his dream is to be a good father for his children. Do you want to meet Ander’s more personal side? Keep reading:

Tell me about yourself. On a personal level

My name is Ander Vilariño Facal, I am 39 years old, and I live in San Sebastian with my wife and my two twin sons. My life revolves around car racing, as a driver on the one hand, and as a manager of the family business related to our sport on the other. Car racing runs in my family, as my father is also a driver himself.

At what age did you drive your first car? Do you remember what car was the lucky one?

I started go-kart racing when I was less than 4 years old, and I raced my first go-kart competition when I was 6 years old. My father taught me how to drive a car when I was 8 years old, and I started competing in formulas when I was 16 years old.

“How long have you been racing?”

I started racing in 1996 when I was 16. That year I competed in the Formula Renault Campus. It was my first experience in a racing competition, as until then I had exclusively competed in go-karting. This year it will be my 24th season competing in car racing.

If you had to change professions: Which do you think it would be your profession?

I really like to train in order to feel fit when the race comes. Since 2013, I take part in open water swimming events (like sea, lakes, and rivers). In this way, I train by competing, I keep my competitive spirit intact, and at the same time, I train my physical preparation. I love swimming and competing in these kinds of events.

Photo: Stephane Azemard

Tell us a place, the first one to come in mind.

Donosti, San Sebastian, which is where I live and I love it. In addition to being known worldwide for its great cuisine, it is a very pleasant place to live. Those who love sports have several options to enjoy here: beaches, mountains, etc.

Do you exercise or practice another sport?

I love to do sports and I love swimming. In winter, I like skiing because it’s something we do as a family. I really enjoy this time of year because I spend time with my children and it reminds me a lot of when I was a kid and spent the winter holidays with my parents. I would like my children to have the same memory.

Do you feel inspired by or follow any other athlete?

My father has left a very big impression on my career more than anyone else because I’ve always admired him as a driver and he has been a great example. Then, of course, I also admire the achievements of any athlete who gets good or extraordinary results. I think it’s actually positive to recognize the results of others in order to learn and surpass ourselves.

What is your favorite sport?

Car racing, without the slightest doubt.

“Tell me about yourself” on a professional level.

I see myself as a driver who uses all his physical skills when driving. For this reason, I give great importance to my physical preparation and rest. There are drivers who tend to compete in a less physical way but that is not my case because for me, in order to make a pole position or a fast lap, I do each braking and curve as if they were the last, and this involves a lot of effort. That’s why I take my training very seriously.

How was the beginning of your career?

I started when I was very young because my father was a driver. I learned a lot from him. The first time I rode a go-kart I was less than 4 years old and it was on a circuit built in a parking lot with car wheels. I clearly remember that my feet barely touched the pedals.

How old were you on your first race?

My first go-kart race was when I was 6 years old in an urban go-kart circuit. At the time there was no category for my age, so I was by myself. It was more of a training than a race, but for me, it was a whole experience. I started competing in an actual car at the age of 16 in the Formula Renault Campus at the Le Mans circuit.

How did you start to race?

It was a family thing. For example, it’s true that my kids aren’t attracted to the idea of running even though they see me do it, but I grew up watching my father and wanted to race just like him.

How do you exercise your mind in order to achieve your goals?

I try to visualize the different possible scenarios in a race; I visualize the options and then I get very motivated. I always think that I want to win more than the others do and that feeling usually works for me.

Do you have some kind of “ritual” before every race?

No, in case something works for me I will try to repeat it but is never a ritual and I do not obsess over it. Above all, I try to stay calm and focused on what is going to happen.

Do you follow some kind of special diet? What do you eat the day before a race?

Nothing special, I take care of my diet but I don’t actually follow a strict diet to the gram. I eat about everything and try to make it as healthy as possible.

Could you tell us a funny story that has happened to you during a race?

One of those that make you laugh a lot when you think about them. When I was racing the Formula Renault, a Japanese driver who was very crazy pulled out the steering wheel in the middle of a straight section at almost 200 km/h, I don’t know how he managed to put it back! (The steering wheels on many racing cars are actually removable).

Have you ever had a bad experience during your years as a driver? If yes: Has it helped you to power through other situations?

Yes, of course, having bad moments is something we cannot avoid. The worst ones have been the accidents where I’ve been injured. I’ve broken my right leg 3 times and it’s quite “fragile”. Then there are also moments which are better or worse; moments when you win and moments when you don’t get the expected results. These situations help you understand sport and life in general, and make you fight harder if possible.

How do you manage your nerves before an important event? Do you believe in the importance of mindfulness or meditation?

I don’t know whether to call it meditation, but us drivers tend to visualize a lot: the start of the race, how we are going to drive on the circuit and all those things… Being focused is important and positive, but one must set a limit because there’s also the risk of being so focused you step on the other side: nervousness. Therefore, I don’t actually consider over-concentration to be something good.

Among all your triumphs, which one do you think is the most important and why?

Over the years I have won different championships and races, of which there are 2 moments that I would put above everything:
1st. In 2001 I won in Spain the first Formula 3 Championship together with Racing Engineering.
2nd. In 2012 I won the first official NASCAR Championship in Europe.
In both cases it was about new championships, in NASCAR for example, my name has been published in the wall of champions: NASCAR Hall of Frame in Charlotte.

Describe the moment you looked up at the scoreboard and saw that you had won.

This weekend in Valencia I had a feeling of satisfaction that I just couldn’t believe: I had made a mistake and it almost cost me the victory, but I recovered and won (it was an incredible feeling).

Tell us a little bit more about the other teams. Is there a bond of friendship or do you face a more competitive environment at that?


The environment is competitive. You usually get along well at the end of the race and off the track. Within the competition, we are all there to win, but this does not prevent us from forming a relationship of respect and understanding.
There are rivals, some of you get along better than others. I respect my rivals a lot, I compete against very professional drivers, and the better they are, the more I have to raise my level.

If you had to give a piece of advice to an athlete or to people who struggle to achieve a goal: What would you say?

Everything is possible as long as you want it. Wanting it is the key, and if you want it more than the others, you do can achieve it.

Tell us a positive word that starts with the first letter of your name

Action.

What are your projects for next year?

The goal this year is to compete for the Euro NASCAR title with the Racing Engineering team. We have started the year well with two victories, and hopefully, we will be able to keep this great level all year round.

Could you tell us a dream of yours?

To be a good father. I hope my children see me as a good father.

And to give a worthy end to our personal interview, we would like you to tell us a “full-speed” closing: A short story simulating a race. Imagine that at the moment you write you have the steering wheel in your hands, and you are living it live and direct.

I will tell you about the sensations I felt on the last lap of the first race in Valencia:
There is one lap left and I have a head-start on of almost a second and a half. It seems like a lot on a circuit, but if I make a mistake it amounts to nothing: it has happened to me before in the middle of the race, and because of that mistake, I’ve lost a head-start on 2.5 seconds. I say to myself “Ander, do not make any mistakes, even try to slow down a little sooner at every corner, 1 or 2 meters, you can’t lose now, think of all the hard work the team has done to give you a car capable of winning the race”. In the end, I manage to run first through the finish line first and it is a great joy for the whole team and myself. It’s one of those moments that remind me why I like to be a driver in the first place: that is, the celebration of a victory with the team.

Andre Vilariño Facal

The Andalusian team is placed as runner-up in the team standings while its two drivers shorten distances to the top positions.

The driver Norman Nato has achieved a brilliant victory at the Italian circuit of Monza. The french pilot dominated the race from start to finish, but his teammate Jordan King had to settle for a hard-fought fourth place. Since the Hungary Grand Prix in July none of the Racing Engineering drivers had returned to the podium until now.

“A good start from both drivers today. It was a bit close during the first corners, but it was OK to finish lap 1 in first and second. Norman was quickly up to pace and from there on dominated the race. We need to look into what happened with the other car as for some reason Jordan was not able to follow his teammate’s pace without stressing his tyres too much. He ultimately got passed by both Prema cars and a Rapax car cutting the corner, something we hope will still be investigated. First and fourth is still a good result for the team even though after the opening lap we expected a bit more, but we are back in the fight for the championships.” – said Sebastien Viger (Technical Director of the team) after the race.

The Italy Grand Prix is the third race from the end of this season. After a break of four weeks, the pilots will fight for the championship at the Malaysia GP and, a month later, they’ll finish GP2 Series 2016 at the Yas Marina circuit.

Racing Engineering currently rank second place in the team standings, while Jordan King and Norman Nato are in fifth and sixth place respectively. But these two races can change completely all the results!

From Badtoro we will look at the next steps towards the victory of Racing Engineering and their drivers. Go Racing!

Photo: ©Racing Engineering

Jordan King won in the Red Bull Ring circuit despite the difficult weather conditions.

The driver of the Racing Engineering team has achieved his first victory in GP2 last race after a rainy race in which he was unstoppable.

The long race of the Austria GP began with Jordan King and his partner Norman Nato in the eighth and seventh position respectively. Departing from the first two reverse grid places, both cars had to follow the Safety Car from the start as it allowed them to recognize the state of the track.

Throughout the race, Jordan was rolling too fast, getting several fast laps especially at the end of the race. In the last section he gave a perfect lap without making any mistakes, which gave him the victory. While Norman found himself overtaken by other drivers during the course of the race to occupy the twelfth place. However, it took the fastest lap of the race.

“Coming into the race there was a lot to learn and work out on the first few laps as we haven’t had much running in the wet before. So the first few laps were about finding my feet and after a few laps I increased my pace and created a gap. I then managed the gap and saved my tyres which meant I had tyres left to push when needed after the Safety Car. It feels good to get my first GP2 win and the team did a great job in giving me a car that allowed me to do so” – said Jordan King after the podium.

From Badtoro, we want to congratulate the whole team and we encourage Jordan King and Norman Nato to continue with such good results!

Photo: ©Racing Engineering

The end of the 2015 GP2 season has been bitter-sweet when the final race was interrupted due to a big accident involving several cars, and nobody rated. However, both Racing Engineering as a team and Alexander Rossi as a driver have won the runner-up position this year.

The last round of the 2015 GP2 Series took place at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Both drivers of the Spanish team scored the fastest times in the free practice. But with the nightfall under the floodlights in the circuit, the qualifying session ended with results below expectations. Alexander and Jordan finished in seventh and eighth place respectively.

Starting from the fourth row of the grid on the next day, Racing Engineering drivers were based on different tyre strategies. The compound Pirelli ‘supersoft’ worked fine for Rossi, who finished the race in a well-deserved fourth place. He scored enough to secure the championship. For his part, King crossed the finish line in sixth position after changing his tires.

Sunday was the final day of the championship, full of emotions for the whole team. Although both drivers did a good start keeping third and fourth positions, a big accident involving several cars forced the race to be red flagged to repair the track barriers. Unfortunately, the damage was so bad and there was no time to repair the barriers before the F1 Grand Prix, so the GP2 Sprint Race was cancelled, putting an end to the last race and the championship.

Jordan King: “It’s been a massive anti-climax, you build yourself up, put in a lot of energy and especially for the last race of the year you want to go out with a good result and so it was quite surreal to just get out of the car and that’s it. It’s annoying as I would have liked a trophy to finish the season and some more points would have jumped me up a few places but from a team point of view we were second in the championship so all in all it’s not so bad”.

Alexander Rossi: “It has been a fantastic season and we should be very proud of what we’ve accomplished and being second on the drivers and team championships I think is an amazing result. We’ve had some disappointments but we’ve always come back from them and we took three race wins which is a great thing.”

This week all the teams will be back in action in Abu Dhabi for the annual post-season test. The drivers to run in the Racing Engineering cars are: Luca Ghiotto (Italy), Jordan King (UK), Norman Nato (France) and Sergey Sirotkin (Russia).

We, at Badtoro, congratulate all the Racing Engineering team for all their hard work this season, with which they have won this deserved second place. Congratulations!

Photo: ©Racing Engineering

Unfortunate weekend for the Racing Engineering team at the Sakhir International Circuit. The driver Jordan King was the only one who scored, and Alexander Rossi ended with no points. However, he still maintaining his second place in the drivers standings.

The bad results came from the qualifying session, in which Jordan finished fifth and Alexander ninth because the American had quite a big flat on his first set of tyres, forcing him to fit a new set and make some set up changes.

Luck was not on the side of the Spanish team the next day. Rossi reached the seventh position after lap 5, until his tyres started to degrade again, so he did a pit stop on lap 17. On the track again, the pilot rolled faster, improving his best time. He took fourth place on lap 22. Unfortunately a little contact with Mitch Evans (Russian Time) returned him to boxes to repair his front wing, and finally he finished the race in the 18th position. Meanwhile, King was relegated to the 16th place after his first pit stop, but gradually he gained positions until crossing the chequered flag the 9th.

Finally, the third day in Bahrain would be crucial to improve the outcome of the weekend. However, a contact in the first curve and the Safety Car on track caused both drivers to be left behind from the start. Alexander rolled again with his broken front wing and his worn tyres. After being passed by Jordan, Rossi still lost a few positions and he finished the race the ninth, just outside the points. Fortunately, Jordan advanced some positions in the last five laps, crossing the finish line in a hard-fought sixth place.

Alan Queille, Team Engineer of Racing Engineering, said: “It’s positive we are still second in both championships even though the weekend didn’t go as expected. Now we concentrate on the closing round in Abu Dhabi and on securing the positions in the championship.”

Photo: ©GP2

Just two races left to the end of the 2015 GP2 Series, the Racing Engineering team persists at the top of the classification, both of drivers and teams. Therefore, this weekend in Bahrain is crucial to finish the season with great results.

Although the difference in points over the first classified is important – Racing Engineering remains in second place with 215.5 points in the team standings, and Alexander Rossi remains second in the overall driver standings with 169.5 points, 108 points behind first-placed Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix) – the main goal is to secure second place in both classifications.

From Racing Engineering, the whole team is working hard to prepare the last two races of the championship, which will take place at the Sakhir circuit (Bahrain) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi). The Spanish team is tackling with enthusiasm and determination the final stage of this season. As an added value, the next-to-last race will take place on the same circuit that started the championship (Sakhir), so the drivers have prior experience and knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses.

On the other hand, one of the stars of the day will be Alexander Rossi, who returns to GP2 after having been racing in the Formula 1 United States, Mexican and Brazilian Grand Prix. That’s how he explains his impressions on the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain:

Alexander Rossi’s interview at Racing-Engineering.com

From Badtoro we hope Alexander Rossi, Jordan King and the whole Racing Engineering team will achieve a well-deserved victory this weekend. Go Racing!

Photo: ©GP2

Amazing weekend for Racing Engineering. Alexander Rossi and Jordan King finished first and second at Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. This is the first victory of the season for Rossi and the first GP2 podium for King.

On Friday, the Racing Engineering team got some good times in the qualifying session, and both drivers were looking to finish on the podium, despite they had done better results in free practice. So, Jordan started from the fourth position and Rossi from the eighth one on the grid. On Saturday, the race was interrupted with a red flag due to a contact between Rowland and Matsushita. Alexander was setting almost a second a lap faster than other car on the track. However, after his pit stop and his light contact with Evans, the American driver finished sixth. Meanwhile, Jordan managed to finish in eighth place, which allowed him to start first on the Sprint Race on the reversed grid, while Alexander started from the second row in third position.

Finally, the two cars of the Spanish team made a good start on Sunday with Jordan in first position and Alexander after him. Jordan made a small mistake on the first lap, so his teammate was able to move into first. However, they managed to keep these magnificent positions throughout the race.

With this result, Alexander moves back to second place in the Drivers’ Championship and Racing Engineering are also now second in the Team Championship.

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The Hungary GP meant a bad weekend for Racing Engineering drivers.

Alexander Rossi and Jordan King couldn’t score any points on Sunday although King’s good results on Saturday could make him think about reaching the podium.

The drivers suffered problems with their tyres and they crossed the finish line in lower positions than they expected.

The changes in air and temperatures conditions during the race at the hungarian track did not favour them.

Despite on Jordan being one of the favourites, he finished 12th.

After finishing in the fifth position on Saturday, his aim was reach the firsts positions.

However, the bad conditions of his tyres made him lose positions and he could not repeat Saturday good results, when he fought for the firsts positions.

On the other hand, Alexander finished 19th on Sunday. The damage of his tyres in the last laps, made him go into the pits for fresh ones.

The American driver did not shine this weekend.

On Saturday, he could overtake some drivers during the firsts laps but a change of tyres consigned him to the 12th position.

GP2 goes on holiday for a month after the deceiving Hungarian GP. The drivers will return to the competition at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

Photo: TeamRossiMotorsports©

After a break of one month, the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg (Austria) has been the reason to return the GP2 drivers to their cars (or monkey squares according to Judith).

Both Alexander Rossi as Jordan King got rate this weekend, however, the results have not been as good as expected from Racing Engineering and none of them got on the podium.

After 45 minutes of free practice, the qualifying session ended with good positions, despite they were forced to pit several times. Rossi started setting some fast laps that allowed him to rise to fourth place, while Jordan obtained the eleventh place. In the afternoon, Rossi got the fifth place followed by Jordan. After a pit stop for both, Jordan was third, but then the other drivers ran much faster, and he fell to eighth position. Unfortunately he carries over the three position grid penalty from Monaco so, finally, he got the eleventh place. Meanwhile, Rossi improved his own time but still lagged to twelfth place.

The next day the rain had disappeared, although it was still cool and cloudy for the race. Alexander made a good start making up several place. There was debris on the track which caused the Virtual Safety Car to be deployed, but he kept the sixth place. After he took his mandatory pit stop on lap 8, the young American returned to the track with the fastest lap of the race and fight for the lead with Vandoorne, Sirotkin and Matsushita. At six laps to go Alexander was third, but unfortunately Matsushita had the advantage of DRS, Lynn on Supersoft tyres, and his own brake problem caused he had just sixth position. His teammate, however, crossed the finish line in twelfth place after he lost several positions with his pit stop, despite he was ranked ahead of Gasly until the end of the race.

On Sunday, Rossi started from third on the grid and King from twelfth. Unfortunately for Alexander, Yelloly was slow away in the first corner and there was a contact between the two cars. The Racing Engineering driver moved to the outside and he dropping back to the thirteenth place. He was up to 9th, but finally he got the eighth due to the disqualification of Markelov. Moreover, Jordan was one place ahead of his teammate, and he achieved good times (only 0.3 seconds behind of Gasly, who ultimately failed to overcome him).

Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, President of Racing Engineering, said: “Overall it was not the weekend we were hoping for, but we will work hard to be back on the podium in Silverstone.”

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