Monday, March 8, 2021

Ryan Briscoe's New Day Job'

As how can you Not root for this so amiable Aussie?


Otay, I suppose this will be off Ye Beaten path of racing news, but as I’ve said numerous times here on No Fenders over thou years, I’ll forever be a Fan of Ryan Briscoe’s after that wonderfully impromptu meeting at Mother Speedway Wayback in 2013, when he cheerfully jumped down off of whatever he was standing upon with his back to us, trying to watch that year’s IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge at Mother Speedway, then the No. 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing driver.


As No Fenders Offical’ Photographer Carpets’ said do you want to meet Ryan Briscoe? Hey Ryan Carpets Bellowed and he dually turned around and made me feel special for somewhere between 5-10 minutes before we left him alone to go back to watching the Pit Stop contest…


Hence, although I know it’s strictly business and Motor Racing’s a very Cut-throat business to Boot. Nonetheless, I wasn’t happy to see Ryan lose his ride with Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) at the end of last year, when WTR effectively Cleaned House by letting it’s drivers go when switching to Acura for 2021.


Thus I was happy when I stumbled across the news that Briscoe will be piloting one of James Glickenhaus’s two Bad Arse Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 LMH Prototypes.


As these American Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) Prototypes, powered by a 3.5-litre Twin Turbo V-8 will presumably be Toyota’s main competition in this year’s six round Sports Car Championship.


As Briscoe joins one of his former Co-drivers Westie’, aka Richard Westbrook, along with Pipo Derani, Olivier Pla, Romain Dumas and Franck Mailleux.


With the only two drivers announced for the two cars being Gustavo Menezes heading the No. 708 and Briscoe leading the No. 709 on SCG’s Drivers roll, albeit No announcement has been made over who will partner those two aboard their respective chassis as of yet, or which of the seven listed drivers will serve as the team’s reserve driver.


Testing of the SCG 007 began at Italy’s allelunga racetrack with two times 24 Heurs du Mans winner Romain Dumas behind the wheel, before further testing at Monza. As the multi-times Sports Car Championship winning team Joest is spearheading the programme for SCG.


As the forthcoming 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, which has returned to a normal yearly calendar was set to commence on April 4th at the Autodromo du Internacional Algarve (Algarve International Circuit) in Portimao, Portugal. Since the season opening 1000 Miles of Sebring race has been Cancelled a second year in-a-row due to COVID 19 Travel restrictions


But the Eight Hours of Portugal round has now just been Postponed to June 13th, which was the original weekend of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.


Since the ACO, the governing body of the classic French endurance race is hopeful of having fans attend le Circuit de la Sarthe over the weekend of August 21-22, when the 24 Heurs du Mans will now be held. Meaning the European Sports Car (WEC) Championship season won’t begin until May 1st at the Mighty Spa, when the renown Spa Francorchamps circuit host the Six Hours of Spa.