Austria’s second highest ranked racing team, Zele Racing, presented itself to its home fans on Monday. The team, which is racing in the AutoGP World Series this season, held its official team presentation at Seepark Hotel in Klagenfurt and fans, former motorsport-boffins and the media all turned up in numbers. Zele Racing introduced its drivers, former F1 star Narain Karthikeyan and reigning F2 world champion Luciano Bacheta, as well as its 600 HP racing cars to the crowd. Following an [...]
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Expectations were high among the Austrian team’s “foster home race”, but both Zele drivers had to battle tyre and engine problems all weekend at the Hungaroring. Following problems with overheating tires in qualifying both Zele-Racing cars were far down the grid. Despite a great start, Narain only finished eighth in the first run due to engine misfire. Having secured Pole Position for the second, he led the pack for several laps, before the grip on the rear tires was gone. [...]
Despite an unlucky opening race in Budapest, Narain Karthikeyan will start from Pole Position in Sunday’s second run at the Hungaroring. Teammate Luciano Bacheta spun off after a wheel-banging duel. Following a tire-hampered qualifying both Zele-Racing cars started further down the grid – Karthikeyan from P7, Bacheta from P10. However, both drivers showed great starts and made great leaps forward. Ahead of the pit stops Narain was fourth, while Luciano was battling in sixth. Unfortunately, halfway through the race, Narain [...]
Zele Racing suffered from tyre problems in Saturday’s qualifying session for the AutoGP race in Budapest. Thus, Narain Karthikeyan (P7) and teammate Luciano Bacheta (P10) will start from further down on the grid into tomorrow’s double-header. Speaking straight after the end of the session, team boss Michael Zele was less than impressed saying: “We have expected a lot more than P7 and P10, which are certainly not for our two drivers.” A first analysis indicated that the tires were the [...]
Luciano Bacheta won his first AutoGP World Series race Sunday in Marrakech, Morocco, also the season’s first triumph for Zele Racing. Narain Karthikeyan was hit by De Jong early in the race.
Despite starting from the front, the first of two races in Marrakech, Morocco, has not worked out as well as expected for Austrian team Zele Racing: Narain Karthikeyan finished sixth, while teammate Luciano Bacheta came eighth.
Narain enjoyed a very good qualifying session finishing on P2. He was leading the pack for most of time. However, in the dying seconds his best lap was topped and due to traffic in his second stint, he could not hit back. Luciano came ninth and will aim for eighth place in the first race to secure again pole position this year for Sunday’s event.
Luciano Bacheta crossed the finish line as runner-up in only his second AutoGP race in Monza on Sunday. Team mate Narain Karthikeyan fell victim to braking problems. Bacheta opened the season on eighth place in his debut race Saturday, which earned him Pole Position for race two. In heavy rain, he led the pack from the start, but was overtaken by dominating Kimiya Sato in lap. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old Brit made no mistake in the wet conditions to come second [...]
At the AutoGP 2013 season opener in Monza both Zele drivers finished in the top eight. Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan recovered from a collision at the start to come fifth, while Luciano Bacheta placed eighth, which puts him on Pole Position for Sunday’s second race. Narain will start from P4. After a qualifying session hampered by tyre problems, the drivers were only 10th (Luciano) and 12th (Narain) on the grid. Right after the start, ahead of the first chicane, [...]
Zele Racing has invited Narain Karthikeyan to join them and compete in the first round of the 2013 AutoGP World Series at Monza, Italy. In 2005, Karthikeyan became the first Indian driver in the history of Formula One, making his debut with Jordan F1. He extended his spell in motor racing’s elite class as the third driver for Williams F1 in 2006 & 07, before entering the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with Team India, winning two races along the [...]