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NASCAR could be set to welcome Harry Vaulkhard for the upcoming 2013 season according to the latest rumours. Harry Vaulkhard is a champion in the British and world touring car championships. He is now flying to the United States in order to test the 900 bhp NASCAR vehicles in the hope of clinching a move to the sport. He has been recently approached by the squad from MacDonald Motorsport. He revealed recently that he got the opportunity from the team just before Christmas. He has said that it is a great news and he cannot wait to start testing cars for MacDonald Motorsport.
Vaulkhard will be hoping that the test goes smooth. His career has been slowed down by a number of factors including financial difficulties. He rose to fame back in 2007 after winning the SEAT Cupra R series title, while later moving to the British touring car Championships. Even though he has remained with the BTCC on a consistent basis, he had to miss the 2011 season as a result of a lack of seat. He recently signed to raise the European NASCAR series, but had to pull out due to several reliability and financial problems. The 27-year-old has made it no secret of the fact that he would like to get into NASCAR racing.
“It was just before Christmas and I got an email from the team offering me the chance to test in the USA. I have to say it was quite a nice pre-Christmas present! MacDonald Motorsports is a top-end team so it was great news. I’m really looking forward to giving it a go. For a while I’ve been looking at NASCAR as where I want to be. I’ve always felt that it would suit the kind of driver that I am and it’s a series I’ve always loved,” said Vaulkhard.
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The Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali has said that he is confident that the star driver Fernando Alonso will be able to bounce back from the disappointment of having lost the title by just three points last season. The Spaniard Fernando Alonso was in contention for the title throughout the last season, but fell just three points short of the eventual winner Vettel on the final day of the season. Alonso managed to finish in the second position in the Brazilian Grand Prix and needed Sebastian Vettel to finish lower than sixth position.
However, the German managed a sixth place finish and won the F1 world championship title. Alonso recently spoke that title is not the only thing that matters because he is extremely happy with the way he competed throughout last season. Alonso was one of the best drivers through to the last season and held the lead in the championship standings for most of the season. Ferrari are expected to bounce back strongly according to the team boss, who is expected to adopt an aggressive strategy for next season. After falling behind Red Bull during the back end of the season, Ferrari recovered strongly to finish the season on a high note. Domenicali expects things to progress from that stage.
“It is not easy when you do such an incredible season to lose in that condition. But the strength of a champion is to make sure that in this break you recharge and once again be the best. If you put yourself in his shoes, he knows and he knew at that stage he would have deserved the championship. Honestly. That’s without putting any negative words on Sebastian – he won and so he deserved that,” said the Ferrari team principal. Ferrari were disappointed not to win the constructors championship.
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