Tom Hibbert Enjoys Clean Sweep Of Victories at Oulton Park


Tom Hibbert enjoyed a clean sweep of wins at Oulton Park this weekend (20 / 21 May 2017) after a dominant performance in qualifying saw him maintain his momentum throughout both of the races in Cheshire. In the AM class meanwhile, White and Constable split the victories with a win apiece.

It was Jack Mitchell who took pole position in a rather mixed up qualifying session. With rain in the air the track was exceptionally slippery and it wasn’t long until the session was halted by a red flag. Just as things got back underway, eventual pole-sitter Mitchell plugged in a 1:38.192s lap to top the time sheets before the heavens well and truly opened.

As a result, it was the drivers who were nearing the end of their hot laps who benefitted, setting times before the track became un-drivable. Mitchell held onto the lead with Hibbert second. Callum Pointon, Carl Boardley and Declan Jones rounded out the top five whilst in the AM class, Colin White took pole from new boy Jason Baker and Jack Minshaw.

The circuit had dried out by the time the first race got underway later in the afternoon. A lightening start saw Hibbert take the lead off the line, dropping Mitchell to second and into the clutches of Pointon and Boardley. Clipping the tyre stack at Knickerbrook caused problems for Charlie Ladell in seventh, who was forced to retire with damage on lap two. The same issue struck Jones one lap later and with two cars stranded at the chicane, the safety car was scrambled, eroding the lead Hibbert had established.

On the restart, Hibbert held firm and left the chasing pack to fight amongst themselves. Mitchell lost momentum into Hislops allowing Pointon and Boardley to close the gap and establish a three-way fight for second. The trio battled throughout the race, but ultimately ended in that order.

In the mid-pack, there was fantastic racing between Ben Green, Adam Higgins, Colin White and Jason Baker. The latter who were also fighting for the AM class victory, with Baker really making a name for himself on his debut. Green – who had been in pursuit of Gamble in fifth – ended up in the gravel at Druids bringing about the red flag. Although race leader Hibbert had started to slow and drop down the order, on the countback he was still classified as running and went on to claim his first SuperCup win.

There were no such problems for Hibbert in race two as he enjoyed a flawless light-to-flag victory to make it two from two. Pointon made a fantastic start to pass Mitchell on the run down to Old Hall and the leading trio stayed as they were throughout the 14 lap encounter.

The opening laps saw a seven-way fight for the podium positions as the leaders were chased by Boardley, Green, Gamble and Somerfield. As Green tried to pass Boardley, the CBM driver was pushed wide onto the grass and into the tyre wall, ending his race early and bringing about the safety car.

Racing got back underway on lap eight and Hibbert once again checked out at the head of the field, but in the AM class, there was a fantastic fight for the win between points leader White, Constable and Baker. The trio ran nose to tail for much of the race, but as the lead car tried to pass Higgins, White was forced wide at Knickerbrook and Constable snatched the lead, and eventual victory.

As the championship looks towards Croft Circuit in three weeks’ time, Pointon maintains this position at the head of the championship standings with Hibbert in second and Gamble just behind in third. White still leads the AM class standings from Constable and Kirby. To view the provisional results and standings, click here.

Lockheed Martin Plays Major Role In Strengthening United States And Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia Ties To Bolster Global Security

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) took major steps to enhance global security and stimulate economic progress in the United States and the Middle East. KSA has expressed its intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin integrated air and missile defense, combat ship, tactical aircraft and rotary wing technologies and programs.

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Arranmore Lifeboat rescues two people off Glen Head

By Nora Flanagan, Arranmore Lifeboat Press Officer
 The RNLI Arranmore lifeboat was called out to assist two people in a boat with engine failure off the coast of Glen Head, County Donegal on Saturday evening 20th May at 8 35pm. The boat which had left Bunbeg and was on its way to Sligo, developed engine trouble and was taking in water  and had to drop anchor off Glen Head until the lifeboat secured a tow rope. The lifeboat proceeded to tow the stricken vessel to Burtonport where it was placed in dry dock for repair. Jimmy Early, coxswain of the lifeboat said the crew did the right thing calling out the lifeboat and as we approach the summer that people should be aware or the RNLI’s Respect The Water Campaign.

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2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Riva Final Day – Maidollis and Taki 4 are the crowned winners in Riva

Gianluca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 helmed by Carlo Fracassoli – the winner in the overall ranking in Riva – photo (c)IM24CA/ZGN/Mauro Melandri

May 21, 2017 – Riva del Garda, Italy – The second event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series goes off with a strong Ora wind around of 18 knots that leads Gian Luca Perego’s Maidollis ITA854 (1-5-DNS today) on top of the podium of the event valid also as Melges 24 Italian Open Nationals hosted by Fraglia della Vela Riva in co-operation with the Italian Melges 24 Class Association and International Melges 24 Class Association.

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FOILING BAY: Winners keep the lead!

Key points:
– The first french event 100 % dedicated to foiling boats and boards.
– 4 days of unique regattas dedicated to foiling from May 18th – 21st.
– 5 disciplines on the same body of water.
– More than 100 competitors of 9 different nationalities.
– 1st World Foiling Stand Up Paddle Event.
– Various onshore activities and entertainment.
– Rights-free photos and videos are available daily during the event.

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DDoS Attacks – What You Can’t See Can Still Hurt You!

As last year’s attacks against Krebs on Security and Dyn demonstrate, DDoS attacks are growing bigger and more dangerous. But look beneath the surface and it’s actually the smaller, hidden DDoS attacks that people should be worrying about. Usually less than 10Gbps in volume and under 10 minutes in duration, these short attacks often go undetected by security staff, but are frequently used by hackers to map, target, and infiltrate a network to install malware.

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One week to go!

One more week to go until the start of the Vuurschepen Race and the opening of the North Sea Regatta Week on 27 May 2017! At this moment we see 64 yachts on the entry list for the offshore race from Scheveningen to Harwich of which 39 fully crewed and 15 TwoHanded. At this moment nearly 200 boats are registered for the inshore races on 2, 3 and 4 June, including almost 40 participants for the J22 Worlds. With 67 on the North Course and a whopping 121 on the South Course we are really happy with the entry level! We’re proud to announce that Cornelis Vrolijk is the new sponsor for the Vuurschepen Race for the next few years. Welcome on board!

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