Pål Varhaug Racing

Pål Varhaug Racing banner

Subscribe to RSS-feed

Race 1 Report: GP3 series Barcelona

10.05.2014 I started in P9 after the qualification in the morning. The race started first with a restart because someone stalled on the grid. I had a bad start, and I had technical problems throughout the race. The car was very unstable and very difficult to drive. So I got overtaken by three positions and finished in P12.

Back in business!


Back in business!

No racing for Hilmer Motorsport in Barcelona

07.05.2013 I will not be racing for Hilmer Motorsport in Barcelona in the upcoming weekend. So I am open for other options at the moment.

GP2 in Bahrain

17.04.2013 I am going to drive GP2 in Bahrain this weekend for Hilmer Motorsport!

Season Summary 2012 Auto GP World Series

11.10.2012   Driving in Auto GP this season has been great. The former Formula 3000 series, now called Auto GP has given me unique experience. A car almost as powerful as a GP2 car, hard competition, world class racing tracks in 4 continents has been rewarding. This is a summary of my season in Auto GP, one of my best seasons in formula racing.

Victory and Vice Champion in Sonoma


The last round in the 2012 Auto GP World Championship was, last weekend, held in Sonoma, California, USA. The race was held on Sonoma Raceway, which in the past has had many names, such as Sears Point Raceway, and Infineon Raceway. The tracks motto is “Think outside the oval”, and it is known to be a hilly course, with a “rollercoaster-like” course style. This race weekend was also the first time in history, that Auto GP was driving in USA. I travelled to San Francisco (close to Sonoma Raceway) early to get used to the time difference, and get over the jetlag, as of that the time difference between Norway and Sonoma is 9 hours. When the first free practice started on Friday, I was excited to try the track with my Auto GP car. I had tried this track before on Forza on XBOX, and on a simulator test in Silverstone, but never with an Auto GP car.

Next stop Sonoma

28.08.2012 On September 22nd-23rd the final round in the Auto GP World Series 2012 is held in Sonoma, California, USA.

Podium in Curitiba, Brazil

28.07.2012 Round 6 in the Auto GP World Championship was located in Curitiba in Brazil. After a long flight we arrived in another part of the world. We arrived some days before to get used to the 5 hour time difference, and the different climate. The Curitiba race track and Brazil was a new experience for me. I had tested some on a simulator before we travelled to Brazil, but when we arrived they decided to make a new chicane on the track out of tires. My engineer from when I was driving in GP2- series, Yannick Hubert, joined us for this race, which was nice. We also had some new drivers attending this race. I am especially referring to ex. Formula One driver Antonio Pizzonia, where the other newcomer was Rafael Suzuki, both Brazilian drivers.

P2 and Podium in Race 1 in Portimao, Portugal!

02.06.2012 After a dramatic qualification on Friday, I was ready to gain positions in Race 1 today. The weather was sunny and pretty hot, and most people around me were a bit nervous. We had decided to try an opposite pit stop strategy from what lead us to victory in Budapest a few weeks ago. In Budapest we took a very late pit stop, but this time we concluded that it possibly could be a beneficial move to take a very early pit stop for this particular race. And it was! I started off in P5 on the start grid, and in the first lap in the first corners I got side by side with Guerin, with me on the outside of Guerin. This was a fight for P4, but he had the advantage on the inside. Eventually I dropped to P6 in the first lap, and the top 6 was driving hard and close with Quaife-Hobbs in the lead. I was the first driver to make a pit stop, in lap 4. We made a smooth and effective, fast pit stop. Since I was the only driver to make a pit stop so early in the race, I was driving last and alone for several laps till somebody else took their pit stop. Then driver after driver took their pit stops, and everybody came out behind me, except Sirotkin, which got side by side, and in front of me through the first corner after his pit stop. He had colder tires, so I passed him after a few corners, and got some distance. Quaife-Hobbs had a late pit stop strategy, and got right in front of me, but got some distance. Sirotkin got closer but I controlled a distance where he never got close enough to make a fight. I eventually ended up finishing in P2. A result I am happy with. I was driving clean and fast, we got a good pit stop, and together with my team Virtuosi UK, we made a good race strategy and performed this strategy very well. Very nice job guys! :) Race 1 was a strategic, clean, fast and good race. Tomorrow, on Sunday, I will start on P7. I had a good pace today, and have a good feeling. It will be #Vikinghorns in action.

Ready for round 5 in Portimao, Portugal.

02.06.2012 It is time for racing again, and this time I am racing in Portugal. The fifth round in the Auto GP World Series is located in Portimao, Portugal, on the Algarve coast in Portimao.

Next Page » More news »