Paul di Resta to test drive in Marrakesh for Formula E’s Jaguar

Scottish driver Paul di Resta had been rumored to be joining Williams F1, but will test drive in Morocco for Formula E outfit Jaguar on January 14. (Reuters)
Updated 03 January 2018
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Paul di Resta to test drive in Marrakesh for Formula E’s Jaguar

MARRAKESH: Paul di Resta has put to bed any plans that he will race with Williams in Formula 1 in the upcoming season, but the Scottish driver could soon be opening a new chapter of his racing career in Formula E with Jaguar.
Di Resta has drawn interest from the Formula E team, which will give the Scot a run in its car on January 14 in Marrakesh. The drive comes after the all-electric series’ second event next week.
Di Resta stood in for Felipe Massa at Williams in the Hungarian Grand Prix last summer, but it looks likely the team will choose between Russian Sergey Sirotkin and Polish driver Robert Kubica to take up the vacant seat for 2018.
Formula V8 3.5 winner Pietro Fittipaldi will also be on hand to test the Jaguar team’s electric charger.
“I am really looking forward to my first taste of Formula E and the Jaguar I-type 2,” said the Scot who will head to Morocco after completing this weekend’s test at Daytona with United Autosport, a prelude to the Rolex 24 in which di Resta will race at the end of the month.
“It is a perfect opportunity, at the right time of year to have a go. It will be an intensive day of testing in Marrakesh but I’m sure I can give some positive feedback to the team,” he added.


West Brom fightback takes shine off more Mohamed Salah success

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West Brom fightback takes shine off more Mohamed Salah success

  • Salah strikes again to move within sight of the Premier League goalscoring record .
  • But West Brom fight back from two goals down to grab a point.

West Bromwich Albion kept their slim hopes of Premier League survival alive with a stunning late comeback to draw 2-2 with Liverpool and take the shine off Mohamed Salah’s latest goal-scoring landmark.
The Egypt international matched the record of 31 goals for a 38-game top-flight season set by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Luis Suarez (2013-14) with three matches still to spare with a clever chipped finish.
Andy Cole’s record of 34 goals in a 42-game season looks well within the grasp of Salah, who took the limelight away from Danny Ings’ first goal since October 2015.
The final word, though, belonged to West Brom as they came from behind with goals from Jake Livermore and then Salomon Rondon in the 88th minute.
It was just reward for the hosts, with caretaker-manager Darren Moore extending his unbeaten run to three matches, including games against two of the top four.
However, it was harsh on Ings who looked set to enjoy a day to remember after a difficult period since moving to Anfield from Burnley, with two serious knee injuries restricting him to just 11 appearances for the club in his first two seasons.
Ings seized his chance replacing the rested Roberto Firmino with a fourth-minute strike, his first in 930 days since scoring the last goal of Brendan Rodgers’ reign.
No one could begrudge him his moment in the Black Country sunshine after he tore a cruciate knee ligament in Klopp’s first training session at the club, just days after winning his solitary England cap against Lithuania, and suffered another injury to his other knee just over a year later.
With one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal first leg at home to Roma Klopp made five changes, including three of the back four, and that gave Ings a chance.
Sadio Mane worked his way to the byline and drilled in a cross which Georginio Wijnaldum controlled before allowing his teammate to blast home.
It was only the third of Liverpool’s past 27 league goals not to be scored by Mane, Firmino or Salah.
Ings was denied a second by goalkeeper Ben Foster’s outstretched foot late in the half but West Brom dominated the latter stages of the half. A rare miscontrol by James Milner allowed Livermore to whip over a far-post cross which James McClean drilled back across goal, but Jay Rodriguez’s lunge was inches away from converting a certain equalizer.
Ings had a penalty shout turned down after the break when Craig Dawson stepped across him to prevent him reaching Joe Gomez’s pass.
Salah, quiet since an 11th-minute shot was deflected over by Livermore, came in from the periphery when substitutes Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain combined to tee him up to coolly beat Foster in the 72nd minute.
Livermore, though, gave the hosts hope with a scrambled finish from a corner and Rondon headed home Brunt’s near-post free kick with two minutes to go.