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Beechdean AMR has revised the lineup of its No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, causing a change of category from Gold Cup to Silver.

Team principal Andrew Howard, the founder of ice cream company Beechdean, has relinquished his participation in this weekend’s race due to increased business commitments impacting his preparations.

Howard was originally the mandatory Bronze-rated driver in the Gold Cup crew, while the team has not replaced him with a driver of the same grading, instead opting to join the Silver Cup grid.

This also means that Aston Martin factory driver Valentin Hasse-Clot, who is Gold-rated, cannot take part in the event due to the requirement for all drivers to be Silver.

Beechdean AMR has, in turn, drafted in Silver-rated FIA World Endurance Championship racers David Pittard and Charlie Fagg to partner Roman De Angelis and Theo Nouet.

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“The balance of the ice cream business and motorsport has always worked well, but with the ever-increasing pressures on food manufacturers in the UK, it’s important that I put our core business at the top of my priority list,” said Howard.

“This, unfortunately, means that I cannot put 100 percent focus on racing at Spa and having done the race a few times before, I know this is not a race you can do unless you are fully committed.

“Rather than compromise the team in any way, I’ve taken the difficult decision to step back from driving duties for the race.

“Because of this, we’ve decided to switch to the Silver Cup with two fantastically talented team newcomers in David Pittard and Charlie Fagg.

“While this means that unfortunately Valentin – as a Gold driver – also has to step aside for this race, I have to thank him for taking the news as the true professional he is.

“Both Valentin and myself will be on-site for the race and plan to be cheering on a double win for the team.”

Pittard drives for Paul Dalla Lana’s NorthWest AMR outfit in the WEC’s GTE-Am class, sharing the No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE with the Canadian and Nicki Thiim.

Fagg, meanwhile, drives the same type of car for D’station Racing with TF Sport technical backing.

“It was great to get the late call to a team that’s not just here to make up the numbers, Andrew has assembled a top group of drivers in a car that should be a contender for the class win,” said Pittard.

“I was at the 24H Spa official test and got to see Theo and Roman in the Vantage and both were very impressive.

“Theo’s knowledge of the new-for-2022 Pirelli tire on the car will be a huge help to all of us and I’d like to think that my experience of having done this race three times will benefit Theo, Roman and Charlie in terms of how we manage the weekend as a team.”

Fagg added: “I was supposed to be going to Spa as a driver coach, but to get the call on Friday to ask me to race was a brilliant surprise and not something I was expecting.

“It’s a shame that Andrew and Valentin have had to step out of the car for the weekend, but it’s given me the chance to make my GT World Challenge Europe debut in a car that should be able to compete for the class win, which is something I’m very excited about.

“I’ve never driven the Vantage GT3, but I’ve raced the GTE version this year in the World Endurance Championship and if it’s similar, it’s going to be great.

“There’s a lot to learn, but with an excellent set of teammates in No. 97 and the Pros in No. 95 to help push us on, I’m confident we can do well if we can have a clean race.”


By: Daniel Lloyd
Title: Beechdean AMR Adjusts Spa Lineup; Gold Car Moves to Silver
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Published Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2022 08:51:43 +0000

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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