Articles tagged Vincenzo Sospiri

Page 76, March 2011

Lunch with... Alex Wurz

Tall men are not meant to make top racing drivers, yet he had a busy 12-year career as F1 racer and tester. Now his heart is set on a third Le Mans winBy Simon Taylor Alex Wurz looks like Hollywood’s idea of a racing driver: alert, clear-eyed, charming yet steely, wiry and very fit. And tall. But, as we know, in real life the most successful racing drivers tend to be little guys. It’s not just...

Page 31, September 1993

Taking the strain

Until lap 16 of the fifth round of the European F3000 Championship, the German GP support race at Hockenheim, David Coulthard appeared to be heading for an eight-point championship lead. Six days earlier, the Scot had taken his first F3000 victory at Enna, in bizarre circumstances of a kind which are unique to the outmoded Sicilian circuit. In Germany, infused with confidence, David was driving,...

Page 37, July 1995

Nova and Nova and Nova again

It was a hard manoeuvre, certainly. Maybe, with hindsight, even unfair. But it wasn't malicious. No one of sound mind is deliberately going to drive into another racing car at the best part of 180 mph. No, when Vincenzo Sospiri moved across to claim the inside line for the first corner in Barcelona, he simply made a small error of judgment, which sent the nose fin of Fabrizio de Simone's Reynard...

Page 42, May 1994

OPEN WARFARE

or a series that has been read the last rites more often than Barnet Football Club, the European F3000 Championship has a positively roseate glow to its cheeks. When it kicks off at Silverstone on May 2, there should be at least 26 cars present. And there could be as many as 30. Either way. that means a full grid, and in the current economic climate, that's no mean feat. Particularly so when one...

Page 9, June 1997

Lola Formula One folds, leaving £6.3 million debts

The Lola Formula One Team went into liquidation last month with £6.3 million debts. Its parent company, Lola Cars, is owed £3 million. Creditors of the abortive F1 team, which competed in just one event in 1997, met on April 28 to discuss reallocation of its remaining assets but liquidator Bartfield and Company says no solution was available to keep the team alive. Lola Cars, one of Britain's...

Page 142, January 2014

Close encounters of the Ford kind

Silverstone, November 2-3: a nice warm feeling, despite the biting breeze. From the revitalised formula Ford Festival to its natural successor... First run in 2001, the Walter Hayes Trophy espouses everything that was good about the original Snetterton and Brands Hatch Festivals, with a three-figure entry and six heats required to distil the field to 72 semi-finalists and beyond. The Saturday...

Page 32, September 1995

Turning point?

Hockenheim has played a pivotal role in the past two FIA F3000 series. And once again, it has created confusion in the perceived natural order of things... When Marc Goossens crossed the line to win the Hockenheim Formula 3000 race, it was significant for several reasons. It was a first F3000 victory for him, and for Derek Mower's small but effective Nordic Racing. It ended Super Nova's...

Page 74, September 2008

Lunch with... Lola

Lola’s founder and its saviour recall 50 years of entrepreneurial effort which has taken in almost every category of motor racing By Simon Taylor There are easier ways to make money than by building racing cars for sale. In fact, the major makers since the 1950s – the likes of Cooper, Lotus, Elva, Brabham, March, Reynard – have all, for one reason or another, hit the buffers and disappeared. The...

Page 40, July 1994

FIA EUROPEAN F3000 CHAMPIONSHIP

trreble, Three races; three different winners; three drivers sharing the championship lead; was Formula 3000 ever anything other than congested? What has been the best news for Formula 3000 drivers in recent weeks? On a personal level. Gil de Ferran and Massimiliano Papis will have drawn great satisfaction from their victories in Pau and Barcelona, respectively. The most significant development,...

Page 41, October 1993

Cheap freeze?

Lola's Nick Langley was looking forward to going to Spa. The company's Formula 3000 project manager has had a rum year in Europe, where not one T93/50 chassis has been sold, and he went to Belgium hoping to drum up business for 1994. When he got there, the first thing he learnt was that there will, FIA ratification pending, be a ban on new cars next season . . . This did not make his weekend. The...

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