The month in MOTOR SPORT




22: Gerhard Berger signs an extension of his Ferrari contract, ensuring his place in the team for 1995.

22: F1 teams test at the revised Silverstone; Michael Schumacher is fastest. The circuit gets a favourable response from participants.

23: Renault launches the Clio Maxi, its rallying kit car (top).

26: Despite a quadruple roll during testing the previous week, Giampiero Simoni bags BTCC pole at Brands Hatch. In the two races, however, he has to play second fiddle to team-mate Gabriele Tarquini. Bike racing star Kevin Schwantz is present with the Old Spice Nissan team, for whom he will drive a Primera in the end-of-year TOCA Shoot Out.

26: Jan Magnussen takes yet another British F3 victory, at Donington Park. Late in the evening, Jérémie Dufour wins the Avon Supersprint ‘money race’.

26: Al Unser Jnr heads another Penske 1-2-3 in the Portland IndyCar race. Andre Ribeiro scores his maiden FIL victory in the chief support event.

26: Alfa Romeo wins both DTM races at the Norisring, thanks to Nicola Larini and privateer Kris Nissen. The F3 rounds fall to Jörg Müller and Philipp Peter. In Italy, F3 honours are shared at Monza. Luca Rangoni and namesake Riccitelli win a race apiece. In France, Le Vigeant hosts F3 and touring car races; Jean-Philippe Belloc and Laurent Aïello take victories.

26: The Ferrari 333SP continues to monopolise IMSA events Giampiero Moretti / Eliseo Salazar share the winning car at Watkins Glen.

22: Runaway British F3 series leader Jan Magnussen signs a deal with McLaren. The Dane is expected to test for the F1 team once his F3 commitments are through.

28: Nigel Mansell is confirmed as Damon Hill’s team-mate for the French Grand Prix. An estimated 10,000 people turn up to watch him lap Brands Hatch in an FW16 (above).

29: Riccardo Patrese tests a DTM Mercedes at Hockenheim.

30: Benetton announces that JJ Lehto is to be rested. Jos Verstappen will replace him for the time being. It is believed that the young Dutchman may retain the seat for the balance of the season. . .

30: Alfa Romeo’s Nini Russo says that the marque will be involved in the 1995 BTCC.

10: The Ferrari F40 of Anders Olofsson/ Luciano della Noce wins the Vallelunga GT race. The Prancing Horse also triumphs in the latest IMSA event at Indianapolis Raceway Park, courtesy of Eliseo Salazar/ Giampiero Moretti. Elsewhere in North America, Ricky Rudd wins the latest NASCAR qualifier, in New Hampshire, and Gianfranco Cane wins the Moosehead GP in Halifax, Nova Scotia, fourth round of the Venson British F2 series.

11: The hot rally rumour is that Francois Delecour will not be retained by Ford in 1995.

11: Mazda (David Leslie shown above) decides to withdraw from the BTCC, but may reintroduce the Xedos 6 at the end of the season.

13: The FIA summons Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Rubens Barrichello, the Benetton team and British GP clerk of the course Pierre Aumonier to attend a special World Council meeting on July 26, where various British GP incidents will be discussed and assessed. While most of the salient topics are obvious, Hill’s ‘misdemeanour’ was to stop and collect a Union Jack on his slowing down lap. . .

14: JJ Lehto, rested by Benetton, tests a Ligier JS39B at Paul Ricard.

17: Brazil’s national football team pays tribute to Ayrton Senna in its post-World Cup celebrations. “Your spirit is with us,” reads part of their banner (top left).

17: Michael Andretti takes his second IndyCar victory of the year in Toronto. Nigel Mansell retires after leading. Reigning FIL champion Bryan Herta suffers several fractures in a qualifying accident. Current FIL points leader, Chigwell’s Steve Robertson, wins the main support race.

17: Gil de Ferran and Franck Lagorce start on the front row for the Enna F3000 race, but spin off at the first corner. Fortunately for them, the race is stopped in the wake of a multiple pile-up behind them. They finish 1-2 after a restart. . . De Ferran moves into a clear championship lead. (Full report next month.)

17: Alessandro Nannini (Alfa 155 top right) wins both non-championship DIM races at Donington. . .on the road. He is excluded from the results of the second, however, when his car is found not to have the mandatory three litres of fuel on board at the end. This hands victory – Opel’s first in a DTM event to Manuel Reuter, who had started from the pit lane!

17: Alfa Romeo bosses indicate that they will run touring car teams in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Britain and, possibly, Japan next year, if all goes to plan.

17: Steve Soper moves to the top of the JTCC table after a brace of wins at Mine; fellow BMW driver Yvan Muller scores his first win in the French series, at Croix-en-Ternois; the Audis of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro finish 1-2 in the GTCC race at Zandvoort.

17: Christophe Tinseau wins the French F3 round at Croix; Michael Krumm maintains his Japanese series lead at Mine.

17: Geoff Bodine dominates the Miller 500 NASCAR round at Pocono.

17: Richard Moore/Alun Cook take their ex-Richard Burns Subaru Legacy RS to victory on the Yellow Brick Road Rally, fifth round of the EARS/Motoring Mews series.

18: The ACO outlines proposals for a fourclass Le Mans in 1995.

18: Ford (left) admits that it will not be running a full works team in the 1995 WRC, although the factory will support private teams. Ford’s decision leads to speculation that Subaru will pitch for Francois Delecour.

18: Toyota admits that it may not register for the 1995 World Rally Championship.

18: Nissan asks Tiff Needell to deputise for Eric van de Poele in its BTCC team “until further notice”.