August 2009

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My phone rang just after midnight on Friday June 19. A radio station wanted a comment on plans for eight of the 10 Formula 1 teams to form a breakaway series, in defiance of the FIA and its dictator...
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Grand Prix racing has narrolwy avoided a damaging break-up thanks to a deal that appears to have secured the future of Formula 1, in the wake of serious threats to form a rebel series for next year....
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The day after the Turkish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton tried a different kind of racing car on Mercedes-Benz’s Stuttgart-Unterturkheim test track. To mark the 75th anniversary of its great ‘Silver...
BMW has confirmed that it has abandoned its KERS project in order to focus on the rest of its F1 package. Team boss Mario Theissen said: “I’m disappointed, because I still think it would have been...
Over the course of the British GP weekend it became apparent that the race will be back at Silverstone after all in 2010 – and possibly beyond. While the announcement of a breakaway series created...
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Reflections – Back from the brink of a breakaway series – Prost’s self-sacrifice for the good of McLaren When Max Mosley came to Suzuka in 1991, he was newly installed as the president of FISA, then...
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Third time lucky for Peugeot, then. For the French team this was ‘La Belle Victoire’ at its third attempt with a diesel. Its cars were faster than the Audis last year but somehow they conspired to...
Peugeot protested the legality of the Audi R15 TDI on the morning of first practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The French manufacturer contested two areas of the radical front-end aerodynamics of the...
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This year’s Le Mans Legends race was a real crowd-pleaser The 2009 edition of the 45-minute Legends race for cars that competed, or were of a type that competed, at Le Mans between 1949-65 was one of...
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A new breed of low-cost tin-top racer will form the basis of the British Touring Car Championship from 2011. ‘Next Generation Touring Car’ rules have been devised to slash build and running costs by...
This year’s Wales Rally GB will go ahead after the Motor Sport Association agreed to underwrite the cost of running the event, following the Welsh Assembly Government’s decision to terminate its...
In its 102nd year, the Isle of Man TT made way for electric motorbikes to create the world’s first zero carbon ‘eGrandPrix’, the TTXGP. Rob Barber, racing for AGNI X01 in the Best Buy Pro Class, won...
Canadian Robert Wickens has become the first international F2 race winner in almost a quarter of a century. Wickens won both races on the rebirth of Formula 2 as a one-make series at Valencia at the...
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Points as at June 22, 2009 1. Jenson Button Formula 1 185pts Despite finishing ‘only’ sixth at the British Grand Prix, Button has taken the lead from Adam Carroll, since the Irishman’s racing...
Points as at June 22, 2009 1. Colin Turkington BTCC 176pts After two victories at both Oulton Park and Croft, Turkington is opening up quite a large points gap over the rest. He has five wins from...
Peter Arundell ‘King of Formula Junior’ Peter Arundell has died aged 75. His FJ exploits in 1961-62 won him promotion to the Lotus Formula 1 team. He won the famous wager between German magazine...
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Hélio won, but who watched? There was no stopping Roger Penske’s team and Hélio Castroneves at Indianapolis this year. At the end of the 500 miles Castroneves was in a class of his own as he...
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The men behind the visors One of the delights of motor sport is that the competition is not always about macho beefcakes. The most important muscle in the motor sportsman’s body is the thinking...
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Puzzled by the Panamera Even though we are just halfway through the year, I know already that I will not drive another car in the remaining months as perplexing as Porsche’s new Panamera. At the most...
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A flight to remember Sir, Norma Henderson’s letter about Webbair brought back memories of a journey to the 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix. The Dan-Air Elizabethan was not large enough to take all those...
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It was with MV Agusta and Ferrari that John Surtees scored his famous world titles on two wheels and four. But working with these two great Italian teams was no easy ride…By Nigel Roebuck Big John’...
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What’s the only thing more hardcore than racing at the Nordschleife for 24 hours? The throng of spectators who gather to watch… By Ed Foster The ADAC 24h Rennen Nürburgring first ran in 1970. Since...
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Forty-five years ago, Jack Sears overcame a black-flag penalty and Jackie Stewart to score a famous GT win at Brands Hatch. Armed with a Cobra and a Jaguar, we set out to relive the day’s events… By...
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So far, it’s the intra-team fight of the season: the experienced pro against the bright young thing. And it’s testing Red Bull’s powers of diplomacy By Adam Cooper Over a long and successful career...
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This affable Aussie made it in F1 and sports cars, and ran his own team, before helping to shape motor sport back home By Simon Taylor What do racers do when they stop racing? All that competitive...
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The DBR4 could have made Aston Martin a Grand Prix winner, but its delayed debut rendered it obsolete. It’s a cautionary tale for David Richards if he takes the marque back into F1… By Andrew Frankel...
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Nino Vaccarella is remembered as a Targa Florio specialist, when in fact he won all the big events in sports car racing’s golden age By Michael Oliver We’d wager that Nino Vaccarella wouldn’t...
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Not only is the Lotus Evora quick and sharp, it’s also smooth – just don’t stress over the details By Andrew Frankel It might seem a surprising thing to say about a low-volume sports car manufacturer...
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Clive Bowen takes circuit design beyond just building a track, the aim being to create commercial successes By Adam Sweeting You want to build a new motor racing circuit, so who do you call? Recent...
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The Ford Escort Mk2 used by Timo Mäkinen and Henry Liddon to win the 1975 RAC Rally was a star attraction at the Chatsworth Rally Show as it returned to action. Despite dreadful weather, the event at...
The biggest field of 1-litre F3 cars seen since the category changed to 1600cc engines in 1971 will gather at Brands Hatch on July 4 at the HSCC Historic Superprix. Up to 30 cars are due to race,...
Michael Lyons became the youngest ever winner of an F1 race when he won the Grand Prix Masters event at Brands Hatch aged just 18 years and four months. Although his main focus for 2009 is the...
A sensational line-up of cars from Mercedes-Benz will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Silver Arrows at the Dyck Castle motor festival in Germany on August 1/2. The event will raise money for a...
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The Alfa Romeo T33/3 driven to second place in the 1971 Targa Florio by Andrea de Adamich and Gijs van Lennep has returned to racing this season and is due to be piloted by Andy Newall at the...
Former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist (left) is the first star driver to confirm an entry for this year’s Roger Albert Clark Rally, which will run from November 13-16 in the forests of Yorkshire...
A raft of different cars and the participation of more car clubs are key developments for the second Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, to be held in the grounds of the Cheshire castle on July 18/19....
With a 30-car grid at Monza, the FIA Historic Formula One Championship is enjoying a superb season in 2009, and it is Joaquin Folch who heads the title race after two rounds. Folch won the season...
Some major changes have been made to the content of the Silverstone Classic ahead of the July 24-26 event. The proposed Edwardian race has been shelved and replaced by a race for Jaguars, while the...
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Guitarist Chris Rea fell in love with racing as a small boy. Now he is returning to the tracks to race one of his beloved Ferraris By Rob Widdows He could have been the ice cream king of...
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It was the older cars in this year’s Mille Miglia which proved the most effective By Johnny Tipler Every one of this year’s 375 Mille Miglia entrants took part in the event in its 30-year heyday from...
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– RM Auctions – In its August 13-15 Sports and Classics of Monterey sale, RM has two historic Miller race cars going under the hammer. The first, a 1931 Miller V16, is the only such racer ever built...
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Let the Bubbly and the memories flow Moët et Chandon celebrated its 40th anniversary partnership with Sir Jackie Stewart at its London head office on May 28. Guests – who included Sir David Frost,...
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It was a winner from the outset, the inspiration for the outlandish ‘Moby Dick’, and it’s still making its mark in classic races. Just don’t call the 935 a road car… By Richard Heseltine Just to...
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Mark Donohue Technical Excellence at Speed Michael Argetsinger Mark Donohue fans can at last add a new title to their bookshelves. Technical Excellence at Speed will make an essential companion to...
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Whiskey chasers Whatever the future holds, NASCAR still has its rich history, as one episode concerning moonshine in Middle Georgia proves… For quite some time now, roundy-roundy NASCAR racing has...
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Man versus machine When Hitler launched his pre-war plan to dominate racing, he reckoned without the skill of some drivers It seems to be a fact that an inferior racing car can defeat more efficient...

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