December 2009

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Perceptions are hard to shake off. Jenson Button was the playboy, an overhyped flop who didn’t have the stomach to be a race winner, never mind a World Champion. The perception was wrong, stupidly so...
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His progress may have been tortuous over the last few races of his campaign, but at the Brazilian Grand Prix Jenson Button finally silenced the sceptics by putting the 2009 World Championship beyond...
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The Monaco organisers have taken the unprecedented step of moving the date of the Grand Prix from May 23 to the 16th next year. Usually the race weekend is tied to a public holiday. However Bernie...
Lotus technical director Mike Gascoyne insists that the new team is on schedule with its preparations for 2010, despite the late confirmation of its Formula 1 entry by the FIA. The new outfit, to be...
The Formula 1 driver market remains in a state of flux after Ferrari’s confirmation of Fernando Alonso’s arrival in 2010 failed to trigger the expected rush of announcements. Renault acted quickly to...
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Reflections – Button won his championship in the right way – Mosley offends royalty on the campaign trail – Piquet Jr has no one to blame but himself – Alonso could have joined Kimi at McLaren… He...
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Until recently we tended to think of Timo Glock's tyres — dry on a wet track — as being the reason why Felipe Massa lost the 2008 World Championship to Lewis Hamilton, but now there's a case to be...
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Britain’s Colin Turkington sealed the 2009 British Touring Car Championship with the WSR BMW team in a thrilling series finale at Brands Hatch in October. The 27-year-old finished the third race of...
Former Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran called time on his successful driving career in the famous colours of the man who gave him his big break in North America. The De Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a...
The future of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has been thrown into grave doubt with the cancellation of the opening event of the 2009/10 winter series. The abandonment of the Surfers Paradise round...
The British Drayson Racing team will field its new British Racing Green Lola coupé in the full American Le Mans Series next season. Team principal Paul Drayson explained that his new-for-2009 squad...
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An Acura prototype will race at the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time next year. The British Strakka Racing team is purchasing an LMP2 ARX-01b car from Fernández Racing for Danny Watts and Nick...
A new racing driver training company has been launched by Porsche Carrera Cup star and familiar face in the motor sport winners’ enclosure, Sam Hancock. The Drivers Club is run by the renowned Jota...
The tragic 1955 Le Mans accident is now so ingrained in motor sport history that those who know the terrible story formed their own opinions long ago as to exactly what happened and why. A new film...
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Points as of October 12, 2009 1. Jenson Button Formula 1 246pts As we closed for press Jenson could only be overhauled in the points if either Franchitti or Briscoe were to win both remaining F3...
Points as of October 12, 2009 1. Jason Plato BTCC 212pts Plato pipped Colin Turkington in the Silver Star standings thanks to his three British Touring Car victories from three races at Brands Hatch...
Pentti Airikkala Pentti Airikkala, the bespectacled, mischievous Finnish rally driver who lived in England, finally lost his battle with cancer in September. Like so many of his contemporaries,...
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Benefits of a sprint finish Six years ago NASCAR shook up its long-running series format, which was renowned at that time for rewarding consistency over a long season. Instead, a play-off was...
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A nod to the Futurists If you’ve been lucky enough to receive an invitation to dine at Fiat Yamaha’s MotoGP hospitality unit this season (I’m still awaiting mine), you can’t have failed to notice the...
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Lessons in road safety I’ve been caught speeding and am more than usually annoyed with myself. While I am normally relaxed about velocities reached by cars in wide open spaces and good conditions, I...
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FIA shows favouritism Sir, How can the FIA, and by inference ACCUS in the US, justify the suspended sentence given to Renault? After the punitive decision in the McLaren ‘Stepney-gate’ affair it...
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Released from his F1 responsibilities, McLaren boss Ron Dennis has been focusing his energies on production of the new MP4-12C By Rob Widdows When Bruce McLaren died in the summer of 1970 he left...
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In our exclusive interview, Lewis Hamilton reveals how the hard times of 2009 will make him a better driver for the future By Adam Cooper Nobody knows Lewis Hamilton better than his father, Anthony....
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Johnny Rutherford was sure his drives at McLaren and with Jim Hall would garner success. They did – with three Indy 500 wins By Gordon Kirby One of Indycar racing’s greatest stars of the 1970s and ’...
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How best to experience the new Yas Marina GP circuit? In an F1 two-seater driven at speed, of course… By Maurice Hamilton The handwriting in my notebook is distinctly shaky. I am trying to appear...
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Love him or loathe him, there's no denying that 'Our Nige' is a true racer – and today he's still full of fighting talk. Nigel Mansell talks through his career over lunchBy Simon Taylor Surely no...
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The doubters who believe Donington Park has little hope of hosting the British Grand Prix in 2010 look likely to be proved right. But why has the race’s future been put in jeopardy for so long? By...
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It’s 50 years since Jack Brabham won his first World Championship. To celebrate, we return to his perfect win from pole at Aintree By Doug Nye Fifty years ago this December, Sir Jack Brabham...
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Our man thought his drive in the Citroën C4 WRC had gone far better than his chat with Sébastien Loeb, until the World Rally Champion came alive behind the wheel…By Andrew Frankel Of all the things I...
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The editor had high hopes tons second outing as co-driver to Tony Jardine, before nausea, confusion and a ditch intervened By Damien Smith This was not how it was supposed to end. I was secretly...
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It was the perfect club circuit, with great facilities, terrific viewing and easy access. A pity the animals got in the way… By Gordon Cruickshank The shriek of a 727 taking off interrupts the motor...
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Better known as a holiday destination, Portugal’s Algarve region is now home to a circuit that has caught F1’s attention. By Joe Saward For years it has seemed that motor sport in Europe is fading....
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A spectacular new event on the international historic racing calendar will give drivers the chance to compete on the Yas Marina track at Abu Dhabi in January, during the inaugural Abu Dhabi...
The 70th anniversary of the first race on the Angoulême street circuit in France was marked by the annual Circuit des Remparts meeting in September. With a special focus on Matra, famous names at...
Nine British drivers will be on the grid in New Zealand this winter in the Tasman Cup Revival series for Formula 5000s. As well as races in New Zealand, starting at Manfeild on November 14/15, the...
The third automobile excellence weekend in Reims on September 25-27 attracted a strong crowd who gathered to watch 210 cars and bikes being demonstrated on the historic circuit. As well as cars such...
The entire Tiga Race Cars company is up for sale, including drawings, body moulds, jigs and castings. The asking price is £325,000, which includes manufacturing and spares rights. Tiga, created in...
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The 2010 dates for the two Goodwood events have been announced. The 18th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed will take place over the weekend of July 2-4, while the Goodwood Revival meeting is...
It was appropriate that there were three Brescia Bugattis among the 250 car and motorcycle entry for September’s Kop Hill 99th anniversary celebration. In 1925 Francis Giveen, an undergraduate who...
The Spa Classic Six Hours was almost cancelled the day before qualifying when a noise dispute over the classic Belgian track erupted. Only frantic negotiations with local and national officials...
British rally stalwarts Jeremy Easson and David Stokes are among the leading entries for the 2009 Roger Albert Clark Rally, which starts in Pickering on November 13 and finishes four days later in...
The Jowett marque will be one of the focal points of this year’s Classic Motor Show, which runs at the Birmingham NEC from November 13-15. Sixty years of Jowett in competition will be celebrated, and...
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Shaun Lynn and Andrew Haddon upheld GT40 honour in the Spa Six Hours with aremarkable drive from 98th to first By Marcus Pye The growl of 4.7-litre Ford V8 engines on the breeze as darkness descended...
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– Bonhams – The inaugural auction at Reims was held the weekend after the Goodwood Revival sale and produced a mixed bag of results. The 1968 Ferrari 330GTS which sold for £418,050 and the Aston...
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Maserati makes its mark on Goodwood More than 100 classic Maseratis travelled from seven countries, including Australia, for the recent International Rally hosted by the Maserati Club UK. The event...
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Its great rival the Sierra Cosworth was faster, but the M3 won on reliability – quite literally, with numerous title successes. So surely a Group A revival series beckons… By Richard Heseltine Never...
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Out of the Shadows Behind the Scenes of 1960s Motor Racing Roger Lane Following a positive response from his inclusion in Motor Sport’s You Were There feature a few years ago, Roger Lane has taken...
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Ferrari’s fifth amendment Enzo Ferrari made sure the Pescara 4 Hours counted for the 1961 World Championship – and his efforts were fully rewarded One of the least remembered of all FIA endurance...
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The high-flyer from Bradford Felix Scriven’s long drives down from Yorkshire to compete at Brooklands were well worth the effort When in World War II German bombing of London increased, the Ministry...

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