February 2016

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Jaguar is back in motor sport, just as it should be. But it’s not returning to Le Mans with a new prototype or GTE, it’s not joining Bentley and the rest in GT3 – and it’s certainly not going...
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On October 29 I visited the Portsmouth HQ of Ben Ainslie Racing to see Martin Whitmarsh, and fresh in everyone’s mind was the US Grand Prix, run just four days earlier. There Lewis Hamilton had...
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The 2016 campaign marks the 10th anniversary of Fernando Alonso’s second – and most recent – world title. He achieved it with Renault, a team now making a full-time return to F1. The Spaniard might...
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10) Carlos Sainz Carlos only made it onto the F1 grid because Sebastian Vettel had gone to Ferrari, creating a cascade of opportunities within the Toro Rosso/Red Bull family, but once there he...
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Abu Dhabi No title decider tension in the desert this time around, the big prizes long concluded. But a third consecutive victory for Nico Rosberg from his sixth consecutive pole completed a...
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Turn 11, Abu Dhabi The sight: a small, fast dark grey dot – dayglo-striped – streaks through the sunlight. Whooshing through the shadows of the towering grandstands, it bursts out into the light...
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Last of the Americans On November 8 Nicky Hayden rode his 216th and final MotoGP race. Next season he moves across to World Superbikes, motorcycle racing’s version of tin-tops. Hayden’s departure...
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The quest to catch Porsche All-new Audis and Toyotas to chase WEC titles in 2016 | By Gary Watkins Porsche built an all-new car for last season and came away with all the big prizes in the World...
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Busch bounces back to take title Whatever you may think of NASCAR’s ‘Chase for the Cup’ play-off system, it produced an excellent title duel at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Sprint Cup finale in...
Peter Westbury The double British hillclimb champion has died at the age of 77. As well as being successful in speed events, Westbury was a prolific single-seater racer and scored several notable F3...
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Porsche Sounds Dieter Landenberger As the title suggests, there’s a novelty factor to this latest addition to the bulging Porsche shelf: a CD of engine sounds to accompany a book that has official...
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Williams tops show bill Eight F1 cars to celebrate Damon Hill’s 1996 title | by Paul Lawrence One of the biggest displays of Williams F1 cars will be the focal point of this year’s Autosport...
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Porsche on a Mission Fast-charging concept to hit showrooms | by Andrew Frankel Porsche has announced that it will put into production the Mission E concept car, shown at the Frankfurt motor show in...
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It’s more refined than the original, but also a touch less involving  | by Andrew Frankel There are few car launches I remember more clearly than that of the original Audi R8, and not just because a...
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A 2-litre four-pot with greater poke than a V8 You can imagine a meeting of marketing folk. Volvo has a new flagship for which it is charging commensurate money as it goes into battle against the...
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Not quite an S-class, but a step in the right direction When it comes to this business, I dislike not having important information at my disposal. My job is to answer questions about cars, but there...
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The last Mini Clubman was a fairly silly car, and I liked it more than I should have done. The idea of having only one rear door and placing it on the wrong side of the car, so it forced you either...
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Passing fad I have been watching motor sport for many years and recent comments regarding F1 drivers calling pit engineers for strategy advice brought to mind a different technique used in the past....
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Bulgari  The only word that Elizabeth Taylor knew in Italian, Richard Burton liked to claim, was “Bulgari”. Taylor’s enthusiastic patronage helped establish the jeweller as one of the most glamorous...
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It is 40 years since Porsche’s 935 – the road-going 911’s ultimate racing evolution – made its competition debut. We spoke to some of those who helped forge its enduring reputation | Writer Simon...
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…but it is active in many domains, from karting to historic Formula 1 via LMP3. And it has all happened in a relatively short space of time – Writer Simon Arron | Photographer Brian Cleary "Every...
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From sands to stands this town has a rich past, and this year one prime race hits its half-century | Writer Peter Higham Daytona Beach was already famous for speed record attempts and a stock car...
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Sports car racing’s most successful marque turned the dial to full power for its sophomore year back at the highest level. In this era of mega-hybrid boost, the result was emphatic: a clean sweep at...
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Nick Tandy’s exceptional performance at Le Mans rightly took most of the headlines in the UK media – but there was another British ace celebrating a hard-earned win at La Sarthe, achieving a personal...
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Such were his injuries that doctors considered any form of recovery unlikely, yet four months later he was racing again. It’s quite some story...  Formula 1 drivers have to be extraordinarily fit:...
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In 1981 Mazda beat heavyweight opposition to become the first Japanese manufacturer to win the Spa 24 Hours. Motor Sport was offered a chance to try its victorious RX-7 There are many things for...
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From the days when a couple of enthusiasts could get truly close to F1’s hub... and then gratefully be accepted as part of a team Somebody urgently needs to invent affordable time travel – and here’s...
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Californian Jeff Gordon blazed a trail for the modern NASCAR star in his multi-coloured Chevrolets during the 1990s. As he hangs up his helmet, we reflect on the landmark career of a modern American...
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A humble local radio station in Portsmouth was the unlikely source of star-studded motor racing chatter nearly 40 years ago. Now those shows, known as Track Torque, are ready to reach the global...
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FLORIDA COCKTAIL Daytona Speedway, November 11-15: added to the calendar in 2014, an evolving event is already a classic in both name and nature​ The question was politely received, but couldn’t be...
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Off the shelf racers Visiting a high street shop where Formula 1 meets music and art You have to admit it’s the Dalek that catches the eye. No matter that Legends in Time, in a quiet Sunningdale...
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Feats on the ground How primitive testing morphed into serious downforce Back in the 1960s pretty much the height of Formula 1 sophistication had been Ron Tauranac and Brabham putting their 1½-litre...

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