June 2016

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You’ve spent your life working towards one goal: Formula 1. If you make it, you cling on for as long as it will allow. Sometimes it’s all too brief. But if you’re lucky – and good enough – it could...
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Saturday, September 5 1970. Lunching with friends at a favourite Soho bistro, I was in a state of high excitement, for the following day – by means of a Page & Moy one-day trip – I was going to...
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Although the first few Grands Prix painted a picture of continuing Mercedes domination, things are afoot that will probably make this a far less one-sided season than those of 2014 or ’15. An...
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Harmony has long been an alien concept in Grand Prix racing – and its current absence makes the short-term future ever more uncertain. Here are the hurdles that must urgently be negotiated As a...
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Fernando Alonso had initially shrugged off the small discomfort he felt after his heavy Melbourne crash. But when he got home the following Monday, the pain had increased. With the Bahrain Grand Prix...
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It’s a rumour that comes around every so often but here it is again: Bernie Ecclestone is considering buying out CVC’s controlling interest in F1. Quite how that would move it past its governance...
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Shanghai, turns 7-8 A late Shanghai Friday morning, sun trying to burst through the smog, stiff breeze stealing up through the corridor formed by the paddock buildings and earth banks to present the...
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Voting has closed for the 2016 Motor Sport Hall of Fame and we’re delighted to reveal the top three nominees you have chosen for each of the five categories.  The new members will take their place in...
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Doubt clouds Silverstone sale BRDC ponders next move as JLR deal hits stumbling block | By Gary Watkins The proposed sale of Silverstone to Jaguar Land Rover hangs in the balance after the board of...
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IndyCar's aero dilemma After the opening two races of this year’s IndyCar series it was Penske vs Ganassi once again. Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud finished one-two for Penske in the streets...
Freddy Rousselle Belgian racer Freddy Rousselle, who has died aged 89, made an impact on the tough Liège-Rome-Liège rally, finishing sixth in 1955 and earning a works Triumph drive as a result. His...
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Two races, one class win on home soil Considering the horrendous weather we had at Silverstone, it was great to hear that more than 50,000 people attended the first round of the FIA World Endurance...
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The end of finesse? “Technology is a big destroyer of emotion and truth. It’s the disease you have to fight in any creative field: ease of use.” So said Jack White, the American musician who has...
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Hunt’s title celebrated Classic F1 season revisited, 40 years on The 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s world championship title will be celebrated during major events at Goodwood, Silverstone and...
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Formula 1 The Knowledge – Records and trivia since 1950 David Hayhoe Very few people will know precisely that, having annexed his maiden Formula 1 pole, Mario Andretti waited eight years and 19 days...
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A 50 per cent power hike from a bolt-on tuning kit sounds deeply impressive. And it is – even if the extra horses only amount to a couple of dozen. That was the baseline Carlo Abarth started from:...
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…but Jag will build only nine continuation cars Jaguar has announced it is to build nine brand-new XKSS sports cars to ‘replace’ those lost in the 1957 Browns Lane fire.  In a widely anticipated move...
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An SUV with driver appeal? British talisman makes a flying start with its first step into a fresh sector Unlike its name, the reason behind the Jaguar F-Pace’s existence is not hard to fathom. You...
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Switching to four cylinders is not wholly bad news  Porsche’s decision to place its future in the hands of turbocharged engines for all its products, save the GT-badged output of its Motorsport...
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Rear-drive traditionalist reverses its approach Lending me a crossover is a gutsy thing to do. My dislike of the genre is well known and founded on what I regard as the undeniable truth that, as a...
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An opulent cruiser that packs one hell of a punch  There really is nothing else out there quite like a Mercedes SL and, given the small numbers in which it sells, you might rightly conclude there is...
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The price of success With reference to the lucky escapes at this year’s 74th Members’ Meeting, Goodwood is an amazing event but it has become a victim of its own success. The range and quality of...
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Keeping an eye on the time: new releases in the watch world by Richard Holt Patek Philippe For people that don’t really see the point in mechanical watches, particularly ones that cost a lot, there...
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It is 50 years since Ford celebrated its maiden Le Mans victory. As the factory prepares to return to the race for the first time since 1969, we spoke to three key players in one of the biggest...
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Marino Franchitti tries a GT40 for the first time. The second can’t come soon enough Some questions simply don’t have to be asked: the look on Marino Franchitti’s face tells all. He has driven many...
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Ford was desperate to win Le Mans in 1966, but had to overcome political in-fighting as well as Ferrari. This is how the Blue Oval scored a famous first victory Writer Paul Fearnley “This is a...
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A world champion though you wouldn’t know it, Guernsey’s BMW touring car ace has switched tracks for Ford’s GT team. Main target? Le Mans  Writer Simon Taylor | photographer Howard Simmons In these...
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Formula 1 might monopolise the mainstream motor racing headlines, but few Grands Prix attract even half as many spectators as the Le Mans 24 Hours. More than 260,000 made the pilgrimage to north-west...
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TECH SPEC  Engine 2-litre, single-turbo V4 (petrol) Hybrid system front-axle KERS, exhaust energy recovery,  battery storage Tyres Michelin Drivers 1 Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley 2...
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TECH SPEC  Engine 2.4-litre, twin-turbo, V6 (petrol) Hybrid system twin-axle KERS, battery storage Tyres Michelin Drivers 5 Sébastien  Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima 6 Stéphane Sarrazin,...
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TECH SPEC  Engine 3.7-litre, single-turbo V6 (diesel) Hybrid system Single front-axle KERS, battery storage Tyres Michelin Drivers 7 André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler 8 Loïc Duval,...
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By reputation Audi is a paragon of efficiency in sports car racing, but its engineers admit to being naïve when they conceived the R10 TDI. Ten years on, here’s how the firm’s history-making diesel...
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The R10’s landmark Le Mans win was just the start… The Audi R10 TDI claimed a place in the history books when it notched up the first Le Mans 24 Hours victory for a diesel-powered car in 2006. It...
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LMP2, the second prototype division, pitches seasoned pros against ambitious young talent and amateur ‘gentlemen’. It’s also the most unpredictable and open class at Le Mans.  Writer Gary Watkins 26...
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Olympian Sir Chris Hoy conquered the cycling world. Now he’s relishing life as a humble rookie, racing at Le Mans and notching up another sporting ambition Writer Damien Smith He looks the part in...
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The name has been a familiar part of motor sport’s landscape across three decades, but has never previously been associated with the World Endurance Championship. It is now… Writer Simon Arron |...
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New teams and entries flood into the LMP2 class, but they face tough opposition from one venerable warrior Writer Ed Foster The car that sits before us is the 2016 Gibson 015S LMP2 racer. Carbon-...
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It’s a French institution with international appeal and the 84th running is nigh...     Writer Peter Higham Le Mans holds a unique place in motor racing history. Scene of the first Grand Prix de l’...
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At first you think you recognise the badge.  It would be hard not to, with its black cavallino rampante at its centre against a familiar yellow background. But something is different here: above said...
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Sean Edwards’ mother is on a crusade to prevent the kind of accident that claimed her son’s life in 2013writer Rob Widdows On October 15, 2013 Sean Edwards was killed in a horrifying accident at...
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This son of a German boxer is punching above his weight with Manor in F1. Adam Cooper spoke to him Germany’s F1 superstars have a habit of making spectacular debuts, and while Pascal Wehrlein didn’t...
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Of the many fascinating cars that grace the track during Goodwood race meetings, few are quite as distinctive as the Cunningham C4R. Here’s how it feels from behind the wheel writer Sam Hancock As is...
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In previous decades, Silverstone in the spring meant it was International Trophy time, the non-championship Formula 1 race that invariably offered Grand Prix glitterati a cold (and often damp) start...
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A mid-morning snowstorm followed the early drizzle, yet by early afternoon there was sufficient balmy sunshine to generate custom for the ice-cream vendors. The Historic Sports Car Club’s 50th...
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 “The bombshell was the recreation of a 1958 Porsche 356 Zagato,” said Patrick Rollet, president of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA). Rollet was one of the judges at the...
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Track of my tiers Snetterton, March 27: it’s British Formula 3, but not as we know it. A popular old name returns to the domestic calendar There is, I suppose, a symmetry of sorts. When Formula 3...
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Seeds of expansion Barrie Williams has a long motor sport history – including a little-known connection to the NMM  There was a pleasing circularity about the inaugural Bromyard Festival of Motoring...
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Chicanery in Monte Carlo Rearranging the deckchairs hasn’t much altered the unforgiving Monaco circuit​ Back in 1986 – 30 years ago – the Monaco Grand Prix exemplified the changing standards within...

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