September 2009

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As I write the morning after, we are reeling from the shock. News of the tragedy that has claimed the life of Henry Surtees in a Formula 2 accident at Brands Hatch is still raw, and it is too much to...
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Ari Vatanen has positioned himself as the candidate for change as he prepares to go head-to-head with Jean Todt for the FIA presidency in October – and he has made it clear that he’s not happy with...
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Sébastien Bourdais has threatened the Scuderia Toro Rosso team with legal action after being dropped following the German Grand Prix. The former Champ Car star was replaced in Hungary by 19-year-old...
Pedro de la Rosa looks increasingly likely to land a seat with the new Campos Grand Prix team that is being put together in his native Spain. Giorgio Pantano also harbours hopes of being reunited...
By winning at his 130th attempt Mark Webber established a new record for the longest wait for a first Grand Prix victory when he triumphed in Germany. Webber beat the previous record of 124 GPs, held...
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Reflections – Winning Webber has the wunderkind in his sights – Spectre of Todt looms over fragile Formula 1… – Surtees tragedy proof that racing can never be safe When Rubens Barrichello superbly...
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A world sports car champion will be crowned at the end of next season for the first time since 1992. Plans for an FIA GT1 World Championship, which could stretch across as many as five continents,...
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GT racer and former Dakar Rally winner Luc Alphand is expected to make a full recovery from back injuries sustained in an off-road motorcycle rally. Alphand, who made the switch to motor sport after...
Former Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Johnny Herbert tested a British Touring Car Championship contender in July. Herbert didn’t rule out racing in the BTCC after trying out a Team Dynamics Honda...
Peugeot has dropped its eligibility protest against the Audi R15. The French manufacturer protested the R15 TDI on the morning of free practice at the Le Mans 24 Hours on two key areas of its...
At the same time as announcing a peace deal in Formula 1, a whole raft of announcements on rallying came out of the June World Motor Sport Council meeting. The possibility of having 1600cc...
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Points as of July 20, 2009 1. Jenson Button Formula 1 194pts 2. Adam Carroll A1GP 174pts 3. Rob Huff WTCC 136pts Huff is one of the big movers this month with a haul of 42 points. After two strong...
Points as of July 20, 2009 1. Colin Turkington BTCC 176pts 2. Matt Neal BTCC 136pts 3. Jason Plato BTCC 131pts 4=. James Thompson BTCC 106pts 4=. Aaron Scott BRITISH GT 106pts With no British Touring...
Henry Surtees, the son of Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees, died on July 19 following an accident in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch. On the previous day the 18-year-old had scored his first...
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Racing greats gather to honour Sir Stirling Motor Sport recently welcomed back to our Chelsea riverside offices many familiar faces from the world of racing, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill...
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Redman’s Can-Am classic Thirty-five years ago this month, the original, unlimited Can-Am series came to a close when the promoters at Riverside cancelled that season’s final race. Only five Can-Am...
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Lexus supercar sizzles It’s been almost 20 years since a Lexus first went on sale in the UK and while I admire very much what has been achieved in this time, particularly in the area of customer...
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Schuey great without Brawn Sir, Mr Hasker wants to reassess Michael Schumacher’s achievements in comparison to other World Champions, and the extent of Ross Brawn’s influence on his successes (...
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Pace, panache & personalities From more than 10 Porsche 917s to the largest recent collection of pre-war Auto Unions; from Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows to Jim Clark’s Indy-winning Lotus 38, via...
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Think of this year’s political crisis in F1, and it’s impossible not to think of the FISA/FOCA war. And then as now, Bernie Ecclestone will play a pivotal role in the outcome By Maurice Hamilton It...
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He’s the English gentleman who’s scored more sports car wins than even he can remember, although no one will ever forget his record at Le Mans and Daytona By Simon Taylor Derek Bell is,...
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Fifty years after his death, Jean Behra is still remembered by his contemporaries as one of Grand Prix racing’s bravest souls By Nigel Roebuck Back in June 1980 I interviewed Patrick Depailler at...
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Monterey Historics and Pebble Beach – the biggest car event on the USA’s west coast, when enthusiasts and collectors gather between scenic coast and dramatic mountains for terrific racing and...
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American restorer Don Lyons has spent years rebuilding six prized Indycars. Now they’re going under the hammer at Monterey By Gordon Kirby Don Lyons has enjoyed his hobby of restoring classic road...
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The new I-Way simulator offers an affordable and realistic F1 driving experience – and allows you to take on five of your mates in a virtual race By Ed Foster Most of us don’t have a hope of racing a...
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At its peak, there was nothing to beat Formula 2 for showcasing driver talent. Two men who were there recall their best moments By Alan Henry & Ian Phillips They were epic days for international...
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The big-nosed and poorly conceived Citroën BX 4TC is one of rallying’s least successful cars. But it still deserves its place in Group B WRC history By Martyn Morgan Jones Citroën’s Group B...
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Volkswagen’s new alternative-fuelled racer is a gas-powered Scirocco that’s already proved its worth at the Nürburgring. Time for us to get behind the wheel… By Ed Foster The handsome Volkswagen...
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In a time before Indycars were dumbed down, Gil de Ferran and Mauricio Gugelmin set record laps at over 240mph. They’re still the fastest ever by Gordon Kirby The fastest laps ever achieved by a...
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Two major changes to the FIA Historic Formula One Championship schedule have been announced following the late cancellation of planned races at Interlagos in mid-August. The high-profile Brazilian...
Bev Bond plans to return to racing in 2010 after 36 years out of the sport. Bond, 71, has acquired a new race licence and hopes to tackle 1-litre F3 events in a borrowed car. Bond, one of Britain’s...
A unique one-day Masters race meeting has been added to the organisation’s 2009 schedule on August 23 at Donington Park, which will be used to experiment with several new concepts. As well as regular...
The 80th birthday of Sir Stirling Moss will be marked by a special race for 1950s sports cars at the new Algarve circuit on October 17, where Moss himself will be on the grid. Motor Racing Legends is...
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Although he never won the Manx International during his mainstream rallying career, Welshman Gwyndaf Evans finally celebrated victory on the island by dominating the Isle of Man Historic Rally....
The most challenging classic reliability trial yet in Great Britain will run over 12 days in September 2010, with a route taking in Wales, Northern England, Scotland and Ireland. Open to pre-83 cars...
The fifth annual Tour Britannia will head further north than ever before with a full day of competition in Yorkshire to wrap up the classic race and rally tour on September 7-9. The first two days...
The sole-surviving BRM P154 Can-Am car was extensively damaged at Brands Hatch in early July when Frenchman Yvan Mahe speared off backwards at Clearways during an Orwell Supersports race. Just two...
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Rain disrupted play at the second Pageant of Power, but that hasn’t stopped the Cheshire event from gaining in stature By Paul Lawrence The second Cholmondeley Pageant of Power showed that the event...
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A gaggle of 1-litre F3 machines stole the show at the HSCC Historic Superprix meeting as their revival continues to gather pace By Paul Lawrence With Historic Formula One, Historic Formula 2 and...
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News from the main auction houses around the world – Bonhams – The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on July 3 was a success, with Bonhams raising a total of £2.45 million. The 1922 Sunbeam 2-...
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One of few cars eligible for both contemporary and classic racing, the little G4 has been a useful track tool for almost half a century By Richard Heseltine There is something vaguely heroic about...
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German Racing Silver Drivers, Cars and Triumphs of German Motor Racing Karl Ludvigsen French Racing Blue Drivers, Cars and Triumphs of French Motor Racing David Venables This is the second pair of...
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When the Henry Ford Museum brought Clark’s 1965 Indy-winning Lotus to Goodwood it was cause for a celebration There was scarcely a dry eye in the house when we set eyes upon it. Christian and Bob...
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Colin Chapman of course utterly detested his nickname ‘Chunky’, which had originated in the 1950s. He could be notoriously vain, and sadly fought a lifelong battle with his weight. Sometimes he...
Sir Jack Brabham could not attend the Festival of Speed but his sometime team-mate, sometime rival and enduring friend Dan Gurney was seated at lunch in the Drivers’ Club when I wandered by to be...
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One of the first things that any race reporter learns is that all is not necessarily either what it seems, nor what one is told by otherwise perfectly pleasant, straightforward and respectable team...
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A dramatic retirement Pity the Brooklands bookies after this 1923 contest, when both the favourites retired with unexplained maladies There have been many such occurrences along the years, but the...

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