Articles tagged Gary Watkins

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International news

Brabham back on track Legendary team to return… in sports car racing | By Gary Watkins Ambitious plans to relaunch Brabham have been unveiled by David Brabham, youngest son of three-time world champion and team founder Sir Jack Brabham. Project Brabham has been launched with the aspiration of putting an LMP2 car on the grid of the World Endurance Championship in 2015, 23 seasons after the demise...

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International news

The electric age dawns Prost/Heidfeld shunt provides talking point in China | By Gary Watkins The new FIA Formula E Championship hit the headlines at the first time of asking in Beijing. The inaugural round of the 2014/15 series was big news courtesy of a last-corner accident that sent Nick Heidfeld’s Venturi Spark-Renault electric racer flying into the debris fencing. The talk after the first ‘...

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The long road home

Audi has ruled for 14 years, but for many Porsche is still the true king of Le Mans. Now – finally – it returns. Racing’s most anticipated comeback is on Writer Gary Watkins It started off as a sabbatical: Porsche was only meant to be absent from the top of the sports car racing tree for one year. Now, 15 seasons after its withdrawal from top-line endurance racing, the German manufacturer is...

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International news

London’s new circuit Battersea selected for Formula E fixture | By Gary Watkins Formula E has set out its stall to host the London round of its inaugural series in Battersea Park. The 200-acre site in the London Borough of Wandsworth has been announced as the “chosen option” for the British date on June 27 2015, without yet being confirmed. Series boss Alejandro Agag and the office of Mayor of...

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International news

WTCC set for ’Ring Series targets Nordschleife date in 2015 | By Gary Watkins World championship motor racing is set to return to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the first time in more than 30 years, with a round of the World Touring Car Championship scheduled for next season. The WTCC has agreed a three-year deal with the organiser of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the ADAC Nordrhein, and a race is...

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International news

Nissan ZEOD on targetLe Mans racer poised to fulfil electric dreams, by Gary Watkins Nissan’s radical ZEOD RC Le Mans 24 Hours racer is on course to complete the first all-electric lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe in June, according to the programme’s architect. Darren Cox, who is head of Nissan’s global motor sport programmes, believes the petrol-electric hybrid – which takes the Garage 56 grid...

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Sebring 12 Hours

Florida, USA At the first time of asking, Chip Ganassi has added victory in the Sebring 12 Hours to his triumphs as an entrant in the other blue-riband American motor races — the Indy 500, Daytona 500, Daytona 24 Hours and Brickyard 400. His team came out on top at the end of a thrilling second round of the United SportsCar Championship, in which no fewer than nine cars finished on the lead lap...

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Audi’s power cut

Le Mans king reins in hybrid targets | By Gary Watkins Audi has revealed that its new R18 e-tron quattro will race with just one energy-retrieval system and run in the lowest class of hybrid power in this year’s World Endurance Championship. Audi has abandoned a system that recycles energy from exhaust gases and confirmed as much late in March, when officially launching its new car and livery in...

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New era for GT racing

Generous prize fund attracts quality entryBy Gary Watkins The two series that carry the Blancpain name arrive in the UK for races at Brands Hatch and Silverstone in May, at the beginning of a new era for international GT racing. The Blancpain Sprint Series, which takes over from the FIA GT Series, visits Brands for its second round on May 17/18, one week before the second event on the Blancpain...

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Porsche reveals its hand

Returning Le Mans king opts for hybrid V4 power | By Gary Watkins Porsche has finally disclosed technical details of its 2014 World Endurance Championship challenger and confirmed two of the worst-kept secrets in motor racing. The internal combustion element of the Porsche 919 hybrid’s powertrain is a 2-litre V4 and its energy storage system is made up of lithium-ion batteries. The Stuttgart...

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