Articles tagged Nicolas Minassian

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First-class second class

We asked versatile Frenchman Nicolas Minassian to try his hand at Group C2 – sports car racing’s finishing school when such as Porsche and Jaguar ruled the roost – and assess the formula’s enduring appeal Writer Simon Arron, photographer Howard Simmons "In my eyes it’s the best race in the world, bar none,” Nicolas Minassian says. “I’ve done Le Mans 15 times now and feel the same sense of...

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Matters of moment

"It makes you feel sick, actually, the whole FIFA thing, the corruption at the top is nauseating. Sepp Blatter likewise has run it like a dictatorship for so long and he comes up with so much nonsense.” Good on Gary Lineker. England’s second-most prolific goalscorer was deservedly considered a ‘golden boy’ of British sport during his playing career, and he’s carried that momentum into his life as...

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Audi claims LMS titles

Audi drivers Alexandre Prémat and Mike Rockenfeller joined a select group who have triumphed in a major international championship without winning a race when they took the Le Mans Series title at Silverstone. The pair claimed the drivers’ crown with a fourth-place finish in the Autosport 1000Km in September. They emulated the likes of Tom Sneva, who was winless on his way to the 1978 USAC...

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Auctions

RM Auctions/Sothebys @New York November 21 Art of the Automobile $62.8m sold in two hours 16 of 31 lots achieved over $1m 11 cars achieved world record prices, including: 1964 Ferrari 250LM, Class winner at Daytona, 1968: $14.3m 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet: $7.2m 1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder: $4.5m Other notable cars: 1959 Ferrari 250GT SWB ‘Competition’ Berlinetta Special: $7m...

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Goodwood Revival 2010

Tom Kristensen starred on his racing debut at this year’s Revival, there were tributes to John Surtees and BRM, plus a supermarket like no other… Just when you think the Revival can’t offer anything new, the team at Goodwood throws in another attraction or race that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The 2010 Goodwood Revival was another weekend of fantastic racing, stunning cars, period...

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XJR-14 back on track

Minassian dominates Silverstone in rebuilt Jaguar After more than 20 years of inactivity, a 1991 Jaguar XJR-14 Group C car made a triumphant return to racing at the Silverstone Classic. Owned by Bob Berridge, the sole surviving example of the three chassis built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing has been restored by the Chamberlain-Synergy team and was driven by French sports car ace Nicolas Minassian. “...

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World enduro title is back

World enduro title is back Long-distance sports car racing will have a World Championship next season for the first time since 1992. The Intercontinental Le Mans Cup has been granted world status for 2012 and will become the FIA World Endurance Championship. The new series revives a championship that ran under a variety of names (including the WEC in 1981-85) from 1953 until the demise of the...

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Insight: Spirit of Innovation

With fewer variables to control, teams must think differently It’s only six years since Fernando Alonso won back-to-back championships with the then Renault team, and given that many of the same engineers are still working at Enstone, it’s perhaps not surprising that Lotus has proved capable of joining the 2012 title hunt. In fact team owner Gerard Lopez insists that his guys are doing an even...

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Audi gifted ninth Le Mans

On Saturday night at the Circuit de la Sarthe thousands of Brits turned away from the motor race in front of them to watch England's World Cup campaign get off to a faltering start against the USA. Victory was theirs for the taking, but they failed to deliver. Then as the fans switched their attention back to the motor race they witnessed another national team implosion. How Peugeot missed this...

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Le Mans Classic

Triple wins highlight 24 hour show Night racing adds to the atmosphere as 56 years of Le Mans history are re-enacted Although driving hugely different cars, Ray Bellm and Richard Pilkington were the stars of Le Mans Classic among a fabulous line up of cars. Bellm’s Ford GT40 and Pilkington’s Talbot T26 were the only cars to score triple wins as each age group raced three times during a 24-hour...

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