Articles tagged Stéphane Ratel

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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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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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Events of the month

FIA GT Series: Baku, Azerbaijan "It was not the easiest of weekends,” he confided while boarding the flight home. Stéphane Ratel is not only the master of his GT racing universe, but also a master of understatement. The inaugural Baku World Challenge certainly had its challenges. The FIA GT Series championship finale would be fought out around a new street circuit on the waterfront of Azerbaijan’...

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Capacity entry for new FIA GT1 series

Capaci-y entry for new HA Gil series THE NEW-FOR-2010 FIA GT1 WORLD Championship became a reality on the publication of a capacity 24-car entry list for the series in January. Series boss Stephane Ratel described the entry of 12 two-car teams split between six marques as "a dream come true". He said the entry for this year's 10-date series on four continents had exceeded his expectations. "I...

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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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Venturi effect

15 minutes of fame: Venturi; 1994 Montlhéry 1000Km It began with a game for bored playboys and ended by bringing a French racing legend his final international victory. Gary Wwatkins tells the story. No-one could have predicted that an unauthorised 'cannonball run' through France would lead to the final international victory of Henri Pescarolo's illustrious career. But when a group of Parisian...

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Price Hockey

GT racing has developed to the point of controversy. Michael Cotton explains why the Porsche v McLaren battle goes deeper than the racetrack On the eve of its third anniversary, contemporary Grand Touring racing stands at a crossroads. Will it follow the usual path of progress and become more professional, ever more expensive and, ultimately, like Group C? Or will it remain a sport for wealthy...

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GT1 world series is go

“I have been dreaming about these cars since I was a teenager,” said FIA president Jean Todt at the launch of the new GT1 sports car series. “We have all dreamt about these beautiful cars and I am very proud that the GT1 World Championship has joined Formula 1, the WRC and the WTCC as the fourth championship sanctioned by the FIA.” Speaking in the splendour of the bibliotheque at the Automobile...

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GT calendar streamlined

The FIA GT1 World Championship will be relaunched next season as a Europe-based series without an FIA title. Series boss Stephane Ratel revealed in early July that his organisation was stepping down as series promoter . He subsequently announced that he planned to continue with a sprint championship for GT machinery next season. Ratel blamed the economic climate for his decision. He added that...

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The Motor Sport Month - International News

Blancpain set for Brands International sports cars return to familiar terrain, By Gary Watkins Top-line international sports car racing will return to Brands Hatch for the first time in almost 20 years, with a round of the renamed Blancpain Sprint Series in 2014. The series started life as the FIA GT1 World Championship and was last season called the FIA GT Series. It will appear on the Brands...

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