Articles tagged Stephane Ortelli

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Starter for 10

For the past decade, Aston Martin Racing has been a fan favourite at Le Mans. As founder David Richards and driver Darren Turner tell us, those 10 years are just the beginning Writer Damien Smith Ten years and more than 200 racing cars. Perhaps that’s the most significant statistic of Aston Martin Racing’s first decade. The big wins, most notably the back-to-back GT class successes at Le Mans,...

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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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For want of a lap

Bob Wollek was a sports car great but never won the Le Mans 24 Hours. Weeks before his death, in March 2001, he told Adam Cooper of his final frustration "I've won everything in sportscars, except of course, the Le Mans 24 Hours. And of all the near misses, it was the 1998 race that was particularly terrible for me we came so close and were so unlucky. "Months before the race I swallowed a piece...

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Lunch with...Allan McNish

At 18 McNish was hailed as the next Jackie Stewart; by 24 his single-seater career was in the doldrums. But the little Scot never gives up, and now a third Le Mans win beckons By Simon Taylor When Allan McNish was a wee pre-teen kart racer, his father gave him a piece of advice he’s never forgotten. “Dad said, ‘It’s not the good shots that make the good golfers. It’s the good recoveries. If you...

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Sebring 12 hours

Half as long, twice as tough They say if you can last 12 hours at Sebring, doing 24 at Le Mans is no problem. Perhaps this is why it remains one of the three greatest sports car races on Earth. Andrew Frankel experiences the ultimate Le Mans rehearsal There is something magical about Sebring. It's not the magic that floats in the air around Spa or Monza. The magic about this converted airfield is...

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Sports cars new 'shark-fin'

In the first of a new series, we look at the FIA’s efforts to prevent LMP cars from taking flight Next year’s LMP sports cars will look very different: they will all sport a large dorsal fin. It’s not pretty, but it should obviate the frightening sideways barrel roll or ‘blowover’, spectacularly demonstrated by Stéphane Ortelli at Monza in 2008 when his Courage entered Italian airspace before re-...

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No fix for prototype flips, say engineers

The problem that has resulted in four sports-prototypes going airborne in high-speed accidents so far this season will not go away. That’s the view of a majority of leading sports car designers and engineers. They argue that when the wrong set of circumstances come together the latest aerodynamic rules, which have been mandatory since 2006, cannot prevent prototypes from taking off. The head of...

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DBR9 vanquishes GT best

Le Mans bid boosted by big win in Florida endure. Elated Aston Martin squad celebrate first international success for marque since 1963 Aston Martin made the best possible start to its Le Mans 24 Hours bid by taking GT1 class victory in the prestigious Sebring 12 Hours on the race debut for the DBR9. David Brabham, Darren Turner and Stéphane Ortelli trounced Chevrolet, Maserati, Ferrari and...

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Aïello retires from racing

Laurent Aïello, arguably the greatest driver of the Super Touring era, has announced his retirement from race driving -- at the age of 36. The Frenchman won tin-top titles in France in 1994, Germany in '97 (both with Peugeot) and Britain in '99 (with Nissan ) before switching to the DTM. He won that crown with the privateer Abt Sportsline Audi team in 2002. He also won the Le Mans 24 Hours in...

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Audi's Le Mans machine

There is no such thing as a free lunch. or dinner, for that matter. So when Audi invited me to dinner at Goodwood House I wondered what the agenda might be, and what might be expected of your correspondent. Answer – nothing. And this is because Audi just do things so damn well. They make good cars, they win a lot of motor races, and above all they are innovative engineers (I was of this opinion...

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