Alguersuari vs Turvey, round two (WSR)

Oliver Turvey, British F3, 2008, 400266

Last year’s British F3 championship was decided in a thrilling finale at Donington Park. Jaime Alguersuari overcame a points deficit to beat Carlin team mate Oliver Turvey to the crown.

This year the pair are set to resume their battle in the World Series by Renault. Both are still with Carlin and the inter-team rivalry promises to make the championship a must-watch series this year. Read more…

Good news from Aston Martin and Volvo

Aston Martin LMP1

There has been a lot of doom and gloom for the motor racing fan since the end of last season.

First Seat announced an abrupt withdrawal from the British Touring Car Championship – just as it finally seemed to be on the cusp of success with its diesel Leons. Read more…

Another disgraceful judgement which puts the future of British motor sport at risk

BTCC, Croft, 2008

Croft in Yorkshire is the latest British motor racing circuit to have its future threatened by a stunningly unjust piece of lawmaking.

The Yorkshire circuit, which re-opened in 1994, will have to pay almost £1m after losing an appeal against local residents who complained about the amount of noise at the circuit. It will also have to reduce the number of days the track can be used. Read more…

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Video: Carroll and Jani share honours at Taupo (A1 Grand Prix)

Adam Carroll converted pole position into victory in the A1GP sprint race at Taupo in New Zealand, increasing Ireland’s lead in the championship. Video highlights from the sprint race can be viewed above.

He was followed home by Switzerland’s Neel Jani - who then reversed the positions in the feature race, leading Carroll home. It was a truly impressive performance by Jani, who is recovering from a serious virus. See below for video from the feature race. Read more…

Sergio Perez cruises to Bahrain sprint race win (GP2 Asia)

Sergio Perez took his first victory in GP2 Asia with a straightforward lights-to-flag drive from pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The Campos driver was chased to the flag by Davide Valsecchi, whose second place moves him up to second in the drivers’ standings. Kamui Kobayashi, who won yesterday’s feature race, was sixth and maintains the championship lead at the halfway point in the season. Read more…

Kobayashi stretches title lead with Bahrain win (GP2 Asia)

Fresh from his Formula 1 testing duties in Portugal, Kamui Kobayashi turned up in Bahrain and won the GP2 Asia feature race with ease.

Nico Hülkenberg, making his GP2 Asia debut, qualified on pole position and kept his lead through the first corner.

But Kobayashi was quickly on his tail and while the two pulled away from the rest it was clear the Japanese driver had the pace to pass. Hülkenberg was locking tyres, missing apices and visibly losing time to his DAMS rivals. Read more…

Indonesian round cancelled, Mexican race moved (A1GP)

A1 Grand Prix’s attempt to bring its brand of racing to the streets of Indonesia have failed as the Lippo did not gain FIA approval in time:

This follows notification this morning from the FIA that certain aspects of the track construction project, undertaken by the local promoter and organisers of the event, have failed to meet the requisite completion deadlines.

As a result, the FIA is not able to issue the necessary circuit licence on time for the event to proceed, and has removed the event entry from its International Series calendar.

This information was given to A1GP CEO, Pete da Silva, today and his comment was: “Obviously it is extremely disappointing for all concerned and not the news any of us wanted. The bottom line is, for safety reasons, A1GP cannot race on a circuit that does not meet or has not received the necessary licence from the FIA, so we have no other option but to cancel all plans to bring the A1GP show to Indonesia in three weeks’ time”.

This is another blow for A1GP which kicked off its fourth series last year with a depleted field due to insufficient cars being delivered by Ferrari.

The next round of the championship is at Taupo in New Zealand next weekend. After that, with the Indonesian race now missing, the next race will be at the former F1 venue Kyalami in South Africa.

There is still one empty slot on the calendar between the Mexican and Portuguese rounds which is yet to be filled. That race may now be in jeopardy as the organisers have moved the Mexican race date back to the 20th-22nd April to avoid a clash with a concert.

It’s a clear sign the fledgling series still has organisational problems and is lacking in popular support.

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Timo Scheider beats Paul di Resta to title (DTM)

Timo Scheider claimed the 2008 DTM crown by winning the season finale at the Hockenheimring from rival Paul di Resta.

Di Resta, who needed to beat Scheider to win the championship, finished just a couple of seconds behind his Audi rival. Read more…

Davide Valsecchi converts pole to win in Shanghai (GP2 Asia)

Davide Valsecchi won the sprint race at Shanghai quite comfortably from Earl Bamber.

Javier Villa was third ahead of Chris van der Drift, Jerome D’Amrosio and Roldan Rodriguez. Rodriguez holds the lead in the championship having won yesterday’s race, with Kamui Kobayashi failing to score after retiring with damage.

James Jakes impressed with a strong drive from the back of the grid to claim 11th.