Archive for March, 2008

BTCC Brands Hatch 2 & 3: Giovanardi and Turkington take wins

My laptop died during the second Brands Hatch race so here are my delayed thoughts on the other two BTCC rounds.
I spoke to Fabrizio Giovanardi before the second race and asked him if he was worried about keeping the BMWs behind him at the start. He said not, and that his problem at the first [...]

BTCC Brands Hatch 1: Giovanardi edges Jackson

I’m at Brands Hatch today for the first round of the British Touring Car Championship.
I was standing opposite the front row of the grid as the race got underway and it was striking how much quicker the rear wheel drive BMWs of Mat Jackson (pole position) and Colin Turkington (third) leapt away from second-placed Fabrizio [...]

Kanaan loses win to Dixon at Miami

A new era in Indy Car racing began as the re-unified series assembled for its first race in Miami.
Fear of a crash-strewn race as the Champ Car converts hot up to speed on the ovals were not realised as the race saw only three safety car appearances.
But the last was by far the most dramatic [...]

DTM’s stupid pit stop rules to get worse

The DTM have found a way to make their complicated and boring pit stop rules even harder to follow.
On top of forcing drivers to pit twice a race, they’re now going to set pit windows which will restrict the times at which they come into the pits.
It’s a rubbish idea nicked from, among other categories, [...]

Grosjean impresses again in Sepang

He may not have won either of the race but for me Romain Grosjean was the star of the GP2 Asia races at Sepang.
He stuck his ART car on pole by over three-quarters of a second, before becoming the something-hundredth driver to stall the notoriously flaky Mk 1 GP2 machine. Once he got going again [...]

Farfus half-disqualified from Curitiba races

Augusto Farfus has been stripped of the points he scored in yesterday’s first WTCC race at Curitiba after it was found an engine protection support had been incorrectly mounted to his car.
However he has not lost the points he scored in the second race, which suggests that his car was legal in the later event. [...]

Another Seat win at Curitiba

Gabriele Tarquini was chased home by 2007 champion Andy Priaulx in the second WTCC race at Curitiba. Further back another Seat, race one winner Yvan Muller, desperately kept Augusto Farfus at bay for fifth place.
Seat have started the year with a quicker car over a single lap - their turbo engines aided by the high [...]

Yvan Muller wins WTCC round 1 at Curitiba

Yvan Muller bounced back from the disappointment of losing the 2007 WTCC to win the first round of 2008. But it looks like being another year of tiresome political wrangling over how competitive the cars are.
The turbo diesel-powered Seat Leons were able to cruise away easily from the petrol BMWs on the straights. Seat were [...]