Archive for April, 2008

Commentating: it’s harder than it looks…

A couple of weeks ago I got a chance to make my live commentating d├ębut. I picked up the mike for the first time at Silverstone alongside my good mate Ben Evans who arranged the opportunity.
We took up station in commentary booth one - that’s where ITV commentators James Allen and Martin Brundle call the [...]

Video: Stephane Ortelli survives horrific crash at Monza

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Words just don’t do justice to how fortunate Stephane Ortelli was to survive this crash in the Le Mans Series race at Monza today. And the same goes for Allan McNish whose Audi R10 was missed by the flying ORECA Courage by mere centimetres.
Ortelli lost control of his car on approach to the first chicane [...]

I will drop Sky if they don’t put Indy Car on live

Sky aren’t showing this evening’s Indy Car race live again, and once again it’s because they’re showing live NASCAR instead. On their many other sports channels at the same time they appear to be showing non-live events and even one non-sporting event (wrestling).
When I got a SKy subscription a few years ago it was impossible [...]

GP2: Kobayashi triumphs as Grosjean cracks under pressure

Romain Grosjean had victory in the GP2 sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya in the palm of his hand - until he threw it all away with a mistake behind the safety car folowed by a rash defensive move.
Grosjean moved up from fourth to second at the run to the first corner as Kamui [...]

GP2: Alvaro Parente wins on debut in Barcelona

Alavaro Parente won on his first appearance for Super Nova in GP2 in the feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya, withstanding race-long pressure from Bruno Senna.
It was a very impressive performance from the Renault World Series champion, who started second on the grid but took an instant lead when pole sitter Pastor Maldonado stalled.
Romain [...]

Danica Patrick becomes first woman to win an Indy Car race

As this site has been down for a couple of days due to a server move I’ve not had chance to write about a remarkable weekend for Indy Car racing in America (however I did write about it in my weekly column for Auto Trader).
It was always going to be strange with half the cars [...]

Video: Jon Lancaster in huge F3 Euro crash

Jon Lancaster suffered this gigantic crash in the first round of the F3 Euroseries championship today. But the shocking somersault left him with only bruising.
Lancaster hit the rear of Jean Karl Vernay’s car and flipped end-over-end, sliding off the track and clipping Dani Clos’s car before flipping the right way up again.
Lancaster will miss the [...]

Herbert takes Speedcar win as Johansson and Frentzen clash

Robert McKay watched the Speedcar action from Bahrain and sent in this report.
The second race of Speedcars fourth round was my first exposure to this new series, featuring American-like stockcars racing on permanent tracks in Asia as part of the Grand Racing Series, with a few famous names from Formula 1 thrown in for good [...]

Sky drop live Indy Car for NASCAR

Turned on Sky Sports looking forward to watching the second race of the re-unified Indy Car series… and found they’re showing NASCAR instead.
It’s a disappointing choice because I expect the more F1-like Indy Car to be a lot more comprehensible to British fans and therefore more popular. I’m certainly not interested in watching NASCAR at [...]

Romain Grosjean wins GP2 Asia title

Romain Grosjean didn’t finish the GP2 Asia race at Bahrain this morning but by setting fastest lap he did enough to guarantee the title.
From eighth on the grid Grosjean was in the lead by the end of the first lap and streaking away. But brake failure ended his hopes of victory in the second half [...]