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Monthly Archives: January 2011

• Two new Audi R18 cars used in tests at Sebring (USA)
• Preparation for the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours
• All nine “factory” drivers shared the test tasks

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Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May 2011
The Donington Historic Festival – now confirmed as an action-packed two-day event, featuring more than 300 iconic historic racing cars – has pledged ticket prices that will be well below the usual cost of top-quality historic motorsport weekends.

“We know that the cost of taking the whole family to a historic motorsport festival can seem prohibitive,” says event organiser Duncan Wiltshire, “so we have decided to keep ticket prices affordable. The popularity of historic motorsport has rocketed in recent years, with huge numbers of spectators enjoying the sights and sounds of fabulous, famous machinery, flat-out on a race track; but it has also tended to become a very expensive day out. The Donington Historic Festival offers all the thrills of the top, established events, but at a family-friendly price – and at arguably the best spectator circuit in the country.” Read More »

America calling…you!
Put your questions to USA motorsport senior executives from ALMS, NASCAR, IndyCar, Off Road, Grand-Am and Drag Racing.

Even in these tough times, the USA remains the No.1 motorsport market in the world. Despite major changes, new business opportunities are opening up all the time, whether in off-road, drag, oval or road racing. Read More »

The competitve season got underway with our first visit to Brands Hatch in the best part of 30 years for the inaugral running of the Brands Hatch Stages. The rally was dominated by John Indri & Dave Engwell (Darrian T90 GTR) as they set 7 fastest times, from the 8 stages run on the event, to take victory by over a minute. It did not start out that way as they were only 2nd fastest on the opening stage as the Focus WRC of Nigel Mummery & Fiona Scarrett went fastest on the opening stage. Mummery then slipped back to a comfortable 2nd overall before a spin on stage 5 saw them beached in the gravel trap at Paddock Hill Bend. Read More »

Nelson Panciatici has joined the Franco-Russian KMP Racing team for the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 championship.

Having spent a year  with Lotus Junior Racing, the French driver, 22, Spanish vice-champion of Formula 3 in 2008, is ready to step into the fray and fight for the title. Read More »

Our first rally outing of the year as we visited Chepstow Racecourse for the 2011 Wyedean Forest Rally Media Day. With 20 cars out to entertain the sponsors it proved to be another excellent day. Unfortunately we lost two cars early on as Colin Webb rolled his BMW on the first run and Tim Freeman’s Escort MkII stopped with mechanical issues, (better on a day like this than an actual event though). Read More »

– Two Audi R8 LMS in 12-hour race at Bathurst (Australia)
– First race “down under” for Audi since start of new millennium
– New structure in Audi Customer Sport

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The biggest surprise at the Motor Racing Legends Awards Dinner at the Royal Automobile Club on Wednesday 26th January was not a winner… but one of the actual trophies. The silverware presented to Alan and Jason Minshaw, for their performance in the new-for-2010 Stirling Moss Trophy series, was itself an incredible piece of motorsport history: none other than the actual trophy awarded to Stirling Moss for his first ever Grand Prix win – the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree, in the W196 Mercedes. Read More »

Rally legend Erik Carlsson is to support the centenary celebrations of the Monte Carlo Rally by backing a team who will compete in this week’s XIVth Monte Carlo Historique rally in an exact replica of the car that took him to victory back in 1963. Read More »

Formula 1 car design will undergo more radical change in the next 10 years than in the last decade, according to the new F1 Racing magazine.

The magazine, revamped at the end of last year, has teamed up with Renault F1 chief designer Pat Symonds to give motorsport fans a glimpse of what the F1 car of 2020 will look like and how it will perform. Read More »