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Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Motorpoint Yamaha team is looking to recruit grid girls for the start of the 2011 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

The team, launched by the car supermarket giant, has made a big impression since it arrived in British Superbikes two years ago, and is now aiming to go one stage further with its new crop of riders – French wonder kid Loris Baz and 2010 British Supersport Runner-Up James Westmoreland. Read More »

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• 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 »

The Castrol Honda World Superbike Team is heading back to its Netherlands workshop following another frustrating pre-season test at Portimao in Portugal.

Changeable weather conditions at the 4.6km circuit in the Algarve have meant the team’s two riders, Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus, have been unable to test new parts for their Castrol Honda CBR1000RR machines, with Wednesday being the only fully dry day of the test. Read More »

The recent announcement that Moto Rapido Racing has signed up Jamie Poole to contest the 2011 Ducati 848 Challenge the provisional grid is now up to 22 riders, with still almost three months still to go before the first round.

Clearly the Ducati 848 Challenge has captured the imagination of many riders and teams over the winter months as much for its unique combination of UK and overseas rounds as being an official support series for British Superbikes. 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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