Nicola Larini articles on F1 Fanatic archive

WTCC: Huff leads Chevrolet resurgence at Valencia 18th May 2008, 12:17

After a processional few races in South America the World Touring Car Championship put on an entertaining battle at Valencia in Spain. Rob Huff burst through to win in his Chevrolet having escaped a penalty for overtaking pole sitter Yvan Muller at the rolling start. Huff then dropped back to third, but passed the leading […]

Has Ferrari stopped Italy producing world champion drivers? 10th March 2008, 7:00

Former Minardi team owner Giancarlo Minardi reckons they have: Ferrari paralyses the growth of young drivers by attracting the interest of companies to its championship, but the team is changing direction and, therefore, I hope that it will start to give opportunities for young talent to take part in a few days of testing. Italy […]

Yvan Muller wins WTCC round 1 at Curitiba 2nd March 2008, 18:11

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 […]

WTCC Monza 2: Second Seat win 7th October 2007, 15:01

Jordi Gene gave Seat their second win of the day by triumphing in the second race at Monza. But the big surprise of the race was August Farfus’s failure to win from second place on the grid. The BMW driver didn’t capitalise on the advantage of his car’s rear wheel drive and was beaten into […]

WTCC Monza 1: Diesel power gives Muller win

Yvan Muller moved within four points of the championship lead with another victory in the Seat Leon TDi at Monza. His chances of winning the title were doubly boosted when championship leader Andy Priaulx was hit from behind at the first corner by Roberto Colciago. The heavy impact badly damaged the rear of the BMW. […]

WTCC Brands 2: Priaulx wins and leads series 23rd September 2007, 22:04

Andy Priaulx scored maximum points in the second WTCC race at Brands Hatch to take a vital 12-point lead in the drivers championship with four races remaining. He had started from third on the grid, blasted past Pierre-Yves Courthals’ Seat heading into Paddock Hill bend before pole sitter Felix Porteiro let him pass at Hawthorns. […]

WTCC Oschersleben: Seat takes first diesel win 26th August 2007, 11:41

Yvan Muller gave Seat a historic win for its diesel-powered Leon at only the second outing for the car. He passed team mate Gabriele Tarquini early in the race after a restart following two crashes on the first lap.

WTCC Anderstorp 2: Last-lap home win 29th July 2007, 14:12

Rickard Rydell sensationally – and surprisingly – won the second race at Anderstorp after passing team mates Alain Menu and Nicola Larini on the final lap. Rydell is not contesting the full championship this season, and Larini was unhappy that he had been allowed to take points off him. Rain once again made the race […]

WTCC Anderstorp 1: Huff denies Monteiro

The wet European summer played havoc with the first WTCC race at Anderstorp. A drying track created a hectic race with many changes of position. Rob Huff beat pole sitter Tiago Monteiro off the line. The Chevrolet driver would go on to win, but the ex-F1 racer slashed his advantage late in the race to […]

WTCC Porto 2: Priaulx back in the hunt 8th July 2007, 21:00

Andy Priaulx underlined his street racing credentials with an emphatic win in the second race at Porto. He moved into first after pressuring Jorg Muller into a mistake and pulled out a substantial lead after a safety car period to win.