Former Vauxhall driver Gavin Smith will return to the British Touring Car Championship for the final three rounds of the season. Smith is to race a Seat Leon entered by privateer team GR Asia at Brands Hatch, Knockhill and Thruxton. The same team runs Leons for Tom Coronel, Emmet O’Brien and Maurizio Ceresoli in the … Continue reading Gavin Smith to make BTCC return
Two of the three British Touring Car rounds at Brands Hatch next week will be shown live on ITV. In addition to the third race being shown live on ITV1, the second race will be live on ITV4, and preceded by a full replay of the first race. See below for race times:
Tom Onslow-Cole was gifted pole position for the third race at Snetterton – and converted it into his first BTCC win. But all the action went on behind him, with Fabrizio Giovanardi surviving an off-road collision to take third place off championship rival Jason Plato.
Damon Hill will be joining ITV’s commentary team for next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The ITV team made the announcement following their coverage of today’s British Touring Car races. He is expected to be joining James Allen in the commentary box in place of Martin Brundle, who usually misses the Hungarian race.
Colin Turkington crossed the line first at the end of the first BTCC race at Snetterton – but was disqualified after post-race inspection revealed his car was 5kg underweight. That meant Team Halford’s Gordon Shedden inherited the win, ahead of Turkington’s team mate Tom Onslow-Cole and Vauxhall’s Tom Chilton.
Rain-lashed Donington Park had the kind of weather we’re more used to seeing at Knockhill. So it was fitting that Dunfermline native Gordon Shedden triumphed in terrible weather in the first race. Behind him were two drivers with extraordinary tales to tell. Adam Jones finished second in a three year old Seat and Matt Neal … Continue reading BTCC Donington 1: Shedden wins in the wet
There’s no F1 race this weekend but there’s tons of other motor racing action going on around the world. My pick for this week is the Indy Racing League – but there’s plenty of other races for those of you who don’t like ovals…
Following a clarification by the series organisers Fabrizio Giovanardi now leads the British Touring Car Championship by a single point from Jason Plato. Giovanardi was awarded an additional point following the Oulton Park round when it was discovered that both he and Mike Jordan had set the same fastest lap, meaning both earned an extra … Continue reading Fabrizio Giovanardi leads BTCC
Colin Turkington held Fabrizio Giovanardi back by a tiny margin to win the second race at Oulton Park. The Honda crossed the line 0.046s ahead of Giovanardi’s Vauxhall. The track was wet for the second race and Oldhall corner produced its usual chaos. Dave Pinkney, Jason Hughes and Erkut Kizilirmak all collided on the first … Continue reading BTCC Oulton 2: Turkington’s split-second win
Fabrizio Giovanardi moved into the lead of the championship by finishing second behind Gordon Shedden. Shedden took his first win of 2007 and the second for Team Halfords’ new Honda Civic. Colin Turkington was third after starting on pole. Former championship leader Jason Plato could only manage seventh while carrying maximum ballast on his Seat.
No F1 race this weekend? Who cares – it’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed! But even if you can’t make it to Sussex there’s tons of racing action on TV – from touring cars to Indy racing.
The classic names of F1 are all returning to the sport: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Lauda and more could all be a feature on the grid one day. A quick search threw up 20 such drivers in the lower echelons of motor sport that could break into F1. Can you think of any others? Two … Continue reading F1’s famous names return
I’ll be at Brands Hatch this afternoon for the DTM race. I was there for the series first race at the short Kent track last year and it was a good event – with one problem. The track is too small for the cars. The wide, powerful DTM racers look spectacular as the plunge down … Continue reading Is DTM too big for Brands Hatch Indy?
Lewis Hamilton is a cracking F1 driver. But just how good a racer is he, really? I want to see how he would adapt his turn-in style to the British Touring Car Championship in a front wheel drive Seat Leon. I want to see him tackle the Indianapolis 500 where they turn 230mph average laps … Continue reading “Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion” (Gordon Kirby, 2001)
Fabrizio Giovanardi’s number came up when the grid was partially reversed for the third BTCC race at Croft. It placed him fourth on the grid but with the slower cars of John George and Jason Hughes on the front row, and Tom Onslow-Cole alongside him. None provided any great challenge to the Italian, who was … Continue reading BTCC Croft 3: Good luck for Giovanardi
Jason Plato let team mate Darren Turner past within sight of the chequered flag to let his team mate score his first ever BTCC win. It came after Turner had earlier let Plato past to score the bonus point for leading a race. Seat got their chance to manipulate the results after a chaotic race … Continue reading BTCC Croft 2: Synchronised Seat finish
Colin Turkington made the most of his BMW’s rear wheel drive to give the German marque its first BTCC win in 11 years. He dashed past pole sitter Gordon Shedden and kept the Team Halfords Honda driver behind for the rest of the race. But Turkington’s team mate Tom Onslow-Cole was involved in a collision … Continue reading BTCC Croft 1: First BMW win since ’96
There’s no F1 race this weekend but there’s a whole world of F1 alternatives to choose from. The Indy car race at the Milwaukee Mile was traditionally held the weekend following the Indianapolis 500. That tradition has been restored this year as the IRL cars return to Milwaukee this weekend – following the prestigious Indy … Continue reading This week’s F1 alternative: Indy car Milwaukee
An emerging player in British television broadcasting could have an important role to play in whether UK viewers get to see Formula 1 in high definition any time soon. Last week Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that F1 will be available in HD by the end of 2007. But means will have to be found for each … Continue reading Will Setanta grab high-def F1?
The Bank Holiday’s absence of F1 action gave me a chance to catch up on some Touring Car action for the first time this year and to be honest it was depressing viewing. Whilst televised tin-top racing has long been flattered by clever editing and trick regulations, the big three series (BTCC, WTCC and DTM) … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column – Troubled touring cars