I was delighted to see on Sunday that the DTM bosses truly showed where their priorities lie, by depriving the fans in Barcelona together with a large TV audience of anything approaching a race. Yes, withdrawing all your cars makes a statement. Unfortunately for Audi that statement is not ‘Vorsprung Durch Technich’ but rather ‘We … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column – DTM’s lesson for F1
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. … Continue reading WTCC Brands 2: Priaulx wins and leads series
Chevrolet’s Alain Menu cruised to a straightforward win from pole position at Brands Hatch. Behind him were James Thompson and BTCC racer Colin Turkington, also in the same positions they started. Jordi Gene sacrificed third place to Turkington so that he could let Yvan Muller in the other diesel Seat finish fourth. Gene ended the … Continue reading WTCC Brands 1: Easy win for Menu
The World Touring Car Championship makes a rare foray to a decent racing circuit this weekend. Having taken the FIA’s premier tin-top series to a preposterous street track in Portugal and put on some lousy races at Brno and Valencia – neither of which are well suited to touring cars – the series heads for … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch
The final step for young drivers heading to Formula 1 has often been the likes of GP2 or its predecessor Formula 3000. But the sport is still waiting to see an F3000 or GP2 champion be crowned Formula 1 champion. In this four part series we take a look at the 22 champions – including … Continue reading The feeder formula champions (p3/4)
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.
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
This is the Lexus IS220d that LGT Engineering are planning to enter in the World Touring Car Championship. The Liverpool squad will enter the car in the late rounds of 2007, once the car has been homologated, prior to a full assault on the championship in 2008. It will contest the Independents championship. WTCC Lexus … Continue reading LGT engineering enters Lexus into WTCC
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 … Continue reading WTCC Anderstorp 2: Last-lap home win
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 … Continue reading WTCC Anderstorp 1: Huff denies Monteiro
Maybe its because of my bad run of results in Formula Vee, or maybe its because, Canada and Europe excepted, Formula One is rather boring this year, but I have spent the past couple of weeks feeling unusually indifferent towards motor racing. I think partly its because once I start feeling a bit down towards … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Rant
Alain Menu repeated his wins from pole at Zandvoort and Pau with a third victory on the streets of Porto. Chevrolet team mates Rob Huff and Nicola Larini completed the podium after an unsatisfying race dominated by a long safety car period.
Michael Schumacher has confirmed his return to racing. He will compete in this year’s Race of Champions at the new Wembley Stadium in London. Schumacher last competed in the event in 2004 where he was famously defeated by Heikki Kovalainen. Kovalainen won the tournament. Also racing this year are David Coulthard and Jenson Button – … Continue reading Michael Schumacher set for racing return
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
BMW filled the podium at the second race in Brno just as they had in the first. There was controversy early in the second Brno race as Alessandro Zanardi, who was waiting to serve a penalty, collided with leader Alain Menu. Andy Priaulx battled impressively from last on the grid to score points for seventh … Continue reading WTCC Brno 2: BMW crush rivals again
Andy Priaulx’s hopes of extending his World Touring Car Championship lead got a boost today. His closest rivals – and BMW team mates – were penalised after qualifying at the Czech circuit of Brno. Jorg Muller and Augusto Farfus lost third and sixth places respectively after stewards adjudged they had set their fastest times while … Continue reading Qualifying penalties boost Priaulx
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)
What do Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Andy Priaulx have in common? Yes, they’re all talented British racing drivers. But they’re also all leading the championships they compete in – F1, DTM and WTCC respectively – despite not having won a race this year. And all of those championships use the FIA’s much-criticised 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 … Continue reading The leaders are losers
Augusto Farfus was chased around every millimetre of the Pau circuit by team mate Andy Priaulx. The Briton had to settle for second – though it gives him the lead in the championship. Although the start was fairly clean the racer was neutralised by an early safety car period. This followed a multi-car crash involving … Continue reading WTCC Pau 2: Farfus wins under pressure