Craig Woollard

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  • #320225
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    Here’s a fairly recent one:

    Two Chip Ganassi cars coming into contact as Charlie Kimball (cyan-coloured car) shoves team leader and championship contender Scott Dixon (red car) off into retirement.

    #320066
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    Shameful decision. How are drivers going to learn that moves like that are simply not right without getting some sort of punishment? Many will draw comparison to the Hamilton/Rosberg clash but if anything, this one is more similar to the crash caused by Alfonso Celis at Hungary in the Formula 3.5 V8 not too long ago.

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    http://indycaruk.weebly.com/news/indy-lights-coverage-returns-to-uk-tv

    Here is the first update, and it is a positive one!

    #316531
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    I’m only going on drivers who were withdrawn before the race in the case of a DNS here:

    Vettel missed the ’07 French, British and European GPs between his BMW and STR stints.

    Massa missed the ’02 US GP (suspension(?)). He also missed eight races in ’09 (injury). He was replaced by Frentzen, Badoer and Fisichella.

    Bottas missed the ’15 Australian GP (injury).

    Perez missed the ’11 Monaco and Canadian GPs (injury). He was replaced by de la Rosa.

    Ericsson missed the final three races of the 2014 season after leaving Caterham. He was replaced by Will Stevens.

    Alonso missed the ’15 Australian GP (injury) and is set to miss the ’16 Bahrain GP (injury). He was/will be replaced by Magnussen and Vandoorne.

    Button missed the ’03 Monaco GP (injury) and the ’05 Spanish and Monaco GP (team suspended).

    Grosjean missed the ’12 Italian GP (suspension). He was replaced by d’Ambrosio.

    #312901
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    F1’s loss is certainly IndyCar’s gain here.

    #312243
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    I’ve firmly moved over onto the whole “PC master race” thing, so I simply no longer play Gran Turismo.

    Games such as rFactor (and games which are effectively rFactor mods such as Stock Car Extreme) and Assetto Corsa have so many brilliant mods that it provides almost endless fun. The latter especially is perfect for just driving around at speed in, around a beautiful Monza or somewhere like that.

    I’m yet to get iRacing, but it sounds as if I should.

    As for something a touch more on the fun side, Next Car Game: Wreckfest is also pretty good, despite being in alpha still.

    #312024
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    Surprising choice for Ganassi really, but Chilton’s year in Lights has well and truly paid off. Being team mate to the likes of Kanaan and Dixon is really not going to be easy but he will learn a lot from then (as well as Dario Franchitti). Has to be in with a shout of ROTY honours.

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    The Newman/Haas team dominated the end of the Champ Car era. Five championships in six years and four on the bounce for Sebastien Bourdais before the series merged with the Indy Racing League to become the IndyCar series we know today. Had the series not split, with the now-late Justin Wilson onboard replacing Bourdais, it would have been likely that sort of form could well have continued.

    #311123
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    Some superb drivers there. No indication on who will be paired with who or who will be the third driver for Le Mans however.

    Ford are also hoping to take four cars to Le Mans. Four! That is simply fantastic.

    #310947
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    A ‘thumbs up’ or just generally some sort of like button within comments would be great I think. Stops the ‘+1’ comments and stuff like that. It would probably reduce the amount of comments but it would (in theory) increase the quality of the comments.

    Also I’m just lazy and I can’t be bothered to reply with ‘I agree’ to everything I agree with. ;)

    #310784
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    The USA could do so much better than Rossi alongside Hunter-Reay with Speed in reserve, especially based on current IndyCar form. A Newgarden/Rahal pairing with Rossi in reserve would probably be better.

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    I remember Hamilton pulling a stunning pass on Rosberg at Australia one year. 2011 perhaps?

    #307911
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    @keisalex Hopefully a total of zero of them.

    As for the calendar, it is very sad to see Fontana and Milwaukee go, especially after the races it produced this year. However I simply don’t think that Fontana could have got that season-ending slot that it wanted. Interestingly enough there’s no clash with Le Mans, which might play into the hands of a particular Penske driver who has a test with Porsche later this year. I couldn’t care less about NOLA. It didn’t seem that great wet or dry.

    I’m very excited to see Road America and Phoenix on the calendar, and nobody knows what Boston will produce. I do like the variation in the circuits visited. We have 15 very different tracks being used next year, and not a Tilkedrome in sight.

    In my ideal world, we would have 20 races, five on road courses, street courses, short ovals and big ovals, spread across a season between March and October. We don’t quite have that, but at least it’s less compact than last year.

    #307241
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    Apologies @keithcollantine I shall bear that in mind!

    Also how could I forget the Bathurst 12 Hours? What a phenomenal finish that was @xtwl

    #307224
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    There’s so many contenders for this, and zero of them are Formula One. Says a lot really.

    I will start with both the 4 Hours of Silverstone and the 6 Hours of Silverstone. The ELMS race there went down to pretty much the final lap, with three cars in contention with half an hour to go. Likewise with the WEC race a day later, after a late penalty to the number seven Audi really set things up quite nicely. There was also a truly epic battle up front between Audi #7 and Porsche #18.

    (cannot find highlights for the 4 Hour race)

    Secondly, I will put forward both the Buenos Aires and Miami ePrixs. The former saw an epic race of attrition which affected both Seb Buemi and Lucas di Grassi, whilst Miami produced an unexpected near-win for Scott Speed.

    IndyCar had a very controversial MAVTV 500 this year, but it did produce 80 changes for the lead and an incredible number of overtakes. I would also stick the Pocono 500 here, but it does not seem right to. However Toronto was also a cracker. (I feel these highlights don’t do justice though)

    The Formula Renault 3.5 race at Monaco was pretty good. Mostly made by Oliver Rowland being totally awesome and producing more overtakes around Monaco than I’ve ever seen before.

    The British Touring Car Championship title finale was absolutely brilliant too. Gordon Shedden worked his way up from 19th to steal the title from Jason Plato.

    (No highlights yet)

    If two wheels are allowed, most of the Moto 3 and some of the MotoGP races would also be serious contenders here.

    I think however that the MAVTV 500 wins it for me. Controversial, yes, but exciting, certainly.

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