Keith Collantine

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  • #183156
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    I sketched out my view on this in 2009 after Surtees’ death:

    Closed cockpits aren’t a perfect solution – but they may be an improvement

    Unfortunately, Massa’s accident happened three days later.

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    @siy Thanks, have noted both.

    #180016
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    @cole As I mentioned earlier in the thread, you can scroll through pictures once you’ve clicked on one of them. Perhaps this needs to be made more obvious

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    It is Darren Turner’s sad duty to take Dan Wheldon’s place in the race. This from the event organisers:

    Englishman Darren Turner to replace Dan Wheldon

    The field for this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 has been finalised with the signing of English driver Darren Turner as a replacement for Dan Wheldon in the #1 Toll Holden Racing Team Commodore.

    Wheldon was tragically killed in the final round of the IndyCar Series in Las Vegas on Monday morning in a 15-car accident and Turner will now fill the co-driver’s seat beside current V8 Supercars champion James Courtney.

    Turner, 37, is a current FIA GT driver and a former F1 test driver for McLaren and is currently on a plane to Australia from the UK.

    Australian Will Power also injured his back in the Las Vegas crash and has been replaced in Mark Winterbottom’s Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon by Northern Ireland’s Richard Lyons.

    Brazilian Tony Kanaan has decided not to make the trip to Australia after the accident and will be replaced in Jason Bargwanna’s Jana Living/BJR Commodore by Danish driver Allan Simonsen, who is fresh from a recent podium at Bathurst.

    The other three drivers who were involved in the Las Vegas race – Ryan Briscoe (#2 Toll HRT Commodore with Garth Tander); Alex Tagliani (#16 Stratco/Kelly Racing Commodore with David Reynolds) and Helio Castroneves (#47 Lucky Seven/SBR Falcon with Tim Slade) have all been confirmed as making the trip to the Gold Coast.

    All 28 drivers are expected to be at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich tomorrow for a co-driver test day.

    Turner is a former British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) Young Driver of the Year winner and is a two-time GT1 class winner in the Le Mans 24 Hour – taking victory with Australian, David Brabham for Aston Martin in 2007 and 2008.

    More recently, he has been competing in the FIA GT1 World Championship for the Aston Martin Racing team – winning the most recent round held in China to take second spot in the championship.

    It will be with a heavy heart that Turner joins the V8 Supercars fraternity after the loss of his fellow countryman.

    V8 Supercars acting CEO, Shane Howard, said the reaction from the motorsport community internationally after yesterday’s tragedy had been remarkable.

    “It was a very sad situation for everyone after Dan’s death yesterday,” said Howard.

    “The offers of support from all levels of the international motorsport community have been amazing and really makes you proud to be a part of this business.

    “Obviously we were looking forward to having Dan (Wheldon), Will (Power) and Tony (Kanaan) with us, but our thoughts are with them and their families at this time.

    “We are grateful that Richard (Lyons), Allan (Simonsen) and Darren (Turner) could make themselves available at such short notice and we look forward to having them here.

    “We also appreciate what Ryan (Briscoe), Alex (Tagliani) and Helio (Castroneves) have been through in the last couple of days and will ensure they are accommodated with what they need over the next week.

    “We are looking forward to paying tribute to Dan with a terrific event – one he was very much looking forward to being a part of.”

    The field now includes eight drivers with Formula 1 race experience and current Formula 1 driver Tonio Liuzzi, five times Le Mans Champion Emanuele Pirro and former Indianapolis 500 Champions in Castroneves and Gil de Ferran.

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    @maksutov

    “the mentions under “Activity” does not report (or link back) any replies for me (apart from when @ command is used it seems)”

    This is correct – it will only show @-messages to you, not any time someone has used the ‘reply’ button following one of your comments. This is because the threads beneath a comment can get very long and a ‘reply’ to your comment may not actually be directed at you.

    #180124
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    @pawelf1 This is a cache problem we’re aware of and are working on a fix. As you’ll have noticed, you’re not actually logged in as someone else.

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    The horrible events in Las Vegas yesterday will have several consequences for this race. It pains me to see Wheldon’s name at the top of that list, now sadly taken from us.

    Several other drivers will be missing. I had a press release from the organisers this morning confirming Will Power will not be racing (below).

    And Tony Kanaan has now confirmed on Twitter he will not be taking part:

    “Sorry to all my Australian fans but due to the circumstances I’ve decided not to do the Surfers V8 race.”

    Will Power ruled out of Armor All Gold Coast 600

    Australian IndyCar racer, Will Power has been ruled out of this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 after this morning’s tragic IZOD IndyCar Series finale in Las Vegas. His place in the field alongside Mark Winterbottom in the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon will be taken by Northern Irish International, Richard Lyons.

    Power initially walked free from his Penske Racing machine after the 15 car pileup that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon before later being taken to the University Medical Centre in Las Vegas complaining of lower back pain. He was then ruled out of a trip to Australia.

    Singapore-based Lyons is well-credentialed having won both the Formula Nippon and Super GT titles in Japan during his career.

    FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards thanked Lyons for accepting the role in such difficult circumstances.

    “On behalf of everyone at Ford Performance Racing I would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dan Wheldon,” Edwards said.

    “Our thoughts are also with Will Power at this tough time and we are just thankful he has escaped without any serious injury.

    “I’d also like to thank Richard Lyons for stepping in at such short notice in place of Will. I have known him since my Formula 1 days and he has always impressed me so I am sure he will adapt quickly to our car and the Surfers Paradise track.”

    Lyons will shortly be on a plane to Australia and was glad he could assist the team at such short notice.

    “I am really torn about racing as I literally heard the sad news about Dan’s passing only an hour before I spoke with Tim,” Lyons said.

    “I’ve known Dan for about 15 years as we started off racing together as juniors. We lived nearby in England and we hung out whenever we could so it is with a heavy heart I come to Surfers Paradise.

    “While I am sorry that Will can’t come, I look forward to working with such a seasoned professional as Mark Winterbottom and it is a great opportunity for me to work with FPR.

    “I’ve known Tim for many years and I’ve wanted to drive for him since he worked for Jordan back when he was in Formula 1. So I am grateful that he has called me and I am looking forward to the challenge of another new car and circuit.”

    Organisers of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 have promised another fun, party event – celebrating Wheldon’s life in the only way the Englishman would have wanted.

    #182629
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    OK so if we ever see @chalky on Mastermind we all know what his specialist subject is going to be – television ads starring F1 drivers!

    Keep ’em coming…

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    IndyCar have now confirmed the awful news that Dan Wheldon lost his life that crash.

    The worst possible news, deeply upsetting.

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    We’re currently following developments on F1 Fanatic Live:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/f1-information/f1-live/f1-fanatic-live-2011-korean-gp-btcc-silverstone-indycar-las-vegas/

    All hoping for the best.

    #179799
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    Well the final race is about to start, join us here for live comments throughout:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/f1-information/f1-live/f1-fanatic-live-2011-korean-gp-btcc-silverstone-indycar-las-vegas/

    #183014
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    @ritvik-vinodkumar Great video. This is the second race at the Eurospeedway Lausitz that year. Hamilton was in his second year in F3, Vettel his first.

    Hamilton went on to pass van der Garde to win the race – he won an astonishing 15 out of 20 races that year, and was disqualified for a technical infringement after winning a further one ‘on the track’.

    The following year Hamilton progressed to GP2 and Vettel finished runner-up in the F3 Euroseries to his new team mate – Paul di Resta.

    #182620
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    @chalky Never seen that Mansell CART one, that’s a gem!

    #180122
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    Sorry for the lack of response, I am aware of that Opera problem.

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