Monthly Archives: February 2016

NASCAR: Chase Elliott’s story is a great one

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20 year old Chase Elliott is starting his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and has upstaged a field of established stars by taking pole position for the Daytona 500, the series’ biggest event. In doing so, Elliott becomes the youngest ever pole sitter for the 500 and emulates his father who first topped Daytona qualifying in 1985. Not only that, but Elliott has performed against the pressure of replacing NASCAR legend, Jeff Gordon, at Hendrick Motorsports this year. He seemingly isn’t uncomfortable stepping into those very big shoes.

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5 reasons why Shane Van Gisbergen is always exciting to watch

Shane Van Gisbergen, whose Twitter bio simply reads “race everything”, has developed a cult following in Australia & New Zealand thanks to exploits in the V8 Supercar Championship. Having just smashed the lap record on his way to victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour, this collection of fun YouTube clips helps demonstrate why SVG is one of the most exciting drivers in any racing series.

DRIFTING
Having done some competitive drifting, Van Gisbergen enjoys a good victory celebration, but he also puts on a similar show during routine in-laps back to the pits and on unproductive test days.

SIGNALLING TO OTHER DRIVERS
In this video Van Gisbergen gives David Reynolds a cheeky thumbs up as he nails an overtaking manoeuvre into a 200kph corner.

DRIVING ON THE GRASS
Although most drivers seek out puddles to cool wet tyres on a drying track surface, SVG took it a step further during two separate races in 2015 and actually dropped wheels on the grass.

RELAXED BEHIND THE WHEEL
In-car cameras have previously caught Shane resting his hands on the steering wheel down straights as if he was waiting at traffic lights, and they’ve also captured this rather relaxed way of changing down gears with the back of his hand.

THE RACECRAFT
More than anything else, Van Gisbergen is an assertive racer who is capable of producing exciting battles like this.

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The Daytona 24 Hour sportscar race produced an incredible finish

After 24 hours and 4,137km of racing the winning margin in the GTLM class at Daytona was just 3 hundredths of a second! Imagine racing the distance equivalent to a whole continent only to finish 2 metres behind the winner.

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The 2016 Dakar Rally was a special sporting contest

Stephane Peterhansel has won the Dakar more than anybody else in history but this year found himself fighting for victory with Sebastien Loeb, the most successful rally driver the world has ever seen. The biggest name in the event claimed victory after fighting with the biggest name in the sport, and their battle was a straight fight in equal machinery. Fantastic.

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MotoGP: Rossi and Pedrosa to Suzuki actually makes sense

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December 28th was Innocent’s Day, the Spanish equivalent of April Fools Day, and as part of the fun Motociclismo reported that Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa were moving to Suzuki in 2017. Although it was just another joke on a day full of pranks, it isn’t such a crazy idea on reflection. It could suit both riders who can’t consistently beat their current teammates and it could give Suzuki a great chance of success on and off the track. They could theoretically build a team on the back of the sponsorship and engineering talent initially attracted by Rossi (sell a heap of expensive production bikes with ‘VR46’ on the side) and then set up Pedrosa for success in the longer term. It won’t happen but it’s an ‘Innocent’s Day’ joke that could actually make a bit of sense.

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