Monthly Archives: September 2016

The 2016 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship had a thrilling finish

Robert Dahlgren ensured the 2016 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship had a thrilling finish on the weekend. Dahlgren could win the title with a victory in the final race of the season, but although he went on a spectacular charge from 8th up to 2nd, he fell agonisingly short less than a second behind the winner. Richard Goransson was crowned 2016 Champion instead. If you’ve never seen the STCC (few have) it races on some unusual makeshift circuits including a harness racing track and a small airport.

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Will Power narrowly missed the IndyCar Championship for the 5th time

Will Power was beaten to the 2016 IndyCar title earlier this month. Simon Pagenaud was a deserving winner, but incredibly it was the FIFTH TIME Will Power has fallen short in a season finale where he had a chance at winning the championship.

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2016 has been an incredible season of Grand Prix motorcycling

There have been a total of 22 different winners across MotoGP, Moto2 & Moto3, including 8 different winners in 8 consecutive MotoGP races (an all-time record). 22 winners in a season is astonishing, especially with 5 rounds still to go, and it has never happened before in the modern 3-class era.

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The Goodwood Revival featured an epic grid

The St Mary’s Trophy for old Austin A35s at the Goodwood Revival featured one of the most exciting grids ever assembled. The drivers had over 3,100 BTCC races, 575 F1 Grands Prix, and 17 Le Mans Victories between them, making it a race for historic cars with plenty of pride at stake. Andrew Jordan prevailed on the day after a fierce battle with Gordon Shedden.

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GP3: Fukuzumi took out his team leader at Monza

One of the golden rules of motorsport is “don’t crash into your teammate”. That’s especially true when your teammate is fighting for the championship and is also managed by the team boss. Still, that didn’t stop Nirei Fukuzumi shoving Charles Leclerc into the wall during their GP3 battle at Monza.

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F1: Felipe Massa’s greatest moment

Felipe Massa has announced his retirement from F1. In a solid career, Massa’s greatest moment will always be his greatest defeat. When Felipe lost the 2008 World Championship on the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the season, in front of his home crowd, he fought through tears to show the local fans that he was still proud of what he achieved with their support. A class act. That moment (one of the most exciting in motorsport history) is captured in this fantastic 3 minute documentary by Sky Sports.

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IndyCar: Hinchcliffe dominated in Texas but lost by 0.008 seconds

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It’s hard not to feel sorry for James Hinchcliffe who dominated the Firestone 600 in Texas. He held onto first place for over 450km but lost the lead coming out of the last corner and missed the win by just 8 thousandths of a second. Doh!

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An interesting precedent in the Supercars championship

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When the Supercars Championship visited Sydney Motorsport Park last month, no drivers tried a repeat of a bizarre incident took place last year. In 2015 Jason Bright was pushed off the track at Turn 4 but then took a 1km shortcut up an escape road to claim back his original position – something the stewards allowed. It will be interesting to see if any other driver treats this as a precedent at some point in the future to gain back positions they feel they lost unfairly.

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SuperGT: There was some late drama in the Suzuka 1000km

Incredibly, the race leader went off at the last corner on the last lap of the Suzuka 1000km. Hiroaki Ishiura still held on for the win, but the margin was only 1.2 seconds at the finish line so he might’ve been lucky to get away with that one.

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