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2017 has been a brilliant year for GT endurance racing

The recent Spa 24 Hour featured a close fight for victory right into the final hour, but that’s still nowhere near being the closest GT endurance race in 2017. The previous two 24 hour races for GT sportscars (at the Nurburgring and Le Mans) featured incredible last lap battles for victory. That’s amazing! Not only that, but the GTLM class at the Daytona 24 back in January also produced a very close finish, so there has been an amazing trend of nail-biting GT enduros this year.

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Sebastien Buemi had to endure a uniquely frustrating weekend

Sebastien Buemi is fighting for both the Formula E AND World Endurance Championships this year, but with the two different series taking place last weekend he could only compete in one. Buemi ended up missing the Formula E round in New York to compete in the German WEC race, but he was out of contention before the race even began with fuel pump failure on the warm up lap. Watching his rivals take easy points away from him in two different championships must’ve been especially hard to take.

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Two amazing things happened at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race

1. A hailstorm hit the circuit with such intensity that cars became stuck in the ice on uphill sections of track. The race was red flagged because drivers simply couldn’t move until the hailstones cleared.

2. After 24 hours of racing the lead changed with a wheel-to-wheel battle on the FINAL LAP. That’s an insanely close finish at the end of 3400km.

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WTCC: The WTCC compares well against GT3 machinery


They might not always look it, but the small Honda Civics and Citroens that race in the World Touring Car Championship are properly quick. Whilst supporting the Nurburgring 24 Hour race last weekend, laptimes set by the WTCC leaders were only 4% behind the fastest GT3 sportscar times. That’s pretty good when you consider the winning GT3 car had a massive 5.2 litre V10 engine.

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WTCC: TV coverage at the Nurburgring has come a long way

This video is quite amusing. If you watch the World Touring Car Championship on the 24km Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit this weekend, spare a thought for how far TV coverage has advanced since the 1960s. Back then TV producers didn’t have enough cameras to cover the whole track, so when drivers disappeared from view during the 1963 German Grand Prix, they simply used a man pointing at a map of the circuit with a stick to show how cars were progressing. Fantastic!

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IndyCar: Ideas for new international events to start the IndyCar season


IndyCar officials are keen to expand the short North American season with international events and have hinted they’re looking towards Europe. Series boss, Mark Miles, believes IndyCar can offer circuits a viable alternative to a Formula One Grand Prix, and with F1 races proving too expensive for many traditional venues, now could be the time to pounce.

If the IndyCar season did start with a string of international races (grouped to minimise freight costs) it could theoretically look something like this:

Round 1: Adelaide – As discussed previously on Motorsport Snippets, Adelaide could be a great place to start the IndyCar season and local organisers might be interested.

Round 2: Qatar – A night race in Qatar adds a bit of sparkle to the flyaway events and would suit an afternoon TV audience in the USA. Qatar was originally rumoured to feature on this year’s calendar, so the country is already on the radar, and it fits geographically between Australia & Europe which makes freight less of a concern.

Round 3: Imola – A world class circuit in the heart of Europe’s racing culture that can no longer afford F1. It suits IndyCar’s brief perfectly.

Round 4: Nurburgring – Suitable for the same reasons as Imola, and could easily be run just a week later.

Round 5: Rockingham – The current owners at Rockingham have little interest in using their oval but the banked circuit is still the best venue for a superspeedway race in Europe. ChampCar’s two visits 15 years ago were beset by problems (the first race was a disaster and turned people away from attending the second) but with a stronger championship ready for expansion, and with lessons learned from the past, an IndyCar race on the Rockingham oval could be a viable event. It’s a shame the potential of such a grand venue is otherwise wasted.

It’s unlikely to happen, but it doesn’t hurt to think big.

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