BTCC Oulton Park, controversy and Turkington success.

The weekend of June 29th & 30th saw the British Touring Car Championship roll up into the Cheshire parkland circuit of Oulton Park, one of the most challenging and formidable tracks on the calender. Oulton Park is an undulating rollercoaster of a track and has the added challenge of lots of little lumps, bumps and cambered corners. Saturday saw the circuit bake in temperature of 29degrees as the European heatwave arrived in the UK. Honda & BMW paced the two free practice sessions, qualifying for Race 1 saw a mad…

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BTCC Croft, Jordan doubles down & Turkington consolidates.

The British Touring Car Championship roared back into action last weekend in front of a capacity crowd at Croft in North Yorkshire. The weather over the weekend was atypically Yorkshire, it was wet, very wet and then there was glorious sunshine and it was wet….again. The Friday and Saturday saw heavy rain affect both days, the UK had been lashed all week by heavy rain which had caused flooding in different parts of the country, luckily Croft was unaffected by flooding. The Saturday qualifying session saw no less than 5…

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WRC Rally Sardinia, the Sordo Shock.

The Italian island of Sardinia played host to Round 8 of the World Rally Championship from June 14th to June 16th, the high temperature, dusty & tricky road conditions would catch a few of the drivers out, some more notable than others. The opening day of the rally threw up a few surprises and would also claim a very big scalp. Teemu Sunninen shocked his competitors by pacing the morning stages, though a spin would drop him into second behind a chasing Dani Sordo. Ott Tanak meanwhile gave chase in…

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WRC Rally Portugal, back to back victories for Tanak.

The World Rally Championship returns to Europe for Round 7 on the sun scorched stages of Rally Portugal. The opening day of the event saw the three Toyota’s of Ott Tanak, Jari-Matti Latvala & Kris Meeke duke it out; with the Hyundai of Dani Sordo the only one able to live with the blistering pace set by the trio of Toyota’s. Dani Sordo’s charge came to a premature end on stage three, his Hyundai succumbing to fuel pressure issues. Championship leader Sebastien Ogier meanwhile lost time throughout the Friday, the…

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BTCC Thruxton round 4 review

The weekend of May 18th to the 19th sees the BTCC rock up at Thruxton for the third round of the championship. Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK, it’s a fearsome place characterised by fast sweeping corners and long straights; like any truly old school track, it’s a circuit that demands commitment and bravery, the faint of heart need not apply. Practice on Saturday saw the Honda Civic Type R’s of Dan Cammish & Matt Neal pace the day, the Honda’s relatively low drag profile but strong engine…

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WRC Chile, second time lucky for Tanak.

May 10th to May 12th marked a historic moment in the WRC’s history with Chile playing host to the WRC for the first time ever. With it being the first running of the event it provides an unusual opportunity in that everyone is on a level playing field, no one has tackled the stages before. The muddy stages could almost be mistaken for the forests and moors of North & Mid Wales from Wales Rally GB on a sunny day, and the high speed nature of some of the stages…

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WRC Rally Argentina review.

April 25th to 28th saw the World Rally Championship roar into life once again, this time for the high altitude challenge of Rally Argentina in South America. Day 1 of the rally only contained one stage, the Thursday evening super special stage with packed out grandstands as the Argentine fans were treated to a furious display of power from the WRC cars. Ott Tanak took the spoils going quickest, giving him the lead for the first day of proper running on the Friday. Day 2 dawned for the first full…

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BTCC Donington Park review

Round 2 of the BTCC sees the championship move from the short, quickfire Brand Hatch Indy circuit to the high speed sweeps of Donington Park, home of the fearsome Craner Curves. Saturday saw a day affected by high winds and rain, courtesy of Storm Hannah, lashing the UK with heavy rain and high winds. Race day on Sunday dawned to overcast but dry conditions but with a potential for rain later on in the day. Colin Turkington took pole position on Saturday for Race 1, it marks Turkington’s first pole…

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BTCC Round 1: Brands Hatch Indy review.

The first round of the 2019 BTCC saw drama, surprises and close racing in abundance in all 3 races throughout raceday on Sunday. On Sunday morning as fans packed into the natural bowl of Brands Hatch, they were met with atypical British gloom. It was cold, wet and very, very foggy. So much so, that there was the potential for the opening race of the season of being postponed due to the thick fog. Luckily, this wasn’t the case. Race 1 already had drama before it began. The fog and…

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British Touring Car Championship 2019 season preview.

Welcome, to the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season preview. 2019 is set to be another stellar year for the evergreen BTCC with revisions to the championship calendar, new teams, drivers and cars. We’ll start with changed to the championship & calendar and move on to the teams, drivers and cars following that. The Championship. For 2019 there are changes abound. The closure of Rockingham at the end of 2018 left a gap on the calendar, which has been replaced by a second outing at Thruxton which means the fastest…

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WRC Rally Corsica, Neuville breaks Hyundai’s victory duck.

Thierry Neuville claimed his and Hyundai’s first victory of 2019. The sun drenched island of Corsica lived up to its fearsome reputation and saw a close and frantic battle, which was not decided until the final stage which brought the rally to a dramatic climax. Day 1 of the rally on Friday opened up and saw a fearsome battle between Elfyn Evans in his Ford Fiesta and Ott Tanak in his Toyota Yaris. Evans & Tanak traded blows throughout the day, both parties setting fastest stage times throughout the day.…

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WRC Rally Mexico, victory for Ogier.

March 8th-10th saw the WRC arrive in the sunny clime of Mexico for Round 3 of the championship. Round 2 in Sweden saw Ott Tanak take victory for Toyota with Thierry Neuville finishing second for Hyundai and Sebatien Ogier finish in 3rd, the championship following the result of Rally Sweden saw Ogier still in command of the championship standings with xx points. Day 1 of the demanding Rally Mexico initially saw Andreas Mikkelsen set the initial pace, leading the event with teammate Dani Sordo in second. The strong run from…

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WRC Rally Sweden preview and post Monte-Carlo catch up

Thursday, February 14th marks the commencement of round 2 of the WRC at its traditional haunt of Rally Sweden; or Valentine’s Day depending on your disposition. Before that; a quick Monte Carlo re-cap; Along with a WRC news recap. Round 1 at Monte Carlo saw Sebastien Ogier claim victory, getting his championship challenge off to a very good start. It also marked an excellent debut for the revised Citroen C3 which spent most of the weekend looking imperious. Thierry Neuville finished in second for Hyundai & Tanak rounded out the…

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