Fernando Alonso celebrated a victorious debut in the 86th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours race as Toyota triumphed. The two-time Formula One world champion is pursuing motor racing's Triple Crown - winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans and Indianapolis 500 - and ticked off the second of the three prizes in France. The 36-year old Spaniard and team-mates Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi secured a two-lap victory. They started from pole position on Saturday afternoon after Japanese former Williams driver Nakajima posted the fastest time in qualifying for their number eight car. Toyota, who competed with a hybrid car in the top LMP1 class, proved too strong for their rivals running non-hybrids and completed a one-two when their number seven car - shared by Briton Mike Conway, Japanese Kamui Kobayashi and Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez - finished second. McLaren F1 driver Alonso won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007 and requires just the Indy 500 to emulate Britain's double F1 … [Read more...] about Fernando Alonso claims Le Mans victory with Toyota as he closes in on motor racing’s Triple Crown
I grew up in the Schumacher era. The sight of the tricolore, the sound of klaxons blaring as the Red Baron performed his customary victory leap on the podium, and the music of the Italian national anthem formed a rather integral part of my childhood. And, as is natural when following a sport closely, I'd pledged my allegiances early on and I wore my heart on my sleeve. It was for this reason that when the era of azure blew into Formula 1, with a very young Fernando Alonso proving to be an upset to the team and driver that I rooted for, I was quite an unhappy motorsport fan. That Alonso had proved to have the measure of Schumacher in 2005 and 2006 mattered little to me at that point in time. Back then, I would rather have eaten my own shoe - Werner Herzog style - than have ever admitted that Renault had beaten Ferrari fair and square. Fortunately, the passage of time seemed to counteract the foolishness of youth, tempering my grey cells with a sprinkling of wisdom. My perspective on … [Read more...] about Fernando Alonso just wants to go motor racing, and we love it!
JENNINGS, Okla. – Saturday served as the opening day of Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour competition at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, a race weekend hosted by the SCCA’s Ark Valley Race Group. Morning qualifying was greeted by chilly temperatures hovering in the 20-degree range. But things managed to warm up a bit as racing started in the early afternoon. The Super Touring Under class saw Billy Roberts jump to the front in a Mazda MX-5 and establish a commanding lead. David Fiorelli, who started at the rear of the field in his No. 190 Subaru BRZ, ended up having something to say about the end result. With only three laps remaining in the event, Fiorelli managed to pass Roberts for the top spot. “I really had to push hard. It was just pedal to the metal,” Fiorelli said about the effort that ultimately netted him the STU win. “I have a lot of laps around Hallett, so that helps quite a bit.” Another driver with a lot of laps around … [Read more...] about SCCA Super tour Invades Hallett Motor Racing Circuit
Hard as it might be to imagine now that race tracks across the world are daubed in sponsorship logos and advertising hoardings, there was a period when circuits were a far more subdued affair, and this even applied to the cars which raced upon them. Prior to the late ’60s and Colin Chapman’s monumental decision to ‘get into bed’ with the Gold Leaf tobacco company, race cars tended to be painted according to the nation which they hailed from. The need to differentiate cars and drivers from rival teams inspired the sport’s governing body (well, the closest motorsport had to a governing body in the middle of the last century, the AiACr) to mandate the following: “The use of distinctive colors of nationality is compulsory when the supplementary regulations of the competition require it. These colors are determined by the nationality of the competitor.” The early part of the 20th century also saw motor racing still finding its feet; this was a … [Read more...] about Patriotic Paint – How Each Country Acquired Its National Motor Racing Colour
Where are the heroes and villains of yesteryear? Sophie Williamson-Stothert investigates the preservation of motor racing icons. You may have noticed that there is a new addition to the Historic Racing Technology team, and that would happen to be me – a crazed classic car fanatic with a thirst for petrol. This means you’re going to be hearing a little more from me and I’ve decided to use this opportunity to flag-up topical industry discussions in a monthly blog post. So, without further ado, I’m kicking things off by looking into the varied maintenance protocols for historic cars. It pulls on my heart strings when I see a classic car on its last legs; even more so when I find a truly fine example of a British motor racing legend is destined to meet the same fate through neglect. I think I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve discovered timeless classics wasting away in an underground car park or, even worse, a fine shell sitting in a museum with … [Read more...] about motor racing icons