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Weekend round up 30th October 2011 #NASCAR #F1

#NASCAR – Rain washed out qualifying at Martinsville so the grid was set on owner points putting all the Chase boys at the front. As for the outcome of the race, well, what did we say last week about Smoke? He only goes and pulls of a last ditch win going around the outside of the #48 after the final caution to win it having not really featured too much up until then. All credit to JJ for racing him clean on a night when a lot of others didn’t. Another bad day at the office for the Ugly Brothers, but Carl Edwards kept out of trouble and nailed ninth with a car that wasn’t worth it, and so he stays just 8 points up on the #14 car as we head to Texas.

Three wins in the Chase for Smoke and the #14 crew now; so who’s title will this one be?

#F1 – The inaugural Indian GP wasn’t a classic, but once again JB was able to keep Seb honest if not getting too close. Good to see a new circuit that does allow overtaking and also to see a big and enthusiastic crowd. Once again HK did Lotus proud with a solid finish and also well done to Narain for a decent run in the HRT. Webbo wasn’t quite able to get by Alfonso in the end, and so the podium really reflected the best three out there at the moment. As for the Lewis and Felipe show! Here we fee that the penalty was harsh; the guy was never going to have turned in on another car on purpose for goodness sake and Lewis wasn’t right alongside. Both guys are having problems as we said the other week, and their performance levels put them close on the track, so the chances for contact are all too real. Hopefully they’ll get over it soon.

Bernie wants more US #F1 races does he?

News that the diminutive one is up for more races in the US seems a but strange given that he has been willing to turn his back on such a large market for the last few years.

But never mind, things are looking up a bit with the prospect of having two GPs in the US soon, a bit like the old days of the US GPs East and West.

The problem that we have is in the venues; Monaco is Monaco, but other city street races are a bit of a nonsense. Valancia and Singapore are not really that good, the Aussies make do, but if we want to run on a decent track down under why not Bathurst? (OK we have our tongue in cheek a bit there, but at least it’s a good circuit).

The US has some cracking venues; the Indy GP circuit is a bit of a mishmash maybe, but it is Indy, and then there are Road America, Sears Point, Laguna Seca or Road Atlanta all of which are good tracks. Heck, we could even take the US GP back to its old home in Sebring! Any of those would be better to watch than plugging away around the grid road system of a US city (remember the lunacy of the car park grand prix?).

Toggle and I would love to see F1 back in the US, but if we truly want to grow the market surely we have to present F1 at its best, and scrabbling about the back streets is not the way to go. F1 is at its best on flowing circuits with a couple or three decent places to pass. We can’t let them have Spa perhaps, but, with the exception of Sebring, all of the US tracks named above do have elevation changes and a good range of corners.

For Bernie to be talking about having the Manhatton skyline as a backdrop is all very well, but we want people watching cars.

Welcome to the fold India #F1 #IndianGP

We have been critical here of some of the new additions to the F1 season, but we do really welcome India to the fold and we hope that they have a great race tomorrow.

Weekend round up – 23 October 2011 #DTM #NASCAR

#DTM Jamie Green close out the season with a win at and Miquel Molina follows up a good back end to the season with a second pole position and third place in the race. Looking forward to next year and the return of BMW.

#NASCAR Mark Martin still has it with a pole position, but problems related to that final caution dropped him back and robbed Jeff Gordon of a drafting partner. Problems for both Ugly Brothers cheered us up here as did the top three at the finish. Good to see Clint win one as his time at RCR runs out, great to see Jeff Burton a close second, and also great to see Dave Blaney pick up a good result.

Interesting stuff about the #48 car and that radio transmission. Oops!

Martinsville next weekend. Always a tight one. Where will Smoke end up? We don’t think that his season is anywhere near done yet.

#Marco – We don’t usually mention the blokes who race with only half the required number of wheels here, but sseveral of our favourite drivers of old started on bikes and we have a huge respect for those guys. So it was sad to hear that they had a tragic weekend and lost one of the promising younger riders. RIP Marco.

Weekend round up – 16th October 2011 #F1 #NASCAR #BTCC #Indycar

Toggle & I are up and about early for tea and toast and tend to check for the US results that have come in after our (early) bedtime. So to open up the computer before dawn this morning and be greeted by the news from Vegas was a real shock. We’ll come back to IndyCars at the end of the round up, but RIP Dan Wheldon and thanks for all the memories. Condolences to the Wheldon family and our thoughts are with the whole Indy racing community and to all those fans, officials and corner workers at the track whose night ended so tragically.

#F1 Korean GP – So Seb wins another one, but redemption for Lewis? Certainly that was a much more committed and confident looking performance both in qualifying and the race. And as for Massa’s claims that Hamilton is dangerous, well it didn’t stop Webbo having the confidence in him to go wheel to wheel on a few occasions do it? Like Lewis, Felipe is in a dark place right now and needs some good results too.

A horrible track though, and where were the crowds again? The rubbish places the circus has to go to these days in search of Bernie’s dollars.

#NASCAR – Has the #48 resurgence come to an end? After two good results to lull back and early contact with the wall sends JJ to pretty much the back of the pack in the race and a big tumble in the points. A good day for the Blue Oval boys though, with 4 cars in the top 7. Good to see the RPM cars doing well again and maybe we’ll get to see the #43 back in victory lane again soon.

Five races to go and  fairly open still.

#BTCC – Well done Matt Neal on another title. DJ is old enough to have seen your Dad racing.

#IndyCar – What can we say? Motor racing is dangerous and times like this bring back the immortal words of Sid Collins from Indy in 1964. You can find the full text of his eulogy to Eddie Sachs elsewhere in our archives here (perhaps because of yesterday’s tragedy that post has had over 100 hits today alone).

There is no point saying that the track is at fault. There have always been dangerous tracks and Motor Sport featured various views on Spa in its old guise last month as an example. For our US friends, maybe Langhorne Speedway would be an appropriate equivalent, albeit for different reasons? If you take away the danger you take away the sport. Losing someone is always hard, but as long as we race there will always be the risk that it will happen.

Best wishes to Pippa, Will and JR for speedy recoveries. Congratulations to Dario and his team for another title, commiserations to Will and Penske for coming up just a touch short again.

We’ve been critical here of the Indy organisers for some of what they’ve done in recent times, but have to hand it to them for the dignified way they seem to have handled yesterday’s events and plans for the awards ceremony. You did the right thing. And the 5 lap tibute was a nice touch.



Weekend round up – 9th October 2011 – #F1 #NASCAR

#F1 – A great win for Jensen Button doing it in the style of Fangio and Stewart in winning at the slowest speed, managing his tyres and fuel to win by enough. Congrats also to a worthy double champ, and to MSC for leading a GP again. On the subject of MSC, chatting with other fans at the weekend the view was that Nico had blown him away again this year, but there are only 3 points between them in the title race.

Regular readers may also recal that we were critical of Renault for letting Nick H go, and it is only now that Petrov has overtaken his points haul. As for his replacement,? We’ve nothing to day.

#NASCAR – Last week we made the point that the #48 was back and bad, and yesterday he won to move within a sniff of the points lead. You can’t rule him out, or at least, you can’t rule him out because of the dumb Chase format.

Weekend round up – 3 October 2011 #NASCAR #DTM #NASCAR #BTCC

#NASCAR – not much to report really as one of the Ugly Brothers won and we don’t like them here on these pages. The #48 came up a bit short, but had a good run and a typical chase result for JJ. Is he back?

The Petty boys did well with both in the top 10 and The Dinger managing to lead a lap. Good job guys.

Smoke dropped the ball maybe and slips to joint third in the standings.

#IndyCar – more problems here too for our favourite as Miss B gets released into his path on pit road. Exit the fastest car in the race. Not Miss B’s fault; her crew should never have released her, but pit road saw more that its fair share of chaos last night. Hope those who got hurt get well soon.

Big swing in the points back in favour of Dario. One race to go.

#DTM – One to go here too, but Martin Tomczyk takes the title anyway for Audi in Valencia, the first guy to do it in an old spec car. A great series and should get better next year with BMW back to give Audi and Mercedes some competition.

#BTCC – Another series with one more weekend to run, albeit that there will be three races that day in the current BTCC format. On the Brands Hatch GP circuit two wins for Jason Plato in his Chevrolet put him in front in the title race, but success ballast and the reverse grid held him back for the third race of the day and Matt Neal took a win for Honda and takes a 5 point championship lead into the last trio of races at Silverstone.

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