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Weekend round up – 18th September 2011 #NASCAR #IndyCar #F1 #DTM #BTCC

Starting with #F1, we wrote here in the week about the Indian GP and how good it would be to have Karun Chandhok back in F1, but we’ve since had confirmation that Narain Karthikeyan will also be in the field. The fans there are in for a bit of a treat anyway, but having two local heroes to cheer on should make it a bit special even if they won’t be up the front end of the grid.

#NASCAR. Some dark mutterings from Richmond about whether or not Paul Menard deliberately brought our a yellow to help team mate Harvick who subsequently won. Maybe they should have nipped over to the trucks and asked Nelson? There have been instances of dodgy cautions for years; people chucking padding out of the window for a “debris on the track” caution etc. Who knows for sure what happened when they went to channel 2?In any case, NASCAR have brought out enough phantom cautions over the years haven’t they, especially when some poor sap is way out in front and going away with 50 laps to go?

Meanwhile over at Chicago rain stopped play yet again and they will try to run the race today despite a 30% chance of rain. Was it a dumb decision to move the race to this time of year? Certainly it does seem to have been a bad year for postponed races and how can that be good for the fans or the TV schedules, let alone the teams?

Given our views here about The Chase being a waste of a good season’s racing maybe they should have given them all cycles and done 50 laps in the rain? Something for the fans to cheer maybe, and our money would have been on Mark Martin; still the fittest man in NASCAR?

We’ll give the results a mention here when they come through, meanwhile some of us have work to do!

#DTM. In a very wet Oschersleben the DTM teams were out on tracks and Miguel Molina picked up a surprise pole in his #Audi despite not having scored a point yet this season. In the race Mattias Ekstrom powerboated through the rain to win, Miguel fell off at the first corner and ended up 8th. Points leader Martin Tomczyk came back from a fraught race to second while main challenger Bruno Spengler retired with steering problems. Two rounds to go to decide the title.

#IndyCar. The circus travelled to Motegi in Japan where Scott Dixon won from Will Power despite a late caution for a Hunter-Ray spin out. Dario recovered into the top ten from having been sent to the back for rough driving (now what was it Will said about him the other week?). So WP wins the 2011 Mario Andretti Trophy for road course performances and re-takes the series lead by 11 points with 2 rounds to go here as well.

#BTCC or should we say WWF? Come on Messers Neal & Plato, we don’t need all this stupidity. Be fierce track rivals yes, but let’s leave the unsavoury stuff out. It sets a bad example and we don’t need it.

In between the Sunday showers here the Brits showed that you can race in the wet on the banking as Plato, Sheddon and Nash took the wins at the combined Rockingham oval & road course circuit, Nash’s win being his first in the series.

weekend round up – 4th September 2011 #NASCAR #Indycar #DTM

#NASCAR Rain stopped play in Atlanta and they run tomorrow.

#IndyCar Will Power dominates at Baltimore, Oriol Servia runs 32 laps on old tyres to finish second and Tony Kanaan pulls all the way through from well down to third, even after a real scare in practice when car failure saw him get airborne over the back of Helio; one major shunt. The title race down to 5 points as Dario comes home third.

#DTM action at Brands Hatch where they do run in the wet, Martin Tomczyk produced a masterful performance to win his third race of the season and slip back into the title race by just a single point.

Oops

We’ve just noticed that the round up for last week isn’t here. Trouble is we can’t find it! Between us we both worked on it, so it must be somewhere, but on which computer? Not this one certainly.

Assuming that we do find it it will get posted, and we’ve started mapping out this wekend’s one.

weekend round up – 3rd July 2011 #NASCAR #DTM

#DTM – a wet day and a shortened race at the Norisring saw Bruna Spengler take the win from fellow HWA Mercedes peddler Jamie Green and the Canadian also moves back to the top of the table.

#NASCAR – the holiday weekend action at Daytona saw Danica actually get to lead the Nationwide race a few times and to do so on merit. Good for her. Mark Martin nailed his 50th pole position for the Sprint cup race, but contact with the #20 car saw him into the wall and finishing 6 laps down as David Ragan picked up his maiden win in Mark’s old #6 Ford.

weekend round up – 19th June 2011 #NASCAR, #DTM, #Indycar

#NASCAR – So Hamlin remembers how to win in the #11 car and takes Michigan. Another bad day for the#48 and a three spot drop in the standings. JGR in the wars though, as they await news of NASCAR’s reaction to the unapproved oil pans found on all of their cars at the start of the weekend.

#DTM – Martin Tomczyk again for Audi at Lausitz and he takes over the points lead. Good strategy helped him, as it did Timo Scheider for second spot, on a day when others just got it wrong. Ralphie quick in the mid race period and the fastest one out there, but unable to translate that into a good result. Poor Susie never made it off the grid.

#Indycar – Dario wins on the Milwaukee Mile and WP comes in 4th from well down the grip, so they share the points lead as they head out of town. Good to see the series back at the Wisconsin track.

weekend round up – 1st May 2011 #NASCAR #IndyCar #BTCC #DTM

Toggle here, standing in for TCB this weekend, so off we go first with the #NASCAR from Richmond. As regulars here will know we don’t mention the name of a certain pair of brothers so we’ll ignore who won, but honorable mentions for The Dinger for a good top ten in the #43 and also welcome back to the top 10 for Brian Vickers; good to see you back mate.

#IndyCar down in Brazil saw things get a bit too wet at Sao Paulo. Will Power with his 4th pole of the season so far doing well in qualy, but the damp conditions making it a bit of a wreckfest with the inevitable red flag in the race. The attempt at a re-run got another red flag and they will try and run the remaining 61 (of 75) laps tomorrow (Monday). I’ll update this post with the results when we have them.

Update 2nd May – Having managed to re-start the race today, Will Power picked up a comfortable win after Takuma Sato’s fuel gamble didn’t pay off, and Power now leads the series by 14 points.

The Indy 500 comes up this month. One of the world’s great races, even if the current generation of cars are not as spectacular as some of those we have seen in the past. Can’t wait.

#BTCC. Thruxton is one of our favourite circuits and saw the tin top boys out to play today. The ‘ondas doing well with a pair of wins for Messers Neal and Sheddon and with Jason Plato’s Chevy taking the final win of the day.

The #DTM got under way at Hockenheim with a dominant win for Bruno Spengler’s Mercedes. Fearsome cars these, and it will be good to have another manufacturer back in next year to add to the fun.

Off to Turkey next weekend in #F1 for the start of the European season. Should be interesting to see how things pan out now we’re back from the Pacific rim races.

Weekend round up 28 November 2010 #DTM

#DTM So another championship finale sees the guy leading the table fail to win the title when the chequered flag falls. Well done Paul di Resta for second place at Shanghai and a maiden DTM title and commiserations to Bruno Spengler for ending up 13th and slipping to third in the championship table as a result. Well done also to Gary Paffett for the race win and second place overall, plus an honourable mention for DC with 8th in the race.

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