Monthly Archives: October 2009

Weekend Preview: 31 Oct – 1 Nov 2009

The last F1 race of the year and also the final rounds of F2, but the first weekend of the new GP2 Asia season.

Feature Events


FIA Formula One World Championship

- 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Yas Marina Circuit
- Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- (17/17)
- www.f1.com
- with GP2 Asia Series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Chevrolet Supercar Middle East

The last F1 race of the year, and hasn’t it flown by? Both the Championships have been won so the paddock can let its collective hair down. The only pressure to perform will lie upon those still working on contract negotiations for 2010 – right now only a handful of deals have been announced. There is also the matter of McLaren vs Ferrari for 3rd position in the Constructors’ race, remember the higher you finish the better garage spot you get next season, not to mention the extra squillions from the TV money sharing agreement.

This is the first ever event held by the all-new Yas Marina circuit, another Tilke effort, and it should be a fun one. The first half of the track is fast and interesting, the second half after the chicane is a bit stop/start Mickey Mouse but at least we can look at the LED-lit hotel.. The other thing to note is this is a dusk race starting at 5pm local time, meaning we start in daylight and end at night, a first for F1 though perhaps not so impressive to those in the US who are used to this sort of thing.

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE at 12.10pm Sunday

US TV: LIVE on SPEED at 4.30pm ET Sunday.

Other Events

Single Seater:


GP2 Asia Series

- Abu Dhabi
- Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- www.gp2series.com/en/website/2009gp2asia
- Eurosport: Race 1 highlights on E1 at 12pm Saturday // Race 2 live on E1 at 9.30am Sunday

The first round of what is a cut-down GP2 Asia Series this season, rather than travel around Asia they will be restricting themselves to two visits each to Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, which is a shame.
I am not sure what genius at Eurosport thought it would be a good idea to restrict TV coverage of the Feature race to a 30 minute highlights show directly up against live F1 qualifying (albeit the BBC’s pre-qual show).

FIA Formula Two

- Barcelona
- Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- www.formula2.com
- Eurosport: Race 1 live on E1 at 1pm Saturday // Race 2 live on E1 at 11am Sunday

Season finale of the relaunched F2.

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

- Amp Energy 500
- Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama, USA
- www.nascar.com
- UK TV: SKY SPORTS XTRA at 6pm Sunday
- US TV: LIVE on ABC at 12pm Sunday


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

- Mountain Dew 250 Fueled By Fred’s
- Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama, USA
- www.nascar.com
- US TV: LIVE on SPEED at 3.30pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:


FIA WTCC

- Okayama
- Okayama, Japan
- www.fiawtcc.com
- with Asian LMS and FBMW Pacific
- Eurosport: Race 1 live on E1 at 4.30am Sunday // Race 2 live on E1 at 6.45am Sunday
Repeated during the day at more civilised times..

The penultimate rounds of the touring car series is held in Japan, last year Tom Coronel went very well here despite being an ‘independent’ runner against the factory teams – can he repeat that this year?


Asian Le Mans Series

- Okayama
- Okayama, Japan
- www.asian-lemans-series.com
- with WTCC and FBMW Pacific
- Eurosport 1 at 10.15am Saturday and 5.30am Sunday

This test event for Le Mans racing in the Asian market consists of two races over the weekend, I believe the winner of the event as a whole will be whoever wins the second race. It is effectively a 6hr race split in half. It isn’t a big field by LMS standards with only 22 cars, but still as big as the American LMS this year with the added appeal of each class winner gaining an entry to the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours.
If the event is successful it could be the precursor to a new series being developed to run alongside the LMS and ALMS in this part of the world – though you have to say the cancellation of the 2nd leg, due to be held at Shanghai next week, does not bode well. Still, I wish it success.

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Sources
FORIX (sub req.)
Live Sport on TV
RadioTimes.com
Series websites as mentioned
Autosport magazine

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FIA Presidency

Jean Todt won the FIA Presidential Election.

I don’t like him. I don’t trust him. He made many fans’ lives a misery for years at Ferrari with his sniping and bending of the rules.

It sucks that a) he had the better ideas and manifesto, and b) won.
Such a shame Vatanen came over as just a bit too clueless.

We’ll wait and see if this new era brings us the promised changes or if he’ll ‘forget’. His first act appears to be to make Michael Schumacher his F1 Commissioner. I have no idea how true that is. Let’s hope not at all.

On the plus side… he’s gotta be better than Max.

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Weekend Preview: 24-25 October 2009

Another ‘Finals’ weekend as a clutch of series will be ending their seasons or deciding their championships on Sunday. This is a quick edition as I am in a hurry.

Feature Events


FIM MotoGP

- Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix
- Sepang International Circuit
- Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- (16/17)
- www.motogp.com
- with 250cc, 125cc

The penultimate round of the series, can Rossi win the top prize again?

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE at 6.45am Sunday (repeated 12.45pm)

US TV: DELAYED on SPEED at 6pm ET Sunday.

Other Events

Single Seater:


World Series by Renault

- Spain
– Hockenheimring, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
www.worldseriesbyrenault.com
– Eurosport at 2pm and 10pm.
- Season finale

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

- Tums Fast Relief 500
- Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia, USA
- www.nascar.com
- UK TV: SKY SPORTS 3 at 5.30pm Sunday
- US TV: LIVE on ABC at 1pm ET Sunday


NASCAR Nationwide Series

- Kroger On Track For The Cure 250
- Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
- www.nascar.com
- US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2 at 3pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

- Kroger 200
- Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia, USA
- www.nascar.com
- US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2 at 12.30pm ET Saturday (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:


DTM

- Hockenheim
- Hockenheimring, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
- www.dtm.com
- I can’t find UK TV c0verage, it should be on the website though.


V8 Supercar

- Surfers Paradise
– Surfers Paradise, Australia
www.v8supercar.com.au
This is the event A1GP should have been attending :-(

FIA GT

- Zolder
– Zolder, Belgium
www.fiagt.com
– Live on MotorsTV at 12pm
- Season finale


FIA Euro Touring Cup

- Braga, Portugal
www.fiaetcc.com
– Live on Eurosport at 12.45pm

This is the annual standalone event inviting S2000 touring car teams and drivers from various European national series to come and race against the entrants from the WTCC’s ‘Independent’ class (manufacturer teams are barred). Could be entertaining.

Rally:

WRC

- Wales Rally GB

The final round of the WRC is a straight fight between Loeb and Hirvonen for the title. Coverage and Eurosport with highlights on Dave.


Motorbikes:

World Superbike

- Portimao, Portugal

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That’s it from me this week, as I say, I’m in a rush so if you spot any errors or other races to add please drop a note in the comments!

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Sources
FORIX (sub req.)
Live Sport on TV
RadioTimes.com
Series websites as mentioned
Autosport magazine

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Congratulations to Button and Brawn!

Congrulations to Jenson Button and the BrawnGP team for winning the F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships today!

5th position with Barrichello delayed by a puncture and Vettel not making enough progress through the field was enough to secure both titles. Rubens was running 3rd at the time which wasn’t enough for him to keep the fight open until the finale, so while cruel to be denied in this way it was immaterial in the end.

Well done too to Mark Webber for his second win of the year.

Full race notes will be written and posted later in the week, I am in the middle of moving so it’ll have to wait a few days!

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Weekend Preview: 17-18 October 2009

Various series the world over are coming to the end of their 2009 season and the weekends are becoming ever more sparse of racing, there are only a few short weeks until it stops completely, with seemingly only NASCAR continuing on into November, and of course Macau. In the meantime let’s enjoy the championships being decided!

Feature Events


FIA Formula 1 World Championship

- Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras do Brasil 2009
- Autodromo Carlos Pace
- Interlagos, São Paulo, Brazil
- (16/17)
- www.f1.com
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And so to Interlagos! This should be the season finale, such a great venue, much like Silverstone the atmosphere bleeds through the TV screen and into your living room and there aren’t many venues you can say that about. Yes the facilities are dire, the place is falling to bits and the resurfaced track sort of emphasises it but we don’t care. Interlagos is a modern classic and what’s more, ANYTHING can happen there!

This is the penultimate round of the season and could be the championship decider and for those in Europe and the Americas it is at a really favourable time so you really have no excuses, you must watch this race.

Button leads Barrichello by 14 points and Vettel by 16 points, with 20 still on the table.

For Button to win the title, he must:
- Simply finish 3rd or better at this race regardless of what Barrichello and Vettel do. If JB finishes 3rd it puts him on 91pts which is the maximum score RB can achieve this season, and Jenson would win the tiebreak (most wins).

For Barrichello to win the title, he must:
- Score 1 x 1st and 1 x 4th or better from the last two races, and that’s assuming Button does not score in either race. Long shot.

For Vettel to win the title, he must:
- Win both races and hope the Brawns have terrible weekends! He can still do it – just as Kimi did in 2007 when he came from 17 down with two races to go to win the title.

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE from 4pm Sunday.

US TV: LIVE on SPEED from 11.30am ET Saturday.


FIM MotoGP

- Iveco Australian Grand Prix
- Phillip Island
- Victoria, Australia
- (15/17)
- www.motogp.com
- with 250cc, 125cc

UK TV: LIVE on BBC ONE at 5.45am Sunday (highlights 12pm, full-length repeats may be on Red Button before the F1?)

US TV: DELAYED on SPEED at 6pm ET Sunday.

Since the TV coverage utterly sucks because it is not live, listen in live to www.radiolemans.com at 10.45pm UK / 5.45pm ET US.

Other Events

Stock Car:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

- Bank of America 500
- Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
- www.nascar.com
- UK TV: SKY SPORTS 2, Saturday night (Sunday morning) 12.30am
- US TV: LIVE on ABC, Saturday 7pm ET


NASCAR Nationwide Series

- Dollar General 300
- Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
- www.nascar.com
- US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2, Saturday 7.30pm ET (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:


Super GT

- Autopolis, Japan

Other:

BRSCC Formula Ford Festival

- Formula Ford Festival
- Brands Hatch, Kent, England, UK

The long-running Festival remains the event all F.Fordsters want to win, and long may it be so. A host of ‘name’ drivers have won the Festival over the years on their way to stardom and it looks as though this year’s crop will be no exception with the likes of Newgarden and Cole certain to rise up the junior series ladder over the next few years with an eye on F1, or perhaps sportcars or IndyCars.

The main event is for the Duratec-engined cars but as always there is a support event for the Kent cars, and a return this year of a separate race for the Zetecs.
A final note – if you are reading this from the US, or are just interested in American talent outside of ovals, and want to keep up with the latest on Newgarden in the Duratecs and the Team USA Scholarship drivers in the Kent race, you’d do well to keep up with Junior Open Wheel Talent.


Euroseries 3000

- Monza, Italy


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Sources
FORIX (sub req.)
Live Sport on TV
RadioTimes.com
Series websites as mentioned
Autosport magazine

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Weekend Preview: 10-11 October 2009

Feature Events

(quick version as it is very late!)


IRL IndyCar Series

- Firestone Indy 300
- Homestead-Miami Speedway
- Homestead, Florida, USA
- (17/17)
- www.indycar.com
- with Indy Lights and GrandAm

Season finale! Who will take it? Dixon, Briscoe or Franchitti?

UK TV: LIVE on SKY SPORTS 2 from 10pm Saturday, repeated at 7am and 4pm Sunday on SSX.

US TV: LIVE on VERSUS from 4pm ET Saturday.


American Le Mans Series

- Monterey Sports Car Championships
- Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
- California, USA
- (10/10)
- www.americanlemans.com
- with Atlantics

Another season finale!

UK TV: I have NO idea.

US TV: DELAYED on SPEED at 2.30pm Sunday.

Since the TV coverage utterly sucks because it is not live, listen in live to www.radiolemans.com at 10.45pm UK / 5.45pm ET US.

Other Events

Stock Car:


V8 Supercar

- Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
- Mount Panorama, Bathurst, Australia
- www.v8supercar.com.au
– UK TV: LIVE on MOTORSTV at 9PM SATURDAY


NASCAR Sprint Cup

- Pepsi 500
- Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California, USA
- www.nascar.com
- UK TV: SKY SPORTS XTRA, Sunday 10pm
- US TV: LIVE on ABC, Sunday 2.30pm ET


NASCAR Nationwide Series

- Copart 300
- Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California, USA
- www.nascar.com
- US TV: LIVE on ESPN 2, Saturday 4pm ET (not covered in UK)

Sports Car / Touring Car:


DTM

- Dijon
- Dijon, France
- www.dtm.com
- UK TV: ESPN at 12.45 Sunday
- suppported by F3 Euroseries


Grand-am

- Homestead-Miami Speedway


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Sources
FORIX (sub req.)
Live Sport on TV
RadioTimes.com
Series websites as mentioned
Autosport magazine

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