Off to Goodwood..

I’m attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Sunday. I won’t be posting updates from the venue as I expect to be too busy, so I’m not even bringing my netbook, but do keep an eye on my Twitter account for the odd update and photo during the day – I hope to get Twitvid working too but that may be too big a drain on my data plan.

I’m attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Sunday, my 4th visit. It has grown every year and I doubt I’ll cover everything I want to see but if you accept that before you get there it is hard to have a bad time.

I won’t be posting to the blog until I get home, but do keep an eye on my Twitter account for the odd update and photo during the day. If you happen to tweet me don’t be offended if you don’t get a reply until much later, it means I’m enjoying the event!

I’m Watching… #3: NASCAR road courses, F1, F2, more

I watch too much racing. What have I been watching over the last couple of weeks?

I watch too much racing. What have I been watching over the last couple of weeks?

Formula 2 – Valencia 2009
Race 1 of 2. This was the ‘comeback race’ for the F2 name, unfortunately it was at the Ricardo Tormo circuit so it was rubbish, really boring. I don’t think I’ve seen a good race at that circuit in my life, any series. Maybe MotoGP. Martin Haven did his best to inject enthusiasm and a great deal of knowledge of ‘old F2’ and of drivers parachuting in from other series, but really you need the on-track stuff to be good as well and it really wasn’t. I missed the 2nd race, I have a feeling I watched it live on their site but I can’t remember, it was a year ago..

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Nationwide Series – Road America 2010 *live*
I was curious to see the 2nd-tier NASCAR series on a road course, and it had Jacques Villeneuve guest-driving and a couple of guys were pulling the double with this race in Wisconsin on Saturday and the Cup race in California on Sunday. I was disappointed. JV and Carl Edwards had a great battle at the front, unfortunately the rest of the field were hopeless and it came to a head with a lengthy red-flag delay after a multi-car pile-up which is when I gave up following it. I didn’t expect a ‘Dega-style “Big One” on a road course! Apparently once the race restarted it was brought back under safety car multiple times, and finished some hours after I’d left it. Needs work.

IZOD IndyCar – Iowa 2010 *live*
This was a great race, you could tell that from the few times the Race Control cameras were pointing in the right direction. I’m going to have to watch this again with the TV feed. To give them credit they did stick with the lead battle for a good while, unfortunately the lack of direction meant I missed the battling in the pack. Tony Kanaan had a brilliant run and it was great to see him win and to do it with a pass for the lead as well, excellent. I wasn’t sure what happened to Marco Andretti’s early run, I guess the car went away from him just as TK’s was coming to him. Needless to say the ‘red cars’ were all up there in contention throughout, but I do think Andretti Autosport are regaining the relative pace they had against them some time ago. Good to see.

Sprint Cup, Sonoma 2010 *live*
Again I wanted to see how the stock car people handled the road courses. I expected something more professional than the Nationwide race and that’s largely what we had, after all most of them have driven at Sonoma for some years now. It was a pretty good race with a mixture of strategies throughout the field, it was great to see DTM driver Mattias Ekstrom lead the race for a while on his debut but it was former V8 Supercar driver Marcos Ambrose who was in control much of the time – until he threw it away with a driver error under caution, allowing Jimmie Johnson to win. It was interesting to see how the race turned into a knife fight in the closing stages, it was like a 25-minute BTCC race with cars being pushed all over the track and spun around. This race also had a red flag period caused by a multi-car shunt, thankfully it was cleared up significantly faster than in the Nationwide event. There was the usual problem of going full-course yellow for someone spinning and resuming within 30 seconds, though it wasn’t as bad as usual and some incidents were allowed to develop and recover before the safety car was called so there is some progress.

Formula 1 – European GP 2010 *live*
A moderately interesting race, it was better than I was expecting for this circuit so that is a small victory. Mark Webber was exceedingly lucky and that’s a huge victory. Kobayashi really proved his worth by staying out on one set of tyres for that length of time when nobody else seemed able to, then using his fresher tyres to put a move on Alonso. Well played, Kamui. There was that dodgy safety car call with Hamilton and his penalty, we’re a few days on and now I’m a bit talked-out about it but you can read more here.

The World Cup
A lot of prime motorsport viewing time has been taking up with the World Cup instead. Some of it really wasn’t worth bothering with and I’m by no means a fan of the game, yet others have been enjoyable. There was a game last Tuesday between Japan and somebody which was the best game I’ve seen in ages.

Looking Ahead
Le Tour de France starts this weekend and over the next couple of weeks I’ll be watching the nightly highlights on ITV4 if they are as they were last year. I’m also heading to Goodwood for the Festival of Speed on Sunday.

Blog note.
You may have noticed I’m not very good at sticking to ideas, the weekly review each Monday/Tuesday hasn’t happened lately due to one thing and another (mainly the World Cup) so I’m reworking it into an ad-hoc approach to be done whenever I feel like posting an update. Better to be more ‘organic’ that way rather than doing a post for the sake of it.

TMR Game – Week 23

Welcome to Week 23 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Here are all the results from this week’s racing.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:

IndyCar – Watkins Glen, New York;

Sprint Cup – Daytona, Florida;

DTM – Norisring, Nuremberg;

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.

The cutoff is Saturday 3rd July at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 22, read on. Continue reading “TMR Game – Week 23”

Start Times: 26-27 June

Here is this week’s rough guide to race start times, all UK (GMT+1), please check your TV listings as pre-race shows vary. NASCAR Cup’s TV start time is given as the green flag time is not known.

UK Time Duration Series Venue Event
GMT+1
Saturday
1pm MotoGP Assen Dutch TT
1pm 1 hour Formula 1 Valencia Qualifying
2.40pm 32 laps GP2 Series Valencia Race 1
Sunday
8.55am 13 laps Auto GP Spa-Franchorchamps Race 1
9.35am 23 laps GP2 Series Valencia Race 2
10am 45min Superleague Nurburgring Race 1
11am 24 laps World Superbike Misano Race 1
1pm 57 laps Formula 1 Valencia European GP
1pm 45min Superleague Nurburgring Race 2
2pm 5 laps Superleague Nurburgring Superfinal
2.30pm 24 laps World Superbike Misano Race 2
2.35pm 10 laps Auto GP Spa-Franchorchamps Race 2
6pm (TV) 300 laps Sprint Cup New Hampshire Lenox Tools 301

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Much of this incidental of course, the biggest event this weekend is in football. Germany v England in the World Cup is an event of major national significance and I’d say in this country it is the biggest international fixture possible in any sport. You can bet nearly everybody will be watching. F1 at Valencia will not long be finished but that race is boring anyway! Don’t expect anything in post-race analysis, the UK-based teams want to watch too (no doubt it’ll be tense down at MercedesGP). Note F1 is on BBC2 on Sunday due to Cup build-up.

Fantastically warm and sunny weekend though, so if the above races and the other games don’t grab you, I won’t blame you for disappearing off elsewhere.