WILKS RACING & THE QUEST FOR SPONSORSHIP

   Like it or not – and despite what the latest Nationwide Bank advert says – money makes the world go round. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the world of sport – motor sport in particular. Talent alone, sadly, is no longer sufficient to succeed in motor racing, although it is still a…

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THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

At the age of 17 my days consisted of pursuing young women, squeezing spots and eating junk food – not at the same time, mind. It was all a far cry from what a 17-year-old Max Verstappen’s days will soon entail. The young Dutchman, son of former F1 racer Jos ‘The Boss’ Verstappen, has recently…

WHEN TEMPERS FLARE

During the 1979 Daytona 500, a highlight of the motor racing calendar even then, Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough collided. The pair’s race ended on the spot but the drama was yet to come: the two drivers, neither particularly willing to back down from confrontation, proceeded to knock seven bells out of each other. It…

‘WAR FOR FOUR’…TAKE 2

As the British Superbike contingent are busy preparing for action at Oulton Park’s ‘triple-header’ this weekend – the first three-race weekend of the year – I confess that my passion for the sport is once again kicking into overdrive. Fresh from my track-side adventure at Thruxton just a few days ago I realise I’ve been…

WILKS AT THRUXTON

You can have all the talent in the world, new personal sponsors, a flash new livery and increasing fan-base, but if a fuel pump breaks during qualifying then you’re on your back foot. If your team fix it, only for a regulator rectifier to hiccup then it’s likely that this isn’t your weekend. This was…

THOUGHTS ON FLAVIO

On September 28th 2008, during lap 14 of the Singapore Grand Prix Nelson Piquet Junior, son of the three-time world champion and Renault’s young charger, spun his car exiting turn 17 and crashed heavily into a concrete wall. It was initially attributed to a simple mistake by a young and relatively inexperienced driver but many…

THE SUPERBIKE UPBRINGING

Aside from being enviously young, talented and athletically fit, Kyle Wilks is also ambitious; focused whole-heartedly on reaching the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing. That means arguably one destination: MotoGP. But there’s a problem; Kyle is not, as his name may suggest, Spanish – an apparent prerequisite for any budding MotoGP star. Hailing from the not-so-sunny…

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

Following World War II, the surviving fighter pilot-types – the stereotypically brave, chiselled jawed soldiers every man or boy secretly dreamed of being – were left kicking their heels; grateful that the war was over, but missing the adrenalin-fuelled buzz of combat. Motor racing offered a release – an escape from the mundane world still…

THE FUTURE FORMULA

The concept was sound enough: one car each for a number of selected nationalities, represented by a team and driver of appropriate citizenship; identical cars with identical engines, competing during the ‘off-season’ winter months as a stopgap between Grand Prix seasons. A1GP was billed as ‘The World Cup of Motorsport’, a unique format where the…

HOME-GROWN HEROES

Nigel Mansell, world champion of 1992, once said that the power of the British home-crowd support was worth up to half-a-second per lap in extra pace. The dominant Williams FW14 of his championship-winning year probably contributed too, as did Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes W05 aid the 2008 World Champion to his second British Grand Prix victory…