F1 – QUALIFYING WOES & HEARTBREAK

For fifteen years I have faithfully followed Formula One. I have loved it and embraced it as a large part of my life, only once having felt let down by it, in 2005, by the farcical Grand Prix at Indianapolis. That incident wasn’t entirely the sport’s doing – Michelin had supplied tyres to the majority…

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‘OUR NIGE’

Step forth and judge me, for I am a hypocrite. Only recently was I guilty of passing a book shop and questioning the thought process of the vast crowd gathered outside, waiting impatiently to get the latest biography or cook book signed by the author. I couldn’t quite see the point; a two-second meeting with…

CADWELL PARK: MOTORBIKES, A MANKINI & MOUNTAIN MADNESS

A major part of the appeal of British motor racing stems from the venues that its national championships visit; nowhere in the world has such a plethora of tracks that offer the most extreme of challenges. Just a few weeks ago the British Superbike championship and its roster of support packages attended Thruxton, the ultra…

MORE POINTS FOR WILKS RACING

Brands Hatch can be an unforgiveable place; even in its short ‘Indy’ format, the circuit’s seemingly endless curves and undulations make it one of the most infamously challenging tracks in the country. Equally as challenging is the lung-bustingly steep hill facing many of the British Superbike’s support race community… “There’s good news and bad news”,…

WILKS RACING MAKE THEIR DEBUT

For the majority of families across the UK the run up to Easter consists of resisting the temptation to gorge on chocolate, counting down to a long weekend and placing bets on what the Bank Holiday weather will feature, downpours or sunburn. For the Wilks family however, it was somewhat different, for Easter weekend 2015…

FERRARI – WINNING AGAINST ALL ODDS

Ironic, isn’t it? The man blamed for crippling Formula One with his devastating dominance just 18 months ago is now credited with breathing new life to the formula, using the very same arsenal that damn near brought the sport to its knees; unanswerable speed, supreme skill and sublime victory. Sebastian Vettel’s victory at Sepang was…

QUESTIONING THE PINNACLE

When only fifteen cars make it to the start of a Grand Prix, it’s obvious Formula One is struggling with some demons. For the opening race of 2015 in Australia, the sport failed to live up to expectations; some blamed the teams – namely Manor, Red Bull and McLaren, each of whom failed to get…

FERNANDO ALONSO & THE CURIOUS CASE OF CONCUSSION

I could have jumped on one of the various bandwagons sooner, admittedly, but none of them seemed suitable; none of them felt right. I’m talking of course of the conspiracy theories and fabricated tales surrounding Fernando Alonso and the incident that has sidelined him from 2015’s curtain raising Australian Grand Prix. Medical personnel cite concussion…

GOING BAYLISSTIC IN BIRMINGHAM

We’ve all seen the film or had the dream where the star sportsperson is struck down by injury, leaving the coach no choice but to pick a plucky fan from the crowd to take his or her place. The film inevitably sees the lead character score the winning goal, get the girl and head towards…

JENSON BUTTON’S GREATEST HITS

Following the end of the 2014 Grand Prix season and not for the first time, Jenson Button entered the winter months with an uncertain future. It looked as though the returning McLaren-Honda partnership had no room for the 2009 world champion, and Jenson would find himself without a Grand Prix seat for the coming year.…