Many people may not remember Kenny Brack. A quiet swede, he was destined for Formula 1 in the early 21st century. In 2003, that all changed…
Kenny raced his way successfully through the ranks of junior Motorsport in the 80’s and 90’s. By 1994 he was racing in F3000, the main support series for Formula 1 at the time. After a strong rookie campaign he finished 3rd in the ’95 championship and would have won the coveted trophy the next year had it not been for a controversial stewards decision in the final round demoting him to runner up. It was after this that his career really began to blossom.
On the 27th of January, It was officially announced that the Manor F1 Team dream was at an end. The administrators had failed to find a buyer, and that was that.
Some people will remember Manor as a back marker team, simply there to make up the numbers. Others may not remember them at all. I will remember them as a team with limited budget, limited experience and unlimited heart.
Manor (known as Virgin Racing at the time) entered the sport in 2010 alongside Hispania and Lotus. Hugely limited testing and recent major regulation changes meant the teams were unable to get up to competitive speed in time for their arrival. This resulted in all three teams being hugely off the pace, and point scoring results were nowhere near achievable. Continue reading Manor F1 Team – A fine example of plucky Britain
In 1974, the arcade game ‘speed race’ was released by Japanese developers, Taito. It was the first known motor racing game with scrolling graphics, and allowed consumers to dream of a future filled with virtual racing.
Over 40 years have passed since then, and finally the world of sim-racing is beginning to leave its mark (and a sizeable one at that) on the Motorsport industry.
Advances in technology have allowed racing fans a path into the sport different to anything seen before. In the 20th century, the only viable option for a youngster hoping to reach the lofty heights of Formula 1 was to go Kart racing. It was where kids could prove their talent, hone their skills behind the wheel and work on their race craft. Continue reading From arcade fun to Vegas
A massive shake up in the technical regulations have changed the face of the WRC heading into the 2017 season.
The cars have been transformed from understated hatchbacks with a lot of attitude into full blown, aerodynamic missiles. The speeds have never been faster, and with the sudden shock withdrawal of reigning champions Volkswagen, the competition is wide open.
Anybody who has (or in many cases, had) an interest in the championship would say the same thing if questioned about the state of the sport in recent years:
“Its lost it’s magic.” “Bring back Group B cars!” “The drivers are no longer superheroes.”