Brilliant Brack

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.

Moving to America in 1997 saw Brack win the ’98 Indy Racing League and he followed this up by winning the legendary Indianapolis 500 the next year.

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Brack won the Indy 500 on only his third attempt.

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Manor F1 Team – A fine example of plucky Britain

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

From arcade fun to Vegas

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

Five Gp2 Drivers who should have made it to Formula 1

 

1. Sam Bird

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Bird during his year away from Gp2 in 2012.

This talented Englishman raced in the series for 3 years, winning 6 races. In 2013, he finished as series runner up whilst also helping his team ‘Russian Time’ to the Constructors Championship in their rookie season. Sam now races successfully in both the Formula E championship and the World Endurance Championship for Ferrari. Continue reading Five Gp2 Drivers who should have made it to Formula 1

Leave Nico Rosberg alone…

Nico Rosberg has surprised many people in recent months, and for more than one reason.

After clinching the 2016 F1 World Drivers Championship in fine style at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg had achieved his dream. After 25 years of incredible hard work and dedication, he had reached the summit. Continue reading Leave Nico Rosberg alone…