August 1992

SPA 24HRS - Won by S.Soper in a BMW.


      Qualifying: 1 Patrese
		  2 Mansell
		  3 Senna
		  4 Schumacher
		  5 Berger
		  6 Brundle
		  7 Alboreto
		  8 Boutsen
		  9 Alesi
		 10 Capelli
		 11 Comas
		 12 Tarquini
		 13 Herbert
		 14 Suzuki
		 15 Gachot
		 16 Hakkinen
		 25 Hill.

      Result:-  1 Senna      1:46'19.216
		2 Mansell    +40.139
		3 Berger     +50.782
		4 Hakkinen   +54.313
		5 Brundle    +57.498
		6 Capelli    1 lap
		7 Alboreto   2 laps
		8 De Cesaris 3 laps
		9 Belmondo   3 laps
	       10 Gugelmin   4 laps
	       11 Hill       4 laps
Note:- Nigel Mansell is now World Champion. This was also Paul Belmondo's last race and best result. Berger had problems getting away on the warm up lap. However, he got going in last place and made it back to his grid position.

When the leaders came up to lap Martini, the leader (Senna) got past cleanly. However, Nigel Mansell was held up for the best part of a lap, but managed to make up the gap between Senna and himself in two laps. Martini consequently had a 10 second stop/go penalty. Lap 62 - Mansell pitted for tyres after a left rear slow puncture. He was the first to pit for new tyres. He came back out in 7th place. Meanwhile Patrese was leading, although he had engine problems from lap 20 onwards. He span out while leading by 20 seconds, managed to rejoin in 7th, but his engine blew up a few laps later, forcing him to retire.

In a three way duel between Berger, Schumacher and Brundle, Schumacher span out. Berger braked late, forcing Schumacher to run wide and Brundle to hit Schumacher, though not heavily. This loosened the rear wing on Schumacher's car, and on the next straight it flew off. This makes the car extremely light at the back, as there is no downforce, and the entire car acts like a wing. He consequently span, and ended up in a gravel trap at the end of the straight.

LAP 68 - Senna pitted for tyres with an extremely quick time of 6.33s. He had been running on the softer D compound, while all the others had been on C's.

Other Racing at PEMBREY, WALES. F3 - De Ferran won, Warren Hughes 2nd.

TOURING CAR - In a race full of incidents, the two Vic Lee BMW's stormed to an easy 1-2 victory. Tim Harvey was 1st, Steve Soper 2nd. Both Cleland and Rouse retired.

Nigel Mansell's confirmation as the new World Champion was a great achievement for him, as well as for Williams Renault, Canon, Elf and Camel. Now it is back to the bump and grind of the '92 season. Mansell's success removes any pressure on him but, believe me, it will not prevent him trying to win the remaining five races. Ayrton Senna drove superbly in Hungary and has won the last four GPs at Spa-Francorchamps but this circuit, like every other this season, will favour the dominating Williams Renault team.

Williams Renault are well clear in the constructors' table but there is still a lot to fight for in this Championship. The title is unlikely to go anywhere else but points are still vitally important to all teams. The more points won, the greater the financial rewards. They are a help in sponsorship deals. Jordan certainly benefited when they finished fifth after an outstanding debut year. The top ten in the Championship plus the next three escape the dreaded pre-qualifying so for some teams even a few points can be crucial.

A very exciting battle looks set to develop for second and third place in the drivers' F1 world championship. Riccardo Patrese currently leads the race but Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher are hot on his heels. A great deal of speculation also surrounds these three drivers, all of whom I believe will be switching teams next season. The confirmation that Gerhard Berger has signed for Ferrari is just the start of the biggest change-around in driver line-ups we have witnessed for a very long time.

Right now Michael Schumacher is the most desirable long term property in Formula One. He may be under contract to Benetton but, as we saw with Jean Alesi's early move to Ferrari, no contract is sacred. Riccardo Patrese has no home to go to in 1993 but his name is being openly linked with Benetton although, so far, I understand there have only been talks. F1 is delicately poised at present as far as the driver market is concerned. It is even possible that Ayrton Senna will take a year off which would be a great loss to GP racing.

It now looks certain that Alain Prost has a two-year contract with the Williams team starting in 1993 and it seems to include a 'non-Senna' clause. Prost's insistence that he will not have Ayrton as a driving partner partly explains the delay in Nigel Mansell's announcement of his plans for next year. Mansell will be determined to build in similar clauses within his own contract to protect him from any manoeuvrings by Prost. Some people have been critical of Mansell but he is right to be cautious as Prost is the expert at these games.

Christian Fittipaldi makes his return to GP racing after recovering from the neck injury he suffered at Magny Cours. But, with the Minardi team struggling to qualify, it will be a tough comeback. There should be some extra interest for British fans this weekend with Perry McCarthy likely to get a reasonable amount of track time in pre-qualifying. FISA have been unimpressed by the efforts of the Andrea Moda team who have allowed McCarthy no more than the minimum number of laps required by the regulations. The team are on notice to make a realistic bid with both cars.

Spa will see the Formula One debut of Emanuele Naspetti driving for March. Can this Italian impress the F1 world in the way that Michael Schumacher did in his first GP exactly a year ago? Spa remains one of the most daunting circuits in GP racing yet it is one of the most popular among competitors. Sunday's race is over 44 laps and, as ever, it will be very demanding. Every year in my Ceefax preview I have mentioned that the weather could have a major role to play in the race. This year will no be exception.

SPORTSCARS:- Derek Warwick and Yannick Dalmas can seal the FIA Sportscar world title for Peugeot in Japan this weekend after the scrapping of October's race in Spain. The pair jointly head the drivers' standings with a commanding 38 point lead, while Peugeot lead Toyota by 28 points in the quest for the team title. Sunday's race will be the first run over a 1,000km distance since 1988 and Toyota believe the Suzuka circuit will suit them better than Peugeot. The Spanish round has been cancelled because the track has not been upgraded.

1000 LAKES RALLY:- Didier Auriol leads the rally after the first five stages of the first leg by 12 seconds from Juha Kankkunen. The little Frenchman has been fastest on four of the five stages. Britain's Colin McRae, on his first visit to Finland, damaged his Subaru on a practice run two days ago. But the youngster has started bravely and is currently in seventh place. The next two and a half days will be a tough challenge as the cars and crews face 32 tests covering over 500km.

Positions after 5 stages:
Accumulated penalties         mins secs
 1 D Auriol    Fr  Lancia        35:49
 2 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia        36:01
 3 M Alen      Fin Toyota        36:04
 4 A Vatanen   Fin Subaru        36:05
 5 F Delecour  Fr  Ford Sierra   36:33
 6 M Biasion   It  Ford Sierra   36:53
 7 C McRae     GB  Subaru        37:00
 = S Blomqvist Swe Nissan        37:00
 = T Makinen   Fin Nissan        37:00
10 L Lampi     Fin Mitsubishi    37:33

Nigel Mansell was happier after first practice at Spa when Ayrton Senna said he was no longer interested in driving for Williams in 1993. The new world F1 champion was unhappy earlier after team owner Frank Williams admitted he had talked to Senna. But Mansell said he was "more committed than before, not less" after dominating the session. "I want to grab that ninth win badly," he added. Negotiations are continuing between Mansell, Riccardo Patrese and Alain Prost for the seats at Williams.

Britain's Johnny Herbert has been given a new cotract with Lotus "to lead its challenge in 1993". This suggests a move for current teammate, Finn Mika Hakkinen, to a rival Formula One outfit. The 28-year-old, tipped as a future world champion after finishing fourth on his debut in 1989 at Brazil, has collected two points this season with sixth places at Kyalami and Magny Cours. The Birmingham based driver suffered a serious accident at Brands Hatch in a Formula 3000 race in 1988 but recovered to progress to the Formula One ranks.

Frenchman Erik Comas suffered a high speed shunt during free practice in his Ligier Renault for Sunday's race and was taken to hospital for a scan after being momentarily knocked out. He did not take part in the first qualifying session. There was no pre-qualifying after Brabham failed to turn up leaving 30 cars entered.

Nigel Mansell was fastest in the first qualifying session at Spa to take provisional pole for Sunday's race. The new world F1 champion clocked 1 min 50.545 secs in the Williams-Renault with Ayrton Senna over two seconds slower in the McLaren. The Brazilian was heading for a quick time towards the end of the session but underbraked, lost control of the back wheels and spun off. German Michael Schumacher was third fastest ahead of Mansell's teammate Riccardo Patrese, who also spun-off.


Friday's official qualifying: mins secs
 1 N Mansell    GB  Williams   1:50.545
 2 A Senna      Brz Mclaren    1:52.743
 3 M Schumacher Ger Benetton   1:53.221
 4 R Patrese    It  Williams   1:53.557
 5 J Alesi      Fr  Ferrari    1:54.438
 6 G Berger     Aut McLaren    1:54.642
 7 T Boutsen    Bel Ligier     1:54.654
 8 M Hakkinen   Fin Lotus-Ford 1:54.812
 9 M Brundle    GB  Benetton   1:54.973
10 J Herbert    GB  Lotus      1:55.027
11 G Tarquini   It  Fondmetal  1:55.965
12 I Capelli    It  Ferrari    1:56.075
13 A de Cesaris It  Tyrrell    1:56.111
14 M Alboreto   It  Footwork   1:56.282
15 E VD Poele   Bel Fondmetal  1:56.674
16 JJ Lehto     Fin Dallara    1:56.809
17 S Modena     It  Jordan     1:56.889
18 K Wendlinger Aut March      1:57.039
19 P Martini    It  Dallara    1:57.267
20 B Gachot     Bel Venturi    1:57.330
21 E Naspetti   It  March      1:57.794
22 O Grouillard Fr  Tyrrell    1:57.818
23 G Morbidelli It  Minardi    1:58.126
24 M Gugelmin   Brz Jordan     1:58.499
25 A Suzuki     Jpn Footwork   1:58.826
26 U Katayama   Jpn Larrousse  1:59.383

27 C Fittipaldi Brz Minardi    1:59.626
28 R Moreno     Brz Andrea M   2:05.096
29 P McCarthy   GB  Andrea M   2:15.050
30 E Comas      Fr  Ligier     DNR
Three-times world champion Ayrton Senna has said he is no longer interested in joining the Williams team next season. The Brazilian said that he had also withdrawn an offer to drive for Williams "for free" and is now likely to "take a holiday" instead. Senna currently drives for McLaren but his contract ends this year. "I have withdrawn my offer to Williams and it is over now," Senna said. "We were close to agreement two or three times but it seems that Alain Prost cannot cope with me in the same team."

1000 LAKES RALLY:- Didier Auriol leads by 16 seconds after 16 stages despite having to drive the 14th stage without wipers. The Frenchman is ahead of fellow Lancia driver Juha Kankkunen with Markku Alen in a Toyota back in third. Frenchman Francois Delecour put his Mobil 1 Sierra off the road on stage 11 and is believed to be out of the event. Stig Blomqvist dropped out of the rally after suffering engine failure while in sixth place while Britain's Colin McRae is in equal eighth place in his Subaru.

Positions after 18 stages:
Accumulated penalties         mins secs
 1 D Auriol    Fr  Lancia      1:51:01
 2 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia      1:51:24
 3 M Alen      Fin Toyota      1:51:40
 4 A Vatanen   Fin Subaru      1:52:17
 5 M Biasion   It  Ford Sierra 1:54:45
 6 L Lampi     Fin Mitsubishi  1:55:48
 7 S Lindholm  Fin Ford Sierra 1:57:05
 8 C McRae     GB  Subaru      1:57:20
 9 P Bugalski  Fr  Lancia      1:57:31
10 J Kytolehto Fin Mitsubishi  2:00:37

Gerhard Berger climbed unhurt from his badly damaged McLaren Honda after a high speed crash in untimed practice. The session, held in heavy rain, was brought to a halt after the accident which happened as the Austrian exited La Source hairpin and headed for Eau Rouge on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. His car suddenly swung left, spun into the left barrier before crossing the track and hitting the right barrier. Minutes after the session re-started Italian Pierluigi Martini crashed at exactly the same point but like Berger was unharmed.

Nigel Mansell starts from pole position for Sunday's 44-lap race after rain slowed drivers in final qualifying. Mansell's time of 1 min 50.545 secs could not be beaten and the Williams Renault driver again set the pace on Saturday, clocking the best time by far with a lap in 2:07.693 on the wet track. Andrea de Cesaris was second in the session with a lap of 2:11.341 but Ayrton Senna takes second place on the grid with his Friday time of 1:52.743. Frenchman Erik Comas has been advised not to race after being injured in a crash in his Ligier on Friday.

World champion Nigel Mansell had already decided to stop practising when Gerhard Berger went spinning off the rain-soaked Spa-Francorchamps track. "It was one of those days when you are on tenterhooks all the time because, if you push the car to its limit, anything can happen - as we saw," he commented. "I have great sympathy for the drivers who had accidents especially Gerhard who was going flat out in a straight line down to Eau Rouge when he found a river going across the circuit." Ayrton Senna added: "It would be crazy to race in those dangerous conditions."

Ferrari were satisfied with the car's performance in the poor conditions of final qualifying, with Jean Alesi third fastest in Saturday's session. Alesi, who will start from fifth on the grid, said: "I am reasonably happy with the handling of the car in the wet. The anti-wheelspin systems work beautifully and helps the F92AT's good balance." Martin Brundle suffered damage to his Benetton during final practice when he was in collision with another car. "Things were going well until I was hit as I turned into La Source. We are not sure of the extent of the damage".

Final official qualifying:    mins secs
 1 N Mansell    GB  Williams   1:50.545
 2 A Senna      Brz McLaren    1:52.743
 3 M Schumacher Ger Benetton   1:53.221
 4 R Patrese    It  Williams   1:53.557
 5 J Alesi      Fr  Ferrari    1:54.438
 6 G Berger     Aut McLaren    1:54.642
 7 T Boutsen    Bel Ligier     1:54.654
 8 M Hakkinen   Fin Lotus-Ford 1:54.812
 9 M Brundle    GB  Benetton   1:54.973
10 J Herbert    GB  Lotus-Ford 1:55.027
11 G Tarquini   It  Fondmetal  1:55.965
12 I Capelli    It  Ferrari    1:56.075
13 A de Cesaris It  Tyrrell    1:56.111
14 M Alboreto   It  Footwork   1:56.282
15 E VD Poele   Bel Fondmetal  1:56.674
16 JJ Lehto     Fin Dallara    1:56.809
17 S Modena     It  Jordan     1:56.889
18 K Wendlinger Aut March      1:57.039
19 P Martini    It  Dallara    1:57.267
20 B Gachot     Bel Venturi    1:57.330
21 E Naspetti   It  March      1:57.794
22 O Grouillard Fr  Tyrrell    1:57.818
23 G Morbidelli It  Minardi    1:58.126
24 M Gugelmin   Brz Jordan     1:58.499
25 A Suzuki     Jpn Footwork   1:58.826
26 U Katayama   Jpn Larrousse  1:59.383
27 C Fittipaldi Brz Minardi    1:59.626
28 R Moreno     Brz Andrea M   2:05.096
29 P McCarthy   GB  Andrea M   2:15.050
30 E Comas      Fr  Ligier     DNR

SPORTSCARS:- Philippe Alliot and Mauro Baldi kept alive their challenge for the FIA World Sportscar title by grabbing pole spot for Sunday's race in Japan. Alliot clocked 1 min 43.957 on the Suzuka circuit, at an average speed of 127mph, while Derek Warwick in another Peugeot lapped in 1:45.026 to take second place on the grid. Alliot and co-driver Mauro Baldi lie 38 points behind Warwick and France's Yannick Dalmas with two races remaining. First and second overall at Suzuka will be enough for Peugeot to win the team championship for the first time.

Grid positions after final practice:      min/sec
 1 Alliot/Baldi	                (Peugeot) 1:43.957
 2 Warwick/Dalmas               (Peugeot) 1:45.026
 3 Lees/Lammers/Brabham         (Toyota)  1:46.706
 4 Sekiya/Wallace/Acheson       (Toyota)  1:48.805
 5 Martini/Krosnoff/Kaneishi    (Nissan)  1:48.891
 6 Sala/Caffi/Yorino            (Mazda)   1:50.868

1000 LAKE'S RALLY:- France's Didier Auriol looks set for his fifth victory having completed the third-day 39 seconds ahead of rival Juha Kankkunen. He resisted the charge of his Lancia teammate who kept up the pressure by setting the fastest time on stage 22 with Auriol extending his lead as the day went on. Markku Allen, battling with Ari Vatanen for third place, edged ahead by setting the fastest time on stages 24 and 25 and is just 38 seconds behind Kankkunen. Scotsman Colin McRae dropped two hard-won places after a spectacular crash.

Scotland's Colin McRae suffered his second major accident after he misheard instructions from his co-driver on stage 29. Derek Ringer called to go left in low fourth but McRae went flat out in sixth going right. The Subaru went into a ditch, flipped over and through trees for 75 yards. The Scotsman amazingly got back onto the road and drove for more than one kilometre on three wheels. The car was repaired and McRae then drove a 47kms road section with no windscreen but is still in ninth place.

Positions after 31 stages:
Accumulated penalties         mins secs
 1 D Auriol    Fr  Lancia       3:49:20
 2 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia       3:49:59
 3 M Alen      Fin Toyota       3:50:37
 4 A Vatanen   Fin Subaru       3:51:29
 5 M Biasion   It  Ford Sierra  3:57:21
 6 L Lampi     Fin Mitsubishi   3:57:57
 7 S Lindholm  Fin Ford Sierra  3:59:23
 8 P Bugalski  Fr  Lancia       4:03:30
 9 C McRae     GB  Subaru       4:03:39
10 J Kytolehto Fin Mitsubishi   4:09:43

Michael Schumacher celebrated the first anniversary of his Formula One debut at Spa with a thrilling first GP victory. The brilliant 23-year-old German took the lead in his Benetton after a wise decision to switch to slicks just as the track was starting to dry out. Nigel Mansell, leader for much of the 44-lap race, was forced to settle for the runner-up place as his Williams Renault slowed over the final few laps. Schumacher, the first German to win a GP since Jochen Mass in '75, has closed to within one point of Riccardo Patrese in the battle for second in the series.

Michael Schumacher timed his pit stop to perfection when the track dried out. Schumacher's smart move gave him the lead and he made no mistake as he cruised to his first GP win - at the track where he made his debut last year. Nigel Mansell lost part of his exhaust and a lot of power as he preparing to challenge him and was happy to finish second ahead of teammate Riccardo Patrese who suffered a similar problem. "I delayed my tyre change because I was told to stay out by my team because Riccardo was coming in. I had to do another two laps," explained Mansell.

Nigel Mansell took runner-up place at Spa-Francorchamps with Riccardo Patrese third to clinch the manufacturers' world crown for Williams Renault. Mansell has had eight victories and three second places while Patrese has been runner-up six times this season. Williams have an unbeatable 142 points with four rounds remaining, while nearest rivals Benetton are on 64. Michael Schumacher gave Benetton their first success of the season and then said he had felt he would win in Spa. "I am really happy I didn't win because of accidents or car problems," he added.

Ayrton Senna took a huge gamble when rain started to fall in the first few laps of the 44-lap race. Nigel Mansell, having nipped past the McLaren driver to take the lead, came in immediately for wet weather tyres as did Jean Alesi in his Ferrari. Senna kept going on slicks despite the deteriorating conditions and, with parts of the track still dry, it looked as though he might have chosen wisely. But the rain started falling more heavily and, on lap 11 with everyone else now on wets, Senna was caught by Mansell and steadily slipped to sixth.

Nigel Mansell was first into the pits when rain fell in the early part of the race but his stop was a slow one. Other drivers followed his example and Mansell, still with a few seconds to make up, gradually worked his way back through the field to challenge Williams teammate Riccardo Patrese for third. He nipped past the Italian on the approach to the 'Bus Stop' chicane and started closing on leader Ayrton Senna, now struggling on his slicks with the track becoming very wet and slippery. Senna was soon caught and, by the end of lap 11, the world champion was ahead.

Martin Brundle completed a great day for Benetton when he finished fourth in the rain-hit race won by his young German teammate Michael Schumacher. But it was a disappointing outing for Ferrari with Jean Alesi and Ivan Capelli among the eight non-finishers. Alesi suffered a puncture after a collision with Nigel Mansell's Williams and Capelli's engine blew as he battled for sixth place with Johnny Herbert. McLaren also faced an early setback when Gerhard Berger was left on the start-line while Ayrton Senna's trouble left him struggling home in fifth.

SPORTSCARS:- Derek Warwick and Yannick Dalmas clinched the FIA World Sportscar title and won the constructors title for Peugeot with victory in Suzuka, Japan. The British driver and Frenchman Dalmas finished 5 hrs 30 mins 9 secs to beat Geoff Lees, Jan Lammers and David Brabham in a Toyota by a lap. Philippe Alliot and Mauro Baldi led for 20 laps in another Peugeot but a 14-minute pit stop to repair a pump during the 1,000km race left them back in third seven laps further back. Warwick and Dalmas also won at Le Mans and Silverstone this season.

Result of Suzuka 1,000km race:         hrs mins secs
 1 Warwick/Dalmas             (Peugeot)   5:30:09  (average speed 113mph)
 2 Lees/Lammers/Brabham       (Toyota)  170 laps
 3 Alliot/Baldi               (Peugeot) 163 laps
 4 Martini/Krosnoff/Kaneishi  (Nissan)  163 laps


 1 D Warwick        GB   90 points
 = Y Dalmas         Fr   90
 3 G Lees           GB   47
 4 M Baldi          It   44
 = P Alliot         Fr   44
 6 F De Lesseps     Fr   30
 7 J Herbert        GB   25

 1 Peugeot               95 points
 2 Toyota                62
 3 Mazda                 33

F.RENAULT:- Spanish teenager Ivan Arias took the lead in the P&O European Ferries Formula Renault championship with a win in the ninth round at Brands Hatch ahead of Britain's Harry Nuttall.

F.OPEL LOTUS:- Britain's Oliver Gavin won round 10 of the Opel Lotus/Vauxhall Lotus Euroseries at Spa but Euroseries leader Gareth Rees and second placed Martijn Koene both failed to finish.

1000 LAKES RALLY:- Didier Auriol clinched his fifth win of the season - his first in the 1,000 Lakes - to ensure Lancia of the World Championship title after nine rounds. Last year's winner Juha Kankkunen, who had pushed his teammate hard in the closing stages, took the runner-up spot by finishing 40 seconds back. Toyota driver Markku Alen finished in third place, almost two minutes off the pace with Ari Vatanen fourth in a Subaru a further 33 seconds behind. Auriol's victory puts him ahead in the battle for the drivers' world crown.

Didier Auriol was thrilled to have clinched victory in Finland and declared it the hardest of his five wins so far this season. "It is so hard to win in Finland. At the start of each test I know one little, little mistake can lose it so I must think hard all the time. I want to win in Australia so that Carlos (Sainz) must not win the championship," said the Frenchman who has won every round he has finished. Auriol hinted a trip to Chester was on the cards. "Perhaps I also come to England for the RAC rally," he said.

Colin McRae earned one of the biggest cheers from the crowd as he finished a superb eighth overall having survived three major rolls in his Subaru. The determined Scotsman attacked on the first stage of the final leg and got past the Lancia of Philippe Bugalski. He now lies seventh in the World Championship standings with 28 points. "I could have finished higher without the mistakes but I'm relieved to have finished," said McRae. "I'm looking forward to coming back next year, the reception has been unbelievable," he added.

Result after 37 stages:
Accumulated penalties         mins secs
 1 D Auriol    Fr  Lancia       4:32:45
 2 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia       4:33:25
 3 M Alen      Fin Toyota       4:34:44
 4 A Vatanen   Fin Subaru       4:35:17
 5 M Biasion   It  Ford Sierra  4:41:46
 6 L Lampi     Fin Mitsubishi   4:42:41
 7 S Lindholm  Fin Ford Sierra  4:43:58
 8 C McRae     GB  Subaru       4:48:30
 9 P Bugalski  Fr  Lancia       4:49:40
10 J Kytolehto Fin Mitsubishi   4:57:14

DRIVERS' TABLE after 1,000 Lakes Rally
 1 D Auriol    Fr   Lancia  100 pts
 2 C Sainz     Sp   Toyota   92
 3 J Kankkunen Fin  Lancia   77
 4 M Biasion   It   Ford     42
 5 M Alen      Fin  Toyota   40
 6 F Delecour  Fr   Ford     33
 7 C McRae     GB   Subaru   28

 1 Lancia         137 pts  world champions
 2 Toyota          98
 3 Ford            70
 4 Subaru          35
 5 Nissan          33
 6 Mitsubishi      28

F1:- New world champion Nigel Mansell has admitted his future with Williams is in serious doubt for next season. Mansell has attacked the team for causing "incredible confusion" over their plans for next year. It is understood they have reached an agreement with Alain Prost for 1993 and Mansell now wants confirmation that his status as the team's number one driver will be unaffected. "Being world champion and having won 26 races with Williams should count for something but at the moment it doesn't seem to count for anything," he said.

F3:- Phillipe Adams won the British Formula Three championship race at Silverstone in a time of 23 mins 47.25 secs, ahead of Gil De Ferran 3.54 secs adrift.

TOURING CAR:- Tim Harvey won Rounds 12 and 13 of the Esso British Touring Car championship at Brands Hatch. He lies in fourth place in the championship, just 15 points behind John Cleland with two rounds left. Reigning champion Will Hoy twice had to settle for second place.