March 1992

01.03.92 - F1

South African Grand Prix, Kyalami
Final positions:          hrs mins secs
 1 N Mansell    GB  Williams    1:36.45   (average speed 118.215mph)
 2 R Patrese    It  Williams  @ 0:00.24
 3 A Senna      Brz McLaren     0:00.34
 4 M Schumacher Ger Benetton    0:00.47
 5 G Berger     Aut McLaren     0:01.13
 6 J Herbert    GB  Lotus Ford  one lap
 7 E Comas      Fr  Ligier      one lap
 8 A Suzuki     Jpn Footwork    two laps
 9 M Hakkinen   Fin Lotus Ford  two laps
10 M Alboreto   It  Footwork    two laps

FIA WORLD F1 DRIVERS' STANDINGS (after South Africa Grand Prix)
1 N Mansell    GB  Williams   10 points
2 R Patrese    It  Williams    6
3 A Senna      Brz McLaren     4
4 M Schumacher Ger Benetton    3
5 G Berger     Aut McLaren     2
6 J Herbert    GB  Lotus Ford  1

1 Williams        16 points
2 McLaren          6
3 Benetton         3
4 Lotus Ford       1
Nigel Mansell made the perfect start to the 1992 Formula One World Championship with a comfortable victory at Kyalami. Mansell started the race on pole and never looked in danger of failing to claim his 22nd Grand Prix win. Riccardo Patrese made it a superb day for Williams by holding off world champion Ayrton Senna for second place. Michael Schumacher achieved his best ever finish by taking fourth place with Gerhard Berger fifth and Britain's Johnny Herbert winning a point with a magnificent sixth place in his Lotus.

Nigel Mansell completed a stunning weekend in Kyalami to issue a warning to arch-rival Ayrton Senna that this could be his year. Mansell, quickest in qualifying and in the warm up, comfortably beat team-mate Riccardo Patrese by 24 seconds. Patrese helped give Williams a maximum 16 point start in the Constructors Championship - already 10 ahead of McLaren. The win marked a South African double for Mansell - he won the last Grand Prix held there seven years ago.

Nigel Mansell said he was "very pleased" after romping to his 22nd Grand Prix win and starting the new F1 campaign at the top of the leaderboard. "From the first lap I was building up a bit of a gap," Mansell said. "Ayrton must have been pushing Riccardo hard because I was pushing hard but I was not extending my lead," he added. "It's a great day but Ayrton is going to be formidable this year. I'm grateful to Williams, they have made great efforts over the winter."

World champion Ayrton Senna said he was looking forward to driving his new car after doing all he could in South Africa but only finishing third. "I tried to push Riccardo as hard as I could but the way he started told me there was no way I could go faster," Senna said. "I think third place is very good in the circumstances. Williams came first and second and I think they deserved it. I'm just looking forward to me new car so that we can have another good fight throughout the season," Senna said.

Johnny Herbert won his first point in the Formula One World Championship in almost two years with a tremendous drive for Lotus Ford. Herbert started 11th on the grid but he managed to climb up to eighth by the 20th lap. Then retirements by Ferrari pair Ivan Capelli and Jean Alesi put the young British driver among the points. Herbert, whose career was threatened by an horrific crash four years ago, held off Erik Comas to win a much-deserved point for himself and his team.

Young German Michael Schumacher achieved his highest ever finish in the Formula One World Championship with fourth place for Benetton. Schumacher, driving in only his seventh Grand Prix, bettered his fifth places in last year's Spanish and Italian Grands Prix. Team-mate Martin Brundle had a terrible day despite being fifth fastest in the warm up in the morning. Brundle collided with Bertrand Gachot on the second lap and broke his clutch after attemping a 180 degree spin.

02.03.92 - F1
Former world champion Niki Lauda is tipping Nigel Mansell for the world title after his victory in the South African Grand Prix. "The way he drove over the whole of the weekend and the technical advantage Williams have makes me think they can take the Championship," Lauda said. "Of course, we have to wait and see what happens where McLaren introduce their new car. But even then I expect Williams to remain too quick. A one-second advantage is a lot to make up even for Ayrton Senna."

Finn Markku Alen will take a slender two second lead into the first full day of the event after Monday's speed test at the National Stadium in Lisbon. Alen's Toyota completed the 2.3km test in 1 min 36 secs, with Miki Biasion and reigning world champion Juha Kankkunen in joint second place. A hundred cars have entered the five-day event, which features 40 stages covering almost 600kms. Carlos Menem junior, son of the Argentine president, leads the Group N class with a time of 1 min 44.

Latest positions after 1 of 40 stages:
 Accumulated penalties         mins secs
 1 M Alen      Fin  Toyota         1:36
 2 J Kankkunen Fin  Lancia         1:38
 3 M Biasion   It   Ford           1:38
 4 C Sainz     It   Toyota         1:39
 5 D Auriol    Fr   Lancia         1:39
 6 A Schwartz  Ger  Toyota         1:39
 7 K Eriksson  Swe  Mitsubishi     1:39
 8 F Chatriot  Fr   Nissan         1:39
 9 F Delecour  Fr   Ford           1:40
10 T Salonen   Fin  Mitsubishi     1:40

F1:- Alain Prost's return to Formula 1 hangs on talks over sponsorship and the Renault contract to supply engines to the Ligier team he wants to drive for. The triple world champion is trying to persuade Renault to extend their three year contract, which ends in 1994, another two years to 1996. Prost spoke to Renault Commercial Director Patrick Faure at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. "We only have a three year contract with Williams. A five year contract is most unusual," said a Renault spokesman.

PORTUGUESE RALLY - Latest positions after 10 of 40 stages:
 Accumulated penalties     hrs mins secs
 1 F Delecour  Fr   Ford        1:25.14
 2 A Aghini    It   Lancia      1:25.46
 3 M Biasion   It   Ford        1:25.53
 4 J Kankkunen Fin  Lancia      1:26.04
 5 C Sainz     Sp   Toyota      1:26.59
 6 M Alen      Fin  Toyota      1:27.06
 7 A Schwartz  Ger  Toyota      1:27.23
 8 K Eriksson  Swe  Mitsubishi  1:27.25
 9 T Salonen   Fin  Mitsubishi  1:27.49
10 J Bardolet  Sp   Ford        1:31.00
Ford duo Francois Delecour and Miki Biasion dominated the first 10 stages. Every stage record was broken as the Ford's held off all, except Andrea Aghini who muscled into second place. World champion Juha Kankunnen and Carlos Sainz are fourth and fifth. Championship leader Didier Auriol retired on S3 with engine problems while running third. Tommi Makinen retirec from rally on S4 because the steering rack was smashed when his Nissan hit a wall.

A spectator has been killed on the first day of the Portuguese Rally. The accident happened when local driver Rui Madeira's Citroean AX hit a tree, and fell on Armando Carvalho de Oliveira, killing him outright, according to TSF radio reports. His girlfriend was also hurt but later released from hospital. The driver and co-driver of the rally car were unhurt. Organisers have increased safety measures since a rally car killed two people in a crowd in 1986.

World champion Juha Kankkunen took advantage when leader Francois Delecour was forced to abandon the rally. The Frenchman's Ford Sierra Cosworth ground to a halt on the three-kilometre 15th stage with a broken crankcase. Delecour's spectacular driving had given him a lead of almost a minute but the tight curves on the asphalt and gravel track ended his early charge. Kankkunen moved up from fourth to first to lead his Lancia teammate Andrea Aghini by 44 seconds at the end of the day with Massimo Biasion third.

Latest positions after 20 of 40 stages:
 Accumulated penalties     hrs mins secs
 1 J Kankkunen Fin  Lancia      2:44.38
 2 A Aghini    It   Lancia      2:45.10
 3 M Biasion   It   Ford        2:45.15
 4 C Sainz     Sp   Toyota      2:45.48
 5 A Schwartz  Ger  Toyota      2:47.15
 6 M Alen      Fin  Toyota      2:47.30
 7 K Eriksson  Swe  Mitsubishi  2:47.39
 8 T Salonen   Fin  Mitsubishi  2:48.15
 9 J Bardolet  Sp   Ford        2:55.48
10 F Chatriot  Fr   Nissan      2:58.58

Latest positions after 30 of 40 stages:
 Accumulated penalties     hrs mins secs
 1 J Kankkunen Fin  Lancia      4:23.08
 2 M Biasion   It   Ford        4:24.26
 3 C Sainz     Sp   Toyota      4:24.45
 4 A Aghini    It   Lancia      4:25.31
 5 A Schwartz  Ger  Toyota      4:26.53
 6 K Eriksson  Swe  Mitsubishi  4:27.08
 7 T Salonen   Fin  Mitsubishi  4:27.34
 8 M Alen      Fin  Toyota      4:27.42
 9 F Chatriot  Fr   Nissan      4:39.45
10 J Bardolet  Sp   Ford        4:41.35
Juha Kankkunen, looking for his first victory in Portugal, starts Saturday's final leg of ten stages and 172 competitive kms with a strong lead. Kankkunen has an advantage of 1 min 18 seconds over triple winner Mike Biasion. Kankkunen has eight fastest and two equal fastest times so far in the rally and is definitely the man to beat. Biasion has been experimenting with several combinations of suspension and settings during the various stages but seems pleased with the outcome and will be the biggest challenger.

World champion Juha Kankkunen scored an emphatic victory in his Lancia to move into a five-point championship lead. "I had already built my lead during day two and was able to control the pace," said the Finn, who now goes to Kenya to defend his Safari Rally crown. Italian Miki Biaison gave Ford their best result yet in the Sierra 4x4 with second place, while Carlos Sainz could only manage third in his Toyota. Germany's Armin Schwarz crashed out while trying to overtake Sainz.

Final positions after 40 stages:
Accumulated penalties     hrs mins secs
 1 J Kankkunen Fin  Lancia     6:24.37
 2 M Biasion   It   Ford       6:26.10
 3 C Sainz     Sp   Toyota     6:29.36
 4 M Alen      Fin  Toyota     6:30.09
 5 T Salonen   Fin  Mitsubishi 6:31.16
 6 F Chatriot  Fr   Nissan     6:45.41
 7 J Bardolet  Sp   Ford       6:53.55
 8 J Santos    Por  Toyota     7:01.20
 9 C Menem     Arg  Lancia     7:02.47
10 J Miguel    Sp   Ford       7:13.08

After round three - Portuguese Rally
 1 J Kankkunen Fin  Lancia     32 pts
 2 C Sainz     Sp   Toyota     27
 3 M Alen      Fin  Toyota     20
 4 M Biasion   It   Ford       18

 1 Lancia     40 pts
 2 Toyota     31
 3 Ford       29
 4 Mitsubishi 18
 5 Nissan     14

Eugene O'Brien broke the Brands Hatch lap record in the opening round of the Formula Forward championship before spinning off on the 11th of 12 laps for Mike Gardiner to snatch victory.

NEWS:- Alessandro Nannini will make a final decision on plans for a Formula One comeback after taking part in an Italian Super Tourism race at Monza from March 21-22. The former Benetton star's forearm was severed in a helicopter crash two years ago but was sewn back on by surgeons.

HISTORIC RALLY:- British ace Russell Brookes will drive a 1965 MGB in the Charringtons RAC Historic Rally of Great Britain from March 26-29.

F1:- Triple world champion Alain Prost will miss his second Formula One Grand Prix of the season. Prost and French team Ligier have still not reached agreement, with Thierry Boutsen and Erik Comas carrying on at the Mexican Grand Prix next week. Ligier and Prost had hoped to resolve their differences by the time of the race on March 22. The team's major sponsor Elf said no agreement had been reached and Prost would not race in Mexico.

WEST CORK RALLY:- Dubliner Austin McHale starts favourite for this weekend's Keohan Readymix West Cork Rally in a Toyota formerly driven by ex-world champion Carlos Sainz. John Price and Gwyndaf Evans will also be strong contenders in the event round two of the Demon Tweeks/Motoring News National Tarmac Championship.

RALLYCROSS:- Reigning British Rallycross champion Will Gollop has said he will not continue the defence of his title as he aims to strengthen his European title bid. The Brands Hatch round on Sunday will be his last domestic appearance.

F3:- Vauxhall Motors are to enter the British Formula 3 Championship, with the Edenbridge Racing Reynard 923 of Sunderland's Warren Hughes being powered by a Vauxhall two-litre engine.

14.03.92 - WEST CORK RALLY
Gwyndaf Evans leads a Welsh 1-2-3 after the first day of the West Cork Rally. Evans' Escort leads John Price's Metro 6R4 by 29 seconds, with Bob Fowden ahead in Group N in his Sierra Cosworth.

15.03.92 - WEST CORK RALLY
John Price overcame an overnight 29 second deficit to win the West Cork rally driving a Metro 6R4. Overnight leader Gwyndaf Evans was slowed down by clutch problems but still managed to finish second in his Escort.

16.03.92 - F1
Former world champion Alain Prost has said he expects to return to the Formula One circuit next year after unsuccessful negotiations with Ligier. Prost, without a team since leaving Ferrari last year, told the sports daily l'Equipe he had been approached by team boss Guy Ligier last year about developing developing a French stable. He added that it had not been possible to raise the cash to finance it. Prost has not ruled out a deal with Ligier but said it is likely that he takes a year off and returns in 1993.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit for the Mexican Grand Prix is 7,000 feet above sea level - the second consecutive GP of the year at altitude. The race has previously taken place in the early summer when it is very hot but it will be much cooler in March. In theory, better for everyone. Another interesting feature about the circuit is the banked Curva Peraltada, a fast six-gear corner, the most exciting on the circuit. The angle of banking has been reduced to slow down the entry speed and cornering speed, a significant change.

Another major feature of the Autodromo is the long main straight. So, to some extent, I'd expect the gap between McLaren and Williams to be closer. McLaren will still struggle to beat Williams in Mexico. Ultimately the final question is on reliability. Mexico is a much bumpier circuit and the suspension "brain" of the Williams will be tested on a surface that is inherently rough. It will be a severe test of the car - Mansell will be looking to consolidate his championship position in Mexico as well as trying to pick up points...

Nigel Mansell has had a dream start to the world championship season after dominating the opening race. Nine months ago Williams came first and second in Mexico and assuming the reliability is there, Mansell and Patrese again look to be favourites. Several things have happened over the winter; notably fuel regulation changes now mean Renault and Elf have caught up to Honda and Shell. Williams dominated in South Africa and one believes that a similar situation will arise in Mexico.

Ayrton Senna is anxious that McLaren introduce their new 1992 car - the MP4/7 - as soon as possible. Senna's role is now split between racing and development and trying to encourage the team to introduce the car as quickly as they can. McLaren's new car will not be at Mexico and the earliest we can expect to see it is in Brazil. It is interesting to observe Senna having to contend with a package that is no longer the most competitive in F1. Mansell is undoubtedly revelling in the situation.

There were two notable performances in particular in South Africa - Michael Schumacher and Johnny Herbert. I would expect to see nothing less from Schumacher with his Benetton Ford in Mexico. Teammate Martin Brundle had a disappointing debut drive at Kyalami. He still has to fully integrate into a very competitive team. He will undoubtedly be happy with Schumacher's performance and will feel he can do the same.

My drive of the race in South Africa was Johnny Herbert in the Lotus Ford - one of the grittiest in the race. It was refreshing to see a driver who in reality had little chance of winning but had the chance of picking up a point, and fighting for that reward. It was a fully justified reward and a lesson to other Grand Prix drivers in tenacity. Life may be more difficult in Mexico for Lotus and Herbert - ultimately the Autodromo is an out-and-out power circuit. Maybe nobody will tell Johnny, and he will be well worth watching.

Riccardo Patrese is undoubtedly still smarting from the verbal GBH he recently received over his drive in the South African Grand Prix. Undoubtedly he has the equipment to win but it remains to be seen if Patrese's response to this criticism will see him standing on the winner's podium.

Pre-qualifying will once again take place in Mexico now that the Andrea Moda team have resolved their legal requirements to compete in F1 racing. It means that the two Venturi Larrousse, one Footwork, one Fondmetal and the two Andrea Moda will be pre-qualifying.

F1:- World champion Ayrton Senna was injured after crashing for the second year running in opening qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix. The Brazilian lost control of his McLaren as he came out of a corner and the car seemed to hit a bump and then crash into the perimeter wall. Senna was fitted with a neck brace and had breathing equipment put around his face before being lifted from the car. He suffered severe bruising to his left leg, whiplash and concussion and will decide whether to race on Saturday.

Ayrton Senna was taken to the circuit medical centre after he crashed during the opening qualifying session at the Mexican Grand Prix. A McLaren spokesman said that Senna had suffered no fracture or break but had a severely bruised leg. It was not clear whether Senna would be able to take any further part in the Grand Prix. The session restarted after a 30 minute delay with Britain's Nigel Mansell setting the early pace in his Williams.

Friday practice times:		mins secs
 1 N Mansell    GB  Williams   1:16.346
 2 M Schumacher Ger Benetton   1:17.554
 3 R Patrese    It  Williams   1:17.908
 4 G Berger     Aut McLaren    1:18.604
 5 M Brundle    GB  Benetton   1:18.937
 6 A De Cesaris It  Tyrrell    1:19.423
 7 P Martini    It  Dallara    1:19.767
 8 S Modena     It  Jordan     1:19.957
 9 JJ Lehto     Fin Dallara    1:19.982
10 C Fittipaldi Brz Minardi    1:20.042
11 M Hakkinen   Fin Lotus-Ford 1:20.145
12 I Capelli    It  Ferrari    1:20.223
13 M Gugelmin   Brz Jordan     1:20.246
14 G Tarquini   It  Fondmetal  1:20.386
15 J Herbert    GB  Lotus-Ford 1:20.450
16 T Boutsen    Bel Ligier     1:20.709
17 O Gr'llard   Fr  Tyrrell    1:20.709
18 G M'bidelli  It  Minardi    1:21.019
19 E Comas      Fr  Ligier     1:21.122
20 M Alboreto   It  Footwork   1:21.396
21 J Alesi      Fr  Ferrari    1:21.434
22 A Suzuki     Jpn Footwork   1:21.617
23 B Gachot     Bel Larrousse  1:21.656
24 A Chiesa     It  Fondmetal  1:21.902
25 U Katayama   Jpn Larrousse  1:22.188
26 E Vd Poele   Bel Brabham    1:22.937
27 A Senna      Brz McLaren    1:23.063
28 P Belmondo   Fr  March      1:23.508
29 K W'linger   Aut March     47:56.613
30 G Amati      It  Brabham       DNQ

F3:- Brazilian Gil de Ferran shaved a second off the Donington lap record in testing for Sunday's opening round of the British Formula Three Championship. Compatriot Osvaldo Negri was just three hundredths of a second slower with Kelvin Burt, the 1991 Vauxhall Lotus champion, the fastest British driver.

F.RENAULT:- Schoolboy Christian Horner, 18, starts his bid for the big time at Silverstone on Sunday when he drives a Van Diemen in the Formula Renault Championship. Drivers from Germany, Spain and Sweden are also among the entries.

MOBIL 1 RALLY:- Colin McRae and Trevor Smith head a 99-car field in Saturday's opening round of the Mobil 1/Top Gear British Rally Championship. Scotland's McRae is a firm favourite to retain his British title after a superb effort to finish second in the recent World Championship Swedish rally. But Smith aims to make a big impression after stepping up a division following last year's National title success. Former ladies world champion Louise Aitken-Walker competes in a "clean and green" Sierra using unleaded fuel.


FIA WORLD FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: Final Practice times: mins secs 1 N Mansell GB Williams 1:16.346 2 R Patrese It Williams 1:16.362 3 M Schumacher Ger Benetton 1:17.292 4 M Brundle GB Benetton 1:18.588 5 G Berger Aut McLaren 1:18.589 6 A Senna Bra McLaren 1:18.791 7 JJ Lehto Fin Dallara 1:19.111 8 M Gugelmin Brz Jordan 1:19.355 9 P Martini It Dallara 1:19.378 10 J Alesi Fr Ferrari 1:19.417 11 A De Cesaris It Tyrrell 1:19.423 12 J Herbert GB Lotus-Ford 1:19.509 13 B Gachot Bel Larrousse 1:19.743 14 G Tarquini It Fondmetal 1:19.769 15 S Modena It Jordan 1:19.957 16 O Grouillard Fr Tyrrell 1:19.961 17 C Fittipaldi Brz Minardi 1:20.042 18 M Hakkinen Fin Lotus-Ford 1:20.145 19 K Wendlinger Aut March 1:20.200 20 I Capelli It Ferrari 1:20.223 21 G Morbidelli It Minardi 1:20.227 22 T Boutsen Bel Ligier 1:20.395 23 A Chiesa It Fondmetal 1:20.845 24 U Katayama Jpn Larrousse 1:20.935 25 M Alboreto It Footwork 1:21.064 26 E Comas Fr Ligier 1:21.122 NON-QUALIFIERS 27 A Suzuki Jpn Footwork 1:21.187 28 P Belmondo Fr March 1:21.504 29 E Vd Poele Bel Brabham 1:22.197 30 G Amati It Brabham 1:25.052 MOBIL 1/TOP GEAR BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP Result after 10 stages: hrs:mins.secs 1 C McRae Subaru Legacy 1:23.25 2 T Smith Ford Sierra Cos 1:28.23 3 G Evans Ford Sierra 1:28.58 4 A McRae Ford Cos 4x4 1:29.11 5 R Head Ford Sapphire C 1:29.12 6 K McKinstry Subaru Legacy 1:30.27 7 L Aitken-W Ford Sierra Cos 1:30.44 8 M Sohlberg Mitsubishi Gal 1:32.03 9 R Munro Ford Cos 4x4 1:32.15 10 J Milner Peugeot 205 GTi 1:34.28

NEWS:- Alessandro Nannini finished sixth in an Italian Grand Tourism Championship race at Monza - his first since his arm was severed in a helicopter crash. He is still considering whether or not to attempt a Formula One comeback.

F1:- Masterly Nigel Mansell produced another superb display to record his second win of the season as Williams enjoyed a 1-2 finish in Mexico. The Florida-based Briton built up his lead gradually after starting from pole and was well clear of teammate Riccardo Patrese at the finish. Michael Schumacher repeated the form he showed in South Africa with a best-ever third place in only his eighth GP. But world champion Ayrton Senna, hurt in a practice crash on Friday, lasted only 12 of the 69 laps before retiring.

Nigel Mansell scored another ten points in his quest for the world title as he repeated his 1987 triumph at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. The race began dramatically when Karl Wendlinger and Ivan Capelli collided at the start but Mansell was clear of trouble at the head of the field. Teammate Riccardo Patrese, who beat Mansell last year, could not live with the pace and settled for second place. Mansell gave a copybook demonstration despite the sweltering heat and took the chequered flag 11 seconds clear.

Britain's Nigel Mansell emerged tired but delighted after putting another win under his belt after 69 gruelling laps at the bumpy 2.75-mile circuit. He was pushed hard by Canon Williams colleague Riccardo Patrese early on and finished the race with blisters all over his hands. "They are very sore but I've got a great teammate and he doesn't make it easy," Mansell commented. "I am very tired but obviously very happy," he added.

World champion Ayrton Senna suffered the worst possible end to an unhappy week as he watched rival Nigel Mansell win after retiring early in the race. The Brazilian, still in pain from Friday's high-speed practice shunt, was lying third when his McLaren Honda gave up the ghost on lap 11. Mansell cruised to a comfortable win but Gerhard Berger gave McLaren some consolation by finishing fourth. Ferrari had a disastrous day with Ivan Capelli crashing out early and Jean Alesi retiring when lying sixth.

Result after 69 laps        hrs mins secs
 1 N Mansell     GB   Williams  1:31.53
 2 R Patrese     It   Williams
 3 M Schumacher  Ger  Benetton
 4 G Berger      Aut  McLaren
 5 A de Cesaris  It   Tyrrell
 6 M Hakkinen    Fin  Lotus-Ford
 7 J Herbert     GB   Lotus-Ford
 8 J Lehto       Fin  Dallara
 9 E Comas       Fr   Ligier
10 T Boutsen     Bel  Ligier
11 B Gachot      Bel  Larrousse
12 U Katayama    Jpn  Larrousse

 1 N Mansell    GB  Williams   20 points
 2 R Patrese    It  Williams   12
 3 M Schumacher Ger Benetton    7
 4 G Berger     Aut McLaren     5
 5 A Senna      Brz McLaren     4
 6 A de Cesaris It  Tyrrell     2
 7 J Herbert    GB  Lotus Ford  1
 = M Hakkinen   Fin Lotus Ford  1

 1 Williams         32 points
 2 McLaren           9
 3 Benetton          7
 4 Lotus Ford        2
 = Tyrrell           2

F3:- Dutchman Marcel Albers pulled off a comfortable win in the 25-lap opening round of the British Formula Three Championship at Donington Park. Albers, who averaged 104.26mph, took the lead at three quarters distance and came home ahead of Tamworth's Kevin Burt for his first win in two years. Brazilian Gil de Ferran charged through the field to take third place, setting a new lap record in the process.

SALOON CAR:- Yorkshireman Frank Greenaway won round two of the BRSCC/BRDC saloon car championship at Brands Hatch.

F.RENAULT:- Kent-based Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa led from start to finish to win the opening round of the P&O Formula Renault Championship at Silverstone. Bedford's James Rhodes chased him throughout, but finished almost 1.5 seconds in arrears.

TOURING CAR:- Single-seater racing champion Bobby Verdon-Roe will line up alongside David Leslie in Ecurie Ecosse's Vauxhall Cavaliers GSis, completing the Scottish team's driver line-up in the Esso British Touring Car Championship.

INDYCAR:- Emerson Fittipaldi won the opening IndyCar race of the season, the Gold Coast Indy Grand Prix at Surfers Paradise in Australia.

F1:- The Benetton Formula One team have signed Italian Alessandro Zanardi as a test driver for the development of their new Ford V12 engine. Zanardi, who drove three Grands Prix for Jordan at the end of last season, will back up senior race drivers Michael Schumacher and Martin Brundle.

SAFARI RALLY, KENYA:- Former world champion Carlos Sainz of Spain held the lead after the first leg. Finnish champion Juha Kankkunen lost 10 minutes at the Shanzu control point as the rally got underway in Nairobi and lies fourth in his Lancia Integrale. The first leg took drivers through the Taita Hills to the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.

Positions after first leg:
Penalties                        hrs mins
 1 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota Celica  00:07
 2 J Ricalde   Arg Lancia Integ   00:09
 3 M Alen      Fin Toyota Celica  00:09
 4 J Kankkunen Fin Nissan Sunny   00:10
 5 B W'degaard Swe Lancia Integ   00:10
 6 I Duncan    Ken Toyota Celica  00:10
 7 K Shinozuka Jap Mitsubishi G   00:32
 8 M Ericsson  Swe Toyota Celica  00:42
 9 P Njiru     Ken Subaru Legacy  00:44
10 P Eklund    Swe Subaru Legacy  00:48

CHARRINGTON'S HISTORIC RALLY:- Stig Blomqvist and Russell Brookes fly the flag for the current generation as they take on the veterans, headed by Timo Makinen and Roger Clark. Blomqvist swops his Nissan for a Mini Cooper S while Clark, Britain's most successful rally driver, will be at the wheel of a 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina. In reaction to criticisms of the layout last year, the organisers have designed a more demanding event with 22 special stages for the 90 entries. Makinen defends his crown in a Mini Cooper S against a pre-1966 entry list including Porsche, Morgans and Sunbeams.

Positions after 8 of 22 stages:(end of day one)
 Accumulated penalties         mins secs
 1 J Larsson     Porsche 911      42:04
 2 A Andersson   Porsche 911      42:35
 3 M Adolfsson   Volvo Amazon     43:00
 4 R Clark       Lotus Cortina    43:04
 5 R Brookes     MGB              43:48
 6 P Wells       Lotus Cortina    44:53
 7 S Blomqvist   Mini-Cooper S    45:11
 8 T Makinen     Mini-Cooper S    45:16
 9 R Aaltonen    Mini-Cooper S    45:22
10 N Mason       Ford Lotus C     45:25

NEWS:- The Racing for Britain programme, which funded some of Britain's finest up-and-coming drivers of the 1980's, is set to return due to an anonymous benefactor. The programme, designed to permit young British drivers to reach the top, will be administered by Steve Sydenahm, who founded it back in 1981.

SAFARI RALLY:- Former world champion Carlos Sainz held a comfortable seven-minute lead after the second leg. Sainz, driving a Toyota Celica GT4, had an accumulated penalty of 35 mins, with Argentine Jorge Recalde's second after his Lancia broke its rear suspension. Swede Bjorn Waldegaard's Lancia developed a fuel leak and caught fire when it was being refuelled. Waldegaard and co-driver Fred Gallagher were out of the car seconds before it exploded into flames, but a mechanic and a few bystanders were injured.

Positions after second leg:
Penalties                        hrs mins
 1 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota Celica   0:35
 2 J Recalde   Arg Lancia Integ    0:42
 3 I Duncan    Ken Toyota Celica   0:51
 4 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia Integ    0:53
 = M Alen      Fin Toyota Celica   0:58
 6 M Ericsson  Swe Toyota Celica   1:13
 7 P Njiru     Ken Subaru Legacy   1:48
 8 P Eklund    Swe Subaru Legacy   1:59
 9 S Rai       Ken Toyota Celica   2:16
10 J Toroitich Ken Toyota Celica   2:18

Positions after 15 of 22 stages: (end of day two)
 Accumulated penalties     hrs mins secs
 1 J Larsson     Porsche 911    1:04:44
 2 P Walfridsson Volvo          1:05:16
 3 R Clark       Lotus Cortina  1:05:44
 4 M Adolfsson   Volvo Amazon   1:05:59
 5 P Wells       Lotus Cortina  1:07:45
 6 T Makinen     Mini-Cooper S  1:08:54
 7 R Aaltonen    Mini-Cooper S  1:08:57
 8 P Buck        Austin Healey  1:09:04
 9 S Blomqvist   Mini-Cooper S  1:09:15
10 R Bourne      Morgan         1:10:40

RALLYCROSS:- Former F1 driver Martin Donnelly made a fine comeback from injury with a second place in the Nova Rallycross Challenge. Donnelly, who sustained bad injuries in practice for the 1990 Spanish GP, drove the celebrity car in the third round at Knutts Corner, Northern Ireland. He finished just 0.3 seconds behind the winning car of Davy Crockett. Championship leader Nick Jones from Hereford could only finish in ninth place.

TOURING CAR:- Andy Middlehurst has been confirmed as Kieth Odor's new partner in the Nissan Janspeed Racing team for this year's British Touring Car Championship.

SAFARI RALLY:- Former world champion Carlos Sainz maintained a seven-minute lead in his Toyota after the third leg around snow-capped Mount Kenya. The Spaniard had stretched it to nine minutes before being forced to stop to change the drive shaft and gearbox. Second-placed Jorge Recalde failed to close the gap as he lost three minutes replacing both rear shock absorbers on his Lancia Integrale. World champion Juha Kankkunen stayed in fourth but lost time trying to rectify a bent stabiliser bar.

Positions after third leg:
Penalties                      mins secs
 1 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota Celica  43:00
 2 J Recalde   Arg Lancia Integ   50.00
 3 I Duncan    Ken Toyota Celica 1hr:04
 4 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia Integ    1:10
 5 M Ericsson  Swe Toyota Celica   1:22
 6 M Alen      Fin Toyota Celica   1:24
 7 P Eklund    Swe Subaru Legacy   2:53
 8 P Njiru     Ken Subaru Legacy   2:55
 9 S Rai       Ken Toyota Celica   3:00
10 Y Iwase     Jpn Toyota Celica   3:31

HISTORIC RALLY:- Jerry Larsson in a Porsche 911 led a Swedish one-two finish in the gruelling three-day event for pre-1966 cars. He finished nine seconds ahead of the Volvo of Per-Inge Walfridsson with Britain's Roger Clark a further nine seconds behind in a Ford Lotus Cortina. Though the expected Mini-Cooper surge failed to materialise, the legendary Timo Makinen, Raumo Aaltonen and Stig Blomqvist were sixth to eighth. In a varied top ten, Phil Buck brought his glorious Austin Healey home ninth with Rick Bourne's Morgan tenth.

Result after 22 stages:
Accumulated penalties      hrs mins secs
 1 J Larsson     Porsche 911    1:31:41
 2 P Walfridsson Volvo          1:31:50
 3 R Clark       Lotus Cortina  1:31:59
 4 M Adolfsson   Volvo Amazon   1:33:25
 5 P Wells       Lotus Cortina  1:34:16
 6 R Aaltonen    Mini-Cooper S  1:35:21
 7 T Makinen     Mini-Cooper S  1:35:26
 8 S Blomqvist   Mini-Cooper S  1:35:30
 9 P Buck        Austin Healey  1:35:32
10 R Bourne      Morgan         1:35:42

F1:- Perry McCarthy is set to become Britain's next Grand Prix driver. The talented 29 year-old from Essex is to drive for the Italian Andrea Mode team starting from this weekends Grand Prix in Brazil. "I am absolutely delighted to be in F1 with Andrea Mode after 10 years of trying. I am proud to be Britain's latest Formula 1 recruit," he said. He will drive alongside former Benetton and Jordan pilot Roberto Moreno, who finished second in the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix.

SPORTSCAR:- The future of the world sports car championship will hang in the balance for another day. The future of the series was due to be announced today but FISA President Max Mosley has put back the decision for 24 hours in a bid to save the series. "We are still waiting for a reply from one manufacturer on its commitment to the championship," he said. Without guaratees from enough teams the series will be scrapped. If it does start the first race will be in Monza, in Italy, on April 26.

SAFARI RALLY:- Former world champion Carlos Sainz has stretched his lead to 18 minutes after a dusty fourth stage in Kenya and benefitted from being first on the road. "We had no technical problems but lost a minute going back to the final check point to have our time-card checked," said Sainz, who has back problems. Jorge Recalde, second, had rear shock absorber troubles. "The dust is worse than thick fog," said co-driver Martin Christie. "Carlos is driving too fast". World champion Juha Kankkunen moved into third place after a sixth shock absorber failure was repaired.

Positions after fourth leg:
Penalties                       hr:mn:sec
 1 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota Celica 1:19.00
 2 J Recalde   Arg Lancia Integ  1:37.00
 3 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia Integ  2:01.00
 4 M Ericsson  Swe Toyota Celica 2:30.00
 5 I Duncan    Ken Toyota Celica 2:40.00
 6 M Alen      Fin Toyota Celica 2:49.00
 7 S Rai       Ken Toyota Celica 4:52.00
 8 P Njiru     Ken Subaru Legacy 5:24.00
 9 P Eklund    Swe Subaru Legacy 5:57.00
10 R Stohl     Aut Audi          7:15.00

SPORTSCARS:- A decision on the future of the World Sportscar championship has been delayed until Wednesday morning. A final decision on the future of the series was due to have been made on Monday morning and was then delayed until Tuesday afternoon. But a FISA spokesman said it had been delayed another 24 hours. "We do not have all the elements to make an announcement yet," he said.

SAFARI RALLY:- Carlos Sainz leads the gruelling Safari Rally by 28 minutes despite the failure of his turbocharger, rear shock-absorbers and driveshaft. "The mechanics changed them all in 11 minutes - and had the engine running after eight. If we win it will be down to them, not me," he said. The biggest threat to Toyota is Jorge Recalde in a Lancia with Kankkunen's roll putting him an hour adrift. Privateer Ian Duncan dropped out of the top 10 after two steering failures, brake troubles, then front and rear suspension failure!

World champion Juha Kankkunen had a lucky escape when he rolled his Lancia on the fifth leg along the volcanic Rift Vallley in Kenya. The car somersaulted after hitting a bank but Kankkunen and co-driver Juha Piironen emerged unscathed. "It was like slow motion in the movies," said the Finn, who was able to continue but is 54 minutes behind leader Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard continues to dominate the event despite turbo problems, with Jorge Recalde holding second place.

Positions after fifth leg:
Penalties                        hr:mn
 1 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota Celica  1:59
 2 J Recalde   Arg Lancia Integ   2:27
 3 J Kankkunen Fin Lancia Integ   2:53
 4 M Ericsson  Swe Toyota Celica  3:33
 5 M Alen      Fin Toyota Celica  4:27
 6 S Rai       Ken Toyota Celica  7:29
 7 P Njiru     Ken Subaru Legacy  8:01
 8 P Eklund    Swe Subaru Legacy  8:57
 9 K Shinozuka Jap Toyota Celica  9:42
10 B Rautenb'h Zim Toyota Celica 10:25