June 1998




01.06.98

FORMULA PALMER AUDI (Snetterton):-
Test times:          mins secs
 1 M Smith            1:07.42
 2 J Moro             1:07.46
 3 S White            1:07.47
 4 D Turner           1:07.48
 5 J Wilson           1:07.53
 6 R Tarting          1:07.72
 7 J Keen             1:08.04
 8 F Maluhy           1:08.08
 9 P Clarke           1:08.23
10 C Breeze           1:08.39



CHAMP CARS:- Scotland's Dario Franchitti managed a highly creditable fourth place finish at the Milwaukee 200. Reynard driver Jimmy Vasser took the chequered flag in first place, just ahead of Brazil's Helio Castro-Neves. British former formula one driver Mark Blundell finished 12th and said: "It was a tough race for me. We just didn't get our car to our liking and then it was a big struggle. I was also getting vibrations which worsened over the course of the race."

Result:                    Complete laps
 1 J Vasser     US  Honda       200
 2 H Castro-N   Brz Merc-Benz   200
 3 A Unser      US  Merc-Benz   200
 4 D Franchitti GB  Honda       200
 5 B Rahal      US  Reynard     200
 6 R Hearn      US  Ford        199
 7 P Tracy      Can Reynard     199
 8 A Zanardi    It  Honda       199
 9 A Fernandez  Mex Reynard     199
10 S Pruett     US  Reynard     199
12 M Blundell   GB  Merc-Benz   196





02.06.98
F1: THE CANADIAN GP
Ferrari star Michael Schumacher is targeting his second successive win in the only round of the championship to be held in North America on Sunday. The German triumphed last year in a race that was stopped after 54 laps - instead of 69 - because Olivier Panis broke his legs in a crash. "It is a challenging circuit, which can easily catch you out if you are not careful," revealed Schumacher. He finished pointless in Monaco and added: "Another win would be welcome."

Michael Schumacher steals the headlines for Ferrari but Eddie Irvine has consistently been in the points. The Ulsterman is nine points behind Schumacher overall and his total has helped the Italian team to second place in the constructors' standings. They have more than double the points of Williams and Benetton and hope tyre developments will help them on Sunday. "We hope to have more new tyres and be in with a better chance of holding the Bridgestone cars," said Irvine.

McLaren have not won in Canada since 1992 but such is the domination of Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard this year the team are clear favourites. After failing to finish in Monaco, Coulthard will be desperate to close the gap on his championship-leading team-mate. The Finn heads the Scot by 17 points and will be hunting his fifth victory of the campaign. Gerhard Berger gave McLaren their last victory in Montreal.

World champion Jacques Villeneuve is eyeing a change of luck on his home circuit - which is named after his late father Gilles. Villeneuve slid out of the race on the second lap last year and he admitted: "I felt really stupid and that was my biggest disappointment of the season. My first grand prix at Montreal in 1996 was okay because I was second." The Canadian will be driving the new Williams FW20B car, which features a new rear end.

Jordan began the season with pundits wondering when they would claim their first race win but now the team are just chasing their first point of 1998. Montreal has always been a lucky track for Eddie Jordan's outfit so Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher will be out to kickstart their season. Although Jordan are still awaiting their first victory, one of their two second places was in Canada in 1995. Hill, meanwhile, won the 1996 Montreal race for Williams.

Tyrrell will be using the P10 version of the Cosworth-developed Ford Zetec-R V10 engine for the first time in qualifying at the weekend. Deputy technical director Mike Gascoyne said: "The P10 has a better, more usable, power output than the Ford V10s we have been using so far this year. Canada is a place where Tyrrell has traditionally gone well. We ran sixth and seventh for much of last year's race and the latest version of the Ford V10 is a step forward."

The Canadian Grand Prix was originally held at Mosport Park but alternated with Mount Tremblant before returning to the Eastern Ontario circuit. It was switched to the current Ille de Notre Dame track in 1978, amid concerns over safety. The track hosted the 1967 World Fair and was renamed to commemorate the late Gilles Villeneuve, who was killed in Belgium in 1982. The circuit is 4.421km long (2.747 miles) and the race is over 69 laps.

Nelson Piquet claimed his final grand prix win in Canada in 1991 - after leader Nigel Mansell began his victory celebrations a lap early. Michael Schumacher won in 1997 but only after leader David Coulthard made a pitstop that went wrong. Jean Alesi secured his only race victory in 1995 at Montreal. Ex-Benetton team boss Flavio Briatore is back in Formula One ` heading a company that will supply Mechachrome engines to the teams.

1997 result:
1 M Schumacher  Ger  Ferrari
2 J Alesi       Fr   Benetton
3 G Fisichella  It   Jordan
4 H-H Frentzen  Ger  Williams
5 J Herbert     GB   Sauber
6 S Nakano      Jpn  Prost
Fastest lap (record): D Coulthard GB McLaren 1:19.635

Previous winners:
1997 M Schumacher  Ger  Ferrari
1996 D Hill        GB   Williams
1995 J Alesi       Fr   Benetton
1994 M Schumacher  Ger  Benetton
1993 A Prost       Fr   Williams
1992 G Berger      Aut  McLaren
1991 N Piquet      Brz  Benetton
1990 A Senna       Brz  McLaren
1989 T Boutsen     Bel  Williams
1988 A Senna       Brz  McLaren
1987 N Mansell     GB   Williams
1986 N Mansell     GB   Williams


F.FIESTA's/F.FORD:- Neal Gordon set the fastest time of one minute, 39.375 seconds in testing for the sixth round of the Ford Fiesta Championship at Donington. Daniel Wheldon was quickest in testing for the Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship on the same circuit.



SCOTTISH RALLY:- Vauxhall believe the all-new Astra has a real chance of victory in round five of the Mobil 1 British Championship, which starts on Friday. The car has only contested two previous rallies but Jarno Kytolehto was just five seconds away from victory in the recent Pirelli International Rally. "We returned to rallying expecting this year to be a development programme," revealed manager Mike Nicholson. "The Astra has been going so well we have had to revise our objectives."

Alister McRae and his Volkswagen team return to the scene of their greatest triumph on Friday. McRae and co-driver David Senior gave Volkswagen a one-two in Scotland last year, just edging out Tapio Laukkanen. The win for McRae, on home turf, helped lead Volkswagen in the direction of the 1997 British Championship crown.. "We are overdue a win," said McRae. "We should have won in Wales and on the Pirelli International but lost out beacuse of niggling problems."





03.06.98
F1:- World champion Jacques Villeneuve will take his time before deciding whether he will stay with Williams next season. The Canadian has reportedly been pencilled in at Ferrari if rival Michael Schumacher moves to McLaren but Williams want a decision soon. He said: "It has not even crossed my mind where I will drive next year. Everybody is concentrating so hard on getting this season going in the right direction there have not been any discussions on next year."



INDONESIA RALLY:- The FIA has cancelled September's Rally of Indonesia because of the current civil unrest in the country.



ACROPOLIS RALLY:- Just eight points separate the top five drivers as the World Championship moves into round eight on Sunday and fourth- placed Richard Burns is eyeing success. Burns and co-driver Robert Reid have had an impressive season but the Greek event is one of the most testing. "It is tough on both cars and tyres," said Burns. "Our car proved itself bullet-proof on the more abrasive stages in Argentina and there is no reason why we should not be among the leaders again."

Colin McRae is confident of success after he and Nicky Grist posted 15 fastest stage times in the rock-strewn gravel roads in Argentina. The rough terrain and searing heat make the Acropolis Rally one of the toughest in the series. However, Subaru driver McRae said: "We were the fastest in Argentina and although everyone is still close I am confident of a good result. One of our main advantages in Greece has been tyres."





04.06.98
F1:- Jacques Villeneuve has said he will not make a decision on his future in the sport at the moment. The world champion's contract with Williams is up at the end of the year but said he will do nothing until the problems with his car are sorted out. Williams want to know his intentions by the middle of July but it looks likely he will stay with them. He has said he is unlikely to join the new British American Racing team run by his friend Craig Pollock.

David Coulthard faces a crucial test of his title hopes in Montreal on Sunday. He is currently 17 points behind his McLaren teammate Mika Hakkinen in the drivers standings and needs to start cutting the deficit. "Mika's advantage might seem quite a lot but things can change very quickly in Formula One," he said. "I'm not giving up the title by any means. I still think I have a very good chance of winning it this year and am confident I can do well in Montreal."



LE MANS 24 HOURS:- Britain's Martin Brundle was fastest for Toyota in the first of four official qualifying sessions for the Le Mans 24 Hours Race at the weekend. Brundle, a former winner of the race for Jaguar, knocked four seconds off last year's record pole position time around the 13.605km road circuit. He set the marker time at three minutes 37.404 seconds. Second fastest was France's Jean-Marc Gounon in a Mercedes on 3:38.423, ahead of Uwe Alzen in a Porsche on 3:38.863.

Previous winners:
1997 M Alboreto/S Johansson/T Kristensen   Porsche
1996 M Reuter/A Wurz/D Jones               Porsche
1995 Y Dalmas/JJ Lehto/M Sekiya            McLaren
1994 Y Dalmas/H Haywood/M Baldi            Porsche
1993 G Brabham/E Helary/C Bouchut          Peugeot
1992 D Warwick/Y Dalmas/M Blundell         Peugeot
1991 J Herbert/B Gachot/V Weidler          Mazda
1990 M Brundle/J Nielsen/P Cobb            Jaguar


F.VAUXHALL LOTUS:- Andrew Delahunty will become Britain's youngest racing driver this weekend when he drives his 150mph Vauxhall Lotus at Mallory Park. He will compete in the British Single Seater Championship at the age of 16.



SCOTTISH RALLY:- Championship leader Martin Rowe defends a one-point lead over Gwyndaff Evans as the Mobil British Championship resumes this weekend. Rowe, in his Renault Megane Maxi, holds his narrow lead after Welshman Evans won the third round in his SEAT Ibiza. Evans' victory ended Rowe's run of victories in the two opening rounds. The RSAC Scottish Rally counts as two rounds of the Championship, with the fourth round on Friday and the fifth round on Saturday.

Gwyndaf Evans is hoping to move to the top of the standings with a good showing in Scotland. Evans trails leader Martin Rowe by one point with each of them winning two races so far this season. Evans, who won the title in 1996, is chasing his first win in the event and said: "The Scottish is a very fast rally and is usually hot and dusty. "Those are difficult conditions for drivers and also pretty demanding for cars," he added.





05.06.98
F1: THE CANADIAN GP
Championship leader Mika Hakkinen set the pace in Friday's two practice sessions for Sunday's race. Hakkinen spun twice during the second session but he still managed to push Michael Schumacher into second place by four tenths of a second. Hakkinen's McLaren teammate David Coulthard had to settle for fourth spot while Jean Alesi was third. Jacques Villeneuve had to stop on the circuit named after his late father with mechanical problems and came 16th.

Friday's practice times:     Mins:secs
 1 M Hakkinen    Fin McLaren  1:19.613
 2 M Schumacher  Ger Ferrari  1:20.999
 3 J Alesi       Fr  Sauber   1:20.252
 4 D Coulthard   GB  McLaren  1:20.316
 5 G Fisichella  It  Benetton 1:20.480
 6 H-H Frentzen  Ger Williams 1:20.622
 7 E Irvine      GB  Ferrari  1:20.821
 8 R Barrichello Brz Stewart  1:20.937
 9 D Hill        GB  Jordan   1:21.069
10 O Panis       Fr  Peugeot  1:21.191
11 J Herbert     GB  Sauber   1:21.239
12 A Wurz        Aut Benetton 1:21.274
13 J Trulli      It  Prost    1:21.282
14 R Schumacher  Ger Jordan   1:21.294
15 T Takagi      Jpn Tyrrell  1:21.370
16 J Villeneuve  Can Williams 1:21.597
17 M Salo        Fin Arrows   1:21.962
18 P Diniz       Brz Arrows   1:22.100
19 S Nakano      Jpn Minardi  1:22.137
20 E Tuero       Arg Minardi  1:22.425
21 R Rosset      Brz Tyrrell  1:23.011
22 J Magnussen   Den Stewart  1:23.146
David Coulthard is relying on the weather to help him in his bid to see Scotland's opening World Cup game against Brazil on Wednesday. He will have a private plane on standby to fly him to France - if his scheduled Silverstone test session is rained off. "I have a group of friends who are going and they have got the tickets," said the 27-year-old from Twynholm. "We were due to test in Magny-Cours in France but it was switched. All I can hope is that the test is called off."



EUROCARS:- The Eurocar Team Cup is launched at Croft on Sunday. Each team consists of a Eurocar V6 driver and a Eurocar V8 driver and the points scored by each driver in their respective races determine the winners. The first prize is worth £1,000 and there are also cash awards down to fourth place.



LE MANS 24 HOURS:- Germany's Bernd Schneider posted the fastest time in practice for the race, which begins on Saturday. He will be teaming up with Kieurs Luwig and Mark Webber in a Mercedes CLK-LM and clocked three minutes, 35.544 seconds in the trials. The team of Martin Brundle, Emmanuel Collard and Eric Helary were second fastest in their Toyota GT1. One of last year's winners Michele Alboreto was ninth fastest in his Porsche LMP.

Final qualifying times
CLASS LMP1/2 PROTOTYPES    mins:secs
1 P Martini     BMW        3:38.829
2 M Alboreto    Porsche    3:40.503
3 S Soper       BMW        3:42.323
4 D Cottaz      Courage    3:43.641
5 V Sospiri     Ferrari    3:44.458

Final qualifying times
CLASS GT1
1 B Schneider   Mercedes   3:35.544
2 M Brundle     Toyota     3:36.552
3 J Gounon      Mercedes   3:36.901
4 J Muller      Porsche    3:38.084
5 A McNish      Porsche    3:38.407

Final qualifying times
CLASS GT2                  mins:secs
1 O Beretta     Chrysler   3:59.981
2 K Wendlinger  Chrysler   4:05.006
3 J Jarier      Porsche    4:05.010
4 J Bell        Chrysler   4:05.648
5 N Amorim      Chrysler   4:08.958


SCOTTISH RALLY
LEADERBOARD after 8 of 13 stages
(interim)                       hr min sec
 1 Evans/Davies       SEAT         56:15
 2 McRae/Senior       Volkswagen   56:17
 3 Rowe/Ringer        Renault      56:52
 4 Kytolehto/Kapanen  Vauxhall     57:31
 5 Ipatti/Kajula      Mitsubishi   59:03
 6 Mann/Cook          Proton       59:40
 7 Champion/Thorley   Mitsubishi   59:43
 8 Wearden/Agnew      Honda        59:54
 9 Easson/Rabbett     Mitsubishi 1:00:02
10 Higgins/Wood       Subaru     1:00:24
Scot Alister McRae has been swapping seconds with Gwyndaf Evans throughout leg 1 of the RSAC Scottish Rally. They tied on the final stage of the day to give Gwyndaf the overnight honours in the SEAT by just two seconds. At service in Galashiels, Gwyndaf said "The engine is the best it has ever been on a rally, we are very pleased". Volkswagen driver Alister McRae commented "I am going flat out on every stage, it's a very fast rally."

Manxman Martin Rowe in the leading Renault has changed the diff and fitted harder tyres. He improved his time through Elibank by 19 seconds, consolodating his third place overall. The Simmonite Sisters appear to have recovered from their earlier problems when they hit a rock and damaged the front suspension on the Ford. Barbara Armstrong's SEAT was stranded in stage three, but she will be able to restart Leg 2 on Saturday.

Fourth placed Fin, Jarmo Kytolehto commented "These stages are so fast I could do with another gear". The team have made minor adjustments to the Vauxhall to try and improve their position but think the only way will be if others in front have problems. Neil Wearden once again dominated the Ferodo Super 1600 category in his Honda. He was faster than all but four of the two-litre cars and almost three minutes ahead of his nearest class rival.

Bradford's Stephanie Simmonite had a disappointing day on the fifth round of the Mobil 1 British Rally Championship. The Ford Escort driver, starting the day in sixth position overall, dropped dramatically down the standings after finishing the eight stages in 52nd spot Simmonite, whose co-driver is her sister Rachel, were also upstaged in the Ladies Cup, with Natalie Barratt taking the honours. Barbara Armstrong crashed out, so she maintains her Ladies Cup overall lead.

Provisional Championship points
DRIVERS            MANUFACTURERS
1 Evans      117   1 SEAT       152
2 Rowe       111   2 Renault    140.5
3 Wearden     84   3 Ford       107
4 McRae       74   4 Vauxhall   105
5 Laukkanen   59   5 Volkswagen 104.5






06.06.98
F1: THE CANADIAN GP
David Coulthard will make his comeback bid in the World Championship on Sunday having snatched pole position from McLaren teammate Mika Hakkinen. The 27-year-old Scot had narrowly trailed the Finn in practice earlier in the day and the pattern looked to be repeating itself in qualifying. However he secured the top spot by just 0.069-of-a-second with a blistering lap just before the end of the session. Ferrari's Michael Schumacher led the chasing pack in third.

David Coulthard admitted he had left himself with work to do before claiming pole position in Montreal. He said: "It was not comfortable leaving it so late and there was not a lot in it but I am just glad to have got that pole. Throughout this season Mika Hakkinen has always seemed to be able to go that little bit quicker than me. I decided to let him go fast this time and see if I could beat him."

Scot David Coulthard set his sights on a glorious double after claiming pole for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. He said: "What I have got to be looking for tomorrow is the 10 points for a win to boost my championship hopes. "I'd say my chances of winning the race are better than Scotland beating Brazil in the World Cup next week, but hopefully they can pull off a shock." Coulthard hopes to be in Paris to cheer on Scotland on Wednesday if he is not needed for McLaren practice sessions.

                               mins secs
 1 D Coulthard   GB  McLaren   1:18.213
 2 M Hakkinen    Fin McLaren   1:18.282
 3 M Schumacher  Ger Ferrari   1:18.497
 4 G Fisichella  It  Benetton  1:18.826
 5 R Schumacher  Ger Jordan    1:19.242
 6 J Villeneuve  Can Williams  1:19.588
 7 H-H Frentzen  Ger Williams  1:19.614
 8 E Irvine      GB  Ferrari   1:19.616
 9 J Alesi       Fr  Sauber    1:19.693
10 D Hill        GB  Jordan    1:19.717
11 A Wurtz       Aut Benetton  1:19.576
12 J Herbert     GB  Sauber    1:19.845
13 R Barrichello Brz Stewart   1:19.953
14 J Trulli      It  Prost     1:20.188
15 O Panis       Fr  Peugeot   1:20.303
16 T Takagi      Jpn Tyrrell   1:20.328
17 M Salo        Fin Arrows    1:20.536
18 S Nakano      Jpn Minardi   1:21.230
19 P Diniz       Brz Arrows    1:21.301
20 J Magnussen   Den Stewart   1:21.629
21 E Tuero       Arg Minardi   1:21.822
22 R Rosset      Brz Tyrrell   1:21.824
Damon Hill was fined $1,000 by the FIA on Saturday for speeding in the pit lane during the Canadian Grand Prix practice session in Montreal. The FIA said it was the second offence by the Jordan driver this season.



CHAMP CARS (Detroit):- Mark Blundell posted the eighth fastest time in the first day of qualifying for Saturday's race. Scottish star Dario Franchitti was 11th fastest in the session. The eighth round of the series is taking place at Belle Isle on a temporary street circuit and Max Papis took provisional pole. "Last year we qualified 11th so I will definitely be looking to start in a better grid position," said Blundell. "I will give it my best shot."

Qualifying times (Fri):       min secs
 1 M Papis      It  Toyota    1:17.990
 2 J Vasser     US  Honda     1:18.426
 3 R Hearn      US  Ford      1:18.510
 4 R Gordon     US  Toyota    1:18.551
 5 P Carpentier Can Mercedes  1:18.849
 6 M Gugelmin   Brz Mercedes  1:18.911
 7 M J'dain Jnr Mex Ford      1:20.721
 8 M Blundell   GB  Merc      1:21.285
 9 PJ Jones     US  Toyota    1:22.009
10 A Barron     US  Toyota    1:23.957
11 D Franchitti GB  Honda     1:28.492



LE MANS 24 HRS
Warm-up times
CLASS LMP1/2 PROTOTYPES    mins:secs
1 V Sospiri     Ferrari    3:49.360
2 M Alboreto    Porsche    3:51.096
3 G Moretti     Ferrari    3:52.874
4 P Martini     BMW        3:53.540
5 P Raphanel    Porsche    3:56.475

CLASS GT1                  mins:secs
1 M Brundle     Toyota     3:44.448
2 B Schneider   Mercedes   3:46.603
3 J Muller      Porsche    3:47.491
4 T Boutsen     Toyota     3:50.151
5 J Nielsen     Nissan     3:52.874

CLASS GT2                  mins:secs
1 K Wendlinger  Chrysler   4:06.563
2 C Hurtgen     Porsche    4:13.067
3 N Neugarten   Porsche    4:15.498
4 F Konrad      Porsche    4:16.955
5 J Morton      Porsche    4:18.398
After 7 hrs:- Formula One veteran Thierry Boutsen and co-drivers Ralf Kelleners and Geoff Lees avoided technical trouble to lead with quarter of the race gone. After seven hours their Toyota was 19 seconds ahead of two works Porsches, but the other Toyota's had struggled. Martin Brundle was forced into the pits with a series of minor problems having led early on and the third Toyota suffered gearbox trouble. Both Mercedes entries are among seven retirements so far.

LE MANS 24-HR, France (7hr) hr min sec
1 Boutsen/Kelleners/Lees    6:57.59.3      (Toyota GT1)
2 Mueller/Alzen/Wolleck     6:58.18.1      (Toyota GT1)
3 McNish/Aiello/Ortelli     6:58.40.9      (Porsche GT1)
4 Nielsen/Lagorce/Krumm  2 laps behind     (Porsche)
5 Cottaz/Goossens/Belloc 2 laps behind     (Nissan)
6 Alb'eto/J'nsson/Dalmas 2 laps behind     (Courage C51)
7 Raphanel/Murry/Weaver  2 laps behind     (Nissan)
8 Hoshino/Suzuki/Ma'ikoi 3 laps behind     (Nissan)

Retirements:                            
Gounon/Bouchut/Zonta     Mercedes CLKLM
Schneider/Ludwig/Webber  Mercedes CLKLM
Seiler/Kitchak/Zadra     Porsche GT2
Conrad/Ham/Schumacher    Porsche GT2
Wendlinger/Duez/Huisman  Chrysler Viper
Kristensen/Stuck/Soper   BMW V12
Martini/Win'hock/Cecotto BMW V12

SCOTTISH RALLY:- Martin Rowe saw his attacking policy pay off as he regained the lead in Saturday's second leg. The Renault driver took an eight second margin over colleague Tapio Laukkanen. Gywndaf Evans, who replaced Rowe at the top of the standings, dropped from third to fourth on the final stage to give Rowe a four-point title lead. Rowe has now captured four of the last six events in the British Championship, which counts towards the driving standings, with only two events to go.

Both days of the Scottish Rally count towards the Mobil 1 Rally Championship so Martin Rowe takes maximum points for three of the four rounds. Rowe held off the challenge from Renault team-mate Tapio Laukkanen to regain the lead of the Championship. A triple helping of bad luck robbed Laukkanen of victory on Leg 1 as he set four fastest times but lost six minutes with a broken fuel pipe and punctures. "It was a shame. I was the quickest and I know we could have won," he said.

FINAL LEADERBOARD after 13 stages:hr min sec
 1 McRae/Senior       Volkswagen 2:02:41
 2 Rowe/Ringer        Renault    2:02:42
 3 Evans/Davies       SEAT       2:03:11
 4 Kytolehto/Kapanen  Vauxhall   2:05:36
 5 Ipatti/Kajula      Mitsubishi 2:07:41
 6 Laukkanen/Jarvi    Renault    2:07:51
 7 Mann/Cook          Proton     2:08:51
 8 Higgins/Wood       Subaru     2:09:24
 9 Cox/Eccleston      Mitsubishi 2:10:01
10 Easson/Rabbett     Mitsubishi 2:10:34

MANUFACTURERS
1 SEAT       177
2 Renault    172.5
3 Volkswagen 132.5
4 Ford       127
5 Vauxhall   127
6 Peugeot     96
7 Proton      52

DRIVERS
1 Rowe       143
2 Evans      139
3 Wearden    102
4 McRae       99
5 Laukkanen   87
6 Kytolehto   67






07.06.98
F1: THE CANADIAN GP
Michael Schumacher emerged victorious after a sensational Canadian Grand Prix as McLaren finished out of the points. The race was re-started after a pile-up at the first bend but Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard suffered car trouble. Damon Hill found himself placed second at one point but he too was forced off with electrical problems. Schumacher drove masterfully to clinch his triumph, despite a controversial 10-second penalty for reckless driving which sparked a protest by Williams.

Michael Schumacher managed to clinch victory in Montreal despite having to take a 10-second penalty after an incident with Heinz Harald Frentzen. The Ferrari driver, in a typically bold move, came out of the pits on lap 20 and forced Frentzen off the track. Team boss Frank Williams lodged an immediate protest and stewards decided Schumacher had driven recklessly. He went into the pits again for his stop-and-go punishment but the result is now subject to an official protest.

Result after 69 laps: *    hr mins secs
 1 M Schumacher  Ger Ferrari  1:40.57.4
 2 G Fisichella  It  Benetton 1:41.14.0
 3 E Irvine      GB  Ferrari  1:41.57.4
 4 A Wurz        Aut Benetton 1:42.00.6
 5 R Barrichello Brz Stewart  1:42.18.9
 6 J Magnussen   Den Stewart  @  1 lap
 7 S Nakano      Jpn Minardi  @  1 lap
 8 R Rosset      Brz Tyrrell  @  1 lap
 9 P Diniz       Brz Arrows   @  1 lap
10 J Villeneuve  Can Williams @  6 laps
* subject to protest by Williams

DRIVERS' STANDINGS
 1 M Hakkinen    Fin  McLaren   46 pts
 2 M Schumacher  Ger  Ferrari   34
 3 D Coulthard   GB   McLaren   29
 4 E Irvine      GB   Ferrari   19
 5 G Fisichella  It   Benetton  13
 6 A Wurz        Aut  Benetton  12
 7 H-H Frentzen  Ger  Williams   8
 = J Villeneuve  Can  Williams   8
 9 R Barrichello Brz  Stewart    4
10 J Alesi       Fr   Sauber     3
 = M Salo        Fin  Arrows     3
12 J Herbert     GB   Sauber     1
 = P Diniz       Brz  Arrows     1
 = J Magnussen   Den  Stewart    1

CONSTRUCTORS' STANDINGS
1 McLaren-Mercedes      75 pts
2 Ferrari               52
3 Benetton              26
4 Williams-Mecachrome   16
5 Stewart                5
6 Sauber-Petronas        4
= Arrows                 4
The McLarens had to watch from the pits as Michael Schumacher closed the gap at the top of the drivers' standings. Schumacher moved to within 12 points of Mika Hakkinen after the Finn failed to complete the first lap of the re-start following a transmission fault. Teammate David Coulthard was left in front but he lost power while leading on lap 19 with a throttle failure. Jacques Villeneuve also had an early finish after going into the gravel as he tried to overtake too quickly.

A terrifying crash on lap one halted the Canadian Grand Prix when Alexander Wurz lost control of his Benetton. The Austrian was unhurt despite flipping over after braking sharply into the first corner. Another pile-up happened in the restart but the grand prix carried on despite several retirements, including Mika Hakkinen who had transmission problems. A host of cars followed suit, with David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve among the 12 men who failed to finish.

David Coulthard tried to put a brave face on his fortunes after seeing Michael Schumacher take his lead and win the Montreal Grand Prix. "I've go to keep smiling because the only other option is to cry," he said. "The race was a complete madhouse - but I had it under control. With Schumacher behind me, I was a bit nervous for a few laps. I didn't want to make the slightest mistake. But the problem happened. I just had enough power to get back to the pits."

Damon Hill cursed his luck yet again as he was denied the chance of getting among the points for Jordan this year. He was looking good with half the field already off the track but his race was ended by an electrical fault. "I am bitterly disappointed," said Hill. "It is very frustrating because we were on for some much needed points for the first time." Hill earlier had a brush with old rival Michael Schumacher when the German snatched second place from him.

Michael Schumacher launched a furious attack on old rival Damon Hill claiming he could have got one of them killed. Schumacher spoke out after a 150mph zig-zag duel between his Ferrari and Hill's Jordan, which the German won. "If there is someone you want to kill, you can do it in a different way," blasted Schumacher. "It was very dangerous. To be out there racing and have someone move over the racing line three times is not right. You can do it one but not three times."

Damon Hill hit back in the war of words which which followed his high-speed duel with Michael Schumacher. He said: "You cannot put any credibility on what Michael says. "Just look at some of the things he has done in the past. He has no right to blame any other driver. Michael is obviously wrong in what he is saying. He is overstating the case and just trying to defend himself. We were battling and we got very close, but we were fighting for second place."


CHAMP CARS (Detroit):-
Grid for Sunday's race:       min secs
 1 G Moore      Can Mercedes  1:13.530
 2 A Zanardi    It  Honda     1:13.822
 3 A Fernandez  Mex Ford      1:13.842
 4 R Hearn      US  Ford      1:13.995
 5 B Herta      US  Ford      1:14.061
 6 T Kanaan     Brz Honda     1:14.391
 7 J Vasser     US  Honda     1:14.420
 8 D Franchitti GB  Honda     1:14.513
 9 G de Ferran  Brz Honda     1:14.582
10 M J'dain Jnr Mex Honda     1:14.709
21 M Blundell   GB  Mercedes  1:16.367




ACROPOLIS RALLY
Positions after stage 7:
(end of day one)             hr min sec
 1 R Burns     GB  Mitsubishi 1:18:28.2
 2 C McRae     GB  Subaru     1:18:30.6
 3 D Auriol    Fr  Toyota     1:18:39.9
 4 P Liatti    It  Subaru     1:18:48.1
 5 J Kankkunen Fin Ford       1:18:54.4
 6 F Loix      Bel Toyota     1:18:59.8
 7 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota     1:19:16.7
 8 U Nittel    Ger Mitsubishi 1:19:24.1
 9 R Madeira   Por Toyota     1:21.42.8
10 L Kirkos    Gre Ford       1:22:16.1
Retirements: Makinen, Thiry, Radstrom
British driver Richard Burns led the rally at the end of the first day with former world champion Colin McRae just 2.4 seconds behind in second place. Burns, looking for his second rally of the season, took the lead when Belgian Bruno Thiry was forced to retire with engine trouble while leading. However the Subaru of McRae started to erode the four-second advantage of Burns' Mitsubishi. Frenchman Didier Auriol lies third, but more than 11 seconds behind Burns.

LE MANS 24 HRS:-

Leaderboard after 18 hrs:
1 Boutsen/Kelleners/Lees    260 laps (Toyota GT1)
2 McNish/Aiello/Ortelli     260 (Porsche GT1)
3 Hoshino/Suzuki/Ma'ikoi    259 (Nissan GT1)
4 Mueller/Alzen/Wolleck     259 (Porsche GT1)
5 Nielsen/Lagorce/Krumm     258 (Nissan GT1)
6 O'Rourke/Sugden/Aub'n     255 (McLaren GTR)
7 Comas/Lammers/Mont'ni     253 (Nissan GT1)
8 Brabham/Wallace/Davies    247 (Panoz GTR-1)

Retirements: (After 18 hrs)
Gounon/Bouchut/Zonta     Mercedes CLKLM
Schneider/Ludwig/Webber  Mercedes CLKLM
Seiler/Kitchak/Zadra     Porsche GT2
Konrad/Ham/Schumacher    Porsche GT2
Wendlinger/Duez/Huisman  Chrysler Viper
Kristensen/Stuck/Soper   BMW V12
Martini/Win'hock/Cecotto BMW V12
Alboreto/Joh'sson/Dalmas Porsche LMP
Mueller/Trunk/Palmberger Porsche GT2
Robert/Sezionale/Bruneau Debora LMP2
Ekblom/Gay/Tsusmiya      Courage C51
Gache/DeRad's/Gardner    Riley & Scott MK3
Morton/Grohs/Graham      Porsche GT2
Jarier/Donovan/Rosenblad Porsche GT2
Sospiri/Boullion/Pol'and Ferrari 333 SP
Brundle/Collard/Helary   Toyota GT1
Raphanel/Murry/Weaver    Porsche LMP
Cottaz/Goossens/Belloc   Courage C51
Bscher/Pirro/Cappello    McLaren F1 GTR
Ferte/Fabre/Migault      Ferrari 333 SP
Neugarten/Lagniez/S'adja Porsche GT2


Allan McNish gave Britain victory at Le Mans for the first time since 1992 - when Derek Warwick and Mark Blundell triumphed in the endurance event. The ex-Benetton Formula One test driver and French co-drivers Laurent Aiello and Stephane Ortelli gave Porsche their third successive win in the race. McNish was set for second spot until leader Thierry Boutsen was forced out with gearbox problems after 22 hours. Jorg Muller, Uwe Alzen and Bob Wollek were second to give Porsche a one-two.

Justin Bell ensured the family name lives on at Le Mans. The son of five-times winner Derek Bell and his co-drivers David Donohue and Luca Trudi steered their Chrysler Viper into the highest GT2 placing - 11th. Bell, the current GT2 world champion, was moved to tears as his legendary father congratulated him in a telephone link-up at the circuit. The highest prototype was the Ferrari 333 driven by Wayne Taylor, Eric van de Poele and Fermin Velez (eighth).

Allan McNish praised his team after he and his co-drivers Laurent Aiello and Stephane Ortelli gave Porsche their third straight win at Le Mans. The Scot revealed: "Porsche gave me the opportunity last year at Le Mans and this year I have repaid their faith in my ability." "We had to be fast and put pressure on whoever was around us." Highest GT2 finisher Justin Bell, who was 11th overall, admitted: "This is the best day of my life."

Race result:               Laps
1 McNish/Aiello/Ortelli     351 (Porsche GT1)
2 Muller/Alzen/Wolleck      350 (Porsche GT1)
3 Hoshino/Suzuki/Ma'ikoi    347 (Nissan GT1)
4 O'Rourke/Sugden/Aub'n     343 (McLaren GTR)
5 Nielsen/Lagorce/Krumm     342 (Nissan GT1)
6 Comas/Lammers/M'ntmini    342 (Nissan GT1)
7 Brabham/Wallace/Davies    335 (Panoz GTR-1)

Retirements:
Gounon/Bouchut/Zonta     Mercedes CLKLM
Schneider/Ludwig/Webber  Mercedes CLKLM
Seiler/Kitchak/Zadra     Porsche GT2
Konrad/Ham/Schumacher    Porsche GT2
Wendlinger/Duez/Huisman  Chrysler Viper
Kristensen/Stuck/Soper   BMW V12
Martini/Win'hock/Cecotto BMW V12
Alboreto/Joh'sson/Dalmas Porsche LMP
Mueller/Trunk/Palmberger Porsche GT2
Robert/Sezionale/Bruneau Debora LMP2
Ekblom/Gay/Tsusmiya      Courage C51
Gache/DeRad's/Gardner    Riley & Scott MK3
Morton/Grohs/Graham      Porsche GT2
Jarier/Donovan/Rosenblad Porsche GT2
Sospiri/Boullion/Pol'and Ferrari 333 SP
Brundle/Collard/Helary   Toyota GT1
Raphanel/Murry/Weaver    Porsche LMP
Cottaz/Goossens/Belloc   Courage C51
Bscher/Pirro/Cappello    McLaren F1 GTR
Ferte/Fabre/Migault      Ferrari 333 SP
Neugarten/Lagniez/S'adja Porsche GT2
Bernard/Tinseau/O'C'nell Panoz GTR-1
Boutsen/Kelleners/Lees   Toyota GT1
Man, Mich M'teiro/M'snve Porsche GT2





08.06.98
F1:- Damon Hill took another swipe in his war of words with Michael Schumacher as he branded the Ferrari star "a bully." Hill accused Formula One track judges of giving Schumacher preferential treatment following the German's win in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. "Michael is an extremely talented driver but he is occasionally given the benefit of the doubt," Hill stormed. "He has his own rules but we all have to respect the rules. If he does not like it he should keep his mouth shut."



CHAMP CARS:- Dario Franchitti finished a creditable fourth after fellow Briton Mark Blundell crashed out early as Italian star Alex Zanardi won in Detroit. Scottish driver Franchitti, also in a Reynard Honda, chased overall series leader Zanardi hard but to no avail. Ex-Formula One driver Blundell veered into the wall on turn six after suffering a sticking throttle. He said: "It was a disappointing day. All weekend we've been searching for the answer to our handling woes."


Result from Sunday's race:
                      Completed laps
 1 A Zanardi    It  Honda       72
 2 A Fernandez  Mex Ford        72
 3 G de Ferran  Brz Honda       72
 4 D Franchitti GB  Honda       72
 5 G Moore      Can Mercedes    72
 6 J Vasser     US  Honda       72
 7 P Tracy      Can Honda       72
 8 T Kanaan     Brz Honda       72
 9 S Pruett     Can Ford        72
10 M Andretti   US  Ford        72

ACROPOLIS RALLY:- Britain's Colin McRae is well placed for a final onslaught in the Acropolis Rally after storming into second place. McRae took his 555 Subaru to the front after the first stage of the rally's second leg but eventually slipped 4.8 seconds behind leader Didier Auriol. "We had to keep backing off to preserve the tyres and not accelerate too quickly. We are well placed but it's going to be a huge battle," said Burns. Richard Burns slipped from first to fifth at the end of the second day.

Positions after stage 12:
(end of day two)             hr min sec
 1 D Auriol    Fr  Toyota     2:52:52.3
 2 C McRae     GB  Subaru     2:52:57.1
 3 J Kankkunen Fin Ford       2:53:05.6
 4 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota     2:53:08.2
 5 R Burns     GB  Mitsubishi 2:53:35.5
 6 P Liatti    It  Subaru     2:53:37.8
 7 F Loix      Bel Toyota     2:54:39.3
 8 R Madeira   Por Toyota     2:59.57.7
 9 L Kirkos    Gre Ford       3:01:28.7
10 A Nikonenko Rus Ford       3:02:29.7


TOURING CARS:- Nigel Mansell makes his return to the race track at Donington Park this weekend when he competes in the RAC British Touring Car Championship. The 1992 F1 world champion will be racing in a Ford Mondeo and is determined to make a big impact. He said: "I am really looking forward to what is an exciting challenge. The fans have been so loyal over the years, it will be lovely to see them at Donington. Hopefully, they will see a couple of great races, too."




09.06.98
F1:- World champion Jacques Villeneuve has joined in with Damon Hill's criticism of the Canadian Grand Prix winner Michael Schumacher. Hill criticised Schumacher's driving in Sunday's race on Monday and Villeneuve has now told the Daily Telegraph: "He believes himself to be alone out there. Michael thinks he is invulnerable and has become a law unto himself. It's a shame that such a talented driver has to make so many blunders in order to get placed."



ACROPOLIS RALLY:- Scotland's Colin McRae has won the Acropolis Rally in Delphi. The Scot, driving a Subaru Impreza, finished the third and last stage 20 seconds clear of Frenchman Didier Auriol in a Toyota Corolla. Auriol had led after two of the closing five specials, but a stalled engine cost him 40 seconds on the fourth. That allowed 1995 world champion McRae to regain the lead he had briefly held on the second day in the eighth leg of this year's championship.

Colin McRae was pleasantly surprised after Didier Auriol's engine trouble handed him victory in Greece. "Today was unbelievable," he said. "I wasn't overly confident because everyone was so close and there were four crews who could have won. "We took it easy on some stages and judged the situation finally and came out on top. That's what counts. It's a great feeling to be leading both championships and we can look ahead to New Zealand with optimism."

Final positions after 17 stages:hr min sec
 1 C McRae     GB  Subaru     4:26:28.6
 2 D Auriol    Fr  Toyota     4:26:47.6
 3 J Kankkunen Fin Ford       4:27:05.9
 4 C Sainz     Sp  Toyota     4:28:09.3
 5 F Loix      Bel Toyota     4:29:58.0
 6 P Liatti    It  Subaru     4:37:12.0
 7 R Madeira   Por Toyota     4:39.04.8
 8 L Kirkos    Gre Ford       4:40:12.5
 9 JP Richelmi Mon Subaru     4:41:36.5
10 V Isik      Tur Toyota     4:43:08.3

DRIVER STANDINGS               Pts
1 C McRae      GB   Subaru      36
2 C Sainz      Sp   Toyota      31
3 T Makinen    Fin  Mitsubishi  24
4 J Kankkunen  Fin  Ford        24
5 D Auriol     Fr   Toyota      21
6 R Burns      GB   Mitsubishi  21

MANUFACTURER STANDINGS:
1 Subaru         49 pts
2 Toyota         47
3 Mitsubishi     45
4 Ford           33

TOURING CARS:- Former World Formula One and Indycar champion Nigel Mansell spent Monday testing the Ford Mondeo he is to drive in Sunday's Auto Trader BTCC race. Mansell put in competitive laps in the pouring rain as he returned to the circuit where his last outing in a touring car ended in disaster. Five years ago, when he was taking part in the RTOCA Shoot-Outs race, his Ford Mondeo smashed into stonework. Fortunately Mansell escaped without serious injury at Starkeys Bridge.



F3000:- British Formula Three driver David Cook has signed for Redman & Bright, to race in the FIA F3000 International Championship for the rest of the season.



F.PALMER AUDI:- Norfolk's Jay Wheals will join the Formula Palmer Audi series starting at Snetterton this weekend.





10.06.98
F3:- The Autosport British F3 Championship makes its sole visit to Snetterton for round nine on Sunday. With the championship moving into the second half of the season, the British drivers will be hoping to stop the South American domimation so far. Championship leader Enrique Bernoldi won five of the first eight rounds and had only once finished without winning. A non-finish in the previous round at Croft allowed his rivals to reduce his points lead to 19 points.



TOURING CARS:- Donington plays host to rounds 11 and 12 of the British Touring Car Championship on Sunday, with Nigel Mansell set to steal the show. The ex-Formula One star has said he wants to resolve "unfinished business" after crashing at the circuit in a touring car race five years ago. He said: "The fans were short-changed and I am pleased to have been afforded the chance of a comeback with Ford." Mansell spent Monday testing his Ford Mondeo at the circuit.

Championship leader Rickard Rydell will be looking to extend his lead over Alain Menu at the weekend. Menu's Renault team-mate Jason Plato could also feature in the hunt for victory as he is just three points behind the Swiss star. The first race on Sunday is an 18-lap Sprint Race, while the second is a 36-lap Feature Race. Qualifying takes place on Saturday, with the second session being the one- shot showdown against the clock.

Derek Warwick believes it would be a mistake to under-estimate his friend and old Formula One adversary Nigel Mansell at Donington. Mansell is set to make his first BTCC appearance of the season on Sunday and Warwick said: "I will be focused on doing the best job for Vauxhall. In doing that I would like to think I would be comfortably in front of Nigel. Ford have made a step forward, we could see that with Will Hoy at Oulton Park. We cannot under-estimate Nigel."



MINTEX NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:- The Welsh forests are the setting for Saturday's next stage, when 130 crews will compete in the Kerridge event. Eight special stages total a 75-mile course, with Roger Duckworth's Subaru leading the way from top position. Kerridge winner from 1993, Murray Grierson, starts in third place behind the Escort Cosworth of Marcus Dodd, who has yet to open his account this year. Less than 20 points separate the top 10 drivers as the competition reaches the half-way point.

Kerridge National Rally Top 5 seeds:
1 R Duckworth/M Broomfield Subaru
2 M Dodd/J Bennie          Ford
3 M Grierson/C Roy         Subaru
4 S Hill/J Rabbett         Mitsubishi
5 W Philliskirk/E Evans    MG

RALLYING:- Peugeot are set to return to the World Rally Championship after a 12-year self-imposed exile. According to director general Fredric Saint-Geours, the French car company will race their new 206 WRC rally car next year. In 1985 and 1986, Peugeot enjoyed back- to-back success in the constructor and drivers' championships with the WRC's predecessor the 205 TI6. They will race selectively next year as a curtain-raiser to the 2000 season.



F.RENAULT:- Formula Renault Sport Championship leader Aluizio Coelho led the way in testing for Sunday's seventh round at Donington Park. The Brazilian clocked a best time of one minute, 10.137 seconds to push Tatuus teammate Doug Bell into second.



RENAULT SPIDERS:- Donington lap record holder Nick Hart was fastest in testing for rounds six and seven of the Renault Insurance Services Spider Cup this weekend. Hart recorded a time of 1:18.327 while Daniel Eaves was second in 1:18.593.



CHAMPION SPARK PLUG WORLD RANKING
Driver ratings (June 10)         Points
 1 M Schumacher  Formula 1        992
 2 A Zanardi     CART             957
 3 J Gordon      Champ Cars       823
 4 D Jarrett     NASCAR           814
 5 J Villeneuve  Formula 1        773
 6 M Hakkinen    Formula 1        766
 7 L Aiello      Touring Cars     729
 8 G Moore       Champ Cars       720
 9 D Coulthard   Formula 1        693
10 J Vasser      Champ Cars       691





11.06.98
F.PALMER AUDI (Snetterton):- Britain's Justin Keen was fastest in practice for Sunday's round two but less than a second separated the top 10 drivers.
 1 J Keen       GB      1:08.32
 2 R Tarling    GB      1:08.33
 3 P Clarke     GB      1:08.35
 4 T Serjala    Fin     1:08.41
 5 J Moro       Brz     1:08.48
 6 M Smith      GB      1:08.50
 7 D Turner     GB      1:08.55
 8 D Faulkener  Ire     1:08.55
 9 C Breeze     GB      1:08.72
10 F Maluhy     Brz     1:08.92

TOURING CARS:- Honda's Peter Kox set the fastest time in practice for Sunday's rounds 11 and 12 of the series. Nigel Mansell, who makes his UK racing return at the weekend, was 18th quickest in his Ford. His Mondeo had been slightly damaged in an early-session crash with independent racer Mark Lemmer. Mansell revealed: "I am aiming to stay on the tack this weeekend and get to the finish. The Ford went very weather in the wet weather."

Leading practice times (Thurs): min secs
 1 P Kox         Hol Honda    1:10.164
 2 R Rydell      Swe Volvo    1:10.452
 3 A Reid        GB  Nissan   1:10.481
 4 J Cleland     GB  Vauxhall 1:10.926
 5 G Morbidelli  It  Volvo    1:10.935
 6 D Warwick     GB  Vauxhall 1:10.980
 7 W Hoy         GB  Ford     1:10.980
 8 Y Muller      Fr  Audi     1:11.037
 9 J Thompson    GB  Honda    1:11.149
10 J Plato       GB  Renault  1:11.166

IRL:- IndyCar Racing League founder Tony George will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the weekend. He is looking for talented European drivers to join next year's League.



JACKIE STEWART:- Jackie Stewart, the triple Formula One Woržd champion, is to be made an Honorary Doctor of Science by Cranfield University in Bedfordshire.





12.06.98 - BRITISH GTs
Over 30 teams will be contesting the fourth round on Sunday. Millenium Motorsport's Porsche GT1 driven by John Nielsen and Thorkild Thyrring are out for a second win after finding their form at Croft last time out. Competition will come from the Newcastle United Lister Storm, driven by Julian Bailey and BBC TV presenter Tiff Needell. Previous winners Stebe O'Rourke and Tim Sugden will also be out for success in their McLaren F1 GTR.




13.06.98

F3 (Snetterton):-
Saturday qualifying times:mins secs
 1 L Burti     Brz       1:02.667
 2 D Manning   GB        1:02.867
 3 E Bernoldi  Brz       1:02.973
 4 M Haberfeld Brz       1:03.067
 5 M O'Connell GB        1:03.074
 6 W Hughes    GB        1:03.087
 7 J Spence    GB        1:03.113
 8 K Kolby     Den       1:03.171
 9 B Collins   GB        1:03.191
10 M Hynes     GB        1:03.230

F.PALMER AUDI:- Finland's Topi Serjala took pole position on his final lap out of the pits at Snetterton. He pipped Shinya Nakazawa by 100th of a second and said: "That was great. I'm very happy with my position and am feeling confident for the race."

Leading qualifying times:   mins:secs
1 T Serjala  Fin             1:07.846
2 S Nakazawa Jpn             1:07.859
3 R Tarling  GB              1:07.881
4 D Faulkner Ire             1:08.085
5 P Clarke   GB              1:08.096
6 J Keen     GB              1:08.306

F.CAMPUS:- Westley Barber took pole for Sunday's final Elf UK Campus Cup round. Fellow Britons Jon Tee and Guarin Simpson qualified 11th and 18th.

Leading qualifying times:   mins:secs
1 W Barber     GB            1:16.287
2 P Friescaher Aut           1:16.400
3 J Andanson   Fr            1:16.423
4 G Dellus     Fr            1:16.437
5 D Cicero     US            1:16.580
6 P Perego     It            1:16.716

BRITISH GTs:- Julian Bailey drove his Lister Storm into pole place for Sunday's race just 0.083 seconds ahead of John Grealey. The second Lister Storm team driven by Jake Ulrich and Ian Flux came third.

Leading qualifying times:   mins:secs
1 Bailey/Needell  Lister S   1:02.754
2 Grealey/Wal'der Porsche    1:02.837
3 Ulrich/Flux     Lister S   1:03.268
4 O'Rourke/Sugden McLaren    1:04.388
5 Greenall/Camp-W Harrier    1:05.926
6 Short/Verdon-R  TVR Speed  1:07.079


TOURING CARS (Donington Park):- Nigel Mansell began a successful comeback to the track as he qualified fourth fastest for Sunday's race. The former Formula One world champion finished on the 10th row of the grid after a series of mistakes in the first qualifying session. Mansell was a second slower than pole man Anthony Reid but beat teammate Will Hoy by nearly half a second. "My luck was due to change," he said. "We went out and set a good time and I'm very pleased for the team."

Qualifying times for round 11 (Sat):min:secs
 1 A Reid        GB  Nissan   1:17.618
 2 R Rydell      Swe Volvo    1:18.266
 3 P Radisich    NZ  Peugeot  1:18.580
 4 N Mansell     GB  Ford     1:18.639
 5 D Leslie      GB  Nissan   1:18.670
 6 J Cleland     GB  Vauxhall 1:18.856
 7 J Plato       GB  Renault  1:18.868
 8 J Thompson    GB  Honda    1:18.878
 9 W Hoy         GB  Ford     1:18.909
10 R Gravett     GB  Honda    1:19.194

Qualifying times for round 12 (Sat):min:secs
 1 A Reid        GB  Nissan   1:11.005
 2 D Leslie      GB  Nissan   1:11.328
 3 J Thompson    GB  Honda    1:11.624
 4 J Plato       GB  Renault  1:11.662
 5 P Kox         Hol Honda    1:11.758
 6 J Cleland     GB  Vauxhall 1:12.032
 7 A Menu        Swi Renault  1:12.066
 8 W Hoy         GB  Ford     1:12.174
 9 T Rustad      Nor Renault  1:12.175
10 D Warwick     GB  Vauxhall 1:12.261



MINTEX NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND FOUR: KERRIDGE NATIONAL RALLY
Final Leaderboard after 8 special stages:
                            hr mins secs
 1 D'wrth/B'fld   Subaru       1:22:44
 2 Gri'son/Roy    Subaru       1:23:09
 3 Petch/Croft    Ford Escort  1:23:47
 4 Hill/Rabbett   Mitsubishi   1:25:05
 5 Jones/Lewis    Subaru       1:25:43
 6 Tough/Addison  Mitsubishi   1:26:23
 7 Gywnne/O'G'man Subaru       1:26:38
 8 Wetton/Haigh   Mitsubishi   1:28:01
 9 Har'son/J'kins MG Metro     1:28:03
10 Ceen/Ceen      Ford Escort  1:28:31



F.RENAULT SPORT
Round 7 qualifying (Sat):   mins:secs
1 A Coelho   Br  Tatuus      1:12.946
2 D Bell     GB  Tatuus      1:13.359
3 J Font     Ven Tatuus      1:13.823
4 V Meira    Br  Van Diemen  1:14.198
5 C Clark    GB  Tatuus      1:14.295
6 J Bender   US  Van Diemen  1:14.321



RENAULT SPIDERS
Round 6 result:(Sat)mins:secs
1 D Henderson      20:28.363
2 J Hunter         20:39.833
3 N Hart           20:42.575
4 D Eaves          20:43.281
5 D Vercoe         20:50.033
6 D Shaw           21:05.385

Round 7 leading times: (Sat)
1 D Shaw            1:21.811
2 J Hunter          1:22.554
3 D Henderson       1:22.851
4 N Hart            1:22.911
5 D Vercoe          1:22.923
6 D Eaves           1:24.097

F.FORD:- Jenson Button claimed his third pole in six races in preparation for Sunday's sixth round. Button lapped the 1.96 mile Circuit in one minute, 24.186 seconds.

Leading qualifying times:   mins:secs
1 J Button      Mygale       1:24.186
2 D Hayes       Mygale       1:24.378
3 N Kiesa       Van Diemen   1:24.396
4 T Sisley      Van Diemen   1:24.450
5 C Murray      Van Diemen   1:24.562
6 P Morland     Mygale       1:24.955

FORD FIESTA'S:- Neal Gordon will start Sunday's sixth round of the Championship from pole position after a great qualifying show. The Norfolk driver was four-tenths of a second faster than Rae Claydon.

Leading qualifying times:   mins:secs
1 N Gordon      Ford Fiesta  1:37.765
2 R Claydon     Ford Fiesta  1:38.204
3 D Gibson      Ford Fiesta  1:38.317
4 N Hose        Ford Fiesta  1:38.324
5 I Churchill   Ford Fiesta  1:38.801
6 S Clarke      Ford Fiesta  1:39.189


VAUXHALL VECTRA'S
Round 6 qualifying times:
(Sat)             mins secs
 1 F Figueiredo    1:27.535
 2 M Blair         1:27.745
 3 S Graves        1:27.982
 4 J Yeomans       1:28.101
 5 M Ticehurst     1:28.310
 6 D Pinkney       1:28.419
 7 S Robertson     1:28.499
 8 M Nichol        1:28.970
 9 G Coombes       1:29.140
10 P Sears         1:29.679





14.06.98
F.PALMER AUDI:- Finland's Topi Serjala took maximum advantage of his pole position to claim his first win in the championship and move to joint top with Richard Tarling. He led all the way and commented: "I built up a good lead in the first couple of laps and it's great to win."

Leading times:          mins:secs
1 T Serjala  Fin        16:09.264
2 R Tarling  GB         16:11.374
3 S Nakazawa Jpn        16:12.785
4 J Keen     GB         16:14.101
5 D Turner   GB         16:14.587
6 P Clarke   GB         16:15.391

Driver standings after two rounds:Points
 1 T Serjala     Fin              38
 = R Tarling     GB               38
 3 J Keen        GB               33
 4 P Clarke      GB               30
 5 S Nakazawa    Jpn              29
 6 S White       Aus              28
 7 M Smith       GB               26
 8 D Faulkner    Ire              21
 9 E Redfern     GB               16
10 D Turner      GB               15

BRITISH GTs:- Tiff Needell and Julian Bailey took their Newcastle United Lister Storm GTL to victory in the fourth round.

Sunday result:              mins:secs
1 Bailey/Needell  Lister S  50:12.951
2 Evans/Newland   Lister S  51:01.944
3 O'Rourke/Sugden McLaren   51:10.005
4 Verdon/Short    TVR Speed 50:59.394
5 Luby/Dean       Chrysler  50:13.076
6 Morrison/Lister Porsche   50:24.894


TOURING CARS:- Nigel Mansell's much-vaunted comeback bid ended in disappointment when he finished in fifth place in his Ford Mondeo at a rain hit Donington. The race was the most dramatic one of the season so far as the 1992 world champion thrilled the crowd. The victors were Anthony Reid for Nissan, who claimed his maiden win with a dominant performance and John Cleland for Vauxhall. Richard Rydell left the circuit with his championship lead intact.

Sunday's round 11 result:     min:secs
 1 A Reid       GB  Nissan   34:23.250
 2 R Rydell     Swe Volvo    34:23.955
 3 W Hoy        GB  Ford     34:24.360
 4 P Kox        Hol Honda    34:27.922
 5 J Cleland    GB  Vauxhall 34:29.949
 6 G Morbidelli It  Volvo    34:30.468
 7 Y Muller     Fr  Audi     34:31.087
 8 R Gravett    GB  Honda    34:31.438
 9 J Plato      GB  Renault  34:31.661
10 P Radisich   NZ  Peugeot  34:32.787

Sunday's round 12 result:     min:secs
 1 J Cleland    GB  Vauxhall 53:49.318
 2 D Leslie     GB  Nissan   53:53.990
 3 D Warwick    GB  Volvo    53:57.950
 4 Y Muller     Fr  Audi     54:00.455
 5 N Mansell    GB  Ford     53:58.862 (plus penalty)
 6 M Neal       GB  Nissan   54:00.801
 7 G Morbidelli It  Volvo    54:45.498
 8 T Rustad     Hol Renault  54:56.355
 9 J Bintcliffe GB  Audi     54:17.367
10 R Moen       Hol Honda    54:49.412


DRIVER STANDINGS
1 R Rydell   Swe Volvo S40        121
2 J Cleland  GB  Vauxhall          88
3 A Menu     Swi Renault Laguna    85
4 J Plato    GB  Renault Laguna    84
5 A Reid     GB  Nissan            80
6 J Thompson GB  Honda Accord      76

CONSTRUCTOR STANDINGS
1 Volvo                127 pts
2 Renault              126
3 Nissan               125
4 Vauxhall             100
5 Honda                 93
6 Ford                  69


F.RENAULT SPORT (Donington):-
Round 7 result (Sun):       mins secs
1 D Bell     GB  Tatuus     24:33.074
2 J Font     Ven Tatuus     24:37.189
3 T Mullen   GB  Van Diemen 24:38.185
4 G Jones    GB  Ermolli    24:46.911
5 R Austin   GB  Tatuus     24:57.499
6 T S'avanon Den Tatuus     25:03.836


RENAULT SPIDER CUP (Donington):-
Round 6 result:(Sat)mins:secs
1 D Henderson      20:28.363
2 J Hunter         20:39.833
3 N Hart           20:42.575
4 D Eaves          20:43.281
5 D Vercoe         20:50.033
6 D Shaw           21:05.385

Round 7 result: (Sun)
1 D Vercoe         18:17.684
2 J Kingston       18:22.526
3 N Hart           18:23.144
4 D Shaw           18:26.657
5 D Henderson      18:27.682
6 D Eaves          18:28.203


F.FORD (Donington):- 
Sunday result:              mins:secs
1 D Hayes       Mygale      20:14.337
2 C Murray      Van Diemen  20:21.049
3 J Button      Mygale      20:21.569
4 T Sisley      Van Diemen  20:28.173
5 B Horne       Van Diemen  20:37.177
6 M Ambrose     Van Diemen  20:38.429

F.FIESTA'S (Donington):- Neal Gordon claimed his first ever victory in the Championship after starting on pole.

Sunday result:              mins:secs
1 N Gordon      Ford Fiesta 23:14.509
2 N Hose        Ford Fiesta 23:18.830
3 D Gibson      Ford Fiesta 23:31.803
4 R Claydon     Ford Fiesta 23:32.242
5 A Morrison    Ford Fiesta 23:35.983
6 I Churchill   Ford Fiesta 23:39.200



VECTRA CHALLENGE (Donington):-
Round 6 result:   mins secs
 1 S Graves       20:51.113
 2 M Blair        20:55.652
 3 M Ticehurst    20:59.115
 4 J Yeomans      21:05.881
 5 M Nichol       21:17.218
 6 C Boon         21:20.106
 7 G Coombes      21:21.546
 8 P Sears        21:23.549
 9   Furuse       21:29.040
10 H Jackson      21:42.294






15.06.98
CHAMPION SPARK PLUG WORLD RANKING:- Nigel Mansell scored his first points of the season in the rankings after his appearance in the British Touring Car Championship at the weekend. The top eight drivers all stayed in the same positions after a quiet week on the motor sport front. The only new entry in the top 10 was NASCAR driver Mark Martin who overtook David Coulthard in ninth. Martin, third-placed Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett, who is fourth, are all in action next weekend.

Driver ratings (June 15)        Points
 1 M Schumacher  Formula 1        992
 2 A Zanardi     CART             957
 3 J Gordon      Champ Cars       828
 4 D Jarrett     NASCAR           825
 5 J Villeneuve  Formula 1        773
 6 M Hakkinen    Formula 1        766
 7 L Aiello      Le Mans          729
 8 G Moore       Champ Cars       720
 9 M Martin      NASCAR           713
10 D Coulthard   Formula 1        693


SPORTSCARS:- Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Dorsey Schroeder dominated a Can-Am race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to win for the first time this year. England's James Weaver was second with Butch Leitzinger, while third place went to Australian David Brabham and England's Andy Wallace.



RALLYING:- Ford World Rally team have agreed a three-year extension to their partnership with Oz Racing in the FIA World Championship.





16.06.98 - F1
Jos Verstappen will drive for the Stewart-Ford team during their testing at Magny Cours this week. The 26-year-old Dutchman joins Rubens Barrichello at the French circuit from Wednesday June 17 to Friday June 19. Jan Magnussen, whose position with the team has been under constant review, could be replaced depending on the results of Verstappen's test. Verstappen, released by Tyrrell at the start of this season, has previously competed in 48 Grand Prixs.

Championship leader Mika Hakkinen set the pace on Tuesday with the fastest time in testing at the Magny Cours circuit in France. The Finn set a time of one minute 17.18 seconds in the morning session with his teammate, Briton David Coulthard, five- tenths slower in second place. Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine's two Ferraris took third and fourth places respectively. Damon Hill only managed ninth place in his Jordan.






19.06.98 - F1
Heinz-Harald Frentzen was knocked unconscious after a heavy collision with Michael Schumacher's Ferrari in testing for the French Grand Prix. Frentzen was lifted out of his badly damaged Williams and rushed to hospital in Nevers, near the Magny-Cours track. He recovered consciousness and race officials said apart frrm being shaken he was unharmed. Schumacher escaped without injury frrm the accident that took place at a tight bend during afternoon practice.






20.06.98
CHINA RALLY:- Colin McRae leads the event after the opening eight stages following a seesaw battle with team-mate Piero Liatti. Scot McRae and Liatti set the fastest times on all but one of the stages as they dominated the day. McRae leads the Championship and said: "We struggled on the tight sections. Then we had a spin on the hairpin that cost us the lead to Piero." The constant jolting of the steering wheel ensured that McRae finished the day with strained arm muscles.

Positions after stage 8:      mins secs
 1 C McRae         Subaru     1:54.15.4
 2 P Liatti        Subaru     1:54.25.3
 3 Y Kataoka       Mitsubishi 1:57.51.0
 3 Y Fujimoto      Toyota     1:59.21.3
 4 N Lu            Mitsubishi 2:10.56.9
 5 Y Wong          Subaru     2:11.34.5
 6 C Chan          Mitsubishi 2:12.09.5
 7 F Wen           Ford       2:17.14.6
 9 Z Ren           Peugeot    2:18.21.3
10 F Sing          Mitsubishi 2:18.40.6



BTRDA SERIES
DUKERIES RALLY:-
Leaders after 3 stages:
 1 Winter/Dyson     Metro
 2 Bengry/Mee       Mitsubishi
 3 Thompson/Hancock Escort Cos

Leading Formula Two cars:
 7 Price/Cathers    Escort RS
10 Kent/Ball        Peugeot
11 H'tchsn/McAl'str Peugeot


CHAMP CARS (Portland):- Britain's Dario Franchitti took provisional pole after the first qualifying session for Sunday's race. Compatriot Mark Blundell claimed the seventh fastest time at Portland International Raceway. Franchitti's team-mate Paul Tracy was suspended from the second session after it was ruled he took an "unjustifiable risk" that led to a crash. It is the first time a driver has been banned from any competition in the 20- year history of US CART.

Qualifying times (Fri):
 1 D Franchitti GB  Honda       58:821
 2 B Herta      US  Ford        59:179
 3 S Pruett     US  Ford        59:180
 4 P Carpentier Can Mercedes    59:310
 5 A Fernandez  Mex Ford        59:324
 6 G Moore      Can Mercedes    59:346
 7 M Blundell   GB  Mercedes    59.435
 8 C Fottipaldi Brz Ford        59:480
 9 A Ribeiro    Brz Mercedes    59:508
10 J Vasser     US  Honda       59:565





21.06.98 - CHAMP CARS (Portland)

Saturday's final qualifying times:
 1 B Herta      US  Ford        58:358
 2 D Franchitti GB  Honda       58:447
 3 S Pruett     US  Ford        58:645
 4 J Vasser     US  Honda       58:657
 5 A Zanardi    It  Honda       58:883
 6 P Carpentier Can Mercedes    58:901
 7 A Fernandez  Mex Ford        58:939
 8 C Fittipaldi Brz Ford        59:118
 9 G de Ferran  Brz Honda       59:145
10 M Andretti   US  Ford        59:188
16 M Blundell   GB  Mercedes    59:435






22.06.98
F1:- Stewart have sacked Danish driver Jan Magnussen halfway through his four-year deal and replaced him with Dutch star Jos Verstappen. Ex-Tyrrell star Verstappen, who is set to drive in Sunday's French Grand Prix, had been testing with Stewart. Former British Formula Three champion Magnussen has failed to shine in his second season. Team boss Paul Stewart said: "He had more than his fair share of chances to be on a par with Rubens Barrichello."



CHINA RALLY:- Britain's Colin McRae emerged from a three-day battle with Subaru team-mate Piero Liatti to win the event. In the shadow of the Great Wall of China, McRae and co-driver Nick Grist stormed to a convincing win on the mountainous stages. Under new FIA regulations, drivers not registered for the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship are unable to score. Therefore McRae does not take the maximum points and the same applies to the Manufacturers' Cup.


Result after 22 stages:      hr min sec
 1 C McRae         Subaru     4:29.44.4
 2 P Liatti        Subaru     4:31.44.8
 3 Y Fujimoto      Toyota     4:45.52.6
 4 Y Kataoka       Mitsubishi 4:52.35.8
 5 N Lu            Mitsubishi 5:08.52.7
 6 C Chan          Mitsubishi 5:11.14.4
 7 Y Wong          Subaru     5:12.05.8
 8 Z Ren           Peugeot    5:33.41.7
 9 F Sing          Mitsubishi 5:34.16.3
10   Yang          Peugeot    5:41.12.6

CHAMP CARS (Portland):- Italian Alessandro Zanardi outfoxed his rivals to win his second CART race in as many weeks. The defending champion finished ahead of the Reynard Fords of Scott Pruett and Bryan Herta to claim victory by 6.839 seconds. Britain's Dario Franchitti was leading the race on lap 35 but lost the advantage when he stalled leaving the pits and then crashed out on lap 72. Mark Blundell was eliminated after a clash with Jimmy Vasser on lap 28.

Sunday's race result:            laps
 1 A Zanardi    It  Honda         98
 2 S Pruett     US  Ford          98
 3 B Herta      US  Ford          98
 4 T Kanaan     Brz Honda         98
 5 A Unser Jnr  US  Mercedes      98
 6 B Rahal      US  Ford          98
 7 M Gugelmin   Brz Mercedes      98
 8 J Vasser     US  Ford          98
 9 P Carpentier Can Mercedes      98
10 R Hearn      US  Ford          97

DRIVERS STANDINGS
1 A Zanardi     134 pts
2 G Moore        96
3 J Vasser       85


F.OPEL:- Budweiser Kid Jensen Racing have signed 20-year-old Stuart Moseley for the remainder of the 1998 Formula Opel European Union Series.





23.06.98
F1:- British American Racing have secured an engine agreement with Supertec Sport for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Woking-based Tyrrell team were acquired by British American Racing this year and next season will be incorporated into the new team. Ex-Benetton boss Flavio Briatore is a director of Supertec Sport. The engines will be designed by Renault Sport, who are in the process of developing new types of V10 engines for the next two campaigns.



F1: THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX
Michael Schumacher will be aiming to repeat his 1997 victory on Sunday as he bids to reduce the deficit on championship leader Mika Hakkinen. The German is just 12 points behind the Finn, who was forced out of the last race in Canada with gearbox problems. "It is a good feeling to only be 12 points behind Mika and we have some bits and pieces to test before the race," said Schumacher. "We will try and impose ourselves on the race."

Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard will be targeting another McLaren one-two on Sunday ` at a circuit where the team have yet to savour victory. McLaren have not won at Magny-Cours but Alain Prost did triumph at Le Castellet for the team in 1988 and 1989. Hakkinen and Coulthard did not finish in Canada so will be aiming to recapture their early-season form. Coulthard will be desperate for points after dropping to third overall in the driver standings.

Benetton are improving with every race and, after Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz excelled in Montreal, are third in the constructors' race. Fisichella was second and Wurz was fourth and technical director Pat Symonds said: "I am looking forward to another competitive grand prix. We are working hard at chasing McLaren and Ferrari and are trying to pull away from Williams. There is not much on the car in terms of new developments this weekend."

Jacques Villeneuve continues to be linked with the new British American Racing outfit, who will be joining the Formula One circuit next year. His friend Craig Pollock is with the team, who have taken over Tyrrell. Villeneuve said: "I want to go where there is a good car, good team, fun atmosphere and where there is a chance to be in the fight for top-three spots. Williams are a great team and I have been impressed with the way they have worked to close the gap on McLaren."

Damon Hill went agonisingly close to a podium finish in Montreal and his Jordan team will be hoping their luck finally changes in France. Former world champion Hill looked set for a third-place finish at least until car problems led to a retirement. The good news is that Hill could seriously challenge for a top-three spot for the first time this season, suggesting the team are back on track. Hill won at the circuit for Williams on his way to winning the title in 1996.

Magny-Cours will be holding the race for the eighth time on Sunday. The circuit was built on the site of the old Nevers track. Six other circuits have staged the French Grand Prix since the first race at Le Mans in 1906. Sunday's race should last for 72 laps and cover 305.814km (190.024 miles). The French Grand Prix won a late reprieve from the FIA this year. The race was initially axed from the calendar because of a TV rights row.

Jordan technical director Gary Anderson will miss Sunday's race. He will be at the team's Silverstone headquarters for the second grand prix in a row to work on the problems that have dogged the team. Jos Verstappen, who has replaced the sacked Jan Magnussen at Stewart, will make his debut for the team on Sunday. Tyrrell's Ricardo Rosset is under pressure after failing to qualify for the races in Monaco and Barcelona, although he did finish in Montreal.

1997 result:
1 M Schumacher Ger Ferrari
2 H-H Frentzen Ger Williams
3 E Irvine     GB  Ferrari
4 J Villeneuve Can Williams
5 J Alesi      Fr  Benetton
6 R Schumacher Ger Jordan
Fastest race lap: M Schumacher 1:17.910

Previous winners:
1997 M Schumacher Ger Ferrari
1996 D Hill       GB  Williams
1995 M Schumacher Ger Benetton
1994 M Schumacher Ger Benetton
1993 A Prost      Fr  Williams
1992 N Mansell    GB  Williams
1991 N Mansell    GB  Williams

At Le Castellet (Paul Ricard):
1990 A Prost      Fr  Ferrari
1989 A Prost      Fr  McLaren
1988 A Prost      Fr  McLaren
1987 N Mansell    GB  Williams

TOURING CARS:- Reigning champion Alain Menu will be hoping for better luck as the championship moves on to Croft for rounds 13 and 14 this weekend. He is in dire need of some good results after Renault's failure at Donington. The Swiss star will take confidence from his double victory at Croft last year but will be hard pushed to produce a repeat performance this time around. Series leader Rickard Rydell and John Cleland in his Vauxhall are favourites to finish on the podium.

Nissan drivers David Leslie and Anthony Reid will be looking to build on their recent good form and impress on what is considered to be their home circuit. Croft is close to the Nissan factory in Sunderland and Leslie is keen to put on a good show for the fans. "This is Nissan country. A lot of people will be there from the factory and it would be nice to reward them. Both Anthony and I have now won races and it would be nice to share the spoils at Croft with a win apiece."

Croft is also the home circuit for Honda's James Thompson, who knows he must start winning soon if he wants to challenge for the championship title. "We're doing a lot of development work on the Honda," Thompson confirmed. "I have got to go for it. It's a great track both to drive and race on, and it's my home track too which is another incentive. It's an exciting circuit - half-smooth and half-bumpy - so it's a bit of a nightmare to set up the car."

Former double champion John Cleland has warned current leader Rickard Rydell that he will pounce on any opportunity at the Croft circuit this weekend. "If we can get it all together, my goal is to come out of there with two very good results and hope Rickard doesn't have two good results. I will be his worst nightmare, I will haunt him for the rest of the season. All the championships are tight at the moment. We can challenge for all the titles, there is no reason why not."



VAUXHALL VECTRA's:- Just one seat is still to be claimed in the Vauxhall Vectra V6 Challenge - the chance to test the race-winning British Touring Car Championship car. With only one round left for the drivers to score points and qualify for the test, the race for that third spot will be at Croft circuit on June 28.





25.06.98
FORD FIESTA'SHIP (Croft):- Essex driver Rae Claydon battled through changeable weather conditions to set the pace in round seven testing. He was marginally ahead of youngster David Gibson, with Donington Park winner Neal Gordon clocking third.

Combined testing times:mins secs
1 R Claydon       1:44.496
2 D Gibson        1:44.660
3 N Gordon        1:44.784
4 S Clarke        1:44.918
5 N Hose          1:44.942
6 A Morrison      1:44.964

F.FORD (Croft):- Somerset teenager Jenson Button produced a startling performance to take the early advantage in testing. He was five-tenths quicker than his teammate and championship leader Derek Hayes across the challenging circuit.

Combined testing times:mins secs
1 J Button        1:23.418
2 D Hayes         1:23.984
3 M Ambrose       1:24.146
4 D Wheldon       1:24.148
5 C Murray        1:24.324
6 N Kiesa         1:24.452






26.06.98
F1:THE FRENCH GP
Mika Hakkinen hammered out another warning to his rivals as he led the way in Friday's free practice. Eddie Irvine looked set to top the standings after a blistering lap midway through the second hour of the session as he clocked 1:16.597. Hakkinen showed he is back on the pace in the closing stages as he hit back to post a time of 1:16.515. David Coulthard, quickest in the morning session, had to settle for third fastest, 0.192 adrift of Hakkinen.

Eddie Irvine has slammed Damon Hill over the 150mph zig-zag duel with Michael Schumacher at the Canadian GP. Irvine said: "He (Damon) knew Michael was there. He drove dangerously and deliberately. He should have got a one race ban for that. It was totally ridiculous, absolutely atrocious. Weaving isn't allowed. You are allowed to move to the inside and stay there, forcing the guy to come alongside you. To go right, then left, then right - it's going too far."

Free practice times (Fri):
 1 M Hakkinen    Fin McLaren  1:16.515
 2 E Irvine      GB  Ferrari  1:16.597
 3 D Coulthard   GB  McLaren  1:16.707
 4 H-H Frentzen  Ger Williams 1:17.026
 5 M Schumacher  Ger Ferrari  1:17.429
 6 R Schumacher  Ger Jordan   1:17.505
 7 G Fisichella  It  Benetton 1:16.664
 8 A Wurz        Aut Benetton 1:17.706
 9 D Hill        GB  Jordan   1:17.895
10 J Herbert     GB  Sauber   1:17.977
11 J Trulli      It  Prost    1:18.036
12 J Alesi       Fr  Sauber   1:18.172
13 O Panis       Fr  Prost    1:18.367
14 R Rosset      Brz Tyrrell  1:18.649
15 M Salo        Fin Arrows   1:18.656
16 R Barrichello Brz Stewart  1:18.703
17 J Villeneuve  Can Williams 1:19.008
18 P Diniz       Brz Arrows   1:19.023
19 T Tagaki      Jpn Tyrrell  1:19.057
20 J Verstappen  Hol Stewart  1:20.286
21 S Nakano      Jpn Minardi  1:20.445
22 E Tuero       Arg Minardi  1:20.871
David Coulthard is threatening to quit the Grand Prix Drivers' Association. The Scot is calling for collective responsibility from drivers after a number of collisions this season. Coulthard has already called for a code of conduct and said: "If people want to watch drivers bashing into each other they should go to a stock-car race. We must act before there is a serious accident. Unless drivers can agree under what rules we are racing I would rather not be a part of the GPDA."



TOURING CARS:- Championship leader Rickard Rydell made the best of the weather today to beat all his rivals in final official testing at Croft. The Swedish driver was the only driver to break the 1 min 22 sec barrier. He was more than three tenths of a second ahead of closest challenger Anthony Reid in a Nissan. All the leading times were set in the first half hour of the session before steady drizzle set in at the north Yorkshire circuit.

Leading practice times (Fri): min secs
 1 R Rydell     Swe Volvo    1:21.700
 2 A Reid       GB  Nissan   1:22.007
 3 W Hoy        GB  Ford     1:22.254
 4 J Cleland    GB  Vauxhall 1:22.302
 5 D Leslie     GB  Nissan   1:22.488
 6 J Plato      GB  Renault  1:22.529
 7 J Thompson   GB  Honda    1:22.637
 8 J Bintcliffe GB  Audi     1:22.654
 9 G Morbidelli It  Volvo    1:22.667
10 T Harvey     GB  Peugeot  1:22.804


F3:-
Friday's leading times (Silverstone):
1 B Collins   GB  Dallara 1:58.330
2 M Hynes     GB  Dallara 1:58.390
3 L Burti     Brz Dallara 1:58.403
4 E Bernoldi  Brz Dallara 1:58.626
5 D Manning   GB  Dallara 1:58.653                      


VAUXHALL VECTRA SRi V6 CHALLENGE
Friday's leading test times, Croft:
1 M Blair     GB  ADR      1:32.390
2 S Graves    GB  Barwell  1:32.552
3 F Figueredo Brz TJ       1:32.788
4 D Pinkney   GB  Stealth  1:32.502
5 J Yeomans   GB  Tech-Spd 1:34.288

SPORTSCARS:- Nissan have announced they will not be renewing their contact with TWR. The current deal, which involved developing cars for the Le Mans 24-hour race, finishes at the end of July.






27.06.98
F1:- THE FRENCH GP
Mika Hakkinen will start on pole for Sunday's race after a seesaw battle with closest championship rival Michael Schumacher in qualifying. The Finn set the early pace before Schumacher eclipsed him but McLaren star Hakkinen then hit back with the only time under one minute, 15 seconds. David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine will be third and fourth on the grid. Jordan's Ralf Schumacher and Damon Hill were sixth and seventh quickest and Sauber's Johnny Herbert was 13th.

Jordan earned their best qualifying performance of the season, with Ralf Schumacher and Damon Hill securing sixth and seventh spots on the grid. Hill said: "Honda have helped us a bit with the engine and we know the tyres are durable. With a bit more push from Honda we can be up there challenging for the points. I am confident we can be competitive. We have made progress. I do not think we will be challenging for the lead but I think we can be in the points."

Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine has revealed that there is no guarantee his contract will be renewed at the end of this season. The Ulsterman, who has had four podium finishes in the last five races, also says he is not sure he wants to stay. "They have the option on me," he said. Do I want to stay? Do I want to be number one and have a worse car or a number two and have the best machinery? If I want to beat Michael Schumacher I cannot stay here."

Qualifying times (Sat):       min secs
 1 M Hakkinen    Fin McLaren  1:14.929
 2 M Schumacher  Ger Ferrari  1:15.159
 3 D Coulthard   GB  McLaren  1:15.333
 4 E Irvine      GB  Ferrari  1:15.527
 5 J Villeneuve  Can Williams 1:15.630
 6 R Schumacher  Ger Jordan   1:15.925
 7 D Hill        GB  Jordan   1:16.245
 8 H-H Frentzen  Ger Williams 1:16.319
 9 G Fisichella  It  Benetton 1:16.375
10 A Wurz        Aut Benetton 1:16.460
11 J Alesi       Fr  Sauber   1:16.627
12 J Trulli      It  Prost    1:16.892
13 J Herbert     GB  Sauber   1:16.977
14 R Barrichello Brz Stewart  1:17.024
15 J Verstappen  Hol Stewart  1:17.604
16 O Panis       Fr  Prost    1:17.671
17 P Diniz       Brz Arrows   1:17.880
18 R Rosset      Brz Tyrrell  1:17.908
19 M Salo        Fin Arrows   1:17.970
20 T Tagaki      Jpn Tyrrell  1:18.221
21 S Nakano      Jpn Minardi  1:18.273
22 E Tuero       Arg Minardi  1:19.146


TOURING CARS (Croft):-
Qualifying times for round 13:min secs
 1 J Thompson    GB  Honda    1:21.984
 2 A Reid        GB  Nissan   1:22.076
 3 R Rydell      Swe Volvo    1:22.108
 4 Y Muller      Fr  Audi     1:22.179
 5 P Kox         Hol Honda    1:22.520
 6 D Leslie      GB  Nissan   1:22.595
 7 A Menu        Swi Renault  1:22.603
 8 J Plato       GB  Renault  1:22.637
 9 J Cleland     GB  Vauxhall 1:22.663
10 G Morbidelli  It  Volvo    1:22.856

Qualifying times for round 14:min secs
 1 D Leslie      GB  Nissan   1:22.454
 2 R Rydell      Swe Volvo    1:22.849
 3 G Morbidelli  It  Volvo    1:22.895
 4 J Thompson    GB  Honda    1:22.908
 5 Y Muller      Fr  Audi     1:23.024
 6 P Kox         Hol Honda    1:23.047
 7 A Reid        GB  Nissan   1:23.108
 8 J Plato       GB  Renault  1:23.184
 9 A Menu        Swi Renault  1:23.213
10 J Cleland     GB  Vauxhall 1:23.520

RENAULT SPIDER CUP (Croft):- Jamie Hunter took pole position for round eight and halved the gap on series leader Dan Eaves by picking up two bonus points. Duncan Vercoe was second quickest and Greg Caton was fifth on his debut.

Leading qualifying times (Sat):
                  min secs
1 J Hunter        1:29.824
2 D Vercoe        1:30.106
3 D Eaves         1:30.249
4 T Masini        1:30.415
5 G Caton         1:30.571
6 N Hart          1:30.623


F.FORD (Croft):- Marcos Ambrose earned a surprise pole position for Sunday's round seven. A late spin by rookie Richard Antinucci caused the session to be red-flagged and cancelled out late bursts by Mark McKenna and Gary Catt.

Leading qualifying times (Sat):
                  min secs
1 M Ambrose       1:31.923
2 D Wheldon       1:32.220
3 N Kiesa         1:32.749
4 T Sisley        1:32.749
5 J Button        1:33.483
6 C Murray        1:33.600


VAUXHALL VECTRA'S (Croft):- Championship leader Simon Graves will be on the number one grid spot for round seven on Sunday. "It turned out to be a dry session," he said. "After testing I knew where I had to be tidy to get a quick lap."

Leading qualifying times (Sat):
                  min secs
1 S Graves        1:32.476
2 M Blair         1:32.603
3 F Figueiredo    1:32.932
4 D Pinkney       1:33.688
5 M Ticehurst     1:33.764
6 M Rennison      1:34.244

F.VAUXHALL JUNIOR (Croft):- South African Tomas Scheckter will be on pole for Sunday's round eight race. "It was a case of being in the right place and finding a gap," he said. "The car was brilliant and the session went really well."

Leading qualifying times (Sat):
                  min secs
1 T Scheckter SA  1:36.451
2 R Lyons     GB  1:36.597
3 K Hall      GB  1:37.464
4 R Bell      GB  1:37.610
5 J Dalziel   GB  1:37.950
6 J Welsman   GB  1:38.125

F.FIESTA'S (Croft):- Veteran Fiesta racer Colin Stancombe grabbed pole position for Sunday's seventh round in the final seconds of the qualifying session. Championship leader Rae Claydon could only set the eighth fastest time.

Leading qualifying times (Sat):
                  min secs
1 C Stancombe     1:44.022
2 D Gibson        1:44.469
3 S Clarke        1:44.671
4 N Gordon        1:44.683
5 J Levy          1:44.711
6 M Neuhoff       1:44.738


F.RENAULT (Croft):- Series leader Aluizio Coelho denied Tim Mullen pole position with a superb final lap in qualifying for the eighth round. Chris Buncombe headed the Star Cup runners in sixth place.

Leading qualifying times (Sat):
                  min secs
1 A Coelho        1:21.045
2 T Mullen        1:21.136
3 D Bell          1:21.388
4 V Meira         1:21.642
5 C Clark         1:21.679
6 C Buncombe      1:21.780

F.PALMER AUDI (Brands Hatch):- Britain's Darren Turner will be on pole for today's race after edging out compatriot Justin Keen by just three 10ths of a second. There was less than a second covering the top 18 in what was the closest qualifying session to date. The round three top 10 was dominated by Britons, with eight of the places going to homegrown talent. Joint championship leader Richard Tarling was third fastest and Martyn Smith was fourth.


Round three qualifying times (Sat):
                     mins secs
 1 D Turner    GB      44:616
 2 J Keen      GB      44:652
 3 R Tarling   GB      44:731
 4 M Smith     GB      44:771
 5 J Wilson    GB      44:788
 6 E Redfern   GB      44:979
 7 P Clarke    GB      44:980
 8 S Nakazawa  Jpn     44:019
 9 I James     GB      45:061
10 J Moro      Brz     45:067





28.06.98
F1: THE FRENCH GP
Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine gave Ferrari their first one-two since 1990 in Spain after outwitting the McLaren duo at the start. Schumacher stormed past Mika Hakkinen to take the lead and Irvine swept past David Coulthard and the Finn. The race had been restarted after Stewart new boy Jos Verstappen stalled on the grid. Hakkinen and Coulthard were third and sixth, Damon Hill failed to finish and Johnny Herbert was eighth.

Damon Hill's hopes of a points finish ended before he had completed 20 laps. The ex-world champion had qualified for the race in seventh and looked set to give Jordan their first points of the year but was hit by throttle trouble. Car problems had cut short his qualifying session and he said: "I think it is closely related to the problem we had on Saturday." Hill's team-mate Ralf Schumacher also had problems and after a lengthy pitstop he was 20th at one point.

David Coulthard's title hopes were dealt a crushing blow because of a refuelling problem on lap 55. The Scot, who had started in third spot and who was overtaken by Eddie Irvine at the start, had looked set to claim fourth place. However, when he came in for his pitstop he was hit by a lengthy delay and then had to come back in for two more additional stops. It appeared he may miss out on any points but battled back to sixth spot.

Britain's Johnny Herbert was hindered by car problems early on but still managed to finish in a creditable eighth place. He was just two spots off the points, while his Sauber team-mate Jean Alesi went one better in seventh. Meanwhile, Benetton's Alexander Wurz is improving with every race and his fifth place means he is also fifth in the drivers' standings. His team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella finished ninth.

Michael Schumacher paid tribute to his Ferrari team after he closed the gap on championship leader Mika Hakkinen to just six points. After he had claimed his 30th career win and fourth victory in France in five years, he said: "It is amazing. "We have worked very hard to achieve this and the Goodyear group worked flat out so we could have these tyres here." His team-mate Eddie Irvine was second to give Ferrari a one-two and he quipped: "It is about time."

Michael Schumacher revealed that the drivers' title was firmly in his thoughts as he drove to victory. "The championship was always my thought throughout the race," admitted the German star. "I was crossing my fingers for Eddie Irvine that he could stay ahead of Hakkinen because the six-point gap he has is nothing. We will see consistent developments from the other teams but we should be there fighting."

Championship leader Mika Hakkinen was disappointed with his third place in France but said that his McLaren team were still geared up to take the title. "It was a tough race," he said. "We are going to be working flat out now and there is no point in starting to worry about what Ferrari have done. "So far I think everyone in the team has done a fantastic job." Meanwhile, world champion Jacques Villeneuve drove an uneventful race to take fourth place for Williams.

Stewart managing director Paul Stewart was pleased that Rubens Barrichello and Jos Verstappen finished the race. Barrichello was 10th and Verstappen, who was making his debut for the team after replacing the axed Jan Magnussen, was 12th. "Getting both cars to the finish in a difficult race under tough conditions was important," said Stewart. The race was restarted after Verstappen stalled on the grid but Stewart added: "He kept his head and was competitive."

Result after 71 laps:        hr min sec
 1 M Schumacher  Ger Ferrari  1:34.45.0
 2 E Irvine      GB  Ferrari     @ 19.5
 3 M Hakkinen    Fin McLaren     @ 19.7
 4 J Villeneuve  Can Williams    @ 66.9
 5 A Wurz        Aut Benetton   one lap
 6 D Coulthard   GB  McLaren    one lap
 7 J Alesi       Fr  Sauber     one lap
 8 J Herbert     GB  Sauber     one lap
 9 G Fisichella  It  Benetton   one lap
10 R Barrichello Brz Stewart   two laps
11 O Panis       Fr  Prost     two laps
12 J Verstappen  Hol Stewart   two laps
13 M Salo        Fin Arrows    two laps
14 P Diniz       Brz Arrows    two laps
15 H-H Frentzen  Ger Williams    3 laps
16 R Schumacher  Ger Jordan      3 laps

Did not finish/not classified: completed
17 S Nakano      Jpn Minardi    65 laps
18 T Takagi      Jpn Tyrrell    60
19 J Trulli      It  Prost      55
20 E Tuero       Arg Minardi    41
21 D Hill        GB  Jordan     19
22 R Rosset      Brz Tyrrell    16
Fastest lap: D Coulthard   1:17.523

DRIVERS' STANDINGS
 1 M Hakkinen    Fin  McLaren   50 pts
 2 M Schumacher  Ger  Ferrari   44
 3 D Coulthard   GB   McLaren   30
 4 E Irvine      GB   Ferrari   25
 5 A Wurz        Aut  Benetton  14
 6 G Fisichella  It   Benetton  13
 7 J Villeneuve  Can  Williams  11
 8 H-H Frentzen  Ger  Williams   8
 9 R Barrichello Brz  Stewart    4
10 J Alesi       Fr   Sauber     3
 = M Salo        Fin  Arrows     3
12 J Herbert     GB   Sauber     1
 = P Diniz       Brz  Arrows     1
 = J Magnussen   Den  Stewart    1

CONSTRUCTORS' STANDINGS
1 McLaren-Mercedes      80 pts
2 Ferrari               69
3 Benetton              27
4 Williams-Mecachrome   19
5 Stewart                5
6 Sauber-Petronas        4
= Arrows                 4


TOURING CARS (Croft):- James Thompson scored his and Honda's maiden Championship win of the season with a pole-to-flag victory in the Sprint Race at his home track. Thompson's win was one of the narrowest of the season so far as he finished just a second and a quarter ahead of Anthony Reid. It nearly went awry at mid-distance as the rain came but Thompson recovered. Rickard Rydell took the honours in the double-length feature race, stretching his Championship lead to 42 points.

Round 14 result (Sun):        mins secs
 1 R Rydell      Swe Volvo    42:30.765
 2 D Leslie      GB  Nissan    @ 02.405
 3 A Reid        GB  Nissan    @ 03.156
 4 A Menu        Swi Renault   @ 03.755
 5 J Thompson    GB  Honda     @ 08.578
 6 J Plato       GB  Renault   @ 14.388
 7 G Morbidelli  It  Volvo     @ 16.814
 8 J Cleland     GB  Vauxhall  @ 20.580
 9 W Hoy         GB  Ford      @ 20.581
10 Y Muller      Fr  Audi      @ 24.886


DRIVER STANDINGS
1 R Rydell   Swe Volvo S40        145 pts
2 A Menu     Swi Renault Laguna   103
3 A Reid     GB  Nissan           102
4 J Thompson GB  Honda Accord      98
5 J Cleland  GB  Vauxhall          96
6 J Plato    GB  Renault Laguna    92

CONSTRUCTOR STANDINGS
1 Volvo                150 pts
2 Nissan               149
3 Renault              146
4 Honda                116
5 Vauxhall             111
6 Ford                  77


F.FORD (Croft):- Daniel Wheldon got the better of team- mate Marcos Ambrose to claim victory. Ambrose had been on pole but was hampered by gearbox problems throughout the race, although he finished second. Jenson Button was third.

Round 7 result:    min secs
1 D Wheldon       19:51.946
2 M Ambrose       19:52.998
3 J Button        19:58.406
4 N Kiesa         20:00.275
5 D Hayes         20:00.365
6 T Sisley        20:04.249


VAUXHALL VECTRA'S (Croft):-
Round 7 result:   mins secs
1 M Blair         18:55.748
2 F Figueiredo    18:56.270
3 J Yeomans       19:08.332
4 M Ticehurst     19:08.741
5 A McKenna       19:25.522
6 M Rennison      19:26.191


F.VAUXHALL JUNIOR (Croft):-
Round 8 result:    min secs
1 R Lyons     GB  19:54.633
2 J Fourie    SA  19:56.028
3 K Hall      GB  20:01.586
4 T Scheckter SA  20:02.298
5 R Bell      GB  20:02.953
6 A Pizzonia  Brz 20:03.750


F.PALMER AUDI (Brands Hatch):- Richard Tarling became the first Formula Palmer Audi driver to secure his second pole of the season. He clocked a time only 5/100ths of a second ahead of Justin Keen in qualifying for round four. For the second race in succession the top 18 were split by less than a second with Keen in second spot. For the first time in Formula Palmer Audi there will be a rolling start with all the cars following the Audi S8 pace car.





29.06.98
F1:- Eddie Irvine said it was "mission accomplished" as Ferrari enjoyed their first one-two in eight years in the French Grand Prix at Magny Cours. Michael Schumacher won his third race of the season as Irvine took his first runners-up spot this year. Irvine said: "This was an important result for us and a great one for me. "When we came here we thought we could take the race to McLaren, do them some damage, and that's exactly what we did," added the Ulsterman.



RALLYING:- Top Irish National Hunt Jockey Conor O'Dwyer will experience a different sort of horsepower on Saturday, July 4. O'Dwyer will co-drive for former British Rally Champion Gwyndaf Evans on the SEAT Cars Lurgan Park Rally. O'Dwyer said: "I've never done anything like this before in my life and I'm looking forward to it. "It's a great honour to be able to make my rally debut with Gwyndaf Evans. I will certainly be in at the deep end," added the Irish jockey.



DRIVER RANKINGS:- Michael Schumacher's win at the French Grand Prix helped him stay ahead of Alessandro Zanardi in the Champion Spark Plug World Driver Rankings. Four points ahead of Zanardi going into the weekend, Schumacher had to finish fourth or higher to keep his lead.

Leading ranking positions:         Pts
1 M Schumacher  Ger   Ferrari     1029
2 A Zanardi     It    Honda        987
3 J Gordon      US    Chevrolet    862
4 M Hakkinen    Fin   McLaren      808
5 D Jarrett     US    Ford         806
6 J Villeneuve  Can   Williams     774






30.06.98
F1:- Eddie Jordan has made some personnel changes in a bid to strengthen the structure of his team, who have yet to win a point this season. Mike Gascoyne has been taken on as chief designer and will work alongside technical director Gary Anderson. Gascoyne, 35, was formerly Harvey Postlethwaite's deputy at Tyrrell. "I am looking forward to this challenge and hope to play a key role in leading Jordan to victory," said Gascoyne, who starts work with the team this week.



JIM CLARK MEMORIAL RALLY:- The Proton Cars Motorsport team have withdrawn from the Jim Clark Memorial Rally because they are putting engine development above other activities. Jenny Davies and Claire Mole were initially entered in their Compact SRI to use the rally as a warm-up for the Circuit of Ulster.


F.PALMER AUDI
Standings after four rounds:
 1 P Clarke       GB     61 Pts
 2 T Serjala      Fin    60
 3 S Nakazawa     Jpn    58
 4 R Tarling      GB     56
 5 D Turner       GB     52
 6 J Keen         GB     51
 7 M Smith        GB     40
 = E Redfern      GB     40
 9 I James        GB     39
10 D Faulkner     Ire    36