F1:- Mika Hakkinen has admitted that he has thought about retiring -
but insists that every driver thinks about it. Speculation throughout Formula
One recently suggested the former double world champion was on the verge
of quitting after a disappointing season. And Hakkinen said: "I think every
grand prix driver, every year, thinks about retirement. It happens. It's
happened to me and to a lot of other drivers. It's a normal thing, but
you look to the future and continue."
Sprint Race qualifying times (Sat):
1 J Plato GB Vauxhall 1:13.131
2 P Bennett GB Vauxhall 1:13.176
3 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 1:13.194
4 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 1:13.464
5 S Soper GB Peugeot 1:14.127
6 D Eaves GB Peugeot 1:14.192
7 T Erdos Bra Lexus 1:14.465
8 T Ferrier GB Alfa 1:29.425
Feature Race qualifying times (Sat):
1 J Plato GB Vauxhall 1:13.032
2 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 1:13.227
3 P Bennett GB Vauxhall 1:13.245
4 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 1:13.546
5 T Erdos Bra Lexus 1:14.176
6 D Eaves GB Peugeot 1:14.218
7 S Soper GB Peugeot 1:14.303
8 T Ferrier GB Alfa 1:29.059
F.RENAULT (Snetterton):- In torrential rain Keith Denpsey, the only driver to gamble on wet weather tyres, grabbed an amazing win. Carl Breeze slithered to second to go further ahead in the championship after rival Richard Antinucci crashed out.
Final result (Sat): mins secs
1 K Dempsey Irl 38:08.714
2 C Breeze GB 38:17.387
3 M Fairuz Mal 38:18.664
4 J Andanson Fr 38:19.173
5 H Kovalainen Fin 38:19.272
6 V Apple US 38:19.882
RENAULT CLIO CUP (Snetterton):- Jason Templeman pipped local driver Martin Byford for pole position for Saturday night's race. His time was the fastest ever for a Clio Cup car at the track. Points leader Tim Mullen is in sixth.
Top qualifying times (Sat):mins secs
1 J Templeman TCR 1:17.808
2 M Byford Z-Speed 1:17.874
3 D Buxton Sugden 1:17.989
3 T Mullen Firstair 1:18.011
5 P Rivett Stancombe 1:18.040
6 D Vercoe M Gras 1:18.164
SPA 24 HOURS GT CHAMPIONSHIP:
Leading standings after 4 hours:
1 Tassin/Hezemans Chrysler 89
2 V D Poele/N'tti Ferrari 88
3 Duez/Bouchut Chrysler 88
4 Vosse/Clerico Chrysler 88
5 Burgess/Collin Chrysler 87
6 Dierick/Doncker Porsche 87
7 Ortelli/Chiesa Chrysler 86
8 B'dais/Goueslard Porsche 86
9 R'telli/Quester Porsche 86
10 Pompidou/Ickx Porsche 86
AUTOBYTEL LOTUS (Snetterton):- Jon Tee claimed pole in the dying seconds of qualifying, pipping Spencer Marsh by only 6/100ths of a second. Marsh had held pole throughout, only to spin on his final lap a d let Tee through. Local Hyla Breese is third.
Qualifying times (Sat): mins secs
1 J Tee Lotus 1:14.302
2 S Marsh Lotus 1:14.362
3 H Breese Lotus 1:14.473
4 M Fullalove Lotus 1:14.544
5 I Ashley Lotus 1:14.893
6 M Cole Lotus 1:14.970
ALMS:- Johnny Herbert has qualified in fifth place for the latest round
of the American Le Mans series in Oregon. The former Grand Prix winner
is driving for Audi alongside fellow Briton Andy Wallace. The factory Audi
of Frank Biela and Emmanuelle Pirro are in pole. Patrick Lemarie took pole
position for round four of the European Le Mans Series at Most in the Czech
BTCC (Snetterton):- Simon Graves and James Thompson claimed a victory apiece in the two night races on Saturday. Graves produced a superb start in the sprint race but was forced to hold on at the end as he edged out Yvan Muller by just 92 thousandths of a second. Thompson finally took the feature race after a terrific battle with Vauxhall team-mates Jason Plato, Yvan Muller and Phil Bennett. Jason Plato, who had been on pole in both races, still leads the standings.
Championship leader Jason Plato was in philosophical mood after failing to win either of the night races after starting both from pole position. He said: "I had set my car up for a dry race and we had to change everything round before the feature. "That cost me three points. But James Thompson drove a great race and deserved to win." Thompson said: "I'm very pleased with my win as it hadn't been a great weekend up until then."
Sprint Race result (Sat): mins secs
1 S Graves GB Honda 24:59.964
2 Y Muller Fr Vaux'hl 25:00.056
3 J Plato GB Vaux'hl 25:02.738
4 G Howell GB Ford 25:05.336
5 R Collard GB Renault 25:07.186
6 J Thompson GB Vaux'hl 25:07.461
7 M Jackson GB Ford 25:14.056
8 S Harrison GB Peugeot 25:15.796
9 J Kaye GB Honda 25:16.893
10 M Lemmer GB Honda 25:25.824
Feature Race result (Sat): mins secs
1 J Thompson GB Vaux'hl 37:17.912
2 J Plato GB Vaux'hl 37:19.029
3 Y Muller Fr Vaux'hl 37:28.351
4 S Soper GB Peugeot 38:15.112
5 T Erdos Brz Lexus 38:22.181
6 P Bennett GB Vaux'hl 38:31.503
7 G Howell GB Ford 37:41.730
8 S Graves GB Honda 37:46.070
9 M Jackson GB Ford 38:12.927
10 S Harrison GB Peugeot 38:16.677
1 J Plato GB Vauxhall 207 pts
2 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 203
3 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 189
4 P Bennett GB Vauxhall 111
5 S Soper GB Peugeot 75
6 D Eaves GB Peugeot 53
BFGOODRICH TIRES PRODUCTION CHAMPIONSHIP
1 S Harrison GB Peugeot 147 pts
2 J Kaye GB Honda 139
3 R Moen Nor Peugeot 116
4 M Jackson GB Ford 103
5 G Howell GB Ford 84
6 G Pyper GB Alfa Rom 67
F.RENAULT (Snetterton):- In torrential rain Keith Denpsey, the only driver to gamble on wet weather tyres, grabbed an amazing win. Carl Breeze slithered to second to go further ahead in the championship after rival Richard Antinucci crashed out.
Final result (Sat): mins secs
1 K Dempsey Irl 38:08.714
2 C Breeze GB 38:17.387
3 M Fairuz Mal 38:18.664
4 J Andanson Fr 38:19.173
5 H Kovalainen Fin 38:19.272
6 V Apple US 38:19.882
RENAULT CLIO CUP (Snetterton):- Daniel Buxton notched his third win of of the year plus the fastest lap to move into second in the title race. Marc Nordon finished runner-up with Tim Mullen, who stretched his lead in the championship, coming third.
1 D Buxton Sugden 17:42.467
2 M Nordan Bintcliffe 17:53.744
3 T Mullen Firstair 17:53.934
3 M Davies Bintcliffe 18:02.092
5 P Hughes Inter UK 18:03.921
6 M Byford Z Speed 18:05.379
SPA 24-HOUR GT CHAMPS:- Christophe Bouchut and Jean-Phillippe Belloc have claimed a provisional share of the FIA GT Championship drivers' championship after a comfortable win. They finished five laps ahead of the other Larbre Competition-Chereau Chrysler Viper of Sebastien Bourdais, Patrice Goueslard and Sebastien Dumez. It was Bouchut's third 24-hour race victory, having won Le Mans in 1993 and Daytona in 1995. Bouchut and Belloc's teammate Marc Duez rises to third in the standings.
Leading results after 24 hours: laps
1 Duez/Bouchut/Belloc Chrysler 528
2 B'dais/Goueslard/Dumez Chrysler 523
3 Dierick/Decker/Dupont Chrysler 521
4 Vosse/Clerico/Helary Chrysler 516
5 R'telli/Quester/Garcia Porsche 511
6 Ortelli/Chiesa/Sauvage Porsche 508
7 Perrier/N'rten/Thiers Porsche 502
8 Belmondo/G'lin/Kumpen Chrysler 501
9 Daems/Longin/Severich Chrysler 499
10 De Groodt/T'naire/P'la Porsche 499
AUTOBYTEL LOTUS (Snetterton):- Mark Fullalove secured his fourth win of the year in wet conditions to consolidate his championship lead. Ian Ashley secured his best finish of the year when he came second with Martin Smith taking third spot.
1 M Fullalove Lotus 25:36.516
2 I Ashley Lotus 25:55.158
3 M Smith Lotus 26:00.716
4 J Whelan Lotus 26:02.801
5 H Breese Lotus 26:03.136
6 C Harris Lotus 26:12.955
ALMS:- David Brabham claimed pole for the Oregon round of the American
Le Mans series, ending Audi's 12-race streak. The Panoz driver set the
track record with a lap of 109.144mph late in the qualifying session.
ELMS:- Stefan Johansson and Patrick Lemarie earned their first-ever
European Le Mans Series victory at Most in the Czech Republic in an Audi.
They won by four laps at an average speed of over 116mph.
BTCC:- Former World Superbike star Aaron Slight has been forced to pull
out of this weekend's British Touring Car Championship races at Croft.
The New Zealander - who made his debut at Donington in July - will have
to sit out the two races at the Yorkshire circuit due to damage to his
Peugeot. Team-mate Dan Eaves wrecked the car at Snetterton on Saturday
night and it cannot be repaired in time. "Missing Croft doesn't affect
my will to win," Slight said.
ALMS:- British duo Johnny Herbert and Andy Wallace claimed third place
in the Le Mans series event in Portland on Sunday in only their second
race together. They finished in third place behind David Brabham and Jan
Magnussen, who ended Audi's 13-race winning streak by beating Frank Biela
and Emanuele Pirro. "I'm delighted," said Herbert. "Fourth two weeks ago
and now on to the rostrum - I'm now aiming for the top step." The Britons
finished 15 seconds behind the runners up who lost by 0.3 seconds.
SUDAM F3:- A 16-year-old rookie driver is the newest sensation of Brazilian
auto racing and he has yet to win a race. Nelson Angelo Piquet, the son
of former F1 champion Nelson Piquet, finished second in his debut race
for the South American Formula 3 championship.
F1:- Turkey want to stage a Grand Prix within the next three years, the head of their Auto Federation has said. Mumtaz Tahincioglu said: "We will realise this project in Istanbul. The FIA looks n the project favourably. "But somehow Turkey has not taken this project to heart. My aim is to take it on and overcome all obstacles." He added he was working with private sector sponsors to raise the $60m necessary to build a grand-prix circuit in the Mediterranean country.
The Toyota team finished testing at Silverstone a day ahead of schedule
after problem's with the car's power steering system. Toyota's next test
session is due to take place at Belgian circuit Spa from August 14-16.
Minardi will conduct a test of its latest-specification PS01 chassis at
Fiorano on Friday. Andrea Piccini will be at the wheel for the 50kim run
at the Ferrari facility.
F.RENAULT (Croft):- The second day of testing saw Carl Breeze pip team-mate Mark McLoughlin to top spot by 2/100ths of a second. Malaysian Mo Fairuz was close behind and all three drivers were under the best-ever time set last year by champion Kimi Raikkonen.
Thursday's testing times: mins:secs
1 C Breeze GB Motaworld 1:18.366
2 M McLough'n GB Motaworld 1:18.389
3 M Fairuz Mal Saxon 1:18.459
4 R Antinucci US Manor 1:18.693
5 T Herridge GB Motaworld 1:18.773
6 H Koval'nen Fin Fortec 1:18.881
F1:- Alan McNish has promised he will not just be on the grid to make
up the numbers when he returns to the Formula One circuit with Toyota next
season. Team chief Ove Andersson confirmed two weeks ago that McNish will
partner Mika Salo and despite conflicting rumours he is confident he has
got the job. "I don't have any concerns about the situation or the rumours,"
he said. "We're a team with serious ambitions. We're not there to make
up the numbers, we want to beat the best eventually."
BTCC (Croft):- Jason Plato had a disappointing day as his bid to claim the title suffered a double blow. The 33-year-old was retrospectively given a 30-second penalty for an incident last week at Snetterton. Plato was demoted to third place in the race classification and he failed to net a pole position for tomorrow's 17th and 18th rounds. Bennett set the fastest qualifying time for the sprint with James Thompson clinching pole for the feature race.
Sprint race qualifying times (Sat):
1 P Bennett GB Vauxhall 1:26.171
2 J Plato GB Vauxhall 1:26.280
3 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 1:26.326
4 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 1:26.359
5 T Erdos Brz Lexus 1:27.034
6 S Soper GB Peugeot 1:27.335
Feature race qualifying times (Sat):
1 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 1:25.920
2 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 1:26.261
3 P Bennett GB Vauxhall 1:26.371
4 J Plato GB Vauxhall 1:26.391
5 T Erdos Brz Lexus 1:27.274
6 S Soper GB Peugeot 1:27.305
Prod class qualifying times (Sat):
1 R Moen Nor Peugeot 1:29.882
2 S Graves GB Honda 1:30.222
3 S Harrison GB Peugeot 1:30.265
4 G Pyper GB Alfa Romeo 1:30.354
5 J Kaye GB Honda 1:30.537
6 M Lemmer GB Honda 1:30.645
CART (Mid-Ohio):- Penske Racing driver Gil de Ferran will start from pole position for Sunday's Miller Lite 200. De Ferran had the fastest lap in Saturday's qualifying, covering the course in 199.860kph. Team-mate Helio Castroneves claimed second place with his second to last lap of 198.541 kph. Patrick Carpentier in the Team Player's Reynard Ford was third with Jimmy Vasser in fourth place and Dario Franchitti in fifth.
Miller Lite 200 practice times (Fri):
1 G de Ferran Brz Honda 1:06.151
2 H Castroneves Brz Honda 1:06.234
3 J Vasser US Toyota 1:06.788
4 C Fittipaldi Brz Toyota 1:06.895
5 B Junqueira Brz Toyota 1:06.994
6 B Herta US Ford 1:07.014
7 T Kanaan Brz Honda 1:07.098
8 A Zanardi It Honda 1:07.218
9 C da Matta Brz Toyota 1:07.270
10 P Carpe tier Can Ford 1:07.274
11 D Franchitti GB Honda 1:07.278
FORMULA RALLY:- An engine fault has dealt a blow to the Volkswagen Racing
UK team's hopes of participating in the rally. The problem surfaced on
Thursday in pre-event testing of the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and the team
has taken the decision to withdraw. The rally has been moved from Epynt
to the tricky stages of the Caerwent Military Facility in Gwent. There
is still no spectator access to Caerwent while the Rally Show in Singleton
Park, Swansea is still on.
F.RENAULT (Croft):- Championship leader Carl Breeze dominated qualifying
to take pole ahead of arch rival Richard Antinucci. A best-ever fifth and
sixth were Tom Herridge and Matt Griffin. Leading qualifying times (Sat):
1 C Breeze GB M'world 1:18.305
2 R Antinucci US Manor 1:18.557
3 D Watts GB Falcon 1:18.722
4 T Sisley GB M'world 1:18.759
5 T Herridge GB M'world 1:18.956
6 M Griffin Ire Manor 1:18.957
RENAULT CLIO CUP (Croft):- After seeing Marc Nordon dislodge him at the top of the times, Martin Byford responded late on to snatch pole. Points leader Tim Mullen missed qualifying due his sister's wedding and will start at the back of the grid.
Leading qualifying times (Sat):
1 M Byford Z Speed 1:32.006
2 M Nordon B'cliffe 1:32.135
3 D Vercoe Mardi G 1:32.143
4 D Buxton Sugd n 1:32.241
5 V Martin Martin 1:32.539
6 J Coffin TCR 1:32.643
AUTOBYTEL LOTUS (Croft):- Mark Fullalove claimed pole position for Sunday's race by just 13/100ths of a second ahead of Hyla Breese. Third quickest was Jon Tee after he had suffered balance problems with his car during testing.
Leading qualifying times (Sat):
1 M Fullalove 1:27.607
2 H Breese 1:27.620
3 J Tee 1:27.649
4 M Cole 1:27.951
5 I Ashley 1:28.087
6 C Boon 1:28.845
INDY LIGHT:- Dan Wheldon made a good start to the eighth round of the
CART Dayton Indy Lights Champ onship which takes place in Lexington, USA
on Sunday. In the first official qualifying session Wheldon was second
fastest, earning a provisional place on the front row of the grid. His
best time was one minute, 14.163 seconds, and he set an average speed of
MASTER RALLY:- Jean-Louis Schlesser won the International Master rally,
coming home in front of Jutta Kleinschmidt in a time of 23 hours, 25 mins
and 40 secs.
BTTC (Croft):- Jason Plato is three-points adrift in the title race after rival Yvan Muller clinched another victory. The Frenchman survived three safety-car periods and wet conditions to clinch his eighth success in 18 rounds. The duo left the circuit with a victory and a second place each from two races. But Muller has the advantage after collecting more bonus points. Phil Bennett was given a one-race ban for sparking a barging match with several drivers in the feature race.
Round 17 (19 laps) leading times (Sun):
hr mins secs
1 R Moen Nor Peugeot 31:13.568
2 J Plato GB Vauxhall @ 2.055
3 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 2.988
4 G Pyper GB Alfa Romeo 4.268
5 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 7.045
6 J Kaye GB Honda 9.501
Round 18 (35 laps) leading times (Sun):
1 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 1:04:53.252
2 J Plato GB Vauxhall @ 2.093
3 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 3.178
4 T Erdos Brz Lexus 8.594
5 D Eaves GB Peugeot 17.499
6 J Edwards GB Honda 37.088
CART (Mid-Ohio):- Helio Castroneves has moved to second place in the points standings after his victory in the Miller Lite 200. The Brazilian averaged 171.563 kph in his Reynard Honda and defeated Gil de Ferran by 1.568 secs. Castroneves took the lead for the final time on the 66th lap and neither de Ferran nor third-place Patrick Carpentier could get close to him. Castroneves is one point behind leader Kenny Brack, who finished 20th after an incident with teammate Max Papis.
Miller Lite 200 results (Sun):hr mins sec
1 H Castroneves Brz Honda 1:44.54.931
2 G de Ferran Brz Honda 1:45:33.350
3 P Carpentier Can Ford 1:45:34.330
4 P Tracy Can Honda 1:45:37.108
5 T Kanaan Brz Honda 1:45:37.937
FORMULA RALLY:- Justin Dale is just four points behind championship leader Martin Rowe after his Rally of Wales victory. Dale is on 22 points while Patrick Magaud, who finished in sixth overall, is third in the championship.
Round Three results: hr mins secs
1 Dale/Bargery Peugeot 1:46.44.3
2 Rowe/Wood Ford 1:48.06.3
3 Brew/Christian Peugeot 1:50.38.3
4 Jennings/McG'ty Peugeot 1:50.46.6
5 Gall'gan/M'lins Peugeot 1:50.49.1
6 Magaud/Brun Ford 1:51.55.7
F.RENAULT (Croft):- Carl Breeze extended his championship lead by clinching victory and posting the fastest lap at Croft. In a red-flagged race his arch rival Richard Aninucci finished eighth.
Final placings and times: mins secs
1 C Breeze GB M'world 25:21.437
2 D Watts GB Fortec 25:24.841
3 T Sisley GB M'world 25:25.582
4 K Dempsey IRE CDR 25:30.204
5 H Kovlainen FIN Fortec 25:30.694
6 C Buncombe GB Manor 25:31.104
CLIO CUP (Croft):- Daniel Buxton took the lead after grabbing victory and setting the fastest lap from Martin Byford. Tim Mullen, who had led the series, had to retire while Paul Rivett ended up in 14th after spinning off the track.
Leading qualifying times (Sun):
1 D Buxton Sugden 18:36.944
2 M Byford Z Speed 18:39.109
3 D Gibson Elite 18:49.259
4 V Martin Martin 18:50.474
5 J Coffin TCR 18:52.843
6 S Clarke Stancombe 18:54.494
AUTOBYTEL LOTUS (Croft):- Mark Fullalove secured his fifth win of the season in fine style to extend his championship lead to 52 points. Hyla Breese held off constant pressure from Brentwood's John Tee through out the race to make sure of second.
Leading qualifying times (Sat):
1 M Fullalove 26:37.670
2 H Breese 26:39.618
3 J Tee 26:41.416
4 S Marsh 26:50.100
5 M Cole 26:54.182
6 C Harris 27:15.649
INDY LIGHTS:- Dan Wheldon will start the eighth round of the CART Dayton
Indy Lights Championship in Lexington, USA, from the front row of the starting
grid. None of the four fastest drivers from Friday's first official qualifying
session improved their times in Saturday's final qualifying session. Wheldon,
therefore, with a time of one minute, 14.163 seconds, is good enough for
second place on the grid.
F.FORD:- Steven Kane extended his Avon Tyres Junior Formula Ford Zetec
Championship lead with a double win at Snetterton. His victory in the second
race was hard earned after Ruben Carrapatoso, Joey Foster and Clive Piccione
had all led.
13.08.2001 - F1
An investigation into the death of a marshal during the Australian Grand Prix last March is likely to clear organisers, claim Formula One sources. Marshal Graham Beveridge died after being struck by a flying wheel from the wreckage of a collision between Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher. Australian newspaper The Herald Sun has claimed a confidential FIA report will clear organisers of blame. The report will not be released until an inquest has been concluded.
Jordan's new recruit Jean Alesi is in negotiations to extend his contract
into next season, his manager said. Alesi was signed to replace Heinz Harald
Frentzen for the remainder of the season, and has intimated that he will
still be at the team in 2002. "I really think this is the impression that
we have but I cannot say it's signed because it is not," Alesi's manager
Mario Miyakawa said. He added that the contract could be agreed after this
week's Hungarian GP.
F1: THE HUNGARIAN GP
Giancarlo Fisichella's manager says he is weighing up his options before deciding who to race for next year. Benetton have offered him a one-year deal but he is talking with Arrows, and has had an offer from Jordan. "He is very happy to stay at Benetton because we know them well and we have emotional ties but it is only a one year offer," said Gianpaolo Matteucci. "Jordan have made a good offer but we must wait until midnight on Thursday as that is a Benetton requirement."
Michael Schumacher could clinch the drivers' crown on Sunday without even finishing on the podium. But he will be keen to take the title in style because a victory would see the Ferrari star equal Alain Prost's record of 51 wins. Schumacher leads David Coulthard by 37 points, with 50 points still available. He could finish as far down as fourth, if Coulthard does not gain any points and Ralf Schumacher is not higher than third, and still secure the title.
This season looks set to be the most one-sided campaign since Nigel Mansell ran away with the title in a Williams in Hungary in 1992. A seventh victory of the season on Sunday will definitely hand the title to Germany's Michael Schumacher - the fourth such honour of his career. And the tifosi will have a joint celebration if Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello achieve a one-two. That feat would give Ferrari the constructors' crown as well.
Championship leader Michael Schumacher is feeling refreshed after a family holiday and also ready to claim his fourth World Championship. He told Ferrari's website: "It is time that things start moving again. Mentally the break has been great. I feel very much rested and refreshed, both mentally and physically. I go into every race with the aim to win. Everything else just happens. I am counting on us being right at the front again in Budapest."
David Coulthard knows that he will need a good qualifying performance if he is to keep alive his slim chance of winning the title. He confirmed: "The Hungaroring offers limited overtaking opportunities, with the only real chance under braking at the end of the pit straight. So the qualifying session is very important. The hot weather and dusty conditions add to the challenge. We are well prepared and determined to improve on the last race."
Mika Hakkinen will be hoping to continue his resurgence in form in front of the numerous Finnish fans who will travel to Hungary. Hakkinen, who won in Hungary last season, admitted: "I am looking forward to it as it is a special race for me. With the number of enthusiastic Finns who attend each year the atmosphere is always fantastic. It is almost like my home race and I am hoping to achieve the same result as last year."
Ralf Schumacher will be targeting another victory in a bid to overtake second-placed David Coulthard in the driver standings. Williams have a good record at the Hungaroring but Schumacher said: "It is a small, narrow circuit and it is very challenging for the drivers. There is one corner after another and no time to relax and as it is usually hot it is a physically demanding race. A good car is a deciding factor and if it is hot our tyres should work well."
Juan Pablo Montoya is expecting a hot reception in Hungary. He stated "This is only my second visit to the Hungaroring. Last time in 1998 I finished third but one of the things I remember most is the heat. "You get hot driving the car as you are working all the time with no long straights to really cool down. It is a tight, slow track but a very challenging one and obviously one where a good qualifying position is important to teams."
Jordan's Jean Alesi will take part in his first race as the axed Heinz-Harald Frentzen's replacement on Sunday. Alesi was crowned Formula 3000 champion with Eddie Jordan Racing in 1989. And he said: "Jordan is not totally unknown to me as when I visited the factory a few days ago I found several photos of my 1989 car. It made me laugh because I had written 'Goodbye' on it when I left the team but I thought of taking it down and adding 'Hi guys, I am back'."
Team chief Eddie Jordan has admitted that their new driver Jean Alesi is almost like one of the family. Alesi previously drove for Jordan in the Formula 3000 Championship and Jordan said: "He came to live with me and my family in Oxford 12 years ago. It is where he learnt his English and how his friendship with my family first developed. In recent years my daughter Mikki has stayed with him in France. It was to improve her French for her GCSEs and A Levels."
Eddie Irvine gave Jaguar their first podium finish at Monaco and because the Hungary track has a lot in common with Monte Carlo he will want a repeat show. "Hungary is like Monaco without the barriers - tight, twisty and with no overtaking," he revealed. "The only difference is that there are some areas where you can pressure the other drivers into making mistakes. Securing a good grid position has not been our strong point this season and I am looking to improve that."
Benetton are hoping that the last round in Germany will prove to be the turning point of their season and lead to at least one top-six finish on Sunday. The team that gave current championship leader Michael Schumacher his first two titles in 1994 and 1995 had been suffering a miserable campaign. But engine reliability improvements led to Giancarlo Fisichella finishing in fourth place in Hockenheim. His team-mate Jenson Button was also in the points, claiming fifth spot.
Arrows driver Jos Verstappen is hoping that some improvements to the car will reap dividends at the Hungaroring. "It is a maximum downforce circuit, which so far this year has not really suited out car," he commented. "Having said that though we have some new developments for this race so we will soon see if all the hard work has paid off. I always enjoy the atmosphere at this race. The weather is usually good and the city of Budapest is beautiful."
McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz describes a lap of the circuit:- A lap of the Hungaroring starts with hard acceleration along the start-finish straight. You reach the fastest speed on the circuit, 183mph, in seventh gear as you approach turn one. The long, downhill right-hander is entered at 75mph in third gear. And it sees your speed increase as you exit in fourth gear at 135mph. Through the corner you can suffer understeer. It is crucial to ensure that you stay on the racing line as the Hungaroring is very dirty offline. A burst on the throttle along the short straight, which takes you to turn two, sees you reach 140mph in fourth before braking for the long left-hander. You take it at 60mph in second and the exit takes you into turn three. It is a sweeping right-hander and leads you on to the back straight. Working your way up through the gears you reach 175mph in sixth gear along the straight before dabbing the brakes as you enter the fastest corner. The left-hander is taken at 120mph in fourth gear before climbing uphill, reaching 140mph in fourth gear. That is on to the approach to turn five and is a long, bumpy right-hander. It is taken at 85mph in third and on the exit you push hard on the throttle. The short straight leads to the chicane of turns six and seven. Reaching 140mph in fourth gear you brake hard for the tight, right-left flick of the chicane, which is negotiated at 60mph in second. The chicane is followed immediately by turn eight, a third-gear left-hander. Taken at 80mph it leads you into the right hand of turn nine, which is negotiated at the same speed. On the exit you push hard on the throttle, accelerating through the slight left kink of turn 10 and reaching some 155mph in fifth gear. You then brake to 115mph in fourth for the right hand of turn 11. It tightens as you drive through the corner. Exiting turn 11 you reach 150mph in fourth gear along a short straight. You go down towards the downhill, right-left chicane of turn 12. On the approach to turn 13 you reach 135mph in fourth gear before braking hard fpr the slowest corner on the whole track. The long left-hander is taken at 55mph in second gear. The final right-hander, which mirrors turn one at the other end of the pit staight, is negotiated at 84mph. It is taken in third gear and takes you back on to the start-finish line.
Sunday's race is scheduled to last for 77 laps (190.227 miles). Hungary
first held a grand prix in 1986 and the only country to have held their
first race more recently is Malaysia. The Hungary lap record was set by
Nigel Mansell in a Williams in 1992 with a time of one minute, 18.308 seconds.
McLaren star Mika Hakkinen clocked the fastest lap time in last year's
race. The eventual race winner set a time of one minute, 20.028 seconds.
ASTRA STAGES RALLY:- Pete Littler will be hoping to follow his victory
last year with another win this year when the Astra Stages Rally starts
on Saturday morning. However, Marcus Dodd and Roger Duckworth will also
hallenge. The rally, postponed from April due to foot-and-mouth, is also
a round of the ANCRO national championships. Leon Pesticcio and Howard
Davies will be looking for another win in the Evolution Challenge, whih
takes place concurrently with the rally.
RALLYING:- The future of world rally championship driver Niall McShea
has been secured through a groundbreaking deal funded by a City of London
investment. The fund will allow the 27-year-old to contest the remaining
rounds of this year's FIA Super 1600 Championship.
BRITISH GT'S (Knockhill):- The challenging Scottish circuit is the venue for round 10, the first time the championship has visited the track. Mike Jordan and David Warnock lead the title race in the Lister Storm just ahead of the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 of Bobby Verdon-Roe and Michael Caine. Locals will be rooting for David Leslie who returns to share an NCK Motorsport Marcos LM600 with Andy Purvis. The GTO event will be a battle between the Porsches of Kelvin Burt/Marino Franchitti and Ed Horner/Matt Turner.
The Hayles Racing team will be hoping to start a winning streak when
the series resumes on Sunday. Tim Harvey and Rob Wilson are third in the
main GT category and know that the tight circuit will offer little room
for overtaking. "It is an incredibly challenging circuit in a Touring Car
and GTs are bigger and faster but less nimble round the tight corners,"
ALMS (Mosport Park):- Johnny Herbert faces two races in six days as
he bids to claim his first American Le Mans series win for Audi. Sunday's
race at Mosport is followed by round six at Mid-Ohio on August 25. "I'm
enjoying the challenge of learning new tracks, something I haven't had
to do for a number of years," Herbert said of his American experience.
"We've had a fourth and a third so there's only two other positions we're
aiming for at Mosport and Mid-Ohio in the sequence."
F3000:- The series resumes after a three-week break, with Nordic Racing
looking to get the points they need to wrap up the Team championship. Nordic
driver Justin Wilson will also be pursuing his personal ambitions, as he
leads the driver standings. "The break has been nice but I really want
to get back into the car and continue with my championship fight," he said.
"If I can qualify well I'll be looking for my third win of the season."
CART:- Scotland's Dario Franchitti has pledged his future to CART racing
by signing a two-year contract with Team Kool Green. The 28-year-old had
only signed a one- year deal for this season, fuelling speculation he could
be about to move to Formula One for next year. "I'd like to try Formula
One someday, and I'll only be 30 at the end of this contract," he said.
Franchitti, Paul Tracy and Michael Andretti have all re-signed for the
team for next season.
F1: THE HUNGARIAN GP
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello dominated Friday's practice by setting the fastest times in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Schumacher clocked the fastest lap in one minute 16.651 seconds during the second session. Mika Hakkinen, winner of the last two Hungarian races, was third in his McLaren-Mercedes. Eddie Irvine was fifth, David Coulthard 10th after damaging the underside of his car, and Jenson Button 17th.
David Coulthard paid a heavy price for a simple error in practice, but is not prepared to take all the blame. Coulthard ran wide at a corner and bounced along a raised portion of the kerb, damaging his chassis, and had to miss the second session. "I made a mistake going into the corner - I understeered wide," he said. "But there's a different type of kerb there. They are not ramped up. You just run straight into them. To have your car smashed on a kerb like that is stupid."
Friday's practice times: mins secs
1 M Schumacher Ger Ferrari 1:16.651
2 R Barrichello Brz Ferrari 1:16.734
3 M Hakkinen Fin McLaren 1:16.789
4 R Schumacher Ger Williams 1:17.308
5 E Irvine GB Jaguar 1:17.308
6 J Alesi Fr Jordan 1:17.862
7 G Fisichella It Benetton 1:17.896
8 N Heidfeld Ger Sauber 1:17.928
9 O Panis Fr BAR 1:17.928
10 D Coulthard GB McLaren 1:18.182
11 P de la Rosa Sp Jaguar 1:18.195
12 J Trulli It Jordan 1:18.277
13 JP Montoya Col Williams 1:18.524
14 H-H Frentzen Ger Prost 1:18.724
15 K Raikkonen Fin Sauber 1:18.834
16 J Villeneuve Can BAR 1:19.238
17 J Button GB Benetton 1:19.263
18 J Verstappen Ned Arrows 1:19.368
19 E Bernoldi It Arrows 1:19.466
20 F Alonso Sp Minardi 1:19.992
21 L Burti Brz Jaguar 1:20.615
22 T Marques Brz Minardi 1:20.981
Juan Pablo Montoya has said that he is not yet ready to help Williams
team-mate Ralf Schumacher move into second place in the title race. Schumacher
is only seven points behind David Coulthard, who trails leader Michael
Schumacher by 37 points. But Colombian Montoya said: "I am not going to
help Ralf finish second. Not at this point because we are scoring points
for the Constructors' Championship. But if an order is given to let him
by then I will do it."
F3000:- Championship leader Justin Wilson confidently took pole for Saturday's 10th round in Hungary. Nordic driver Wilson clocked a stunning lap of one minute 27.695 seconds to leave the rest of the field trailing. The 22-year-old from Sheffield was almost 0.7 seconds clear of title rival Mark Webster of Super Nova Racing. Wilson, 10 points ahead of Webber, is hoping for his first victory since the fourth race of the season having come second in four of his last five races.
Qualifying times (Fri): mins secs
1 J Wilson GB Nordic 1:28.267
2 M Webber Aus Super N 1:28.354
3 R Mauricio Brz Red Bull 1:28.370
4 S Bourdais Fr DAMS 1:28.515
5 T Enge Cz Nordic 1:28.661
6 P Friesacher Aut Red Bull 1:28.674
7 D Manning GB Ardon 1:28.674
8 M Goossens Bel Coloni 1:28.808
9 D Saelens Bel Minardi 1:28.871
10 A Pizzonia Brz Petrobas 1:28.887
Testing times (Thu): secs
1 J Courtney 47.363
2 T Sato 47.447
3 A Davidson 47.550
4 A Priaulx 47.559
5 M Taylor 47.669
6 D Hayes 47.759
7 A Lotterer 47.792
8 G Bruni 47.792
9 R Austin 47.924
10 M Davies 47.954
F.FORD (Knockhill):- Richard Goransson was quickest in testing ahead of Sunday's 10th round of the championship. Aberdeen driver Ryan Sharp gave home fans a boost in second. Championship leader Robert Dahlgren was sixth.
Testing times (Thu):
1 R Goransson 52.53
2 R Sharp 52.56
3 R Rudholm 52.64
4 J Heylen 52.66
5 A Carroll 52.75
6 R Dahlgren 52.76
FORD FIESTA’S (Knockhill):- Colin Turkington was quickest in testing, ahead of championship leader Nick Padley. Padley was suffering from mechanical problems when Turkington produced his fastest effort on his final lap.
Testing times (Thu):
1 C Turkington 1:05.271
2 N Padley 1:05.540
3 E Murray 1:05.913
4 C Stancombe 1:05.927
5 A Blencowe 1:05.967
6 M Pinny 1:05.971
CART:- With eight races of the CART championship to go, the fight for the drivers' title has hotted up. After becoming the first driver to win three races this season, Kenny Brack's lead has been cut back to one point after a poor showing at Mid-Ohio. Helio Castroneves is the man lying in second place while defending champion Gil de Ferran is 14 further adrift. But Brack won't have the twists and turns of Ohio to contend with at the four-mile long Road America circuit.
Michael Andretti admits there is more pressure on him this weekend as his team sponsor also sponsor the race. The Team Motorola driver said: "There will be a little more pressure but that's good. Hopefully we can go to Road America and do a good job and make Motorola proud of Team Motorola racing. Road America is one of the most beautiful tracks in the world. It's great racing too. There's a lot of room to pass and the track is fun to drive."
Dario Franchitti will hope a return to familiar surroundings boosts
his hopes. The Scot threw away a certain third place in Mid-Ohio last weekend
when he spun out late but won his first CART race at Elkhart Lake in 1998.
Referring to his Ohio error, he said: "It's annoying when I make a mistake
like that but there are enough races and points left to challenge. Road
America really suits me - it's my favorite track and we need to score major
points this weekend. Period."
F1: THE HUNGARIAN GP
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher took another step towards clinching the world championship crown by landing pole position from David Coulthard. The three-times champion dominated qualifying, leaving the Scot eight-tenths of a second behind. Schumacher's team-mate Rubens Barrichello was in third spot with Ralf Schumacher in fourth. Jaguar's Eddie Irvine and Benetton's Jenson Button will start in 14th and 17th respectively.
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher was surprised at how far ahead he was from the rest of the field after qualifying. Schumacher was eight-tenths of a second ahead of David Coulthard with Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello in third. "I am surprised. I did not think it would be that much. It was down to the perfect lap and the car honestly could not have been better," he said. "We will try and be just as calm as we were in qualifying, but I am expecting a tight, competitive race."
David Coulthard remains hopeful about his chances after joining Michael Schumacher on the front row for Sunday's race. Coulthard, who trails Schumacher in the drivers' standings by 37 points, knows he must win if he has any chance of catching the world champion. "As a driver you rely now on your start systems and as we've seen, on occasion they can go wrong," said Coulthard. "So there's still a hope that I can be leading out of the first corner."
Saturday's final qualifying times:
1 M Schumacher Ger Ferrari 1:14.059
2 D Coulthard GB McLaren 1:14.860
3 R Barrichello Brz Ferrari 1:14.953
4 R Schumacher Ger Williams 1:15.095
5 M Hakkinen Fin McLaren 1:15.411
6 J Trulli It Jordan 1:15.599
7 N Heidfeld Ger Sauber 1:15.739
8 JP Montoya Col Williams 1:15.881
9 K Raikkonen Fin Sauber 1:15.906
10 J Villeneuve Can BAR 1:16.212
11 O Panis Fr BAR 1:16.382
12 J Alesi Fr Jordan 1:16.471
13 P de la Rosa Sp Jaguar 1:16.543
14 E Irvine GB Jaguar 1:16.607
15 G Fisichella It Benetton 1:16.632
16 H-H Frentzen Ger Prost 1:17.196
17 J Button GB Benetton 1:17.535
18 F Alonso Sp Minardi 1:17.624
19 L Burti Brz Prost 1:18.238
20 E Bernoldi It Arrows 1:18.258
21 J Verstappen Ned Arrows 1:18.389
22 T Marques Brz Minardi 1:19.139
ASTRA STAGES RALLY:- Marcus Dodd won the Astra Stages Rally coming home 46 seconds ahead of last year's winner Pete Littler. Roger Duckworth came home in third and David Mann maintained his overall lead in the ANCRO National Championship with a fourth place finish. Leon Pesticcio has been confirmed as winner of the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Championship after securing his third win in three starts. David Shuttleworth won the Clubmans Rally and Iain Freestone the Historic.
Provisional result after 11 stages
1 M Dodd Subaru Impreza 1:12.55
2 P Littler Hyundai Accent 1:13.41
3 R Duckworth Subaru Impreza 1:14.21
4 D Mann Subaru Impreza 1:14.35
5 G Jones Subaru Impreza 1:15.09
6 R Ceen Subaru Impreza 1:15.41
7 R Davis Mitsubishi Lanc 1:16.10
8 I Joel Escort Cosworth 1:16.26
9 G Smith Escort Cosworth 1:16.38
10 B Briant Subaru Impreza 1:17.46
BRITISH GT'S (Knockhill):- Mike Jordan and David Warnock will start the 10th round from pole position for Sunday's race. Their Lister Storm set the fastest time in the first session and stayed ahead despite a major effort from Tim Harvey to get his Chrysler into contention. Harvey and Rob Wilson will take second place on the grid. In the GTO category, the Porsche of Kelvin Burt and Mario Franchitti retained pole after the second session ahead of Ed Horner and Matt Turner.
Leading qualifying times (Sat):
1 Jordan/Warnock Lister 49.885secs
2 Harvey/Wilson Chrysler 50.275
3 Caine/Verdon-R TVR 50.363
4 Pudwell/P'hley Stealth 51.530
1 F'chitti/Burt Porsche 51.378
2 Turner/Horner Porsche 51.821
3 Short/Barff TVR 51.972
4 Stanton/Hyde TVR 52.093
PORSCHE CUP (Knockhill):- Peter Chambers outpaced Nigel Rice to win the sprint race. Julian Wiley grabbed his first win in the class two championship.
Class 1 result:
1 P Chambers GT3 Cup 15:20.620
2 N Rice GT3 Cup 15:33.692
3 B Armstrong GT3 Cup 15:41.533
4 C Rapp GT3 Cup 15:50.807
Class 2 result:
1 J Wiley Carrera 933 14 laps
2 G Hellier Carrera 993 14 laps
3 K Harrison Carrera 2RS 14 laps
4 C Heeley 944 Turbo 14 laps
ALMS (Mosport Park):- Johnny Herbert was third quickest in Friday's
practice ahead of the race itself on Sunday. Herbert's time of one minute
10.319 seconds was bettered by Frank Biela and David Brabham. "The Audi
feels really good here," Herbert said. "I think we've a great chance of
victory and it would be something to repeat Stirling's win." Herbert has
picked up third and fourth places so far this season and is now targeting
F3000 (Hungaroring):- Justin Wilson stands on the brink of clinching the championship after producing a storming performance to win his third race of the season. Wilson was never headed and finally ended his run of three successive runners-up finishes, which in turn gave Nordic Racing the team title. With two rounds left, the 22-year-old leads Mark Webber by 20 points after the Australian spun out on lap 34. "I'd like to think I now can clinch the title," Wilson said.
Round 10 result (Sat):
1 J Wilson GB Super Nova 58:00.190
2 R Mauricio Brz Red Bull 5.594
3 S Bourdais Fr DAMS @ 8.493
4 P Fr'sacher Aut Red Bull @ 14.528
5 G Pantano It Astromega @ 16.751
6 B Leinders Bel KTR @ 20.927
7 R Sperafico Brz Petrobras @ 41.352
8 A Piccini It Minardi @ 43.475
9 G Lancieri It Durango @ 51.127
10 A Garcia Sp Durango @ 56.221
F.FORD (Knockhill):- Richard Goransson set the quickest time in the faster of two qualifying groups to grab pole for Sunday's 10th round. Teammate Robin Rudholm was fastest in the other group and lines up alongside him on the front row.
Top six qualifying positions (Sat):
1 R Goransson Van Diemen
2 R Rudholm Van Diemen
3 R Sharp Mygale
4 P Long Van Diemen
5 G Turkington Van Diemen
6 R Bremer Mygale
FORD FIESTA’S (Knockhill):- Championship leader Nick Padley claimed pole position for the first of sunday's two races. Title rivals Colin Turkington and Matt Pinny took second and fourth and were split by Alan Blencowe.
Qualifying times (Sat): mins secs
1 N Padley 1:05.570
2 C Turkington 1:05.585
3 A Blencowe 1:05.710
4 M Pinny 1:05.762
5 E Murray 1:05.797
6 C Stancombe 1:06.040
F1: THE HUNGARIAN GP
Michael Schumacher wrapped up his fourth world title and equalled the record of 51 Grand Prix wins as he led from start to finish to claim victory. Rubens Barrichello took second place to confirm the drivers' crown for Ferrari, with David Coulthard third. Ralf Schumacher took fourth from Mika Hakkinen after an exciting struggle, while Nick Heidfeld finished sixth. It was a disappointing day for Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button, who both spun out early.
Michael Schumacher's victory in Hungary and fourth world title allowed him to further rewrite the record books. The 51st race win of his career saw him equal the record number of wins which had been set by Alain Prost. He also now shares the mark of four world crowns with Prost, and now has the five world titles of Juan Manuel Fangio in his sights. The championship triumph was the quickest since Nigel Mansell sealed the crown in Hungary in 1992.
David Coulthard's hopes of taking second place were dashed by a poor second pit stop. Coulthard, who qualified second, was overtaken at the start by the Brazilian, but reclaimed second place after the first round of pit stops. However, his second stop took 9.9 seconds, which saw him rejoin the track just behind the Ferrari driver. Despite Coulthard's valiant attempts to pass Barrichello, he was forced to settle for third.
Mika Hakkinen never looked likely to follow his wins in the last two years with another victory in Hungary. However, his tussle with Ralf Schumacher for fourth spot provided some excitement in a race which saw very little overtaking. His quest came to an end when he had to make a third pit stop late on to take on more fuel, and he finished fifth. He did however have the consolation of breaking Nigel Mansell's nine-year-old lap record, posting a time of 1:16.723.
Eddie Irvine had an afternoon to forget as his race finished almost as soon as it had started. The Jaguar driver lost control of his car at turn one and ploughed into the gravel trap. It was also a disappointing day for Jenson Button, who spun and stopped on the start-finish strait after finishing 34 laps. The British driver had earlier been given a 10-second penalty for jumping the start.
Michael Schumacher found it hard to put his emotions into words after he had sealed his fourth world title. "I'm always trying to find the right words in such moments," he said. "I cannot say much more than it's been a beautiful weekend. I came here with not such a good feeling. Then we got pole and victory and I got my fourth championship and equalled Alain Prost's wins record. It's a bit too much for me to take in right now."
Michael Schumacher had high praise for his Ferrari team after wrapping up the world title, with Ferrari clinching the constructors' crown. "It's a great achievement, but the way it has been done is what makes it more so," he said. "It's fantastic because the team around me have been so good. Rubens and myself cannot believe how good these guys are. It's been so much fun to work with them. It's a great achievement and I'm so grateful to them."
Michael Schumacher acknowledged his place in history after his fourth world title and 51st grand prix win. "When I started in Formula One, all these great names were so far ahead of me, I never thought at the time of catching up with them," he said. However, he said he would not compare himself to Juan Manuel Fangio, who holds a record five world titles. "What he did is unbelievable. Look at the cars and safety now. You cannot compare the two."
Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn was delighted after seeing his team clinch the constructors' crown. "The dream continues," he said. "When we started we never have imagined that this could happen. It's just unbelievable, but they are a great group of people and it's a pleasure to work with everyone. I'm lost for words. To win the championship with four races remaining is exceptional. The car has been reliable and the drivers superb."
David Coulthard was generous in congratulating Michael Schumacher on his world championship triumph. "Michael deserves the championship, he's been consistently fast and hasn't made any mistakes," Coulthard said. "I congratulate him on that achievement and recommend that he takes a holiday for the last four grands prix. Obviously I'm disappointed that it's all over. I feel that I have improved a lot this season but we have been unable to finish races consistently."
David Coulthard admitted that his chances of success were hit when Rubens Barrichello passed him at the start. "Rubens passed me very easily," Coulthard said. "I knew it would be difficult from then on. The start is so crucial in Hungary as it's virtually impossible to overtake on the circuit. There was a problem with the nozzle in my second pit-stop and I lost a bit of time which meant that Rubens took second," he added.
Mika Hakkinen was held up early on by Jarno Trulli and then fought an ultimately unsuccessful battle with Ralf Schumacher for fourth. "My first and second pit stops were excellent but we changed the strategy so I only took a little fuel in the second to try and overtake," he said. "Unfortunately it didn't work because overtaking is impossible if the driver ahead doesn't make a mistake. The lap record is a small consolation for my efforts."
Williams picked up three points but both their drivers felt it had been a difficult weekend. "That was the toughest race of the year," said fourth-placed Ralf Schumacher. "I was constantly fighting both oversteer and understeer. I had to work hard to defend my position against Mika Hakkinen." Juan Pablo Montoya, who was eighth, said: "The car felt bad from the beginning to the end but I was determined to finish."
Eddie Irvine took full responsibility for spinning out at the start. "That's probably one of the shortest races ever for me," he said. "It was my fault completely. I was running down the dusty side of the track and simply went into turn one too fast. The back end of the car spun round but I couldn't catch it in time. It was a disappointing weekend from the minute we arrived. I couldn't get the best out of the car and starting from 14th was always a tall order."
Eddie Jordan was disappointed after seeing Jarno Trulli slipping from fifth to 10th before retiring and Jean Alesi coming home in 10th place. "Having qualified so well, we again under-performed in the race," he said. "It was due to a combination of poor car performance and the refuelling problem where we let Jarno down. We can be pleased with Jean's 10th place. We have a lot of work to do if we are to obtain the crucial points we need in the last four races."
Result after 77 laps:
hr min sec
1 M Schumacher Ger Ferrari 1:41.49.68
2 R Barrichello Brz Ferrari 1:41.53.04
3 D Coulthard GB McLaren 1:41.53.62
4 R Schumacher Ger Williams 1:42.39.36
5 M Hakkinen Fin McLaren 1:42.59.97
6 N Heidfeld Ger Sauber one lap
7 K Raikkonen Fin Sauber one lap
8 JP Montoya Col Williams one lap
9 J Villeneuve Can BAR two laps
10 J Alesi Fr Jordan two laps
11 P da la Rosa Sp Jaguar three laps
12 J Verstappen Ned Arrows three laps
DID NOT FINISH Laps Completed
G Fisichella It Benetton 67
H-H Frentzen Ger Prost 63
T Marques Brz Minardi 63
O Panis Fr BAR 58
J Trulli It Jordan 53
F Alonso Sp Minardi 37
J Button GB Benetton 34
E Bernoldi Brz Arrows 11
L Burti Brz Prost 8
E Irvine GB Jaguar 0
1 M Schumacher Ger Ferrari 94 pts
2 D Coulthard GB McLaren 51
3 R Barrichello Brz Ferrari 46
4 R Schumacher Ger Williams 44
5 M Hakkinen Fin McLaren 21
6 J-P Montoya Col Williams 15
7 J Villeneuve Can BAR 11
= N Heidfeld Ger Sauber 11
9 J Trulli It Jordan 9
= K Raikkonen Fin Sauber 9
11 HH Frentzen Ger Jord/Prost 6
12 O Panis Fr BAR 5
13 E Irvine GB Jaguar 4
== G Fisichella It Benetton 4
== J Alesi Fr Prost/Jord 4
16 J Button GB Benetton 2
17 J Verstappen Ned Arrows 1
== P de la Rosa Sp Jaguar 1
1 Ferrari 140 pts
2 McLaren 72
3 Williams 59
4 Sauber 20
5 BAR 16
6 Jordan 15
7 Benetton 6
8 Jaguar 5
9 Prost 4
= Arrows 1
BRITISH GT'S (Knockhill):- Tim Harvey and Rob Wilson mastered the wet conditions to win Sunday's race. The GTO Porsche of Marino Franchitti and Kelvin Burt was second overall.
1 Harvey/Wilson Chrysler 47:26.388
2 Jordan/Warnock Lister 47:38.201
3 Purvis/Leslie Marcos 47:59.258
4 V-Roe/Caine TVR 42 laps
1 F'chitti/Burt Porsche 47:38.201
2 Turner/Horner Porsche 48:09.519
3 Sugden/k'field Porsche 48:20.671
4 Short/Barff TVR 42 laps
PORSCHE CUP (Knockhill):- Peter Chambers completed a perfect weekend when he won the feature race to back up his win in Saturday's sprint. In wet conditions, he outpaced Nigel Rice and Barbara Armstrong.
Class 1 result:
1 P Chambers GT3 Cup 22:16.222
2 N Rice GT3 Cup 22:20.757
3 B Armstrong GT3 Cup 22:23.944
4 A Slater GT3 Cup 22:42.907
Class 2 result:
1 C Heeley 944 Turbo 21 laps
2 J Wiley Carrera 933 21 laps
3 K Harrison Carrera 2RS 21 laps
4 D Ellis 944 Turbo 21 laps
ALMS (Mosport Park):- British duo Johnny Herbert and Andy Wallace start
the fifth round of the series from a disappointing fourth place on the
25-car grid. The duo had been consistently inside the top three in time
trial over the past two days but suffered technical problems during qualifying.
Wallace set a fastest time of 1 minute 9.729 seconds - almost four tenths
of a second slower than he managed earlier. "In qualifying, the Audi suffered
from a handling problem," said Wallace.
FORD FIESTA’S (Knockhill):- Colin Turkington took his fifth win of the series in the first of two races. Championship leader Nick Padley had looked set for the victory but lost time overtaking the backmarkers.
Result after 20 laps (Sun): mins:secs
1 C Turkington 24:25.447
2 N Padley 24:28.351
3 M Pinny 24:40.105
4 E Murray 24:45.599
5 A Blencowe 24:45.947
6 C Stancombe 24:46.354
F.FORD (Knockhill):- American Patrick Long took victory to move into the lead of the Championship for the first time. Long moved into the lead on the first lap of the rain-soaked circuit and was never overtaken.
Result after 24 laps (Sun): mins secs
1 P Long 28:02.428
2 R Bremer 28:02.787
3 G Turkington 28:04.753
4 T Rodgers 28:05.506
5 A van der Merwe 28:05.869
6 L Hines 28:06.751
CART (Elkart Lake):- Championship leader Kenny Brack took pole for Sunday's race after a rainy qualifying session. He posted a time of two minutes, 3.531 seconds to edge out Alex Tagliani and New Zealand rookie Scott Dixon. "We weren't so fast as the Penskes for most of the sessions, but we're a top-three or -four car, for sure," he said. Dario Franchitti, who took pole last year, spun off during the session, causing the red flag to come out. He eventually finished 25th.
Qualifying times (Sat):
1 K Brack Ford Lola 123.531secs
2 A Tagliani Ford Reynard 123.674
3 S Dixon Toyota R'nard 124.631
4 G de F'ran Honda Reynard 124.909
5 C da Matta Toyota Lola 126.001
6 H C'neves Honda Reynard 126.042
7 M Andretti Honda Reynard 126.572
8 M Gidley Toyota Lola 126.865
9 C F'paldi Toyota Lola 127.084
10 B J'queira Toyota Lola 127.422
25 D F'chitti Honda Reynard 142.978
F1:- Benetton's Giancarlo Fisichella has agreed a three-year deal with Jordan from the 2002 campaign. He drove for Jordan in 1997 and secured two podium finishes ` third place in Canada and second spot in Belgium. Team boss Eddie Jordan said: "Planning for the long-term future is vital and stability and continuity are the key to success." Fisichella will trade places with Jarno Trulli because Benetton have an option on the current Jordan driver.
Mika Hakkinen is set to stay at McLaren next year, the double F1 champion's manager Keke Rosberg has said. "I would not be on a holiday if there was something unclear in Mika Hakkinen's agreement with McLaren," he told the Finnish paper Iltalehti. "The fact that McLaren have not published their continuation agreement with Mika has nothing to do with Mika." Rosberg said it was the team's job to make it public when it felt the time was ripe.
Malaysian Alex Yoong says he is ready for Formula One and hopes he could yet make his race debut for Minardi in Belgium next week. Much depends on a two-day test starting on Thursday but Yoong brushes off those who dismiss him as another driver who been smoothed by sponsorship cash. "I am bringing sponsorship to the team but every driver brings sponsorship, no matter how good you are," he said. "Give me the opportunity and that's all I'm looking for here at the moment."
F1 TESTING (Silverstone):
Wednesday's times: mins secs
1 M Hakkinen Fin McLaren 1:21.755
2 E Irvine GB Jaguar 1:22.500
3 A Wurz Aut McLaren 1:23.498
4 P de la Rosa Sp Jaguar 1:24.386
5 J Verstappen Ned Arrows 1:25.334
6 E Bernoldi Brz Ferrari 1:25.578
F1 TESTING (Barcelona):
1 J Button GB Benetton 1:20.9
2 M Webber Aus Benetton 1:22.8
BTCC:- With four race weekends of the season to go, the action is hotting up as the championship goes to Oulton Park for the second time this year on Sunday. Yvan Muller took two pole positions and two wins at the venue earlier this year, but is taking nothing for granted with Jason Plato three points adrift. Each Vauxhall driver picked up a first and second place in their class last time out at Croft. James Thompson is also still in the title frame, 21 points behind Muller.
Yvan Muller will carry the memory of two wins at Oulton Park this season into Sunday's races, but knows the circumstances are now different. "Not only do I now carry maximum success ballast but the compulsory 30kgs imposed on all Astra Coupes wasn't a factor last time," he said. "That obviously means the balance and set-ups will be different." Championship rival Jason Plato said: "All I have to do is put in some good testing and put it on pole."
Egg Sport driver Phil Bennett was given a one-race ban following the last round at Croft, and Formula 3 driver Andy Priaulx comes in to replace him. "I'm thrilled to have got this one-off deal," Priaulx said. "The BTCC is the UK's premier sports car racing series. I've got two 45-minute sessions to get to grips with the car before qualifying and am keen not to let the team down.” Meanwhile, Tiff Needell competes for the Team Kaliber Sport with Barnwell team, replacing Simon Graves.
Tom Boardman returns to the scene of his best touring car performance
so far this season hoping for further success. The 17-year-old finished
fourth at Oulton Park in May. "I think I've come on a lot since we were
at Oulton," he said. "I'm learning all the time about how to race with
these guys. I need to start scoring points. We've had a lean spell with
too many non-finishes. A podium finish is a definite possibility in the
last eight races."
RALLY FINLAND:- Finland plays host to round nine of the World Championship, with home favourite Tommi Makinen aiming to extend his lead in the series. The event, which runs from Friday to Sunday, is the fastest on the calendar and locals affectionately call it the Jyvaskyla Grand Prix. But slight alterations have been made to make this year's Rally Finland the most compact in its 51-year history. Competitors face 21 stages in all, with a total route of 1678.26km.
Colin McRae wil be hoping to boost his title hopes by claiming his first win in Finland. The Scot regards a Finnish triumph as the one major achievement missing from his career. McRae, who is 10 points behind leader Tommi Makinen, said: "Finland would be nice but it is a tough target. You enter so many of the corners blind - unable to see the exit - that previous experience and knowledge provides a hugh advantage."
Carlos Sainz is one of only two drivers from outside the Nordic countries to have won in Finland. Sainz, who is currently third overall, won the event in 1990 and he admitted: "The rally is very demanding and knowledge of the roads is important. They are wide and fast - real drivers' conditions - and it is satisfying when you finish a stage knowing you have driven as well as you can. It is a big challenge and also an enjoyable one."
Subaru are aiming to run three cars in Rally Finland. Briton Richard Burns and Petter Solberg are nominated to score manufacturer points, while Markko Martin will drive a third car to gain experience. Burns told the Subaru website: "After a disappointing time in Kenya I am looking for a top-three result. It is one of my two favourite events of the year. And the high speeds and the competition should make it an excellent rally."
Hyundai have drafted in four-time world champion Juha Kankkunen in a bid to boost their points hopes. He will join regular drivers Kenneth Eriksson and Alister McRae and has won Rally Finland on three occasions. After his first outing in the Accent WRC, Kankkunen stated: "I was genuinely surprised at how good the car is. We have tried everything so we can get to know the limits the Accent can be pushed to. Considering it is still very new it is a great package."
Wilmslow's Natalie Barratt has added Finland and New Zealand in September to her agenda for this season. The 26-year-old Mitsubishi UK-supported driver has already contested rounds of the World Championship in Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Greece. She commented: "I am looking forward to returning to Finland because the stages are fast and flowing. New Zealand will be great. The drivers who have been there say the stages are some of the best in the world."
Britain's only FIA Super 1600 Championship competitor Niall McShea is
hopeful that he can ear a good result. He was delighted with the performance
of his Willy-Lux run Citroen Saxo in a pre-event test last week. "The car
was fantastic," he enthused. "The power is good but the most impressive
aspect of the engine is the torque it gives." He has claimed funding for
the remaining rounds of the series through a City of London investment.
NASCAR:- A six-month investigation concluded that a broken seat belt
was one of many factors that contributed to the death of NASCAR legend
Dale Earnhardt. The seat belt, a collision with another car and the impact
with which his car hit a wall, all played a role in his death at the Daytona
500 in February. Earnhardt was not wearing a head and neck device when
he suffered a skull fracture in the crash. But NASCAR will not require
drivers to wear head and neck restraints.
CLIO CUP (Oulton Park):- Daniel Buxton set the fastest Clio Cup lap at Oulton Park in a testing session ahead of Sunday's round 10. The Cheshire driver is chasing his fifth win to increase his lead over rival Tim Mullen.
Testing times (Wed): mins secs
1 D Buxton Sugden 1:33.736
2 T Mullen Firstair 1:33.983
3 M Byford Z Speed 1:33.999
4 J Templeman TCR 1:34.333
5 D Vercoe Mardi Gras 1:34.654
6 P Rivett Stancombe 1:34.837
F.RENAULT (Oulton Park):- Mark McLoughlin headed the testing times for Sunday's round nine. McLoughlin, who is still looking for his first win of 2001, averaged a speed of 107.08mph.
Testing times (Wed): mins secs
1 M McLoughlin GB 1:19.404
2 C Breeze GB 1:19.699
3 R Antinucci US 1:19.968
4 T Sisley GB 1:20.000
5 H Kovalainen Fin 1:20.188
6 D Watts GB 1:20.259
F1:- Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that there is no move to scrap the French Grand Prix, despite plans to drop some races from the calendar. In a statement issued by the FIA, he insisted: "There is no proposal to remove the French Grand Prix. I cannot imagine the Championship being without its oldest and most prestigious event." Proposals for Middle East and Russian races mean that two or three European grands prix may be dropped.
Jaguar boss Bobby Rahal has left his position of chief executive officer
and team principal with the team. Niki Lauda, who is the chief executive
officer of the premier performance division, will take over his duties.
The mutual decision follows a poor season from Jaguar and after allegations
that Rahal offered driver Eddie Irvine to Jordan. Rahal will return to
his business interests in the US and maintain his relationship with Ford
RALLY FINLAND:- Britain's Richard Burns is in pole position after taking the lead after a commanding drive in his Subaru. Over the nine stages Burns has been a constant thorn in the flesh of reigning champion, and last year's Finland winner, Marcus Gronholm. Rarely more than a handful of seconds adrift, Burns reeled in the Peugeot ace and passed him with one stage to go. Colin McRae finished in sixth place but championship leader Tommi Makinen crashed out in the first stage.
Leading positions after 9 stages:
hr min sec
1 R Burns GB Subaru 1:06.12.1
2 M Gronholm Fin Peugeot @ 3.5
3 M Martin Est Subaru @ 13.6
4 D Auriol Fr Peugeot @ 29.0
5 H Rovanpera Fin Peugeot @ 35.1
6 C McRae GB Ford @ 43.0
7 P Solberg Nor Subaru @ 49.8
8 J Paasonen Fin Ford @ 51.1
9 C Sainz Sp Ford @ 57.7
10 J Kankkunen Fin Hyundai @ 1.11.2
T Makinen retired on first stage
INDY LIGHTS:- Britain's Dan Wheldon goes into Sunday's ninth round with
the title still in his sights. He is currently in third place in the series
on 83 points but with four races remaining and 88 points up for grabs he
will be bidding to close the gap. "I finished second in the last race and
I am confident of good results in the remaining races this year," he said.
Next year Wheldon is hoping to move up into North America's top single-seater
category, the CART Championship.
AUTOBYTEL LOTUS (Oulton Park):- Hyla Breese set the fastest time in testing for round 10 with newcomer Keiichi Tsuchiya in second place. Third quickest was Jon Tee with Ian Ashley, who made his first visit to the podium in round eight at Snetterton this year, in fourth place.
Leading testing times (Fri):
1 H Breese 1:38.832
2 K Tsuchiya 1:40.188
3 J Tee 1:40.202
4 I Ashley 1:40.324
5 N Hattori 1:40.362
6 M Smith 1:40.422
RALLYING:- Colin McRae will take a break from the World Rally Championship
by driving a Ford Puma Super 1600 car on the Speyside Stages Rally in Scotland.
McRae will run the Puma as a course car in the September 1 event and will
not be eligible to win it. Steve Petch, the reigning Mintex National Rally
Champion, will make his competition debut in a Hyundai Accent WRC on Sunday.
He will be at the National RallySprint Championship at Silverstone.
F1:- Ken Tyrrell, who founded the Tyrrell team in 1970, has died aged 77. Tyrrell retired from the sport in February 1998, just four months after the Tyrrell racing organisation was bought out by British American Racing. Sir Jackie Stewart drove for the team, using a single-seater racing car for the first time in Formula Three in 1964, and stayed with them until 1973. Other drivers to have raced for the team include Mark Blundell, now in CART, and Jean Alesi.
Sir Jackie Stewart has heaped fulsome praise on Ken Tyrrell, who has
died at the age of 77. "Ken was the most important person in my life outside
my family. Without Ken Tyrrell, I would not be where I am today," he said.
"His influence on my driving career was enormous. He was so much more than
the team owner and team manager, he was like a father. Ken masterminded
my success and in his time he was simply the best."
BTCC (Oulton Park):- The qualifying session produced a new pole sitter as Phil Bennett's replacement Andy Priaulx, took double pole for Sunday's rounds 19 and 20. Priaulx, who is generally more at home in his F3 single-seater, qualified two tenths of a second ahead of championship leader Yvan Muller. He went top to pip Muller's team-mate Jason Plato in the Feature race. "Double pole is fantastic but I have three good drivers to make a reference against," said a delighted Priaulx.
ROUND 19: Qualifying times mins secs
1 A Priaulx GB Vauxhall 1:28.047
2 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 1:28.267
3 J Plato GB Vauxhall 1:28.341
4 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 1:28.413
5 S Soper GB Peugeot 1:28.559
6 D Eaves GB Peugeot 1:29.501
7 T Harvey GB Alfa R 1:29.766
8 T Erdos GB Lexus 1:30.320
9 M Blair GB Alfa R 1:32.608
ROUND 20: Qualifying times mins secs
1 A Priaulx GB Vauxhall 1:27.968
2 J Plato GB Vauxhall 1:28.395
3 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 1:28.439
4 S Soper GB Peugeot 1:28.659
5 J Thompson GB Vauxhall 1:28.727
6 D Eaves GB Peugeot 1:29.262
7 T Harvey GB Alfa R 1:29.733
8 T Erdos GB Lexus 1:30.341
9 M Blair GB Alfa R 1:32.149
RALLY FINLAND:- World champion Marcus Gronholm is closing in on his first win of the season after ending the penultimate leg with a 14.2-second lead. Gronholm held off the determined challenge of Peugeot team-mate and fellow Finn Harri Rovanpera. Overnight leader Richard Burns dropped to third place, 38.3 seconds adrift of Gronholm, after he suffered punctures. Colin McRae, aiming to reduce Tommi Makinen's 10-point championship lead, moved up two places to fourth.
Leading positions after 18 stages:
hr min sec
1 M Gronholm Fin Peugeot 2:35.24.0
2 H Rovanpera Fin Peugeot @ 14.2
3 R Burns GB Subaru @ 38.3
4 C McRae GB Ford @ 42.0
5 M Martin Est Subaru @ 1.07.3
6 C Sainz Sp Ford @ 1.27.4
7 S Lindholm Fin Peugeot @ 2.23.9
8 P Solberg Nor Subaru @ 2.26.7
9 J Pykalisto Fin Toyota @ 3.30.5
10 A McRae GB Hyundai @ 3.36.4
T Makinen retired on first stage
AUTOBYTEL LOTUS (Oulton Park):- Mark Cole claimed his second pole of the season with championship leader Mark Fullalove taking second place. Australian Hyla Breese was third fastest with Jon Tee coming fourth and Martyn Smith finishing fifth.
Leading qualifying times (Sat):
1 M Cole 1:30.428
2 M Fullalove 1:30.513
3 H Breese 1:30.549
4 J Tee 1:30.607
5 M Smith 1:30.702
6 N Hattori 1:30.747
CLIO CUP (Oulton Park):- Martin Byford stole pole position from Duncan Vercoe with a late surge in Saturday's qualifying. Local hero and series leader Duncan Vercoe was a disappointing fifth after heading mid-week testing.
Leading qualifying times (Sat):
1 M Byford Z Speed 1:33.721
2 D Vercoe Mardi G 1:33.854
3 T Mullen Firstair 1:33.886
4 J Templeman TCR 1:33.942
5 D Buxton Sugden 1:34.028
6 P Rivett Stancombe 1:34.229
F.RENAULT (Oulton Park):- Carl Breeze saw his title hopes jump as he took pole position, with title rivals Richard Antinucci fifth and Danny Watts seventh. Chris Buncombe produced his best ever qualifying performance, posting the fifth fastest time.
Qualifying times (Sat):mins secs
1 C Breeze 1:19.868
2 M McLoughlin 1:19.915
3 T Sisley 1:19.920
4 H Kovalainen 1:19.990
5 C Buncombe 1:20.365
6 T Herridge 1:20.544
ALMS (Mid Ohio):- Johnny Herbert begins Saturday's latest round of the
series from fourth place on the grid. He clocked a time of one minute 15.291
seconds in his Audi R8 and will be hoping for good fortune after crashing
out of last Sunday's race. "We had a good feeling in the wet during tests
on Thursday," he said. "Qualifying was held in the dry and I'm very happy
with the balance of the R8 we have for the race. Now we have to be consistent,"
BTCC (Oulton Park):- Andy Priaulx learned a harsh lesson about the skills of driving touring cars as he was pipped for victory in his first British Championship race. Priaulx, deputising for suspended Phil Bennett, began the sprint from pole after a fine qualifying performance. But his chances of victory were dealt a huge blow after a poor start as he was passed by Yvan Muller. Muller hung on to win by 0.543 seconds with Priaulx second and Jason Plato finishing in third place.
Round 19 result (Sun): mins secs
1 Y Muller Fr Vauxhall 23:17.898
2 A Priaulx GB Vauxhall @ 0.543
3 J Plato GB Vauxhall @ 2.534
4 J Thompson GB Vauxhall @ 12.875
5 R Moen Nor Peugeot @ 18.004
6 S Harrison GB Peugeot @ 19.638
7 G Pyper GB Alfa R @ 22.734
8 T Harvey GB Peugeot @ 23.495
9 D Eaves GB Peugeot @ 25.959
10 M Jackson GB Ford @ 29.847
RALLY FINLAND:- Current world champion Marcus Gronholm ended a nine-month period without a win by clinching victory on home turf. Richard Burns was second, while fellow Briton Colin McRae boosted his title hopes by taking third place. Tommi Makinen, who was forced to retire on the first stage of the ninth round, has retained his lead in the Championship standings. Harri Rovanpera, meanwhile, dropped two places to fourth in his Peugoet on the final stage.
Richard Burns spoke of his joy at participating in the event despite having to settle for second place. Burns, who ended the rally behind world champion Marcus Gronholm, said: "I love the event. "They've cut out my favourite stage which is a shame but otherwise it's a great 'drivers' event." Burns and Colin McRae, who finished third, still hope to further close the gap on championship leader Tommi Makinen, who crashed out on day one.
Final positions after 21 stages:
hr min sec
1 M Gronholm Fin Peugeot 3:23.12.8
2 R Burns GB Subaru @ 25.0
3 C McRae GB Ford @ 32.3
4 H Rovanpera Fin Peugeot @ 33.9
5 M Martin Est Subaru @ 1.17.9
6 C Sainz Sp Ford @ 1.40.5
7 P Solberg Nor Subaru @ 2.39.6
8 S Lindholm Fin Peugeot @ 2.44.6
9 P Hagstrom Fin Toyota @ 5.01.2
10 F Loix Bel Toyota @ 5.05.4
13 A McRae GB Hyundai @ 7.26.6
1 T Makinen Fin Mitsubishi 40pts
2 C McRae GB Ford 34
3 C Sainz Sp Ford 27
4 H Rovanpera Fin Peugeot 23
5 R Burns GB Subaru 21
6 M Gronholm Fin Peugeot 14
= F Delecour Fr Ford 14
1 Ford 66pts
= Mitsubishi 66
3 Peugeot 39
4 Subaru 35
5 Skoda 15
6 Hyundai 10
ALMS (Mid Ohio):- Johnny Herbert and Andy Wallace came home in fifth
place in the sixth round of the Le Mans Series, having started on the second
row of the grid. Wallace drove first and they slipped back to sixth place
and despite a stop- go penalty for a pit lane infringement, they got up
to fifth place. Jan Magnussen and David Brabham won after pole-starters
Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen had led for a long time. They were penalised
for overtaking the course car and that cost them dear.
AUTOBYTEL LOTUS (Oulton Park):- Mark Fullalove secured the championship title in superb fashion after finishing second in a thrilling tussle. Mark Cole, who was on pole, won the race by just two tenths of a second with Hyla Breese coming third.
Result (Sun): mins
1 M Cole 25:53.618
2 M Fullalove 25:53.883
3 H Breese 25:54.339
4 J Tee 25:54.940
5 K Tsuchiya 26:13.735
6 C Harris 26:23.953
CLIO CUP (Oulton Park):- Points leader Daniel Buxton grabbed the win in an amazingly close finish. Martin Byford, who led for much of the race, took second, but Duncan Vercoe and Paul Rivett crashed out.
1 D Buxton Sugden 29:59.228
2 M Byford Z Speed 29:59.413
3 T Mullen Firstair 29:59.619
4 J Templeman TCR 30:00.138
5 A Lyall Tracsport 30:00.471
6 J Coffin TCR 30:03.048
F.RENAULT (Oulton Park):- Carl Breeze increased his lead in the series by securing his fourth victory of the campaign. He survived a first-corner bang of wheels with Mark McLoughlin who, in trying to take the lead, spun and crashed out.
Sunday's race result: mins secs
1 C Breeze GB 24:19.902
2 H Kovalainen Fin 24:22.961
3 T Sisley GB 24:25.337
4 R Antinucci US 24:26.389
5 T Herridge GB 24:34.218
6 C Buncombe GB 24:34.696
EUROPEAN TOURING CARS (A-1 Ring):-
Race 1 result (Sun): mins secs
1 G Tarquini It Honda 19:35.658
2 F Giovanardi It Alfa R 19:36.779
3 F Walfisch Fr Honda 19.43.341
4 R Colciago It Audi 19.46.958
5 G De Lorenzi It BMW 19:55.905
6 S Sardelli It Nissan 19:56.565
7 A Lancellotti It Alfa R 20:07.305
8 R Bernardoni It It 20:10.507
9 P Zadra It BMW 20:19.236
10 E Cayrolle Fr BMW 20:21.459
Race 2 result:
1 G Tarquini It Honda 19:49.779
2 N Larini It Alfa R 19:52.048
3 F Giovanardi It Alfa R 19:54.117
4 F Walfisch Fr Honda 20.02.966
5 G De Lorenzi It BMW 20:10.642
6 P Zadra It BMW 20:26.287
7 S Valli SM BMW 20:27.869
8 M Lempinen Fin Audi 20.30.862
9 H Symanzick Ger Alfa R 20:37.321
10 A Lancellotti It Alfa R 20:39.340
Standings after 14 rounds:
1 Giovanardi 449pts
2 Larini 418
3 Tarquini 394
FIA GT’S (A1 Ring):-
Result (Sun): hr min sec
1 Rydell/Knox Ferrari 3:00.09.9
2 H'mans/B'molen Chrsyler 3:00.58.4
3 B'olen/B'molen Chrysler 3:01.04.3
4 S'inger/Bailey Lister 3:01.41.4
5 Bouchut/Belloc Chrysler @ 2 laps
6 Kumpen/G'selin Chrysler @ 2 laps
7 C'llari/M'uzzi Chrysler @ 4 laps
8 T'rien/P'atori Ferrari @ 5 laps
9 Ortelli/Amorim Porsche @ 6 laps
10 Dumez/G'sfard Porsche @ 6 laps
27.08.2001F1:- Malaysian driver Alex Yoong is set to make his Formula One debut with European Minardi next month after being drafted in to replace Tarso Marques. Yoong has been granted a super-licence by the sport's governing body, the FIA, after completing a two-day test at the Mugello circuit in Italy. He will now replace Brazilian Marques for the final three races from the Italian Grand Prix on September 16. Marques will now become Mindari's test and reserve driver.
Michael Schumacher has been given the all-clear to race in Belgium next weekend after suffering a stiff neck following a practice crash last week.
CATERHAM'S (Castle Combe):- Caterham Superlight Challenge Round 9: mins secs 1 C Cooper GB 31:26.398 2 H Redhouse GB @0.302 3 P Gladman GB @0.486 4 J Gladman GB @0.732 5 G Taylor GB @1.000 Caterham Roadsport Challenge Round 9: mins secs 1 K Robinson GB 32:21.222 2 P Kite GB @2.753 3 M Gregory GB @3.987 4 J Sutherland GB @3.069 5 J Derbyshire GB @3.339ASCAR:- John Mickel of Sheffield and Dutchman Michael Vergers shared the honours in the inaugural ASCAR races on the Rockingham oval in Northamptonshire. The two races, with average lap speeds of over 145mph, became the fastest ever in the UK and pre-empt the arrival of the American Champ Cars in September. Mickel took the first race after favourite Mark Claussner collided with a wall in the early stages. Vergers won the second after overcoming a slow tyre change.
29.08.2001F1:- Jaguar boss Niki Lauda has said he is committed to keeping Eddie Irvine with the team next season. Lauda replaced Bobby Rahal as team princiapl last week after reports that Rahal had offered Irvine to Jordan. Rahal later claimed he had been joking, but Lauda has moved quickly to dispel the notion that Irvine or Pedro de la Rosa may leave. "Both drivers will line up for Jaguar Racing next season and nothing will change that," he told Jaguar's website.
THE BELGIAN GP
Michael Schumacher may have already clinched the drivers' title and sewn up the constructor crown for Ferrari but he could achieve more glory on Sunday. He equalled Alain Prost's mark of 51 victories in the last race but can make the record his own with a win at Spa. Schumacher has been given the go-ahead to race after suffering a stiff neck in a testing crash in Mugello last week. It was his fourth accident this year and he told his official website: "It was a shock to have another crash."
Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut in Belgium in 1991 and won his first race there in 1992 so it will be apt if he nets another landmark there. But not only does the German want to set a record of 52 victories, he also wants to help Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello seal second place overall. He told his website: "Our primary objective will be to secure second place in the championship for Rubens. Even though I love my brother Ralf we are driving for different team."
The pressure is off David Coulthard now that Ferrari have cleaned up in the driver and constructor races but the Scot will still be targeting a win. The runners-up spot is still up for grabs, with Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher closing in on Coulthard. Coulthard admitted: "The championship might be over but I still want to achieve the best possible result. Spa is one of the greatest circuits in the world and offers numerous overtaking opportunities."
Mika Hakkinen won at Spa-Francorchamps last year and would relish a repeat performance on Sunday. The Finn commented: "I always enjoy driving at Spa. It is one of the most exciting and challenging tracks, especially the blast up to Eau Rouge. Set-up is crucial and often has to be a compromise. It can be dry on one part of the circuit and raining on another. I have good memories of last year's race, which I really enjoyed, and it would be nice to take victory again."
Ralf Schumacher believes that the weather could be a factor in how he performs in the grand prix. The Williams star said: "The car in Spa should be better than in the last race in Hungary but there is always a question mark about the weather. It often rains there, which could cause us a problem." And he added: "Spa, like Monaco, is one of the remaining old circuits where the safety standards are unfortunately not up to date."
Juan Pablo Montoya has raced at Spa twice before in Formula 3000 but his 1997 visit is one that he will probably want to forget. He was disqualified for holding up the field with a damaged car but a year later he claimed pole and was second. The Colombian stated: "I think Spa is a great track and an interesting one. Eau Rouge is really quick and if people could feel what you feel when you are going through there that would be something."
Eddie Irvine wil go into Sunday's race with a new management structure at the Jaguar team. Former team principal Bobby Rahal has left and is concentrating on his CART team in the US, while Niki Lauda has taken over his duties at Jaguar. Jaguar have managed to score only five points this season. And on top of the poor form, there had been allegations that Rahal offered Irvine to Jordan after they axed Heinz-Harald Frentzen last month.
Jenson Button is hoping that a recent wet weather test in Barcelona will help him to a points finish on Sunday. With rain a possibility at Spa, Benetton looked at both intermediate and new wet tyres. They also looked at their new aerodynamic package, chassis development and the control systems. Technical director Mike Gascoyne said: "Jenson spent his time on further tyre evaluations for Michelin and we had a planned engine change."
Sunday's race is scheduled to last for 44 laps (190.548 miles). Alain Prost holds the lap record at the circuit with a time of one minute, 51.095 seconds set in 1993 for the Williams team. Mika Hakkinen won last year's race but Rubens Barrichello clocked the fastest lap time with 1:53.803. Michael Schumacher has been first or second in 17 of the past 19 races. The last race without a Ferrari or McLaren winner was at the Nurburgring in 1999.
WOODPECKER STAGES RALLY:- A number of top clubmen have been attracted to the event this year, which takes place on Saturday and starts from Ludlow Racecourse at 8.00am. Andrew Burton/Rob Morgan, multiple past winners of the rally, will again be driving the car to beat. Other pairings expected to challenge are Gary Smith and Phil Clarke, Mark Perrott and Paul Morris and Gary Midwinter and Martin Saunders. The rally has been cut down to one day after the foot-and-mouth outbreak.
INDYCARS:- Helio Castroneves will be looking to consolidate his lead at the top of the standings in Sunday's race. The Brazilian heads Kenny Brack in the drivers' standings after both finished down the field in the Motorola 220. Michael Andretti and Team Motorola are looking forward to returning to Canada after claiming their first Champ Car victory as a team in Toronto in July. Dario Franchitti, who claimed pole in Vancouver last year, will also be looking to improve in the standings.
F3000 (Spa):- Justin Wilson will head to Saturday's race determined to secure the point he needs to seal the championship. Wilson's Coca-Cola Nordic Racing team have already won the team championship. "I have a lead of 20 points from Mark Webber," said Wilson. "To take the title from me, Mark must win the last two races with me failing to score. I would be foolish to say that the title is as good as won. What I will say is that I shall be aiming to qualify as near the front as possible."
PIRELLI RALLY:- Next year's Pirelli International Rally will be based in Gateshead after organisers of the event opted to sever their 24-year links with Carlisle. The decision was taken because the rally is considered to have outgrown the Cumbrian city. Gateshead City Council's support has also played a key role for a rally that was abandoned this year because of the foot and mouth disease. "Moving opens the event to a much wider audience," said spokesman Ed Graham.