Status GP all set for first test of GP3′s new-generation racer at Estoril

February 21, 2013 by Status Grand Prix  

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Status GP all set for first test of GP3's new-generation racer at Estoril

Status Grand Prix is all set for the first test of the second-generation GP3 Series car, which takes place over three days at Estoril in Portugal on Wednesday to Friday, February 20th to 22nd. The team will run Swede Jimmy Eriksson, already confirmed as a Status GP driver for 2013, and Briton Josh Webster on all three days. The team’s other car will... [Read more...]

60 seconds with Tommy Byrne

February 15, 2013 by Leo  

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Tommy recalls the race of his life as a celebrity race at Snetterton in 1982

Name: Tommy Byrne Age: 54 Occupation: Driver Coach Instructor Road Car: Mazda Miata Crashed & Byrned is a book about Tommy’s life as a racing driver Dream Road Car: Porsche GT3R Race of My Life: Celebrity Race at Snetterton 1982 Biggest Supporter: John McCambridge Favourite Food: Mince meat and mash potatoes It’s Motorsport.ie’s round-... [Read more...]

Rory Cummins: Another Year of Shouting at the Moon!

January 31, 2013 by Rory Cummins  

A few months ago I eventually made it to the Donington Grand Prix museum. Now I have never been one for static displays of racing cars- much preferring to see them at full noise but this was Donington for Gods sake. I was lucky in that it was the middle of the week and I had the place virtually to myself and I could wander around in quiet contemplation. There is something about older racing cars that appeals to my soul, sitting there in reluctant retirement they reminded me of old soldiers. The battles and heartache that they have witnessed and you get the sense that you only would have to give the word and they would be ready to go in a heartbeat. Thankfully most of Donington’s collection are ‘on the button’ so to speak and are taken out for a thrash now and again. But that visit and a trip to the Silverstone Classic in July have confirmed a festering feeling that I have had for some years. Motor racing has embraced technology so whole heartedly that it has left its very soul behind. Maybe I have been over exposed to it in the last 22 years of following it but it takes a lot to get my heart beating faster these days. I am like a junkie who has had too much of a good thing. I need bigger and bigger hits. Modern motorsport has lost its charisma. Granted when a Grand Prix grid comes around for the start I do move to the edge of my seat and hold my breath but it is all too fleeting, soon enough I am only half watching and last year was better than most. So what is it that has caused this loss of charisma. I am afraid that for the most part it is pounds shilling and pence. The more of that you have to spend the more technology you have and the more analysed the sport becomes. Formula One has been the biggest victim of this. There are no grey areas anymore. Every inch of a modern Grand Prix car is engineered to perfection, every one of its operating parts analysed to the nth degree. Where is the magic and the wonder? Last year saw the anomaly of the teams not fully understanding the tyres and look at the entertainment that brought! When Pastor Maldonado is on the pace then you know that something somewhere has thrown a spanner in the works, and praise the Lord for that. A little while ago I read an entertaining article about John Watson’s win in the 1983 United States Grand Prix West. Starting 22nd in a car that he could not get a handle on, he struggled in the early part of the race until it came back to him and he started to lap at a ferocious pace passing cars as if they were stopped. His win on that Long Beach street circuit was one of his best but when asked what was it that changed in the car his response was “ Nearly thirty years later I still have no idea”. Teams hate unpredictability, well the ones that win regularly do anyway! The fans, on the other hand, love it. With all this analysis and engineering something has to give, where does it all end? The 1993 McLaren was considered, at the time, the most technologically advanced racing car in history but even with its fly by wire throttle and traction control it sizzled with magic at the hands of Ayrton Senna. His five wins that season against the might of Williams defied convention, he was the difference. My point is that Formula One cars have become so much more advanced and engineered that we are not allowed the excitement of a driver having a special day and making a difference. We understand too much and we are losing those days when you stand and wonder.

A flavour of the vast collection open to the public at Donington Park's museum. Photo: speedhunters.com

A few months ago I eventually made it to the Donington Grand Prix museum. Now I have never been one for static displays of racing cars- much preferring to see them at full noise but this was Donington for Gods sake. I was lucky in that it was the middle of the week and I had the place virtually to myself and I could wander around in quiet contemplation.... [Read more...]

Status Grand Prix joins forces with Swedish ace Eriksson for GP3 Series

January 28, 2013 by Status Grand Prix  

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Eriksson joins Silverstone based Irish Motorsport Team Status Grand Prix after winning the German Formula 3 title in 2012.

Status Grand Prix has recruited highly-rated Swedish racer Jimmy Eriksson for the 2013 GP3 Series season. Eriksson, who will be 22 years old in March, joins the Silverstone-based team after an extremely successful 2012 season, during which he won the German Formula 3 Cup, taking eight victories and six pole positions on his way to the title with the... [Read more...]

60 seconds with Conor Daly

January 14, 2013 by Leo  

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Conor behind the wheel of the No.14 ABC Supply Honda IndyCar at a test at Sebring International Raceway late last year

Name: Conor Daly Age: 21 Occupation: Driver Road Car: Subaru STI Dream Road Car: Nissan Skyline R34 GTR Race Car: GP3 Dream Race Car: F1 Race of My Life: Barcelona Race 2 GP3 2012 Biggest Supporter: My Family Favourite Food: Pizza Favourite Restaurant: Fogo de Chao Tell us something interesting about yourself? I want to race/drive with Ken Block someday  Read More →

F1 heats up Birmingham

January 13, 2013 by Autosport International  

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Large crowd's have attended Autosport International 2013

Temperatures in the UK may have plummeted, but the combination of horsepower, stars and cars warmed up the attending fans in an exciting celebration of motorsport during the 23rd Autosport International show. Tens of thousands of motorsport fans flocked to Birmingham’s NEC as the public element of Europe’s biggest motorsport show got underway. The... [Read more...]

60 seconds with Damien Faulkner

January 11, 2013 by Leo  

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Damien leaves the pits in his Porsche GT3 Cup car. Photo: damienfaulkner.com

Name: Damien Faulkner Age: 35 Occupation: Racing Driver Road Car: Audi A3 Dream Road Car: Porsche Carrera GT Race Car: Porsche GT3 Cup Dream Race Car: One with Air Conditioning! Race of My Life: Sebring 12 hour 2011 Biggest Supporter: Family Favourite Food: Italian Favourite Restaurant: My financee’s kitchen! It’s Motorsport.ie’s round- what... [Read more...]

Ireland’s Shane Lynch to star in Live Action Arena

January 8, 2013 by Autosport International  

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The 'Best of British' line-up at Autosport International includes the 3.8-litre V8 McLaren MP4-12C

A celebration of the UK’s automotive engineering expertise will take place at Birmingham’s NEC on 12-13 January 2013 with live demonstrations at Autosport International’s Live Action Arena. Hosted within the UK’s largest indoor race track, motoring magazine Autocar presents its ‘Best of British’ with a display of stunning models: the 3.8-litre... [Read more...]

Conor Daly to test for AJ Foyt Racing at Sebring

December 12, 2012 by Tony Gregory  

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Conor Daly will test the No.14 ABC Supply Honda IndyCar at Sebring International Raceway

Conor Daly will test the No.14 ABC Supply Honda IndyCar at Sebring International Raceway December 13th just two days before his 21st birthday. Daly who will be testing an Indy car for the first time, is the son of the ex Formula One and CART IndyCar driver Irishman Derek Daly. Daly commented on the announcement “I am honoured to have the opportunity... [Read more...]

Venturini joins Cullen and Weckstrom in Status GP Estoril GP3 test line-up

November 6, 2012 by Status Grand Prix  

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Ryan Cullen is looking to increase his mileage with StatusGP

Italian Giovanni Venturini will join Miki Weckstrom and Ryan Cullen in Status Grand Prix’s line-up for this week’s two days of GP3 Series post-season testing at the Estoril circuit. The two days of running at the Portuguese circuit will represent the first time that Venturini, who twice finished on the podium this season with Trident Racing, has... [Read more...]

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