Kane Storms To Victory At Silverstone

May 28, 2014 by Tony Gregory  

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Kane en route to Bentley's first UK win in 84 years!

At last weekends Silverstone round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, Northern Irish sportscar racer Steven Kane helped M-Sport Bentley score its maiden victory in only the second competition event for both the Continental GT3 and the new race team. The no7 car driven by Kane, Andy Meyrick and Guy Smith drove an astonishing lights to flag race and in-turn... [Read more...]

A solid start to the season for Matt Griffin

April 24, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

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Matt and his AF team mates top the podium

Ferrari ace and 2013 ELMS champion Matt Griffin tasted success and disappointment at Silverstone this weekend in the first round on the European Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship. The busy Irishman successfully juggled the two race events which were held on the same weekend at the famous Northamptonshire circuit. Griffin was quickest in... [Read more...]

Busy Weekend for Matt Griffin in Silverstone!

April 16, 2014 by Dave Mint  

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Two different teams and two different championships in one weekend- Matt is going to be busy!!

Ferrari GT driver, Matt Griffin, will be one of the busiest men in Northamptonshire as he tackles the 1st round of both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), at Silverstone this coming weekend. In the WEC, Matt will re-join Ram Racing, a team that he has already tasted success with after winning the GTE class... [Read more...]

Kane Confirmed For 2014 WEC

February 18, 2014 by Tony Gregory  

Kane at the wheel of the Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03

Last week it was announced that Northern Ireland, sportscar ace Jonny Kane will again be competing in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship for Northamptonshire based Strakka Racing. The team also confirmed an unchanged driver line-up for the fifth consecutive year with Kane, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts driving a LMP2 prototype DOME Strakka S103,... [Read more...]

Double Podium for Smith at Silverstone

October 4, 2013 by P1 Digital  

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Aron enjoyed a hugely successful weekend when the BTCC visited Silverstone!

Airwaves Racing’s Árón Smith was aiming to return to the podium at Silverstone after a challenging weekend at Rockingham some two weeks earlier. A circuit that holds many fond memories for the young Dubliner would surely provide the ideal platform for some strong results as he made his podium debut here in 2012. Saturday morning’s free practice... [Read more...]

Video of the Week- Derek Daly’s F1 Debut. Silverstone 1978.

June 28, 2013 by Leo Nulty  

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Daly briefly starred on his F1 debut despite world class opposition.

This is an incredible video of the 1978 International Trophy Race at Silverstone in 1978. F3 driver Derek Daly qualifies an impressive ninth in the Hesketh, makes a cracker of a start and is up to second by the first corner in atrocious conditions. A broken visor blinds him and sends him off on the first lap, but he somehow rejoins and climbs to second... [Read more...]

Status GP and UK driver Webster excited as home GP3 event looms

June 28, 2013 by Status Grand Prix  

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Status hope for a good showing at Silverstone this weekend. Their factory is only just down the road from the circuit!

Status Grand Prix is all set for the third round of the 2013 GP3 Series supporting the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, within walking distance of the team’s factory. Silverstone also represents the home event for one of Status GP’s three drivers, and as such Josh Webster is itching to score his first points in his maiden season of international... [Read more...]

Kane Starts Season on Home Ground.

April 9, 2013 by Tony Gregory  

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Comber born Jonny Kane will again be playing an important part in the Strakka racing’s all-British driver line-up at the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Silverstone this Sunday 14 April. Kane, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts will be giving the team’s upgraded Honda Performance Development ARX-03c its race debut.... [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...]

Jonny McMullan: Hoping To Cross The Pond for 2013!

December 24, 2012 by Jonny McMullan  

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A mix of highs and lows in FF1600 in 2012, the aim for 2013 is to move to the USA! Photo: Raceline Photography

In 2012 for the second year we were going to be driving the NI Radiator Services Mondiale 89s in the Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship! From a very good end to the 2011 season we went into the new season feeling confident about the year ahead! It started well and in March at the first round we started the new season with a bang winning... [Read more...]

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