Friday, 30 September 2011

Weekend in Motorsport (01/02 October 2011)

We're approaching the end of the motor racing season here in the northern hemisphere, but there's another action packed weekend ahead of us.

This week's main events are the Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta and the Britcar 24 Hours from Silverstone.

The PLM sees the stateside return of Audi and Peugeot after sitting out most of the ALMS races this season.

Axis Of Oversteer: Lap Road Atlanta with BMW's Dirk Warner

Also returning to the driving seat is former Le Mans GT2 winner Justin Bell. He's normally to be found at ALMS races as SPEED tv's pitlane pundit but will be joining the AF Corse team to pedal their GT-class Ferrari.

Bell has long been a contributor to the online videos at Jay Leno's Garage and has just started a new series of videos for eBay Motors entitled World's Fastest Car Show.

Silverstone in October is usually a wet and windy affair but the UK is currently experiencing a bit of an Indian Summer so this weekend's Britcar 24hrs will be a sun drenched affair for a change.

Previous runnings of the race have seen length Safety Car periods and even Red Flags overnight due to mist and fog, so perhaps this year will see an uninterrupted run from Flag-to-Flag.

To remind yourself of last year's event, check out the following lengthy documentary:

MJC Ferrari & the 2010 Silverstone Britcar24 Hours from Chris Simpson on Vimeo.

If I Won the Lotto This Week, I Would Buy...
It's a twofer this week. Having just returned from a couple of week's in Africa I'm still dreaming of roaming the dark continent in a 70-Series Land Cruiser. This makes a nice contrast from cruising the urban jungle in an opinion splitting bandit Porsche 356.

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