The Lame Duck F1 season heads to Abu Dhabi this weekend and no-one will care when Seb Vettel roars off into the distance . The only interest the weekend could generate is if any 2012 driver line-up rumours emerge.
Another Not As Good As It Used To Be event is the Rally GB in Wales. The current "TV Friendly" weekend WRC rounds are a pale imitation of the week-long marathons of the past. The MSC Crew as motorsport obsessives will argue to anyone who'll listen that a return to lengthier events would work perfectly now fans have access to modern tools such as online timing, videos and social media such as Twitter. Armchair fans can follow the progress of rallies from their office desks or mobile phones and then catch up on nightly highlights online or on tv before the final stages are broadcast live on a weekend. This will allow A Story to build and interest to be generated by chatter on forums etc.
Looking Forward... Event of the Week
The ILMC is in China this weekend for a 6hr race. With China becoming a major market for auto makers expect it to feature on every worldwide series calendar from now on.
The good people of Audi TV will be broadcasting video of the whole race which can be combined with excellent commentary (and forum discussion) from Radio Le Mans and (free!) reportage from DailySportscar.com.
The race takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning for those of us in Europe.
Looking Forward... 2012
As the supermarket shelves start filling with mince pies and discounted booze it is time to look forward to 2012. The Motorsport Calendar Android Application's next release (available on the Android Market shortly) will include the first batch 2012 dates for series such as F1, Grand-Am, British GT and the Le Mans 24hrs. As more dates are officially announced by series in the New Year and these will be added to the application, so keep downloading the new versions as updates appear on your phone.
The first event of 2012 is The Dakar Rally which is again in South America rather than its traditional home of North Africa. The 2012 route takes in Argentina, Chile and Peru.
The truck category has a large number of Dutch entrant and the leading De Rooy team have launched their 2012 challenger and updated website: http://www.dakar-derooy.com/2012/
Porsche's annual Rennsport Reunion IV at California's Laguna Seca raceway is a celebration of their long and glorious racing heritage.
Porsche Announcement of the Week...
Whilst Audi and Peugeot have contested the headline class in ACO regulated events in recent years the traditional sportscar battle has always been Porsche vs Ferrari. The Maranello Mob have had the advantage recently but Porsche's 2012 911 RSR should redress the balance: Story and Pictures from SpeedHunters.com
If I Won the Lotto This Week, I Would Buy...
An ice driving course with the The Tuthills.
The Last Word...
Motorsport Commentator Paul Truswell has written an excellent piece on why (in his words) Sportscar racing is more worthy than Formula One.
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