Friday, 6 April 2012
Weekend in Motorsport (7-9 April 2012)
It's all about GTs this week, the SRO promoted GT1 and European GT3 series kickoff at Nogaro in France.
Looking Forward... Event of the Week
What the GT1 series has done very well in previous years is its online video coverage in addition to live coverage on the Bloomberg news channel (a seemingly bizarre choice but it reaches people working in the financial industry worldwide so is popular with sponsors). This season the video links on their website point to a YouTube Channel and whilst live coverage will definitely be on ESPN in the UK (a subscription channel) there is rumours of live coverage on Bloomberg but there is no mention of it on the schedules or electronic programme guide. At least the race timetable is clearly displayed on the official website, other series take note... (GT3 is live on MotorsTV)
We at The MSC are big GT fans, but they do make things difficult for even those of us with our fingers close to the pulse so Lord knows how the casual fan will discover or follow the series.
The GT3 grid is not especially stellar, due I suspect to the popularity of the longer Blancpain Series.
Another SRO series making its traditional Easter start is British GT at Oulton Park. The Trackspeed team are fielding 3 GT3 spec 911s with decent drivers (including ex-factory driver Richard Westbrook) so look like the people to beat. There's a nicely varied selection of cars too with Mercedes SLS, Corvette, Nissan GTR, Lotus, Ginetta, BMW and Chevron joining the obligatory Porsche and Ferrari entrants.
Kiwi hillclimb legend Rod Millen has created a southern hemisphere motorsport festival based at his farm entitled the Leadfoot Festival featuring vehicles from New Zealand illustrious motorsport heritage.
There's an excellent write up and pictures on the SpeedHunters site.
If I Won the Lotto This Week, I Would Buy...
The clock change signally the beginning of British Summer Time and the appearance of some sunshine had Your Reporter taking to Google to daydream about sitting with some wine and fragrant fromage whilst touring the continent in a modestly sized motorhome. The Mercedes Sprinter based Hymer Starline 590 (with the optional V6 engine and heavy duty 5300kg chassis upgrade, naturally) would fit the bill nicely. (Perhaps painted something other than white though.)
Sadly, we might not be only people with the same idea.
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