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On 8/4/2022 at 1:30 PM, HossC said:

I was taken to speedway a few times when I was young, but that was probably 40 years ago now. Since then, I've never really been interested in two-wheeled motorsport, but add another two wheels and I'll most likely watch it!

But in Hazzard County, if it has wheels, people have a tendency to want to race it!

All right, back to four wheels. Sorry for the interruption. 

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I haven't been following Formula-E much, but the final two rounds of this year's season took place in South Korea, so they happened to be shown live while I was making breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. It must have been a while since I last watched as they now complete a 45 minute race without the need to swap cars midway through.

Congratulations to former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne whose second place finish in the last race was enough to clinch this year's title. It was also a win for the Mercedes team who are leaving the sport to concentrate on Formula 1.

I still don't think I've been converted from gasoline-based cars. The lack of noise and pollution means that Formula E can race in city center locations which probably wouldn't be available to conventional cars, but I prefer more open tracks which aren't like racing down a corridor of barriers. They also have 'gimmicks' like Fanboost and Attack Mode which probably appeal to the gamers, but don't really do anything for me. Formula 1 has been using hybrid engines since 2014, and the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has introduced them this year. I think NASCAR are doing some hybrid demos next year.

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4 minutes ago, HossC said:

I haven't been following Formula-E much, but the final two rounds of this year's season took place in South Korea, so they happened to be shown live while I was making breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. It must have been a while since I last watched as they now complete a 45 minute race without the need to swap cars midway through.

Congratulations to former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne whose second place finish in the last race was enough to clinch this year's title. It was also a win for the Mercedes team who are leaving the sport to concentrate on Formula 1.

I still don't think I've been converted from gasoline-based cars. The lack of noise and pollution means that Formula E can race in city center locations which probably wouldn't be available to conventional cars, but I prefer more open tracks which aren't like racing down a corridor of barriers. They also have 'gimmicks' like Fanboost and Attack Mode which probably appeal to the gamers, but don't really do anything for me. Formula 1 has been using hybrid engines since 2014, and the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has introduced them this year. I think NASCAR are doing some hybrid demos next year.

I have a video game on the Game Boy Advance called British Car Touring Championship.

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10 minutes ago, Skipper Duke said:

I have a video game on the Game Boy Advance called British Car Touring Championship.

It appears to have been based on the 1997/98 championship when the PC and Playstation games were released. They featured commentary by former racing driver and former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell. The Game Boy Color version came out in 2000 with simplified graphics and gameplay. It looks like all versions got good reviews at the time.

 

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6 minutes ago, HossC said:

It appears to have been based on the 1997/98 championship when the PC and Playstation games were released. They featured commentary by former racing driver and former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell. The Game Boy Color version came out in 2000 with simplified graphics and gameplay. It looks like all versions got good reviews at the time.

 

I'm outta reactions so... Here's the ❤

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F1 was back this weekend after its summer break. The old-school Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium is one of my favorites, but I was out for most of yesterday, so I missed the first couple of laps.

Championship rivals Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both qualified in the top four (1st and 4th respectively), but started in 14th and 15th places due to engine penalties, so their team mates Carlos Sainz Jnr and Sergio Perez were on the front row for the race. Lewis Hamilton made a reasonable start from fourth, but clashed with Fernando Alonso on the first lap and had to retire. Lewis later took the blame for the incident. Max made quick work of making his way to the front, helped partly by a safety car. Near the end, Ferrari called Charles into the pits for new tires to try to get the fastest lap. Their plan failed for two reasons: he was passed by Fernando Alonso, spoiling his lap before retaking the place, and he picked up a 5-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane losing the place again in the final result. Max went on to take an easy victory from the lowest start position his Red Bull team has ever achieved. With Red Bull's Sergio Perez finishing second, he now moves up to second in the championship behind Max's increasing lead.

Belgium used to be seen as Max's home race due to its proximity to the Netherlands, but since last year, the Dutch Grand Prix has been back on the calendar, and that's where we're off to next week. You can see the highlights of the Belgian Grand Prix here.


 

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It looks like I forgot to post a review of last week's Dutch Grand Prix - you can see the highlights here.

This weekend was Ferrari's home race at Monza, Italy. Sadly, it was another race weekend spoiled by regulations and procedures. Nearly half the field had grid penalties for using excessive engine parts, but it took around four hours after qualifying before they decided the starting grid for yesterday's race.

Home favorite Charles LeClerc started on pole, but championship leader Max Verstappen made it up from seventh to third by the end of the second lap. While Mercedes driver George Russell fought for a top-three place, his team mate Lewis Hamilton had to make his way slowly forward from 19th.  

The end of the race was the big letdown. Daniel Ricciardo had to pull his McLaren over with a few laps remaining. The stewards were slow to call a safety car and then only some of the back markers unlapped themselves, so the race finished behind the safety car with the two championship contenders at the front on the soft (fastest) tires. Even though Max Verstappen won his fifth race in a row, his team boss Christian Horner admitted that fans had been deprived of a last lap battle. Unlike NASCAR, F1 cars start with a set amount of fuel, so green–white–checker finishes might not be an option, but something needs to be done.

Dutch driver Nyck de Vries won driver of the day. He drove a test session for Aston Martin in Friday's free practice 1 (FP1), and then got called up to drive for Williams when Alex Albon was diagnosed with appendicitis on Saturday morning (Alex is doing fine now after he suffered "post-operative anesthetic complications"). I think the commentators said that he's the first person to drive for two different teams in the same race weekend since the late-70s. He qualified in a respectable 13th place, but started in 8th after the grid penalties were applied to others. Nyck finished 9th to score two points on his F1 debut.

Although the race was in Italy, many teams are British-based and several had tributes to the Queen on their cars. There was also a minute's silence before the race.

You can see Monza highlights here.

The next race isn't until the Singapore GP on September 30th, where Max Verstappen could theoretically win the championship with six races still to go.

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The Nascar Silly Season really took a swing for the fences... Kyle Busch left Joe Gibbs Racing for Richard Childress Racing and will drive the #8 Chevy Camaro for 2023 and it sounds like he signed a long term contract https://nascar.nbcsports.com/2022/09/13/kyle-busch-to-join-richard-childress-racing-in-2023/

Tyler Reddick is either going to drive a 3rd RCR car or if Kurt Busch retires, 2311 racing could buyout his RCR contract or since Kyle Busch is leaving JGR they could buy out his contract and have him drive the #18 for a year. 

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It's still another week until the next F1 race, but the video below popped up in my recommendations yesterday. As a bit of background, Guy Martin is a truck mechanic and motorcycle racer from the north of England. Over the last decade, he's made a series of documentaries and travelogues. Several have been about setting unusual speed records such as World's Fastest Tractor, while others have included restoring a WWII Spitfire and building a replica WWI tank.

This is the first of three F1 specials from his 'Speed with Guy Martin' series. It pits Guy on his Tyco BMW racing bike against former F1 driver David Coulthard in a championship-winning Red Bull RB8 F1 car in a series of challenges. Both vehicles are capable of 200mph.
 

 

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There was actually a guy on a Ninja who was the first to hit 400 kph with a factory motorcycle. I think it was in Turkey. That is 258 mph or something like that. Maybe you can posh a link of that. I'll check your video out later. I see it's pretty long. 

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46 minutes ago, RogerDuke said:

There was actually a guy on a Ninja who was the first to hit 400 kph with a factory motorcycle. I think it was in Turkey. That is 258 mph or something like that. Maybe you can posh a link of that. I'll check your video out later. I see it's pretty long. 

Here you go, Roger. It was Kenan Sofuoglu on a Kawasaki Ninja H2R at the Osman Gazi Bridge in Turkey back in 2016. 400km/h is just shy of 250mph.

BTW. The original video I posted is long, but it'll whiz by (no pun intended).

 

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