Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dakar Rally


But this year it had none of the vices that saw Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz scrapping with each other in what were two very competitive Volkswagens fighting for the lead last year.

The Qatari driver eventually won the rally and after being announced to drive a Hummer in this year’s edition, it looked like it would provide an interesting battle in the front.

The Minis however looked the other way, at the front, especially when it had the services of nine time Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel.

The modified and nimble Mini, which is as good as its parent BMW, scampered through with German precision for its rivals to try and mount a challenge.

Al-Attiyah showed a lot of promise to do so but numerous mechanical problems, in what appeared to be a cumbersome and lethargic yet powerful looking Hummer, put an end to his run.

His teammate Robby Gordon was consistent with his results over the earlier stages and was in contention to belittle the Minis.

And that’s where the Dakar drama started.

“The inspectors can kiss my ass,” said Gordon after he won the 12th stage.

The American driver is running under appeal after he was disqualified by the officials for a technical infringement.

But Gordon proved everyone wrong by 15 minutes! He won the stage comfortably with the said infringement plugged up.

Accused of cheating by not only the officials but also his rivals, the pissed 43-year-old had set out to embarrass his fellow competitors, even though an overall victory was just a mirage over the horizon.

“Nasser wins two specials and we hear nothing about it. The same system is on his car,” Gordon explained after the ninth stage. “And now it’s ‘ok explain us your system, what does it do, why is it like this and how does it work.’

All machines go through scrutineering ahead of the gruelling rally, where officials check the conformity of the entrants with the regulations laid down.

The bright-orange Hummer had been approved in Buenos Aeries with Gordon charged up to rub the faces of his detractors in the dirt of the vast expanses of the desert.

“It’s something that I have their signature on that they approved,” Gordon reasoned. “We didn’t change anything once the rally started.”

Peterhansel, who has been competing in the Dakar Rally since 1988, regardless of the allegations that he had thrown in was clear to claim his tenth win of the event – his fourth in the car category.

But everyone loves the underdog, the wronged, who set out to prove a point. And even if they falter, they do manage to step up on an emotional podium.

And those points count.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Ride on the bumper of a screaming 910hp, Twin-Turbo, All-wheel Drive, 150 mph Suzuki SX4 as it races up one of the world's most dangerous hills. An attempt by the "Monster" to break his own record of 10:01:41.

2010 Crashes: Bruschetta in WRC

Alessandro Bruschetta has a big crash in Rally Finland as he rolls eight times!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Onboard lap in a Radical SR

Onboard the Radical SR3 of 2010 Saudi Radical Champion Saeed AlMouri on a sand covered Zain Reem Circuit. This was the season finale, Saeed had already sewn up the Championship but was still hungry for victories. Conditions took a turn for the worse on raceday as the circuit was hit by a sandstorm. By the time of the race it had eased a little but the circuit was still covered in sand.

No problem to Saeed, an accomplished Rally Driver but it did give us some great action as an early spin left Saeed at the back of the pack and the video covers his fight to move back up the field with some great overtaking moves and awesome "rally style" driving.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

2010 Crashes: Van Der Drift in Superleague Formula

During Superleague Brands-Hatch third race Chris Van Der Drift (Olympiacos team) get air at straight, crash at the right side of bridge and overturn spins in a track. Thankfully he alive. He is concious with broken ankle, injured shoulder and hand.

2010 Crashes: Marciello in Formula Abarth

A massive shunt happened at Imola. Raffaele Marciello flips his Formula Abarth big time after hitting Maxim Zimin at Rivazza.

2010 Crashes: NASCAR SprintCup

At Daytona.

2010 Crashes: Junqueira in Formula Truck

Incident involving Bruno Junqueira and Gilmar Bueno.

Castroneves loses it in Indy

Brian Barnhart explains the blocking "black flag" on Helio Castroneves at the Honda Edmonton Indy.

Ken Block vs Kimi Raikkonen

A Tie in Rally Portugal between Kimi Raikkonen and Ken Block at the SS1 Algarve Stadium, Lisbon!

Top Gear: Clarkson in the Sierra Cosworth

Jeremy Clarkson drives the Sierra Cosworth on the Euro Speedway.

Top Gear: May in the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

James May drives the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 on the Euro Speedway.

Top Gear: Hammond in the BMW M3

Richard Hammond drives the BMW M3 on the Euro Speedway.

2010 Crashes: Doornbos in Superleague Formula

A big roll over crash between Robert Doornbos of Corinthians and Marcos Martinez Ucha who brakes to late into the first corner after the start and touches with his front wheel the rear wheel of Doornbos his car which ends with a spectacular flip. The crash was quite to similar Christijan Alber's roll in F1 in the 2006 San Marino GP.

Grid Girl Faints on a Porsche

2010 Le Mans 24 Hours Race Start

The start and opening lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010! Interesting battle between Allan McNish and Nicolas Lapierre.

Audi 2010 24 Hour of Le Mans teaser

Le Mans lap

Onboard and qualifying with comments from Tom Coronel, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Peter Dumbreck.

2010 Crashes: Niver in a drag race

WARNING: Fatal crash. Mark Niver was killed when his chute failed to deploy at the end of a race at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle. The dragster crashed into netting at the end of the track.

2010 Crashes: Williams in Formula Palmer Audi

Jordan Williams crash in the second Formula Palmer Audi race at Snetterton. The same weekend when Kral and Webber crashed. A similar incident.

2010 Crashes: Kral in GP2

A pretty bad accident between Josef Kral and Gonzales which leaves Kral with severe back pains but remained conscious. The incident occurred at the Valencia Street Circuit.

2010 Crashes: Valerio in GP2

Not exactly a crash. A rear jack gets stuck behind GP2 driver Valerio's car and comes off straight at the cameraman.

2010 Crashes: Davidson in Le Mans

In the 2010 Le Mans race Anthony Davidson driving a Peugeot takes out GT 2 leading Corvette of Emmanuel Collard in the
Porsche Curves.

2010 Crashes: Kristensen in Le Mans

Tom Kristensen goes off and crashes at the Porsche Curves while he was trying to go around the very slow BMW Art car, driven by Andy Prilaux.

2010 Crashes: Utah GP-Prototype Lites

Big crash at the start of the second Cooper Tires Prototype Lites race for the Utah GP. Amazingly, no one was injured.

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