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Andrew Long

October 17, 2011 5:15 PM

IndyCar » Dan Wheldon killed in Las Vegas accident

Racing from the back of the pack is not unusual. If you pit on a green for fuel or to say fix a puncture you are often at the back and have to work your way forward. I think the track wasn't suitable for the number of cars and being the end of the season - there were a number of drivers looking to impress team owners for drives in 2012. Perhaps they took unnecessary risks. Also there seem to be a number of drivers with relatively little experience of ovals or who have brought money to the teams and lack the skill to drive them. Anyway - its very sad and I hope steps are taken to lessen the risk of this happening again.

Andrew Long

October 17, 2011 5:00 PM

IndyCar » Vegas: just what exactly happened?

Agreed chasmunch - good journalism. I'm from the UK and I recorded the race as it was on here in the evening. I checked in 30 minutes from the end expecting to see someone crowned champion and soon it dawned on me that something was wrong. As I went backwards with the recording, it soon became apparent that Dan was seriously injured. This reminds me of 1994 and the death of Senna. I too thought covering Wheldon's car with the yellow sheet was ominous - it stopped the overhead shots. And now he's gone to the Indy500 in the sky. It's ironic because he was testing the new revised and safer 2012 car. I hope he didn't suffer too much and I really feel for his family. I remember Greg Moore's crash in 1999 and Zanardi's in 2001. I wonder whether the IRL will pull out of ovals except for the Indy500.

Andrew Long

October 16, 2011 7:50 PM

WSBK » Hiroshi Aoyama to WSBK with Honda

Stavros - I watched the motogp race today and thought to myself there were about 4 front runners and and a number which make up the numbers. Are you saying that you race in Motogp on a satellite bike just to say you are in Motogp when the chances of winning are so remote. I am happy to have Melandri in WSBK and Aoyama too. If Melandri was desperate to get back to Motogp - why isnt he there in 2012 ? And what about Elias - he was invisible today.

Andrew Long

September 28, 2011 11:50 AM

BSB » Byrne: Championship isn’t over

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - pointless Jonathan Palmer who runs MSVR will tweak the rules to make the racing closer, cut costs (hence EVO), and boost attendance especially at the tracks he owns. I feel sorry for those who didnt make the cut - but this 'playoff' system is used in Nascar, Rugby Union/League etc. But if it results in close racing like at Silverstone - bring it on! Plus I have tickets for Brands!

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