UK Racing

Horse Racing... Where Did I Begin?

John Francome | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Sport
John Francome

For a spectator, the atmosphere is remarkable but if you haven't been to a race before, the idea of betting can be slightly daunting. With the winter racing season firmly underway, the next big race is the longest running partnership of its kind and an institution within the British horse-racing circuit, The Hennessy Gold Cup...

Why Electric Cars Have Come of Age

Intelligence Squared | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Their days are numbered. Draconian EU legislation is demanding greater reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, a legislative challenge that can only be met by downsizing engines, compromising the purity of their responses by turbo-charging, and, worst of all, by hybridising them. On the face of it, these are tough times for old-school car 'enthusiasts'.

Safety in Motorsport - The First Priority

Mitchell Gilbert | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Sport
Mitchell Gilbert

I'm sitting in Moscow airport, getting ready to jet off to another GP3 race. However, this trip feels slightly different. The whole motorsport community, including myself, is dealing with the aftermath and emotion of the Jules Bianchi crash.

Chasing the Formula One Dream!

Mitchell Gilbert | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Sport
Mitchell Gilbert

I started racing when I was seven years old and it doesn't matter how many people ask me, I don't really know what got me hooked. Now, I'm living in London, racing in the GP3 series - a Formula 1 support series - and I'm chasing the dream that only a handful of people ever get to fulfill.

Formula E's First Race Ended With A Massive Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech

Formula E has certainly started with a bang after its first race in Beijing ended with a dramatic crash on the last corner. Driver Nicolas Prost c...

Talking Project CARS With Andy Tudor at Brands Hatch

Andrew Edney | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Edney

Featuring world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.

The Five National Hunt Horses You Must Follow This Season

Simon Panting | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Sport
Simon Panting

This year we saw several stars emerge who will be looking to build on that success, whilst we can also lick our lips at some of the top class horses returning from injury. We could be in for one hell of a season, and here's five horses we can expect to be challenging for top honors.

Keep Calm and Drive Fast

Lara Platman | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Sport
Lara Platman

It does take time, or rather I ought to say money, to go racing... Racing is expensive and whilst one might think "Gosh paying for simulator time when I could be on a track" is indeed true, but mixed in with a planned racing or track time schedule, the simulator will save you money in the end.

Looking Back at Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)

Curtis Moldrich | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Tech
Curtis Moldrich

Driving sims used to be so simple. Games presented you with a unthinkable amount of cars, free to race around as many ribbons of tarmac the compact disc could fit. Some of the best racing games to ever appear on consoles followed this simple rule, from TOCA 2, to Gran Turismo and Formula 97 - still probably the best Formula 1 game ever made.

Grand National Disgrace

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Sport
Ingrid Newkirk

The Grand National is - by design, no less - an accident waiting to happen. Forty horses compete for space on the 4.5mile course fraught with obstacles, jumps and dangerous terrain. Last year, only 17 horses - fewer than half - managed to reach the finishing post. And while the race organisers were quick to highlight an unusual absence of fatalities, they failed to mention that two horses were killed in the run-up to the event earlier that week. More than three dozen horses who might otherwise have been grazing and running in the fields have been killed at Aintree in the last 50 years.

The Muddiest UK Championship Yet...

Cerian Jenkins | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cerian Jenkins

It's the muddiest, wettest, most gruelling, sapping physical challenge you could imagine. Facing the murky waters of the Terror Trench, swimming under water through the Sheep Dip and clambering through knee-deep mud to face a 10-foot high, sheer wall...

Team Principal a 'Thing of the Past'

Todd McCandless | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

When McLaren announced the signing of Eric Boullier as the new Racing Director, some astute Formula 1 fans asked, "what the heck is a Racing Director? Is that a new Ron Dennis phrase for team principal?"

Brawn Shrugs Off McLaren Rumours

Todd McCandless | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

It seems that Brawn is relishing the chance to take advantage of some leisure time after several decades of toil, tumult and success in Formula 1. Having won two titles while at Benetton, Brawn followed 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher to Ferrari secure another five titles with the Italian carmaker.

Formua E Racer Doing Doughnuts In A Very Unglamorous Parking Lot

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

You'd have thought with all money behind it the chaps behind Formula E could have chosen a more glamorous venue to show off Renault's new racer. Bu...

Branson's Virgin to Enter Formula E

Todd McCandless | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've been watching Formula 1 for a few years then you'll know that Richard Branson, boss of Virgin and one of the UK's richest men, has been around the series but only dipped his toe in the lukewarm waters of the world's most advanced for of motorsport...

The Spring Racing Carnival of Excess and Addictions

Xavier Toby | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Every year we're told to remember the real meaning of Christmas, Easter and even Halloween. So it's about time we honour the real meaning of the Spring Racing Carnival.

Film Review: Rush

Spencer Turner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Spencer Turner

One could be forgiven for approaching Rush sceptically as, on the face of it, it seems like one for the purists. The film details the events that took place in the build up to, and during, the 1976 Formula One World Championship, which was centered on the fierce rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl)...

Allegations Against Red Bull 'Gaining Traction'

Todd McCandless | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The rumors of illegal traction control, torque vectoring and other crafty KERS/transmission linking still move like a fog through the pit lane of Formula 1 this week in Japan. As the series gets set for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Red Bull is still discounting accusations that they have created a traction control, of sorts, using KERS and the suspension of their car which is not controlled via the FIA regulated ECU...

Leap Into the Unknown

William Davie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

As my journalism lecturers have told us over and over during the past three years, the best journalists are ones with a wide range of experiences and interests. It's why we are encouraged to seek a placement that is outside of what we might be comfortable with. It's actually why we are encouraged to seek a placement in the first place...

FIA Serious About Cutting Costs in F1

Todd McCandless | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've ever created a personal budget, you know that cutting costs can be difficult. If your local town, city or state government were to swoop in and create the budget for you and then monitor your spending levels, that would even be more difficult. That is basically what the FIA are suggesting in the latest comments from Jean Todt.

Ferrari Rebuke Alonso as Rumours Swirl

Todd McCandless | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Ferrari entered this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix with a  sense of foreboding to be honest... at least that's what it seemed like from Fernando Alonso's public statements. The Spaniard made it clear that the team needed to have a good showing in Hungary or face a summer break full of anxiety over what best to do to salvage the year.

Ecclestone's Replacement Won't Be From F1 Community

Todd McCandless | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

German authorities formally charged Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone last week for Bribery related to the sale of F1's interest and it raises the question as to who would put an 82-year-old man in prison--apparently the Germans would.

Newey Slams Dissenting Teams on Exploding Tire Debate

Todd McCandless | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The British Grand Prix provided the latest drama to an already touchy subject in 2013...tyres. The exploding tire issues claimed five left-rear tires during the weekend and while Pirelli are keen to get tot he bottom of the issue, speculation as to the cause has ranged from steel belts to serrated curbs and low tire pressure.

Mercedes Says Testing Needs More FIA Oversight

Todd McCandless | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The International Tribunal has met, listened to arguments and rendered judgment concerning the Mercedes and Pirelli private test on May 15-17. That verdict has been met with some criticism least of which came from Ferrari's Horse Whisperer column.

Mercedes, Pirelli Argue Case at FIA Tribunal

Todd McCandless | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Mercedes feel they've done nothing wrong but Red Bull and Ferrari have a differing opinion of the situation. In a bit of a twist, Red Bull's team boss Christian Horner appeared at the hearing and it is unknown whether he will testify or is present as an observer.