What is the biggest difference you have noticed in the shift from racing modern prototypes to now racing vintage cars?
Once you put your helmet on, you always want to do your best. But now I go to vintage motorsport events just to enjoy myself and I don’t feel I have to win. Of course, it is important to remain focused and concentrate when driving the cars, as they are treasured enormously by their owners and are often incredibly valuable – they are sometimes the best from that particular period.
I look forward to receiving an invitation to Goodwood Revival even more so now that I am retired. The quality of the cars and the level of grip they had were very different then, as were their aerodynamics – this meant you were sliding a lot and it was even more important to find a rhythm.
Also, I find driving a car for the first time is one of the greatest challenges in vintage motor racing – it is a very intense feeling and really allows you to get into the spirit of the event.
Do you ever feel like returning to racing contemporary cars, perhaps in a different form (i.e.) Rallycross?
I was very comfortable with my decision to retire; it was the right time for me and I felt completely at peace with my decision. I am fortunate to still be involved in the industry and I enjoy my role at Audi enormously. I am also a brand ambassador for Rolex and being Grand Marshal at the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona was definitely a highlight, as I was participating in the ultimate gentleman’s 24-hour race at Le Mans.
Driving a variety of cars is a very special feeling and that only really happens at heritage motorsport events. For example, each of the five years I have been to Goodwood Revival, I have driven a different car in each class, which I’ve really enjoyed and find challenging.
What have been your highlights during the Monterey Classic Car Week so far?
The highlights for me have been seeing the enormous variety and depth of cars on show at the different events throughout the week. The amount of cars on the track at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is phenomenal. At Laguna Seca, I was particularly struck by the drivers’ laid-back approach to racing – it is all about celebrating the heritage of our sport, far more than the competition. It creates a lovely atmosphere, truly unique and far away from real competition.
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While appealing the party workers to maintain calm, Tejashwi said that
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Vijender Singh kept his unbeaten pro-boxing record intact on Saturday in Jaipur by winning his 10th straight fight to defend the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental titles against Ernest Amuzu of Ghana. [...]
Prasad's views make it clear that Delhi captain Rishabh Pant has now fallen off the radar quite sharply with the second keeper in limited overs being 32-year-old Dinesh Karthik. [...]
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In a tragic incident, at least 26 people died and several others injured after a bus fell into the river at Dubi of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan on Saturday. Police have reached the sport to carry out rescue operations. [...]
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He will now travel with 100 security guards. Each one of them handpicked from the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and indoctrinated into the outfit's financial wing, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Hafiz Saeed who has announced his entry into politics will have security which is [...]
The first motor show of 2018 is around the corner and we can’t wait to get the glimpse of the hot metal that will be on display. The Detroit motor show, also known as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will kick start on January 13, 2018 where some of the most anticipated cars of the year will be showcased. Here is a list of the new models that are expected to be seen during the show.
BMW will showcase the X2 SUV at the Detroit motor show. The SUV will be positioned between BMW’s entry-level SUV, the X1 and the mid-sized X3.
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Infiniti Electric Concept
Infiniti will also be showcasing an electric concept precursor to the production car that will be revealed at the Detroit motor show. It could be an all-new model, rather than a variant of an existing car.
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Lexus LF 1 Limited Concept
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Mercedes AMG 53 range
Mercedes will showcase the first hybrid of the 53 range that will initially make it to the CLS 53, the E53 Coupe and the Cabriolet models. Each will be powered by a 3.0-litre, straight-six cylinder engine that produces 435hp, coupled with a 50kW (68hp) electric motor.
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German carmaker, Volkswagen will also unveil the new Jetta at the Detroit motor show. The upcoming Jetta will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform and will derive its powertrain from the current-generation Tiguan. It will get a 1.5-litre turbo petrol, a 2.0-litre turbo turbo petrol (in different states of tune) and 2.0-litre diesel options. [...]
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Slamming the Centre, Mamata Banerjee pointed out how the Government of India withdrew December 25 from the calendar of national holidays depicting their narrow vision. [...]
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