Motoring News Update: December

This month we’re bringing you all the important Motorsport news from around the UK and beyond.

It’s really important for Gray and I that our team is constantly kept in the loop when it comes to new developments in Motorsport and in the Auto Industry in general.

There might be thousands of mechanics all round the world, but we’re all united by a love of engines and our enthusiasm for the service that we provide. We’ve got a mixed bag of news stories this month, there’s been another tragedy in the Macau Grand Prix, but there’s also been success on home soil for British racers too.

This month in international Motorsport:

Daniel Hegarty, an English motorcyclist racing for Top Gun Honda, has died after crashing into the barriers at the Macau Grand Prix. The accident occurred on the notorious Fishermans’ Bend on the 3.8-mile Guia Circuit and cast a tragic shadow over the day’s events. Northern Ireland’s Glenn Irwin was given the win, after the event was halted on the sixth lap. Visibly shaken from the tragedy, Irwin said that there would be no celebration and that the win was ‘a very sad end to what has been a successful week’.

This is the first death in the Moto Gp for a number of years, although it’s worth noting that the Guia Circuit has now seen 8 deaths in total during a Moto GP race. Deaths in Motorsport have, unfortunately, become par for the course. There are dozens of different racing leagues, series and tours all around the world – each one of these competitions carries with them the risk of serious injury and death. As mechanics, it’s up to us to ensure that the cars or bikes are as safe as possible, but from the moment the racers head onto the track their lives are truly in their own hands.

Elfyn Evans takes the trophy at Wales Rally GB

Evans has become the first Welsh man to win the Wales Rally GB this year, the win was all the sweeter for Elfyn who missed out on racing on home soil back in 2016. It was a storming victory for the local lad, aged 28, who led the event from the very early stages of the second day – by the end of the competition he was ahead of second place Thierry Neuville by 37.3 seconds, with third place Sebastien Ogier 7.9 seconds behind him.

Rally driving runs in the family with Elfyn’s Father Gwyndaf winning the British Rally Championship back in 1996. It’s always a pleasure to see British talent succeed on home soil. These victories are just the kind of successes that British Motorsport needs more of, especially if it hopes to continue to grow, develop and attract young fans. The more kids that Evans can bring to the world of rallying the better off us mechanics will be.

And Finally…

22-year old Russian driver, Sergey Sirotkin, is thought to be the front runner to take the wheel at Williams F1 for the 2018 season. This might come as a surprise to those that have been following the developments as Robert Kubica was recently touted as the favourite for the role. Having not raced in the Grand Prix since 2010, the return of 33-year old Kubica would have been an interesting move for Williams, although it seems like they’re backing down from their initial decision now.

Sirotkin has been performing as a reserve driver for Renault this year, however strong performance data taken from his races this year have put him ahead of his older competition. Sirotkin is said to bring a significant amount of financial backing with him (roughly £15 million) from SMP Racing. Former Toro Rosso, Daniil Kyvat, is rumoured to be the back-up to Sirotkin.

We’ll make sure to keep you up to date with all the developments as they come in!