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GP Week : Issue 44
letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Something about Mary ... In regards to the email that Mary Pietersen from Durban sent in, providing news on the World Superbikes is nothing like providing news on NASCAR ... and I hope that is the last time I ever see those two sports in the same sentence! World SBK is an international world motorcycle racing series and is currently enjoying some extremely good racing and introducing new manufacturers to the world of two wheeled racing. On the other hand, NASCAR is 400 laps around an oval – exciting it is not! Furthermore, NASCAR is a national racing series. It's not like Mary (and as you can guess myself) are asking for the BSB, AMA and Australian Superbike championships to be included. P.S. I do enjoy the weekly mags by the way! Just don't agree with the response to Mary's email Mishaal Thivy email@example.com Rough Justice? It is a rough end to a long and successful career in Formula 1 when Ron Dennis has to (although he said otherwise) step right away from McLaren's F1 team to pacify an FIA (or should that be FIA President) hell bent on taking down McLaren at every opportunity. What is it with the FIA and McLaren? 50 million quid last year, and now a huge hue and cry over some minor incident behind a Safety Car. Does anyone think this would have blown up like this if it had been any other team? Example: this incident started at Melbourne. That would be the same race where Toyota was found to have flexi rear wings, long after this issue should have been long gone. Okay, they moved to the back of the grid ... but to me crime and punishment seem out of proportion. Roger Andreason firstname.lastname@example.org If it ain't broken ... I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking this (I recall Michael Scott's writings), but why change something (ie 250cc MotoGP) when it's not broken! Russell Loughnan Cambridge, UK 20 Too little too late a Michael Scott MotoGP editor A groundswell of revolution within racing against the single-engine rule for Moto2 is too little and too late. At Jerez it was confirmed that (surprise, surprise) the sole engine supplier for the 250 replacement class will be Honda. In spite of some strong rumours suggesting Kawasaki was in the frame, this announcement had a strong feeling of inevitability. Everything slotting into place, as pre-planned long, long before any of the to-and-fro of the preceding weeks. The new four-stroke four-cylinder 600cc class has been welcomed in many quarters, and understandably so. It should achieve both of Dorna’s aims, as described when the proposal was first aired to hoots of derision last year – to cut costs and promote close racing. At the same time, it brings back the past in offering a serious chance to small chassis manufacturers. But does a one-make series have any right to be called a World Championship? It’s easy to see the good side of it, and those who have always supported the move are now crowing. Those against are dubbed “out-of-touch purists”. But the insult doesn’t alter the argument. There has never been a serious World Championship with a single-engine rule, on two or four wheels. The restrictive rules mean that Moto2 is much more closely related to low-level single-make junior classes at club or national level than to any previous championship at the pinnacle of the sport. The purists had only one possible ally – the FIM, sanctioning body of the motorcycle racing. The federation has long since leased almost all MotoGP rights to Dorna, especially the commercial rights. But it retains authority over ‘sporting regulations’. When Irish Eyes Are Will Buxton GPWeek editor He stood there and smiled, posing for photos, signing autographs, laughing, joking, greeting all who asked something of him with time and without hesitation. You wouldn’t have known he was trying to walk over to his garage, to be strapped into the car he would drive to the grid in a few minutes. And, what’s more, this wasn’t to be just any old race. It was possibly the most important race of his career. But that’s what makes Adam Carroll so special. You can’t help but like the man. Be it his straight talking off track, to his no-nonsense approach on track, there’s something pure and refreshingly honest in the way he goes about his business and his racing. I still remember the first time I saw him race. It was four years and one week ago, at Imola. Sunday April 24, 2005 (pictured, right). He was second in the Sunday sprint race in GP2’s first weekend and Adam was racing for Super Nova. He was second, while Alex Premat in the eventual championship-winning ART was leading the race. Into the final chicane Premat ran wide and straight-lined it over the grass. Adam, sensing an opportunity, braked later and harder than on any other lap, threw it left and then right and we all watched on… astonished. The rear of his Super Nova came through almost at right angles to the track. ‘Tank slapper’doesn’t come close. But Adam kept it nailed, foot flat to the floor, piling on the opposite lock… and flew through into the lead and off for the win. It brought chills to the back of my neck opinion opinion