The Organized Chaos of Banger Racing

August 3, 2010 by  
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Unlike most auto racing events where competitors do all they can to avoid one another on the track as they speed toward the checkered flag, in Banger Racing colliding with competitors is a winning strategy. The intention is to wreck competing cars, maybe preventing them from crossing the finish line at all or at the very least, to slow them down significantly. Banger Racing is particularly popular in Great Britain, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands, with fans turning out in droves to support events that feature old scrap cars competing on tarmac or dirt, oval or figure-eight racetracks.

To add some spice to an already fiercely competitive sport, some Banger Racing events feature cars towing trailers or caravans, significantly increasing the element of risk. Not only do drivers have to contend with the constant threat of being bumped off the track, but they have to deal with driving at high speed while towing a trailer/caravan which can already throw a car off balance. Add to this the risk of the trailer being bumped by competitors, and making it to the finish line safely becomes a real challenge.

Other events in the Banger Racing arena include Siamese Banger Racing, so named because two cars are chained together, while being independently driven; and Train Racing, where three cars in a row are joined with the front car having the engine and a driver, the middle car unmanned and the car at the back with a driver operating the brakes. There are also different rules of engagement depending on the skill and experience of drivers, with rookie drivers having minimum contact with competitors and more experienced drivers participating in all out war on the racetrack.

While some may compare Banger Racing to a Demolition Derby event, the objectives are quite different. In a Demolition Derby the objective of the four or five competitors is to render opponents’ vehicles useless, with the winner being the last car still able to move. With Banger Racing, there may be as many as fifty competitors gridded across the track. There is generally a rolling start for the race and there are always a predetermined number of laps to complete with rules applying to skill level. Some Banger Racing events may end off with a Demolition Derby, but by then the participating cars have served their purpose on the Banger Racing arena.

Malaysia Gets Kick Start in A1 GP Season Opening

October 7, 2008 by  
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A1 Team Malaysia got off to a flying start at this year’s A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport season, with driver Fairuz Fauzy putting in a swimmingly good performance and taking home the victory in the Sprint race on the Zandvoort Circuit in the Netherlands on October 6. Fauzy also finished second in the feature race, making his overall performance a really good one despite torrential rainfall during the course of the race.

Actually, it seemed as if Fauzy was good to claim a neat double until a slow pit stop in the eighth lap of the Feature race, which set him back a bit, making it impossible for him to recover completely. In the Sprint race Fairuz Fauzy started fourth on the grid and managed to move up one place after Irishman Adam Carroll spun out near the start of the race. He quickly lost his lucky climb to third place when Swede Neel Jani charged through and overtook him after a few laps. For a while it seemed that Fairuz Fauzy would continue to be excluded from the top three, but after some fierce driving he managed to reclaim third place on the fifth lap. Not much later he also managed to sweep past Jeroen Bleenkemolen (Netherlands) and move into second place. In the last four laps of the race, Fairuz Fauzy made his final move past Earl Bamber of New Zealand, taking the lead and keeping it until he eventually crossed the finish line in a wet and nail-biting finish. He was followed by Bamber in second place and Loic Duval of France in third place.

Despite the fact that Fairuz Fauzy was unable to win both races, his brilliant performance in the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport races on Sunday has ensured that Malaysia now shares the series lead with France. Both teams now have 22 points. That is pretty impressive when you consider that Fauzy’s win was Malaysia’s first victory in 27 races. The rest of the season will no doubt prove to be very intriguing as the two countries battle-it-out for series leader. Fans can look forward to plenty more great racing action before the season is over.

Robert Doornbos – Successful in F1 and CART

August 6, 2007 by  
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Robert Michael Doornbos was born on the 23 September 1981 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Doornbos drives for the Red Bull Racing Formula One team as a Dutch racing driver. When Robert Doornbos was growing up he had a great love for tennis. He took the sport seriously and even took part in a semi-professional national level for his home country, the Netherlands.

Then in 1998 Robert Doornbos was invited to be a guest of Williams F1 at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix. It was soon after this event that he decided to focus on racing instead of tennis. A year later in 1999 Doornbos joined the JR racing team and took part in the Opel Lotus UK Winter series. Then in 2000 he took part in the Formula Ford Zetec Benelux series and the Belgian championships.

In 2001 Doornbos competed in the British Formula 3 Championship with FGR Racing. It was here that he was noticed especially when he finished second at a Formula 3 race that was in support of the British Grand Prix. Robert Doornbos then moved to the German Formula 3 championships where he drove for Ghinzani Team. In 2004 Doornbos became the official test driver for the Jordan F1 team. His impressive record as a test driver over the 2004 year led to him being reappointed with the Jordan team for 2005.

The year 2005 was also the year Robert Doornbos became the new race driver for Minardi. He took part in eight Grand Prix races with Minardi and reached thirteenth position at the Turkish and Belgian Grand Prix. At the end of 2005 Red Bull bought out Minardi. Doornbos became the team’s test and reserve driver, which gave him an opportunity to show off his talents as a driver. When Christian Klein left the team an opening gave Robert Doornbos the opportunity to be promoted to second position.

This position was short lived when Mark Webber joined the Red Bull team and was immediately promoted to number two driver. This meant that Doornbos had to step down to the role of third driver again. The number one driver for the Red Bull team belongs to David Coulthard. At the moment Robert Doornbos is driving for Minardi Team USA while he takes part in the 2007 Champ Car World Series.