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Autosport 19/12/19

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picking out the best drivers from the season just gone

It’s that time of year again. Autosport has taken on the near-impossible (and invariably controversial) challenge of ranking the best drivers in motorsport across the season. Many things have to be taken into account when putting the list together, including the level of the series in which the drivers compete, machinery at their disposal, and their level of experience. Turn to page 17 to see who made the list and why we’ve put the drivers in their positions. As ever, our Christmas double issue (which is £4.99 – we’ll be back to the normal £3.99 for the next issue on 2 January) has plenty more beyond the traditional top 50 list. As well as our annual pictures of the year (p54), and season reviews (p70), David Evans takes a look at the…

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peugeot hints at early le mans return

LE MANS 24 HOURS Peugeot could be on the grid with its new LM Hypercar at the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours. That’s the latest snippet the French manufacturer has let out since November’s perfunctory announcement of its return to front-line sportscar racing. Peugeot’s plans for its entry into the top division of the World Endurance Championship were clarified by Jean-Marc Finot, motorsport boss of parent company PSA, on a visit to last weekend’s World Endurance Championship round in Bahrain. The statement from Peugeot said it would be back in 2022, which was widely interpreted, including by WEC promoter and Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, as meaning the start of the 2022-23 season. But Finot has now revealed that it could be earlier. Asked if the‘2022’ wording in its statemnt meant…

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hypercar rules too expensive, says mclaren

WEC McLaren still has aspirations to join the top flight of the World Endurance Championship, but only if it can run a Daytona Prototype international 2.0 in the LM Hypercar division. McLaren Racing chief executive Zak Brown has revealed that the LM Hypercar category will be too expensive for the British organisation. He said that developing a car for the DPi 2.0 category due to come into force in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2022 would offer a more viable entry point should talks to align the two sets of rules be successful. “As the [LM Hypercar] rules exist today, I think we would struggle to get there economically,” said Brown. “I have got to be really responsible – I can’t enter any new form of motor racing in the short term that…

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leclerc to star at birmingham nec

AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL Ferrari Formula 1 ace Charles Leclerc is the star guest on the final day of next month’s Autosport International show at the Birmingham NEC. Leclerc, winner of two grands prix this season on his way to fourth in the world championship, will be present on Sunday 12 January, and fans will get the chance to have their questions answered by the Monegasque on stage in a Live Q and A. He will be the first contemporary Ferrari F1 driver to appear at the show. Motorsport Network president James Allen said: “It’s always exciting for fans to see one of the top F1 stars close up and Charles Leclerc’s presence makes Autosport International a ‘must-attend’. He is a great personality in our sport. He has a mature racing brain allied to astonishing…

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ticktum back in f1 with 2020 role at williams

FORMULA 1 Two-time Macau Grand Prix winner and ex-Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum has joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a development driver. Ticktum spent much of the second half of 2019 on the sidelines after losing his Super Formula drive when Red Bull dropped him from its F1 programme. But the 2017 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner returned to Macau for the FIA Formula 3 showpiece event, and has secured a F2 drive with DAMS for 2020. Ticktum, who has tested for the Red Bull F1 squad, will be “fully immersed” in the Williams team at races and at its factory, combining a “busy” simulator programme with attendance at two grands prix in 2020. “It’s a privilege to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy, especially given Williams’s incredible heritage in our…

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bmw saves jordan in btcc

BTCC The Team BMW attack in the British Touring Car Championship will expand to three cars next season in a deal that rescues the career of Andrew Jordan, who will join forces with reigning champion Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant. Jordan, who lifted the BTCC title in 2013, had faced an uncertain future since his long-term backer Pirtek announced early in 2019 that it was pulling out of its motorsport commitments after nearly a decade supporting him. The WSR-run BMWs dominated the 2019 competition, with Turkington taking the crown by two points from Jordan, who missed two races due to an accident. Between them, the BMW 330i M Sport drivers won 11 of the 30 races. “I have been in a very fortunate position for the last 10 years or so that I could…