Christmas Treats…

Rather than the usual diet of Christmas TV specials and other stuff that gets rolled out every year, why not have a trip through YouTube and find some classic F1 and other motorsport videos?

I’ve chosen some good starters for you to have a good YouTube session!…

To start with, I’ve chosen the final laps of this year’s Bathurst 1000km, a fantastic touring car race that winds it way around the picturesque Mount Panorama in Australia. There have been many epic battles over the many years of racing here, but this years final tussle between the leading car of Garth Tander (sharing the car with rookie Nick Percat) and the closing Craig Lowndes, who was sharing his car with multiple Bathurst winner Mark Skaife. The tyres on the leading car are clearly fading, and Lowndes can smell blood…

Sticking with the hardtop theme, this is a highlights video from the Sugo round of the 2010 Japanese Super GT series. Again it involves a last lap battle, but there is also plenty action throughout the race to keep you happy. These cars are probably the fastest GT cars in the world, with massive downforce levels and 500bhp on tap, plus national pride at stake as the main contenders are the 3 big domestic car companies; Toyota (through Lexus), Nissan and Honda.

A collection of some of my favourite online videos wouldn’t be complete without at least one Ayrton Senna offering. Here is a tour of Suzuka Circuit with commentary from the equally missed James Hunt;

Going back to Tintops, a great childhood memory of mine is watching the 1998 BTCC round at Donington, featuring a certain Nigel Mansell in a special appearance for Ford. Nigel certainly has no qualms about getting stuck into the action with the series regulars, and classic racing ensues…

One of the best races this year (and any year come to think of it) was the Canadian Grand Prix, with the torrential rain, the (admittedly boring) red flag period, and the adventures of one Jenson Button, who after a few scrapes with his teammate and Fernando Alonso found himself at the very back of the field. Come the last lap and it becomes a very different story, as Button has charged his way up (overtaking everyone in sight and at times lapping 3-4 seconds faster than anyone) to a few tenths behind leader Sebastian Vettel. Vettel is getting scruffy with his lines, dipping his Red Bull off the ribbon of dry tarmac and onto the wet stuff….

Apologies for the music etc. on this video, it’s so hard to find F1 videos as Bernie likes to get them taken down…

Whilst it may be lacking in works LMP representation aside from the big events like Petite Le Mans and the 12hrs of Sebring, the American Le Mans Series is always good value for it’s battles in the GT category. Porsche, Chevrolet, Ferrari and BMW are all represented by works or semi-works outfits, and the racing is often quite intense, as this battle at the end of the 6 hour race at Laguna Seca shows;

Whilst it’s not every Yooropeen’s cup of tea, NASCAR can be rather good viewing, and even better when they make their visits to the ‘proper’ road circuits. Here is Aussie V8 convert Marcos Ambrose winning his first Sprint Cup race amidst some chaos further back. Boogity, boogity, boogity….

This is just a taster of what you can find out there, so if you’re bored on a weekend sometime next year, just remember that there’s any number of racing series out there that are just as exciting as each other!

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