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LOVECARS ON THE GRID PODCAST. WRC, MOTO GP AND LE MANS PREVIEW EP22

Welcome to Episode 22 of the Lovecars On the Grid Podcast where we have had a weekend of really good battles!

Starting off with the World Rally Championship, that took place in Belgium this weekend. Paul Woodman and Tiff Needell discuss the win by Hyundai and Belgian duo Thierry Neuville with his co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe in the i20. The pair fought off their team mate, Craig Breen, who finished second with his co-driver, Paul Nagle. Toyota then came in with 3rd and 4th place.

Moto GP was an amazing weekend, but started off with a bit of controversy! The Austrian GP started with a suspension for Yamaha rider, Maverick Vinales following him appearing to be fiddling with his bike in an effort to sabotage his race last weekend at the Styrian GP. We’ve never heard of a rider sabotaging his own bike! The race itself this weekend was spectacular, with a crash from Spanish rider Marc Márquez due to the poor weather in Belgium. South African rider, Brad Binder didn’t switch for the wet weather bike and managed to hold on for the Win, despite on slick tyres and hardly any brakes! A home win for the KTM team.

In the supporting races, Spanish rider Raul Fernandez took the win in Moto 2, whilst British rider, Sam Lowes started in pole but finished in 4th place. In Moto 3, Championship leader Pedro Acosta won another GP after a battle with Romano Fenati and Sergio García with lots of lead changes. Tiff will be there in a few weeks time for the British Moto GP at Valentino Rossi’s last ever Moto GP event!

In Formula E, the final race of the championship took place in Berlin this weekend, with wins from French driver Norman Nato for Venturi Racing, but the Championship was taken by ex-Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne, with the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team.

An exciting race with several crashes and even cars that didn’t start! Next race is in January 2022! Over in Scotland, at Knockhill there was great racing with BTCC. Paul thought it was hard in a Caterham, these BTCC cars were incredible! We saw an incredible battle between Colin Turkington and Honda driver, Senna Proctor. Turkington went on to also place 2nd in race two, whilst Proctor took 2nd in race 3. Tiff and Paul are big fans of Ash Sutton!

The Superbikes were at Donington, with wins for Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie, along with Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell. In America, we had a tight qualifying in Indycar at Indianapolis, with an eventual win for Will Power after starting second, followed closely by former Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean.

The race was shared with NASCAR at the track this weekend, with great entertainment in the Sunday race, ending with a few crashes in the chicane, with a battle ending with A. J. Allmendinger winning the race. Coming up next week, we’ve got more Indycar and NASCAR. British Superbikes are going to Cadwell Park, but of course, it’s LE MANS, with more British drivers there than any other nationality!