Le Mans 24 hour entry list 2011

Well here we are people the ACO  has revealed the 2011 entry list for the 79th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans.

In LMP1 Audi have their new racer the R18 which is a hard top this year Peugeot also have a new racer its called the 90X Both Peugeot and Audi have an unchanged line for 2011 although Aston Martin also looks to have an unchanged line up for their new yet to be revealed racers so far announced is Harold Primat in the 009 and Stefan Mucke in the 007 machine. Team Oreca will also be looking to do well after coming close to getting on the podium in 2010 Nicolas lapierre and Loic duval both retained but no 3rd driver has been announced. The french outfit they will also run a 908 hdi similar to that of the factory squad. American run outfit Highcroft Racing move up from LMP2 to join LMP1 this year the squad retain Australian David Brabham. Toyota is another manufacturer to return to Le Sarthe for the first time since 1999 powering the Rebellion Racing Lolas.

On to LMP2 and Strakka Racing return for 2011 hopefully to clean up LMP2 again this year no announcement on full driver line up but we know that Nick Leventis will head the line up. A warm welcome back to Nissan at Le Mans for the first time since 1999 this time as an engine supplier to French outfit Signatech british entry Greaves Motorsport And the factory Oreca Matmut Squad will also run a Nissan Engined Machine.

All change in the GT classes this year out is GT1 due to clashes With the FIA GT1 championship but all is not lost GT2 is now the major GT category renamed GTE (GT Endurance) but split into 2 GTE pro and GTE Am.

GTE Pro is where you will find the big boys from GT2 lets kick off with Corvette Racing moved up to GT2 IN 2010 from the old GT1 category had a poor start to 2010 but came good towards the end of the season in the American Le Mans series with a win at Road Atlanta A change in driver this year at Corvette partnering Olly Gavin this year is Jan Magnussen and Newcomer to the squad this year is britains Richard Westbrook who i have high hopes to do well after doing very well for Matech last year in the GT1 championship and coming 3rd in GT2 last year at Le Sarthe for BMS Scuderia  Italia. Ferrari have a new racer this year out is the 430 and in comes the 458 Italia 4 teams will run 458″s the factory backed AF Corse team headed by Giancarlo fisichella british outfit JMW Motorsports new french team Luxury Racing and Team Hankook Farnbacher we also the Lotus Evora racing this year at Le Mans for the first time the cars will be run by an austrian run team Lotus Jetalliance and last but not least there is flying Lizards motorsport always do well in the ALMS but will their luck change this year in the 24 hours.

Last but not least we have GTE Am very similar to GTC (GT challenge) in the ALMS in the class for 2011 is Krohn Racing running a Ferrari 430 french team Labre Competition running a Corvette that competed in the GT1 category last year we also welcome a team from the UAE in the shape of Gulf AMR middle east running an Aston Martin Vantage.

so there we are that is my run down of the entry list for the 79th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans which takes place on the 11th and 12th June i would love to find your opinions and views on this entry list by commenting below if you would like to view it in full click the following link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_24_Hours_of_Le_Mans#Entry_list

be back with more on sports cars and f1 very soon

Rob Moore


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Murrayism of the Day: 9 February

Today’s Murrayism sees Murray turn into Science teacher.

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Murrayism of the Day: 8 February 2011

As the debate on how good Martin Brundle and David Coulthard as a commentary team will be rumbles on, I thought that rather than getting into the argument, we would do a little run of Murrayisms from the nation’s favourite commentator.

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Dave Ryder: Looking forward to the Football League Climaxes.

Hello everyone, my name is Dave and before anything else,  can I say thank you to Aaron for allowing me to add my blog here and be involved in contributing to NCB Sportswire.

Dave Ryder

Dave Ryder

A bit about me- I am an avid fan of League One team Huddersfield. I also like F1, and in July,  I follow the Tour de France with great interest,  and I will be featuring these on my blogs.  However, the main subject on my blogs will be football,   largely focussing on the Football League,  although the Premiership will get a mention,  Before I move on to football,  like the rest of us,  can I just wish Robert Kubica well,  and I hope he is back to full fitness soon.  After the success of Red Bull last year,  it could be interesting  this time round.  Can Ferrari, Mclaren and Mercedes could pull something out of the bag?

Right, on to football- and the way I see things going between now and the end of the season.

NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP 

 In the Championship,  QPR are looking good and Neil Warnock has got a good, well-motivated side together.  Below them,  Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, Swansea  City,  Leeds United and Norwich City all in the with a shout of automatic promotion.  For the play-offs,   I can see Leicester City possibly joining these teams in the mix.

NPOWER LEAGUE ONE

In League 1,  Brighton, Southampton,  Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth are presently challenging for the two automatic promotion places.  These,  together with Charlton, Peterborough, Oldham and MK Dons all challenging for the four play-off positions.  Financially struggling Plymouth Argyle have been given a lifeline by the Plymouth Argyle Supporters Training and Development Trust,  who are providing a short term mortgage to the club.  This will keep them going for the time being.  They presently stand 18th in the table.

NPOWER LEAGUE TWO

In League 2,  where three teams win automatic promotion,  Chesterfield are looking good for automatic promotion.  I predicted them to be challenging for promotion back in August, and I have no reason to think any differently now.  Presently, Wycombe Wanderers are also looking good,  but after that, only 8 points separate 3rd from 10th,  so it’s wide open.  Don’t forget, three teams go up automatically from League 2.

BLUE SQUARE PREMIER

In the Blue Square Premier,  only the champions go up automatically, and that, at the moment looks like being between AFC Wimbledon, Luton Town, Crawley Town (who have drawn Man United at Old Trafford in the next round of the FA Cup), and outsiders, Wrexham. Challenging for the play-offs,  you can add to those teams,  Fleetwood, Kidderminster Harriers, Grimsby Town and Newport County.

So,  there you are,  that’s what is happening at the moment.  My next post will be soon,  with my thoughts and views,  and the news as I see it. 

Catch you all again soon.

 

Rally Crash Leaves Kubica Fighting for F1 Future

Never mind title fights, championship points or bragging rights- there is only one fight that matters at the moment- the fight of Robert Kubica’s to save his Formula One career.

Kubica

Robert Kubica © Formula One Management 2010

The highly rated Polish driver, 26 was not so long ago tipped to join Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. However after a high speed shunt into a church wall which caused multiple fractures to his leg and arm as well as partially severing his right hand- a hand he previously had titanium bolts inserted to in 2003 after being a passenger in a car crash leaves huge doubts whether he will get to drive again.

The hand is the injury currently causing most concern- while it has been operated on, the big question is will it regain full functionality? If yes- we could see Kubica back within a year. If no- then it is instantly game over.

One thing is for certain- he won’t be in Bahrain and the question many are asking is who will cover. Eric Boullier, Renault boss made it clear this morning in an interview with the BBC.

“We are already starting to think and work on a contingency plan,” commented Boullier. “We don’t know yet, we are actually waiting to know how long it will take because [if it is] a short-term replacement we will take one of our reserve drivers; if he has to be longer we may have to consider different options”.

The way I percieve it is this. IF Kubica was to be ready by the Spanish Grand Prix, then I would presume Bruno Senna would get the seat. The name Senna has a huge marketing appeal due to his uncle Ayrton’s successes in the 1980s-early 1990s and this is particuarly valuable to chief sponsor Lotus who at present under Dany Bahar seem keen to sign up every famous name going (whether its for marketing or to annoy Tony Fernandes I will leave to your own imagination!).

However- and I see this as the most likely scenario- if Kubica was to be out for the rest of the season as his surgeon has told the media- then Boullier would have to bring in an experienced hand. The name that screams out at me is that of ex Sauber, Prost and Williams pilot Nick Heidfield, 33. Currently out of work after being favoured by Mexican Sergio Perez at Sauber, Heidfeld is regarded as a steady driver who can be relied on to do a solid job- and is experienced.

Several media outlets have tipped Nico Hulkenburg but to be honest, if you are going to change Senna you might as well go for someone with more experience rather than the same experience (they both had their debuts last season with Hispania and Williams respectively).

Another option available is Pedro De La Rosa- however given his part-season with Sauber was quite mediocre and he was frequently outpaced by Kamui Kobayashi, I don’t see this happening.

Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica today has suffered multiple fractures to his leg, hand and arm in a serious crash during a rally event in Italy.

Robert Kubica © 2007 BMW Sauber

NCB Sportswire Blog will have more details as they were released- please be aware there is a lot of speculation going around regarding this story- We will only be dealing in confirmed facts, not rumours. We would like to discredit such rumours stating that he has had brain surgery or his hand requires amputation- these are false.

We would like to add our name to the thousands of people wishing RK a speedy recovery.

UPDATE (16:12 GMT)

Kubica is still in surgery, however his hand will NOT be amputated at this stage. The functionality of his hand is too early to ascertain, and he should be in surgery until 7pm GMT.

How the Mighty is Falling (well today anyway…)

Well seeing as it’s my first blog post, what better time to do it than a record breaking day and the record that has broken is the number of goals in a day in the Barclays Premiership previously 35 and it broke with a goal in the 10th minute of Manchester United VS Wolverhampton Wanderers game. (Which Wolves won and broke Manchester’s unbeaten streak by beating them 2 – 1)

In the 3rd minute of the game Nani of Manchester United scored putting them in the lead 1-0 by making George Elokobi look a fool and making it look like a typical top side VS bottom win. But it was George Elokobi who made up for his mistake by not only scoring the goal that equalized but also scoring the 36th goal of the day and setting the bar for the next record attempt. It would then be extended with my fellow Irishman Kevin Doyle scoring the winner in the 40th minute and making it 3 of the “Top 4 of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd” beaten this season with that 2-1 win and 1-0 wins against both Liverpool and Chelsea.

However my spotlight was not on that game nor was it on the thriller at Goodison Park with Everton coming back from 2-3 down to 5-3 with former Leeds man Jermaine Beckford scoring and Louis Saha netting in 4 goals to give Everton the 3 points and not even Man City’s 3-0 win over West Brom with a birthday Hat-Trick for Argentinean ace Carlos Tevez.

Instead it was on the amazing (And sure fire candidate for Game of season) 4-4 draw at Tyneside with Newcastle taking on the young and mighty Arsenal who had on Wednesday show an impressive display with a 2-1 win against Everton. Whilst Newcastle were suffering the loss of star striker Andy Carroll due to Liverpool requesting an weighty bid of £35 million in turn making him the highest British transfer ever in losing 1-0 to Fulham.

So with Arsenal’s morale and just all out talent no-one would have blamed me for thinking that on paper this spelt a complete walkover for Arsenal and that’s exactly what it seemed destined to be after 44 seconds with Theo Walcott scoring Arsenal’s first by a run of blistering pace to leave Fabricio Coloccini to watch and hope that the England International would miss but that wasn’t happening at all as his shot had swiftly moved to the bottom corner.

Kenny Dalglish welcomes Andy Carroll to Liverpool FC. ©2011 Liverpool FC

It was then turn of Switzerland’s Johan Djourou to make his mark on the score sheet by rising above the already pitiful defence to receive a ball swung in from an Andrei Arshavin free kick to knock a second goal past Newcastle Keeper Steve Harper making it 2 – 0 with a mere 3 minutes played which was Johan’s first competitive goal for the gunners.

But Arsenal’s dissection of the limp and lifeless body that was Newcastle did not stop there because only 7 minutes later Robin Van Persie made the goal tally 3-0 with an assist from the scorer of the first goal Theo Walcott who fed the ball in from the right side of the penalty area which the Dutchman hammered into the middle of the net leaving the defenders to argue amongst themselves.

But in the 26th minute arsenal’s 4th goal was scored by the man who had scored the previous goal Robin Van Persie who made the Toon defence by getting his head onto Bacary Sagna’s lovely cross into the 6 yard box. Nothing much had happened leading up to half time with most of Newcastle’s fans leaving to get the early train home it seemed imminent that they weren’t going to miss much…….but it never works like that now does it.

I’ll never know what the Boss Alan Pardew said to his abysmal performing players in that dressing room at half time but I can assure it was a few words of encouragement and alot more words that I’m not allowed to say to you.

So with the remaining fans back from their interval pies and beers, the 2nd half was underway and whilst I was covering this game I was expecting Newcastle’s half time team talk to spark a new life into the team…but..it didn’t there was no more goals being let in but there wasn’t any being attempted as it was all in the middle of the park.

But then in the 49th minute Arsenal were shunted with a sending off to the recently recalled Vassiriki Diaby for a reaction to what he thought was a reckless challenge made by Liverpool tough man Joey Barton to which Diaby reached for the back of Barton’s neck and pushed him to his knees in such a fashion that I can only describe as a “Vulcan death grip”.

Even though Arsenal was home and dry Newcastle turned it up to 10. Realising that they were a man up and Arsenal were getting frustrated by making stupid challenges, they started getting into the Gunners half and started to hassle them and try and get some pride back by closing the 4 goal gap.

Tired of Arsene Around: Wenger appealing the Nolan yellow card. © 2011 Daily Telegraph

Which they did with Joey Barton scoring a penalty low to the left hand side slotting it past Wojciech Szczesny. The penalty was awarded for a clumsy tackle on another fellow Irishman Leon Best by Laurent Koscielny kicking at the back of his legs. Then in an attempt to waste time Szczesny pick up the ball that past his body and goal line and refused to give it to Barton who wanted to bring it back to the centre circle as soon as possible. Szczesny would then go on to get booked for time wasting and Kevin Nolan in an attempt to help Barton get the ball back he grabbed Szczesny in such a way that was similar to Diaby’s sending off and of course in the aftermath of finding out that it was a simple yellow card awarded to Nolan. Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger went over to the 4th official and asked why it wasn’t a red and he was just told to sit down and that was the end of that.

After being wrongly disallowed a goal for offside Leon Best closed the gap even more to 2 goals making it 4-2 with a goal after receiving a pass from Jose Enrique in the 75th minute. Calmly placing it to the keepers left with a bit of a scuffed shot but still enough to see it pass Arsenals Keeper.

It was then time to call upon Joey Barton again to score a penalty which he did in the 83rd minute. He got awarded the penalty however it did not seem worthy of one. The ball was crossed and both Barton and French Centre back Squillaci jumped for the ball and they both missed it and made no contact to each other what so ever.

But the final chapter of the book was written in the 87th minute by Cheik Tiote with deservedly the best goal of the game. The relatively unknown man from the Ivory Coast smashed a volley that had all of the 21 remaining men gasping in awe at the attempt but then changed to that of the goal. The ball had been cleared from the box and then Tiote had etched into view to send the ball flying back into the box and into the left hand side of Arsenal’s goal. Ending a game of epic proportions and the ultimate comeback. So judging on that performance the loss of the £35 million striker Andy Carroll does not seem to be affecting the goals and performance of the Newcastle team.

So what is the morale of the story of this game…Well if your team is losing at half time, don’t leave the game early thinking it’s impossible to comeback from the beating…

…Because you might just miss it.