Author: SubEd

WRC: Ford looks to turn up the heat as WRC turns tough in Greece

Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team faces the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Greece next week intent on extending its excellent record in one of the series’ classic fixtures.  Intense heat and rocky mountain tracks make the Acropolis Rally (16 – 19 June) a gruelling test of man and machine, but Ford has won there seven times in the last 10 encounters. The rally returns to the series after a year’s absence and this seventh round marks the halfway point of the 2011 season.  Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen lie second in the drivers’ standings,...

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Driver Diary: ‘Wet behind the gears’ with Andre Ramdhany at Yas Marina Circuit

The entire team at MSW were looking forward to the National Race Day at YAS Marina. It is the first time we have had all three cars in the new livery: The Ginetta G50Z of Raed Hassan and Bassam Kronfli, The Porsche 997 Cup Car driven by Jon Simmonds and Phil Quaife, supported by Alex Renner Motors and me in the Seat Supercopa. We were also taking delivery of our new race suits the week of the race to match the cars and were really looking forward to putting on a good show in Abu Dhabi. We are quite...

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UAE Touring Cars: Exclusive Driver blog by Andre Ramdhanny – ‘Wet Behind the Gears’

Oct 8th – Another long hot summer comes to a close as the excitement builds in preparation for the fast approaching race season, but for some, it is never long enough. Procrastination, which seems to be inherent in motorsport at club level, is taking its toll on the majority of teams, including current UAE Touring Car Champions MSW Racing. Having been handed a drive for the new season, is something I have been working on for some time, the fact that it has come in a vehicle capable of not only winning races, but also a championship, is an absolute...

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DMX: Holeshot with Sam Smith

Oct 1st – Jebel Ali Dubai, Round 1 –Today didn’t really work out as I had hoped & planned! “Lying on the floor at turn one with Mark Ackerman next to me I realized it was going to be a tough day at the office” During the mornings practice and qualifying I felt really good; the track was nice and had a few good lines forming as the sessions went on. Also, my KTM felt good and I was getting loads of traction from the new tires which I had just fitted after being supplied by Sandstorm Motorcycles. Qualifying in...

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Holeshot – with Sam Smith

Our own Northern Ferret gets up close and personal with one of Dubai’s hottest new MotoX talents, Sam Smith, riding under the Sandstorm Motorcycles banner once again this season. Some time ago whilst chatting to Jonathan Crompton, owner of Sandstorm Motorcycles in Dubai, he informed me that he was awaiting the arrival of his new mechanic from the UK. Nice move I thought at the time, a young expat mechanic who had raced MotoX in the UK, would be a great addition to the team. I met Sam at the workshop a few times not long after his arrival,...

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