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2018 Spa Six Hours report
That five-and-a-half hour sprint race on a Saturday night…

Paul Chase-Gardener/David Allen/Simon Jones, Shelby Mustang GT350, 2018 Spa Six Hours

So you thought that the Spa Six Hours was a test of endurance for the 114 cars competing? It still is, of course, and many run into trouble before they see the chequered flag – if they ever do. But for those up front it’s become a six-hour sprint race, or effectively a five-and-a-half hour fuel-stop-punctuated dash to the flag, as the Spa curfew is strict (we stop at 10pm!) and the support programme running up to the big show invariably produces plenty of delays.

 

2018 Goodwood Revival report
Sunny days are here again

After much wetness during last year’s Revival, sunny days were back again in 2018. With a few notable exceptions here and there, track behaviour had improved as well in comparison with previous editions, so in all the 20-year-anniversary edition of the Goodwood Revival had all the hallmarks of a great event, as the racing is invariably spectacular.

Chris Keith-Lucas, David Franklin, Sam Tordoff, Mark Gordon, Jaguar XK120 FHC, Ferrari 225S Vignale Berlinetta, Porsche 356, Jaguar XK140 FHC, 2018 Goodwood Revival

 

2018 Zandvoort Historic GP report
Epic sand fights

Caroline Abbou/Onno Vlaanderen, Austin Healey 3000/Apal-Porsche, 2018 Zandvoort Historic GP

The entry at Zandvoort’s seventh Historic Grand Prix meeting was down compared to last year’s but the track in the Dutch dunes delivered on its racing, one race even more epic than the other, including photofinishes and last-lap deciders. It was the best way to bounce back from the tragedy that struck in 2017.

 

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