Entirely depending, of course, that the numbers of people dropping off from this tedious virus reduces from like flies to a moderately acceptable number and the world begins to return to some form of normality, the FIA has sent out a provisional calendar for the remains of the 2020 season.


  If approved, for the F1 teams this will mean that 19 Grand Prix will be squeezed into the 23 weeks from July 3 to December 13. The Formula 2 season will initially be equally hectic with 10 events in 12 weeks before having a break until the final 2 rounds in December. The Formula 3 season will replicate this with the first 8 rounds matching the others over a nine week period and again the last 2 rounds in December as well.


  At this point Hockenheim is on standby in case the British GP at Silverstone cannot go ahead and many of the races that were on the original schedule are now to be cancelled outright such as the Australian, Dutch, Monaco, French and Singapore GPs. Three circuits will hold twin races on consecutive weekends. Those are in Austria, Britain/Hockenheim and Bahrain.


The proposed calendar looks like this;


3-5 July Austrian GP (F2, F3)


10-12 July Austrian GP-2 (F2, F3)


24-26 July British GP/Hockenheim (F2, F3)


31 July-2 August British GP-2/Hockenheim-2 (F2, F3)


7-9 August Hungarian GP (F2, F3)


21-23 August Spanish GP (F2, F3)


28-30 August Belgian GP (F2, F3)


4-6 September Italian GP (F2, F3)


18-20 September Azerbaijan GP (F2)


25-27 September Russian GP (F2)


2-4 October Chinese GP


9-11 October Japanese GP


23-25 October United States GP


30 October-1 November Mexican GP


8 November Brazilian GP


22 November Vietnam GP


29 November Bahrain GP


6 December Bahrain GP-2 (F2, F3)


13 December Abu Dhabi GP (F2, F3)

Sam Snape 14-5 2020



Inspirational young racer Billy Monger is the latest high-profile name to announce that he is taking part at this weekend’s Goodwood Revival (September 13th-15th). A front-running competitor in this year’s Euroformula Open Championship, Monger will take the wheel of Nick Swift’s celebrated Mini-Cooper, which won the Betty Richmond Trophy race at this year’s 77th Members’ Meeting, to take part in the daily parades to mark the 60th anniversary of Britain’s trail-blazing small car.


The 20-year-old racer is currently ninth in the standings of the Euroformula Open Championship, with victory on the historic street circuit at Pau coming as the highlight of his season to date. He has also been shortlisted for the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award, barely two years after a crash in Formula 4 left him as a double amputee.




"It's a privilege to be involved in the 60th anniversary of the Mini celebrations at Goodwood Revival this weekend, where I'll be driving one of Nick Swift's cars in the parade,” Monger commented. “A big thank-you to Nick and the team at Goodwood for making it possible."




In order for Monger to take part in the daily track parades, Nick Swift’s Mini has been fitted with the same hand -operated clutch controls that the 20-year-old has been using since returning to competition. Impressed by the user-friendly engineering of the equipment, Nick Swift hopes that it may lead to further historic outings for Monger in future.




“Billy is such an inspirational chap within the motorsport community and beyond,” Swift said. “I was delighted to do everything we could to make an opportunity this happen, and for Billy to show once again that no doors are closed to drivers with his level of talent and commitment. I really hope that he enjoys the experience and would love to do a race with him in the future.”



Monger joins an all-star cast from across the international motorsport community at the 2019 Goodwood Revival, including four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, defending Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne, 31-time MotoGP winner Dani Pedrosa, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, former World Rally champion Stig Blomqvist, double British Touring Car champion John Cleland, three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, double World Superbike champion Troy Corser and a host of Isle of Man TT winners including Michael Dunlop, Stuart Graham and John McGuinness.



The Hart's won in the last Cobra standing  Father and son duo David and Olivier Hart claimed a convincing win in the 45-minute RAC TT Celebration thriller on Sunday afternoon.


  The Cobra pairing scored from pole position, but their win was far from assured. Hart Sr led during the early running, heading a train of four Cobras plus Jon Minshaw’s Jaguar E-type, only to be given a five-second penalty for glancing the chicane. He continued to lead on the road until he pitted with 30 minutes left to run, handing the car over to his teenage son to drive to the flag.


Veteran racer Martin Stretton assumed the lead in the meantime aboard the Cobra he was sharing with Karsten Le Blanc, and was one of the last to pit. ‘Danger Mouse’ waited a further ten minutes before swapping seats with the car’s owner.


  Once the driver changes were complete, there was no stopping Hart Jr, although Phil Keen – in for Minshaw – threatened, but ultimately had to settle for second place. Third place was only settled on the final lap, with the Mike Whittaker/Mike Jordan TVR Griffith just fending off a very determined Le Mans hero Roman Dumas in Bill Shepherd’s Cobra.


  Report courtesy of GRRC.




Joe Colasacco claimed a last ditch win in the Ferrari 1512  Joe Colasacco emerged on top following an epic battle with Andy Middlehurst during the 20-minute Glover Trophy race.


  The American, driving Lawrence Auriana’s Ferrari 1512, patiently sat in his Lotus 25-mounted rival’s wheel-tracks from halfway round the first lap to the penultimate tour before jumping him with a brilliantly-timed manoeuvre at Woodcote. It was a fantastic display of precision driving from both men who were rarely more than a fraction of a second apart as they left everyone else in their wake.


  Third place fell to historics veteran Jon Milicevic in his Alan Baillie’s LDS-Climax at Woodcote on the final lap, the single-seater out-braking American Timothy De Silva’s white Lotus-BRM and just holding on the flag. Former Le Mans winner and Grand Prix driver Richard Attwood had starred earlier on, and had appeared set for a podium spot aged 77, only for his BRM to drop a cylinder at half-distance.


  Report courtesy of GRRC.




The Formula Junior battle was mighty  Michael Hibbert claimed a sensational victory in the Chichester Cup race for rear-engined Formula Junior single-seaters on Sunday morning. Nevertheless, the pole-sitter’s victory was far from assured until the final tour. 


  Hibbert, whose father Michael won this race ten years ago, rocketed off the line at the start of the 20-minute encounter aboard his Lotus 22. He was chased hard by Cameron Jackson’s ex-Tulip Stable Brabham BT2 with Sam Wilson’s Lotus 22 in third, and Michael O’Brien keeping a watching brief in fourth in the similar car of Mike Flewitt. Just 0.9sec blanketed the lead quartet as they threaded their way through the chicane for the first time.


  Former Formula Renault man O’Brien, who had never raced at Goodwood before, survived a lurid moment at Woodcote next time around. The lead battle was nullified, however, after the safety car was deployed on the third lap after another Lotus became stranded on-track. Once racing resumed, O’Brien endured another scare after his Lotus rode up over the back of Hibbert’s car exiting the chicane, but he survived to fight another day. The race soon descended into a battle for the lead between Hibbert and Jackson, with Wilson and O’Brien squabbling over third place a few seconds further down the road.


  Hibbert and Jackson battled mightily in the closing stages, with the latter seeming to have the edge until Hibbert got past heading into Woodcote on the penultimate lap. On the final tour, the lead pair almost tangled with a backmarker in the run up to St. Mary’s, but held on to the flag. Hibbert’s margin of victory over Jackson was just 0.5sec. Wilson was third, with O’Brien virtually glued to his gearbox in fourth.


  Report courtesy of GRRC.




Jaguar Mk1s First, second and thirdVeteran charger John Young emerged as king of the Jaguar tamers after a frantic 25-minutes of racing during the Jack Sears Memorial Trophy touring car encounter. Young blasted his Mk1 saloon into the lead from the front row, but Neil Brown almost bested him in his Austin A35, only for his good work to be undone as he was robustly squeezed out by his rivals. Pole-sitter Justin Law then glued himself to Young’s tail. Welsh tyre dealer Grant Williams made it a Jaguar 1-2-3 lead battle, the first lap witnessing a fair amount of paint-trading further down the order. Law assumed the lead on the third lap, but Young reaffirmed his role as pacesetter at Lavant on the following tour before stretching his lead to 3.7sec at half-distance.


  The remainder of the race descended into an epic Law versus Williams battle, with both men steering their cars at increasingly lurid angles. Williams’ Jaguar was never knowingly pointing straight, its tail often wagging onto the grass. Despite heroic efforts, he was never quite able to get past Law. Young, meanwhile, also recorded the fastest lap of the race late in the day just to add to his glory.


Report courtesy of GRRC.