Editorial – Goodbye, Jules

Death in Formula 1 used to be an occurrence that was all to common. Yet, for the first time in twenty-one years, F1 has lost a driver to a racing accident. ESM’s editor offers his on reflections on the sad news.  A lot has already been written about the tragic death of Jules Bianchi. Compared to…

Editorial – Let’s not pretend motosport isn’t dangerous

It’s been difficult to escape the news about the deaths on the Jim Clark Rally this past weekend. But the reactions of some leave a lot to be desired. It’s rare that national level rallying makes headlines with the mainstream media. For it to get a mention on local news is often an achievement in itself….

Friday Photo From the archive #10

Whilst the past few FFFAs have featured exciting videos, hot hatches or worthy saloons today’s picture is none of them. In fact it’s a badly painted Mk3 Ford Granada: Not just badly painted, but also broken down at the side of the M2 in Kent. 2007 was the year EngageSportMode attempted the Crumball Rally “Italian Job”…

The Nissan ZEOD RC – Is it all new?

As a break from discussing Formula 1 tyres, instead EngageSportMode examines Nissan’s new electric Le Mans challenger, and the craziest car you’ve never heard of. Is the Nissan ZEOD RC really from the 1970s? A couple of weeks ago, Nissan unveiled its new electric racing car – the ZEOD RC. Following on from 2012’s DeltaWing…

ESM @ Croft BTCC 2013 – Quick Highlights

Wow! EngageSportMode spent today at the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire. We left sunburnt, soaked and satisfied after a great day’s BTCC action, including a superb three races for ESM favourite Colin Turkington. ESM’s BTCC correspondent will be bringing you a full raceday review soon, and there will…

Could Volvo Return to the BTCC?

This week Volvo Australia announced it would be unleashing the S60 Polestar on the V8 Supercar series, in a tie up with the respected Garry Rodgers Motorsport team, to see them on the grid for 2014. Volvo has a history of competing Down Under; the company won the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship using the…

That Pirelli Tyre Debacle – 2013 Spanish Grand Prix Fallout

If you happen to follow EngageSportMode on twitter,  if you don’t remedy that first, you’ll have noticed a steady stream of Pirelli tyre-related lolz on Sunday. The Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya has rarely been one to set pulses racing, managing to generally rate slightly above Hungary for excitement. But the 2013 race proved to…

BTCC 2013 Round 2 – Donington Review

ESM’s BTCC correspondent dishes out his review of the action-packed second round of this year’s season: Honda’s Donington Dominance Stopped by Turkington! Last weekend saw the second round of 2013’s British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park. The hills surrounding the circuit still look like huge quarry mud banks due to the works to upgrade…

2013 Australian Grand Prix – The Review (featuring Senna)

The first race of the Formula 1 season is always a strange one, not least because for European viewers it happens ridiculously early on a Sunday morning. F1’s opening night tends to showcase who has potential for the year ahead and, more importantly, who has more work to do back at the factory. 2013’s edition was no exception, although…

BTCC End of 2012 Season News

After an exciting 2012 season, ESM’s BTCC Correspondent brings you a round-up of all the news, rumours and seat-swapping that has happened so far. So, what does he have to offer you? Read on: It’s been a few months since the end of another dramatic season in the BTCC, which culminated in Gordon Shedden winning his…