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WRITE TO US Motorsport News Haymarket Consumer Media, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SP Epic duel at Le Mans topped off by a sour pull for Davidson
Le Mans always has a sting in the tail, and this year’s 84th edition proved no different. But it wasn’t just the last-lap failure, a cruel blow for Toyota, that I found the most painful about the entire race. I felt particularly for one of its star drivers.
Anthony Davidson’s career has not earned the rewards that it should have done. From a super-hot rising single-seater prospect, things never really clicked in to place for Hemel Hempstead’s finest. There were bit-part outings in F1 and a shot with the underfunded and out-of-its depth Super Aguri team. Then nothing.
Sportscars has arguably rescued Davidson’s career and he won the World Endurance Championship in 2014 for the Japanese firm, but the big one has eluded him. Given how hard it is to win, he will look upon this year’s failure as a golden chance which has passed him by. Davidson demonstrates his knowledge with F1 commentary, and he has a keen eye on the history of the sport. He has seen karting rival Dan Wheldon claim the Indy 500 and friend Jenson Button take the F1 world championship. Davidson just needs that 24 Hours win to complete the set for the three amigos. Here’s to 2017. Matt James, Editor
■ Race one: Saturday, 1200-1345hrs, ESPN ■ Race two: not shown
Indycar Series: Road America
■ Race: Sunday, 1800-1930hrs, ESPN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Sonoma
■ Race: Sunday, 1900hrs, Premier Sports TV
Blancpain Endurance Series: Paul Ricard
■ Race: Saturday, 1630-1140hrs, Motors TV
Formula V8 3.5: Paul Ricard
Race one: Saturday, 0900-1045hrs, Motors TV (Also on BT ESPN, 0900-1000hrs) ■ Race two: Sunday, 0745-0845hrs, Motors TV ■ Race three: Sunday, 0845-0950hrs, Motors TV
World Touring Car Championship:vila Real
■ Qualifying: Saturday, 1700-1800hrs, Eurosport 1 ■ Races: Sunday, 1800-2000hrs, Eurosport 1