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

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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

DTM: Noris­ring

■ 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

Richard Yapp’s pho­to­graph of a Vaux­hall Nova SR push­ing on hard at the Abing­don Au­tosolo A bro­ken Ford Fi­esta XR2, by Peter Atkins Jack Mor­ris’s shot from Oul­ton Park BTCC

Mini Epynt Stages, taken by Howard Thomas

Amelia Mintoft, aged 13, took this su­per shot

Gary Hill caught this drama from Brands Hatch Clare Wilkin­son’s ral­ly­ing ac­tion

David Mel­luish on the Isle of Man Clas­sic sin­gle seaters from Snett, by Hugh Do­ran

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The DTM is at the Noris­ring

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