LETTERS VW dismay
Once again it seems the selfish actions of a few engineers have caused a scandal of unprecedented proportions in the motoring world. VW is out of rallying.
Remarkably for us rally fans, the reactions to those actions have filtered upstream to an area of engineering where that level of cheating would have been obvious to their technical counterparts within minutes, not years.
VW Motorsport have created a forceful, winning, friendly PR dream that we have all berated or basked in for the last four years.
Let’s hope the guys and girls who engineered this masterpiece of, dare I say it, world domination, are given their chance to actually use all those talents to change the motoring world for the better.
Or at least be offered a chance to use the fruits of their labour under another piece of badge engineering/platform sharing for WRC 2017. Allan Harryman Via email
noses out of joint, especially for us Brits who want something to smile about.
So near, and yet we could be still so far away from our next World Rally champion. Robert Dew Via email
The latest instalment in sportscar stalwart Johnny Mowlem’s long-standing Racing Travels documentary series, which includes his final Petit Le Mans outing, is available today if you’ve got a lunchtime viewing window available (Wednesday, 0930-1000, 1330-1400hrs Sky Sports 3).
Highlights are also available this week from the penultimate round of the World Rallycross Championship at Estering in Germany. Twotime DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom headed to the Saxony venue knowing he had a chance to wrap up the title with a round to spare (Thursday, 1515-1615hrs, Eurosport 1).
If you missed live coverage of last weekend’s two Australian Supercars races at Pukekohe, full replays of both rounds are available back-toback (Thursday, 1730-1930hrs, BT Sport 2). Sticking with the Antipodean theme there’s also a look back at the best of the action from last year’s Rally Australia in WRC Retro 2015 in anticipation of the final round of the 2016 season later this month (Monday, 1240-1340hrs, Motors TV).
Finally, if Saturday’s eprix in Marrakech isn’t enough to satisfy your Formula E fix, there’s a chance to catch the latest episode of its Street Racers magazine show (Monday, 14301500hrs, BT Sport 2).
Formula E: Marrakech
■ Race: Saturday 15301730hrs, Channel 5
NASCAR Sprint Cup: Phoenix
■ Race: Sunday 1900hrs, Premier Sports
Brazilian Grand Prix Sky Sports F1 HD Coverage ■
Drivers’ press conference: Thursday, 1300-1330hrs ■ FP1: Friday, 1145-1350hrs ■ FP2: Friday, 1545-1800hrs ■ Team principals’ press conference: 1800-1830hrs ■ The F1 show live: Friday, 1830-1900hrs ■ FP3: Saturday, 1245-1415hrs ■ Qualifying: Saturday, 1500- 1745hrs ■ Race: Sunday, 1530-1830hrs ■ Highlights: Sunday, 21002200hrs
Brazilian Grand Prix Channel 4 HD highlights ■
Qualifying: Saturday, 20002130hrs
Race: Sunday, 22000005hrs