WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR 2017? Jan­uary

MN’S res­i­dent medium pre­dicts what may be on the cards for 2017. By Chris Tyl­ball

Motor Sport News - - The Future: Mn Almanac -

In an at­tempt to im­prove the sport’s stand­ing amongst the younger gen­er­a­tion, F1 tsar Bernie Ec­cle­stone an­nounces a se­ries of pub­lic polls will run through­out the year, which will have real-life re­sults on the grid. The first one con­cerns which driver should be re­tired from the grid. Esteban Gu­tier­rez tops the re­sults and #GUTIEXIT is en­forced.

Se­bastien Loeb wins the Dakar Rally af­ter a su­perb event for the Peu­geot Sport team. He im­me­di­ately an­nounces his re­tire­ment from rac­ing as a re­sult.

Un­der the new reg­u­la­tions for the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, Kris Meeke records a top speed of 215mph dur­ing a run over the Col de Turini in his Citroen.

Bull de­cides to drop Kvyat down from GP2 to GP3 for the re­main­der of the sea­son. sees 300mph on his Hyundai’s speedome­ter dur­ing the runs through the panz­er­platte. af­ter a tem­pes­tu­ous Amer­i­can Grand Prix in Texas. On Rally Aus­tralia, Dani Sordo’s Hyundai goes faster than the speed of light and he meets him­self on the podium be­fore he has com­pleted a sin­gle stage. M-sport’s Eric Camilli has yet to break the 50mph bar­rier.

Chan­nel 4’s Only Fools and Horse­power soap is dropped as the plot­lines were be­com­ing more and more out­ra­geous. “No one could be­lieve that there were eight peo­ple in with a shout of the ti­tle at the fi­nal round. Just pre­pos­ter­ous,” said a state­ment. through­out the 2017 sea­son. He tells the judges he’s “******* de­lighted” with the recog­ni­tion.

World land speed record holder Andy Green is signed up by Toy­ota for the 2018 World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Trump GP an­nounces it has se­cured fund­ing to build a new cir­cuit in the USA to make the most of F1 op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try. The track is planned to be the long­est in the world, fea­tur­ing a 1,989-mile straight run­ning be­tween Brownsville in Texas and Ti­juana Beach in Florida. Trump GP’S boss states it will also be the safest sec­tion of the cir­cuit, with ex­tra high catch fenc­ing in­stalled all the way along the south-fac­ing perime­ter.

Sun­shine Re­tire­ment Homes spon­sor the FIA’S Prize Giv­ing Cer­e­mony. ■

The wrath of the gods de­scends on those at Rock­ing­ham MSA’S new car num­ber­ing sys­tem just didn’t add up...

‘Only Fools and Horse­power’ au­di­tions were pop­u­lar

WRC cars (and fans) pow­ered by rocket fuel

Ride-height by changes made to his Kevin Ab­bring is dis­ap­pointed Hot Rod ex­press parts de­liv­ery needs some tweak­ing

Do­mes­tic tyre abuse cases hit an all-time high next sea­son BTCC an ex­pan­sion into the Trump GP an­nounces

Lewis Hamil­ton’s pay cut forced a pri­vate jet down­grade

Hamil­ton’s still out there... some­where...

The craze for new ca­nine hot rod-top­pers went too far

Austin and Welch model lat­est safety kit

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