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Making it over there

I admit it: I’ve been a Jack Hawksworth fan for a while now. I find it difficult not to respect a young driver who saw no prospect of raising serious GP3/GP2 money in Europe and thus focused 100 per cent on racing in America. It isn’t easy in the States; far from it. New culture. New types of racing. New places. There is, though, a “Road to Indy” scholarship system that rewards young drivers from the Pro Mazda (formerly Star Mazda) Series through Indy Lights and thence to IndyCar – a sort of Red Bull progression for those unfortunate enough not have Red Bull money. Jack, a quick karter  and Formula Renault driver in England, had no compunction about making the change and sustaining his motivation.

And this year, in IndyCar, he’s delivered. Driving for another true racer – Bryan Herta – Jack led races and scored a podium finish in Houston. Now the sky’s the limit, as he told me when we chatted a few days ago.

Driving home from Gatwick

Thoughts from the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix weekend

Down to the wire

Here is the third and final part of this week’s show, specially segmented for YouTube viewers.  In this section we look back at last weekend’s Indian GP and then talk to the GP2 Championship leader, Switzerland’s Fabio Leimer, shortly after his arrival in Abu Dhabi.   Fabio, who drives for the Spanish-based Racing Engineering team, currently holds a slender points lead over England’s Sam Bird (who is well-known to regular viewers of our show).  In our analysis of the GP2 and GP3 title deciders, I’m joined in the studio by Tom Gaymor, the former lower-rung single-seater driver whose promising career was cut short by an accident (from which he has now fully recovered).  As well as voicing the new F1 smart-device, livetream app, Tom also calls GP3 and Porsche Supercup races for Eurosport.  He loves his racing – as he loves all sport – and is as passionate about it now as he was when he was competing himself.   He lives in nearby Teddington, sharing an apartment with the very talented Porsche driver, Richie Stanaway.  Don’t forget that the full-length version of the show can be downloaded from tonight on iTunes;  in the meantime I hope you enjoy this special “preview” segments.

Felipe Nasr – another star from Brazil

Paolo Coloni – GP2 team and AutoGP series owner

Between running his own, race-winning, GP2 team and overseeing, with his father (Enzo), the burgeoning AutoGP series, Paolo Coloni is one of the busiest men in motor sport.  He took a brief pause to talk to us about his passion for racing – and for easing the path for talented young drivers

Tiago Monteiro on the WTCC, Ocean’s GP2 and GP3 teams…and female racers

In the build-up to the GP2 season opener in Malaysia this weekend, I caught up with Tiego Monteiro, the former Portuguese F1 driver who now enjoys a vibrant career as a WTCC driver for SEAT and as Team Owner of the Ocean GP2 and GP3 teams. Spain’s Carmen Jorda has also recently signed to drive GP3 with Ocean so we talk, too, about the future of women in motor sport.

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