Silverstone gears up for 50th British Grand Prix

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In the UK, Silverstone is dubbed the “home of motor racing” such is its importance in Britain’s motorsport landscape, and this year it prepares to host its most famous race – the British Grand Prix – for the fiftieth time.

The British Grand Prix is just one of two races that has been held in every Formula 1 world championship season, with the other being the Italian Grand Prix. In fact, the very first world championship grand prix was held at Silverstone back in 1950, with Giuseppe Farina winning the race for Alfa Romeo.

However, the race has moved away from Silverstone on a number of occasions, albeit never on a permanent basis. Between 1955 and 1962, it shared hosting rights with Aintree Circuit in the north of England, and then alternated with Brands Hatch until 1986.

The decision was then taken to keep the race at Silverstone, but 2009 was due to be its last British Grand Prix after Donington Park was awarded the hosting rights. When the circuit’s funding fell through, though, Silverstone picked up the contract. Thanks to extensive redevelopment, the track is set to host the race until 2027.

Just as Indianapolis is to American racing fans, Silverstone is to the British. For the fiftieth time, F1 cars will fire up at Silverstone next Sunday to vie for victory at the British Grand Prix, and you can be sure that a bumper crowd will be cheering them on.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.