Weekend Review: 19-21 November 2021
This weekend, the motorsport history books were rewritten as more 2021 champions were crowned in the UK and abroad. Here’s a look back at some of the sensational battles from Saturday and Sunday.
Motorsport UK British Rally Championship – Modern Tyres Ulster Rally
Matt Edwards wrote another illustrious chapter in the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship history books after the Welshman became the first driver to win the UK’s premier tier of rallying for the third time at the Modern Tyres Ulster Rally last weekend.
Edwards, alongside co-driver Darren Garrod in his Volkswagen Polo GTi, and fellow title protagonist Osian Pryce traded blistering times around Newry across the event, but ultimately an error that sent Pryce off-road during the penultimate stage proved enough for Edwards to seal a record-breaking third crown.
The pair both compete for Melvyn Evans Motorsport, which was confirmed as the Teams victors after another stand-out year for the squad.
In the Junior British Rally Championship, victory at the event went the way of Eamonn Kelly and Conor Mohan, but it would be championship glory overall for William Creighton and Liam Regan.
Click here to find out more about the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship.
FIA Volunteers Weekend
Last weekend marked an important milestone as the FIA – the governing body of motor sport – led a weekend of tribute to all the volunteers who underpin countless motorsport events worldwide.
From marshal posts, to race control and support staff, Motorsport UK would like to join the rest of the global motor sport community in thanking its countless volunteers who continue to keep the UK’s racing activities on track.
“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of motor sport. Without them, quite simply, we would not be able to go racing,” said FIA President, Jean Todt. “It is important for the FIA to recognise their vital contribution, and the occasion of the Volunteers Weekend shine the spotlight on their hard work and dedication to ensuring the safety and success of events the world over.
“This is also an opportunity to promote the positive benefits that volunteers gain from their involvement and help attract new people to motor sport.”
For more information on getting involved with the sport, click here. You can also find out more about the unsung heroes in motorsport below.
FIA World Rally Championship – Rally Monza
Britain’s Elfyn Evans rounded out a stellar year in the FIA World Rally Championship after finishing runner-up – both on-event and in the final standings – to Sebastian Ogier at Rally Monza.
The Motorsport UK Academy graduate had previously won twice in 2021 alongside co-driver Scott Martin behind the wheel of his Toyota Yaris WRC, and arrived at the famous Italian venue with a 17-point deficit to overhaul in order to dent Ogier an eighth title on his final outing as a full-time competitor in the sport’s highest category.
However, the 32-year-old lost ground to Ogier early on in the event and, for the second successive year, ultimately wound up finishing as vice-champion to his Toyota team-mate.
Head to the FIA World Rally Championship website to keep up-to-date with all the news ahead of the 2022 season.
Formula 1 Ooredoo Qatar Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton made further inroads into Max Verstappen’s lead at the summit of the Formula 1 World Championship with a dominant victory under the floodlights at Losail International Circuit, making it back-to-back wins for the Brit.
Hamilton’s Mercedes made a strong start from pole position, despite starting on the unfancied medium-compound Pirelli tyres. Verstappen, put back to seventh spot after he was adjudged to have failed to slow for double-waved yellows on his final run in qualifying, made an equally good getaway to run fourth behind Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine).
Two quick-fire moves promoted the ‘Dutch Lion’ into the runner-up spot past Alonso and, although the race in effect became a two-horse contest as Hamilton and Verstappen eased clear, the seven-time world champion was never under any real threat at the front, his eventual margin of victory a commanding 25.7 seconds.
Although Verstappen retains the championship lead by a slender six-point margin with two races left to run in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, the momentum seems to be with Hamilton, as the 36-year-old zeroes in on what he hopes will be a record-breaking eighth world title next month.
Lando Norris (McLaren) was forced to settle for ninth having run as high as fourth after a late puncture forced him into the pits for an unscheduled second stop. Fellow Motorsport UK Academy alum George Russell had a steady run to 17th around the high-speed, 5.8km desert venue.
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