Its been a pretty mental few months since i last wrote on my feelings from Le Mans. WTCC, LMS, F3 Euro Series, Britcar, Kartmasters, Ma5da and Dakar have been taking up my time! I even had a chance to sail at Cowes
I am glad to say the video from Le Mans is now live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zUFfMg1dHg Hopefully it gives a good feeling of what it is like to attend the greatest race in the World. Do send it too your mates.
Lots has changed in a month, I am now based in London and i have been replaced by chicken in the family home but in the world of motorsport theres exciting news and September is a great time to start asking questions and looking toward 2012. I will be endevouring to move on, WTCC has been a wicked championship to be part of and a great place to learn how to produce top quality TV but as it continues to globably expand, it means more time for me in Paris rather than at the track.
Lets start with the less obvious excitments. DTM. Merc and Audi have to reduce their teams from 9 to 6 and dont think they will get rid of the year old cars at the back, they make money! It will be the Spenglers, Schieders, Jarvis' and Greens who will need to watch their back, or jump ship! We know BMW have Farfus and Priaulx, they will surely want one or two guys who are already in the series, and then how about a rookie or two? My backing would be on Javier Villa. There is no pre requisite as Mario has now handed control of Motorsport to Jens Marquardt who was a Toyota Man.
The strengthening of DTM raises questions with WTCC but Jean Todt has always said there is still room for a Production based Touring Car Championship, remember DTM cars arent really 'Touring Cars!'
There is also mumblings that we might see DTM back live on the Sky platform, in a support role to those who subscribe for the F1 Coverage.
Ah yes, that! I keep getting Twitter complains about BBC's move and while i am in no position to comment on how they will work with Sky I am excited, selfishly, to see what opportunities it might throw up, not just at Sky but also once the shift of talent occurs...
The case study is Sky Germany and RTL, totally seperate coverage, production teams and talent. It might not make financial sense but Sky will want to be better than BBC, to prove that everyone should sign up to the expensive Sky Platform and so all the stops will be pulled out...so if this occurs in the UK we could see some dramatic changes. IF Martin gets poached to Sky, who will fill his shoes at BBC? Crofty would be the obvious shout leaving the 5 Live team without a commentator. What about Ben? Well then GT1 and BTCC would be up the spout. Its going to be a long and confusing battle in the offices of Sky and BBC to work out how the whole deal will work and therefore dont expect offical news for a while.....But i actually beleive with a little bit of competition it will make watching F1 2012 facinating from the start.
We also have the new World Sportcar Championship....It should raise the level of Prototypes and encorage other marques to take on Audi and Peugeot but i hear the calendar will heavily resemble the ILMC schedule, which is sad, 7 races is far too little to get truely excited about.
And that is what is occupying my mind as I sit waiting for the most exciting weekend of the year, Commentary at Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix!!