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New Zealand motor racing veteran Ken Smith (Lola T332) enjoyed a perfect start to his record-extending 61st season of top level motor racing, qualifying quickest then winning the first three SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series races of the 2018/19 season at the annual ITM SuperSprint Supercars meeting at Pukekoke Park Raceway on the weekend of 3-4 November.
Moto Giro d’Italia 50 Years Start from Rome
In 2019 it will be 50 years since the last Motogiro d’Italia organised directly by
the Italian Motorcycling Federation took place. After being run as a road race
from 1914, the event was run as a regularity test in ‘67, ‘68 and ‘69, the same
formula still used today in the revival event, which began in 1989 and which itself
is reaching its 30th anniversary. Historically the event commenced in Rome and
the 2019 departure will be from the eternal city, where riders will be escorted
through the city to the timed starting point just outside.
Circuit des Remparts Angoulême
Traditionally held in mid September (this year 14-16), the Circuit des Remparts came under new management last year, as Michel Loreille and his team picked up the ball very late in the season and made the best of what had already been instigated by the outgoing organisers. This year they have had time to prepare and innovate, and while some of the successful grids remain on the programme, there are some changes too. The Plateaux Raymond Sommer and Maurice Trintignant for under and over 1500cc pre-war cars respectively, remain, as does the ever-popular Bugatti race, now named in honour of Retromobile founder and Bugatti exponent Marc Nicolosi. The Beltoise and Greder grids this year are for GT, touring and sports racers built before and after 1965. Gone are the Legendary Circuits invited grids, and in their place there will be races for Frazer Nash cars, so popular with the many Brits that travel to Angoulême each year, and the Plateau Louis Rosier, for Le Mans and Mille Biglia-Type cars of the ‘50s.