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Michel Trollé profile
The Brands day that changed everything

Michel Trollé, Lola T87/50, Pau 1987

We all know that motor racing is dangerous – and the number of drivers that saw their careers cut short or hampered by serious accidents is quite high. The 1988 F3000 Championship was a good example of this, as three youngsters – Fabien Giroix, Michel Trollé and Johnny Herbert – suffered severe injuries in the high-attrition races of F1's main feeder formula, and saw their careers change forever. Trollé and Herbert were two of the greatest promises of the field, and if all we know what happened to Herbert, the Touquettois almost sank into oblivion. Time for Guilherme Ribeiro to remember and reevaluate his career.


2017 Estoril Classic report
Sunset on a season

Several historic motor racing championships ran their final round at the inaugural Estoril Classic, which was blessed by fair weather after Friday’s test day was a wet affair. The grids were at times smallish but the enthusiastic Portuguese crowd took care of the atmosphere nonetheless.

Max Smith-Hilliard, Fittipaldi F5A, 2017 Estoril Classic


2017 Spa Six Hours report
Nightmare morphs into fairytale

Chris Ward/Andrew Smith, Ford GT40, 2016 Spa Six Hours

The 2017 edition of the Spa Six Hours was won by the most unlikely of driver pairings – at least for anyone who was a witness of Chris Ward punting off Andrew Smith only the week before, during a very tense RAC TT Celebration race at the Goodwood Revival. Inadvertently or not, it happened, and Ward received a lot of flak for it. And the next weekend he would be teaming up with the victim of his actions. But the nightmare turned into a fairytale. The two shook hands, vowed to put it behind them, and concluded another tense race with a victory that was theirs to grab when their German GT40 rivals faltered during one of their refuelling stops.


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