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#51 teejay

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 03:14

Michael was a fighter if nothing else - the Ganassi package was the one to beat, but he wouldnt back down. Great racing, remember it still 13 years on.



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#52 Jon83

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:40

The last-lap madness / carnage of China 2006 was pretty exciting, though shocking from Sato IIRC.

 

I remember watching a youtube video of it with an Australian commentator saying 'James Allen on ITV will be going crazy - he's Button's biggest fan!'



#53 DampMongoose

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:55

Has to be Larry Wilson, Michael Delaney and Erich Stahler.

 

In real terms, Senna and Mansell at Monaco '92. No passing but a full on battle for the last 3 or 4 laps!



#54 jonpollak

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 11:09

Liking Amphicar and Mongoose's selections...also from this year..



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Edit..fixed as per Jack's keen eye.

Edited by jonpollak, 31 December 2013 - 13:16.


#55 Jackmancer

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 12:06

Liking Amphicar and Mongoose's selections...also from this year..



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Huh, did you add the wrong link? It's last years, and not particularly spectacular.



#56 DampMongoose

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 12:17

Oh while I'm thinking about the king of cool, the 1970 Sebring 12h comes to mind when I believe Andretti in the 512 came out from a late pit stop and overtook the Revson/Mcqueen 908 on the final lap to take the outright and 5.0 class win. 



#57 dweller23

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 12:23

Oh while I'm thinking about the king of cool, the 1970 Sebring 12h comes to mind when I believe Andretti in the 512 came out from a late pit stop and overtook the Revson/Mcqueen 908 on the final lap to take the outright and 5.0 class win. 

Highlights of this race were shown a couple of weeks ago on Rai Sport 2 in Perle di Sport programme.



#58 scheivlak

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 13:01

Oh while I'm thinking about the king of cool, the 1970 Sebring 12h comes to mind when I believe Andretti in the 512 came out from a late pit stop and overtook the Revson/Mcqueen 908 on the final lap to take the outright and 5.0 class win. 

It was not on the last lap, this clip http://vidbuk.com/en...ebring-12-hours shows that Andretti even had the time for a late splash and dash stop after he had passed Revson (a fact I didn't know!).

 

An epic fight nevertheless.



#59 jonpollak

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 13:15

oops...I'll fix it now.
:blush:
Thanks Jaap
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Edited by jonpollak, 31 December 2013 - 13:17.


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#60 DampMongoose

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 13:19

It was not on the last lap, this clip http://vidbuk.com/en...ebring-12-hours shows that Andretti even had the time for a late splash and dash stop after he had passed Revson (a fact I didn't know!).

 

An epic fight nevertheless.

 

My mistake, thanks for setting me straight... note to self, don't trust Wikipedia even if your memory agrees with it!!!  I'll put it down to alcohol abuse over Christmas! 



#61 E.B.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 13:30

It's not just Wikipedia that gets things wrong about last lap dramas. Thanks to Mr Roebuck I grew up believing that the 1964 world championship passed through the hands of Clark, then Hill, then Surtees during the course of the last lap of the final race. A recent look at a lap chart debunked that one.



#62 jonpollak

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 13:35

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...

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#63 as65p

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 13:37

It's not just Wikipedia that gets things wrong about last lap dramas. Thanks to Mr Roebuck I grew up believing that the 1964 world championship passed through the hands of Clark, then Hill, then Surtees during the course of the last lap of the final race. A recent look at a lap chart debunked that one.

 

:D  I always remember Roebuck fondly now, cause he was pretty active during a period when it all meant much more to me than today (even if at that time I saw him more as the antagonist to my all-time-favourite journo DSJ).

 

In any case I reckon Roebucks writing always has a larger portion of fiction / imagination in it than most other motoring journalist, that's probably why his pieces were also more entertaining than most others. Conversely they are less valuable than most others as historical reference source.



#64 Coral

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 13:50

Well, although it was not strictly a "last lap battle", my favourite one is Suzuka 1994 when it rained and they used "aggregate scores" to determine the winner. Hill was leading from Schumacher but we did not know until they crossed the line who had actually won. I always remember Murray Walker screaming "three point four seconds!" which was just enough for Hill to win. It was great! :)



#65 ChiliFan

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 14:06

World Superbikes have had several, but Monza 1996 is the one that sticks in my mind:

 



#66 fluffy38

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 14:07

On a personal note, I'd have to say Alonso vs Schumi at Imola even though it was more than one lap..

 

And people will probs say there has been more thrilling which is true!



#67 Coral

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 14:28

On a personal note, I'd have to say Alonso vs Schumi at Imola even though it was more than one lap..

 

And people will probs say there has been more thrilling which is true!

Is that the one we missed in the UK because ITV were on a commercial break?! I think it was! I remember jumping up and down screaming at the television that day! :eek:



#68 noikeee

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 14:45

I'm gonna be boring in my choice but the best I've watched live was F1's Brazil 2008 for what was at stake.



#69 dweller23

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 14:58

I know we were supposed to post only one and I already posted two, but I completely forgot about this one, and I think it's the best battle I've seen live for a long time:

 



#70 Hames Junt

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 15:01

Colin Edwards vs Carl Fogarty - Monza 1999


#71 solochamp07

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 15:07

Will never forget this one from my childhood; 1976 Daytona 500.

 



#72 Les

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 15:10

It's not just Wikipedia that gets things wrong about last lap dramas. Thanks to Mr Roebuck I grew up believing that the 1964 world championship passed through the hands of Clark, then Hill, then Surtees during the course of the last lap of the final race. A recent look at a lap chart debunked that one

 
Off-topic sorry but the 69 race at Silverstone is another one where we've been led to believe that Stewart and Rindt were passing and re-passing each other lap after lap. When video of the race was discovered that seemed to debunk that myth too: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=uZQyqbXb6fw
 
I'm surprised a couple of obvious one - Villeneuve and Arnoux and Senna and Mansell at Spain 86 were not mentioned. However that Indy Lights one was immense! Couldn't make it up.


Edited by Les, 31 December 2013 - 15:19.


#73 UPRC

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 15:18

What year was it when Hamilton and Raikkonen were swapping P1 and P2 like mad in the wet at Spa? I can't remember if most of that action happened before the last lap or not, but it was nail biting stuff until Kimi went off.



#74 Les

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 15:26

What year was it when Hamilton and Raikkonen were swapping P1 and P2 like mad in the wet at Spa? I can't remember if most of that action happened before the last lap or not, but it was nail biting stuff until Kimi went off.

 

Ah I was at that one, Kimi went off before the last lap, I think 2 before the end if I remember right. Poor Kimi if only he knew all he had to do was keep it steady behind Hamilton after he passed him and the win would have been his anyway. 



#75 SonnyViceR

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 15:42

Mhhm, there are many definitions for term "battle" so that one is certainly open for interpretation, but plenty of people on this thread are mentioning fights that didn't happen on the last lap at all, or list a number of choices instead of one definite... too bad



#76 scheivlak

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 15:58

 
I'm surprised a couple of obvious one - Villeneuve and Arnoux and Senna and Mansell at Spain 86 were not mentioned.

I mentioned both as candidates for best F1 last lap ever.



#77 Les

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 16:04

I mentioned both as candidates for best F1 last lap ever.

 

Apologies, missed it.



#78 CaptnMark

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 16:11



#79 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 16:13

That'd be a strong contender if it was a race and not 3 drivers falling over each other to help out.



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#80 aray

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 16:26

Montoya v Andretti, Michigan 500, 2000
Andretti tries to push Montoya high to trap him behind a lapped car, but instead Montoya gets a draft from it, and crosses the line first by 0.04 seconds



(last lap starts at 5:14 if you don't want to watch it all)

i was about to post that when read the title of the thread....there are plenty of close calls in Indy,but that one was of different level in getting to your nerve.. :up:


Edited by aray, 31 December 2013 - 16:28.


#81 Jackmancer

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 18:07

Another contender:



#82 Jackmancer

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 18:12

Eventul lap during DTM 2002



#83 demet06

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 18:28

I enjoyed the de Angelis/Rosberg fight at the old Osteriechring but for me it was the 79 Villneuve/Arnoux fight at Dijon. Both great fights at classic tracks.

Is it me or do the cars look better in wide track trim?

 

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=j3tXJm9tYGM

 

The clip is not strictly the last lap but its still essential viewing.



#84 Sheepmachine

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 18:55

Matt Neal v Jason Plato at snetterton from 2006 was great.
Also almost any last lap in Moto 2 would have to be right up there. :)

Edit: found the video not sure how to insert in the post.
http://m.youtube.com...h?v=WqNtQsIa2Nw

Edited by Sheepmachine, 31 December 2013 - 21:17.


#85 F575 GTC

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 19:05

There's been some good ones from the British Superbike support series too - Superstock 1000 at Donington 2012, Motostar at Cadwell Park 2013 and pretty much any of the British Supersport races. ALMS had some great ones at Laguna Seca, Road America and Sebring too.

 

Not so much a battle, but the 250cc British GP at Donington Park in 2000 had an exciting last lap! :up:



#86 MightyMoose

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:03

Can't let some of the Chicagoland IRL finishes go unmentioned.

 

This is 2003.  http://www.youtube.c...OqBqpFS1-ZvUntg



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:07

Can't let some of the Chicagoland IRL finishes go unmentioned.

 

This is 2003.  http://www.youtube.c...OqBqpFS1-ZvUntg

 

 

Herta losing second be only an inch or so was tough. Michigan in '03 as well. Barron had spun out of 4, and pushed himself into a battle with the best of that type of racing in Hornish, and beat him at the line.  

 

https://www.youtube....T3hgwSfU8#t=690

 

If the link is weird, advance to 11:30

 

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Yup. You give those cars the ability to draft on straights (and Road America has those in plenty), good racing is abound. Plus everyone but Hargrove seemed to lift on the kink. That's just taking the fun out of that entire section of the course.


Edited by HaydenFan, 31 December 2013 - 22:11.


#88 P123

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:11

What year was it when Hamilton and Raikkonen were swapping P1 and P2 like mad in the wet at Spa? I can't remember if most of that action happened before the last lap or not, but it was nail biting stuff until Kimi went off.

 

I think that was the second last lap, but the last lap of that race was still great due to Heidfeld, Alonso and Vettel (Ithink) scything through the field on inters.  Bourdais lost a chunk of places at the final chicane- nearly brought him to tears.



#89 P123

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:13

i was about to post that when read the title of the thread....there are plenty of close calls in Indy,but that one was of different level in getting to your nerve.. :up:

 

Michigan 2000 seemed like too obvious a choice as most must know it by now, but I don't think my heart has ever been pounding as fast at the end of a race as it was watching that battle play out.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:49

 

As mentioned earlier, the 1997 Detroit GP finish.


Edited by Rob, 31 December 2013 - 22:49.


#91 Gorma

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 23:49

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=u1BHz222Gho



#92 halifaxf1fan

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 00:02

 

As mentioned earlier, the 1997 Detroit GP finish.

 

Greg Moore #99



#93 GSiebert

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 09:44

Not available in my country dafuq :(



#94 CoolBreeze

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 03:46

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=0O1AwFKqjz4



#95 Reinmuster

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:01

Schumi vs Alonso, San Marino GP 2005 and 2006.



#96 HaydenFan

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 05:45

2 NASCAR finishes:

 

Carl Edwards taking his first Sprint Cup win @ Atlanta

https://www.youtube....h?v=QIH837xWlcA

 

Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch crashing each other at the line @ Darlington

https://www.youtube....h?v=Hce8R8sG9Zs



#97 skid solo

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 05:58

Mansell and Berger Mexico 1990 had me out of my seat

#98 byrkus

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:22

Does 1982 Monaco GP count...?

 



#99 scheivlak

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 10:49

Mansell and Berger Mexico 1990 had me out of my seat

That was one I thought of immediately, it's one of my favourite moments in F1.

 

But it's not the last lap, it's at the end of the penultimate lap.



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#100 skid solo

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:49

True Mansell did his incredible overtake at the last corner of the penultimate lap but Berger came back at him on the final lap so technically I felt it qualified 😉