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#51 PayasYouRace

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 16:41

Speaking of Indy 500 finishes:

 

 

Even if it was spoiled somewhat by WAGcam.



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#52 Sterzo

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 16:56


WAGcam.

You should patent that.
 



#53 noriaki

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 21:05

Speaking of Indy 500 finishes:

 

 

Even if it was spoiled somewhat by WAGcam.

 

Still incensed about that they not only chose to use the WAGcam during the final laps, but also about the way it was laid out on the screen. Seriously I would like to have a word with the guy whose idea it was to make the side-by-side display so small to cover around 50% of the screen altogether and then leave the rest of the screen... blank.  :confused:

 

Also I had completely forgotten how close Marco was that year. 


Edited by noriaki, 07 December 2019 - 21:06.


#54 Disgrace

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 10:41

Above all, the resurgence of IndyCar as a series and the Indy 500 as a event. JR bottling it at the last corner was sporting drama as its finest. JPM using the grass to win in '15 and the Pagenaud/Rossi duel for '19. Alonso's first 500 attempt, the shock of the announcement, the hype around it, then the actual performance. It was the biggest and best motorsport story of the decade. Other than Power finally winning a title and the 500...

 

Rosberg dismantling Schumacher's comeback then snatching a title against Hamilton, two of the greatest of all time, are probably my favourite F1 moments. His duel with Hamilton in Bahrain '14 is up there too. He singlehandedly kept my interest in the sport for three seasons. Such an underrated driver. Ferrari losing the '10 title with arguably the worst strategic blunder in F1 history also stands out.

 

The Hopkins/Hill last lap duel for BSB '11 and this year's BTCC finale were amazing. Cammish crashing out a lap from title victory having previously finished every single race - after Neal had cynically punted Turkington the race before - was one of the most unbelievable and unbelievably satisfying conclusions I have witnessed.

 

Formula E is easily the best new series to come into existence. It is probably my favourite category now, and at first I didn't even tune into the inaugural race. It has a brilliant concept, nothing like the gimmicky single seater categories that have come and gone before it and it is just so entertaining. It is genuinely groundbreaking. There's more but those are the big ones.



#55 lustigson

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 13:31

I notice that I really have to work hard to come up with anything that really stood out from the last 10 years (this being a split-decade   ;) ) and I can easier recall races and championships from the 1991-2009 period. 

 

When I try really hard, a few things do come to mind:

  • 2010 Turkish Grand Prix with Vettel and Webber crashing
  • 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix with Schumacher squeezing Barrichello
  • 2010 finale where Ferrari screwed up so badly
  • 2012 opening six races with six different winners — so, still one positive thing, then  :drunk:

To me 2010-2019 feels a bit like a giant blur of Vettel and Hamilton walk-overs, but it probably shows that I’ve been paying less attention to the racing and the sport in general than the previous ca. 20 years.


Edited by lustigson, 08 December 2019 - 13:32.


#56 maximilian

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 16:04

Sato's Redemption, by a huge margin.  Possibly the best racing moment ever.  I've never been reduced to a euphoric quivering mess of sweat, blood, and tears after a race before that day, and likely will never be again - unless maybe Robert Wickens wins the Indy 500 in the future.



#57 barzini

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 16:07

Kimi’s comeback back in -12.

#58 cheekybru

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 16:15

When I think of this decade I will just think of the two goats (IMO!!!!) showing why they are the best, and getting the titles to show it

Lewis on 4 wheels, Marq on two

14 titles and counting...

#59 Vielleicht

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 16:17

A few really strong candidates already mentioned (such as Pagenaud and Rossi's 500 duel/wins, Rosberg's WDC title, WEC's 2014-2016 'Golden Age' etc.) so I'll try and pick some other monents that have stuck with me...

 

- Audi winning Le Mans in '14 (?) when they changed the turbos on their two remaining cars mid race. Incredible scenes... and though I didn't really want them to win it earned nothing but respect from me.

- Alonso's "Rhythm of the Night" stint at Le Mans 2018 was like watching racing folklore being forged in front of your eyes. The Daytona 24 drive also stands out for similar reasons.

- Scott Dixon's most recent two titles were just sublime in my opinion.

- Formula E starting is up there, but I would also like to mention that crazy week in 2017 when BMW, Porsche and Mercedes all announced their entry to the series. It feels like the precise moment that FE went from being slightly unsure of itself to knowing that it had the momentum it needed. It was a turning point and I shall never forget it.


Edited by Vielleicht, 08 December 2019 - 16:21.


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#60 Victor_RO

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 16:59

- Audi winning Le Mans in '14 (?) when they changed the turbos on their two remaining cars mid race. Incredible scenes... and though I didn't really want them to win it earned nothing but respect from me.


2014, yes. Sadly at the expense of the Toyota taken out of the lead in the dead of night by a FIA-installed telemetry sensor (used for Race Control) that caught fire. :(

I remember watching from the Ford Chicane grandstand the way the rain swept across the track in hour 2. And then the later abiding memory is the last time the #14 Porsche passed the place where I'd placed myself for the race finish, slowing down and with an audibly sick engine.

#61 PEW

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 17:53

Billy Monger winning the Pau Grand Prix 2019



#62 Disgrace

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 19:14

LMP1 hybrid meltdown at Le Mans in 2017 nearly handing overall victory to the Jackie Chan/Jota LMP2 Oreca.

 

Yeah. Toyota breaking down within sight of the flag was an almost surreal experience. But the way in which their 2017 race unravelled within about half an hour, given the events of the previous year, was astounding.



#63 TomNokoe

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 22:42

2014, yes. Sadly at the expense of the Toyota taken out of the lead in the dead of night by a FIA-installed telemetry sensor (used for Race Control) that caught fire. :(


I was at that race! Didn't really understand the significance of it all at the time.

#64 teejay

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 00:27

Great idea for a thread - but how on Earth is one to answer the question? I'm going to be parochial, and pick two races from my local track (Brands Hatch) on the basis "I woz there". Was also able to rewatch them on TV. There may have been more significant events in the decade, but for quality racing on a fabulous circuit...

 

One from early in the decade. Local Sarf London lad Tommy Hill, on what he called his Yammerar, took the 2011 British Superbike championship on the last lap of the last round, beating the brilliant Californian John Hopkins by a gnat's whisker.

 

 

 

 

 

I am not huge on motorbike racing but this was incredible and I was going to post if it wasn't already up - the commentators make it all the better. 

 

For me - 

 

Lewis getting the monkey off his back and winning his second in 2014 - it was clear he was far better than this 1 WDC at the time suggested, and the rest is history. 

Michael getting pole in Monaco was fantastic - it was clear his comeback had not gone to plan so to see a  moment reminding us of how good he was was good to see. 

 

JPM Winning Indy 

Sato Winning Indy

 

Craig Lowndes winning Bathurst 2018 showing he was still more than capable of competing at the highest level. 

The ending to the 2017 Supercars season - that last Newcastle race was insanity, even if not the result I wanted. 



#65 Victor_RO

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 05:24

Yeah. Toyota breaking down within sight of the flag was an almost surreal experience. But the way in which their 2017 race unravelled within about half an hour, given the events of the previous year, was astounding.

And that was with the eventually-winning Porsche still in the garage for major repairs to the hybrid system during that half-hour.

And then at 11am, with a 12-lap lead, the other Porsche comes by the grandstand where I'm sitting on the pit straight... and coughs its last.

 

 

I was at that race! Didn't really understand the significance of it all at the time.

 

I slept through the night in my tent, woke up around 7:30 am, turned the radio on and was like "erm... so what the hell happened overnight???"



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Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:58

I notice that I really have to work hard to come up with anything that really stood out from the last 10 years (this being a split-decade   ;) ) and I can easier recall races and championships from the 1991-2009 period. 

 

When I try really hard, a few things do come to mind:

  • 2010 Turkish Grand Prix with Vettel and Webber crashing
  • 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix with Schumacher squeezing Barrichello
  • 2010 finale where Ferrari screwed up so badly
  • 2012 opening six races with six different winners — so, still one positive thing, then  :drunk:

To me 2010-2019 feels a bit like a giant blur of Vettel and Hamilton walk-overs, but it probably shows that I’ve been paying less attention to the racing and the sport in general than the previous ca. 20 years.

 

The longer seasons have a lot to do with it, I think.



#67 Henri Greuter

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 10:26

The longer seasons have a lot to do with it, I think.



If a season is exciting and open competition to the very end of the season and outcome of the title battle insecure for the majority of the season, I doubt if lasting longer is a problem for the fans. In such cases, the more and the longer the better!

Edited by Henri Greuter, 09 December 2019 - 10:26.


#68 goldenboy

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 11:12

Probably going into abu dhabi 2010 with 5 potential WDC winners.

#69 Baddoer

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 11:34

A fire truck racing Vettel in Yeongam 2013.



#70 JHSingo

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 12:02

Probably going into abu dhabi 2010 with 5 potential WDC winners.

*Pedant alert*

 

4 - Button was mathematically out of contention after the penultimate race in Brazil.

 

*pedant alert*

 

 ;)

 

What a pity that race couldn't have taken place somewhere - literally anywhere - else though. I was rooting for Vettel at the time, but knowing what we know now in terms of Alonso - I wish he'd have won it. He deserved a title with Ferrari, either 2010 or 2012.



#71 Jvr

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 15:44

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:

 

"Ferrari at the start of the decade vs. Ferrari at the end of the decade"
 

https://twitter.com/...7066553345?s=20

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#72 M66R

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 19:05

[quote name="Sterzo" post="8966297" timestamp="1575731178"]

Great idea for a thread - but how on Earth is one to answer the question? I'm going to be parochial, and pick two races from my local track (Brands Hatch) on the basis "I woz there". Was also able to rewatch them on TV. There may have been more significant events in the decade, but for quality racing on a fabulous circuit...

One from early in the decade. Local Sarf London lad Tommy Hill, on what he called his Yammerar, took the 2011 British Superbike championship on the last lap of the last round, beating the brilliant Californian John Hopkins by a gnat's whisker.

https://www.youtube....h?v=J94PF43oEps

What on earth have I just watched... Wow

#73 maximilian

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 22:10

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:

 

"Ferrari at the start of the decade vs. Ferrari at the end of the decade"
 

https://twitter.com/...7066553345?s=20


 

 

Definitely a clear improvement!



#74 scheivlak

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 23:09

Four indeed. But it's telling that you think only now - after so many years - Alonso would have deserved it. A clear mark that in fact he didn't deserve it that much - certainly not more than Vettel who was hampered by unreliability far more than Fernando in 2010.

 

*Pedant alert*

 

4 - Button was mathematically out of contention after the penultimate race in Brazil.

 

*pedant alert*

 

 ;)

 

What a pity that race couldn't have taken place somewhere - literally anywhere - else though. I was rooting for Vettel at the time, but knowing what we know now in terms of Alonso - I wish he'd have won it. He deserved a title with Ferrari, either 2010 or 2012.



#75 teejay

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 02:16

*Pedant alert*

 

4 - Button was mathematically out of contention after the penultimate race in Brazil.

 

*pedant alert*

 

 ;)

 

What a pity that race couldn't have taken place somewhere - literally anywhere - else though. I was rooting for Vettel at the time, but knowing what we know now in terms of Alonso - I wish he'd have won it. He deserved a title with Ferrari, either 2010 or 2012.

 

 

I'd have given Alsonso 2010 and Lewis 2012 but alas the if buts and maybes don't count. 



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Posted 10 December 2019 - 03:29

I'd have given Alsonso 2010 and Lewis 2012 but alas the if buts and maybes don't count.

Hamilton got screwed hardcore in 2012; a very likely 50 points gone in Singapore and Abu Dhabi alone, if my memory serves me correctly. I've always maintained that him scarcely being part of the conversation that takes place about that season is a shame. With better reliability for McLaren (in the car and on the pitwall...) that would've been a season for the ages.

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 09:36

Standout moments:

 

Ferrari strategic blunder at Abu Dhabi 2010, I'll admit when the decision was made I didn't think anything was wrong with it, and that he would pick his way through the mid-field. Boy was I wrong.

 

2012 Brazilian GP, start of lap 2 --> Alonso leaps up to P2 whilst Vettel falls to the back.....at that point mathematically Alonso was going to be champion, my jaw hit the ground.

 

2014 Bahrain GP the battle for the win lives long in my memory

 

Vettel's first win for Ferrari, a relief after the torrid 2014 season for both Ferrari and Vettel

 

Rosberg announces retirement, totally unexpected

 

Max Verstappens arrival and controversial defensive driving

 

Leclerc victory in front of the Tifosi



#78 Rinehart

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 09:53

Have to be honest, it was possibly the dullest F1 decade I can remember. Nothing stands out as a classic. 

 

For me the most memorable highs and lows were Dan Wheldon winning the Indy 500 at the last turn in 2011 and Toyota imploding on the last lap of the 2016 Le Mans. 

 

Honorable mention to the Bathurst 1000 that consistently pumps out a hum dinger of a race, especially 2013 and 2014. 



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Posted 10 December 2019 - 11:24

Hamilton got screwed hardcore in 2012; a very likely 50 points gone in Singapore and Abu Dhabi alone, if my memory serves me correctly. I've always maintained that him scarcely being part of the conversation that takes place about that season is a shame. With better reliability for McLaren (in the car and on the pitwall...) that would've been a season for the ages.

 

I agree. Also, it was not only reliability that robbed Hamilton. The following incidents were neither his nor the team's faults:

 

Valencia - taken out my Maldonado when running 3rd. 

Hockenheim - puncture when running 8th (given where Button finished, it's likely he would have got a podium). 

Spa - taken out by Grosjean, but difficult to predict where he would have finished. 

Interlagos - taken out by Hulk while leading. 



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Posted 10 December 2019 - 11:33

IMO the 2013 Indy lights finish at Indy was probably the best moment. That, along with Montoya winning the 500 again, will stick long in the memory.

As will this, for a different reason:

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Edited by Spillage, 10 December 2019 - 11:34.


#81 Baddoer

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 11:38

The following incidents were neither his nor the team's faults:

 

Valencia - taken out my Maldonado when running 3rd.

Ah yes, he pushed Maldonado off the track expecting Williams to miraculosly disappear. Surely not his fault.



#82 Victor_RO

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 11:42

Honorable mention to the Bathurst 1000 that consistently pumps out a hum dinger of a race, especially 2013 and 2014.

 
For reference, and to laugh at Whincup:  :lol:
 


#83 ch103

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 11:54

MM93 has risen to arguably be the GOAT from 2014 onwards.



#84 Retrofly

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 11:56

One from early in the decade. Local Sarf London lad Tommy Hill, on what he called his Yammerar, took the 2011 British Superbike championship on the last lap of the last round, beating the brilliant Californian John Hopkins by a gnat's whisker.

 

Came to post this but you beat me too it, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about the video let alone watching it. :eek: :eek: :eek:


Edited by Retrofly, 10 December 2019 - 11:56.


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Posted 10 December 2019 - 12:09

Schumacher pole monaco 2012



#86 Risil

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 16:01

I'm glad so many people have remembered (and reminded me of!) the 2011 British Superbike conclusion. Extraordinary sporting drama. The British Supersport 600 title was also decided that weekend between Alistair Seeley and Ben Wilson; that was a cracker as well.

 

Two other things that come to mind are countless Indycar Sunday evenings spent here, and the extraordinary run the World Endurance Championship had in 2014-16. For wheel-to-wheel racing and drama it briefly put the single-seaters in the shade.



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Posted 10 December 2019 - 16:18

I'm glad so many people have remembered (and reminded me of!) the 2011 British Superbike conclusion. Extraordinary sporting drama. The British Supersport 600 title was also decided that weekend between Alistair Seeley and Ben Wilson; that was a cracker as well.

Agreed - Wilson with one leg over the bike and the rest of him hanging near the ground for most of the season. And eight years later, the BSB meetings still give the ultimate in exciting racing. The only four-wheeled rival would be Formula Ford 1600. Other series may have higher quality, more importance, or more interesting machinery, but BSB and FF (and maybe MotoGP) rule where sheer racing is concerned.



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Posted 10 December 2019 - 16:32

I was at the penultimate round at Donington that year when Hopkins won the double, and came away convinced that that would be the decisive moment. But Hill dug very deep.



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Posted 10 December 2019 - 18:08

https://www.youtube....h?v=J94PF43oEps

Having now had a chance to watch this... unbelievable.

#90 Risil

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 20:09

No series has more interesting machinery than MotoGP!

#91 Disgrace

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 05:44

Having now had a chance to watch this... unbelievable.

 

As well as the riders, "what heroic racing" is Burnicle's finest hour too. James and Jack are such a good duo.



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Posted 11 December 2019 - 09:14

 
For reference, and to laugh at Whincup:  :lol:
 

Absolute scenes! 



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Posted 11 December 2019 - 16:00

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