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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Motorsport

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Motorsport

Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 2nd July 2013

To celebrate this year’s National Motorsport Week, the guys at Hankook, official tyre supplier to the Junior World Rally Championship and DTM, has compiled a list of 10 things you didn’t know about motorsport.

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1.    The British motorsport industry employs around 38,500 people and contributes nearly £5 billion to the UK economy.best motorsport facts
2.    Children can start racing from the just 8 years old with competitions designed for all different age groups.best motorsport facts
3.    Unlike standard car tyres, racing tyres used in top motorsport are usually filled with nitrogen instead of compressed air to achieve a more consistent tyre pressure.best motorsport facts
4.    Nine times World Rally Champion and 2001 Junior World Rally Champion, Sebastian Loeb was a gymnast before becoming a rally driver.best motorsport facts
5.    Normal road tyres are made to last between 35,000 and 60,000 miles. Racing car tyres are designed to last just 30 to 200 miles, depending on the tyre compound.best motorsport facts
6.    Rearview mirrors were only introduced after racing drivers started using them in the 1900s. Their original purpose was to show drivers if their competitors were gaining on them.best motorsport facts
7.    The softer option tyre that Hankook supplies to DTM is around 1.0 to 1.5 seconds faster per lap than the standard tyre – a big difference with just seconds between podium places!best motorsport facts
8.    Famous racing driver Sir Stirling Moss now narrates children’s TV series Roary the Racing Car.best motorsport facts
9.    The first purpose-built race track, Brooklands, was constructed in Weybridge, Surrey.best motorsport facts
10.    There are more than 700 registered motorsport clubs in the UK, with over 200,000 members.

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