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27 Dec 2019

Credit: Top – (l-r) Chris Owens/IndyCar Media, Paulo Maria/TitansRX
Bottom – Dominik Wilde

Finding one highlight from the hundreds of projects I’ve worked on this year has proven to be a real challenge – even narrowing it down to a top-10 was tough.

So here is a look back at my 2019 with 25 highlights from my busiest but most enjoyable season to-date.

 

The alternative rallycross concept hoping to thrive – Autosport

Last year wasn’t a great one for rallycross – with one series collapsing and the flagship world championship under pressure after manufacturer walkouts. The discipline faces challenges everywhere, but one driver believes he has a solution, as DOMINIK WILDE explains…

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YouTube star Shmee150 tells us all about hypercar ownership – Motor1

This past weekend Motor1 UK had the chance to catch up with someone who definitely had a Christmas we’re all envious of: YouTuber Tim Burton, better known as Shmee150…

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10 of the best from the 2019 Geneva motor show – DominikWilde.com

Despite covering the Geneva motor show for Motor1 over the last couple of years, I’ve never actually been to the event myself.

This year I put that right – it wasn’t a work trip, more a fun 10-hour holiday to Switzerland to check out the latest and greatest the automotive world has to offer. It didn’t disappoint…

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Why Busch’s milestone of 200 NASCAR wins is different to Petty’s – Autosport

Kyle Busch sealed his 200th NASCAR win at Fontana. It’s a record that puts him level with Richard Petty, technically, but a debate rages about whether both records are equal…

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Renault F1 team wows crowds in Disney stunt show – DominikWilde.com

The Renault Formula 1 team made an extraordinary appearance at Disneyland Paris at the weekend, performing a demonstration run in the Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular live show…

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Long Beach IndyCar: Alexander Rossi dominant for Andretti Autosport – Autosport

Alexander Rossi put on a masterclass to win IndyCar’s Long Beach Grand Prix for the second consecutive year and claim Andretti Autosport’s 200th win across all categories…

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See also: Live coverage of the 103st Indianapolis 500

 

Oliver Solberg wins on second US rally start – DominikWilde.com

Oliver Solberg claimed his maiden American Rally Association victory in only his second start at the Olympus Rally last weekend…

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World RX of Great Britain – full coverage roundup – DominikWilde.com

Here is a full roundup of DominikWilde.com’s coverage of the 2019 World RX of Great Britain, which formed a part of the second annual SpeedMachine festival at Silverstone…

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A history of open-wheel stars in US rallycross – DominikWilde.com

Sage Karam and JR Hildebrand will make their Americas Rallycross debuts in the ARX2 class this weekend, making them the latest drivers to transition from IndyCar to rallycross…

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Muddying the purists’ picture – Autosport (magazine)

While we all love motorsport, there’s no denying that it’s become full of over-regulation, stewards’ enquiries, and talk about ‘the show’. But what is ‘the show’ was the sport itself?…

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Credit: Dominik Wilde

 

NASCAR brings the thunder to Goodwood – DominikWilde.com

Mention NASCAR on this side of the Atlantic and you’re often met with groans, a roll of the eyes, or ignorant comments about left turns. However, each and every year a select contingent from the US’ biggest form of motorsport makes the trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed…

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The son of a legend carving his own path – DominikWilde.com

Oliver Solberg is taking the rallying world by storm – the son of 2003 World Rally and 2014-15 World Rallycross champion Petter may only be 17, but he’s already proven himself in multiple series, across multiple continents…

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Lifting the lid on the Pantera RX6 – TitansRX

The inaugural TitansRX season is well underway and heads to Lydden Hill this weekend for its first visit to ‘The Home of Rallycross’.

TitansRX’s first hop across the channel will give British rallycross fans a first chance to see the Pantera RX6 racing car in action, too…

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Nitro Rallycross 2019 – full coverage roundup – DominikWilde.com

Here you can check out all of DominikWilde.com’s coverage from the second Nitro Rallycross event at the Nitro World Games which was held at the Utah Motorsports Campus near Salt Lake City on 16-17 August 2019…

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Riding with the future of rallying – DominikWilde.com

Writing about cars for a living has its plus points – I get to experience many things that most petrolheads and motorsport fans can only dream of, but it’s very much an observational job though. I tell stories, I don’t get my hands dirty, and I don’t go all that fast… usually…

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Laguna Seca IndyCar: Newgarden seals 2019 title as Herta wins again – Autosport

Colton Herta fended off Will Power to win the IndyCar season finale at Laguna Seca as Josef Newgarden secured his second series title…

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Fan footage previews high-octane Bond 25 car chase – Motor1

Fan-filmed video clips have given us a fresh glimpse of the petrol-powered stars of the upcoming 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die…

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Elliott rebounds from crash to win NASCAR Cup Series Roval thriller

Chase Elliott crashed and then won an action-packed NASCAR Cup race at the Charlotte Roval as playoff positions for the round of 12 were decided.,,

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Why are we still moaning about safety? – DominikWilde.com

Last week IndyCar rolled out its new ‘Aeroscreen’ cockpit protection device for the first time, with Scott Dixon and Will Power sampling the Red Bull-designed device at Indianapolis Motor Speedway…

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The greatest F1 car to never race? – DominikWilde.com

Toyota’s foray into Formula 1 in the 2000s didn’t quite yield the success that the Japanese manufacturer had become accustomed to elsewhere in motorsport. Despite allegedly running with the biggest budget of all the teams it competed alongside, the Cologne-based operation never won a single race, let alone a title…

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The Beetles 2014-2019 – DominikWilde.com

After five-and-a-half years Volkswagen has confirmed that it will be retiring the venerable Beetle from rallycross competition…

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Take a look around ‘PROTOTYP’ Museum in Hamburg – Motor1

Located in a listed former-factory building in the HafenCity district of Hamburg is a unique collection of some of the world’s most remarkable cars…

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Subaru reacts to ARX demise – DominikWilde.com

Subaru of America’s motorsports manager William Stokes has said that the brand remains committed to rallycross, despite the demise of Americas Rallycross…

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MG TCR car in international bow at FIA Motorsport Games – Autosport

SAIC Motor’s new MG6 XPower TCR got its first rollout in Europe at the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games at Vallelunga in Italy last weekend…

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Homestead NASCAR: Kyle Busch clinches 2019 Cup championship – Autosport

Kyle Busch claimed his second NASCAR Cup Series title by winning the 2019 season finale at Homestead, ending a 21-race winless streak in the process…

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