january 14, 2019 - Autosport International

Cars, Stars and Live Action entertainment rounds off successful final day at Autosport International

  • Ex-F1 driver Johnny Herbert took to the Autosport Stage, with #karunchandhok and #billymonger starring elsewhere in the show
  • Touring Car legend #andyrouse awarded greatest-ever British Touring Car Driver
  • Performance and Tuning Car Show highlights included TV star Yiannimize and the launch of Motorious.com with a stage which featuring a McLaren P1
  • Thrills and spills continued in the Live Action Arena with performances from #billymonger, a host of stunt drivers and competition racers
  • Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network’s UK title,Autosport– one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers

It’s been an action-packed final day at #autosportinternational with visitors treated to stars, cars and thrilling stunts within the Live Action Arena performances.

Ex-F1 driver Johnny Herbert opened the show with #karunchandhok and #billymonger and took to the Autosport stage to discuss his British Grand Prix victory in 1995, driving after his F3000 accident and the different mindset towards understanding and appreciating risks in modern day F1, he commented:

“I know Lewis, Fernando and Jenson have said it before and Max is very much that way as well - they all, in some ways, wish they could go back to the 80s and 90s. It’s the challenge. For me Lewis on track is amongst the very very best at not using the extra run off with four wheels off, it’s very rare he does that. Others do it to gain an advantage if they possibly can. Lewis and Fernando would want to conquer the track by driving between the white lines. That’s what I think it was always about when we used to go to Monaco. There’s the white line and then there’s the barrier...that’s the challenge, that’s the thrill that I think we all want to have. That (using the run off areas) is not the skill, the skill is to keep within the track. That’s what the Ayrtons of the world, the Michaels of the world, the greats, do."

Touring car legend #andyrouse was presented with a trophy on the main stage after being voted Motorsport News’ and Autosport’s greatest-ever British Touring Car Championship driver. The four-time champion and winner of 60 races within the category was voted the greatest by a panel of experts and drivers in celebration of the the championship’s 60 years.

Billy Monger was on hand to entertain the Live Action Arena crowds in his F3 car. The show saw a mixture of high-speed demonstrations and breathtaking stunt driving from Billy, Terry

Grant and a host of competition drivers. Powerful racing and performance cars offered fans an unrivalled variety of racing action, all hosted by Sky F1 Lead Commentator David Croft alongside popular social media vloggers Shmee150 and Miss Emma Walsh.

Round 4 of the Le Mans Esports Series took place at the show. The two-hour endurance #event comprised of both racers qualifying from online and the fastest times created across the four days at the show. Shaun Arnold triumphed and scooped the biggest share of the $10,000 prize pot, with a storming drive from pole position. The Super Final boasts a chance for the winner to take their place on the real-life Le Mans 24 Hours podium and win a share of the $160,000 prize fund. Tobin Leigh finished second and booked his place at the Super Final.

Leigh battled through from 11th place on the grid, having only booked his place in the final the day before, when he was one of two drivers to qualify on the Saturday of the show. They joined 10 pre-qualified drivers led by Arnold.

"It's a crazy feeling. Coming here yesterday on the Saturday and qualifying was pretty insane. I just came to have fun, I didn't expect to qualify, but I did and it felt great to beat some established racing drivers such as Aston Martin factory driver, Ross Gunn. I started the main race from the back row of the grid, again didn't have any expectations, but I found myself climbing all the way to second and securing a spot at Le Mans."

Over in the Performance and Tuning Car Show, social media and TV star Yiannimize met expectant fans on his Urban #automotive stand. The show, which housed a feast of some of the most prestigious names and car clubs, was packed with car fans of all ages looking for road cars that are tuned to be perfect performance machines. The all-new Motorious.com brand, an #automotive hub for car collectors, was launched at the show with a feature comprising of a McLaren P1 hypercar.

Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network’s flagship title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent #automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of #people who love motorsport and cars.

The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards and the Motorsport Business Leaders’ Forum.