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What I think motorsport will be like in next few years.

Posted by Gillard17 on January 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Just thought i'd write a blog about what i think motorsport will be like in next few years. Its all my opinions, and don't mean to start arguments. . Its not perfect english for this. Also it gets random and has naughty words in it. Enjoy reading!

So what will motorsport be like? Well a lot of younger people ain't aiming for F1 anymore for many reasons. 1 is money!, another one is its not all about talent anymore. And also they are going TURBOS! in a F1 car! Really? also In the 80s etc it was all about the stop watch. If you were quick you'd get a free drive for sure. Now these days you'd be lucky to get a free drive! Seems like only very few f1 drivers have one. And same for endurance racing.

So where do these kids aim for since f1 has turned crap. Well their is LMP1, GT1 etc! So that means more money coming into the endurance/sportscar racing side. Will that bring back free drives? I think it might. Seems like Porsche, bmw, audi etc have a lot of factory drivers. Yet not in single seaters. Their might be only a handfull in GP2! Years ago their was a good few. Even in karting their was lots! not maybe only one per factory team.

Another thing is great drivers who has great talent cant get anywhere because of no money!! I find that annoying seeing awesome drivers in F3, GP2 etc going no where. I know how it feels as im in same situation. I win championships and many other irish karters have and we get nowhere.

Also another thing is i think their will be NO f1 in few years. People love f1 for the screaming V8s! now we'll have stupid turbos. I read somewhere that Merecedes have spent the same amount of money on developing the turbo engine as they could have spent 7 YEARS running the V8s!! MUCH cheaper to run V8s! Yet FIA want to make f1 cheaper? Do they use their brains? NO they dont. Up their ***** idiots. People will stop watching f1 which means manufactures will pull out and FIA cant go back to V8s as that means Ferrari, Merecedes etc would have wasted millions of euro. Which FIA can't pay back. So this could ruin F1 for ever.

Also FIA being in charge of WEC scares me. They brought in F2 = FAIL, F3 = fail, this eletric single seater thing will FAIL, GT1 failed, GT3 2012 fail, etc. So FIA has destroyed lots. So im hoping they piss off and leave ACO to stay in control of Le Mans.

If you follow DTM, V8 supercar etc you probably noticed its better than FIA racing. You dont see V8 supercars going V6 turbos do you ? no. DTM has attracted BMW and maybe more to come in a few years ( although i hope it stays german manufactures only ) . Even SGT is great! Their as quick as Petrol LMP1s at Fuji! maybe a bit too quick?


told you this was going to get random. Basically what i think is their will be no f1, people will go sportscar racing, more money in sportcar racing = free drives.


once again im not trying start arguements, Thanks for reading 

Whats 2012 been like

Posted by Gillard17 on December 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We'll its been another dissapointing year..

Started the year off with a 3rd place in Athboy. It rained and i only had Vega tires and everyone else had Bridgestones which are 1 second quicker. I gave it my all and never gave up in any of the heats or finals. But i tried so hard in the heats that i killed my tires and myself for the final and could only manage 3rd. But i was happy i gave my all. Thats all that happened in karting!

I managed my sim racing team SimTech Motorsport. We had a hugely successful year! So many championships! So many wins! Just a great year. I won TTS championship, GTSeries mini championship, GTSeries Kart championship. Had a win in LMP2 in rFactor.

I'v seen a great amount of racers in the sim racing world which deserve a seat in the real world ! I find it harder to win in sim races that real world. Ok most of them have 4+ years experience and that was my first year. But im learning and look forward to next year.

2013 looks bad for karting again. So it'll be another year of sim racing!

I want to thank all my fans! I could have something great coming up in 2014! ;)

What's 2011 been like for me.

Posted by Gillard17 on February 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (1)
2011 has to be one of the worst years ever for me. I came into the championship with no testing and new kart. Came to first race with #1 on the kart. Confidence on a high! Until I got onto the track. Nothing was goin right for me. It's like I forgot how to drive! I wasn't even finishing on podium! And if I did it was a great struggle. Same for the race after! So I was coming into 3rd round more prepared mentally and physically. But the out of nowhere I'm told I'm not racing anymore! Heart breaker. Straight away after I emailed so many people looking for sponsors but got nothing. I spent my whole summer on my bike to keep fit! Everything had turned upside down for me. Then coming up to Christmas I had the chance to race again! But it was with my older kart. But it was the kart I won he championship with! It brought my confidence back. I came to my first race in months and months and first time not in team! Also no testing at all! I won every heat and race that weekend! That's what 2011 in a short story. Looks like 2012 is the same unless I get sponsors.

About Me

Posted by Gillard17 on November 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm Shane Burke, I started racing in 2006 with NCM. I did one race that year at the end and came in top 10 in my first race.

     In 2007 it was my first full year in Cadets and in that year i had two podiums. I had 2nd place in IRL which is one of Irelands biggest events, and second in my home race.

    In 2008 I changed teams to Kartronix racing, and moved to KF3. It was a rough start to my KF3 career with two bad results at PFI which was my first 2 races in KF3 and abroad. But when back in Ireland i found my feet. I was struggling with the Gillard and engine for most of season. But I still got 2nd in qualifying and many top 10s which was my main goal.

    In 2009 I stayed with same team and same class. I went testing in Lonato, Italy and i showed promising pace as i was as quick as the European KF3 champion. But that didnt get me a seat or sponsor for racing in Europe. So i stayed in Ireland. In first have of season it was very mixed. I had many ups and downs. I had 2 2nd places but i got hit off many times so i stopped racing half way tru the season. But i made a come back in Mini max and came 3rd which was my first race in that class.

    In 2010 a few things changed. I went from Gillard to Maddox kart and XTR to TM GFR . Straight away i was much quicker. The new chassis suited me so much. I won 3 times ( could have been 5 if we didnt have some problems) , 2nd place too much, and many 3rd. I qualifyed pole a few times too and got a few track records.

  2011. I only did 2 race meetings with no testing at all during winter and i was in a new chassis which i didnt like at all. So i didnt do the best i could do. Then i ran out of money so thats it so far in my short career.

 2012? Lets hope i get a sponsor so i can get back racing.