Formula 1 car and a motorbike going head-to-head in a slalom test


Two of the biggest names in Motorcycle Racing and Formula One have been testing the differences in science and technology between the two popular sports.

Fourteen-time Isle of Man TT racer Guy Martin and runner-up in the 2001 F1 World Drivers' Championship David Coulthard have been going head-to-head in a number of challenges for Martin's 'Speed' series.

Arguably the most entertaining of the challenges so far, the Slalom test, despite favouring Martin's motorcycle, demonstrated how quickly F1 cars can be manipulated in a tighter space, even with its extra weight and length.

Weighing a total of 375 lbs, Martin's Tyco BMW Superbike finished just three seconds clear of Coulthard's Red Bull RB8, the weight of which far exceeds the Superbike, containing an engine weighing a mighty 204 lbs.

Guy Martin's switch from racer to presenter has provided some fascinating series', after reportedly retiring from racing in 2015 after breaking his back during the Ulster Grand Prix.

Martin signed for Lincolnshire-based Honda Racing as partner to 23-time TT winner John McGuinness for the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Southern 100 races.

After refuting claims of a retirement for the second time in 2017, Martin stated: " ...I've not given up on racing or road racing, there's no unfinished business and I want to race classics and oddball stuff."

The Grimsby-born racer returned to the sport in May 2019, when he took part in the Tandragee 100 in Northern Ireland.

His opponent in the racing challenges, David Coulthard, raced in 246 F1 Grands Prix from 1994 until his retirement in 2008.

Racing for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, the Scottish-born driver won 13 GP's and stood on the podium 62 times.

Since his retirement, Coulthard has developed as a presenter and commentator for Formula One, and raced for Great Britain in the Race of Champions, finishing as runner-up in the Nation's Cup and winning the Driver's cup in 2014. 

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