MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Catalunya WRC: Mikkelsen leads Ostberg in opening loop

 Andreas Mikkelsen made a dream start with his new team Hyundai, leading Rally Catalunya after the first loop of stages on Friday morning.The start of WRC’s only mixed-surface event of the season was blessed with sunshine and blue skies – just the sort of conditions championship leader Sebastien Ogier feared the most, with him running […]

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Ford Performance, Ken Block, Hoonigan Racing leaving FIA World Rallycross Championship

Ford Performance, Ken Block and Hoonigan Racing Division are leaving the FIA World Rallycross Championship, effective at the end of the 2017 season. Driver Ken Block’s relationship with Ford and Ford Performance will continue as it has since 2010, with Block competing in various motorsport and Gymkhana events around the world. Block will also continue to produce his […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS

 Husqvarna South Africa’s motocross team heads to a home race at Terra Topia’s season finale in Gauteng Saturday 14 October, with team leader Richie van der Westhuizen sitting second in both the Monster Energy South African MX1 and MX2 championships, while stand-in MX2 lad Caleb Tennant is also looking forward to close off his season […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

TEAM THOMPSON’S TITLE FOCUS

Lee Thompson Racing’s quartet of Volkswagen Cup racers head to Midvaal Raceway outside Meyerton on the South Rand Saturday 14 October fully focussed on their championship positions as the 2017 series winds down through its last three meetings. All four drivers are keen to continue their recent great progress in the title race. “We’re leading […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC Rally Spain: Tänak sets pace

Ott Tänak led RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España after the opening two gravel speed tests on Friday morning.The Estonian was fastest in the Caseres special stage before claiming second quickest in the following Bot test to hold a 2.2sec advantage over Mads Østberg’s Ford Fiesta. Glorious sunshine and dry conditions meant the dirt tracks […]

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Peugeot and Loeb Confirm Increased Involvement in World RX for 2018

 The 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship has seen its first Manufacturer entry confirmed today as Peugeot announced its plans for next season. The French Manufacturer has announced that there will be increased involvement in its World RX programme as they seek to win their first ever Drivers World Championship and their second Teams World Championship since 2015. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier tops Spain warm-up

Sébastien Ogier was fastest in a sun-kissed shakedown at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España on Thursday morning. The Frenchman blasted his Ford Fiesta through the 2.97km mixed surface speed test on the edge of Salou 0.3sec quicker than longtime leader Kris Meeke. Dani Sordo and Ott Tänak were tied in third, 0.8sec further back. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Atlas Copco Gold 400: Toyota cup overflows at production vehicle finale

Horn brothers set to clinch Class T title at Atlas Copco Gold 400 After an intriguing season full of twist and turns the final championships to be settled in the Production Vehicle category of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) will be laid to rest at the Atlas Copco Gold 400 in Westonaria on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

ERC 2017 Rally Liepāja: Preview – Kajetanowicz v Magalhães For Championship Glory

 The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship goes down to the wire this weekend with Rally Liepāja and will go the way of either double and defending champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz or title rival Bruno Magalhães. 24 points separate the pair with one round remaining, with Kajetanowicz aiming for a record third ERC title and Magalhães looking […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-SPORT SEEK SPANISH SUCCESS

As the FIA World Rally Championship returns to action, there remains all to play for and M-Sport will be hoping to continue their success on the mixed-surface terrain of RallyRACC Catalyuna – Rally de España. With the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC leading the way in both championships, the Spanish fixture could prove pivotal – the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Renault defends Marcin Budkowski approach as rival teams express concern

Renault has moved to defend its approach for Marcin Budkowski amid complaints from rival teams that it would be unfair for the former F1 technical department head to join an F1 team just three months after leaving his position at the governing body. Budkowski handed in his resignation to the FIA last month and has therefore been […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP News: Valentino Rossi raced with broken leg thanks to secret brake

VALENTINO ROSSI rode with a broken leg at the Aragon MotoGP thanks to a brakes alteration that meant he could compete with the minimum of pain. Valentino Rossi raced in the Aragon MotoGP with a broken leg Rossi finished fifth in Spain despite racing with a broken tibia and fibia. The Italian came in behind […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Cross-country racing big guns ready to fire at Rallye du Maroc

Rallye du Maroc has attracted plenty of offroad racing talent to the dunes of North Africa. Red Bull Desert Wings racers are primed for battled in the car and bike categories as they look to secure pole position for the upcoming Dakar Rally. Looking to defend his Rallye du Maroc car title over 1,995 kilometres […]

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Tundo rules as Mitsubishi sweep Guru Nanak Rally

Carl “Flash” Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 secured his first win of the season following a dramatic end to Guru Nanak Rally in Naivasha.Sealing the podium dash were two former national rally champions Baldev Singh Chager and Jaspreet Singh Chatthe in what turned up to be Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution […]

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Mikkelsen targets strong debut

Andreas Mikkelsen is targeting a return to the sharp end of the WRC this week when he makes his much anticipated debut with Hyundai Motorsport at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España [5 – 8 October]. The Norwegian and his co-driver Anders Jaeger joined Hyundai last month, initially for the upcoming rounds in Spain, Great […]

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Latvala: I can be in the mix

Jari-Matti Latvala believes his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad is well-placed to fight at the front of the WRC’s only mixed surface encounter in Spain this week. After strong performances on gravel and asphalt at the last two rounds, the Finn feels his Yaris World Rally Car can shine when the two surfaces come together at […]

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Max Verstappen linked to huge offers from Ferrari, Mercedes

IT’S no secret star Max Verstappen is a wanted man, but now there is a money value next to his name that will terrify Red Bull. Daniel Ricciardo’s teammate remains contracted with Red Bull until the end of the 2019 Formula 1 season, but a report in the United Kingdom claims Ferrari and Mercedes are […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

A mixed come back for the WRC!

After a six-week break, the FIA World Rally Championship heads back to action from 5th to 8th October in Spain. With three rallies to go, Sébastien Ogier is still leading the overall standings with 17 points ahead of Thierry Neuville, who aims a first title this year. 1: After three rallies contested under the red […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

DAKAR SERIES: CHINA RALLY A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA

 The inaugural Dakar Series: China Rally took place from 24 to 27 September 2017, near the inner Mongolian town of Alxa in China. The event was organised by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), who also run the Dakar Rally, giving Toyota Gazoo Racing SA the opportunity to take part in a grueling seven-stage race over […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Final round Inland Championship Zwartkops

The eight and penultimate round of the Inland Championship will take place at Zwartkops Raceway outside Pretoria this coming Saturday, October the 7th, 2017. This will be their third and final visit to this venue for the season. After the previous round of the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series at Zwartkops Raceway where nine drivers […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BRETT BLASTS TO THIRD

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Enduro star Brett Swanepoel completed his come-from-behind charge to end up on the 2017 Liquorland MSA Enduro Championship Podium following a double silver weekend at the Lesotho Double Header. Swanepoel ended up second overall and in his E2 class on both Friday and on Saturday’s full points-paying rounds, while Pepson Plastics Husqvarna’s […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Williams plans a Kubica/di Resta showdown!

Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta are set to test a 2014 Williams this month to help the team determine who could race alongside Lance Stroll in 2018, according to Motorsport Magazine‘s Mark Hughes. Williams planned on giving Kubica a run at Suzuka during one of Stroll’s private test, but the young Canadian’s father, Lawrence […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton just can’t take it to the Max

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the Formula One world championship with a second-place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix but his Mercedes team now head to Japan with more questions than answers. Image: Batchelor Images Having professed surprise at putting his car on pole position, Hamilton could not live with the race pace of […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Loeb hints at Peugeot Dakar exit after 2018

Sebastien Loeb admitted Peugeot is likely to walk away from its off-road programme in 2018, making next year’s Dakar the Frenchman’s last chance to win. The French manufacturer had become embroiled in a row about the regulations for Dakar, with the series officials ready to handicap the rear-wheel drive, buggy-style car of Peugeot. But the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai running four cars at Rally Great Britain

Hayden Paddon will be back in a World Rally Car when Hyundai Motorsport fields four i20 Coupes in Rally Great Britain at the end of October. The decision is aimed at regaining lost ground in the manufacturers’ championship, in which it trails M-Sport by 64 points with three rounds remaining. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville is also […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

Jonathan Rea clinches historic World Superbike title

Jonathan Rea has made history with a third consecutive World Superbike riders’ championship title with five races to spare after a flawless victory in the Magny-Cours opener. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider needed to outscore Tom Sykes by five points while not conceding more than 12 points to Chaz Davies in order to secure a third […]

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Ekstrom Victorious at World RX of Germany

Mattias Ekstrom has returned to the top step of the podium after winning the the penultimate round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship.The 2016 World RX Champion ended the first day as Top Qualifier and despite being beaten to overall TQ after Qualifying, the Swedish driver stayed the course to go on to take his fourth […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

TRIPLE CHAMPION PEREL

South Africa’s David Perel completed a clean sweep of 2017 Blancpain GT championship wins when he tied up the Endurance Cup with Kessel Ferrari at Barcelona over the weekend. In so doing, Perel completed a title triple as he added to the 2017 Sprint and Overall championships he had clinched earlier in the season in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SOUTH RACING TO RUN SCHRÖDER, GARCES AND OUŘEDNĪČEK IN SIX-DAY OILIBYA RALLY OF MOROCCO

After several weeks of punishing cross-country rallying across South America, Germany-based car preparations company South Racing heads to North Africa this week to tackle the OiLibya Rally of Morocco, round 10 of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.   South Racing will oversee three cars in Africa’s only round of the FIA World Cup: […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

AL-ATTIYAH TOPS SEVEN-CAR OVERDRIVE RACING LINE-UP IN MOROCCO AND LOOKS TO CLINCH FIA WORLD CUP TITLE

Personnel at Overdrive Racing have their hands full this week when the Belgian car preparations company runs seven Toyota Hiluxes in the OiLibya Rally of Morocco, the 10th and penultimate round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The event starts in Fèz on October 5 and finishes in Erfoud on October 10. The […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Verstappen claims supreme Malaysian Grand Prix win

Max Verstappen put his tumultuous season to one side taking a dominant victory in the final Grand Prix in Malaysia, as Red Bull Racing took their second successive win at the Sepang International Circuit. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver and championship leader Lewis Hamilton extended his advantage to 34 points, taking second place ahead […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

DISAPPOINTMENT AS DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ RETIRE FROM DAKAR SERIES: CHINA RALLY

After the elation of taking over the lead of the Dakar Series: China Rally yesterday, Stage 6 of the grueling event brought bitter disappointment for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA. Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz were forced to retire their Toyota Hilux, after hitting an embedded rock on the blind side of a […]