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A PAIR OF CLASSIC CATS TO TACKLE THE JAGUAR SIMOLA HILLCLIMB

 Classic Car Friday at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will see a fleet of 64 incredibly desirable and valuable machines take to the hill – two of which will participate under the official Jaguar Classic banner. Making its Jaguar Simola Hillclimb debut is a special 1972 E-TYPE, once owned by Princess Marie of Liechtenstein. Her Serene […]

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HUSQVARNA’S ROVER HIGH

The Windy City lived up to its reputation when the 2018 MSA South African National Enduro Championships visited Port Elizabeth for the 2018 Rover Winterberg Enduro on Saturday, but neither the gale nor a tough, rocky and mountainous route could stop Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing duo William Oosthuizen and Matthew Green from delivering a positive […]

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Argentina WRC: Tanak takes first win with Toyota

Toyota’s Ott Tanak cruised through Rally Argentina’s Sunday leg to take his first victory of the 2018 season.Tanak, who joined Toyota from M-Sport this year, took his first win with the Japanese brand, and his third in the WRC.His lead was 46.5 seconds as the day started and, despite not topping any of the three […]

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Rally Argentina: SS16: Safety first for Ott Tanak

Ott Tänak eased safely through Sunday morning’s rock-strewn opening El Condor speed test to increase his comfortable advantage at the top of the YPF Rally Argentina leaderboard. The Estonian was third through the classic 16.43km special stage in his Toyota Yaris and that was sufficient to widen his lead over a cautious Thierry Neuville to 49.0sec. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Lewis Hamilton wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix after Red Bulls suffer calamity

 Lewis Hamilton won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for Mercedes, after a dramatic finale cost his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, a likely win. A late safety car prompted by a shunt between the two Red Bulls proved decisive and ultimately hugely to the British driver’s benefit. His championship rival Sebastian Vettel finished only fourth in a race […]

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Hat Trick: Sebastian Vettel scores third consecutive F1 pole

Sebastian Vettel made it three pole positions in a row for the 2018 Formula 1 season, setting the fastest time in qualifying Saturday for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.Ferrari and Vettel mean business this year and again came out on top. As has often been the case in 2018, Vettel’s biggest challenger for pole came from the other […]

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Rally Argentina: Tänak comfortable

Ott Tänak’s YPF Rally Argentina lead looked increasingly comfortable as he ended Saturday morning’s speed tests with a 42.2sec advantage.   Ott Tanak  The Toyota Yaris pilot won all three stages in the hills north-west of Villa Carlos Paz before third in a short theme park test on the edge of town allowed him to […]

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OPPORTUNITY FOR VAN PLETZEN/PIETERSE TO INCREASE SPECIAL VEHICLE LEAD

Lesotho crew Stefan van Pletzen and Jaco Pieterse have a golden opportunity to put early season daylight between themselves and the opposition on the Battlefields 400, round two of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), in Dundee on 4 and 5 May. Van Pletzen and Pieterse (Live Lesotho Chenowth) won the opening event of […]

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MotoGP news: Valentino Rossi slammed by rival for underhand tactics

The duo used to work together at Yamaha.But Lorenzo packed his bags in 2017 for a big-money move to rivals Ducati.Life at the Bologna-based outfit has been a struggle for the 30-year-old though.He finished finished seventh in the previous campaign and looks set to struggle again this time round. In his latest book – ‘What […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Al-Attiyah splashes and slides his way to big lead

Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah on his way to a 4min 20.9sec lead after five slippery gravel stages in Jordan.Jordan Motorsport lost the longest stage of the Jordan Rally to inclement weather conditions in the region, but that failed to prevent Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah from storming into a comfortable lead of 4min 20.9sec after five slippery gravel […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

ENDURANCE EPIC FOR KILLARNEY

The  Mopar South African Endurance Series is preparing on all fronts for a return to action at the Killarney Campos 600 at Killarney in Cape Town Saturday 19 May and if last year’s Cape race and the last round of this year’s championship at Killarney are anything to go by, you would be well advised […]

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Friday in Argentina: Tänak reigns supreme

Ott Tänak recovered from an early error to lead YPF Rally Argentina on Friday night after arguably the best single day drive of his career. A half-spin in the opening dirt road speed test left him trailing early leader Sébastien Ogier by nearly 25sec in his Toyota Yaris. Tänak stormed back up the leaderboard, winning […]

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Latvala wins shakedown

Jari-Matti Latvala was fastest at a tightly-fought YPF Rally Argentina shakedown on Thursday morning.The Toyota Gazoo Racing driver topped the times through the gravel road speed test in his Yaris World Rally Car by 0.3sec from Craig Breen’s Citroën C3. Kris Meeke was a further tenth behind in another C3. Meeke set the early pace […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to make competitive debut at Rally Spain

This years RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España will see the competitive debut of the Volskwagen Polo GTI R5 as it hits the unique mixed-surface routes of gravel and asphalt.With Volkswagen pulling the plug on their World Rally Championship programme at the end of the 2016 season, the company have used its winning expertise to develop the ultimate customer car. […]

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Sprint master Tänak eyes Argentina

WRC speed king Ott Tänak is confident of transferring his pace-setting performances to YPF Rally Argentina this week (26 – 29 April) following a strong pre-event test.Tänak has acclimatised quickly to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Yaris World Rally Car in his first season with the team. He has won more special stages than anyone else and […]

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Hayden Paddon confirmed for Rally of Whangarei

Hayden Paddon confirmed for ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei. World Rally Championship driver and three-time winner of the ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei, Hayden Paddon (Wanaka) will again challenge for outright victory at this year’s 4 – 6 May event. The opening round (of six) for the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), Paddon will […]

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Suzuki Extreme 4×4 Challenge in Turakina provides action-packed Sunday

A full field of top guns will again provide action-packed thrills at the fourth annual Suzuki Extreme 4×4 Challenge in Turakina this weekend. The invitation only elite field of 10 includes the NZ1, NZ2 and NZ 3 teams battling it out with the cream of this country’s best drivers tackling 10 technically challenging hillside hazards. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Jordan out to set the bar high at start of Middle East Rally Championship

 Perhaps taking the lead from the races on its calendar, the Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) has run a rocky course in recent years; a mixture of super, special moments and bumps delaying its natural progress. For various reasons the MERC calendar has concertinaed in recent years, going from eight races in 2015 to just […]

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HUSQVARNA CHASES BOKKEVELD GOLD

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing heads to the Koue Bokkeveld Mountains in the Western Cape on the front foot for the second round of the SA Cross Country racing season 4-5 March as the team looks forward to improving on its podium-rich start in Eshowe in KwaZulu Natal early in March. The team’s four riders are […]

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Ford NWM Cross Country Battle Resumes in Dundee

The battle for the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) title resumes in Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal, on 4 and 5 May, and the Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) team will be aiming for a second consecutive win for the 2018 season, and at this event. The aptly named Battlefields 400 is staged at the Battlefields Lodge […]

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ARGENTINA AWAITS M-SPORT FORD

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen will be back in action when the FIA World Rally Championship returns this week – their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs ready to tackle the gravel stages of Rally Argentina. Making a full recovery from the mild concussion suffered at Rally Mexico, co-driver Daniel […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

ZWARTKOPS SET TO IMPRESS

Zwartkops Raceway is gearing up for its first national championship race weekend of the season when the Extreme Festival visits the Pretoria circuit for its third round national championship races and judging by the form book, it would be a very good idea to cross Saturday 12 May out of your diary right away. While […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Mäkinen aims for better

Toyota Gazoo Racing boss Tommi Mäkinen believes lessons learned from his squad’s Argentine debut last year will deliver improved performance at this weekend’s rally. The 2017 event was the first traditional gravel encounter for the Yaris World Rally Car after Mexico’s specialised high-altitude fixture two months earlier. Jari-Matti Latvala finished fifth after overheating problems while […]

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Citroen C3 WRCs head to gaucho country for Rally Argentina

The first of an uninterrupted series of four gravel events, Rally Argentina is almost certain to be the championship’s most demanding weekend for the cars. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT will be entering three crews in South America, with Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle, Craig Breen / Scott Martin and Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris […]

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Higgins and Drew dominate with seventh-Oregon Trail Rally win in the past eight years

Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew continued their dominance of the Oregon Trail Rally, winning the 2018 edition of the event for the seventh time in the last eight years at the wheel of their Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2018 Subaru WRX STI rally car. The Oregon Trail Rally, regarded as one […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 must be a sport, not a spectacle warns Ferrari

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has reiterated his threat to pull the famous marque out of Formula 1 should it turn into a ‘spectacle’ rather than a ‘sport’. Liberty Media is pushing the entertainment factor and a need for increased overtaking and on-track action, but Marchionne says this must not turn F1 into NASCAR by artificially […]

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Maverick Vinales: Yamaha ‘is coming’ after return to podium

Maverick Vinales says Yamaha is “coming” after improvements to the bike’s electronics allowed to him to challenge for pole and finish second during Austin’s MotoGP weekend. Vinales struggled for pace on the 2018 YZR-M1 during the pre-season, problems in setting up the electronics causing him traction issues in cornering and under acceleration. A breakthrough in […]

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Toto Wolff: 2017 F1 title fight ‘nothing’ compared to 2018 battle

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the intensity of last year’s title battle is “nothing” in comparison to the unfolding fight this year, with three teams scrapping at the front. Mercedes, having dominated Formula 1 between 2014 and 2016, was challenged by Ferrari under revised regulations last year, though ultimately pulled clear to wrap up both […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC – Preview of 2018 Rally Argentina

  Rally Argentina (26-29 April), the fifth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship, is a firm favourite on the calendar with its spectacular scenery and passionate fans who flock to the stages for a week-long fiesta. Vast plains, rugged mountains, rock-strewn tracks and many river crossings await the crews and, with its early […]

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Nandan targets improvement

Hyundai Motorsport boss Michel Nandan has warned his squad must improve at YPF Rally Argentina [26 – 29 April] or risk losing its lead in the WRC manufacturers’ championship. Hyundai heads to the season’s fifth round with a slender four-point lead over M-Sport Ford after a lacklustre performance at the last fixture in Corsica when […]

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Monster Energy Honda Team Reflect on Merzouga Rally Success

The Merzouga Rally, held in Morocco during the week, proved to be another tough test for the Monster Energy Honda Team. The team accomplished their mission with flying colours, achieving an outstanding final result as well as being able to substantiate the reliability of the Honda CRF450 RALLY. After starting the 2018 season in the […]

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VW unveils its radical all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak racer

The wraps have just come off Volkswagen’s first electric racing car, the I.D. R. The German carmaker hopes it will steal the electric record at the legendary Pikes Peak sprint event in Colorado on 24 June.Designed exclusively to compete in the 12.4-mile hill climb race, the I.D. R has ultra-light carbon fibre bodywork and winglets. Thanks to […]

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Marc Marquez, the undisputed King of COTA, rules again in Austin

Some day Marc Marquez might actually lose a race in Austin. For now, all of MotoGP remains in his rear-view mirror at this horsepower rodeo.The King of COTA, his royal highness, delivered another reminder Sunday that everyone else is merely pretending at Circuit of the Americas. Marquez, the 25-year-old from Cervera, Spain, made it 6-for-6 […]

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Kyle Busch pulls away at Richmond for third straight Cup victory

 Kyle Busch raced to his third straight victory, celebrated, and then got yelled at by his boss.Joe Gibbs, it seems, hadn’t seen Busch climb into the crowd to acknowledge what appeared to be a friendly fan.”You did?” Gibbs said. “Oh my gosh! You should not do that. You run a risk.” For Busch, though, it […]

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Nissan South Africa is heading to Knysna to make history

Nissan, which was crowned King of the Hill for both production and modified saloon cars at the 2017 Simola Hill Climb, has entered three category-defining vehicles for this year’s competition. First among the three is a first generation NISMO LEAF race car (RC), which will be piloted by Nissan product manager and test driver Janus […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE BACK IN CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION AFTER VICTORY IN SABIE

Defending South African National Rally Champions, Guy Botteril and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle, are back in the championship fight after a resounding victory on the 2018 York Rally, Round 2 of championship. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew had failed to score points on the opening round of the season, but a solid performance in the […]