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Hyundai rues ‘fragile’ i20

Hyundai Motorsport boss Michel Nandan has admitted his team’s i20 World Rally Car was maybe too fragile to win this year’s WRC manufacturers’ title. The Korean squad’s championship hopes were virtually extinguished at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España last weekend when all three of its i20 Coupes suffered similar steering and suspension failures. Thierry […]

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Paddy Hopkirk on pole position to become BRDC president

Silverstone‘s owner, the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) is on track to get a new president next week when it votes to replace Derek Warwick with Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk. The news came to light in a letter seen by Christian Sylt and sent to BRDC members ahead of its Annual General Meeting […]

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Reeves beats NZ’s best to win Rally Coromandel

 Brendan Reeves has successfully defended his title at the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, held in New Zealand’s north island today.Reeves and co-driver Ben Searcy drove the new Mazda 2 AP4 as part of Force Motorsport. The fourth round of the NZ Rally Championship attracted a large field of 56 crews, including New Zealand’s World Rally […]

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De Villota family resolves accident dispute with Manor

The family of Maria de Villota has reached an agreement with the public liability insurers of the defunct Manor F1 team over a 2012 accident which left her blinded in one eye. De Villota had been a test and development driver for the backmarker team, then called Marussia. She was conducting straight-line tests at Duxford […]

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Fernando Alonso and IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona — it could happen

McLaren F1 may let Fernando Alonso race in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. It is believed the British team and the Spanish driver are discussing the fine print of their F1 contract for 2018, and Alonso’s schedule may include more than just Formula 1. Alonso skipped Monaco to contest the Indy 500 this year, […]

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Sebastian Vettel has no plans to retire, leave Ferrari anytime soon

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he is not thinking about his retirement from F1 and has no plans on pulling a Nico Rosberg act and walking away from the sport at the end of the season. At the end of last year, Rosberg suddenly quit his Mercedes contract after he achieved his dream of winning the […]

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LOCAL DRIVERS DOMINATE ENTRY FOR TURKEY’S CRUCIAL WRC CANDIDATE EVENT

Turkey’s all-important WRC candidate event takes place in the Muğla region on October 20-22 and local teams dominate a 37-car field.   Marmaris Rally Turkey will take its place in the FIA World Rally Championship calendar in September 2018 provided that the candidate event laid on by TOSFED ticks all the right boxes and runs […]

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Wilson counts on home win

Malcolm Wilson says if his M-Sport team fails to wrap up the WRC manufacturers’ title later this month, it doesn’t deserve it. After further pulling clear of rivals Hyundai in Spain last weekend, Wilson’s squad is all but guaranteed the title win on home ground when the series resumes at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26 […]

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Al-Attiyah and Overdrive Racing clinch second consecutive FIA World title with victory in Morocco

Overdrive Racing’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah made sure of a fourth FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title in stunning fashion by clinching his fourth outright victory in a rain-affected OiLibya Rally of Morocco, the 10th and penultimate round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The Qatari, driving a Toyota Hilux prepared by the […]

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Pablo Quintanilla crowned 2017 FIM Cross-country rallies world champion

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Pablo Quintanilla has won the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship at the final round of the series in Morocco. Successfully defending the title he won in 2016, the FR 450 Rally mounted rider wrapped up the 2017 OiLibya Morocco Rally with a top six result in the event’s […]

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Second in Spain “Like a Victory” – Sébastien Ogier

Sébastien Ogier edged close to a fifth consecutive World Rally Championship title with a second place finish at Rally de Espana last weekend, and the M-Sport driver described the result as being “like a victory”.   Ogier extended his gap to championship rival Thierry Neuville to 38 points after the Belgian retired on the final […]

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Al-Attiyah and Walkner win big on rugged Rallye du Maroc

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthias Walkner powered over the dunes to claim the car and bike titles at the Rallye du Maroc. The six-stage race assembled plenty of offroad racing heavyweights as crews looked to fine-tune their operation ahead of next year’s Dakar Rally. Qatar’s Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver Mathieu Baumel knew that they would […]

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Porsche WEC team ready for title fight at 300 kph in the foothills of Mount Fuji

Porsche faces the seventh of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with special excitement: The race on the Fuji International Speedway at the foot of Japan’s highest mountain could bring an early title decision on October 15. Featuring a 1.5 kilometre long straight, the track rightly deserves its last name of “Speedway”. […]

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Winners of 20th Petit Le Mans all hit notable milestones

Saturday’s 20th Motul Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta was a milestone event for the fall endurance classic, the brainchild of Dr. Don Panoz in tandem with the race organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. And for the race winners, it was a case where each race winner […]

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Reynolds/Youlden win chaotic Bathurst 1000

David Reynolds and Luke Youlden have emerged from a chaotic, rain-hit day with victory in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Reynolds took the ascendancy following a critical restart with 16 laps to go and held his nerve to the end, leading home Scott Pye/Warren Luff and Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto. Starting from the front row, the […]

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‘Old guy’ Lewis Hamilton shows age no barrier to beat Max Verstappen

Mercedes and Red Bull drivers joke about each other’s age after Suzuka battle; Red Bull reiterate determination to retain Ricciardo and Verstappen.Lewis Hamilton said he was determined not to be beaten by youth as he fought off 20-year-old Max Verstappen for victory in the Japanese GP. The Red Bull youngster, who only turned 20 at […]

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WRC: Meeke: Rally de Espana win shows Citroen qualities

Kris Meeke believes victory at Rally de Espana demonstrates Citroen’s World Rally Championship pedigree after a tough campaign. Kris Meeke believes victory at Rally de Espana demonstrates Citroen’s World Rally Championship pedigree after a tough campaign in 2017. The Northern Irish driver has endured a challenging season having scored top ten finishes in just three […]

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Marquez relishing pressure of final MotoGP title battles

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez is relishing the pressure of the remaining world title battles as he says he gets bored with having to ride defensively. The Repsol Honda man would much rather be in a scrap, riding for the win than holding back and counting the points, and thinks this year’s title will […]

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HUSQVARNA’S TOUGH BREAK

Injury urges another motocross team change. Husqvarna South Africa’s motocross team’s tumultuous year continues on the news that star rider Richie van der Westhuizen, who sits second in both the Monster Energy South African MX1 and MX2 championships, will not race at Gauteng’s Terra Topia’s season finale Saturday 14 October. Van der Westhuizen was injured […]

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PELLIER WINS 2017 208 RALLY CUP! SUAREZ CLAIMS 2017 ERC U28 BRONZE!

With one round of the competition still to come, Laurent PELLIER has wrapped up this year’s 208 Rally Cup crown thanks to his third place on the particularly entertaining Rallye Terre des Cardabelles in France! He will now move on to join the Peugeot Rally Academy which saw Jose Antonio SUAREZ secure a top-three placing […]

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Meeke clinches victory in Spain as Neuville retires

Kris Meeke has taken his second World Rally Championship victory of 2017 at Rally RACC Catalunya as Thierry Neuville suffered a suspension break to stall his title charge against Sebastien Ogier.Kris Meeke has taken his second World Rally Championship victory of 2017 at Rally RACC Catalunya while the title race took a pivotal twist as Thierry […]

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Hamilton wins Japanese GP as Vettel forced to retire

Lewis Hamilton edged closer to a fourth Formula One world championship title as he kept Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at bay to take a third career Japanese Grand Prix win. It was a disastrous day for Sebastian Vettel, however, as a spark plug problem forced Hamilton’s only real title contender to retire from the race […]

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Catalunya WRC: Meeke extends lead, Neuville retires

Citroen’s Kris Meeke closed in on Rally Catalunya victory with three stage wins during the Sunday morning loop, as Thierry Neuville’s title challenge unravelled further. Despite setting the pace throughout the morning, Meeke lost what he reckoned to be around four seconds at the infamous Coll de la Teixeta roundabout where drivers do a donut […]

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Saturday in Spain: Masterful Meeke leads

Britain’s Kris Meeke closed on a second world rally victory of the season in Spain on Saturday night. He led RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España by 13.0sec from Sébastien Ogier, whose bid for a fifth consecutive world title looked stronger than ever after main rival Thierry Neuville hit trouble. Meeke’s only win of a […]

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Rally Catalunya: SS10: Neuville bounces back

Thierry Neuville recovered from a torrid end to Saturday morning at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España to win the afternoon’s opening speed test. The Belgian, who dropped more than 40sec after hydraulic problems set in motion a bizarre chain of events, set about climbing back up the leaderboard with fastest time in the second […]

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F1: Hamilton dominates Japanese GP qualifying for first Suzuka pole

Lewis Hamilton surged to pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix with a dominant display in Saturday’s Formula 1 qualifying session, setting a new track record en route to his first Suzuka pole position. Hamilton arrived in Japan having taken pole at all 19 of the other circuits on the current F1 calendar, and completed […]

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Rally Catalunya: Title blow for Neuville

Thierry Neuville’s WRC title hopes took another jolt following a bizarre liaison section spin at Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España on Saturday morning. He climbed to fifth following the day’s second speed test at El Pont d’Armentera, just a second adrift of an intense fight for second. He ended the stage with no […]

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Rally Catalunya: SS7: Meeke snatches lead

Kris Meeke grabbed the lead of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España in Saturday morning’s opening speed test as the switch to asphalt shook up the overnight leaderboard. Cars had been transformed from gravel specification to low-slung asphalt racers for the final two days of action, and Meeke responded best by winning the El Montmell […]

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Catalunya WRC: Mikkelsen ends first day with Hyundai on top

Andreas Mikkelsen enjoyed a dream first day in his new job as a Hyundai driver, leading Rally Catalunya at the end of the gravel stages on Friday night.Mikkelsen lost the lead briefly after the opening test of the afternoon – when he slipped 0.3s behind Mads Ostberg – but he was straight back to the […]

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BUMPER FESTIVAL OF CROSS COUNTRY MOTOR RACING AT ATLAS COPCO GOLD 400

A bumper festival of national and regional cross country motor racing will see the 2017 season go out with a bang at the Atlas Copco Gold 400 in Glenharvie on October 27 and 28. The event will see the final rounds of both the Auto and Moto championships in the South African Cross Country Series […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]