DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

STATUS QUO FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA AS DAKAR 2018 REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

“We know there’s still a lot of racing to come. All we can do for now is to keep the pressure on the leading Peugeots, and allow the race to come to us.” Glyn Hall, Team Principal: Toyota Gazoo Racing SA LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Another long day saw the Dakar Rally move from Peru […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Africa Eco Race – A stage full of Suspense and surprises in the dunes of Mauritania

A new loop was on the programme of the day allowing a little rest for the assistance and the organization who could stay at the bivouac all day long. Meanwhile, the competitors took part in a 340-kilometer stage through the prestigious dunes of Mauritania. A stage full of suspense and surprises. The most difficult leg […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Toby Price edges closer

TOBY Price continued to edge closer to the leaders on a wet Stage 6 of the Dakar Rally.The Australian moved into the top five overall after finishing tied for second on a test won by KTM teammate Antoine Meo, but it’s Honda rider Kevin Benavides who now holds the overall lead. In the car category, […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sainz Takes Stage Six Win, Benavides Takes Over Bikes Class Lead

 Carlos Sainz Sr. took his first stage victory of the 2018 Dakar Rally to edge himself slightly closer to Peugeot Sport team-mate Stephane Peterhansel on Thursday, but the Frenchman still holds a considerable advantage heading into Friday’s rest day. The days running took the competitors from the starting point in Arequipa in Peru to the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula One: Expect Valtteri Bottas to explode in 2018

Much of the offseason talk surrounding Valtteri Bottas has been negative. Expect him to prove everyone wrong in the 2018 Formula One season. So far this offseason, there has been a lot of talk surrounding 28-year-old Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Valtteri Bottas, who is coming off of a career-best Formula One season in 2017 during […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ford commit to M-Sport World Rally Championship challenge

Ford Motor Company have announced a new technical partnership with their long-term motorsport partner M‑Sport for the upcoming season of the FIA World Rally Championship. Building on the success of the 2017 season which saw Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport secure the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships, the new partnership will see an increase in technical and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Africa Eco Race : Serradori leads, Oliveira still in the game

8TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA: CHAMI / AMODJAR: 477KM After one night without being allowed to approach their vehicles, the competitors took part of the second lef of the marathon this morning. A 439 kilometers leg with beautiful dune passages under a blazing sun was waiting for them. The real difficulty of the Mauritanian sand and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SAUDI OFFICIALS PLAN AMBITIOUS FOUR-DAY ROUTE FOR 13TH HA’IL NISSAN RALLY

HA’IL (Saudi Arabia): Competitors face a difficult route laid on by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) for the 13th running of the Ha’il Nissan International Rally on January 15-18. The event again ventures into the remote An Nafud desert to the north of the city of Ha’il in the north-central region of the Kingdom […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

STAGE VICTORY CATAPULTS SOUTH RACING CAN-AM’S VARELA INTO SXS CATEGORY LEAD AT DAKAR RALLY

AREQUIPA (PERÚ): South Racing Can-Am Team’s Reinaldo Varela left the demanding sand dunes of Peru beyond him on a positive note by recording the quickest time on the fifth 268km special stage between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa and that enabled him to snatch the outright lead in the SxS category. Varela and navigator […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

MOVING ON UP

TreasuryOne Motorsport crew Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte enjoyed a consistent day in the office to bring the TreasuryOne Amarok home 36th on the day to pick up two positions on day 4 of the Dakar. The Dakar rookies overcame their Tuesday challenges to sit 32nd overall Wednesday evening, following Wednesday’s run down from […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

CONSOLIDATION FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ON STAGE 5 OF DAKAR 2018

  “If today proved anything, it is that the Dakar is still far from over.” Glyn Hall, Team Principal: Toyota Gazoo Racing SA AREQUIPA, PERU – After the disappointment of Stage 4, which saw both Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz and Nasser Al Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel lose significant time, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA really needed a […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

MR. DAKAR CRUISES ON

Peugeot’s French Dakar superstar Stefan Peterhansel maintained the overall lead of Dakar 2018 for the third day on the trot by winning the fifth stage on Wednesday, but all was not well with his Peugeot teammates. Sebastien Loeb lost two and three-quarter hours stuck in the sand and Carlos Sainz lost over 18 minutes on […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2018, Stage 5: Loeb out as Peterhansel extends lead

Stephane Peterhansel was fastest on day five of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as fellow Peugeot driver Sebastien Loeb retired from the event according to a report on motorsport.com.The nine-time WRC champion, first on the road after recording his 10th Dakar stage win on Tuesday, came to a halt just five kilometres into the 266km timed […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula E team up with ABB

Ahead of the Marrakech ePrix. Formula E has teamed up with ABB as a title sponsor for the series.The championship will also be given a new name the ABB Formula E Championship which is the first time an FIA sanctioned event will have a title sponsor. It is a seven-year partnership that runs until 2025 but […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

“I feel that it’s our time to shine” – Thierry Neuville

Despite missing out on overall glory in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, Hyundai Motorsport driver Thierry Neuville is confident they can learn from their mistakes ahead of the start of the new season. “We might not have achieved the championship titles last season, but there was plenty to celebrate.” said Neuville. “We wanted to […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Andre Villas-Boas: Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager in hospital after crashing out of Dakar Rally

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has been admitted to hospital after crashing out of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday, ending his first attempt at the legendary cross-continent race. The 40-year-old motorsport enthusiast suffered an accident during the fourth stage of the rally when his Toyota Hilux hit a sand dune, with the former Spurs […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Toyota drivers say “unfair” inflation rule benefits Peugeot

Toyota drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers have both blamed a regulation prohibiting them for using an on-board tyre inflation/deflation system for their tough fourth day on the Dakar. Both of the Hilux drivers struggled through the soft sand on the fourth stage, with a combination of punctures and stoppages putting huge dents in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

DAKAR BITES

Tuesday’s fourth day was the most severe yet of what is turning out to be among the toughest Dakars yet, with leaders running into trouble and only 51 cars of the 75 that started having reached the finish of the stage by midnight local time in Peru last night (7am SA time). The TreasuryOne Amarok […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SOUTH RACING CAN-AM’S VARELA BOUNCES BACK WITH SECOND PLACE ON SAN JUAN DE MARCONA LOOP STAGE

SAN JUAN DE MARCONA (PERÚ): South Racing Can-Am Team’s Reinaldo Varela and Leonel Larrauri were firmly back on track through the demanding fourth special stage in the Peruvian deserts around San Juan de Marcona after a dramatic opening three days of the Dakar Rally for the new team.   Varela and navigator Gustavo Gugelmin had […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

TOUGH DAY ON DAKAR 2018 FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA AS STAGE 4 TAKES ITS TOLL

“If anyone still had any doubts about how tough this year’s Dakar would be, Stage 4 put those to rest.” Glyn Hall, Team Principal: Toyota Gazoo Racing SA SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – Stage 4 of Dakar 2018 will long be remembered as one of the toughest stages ever served up by the world’s […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

DAKAR’S TUESDAY TRAUMA

Provisional wrap by Motorsportmedia.com The day’s fourth day of Dakar 2018 proved a dramatic one with key competitors running into trouble on several fronts. The stage that started with a spectacular beach getaway in waves of 15 bikes and four cars starting side by side and blasting up the long sandy strand before veering into […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2018, Stage 4: Sunderland out, van Beveren leads

Yamaha’s Adrian van Beveren has taken the lead of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bikes category after winning a stage that claimed defending champion Sam Sunderland. KTM rider Sunderland had to be evacuated by helicopter after suffering an accident on Tuesday’s 330km San Juan de Marcona test, having held a lead of over four […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP: Rossi comeback a model for ‘passion, motivation’

Valentino Rossi’s early MotoGP return from a broken leg, at the age of 38, proved the Italian legend has lost none of his passion for racing. That’s the opinion of Davide Brivio, Rossi’s team manager at Yamaha when the Italian suffered his first broken leg in 2010, who also hopes the #46’s level of motivation […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-Sport adds third car for Monte-Carlo specialist

M-Sport will field a third Ford Fiesta for 2011 Rallye Monte-Carlo winner Bryan Bouffier for two rounds of the 2018 World Rally Championship. Bouffier will contest both the season-opener in Monte-Carlo and also April’s Tour de Corse. The 39-year-old has won both events as part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and its European Rally Championship […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

“You either go flat out or you do something else” – Kalle Rovanperä

  The winds of change are blowing in the FIA World Rally Championship, and 17-year-old Kalle Rovanperä is at the forefront of the impending storm! While much is made of young drivers in Formula 1 with the likes of Sebastian Vettel and in more recent years Max Verstappen showing up their elders, Rovanperä is looking […]

INDYCAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Why the Triple Crown matters to the talented Mr. Alonso

Fernando Alonso hit the banking at Daytona last weekend as the Spaniard kicked off his sportscar  preparation for this month’s 24-hour endurance classic.Interestingly, during last Friday’s media conference, Alonso revealed that his presence at Daytona was mainly justified by his need to test himself before likely undertaking the bigger task of racing at Le Mans […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Africa Eco Race 2018:De Rooy full throttle through 1st stage in Mauritania

In 1.47.22 Gerard de Rooy finished the 211 kilometres of the sixth stage of the Africa Eco Race. With his average speed of 118 he really could not match the 144 km/h that Mathieu Serradori got with his buggy. De Rooy added 19.56 to the Frenchman. Gerard de Rooy In the first test in Mauritania, […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Experience pays off on tough stage three terrain of Dakar Rally

We’re now three days down at the 2018 Dakar Rally and we’re deep into the deserts of Peru. What is shining through as bright as the South American sun are those competitors who have seen and done it all before. The bike, car, truck and quad races are all being led by previous winners of […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

ANOTHER STAGE WIN FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ON DAKAR 2018, COURTESY OF AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL

SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – It was arguably the first opportunity for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA to measure its performance on Dakar 2018. The opening stage was too short, with lots of strategy at play; while Stage 2 saw Nasser Al Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel open the road, with the French navigator falling ill mid-stage. Bernhard […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2018, Stage 3: Al-Attiyah wins, drama for Hirvonen

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah picked up his second stage win of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Mikko Hirvonen joined his fellow X-raid Mini buggy drivers in dropping out of contention.Hirvonen was the highest-profile entrant to hit trouble in the 296km timed special of the Pisco–San Juan de Marcona stage, as the Finn was forced to […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2018, Stage 3: Sunderland retakes lead, Barreda suffers

Sam Sunderland has retaken the lead of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bikes category after winning the third stage, as overnight leader Joan Barreda lost considerable time. Defending champion Sunderland picked up his second win of the rally – and the fourth of his Dakar career – on the 296km Pisco-San Juan de Marcona test, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton’s hunger “critical” to keep him in F1 – Hakkinen

Lewis Hamilton may opt to quit Formula 1 if he loses his hunger for more world titles, according to two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen.Hving seen Hamilton wrap up his fourt F1 crown this season, Hakkinen believes the British driver will remain in the sport as long as he’s competitive and has the desire to […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula One: Williams finalizing 2018 deal for Sergey Sirotkin

Williams Martini Racing are reportedly finalizing a deal to sign 22-year-old Sergey Sirotkin for the 2018 Formula One season. The final piece of the 2018 Formula One driver lineup puzzle may be ready to click into place. Williams Martini Racing are reportedly working on finalizing a deal to sign Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin for the […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SOUTH RACING CAN-AM TEAM’S VARELA SNATCHES SXS VICTORY ON SECOND DAKAR LOOP STAGE AROUND PISCO

   PISCO (PERÚ): Racing for the new South Racing Can-Am Team, the Brazilian duo of Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin put first stage delays firmly behind them to set the fastest time in the new SxS category of the 2018 Dakar Rally on the demanding 267km special stage that looped through the deserts and sand […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Government set to launch Safari Rally WRC revival drive

The Kenyan government has pulled out all stops and is set to launch an aggressive push for the return of the Safari Rally to the high-profile World Rally Championship calendar.It’s now 15 years since the International Automobile Federation stripped the Kenyan rally of its WRC status and the government is keen on having the annual race […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Alonso has strong first impressions of Daytona

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso made his first visit to Daytona during the Roar Before the 24 and shared the experience of lapping the high banks in his United Autosports LMP2 car, along with other insights, with the IMSA media corps after the opening practice session. “I did unfortunately only a short time […]