DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

STILL CHASING THE DAKAR DREAM

While Dakar 2018’s ninth racing stage to Salta was cancelled due to adverse weather and flooding in the Andes on Monday, the convoy crossed into Argentina to finally allow contact with the TreasuryOne team since they lost communication when the race left La Paz on Saturday. Family, friends and fans had been left in the […]

INDYCAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Le Mans-winning engineer Leena Gade joins SPM, IndyCar

Leena Gade brings an impressive resumé to IndyCar: an Ambassador for the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport; a three-time Le Mans-winning race engineer in LMP1 with Audi; Bentley Racing engineer; now James Hinchcliffe’s race engineer at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. In addition to her impressive resumé, her trophy case includes, the FIA World Endurance Championship […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

2018 F1: Sauber to become Alfa Romeo works team

Sauber could eventually become a full works Alfa Romeo team. That is the vision of the Swiss team’s boss Frederic Vasseur, when asked by France’s Auto Hebdo about the new Alfa title sponsorship brokered by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne. “The company’s executives want to see a fully fledged Alfa Romeo team,” Sauber team principal Vasseur […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sainz ‘Upset’ by Stewards Decision to Penalise him for Quad ‘Collision’

Carlos Sainz Sr. has hit out at the decision to penalise him ten minutes after stewards deemed that he had hit quad rider Kees Koolen during Saturday’s sixth stage of the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard insists no contact was made, and his avoiding action during the stage actually prevented a collision, but following an investigation, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Citroen’s Yves Matton confirmed as FIA rally director

The FIA has announced that Yves Matton has been appointed Rally Director within the governing body, confirming rumours of his departure from the Citroën WRC outfit.Matton has been in charge of Citroën’s rally programme since 2011 after he replaced Olivier Quesnel. Pierre Budar will now take up the role of team principal, having previously run PSA’s customer racing […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

How Long Will Valentino Rossi Continue To Race MotoGP?

When a sportsman—in particular, a sportsman of the highest level—arrives at a certain age and his results begin to decline, it’s inevitable that people will question if he is too old to continue and would it be better if he quit while he is ahead. But to question Valentino Rossi, the absolute icon of motorcycle […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Jazeman, Weiron and Afiq make Asian Le Mans history

PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid made history for Malaysia by blazing the track to victory in the 6 Hours of Buriram race in Thailand. It is the first all-Malaysian triumph in the Asian Le Mans Series, marking a sweet debut for Jazeman, Weiron and Afiq, who were racing together for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Peterhansel clinches 40th career stage win at Dakar, SS9 cancelled

Stephane Peterhansel has battled back into the podium places at the 2018 Dakar rally with his 40th career stage victory at the iconic event as overall leader Carlos Sainz saw his healthy lead trimmed, while Monday’s stage nine has been canned due to weather conditions. The 13-time Dakar rally winner saw his hopes of victory in 2018 […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

LEGENDARY TOUGHNESS OF TOYOTA HILUX SEES ALL THREE TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA CREWS SAFELY THROUGH MARATHON STAGE

TUPIZA, BOLIVIA – After two of the longest stages on Dakar 2018, all three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crews arrived safely at the flooded bivouac outside the Bolivian town of Tupiza. With the technical crews setting up on the roadside, there was relief all round as the crews arrived one after the other. Bear in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

THE GREAT ESCAPE

 TreasuryOne Motorsport duo, Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte bounced back from a most challenging Dakar 2018 Marathon Stage to move back up to 32nd position overall following a most positive run from Uyuni to Tupiza in the Bolivian Andes on Sunday. The duo was subjected to their toughest challenge of their first Dakar on […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

2018 Dakar Dazzles

The Dakar Rally’s eighth day of 2017 produced some top drawer cross country racing as the various leaders in the car and bike categories spent the day fighting it out for stage honours on a run through the Bolivian Andes from Uyuni to Tupizia. The stage that ran at high altitude – between 3500 and […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

2018 Dakar Rally: Stage 9 cancelled

The SS of stage 9 of the #Dakar2018 is cancelled due to the weather conditions. “The situation is complicated on the bivouac and along the route of the special, there is a risk of flooding and thunderstorm”, Marc Coma says. “We’re going to lose a day, but the race has a good dynamics. We don’t […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Kubica ‘to be signed up as Williams reserve driver’

 Reports in French media on Friday say that Robert Kubica will be Williams F1’s reserve driver for 2018. Kubica had previously been in the running for a full-time race seat with the team. He carried out a number of tests last year to see if his fitness was up to the demands of Grand Prix […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

World class entry for Monte Carlo

The 2018 world championship gets underway later this month at the prestigious Rallye Monte-Carlo (25 – 28 January) – and this year’s season opener boasts a suitably star-studded entry. The Monte marks the first competitive appearance for the WRC class of 2018, and the championship debut for a number of exciting new driver and car […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Peterhansel ‘Still Smiling’ Despite Losing Dakar Lead After Hitting Rock

Stephane Peterhansel revealed he did not see the rock that has derailed his chances of claiming a fourteenth Dakar Rally victory, but he still remains upbeat and third overall, one hour, twenty minutes and forty-six seconds off of Peugeot Sport team-mate and new leader Carlos Sainz Sr.   The Frenchman had been more than twenty-seven […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

EXCITEMENT FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA AS MARATHON DAY SHUFFLES THE ORDER

“The marathon stages are always a nervous time – not just for us, but for everyone competing on the Dakar. Making it to the halfway mark without problems eases the pressure a little.” Glyn Hall, Team Principal: Toyota Gazoo Racing SA UYUNI, BOLIVIA – Stage 7 of Dakar 2018 served as the so-called Marathon Stage […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SAINZ TOPS SENSATIONAL DAKAR DAY

Dakar 2018 was turned on its head on Saturday to bring a new look to the leaderboard as the race pulled into the Bolivian Andes town of Uyuni. Mr Dakar, as they call him, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel may have gone into the day’s stage with over an hour’s advantage over Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz, but […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

McLaren pumped up and ‘eager to get to Australia’

McLaren, the second most successful team on the F1 grid, is already raring to go and hopeful of putting itself back where it belongs: near the front of the grid.McLaren boss Zak Brown recently said the team’s desire to win was off the charts, thanks mainly to its new partnership with engine supplier Renault, a […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SOUTH RACING CAN-AM MAVERICK X3s HOLD FIRST, SECOND AND SEVENTH IN SxS CATEGORY AT DAKAR REST DAY

LA PAZ (BOLIVIA): The South Racing Can-Am Team has overcome a mountain of hurdles and some of the toughest terrain that South America could throw at it to bring all three Maverick X3s safely to the Dakar Rally rest day in La Paz. There are still eight stages to run across Bolivia and north-western Argentina […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Africa Eco Race: Stage winners Dominique Laure and Paolo Ceci

10TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA: AMODJAR / AKJOUJT: 453 KM The 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race is giving its best two days before the arrival in Dakar. After the most difficult stage yesterday, the sand is still a big part of the menu for the competitors Friday with a 453 kilometers leg. You had […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

A WELL EARNED REST

South African Dakar rookie heroes Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte enjoyed their best day of the 2018 race as they powered the TreasuryOne Amarok to 26th on the day to move up to 32nd overall to consolidate their strong second among the rookies, just 12 minutes behind the leaders among Dakar’s debutants in what […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar racers caught up in La Paz protests

LA PAZ: The Dakar Rally reached the lung-busting altitude of La Paz on Friday and was quickly caught up in violent street battles being fought between protesters and police in the tense Bolivian capital. Around 100 demonstrators clashed with police who used tear gas and pepper spray to quell the trouble which spread to a […]

INDYCAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Alonso doubts more F1 drivers will follow into sports cars

Fernando Alonso doubts that more F1 drivers will follow his lead and increase interest in sports car racing events in the future.Fernando Alonso doubts his entry to the Rolex 24 at Daytona will open the door for more Formula 1 drivers to follow his lead and try their hand at sports car racing. Alonso will […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar Rally Team Finishes Stage With Only Front Tires

Driver Antanas Juknevičius and co-driver Darius Vaiciulis finish Stage 4 of the 2018 Dakar Rally with only front tires remaining. The Dakar Rally has been tough on race vehicles this year. Earlier this week American team Bryce Menzies and Peter Mortensen were taken out of the rally when their X-Raid John Cooper Works MINI Buggy […]

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 […]