MOTORSPORT NEWS TCR

Andy Yan secures inaugural TCR China series title with win in Guangdong

Hong Kong driver Andy Yan has won the first TCR China series drivers’ title following victory in the first sprint race at the Guangdong International Circuit in his NewFaster Team Audi RS 3 LMS. The former CTCC champion led from start to finish in the Audi, winning the race by just under seven seconds ahead […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Red Bull Global Rallycross to race electric, gas cars in same class in 2019

Red Bull Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne is planning to stage his own version of the great race in 2019.It will be electric versus gas, as the GRC plans to race gas-powered cars head to head with electric-powered cars in its Supercars class. Dyne expects as many as six electric cars on the grid next […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula One: The outrage over Lewis Hamilton’s video is a scam

There has been outrage over a recent video posted by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. But that outrage is a money-hunting scam. Four-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted a video on Instagram that sparked a worldwide outrage, mostly over Twitter, simply because he was joking around with his four-year-old nephew Kaiden and stated that […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Laia Sanz gets down to business ahead of another Dakar Rally

The Dakar’s fastest female biker gets in gear before shipping out to South America for the world’s toughest rally.Laia Sanz is in the saddle of her KTM 450 Rally and on her way to South America for the two-week, 14 stage Dakar. The rally starts in Lima, Peru on January 6 and the chequered flag […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-Sport kept the WRC alive – Volkswagen

Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets says M-Sport’s 2017 title success is payback for keeping the World Rally Championship afloat when most manufacturers deserted it. Malcolm Wilson’s independent M-Sport team took ex-VW driver Sebastien Ogier to the title this year and also won the manufacturers’ crown – for the first time since its successes as the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Manvir rules Africa

Although the Kenya National Rally Championship 2017 didn’t produce a winner at the culmination of the calendar year, Manvir Singh Baryan and Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo were definitely the men to beat if not the star attractions. Baryan, of Multiple Racing Team, became the fifth Kenyan driver after legendary Joginder Singh and David Horsey (1980s), Don […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Passion for Speed – It’s not love but war this coming January 2018

The annual and popular Passion for Speed will take place at Zwartkops Raceway on the weekend of 26 to 28 January 2018.  The war babies of the sixties focused on love not war, except when it came to the “Passion for Speed”.  There were no restraints. It was the go go go generation of foot […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Racer Gaurav Gill wins Rally of Arunachal

 Team Mahindra Adventure’s Gaurav Gill took another measured step toward his fifth MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship, adding the Rally of Arunachal to his conquests here on Saturday. The three-time Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) winner and his co-driver Musa Sherif were in a class of their own, scorching the two night stages on Friday […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 ended “grandmother” driving era in 2017 – Massa

Felipe Massa says Formula 1 ended its era of “grandmother” driving with its 2017 cars, which he likened to the 2006-08 V8-powered machines in which he was most successful. Massa, who won 11 grands prix for Ferrari between 2006 and 2008, ended his 16-year spell in F1 with Williams in 2017. The Brazilian said this […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP: Aspar Team Renamed “Ángel Nieto Team,”

Jorge Martínez “Aspar” pays tribute to Ángel Nieto by naming team after Spanish legend.  Gelete Nieto to join with the Ángel Nieto Team as Team Principal Gelete Nieto returns to the place he called home for several years as he takes over the reins of the newly-named Ángel Nieto Team, an exciting project that covers […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier feels “more recognition” after M-Sport title

Sebastien Ogier says winning the 2017 World Rally Championship title with privateer outfit M-Sport has brought him more recognition than any of the four he scored with Volkswagen Motorsport. Though Ogier underlined that all five of his WRC crowns meant an equal amount to him personally, he said the underdog nature of his 2017 achievement […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Ford returns as official WRC manufacturer

Ford has officially been registered as a manufacturer for next year’s World Rally Championship in conjunction with an increase in technical support to M-Sport.The 2017 dual championship-winning team will be known at the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, ending Ford’s five-year absence as a manufacturer. Sebastien Ogier, who won the drivers’ championship this year in […]

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Alex Zanardi, Will Race the 2019 Daytona 24 With BMW

The Italian racer will drive a specially prepared BMW M8 GTE in the 24-hour classic.Alex Zanardi, the Italian racer who lost both legs in a horrific 2001 CART crash, is headed to the 2019 Rolex Daytona 24 Hour race. At its 2017 season review Friday, BMW announced that Zanardi would drive a specially prepared M8 […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Four years on from his accident, Michael Schumacher’s condition remains a perfectly kept secret

FOUR years on from his tragic accident, Michael Schumacher remains front page news. French sports daily L’Equipe this week splashed with a silhouette of the Formula One legend as it marked the anniversary of the day he suffered major brain trauma after falling and hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the French […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Toyota youngsters return in 2018

Toyota’s young driver development scheme will continue in 2018, when Japanese rising stars Takamoto Katsuta and Hiroki Arai will line up for at least five world championship appearances. The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge Program was established in 2015 and is run from Finland in partnership with Tommi Mäkinen Racing. So far, the scheme has […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

CS Santosh racing to become ‘fastest Indian’ in the world

CS Santosh is a bit of an oddball. You can’t really tell from his buttoned-down black shirt or neat side-swept hairstyle, but he carries the itch to do what few have before in ways not usually ordinary. It is what made him the first Indian to race in the world’s most dangerous off-road race, the […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sainz admits 2018 could be his final Dakar Rally

Carlos Sainz has admitted the 2018 Dakar Rally could mark the end of his professional career, but insists he will not think about the future until after the event. Sainz’s Peugeot team will end its cross-country rallying programme after next month’s Dakar as it prioritises the World Rallycross Championship for its motorsport future. Two-time WRC […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Rebecca joins the Electric GT Drivers’ Club

Ahead of the inaugaural 2018 season of the Electric GT Championship, Rebecca has been chosen to join the Drivers’ Club. Rebecca tested the all-electric Tesla Model S EGT development car last month at Pau E-Circuit during Electric GT’s inaugural Day of Light; a day of celebration of all-electric innovation and showcase of the EGT headquarters, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Bathurst 12hr: Audi confirms host of factory drivers for 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour

A DAY after naming its pool of factory racers for 2018, Audi has revealed a host of them will be coming to the 2018 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock will line up for Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing in what will be a two-car, factory-supported tilt. Mies is a […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

2017 F1: Wolff tells Brawn to ‘stop provoking’ Ferrari

Toto Wolff has warned Liberty Media to stop “provoking” Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne. In recent days, Marchionne doubled down on his threat to pull Ferrari out of the sport, accusing F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn of “behaving like Moses”. A major source of tension between Brawn and Marchionne is over the proposed 2021 engine rules, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Loeb back in WRC

WRC legend Sébastien Loeb will return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2018 with Citroën. Loeb, who won nine consecutive world titles between 2004 and 2012, will drive a C3 World Rally Car at three rounds – on Mexico’s gravel (8 – 11 March), on Corsica’s asphalt (5 – 8 April) and at Spain’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Toyota Gazoo Racing to debut racy Super Sport Concept

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division is likely the envy of every gearhead employed by the Japanese automaker. In addition to having race programs in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and World Rally Championship, Gazoo has begun tinkering with Toyota street cars and been hard at work on a wicked Le Mans-inspired concept vehicle. The GR Super Sport […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula One: Mercedes reveal replacement candidate for Valtteri Bottas in 2019

With Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport looking for a replacement for Valtteri Bottas in the 2019 season, they revealed a potential candidate. Over the past few months, there have been rumors circulating that involve Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport potentially searching for a replacement for Valtteri Bottas following the 2018 One season. This rumors have picked up steam as […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Toyota to remain in World Endurance Championship, Le Mans

 With Porsche’s July announcement of an exit from the World Endurance Championship, both Toyota and organizers of the series were left with the dilemma of there going to be just one manufacturer in the premier LMP1 class next season. The organizers, which include the ACO and FIA, have responded by changing the rules for the […]

KARTS MOTORSPORT NEWS

A KARTING REVOLUTION

South African karting is set for revolution as the new Vortex Super Rok DVS class continues to move the sport back towards its Original Karting roots in a competitive, cost effective and completely fair new championship from 2018. Super Rok DVS not only removes the need for stratospheric budgets to race at the front, but […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

IT’S DAKAR TIME!

Dakar 2018 starts a little later than usual on Saturday 6 January, but it’s set to be an absolute cracker as always. In association with TreasuryOne, Motorsport Media will once again report daily on the action from South America starting 5 January. Looking ahead, probably the most important Dakar for Toyota to win before Peugeot […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Marchionne Insists Ferrari F1 Withdrawal Threats are Serious

Sergio Marchionne has insisted he has not been bluffing about the threats to pull Scuderia Ferrari out of Formula 1 if future regulations are not favourable to the Maranello-based outfit. The President of Ferrari has made it clear that the threats are serious, and those who doubt the legitimacy of those threats are ‘playing with […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

KMSF savours return of Safari Rally to Worlds

The Kenya Motor Sports Federation is happy at the return of the Safari Rally as a World Rally Championship showpiece. Supi Soin, the federation’s chairman, said: “We want to get a WRC candidature event by 2019. The national competition rules (NCRs) are much stronger and clearer with stringent organiser obligations. It has been a difficult […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Peugeot World RX principal Hansen set to land sporting role

Team Peugeot-Hansen boss Kenneth Hansen is set to remain part of the French car maker’s World Rallycross Championship programme in 2018, despite the team’s operations being run from France. Peugeot has been involved in World RX since its inception in 2014, operating as Team Peugeot-Hansen in partnership with Swedish team Hansen Motorsport, run by 14-time […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Kessel Racing takes third Gulf 12 Hours win

Kessel Racing reigned victorious by taking their third win at the Gulf 12 Hours, after 302 laps around the 5.555 kilometre long famous Yas Marina Circuit. The #11 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Michael Broniszewski, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina dominated the Gulf endurance event after starting on pole for the 12-hour battle in Abu Dhabi […]

KARTS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Massa upset after brawl breaks out at kart race

Former F1 driver Felipe Massa has apologised after one of his teammates at a 500-mile go-kart race was involved in an on-track brawl with another driver on Saturday night. The race, which took place at a kart track on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, ended in controversy when Rodrigo Dantas and Tuka Rocha were involved […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Motorsport: Chelsea Herbert first woman to win in NZ V8s

Despite the comments recently by the newly appointed member to the Women in Motorsport Commission, Carmen Jorda, that women racer can’t compete against men and should have their own championship, young New Zealander Chelsea Herbert has proven her wrong. At the recent round of the BNT New Zealand Touring Car championships the 19-year-old became the […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dovizioso Aims to be 2018 MotoGP World Champion

Ducati team rider Andrea Dovizioso is very excited to welcome MotoGP competition next season. Despite performing well for 2017 season, Dovi aims to be the world champion in 2018. Andrea Dovizioso ended the 2017 MotoGP race with an almost perfect performance. Dovi almost became the world champion but he lost to Marc Marquez in the […]

NEW VEHICLES Production Cars

Mercedes-Benz on automated test drive in South Africa

On the road to autonomous driving:   Fourth leg of the Intelligent World Drive Road traffic in South Africa presents some very special challenges: different road surfaces, wildlife on rural roads and many pedestrians in the city as well as in the interurban traffic who often cross lanes completely unexpectedly. Automated and autonomous vehicles have to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Nissan to sit out Bathurst 12 Hour

Nissan will not field a factory entry in the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour, the Japanese marque has confirmed.No GT-Rs were present on the 60-strong provisional entry list issued by organisers this morning, although it is understood that work continues to put a privateer car on the grid. Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and […]