MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BAJA SZCZECINEK – UNFREEZING CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES!

Poland’s Baja Szczecinek will unfreeze cross-country rallies! The rally, scheduled for 24th-25th July, will be one of the first rallies in Europe, open to all EU competitors, which will be a great occasion for them for the first clash with rivals in this belated season. Cars, SSVs, bikes and quads can compete in several national championships, […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 participants to benefit from wide range of incentives

New additions and benefits await participants in Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 as the Kingdom steps up preparations for its second edition of the world’s most challenging race, which runs from Jan. 3 to 15. The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation recently opened registration for pilots and their teams. Competitors will benefit from a 50 percent […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula One confirm two more races for 2020 including historic trip to Ferrari track at Mugello

Italy’s Mugello circuit will make its debut on the Formula One calendar in September to host Ferrari’s 1,000th grand prix, the sport announced on Friday, with Russia’s race in Sochi also confirmed. The September 13 race, to be called the Grand Prix of Tuscany Ferrari 1,000, will follow on from the September 6 Italian Grand […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Kyalami 9 Hour moves to December following Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar confirmation

This year’s Kyalami 9 Hour will now take place on December 10-12, while 2020’s Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar remains at four events.South Africa’s historic international endurance race has been pushed back by three weeks to ease logistical considerations for teams, drivers and manufacturers whose regular programmes have been rescheduled due to COVID-19. The GT World […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Alonso: I’ve become a better driver since leaving F1

Fernando Alonso says he will return to Formula One in 2021 in the best form of his life thanks to the experience he has gained away from the championship. Alonso stepped away from F1 in 2018 midway through a World Endurance Championship campaign with Toyota, which saw him win that title and win the famous […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

All roads leads to Rome: Oliver Solberg set for ERC season opener

The youngest winner of an FIA European Rally Championship event will contest the opening round of the 2020 ERC, the world’s oldest international rally series, later this month. Oliver Solberg, who made history when he won the ERC-counting Rally Liepāja last season aged 17 years, eight months and three days, will make his debut on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

5th E-Rallye Monte-Carlo

21st Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN / Zero Emission No Noise For this 2020 edition of the E-Rallye Monte-Carlo, the Organizing Committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco has decided to focus its event exceptionally around the Principality by proposing, despite the actual situation, a new route, in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments. The rally will be held […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC releases revised calendar

World Rally Championship’s revised calendar has been released.  FIA World Rally Championship organisers have released a revised, eight-round calendar for the current season. The campaign resumes in September with the world championship debut of Rally Estonia on the first weekend of September, followed by three more events in Europe and the finale in Japan. Rounds […]

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Inside the industry: Why racing doesn’t sell cars

F1’s influence may be huge, but its costs are increasingly hard to justify by the people that controls the coffers ‘Win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ has underpinned many a motorsport programme over the years, be it a mega-bucks manufacturer-backed Formula 1, Le Mans or world rally team or a more realistic dealer-supported national race […]

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Autocar from the archive: An epic racing battle between deadly rivals

One of the greatest rivalries in motor racing history played out through the 1930s. In fact, Motor Sport magazine recently named it the most explosive ever. The two men involved were Tazio Nuvolari – a legend considered by many as the most talented driver of all time – and Achille Varzi, a fellow Italian 12 years […]

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TO B OR NOT TO B: WRC’S GREATEST GROUP B MACHINES

Group B! Hear the term and the mind immediately conjures up images of impossibly fast rally cars with incredible amounts of power under their hoods, and ridiculously daring drivers strapped inside of them, going flat out! The mere sight of a Group B machine tearing up the countryside, reeling in corner after corner, mile munching […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

It’s official, Alonso returns to F1 with Renault for 2021

Fernando Alonso will return to Formula 1 with Renault in 2021 after a two-year sabbatical, the team has confirmed. Since Monday, speculation began to emerge that the Spaniard had agreed to join the French manufacturer for the third time in his career, after previous stints between 2003-2006 and 2008-09. This was after Renault boss Cyril […]

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‘The gloves are off’ between Red Bull & Mercedes after contentious weekend

Mercedes have said the “gloves are off” with Red Bull after a contentious weekend of stewards decisions and an on-track collision. It began with the Milton Keynes-based outfit formally protesting the new DAS system on Friday, arguing it contravened regulations on suspension and aerodynamic influence, but that was thrown out after lengthy deliberation. Then on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Two legendary streaks ended at one track on one weekend

  Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) The first ever NASCAR and IndyCar doubleheader was historic for a number of reasons, but this one may very well be the most disappointing. Two  legendary NASCAR and IndyCar streaks came to an end this past weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entering this weekend, 2001 was the most recent […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick takes over; can he break Jeff Gordon’s record?

Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Indianapolis, NASCAR, Cup Series (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) By making his 656th consecutive NASCAR Cup Series start in Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick now leads active drivers. Can he break Jeff Gordon’s record? Entering this past weekend, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson had competed in 663 consecutive […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

First new DB5 in more than 50 years rolls off the line

AS INAUGURAL ASTON MARTIN DB5 GOLDFINGER CONTINUATION CAR IS COMPLETED ‘Job 1’ customer car is completed on schedule as DB5 Goldfinger Continuation production gets into full swing at Aston Martin Works. The first in a strictly limited run of 25 customer cars is finished after around 4,500 hours of meticulous construction. In association with EON […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TÄNAK TAKES FIRST HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WIN

Ott Tänak claimed his first victory in Hyundai colours in the Grossi Toidukaubad Viru Rally last weekend. Defending FIA World Rally champion Tänak, along with co-driver Martin Järveoja, won six of the seven stages on Saturday in their first appearance since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic postponed rallying events around the world. They defeated Georg Gross, driving a Ford Fiesta WRC by almost two minutes […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

KRISTOFFERSSON DESCRIBES “PERFECT” ALL STAR MAGIC WEEKEND

Johan Kristoffersson, often nicknamed The King of Rain’, proved why he is thought of as one of the best wet rallycross drivers in the world after taking the win at Höljes in the second round of the RallyX Nordic series. Two-time FIA ​​World Rallycross champion Kristoffersson, who struggled in the opening round of the season earlier in the All Star […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Kubica to be given Alfa practice run at Styrian GP

Robert Kubica will be given his first opportunity to take part in a practice session in the competitive F1 season this weekend when he will get behind the wheel for Alfa Romeo at the Red Bull ring for FP1. The Pole failed to make the grade at Williams last season and was subsequently left without a team, only for Alfa […]

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Austrian GP: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner wants Lewis Hamilton to apologise for Alex Albon collision

Red Bull driver Alex Albon was fighting for the second place with Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton when they collided with 10 laps to go at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner backed his driver Alexander Albon in the incident involving him and world champion Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Austrian Grand […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Tänak: We have to learn to live in this new situation

The FIA World Rally Championship will continue with Rally Estonia on the first weekend of September. For the first time, reigning world champion Ott Tänak will get to start in a WRC series rally on familiar Estonian roads. Tänak told ERR after Viru Rally had concluded: “We have to be ready for it [WRC Rally […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Fernando Alonso nears Formula One return ‘with Renault announcement imminent’

Fernando Alonso could be announced as Renault’s new driver for the 2021 season this week, according to reports.Last month, Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted he is considering bringing Alonso out of retirement to sensationally replace the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo. Alonso retired from Formula One in 2018, but the 39-year-old, who has tried and failed to […]

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Zanardi condition remains serious after third operation

Former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi has undergone a third operation as the Italian continues his recovery from a hand-cycling accident. On June 19, Zanardi was involved in a serious accident while competing in a national Paralympic hand-cycling race, resulting in two neurosurgeries. The 53-year-old Italian was again operated on Monday [July 6] in a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

2020 SACCS SEASON COULD BE ON THE BRINK OF RESTARTING

Following the announcement by Government in mid-June and the proposed relaxation of certain Level 3 lockdown regulations, including non-contact sports such as golf, tennis, cricket and others, Motorsport South Africa (MSA), in conjunction with all facets of our sport, is working very closely with the department of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) to establish […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bottas had to dodge  bullets’ for win

Valtteri Bottas says he had a variety of challenges to overcome to take victory in the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. The Finn held off teammate Lewis Hamilton and also had to deal with reliability concerns. Starting from pole position, Bottas built up a comfortable lead in the first stint of the race as Hamilton was […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-SPORT FORD ENTERS RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE

M-Sport Ford will enter a pair of cars for ‘Pedro’ and Adrien Fourmaux in the Rally di Roma Capitale next month. Taking place between 24-26 July, the rally will play host to the opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship and will be the first major rally after the COVID-19 pandemic. Home hero Massimo “Pedro” Pedretti will make […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Petrucci ‘amazing input’ for KTM, ‘everything Pedrosa brings works’

Brad Binder welcomes Danilo Petrucci’s arrival at KTM next season, believes the Italian’s MotoGP-winning Ducati experience will complement work of Dani Pedrosa; ‘everything he brings seems to be an improvement’ Brad Binder has praised KTM’s decision to sign Danilo Petrucci for the 2021 MotoGP season, following the loss of Pol Espargaro. Binder will spend his rookie MotoGP campaign […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bottas wins in Austria ahead of Hamilton after drivers take a knee on the grid

Valtteri Bottas won the Austrian Grand Prix – the first of the season – after all but six of the drivers took a knee on the grid before the race in support of Black Lives Matter. Hamilton and Bottas spent the second half of the race struggling with gearbox sensor issues – and being told […]

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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton penalized, dropped to 5th on grid

Lewis Hamilton has been penalized and dropped to fifth place on the starting grid for the 2020 Formula 1 season opener for ignoring the yellow flags. It was initially ruled that Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton would not be issued a penalty for ignoring the yellow flags that came out in the third and final round of […]

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Ferrari suffer qualifying shocker as Bottas takes pole in Austria

Valtteri Bottas stunned Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by claiming the 12th pole position of his Formula 1 career on a day when Ferrari’s worst fears came home to roost.Bottas finished just 0.012secs clear of Hamilton in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, setting a lap record at the Red Bull Ring en route with a time of one minute 02.939s. It […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

WRC STAR NEUVILLE AND WORLD RX CHAMPION HANSEN JOIN ALL-STAR GRID

Thierry Neuville and Timmy Hansen are the latest big names to join the fantastic field for next month’s blockbuster ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend at Holjes in Sweden (2-5 July). This year’s Rally Monte Carlo winner Neuville will drive in the CrossCar class with his vehicle bearing his own initials, LifeLive Nordic TN5. Although the 13-time WRC winner has contested some CrossCar events in his native Belgium, […]

GTC MOTORSPORT NEWS

Volkswagen Motorsport to defend GTC championship in the Golf 8 GTI

Today, Volkswagen Motorsport unveiled its new Global Touring Cars (GTC) racing car through a virtual event which was streamed live on social media. Volkswagen Motorsport’s new GTC racing car is built using the Golf 8 GTI body. “For the past four years we have been racing with the Jetta. Since the Jetta is no longer offered […]

INDYCAR MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Let’s Race Two: Behind the Indy-NASCAR Doubleheader

For the first time, NASCAR and IndyCar will run races at the same venue on the same weekend. Is this the start of a new tradition?An event few motor sports fans ever thought would occur, with longtime rivals from IndyCar racing and NASCAR stock cars competing on the same weekend and at the same facility, […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar Rally organizers inaugurating Classic category in 2021

Porsche 959s, Lada Nivas, and Renault 20s will again play in the sand In early 2021, the Porsche 959 and the Lada Niva will have at least one thing in common: They’ll both be eligible to participate in the Dakar Rally after a long hiatus. Neither will realistically be able to beat the racers that will be built specifically […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

LATVALA SETS SIGHTS ON 2022

The 35-year-old, the series’ most experienced driver, lost his Toyota Gazoo Racing seat at the end of last year, but remains hopeful of a full-time return to the championship when the hybrid cars arrive for the start of 2022. “I think these [2022] cars will suit my style of driving,” said Latvala. “They are likely […]

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Zanardi undergoes additional surgery

Alex Zanardi has undergone a second round of neurosurgery and remains in a medically-induced coma in an Italian hospital after sustaining severe injuries in a hand cycling accident just under two weeks ago. Zanardi underwent a CT scan on Monday that, according to the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital, revealed “an evolution of the patient’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Newcomer Estonia hosts 2020 WRC restart in September

Munich, 2 July 2020 – Estonia will host the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time in September when the 2020 series restarts following an enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rally Estonia (4 – 6 September) joins the fixture list after running as a WRC Promotional Event in 2019. The country will become […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari to carry message of support for Alex Zanardi in Austria

Ferrari will race with a ‘message of support’ for former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi in Austria, the Italian in a serious condition following a handcycling accident in mid-June. The hashtag #ForzaAlex began trending on social media quickly after news broke on June 19 that former CART champion and Williams F1 driver had been involved in a serious […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

2020 Austrian Grand Prix race preview: Formula 1 returns in Austria

Formula 1 is back but who will hit the ground running in Austria? Finally. 127 days since Formula 1 pre-season testing ended and 217 days on from the chequered flag bringing the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a close, we will have F1 racing on our screens to enjoy. After the false start in […]