FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Only one practice session at Imola’s F1 return

Formula 1 has confirmed that only one 90-minute practice session will be held at Imola when the circuit returns to the championship later this year. Imola has not featured on the Formula 1 calendar since 2006 but the circuit’s inclusion comes in the wake of the schedule being amended in response to the coronavirus pandemic. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Wolff: I expect next weekend to be much harder for Mercedes

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes Mercedes will have a more difficult time in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, a race that will also take place at Silverstone. The closing laps saw both Mercedes cars suffer front-left punctures and although Lewis Hamilton was able to drag his W11 across the line to victory, Valtteri Bottas was not so lucky. Suffering […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Marc Márquez ruled out of Brno MotoGP round; Stefan Bradl to stand in

A second operation on Marc Márquez’s fractured arm will force him to miss this weekend’s MotoGP race in the Czech Republic. HRC test rider Stefan Bradl will take his place Stefan Bradl will take Marc Márquez’s Honda seat in this weekend’s Czech Republic Grand Prix, after the reigning champion had a second operation on his fractured arm. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Win for Audi in second race of the season at the Lausitzring

WRT from Belgium have got their ADAC GT Masters challenge off to magnificent start. The Audi outfit, which already has an illustrious record in international GT racing, has chalked up a maiden ADAC GT Masters victory on its very first competitive outing in the series. After Dries Vanthoor (22, BEL, Team WRT) booked pole position […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

RAST TAKES TOP SPOT AT SECOND DTM RACE OF 2020

It was another very successful day for Audi Motorsport at Spa-Francorchamps with the top five finishers all driving the Audi RS 5 DTM cars. René Rast began the race on pole position and had a hard battle with Nico Müller for the whole race after Robin Frijns, yesterday’s pole sitter had a terrible start and dropped back to third with Mike Rockenfella leading the rest of the pack […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

Sheldon van der Linde: “We have work left to close the gap to Audi”

Team RBM driver Sheldon van der Linde was the best-placed driver for BMW Motorsport in Race 2 at Spa-Francorchamps, host of the 2020 DTM season opener. The South African drove a solid race to finish in sixth place from fourth on the grid, with a very different outlook of the weekend for his fellow BMW […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

VOLLAND RACING CONFIRMED FOR 2021 PROJEKT E

German FIA European Rallycross Championship Super1600 outfit Volland Racing has confirmed to a step-up in the sport as the team is set to enter the new all-electric FIA World Rallycross Championship support series Projekt E next season. The team, owned by well-known rallycross driver and constructor Rolf Volland, is one of the most successful teams in the Super1600 class after claiming multiple of championship […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Tänak comes in second after teammate Thierry Neuville at Rally di Alba

Reigning WRC world champion duo Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja took part in the non-championship Rally di Alba in Italy over the weekend, to prepare for the continuation of the WRC season in early-September, with Rally Estonia. The Estonians came in second after Hyundai teammates Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul. Neuville dominated the rally, winning […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

McLaren open to 2021 Alonso Monaco/Indy double

Fernando Alonso’s hopes of racing at the Indianapolis 500 beyond this year rest with Renault, as the opportunity of a McLaren drive the week after next year’s Monaco Grand Prix is not closed. The Spaniard’s return to Formula 1 opens up the question of whether he will be able to continue his chase for the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mixed feelings for Hamilton after dramatic win

On reflection, Lewis Hamilton admits he is feeling “worse and worse” about the ending to the British Grand Prix after he held on for victory with three wheels after a final-lap tire puncture. A comfortable race for Mercedes exploded into life with three laps remaining when Valtteri Bottas suffered a left-front tire failure and had […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton survives late tyre puncture to claim seventh British GP win

Lewis Hamilton survived stunning late tyre drama to claim his seventh British Grand Prix victory. Hamilton was coasting to the 87th success of his Formula One career when the race exploded into life in the closing stages. On lap 50, the front-left hard tyre on Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes suddenly shredded, leaving him limping back to the pits […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1: Silverstone starting lineup – Lewis Hamilton takes pole

For the third time through the first four qualifying sessions of the 2020 Formula 1 season and the third race in a row, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took the pole position, this time for his home race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit. A polesitter has not failed to win a race yet this year. Hamilton, […]

KARTS MOTORSPORT NEWS

ROTAX MAX BOUNCES BACK

Nationals confirmed, regionals start this weekend! The South African Rotax Max Challenge is set to come out of its Covid corner with all guns blazing as local karting enters a brilliant new era. And with the national and regional championships back on track, two brilliant brand new world class circuits to race on and record […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

BOSS GP is ready for Spa

The Big Open Single Seaters are going to rock the Ardennes: Ten-cylinder Formula 1 will return to Spa-Francorchamps on August 1-2. The fastest racing series in Europe returns to Spa and its famous surroundings: Eau Rouge, Blanchimont and Stavelot. On August 1 and 2, the BOSS GP Racing Series will visit the legendary 7-kilometer Circuit […]

FORMULA 1

JOCHEN RINDT – 50 YEARS ON

For many of us, our achievements come to an end as our life does. Death is the final destination of life and beyond that there is nothing. But in this rarest of circumstances, the greatest achievement of a man’s life came after he was taken from us. This is the story of Formula One’s only posthumous […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Red Bull Expects Racing Point to Challenge in F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Once considered a backmarker, Racing Point knocking on door to podium. Red Bull Racing consultant Dr. Helmut Marko is expecting Racing Point’s “pink Mercedes” to be a team to keep an eye on over the next two race weekends at Silverstone. And with good reason. Sergio Perez and teammate Lance Stroll are knocking on the door to the podium. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TÄNAK AND NEUVILLE CONTINUE WRC RESTART BUILD-UP

Hyundai Motorsport’s preparations for the FIA World Rally Championship’s resumption at Rally Estonia (4 – 6 September) continue this weekend when Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville drive i20 World Rally Cars in Italy. While Rally di Alba (2 August) might be an asphalt event in the hills on twisty roads above Turin and not super-fast […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is 819bhp-plus track-only hypercar

Lamborghini’s new track-only Essenza SCV12 hypercar packs the company’s most powerful V12 engine yet, with more than 819bhp on tap. Its naturally aspirated 6.5-litre powerplant produces at least 11bhp more than the Sián hybrid hypercar. However, unlike that car, the Essenza SCV12 cannot be driven on public roads and will be even more exclusive, with just 40 examples […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Lights about to turn green for Volkswagen Motorsport

Uitenhage. It’s been five months since South African motorsport fans have been treated to the type of action that only the Oettinger Polo Cup can provide, and now, the field of more than 20 of South Africa’s most talented drivers are preparing themselves to return to the track once again. The Zwartkops Raceway to the west […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

JORDAN’S BUSY YEAR AHEAD

2020 will still be a blur for Bathurst winner Pepper The 2020 international GT race season started quite brilliantly for South African Bentley Boy Jordan Pepper when he won the Bathurst 12 Hour sharing his Continental GT3 with Jules Gounon and Maxime Soulet in Australia in February. Like all else since, racing went dead through […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Perez to miss British GP after positive Covid-19 test

Sergio Perez has become the first Formula 1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The Mexican returned an inconclusive test result ahead of this weekend’s race and so was self-isolating awaiting a re-test, but that second test has now shown Perez to test positive. As a result, he will not […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

FIA WRC’s Rally Turkey finalises September date change

Turkey’s 2020 FIA World Rally Championship fixture will move forward by one week to 18 – 20 September. WRC Promoter has agreed a switch with the Turkish Automobile Sports Federation (TOSFED), organiser of the Marmaris-based gravel road encounter, which has been rubber-stamped by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA. The date change facilitates the opportunity to introduce […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS W Series

TASMIN PEPPER: SOUTH AFRICA UNDER THE RADAR SINCE JODY SCHECKTER

W Series racer Tasmin Pepper believes that South Africa has gone under the radar in the motorsport world since the retirement of Jody Scheckter. To this day the 1979 world champion Scheckter remains the only South African to have won a Formula 1 race, while the country last hosted a Grand Prix in 1993. However, Pepper, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

‘AlphaTauri could entice Vettel with blue-white Red Bull’

Sebastian Vettel’s options for 2021 may not be limited to a pink Mercedes with Ralf Schumacher asking what about a blue-and-white Red Bull. Vettel is currently weighing up an offer from Racing Point to join the team for next year’s championship after being dropped by Ferrari. Should the German opt to head to the Silverstone-based team, he […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

ESTONIA KNOWLEDGE FAVOURS BREEN

Craig Breen is counting on solid Rally Estonia experience after being confirmed in Hyundai Motorsport’s line-up for September’s FIA World Rally Championship restart.The Irishman was last week named alongside Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville in an i20 World Rally Car for the WRC’s fourth round on 4 – 6 September, which kicks starts the series […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

LET’S GO RACING – GREEN LIGHT FOR SACCS TO KICK UP THE DUST AGAIN!

With spring approaching and after five months of no racing due to the COVID-19 world pandemic, the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) received the green light from Motorsport South Africa (MSA) to restart the 2020 championship in August. This means the Bronkhorstspruit 400 will take place on Friday and Saturday, 14 and 15 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Solberg clinches ERC1 Junior win on first Roma start

Oliver Solberg made it two ERC1 Junior wins from two starts, overcoming the handicap of losing his glasses prior to stage two. ERC3 Junior champion Efrén Llarena followed Simone Tempestini home in third with Grégoire Munster, Emil Lindholm, Miko Marczyk, Dominik Dinkel (Brose Motorsport) and Albert Battistolli next. “It was fantastic,” said Solberg, son of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Van der Linde ‘Didn’t Expect’ to Make Crucial Middle Stint Charge

Kelvin van der Linde was “not expecting” to take as many on-track places as he did during an inspired stint that put Team WRT into a winning position at the 3 Hours of Imola. The South African driver defied Imola’s reputation for being a difficult track to pass on by overtaking four cars in quick […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Why Quartararo and Yamaha dominated Jerez

Fabio Quartararo waltzed yesterday’s Andalusian Grand Prix, dancing through the fieriest pit of hell with all the self-assurance of a young man who knows exactly where he’s headed. El Diablo’s second MotoGP victory in eight days confirmed the 21-year-old as 2020 title favourite and as France’s most successful premier-class rider in more than 70 years of […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Lewis Hamilton: Formula 1 superstar slammed by fans after ‘anti-vaxx’ Instagram post

Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton has sent fans into a frenzy after posting an anti-vaxx video to his Instagram on Monday. Originally uploaded by a separate Instagram account that contains several conspiracy theories, the clip features Microsoft co-founder-turned-healthcare-philanthropist Bill Gates speaking on American network CBS about COVID-19. In the video, Gates is quizzed about the […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

Audi boss admits Tesla is two years ahead

Audi’s future is electric, but today it’s far from the leader in the segment. In fact, it’s behind. On Thursday Automotive News reported that Audi CEO Markus Duesmann told a German daily publication that Tesla’s the leader in electrification. “Currently, Tesla has larger batteries because their cars are built around the batteries. Tesla is two years ahead in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Noaker sweeps Global Mazda MX-5 Cup races at Road America

Robert Noaker opened the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires season with a perfect record. The high school junior won both races of the Alana Long 100 from pole. Rookie runner Jared Thomas finished second, with Selin Rollan coming home in third. The path to victory was quite different, but Friday’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

 Lukyanuk won the first round of the 2020 European Rally Championship

Alexey Lukyanuk and Dmitry Eremeev has won the Italian rally di Roma Capitale, the first round of the 2020 European Rally Championship. Last year’s winner Giandomenico Basso finished second 16.1 seconds behind Lukyanuk. Oliver Solberg closed the top three, surpassing his own expectations to finish in the top ten in his first ever asphalt rally.  After […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Quartararo flashes to Andalucian GP pole, Marquez pulls out of qualifying

Fabio Quartararo sealed his second consecutive pole at Jerez for Petronas SRT after Maverick Vinales lost his provisional pole effort to a track limits infringement. Vinales led the first runs in Q2 with a blistering 1:37.102, while Quartararo could only manage a lap good enough for third early on just behind Pramac Racing’s Francesco Bagnaia. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Zanardi returns to intensive care

Italian auto racing champion and Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi was moved back into an intensive care unit in an Italian hospital Friday, three days after he was transferred to a neurological rehabilitation center. Zanardi’s move to the ICU at the San Raffaelle hospital in Milan was made due to “unstable clinical conditions,” according to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

There Was One Motorsport Last Week: The Sonora Rally, and It Was Incredible

It’s like Paris-Dakar but in Spanish instead of French. While seemingly everything else in motorsports was cancelled or postponed last week because of some virus or something (anybody hear anything about that?) the Sonora Rally in Mexico went off without a hitch. Or with only a few hitches, anyway. Ricky Brabec The rally is held so far out in the […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula E to race on three different layouts in Berlin

After a long layoff owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABB Formula E Championship will resume racing on August 5 at Berlin’s Templehof Airport, running six races in nine days across three circuit layouts set to conclude the 2019-20 season. Each pair of races will be run a different layout, presenting opportunities for distinct strategies […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Binder learned MotoGP riders aren’t “superheroes” they seem

Brad Binder learned in his debut MotoGP race last weekend at Jerez that premier class riders aren’t the “superheroes” they seem and now believes he “deserves to be here”. KTM rider Binder finished his debut race 13th, though displayed podium pace after running off track in the early stages out of the top 10 and […]