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Ferrari hit back at coverage after Vettel-Leclerc crash

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has hit back at criticism of the decision to allow Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc to race each other at the Brazilian Grand Prix, where a collision between the drivers left the team with a scoreless return from Interlagos. At a safety car restart prompted by Valtteri Bottas’ retirement, Leclerc had the run on Vettel with […]

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THE STUNNING LEXUS LC 500 CONVERTIBLE MAKES ITS GLOBAL DEBUT AT THE 2019 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

​A stunning design with the top up or down, featuring Lexus’ signature attention to detail Thoughtful in-cabin experience reflecting Lexus’ “Human Centred” philosophy Will debut in South Africa in 2020 The much-anticipated convertible version of the Lexus LC 500 flagship coupe made its global debut in Los Angeles (19 November) and will be on public […]

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Citroen won’t stay in WRC beyond 2021, PSA confirms

Amid doubts over Citroen’s immediate WRC future, the manufacturer’s parent company has confirmed to Motorsport.com that it will certainly not continue in the series beyond 2021. The WRC will make the switch to hybrid machinery for 2022 – but while Citroen has previously taken a sabbatical from the WRC to prepare for new regulations, a […]

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Formula 1 is the winner after incredible Brazilian Grand Prix

The 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix was one of those rare Formula 1 races that will have left observers around the world in shock. With Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Antonio Giovinazzi recording their best ever finishes in Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton making a rare mistake that cost Alexander Albon second place, Daniel Ricciardo recovering from […]

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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton’s penalty a huge deal with historic implications

Lewis Hamilton’s post-race penalty from the Brazilian Grand Prix had massive implications on his pursuit of multiple Formula 1 records. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s Lewis Hamilton crossed the line to finish the Brazilian Grand Prix in third place at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. But that was after he made contract with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing rookie Alexander […]

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IMG terminates Americas Rallycross Championship

The IMG agency has announced it will end its Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) having failed to reach an agreement with commercial partners to secure its long-term future. IMG launched the North American series in March 2018 as a companion to the World Rallycross Championship (World RX), which it also promotes. However, the agency said ARX will not […]

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Lack of battery left Hamilton a “sitting duck” against Verstappen

A lack of battery charge in Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car’s engine left him a “sitting duck” against Max Verstappen during the Brazilian Grand Prix.A lack of battery charge in Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes Formula 1 car’s engine left him a “sitting duck” against Max Verstappen during the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton moved into the lead of the […]

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MARC MARQUEZ WINS IN VALENCIA TO CAP OFF A HISTORIC SEASON

Marc Marquez has taken his 12th win of 2019, storming to victory at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Starting from second, Marquez didn’t get off to a good start, falling down to sixth as the MotoGP pack exited turn one. Marquez was quick to recover lost ground, passing Vinales into turn 2 before blasting passed both Alex Rins and Andrea […]

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‘Vettel, Leclerc rivalry getting dangerous for Ferrari’ – Italian media reacts to Brazilian GP

Italy’s motorsports media unsurprisingly had plenty to say after a barnstorming Brazilian Grand Prix, which saw Ferrari finish scoreless.Place a bet on F1 this weekend, and get €20 free to play withWhile Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly‘s maiden podium in F1 ought to have captured the attention in Italy, the late collision between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel understandably blew the Frenchman […]

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MACAU GRAND PRIX 2019: THE STORY SO FAR

The 66th annual running of the prestigous Macau Grand Prix has seen the new-generation of FIA Formula 3 cars tackle the legendary Guia circuit as lap records tumbled from the outset. Practice One Marcus Armstrong set record-breaking pace for Prema Theodore Racing in the opening session for this years Macau Grand Prix. The Kiwi set an unofficial lap record of the Guia Circuit […]

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Kubica: Hamilton’s sixth title special because he didn’t always have the fastest car

“I think number six says everything,” said Kubica when asked about Hamilton’s achievement. The Mercedes driver clinched the title in Austin having won 10 of the 19 races so far this year.Lewis Hamilton’s sixth championship victory was especially impressive because he didn’t always have the fastest car, says Robert Kubica. “Especially I think this season he […]

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Why Alonso is already exceeding expectations in Dakar bid

How significant was Fernando Alonso’s first cross-country rallying podium on a Saudi Arabian event last weekend? Very. The next leg of his post-F1 quest for versatile glory is going very well so far…When Fernando Alonso climbed aboard the Toyota Hilux with Marc Coma at his right hand less than three months ago, no one could […]

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Opinion: Peugeot news is the shot in the arm WEC needed

By: Jamie Klein News that Peugeot will join the FIA World Endurance Championship grid in 2022 is just the tonic the series needed at a time doubts were beginning to surface about the hypercar concept, writes Jamie Klein. Wednesday’s announcement that Peugeot is gearing up for its first assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours since […]

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Jorge Lorenzo: ‘I don’t want to race any more’ — 3-time champion announces MotoGP retirement

This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix will be the last MotoGP race for three-time champion Jorge Lorenzo, as he announces his retirement Lorenzo, Jerez MotoGP test, 2018Jorge Lorenzo has announced his retirement from top-level motorcycle racing ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, which will be his last MotoGP race. In an emotional press conference the three-time […]

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HENNIE’S FRESH DAKAR CHALLENGE

De Klerk’s Saudi Arabian dream starts here South Africa’s Dakar 2018 rookie winner Hennie de Klerk unveiled his new TreasuryOne Nissan Navara set to take on Dakar 2020 and the Saudi Arabian Desert at a function in Pretoria Wednesday evening. The all-new Nismo V8-powered South African made Nismo V8-powered Red-Lined Nissan Navara VK56 is the […]

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Silverstone dropped from 2020 World RX calendar

For the second Speedmachine Festival this year, IMG promoted the event itself, but says it won’t run the event again next year. “One of the reasons we went to Silverstone was to utilise the whole facility, not just the rallycross track,” World RX boss Paul Bellamy told Motorsport.com. “What we found is, as the whole car […]

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Michael Schumacher: Former manager calls on Corinna Schumacher to stop hiding the truth

The Schumacher family, including the former racing great’s wife Corinna, have kept details of Schumacher’s health battle shrouded in secrecy since a skiing accident in the French Alps back in December 2013 that reportedly left the German F1 legend with brain damage. The now 50-year-old has not been seen in public since the accident. Willi Weber, Schumacher’s former long-term manager […]

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BUSHFIRES LEAD TO CANCELLATION OF WRC RALLY AUSTRALIA; SEASON DECLARED OVER

State government, FIA decided to cancel final World Rally Championship event on the schedule. Ott Tanak clinched the season championship in Spain. The FIA World Rally Championship has canceled the season finale—the Kennards Hire Rally Australia—due to the serious bushfires affecting the New South Wales region close to the event’s Coffs Harbour base. The organizers announced the […]

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Baryan crashes, Rai triumphs in dramatic KCB Meru Rally

In Summary Driver, navigator flown to city hospital for observation after after high speed crash early in race It was Volkswagen Polo’s first win since making it’s rally debut three events ago in the KCB Kenya National Rally Championship. Onkar Rai, navigated by Gavin Laurance, won a dramatic KCB Meru Rally driving a VW Polo […]

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Alonso’s Dakar preparations boosted by first rally podium

It was by no means a Dakar-esque line up, however, Fernando Alonso can draw encouragement from his first rally podium ahead of his Dakar debut in January. Fernando Alonso’s Dakar preparations were given a welcome boost this past weekend as he brought his Toyota Hilux home in third place at the Al Ula-Neom Cross-Country Rally. […]

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RX LOCALS DO SA PROUD

E36 Cup, 2-litres wow world title crowd While the epic top billing SABAT Rallycross of South Africa held Cape Town rapt, the supporting cast of home-brewed South African RX also entertained at the Killarney International Raceway over the weekend. Three-litre rear-wheel drive E36 Cup BMW racers and two-litre front-wheel drive machines flew the South African […]

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Al-Rajhi improvises to seal dramatic win in AlUla-Neom Cross-Country Rally

NEOM — Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi improvised and overcame three punctures, power steering issues and a faulty jack to snatch a dramatic victory in the AlUla–Neom Cross-Country Rally, round three of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship, on Saturday. Trailing fellow countryman Yasir Seaidan by 1min 14sec at the overnight halt, Al-Rajhi and Russian […]

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PRODUCTION VEHICLE CHAMPIONS CROWNED AFTER TOUGH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SEASON

After six tough rounds of the 2019 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS), that included the final event of the season at Parys and a three-day marathon event earlier this year in Botswana, the Production Vehicle category champions have been crowned. The points have been calculated and the final standings after hundreds of gruelling […]

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (AGAIN) FOR BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE AS 2019 NRC DRAWS TO A CLOSE

      It was a successful outing at the final round of the 2019 South African National Rally Championship for newly crowned champion Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew set out to score the two points needed in order for Vacy-Lyle to be crowned as the 2019 navigator’s […]

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AL ULA-NEOM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY 2019  

Competitors were flagged away from the ceremonial start of the Al Ula–Neom Cross-Country Rally, the third round of the new Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship, in the city of Al Ula on Tuesday afternoon. The four-stage event is being organised by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF), under the chairmanship of H.R.H. Prince Khalid […]

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Why the World Rally Championship is back to its best

Estonian hotshot Ott Tänak becoming world champion is only one story from a fascinating season The World Rally Championship has always been viscerally gladiatorial. Despite the technology and marketing gloss that’s always a feature of the top level, it’s about as raw and unreconstructed as modern motorsport is allowed to get. This season – although […]

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Brad Binder to replace Zarco at KTM in 2020

Moto2 rider Brad Binder is promoted to the KTM factory team in the wake of Johann Zarco’s departure Brad Binder will replace Johann Zarco at KTM for 2020, joining Pol Espargaró at the factory team. The 24-year-old Moto2 rider was already due to step up to MotoGP next year, with KTM’s satellite Tech3 team, but has been promoted to […]

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WORLD RX – WHO WILL WIN?

The lowdown on Killarney’s title showdown This weekend’s FIA World Rallycross title fight is poised to be among the finest racing spectacles ever witnessed in South Africa, as Swedish brothers Timmy and Kevin Hansen and Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud prepare to do battle to decide who is best in the world, right here in Cape Town. […]

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ONE MORE BATTLE FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE AS 2019 NRC REACHES FINAL ROUND

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle seemed to have the 2019 South African National Rally Season neatly tied up after Round 6 of the seven-round championship, but this may no longer be the case, forcing the pair back into battle at the final round, which takes place on 9 and 10 […]

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Andreas Mikkelsen out, Craig Breen in at Hyundai for Rally Australia

  In a move that spells very bad news for the future WRC career of Norwegian driver Andreas Mikkelsen, Hyundai will take Irishman Craig Breen to Rally Australia in his place for the final round of the 2019 World Rally Championship. Rally Australia is a key event for the Korean owned, German based WRC team […]

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DAKAR RALLY CHAMPION AL-ATTIYAH HAS SAFARI RALLY IN PLAN FOR 2020

Multiple Middle East and Dakar rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah revealed his intentions to participate in next year’s Safari Rally. Africa’s most prestigious rally returns to the World Rally Championship after eighteen years. Al-Attiyah made the announcement in a recent interview with WRC TV while in Spain last week. “I wish to do this race because […]

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VICTORY IN PARYS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S LATEGAN/CUMMINGS

VICTORY IN PARYS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S LATEGAN/CUMMINGS A fourth victory in the 2019 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Henk Lategan and navigator Brett Cummings prove themselves as worthy champions. The pair had already wrapped up the title during Round 5 of the six-round series, but once again excelled […]

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FERNANDO ALONSO MAKES FINAL DAKAR PREPARATIONS WITH TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

Fernando Alonso and Marc Coma are making their final preparations for the upcoming 2020 Dakar Rally with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and their entry in the 2019 Al Ula-Neom Cross-Country Rally in Saudi Arabia on November 5-9. The Spanish duo’s latest rally entry comes just one week after a comprehensive two-day private test on the rugged […]

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HYUNDAI SIGN TÄNAK ON TWO YEAR DEAL, NEUVILLE, SORDO AND LOEB ALSO CONTINUE

Hyundai Motorsport have signed newly-crowned FIA World Rally Champion Ott Tänak on a two-year contract, with Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb also staying with the team next season. Tänak, who clinched the title with a round to spare last weekend, will drive alongside rival Neuville in one of the finest line-ups in recent WRC history with Soro and Loeb set […]

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Lewis Hamilton: The greatest of his generation and the greatest of all time?

That Lewis Hamilton made his 2019 Formula One title success — his fifth in the last six years and sixth overall — look like such a procession is testament to his superior racing skills, unmatched by any other driver on the grid. For much of the season, the Briton didn’t even possess the fastest car […]

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SPANISH LEGEND ALONSO SET TO TAKE PART IN ULA-NEOM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Two-time former FIA Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will take part in next weekend’s new Al Ula–Neom Cross-Country Rally, the third round of the exciting new Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship. Organised by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF), under the chairmanship of H.R.H. Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal and supervision of […]

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Hamilton on top of the world after sealing sixth title

Lewis Hamilton wrote his name into the pantheon of Britain’s all-time sporting greats by winning his sixth Formula One World Championship in America. The 34-year-old moved above the sport’s Argentinian godfather Juan Manuel Fangio and within striking range of Michael Schumacher’s record collection of seven after he took the chequered flag in Texas in second […]