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Alonso: “If I decide to enter the Dakar again, it would be with high expectations”

Fernando Alonso’s participation in the Dakar Rally might have ended with an underwhelming 13th place finish but the Spaniard has insisted he’s happy with his performance, refusing to comment on any future place at the event. The 2019 Dakar Rally was held in Saudi Arabia and won by Carlos Sainz Sr, the father of F1 […]

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OLIVER SOLBERG READY TO TACKLE THE HILLS OF MONTE CARLO

Oliver Solberg, son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will for first time take on the Rallye Monte Carlo stages, in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 with co-driver Aaron Johnston, backed by Monster Energy. Rallye Monte Carlo is one of the oldest running rallies in the world and dates back all the way to the early days of automotive, […]

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KALLE ROVANPERÄ WINS ON HIS TOYOTA YARIS WRC DEBUT AT ARCTIC LAPLAND RALLY

The opening event of the Finnish Rally Championship, the Arctic Lapland Rally has been completed. As expected, Kalle Rovanperä who made his rally debut in the Toyota Yaris WRC won the unofficial overall event with 3:27.6 minutes over Teemu Asunmaa who won the official event in the SM1 class. “Both of us worked together (Kalle & Jonne) inside the car. […]

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This Lancia Stratos Is Cooler Than Many Ferraris

Spectacular examples of both the original and modern tribute are coming up for auction. Lancia has produced no shortage of legends over the course of its long history, but few can hold a candle to the iconic Stratos. So long is the shadow that it cast that it’s since been revived in a modern tribute that’s been decades […]

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Supercar vs Hypercar — What’s the Difference?

It’s obvious to most anyone that a Corvette or Lamborghini are different than a Corolla. There are many terms thrown around to describe outrageous performance cars. But in the upper echelons of performance, things get muddy; often, we use terms like “supercar” and “hypercar” interchangeably while in practice they are two different types of cars. […]

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Blomqvist joins McLaren for Bathurst 12 Hour

Tom Blomqvist has been named as part of McLaren’s Bathurst 12 Hour line-up alongside Alvaro Parente and Ben Barnicoat. The trio will drive for Australian squad 59Racing, which will pair the all-Pro entry with a Silver class car, the details of which will be announced tomorrow. The race won’t just be Blomqvist’s Bathurst debut, but […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Horner eager to see Hamilton take on F1’s latest talent “wave”

While the two 22-year-olds were powerless to stop Hamilton from securing his sixth F1 drivers’ title last year, they both impressed and earned new long-term deals with their respective teams. Leclerc has committed to Ferrari through 2024, while Verstappen is due to remain at Red Bull until the end of 2023. Though Hamilton’s Mercedes team has dominated F1’s […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SOUTH AFRICANS STAR AT DAKAR

Drivers, riders teams & cars show how it is done While Dakar 2020 will ultimately be remembered for Carlos Sainz senior winning his third race in a third different make of car, Ricky Brabec taking his first bike win and Honda’s first since 1989 and also for the loss of the life of Dakar motorcycle […]

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Alonso, wanting to “regain ground” after the “stumble”

“Everything is well and prepared, looking forward to regaining ground.” That was the first message Alonso sent by ‘Instagram’ after completing the tenth stage with that turnaround that made him lose several pieces of his car and more than an hour. But he took it with philosophy, as evidenced by his smiling pose next to the Toyota. The same one […]

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Brabec clinches maiden Dakar title, Price on podium

Honda’s Ricky Brabec has won the Dakar Rally for the first time while Toby Price claimed a fifth podium in six attempts. Brabec’s margin of victory in the Bikes class is 16:26s after he finished second to Monster Energy Honda team-mate Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo on Stage 12 from Haradh to Qiddiya. The event leader […]

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Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally for X-raid Mini, Alonso 13th

  Carlos Sainz has secured this third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever.Two-time world rally champion Sainz, father of McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr, finished 6m21s clear of reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah after 12 stages. Representing X-raid Mini in this […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

FINNS IN FORDS: DECADES OF SUCCESS

M-SPORT FORD’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ESAPEKKA LAPPI AND TEEMU SUNINEN WILL SPEARHEAD ITS 2020 WRC ASSAULT BRINGS BACK FOND MEMORIES OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS OF FINNS IN FORDS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE COMPETITION. In the WRC’s first season, Ford’s Finns were winning immediately with Timo Mäkinen taking victory at home in the 1000 Lakes Rally and […]

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MEEKE REMAINS IN TOYOTA TALKS

FIVE-TIME WORLD RALLY WINNER KRIS MEEKE HAS ADMITTED HE REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH TOYOTA GAZOO RACING ABOUT A YARIS WRC RETURN THIS SEASON. The Northern Irishman lost his full-time seat for 2020 but says there’s still a chance he could be back in action at some point this year. He said: “I’m still in talks […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Quintanilla cuts into Brabec’s lead

Quintanilla built up a one-minute advantage in the early part of the 379km Shubaytah-Haradh test, but was chased down rapidly by KTM rider Matthias Walkner, who assumed a narrow one-second lead at the 324km way point. But the Chilean rider fought back in the final stretch to the finish line, taking the stage victory by […]

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Peterhansel sneaks 11th stage win in Dakar rally

 Stephane Peterhansel snatched a dramatic 11th stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday when he pipped Nasser Al-Attiyah to the line by just 10 seconds.Frenchman Peterhansel won his fourth stage of this year’s race in his Mini ahead of Toyota’s Al-Attiyah in Haradh, and finished more than eight minutes ahead of overall leader and teammate […]

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DAKAR’S DAY OF DRAMA

Sainz, Brabec in control after shortened stage Dakar 2020 has started to deliver its much-feared sting in the tail following a shortened stage 10 on Thursday that still delivered drama and then some on the road to Shubaytah. While the competitive stage was shortened to 223 of its intended 540km after gale force Arabian Desert […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping the 10th stage, which was suspended before the halfway point. The Haradh – Shubaytah test was due to feature 534 kilometres of timed competition in the Rub’ Al Khali desert, but worsening weather conditions forced […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

LOEB IS BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON WITH HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT

Nine-time FIA World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena are back for their second season with Hyundai Motorsport, sharing the third car together with Daniel Sordo. Loeb is WRC’s most decorated and revered driver, he has amassed nine championship titles in an illustrious career over the past two decades. He made his WRC debut in 1999 at […]

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Tatiana Calderon to become Super Formula’s first female driver in 2020

Calderon signs a deal with the Drago Corse team for the 2020 Super Formula season, switching from Formula 2. Tatiana Calderon will become the first woman to race in the Japanese Super Formula championship after announcing her move into the series for the 2020 season. Calderon, 26, will race for the Honda-powered Drago Corse with […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Porsche motorsport chief ‘sceptical at first’ about Formula E

Porsche motorsport chief Fritz Enzinger has conceded he was “sceptical at first” about the possible success of Formula E, but says it was “love at second sight” following the German manufacturer’s entry to the series. Porsche made its Formula E debut at the 2019-20 season opener in Saudi Arabia in November, recording a podium finish […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

STAGE 10 OF 2020 DAKAR RALLY BROUGHT TO A HALT FOLLOWING NUMEROUS CRASHES

ge 10 was undoubtedly the most eventful of the 2020 Dakar. After a number of crashes, the event was brought to a standstill after 345km.  According to our sources on the ground, the total of six evacuation helicopters are all occupied and the organisers can’t risk another accident happening. Weather conditions are also deteriorating. Roman […]

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DAKAR ON A KNIFE’S EDGE

Dakar 2020 is developing into an absolute epic — not only did Mini star Stephane Peterhansel’s Mini buggy beat Toyota’s Nasser Al Attiyah to a sensational Day 9 win by all of 15 seconds, but Al Attiyah closed to just 24 seconds behind Carlos Sainz Sr.’s second Mini buggy at the top of the overall […]

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Ahead of Its Time: This 1925 Lancia Lambda Torpédo Is Deceptively Modern

BY GRAHAM KOZAK   Packing a V4, independent front suspension and monocoque construction, the Lambda was a revolution. One of the most gratifying aspects of the classic car hobby is, at least for me, how my appreciation for different marques and eras only broadens with time. Experience and exposure enable you to pick up on nuances […]

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SUTHERLAND AND MARTIN WIN FIRST MAURITANIAN STAGE AT AFRICA ECO RACE

Italian Botturi retains reduced motorcycle lead over Ullesvalseter into Chami T4 leaders Bouwens, Boerboom and Driesmans head Martin duo in car and truck section Aussie rider Matt Sutherland and French driver Patrick Martin won their respective motorcycle and car categories on the sixth stage of the 12th Africa Eco Race (Monaco-Dakar) between Arzmeila and Chami […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

How Schumacher set a record 91 F1 wins – and Hamilton drew within striking distance

When Michael Schumacher crossed the finishing line first at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, we knew we had seen one of the last victories of a tremendous career. Just two rounds of the season remained, and Schumacher had already announced he would leave F1 at the end of the year. His eventual return to F1 with […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz’s lead

The three frontrunners of the 2020 marathon benefitted from an advantageous position in the running order for the 476km Wadi ad-Dawasir – Haradh stage, following their respective low-key finishes on Monday. But whereas Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah took full advantage, clocking in first and second at nearly every waypoint, Sainz suffered a costly five-minute loss shortly […]

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Dakar debutant Fernando Alonso impresses to second in Stage 8

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso recorded his best result of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing second behind Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on stage eight.The stage was shrouded in mourning after the death on Sunday of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves. The motorbike and quadbike categories were cancelled for the stage, a 477km loop incorporating […]

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Briatore: Verstappen must ‘learn to keep his mouth shut’

Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore says he is a fan of Max Verstappen but admit the Dutchman must “learn to keep his mouth shut” if he is to become one of the sports elite. Verstappen is never too far from the headlines and, when accusations of Ferrari using illegal practices to increase output from their power unit, it […]

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2020 Dakar Rally speeds across the sands of Saudi Arabia on Stage 8

The 2020 Dakar Rally continued its relentless journey across Saudi Arabia on Stage 8 of the classic desert race. Leads came and went as competitors were forced to navigate a series of dunes amid spectacular scenery. It was another pulsating day of action in the car race with the leading trio even closer together after Stage […]

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Toyota “can’t compete” against Mini buggy’s speed

Toyota claims its Hilux 4×4 “can’t compete” with the X-raid-built Mini John Cooper Works Buggy on the Dakar Rally and that a rule change is needed to level the playing field between the two cars. At the halfway point of the first-ever Saudi Arabia-based edition of the legendary rally-raid, X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC action for the Citroen C3 R5 in 2020

Citroën Racing is to continue competing in the FIA World Rally Championship in association with its leading C3 R5 customers, beginning with this month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and concluding in November in Japan after taking in many of the WRC’s classic fixtures. This stepped up programme with the C3 R5 will see development of the car […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

CENTURY BEATS ALONSO TO DAKAR GOLD

First win for SA team as lead fight tightens Standalone South African race car maker Century scored an upset at Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia when Frenchman Mattieu Serradori stormed to a convincing maiden stage win for the team over double world Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso and the might of Toyota and BMW-Mini aboard the […]

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Alonso felt “frozen” as Dakar competitors react to fatal crash

Goncalves, 40, was contesting his 13th Dakar for Indian manufacturer Hero, and was lying 46th overall as the rally resumed following Saturday’s rest day. During Sunday’s 546km Riyadh-Wadi Al Dawasir test, the Portuguese rider suffered a crash at the 276km mark at 10.16am local time. Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula 1 world champion who is […]

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Motorcyclist Paulo Goncalves dies after crash in Saudi Arabia

Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a crash during the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. The 40-year-old suffered the fatal accident after 276 kilometres (171 miles) of the seventh stage. A statement from organisers said he was pronounced dead in hospital having earlier been found unconscious after suffering a cardiac arrest. “The entire […]

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RED-LINED THROUGH THE DESERT!

Another strong day for Dakar Nissan crews Red-Lined Motoring Adventures enjoyed another good day on the desert in Sunday’s longest 546km stage of Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 from Riyadh along a varied route to Wadi Al Dawasir. The team’s two Nismo-V8-powered Navara V8s powered home to see both cars climbing up the overall order as […]

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BENAVIDES, SAINZ TAKE DAY 7

But Dakar is marred by a tragic news The 2020 Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia has been rocked by the tragic news that Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today’s special stage. The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the […]