MOTORSPORT NEWS W Series

W Series season up in the air after DTM rescheduling

 Jamie Chadwick’s defence of her W Series title has been thrown into uncertainty by coronavirus and the rescheduling of the German Touring Car (DTM) championship the all-female single-seater series supports. The DTM issued a new provisional calendar on Wednesday with the first half of its season postponed and a tentative start at the Norisring in […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton’s Formula 1 career easier than Schumacher says Briatore – does he have a point?

Former Formula 1 team boss Flavio Briatore has said the achievements of Lewis Hamilton are not comparable to those of Michael Schumacher. Briatore believes the level of competition Hamilton has faced is not even close to the level of the seven-time champion. But does the Italian have a point? Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Mika […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

FIM announces changes to Silk Way Rally

Now, Silk Way will have eight stages in Russia The FIM’s Cross Country Rallies series continues to change in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, with major route changes announced for the Silk Way Rally. The race’s original route had stages travelling through Kazakhstan and China. While Kazakhstan hasn’t been making international headlines over the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

AL-ATTIYAH HAS CONTACTED TOYOTA OVER SAFARI RALLY OUTING

THREE-TIME DAKAR WINNER OFFERS HIS AVAILABILITY FOR WRC ROUND When it comes to off-road driving, nobody has enjoyed more stage rally success than Nasser Al-Attiyah – which is why he’s offering his services to Toyota for this year’s Safari Rally World Rally Championship round. Granted, the Qatari might ‘only’ have three Dakar wins to his […]

INDYCAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Indy 500 postponed to August; Indy GP to run as NASCAR double-header on July 4

The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed from May 24 to August 23 due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The Indianapolis Grand Prix, which normally runs prior to the 500, is now set for July 4, setting up the first-ever IndyCar/NASCAR double-header. It marks the first time in 103 editions of the 500-mile event where the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 to delay next-generation car development

Formula 1 is set to prohibit the development of cars for the next set of technical regulations until next year in order to cut costs during the COVID-19 crisis.A number of initiatives have already been agreed upon, designed to reduce the pressure on teams while the sport is unable to function normally given the global […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Kenya: RWC Closely Monitoring COVID-19 as Safari Rally Preps Continue

The status of the 2020 the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar in the second quarter remains as scheduled with a decision on Rally Sardinia in Italy expected next week after the expiry of the Italian government’s restrictions on sports and other public gatherings on April 4. Rally Argentina, earlier scheduled for April 20 to 23 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

March 24 in NASCAR History: Buddy Baker breaks 200 mph barrier

Earlier this year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole for the Daytona 500 with a qualifying speed of 194.582 mph. That’s fast. But that’s how fast today’s Cup Series cars go on superspeedways with tapered spacers restricting engines. On this day 50 years ago, Buddy Baker got to go really fast. On Tuesday, March 24, 1970, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

ABBRING SWITCHES TO WORLD RX FOR 2020

Former Hyundai Motorsport WRC driver Kevin Abbring from the Netherlands will switch over to the top class of FIA World Rallycross Championship with GC Kompetition. Originally slated for the Euro RX permanent entry lists, he will now focus on some rounds in World RX this season. He will be entering in a newly developed Renault Clio R.S RX as a wildcard […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

2020 TOYOTA 1000 DESERT RACE IN BOTSWANA CALLED OFF

Following a digital meeting with all the Toyota 1000 kilometre Desert Race (TDR 1000) stakeholders on Thursday, 19 March the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event in Botswana was made. The outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, has caused major disruption to societies with numerous events being cancelled or postponed worldwide. “First and […]

MOTORSPORT HISTORY & STORIES MOTORSPORT NEWS

Today: Daimler Buses with battery-electric bus models and fuel cell drive technology

 Benz & Cie. delivered the first bus with a combustion engine on 12 March 1895   Premiere in the scheduled regular service connecting Siegen, Netphen and Deuz .    Combustion engine revolutionised the segment once dominated by horse-drawn carriages and steam buses Today: Daimler Buses with battery-electric bus models and fuel cell drive technology Since […]

Track Racing

Multimatic takes over Mazda DPi program

Mazda has announced that Multimatic Motorsports will take over the Japanese’s manufacturer’s Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program, starting at the next round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship. “With its broad experience in racing operations and race car development, Mazda has now tasked Multimatic with the operation of its flagship racing program,” Mazda Motorsports said […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC postpones Portuguese and Italian rounds

Organisers of the World Rally Championship have confirmed the postponement of planned upcoming rounds in Portugal and Italy. The WRC season began with events in Monte Carlo and Sweden while the Mexican round took place before being truncated as the coronavirus spread worsened. The Portuguese round was planned for 21-24 May while Italy was due […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Marko: ‘It would be best if Max caught the virus now’

Helmut Marko says a lot of things, but no words have been quite so utterly bizarre as him saying the best thing that could happen to Max Verstappen is for him to catch coronavirus. In an interview with Kronen Zeitung newspaper, the 76-year-old was asked a series of questions about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

The Senna legend begins

Ayrton Senna. Three time Formula 1 world champion. The greatest of all time? At 24-years of age, Senna made his Formula 1 debut at the Brazilian Grand Prix, held at Jacarepagua, where he raced for Toleman Motorsport in the TG184. Out-qualifying teammate Johnny Cecotto by two seconds, although only by one position, Senna retired after […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

GTC postpones 2020 season and calls on SA motorsport fans to join the fight against Covid-19

Story by:Reynard Gelderblom Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa, the start of the 2020 GTC Championship and inaugural GTC SupaCup is being suspended. On Sunday (March 16), President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a State of National Disaster due to the increase in infections of the novel coronavirus. This was followed the following morning by […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

BLOCK TO DRIVE M-SPORT FIESTA R5 AT RALLY NEW ZEALAND

Ken Block made his FIA World Rally Championship stage return at Rally Mexico earlier this month in his modernised Ford Escort Cosworth rally car, which ended earlier than expected. Entered in the National class that allowed him to compete with his 90’s car against the top modern WRC and R5 cars but with an restrictor. This was his first […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OLIVER SOLBERG LAUNCHES THE SOLBERG RACE DIRT RALLY 2.0 COMPETITION

Oliver Solberg will later today launch The Solberg Race using the DiRT Rally 2.0 game.The young Norweigan driver plans to use the Argentina rally on the game to let fans compete against both him and other players of the game in the event. Solberg said on the planned esports challenge: “Argentina is one of the events I was really looking forward to […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

THE DAKAR RALLY COULD IMPOSE SPEED LIMITS FOR MOTORCYCLES

The 2021 Dakar Rally motorcycles could be restricted for both speed and power in a quest for safety THE organisers of the Dakar Rally are discussing with the FIM as to whether the future running of the Dakar Rally could see bikes imposed with both power and speed restrictions. The changes have been put on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

There Was One Motorsport Event 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. The rally is held so far out in the trackless desert […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Ricky Brabec clinches his third triumph in the Sonora Rally

RICKY BRABEC DELIVERS STELLAR PERFORMANCE FOR MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM DURING THE WEEKEND IN THE MEXICAN DESERT. Reigning Dakar Rally champion, American rider Ricky Brabec, has retained the top honours with a victory in the Sonora Rally. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider took on the Mexican Sonora Desert on the border of the United States to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SANDRA LABUSCAGNE-JONCK APPOINTED AS A DIRECTOR ON SACCS EXCO

Sandra Labuscagne-Jonck, the 2018 South African National Special Vehicle Navigators’ Champion and the first female competitor in South Africa to receive her Protea Colours, has been appointed to the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) Executive Committee as a director. Labuscagne-Jonck, who competes in the SACCS championship as a driver in the Special Vehicle Category, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SUNRAYSIA SAFARI 2020: A NEW ERA OF “LOCAL LEGENDS” AT THE SUNRAYSIA SAFARI!

September 9-12 will see the fourth edition of the Sunraysia Safari, and in a very exciting announcement, “Local Legends” (the Australian based maker of exceptional Beef Jerky, Biltong and Pork Crackle snacks) have secured the naming rights partnership for the event. Now known as the “Local Legends Sunraysia Safari Rally”, the partnership demonstrates the promotional […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

FIM Junior Motocross World Championship heads to Finland in 2021

Infront Moto Racing has revealed that the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship will be heading to Finland in 2021, as Moto Club Vantaa will host the world’s fastest youngsters in motocross. Located next to the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, 18km from Helsinki and all harbours connected to the Baltic countries and Sweden, the hard-pack Finnish circuit […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Why Formula 1 should consider an 18-month ‘Super Season’

With five of the opening seven Formula 1 grands prix of 2020 postponed and two others cancelled, and with teams running this year’s cars in 2021, it begs the question – should F1 consider an elongated campaign through to the end of next season? The idea of an 18-month season, mooted between GPFans writers following […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

PROJEKT E AND SUPERNATIONAL CLASS TO BE RACED AT WORLD RX OF SWEDEN

The ‘Magic Weekend’ at Höljes in Sweden which will host round 5 of the season on 3-5 July now sees additional two new classes to be run as support races. As the World RX of Russia got cancelled earlier, the all-new Projekt E electric rallycross series got moved to Sweden to host the third round […]

OTHER MOTORSPORT

50 Years of Pro Stock salute: ‘The Professor’ gave lessons in Gainesville dominance

Throughout 2020, NHRA will be celebrating 50 Years of Pro Stock with special exhibitions and features at national events and showcasing the long history of the class on its media channels. Prior to each event on the 2020 schedule, NHRA National Dragster will focus on one Pro Stock moment from the history of the event. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Breaking: Mercedes mulling Formula One departure in 2021

Mercedes-Benz’s may tell Formula One next month that it plans to leave the sport, according to a report Wednesday from Autocar. Autocar and Racefans broke the news, and sources told the publications that the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team may be rebranded as an Aston Martin team and its lead driver and six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could move to Ferrari. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 postpones Dutch, Spanish and Monaco GPs

While Formula 1 acknowledged last week its season was likely to begin in late May, it held off postponing its three races scheduled that month. On Thursday, however, that anticipated step was officially taken. “In view of the continued global spread of COVID-19 and after ongoing discussions with the FIA and the three promoters, it […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Sara Price and Skyler Howes up front at Sonora Rally

It would have sounding outlandish just a week ago. The 2020 Yokohama Sonora Rally presented by Method Wheel has suddenly been thrust toward the spotlight as one of the last big motorsports events in the world for the foreseeable future. Day 3 of this year’s five-day race through Mexico’s Sonoran Desert proved to be a […]

Motorcycles MOTORSPORT NEWS

A Hubless Harley-Davidson Chopper Is One Sure Way to Get Attention

Hubless choppers are one such option. They are futuristic, almost alien-looking custom bikes built by hand around a Harley-Davidson frame, with wild-looking paintwork and at least one spoke-less wheel. Invented by Franco Sbarro and most famously used on the 1989 Sbarro Osmos, the center-less wheel is difficult to make, difficult to maintain and has many […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Howes, Pelayo lead after first two days of Sonora Rally

Of late, the motorsports world at large is increasingly hungry for good news. A cloud of uncertainly hangs like a fog over the immediate future. Today’s piece of good news, however, comes from the beautiful landscape of the Mexican’s Sonora Desert. Event organizer Darren Skilton and his team have managed to move forward with their […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Envision Group reveals ambitious face mask project

Envision Group, the majority owner of the Envision Virgin Racing team, has set up a specialist facility in just 15 days to produce 100,000 face masks a day, and will donate them to areas heavily impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The ‘Envision Smile Manufacturing Centre’ was established in just 15 days and has been […]

FORMULA 1

Opinion: Time for F1 to experiment… if and when 2020 gets going

It is easy to forget that it has been just one month since pre-season testing got underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. At that point the COVID-19 coronavirus had some prominence but it remained a faraway threat that had only derailed the Chinese Grand Prix, potentially threatened Vietnam, and meant that our Chinese colleague wasn’t […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Retrospective: Le Mans only stops for war (and strikes)

With the news that the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be postponed to September amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a question quickly tends to bubble up: has this ever happened before? It’s an intriguing question worth asking: what are the previous occasions the greatest enduro of them all was delayed, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Lexus – The World’s First Tattooed Car Revealed

In a celebration of fine craftsmanship and traditional Japanese artistry, Lexus has commissioned the world’s first tattooed car. This strictly one-of-a-kind interpretation of the UX compact SUV has been designed and created by leading London tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe. Using a pure white car as her “canvas” and a Dremel drill tool in place […]