MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Evans sweeps to sweet Swedish Rally victory

In fine form, Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin drive their Toyota Yaris WRC to victory in this weekend’s tricky Rally Sweden. This the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship was held in unseasonably warm weather with a distinct lack of snow traditionally experienced for this event. With a cool head, and leading the event from […]

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Toyota’s Elfyn Evans only one stage away from victory

 Toyota’s Elfyn Evans was one stage away from victory in Rally Sweden after doubling his lead over world champion Ott Tanak in Saturday’s second leg. Sunday has only one, 21.19km, Power Stage remaining with the rally shortened due to an unusually mild winter and a lack of snow. Evans, in only his second rally for […]

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Rovanperä leapfrogs Ogier, Evans leads the way

There is no end to Kalle Rovanperä’s ability to turn on the speed. The 19-year-old Toyota Gazoo driver and co-driver Jonne Halttunen shaved off time from their deficit to the leader, and leapfrogged six-times FIA World Rally Championship winners Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia to finish the eighth stage second quickest and move back into third place […]

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Rally Sweden hots up as Evans moves further ahead

Overnight leaders of Round Two of the FIA World Rally Championship’s Rally Sweden Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Gazoo Racing) picked up where they left off yesterday by once more setting the pace over SS6, today’s first special stage. Repeating the four stages contested yesterday, crews will have a better understanding of the tricky conditions and […]

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Sweden WRC: Evans leads Tanak after Friday stages

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans remains in control of Rally Sweden at the end of the opening day after coming through the rescheduled Torsby Sprint stage. Evans dominated proceedings in the morning, winning two of the first three stages to take an eight-second lead into service over his teammate Kalle Rovanpera. The teenager had kept in touch […]

MOTORSPORT HISTORY & STORIES Rally

Evans and Rovanperä move further ahead after SS4 in Rally Sweden

With no snow on this stage, it was tricky going for the FIA World Rally Championship crews on Rally Sweden’s SS4. Changeable grip levels made for nervous and cautious driving from even the bravest crews, but for two crews concentrating on their own driving. This played favourably into the hands of Toyota Gazoo Racing as […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Verstappen comments are ‘a sign of weakness’ says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton laughs off comments from his younger Formula One rivals as ‘a sign of weakness’ after Red Bull driver Max Verstappen made comment that Hamilton only maintained his success due to having superior machinery. Lewis Hamilton sits as statistically one of the greatest drivers ever to compete in Formula One. The outright pole position record holder, Hamilton […]

Motorcycles MOTORSPORT NEWS

King Price xtreme debuts superbike team at Zwartkops

King Price xtreme (KPx) motorsport had their first taste of a tough season ahead for their 2020 Bridgestone Superbikes National Challenge Series team during the season-opening race at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on 2 February. The team consists of Clint Seller, reigning SA Superbike champion, Dino Iozzo, and newcomer Sfiso Temba. Sfiso Temba (front). Image: […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari is in Legal Trouble Over 2020 Formula 1 Car Just Days After Launching It

Back in the older day of Formula 1 and motorsport in general, tobacco companies were some of the biggest sponsors of various teams or sports individuals, but that era is long gone. Formula 1 has been completely free from tobacco advertising since 2007, with most racing circuits banning the display of any tobacco-related ads years […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Tänak strikes at Evans and Toyota on Rally Sweden’s SS3

 The Estonians are back! The popular Finnskogen 1 stage proved to be a happy hunting ground for Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja in their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. This, SS3, was a 20.68km sprint through the forests with road and grip conditions similar to those in SS2 with snow and patches of ice, as well as hard […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

KUBICA JOINS DTM WITH ART GP PRIVATEER ENTRY

Following plentiful speculation, ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will drive in the DTM Series for 2020 with the reputable ART Grand Prix privateer team. Kubica will be in a customer BMW Motorsport M4 DTM, with ART returning to the series it left at the end of 2016 after two seasons of competition in affiliation with Mercedes-Benz. The Pole, who lost his F1 seat with Williams […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

ROVANPERÄ TOPS SWEDEN SHAKEDOWN

Kalle Rovanperä laid the foundations for his Rally Sweden assault by chalking up the fastest time on Thursday morning’s Skalla warm-up test. The young Finn posted a time of 3min57.7sec during his fourth and final pass over the stage, 3.5sec quicker than the similar car of Sébastien Ogier in unusually mild conditions. Elfyn Evans was […]

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NEUVILLE DONATES MONEY TO RALLY SWEDEN VOLOUNTEERS

This year Thierry Neuville will be donating money to charity, with each competition he enters he will give away at least € 2000 euros, however, if the Belgian reaches the podium in the competition, the sum will be doubled and if he wins he will give € 10,000. In conjunction with Rallye Monte-Carlo, where he won, he […]

MOTORSPORT HISTORY & STORIES MOTORSPORT NEWS

A century later, Citroën plans another Sahara crossing – with electric vehicles

In mid-December of 1922, Citroën had what it called “the audacity” to attempt to drive motorized vehicles across the Sahara. The drive south across the African desert to Timbuktu (English spelling of the historic stop on the medieval trading route) covered nearly 1,970 miles and 21 days. On February 5 during the Retromobile collector car […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari fuel system seizure ‘good’ – Surer

Amid rumours of technical trickery or even cheating, the FIA has confiscated the fuel system of Ferrari’s 2019 car. Following two technical directives and raised eyebrows about the power produced by Ferrari’s power unit, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport says the FIA is going to study the layout of the system over the next days. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Toyota to be slowed by over two seconds at COTA

Toyota Gazoo Racing will be over two seconds slower than their Rebellion rivals for the upcoming Lone Star Le Mans round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In a technical bulletin released by the Endurance Committee on Wednesday, the championship-leading #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez will be […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sweden is a Go: High-Speeds, Studded Tyres and Fearless Drivers!

We’ve all done enough reporting on the levels of snow, ice and cold temperatures in and around Sweden over the past weeks. It is time now to talk stage times, tyre grip and high speed jumps. The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship’s second leg takes in Rally Sweden this weekend. It is a special event […]

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M-SPORT’S MILLENER – “IT WILL BE A VERY DIFFERENT EVENT TO WHAT WE’RE USED TO”

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team are packing their gear and heading to the second round of the season at Rally Sweden. After a disappointing season-opener at Rallye Monte-Carlo, they are hoping to deliver stronger results at the only snow event of the year. The team are fielding three cars at this event, with the Finnish […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

All-female ELMS LMP2 crew aiming for Le Mans entry

An all-female LMP2 crew could race at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, Richard Mille Racing revealing that it has requested an entry for its new-for-2020 ELMS-bound ORECA. Richard Mille Racing is set to compete in the European Le Mans Series season this year with an all-female driver crew, confirmed today in the wake of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

VW Amarok is Bakkie of the Year

The VW Amarok 3.0TDI V6 4Motion Canyon is Leisure Wheels magazine’s Bakkie of the Year. The German bakkie, up against nine other double cab bakkies for the crown, scored 90.5% ahead of Ford’s Ranger Raptor (86.3%) and Toyota’s Hilux 2.8GD-6 Legend 50 (85.4%). The new competition format revolves around Average Joe’s bakkie requirements, and not flippant matters […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

SOLBERG READY FOR ŠKODA DEBUT AT RALLY SWEDEN

Oliver Solberg, son of the 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg will be making his debut in the Škoda Fabia Rally2 car this weekend at Rally Sweden, taking on the WRC3 class with factory support from Škoda Motorsport. Oliver made his debut in WRC at Wales Rally GB last season in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 alongside his father […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

‘A world I dreamed of racing in as a kid’ – Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR’s seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson spent Tuesday at Circuit of The Americas doing a bit of window shopping. Set to retire at the end of a long and successful stock car career at the end of 2020, the Californian took a detour from pre-Daytona 500 activities to visit the Texas road course, continuing to […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1: 2020 Chinese Grand Prix abandoned due to coronavirus

April’s Chinese Grand Prix has been scrapped due to the coronavirus outbreak, reducing the 2020 Formula 1 schedule to 21 races. The Chinese Grand Prix was scheduled to take place at Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, April 19, serving as the fourth of an all-time record 22 races on the 2020 Formula 1 schedule. That will not be the […]

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Land Speed Record 1920 Sunbeam 350hp fitted with new gearbox

The British National Motor Museum’s Land Speed Record breaking 1920 Sunbeam 350hp has been fitted with a replacement gearbox to match its rebuilt engine, decades after losing its original gearbox. The ongoing project to restore and preserve Sir Malcolm Campbell’s iconic machine, which set a 150mph World Land Speed Record nearly a century ago, has […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Tundo holds nerve to win Guru Nanak Rally

Nikhil Sachania, the only handicapped drivers in the series, finished in the sixth overall place driving a specially prepared Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10. The Guru Nanak Rally also opened the 2020 East African Rally Championship. Uganda’s Yasin Nasser and his navigator finished eighth. Carl Tundo opened the 2020 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship with a deserved […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari hopes new car will lead to fewer mistakes

 Ferrari team members acknowledged that they need to “learn from mistakes” committed last season as they presented their new Formula One car Tuesday during an elaborate presentation inside an opera house. Team principal Mattia Binotto alluded to costly errors during the Russian and Brazilian Grand Prix races last year due to internal competition between drivers […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Valentino Rossi in no hurry to retire from MotoGP despite losing works Yamaha ride

Italian MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi said Sunday he was in no hurry to retire amid speculation the veteran might quit the sport after several lean years. The seven-time MotoGP champion was previously expected to decide his future mid-year, after being replaced at Yamaha by Frenchman Fabio Quartararo for the 2021 season. But after setting the fifth […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

HYUNDAI’S ADAMO – “WE DON’T EXPECT THIS EVENT TO BE STRAIGHTFORWARD”

Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team is ready to tackle the stages of Rally Sweden this weekend, with a reduced rally featuring only 11 stages due to the mild weather in Värmland, Sweden. The team came home with a fresh start of the season with Thierry Neuville claiming the first non-French victory since 2010 at the world-famous Rallye Monte-Carlo. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Chinese Grand Prix still a go, Mercedes confirm

  Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has confirmed that, for the moment, the Chinese Grand Prix is set to go ahead as planned despite continued world health concerns about the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. As of Tuesday morning, the death toll in China went beyond 1,000 people, with several sporting events, including the scheduled Formula […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

New pole starter for the Daytona 500

On Sunday evening (UK time) NASCAR’s 62nd Daytona 500 will take place at the great Florida tri-oval, with a fresh face on the front row. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. secured his first pole position at Daytona and a third in NASCAR’s premier division on Sunday, on his first appearance for the JTG Daugherty Chevrolet team following a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Sweden’s snowy dilemma

The second round of the 2020 World Rally Championship will go ahead this week, but only just – and with some trepidation. Rally Sweden is the WRC’s only true snow rally, a fabulous event that offers a unique challenge and spectacle. But only when there is actual snow. An unseasonal lack of the white stuff left […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Blyer’s surprise victory wraps up typically brutal KOH week

There is no doubt about the annual King of the Hammers ability to live up to its reputation as the toughest single-day off-road race in the world. In the overall picture, the annual Dakar Rally is much harder as a logistical and mental marathon; but the KOH features painful challenges and a high attrition rate, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton/Mercedes is an ‘obvious pairing’ says Wolff

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said he has no concerns about Lewis Hamilton continuing with the team beyond this season as he feels he can offer the six-time world champion the fastest car. Hamilton’s current contract expires this year, and he and Ferrari openly traded compliments at the end of 2019 when it emerged he […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

DIRTBIKES & CLASSICS STAR

Historics, dirt double top SA race action It was a relatively busy South African race weekend in spite of it still being so early in the new season, as two national and one regional championship got going and an international contingent spiced up the historic race weekend action in Cape Town over the past weekend. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

ALDO’S QUALITY TREAT

Splendid race day opens PE season It was quality that trumped quantity as Algoa Motorsport Club’s hectic race season got off to a cracking start at Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Port Elizabeth over the weekend where smaller fields delivered some spectacular racing ahead of an appreciative local crowd. Nick Davidson got his 2020 Eastern Province […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

ACHIM TAKES TWO

Bergmann, Bogiages star in Lesotho The new Pepson Plastics Motul Husqvarna off road racing team enjoyed a mixed weekend at the unique Live Lesotho Double Header South African Cross Country and SA National Enduro Motorcycle Championships races near Maseru over the weekend. It was a great weekend for the team’s over-30 Senior class rider Achim […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

MOORE SUCCESSFUL

Lesotho off-road festival thrills The past weekend saw both the South African Cross Country and SA National Enduro Motorcycle Championships getting off to a flying start at the unique Live Lesotho Double Header races near Maseru. It was a great meeting for KTM riders, Friday’s Cross Country winner Charan Moore and Saturday’s Enduro winner Travis […]