MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Subaru Clinches North American Rally Cup for Marques

Subaru has officially clinched the North American Rally Cup for Marques based on all North American rally event results. Nathalie Richard has also clinched the North American Rally Championship for co-drivers with her combined results among Canada Rally Championship events and Rally America Championship results. Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) has announced that the Subaru brand […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula E isn’t competing with F1: Chandhok

  Bengaluru: Former Hispania Racing Team and Lotus F1 driver Karun Chandhok, who competes for the Mahindra Racing in the Formula E series, said that the electric racing championship was not intended to supplant Formula One. “Formula One is the pinnacle of motor sports and nothing can replace it,” said Chandhok, who finished fifth in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

MacCachren/A. McMillin/Voss ‘Rockstars’ earns Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck win at 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Running their game plan to perfection, a desert racing ‘dream team’ of Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, San Diego’s Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, of Gilroy, Calif. rolled like Rockstars, overcoming a brutally-rugged 1,275-mile course and over 200 challenge, driving to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory Friday at the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Mikko Signs Out In Style

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen brought their FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) careers to an end in style today – securing second place at Wales Rally GB. The Finns were locked in an intense battle for the final podium positions throughout the weekend. Ultimately however, their speed, experience and determination saw […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

WRC Wales Rally GB: 50-50 if I stay in WRC, says Kubica

Robert Kubica still non-committal on future plans, says it is 50-50 between staying in the WRC and going back to circuit racing…Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica says his future in the WRC remains uncertain, with the likelihood of him returning next season 50-50. Kubica, who took the WRC2 crown last season in his first […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sebastian Vettel considered QUITTING Formula 1 after slamming grand prix racing’s V6 turbo cars

Sebastian Vettel has slammed Grand Prix racing’s V6 turbo formula. And as he waits to announce his future at Ferrari, the German revealed he considered quitting the sport before he signed up for Maranello. Outgunned by Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo and unable to come to terms with his race machine he admitted: “Of course, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

Five Citroëns on the grid in 2015, López, Muller and Loeb stay on

There will be five Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs on the grid in the 2015 FIA World Touring Car Championship season, with 2014 champion José María López, four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller, and nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb staying in the three factory cars. Sébastien Loeb Racing will join the Championship and will run a two-car satellite […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Final Round of National Rally Action for Volkswagen Sasolracing Team

The Volkswagen Sasolracing rally team enters the final round of the 2014 SA National Rally Championship on a strong footing, having achieved second place at the Polokwane event. For the final round the team will travel to Limpopo to compete in the Bela-Bela Motor Rally on Friday and Saturday, 21 and 22 November. The Bela-Bela […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Davidson and Buemi jubilant after FIA WEC title win

 Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi have made no secret of their happiness after winning the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers’ title in Bahrain yesterday.Despite finishing only 10th in the 6 Hours of Bahrain at Sakhir, Davidson and Buemi were both crowned champions after the Audi #2 car of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler could only […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier untroubled in Rally GB lead

Sebastien Ogier will restart today’s final leg with a 58.1sec advantage in his Volkswagen Polo R after any pressure evaporated when team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala slid into a ditch in the opening stage and lost more than three minutes. Latvala’s mistake left Mikko Hirvonen, Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg in a titanic fight for second. They […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hirvonen bounces back to reclaim second

Mikko Hirvonen regained second place in Wales Rally GB as fierce three-car battle with Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg took more twists in Saturday’s afternoon’s opening two stages.Østberg’s hold on the position disappeared as he left the mid-leg service in Deeside when he was handed a 10sec penalty for checking in late at the start […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier comfortable in Rally GB lead

 Sebastien Ogier completed Saturday’s opening loop of speed tests at Wales Rally GB with a comfortable lead in his Volkswagen Polo R.He completed the fan-friendly Chirk Castle parkland stage with a 1min 10.1sec advantage, the Frenchman relaxed after the pressure on his lead was removed in the morning’s opening test when team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala slithered […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Østberg piles pressure onto Hirvonen

With Sebastien Ogier holding a comfortable lead in Wales Rally GB, attention turned to the intense three-car battle for second in Saturday morning’s first pass through the Aberhirnant and Dyfnant special stages.Mads Østberg was the man on the move, the Citroen DS3 pilot second fastest in both tests to overhaul Kris Meeke for third and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Robert Kubica tames the Welsh forests

RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica made a steady start to the FIA World Rally Championship’s final round. Wales Rally GB is renowned as one of the series’ most difficult fixtures and the Pole made the most of the experience – gradually taming the Welsh forests and gaining vital knowledge of some of the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Renault not interested in going back to V8 says Wolff

Toto Wolff has hit back at claims F1 is heading into a spending war because of Mercedes’ attitude amid the engine ‘unfreeze’ debate.Christian Horner, the boss at Renault works team Red Bull, said in Brazil that because dominant Mercedes is not helping F1’s struggling suppliers to catch up, the entire cost-limiting freeze could be ended […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala crash hands advantage to Ogier

Jari-Matti Latvala’s victory bid at Wales Rally GB ended in Saturday morning’s muddy opening stage when he went off the road into a ditch and dropped more than three minutes. The Finn, who restarted today just 6.6sec behind Volkswagen team-mate Sébastien Ogier, made a mistake 6.8km into Clocaenog East and was lifted back onto the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Caterham says it is racing in finale

 The Caterham Formula 1 team will race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix thanks to its crowdfunding scheme, the squad has announced.Administrator Finbarr O’Connell had said earlier on Friday that he was “90 per cent confident” the team would be competing in the season finale. Just moments after that, the team declared in a statement […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

The Ogier and Latvala Show: one-two for Volkswagen in Wales

* Eight special stages, eight stage wins for the Polo R WRC * 4:4 between WRC rivals: Ogier and Latvala put on grand finale * Mikkelsen/Fløene set to start under Rally2 regulations on Saturday Four stage wins for the world champion*, four for this year’s runner-up in the World Championship – Volkswagen drivers Sébastien Ogier […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier heads Latvala in Rally GB duel

Sebastien Ogier held a slender lead over Jari-Matti Latvala after the Volkswagen duo dominated Friday’s  slippery opening leg of Wales Rally GB. Both claimed four stage wins and although Ogier was never headed, he was unable to shake off his Polo R colleague and led by 6.6sec after eight muddy forest speed tests covering 145km […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala narrows Ogier advantage

Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala traded fastest times as Wales Rally GB returned to Gartheibiog and Dyfi forests to begin Friday afternoon’s loop, but the Finn emerged the happier of the duelling Volkswagen drivers. He was 5.7sec quicker than Ogier through Gartheiniog, and although the Frenchman took 3.4sec back in Dyfi, Latvala reduced his deficit […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bernie Ecclestone believes it’s pointless for F1 to a chase a new younger audience

Bernie Ecclestone believes it is pointless for Formula 1 to chase a new younger audience of fans as the sport’s blue-chip sponsor roster is a bad fit for such a target market. In a wide-ranging interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific magazine, Ecclestone was quizzed on some of the off-track issues that have dominated the season – […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier stays in charge in GB

World Champion Sebastien Ogier ended Friday morning’s slippery opening loop of Wales Rally GB with a 9.5 sec lead over Volkswagen team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala. Although Latvala responded to Ogier’s opening blast with fastest time in Hafren Sweet Lamb, the Frenchman made it three wins out of four with quickest time in Maesnant to reach remote […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

INGRASSIA WINS MICHAEL PARK ‘BEEF’ TROPHY

World champion co-driver Julien Ingrassia has been chosen as the winner of the Michael Park ‘Beef’ Trophy for 2014. The trophy is awarded annually in memory of Michael, who died in a tragic accident during Wales Rally GB in 2005 while co-driving for long-term partner Markko Märtin. Michael is much missed by the entire FIA […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier sets early pace in Wales, Mikkelsen retires

Sebastien Ogier took the early lead of Wales Rally GB after posting fastest times through this morning’s opening two special stages in Gartheinoig and Dyfi.The newly-crowned world champion was 4.5sec faster than Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen in the opener and 4.3sec up on Jari-Matti Latvala in Dyfi to hold an 8.9sec advantage over […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Schumacher’s family: We remain confident

Michael Schumacher’s family say they “remain confident” over the seven-time F1 World Champion’s future, but have given no further details about his rehabilitation.Schumacher was initially admitted to Grenoble Hospital after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps last December. It was announced in June that he was no longer in […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

New Africa Developments out in force on 2014 Tara Rally

Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman, reigning Total Tara Rally champions, will head to Namibia in a fortnight to defend their crown. Their New Africa Developments Ford Fiesta S2000 will be first down the start ramp in Rehoboth on November 27, kicking off the 46th running of what is always a varied and multi-faceted three-day […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Eight Mini All4 Racing To Compete In The 2015 Dakar Rally, Joan ‘Nani’ Roma Aiming To Defend His Dakar Title

Less than two months ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (3-17 January) X-raid, supported by MINI, has revealed its line-up for the 37th edition of the world’s most famous long-distance rally. A total of eight MINI ALL4 Racing with driver crews from ten countries will take on the ultimate motorsport adventure of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Mikkelsen fastest at GB shakedown

Andreas Mikkelsen led a Volkswagen clean sweep of the fastest times at Thursday morning’s Wales Rally GB shakedown in a muddy Clocaenog Forest. He was fastest through the 3.32km test in a Volkswagen Polo R from world champion Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who were tied on time 0.3sec behind. Both Mikkelsen and Latvala recorded […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mercedes F1 teammate feud still alive headed into Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

With only the Abu Dhabi double-points showdown to run, Nico Rosberg nibbled back into title rival Lewis Hamilton’s now 17-point lead with victory in Brazil. “Obviously I had a big mistake in the mid part of the race,” said championship leader and favorite Hamilton, referring to his spin. German Rosberg, however, who started from pole, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

MEDALS, EXPERIENCE FOR TEAM SOUTH AFRICA AFTER SIX DAYS OF ENDURO RACING IN ARGENTINA

The members of the two South African enduro motorcycle teams who represented the country at the 89th International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) that took place at San Juan in Argentina (3 – 8 November 2014), have returned with three medals and lots of experience they will apply when returning to this gruelling global event in […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Robert Kubica: I could have been F1 world champion – but in one day everything disappeared

Polish driver many were tipping for the top reflects on the rallying accident in 2011 that forced him to rethink his whole career..A week on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will hurtle away from a starting grid in Abu Dhabi, fighting to the last for the Formula One world title. Four years ago, most […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Bathurst 12 Hour Adds Brabham, Bentley, Flying B Racing

The three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, double American Le Mans Series champion and 1997 Bathurst 1000 winner raced a Bentley prototype at Le Mans in 2003, finishing second, and has a long affinity with the brand. Brabham will share the Flying B Racing Bentley with two drivers from this year’s winning Ferrari – car […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ahmad named patron of Dubai International Rally

   Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE National Olympic Committee. will be the patron of the 36th Dubai International Rally scheduled from November 27-29.Making the announcement on Tuesday, Mohammad Bin Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the rally organisers, said: “The Dubai Rally is […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Wales Rally GB: Neuville keen to end Hyundai season on a high

Thierry Neuville says he is looking to score a strong result on the Wales Rally GB to ensure Hyundai a positive end to its World Rally Championship comeback campaign. The Korean manufacturer returned to WRC competition in 2014 with the i20 hatchback – 11 years after its last World Rally outing – and quickly established itself […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Zwartkops the final challenge

The Comsol VW Challenge returns to the Zwartkops circuit west of Pretoria for the final round of the 2014 championship on Saturday, 15 November.While the championships have been decided there will be no shortage of on track action. Class A and overall champion James Hurley (The Starter Pack Company Polo) will almost certainly resume his […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

ARC title eludes Essa

MOHAMMED Essa yesterday failed to reclaim the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) title after finishing second at the Madagascar International Rally in Antananarivo. Gary Chaynes of Ivory Coast was crowned African champion despite finishing a disappointing 11th position. Essa, who was navigated by Gareth Dawe, clocked 3:05:33 hours to finish second overall but his impressive performance […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WTCC Macau: Loeb: Macau closest thing to rallying…

Sebastien Loeb suggests the demanding Macau street circuit represents the closest thing he will get to rallying during track racing as he prepares to make his WTCC bow there. The nine-time World Rally Champion will bring the curtain down on a successful first full season of track racing in Macau, the Frenchman acquitting himself successfully […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hirvonen hoping to bow out on a high

Mikko Hirvonen is hoping he can usher in his retirement from the World Rally Championship with a successful final race at Rally GB.The Finn announced he would be leaving the sport last week in order to spend more time with his family. A four-time runner-up in the championship, Hirvonen achieved his second podium of the 2014 season with […]