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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Prodrive see hard work pay off with debut win

Prodrive’s new VW Golf SCRC rally car has won the Longyou Rally in China on its competition debut this weekend. Chris Atkinson and Stephane Prevot, driving for the FAW-VW Rally Team, finished the event more than five minutes ahead of their nearest rivals, which included works teams in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Atkinson competed in […]

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GB COUNTDOWN: THE CHALLENGE

The final round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship this weekend always poses a big challenge thanks to its combination of complex forest stages and the notoriously lively Welsh weather. The forests of north and mid-Wales are characterised by their fast, muddy, slippery nature and form some of the most technical and demanding stages […]

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‘Top Gear’s’ Tanner Foust Named Red Bull GRC Fan Favorite Driver

Top Gear co-host Tanner Foust finished his “day job” on a high note, taking home the Royal Purple Fan Favorite Driver Award for Red Bull Global Rallycross the day after he placed sixth in the series’ final race in Las Vegas.Tanner, wrapping up his first season with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, was named Fan Favorite for […]

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Kaltenborn attacks F1 ‘agenda’

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has suggested there is “an agenda” in Formula One to drive the small teams out of the sport and create an elitist system.head of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix the paddock at Interlagos was awash with rumour and speculation regarding F1’s future in light of the breakdown in talks on Saturday […]

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A SPECTATOR FRIENDLY FINALE TO CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The final race in this year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the Atlas Copco Gold 450 on the West Rand on November 28 and 29, will be a spectator friendly event with a route that will be familiar to regular competitors in the series.   With a number of championships still up for grabs, particularly in […]

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BELA-BELA COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND NEW SPORTING EVENT IN WATERBERG

The newly appointed Mayor of Bela-Bela, Councillor Lucas Nhlapo, who is also the Vice President of the South African Football Association, will officiate at the start of the new Bela-Bela Motor Rally, at the recently completed Bela Mall in Limpopo on Friday, November 21 when he flags away the first competitor in the final national […]

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Elliott becomes NASCAR’s youngest champion at 18, takes Nationwide title

Chase Elliott became the youngest champion in NASCAR history on Saturday when he wrapped up the Nationwide Series title at Phoenix International Raceway.The 18-year-old rookie is the youngest driver to win a title in any of NASCAR’s three national series. He broke the mark set by Brian Vickers, who was 20 when he won the […]

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Bernie Ecclestone refuses handouts for F1’s smallest teams, pushing Force India, Lotus and Sauber to the brink

 Formula One was on the verge of civil war just hours before the Brazilian Grand Prix, as the three smallest teams told they can walk away from the sport, with the biggest squads set to fill the depleted grid.Force India, Lotus and Sauber were told by Bernie Ecclestone in a tense meeting on Saturday night […]

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The Final Countdown To World Championship Action

The legendary Welsh forests are ready to welcome a capacity and star-studded 160-car entry into Wales Rally GB, the 13th and final round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.     Building on the huge success of last year’s event, this year’s spectacular rally features a slightlymore compact three-day route. It compromises 23 competitive […]

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Toyota grab another victory in the 2014 World Endurance Championship

Toyota delivered another perfect result in Shanghai on Sunday, scoring their second successive one-two finish to extend their lead over Audi in the 2014 World Endurance Championship. Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi followed up their win in Fuji two weeks earlier to post their fourth victory of the season in the No8 car, taking their […]

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ERC: ‘More than dream win’ for Sarrazin in Corsica

Stephane Sarrazin wins the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship finale in Corsica and becomes the ninth different winner from 11 rounds in this year’s ERC . Stephane Sarrazin won Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse on Saturday, the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship finale, following a thrilling battle for top spot with fellow French Ford Fiesta RRC […]

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SKODA DRIVER LAPPI IS EUROPEAN CHAMPION

ŠKODA has secured the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) title* for the third time in a row. Despite Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) being unable to finish the season finale on Corsica, the works drivers are the champions of the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings. Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) also have reason to celebrate; coming second in […]

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Wilsons plot Pilot deja vu

Twenty years after Malcolm Wilson won the British Rally Championship in these colours, Matthew Wilson will return the iconic Michelin Pilot livery to the woods next week.The Fiesta RRC Wilson Jr will drive on Wales Rally GB has been given an identical colour scheme to the one his father used in a two-year deal on his […]

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Marquez brothers make MotoGP history at season-ending race in Valencia

 The Marquez brothers Marc and Alex made motorcycling history Sunday with a double triumph in the final round of the season in Valencia.Marc, who had already wrapped up a second straight MotoGP crown, set a new record for wins in a season with his 13th, while his 18-year-old younger brother clinched the Moto3 crown. It […]

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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Rosberg holds off Hamiton in thrilling race

Nico Rosberg held off team-mate Lewis Hamilton for a crucial victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix after a race-long battle at Interlagos. Having led away from pole, Rosberg seemed set for a comfortable victory when Hamilton spun at Turn 4 when pushing hard during the second pit stop period, but Hamilton closed a gap of over […]

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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Rosberg snatches dramatic Brazil pole

Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix by just 0.033s right at the death of a dramatic qualifying session. While Rosberg had been quickest in all three practice sessions and both Q1 and Q2, Lewis Hamilton responded in the face of a serious challenge from Williams to take provisional pole with his final […]

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We will fight tooth and nail – Volkswagen prepared for battle at the rally classic in Wales

An open battle at the final rally of the year: Volkswagen duos Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) go into the Rally Great Britain with one common goal – victory. The destinations of the World Championship titles and the top three places in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ competition […]

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WRC TV audience rises by 35 per cent in 2014

Global TV interest in the FIA World Rally Championship continues to increase during the 2014 season.New figures issued by sports marketing research company Repucom for the first 10 rounds of the championship, up to and including Coates Hire Rally Australia, show a large rise in both audience and broadcast time compared with 2013. Total audience […]

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Lategan second on Rally Waldviertel after three stages

Driving a Skoda Fabia S2000, South Africa’s Henk Lategan was in second overall on the Rally Waldviertel, after the first three stages. The event is the final round of the FIA European Championship and also a round of the Austrian rally championship. Lategan was 1.4 seconds behind Alexey Lukyanek in a Ford Fiesta R5. The […]

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ERC – Sarrazin sets pace in Corsica qualifying

 Driving a Ford Fiesta RRC, Stephane Sarrazin took 1m 28.7s to complete the 2.64-kilometre test, which was held in damp conditions following light rain and placed a focus on tyre strategy. Drivers could choose softer compound Michelin or Pirelli tyres, which were optimal for the conditions, or select harder covers in order to save their […]

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Kajetanowicz and Baran set the pace on Qualifying Stage for Tour de Corse

  In qualifying before their first outing in this rally Kajetanowicz and Baran went quicker by 0.7 second than runner-up Stephane Sarrazin, former French rally champion. Final round of FIA European Rally Championship begins with ceremonial start today at 8:00 PM. The first special stage (of eleven) gets underway tomorrow morning at 8:31.   On […]

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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Race preview

Under normal circumstances, Lewis Hamilton’s 24-point lead would leave him on the brink of securing his second drivers’ championship heading in to this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, but this is not a normal season. Hamilton has been in scintillating form as he has reeled off five victories in a row, but the championship will be […]

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MotoGP Valencia: Marquez ponders record 13th, best luck to brother

Valencia will be a big weekend for the Marquez family, with double MotoGP champion Marc aiming to conclude the season with a 13th win while younger brother Alex fights Jack Miller for the Moto3 crown. “Records are always another motivation but I know that this weekend will be difficult,” said Marc, who drew level with […]

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Lopez to consider future in F1

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez is to consider his long-term future in Formula One if drastic changes are not made to resolve the sport’s latest financial crisis.Lopez, along with Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya and Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, threatened a boycott of the the United States Grand Prix unless the sport’s overlords addressed the […]

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Mikko Hirvonen to retire from WRC

.Mikko Hirvonen will retire from the WRC following next week’s final round of the season at Wales Rally GB (13 – 16 November).Following speculation over his 2015 plans, the 34-year-old Finn confirmed today (Thursday) that he will bow out after 13 seasons at the top. Hirvonen plans to devote more time to his family after […]

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Team MRF aiming for perfect APRC finish

Team MRF will be hoping to complete the perfect season at this weekend’s China Rally Longyou when they aim for their sixth win from six starts in the 2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). With Czech driver, Jan Kopecky, clinching the 2014 APRC driver’s crown at the previous round, he and team-mate, Gaurav Gill (India), will be […]

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Joni Wiman captures 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross title in Las Vegas

Needing a second-place finish in tonight’s Red Bull Global Rallycross final at The LINQ in Las Vegas to capture the 2014 championship, rookie Joni Wiman got the job done with a runner-up performance behind race winner and title rival Ken Block.Wiman, driver of the No. 31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST, did not earn a […]

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Two years after his last Grand Prix win, could this be last Brazilian race for Jenson Button?

While the rumor mill keeps churning and the Formula One paddock waits with baited breath to hear of McLaren’s 2015 driver lineup, we could well be witnessing Jenson Button’s final Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.If the team signs Fernando Alonso as has long been speculated, either the 2009 World Champion – the last driver not […]

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WEC: Lotterer admits Audi’s title prospects aren’t healthy

Audi’s hopes of notching up a hat-trick of World Endurance Championship drivers‘ titles are now “unrealistic”, according to Andre Lotterer.The German, who with teammates Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler is the closest challenger to points leaders Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, believes that the Toyota duo “have the title in the bag” after scoring their fourth […]

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WRC faces another 2015 plan FIA veto

By David Evans: AutoSport The FIA World Motor port Council could veto  the World Rally Championship Commission’s proposal for the 2015 WRC running order. Plans for a radical revamp of the WRC format were recently abandoned after failing to garner FIA support. An adjustment to the running order regulations remains on the agenda, with a proposal for […]

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ALL-NEW BELA BELA RALLY SIGNALS END OF 2014 SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2014 South African National Rally Championship comes to a close with the all-new Bela Bela Motor Rally in Limpopo Province on November 21 and 22. Appropriately, in what has been an absorbing pot boiler of a championship, spread over eight rounds and six provinces, the 10-special stage two-day finale will be centred on the […]