DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SAINZ, BRABEC CONTROL DAKAR

World’s toughest race gets to halfway mark Dakar 2020 reached its halfway point as the epic race stormed into Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh Friday evening, ahead of the traditional rest day there on Saturday as Carlos Sainz followed Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel home to consolidate his overall car lead and Ricky Brabec extended his overall […]

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FIRST PICTURES: 2020 FIESTA WRC

M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM UNVEILED AN EYE-CATCHING NEW LIVERY FOR ITS 2020 FIESTA WORLD RALLY CAR AT THE AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SHOW IN BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY MORNING. A largely white design carries highlights of blue and green to represent the team’s close partnership with Ford, as well as increased support from Castrol. The Fiesta won […]

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Peterhansel, Brabec score Dakar Stage 6 wins

Stephane Peterhansel took his second stage win of the Dakar Rally on Friday, completing the desert run from Ha’il to the Saudi capital of Riyadh 1m35s ahead of JCW X-Raid Mini teammate Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard retains a solid lead in the overall standings, however, 7m48s ahead of Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, who finished third […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Lewis Hamilton donates $500,000 to charity to help fight Australian bushfires after more than one billion animals killed

Reigning Formula One world champion has asked his followers to consider what they are doing to impact the world after expressing his ‘devastation’ at the Australian bushfires Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has donated $500,000 (£382,000) towards the relief efforts fighting the Australian bushfires, and has urged his fans to “think about the impact we are […]

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NORWAY’S MADS ØSTBERG WILL BE BACK IN A CITROËN C3 R5 THIS SEASON TO CHASE THE WRC 2 TITLE.

Østberg and co-driver Torstein Eriksen finished second in WRC 2 Pro last year behind runaway winner Kalle Rovanperä. They return in a car run by PH Sport with backing from Citroën Racing. They will tackle eight rounds, beginning with the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo (23 – 26 January). Their programme also includes Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Finland, […]

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2020 Dakar picks up pace over dunes of Saudi Arabia

Former champions both exited and returned to the 2020 Dakar Rally on a wild Stage 5 dominated by sandy terrain. With the Rest Day in Riyadh now just one day away, we’re witnessing world class offroaders assert their authority at the 42nd edition of the world’s toughest rally. A second consecutive stage win was achieved by […]

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DESERT MASTERS IN ACTION

Best Dakar day yet for Bell, McMurran Red-Lined Motoring Adventures’ pair of Nissan Navaras enjoyed a positive day in Dakar 2020’s fifth stage race to Ha’il on Thursday. British Sabertooth duo Thomas Bell and Patrick McMurren delivered their best Dakar day yet as they powered from second last to 33rd on the day, while South […]

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WHAT GOES AROUND…

Tough Dakar day ends up all smiles TreasuryOne Motorsport endured another difficult day in the desert as Hennie de Klerk and Johan Smalberger overcame several scares and challenges to bring their Red-Lined Nissan Navara home 44th on the day to end up 40th overall at the end of the fifth stage of the Saudi Arabian […]

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Fernando Alonso takes a sly dig at Lewis Hamilton over Dakar Rally

Earlier in 2019, 2-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso announced that he would be participating in the prestigious Dakar Rally. However, the Spaniard insisted that his participation in the event is not a mere PR stunt, but a serious attempt to race in one of the most gruelling races. The Spaniard chose to step away […]

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LATVALA AND HÄNNINEN TO ENTER RALLY SWEDEN

Participants have started to apply for the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which will take place in Swedish Värmland and across the border in Norway in mid-February.After the announcement that Latvala will not represent the Toyota works team, the Finnish driver revealed that in this season he hoped to enter five rallies […]

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Fernando Alonso loses more time as injured Sam Sunderland retires from Dakar

British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland has retired injured from the Dakar rally as Fernando Alonso lost more time in the car class. Sunderland, 30, was competing for KTM in the endurance event when he crashed, injuring his back and shoulder. He became the only Briton to win any class in the 42-year history of the Dakar rally […]

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Rallying-Sainz extends his Dakar lead, Sunderland crashes out

  * Mini driver Sainz wins fifth stage to extend lead * Defending champion Al Attiyah second for Toyota * Sunderland crashes out of motorcycle race * Australian Price takes his second stage win Spaniard Carlos Sainz extended his Dakar Rally lead with a second stage win in five days on Thursday while Britain’s Sam […]

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Legends and rookies celebrate on Stage 4 of 2020 Dakar

As the dust settles on a dramatic Stage 4 of the 2020 Dakar Rally, so the leaderboards across all five categories start to take shape. With close to 2,500 kilometres traversed through the stunning landscapes of Saudi Arabia, we’re beginning to see who has put themselves in pole position for glory at the first Middle […]

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BOTTAS AND ROVANPERÄ HEADLINING THE 2020 EDITION OF ARCTIC LAPLAND RALLY

Known by the general public as the Tunturi Rally, the Arctic Lapland Rally has gained some interesting entries this year. Kalle Rovanperä joins Toyota’s factory team for the first time in Rovaniemi in the Toyota Yaris WRC, following tests with the team in France. This year’s 19-year-old rally talent will be driving a full time in the […]

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A DAKAR SUPERHERO IS BORN

     Ross Branch delivers a superhuman ride Most people never knew who Ross Branch was before Monday afternoon, but that all changed when Botswana’s multiple South African cross country champion rode his KTM to a shock Dakar Saudi Arabia second day victory. Branch’s glory was short lived as the Kalahari Ferrari took a tumble, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dutch GP boss: Mercedes F1 quit ‘not unthinkable’

Dutch Grand Prix boss Jann Lammers admits it is ‘not unthinkable’ that Mercedes could quit F1 at the end of the year. With huge regulation changes for 2021, the sort that saw the order shuffled considerably in 2009 and again in 2014, many are predicting that Mercedes would rather leave the sport than risk losing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Africa Eco Race 2020: Stage One Full of Surprises

After a peaceful Mediterranean cruise aboard the SMERALDA FERRY, the caravan of the AFRICA ECO RACE disembarked this morning, Tuesday January 7th in the port of Tangier. It was an incredible welcome that the participants experienced when getting off the boat with a band and especially a humongous breakfast buffet. No need to say that […]

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Dakar 2020: Stage 3 Casey Currie Has Slim Lead In The SSV Class

   The loop-shaped route setting out from the future megalopolis of Neom is a real gem. As it takes the competitors to the verge of the Jordanian border, the rally will include an exploration sequence of canyons and mountains on sandy terrain. On this special, the Dakar will climb it this year’s summit at 1,400 […]

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A GOOD DAY IN THE DESERT

  Red-Lined’s Navaras tame the Dakar Red-Lined Motoring Adventures’ pair of Nissan Navara VK56 racers enjoyed a calmer day at Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia on Tuesday as both cars had a clean day to climb up the time sheets on the loop around Neom. South African pair Hennie de Klerk and Johann Smalberger brought the […]

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SAUDI TREASURE

  De Klerk getting into the Dakar TreasuryOne Racing duo Hennie de Klerk and Johann Smalberger were all smiles after a fine day in the Arabian Desert following an almost problem free third day of the Saudi Dakar 2020. The Pretoria crew brought their made in SA TreasuryOne Red-Lined Nissan Navara home 36th on the […]

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2020 Dakar Rally challenges competitors to find their way back to Neom

The spirit of adventure was in full effect on Stage 3 of the 2020 Dakar Rally as the competitors tackled a 414-kilometre loop around the future megalopolis of Neom. With a perilous mix of canyons, mountains and sandy ground to cover, leaderboards across all five categories were given another major shake up. As the first Saudi […]

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Carlos Ghosn Is Preparing a Tell-All; What Will It Mean for Nissan?

Planned press conference could be damaging to the company and its execs. When former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, under house arrest and staring down two financial-crimes trials in Japan, bolted for Lebanon, he left in his wake dozens of unanswered questions. Investigators are looking into matters such as who exactly planned the Dec. 30 escape, who […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

Surprise! Sony Shows an Electric Sedan at CES

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Sony says it wants to “reimagine mobility as we know it, opening up a new world of mobility using creativity and technology.” If we had a nickel … Now the Tokyo-based entertainment conglomerate says it wants to inspire people and provide greater peace of mind through mobility. Oy. […]

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Topsy Turvy Dakar Stage

  Now Sainz & Brabec pop up on top Dakar 2020 bit hard as the third day’s 427km loop around the future megacity of Neom saw several top competitors exiting a race that continues to seesaw through the Saudi Arabian Desert. It was however a good day for Carlos Sainz and Ricky Brabec, Mini and […]

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The Dakar is back to where it left off 10 years ago!

The Dakar is on fire again. Well almost.  The “new” Arabian Dakar is taking its toll on the competitors. Especially among the favoured drivers and navigators. On Monday, 60km from the start, we saw the the experienced Romain Dumas exit the event after his Peugeot buggy caught fire. Dumas, a three time Le Mans winner […]

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RED-LINED BEATS DAKAR ODDS

Another great adventure for Red-Lined’s Navaras Red-Lined Motoring Adventures’ Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia adventure delivered another epic day on Monday’s second leg to Neom and both of the team’s Nissan Navara VK56s are safely back in the bivouac after a positive, if treacherous day in the desert. “Today proved a huge test for everyone at […]

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OGIER AND EVANS SHARE TOP BILLING

NEW TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SIGNINGS SÉBASTIEN OGIER AND ELFYN EVANS WILL START THIS SEASON AS JOINT NUMBER ONE DRIVERS – WHICH IS JUST THE WAY THE PAIR WANT IT. The Frenchman starts his final WRC campaign hunting a seventh title in eight years, but he’s not chasing preferential treatment over Evans. This will be the […]

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We feared Alonso’s Dakar was over, admits co-driver Coma

Fernando Alonso’s co-driver Marc Coma admits he thought their Dakar Rally “was over” when a wheel was ripped from their Toyota Hilux on Monday’s second stage and was left “30 meters behind us” in the desert. Alonso had been enjoying a “just perfect” run until that point of the stage, but admits he was blinded […]

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Stage 2 at Dakar Rally 2020 challenges convoy on rocky road north to Neom

As the 2020 Dakar Rally moved up Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastline, the pace was increasing out in the dunes. Stage 2 brought the remaining competitors a further 400 kilometres north as they left behind Al Wajh and sped towards Neom. Defending bike race champion Toby Price (AUS) was first off today on account of yesterday’s stage win. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Lewis Hamilton vows to ‘come back fighting’ as he hunts down Schumacher record

Lewis Hamilton is in no mood to slow down as he goes on the hunt to level with Michael Schumacher on seven-world titles. In 2019, Hamilton took his fifth title in six years – can Red Bull or Ferrari provide a serious challenger in 2020? Love him or loath him, Hamilton is one of the greatest F1 drivers […]

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SA Dakar sensation

                   A double Southern African victory! In a sensational second day of Dakar 2020, Southern African competitors Ross Branch, Giniel de Villiers and Conrad Rautenbach took a historic hat trick of podiums in the motorcycle, car and side by side classes. Botswana motorcycle hero and multiple South […]

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Todt: People need to realise level of Mercedes’ achievements

FIA president Jean Todt reckons that people haven’t yet come to realise just how impressive Mercedes’ recent run of success in Formula 1 is.In 2019, Lewis Hamilton won the driver’s championship while the team won the constructors’ championship, which made it their sixth double in a row since 2014. This broke the record previously held by Ferrari, […]