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Vinales clinches season-opening victory as Mir misses out on Qatar podium

By Sajith B Warrier Defending MotoGP world champion Joan Mir missed out on a podium finish as Maverick Vinales won the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. Maverick Vinales got his 2021 FIM MotoGP World Championship campaign up and running with a season-opening victory as he charged up from fifth at the Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar. […]

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Di Resta hopes Verstappen-Hamilton controversy sets precedent

Author Adriano Boin The controversy surrounding Max Verstappen’s attempt to pass Lewis Hamilton won’t be going away any time soon. The Red Bull man was forced to relinquish his spot, handing the win to Hamilton. Paul di Resta hopes we see the decision followed for the remainder of the season © Red Bull Content Pool […]

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Marko credits clever Hamilton for halting late Verstappen attack

Author: Jan van der Burgt Co-author:RacingNews365 Staff Max Verstappen put Lewis Hamilton under considerable pressure at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Helmut Marko believes the Mercedes driver used everything in his bag of tricks to keep the Red Bull driver at bay. Max Verstappen thought he had […]

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FORMER CHAMPIONS WIN AS TOUGH MPUMALANGA 400 TOOK ITS TOLL ON THE SPECIAL VEHICLES

The 2019 Special Vehicle Champions, Lance Trethewey and Adriaan Roets, romped to a fine victory in their L T Earthmovers BAT Venom when they won the Mpumalanga 400, the opening round of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that took place at Dullstroom this weekend. It was a case of the survivors taking […]

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LOEB OPENS UP ON ELENA SPLIT

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RED BULL CONTENT POOL WORDS BY STEPHEN BRUNSDON   THE WRC LEGEND ADMITTED THINGS WEREN’T AS SMOOTH AS NORMAL ON 2021 DAKAR BUT THAT WASN’T NECESSARILY ELENA’S FAULT Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb has opened up about his split with long-term co-driver Daniel Elena. The pair announced last week that they would be going […]

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RALLY IN THE 100 ACRE WOOD: Pastrana, Gelsomino top the field

The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood was a show like no other this weekend. With all the rain leading into the race, Thursday’s recce (reconnaissance) and the shakedown before the start were filled with sloppy turns and deep running water over the water crossings. 100AW champs Travis Pastrana and Rhianon Gelsomino get major air […]

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FIA World Rally Championship adds Greece to 2021 calendar

Munich, 26 March 2021 – Greece will return to the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time in eight years after the fabled Acropolis Rally Greece was added to the 2021 calendar today.The gruelling gravel road event forged a reputation as one of the WRC’s iconic fixtures after joining the inaugural season in 1973, […]

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Toyota’s GR Yaris AP4 Is Ready For Rally Racing In Australia

BY BRAD ANDERSON While the new Toyota GR Yaris won’t be competing in the World Rally Championship as the car manufacturer had originally intended, it will be racing in the Australian Rally Championship. The racer has been dubbed the GR Yaris AP4 and came to life thanks to a partnership between Toyota and Neal Bates Motorsport. It is based on […]

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Hamilton out! McLaren boss predicts Verstappen to Mercedes

Author:RacingNews365 Staff Lewis Hamilton’s future past the 2021 F1 season is unclear, with the Brit only signing a one-year deal to stay at Mercedes. McLaren boss Zak Brown believes we’ll be seeing a new driver lineup at the Silver Arrows next season, with Max Verstappen in the mix. Image credit: Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will look […]

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13-Year-Old Ugo Ugochukwu Is America’s Next Great F1 Hopeful

BY JOE SAWARD The son of Nigerian-born supermodel Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi signs with McLaren. Who is this kid? If you were looking for someone who represents the ambitions of Formula 1 10 years from now, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone better than 13-year-old Ugo Ugochukwu, a youngster who may one day cause F1 journalists to […]

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The Adventure Begins – Nine Teams Start the First Extreme E Season

Immediately prior to the start of the spectacular new Extreme E off-road racing series, we finally know for sure which teams and drivers will be taking professional motorsports with electric SUVs to the most remote corners of the world. With the founding of the JBXE team by former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button, the […]

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MotoGP’s Johann Zarco Sets 357.6 Kmph; Highest Ever Top Speed In History

By Surendhar M On the second day of the final MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar ahead of the 2021 season, Ducati’s Johann Zarco clocked 357.6 kmph top speed Johann Zarco set the highest unofficial top speed ever in MotoGP on the second day of the pre-season testing concluded at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar […]

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South Racing Can-Am Team continues to achieve success in FIA Baja events with four teams in top five at Jordan Baja

The South Racing Can-Am Team enjoyed another successful challenge for honours at a Middle Eastern round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, with the team’s four Can-Am Maverick X3s finishing second, third, fourth and fifth in the FIA T4 category behind a fifth South Racing-built machine. Kuwait’s Meshari Al-Thefiri led the way for […]

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Russell replaces IndyCar-bound Grosjean as GPDA director

By Chris Medland George Russell has replaced Romain Grosjean as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) following the Frenchman’s move to IndyCar. “It is an honor and privilege to be nominated director of the GPDA,” Russell said. “I appreciate the support of my fellow drivers in entrusting this role to me and recognize […]

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‘I’m better’ than Hamilton, Verstappen, Vettel and Raikkonen – Alonso

By Chris Medland Fernando Alonso says he is better than the other three world champions still racing in Formula 1, as well as Max Verstappen, as he prepares for his return to the sport at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The double world champion will make his first start since the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand […]

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SEAIDAN SNATCHES VICTORY FROM VAN LOON’S GRASP IN JORDAN BAJA

Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Seaidan took full advantage of his starting position for the final stage to snatch victory away from Dutch rival Erik van Loon at the Jordan Baja. A second outright win in the space of three weeks for the Mini John Cooper Works Rally driver also means that he extends his early season […]

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Fenix Rally 2021: the maiden winners

The inaugural edition of Fenix Rally ended today with a 110 kilometers of last special stage. After 6 days and more than 1000 kms competitive sections, the race is ready to crown its first winners. Tunisia welcomed the brand new project of RBI Sport and Alex Kovatchev with warm hospitality, full support from the authorities […]

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IMPRESSIVE ENTRY FOR MPUMALANGA 400 PREDICTS EXCITING CROSS COUNTRY RACING ACTION AT SEASON OPENER

An impressive entry in the Production Vehicle Category of the Mpumalanga 400 Super Event, the opening round of the 2021 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that takes place on 26 and 27 March in the Dullstroom area, predicts action packed racing on both days of the event where a new race structure is […]

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ARANGIES (ALMOST) ALL THE WAY

by Motorsport Media Charl’s Lamborghini dominates Killarney G&H Extreme Supercars Charl Arangies and his A+ Class Stradale Into Africa Lamborghini Huracan were in devastating form as the Johannesburg driver romped to a triple victory at Killarney’s season-opening Extreme Supercars races in Cape Town over the weekend. Local rival Marcel Angel topped the Balance of Performance GT3 […]

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FIRST BLOOD FOR TGRSA AS VAN ROOYEN WINS IN CAPE TOWN

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA’s Michael van Rooyen drew first blood in the 2021 Global Touring Car (GTC) championship, by winning the opening race of the season. His victory was backed up by fellow Toyota Corolla racer, Mandla Mdakane, who recorded his first podium for the team during the second race at the Killarney International Raceway, […]

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ALL CHANGE FOR HENNIE

by Motorsport Media De Klerk swaps to BMW in Dullstroom as the Dakar prep continues Fresh off his win in the Barberspan 300 Northern Regions off road race in the TreasuryOne Amarok last week, it’s all change for Hennie de Klerk as he swaps to his BMW X3 to compete in this weekend’s Dullstroom 400 […]

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Honda has exceeded 2020 Mercedes engine according to their technical head

Author: Rahul Sharan Honda’s technical head Toyoharu Tanabe believes the Japanese brand’s 2021 Formula 1 engine has surpassed the levels reached by Mercedes in the previous year. With Red Bull and AlphaTauri topping the timesheets during the recently concluded pre-season F1 test, Toyoharu Tanabe, the technical head of Honda says the performance of the Japanase manufacturer’s […]

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Mercedes’ Vowles expects up-and-down title fight with Red Bull

By Chris Medland     Andy Hone/Motorsport Images Mercedes expects the 2021 season to deliver a close championship battle with Red Bull, but while describing its rivals as “the class act from the test,” the team’s motorsport strategy director James Vowles notes there are no points scored for being strong in testing. Red Bull set the […]

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RED-LINED TIME

by Motorsport Media Four-car team set for action in Dullstroom Red-Lined Motorsport in partnership with Penta Motor Group is off to the season-opening South African Cross Country race at Dullstroom 26-27 March with a spring in its step and a new-look four-car line-up. “We are headed to the South African Cross Country Auto season opener in […]

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Fernando Alonso straight up to speed, stimulating Alpine – Brivio

By Chris Medland   Alpine racing director Davide Brivio says Fernando Alonso was quickly up to speed in pre-season testing after two years away from Formula 1, and his motivating impact is being felt within the team. Alonso returns to Enstone — where he won two world championships under Alpine’s previous guise as Renault — following […]

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KAWASAKI KEEN TO CONQUER MODIMOLLE

by Motorsport Media Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing is off to Limpopo Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing is keen to capitalise on its great 2021 South African Cross Country Moto Championship start at the second round at Modimolle in Limpopo Saturday 27 March. OR1 rider D’artagnan Lobjoit and OR3 man Taki Bogiages impressed in KZN first […]

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CROSS COUNTRY WAR IN LIMPOPO

By: motorsportmdia.co.za SA National dirt bike championship heads to Modimolle The South African Cross Country Motorcycle circus heads north to Modimolle in the Limpopo Province, where it will tackle the second round of the 2021 National and GXCC Regional Championships. Local upcountry competitors will be looking for revenge after Natal riders stormed the Jolivet, KZN […]

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If someone dominates for 10 years blame the losers – Capito

by Phillip Horton New Williams CEO Jost Capito believes successful teams in sport should not be punished for their ability and hopes Formula 1 avoids sliding too far towards artificial compromises. Mercedes has won the last seven titles, setting a new record, while Formula 1 is preparing to introduce technical regulations for 2022 aimed at levelling […]

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F1 should stay a “pure sport”, fans don’t want artificial racing – Capito

Written by Dieter Rencken and Keith Collantine Formula 1 risks devaluing itself if it introduces gimmicks which artificially enhance the competition, Williams’ new CEO Jost Capito has warned. Williams has finished last in the championship for the previous three seasons in a row. But Capito does not want to see F1 take steps to artificially increase the competitiveness […]

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Extreme E announces Jutta Kleinschmidt as advisor and championship driver

By RACER StaffExtreme E announces Jutta Kleinschmidt as advisor and championship driver Extreme E has announced the second of its experienced off-road racers who will be supporting the series in advisory roles and be on site as a driver should any of the teams require them during the inaugural season. Jutta Kleinschmidt joins the championship in an […]

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BREEN BOOSTED BY POWER STAGE BONUS HAUL

Craig Breen’s points tally from Arctic Rally Finland’s Wolf Power Stage has given the Irishman confidence to chase more bonus points in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The Hyundai Motorsport driver finished fourth at the Lapland rally, ending on a high with second place in the closing test. He kept a charging Elfyn Evans […]

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Sabine Schmitz, Queen of the Nürburgring and ‘Top Gear’ Host, Dead at 51

BY MARK VAUGHN She had won many times over at the ‘Ring, where she grew up, and also drove the ‘Ring Taxi. Sabine Schmitz, the Queen of the Nürburgring, who won many races at that scary and storied track, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 51. Schmitz literally grew up at the ‘Ring, where […]

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Ford and Neil Woolridge Motorsport launch Development Team for 2021 SA Cross Country Series

Ford South Africa and its long-standing motorsport partner, Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), have joined forces for the 2021 season to run a new Development Team in Class T of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS). This pioneering new initiative will see Wiseman Gumede (42), a workshop delivery driver for NWM for more than a […]

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ADAMO: SOLBERG WILL BE IN WORLD RALLY CAR AGAIN IN 2021

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT WORDS BY DAVID EVANS   AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT, SOLBERG WILL BE BACK AT THE TOP LEVEL – BUT ADAMO WON’T YET REVEAL WHEN Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo has confirmed to DirtFish that Oliver Solberg will be back behind the wheel of an i20 Coupe WRC this year. But he […]

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 100 ACRE WOOD RALLY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VERMONT SPORTSCAR WORDS BY LUKE BARRY   THE AMERICAN RALLY ASSOCIATION HEADS TO THE SALEM WOODS FOR ONE OF ITS MOST ICONIC AND HIGH-SPEED RALLIES It’s time to utter our favorite phrase: it’s rally week! The second round of the 2021 American Rally Association presented by DirtFish National season – the 100 Acre Wood […]

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LOEB AND ELENA SPLIT AFTER 23 YEARS TOGETHER

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MCKLEIN IMAGE DATABASE WORDS BY STEPHEN BRUNSDON   THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP IN WRC HISTORY HAS PARTED WAYS AFTER A TROUBLED 2021 DAKAR RALLY Nine-time World Rally Champions Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena have announced that they are to go their separate ways after 23 years together as driver and co-driver. The Franco-Monégasque pairing […]