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FIA Historic Masters crowns its Champions

The 2019 FIA Masters Champions are Matteo Ferrer-Aza, Martin Stretton, Henry Fletcher, Jason Wright/Andy Wolfe and Chris Jolly/Steve Farthing. Ferrer-Aza is the new post-78 FIA Masters Historic Formula One champion, with Stretton and Fletcher lifting the post-83 and pre-78 titles respectively. Wright and Wolfe took top honours in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Alonso left with “bittersweet” feeling in Morocco

By: Jamie Klein Co-author: Sergio Lillo Fernando Alonso says his run to 26th place overall in the Morocco Rally has left him with a “bittersweet” feeling, as a decision whether he will take part in the Dakar Rally looms. The two-time Formula 1 champion faced the first major test of his fledging cross-country rally career in […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari gains mean Mercedes must ‘extract absolutely everything’

Ferrari’s recent improvements mean Mercedes must “extract absolutely everything” out of its car’s performance if it wants to win the Japanese Grand Prix, according to Toto Wolff. Mercedes finished first and second in Russia, with Lewis Hamilton leading home Valtteri Bottas after Sebastian Vettel’s retirement cost Charles Leclerc the lead. That ended a run of […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Super typhoon risk increasing at Suzuka

A typhoon is likely to hit this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, with Saturday’s qualifying session at risk based on the most recent forecasts. Typhoon Hagibis is projected to make landfall in Japan over the weekend, bringing with it torrential rain and winds at speeds of up to 170mph. Currently categorized as a Super Typhoon, one […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TCR

TCR Europe- Six newcomers for the Monza finale

Just like it happened last year, the TCR Europe final event has attracted half-a-dozen newcomers.Klim Gavrilov (VRC-Team, Audi RS 3 LMS), third classified in TCR Russia with three race wins, is a familiar face, having already joined TCR Europe twice, last year at Barcelona and this year at Spa. The others are making their first […]

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Casey Currie Wins Open SSV Category in 2019 Rallye Du Maroc

Casey Currie and Sean Berriman clinched the overall victory in the Open SSV class in this year’s Rallye Du Maroc with a third place finish on Tuesday’s final stage. With two stage wins and podiums in two others, Currie and Berriman earned the victory by 40 minutes in their biggest tune-up to date for the […]

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VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S DE VILLIERS/HARO IN MOROCCO

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and Spanish co-driver, Alex Haro, won the fifth and final stage of the 2019 Rally of Morocco, sealing their overall victory in the process. The pair took over the lead of the tough event during stage 4 of the rally, and fended off a charge by MINI’s Carlos […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Lamborghini’s First EV Will Be A ‘Mature’ Coupe Design Likely Based On The Porsche Taycan: Report

With the Lamborghini Urus driving sales and its first hybrid, the Lamborghini Sián, out of the way, the Italian supercar maker is looking to introduce a fourth series production model, and it sounds like it’s going to be fully electric possibly built on the Porsche Taycan platform. At least, that’s what was heavily hinted at by Lambo R&D boss […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ford GT to make final factory-backed appearance at Petit Le Mans

The latest chapter in the history of Ford Racing – a gripping true story of triumph more than a century in the making – will be completed at Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12. That’s when the iconic and inspiring Ford GT will make its final appearance as a factory-backed entrant in the IMSA […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

Fully electric touring car on track with Mattias Ekstrom

The World’s first fully electric touring car – the CUPRA e-Racer – has been put through its paces on the track for the first time by official CUPRA driver, Mattias Ekström. The remarkable 670hp electric racer is set to compete in a new ETCR race series in 2020 and has now completed its first full-speed laps […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mercedes to go full throttle to claim championship

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says they will keep their “foot on the throttle” to win the 2019 Formula 1 championship, with the title in sight with just five races remaining on the calendar. Since the summer break, Ferrari have took the most wins, and the plaudits, after claiming victories in Belgium, Italy, and Singapore. Mercedes bounced back with […]

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Red Bull KTM sucessfully complete penultimate stage of Rally du Maroc

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Luciano Benavides have successfully completed stage four of the 2019 Rally du Maroc. KTM Factory Racing’s Laia Sanz and Mario Patrao are also ready to race Wednesday’s final stage. Stage four of the 2019 Rally du Maroc, although cut down from its initial length, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

MAX VERSTAPPEN NOT COMMITTING TO RED BULL BEYOND 2020

The F1 youngster wants to see considerable improvement from his current team Max Verstappen is currently unwilling to commit to Red Bull Racing beyond the length of his contract. Max Verstappen says he currently will not commit to Red Bull Racing beyond the end of his contract. Earlier this year, there were rumblings about a performance-related […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

XE starts first full test running on ODYSSEY 21 car

The prototype car being built for use in the Extreme E electric off-road SUV racing series has had its first day of full testing as part of its development process. The ODYSSEY 21 machine, which was run for the first time in public at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, was driven by World Rallycross drivers Timmy […]

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DE VILLIERS/HARO TAKE OVER LEAD IN MOROCCO, AS AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL RETIRES FROM STAGE 4

 Stage 4 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco was always going to be a tough one. With a race distance of 409 km, shortened to 311 km due to a technical problem with the organiser’s helicopter, the stage was one with hair on its chest. In the end it claimed the scalps of Toyota Gazoo […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

MÄKINEN: ‘GB WIN DOESN’T CHANGE THINGS’

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING BOSS TOMMI MÄKINEN PROMISED A BUSINESS AS USUAL APPROACH TO THE FINAL TWO WRC ROUNDS AS HIS TEAM THREATENS TO SNATCH THE MANUFACTURERS’ WORLD TITLE FROM HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT. Victory for Ott Tänak and fourth for Kris Meeke at Wales Rally GB on Sunday enabled Toyota to slash the Korean squad’s lead from […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS W Series

W Series could link up with F1 in North America

The all-female W Series is discussing a move outside Europe, and a potential North American double-header supporting Formula One races in the United States and Mexico, as part of an expanded second season. Former F1 race winner David Coulthard, who heads the advisory board for the series and is a long-time friend of chairman and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

FIA ramps up plans to simplify WRC class structure

  By: David Evans The FIA is stepping up its efforts to simplify the World Rally Championship’s class structure into a five-tier ladder of progression.Last week’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting agreed on revisions to current regulations in an effort to streamline WRC 2 Pro and WRC 2. This is part of FIA rally […]

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Hard stage at the Rallye du Maroc halfway point

Monster Energy Honda Team The third stage of the Rallye du Maroc continued in the same tough vein as the previous days, with riders having to cope without receiving outside mechanical assistance.Today saw the second part of the Super Marathon stage of the Rallye du Maroc, where riders were left to fend for themselves in […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mercedes deal is one of McLaren’s missing ingredients – Brown

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown believes the team’s upcoming switch to Mercedes power means the right ingredients are in place for his team to win again in Formula 1 after 2021, but warns success won’t come instantly. Brown has brought in a new team principal in Andreas Seidl and a new technical director in James […]

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Tough Glen Helen keeps Lucas Oil Off Road racers on their toes

The regulars in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series faced a new Glen Helen track that proved challenging for many and downright diabolical for others. An altered layout that left drivers no time to rest with six turns and constant features was part of the test. Lots of new dirt formed big ruts and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai Motorsport continues performance push for WRC title

Hyundai Motorsport has announced its participation in the forthcoming Rallylegend and Rally Ciudad de Granada events as part of the company’s push for performance in the final rounds of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In a closely fought season to date, Hyundai Motorsport has claimed three WRC victories and a total of nine […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari’s summer breakthrough: Why the team believes its SF90 concept has been vindicated

  Since Formula 1’s summer break ended, the Ferrari SF90 has looked like a different car, and its results have been similarly transformed. At first it seemed this might be down to a quirk of track configuration. The car hadalways looked good on tracks with plenty of straights where it could unleash the prancing horses, and […]

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Morocco Rally: Sainz wins Stage 3, Al-Attiyah retains lead

By: Sergio Lillo Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the third stage of Morocco Rally on Monday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah finished second to retain the overall lead.  Sainz trailed fellow X-Raid MINI driver Stephane Peterhansel by 1m09s through the first part of the special, before overturning that deficit to a 58-second advantage through the second timed section […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TÄNAK GB WIN: ANALYSIS

ELITE ATHLETES DON’T DEAL IN MAYBE. THE SUPREME MIND IS TUNED TO MAKING THE BEST OF THE HERE AND NOW. LET THAT MIND WANDER, LET IT DREAM AND IT CAN BITE YOU. Ott Tänak allowed himself to dream last year. In the middle of 2018, the Estonian was pretty much down and out in terms […]

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Alonso crashes out of third stage of Morocco Rally

  By: Sergio Lillo Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso crashed out of the Morocco Rally on the third stage of the event on Monday.The Spaniard and co-driver Marc Coma were forced to retire from the stage after breaking the suspension of their Toyota around the 75km mark of Monday’s stage. Alonso hit a hole […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

KALLE ROVANPERÄ SECURED THE WRC 2 PRO WORLD TITLE BY CLAIMING HIS FIFTH VICTORY OF THE SEASON AT WALES RALLY GB ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

The 19-year-old Finn, competing in his first full WRC season, celebrated after leading home Skoda Fabia team-mate Jan Kopecký by 4min 47sec after taming greasy forest roads in north and mid-Wales. Rovanperä led the four-day event initially before a puncture allowed his team-mate into top spot. A similar problem for Kopecký delayed him on Saturday before […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Hansen brothers share wins as TitansRX title fight hots up

Timmy and Kevin Hansen shared the main event victories at the Nyirad Motorsport Centrum in Hungary as top-level rallycross racing returned to the historic track.Coming into this weekend Timmy Hansen was trailing both Kevin Hansen and Topi Heikkinen in the standings, and needed a strong weekend to keep his title hopes alive. He got off […]

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Casey Currie Grabs Lead at Rallye Du Maroc With Win in Second Stage

Casey Currie and Sean Berriman continued their quest for victory at this year’s Rallye Du Maroc with a victory in Stage 2 on Sunday. Not only did the duo win the final weekend stage by three minutes, they also seized the overall lead in the SSV class by a sizable margin with three more stages […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Masterful Marc Marquez claims sixth MotoGP title

There are four rounds of the MotoGP season remaining, but the peerless Marc Marquez has already wrapped up yet another world title.Marc Marquez secured his sixth MotoGP premier class world title with a dramatic victory at the Thailand Grand Prix, as Fabio Quartararo was cruelly denied a maiden race win. Marquez, who has now been crowned champion in six […]

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BRAD BINDER TAKES SECOND PLACE IN AN EXCITING RACE FINALE IN THAILAND

  The Red Bull KTM Ajo wrapped up a great weekend in Thailand with another podium result for Brad Binder, who gained 10 positions in the race and finally finished second after a great move on the last corner of the last lap. The South African rider therefore signed off his sixth podium in eight […]

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 TO PARYS FOR THE FINAL OF THE SA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The sixth and final round of the 2019 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) will take place on 1 and 2 November at Parys in the Free State and although most championship titles have been decided, tantalising racing can be expected as the runner-up positions and final standings still have to be decided. After […]

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HUSQVARNA STORMS THE BAY

A title, a win & podiums all-round in PE Saturday’s Rover Motorcycle Club’s season-ending Winterberg South African National Enduro round proved a huge success for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing with Liqui Moly as William Oosthuizen clinched the 2019 SA 200cc E1 championship by riding home a steady third behind teammate Matthew Green. Pepson Plastics Husqvarna […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally GB WRC: Tanak extends points lead with win

By: Alasdair Lindsay Ott Tanak has strengthened his WRC title bid with victory on Rally GB, scoring a maximum 30 points by topping the Power Stage. Teammate Kris Meeke had led early on Friday morning, with Tanak starting on the back foot after a mistake on the rally-opening Oulton Park superspecial. A storming drive on […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Morocco Rally: Al-Attiyah tops Stage 1, rocky start for Alonso

By: Sergio Lillo Nasser Al-Attiyah holds the top spot in the Morocco Rally after the conclusion of the first stage on Saturday, as Fernando Alonso’s first true cross-country rally got off to a rocky start. The first stage of the five-leg event ran for a shortened distance of 226km, after the opening loop of 103km […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Wales Rally GB: SS18/19: OTT IN CONTROL

OTT TÄNAK PROTECTED HIS DOUBLE-FIGURE LEAD OVER THIERRY NEUVILLE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TESTS AT WALES RALLY GB.The Estonian quickly shattered any thoughts second-placed Neuville may have had of closing the overnight 11.0sec deficit by winning the 10.41km Alwen stage in his Toyota Yaris. He followed up with third quickest in Brenig and returned […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

SATURDAY IN BRITAIN:TÄNAK TIGHTENS HIS GRIP

OTT TÄNAK DELIVERED A DETERMINED SUPER SATURDAY DRIVE TO STRETCH HIS LEAD AT WALES RALLY GB OVER FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RIVALS THIERRY NEUVILLE AND SÉBASTIEN OGIER. The tussle for victory through the wet, muddy and foggy mid-Wales forests echoed the battle for the world crown between the trio, and Tänak had to work […]