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BUGATTI’S ONE-OFF AT GENEVA IS A $12 MILLION, TYPE 57 SC ATLANTIC HOMAGE

And of course, it’s already sold The Geneva auto show is always good for a few of the fastest, most insane supercar reveals. This year is no different: We’ve seen the Pininfarina Battista already, there’s something coming from Koenigsegg later, but here we have the latest from Bugatti. This one is called La Voiture Noire, and it cost one person […]

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NASCAR CUP AUTO CLUB RACE RESULTS: KYLE BUSCH SCORES 200TH NASCAR VICTORY

Recovering from a pit road speeding penalty with the help of a timely caution, Kyle Busch collected his 200th NASCAR national series victory with a dominating win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. At the same venue that gave Busch his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in 2005, the driver of the […]

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Competition Ramps Up for Classic Conqueror Title at 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

Every automotive enthusiast has a special car they have dreamed about from a young age, and usually aspire to drive or own. Whether it was the fleeting sight of an evocative Jaguar E-Type speeding past, hearing the thundering roar of the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40, or growing up with an iconic Porsche 911 in the […]

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BARRY MCKENNA WINS 100 ACRE WOOD RALLY AFTER SUBARU STRUGGLES

Barry McKenna has won the 100 Acre Wood Rally, the second event of the American Rally Association national championship, beating the favourites from the factory Subaru team in the two-day event. The Irish driver ended the first day second overall, but won three stages and moved to the fore after reigning series champion David Higgins […]

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MPUMALANGA 400 DELIVERS FAVOURABLE RESULTS FOR TITLE DEFENDING TEAMS 

The 2019 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) started on a high note for all the teams who managed to finish the Mpumalanga 400, the opening round that took place at Dullstroom this weekend. Competitors not only scored their first points of the season, but five bonus points were added to their tally the moment […]

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Stuart smashes Tony Martin’s 35 year old mark

South African Investchem Formula 1600 champion cut a significant notch in his belt on Saturday, when the teenager broke the all-time Killarney International Raceway lap record to write his name into the books alongside the likes of Jim Clark, John Love and Dave Charlton. White powered the mighty Maui Ginetta-Corvette to a quickest lap of […]

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SUPER START FOR RED-LINED

Dullstroom adventures bear fruit all-round Red-Lined Motorsport’s 2019 South African Cross Country adventure kicked off to a brilliant start with an overall podium and a full house of finishes for its four privateer Nissan Navaras at the Mpumalanga 400 around Dullstroom over the weekend. The team that concentrates more on the adventure than the prize, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Valtteri Bottas beats Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win Australian GP

Valtteri Bottas has rediscovered his joy of driving and it has had immediate success as he led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in a 1-2 finish at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Mercedes was a hot favourite to win in Melbourne after dominating every practice session and qualifying on the first weekend of the season. It […]

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SURPRISING START FOR CITROËN

CITROËN TOTAL WORLD RALLY TEAM’S IMPRESSIVE START TO THE 2019 SEASON HAS EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS, ACCORDING TO TEAM PRINCIPAL, PIERRE BUDAR. Sébastien Ogier’s victory on the Rally Guanajuato México gravel stages ensured the French squad – which is relying on an all-new driver pairing this year – continued its strong start to the campaign after Ogier […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Toyota Gazoo Racing confirms 2019/2020 WEC entry

Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed that they will return to FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2019/2020 season. The current front runners in the FIA World Endurance Championship are set to return with a pair of TS050 Hybrid LMP1 cars, although their driver lineup remains unconfirmed at this time. Fernando Alonso’s further involvement with the […]

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MotoE will go ahead in 2019

Dorna Sports has confirmed the MotoE World Cup will go ahead as planned in 2019, after a major fire at Jerez destroyed much of the electric MotoGP support series’ paddock. In the early hours of Thursday morning, a blaze broke out in the MotoE paddock at Jerez and destroyed all 18 Energica Ego motorcycles and charging infrastructure. […]

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Williams unable to drive over kerbs – Kubica

Robert Kubica revealed that he was prevented from driving the Williams car over kerbs during practice for the Australian Grand Prix due to fears over costly damage being done to the beleaguered FW42. Kubica and George Russell finished slowest on Friday, a huge margin away from the next slowest cars. Russell’s best lap time was […]

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HUSQVARNA POISED TO DELIVER

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing is gearing up for a full attack on the 2019 South African National Enduro Championship, starting with the tough WFO New Hanover Enduro Saturday 23 March in a three-bike attack comprising 2018 riders William Oosthuizen and Matt Green joined by the returning Brett Swanepoel. Oosthuizen is 100% ready for the New […]

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David Perel: Achieving a lifelong dream – 2019 Season announcement

Ever since primary school I have been telling anyone who was willing to listen that I wanted to be a racing driver. It was all I thought about and nothing else made sense besides going around in circles at a race track. When I left high school I assumed that I would simply jump on […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

What Whiting meant to F1

“A pillar of our Formula 1 family.”“One of its most loyal and hard-working ambassadors.”“A central and inimitable figure in Formula 1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport.” “Charlie’s contributions to F1 go beyond measure and his loss leaves a huge void.” It’s no exaggeration to say Formula 1 has lost one […]

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Alonso smashes Sebring lap record to claim pole

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Fernando Alonso set the fastest-ever lap of Sebring International Raceway this evening during the FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying session. The Spaniard, driving the No. 8 TS050 HYBRID, set a blistering 1m40.124s in the first half of the 20-minute session before handing over to Kazuki Nakajima, who set a 1m40.513s to […]

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Automobilist Launches Commemorative Formula 1® 1000th Grand Prix™ posters

•    To commemorate Formula 1’s 1000th Grand Prix – held in Shanghai in April 2019 Automobilist has created a unique set of officially licensed posters for Formula 1® •    The bespoke posters will showcase the legacy of Formula 1 racing, marking its 1000th Grand Prix in Shanghai, China on April 14, 2019 •    Both design posters […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

FIA vows to act on artificial WRC jumps after Mexico

The FIA has promised to take action about artificial jumps on World Rally Championship following the controversy on Rally Mexico last week. The opening Guanajuato spectator stage was cancelled after a metal jump was damaged and started to throw the cars into the air at unexpected angles. FIA rally director Yves Matton said the incident had […]

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MIKKELSEN VOWS TO REGAIN SEAT

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN HAS VOWED TO REGAIN HIS PLACE IN HYUNDAI’S ASPHALT RALLY LINE-UP AFTER BEING AXED FOR THIS MONTH’S CORSICA LINEA – TOUR DE CORSE (28 – 31 MARCH). Mikkelsen admitted the manufacturer’s decision to field sealed surface experts Dani Sordo and Sébastien Loeb alongside lead driver Thierry Neuville at the Mediterranean island classic was […]

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AUSTRALIAN F1 GRAND PRIX PREVIEW: FINALLY TIME FOR TEAMS TO SHOW THEIR HAND

All eyes on Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel as season kicks off on Sunday Formula 1 returns with the traditional curtain raiser in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, and there are more than a few reasons to be excited — not just for the Australian Grand Prix, but for the 2019 season as a whole. For the past […]

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Motorsport: Paddon unveils 2019 plans

Missing out on the World Rally Championship (WRC) has forced New Zealand rally driver Haydon Paddon into coming up with a multi pronged rally programme for 2019. The Geraldine native raced in seven of 13 WRC events for Hyundai last year year finishing eighth on the drivers championship and he was confident he’d done enough […]

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Electrified Range Rovers plug into the South African model line-up

The new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have taken major steps toward the future of motoring with the addition of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain options, and both variants are now available in South Africa.  Both models are badged P400e in reference to their respective power outputs of 404PS (297kW), and both combine a 221kW […]

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The FIA’s director of Formula 1 Charlie Whiting has died in Melbourne at the age of 66.

Whiting suffered a pulmonary embolism and died on Thursday morning at the start of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, the FIA announced in a statement. Whiting was an extremely recognizable face in the F1 paddock, having been race director since 1997. “It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing,” FIA president […]

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Partying made me drive better – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen believes he drove better when he was enjoying a party lifestyle in Formula 1 because it increased his levels of concentration. The Finn gained a notorious reputation for drinking and partying between races earlier in his career, something that continued when he returned to the sport in 2012 with Lotus. As revealed in […]

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Porsche at the WEC and IMSA long-distance races in Sebring/USA

Porsche faces a huge sporting challenge. From March 13-16, the GT teams of the sports car manufacturer from Weissach field four works vehicles in two long-distance races at Sebring (USA). Two of the ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR will race over more than 1,000 miles at round six of the Sports Car World Endurance […]

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Volkswagen plans 22 million electric vehicles in ten years

The Volkswagen Group is forging ahead with the fundamental change of system in individual mobility and systematically aligning with electric drives. The Group is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years – instead of the 50 previously planned. As a result, the projected number of vehicles to be built […]

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Drift Driver Daigo Saito to Drive the Toyota GR Supra

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing sponsors drift driver Daigo Saito who will drive the GR Supra*1 at the Monster Energy presents D1GP All Star Shoot-out to be held in Odaiba, Tokyo for a couple of days, March 23 and 24. Saito, internationally known as a professional Japanese drift driver, has competed in the D1 Grand Prix*2 since 2004, […]

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FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS COUNTRY BAJA: MECHANICAL WOES HIT ZUBAIR-KUWARI HARD IN DUBAI BAJA RALLY

Omani driver Abdullah al Zubair and his AZ Racing teammate Nasser al Kuwari endured a frustrating second round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Baja season at the Dubai International Baja in Dubai, UAE, as the duo ended sixth in its class and 22nd overall. Going into the event second in the standings […]

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Thrilling new stage set for Manateq Qatar International Rally

Officials at the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) are putting the final touches to a ground-breaking new start to this weekend’s Manateq Qatar International Rally, round one of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. A later than usual start is planned at Souq Al Wakrah to draw in spectators for an exciting new super […]

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Why Ducati’s new part has enraged its MotoGP rivals

While the protest against Ducati at the Qatar Grand Prix was quickly dimissed, it’s easy to see why its MotoGP rivals are appealing the decision. The case centres around a winglet on the bottom of the Ducati, in front of the rear tyre, that was trialled by factory rider Danilo Petrucci and then used by […]

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Regional Extreme Festival event thrills large Zwartkops crowd on 9 March 2019

The opening round of this year’s regional Extreme Festival series fully entertained a large crowd at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday.Top billing on the day belonged to the Mobil 1 V8 Supercar brigade, with 14 drivers on the startline.    Franco di Matteo (Deltec Jaguar XKR) won race one from Mackie Adlem (Adlem Auto Jaguar XKR), Terry Wilford (Fuchs […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Schumacher boys “need more time” to develop

Ralf Schumacher believes that his son, David, and the son of his brother Michael, Mick, need more time to develop as drivers and as people before they are to make an impact within Formula 1, despite Mick already having joined Ferrari’s driver academy. The grand prix winner has joined the Sky Deutschland team as the […]

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MISSION KZN ACCOMPLISHED

Husqvarna trio meets Jolivet objectivesThe misty and verdant green hills of KwaZulu Natal greeted Pepson Plastics Husqvarna to the opening round of the South African Cross Country Moto championship at Jolivet on Saturday as the team laid the foundation to its racing year ahead. SA Dakar hero raced to third overall and third in the […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA TO TAKE ON DULLSTROOM 400 WITH THREE-CAR TEAM

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA will be taking on the Dullstroom 400, Round 1 of the 2019 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) with a three-car team. In a recent move, former Special Vehicle champion, Shameer Variawa, has joined the team in a third Class FIA Toyota Hilux. He will race alongside experienced co-driver Juan Möhr in […]

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Troubled Rally Mexico to go ‘back to basics’ says event director

By David Evans The boss of Mexico’s World Rally Championship round has promised to take the event “back to basics” for 2020 after this year’s troubled event.The Leon-based rally, now in its 15th year in the championship, had become a standard-bearer in terms of layout and spectator education. But this year it was heavily criticised, […]

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Tatiana Calderon completes maiden F1 run with Sauber

Sauber tester Tatiana Calderon received her first taste of Formula 1 machinery at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Tuesday.Calderon, 25, has been affiliated with Sauber since the start of last year and for 2018 stepped up to the role of test driver. Sauber stayed on after the Mexican Grand Prix for a day of tyre […]