FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

W Series hears its critics, but remains focused on opportunity

W Series has split opinion since its launch last year, but as the countdown to its opening race continues, the opportunities on offer remain its focus. When the new, all-female W Series was announced back in October, it immediately became one of the most divisive topics in motorsport discourse. The concept of a racing championship […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

The Kings of the dust

Racing Dakar Peru South America Adventure Dakar 2019 Dakar Rally Dust This year’s Dakar Rally with its duration of just 10 days looked like a walk in the park, especially when compared to the extra long 2018 edition that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the race with 14 racing days. The critics that year after year continue to make from this race their […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

SÉBASTIEN OGIER AHEAD OF RALLYE MONTE CARLO: “LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS”

Citroen World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier says he wants to “continue his success story” at next weekend’s Rallye Monte Carlo. Defending WRC champion Ogier has re-joined the French team ahead of the 2019 season and has admitted he’s unsure how both he and the car are going to perform as the championship gets underway next weekend. Speaking at the 2019 Autosport International show, Ogier said: “Our target is […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OTT TÄNAK: “WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE TITLE”

Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak has admitted he Is already looking for a title push in 2019.The Estonian driver finished third in the 2018 World Rally Championship after a stunning second half to the season where he took three successive wins in Finland, Germany and Turkey and he is hoping that 2019 will see him again fighting for the overall crown. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Finnish motorsport body begins study into F1 event feasibility

A study is under way in Finland to evaluate the feasibility of hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the country, ostensibly at future MotoGP circuit KymiRing.A press conference was held on Wednesday to outline that 80 per cent of KymiRing, located around 130km North East of the capital Helsinki, has now been built. The […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Lauda discharged from hospital

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has been discharged from hospital in Vienna following treatment for influenza. The Mercedes non-executive chairman underwent a lung transplant in August of last year and has been recuperating since, but was taken ill while on holiday in Ibiza earlier this month. Lauda was admitted to Vienna General Hospital […]

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Abreu wins Wednesday Chili Bowl A Main, Gravel reaches main event

Rico Abreu has a special relationship with the Chili Bowl and he showed again Wednesday night why he’s one of the favorites for the 33rd annual midget classic. The two-time CB winner started second, stalked pole-sitter Cole Bodine for six laps, then grabbed the lead in his Keith Kunz/Pete Willoughby Toyota and ran away with […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Desert dominance crowns champions in four categories at the 2019 Dakar Rally

After 10 stages across the dunes of Peru the best offroad racers in the world have emerged victorious at the 2019 Dakar Rally. It’s been a bumpy ride of over 5,500 kilometres at the planet’s toughest test of motorsports endurance. Now every competitor crossing the finish line is in the mood to celebrate – none more […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

VICTORY!

PISCO, PERU – The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the […]

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KTM’s Price takes second Dakar crown as Quintanilla falls

By: David Gruz Toby Price became the 2019 Dakar Rally champion in the bike category by topping Stage 10, as main rival Pablo Quintanilla suffered a fall while attempting to beat the Australian. Battling with a broken wrist he sustained while training before the event, Price became the first two-time champion to emerge since the rivalry […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Al-Attiyah seals Toyota’s first Dakar win

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy  Nasser Al-Attiyah has claimed a milestone first Dakar Rally win for Toyota in the 2019 edition of the race. Al-Attiyah, who previously won the Dakar with Volkswagen in 2011 and Mini four years after that, switched to driving a Toyota Hilux ahead of the 2017 race. He retired early from his first attempt […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Over a 47-car field for the 57th Rolex 24 At Daytona

On Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET, the green flag will fly over a 47-car field in the 57th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It marks both the start of the IMSA 50th Anniversary Celebration and the beginning of an exciting new era for the sanctioning body and its flagship IMSA WeatherTech […]

MOTORSPORT HISTORY & STORIES MOTORSPORT NEWS

International Passion for Speed events at Zwartkops set to excite

More information has become available about this year’s Passion for Speed motorsport extravaganza at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on February 1, 2 and 3. The international event, to be held for the 18th time, will highlight four periods of motorsport, involving more than 300 cars and some 100 motorcycles. 1964 Ford Galaxie 1965 Plymouth […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dovizioso & Lorenzo, a great future behind them

Ducati is disappointing in MotoGP despite three race wins. The sporting ‘return’ of Jorge has penalised Dovi. Now the pair are to all effect rivals.After the 2017 season and Andrea Dovizioso’s fantastic six race wins, ducatisti the world over expected a real title fight come 2018, but alas it never came. On the contrary, the red bikes’ current season […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Red Bull switch to Honda just what Newey needed

  Red Bull Racing’s switch to Honda power for 2019 has rekindled designer Adrian Newey’s motivation according to the energy drink’s motorsport boss Helmut Marko.Newey was the chief architect of the Milton Keynes-base team’s outstanding period of success between 2010 and 2013, when Red Bull won four consecutive team and driver titles. Thereafter, the design […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

2019 Dakar enters final straight with everything still on the line

(clockwise) Toby Price, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Chaleco Lopez and Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool There was a fair amount of chaos in the Peruvian dunes on the penultimate stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally. For many it was a final chance to claw back some serious time on their rivals. The soft sands […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

CONSOLIDATION FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA AS THE DAKAR BARES ITS TEETH

PISCO, PERU – Stage 9 of Dakar 2019 will long be remembered as a turning point in the race. If not for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, then certainly for the crews trying to catch Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. The Toyota Hilux crew started the stage as the outright leaders, and aimed to […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2019, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah on verge of victory

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Dakar Rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2019 marathon, edging ever closer to a milestone first victory for Toyota. The Qatari bagged his third stage win of the event on a day which caused major problems for Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres – three […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2019, Stage 9: Price takes one-minute lead into decider

By: Jamie Klein KTM’s Toby Price will take a lead of a little over a minute into the deciding stage of the Dakar Rally, after finishing Thursday’s stage just one second slower than chief rival Pablo Quintanilla.The penultimate stage of the Peru-based rally, a loop which started and ended at Pisco, featured a mass start format […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Gasly fires 2019 warning to Verstappen

Pierre Gasly says he has no intention of serving as Max Verstappen‘s number-two driver after swapping Toro Rosso for Red Bull in 2019. The Frenchman’s graduation comes as a result of Daniel Ricciardo‘s move to Renault, the Australian having reportedly grown concerned over Verstappen’s increased standing in the team. Gasly has been under the Red Bull umbrella since […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Peterhansel out of Dakar 2019 in penultimate stage

By: Valentin Khorounzhiy Dakar Rally’s 13-time champion Stephane Peterhansel has retired from the 2019 edition of the event after crashing on the penultimate stage.Peterhansel, who entered Wednesday’s test in fourth place overall, had an incident shortly after the start of the 312km test. His co-driver David Castera, who was teaming up with Peterhansel in place of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

This Lancia Stratos Is Still Getting Dirty and Winning Rallies

With former F1 driver Érik Comas at the wheel, this Stratos won a championship last year. Not bad for a 44-year-old machine.With only around 500 produced, and three World Rally Championships (WRC) to its name, the Lancia Stratos is a true collectible. That doesn’t stop French racer Érik Comas from driving his Group 4-spec car […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Familiar name, familiar team: Mick Schumacher to follow famous father to Ferrari

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula One champion Michael, has reportedly linked up with the Ferrari driver academy.Schumacher, 19, will spend 2019 racing in Formula 2 – the final feeder category before F1 – with leading Italian team Prema. The BBC has reported sources close to Ferrari have confirmed the deal that will see Schumacher undertake two […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Di Grassi wants “wild” Formula E cars with F1-beating acceleration

  Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has urged the championship to set ambitious performance targets with its future regulations.The Audi ABT driver described his vision for the championship to media including RaceFans in Morocco last weekend. He wants to see future Formula E cars out-perform their Formula 1 counterparts in terms of acceleration. “Formula E must be the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Kubica sure experience will help in Williams return

Robert Kubica believes the experience he will bring to Williams will have a major impact on its attempts to recover from 2018, on top of his driving performances.Williams finished bottom of the constructors’ championship last season with just seven points to its name, 26 adrift of Toro Rosso in ninth place. The team struggled with […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Hyundai reveals TCR Veloster

Hyundai and the Bryan Herta Autosport team revealed their new Veloster N TCR race car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The team, which announced in November it was switching from World Challenge competition to IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge for 2019, will field a pair of the 350-horsepower Veloster N TCRs for the […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Familiar faces rise up rankings as quality shows at 2019 Dakar

(clockwise) Sébastien Loeb, Sam Sunderland, Chaleco Lopez and Eduard Nikolaev © Flavien Duhamel/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool With proud records to protect at the Dakar Rally there was a growing sense of ‘now or never’ in the bivouac before stage eight. With the finish line fast approaching, big moves were required to upset the balance of the […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

A STEADY STAGE FOR AL ATTIYAH; HEARTBREAK FOR TEN BRINKE

PISCO, PERU – It was a nail-biting affair when the crews tackled Stage 8 of the 2019 Dakar Rally, a 360 km-long test that saw the rally leave behind the fabled lines of Nazca and return to the coastal town of Pisco. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and navigator Mathieu Baumel […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2019, Stage 8: Brabec out, Price takes over lead

By: David Gruz Toby Price became the new leader of the bike class in the 2019 Dakar Rally despite Matthias Walkner beating him to win Tuesday’s eighth stage, as Ricky Brabec retired with an engine failure.Brabec had a 7m47s advantage as Stage 8 kicked off, but his Honda bike had an engine failure only 56 kilometres […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

Cadillac just revealed the design of its first EV

In a shocking turn of events (pun intended), Cadillac revealed the design of its first electric car during Sunday night’s preview showing of the new 2020 XT6 crossover SUV, whose formal debut took place Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The electric car is a sleek, sexy crossover SUV with a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Audi Sport Customer Teams Celebrate One-Two Result in Dubai

A perfect start for Audi Sport customer racing to the 2019 motorsport season: At the 24-hour race in Dubai, two Audi Sport customer racing teams celebrated the first one-two result of the latest evolution of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 in a major endurance racing event. After 607 race laps, the #88 Audi R8 LMS […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Peterhansel suffers whiplash during Dakar charge

By: Andrew van Leeuwen Stephane Peterhansel was left seeing stars after a nasty landing early in the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally.The Mini driver made decent headway on leader Nasser Al-Attiyah by winning today’s stage, as he moved back into second outright thanks to problems for Sebastian Loeb.   However it wasn’t a painless day […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Gronholm gets Toyota WRC outing in Sweden

By: David Evans Two-time World Rally champion Marcus Gronholm will return to the sport to drive a Toyota Yaris WRC in next month’s Rally Sweden.The car, privately entered by Gronholm, will be run by Toyota Gazoo Racing, but not as part of the factory effort. Gronholm is the joint-most successful driver in the history of Sweden’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

THE LEGEND RETURNS: TOYOTA GR SUPRA MAKES WORLD DEBUT

The all-new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car and the first global GR model to be produced by Toyota GAZOO Racing, has made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.Conceived as a sports car in its purest form, the new Toyota GR Supra builds on […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

The desert challenges keep on coming at the 2019 Dakar Rally

The desert challenges keep on coming at the 2019 Dakar Rally (clockwise) Stéphane Peterhansel, Sam Sunderland, Chaleco Lopez and Dmitry Sotnikov © Eric Vargiolu/DPPI/Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool The first loop stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally had plenty of competitors going around in circles as they tried to find their way back to the bivouac in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Al ATTIYAH/BAUMEL REMAIN IN CONTROL AT DAKAR 2019, WITH THREE STAGES TO GO

SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – Stage 7 of the world’s toughest automotive race, the Dakar Rally, promised to be the harshest of the 2019 edition – and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Dakar truly bared its teeth with a 323 km-long test that saw MINI’s Stephane Peterhansel (France) close the gap to Toyota Gazoo […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2019, Stage 7: Sunderland fastest, Brabec leads again

By: David Gruz Sam Sunderland bounced back from a difficult Sunday to top Stage 7 of the Dakar Rally and take second overall behind Ricky Brabec, who retook the bikes class lead.KTM rider Sunderland struggled with his rear brake in Stage 6 and was 23 minutes off the pace, but the 2017 champion dominated proceedings in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2019, Stage 7: Peterhansel fastest, setback for Loeb

  By: Valentin Khorounzhiy X-raid Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel headed the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally, reclaiming second place overall thanks to a technical issue for Sebastien Loeb.Loeb gave up over half an hour around 50km into the stage to fix an electrical fault, and while his pace was unmatched from then on, it […]