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Barrichello to join inaugural S5000 round

Rubens Barrichello is the first driver to be confirmed for the next month’s inaugural round of Australia’s new S5000 class at Sandown in Melbourne. Up to 14 of the cars are expected for the event, which marks the return of high-horsepower open-wheelers to the Australian motorsport landscape. “Having been to Australia many times during my […]

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HUSQVARNA’S ZULU THUNDER

Malan, van der Vyver still lead the way Q4 Fuels Husqvarna Racing scored a couple of podiums as its both riders emerged leading their classes from Saturday’s Pietermaritzburg’s fifth round TRP South African National Motocross championship races at Thunder Valley. Local hero and open class MX1 leader Maddy Malan rode to a second and a […]

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Force win No. 150 a highlight of spectacular NW Nationals

John Force powered to his 150th Funny Car win on Sunday, rolling to the milestone victory at the 32nd annual Magic Dry Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals. While Force earned his 150th career win, John Force Racing teammate and Top Fuel rookie Austin Prock picked up his first career win on what was a historic day […]

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SVRA speed tour

The Sports Car Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) rolled into Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past weekend filling the garages with over 300 racing machines reflecting 100 years of history, including the modern Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli. It was a rare display of diversity in automobile design and engine sounds, conjuring up emotions of glory […]

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Rebel Rock Racing Camaro takes Michelin Pilot Challenge win at Road America

It was a finish well worth the wait at Road America in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. After severe weather delayed and consequently shortened the two-hour race to just 75 minutes, it was a battle down to the final lap on Saturday in the Grand Sport (GS) class. On a restart with one lap remaining […]

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Racetrack drama to unfold at Santa Pod’s European Drag Racing finals

Santa Pod Raceway’s European Finals meeting fast approaches, promising a dramatic finish to 2019’s FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championships. Owing to a quirk in the calendar, the first half of the six-race season takes place in monthly instalments, completed last month, but the second half takes place in a flurry, with three races crammed into […]

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Robert Hight wheels his Chevy Camaro to 50th Funny Car win at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Robert Hight captured the 50th win of his Funny Car career at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, winning the event for the second-straight year in the process. The driver of the Auto Club Chevy defeated rival Matt Hagan with an overpowering run and a quicker reaction time to earn his fifth Wally of the 2019 season. […]

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Motorcycles Will Not Take Part in the 2020 Pikes Peak Hillclimb

The decision comes after the death of four-time motorcycle champion Carlin Dunne at this year’s event. The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb issued a statement over the weekend declaring that motorcycles will not take part in the racing event for 2020. The announcement comes after four-time motorcycle champion Carlin Dunne was killed contesting the 2019 title. […]

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Top NHRA Drag Racer Kenny Delco Walks Away From Violent Crash at 196 MPH

He covered the quarter-mile in just 6.9 seconds before losing control. Seasoned pro stock driver Kenny Delco in the National Hot Rod Association’s league was involved in a harrowing crash at this year’s Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Video footage caught his run at the Bandimere Speedway in Denver, but also the moments leading up to the […]

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SA JUNIORS STAR

Young motocross team shines in Italy Three South African team members made it to the finals of the FIM Junior World Motocross Championships at Pietramurata Arco di Trento on Sunday. Camden McLellan rode home to ninth overall in the 125cc World Junior Motocross Championships, while Neil van Der Vyver and Jordan van Wyk ended 18th […]

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PAT DAKIN, 73, NEARLY SCORES NHRA TOP FUEL SHOCKER AT NORWALK

Popular racer has not won an NHRA event since 1973, had not reached final round since 1998 Pat Dakin fell to Steve Torrence in the final round of the NHRA Top Fuel event at Norwalk, Ohio. For the first six races this NHRA season, the Top Fuel class had six different winners. As for the […]

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UAE- Ahmad Daham becomes first Arab drifter to participate in Drift Masters European Championship & Goodwood Festival of Speed

Daham’s custom Lexus RC F Pro Drift spec car unveiled by Al-Futtaim Lexus in the UAE in May makes first appearance in Europe The five-time Middle East drift champion already has over 75 podium wins to his name Ahmad Daham has made history by making his Goodwood Festival of Speed debut this month between 4-7 […]

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What It’s Like When Your Teen Is a Race Car Driver

I’m guessing that a lot of you out there look up to your fathers, and some of you have even followed in their footsteps in some way or another. In which case, you can compare yourselves to 17-year-old Oliver Solberg, son of 2003 World Rally Championship winner and bona fide driving legend, Petter Solberg. Oliver’s […]

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Hagan, Torrence, repeat winners at New England Nationals

  Defending event winners Matt Hagan and Steve Torrence kept their impressive pace going at New England Dragway, both racing to victories on Sunday at the seventh annual NHRA New England Nationals, the 13th of 24 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. Hagan (photo above from earlier in the season) won in Funny Car for […]

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Carlin Dunne death: Pikes Peak race winner killed in crash less than a mile from finish line, aged 36

Four-time Pikes Peak champion was on his way to setting a new fastest motorcycle record at the famous event when he came off his Ducati just a quarter of a mile from the finish lineCarlin Dunne, a four-time winner at the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, has died after a crash at this year’s event, […]

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DON’T COUNT OUT 8-TIME NHRA TOP FUEL CHAMP TONY SCHUMACHER JUST YET

Tony Schumacher hasn’t been in any NHRA Top Fuel races since last year’s season-finale at Pomona.The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hit the halfway point of the 2019 season this past Sunday at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.Yet something — more like someone — is still noticeably missing. Tony Schumacher, the series’ Top Fuel king with […]

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MOTOCROSS TO THRILL GAUTENG

Krugersdorp SA Nationals not to be missed Gauteng race fans can look forward to spectacular motocross action when the fourth round of the 2019 TRP South African National Championship visits Dirt Bronco in Krugersdorp Saturday 6 July with several championship classes poised on a knife’s edge. It could not be closer than in the half-litre […]

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‘MY BACK IS BURNING!’: ERICA ENDERS ESCAPES HORRIFIC CAR FIRE IN NHRA PRO MOD QUALIFYING AT NORWALK

Car erupts in flames after record-setting run of 261.22 mph Erica Enders’ cars burns on the end of the drag strip after a record-setting run on Saturday at Summit Motorsports Park at Norwalk, Ohio. Two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Erica Enders barely escaped a fire in her Chevrolet Camaro at the back end of a […]

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THE FORD GT WILL GO ‘ULTRA-HIGH-PERFORMANCE’ AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Ford is set to add a hotter GT while showing a complete stable of high-performance racing and road cars, too Ford Performance is going big at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 4 with everything in its portfolio and a couple of bonus cars from the racing and rally world. The stunner, though, will be an […]

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Alfa Romeo rides high in the 2019 Bandini Trophy

Since 1992, the prestigious “Bandini Trophy” has been awarded – in memory of the Italian driver Lorenzo Bandini – to people who have produced an outstanding performance in the world of motorsport. This year Antonio Giovinazzi – of the Formula 1 Alfa Romeo Racing team – was awarded the title of best Formula 1 newcomer […]

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S. Torrence, Hight winners at Heartland Nationals

Steve Torrence (photo below) raced to his fifth consecutive race victory Sunday afternoon at the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, facing his father, Billy, in the final round. Robert Hight was also victorious in Funny Car at the 10th of 24 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing […]

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Why Is Drag Racing Called Drag Racing?

Jason Torchinsky I have a lot of respect for the sport of drag racing, partially because I believe there’s a lot more nuance and complexity to it than most people think, and also because I once almost crashed a dragster because I’m a moron. One thing I’ve never fully understood, though, is the name: why is called drag racing? […]

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Goodwood Festival of Speed: Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill and Tom Kristenson the star names revealed for 2019 event

With less than six weeks to go before the 2019 Festival of Speed, Goodwood has announced the first batch of star names who will be appearing on the event’s famed 1.16-mile hillclimb in the cars that helped make them famous. Leading the way is “Mr Le Mans” Tom Kristensen, who has won the French 24-hour race a […]

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Tommy Johnson takes his first on Route 66 Raceway

  Tommy Johnson Jr. piloted his Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to victory for his first win since the Auto Club NHRA Finals in 2017 in an explosive final round at the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) and Matt […]

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LIVING A CLASSIC DREAM

  Lindenberg Racing’s epic European tour South Africa’s international historic racing father and daughter duo, Peter and Paige Lindenberg closed off their International Historics Challenge tour with mixed results in the Bernie’s V8 races at the Brands Hatch American Speed Festival weekend in the south of England over the weekend. The weekend started well for […]

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PRUETT: Ford’s GT decision a harsh reality check

By: Marshall Pruett In the latest episode of endurance racing’s No. 1 drama “What Will Ford Do Next?,” the plot thickens as the Blue Oval finally makes a hard choice after months of indecision. Of the five scenarios for Ford outlined by RACER a few months ago, the prevailing wisdom — in that fleeting moment — had […]

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ALL THE RACE WEEKEND ACTION

South Africans star home and away South African motorsportsmen enjoyed another great weekend of racing at home and away, with the action going down as diverse far and wide as national motocross in Bloemfontein to Monaco Porsche Supercup, Donington British Superbikes to the Nelson Mandela Bay 500 at Aldo Scribante. The third round of the […]

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Route 66 Raceway to kicks off huge four-race NHRA Mello Yello Series stretch

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series powers back to state-of-the-art Route 66 Raceway for the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals on May 30-June 2, kicking off a stretch of four straight races. Drivers want to start this rigorous stretch on an impressive note and the popular track provides the backdrop for a thrilling […]

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Renault Megane RS Trophy R is your new front-wheel-drive ‘Ring record holder

Slide over, Honda Civic Type R, there’s a new front-wheel-drive lap record holder in town. This time, the French are victorious. The 2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy R lapped the 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:40.1 on April 5, which was 3 seconds quicker than the Civic Type R, according to the automaker. Honda’s hot hatch broke the record […]

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Ex-Peugeot Sport Boss Famin to Join FIA in Operations Role

Ex-Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin joins FIA in new operations role… Former Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin will join the FIA in a new operational position within its sporting division.Famin, who has served as the French manufacturer’s motorsports director, will take up the newly created Director of Operations role on July 1. While leading Peugeot […]

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Zwartkops hosts Historic feast

Nostalgia returned to the Zwartkops Raceway in style on Saturday, when the venue hosted a round of this year’s Historic and Inland Championships. A large crowd witnessed close racing, great spectacle and unexpected winners. Topping the programme were two combined races for Pre-1974 Sports and Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars. Ricard Schuhardt (RS Botswana Porsche RSR) […]

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Double amputee Monger wins first race since accident

Billy Monger has claimed his first race victory since the accident which led to the amputation of both his legs two years ago.Monger, 20, returned to single-seater racing last year in British Formula 3 in a specially adapted car. This weekend he was competing in the Pau Grand Prix, which this year is part of the Euroformula […]

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Szymczak/Fassnacht GT4 America SprintX Race 2 winners

Murillo Racing’s Christian Szymczak and Matthew Fassnacht took the overall win in Pirelli GT4 America SprintX series Race 2 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in their No. 34 Mercedes-AMG GT4. Elivan Goulart (No. 27 KRUGSPEED Ginetta G55) took the lead from Szymczak, whose Mercedes had started on the pole, before the end of the first […]

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Spa World RX: Timerzyanov takes maiden win

Triple European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov claimed a career-first world championship victory at Spa’s inaugural World Rallycross event. The Russian driver started on the second row of the grid for the final at Spa, but led after the opening corner when pole-sitter Andreas Bakkerud ran rallycross returnee Joni Wiman wide into Turn 1, having made […]

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Drivers from 11 countries on GT World Challenge CTMP entry list

Drivers from 11 countries piloting GT3 machinery from six of the world’s top automakers are entered for this weekend’s Blancpain GT World Challenge America double-header at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. PRO: Near the season’s midpoint, both the driver and team battles in the Pro division are heating up. Leading the latter is K-PAX Racing, its No. […]

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SA RACERS STAR AROUND THE WORLD

2 & 4-wheel heroes deliver home & awayNational racing dominated the SA racing headlines while several international competitors did the business overseas this past weekend. Sheridan Morias was part of the WEPOL Yamaha team that ended fourth in the Slovakian FIA World Motorcycle Endurance 8 Hour, while fellow South African Kawasaki World SSP300 duo, Dorren […]