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STAGE 10 OF 2020 DAKAR RALLY BROUGHT TO A HALT FOLLOWING NUMEROUS CRASHES

ge 10 was undoubtedly the most eventful of the 2020 Dakar. After a number of crashes, the event was brought to a standstill after 345km.  According to our sources on the ground, the total of six evacuation helicopters are all occupied and the organisers can’t risk another accident happening. Weather conditions are also deteriorating. Roman […]

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DAKAR ON A KNIFE’S EDGE

Dakar 2020 is developing into an absolute epic — not only did Mini star Stephane Peterhansel’s Mini buggy beat Toyota’s Nasser Al Attiyah to a sensational Day 9 win by all of 15 seconds, but Al Attiyah closed to just 24 seconds behind Carlos Sainz Sr.’s second Mini buggy at the top of the overall […]

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Ahead of Its Time: This 1925 Lancia Lambda Torpédo Is Deceptively Modern

BY GRAHAM KOZAK   Packing a V4, independent front suspension and monocoque construction, the Lambda was a revolution. One of the most gratifying aspects of the classic car hobby is, at least for me, how my appreciation for different marques and eras only broadens with time. Experience and exposure enable you to pick up on nuances […]

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SUTHERLAND AND MARTIN WIN FIRST MAURITANIAN STAGE AT AFRICA ECO RACE

Italian Botturi retains reduced motorcycle lead over Ullesvalseter into Chami T4 leaders Bouwens, Boerboom and Driesmans head Martin duo in car and truck section Aussie rider Matt Sutherland and French driver Patrick Martin won their respective motorcycle and car categories on the sixth stage of the 12th Africa Eco Race (Monaco-Dakar) between Arzmeila and Chami […]

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How Schumacher set a record 91 F1 wins – and Hamilton drew within striking distance

When Michael Schumacher crossed the finishing line first at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, we knew we had seen one of the last victories of a tremendous career. Just two rounds of the season remained, and Schumacher had already announced he would leave F1 at the end of the year. His eventual return to F1 with […]

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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz’s lead

The three frontrunners of the 2020 marathon benefitted from an advantageous position in the running order for the 476km Wadi ad-Dawasir – Haradh stage, following their respective low-key finishes on Monday. But whereas Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah took full advantage, clocking in first and second at nearly every waypoint, Sainz suffered a costly five-minute loss shortly […]

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Dakar debutant Fernando Alonso impresses to second in Stage 8

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso recorded his best result of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing second behind Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on stage eight.The stage was shrouded in mourning after the death on Sunday of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves. The motorbike and quadbike categories were cancelled for the stage, a 477km loop incorporating […]

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Briatore: Verstappen must ‘learn to keep his mouth shut’

Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore says he is a fan of Max Verstappen but admit the Dutchman must “learn to keep his mouth shut” if he is to become one of the sports elite. Verstappen is never too far from the headlines and, when accusations of Ferrari using illegal practices to increase output from their power unit, it […]

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2020 Dakar Rally speeds across the sands of Saudi Arabia on Stage 8

The 2020 Dakar Rally continued its relentless journey across Saudi Arabia on Stage 8 of the classic desert race. Leads came and went as competitors were forced to navigate a series of dunes amid spectacular scenery. It was another pulsating day of action in the car race with the leading trio even closer together after Stage […]

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Toyota “can’t compete” against Mini buggy’s speed

Toyota claims its Hilux 4×4 “can’t compete” with the X-raid-built Mini John Cooper Works Buggy on the Dakar Rally and that a rule change is needed to level the playing field between the two cars. At the halfway point of the first-ever Saudi Arabia-based edition of the legendary rally-raid, X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr […]

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WRC action for the Citroen C3 R5 in 2020

Citroën Racing is to continue competing in the FIA World Rally Championship in association with its leading C3 R5 customers, beginning with this month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and concluding in November in Japan after taking in many of the WRC’s classic fixtures. This stepped up programme with the C3 R5 will see development of the car […]

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CENTURY BEATS ALONSO TO DAKAR GOLD

First win for SA team as lead fight tightens Standalone South African race car maker Century scored an upset at Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia when Frenchman Mattieu Serradori stormed to a convincing maiden stage win for the team over double world Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso and the might of Toyota and BMW-Mini aboard the […]

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Alonso felt “frozen” as Dakar competitors react to fatal crash

Goncalves, 40, was contesting his 13th Dakar for Indian manufacturer Hero, and was lying 46th overall as the rally resumed following Saturday’s rest day. During Sunday’s 546km Riyadh-Wadi Al Dawasir test, the Portuguese rider suffered a crash at the 276km mark at 10.16am local time. Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula 1 world champion who is […]

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Motorcyclist Paulo Goncalves dies after crash in Saudi Arabia

Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a crash during the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. The 40-year-old suffered the fatal accident after 276 kilometres (171 miles) of the seventh stage. A statement from organisers said he was pronounced dead in hospital having earlier been found unconscious after suffering a cardiac arrest. “The entire […]

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RED-LINED THROUGH THE DESERT!

Another strong day for Dakar Nissan crews Red-Lined Motoring Adventures enjoyed another good day on the desert in Sunday’s longest 546km stage of Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 from Riyadh along a varied route to Wadi Al Dawasir. The team’s two Nismo-V8-powered Navara V8s powered home to see both cars climbing up the overall order as […]

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BENAVIDES, SAINZ TAKE DAY 7

But Dakar is marred by a tragic news The 2020 Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia has been rocked by the tragic news that Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today’s special stage. The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the […]

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SAINZ, BRABEC CONTROL DAKAR

World’s toughest race gets to halfway mark Dakar 2020 reached its halfway point as the epic race stormed into Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh Friday evening, ahead of the traditional rest day there on Saturday as Carlos Sainz followed Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel home to consolidate his overall car lead and Ricky Brabec extended his overall […]

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FIRST PICTURES: 2020 FIESTA WRC

M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM UNVEILED AN EYE-CATCHING NEW LIVERY FOR ITS 2020 FIESTA WORLD RALLY CAR AT THE AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SHOW IN BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY MORNING. A largely white design carries highlights of blue and green to represent the team’s close partnership with Ford, as well as increased support from Castrol. The Fiesta won […]

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Peterhansel, Brabec score Dakar Stage 6 wins

Stephane Peterhansel took his second stage win of the Dakar Rally on Friday, completing the desert run from Ha’il to the Saudi capital of Riyadh 1m35s ahead of JCW X-Raid Mini teammate Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard retains a solid lead in the overall standings, however, 7m48s ahead of Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, who finished third […]

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Lewis Hamilton donates $500,000 to charity to help fight Australian bushfires after more than one billion animals killed

Reigning Formula One world champion has asked his followers to consider what they are doing to impact the world after expressing his ‘devastation’ at the Australian bushfires Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has donated $500,000 (£382,000) towards the relief efforts fighting the Australian bushfires, and has urged his fans to “think about the impact we are […]

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NORWAY’S MADS ØSTBERG WILL BE BACK IN A CITROËN C3 R5 THIS SEASON TO CHASE THE WRC 2 TITLE.

Østberg and co-driver Torstein Eriksen finished second in WRC 2 Pro last year behind runaway winner Kalle Rovanperä. They return in a car run by PH Sport with backing from Citroën Racing. They will tackle eight rounds, beginning with the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo (23 – 26 January). Their programme also includes Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Finland, […]

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2020 Dakar picks up pace over dunes of Saudi Arabia

Former champions both exited and returned to the 2020 Dakar Rally on a wild Stage 5 dominated by sandy terrain. With the Rest Day in Riyadh now just one day away, we’re witnessing world class offroaders assert their authority at the 42nd edition of the world’s toughest rally. A second consecutive stage win was achieved by […]

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DESERT MASTERS IN ACTION

Best Dakar day yet for Bell, McMurran Red-Lined Motoring Adventures’ pair of Nissan Navaras enjoyed a positive day in Dakar 2020’s fifth stage race to Ha’il on Thursday. British Sabertooth duo Thomas Bell and Patrick McMurren delivered their best Dakar day yet as they powered from second last to 33rd on the day, while South […]

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WHAT GOES AROUND…

Tough Dakar day ends up all smiles TreasuryOne Motorsport endured another difficult day in the desert as Hennie de Klerk and Johan Smalberger overcame several scares and challenges to bring their Red-Lined Nissan Navara home 44th on the day to end up 40th overall at the end of the fifth stage of the Saudi Arabian […]

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Fernando Alonso takes a sly dig at Lewis Hamilton over Dakar Rally

Earlier in 2019, 2-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso announced that he would be participating in the prestigious Dakar Rally. However, the Spaniard insisted that his participation in the event is not a mere PR stunt, but a serious attempt to race in one of the most gruelling races. The Spaniard chose to step away […]

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LATVALA AND HÄNNINEN TO ENTER RALLY SWEDEN

Participants have started to apply for the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which will take place in Swedish Värmland and across the border in Norway in mid-February.After the announcement that Latvala will not represent the Toyota works team, the Finnish driver revealed that in this season he hoped to enter five rallies […]

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Fernando Alonso loses more time as injured Sam Sunderland retires from Dakar

British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland has retired injured from the Dakar rally as Fernando Alonso lost more time in the car class. Sunderland, 30, was competing for KTM in the endurance event when he crashed, injuring his back and shoulder. He became the only Briton to win any class in the 42-year history of the Dakar rally […]

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Rallying-Sainz extends his Dakar lead, Sunderland crashes out

  * Mini driver Sainz wins fifth stage to extend lead * Defending champion Al Attiyah second for Toyota * Sunderland crashes out of motorcycle race * Australian Price takes his second stage win Spaniard Carlos Sainz extended his Dakar Rally lead with a second stage win in five days on Thursday while Britain’s Sam […]

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Legends and rookies celebrate on Stage 4 of 2020 Dakar

As the dust settles on a dramatic Stage 4 of the 2020 Dakar Rally, so the leaderboards across all five categories start to take shape. With close to 2,500 kilometres traversed through the stunning landscapes of Saudi Arabia, we’re beginning to see who has put themselves in pole position for glory at the first Middle […]

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BOTTAS AND ROVANPERÄ HEADLINING THE 2020 EDITION OF ARCTIC LAPLAND RALLY

Known by the general public as the Tunturi Rally, the Arctic Lapland Rally has gained some interesting entries this year. Kalle Rovanperä joins Toyota’s factory team for the first time in Rovaniemi in the Toyota Yaris WRC, following tests with the team in France. This year’s 19-year-old rally talent will be driving a full time in the […]

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A DAKAR SUPERHERO IS BORN

     Ross Branch delivers a superhuman ride Most people never knew who Ross Branch was before Monday afternoon, but that all changed when Botswana’s multiple South African cross country champion rode his KTM to a shock Dakar Saudi Arabia second day victory. Branch’s glory was short lived as the Kalahari Ferrari took a tumble, […]

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Dutch GP boss: Mercedes F1 quit ‘not unthinkable’

Dutch Grand Prix boss Jann Lammers admits it is ‘not unthinkable’ that Mercedes could quit F1 at the end of the year. With huge regulation changes for 2021, the sort that saw the order shuffled considerably in 2009 and again in 2014, many are predicting that Mercedes would rather leave the sport than risk losing […]

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Africa Eco Race 2020: Stage One Full of Surprises

After a peaceful Mediterranean cruise aboard the SMERALDA FERRY, the caravan of the AFRICA ECO RACE disembarked this morning, Tuesday January 7th in the port of Tangier. It was an incredible welcome that the participants experienced when getting off the boat with a band and especially a humongous breakfast buffet. No need to say that […]

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Dakar 2020: Stage 3 Casey Currie Has Slim Lead In The SSV Class

   The loop-shaped route setting out from the future megalopolis of Neom is a real gem. As it takes the competitors to the verge of the Jordanian border, the rally will include an exploration sequence of canyons and mountains on sandy terrain. On this special, the Dakar will climb it this year’s summit at 1,400 […]