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Mercedes unveils Formula E car at Geneva Motor Show

Mercedes has unveiled its inaugural Formula E car during the 89th International Motor Show in Geneva, which is set to compete in the 2019/20 season. The EQ Silver Arrow 01 unveiled on Monday features a special “teaser livery” to give an idea of the final design, with a final livery to be presented ahead of the season-opener […]

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TOYOTA AND TANAK TOP THE TABLES AFTER RALLY MEXICO

  A superb second place finish for Ott Tänak on Rally Mexico yesterday kept him at the top of the World Rally Championship’s drivers’ table. Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team also head the manufacturers’ standings, with all three Yaris WRC drivers having finished in points-scoring positions. As championship leader going into the event, Tänak […]

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Toyota sets unofficial lap record in Sebring testing

Toyota established a new unofficial lap record at Sebring International Raceway during testing for next weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at the Florida airfield track. On the first day of a two-day test being attended by the majority of WEC teams ahead of the Sebring 1000 Miles on March 15, Mike Conway set a […]

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Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso edges Marquez by 0.023s

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso beat Marc Marquez to win the opening round of the 2019 MotoGP season by just 0.023 seconds at the end of a typically frantic affair in Qatar. In a repeat of last year’s Qatar race, Dovizioso fended off a last-corner lunge from Honda man Marquez for victory, having been at the […]

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Endurance racing roundup

Mazda Motorsports recently announced a new program for 2019 – support and contingency for endurance racers in ChampCar Endurance Series, American Endurance Racing and World Racing League. ChampCar and AER started their seasons in February, both with races at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and ChampCar with a West Coast event at Sonoma Raceway. Already some […]

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Kyle Busch sweeps Phoenix NASCAR in dominant style

Kyle Busch completed the weekend sweep at ISM Raceway with a dominating win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota took the lead for the final time with 15 laps to go, tucking inside polewinner Ryan Blaney in Turns 3 and 4 and battling for a full lap […]

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AN EXPERIENCED FIELD OF TEAMS IN SPECIAL VEHICLE CATEGORY TO TACKLE MPUMALANGA 400

An experienced field of teams in the Special Vehicle category will take on the Mpumalanga 400, the opening round of the 2019 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) that takes place on 15 and 16 March from the scenic town of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga. Experience combined with a few role changes and some new combinations […]

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SUNDAY IN MEXICO: OGIER NETS FIFTH WIN

SÉBASTIEN OGIER CLAIMED HIS FIFTH RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO VICTORY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO EAT INTO OTT TÄNAK’S EARLY SEASON FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ADVANTAGE. Ogier never relinquished the lead after moving his Citroën C3 to the front of the four-day encounter on Friday afternoon. He headed Tänak by 30.2sec after the Estonian outgunned Elfyn Evans […]

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PRODUCTION VEHICLE CATEGORY PROMISES EXCITING BATTLES AND LOTS OF ACTION AT MPUMALANGA 400

An exciting season in the Production Vehicle category of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) can be expected when the Mpumalanga 400, the season opener kicks into gear on 15 and 16 March in the fly-fishing town of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga. The 2018 champions are back to defend their titles and if the competition […]

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Ogier seals Mexico win

OGIER CLAIMED HIS FIFTH RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO VICTORY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO CLIMB TO SECOND IN THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP. The Frenchman, driving a Citroën C3, was never headed after taking the lead on Friday afternoon and won the season’s third round by 30.2sec Ott Tänak outgunned Elfyn Evans in a final day fight […]

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Rally Mexico: SS19: TÄNAK GRABS SECOND

OTT TÄNAK SNATCHED SECOND PLACE FROM ELFYN EVANS AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO AFTER WINNING SUNDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TEST. The Toyota Yaris driver blasted through the shortened 21.10km Alfaro stage 4.2sec quicker than the Welshman’s Ford Fiesta. He turned a 2.2sec deficit into a 2.0sec advantage. Tänak took a risk with his tyre choice for […]

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SS11/12: MEXICO’S MAD MORNING

SÉBASTIEN OGIER LOST AND THEN REGAINED THE LEAD OF RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO DURING A CRAZY SATURDAY MORNING.He returned to León’s service park with a 19.2sec advantage over Elfyn Evans, with Ott Tänak a further 21.8sec adrift in third. However, those figures hide a mad morning in the dusty mountains. The drama began when Esapekka Lappi […]

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Przygonski denies Al Qassimi in Dubai International Baja as Mare claims bikes title

Jakub Przygonski, Poland’s reigning world champion, secured his second successive victory in the Dubai International Baja today with a powerful surge  the second leg to deny the UAE’s Khalid Al Qassimi. UAE-based South African rider Aaron Mare, who had led at the half way point last year before being halted by mechanical failure, captured the bikes […]

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Rally Mexico: SS10: EARLY EXIT FOR LAPPI

SATURDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TEST AT RALLY GUANANJUATO MEXICO WAS NEUTRALISED AFTER ESAPEKKA LAPPI SLID OFF THE ROAD CLOSE TO THE FINISH, LEAVING HIS Citroen C3 PARTIALLY BLOCKING THE TRACK. The Finn slide wide on a left corner 800 metres from the end of the Guanajuatito special stage. The rear of his Citroën C3 dropped […]

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WRC 2 IN MEXICO BULACIA AND GUERRA PULL CLEAR

BOLIVIA’S MARCO BULACIA HELD A SLENDER LEAD IN WRC 2 AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO AFTER A THRILLING BACK-AND-FORTH BATTLE WITH HOME FAVOURITE BENITO GUERRA ON FRIDAY.Eighteen-year-old rising star Bulacia ended the leg 9.8.sec ahead in a Skoda Fabia R5 on his return to the WRC for the first time since last year’s RallyRACC Catalunya – […]

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FRIDAY IN MEXICO: OGIER LEADS IN GRIPPING OPENER

  SÉBASTIEN OGIER KEPT COOL IN THE SWELTERING HEAT TO LEAD RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO AFTER FRIDAY’S INCIDENT-FILLED OPENING LEG.The world champion headed Elfyn Evans by 14.8sec after a tough day of dirt road action in the mountains near León sidelined closest rivals and Hyundai i20 team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo. Two morning speed test […]

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Rally Mexico: SS3/4: MIKKELSEN EDGES OGIER

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN HELD A SLENDER RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO LEAD OVER WORLD CHAMPION SÉBASTIEN OGIER FOLLOWING A HOT AND DUSTY FRIDAY MORNING IN THE MOUNTAINS NEAR LEÓN.Having won today’s opening El Chocolate speed test in his Hyundai i20, Mikkelsen ended the loop with fastest time on the asphalt special stage surrounding the city’s service park to […]

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Rally Mexico: SS2: MIKKELSEN CHARGES AHEAD

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN TOOK THE LEAD OF RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO AFTER WINNING FRIDAY MORNING’S INCIDENT-FILLED OPENING SPEED TEST.The Norwegian, lying second after last night’s street stage in Guanajuato, was fastest through El Chocolate by 2.4sec in his Hyundai i20 to lead Sébastien Ogier by 2.9sec. “It was very hard to know how much to push. If […]

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The Return: THE ALL-NEW TOYOTA COROLLA

​Key Takeouts All-new hatchback brings back a legendary name And with it a striking exterior and interior design Excellent ride quality, handling and spaciousness thanks to its TNGA platform chassis Flexible and efficient 1.2-litre turbocharged engine Host of active and passive safety features With the all-new Toyota Corolla hatch, one of the most successful model […]

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Al Qassimi leads Dubai World Cup Rally as Mare grabs bikes lead

Khalid Al Qassimi grabbed the half way lead in the Dubai International Baja today as he left behind a trail of the world’s top drivers in the Al Qudra desert.Partnered by Frenchman Xavier Panseri in an Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 3008 DKR, Al Qassmi took a 48-seconds first leg advantage over Jakub Przygonski, Poland’s defending […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Floersch hits track for first time since Macau GP crash

The 18-year-old German has been taking part in a two-day test at Monza with Van Amersfoort Racing as she prepares for the Formula European Masters series, which uses the cars from the discontinued FIA European F3 Championship. Floersch completed over 90 laps of the Italian Grand Prix circuit on Wednesday in good weather conditions, setting […]

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SPECTACULAR ENTRY FOR CAMPOS 600

Killarney 4-hour kicks off 2019 SA Endurance Series Cape Town race fans are in for a proper treat Saturday 16 March, when a star-studded grid, lines up for the Campos 600 to open the 2019 Mopar South African Endurance Series at Killarney International Raceway. The Campos 600 is the major attraction as a top class […]

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THE ADVANTAGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

Red-Lined has a different approach to cross country. Racing is all about winning, right? Well, not always. Take Red-Lined Motoring Adventures for example. The privately owned Johannesburg based motoring adventure company chose cross county racing as its main poison, but it is not necessarily always about finishing first. “It’s not always all about winning, especially […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

MERCEDES AND FERRARI REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING F1 NETFLIX MINISERIES

The two championship combatants snubbed camera crews in 2018 Mercedes and Ferrari refused to give Netflix camera crews access during production for the upcoming “Formula One: Drive to Survive” documentary of the 2018 season. They were the only teams to snub the project. Fans knew a “behind closed doors” look at the rigors of an […]

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SEBASTIAN VETTEL HAS NO PLANS TO RETIRE FROM F1 ANYTIME SOON

The German expects to win championships at Ferrari At the end of last year, the German was criticized for making mistakes that contributed to Ferrari not winning the world championship.And now, those same critics are saying Vettel could be challenged in 2019 by his new teammate Charles Leclerc. “Over the years I’ve gotten used to […]

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MotorMart Racing Team raising the bar ahead of Zwartkops

 MotorMart Racing Team’s next stop on the 2019 MotorMart VW Challenge calendar will see them taking on Zwartkops Raceway. The March 8-9 race weekend will be the team’s first of three visits to this circuit for the season. Mohamed Dangor, Stiaan Kriel and Robbie da Silva will aim to maintain their strong form at this track; the same venue where they conduct […]

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Ford, Castrol and NWM Join Forces for 2019 SA Cross Country Series

Ford and Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) welcome Castrol as co-sponsor for the 2019 SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) Reigning Class T champions Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable begin title defence at Mpumalanga 400 in Dullstroom, on 15 and 16 March Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer compete in Class T for opening round, will debut new […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

“Dangerous” WRC jump criticised after stage cancellation

  By:  David Evans Co-author: Alasdair Lindsay WRC crews were left fuming about a ‘dangerous’ jump in Thursday evening’s opening stage of Rally Mexico, which had to be cancelled.A jump was added near the end of the 1.14km-Guanajuato street stage, the severity of which threw the rear of the cars into the air. Organisers called a […]

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EARLY BLOW FOR TÄNAK

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER OTT TÄNAK SUFFERED A SETBACK TO HIS RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO HOPES WHEN HIS TOYOTA YARIS STOPPED EARLY IN THURSDAY MORNING’S SHAKEDOWN.The Estonian, who leads the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time heading into the season’s opening gravel round, parked his car 4.5km into his first attempt at the 5.31km Llano Grande […]

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SS1: MEXICO OPENER HALTED

RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO’S OPENING SPEED TEST THROUGH THE STREETS OF GUANAJUATO WAS HALTED ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOR SAFETY REASONS AFTER A JUMP RAMP SHORTLY BEFORE THE FINISH BECAME DAMAGED.Esapekka Lappi was fastest through the 1.14km special stage in a Citroën C3 but the test was curtailed before championship frontrunners Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville and Sébastien […]

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FREIGHT WAIT FOR CITROËN

CITROËN RACING’S PREPARATIONS FOR RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO (7-10 MARCH) WERE SAVED BY AN AIRLIFT OF ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT AFTER MUCH OF ITS FREIGHT WAS DELAYED IN EUROPE ON A STRICKEN TRANSPORTER SHIP. Faced with a lack of service park kit and spare parts, the team flew 15.6 tonnes of freight from France to Mexico – including […]

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“Rally Kazakhstan 2019” – A new challenge for participants!

The 2019 edition of Rally Kazakhstan 2019 will be held for the third time counting to the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies between 26 May and 1 June. The competition will include six stages in the Mangystau region of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the sequence of racing special stages basically will not differ […]

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Yas Marina Circuit World RX track layout revealed

Yas Marina Circuit today revealed the stunning track layout for the opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy on April 5-6. At an official opening ceremony, Muhammed ben Sulayem, a 14-time FIA Middle East Rally champion and president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, was given […]

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DIRT ROAD POSER FOR TÄNAK

OTT TÄNAK FACES A MASSIVE TASK AS HE LEADS THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME INTO THIS WEEK’S THIRD ROUND IN MEXICO. His ‘reward’ for winning in Sweden last month and moving top of the standings is to head the start order for Rally Guanajuato Mexico (7 – 10 March), the first […]

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Renault: “We do not want to be part of such a Formula 1”

Cyril Abiteboul has confirmed he and Renault are very concerned with the increase in the number of B-teams on the grid. There’s the classic, Toro Rosso and Red Bull relationship. This traditionally plays an important part in young driver development, but last year was slightly different. Toro Rosso ran with the Honda engine in 2018, collecting […]

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CITROEN TO LEAVE WRC AFTER 2020 UNLESS HYBRID POWER IS INTRODUCED

Citroen have revealed they will leave the FIA World Rally Championship at the end of the 2020 season unless a form of electric technology becomes part of the regulations in the series. The current regulations, introduced in 2017 see no hybrid or electric power being used in the 1.6 litre turbocharged four wheel drive cars, but the French […]

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PREVIEW: 2019 RALLY MEXICO – THE WRC HITS GRAVEL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2019

Ott Tanak during Rally Mexico 12 months ago. Photo Credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool.The third round and the first gravel event of the year in the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Mexicotakes place this weekend with several drivers wanting to improve on poor results last time out in Sweden. Getting underway on Thursday evening with a short […]

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Full programme of racing awaits at season opening regional Extreme Festival

The 2019 Regional Extreme Festival motorsport tour will kick off in style at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria this Saturday, with nine separate categories on both four and two wheels to face the starter. Topping the show will be two races for Mobil 1 V8 Supercars, with 15 of the hugely winged and tyred, 450 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Koenigsegg Jesko deep dive: 7 clutches, 1,600 hp, $3M

When you’re developing a replacement for the fastest car on the planet, a typical update isn’t going to cut the mustard. Fortunately, that wasn’t an issue for Koenigsegg, as nothing the Swedish performance marque does is what you’d call typical. That’s clearly evident in Koenigsegg’s Jesko, which was unveiled Tuesday at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show […]