MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

QATAR’S ADEL ABDULLA RETURNS TO INTERNATIONAL BAJA ACTION IN ITALY

 After a gap in the calendar of over three months, Qatar’s Adel Abdulla returns to action in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas at this weekend’s Italian Baja, round three of the eight-event series.The experienced Doha-based driver will again team up with French co-driver Jean-Michel Polato as he attempts to add a maiden FIA […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

LM24: Toyota reigns supreme

The 2019 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours certainly wasn’t without action. After a rather lackluster race last year, at the start of the ‘Super Season’, the ‘Super Finale’ delivered, in every class, with drama, right until the finish.In the end, it was Toyota Gazoo Racing that won overall, after another dominant performance against […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Italy WRC: Sordo takes shock victory after late Tanak drama

By:Luke Barry Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Dani Sordo sensationally won Rally Italy, as Toyota’s Ott Tanak lost his power steering on the final stage of the rally.Tanak headed into the powerstage 26.7 seconds ahead of Sordo, but plummeted down to fifth after spinning his Toyota and losing two minutes as he wrestled with his […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sardegna: DRAMATIC VICTORY FOR SORDO

DANI SORDO CLAIMED HIS SECOND CAREER VICTORY AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER FINAL-STAGE HEARTBREAK FOR LONG-TIME LEADER OTT TÄNAK. Tänak was on course for his third consecutive FIA World Rally Championship victory and the series lead when a steering problem on his Toyota Yaris in the final speed test cost more than […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sardegna: SS16/17: MIKKELSEN’S DOUBLE

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN WON SUNDAY MORNING’S OPENING TWO SPEED TESTS AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA IN HIS QUEST TO WRESTLE FOURTH PLACE AWAY FROM ELFYN EVANS.The Norwegian, driving a Hyundai i20, stopped the clocks two-tenths quicker than the Welshman in the opening Cala Flumini speed test. He then regained another 5.5sec in the following Sassari – Argentiera […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Italy WRC: Tanak builds sizeable lead over Sordo on Saturday

By: Luke Barry Toyota World Rally Championship driver Ott Tanak has pulled clear of Hyundai rival Dani Sordo to lead Rally Italy by 25.9 seconds with four stages remaining on Sunday.Tanak began Saturday 11.2s shy of Sordo, but won all three of the morning’s tests to rocket into a 6.4s lead heading into the afternoon […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sardegna: SS11/12: TÄNAK GRABS ITALY LEAD

OTT TÄNAK CHARGED INTO THE LEAD OF RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON SATURDAY MORNING WITH A REMARKABLE CLEAN SWEEP OF SPEED TEST VICTORIES.Having started the longest and toughest leg 11.2sec adrift of overnight leader Dani Sordo, the Toyota Yaris driver completed the morning’s three special stages with a 6.4sec advantage over the Spaniard. After winning the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sardegna: SS10: OTT ON THE ATTACK

OTT TÄNAK PRODUCED A STUNNING DRIVE IN SATURDAY’S OPENING SPEED TEST AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA TO CLIMB TO SECOND OVERALL. The Estonian won the 14.97km Coiluna – Loelle test by 6.5sec in his Toyota Yaris from overnight leader Dani Sordo. That was enough to demote Teemu Suninen, who was a further half second back, to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sardegba: Sordo set to take the lead

  By:  Luke Barry Hyundai’s Dani Sordo is expected to inherit the lead of the World Rally Championship’s Rally Italy round when nominal times from a stage cancellation are finalised.Sordo began the afternoon loop 0.7 seconds behind Toyota’s Ott Tanak in third, and duly beat his rival by that same 0.7s to draw level with […]

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Rally Sardegna: SS6/7: LATVALA, NEUVILLE HIT TROUBLE

JARI-MATTI LATVALA ROLLED OUT OF THE RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA LEAD ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS THIERRY NEUVILLE’S WRC TITLE CHALLENGE ALSO RECEIVED A SETBACK WHEN HE DAMAGED HIS CAR’S RADIATOR AFTER CRASHING INTO A DITCH. Latvala started the afternoon with a 2.8sec lead over Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Ott Tänak but the Finn rolled his Yaris […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Marko invited MotoGP boss to run F1

Dr Helmut Marko has admitted he urged MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta to announce his candidacy to replace Chase Carey as CEO of Formula 1.73-year-old Ezpeleta is CEO of Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of the two-wheeled F1 equivalent. Marko, a top official at Red Bull, thinks Ezpeleta would already have solved what he thinks […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

‘Vettel Canada penalty could get worse’

Ferrari are risking Sebastian Vettel being given an even stronger penalty by continuing to appeal against the sanction which cost him victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, according to Toto Wolff. Having abandoned an appeal process against Vettel’s five-second penalty, Ferrari are instead looking into their ‘right to review’. Lewis Hamilton inherited the win after Vettel was penalised for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Citroen will consider pulling Ogier out of WRC Rally Italy

By David Evans Autosport.com   Citroen will consider pulling Sebastien Ogier out of Saturday’s Rally Italy stages if the French firm feels there is nothing to gain from the C3 WRC running first on the road. Ogier retired from Rally Italy after breaking a steering arm on the final stage of Friday’s morning loop. Returning under […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Toyota Gazoo Racing ready to defend Le Mans crown

Toyota GAZOO Racing will bring the curtain down on its record-breaking 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season when it sets out to defend its Le Mans 24 Hours crown next week in the most challenging event of the year. Following its historic first victory last year, in the second race of the 2018-2019 WEC […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OGIER ROCKED: PHOTO SPECIAL

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS OF THE MOMENT SÉBASTIEN OGIER’S SARDINIA AMBITIONS CAME TO A ROCKY HALT. There was huge drama at Rally Italia Sardegna on SS4 on Friday morning, when WRC Championship leader Sébastien Ogier came into contact with a huge rock, forcing him into retirement for the remainder of the day. Setting off first […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

FERRARI SF90 STRADALE: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF HYBRID SUPERCARS

Three electric motors and a twin-turbo V8 are good for 986 hp The second hybrid Ferrari ever, and first series-production plug-in hybrid Ferrari, is here as the SF90 Stradale. It’s the first time the most powerful Prancing Horse in the stable will have a V8 and it can do that because of its three electric motors. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

HISTORICS SET TO STAR

Sports & GTs, Saloons & Pursuit off to Delmas Historic Racing heads to red Star Raceway near Delmas for its fourth round races Saturday 22 June, with the classic Sports & GTs, Universal Health Pre-80 Saloon Cars and Charlie’s SuperSpar Historic Pursuit cars out to chase championship points at what ought to be a chilly […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

EAST LONDON EXTREME

Supercars to join Border regional races The East London Grand Prix Circuit is building up to the first of several bumper race weekends when the G&H Extreme Supercars join the regular Border Regional Championships at the idyllic racetrack Saturday 22 June. The spectacular Extreme Supercars visit East London to bring an incredible bonus to local […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

WEC confirms 33 entries for 2019-2020 season

The World Endurance Championship will see 33 entries join the 2019-2020 season having released the provisional full season entry list The World Endurance Championship will see 33 entries join the 2019-2020 season having released the provisional full season entry list at the ACO presentation ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours. With the 2018-2019 campaign […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sardegna: SS4/5: LATVALA LEADS, OGIER OUT

JARI-MATTI LATVALA LED A CLOSELY-FOUGHT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA AFTER A HOT AND DUSTY QUARTET OF SPEED TESTS ON FRIDAY MORNING WHICH ENDED IN RETIREMENT FOR WRC LEADER SÉBASTIEN OGIER.Latvala headed Toyota Yaris team-mate Ott Tänak by 2.8sec, but the morning ended in disappointment for Ogier who parked his Citroën C3 1km from the start of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

TOYOTA’S TOP PAVEMENT PROSPECT TO MAKE NASCAR TRUCK DEBUT THIS WEEKEND

Chandler Smith has won numerous ARCA and Super Late Model races on his ascent toward NASCAR Arguably Toyota’s best pavement stock car prospect, Chandler Smith will make his Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series debut on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway in the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The 16-year-old rose to prominence driving Super Late […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sardegna: SS2/3: DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR SUNINEN

TEEMU SUNINEN WON FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING TWO SPEED TESTS AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA TO CHARGE INTO THE LEAD. The Finn, partnered by experienced co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen for the first time, relegated overnight leader Sébastien Ogier by winning the Tula special stage by 4.8sec from Ford Fiesta team-mate Elfyn Evans. He repeated the feat in Castelsardo, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Toyota Desert Race 2019: Red Line To The Desert

Adventure trio ready for Botswana Red-Lined Motorsport heads to the third and fourth rounds of its 2019 South African Cross Country racing adventure with its three FIA Class Nissan Navara T1 race pickups focused on continuing with their unbroken run of race finishes at Botswana’s Toyota 1000 Desert Race 21-23 June. The team has had […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OGIER RULES OUT ITALY WRC WIN AFTER RIVAL TÄNAK TACTIC SPOILS ROAD ADVANTAGE

FRENCHMAN Sébastien Ogier has ruled out a third victory of the season as he continues a pitched FIA World Rally Championship battle with rivals Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville in the eighth round at Rally Italia Sardegna this weekend. As current standings leader, the six-time champion must open the gravel roads in Friday’s first leg […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

New track and ‘night time’ racing for Sweden’s “midnight sun” race

The TCR Scandinavia championship’s third meeting of 2019 takes place this weekend at a brand-new circuit at the Skellefteå Drive Center in Sweden’s Västerbotten county, just south of the Arctic Circle.The 4.120km circuit is also the country’s longest, and the event will take place in unique circumstances, as at the height of summer, it doesn’t […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OGIER WINS ITALY WARM-UP

SÉBASTIEN OGIER RECOVERED FROM AN EARLY HIT TO POST FASTEST TIME AT A ROASTING RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA ON THURSDAY MORNING. The Frenchman was one of several drivers to swipe a gatepost after 2km of his opening run through the 3.92km Olmedo dirt road speed test. The impact damaged his Citroën C3’s rear suspension, leaving the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Canada a ‘wake-up call’ for Bottas’ title hopes

Valtteri Bottas describes his poor weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix as “a wake-up call” if he wants to fight for the drivers’ championship this year. Mercedes finished one-two in each of the first five races, before Bottas had to settle for third in Monaco after picking up a puncture in pit lane contact with […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

CONSISTENCY THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR SACCS SPECIAL VEHICLE AND SXS LEADERS

Consistency has been the name of the game for the leaders in the Special Vehicle Championship as well as the Side x Side National Championship in the 2019 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS). With the season reaching the halfway mark at the Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR 1000) on 21, 22 and 23 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC title leader Sébastien Ogier discounts his chances to win in Italy

FIA World Rally Championship leader Sébastien Ogier has ruled out prospects of a third victory of the season in Italy this weekend. Ogier must open the gravel roads in Friday’s first leg at Rally Italia Sardegna and believes the handicap will be too great to overcome during the final two days. Starting first in the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Citroën C3 WRCs ready for scorching and twisty Sardinian roads

As the 2019 World Rally Championship enters the second half of the season, Citroën Total World Rally Team crews Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia and Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm prepare to tackle one of the year’s most technically demanding events. The notoriously challenging Rally Sardegna is set against the magnificient backdrop of the clear […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Jenson Button and Mark Webber defend Sebastian Vettel over ‘mental’ penalty

Sebastian Vettel’s peers have come to his defence after he was handed a five-second time penalty in Canada, costing him the race win – which would have been his and Ferrari’s first of the 2019 season. Vettel lost the rear of his Ferrari and ran across the grass whilst Lewis Hamilton was chasing him for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Drivers snap up Safari Rally slots

A record 31 cars have so far been entered for the World Rally Championships Candidate Event/Africa Safari Rally. The entries include nine foreigners and proves the interest the event is generating as the country gears up to return to the World Rally series. Belgian Giancarlo Davite navigated by Sylvia Vinevogel of Burundi is among the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

APRC Montre: Mike Young and Malcolm Read Fight Back to Podium Finish

Although leading APRC Rally Montre at the time, broken suspension on Stage 9 prevented Mike Young from posting his first win in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship driving the CUSCO TRD Yaris 4WD. Co-driver Malcolm Read showed his amazing skills by rebuilding the suspension on the road-section afterwards, but the time lost proved too […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Toyota downplays “strong” Alonso WRC rumours

David Evans Motorsport.com Despite social media speculation last week, it looks like a fourth Toyota Yaris WRC at Rally Spain will be used by Takamoto Katsuta rather than Alonso. The Salou event was always scheduled for Toyota’s junior driver and the team’s sporting director Kaj Lindstrom admitted that hadn’t changed – although Katsuta could compete […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Verstappen reminds his father whose in the driver’s seat

  Phillip van Osten Max Verstappen dismissed Red Bull exit rumors fueled by his father on Twitter recently, insisting that when it comes to his future, he’s the one in the driver’s seat. Last week, Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko expressed his fears that Verstappen could walk away from the Milton Keynes-based outfit if […]