MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Newcomer Estonia hosts 2020 WRC restart in September

Munich, 2 July 2020 – Estonia will host the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time in September when the 2020 series restarts following an enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rally Estonia (4 – 6 September) joins the fixture list after running as a WRC Promotional Event in 2019. The country will become […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari to carry message of support for Alex Zanardi in Austria

Ferrari will race with a ‘message of support’ for former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi in Austria, the Italian in a serious condition following a handcycling accident in mid-June. The hashtag #ForzaAlex began trending on social media quickly after news broke on June 19 that former CART champion and Williams F1 driver had been involved in a serious […]

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2020 Austrian Grand Prix race preview: Formula 1 returns in Austria

Formula 1 is back but who will hit the ground running in Austria? Finally. 127 days since Formula 1 pre-season testing ended and 217 days on from the chequered flag bringing the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a close, we will have F1 racing on our screens to enjoy. After the false start in […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula One’s revised 2020 calendar

The 2020 Formula One season starts in Austria on Sunday with a revised initial calendar and lingering uncertainty about how many races there will ultimately be. Formula One has so far announced eight races, in Europe without spectators, but is still hoping for an eventual calendar of 15-18 rounds. The following are the races confirmed […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

”Red Bull Racing can still make a lot of steps during this season”

Red Bull Racing and Mercedes are the two favourites for the title in 2020, but what has Red Bull done now that they have made the step to the top team of recent years? Mark Hughes figured it out. Mercedes as an example In recent years Mercedes was always a few steps ahead of the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

How Ford Driver Lance Woolridge Became A Two-Time Cross-Country Champion

The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) is one of the more grueling off-road racing series on the planet, but it also serves as a stepping stone for those wishing to compete in the legendary Dakar Rally. Like any motorsports series, SACCS also features a number of classes designed to provide young, promising drivers a proverbial […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

MPH: Will Vettel ignore team orders? Red Bull for the F1 title? We’ll soon know more

After months of questions, the first Formula 1 race of the season will finally start to provide some answers. Mark Hughes lists the most pressing unknowns Finally, it’s about to start, a very different season to that envisaged from a very different world of a few months ago. Having waited an age for the F1 […]

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Tyler Robinson of South Africa selected for Girls on Track FIA programme

Young women drivers are poised to become Ferrari’s first-ever female racing professionals as a result of an exciting and innovative talent detection programme by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and its first major partner, Scuderia Ferrari. Following the 11 June 2020 announcement of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars project, an agreement, […]

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Mercedes launches black livery for 2020 F1 season

Mercedes will run a special black livery for the 2020 Formula 1 season in support of Black Lives Matter and greater diversity in the sport. Mercedes will run a black livery for the 2020 Formula 1 season beginning in Austria this weekend in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and improved diversity […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

SKODA Motorsport operates again at full swing

After the corona break, ŠKODA Motorsport is now operating at a full swing again. The 353rd Rally FABIA was delivered to a customer just before the weekend, when on the MOGUL Test-Rally in Sosnová the motorsport competition was restarted. ŠKODA privateer Petr Semerád (CZE), who also is the e-game ambassador for the Czech brand, proved […]

Electric vehicles MOTORSPORT NEWS

Volkswagen Zwickau car factory to produce only electric models in future

Passing the baton: After today’s phase-out of the Golf Variant, the Zwickau plant now produces exclusively fully electric vehicles. ID.3 1st Edition (58 kWh net battery energy content): power consumption in accordance with NEDC in kWh/100 km: combined 14.5; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+. Golf Estate R: the vehicle is no longer […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mugello “would be insane” in 2020 F1 cars – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo expects Mugello to be an “insane” ride should Formula 1 confirm the Italian circuit has been granted a spot on the 2020 calendar. While F1 has tested at the track, it has never raced there, with the Ferrari-owned circuit instead famous for hosting the Italian round of MotoGP. Mark Webber has already warned drivers […]

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F1 innovations: Lotus 21 that set the standard for half a century

The introduction of the Lotus 21 brought a new suspension layout that was rapidly imitated and became the F1 standard for half a century Lotus 21 in Jim Clark’s hands at the 1961 British Grand Prix Lotus 21 inboard suspension There are certain elements of modern Formula 1 car design that are universal and barely warrant a […]

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F1’s Great Drives: Johnny Herbert – 1999 European Grand Prix

Johnny Herbert led a career defined by triumph over adversity. At one point facing the possible amputation of his feet after a horrifying F3000 smash, he fought back to make his F1 debut less than a year later. His three F1 victories came in dramatic circumstances too. Whilst driving for Benetton, Herbert triumphed at Silverstone in ‘95 after Damon Hill nerfed Michael Schumacher off […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Verstappen opts against Red Bull test due to quarantine

Max Verstappen is not taking part in Red Bull’s test at Silverstone on Thursday due to United Kingdom quarantine restrictions. Red Bull is running a 2020 car at the home of the British Grand Prix, with Alex Albon completing the full test for the team. The plan had been to run both drivers before Austria […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

FIA WILL MONITOR ‘VERY CLOSELY’ MCLAREN’S SWITCH FROM RENAULT TO MERCEDES

The FIA will closely monitor the switch of McLaren F1 Team from Renault engines to Mercedes next season. They will monitor the team to ensure they do not make any extra performance-related gains for next season. McLaren are due to make the switch to the power units of the Silver Arrows for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. However, the Woking […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

25-hour edition for the Total 24 Hours of Spa

The Total 24 Hours of Spa will celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime autumn edition later this year by adding an extra hour of competition to its blue riband endurance race. The 22–25 October event will coincide with the end of Central European Summer Time, meaning clocks will move back by one hour at 03.00 on Sunday morning. […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Prodrive wants to be seen as “potential” Dakar winner

Prodrive says it will be “disappointed” if its rivals don’t perceive it as a “potential winner” when it makes its Dakar debut next year under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner. Prodrive announced in February that it will enter the prestigious rally raid from 2021 in a joint venture with Bahrain’s sovereign wealth Mumtalakat, and it has […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Paddon says Rally NZ isn’t lost yet

New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon, says New Zealand is better prepared than Australia to host a World Rally Championship event next season. New Zealand was to host a round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) in Auckland in September after seven years in the WRC wilderness. However, Covid-19 lead to the cancellation of the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Become the Best sim-racer in SA with Ford Performance!

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is setting its sights on a new motorsport horizon with the launch of the very first motor manufacturer-based sim-racing competition in South Africa. And you don’t need a driver’s license to enter. Just grip the wheel and join this dynamic racing competition. The inaugural #LockdownLaps Ford Performance competition, […]

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No charges in NASCAR noose incident involving Bubba Wallace

 The noose found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday in announcing there will be no charges filed in an incident that rocked NASCAR and its only fulltime Black driver. U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie […]

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Jessi Combs named fastest woman on Earth by Guinness World Records

The speeds achieved by daredevil and all-around bad-ass Jessi Combs leading up to the accident that took her life on August 27, 2019, has been accepted as a new world record by the officials at Guinness World Records. Combs’ record is for the fastest speed on land achieved by a woman, and the official number […]

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Montoya sees potential to beat Alonso to Triple Crown with Le Mans win

Juan Pablo Montoya believes he can add the Le Mans 24 Hours to his name and complete motorsport’s Triple Crown. The trifecta, consisting of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix has been the holy grail that Fernando Alonso has been targeting in recent years, with only a win at the Brickyard eluding […]

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FIA could drop ‘continent’ requirement for world championships

The FIA could drop the requirement for world championships to race on different continents The FIA could drop the requirement for world championships to be held on three continents as the sport begins to get going in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with a minimum number of events, it is typically required that […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Opinion: is the WRC suffering stage fright?

by Autocar 19 June 2020 World Rally Championship events are dropping like flies. Just after we said farewell to the Safari Rally, Finland, New Zealand and Wales Rally GB also announced that they would be giving 2020 a miss. New Zealand, in all honesty, wasn’t a big surprise, given the logistical and financial difficulty of […]

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Alex Zanardi’s Doctor: Injuries Are Not on Michael Schumacher’s Level

Two-time CART champion and former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi’s brain injuries do not compare with those suffered by fellow former F1 driver Michael Schumacher. So says Giuseppe Olivieri, the doctor who operated on Zanardi following his head-on crash with a truck during a handcycling race in Italy last weekend. Former Williams driver Zanardi, who […]

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NHRA Top Fuel King Tony Schumacher Returning to Racing

Tony Schumacher will be back on the track when the NHRA Mello Yello Series returns to action at Lucas Oil Raceway in July. Schumacher, an eight-time NHRA Top Fuel champion and winner of class-record 84 events, has secured a two-race sponsorship deal with credit card processing company Global Electronic Technology. Schumacher plans to be back […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

WHY HONDA HAS MOVED TO REPLACE MARQUEZ EVEN BEFORE HIS DEBUT

With Pol Espargaro looking set to be announced as Honda’s second MotoGP rider for 2021, Marc Marquez’s brother Alex will consequently be replaced after a single season alongside his sibling in the team. The thinking behind such a move is perceived as harsh by many, not in the least because the younger Marquez is yet […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Australia back on draft 2021 WRC calendar

Australia has been restored to the World Rally Championship on the draft calendar released for the 2021 season. Rally Australia dropped off the tour this year although Chairman Andrew Papadopoulos had foreshadowed that it would return in the following season under a renewed rotation policy. That has indeed come to pass, at least provisionally, with […]

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Sweden’s Jonsson wins virtual rally championship

Robin Jonsson won the Volkswagen Motorsport Rally Powys to be crowned champion of the Solberg World Cup – a global, virtual rally championship. With four wins from six rallies, the Swede was the dominant force on the rally routes on the “Dirt Rally 2.0” simulator. Czech driver Lukas Mateja and Frenchman Jonathan Schaeffer had to […]

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Alex Zanardi Remains in Coma after Hand-Cycle Crash

Doctors are focusing on the Paralympian’s survival first, won’t speculate about his neurological state. Alex Zanardi, as those who know him should suspect, was doing something that would benefit others when he lost control of his hand-powered para-cycle during a relay rally in the middle of nowhere in central Italy. Taking a sharp turn, Zanardi’s […]

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Zanardi seriously injured in hand cycling accident

IndyCar legend Alex Zanardi has suffered a severe head injury in a collision with a larger vehicle during a handbike race in his native Italy. The Associated Press is reporting that Zanardi was transported by helicopter to Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena following the accident, which occurred near the Tuscan town of Pienza during a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Todt: Postponed WRC events could be restored to calendar

The World Rally Championship is weighing up several plans for a September return from its coronavirus shutdown, according to International Automobile Federation president Jean Todt. “The World Rally Championship is considering alternative scenarios with a restart in September, including the reinstatement of postponed events to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to complete […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Toyota still on the back foot despite recent wins – Wilson

Despite four NASCAR Cup Series wins on the season, two of which have come in the last week, Toyota Racing president David Wilson said the manufacturer is “on our back foot a little bit.” A week ago, Toyota celebrated a Martin Truex Jr. victory at Martinsville Speedway, which was backed up by Denny Hamlin’s win […]

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Peugeot celebrates 125 years in motorsports, and looks to the future

French automaker Peugeot is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its first entry into auto racing. The company got off to a great start, winning the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race in its inaugural effort on June 11-14, 1895. “The landmark anniversary also coincides with the original dates of this year’s postponed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race – […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

McLaren 720S Gets Specil Edition for Anniversary of F1 GTR’s Le Mans Win

Let’s get something out of the way first: McLaren’s new Le Mans special edition should have been offered on the track-focused 765LT, not the 720S. After all, it’s meant to commemorate the brand’s first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 25 years ago. Wouldn’t it make more sense to offer it on a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Renties Ypres Rally confirms its candidacy for the World Rally Championship from 1 to 4 October 2020

Negotiations are in full swing.” The Superstage Club, organiser of the Renties Ypres Rally, is in the middle of negotiations with the FIA and the promoter of the WRC to bring the World Rally Championship to Belgium for the first time in history. The decision will be taken shortly. The Covid-19 crisis led to the […]