MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD Rally

ANOTHER TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR DONALDSON CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP CREWS

The penultimate round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the Thaba ’Nchu 450 in the Free State on October 24 and 25, is going to provide competitors in the Production and Special Vehicle categories with another tough challenge. For the sixth time in seven events this season crews will be heading into the unknown with […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Loads of Action Crammed Into Two Engen Volkswagen Cup Races

THE penultimate round of the Super Series season saw the Engen Volkswagen Cup racers tackle two races at Killarney in Cape Town on Saturday. When the dust had settled, Sheldon van der Linde (16 – Ferodo Racing) had consolidated his lead, and he will enter the final race day as the championship favourite.   In […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rallye de France: Delecour to pilot Porsche 911 RGT

Francois Delecour will start Rallye de France next week, his home round of the World Rally Championship, at the wheel of the Tuthill Porsche 911 RGT. The 911 GT3-based rally car stole the hearts of the rally-watching public on last month’s Rallye Deutschland and focused the minds of many looking for a cost-effective alternative to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

WTCC – Beijing (04-05 October) – Preview

– In its very first season in track racing, Citroën Total already has a mathematical chance of securing the World Manufacturers’ Championship title. The continent-hopping World Touring Car Championship is gearing up for a trip to China. This is an important moment for Citroën, which has operated in the country for over 20 years in […]

FORMULA 1

Public opposed to Formula One Russian Grand Prix

Poll shows tghat 71 percent of respondents oppose Russian GP on poliotical grounds.Just two weeks before Formula One action kicks off at Sochi, the sport’s decision to press ahead with the inaugural Russian Grand Prix remains highly controversial. Despite the Ukraine crisis, the MH17 atrocity and high tension between Vladimir Putin and the West, Bernie […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

VW promises title thriller in France

Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Jost Capito, has predicted a fierce duel for victory between Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala at the Rally de France Alsace when the 2014 title battle reaches a critical stage.Polo R pilot Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have the chance to seal both drivers’ titles at home in France, while team-mates […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 – F1 looking to make cars harder to drive

Formula 1 chiefs have begun a study to look at ways of making cars more challenging to drive in the future.As part of ongoing discussions about making F1 more popular, teams believe that one element that has turned off spectators is the perception that modern cars are too easy to race. This has been fuelled […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC tries once again to resolve format dispute

The 2015 World Rally Championship format will finally be agreed via a specially convened WRC Commission meeting and FIA World Motor Sport Council e-vote next month. Controversial changes to the Powerstage system were expected to be ratified by the WMSC in Beijing earlier this month, but despite getting unanimous WRC Commission approval, the scheme was […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

Van der Mark Signs with Pata Honda World Superbike

 The Dutch rider who clinched the 2014 World Supersport title two rounds early – Michael van der Mark – has signed with the Pata Honda World Superbike team. The 21-year-old rider, who won the Supersport title for Pata Honda, signed a two-year contract to ride with Pata Honda World Superbike through 2016. Pata – the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Five national karting titles up for grabs at Zwartkops on October 4

And the winners in this final round of the SA Rotax Max Challenge Series will represent South Africa in Spain in late November.A hard and highly competitive karting season in 2014 culminates at the Zwartkops Kart raceway near Pretoria on Saturday, October 4, with the running of the fourth and final round in this year’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Hurley claims the 2014 Comsol VW Challenge class A title

Yet another full-house haul of points for James Hurley (The Starter Pack Company Polo) saw him claim the 2014 Comsol VW Challenge class A title and extend his lead in the overall championship at Kyalami on Wednesday, 24 September. Hurley signalled his intentions in no uncertain terms in the morning’s qualifying session, setting a time […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-Sport after silver in Alsace

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans head to Rallye de France – Alsace with a clear objective – to hunt down their rivals in the battle for second place in the FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturer standings. The British team embarks on the final pure asphalt event of the year just eight […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

JORDAN PEPPER WINS FIA INSTITUTE YOUNG DRIVER EXCELLENCE ACADEMY AFRICA SELECTION EVENT

The first selection event for the 2015 FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, which featured 17 drivers aged between 16 and 25 from 12 nations across Sub-Saharan Africa, has been won by 18-year-old Johannesburg circuit racing driver Jordan Pepper. This year’s Academy selection, which took place over three days (last Sunday through to today) at […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Introducing the Mitsubishi R5…

The wraps came of the latest addition to the flourishing R5 class when the new Mitsubishi R5 was launched at the Rallyday show at Castle Combe race circuit in England last weekend. Based on the new Mirage road car, which is called Space Star in some countries, the rally car has been designed and developed […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

APRC – Japan – Rally Hokkaido set for title fight

Rally Hokkaido, the fifth round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, runs this weekend and with only 8 points separating the top two drivers in the Championship means that the 2014 title is still up for grabs. The rally is based in Obihiro on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido with tight and technical stages […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

World RX – Petter Solberg hunts down the title

The winner of the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship could be decided at this weekend’s World RX of Italy (27-28 September).  Following three consecutive victories, Petter Solberg has established a 51-point lead . He could lift the Championship trophy in Italy if his advantage at the end of the weekend stretches to 60 points or […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

NAIL BITING FINAL NATIONAL OFF-ROAD BATTLE EXPECTED AT VENTERSDORP

It is time for the sixth and final round of the 2014 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championship and the Rysmierbult 200 that takes place this weekend (Saturday, 27 September) outside Ventersdorp in the North-West Province, will serve as the battle ground for this epic event where various titles will be decided. Competitors have […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Killarney Showdown for Bridgestone Production Cars

Certain tracks are considered ‘BMW tracks’ and other tracks ‘Audi tracks’ but Cape Town’s Killarney is neither – which makes predicting a winner a job for a gambling man… With that in mind, the penultimate round of the Bridgestone Production Car on September 27 will be extremely important for the two leading class A protagonists: […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

The ERC salutes Ekaterina Stratieva

The FIA European Rally Championship salutes Ekaterina Stratieva, the provisional winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy.Subject to final confirmation, the Bulgarian is out of reach in the contest with two events remaining Drivers count their best four scores and with Inessa Tushkanova not starting in Cyprus, Stratieva’s current total of 11 points cannot be surpassed, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP Aragon: Lorenzo unfazed by Honda record

With Valentino Rossi taking Yamaha’s first MotoGP win of the season at Misano, team-mate Jorge Lorenzo would like nothing better than to claim Yamaha’s first ever Aragon victory this weekend. Honda riders have won the last three events at the Spanish circuit, following a Ducati victory for Casey Stoner at the inaugural 2010 event. But […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Susie Wolff: ‘Formula One is more accessible for women’

 Without a doubt, Susie Wolff is the most prominent female driver in Formula One at the moment.The 32-year-old British driver – currently the development driver for the Williams Martini Racing team – was the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years when she drove in the Free Practice […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

The 2008 DKR clocks up testing kilometres in France

As the countdown to the 2015 Dakar Rally begins to accelerate, the Peugeot-Total squad is continuing to develop the fearsome 2008 DKR at a frenetic pace with its three star drivers, including Cyril Despres, who is getting to grips with competing on four wheels for the first time. From 7am, Team Peugeot-Total is in action. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

16-year old becomes youngest winner in NASCAR

Cole Custer’s first stand as a NASCAR winner landed him in the stock car record book.Custer became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at 16, taking the checkered flag at New Hampshire in his seventh career Truck Series start. Custer dominated early and pulled away late off the final restart Saturday to […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Smoke becomes fire as Alonso’s Ferrari future in doubt

  Fernando Alonso’s future with Ferrari is almost certainly in serious doubt. Some Spanish media sources continue to insist that the frustrated Spaniard is not interested in leaving the crisis-struck Italian team for McLaren-Honda, or even reigning world champions Red Bull. But dominant Mercedes could be another matter. Still, the latest rumours suggest McLaren could […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Emirates Desert Championship heads for record-breaking start to new season

 Mohammed Ben Sulayem sees national Baja rally series going from strength to strength with entries set to break 100 barrier, two more rounds added. The Emirates Desert Championship is heading for a record-breaking start to the 2014-15 season next month, with entries set to break the 100 barrier for the first time in the national […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sasaki clinches first win in Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup

As the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup continued in Malaysia on Sunday, it was Ayumu Sasaki who clinched a first ever victory on Norrodin’s home patch. In the meantime, championship leader Date crossed the line sixth which tightened up the championship battle. At just 13 years of age (turning 14 in early October), Ayumu Sasaki […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Red Bull GRC: Rhys Millen wins Race 2 in L.A.; Ken Block takes championship lead

 Rhys Millen picked up his second career Red Bull Global Rallycross win with a clean run in Race 2 at the Port of Los Angeles.Millen won his semifinal heat to earn a front row spot for the final. There, he took the hole shot and pulled away from Ken Block and Joni Wiman to score […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Australia wants WRC finale slot

Rally Australia is looking to oust Rally GB from the World Rally Championship’s season finale slot within the next two years.Although the FIA has announced another September slot for the Australia round in 2015, the last year of the rally’s current contract, organisers are pushing for a change after that. Rally Australia’s Ben Rainsford feels […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

It’s hard out there for a team

When it comes to negotiating sponsorship deals in Formula One, the teams have a serious disadvantage to cope with. Whatever they might do to try and lure one brand or another into their clutches, they have serious competition from the commercial rights holder. One of the biggest sponsorship deals in recent years was rumoured to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Tough Stuff Expected at Killarney for Engen Volkswagen Cup Racers

THE 2014 season of the Engen Volkswagen Cup national championship continues in the tradition of this tough racing formula. With just two rounds left of the year, there are three racers in the running to claim the title – with not much breathing space for any of them.   Killarney hosts the penultimate round of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

SUZUKI WINS LE MANS ENDURANCE FINALE

Defending 13-time World Endurance Champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team turned its 2014 season around with a stunning display of speed and consistency to win the final round of the series on home soil at the Le Mans 24-Hour race in France today; as Suzuki’s Junior Team LMS clinched the FIM Superstock World Cup. Vincent Philippe, […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Audi finishes 1-2 at Lone Star LeMans at Circuit of The Americas

 The #2 Audi Sport Team Joest trio of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer won the 2014 FIA World Endurance Champtionship at the Lone Star LeMans late Saturday night at the Circuit of The Americas. The trio, who won the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race earlier this year, crossed the finish line 53.016 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

SPECTACULAR RESULT FOR TOYOTA ON CAPE DEALER RALLY

• Maiden victory for Giniel de Villiers and Greg Godrich (Imperial Team Toyota Yaris S2000) • Second place finish for Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris S2000) • Fifth victory from six starts for Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Toyota Etios R2 S1600) • Third place finish for Chris Coertse and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Solberg wins World RX in Germany

FIA World Rallycross Championship leader Petter Solberg took his fourth win of the season – and third in succession – to move 50 points clear at the top of the table today (Sunday). The Norwegian star’s latest success at World RX of Germany at Estering was the closest World RX win ever.   Five milliseconds […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC principals not giving up on radical plans

 The World Rally Championship will forge ahead with radical format changes for next season, despite the current proposal being rejected by last week’s World Motor Sport Council. WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla and Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito – the two main players in the new plans – both say they still believe the revisions to the Powerstage […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Champagne for Enzo and Gerhard

Twice national rally champion Enzo Kuun celebrated only his second rally of the 2014 National Rally Championship with a trip to the podium on the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, finishing third in the New Africa Developments Ford Fiesta. Despite losing time on Saturday’s opening stage and dropping to fifth, Kuun and navigator Gerhard Snyman maintained […]