DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Al-Rajhi mixes it with the big boys

Yazeed Al-Rajhi has been impressive since the start of his maiden Dakar, but he had to wait until the eighth stage to claim his first win in the toughest rally raid in the world. This prestigious triumph confirms the talent of the Saudi driver, still very much in the running for overall glory. Yazeed Al-Rajhi, […]

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Team Black Falcon dominates the 2015 edition of the Hankook 24H Dubai

Team Black Falcon’s 2015 motorsport season has kicked off with a bang as the team completely dominated the 24 Hours of Dubai this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome, taking the overall victory and a 1-2 in the Porsche Cup Class. The weekend started off smoothly for the #2 Black Falcon Mercedes (Buurman/Haupt/AlFaisal/Webb), which set the […]

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WRC: Tuthill Porsche confirms R-GT entry

Tuthill Porsche has confirmed its expected entry for the full 2015 FIA R-GT Championship with multiple WRC winner François Delecour at the wheel. The British team will use its new Porsche 911 R-GT rally car, which it developed during the 2014 season with competitive outings on the World Championship rounds in Germany and France. “From […]

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DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ SECOND ON STAGE 7 OF DAKAR 2015, AS POULTER CONSOLIDATES

As if the Dakar Rally isn’t tough enough, the crews had to go off into Bolivia on their own for Stage 7 – without the support of their service crews at the end of the day. For Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, in the Toyota Imperial Hilux, however, it was a fantastic stage […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI FIND A SAFE AND SENSIBLE PACE ON FIRST HALF OF DAKAR MARATHON STAGE INTO BOLIVIA

• Giniel de Villiers reduces Al-Attiyah’s lead to 8min 14sec; Terranova takes stage win • Car and truck crews tackle Bolivian special stage into Uyuni for the first time The YPF Competicion Ford Ranger pairing of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi found a safe and sensible pace and rhythm on the seventh special stage of […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI ENJOY CLEAN DAKAR RUN THROUGH NORTHERN CHILE INTO IQUIQUE

The YPF Competicion Ford Ranger pairing of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi wiped the slate clean after Thursday’s problems and enjoyed a clean run through the sixth special stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally between Antofagasta and Iquique in northern Chile on Friday.The 45-year-old Argentine claimed the 23rd quickest time on the special and moved […]

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DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ SECOND ON STAGE 6 OF DAKAR 2015

Stage 6 of Dakar 2015 took place between the towns of Antofagasta and Iquique, and saw Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzetwitz (#303) post the second-fastest stage time in their Toyota Imperial Hilux. The pair finished just 37 seconds behind the stage winner and overall race leader, Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI), after 255 km of […]

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Rodrigues steps out of the shadows, Al-Attiyah rams home his advantage

 Discreet since the start in Buenos Aires, Helder Rodrigues is still capable of a major feat, as he demonstrated with his five previous stage victories on the Dakar. This figure moved up to six this evening in Iquique, after a great day for the Portuguese rider. Nasser Al-Attiyah made it victory number three and continues […]

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– Like a phoenix from the flames…

More than five hours after the winner of yesterday’s stage, Guerlain Chicherit crossed the finishing line. His buggy had caught fire before he reached Antofagasta! Not only Phoenixes are reborn from their flames… Guerlain does as well! Nobody expected Chicherit to finish the special at Antofagasta, but nonetheless he emerged from the night which had […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 – Formula E boss not cheesed off with Vettel despite snub

While Sebastian Vettel has turned his nose up at Formula E, describing the electric racing series as “cheese”, its chief executive hopes the four times world Formula ! champion would one day get behind the wheel of a battery-powered racecar. “We’re big admirers of Vettel,” said Alejandro Agag on Thursday. “He just doesn’t like Formula […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC changes could spice up 2015 rallies

This year’s World Rally Championship will feature a number of changes that it hopes will generate even more interest in rallying’s premier series. 1: So long split times In recent years, thanks to improvements in mobile data and timing systems, WRC drivers have been able to monitor their rivals’ speed during a live stage via […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI LOSE OVER TWO HOURS WITH ELECTRICAL ISSUES

Federico Villagra’s and Andrés Memi’s climb back through the field in the 2015 Dakar Rally suffered a setback on the punishing fifth special stage between Copiapó and Antofagasta in Chile on Thursday evening.The Argentine pair suffered a niggling electrical problem in the desert and dropped over two and a half hours to the stage winner, […]

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Robb’s Dakar: Endless nothingness

I would never have thought that I would be overjoyed with 6 hours of sleep outside with generators droning all around me, but with sleeping bag soaked with dew I woke up ready to trudge over passed the MINIs to get breakfast.I was so blown away with the incredible landscape over the Andes yesterday that […]

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Peterhansel back into top 10, Sainz ends his rally

The emotional rollercoaster of the first Dakar for the Team Peugeot Total continued in Chile today, with Stéphane Peterhansel moving up into the top 10 while Carlos Sainz retired as the result of an accident – from which both he and co-driver Lucas Cruz emerged unharmed. Cyril Despres did not have an easy day after […]

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Coma comes to the fore, Vasilyev steps into the limelight

Battling with Joan Barreda since the start in Buenos Aires, Marc Coma finally tasted victory on the Dakar 2015, regaining 2’16’’ on his countryman. Barreda, far from panicking, is focusing on controlling his lead in the general standings. In the car race, Vladimir Vasilyev experienced a day of glory with his first victory on the […]

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Trouble free day for Van Niekerk

What happened Tuesday 6th Jan: Broadlink’s Riaan van Niekerk had a trouble free day and stayed out of trouble, finishing 20th on the stage. Matthias Walkner set a blistering pace today to take the stage win ahead of Marc coma. Marc was able to pull back some time on Barreda and is looking forward to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

JRM R4 Subaru set for Rallye Monte-Carlo debut

JRM’s production-specification Subaru WRX STI rally car will make its Rallye Monte-Carlo (22-25 January) debut this month in the hands of experienced privateer Eamonn Boland.The Irishman, who finished 14th overall in Monte Carlo last season and will be contesting the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship for the 10th time, is one of […]

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Robb’s Dakar: Nasser — I can control pace now from front

With the Andean backdrop the third campsite was another stunning one… except for the bastard sharp little seeds sticking into my feet… and then the news that we’d lost one of the family. 38 year old Michal Hernik was found dead in the stage and that of course cast a pallor over the event. It’s […]

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Dakar Day 4 review from Peugeot

The fourth day was one of mixed emotions for Team Peugeot Total. Stéphane Peterhansel showed the car’s potential, taking the lead of the 315-kilometre stage before falling back after the final waypoint. He finished the stage fifth, to continue his climb up the leaderboard. But his team mates Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres lost time, […]

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Sam Sunderland pulls out of Dakar Rally after crash

A 2015 Dakar Rally that started swimmingly for Sam Sunderland soon became troubled and came to an abrupt end altogether on Wednesday. Sunderland had won the first stage of the trans-South American race on Sunday, but fell far back on Monday during the second stage after getting lost some four-fifths of the way through the […]

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VILLAGRA AND MEMI MAINTAIN CONSISTENT PACE

The Argentine duo of Federico Villagra and Andrés Memi maintained their consistent pace and stayed out of trouble after crossing the Andes mountain range from Argentina into Chile to tackle a 315km special stage in the 2015 Dakar Rally on Wednesday. The pair guided their Neil Woolridge Motorsport-prepared YPF Competicion Ford Ranger through the first […]

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POULTER IMPROVES IN STANDINGS, WHILE DE VILLIERS HOLDS STEADY

It was a day of big moves on the Dakar, as the entire race relocated to Chile by traversing the spectacular Andes mountain range before the start of the stage. But for the Toyota Imperial South African Dakar Team, it was the fleet-footed Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie (#327) that made most of the moves, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-Sport reveals ‘classic’ Ford livery for WRC 2015

  M-Sport reveals its new look Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the 2015 World Rally Championship, beginning with the Monte Carlo Rally.M-Sport has taken the wraps off the car it will campaign it the 2015 World Rally Championship, complete with a new design that evokes iconic liveries in Ford’s past. Ahead of the 2015 WRC […]

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Peugeot Dakar Tuesday review

With only a tenth of the race gone – at the end of day three of 13 – the brand-new PEUGEOT 2008 DKR has continued to make progress on the Dakar Rally in the hands of the event’s most successful-ever driver line-up. Compared to the longest stage of the rally yesterday, today’s action was gentler: […]

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ERC: Kajetanowicz seals victory in Austria

Kajetan Kajetanowicz took victory in the FIA European Rally Championship opener with a dominant drive, winning by over seven minutes and being fastest in all but one stage in Austria. The Polish driver carried three-and-a-half minute lead into the second day of racing and ended it with a 7m 07.4s advantage over his nearest rival […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP getting faster

MotoGP continues to get faster with nine new race lap records set during last year’s 18-round season. Six of those were by double world champion Marc Marquez, who has replaced Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa as holder of the most lap records (eight) on the current calendar. But with 14 of the 18 records set […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Under-18 Drivers Banned in Formula 1 From 2016

Formula One drivers will have to be at least 18 years old from 2016, motorsport’s governing body announced on Tuesday.The FIA’s new rules, which aim to make it harder for inexperienced drivers to appear on the biggest stage, followed the Toro Rosso team’s decision to hire 17-year-old Max Verstappen for this year’s championship. From 2016, […]

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Riaan van Niekerk plays it safe

  What happened Monday 5th Jan: Monday was the longest single special in the rally, proved to be a really tough day for most, with soaring temperatures of up to 42 degrees celcius. The route was challenging with lots of fesh fesh, with ruts and narrow winding tracks between the bushes, then sandy whooped out […]

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Africa Eco Race: MAURITANIA, STILL AS SELECTIVE

The gods of offroad rallies decided the race could continue today. Even though the weather was not really on the participants side yesterday evening during the briefing, it finally changed this morning. As a result, the 433km long stage between Chami and Amsaga happened with a slight delay of an hour, enough time for the […]

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Dakar claims another victim as Michal Hernik dies

The Polish bike rider Michal Hernik (no. 82) was found dead on the selective section of the third stage of the rally between San Juan and Chilecito at kilometre 206.The circumstances surrounding his death have yet to be determined, as the competitor did not show any external signs of an accident. When the race management […]