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López wins in Suzuka to seal title as Muller retires

José María López took the 2014 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) title with victory in race one at Suzuka, as Citroën team-mate Yvan Muller retired from the race with a left-rear puncture whilst running in second.   Argentine López led the entire race from start to finish to secure his maiden title in the WTCC […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Engen Volkswagen Cup racers have just one chance left in championship chase

One event, two races and 12 points is all that is left to decide the 2014 Engen Volkswagen Cup Championship. The national championship will compete at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 1 November, in the series finale.   The 12 points that separate the top three competitors will see Sheldon van der Linde (16 – Ferodo […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Audi S4 quattro racers ready for a dramatic finale

Competition in the Bridgestone Production Car Championship has been fierce this season. The on-track battles for position and points has demanded the most from every racer in the series.   The final round of the championship sees the Audi S4 quattro racers head to Zwartkops Raceway for the last two races of the season on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Preview: 2014 Wales Rally GB

IT’S ALMOST time to reach for a bobble hat, flask, maps and sturdy shoes. That’s right: the Welsh forests are about to be filled once again with the howl of World Rally Cars.November has long been a hallowed month for rally fans to make the trip to the famously difficult stages of Wales to cheer […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sir Jackie Stewart warns that F1 drivers are ‘taking liberties’

The crash which left Jules Bianchi in a critical condition is a reminder to Formula 1 drivers that they are not “bulletproof”, says Sir Jackie Stewart.Bianchi remains in hospital after his car collided with a tractor recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix on 5 October. The crash has raised concerns about the safety of […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Marc Marquez wins Malaysian MotoGP for record 12th win of season

Twelve wins … Marc Marquez has equalled Mick Doohan’s season-win record. (Credit: AFP) Reigning world champion Marc Marquez won a season record-equalling 12th MotoGP race with victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Honda-riding Spaniard, who sealed his title defence in Japan two weeks ago, had a poor start on pole but clawed […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC Rally de Espana: Kubica with ‘mixed feelings’

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica says he has “mixed feelings” following Rally de Espana this weekend. Kubica finished the first full-day of competition in sixth place in his M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car, 15.6 seconds off team-mate and eventual third place finisher, Mikko Hirvonen. However, Saturday was disastrous, with mechanical issues in the morning costing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Lappi wins in Switzerland

The European Rally Champion will be a ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 driver once again this year. The works drivers Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) extended their lead in the overall standings with their victory at the “Rallye International du Valais”, the penultimate race of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season. Only their brand colleagues Sepp […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC Rally de Espana: Ogier retains title with Spanish win

Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier has retained his WRC Drivers’ title after winning Rally de Espana. Ogier came into the weekend with a 27 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship and only needed to score one more point than team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala to wrap it up, but in the end he did it in style by claiming […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

First Ever Ladies Champion Crowned in National Off-road Bike/Quad Championship!

Yes, hats off to all the ladies who competed in the first ever Combined Ladies Championship that formed part of the 2014 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championship – if it was not for each and every one of these brave lady competitors who raced their bikes or quads in the national series this […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 – Dennis: Customer teams can’t win titles

McLaren chief Ron Dennis believes customer teams will never be able to win a Formula 1 championship under the current engine regulations.Ahead of his team’s switch to Honda power units next year, Dennis said earlier this month that works teams have such a huge advantage in getting the most out of the new hybrid systems. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala vows to continue fighting in Spain

Jari-Matti Latvala is refusing to give up the fight for the World Rally Championship as he contests the Rally de Espana this weekend. Defending champion Sebastien Ogier needs to score just one more point than Volkswagen team-mate Latvala to retain the title he won for the first time in 2013. Ogier could have finished the job […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hayden Paddon moving up a gear for Spain

 Kiwi rally ace Hayden Paddon will look to continue his consistent debut World Rally Championship (WRC) season for the Hyundai team at Rally Spain this weekend. Fresh off sixth place at Rally Australia last month, the 27-year-old from Geraldine and co-driver John Kennard will look to find more speed and push up the rankings. Paddon […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

A 23-Year Wait Made Championship Sweet for Fittipaldi

When Christian Fittipaldi captured the International Formula 3000 title in 1991 at the age of 20, he didn’t realize he would have to wait 23 years until he would win another major championship. Throughout his career, the Brazilian enjoyed many major accomplishments. He raced three years in Formula One, was second place overall and earned […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Robert Kubica says Formula 1 return would be a dream

Poland’s Robert Kubica is considering having more surgery on his injured hand this winter as he continues to hold out hope of a comeback to Formula 1.Kubica suffered a partially severed right hand in a rally accident on the eve of the 2011 F1 season, and has not recovered enough movement to return. The 29-year-old […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Tuthill Porsche confirms 911 R-GT production

Tuthill Porsche has confirmed a limited production run of its World Rally Championship class-winning Porsche 911 R-GT car, following substantial interest in the groundbreaking project over two WRC outings so far this year. Earliest orders will be completed in time for January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo: opening round of the 2015 FIA R-GT Cup. Tuthill engineers have […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 plans trip to Las Vegas for grand prix on The Strip Forrmula One executive Bernie Ecclestone is in discussions about hosting a grand prix on the streets of Las Vegas, including The Strip.  Vegas say they are ready to go and it would be on The Strip for sure,” said Ecclestone, referring to the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Higgins pilots Subaru WRX STI at LSPR to an extra soggy and muddy win

David Higgins pilots the Subaru WRX STI to a wet and muddy win in the final rally race at LSPR. What happened to Travis Pastrana?It was a wet weekend at the 2014 Lake Superior Performance Rally, but David Higgins and Craig Drew running the #1 Subaru WRX STI pulled out another victory to finish the […]

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POULTER/COETZEE WIN POLOKWANE MOTOR RALLY AND 2014 SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) finally broke Toyota’s long national rally championship drought dating back to 2004 to clinch the 2014 title with victory in the penultimate round, the Polokwane Motor Rally, in Limpopo this afternoon. In a rally of attrition that saw five of the nine runners in the premier […]

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Poulter new SA Driver’s Champion

The Team Castrol pairing of Leeroy Poulter and Elvene Coetzee have won the Polokwane Rally in Polokwane this afternoon. They have also provisionally been declared the 2014 SA National Rally Champions. The last time that Toyota won the championship was ten years ago with Serge Damseaux. Poulter was never under any real pressure after stage […]

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Sheikh Khalid seals victory at Abu Dhabi Rally

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi regis­tered a dominant victory at the Abu Dhabi Rally yesterday, beating his brother Sheikh Abdullah by a mar­gin of three minutes 5.3 seconds with Qatar’s Abdullah Al Kuwari further nine minutes 11.9 seconds back in third place. Sheikh Khalid’s victory was all the more impressive because even though he had gone […]

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WRC: Latvala ready to ‘keep on fighting’

  Jari-Matti Latvala will look to delay VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier’s second WRC coronation with victory on Rally Spain .Rally Spain has a sense of déjà vu about it for Jari-Matti Latvala as the Finn continues to frustrate Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier’s title ambitions. If the recent Rallye de France-Alsace was a case of ‘win […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-Sport Mount Mixed Surface Challenge

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans are ready to mount a challenge on the mixed surface stages of next week’s RallyRACC – Rally de España.   Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Spanish fixture is the FIA World Rally Championship’s (WRC) only true dual surface event and the M-Sport pairing are well prepared […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Solberg added to Race of Champions field

Newly-crowned FIA World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg is the latest driver to sign up for the 2014 Race Of Champions at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados in December. Solberg has taken four wins already in this year’s inaugural championship – and third place at Italy’s Franciacorta track last week was enough for him to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team ready to tackle mixed surfaces at Rally de España

•    Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will contest RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada, Rally de España next week, the penultimate round of the 13-event FIA World Rally Championship and the only mixed surface event of the season. •    Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) will once again represent […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC chiefs reject Powerstage idea

The format of the World Rally Championship will not change for next season, following Thursday’s meeting between the FIA and series stakeholders. FIA president Jean Todt attended the WRC Commission meeting in Geneva, where an overhaul of the Powerstage – which meant dividing the time difference by a factor of 10 and grouping the crews […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Volkswagen trio hungry for victory: World Rally Championship reaches fever pitch in Spain

* Champ vs. Challenger: Ogier out to wrap things up, Latvala to set up super finale * Possible milestones: more records within Volkswagen’s sights *Great opportunity: Mikkelsen targets maiden WRC win Will it all be done and dusted? Or are we set for a super finale? The title race in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship […]

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PENULTIMATE ROUND OF SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS IN POLOKWANE TODAY

Former S2000 Challenge winners Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin in their Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo will lead the competitors contesting the penultimate round of the SA National Rally Championship, the Polokwane Motor Rally, off the start ramp at the Polokwane Municipal Chambers at 12 noon today. It will be a ceremonial start as the first of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

TEAM RHIDE SA’S BRIAN BARAGWANATH SHATTERS THE RECORDS!

Team Rhide SA’s off-road quad racer, Brian Baragwanath, has shattered the records by becoming the first quad competitor in the past decade to win all the rounds of a modern South African national off-road series and by doing so, he won the quad category overall and claimed the Q1 Class Championship title. It was the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of this season, the company’s former president Luca Di Montezemolo has confirmed.Alonso’s departure is an open secret in Formula 1 but the team have not yet announced it, nor their decision to replace him with Sebastian Vettel.   Di Montezemolo told Italian television: “Fernando is leaving for […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP: Rossi, Lorenzo say Marquez now more in control

Valentino Rossi believes the most ominous thing for Marc Marquez’s MotoGP rivals is how much more in control the champion has appeared in 2014.Marquez wrapped up his second MotoGP title in as many years at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. After winning the crown as a rookie in a last-round decider with Jorge Lorenzo in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Toyota Le Mans racer Sarrazin returns to rallying with 8Star Motorsports

Stephane Sarrazin, Toyota works prototype driver in FIA World Endurance Championship, is set to return to rallying in the Rallye des Cévennes and the Tour de Corse, final round of the Eur opean Rally Championship. He will be racing at the wheel of a WRC Ford Fiesta entered by First Motorsport and carrying the colors […]