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Max Vatanen lears a lot in Finland

Max Vatanen gained more vital experience in the cut and thrust of the World Rally Championship with a stage-winning performance on Rally Finland, the fastest WRC event of them all.The 23-year-old son of Finnish rallying legend Ari Vatanen was taking part in the Jyvaskyla-based event for the first time as part of the Drive DMACK […]

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Atlas Copco Ford Racing charges into second half of 2014 season at Sun City

The Atlas Copco Ford Racing team is going all out to regain some of the championship momentum lost in the previous rounds when the Donaldson Cross Country Championship arrives at Sun City for the Force Fuel 450.Despite winning the second race of the season and claiming regular podium finishes during the year, arch-rival Toyota has […]

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Production Car Free for All at the Phakisa Freeway

Johan Fourie in the Alcohol Killer BMW 335i has extended his lead in the Bridgestone Production Car championship, scoring the motorsport equivalent of a perfect 10 at Phakisa Freeway near Welkom on August 2.In class T there were very different finishing orders in the two races, the 12-lap feature highlighted by a very robust confrontation […]

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Thrills and spills for Engen Volkswagen Cup racers at Phakisa

THE Engen Volkswagen Cup series is best-known for delivering on enthusiastic driving performances from competitors eager to grab any advantage in their search for track position and championship points. Round five at Phakisa Freeway in Welkom, Free State on Saturday was no different. Duvall Maritz (25) was an early casualty when he hit the barrier […]

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SPEEDY GONZALÓPEZ!

– José-María López achieved a clean sweep at his home meeting in Argentina, with two race wins and one pole position. – Yvan Muller, Pechito’s fiercest rival for the World Championship, secured two podium spots, while Sébastien Loeb finished 4th and 6th. – López’s maximum points haul puts him 60 points clear of Muller in […]

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IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY FEATURES THREE NEW SPECIAL STAGES

The Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally, round five of the SA National Rally Championship, will feature three new special stages out of a total of 12 over the two-day event that starts from the Zonderwater Correctional Services facility north-east of Pretoria on August 15.There will be six special stages on Friday covering some 78 kilometres of […]

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Rally Finland: Home win for Latvala

Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala delivered in front of his home fans and took an emotional victory on Rally Finland on Sunday. It was Latvala’s third WRC win of the season and his second on the ‘1000 Lakes Rally’, as it use to be known. The result also means Volkswagen stretches its unbroken run of WRC triumphs […]

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Rally Finland: Down to the wire

The organisers seemed to have saved the best for last as Ruuhimäki was followed by another classic at Myhinpää. Fast flowing corners, crests and dips provided one of the toughest challenges of the weekend. The fight for victory at Neste Oil Rally Finland will go down to the final stage after Sébastien Ogier clawed back […]

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Latvala increases lead

The final day opened with a Rally Finland classic. Ruuhimäki is famed for a sequence of flat-out jumps near the end. After a long straight and several 90 degree corners, the jumps started at 2.5km, building up to the big ones in the final section. Fastest time for Jari-Matti Latvala through the opening stage of […]

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Two-part thriller — Latvala holds the lead in Finland

 Dominance followed by drama: Latvala/Anttila still up front in their home event  Victory within reach for Ogier/Ingrassia, Mikkelsen/Fløene comfortably in fourth place  Volkswagen Polo R WRC celebrates 600th top-three time since January 2013      . With a combination of driving expertise and nerves of steel, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) held on to their […]

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Rally Finland: SS 21 Ogier closing on struggling Latvala

Surkee had several rhythm changes which challenged drivers’ abilities to adapt. Wide roads contrasted with narrower sections, with rocks lining the roadside in the latter.Jari-Matti Latvala’s Neste Oil Rally Finland lead came under threat from Volkswagen team-mate Sébastien Ogier as brake problems continued to hinder the Finn. Latvala ceded 7.3sec to his colleague as he […]

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Rally Finland: Ostberg out with damaged roll cage

Mökkiperä is a Finland classic but this year it was run in the opposite direction to normal. The first part was on flat roads with long straights and 90 degree corners, before turning into a high-speed roller coaster over big jumps and through fast bends. Mads Østberg retired from fifth place at Neste Oil Rally […]

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Mercedes Formula One drivers told to obey team orders

Lewis Hamilton, shown leading teammate Nico Rosberg in Hungary, ignored team orders to allow Rosberg to pass last weekend. Although Mercedes brass have come out in support of Hamilton’s decision, they have reportedly mandated that drivers follow team orders from this point on.Mercedes’ title-warring drivers have been told they must follow team orders over the […]

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Rally Finland: Saturday midday

Himos was a mixed surface test on service roads around a ski resort. Leustu was a slightly longer version of the 2013 test and again tackled in the opposite direction to its usual format. The first 4km were narrow before it opened and became faster. Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala shared the stage wins at […]

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Rally Finland: SS 16 and a hattrick of wins for Latvala

Surkee had several rhythm changes which challenged drivers’ abilities to adapt. Wide roads contrasted with narrower sections, with rocks lining the roadside in the latter.Three out of three for Jari-Matti Latvala as the leader completed a hat-trick of stage wins on Saturday morning at Neste Oil Rally Finland. The Finn was quickest by 4.1sec in […]

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Rally Finland: Ogier takes second from Meeke

This is only the second time Jukojärvi has been run in this direction. Known for its countless junctions, it’s quite different to the traditional Finnish stage.World champion Sébastien Ogier regained second place in Neste Oil Rally Finland after completing Jukojärvi 4.0sec faster than Kris Meeke. Meeke relegated Ogier to third yesterday afternoon as the Frenchman […]

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Rally Finland: Latvala carries on where he left off

Mökkiperä is a Finland classic but this year it was run in the opposite direction to normal. The first part was on flat roads with long straights and 90 degree corners, before turning into a high-speed roller coaster over big jumps and through fast bends. Leader Jari-Matti Latvala extended his Neste Oil Rally Finland advantage […]

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Latvala takes control at Rally Finland

A blistering Friday afternoon performance from Jari-Matti Latvala saw him stretch his lead at the head of the Rally Finland.The Finn added less than four seconds to his overnight lead during this morning’s four special stages. But a hat-trick of stage wins this afternoon allowed him to build a 19.7sec lead in his Volkswagen Polo […]

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Rally Finland: Ogier loses more time to Latvala on SS 11

Kakaristo comprised a large part of the classic Ouninpohja stage but with some of the wide road roller-coaster sections missing. It was last used in 2008, but in the opposite direction.Kakaristo was dry and loose and road opener Sébastien Ogier cut a frustrated figure at the stage end. He dropped 8.3sec to leader Jari-Matti Latvala […]

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Rally Finland: Meeke closes on Ogier in SS 10

Another test new to most drivers as it was last used 11 years ago. The opening section was blindingly fast before it merged with the more familiar route in Päijälä village. Plenty of flat-out crests and jumps here.Jari-Matti Latvala extended his lead into double figures for the first time at Neste Oil Rally Finland as […]

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Rally Finland SS 9: Neuville out

Last used in the 1980s, it offered a mix of fast and technical sections. It started on a wide road in a protected historical area and the first 9.6km were typical fast Finnish roller-coaster roads before it became narrower towards the finish. Thierry Neuville has been sidelined from Neste Oil Rally Finland after his Hyundai […]

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Toyota boss samples Finland WRC stage

Four time world champion Tommi Makinen chauffeured Toyota president, Akio Toyoda through the forsts today at Neste Oil Rally Finland in the Japanese company’s new four-wheel drive GT 86 car.It was the first public appearance of the car that Toyoda asked Mäkinen to build. It came just 24 hours after Toyoda took the wheel himself […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 – F1 warned to stop controlling drivers

 Formula 1 teams must stop trying to control their drivers so much if the sport is going to make them heroes again, reckons Red Bull boss, Christian Horner. As F1 continues to search for answers over a decline in fan interest levels, one theory gaining traction is that drivers have been made too corporate and […]

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Seven-time Formula One champion may go home later this summer

While Michael Schumacher continues to recover from a serious head injury suffered in a skiing accident on Dec. 29, his family may be considering a non-traditional course of treatment.According the the London Daily Mail in a published report on Tuesday, Croatian neurosurgeons have developed a microchip implanting technique that may be able to help Schumacher […]

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All systems go for first national championship motorcycle races in Durban in 25 years

It’s all systems go for the return of national championship motorcycle racing to Durban for more than half a century on August 24. The KwaZulu-Natal SuperGP will be round five of the new-look South African national motorcycle championships, the Monster Energy SuperGP Champions Trophy, following the postponement of the previously scheduled Nelson Mandela Bay SuperGP […]

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Rally Finland SS 6: Hanninen Rolls

  Another test new to most drivers as it was last used 11 years ago. The opening section was blindingly fast before it merged with the more familiar route in Päijälä village. Plenty of flat-out crests and jumps here. Volkswagen claimed its 250th stage win with the Polo R when Jari-Matti Latvala further extended his […]

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Nissan Says BladeGlider and IDx Could Be The Future Of Sports Cars

It looks like the Nissan GT-R is trying to eat the red Audi R8 pace car in front of it for lunch.The two speed demons are slithering their way around Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France, leading a caravan of brand-new GT-Rs driven by journalists from around the world. But the man behind […]

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Rally Finland SS 5: Kubica does it again!

Last used in the 1980s, Friday’s opener offered a mix of fast and technical sections. It started on a wide road in a protected historical area and the first 9.6km were typical fast Finnish roller-coaster roads before it became narrower towards the finish. Just 1.6km was all Robert Kubica managed before the Pole’s day came […]

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Rally Finland: Latvala leads after first four stages

A 2.27km stage to complete Thursday’s stage action in Finland and Jari-Matti Latvala leads overnight, Ogier +4.5, Meeke +9.2, Hänninen + Hirvonen +26.4, Mikkelsen +27.2, Østberg +30.9, Neuville +38.8, Prokop +1:09.4, Solberg +1:13.8, Evans +1:14.8… Latvala collected a hay bale on the 2.27km Harju stage and dropped 0.8 to hs VW teammate and rival Sébastien […]

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Rally Finland: Latvala sets early -pace on stage 1 in the rain

A challenging test and perfect curtain-raiser as it offered a mix of everything competitors encounter over the four days. Wide and narrow roads, crests, jumps and dips were all there on roads close to the home of Finnish legend Juha Kankkunen.Jari-Matti Latvala set the early pace at Neste Oil Rally Finland, the Finn blasting his […]

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Hyundai enters 3 cars for super-fast Rally Finland

After a short summer break, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will resume its debut campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship today at Rally Finland, the fastest and most spectacular round of the series.The Alzenau-based team secured a well-earned podium result in Poland last month with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars finishing a […]

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Back to action for Audi S4 quattro competitors

Round five of the Super Series on Saturday, 2 August, sees the racers compete at a circuit that is a driver-favourite. Phakisa Freeway has a challenging layout that keeps drivers focused and demands a high level of dedication from the competitors.There are few as dedicated as those who contest the Bridgestone Production Car Championship, with […]

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Six foreign crews enter Pearl of Africa rally

Six foreign crews have enetered the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Rally that is scheduled for August 15-16 .According to the Clerk of the Course (COC) , the current ARC point leader, Gary Chaynes and Roain Comas from Ivory Coast (76pts), former ARC champion Mohamed Essa and Gareth Dawes from Zambia (75pts) have cleared the […]

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Isachsen joins World Rallycross for Canada

 Three-time European Rallycross champion Sverre Isachsen will race at the seventh round of the World Rallycross Championship in Trois-Rivieres in Canada next week.The Norwegian will drive the Subaru Rally Team USA Impreza that he uses in the American-based Global Rallycross Championship, where he finished second last time out at Charlotte to Gymkhana star Ken Block, […]

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German WRC “debut” for Toyota GT86 CS-R3

The GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its public debut at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the ninth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) can confirm.TMG has chosen to return to its rallying roots with a rear-wheel-drive car to entertain drivers and fans alike, following in the wheel tracks of cars […]