FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Fernando Alonso, McLaren Formula One team in negotiations for 2015 seat

Fernando Alonso is locked in negotiations with the McLaren Formula One team, and one of the sticking points could be length of contract. Although Alonso insists Sebastian Vettel’s switch from Red Bull Racing to Ferrari is a mere symptom of his own plans for the future, there are sections of the media that think Vettel […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN FOUR-WAY TITLE FIGHT AT POLOKWANE

The penultimate round of the 2014 South African National Rally Championship, the Polokwane Motor Rally, takes place on October 17 and 18 – and with four crews vying for the championship title, it is sure to be a spectacular battle. Castrol Team Toyota’s Leeroy Poulter and navigator Elvéne Coetzee currently lead the title chase by […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

WTCC title can be decided this weekend in Shanghai

The FIA World Touring Car Championship stops in Shanghai this weekend, after visiting the Chinese capital last week at Goldenport Park.With three events left and 165 points up for grabs, José María López enters the weekend with a 66-point margin over Citroën team-mate Yvan Muller. The Argentinian knows that if that gap goes up up […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Marc Coma 2014 FIM Cross Countries Rally Champion

The six-round FIM Cross Countries Rally Championship concluded Thursday with the final stage of the Morocco Rally.b And with a stage-score of 3-2-5-1-8-7, Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma secured the 2014 Morocco Rally victory. But that wasn’t it – he also secured the FIM Cross Countries Rally Championship. This was important feat for the 38-year-old […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SUCCESSFUL DAKAR TEST ON RALLY OF MOROCCO FOR TOYOTA IMPERIAL HILUX

The Toyota Imperial Hilux crew of Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz has completed six successful days of testing for the 2015 Dakar, when the Rally of Morocco drew to a close in Marrakech on Thursday 9 October. The crew entered as much to win the race as to run a specific […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Schumacher: Todt comments misquoted

Comments attributed to Jean Todt suggesting that Michael Schumacher will be able to live a “relatively normal life” are not correct.Since Michael Schumacher‘s accident in December, the only reliable source of accurate information, even if somewhat thin on the ground, has been Sabine Kehm, the German’s official spokesperson. Consequently, when comments from his former (Ferrari) […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Audi competes in Japan as WEC leader of the standings

Audi looks at a good interim tally. In the FIA World Endurance Championship that has been held since 2012, the brand has now clinched 13 victories in 20 races. The most recent success at Austin (USA) marked the turnaround in the battle for the title and Audi, for the first time this season, took the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Block and Foust among stars competing in WorldRX Turkey

There will be a star-studded showdown at the penultimate round of this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy as American drivers Tanner Foust and Ken Block compete against each other plus 18 other Supercars at World RX of Turkey this weekend (11-12 October). It will also mark a pivotal point in the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 hero Michael Schumacher can lead ‘relatively normal life’ soon, says former Ferrari boss

 The prognosis comes from former Ferrari boss, Jean Todt, who visited the stricken star at his Swiss mansion. Stricken F1 hero Michael Schumacher can expect to lead “a relatively normal life” within a short period of time according to former Ferrari boss Jean Todt. The news comes as a welcome boost for the sport as […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

STUNNING STAGE WIN FOR DE VILLIERS / VON ZITZEWITZ ON RALLY OF MOROCCO

After a tough and frustrating day in the Southern Moroccon Desert on Tuesday, the Toyota Imperial Hilux pairing of Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz, bounced back on Wednesday to record an impressive stage victory. Stage 5 of the 6-stage event was 302 km in length, and saw the teams finally arrive […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Spectators cheat death at rally

 A group of spectators at an Italian Rally have cheated death after a competitor almost wiped them out.A video of the incident  shows Pietro Scavone and Diego D’Herin in their Renault Clio flipping out of control at the Jolly Rally in northern Italy. Up to a dozen spectators were seated at the corner where the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC: Hyundai begins testing with New Generation i20

  Bryan Bouffier puts latest-spec Hyundai rally contender through its paces, but team insists there is no deadline for WRC competition debut. Despite the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship still being in the midst of a busy calendar, Hyundai Motorsport recently rolled out the first prototype of its next WRC car, which is based on […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bianchi concerns dominate Russian GP…

Formula One arrives in Sochi under a cloud this weekend as the condition of Jules Bianchi remains paramount in the thoughts of all involved. The Marussia driver suffered a severe head injury at last weekend’s rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix when his car collided with a recovery vehicle that was attending to Adrian Sutil’s earlier crash at the […]

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Jules Bianchi F1 Japanese crash not first time family has experienced racing tragedy

Marussia F1 driver’s great uncle, Lucien, was killed while testing at Le Mans. Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi’s devastating crash in the Japanese Grand Prix — and his subsequent hospitalization and surgery for a severe head injury — is not the first time the 25-year-old Frenchman’s family has suffered from tragedy in motorsports. Bianchi’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

DIFFICULTIES IN MOROCCO FOR TOYOTA IMPERIAL HILUX PAIRING

South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz were forced to incur a substantial time penalty for missing a checkpoint on Stage 4 of the Rally of Morocco. The pair was holding steady in third place overall, after three tough days of racing in the South of the country, but a steering […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Prodrive tests new VW Golf rally car

 Prodrive has begun testing an all-new Volksagen Golf rally car.The two-litre-engined Golf went through a systems check at MIRA last week and began testing in earnest in Wales on Tuesday. It will not be eligible for the World Rally Championship and Prodrive says it has been built for a bespoke market. The Golf, which was […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP™ en route to Far East with Marquez aiming to clinch title

 MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez has his first chance to clinch the 2014 premier class title this weekend at round 15 of the season, the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, at Motegi.The Honda-built twin ring circuit was first added to the World Championship schedule in 1999 and has hosted a Grand Prix event every year […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

L’Estage wins his seventh Canadian Rally Championship

Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and his co-driver, Torontonian Alan Ockwell, won this past weekend’s Pacific Forest Rally, in Merritt, British Columbia. This very important victory for the Yokohama Rally Team driver assured him the Canadian championship title, two rounds prior to the end of the season. The 2014 title is also history-making as […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

TOYOTA IMPERIAL HILUX PAIRING DE VILLIERS / VON ZITZEWITZ BATTLE THROUGH LONGEST STAGE IN MOROCCO

At 314 km, Monday’s stage of the Oilibya Rally of Morocco was not only the longest of the event, but also technically the most challenging. The route consisted of long, undulating sandy sections, which saw Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Imperial Hilux) post the fourth-fastest time today. Argentina’s Orlando Terranova […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

The new world champion will be a man in a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC!

 A long and action-packed day began with qualifying. The sun was shining, but the track was still cold and slippery. In Q1, Ma Qing Hua’s programme was disrupted when the red flag was brought out, and the Chinese driver could only manage 14th place. José María López and Yvan Muller then clocked the best times […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bianchi ‘incapable of breathing unassisted’

Jules Bianchi is relying on the use of a respirator to breathe after sustaining severe injuries in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.The Marussia driver collided with a recovery vehicle after spinning off the Suzuka track and was instantly taken to the local Mie General hospital. Bianchi underwent three hours of brain surgery following […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

DE VILLIERS / VON ZITZEWITZ CONTINUE TO EXCEL AT RALLY OF MOROCCO

Stage 2 of the Rally of Morocco saw crews traverse 211 km of rough terrain, including a short dune crossing. As with yesterday’s opening stage, Toyota Imperial Hilux driver Giniel de Villiers ended second, just 1:22 behind the stage winner. But while the opening stage was won by Orlando Terranova of Argentina (MINI All4Racing), it […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Andrea De Cesaris dies aged 55, in motorbike accident in Rome

De Cesaris raced 208 times in a 14-year career between 1980 and 1994  De Cesaris was 55 and death comes on same day Jules Bianchi was left fighting for his lift after crash at the Japanese Grand Prix  McLaren tweet tribute to their former driver Former Formula One driver Andrea De Cesaris has died following […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Wayne Taylor Racing scores one for the Americans at Petit Le Mans

Wayne Taylor Racing made America racing history on Saturday at Road Atlanta with the team’s win. Ricky and Jordan Taylor are the first American-born overall winners. Sixteen years after winning the inaugural Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, Wayne Taylor brought his boys and a long-time friend to victory lane in the 10-hour Tudor United […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

BOTTERILL AND VACY-LYLE IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT IN S1600 RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios R2) have all but wrapped up the two-wheel drive S1600 South African National Rally Championship with two rounds remaining. After winning the first four rounds in succession and also round six in the Western Cape a month ago and accumulating 130 points out of a possible […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala/Anttila claim historic WRC victory in France

Finnish party in Alsace – Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won the Rally France and made history in the process. The Volkswagen duo is the first Finnish pairing for just short of 15 years to win an all-asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). With their fourth win of the season, the twelfth […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

New ADAC GT Masters champions van der Linde and Rast: Cool, calm and collected

 •    Kelvin van der Linde and René Rast clinch title in Audi R8 •    Audi duo win three races and finish among the points in all 15 races so far •    Following two 24-hour victories, Rast crowns perfect season with ADAC GT Masters title The 2014 ADAC GT Masters champions are Kelvin van der Linde […]

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Jules Bianchi seriously injured in Japanese Grand Prix crash

 Marussia driver Jules Bianchi has suffered a “severe” head injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.The FIA said the Frenchman would undergo surgery and then be moved to intensive care. Bianchi, 25, was unconscious as he was taken to hospital following the incident which brought the rain-affected race to an early conclusion. He […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala closes gap on Ogier with Rallye de France victory

Jari-Matti Latvala clinched victory in the Rally of France on Sunday to draw closer to World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier.With two races to go until the end of the season, the Finn is now just 27 points behind the Frenchman, who is the reigning world champion. Ogier had started his home rally with a […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 Japanese Grand Prix: Hamilton wins as Bianchi crash ends race

Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix after a serious-looking incident for Jules Bianchi caused the race to be red flagged. Adrian Sutil had crashed at Turn 7 as rain intensified at Suzuka, and as a large movable crane recovered the Sauber, Bianchi went off at the same corner, hitting the rescue vehicle. With light […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

No risks for leading trio in France

The top three drivers at Rallye de France-Alsace were in no mood to take risks dirung the opening loop of two special stages in Sunday morning’s final leg.Both tests were new and with the gaps between the trio relatively large, leader Jari-Matti Latvala, second-placed team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen and Kris Meeke were happy to manage their […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala on target for French win

Jari- -Matti Latvala moved closer to an elusive maiden asphalt victory after controlling Saturday’s second leg of Rallye de France-Alsace.He stretched his lead to 28.0sec after winning the opening four special stages in a Volkswagen Polo R and then throttling back as the challenge from team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen subsided. Latvala won the three morning tests […]

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Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel shocks paddock with move to Ferrari

  Typhoon Phanfone was skirting the coast of Japan and threatening to disrupt the Japanese Grand Prix but an another altogether unexpected storm broke at Suzuka when the four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel announced he was quitting Red Bull. The 27-year-old German, who has yet to win a race this year, will be moving to […]

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes on Formula One Japanese Grand Prix pole as rain heads for Suzuka

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg beat teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole at Suzuka after the Hamilton lost a crucial two tenths in one corner.Qualifying could turn out to be even more crucial than usual, as heavy rain is expected on Sunday as Typhoon Phanfone approaches. There’s a good chance that fans could see a stop-start event run […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala leads as Kubica charges

Jari-Matti Latvala completed a hat-trick of stage victories on Saturday morning to widen his lead in the Rally de France-Alsace.He was fastest through both SS9 and SS10 to add to quickest time in the opener, and reached remote service at Colmar with his lead over Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen up to a relatively […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

SS10 – Latvala continues to lead

After the final stage of the morning loop on the second day of the Rallye de France-Alsace, Jari-Matti Latvala continues to lead the rally with a 14.8 second advantage over team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. Latvala dominated the three stages in the loop going fastest on all and at the end of SS10 was in control commenting […]