MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Australia countdown: The challenge

While Coates Hire Rally Australia isn’t the only gravel round of the World Rally Championship, its notoriously slippery road surface and mix of forest and open sections make it a u8nique test for the drivers.The wide-ranging conditions start with Friday’s technical, narrow, winding stages – most of which are on forest roads and under tree […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC Rally Australia: Hirvonen ‘definitely’ after top-three

 Mikko Hirvonen reckons there is “no reason why we can’t achieve” a rostrum finish in his M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car in Australia. M-Sport team leader Mikko Hirvonen says he will “definitely” be looking for a podium finish on Rally Australia. Hirvonen has only managed one rostrum so far this season, when he was second […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

TOYOTA TRIO AT THE TOP IN DONALDSON CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

With only three rounds remaining in the 2014 Donaldson Cross Country, the action moves to the spiritual home of off-road racing in South Africa, Vryburg. For Castrol Team Toyota, current championship leaders, it will be an opportunity to consolidate and build on their success earlier in the season. Defending champion Anthony Taylor, with navigator Dennis […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Atlas Copco Ford Racing aiming for victory on 6th round of Donaldson Cross Country Championship

Fifth all-new route in six events on Vryburg 450 during 12 and 13  September Chris Visser returns to the team for the first time this year, and on home territory Ford Racing on a high after impressive showing on Brazil’s tough Rally dos Sertões   Atlas Copco Ford Racing will be going all-out to secure […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SPECIAL VEHICLE LOTTERY AT VRYBURG 450

The Special Vehicle championship has turned into something of a lottery and someone needs to pull a winning ticket out of the hat at the Vryburg 450, round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in North West province on September 12 and 13. Current championship leaders Quintin and Kallie Sullwald, in the Elegant Fuel […]

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DAVID AND GOLIATH PRODUCTION VEHICLE BATTLE AT VRYBURG 450

With only three points separating the two top teams in the championship the Production Vehicle category at the Vryburg 450 on September 12 and 13, round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, is going to be full of Reigning champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy, in the factory Team Castrol Toyota Hilux, take to […]

GAS SUPERBIKES MOTORSPORT NEWS

Monster Energy SuperGP Champions Trophy at Zwartkops

Round six of the eight-round inaugural Monster Energy SuperGP Champions Trophy, the new-look motorcycles-only national championship, sees the first visit of the country’s top two-wheel racers to the tight and twisty 2,4 kilometre Zwartkops Raceway west of Pretoria this weekend (September 14). After visiting the Free State, Mpumalanga, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

2014 Italian Grand Prix paper review: Conspiracy aplenty after Rosberg errors

Three-time champion Jackie Stewart fuels flames following the race. Conspiracy theories dominated the back pages of Monday’s papers following Lewis Hamilton’s comeback victory at the Italian Grand Prix. Twice Nico Rosberg missed the first chicane at Monza, allowing Hamilton to take the lead of the race – and provoking uproar on social media. It was […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

Marco Melandri takes double victory at Jerez

 Marco Melandri clinched a double win in the Superbike World Championship round at Jerez to deny deny title hopeful Sylvain Guintoli more valuable points.In both races the Aprilia rider steadily worked his way to the front of the pack before overtaking team-mate Guintoli and forcing championship leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) into third place in the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team travels down under

After clinching an historic 1-2 victory at home in Rallye Deutschland last month, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team now heads to Australia for round ten of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – which marks the return of the series to loose surface.After clinching an historic 1-2 victory at home in Rallye Deutschland last […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Decider Down Under – Volkswagen’s title aspirations at the Rally Australia

* Second match point: Volkswagen close to defending the world championship title *Hard times: Rally Australia is the seventh gravel rally of the year Internal three-way battle: Volkswagen drivers fight for drivers’ championship *Just a small step to the big goal: With their second “match point”, Volkswagen reaches for the title in the manufacturers’ standings […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

SOLBERG WINS LOHEAC RX IN FRONT OF SELL-OUT CROWD

Norway’s Petter Solberg took a sensational victory at today’s World RX of France, round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. The result marks the third win of the season for PSRX driver Solberg as the former WRC Champion extends his lead at the top of the overall World RX standings. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix after Rosberg mistake

Lewis Hamilton recovered from a poor start to win the Italian Grand Prix as Nico Rosberg made a mistake while leading. Having dropped to fourth off the line with Rosberg taking the lead, but after recovering to second place Hamilton closed in rapidly after his one and only pit stop, with Rosberg running straight on […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton Edges Out Rosberg For 2014 Formula One Italian Grand Prix Pole

Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton managed to secure pole position for the the Briton’s first in eight races. Hamilton set a blistering 1:24.109 in the third qualifying session, though his teammate Nico Rosberg was only a little over 0.2 of a second behind. Behind them were the two Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hexathron Racing develop new Kia for CTCC

European-based Hexathron Racing Systems has been appointed  by Kia to develop the new K3S model for the China Touring Car Championship.”After LADA and Lotus Cars, KIA Motors is a new brand that has chosen Hexathron Racing Systems for the development of its racing car: this is the best recognition for the workcarried out by HRS […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

G-Drive Aim for CoTA Victory with Ligier

Credit: DPPI/OnRoak 0 After a three month break the FIA World Endurance Championship returns to action at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas, in two weeks time, a gap that G-Drive Racing has used to transition from their old Morgan-Nissan to the teams brand new Ligier JS P2 built by OnRoak Automotive.The transition, which […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Are the current Formula 1 cars too easy to drive?

This weekend the Italian Grand Prix takes place at the classic Monza circuit – a bit emasculated but nevertheless still a great track.It will be interesting to see how much effect the recent meeting between drivers and management at the Mercedes-Benz Brackley HQ will have. If the Silver Arrows drivers are going to toe the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Cyprus Rally to run through north Nicosia

 The Cyprus Rally will for the first time in its history run through the north of Nicosia and the buffer zone, according to organisers, who said it was a unique opportunity to bring people from both communities together.Head of the Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA) Antonis Michaelides said: “Sportsmanship could bring people, especially youngsters, together in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Watch out Dakar, the Mokka’s coming

How do you make the Vauxhall Mokka interesting? Give it a V8 and take it rallying obviously.We at Top Gear love the idea of participating in the Dakar Rally. Sure, our attempts could almost certainly be filed under ‘ambitious but rubbish’, but it would at least be exciting. The 2014 Dakar, held back in January, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

Sykes relishing emotional Jerez return

Championship leader Tom Sykes is eagerly anticipating returning to Jerez as he closes in on back-to-back World Superbike titles.The Kawasaki rider secured the 2013 crown at the circuit last October in the final meet of the season, a third-placed finish in race one proved enough to stave off nearest rival Eugene Laverty. Sykes heads back to the Spanish […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

Has López staked a claim on world crown?

 Although most of the insiders had predicted Citroen’s domination in this year’s WTCC, not many of them had indicated the Jose Maria Lopez as the favourite for the drivers’ championship.The Argentine driver had already impressed in the first half of the season, leading the standings from the opening race at Marrakech. However, by pocketing a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Kenya: Safari Challenged to Press Strong Case for WRC

 The 62nd KCB Safari Rally will be used to lay out a strong case of consideration as a candidate for inclusion in the 2017 World Rally Championships calender next year.Speaking on Tuesday during the launch of the September 12 to 14 showdown that will largely be run in private farms in the outskirts of Nanyuki […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

Motor racing success for Dainfern brothers in Germany and South Africa on the same weekend

The two Johannesburg brothers and Dainfern College students who are making big names for themselves in motor sport, Kelvin (18) and Sheldon (15) van der Linde, recorded yet another historic milestone for this talented motor racing family last weekend (August 30 and 31) when they both took the lead in their respective circuit racing championships […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Coates Hire Rally Australia preview: the stages

After the asphalt roads of Germany, the World Rally Championship switches to gravel for round 10, Coates Hire Rally Australia, which kicks off on 11 September. Based in the sub-tropical setting of Coffs Harbour, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New South Wales coast, the varied character of the event’s stages poses a complex […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Upbeat Latvala can’t wait for Australia

Jari-Matti Latvala insists that his crash in Germany eight days ago has not dented his motivation to fight for victory on the upcoming Coates Hire Rally Australia (11-14 September).Latvala was poised to take a second consecutive rally win at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, and slash the points gap to championship rival and VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula One Russian Grand Prix could be victim of US, European sanctions

Formula One is slated to race in Russia on Oct. 12. Canceling high-profile sporting events could be part of sanctions against Russia Mere days ago, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone remained certain Formula One Amid the Ukrainian crisis and the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17, the F1 chief executive defended his decision to resist calls […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Life goes on for the family of former Formula One star Michael Schumacher

Despite Schumacher’s condition not improving, family continues to live their lives. For the Schumacher family, life goes on.”Our Michael is a fighter and he will never give up,” said Corinna Schumacher, wife of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher. Corinna was recently photographed as a smiling spectator at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Swanepoel and Pepper to attend FIA Young driver Excellence Academy

MSA has announced that competitors Matthew Swanepoel and Jordan Pepper have been nominated as South Africa’s representatives to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Kelvin van der Linde and represent the country at the upcoming Sub-Sahara African selection event for the FIA Institute’s Young Driver Excellence Academy (YDEA). This follows a rigorous application […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Radical World Rally Championship plans face crunch meeting

By David Evans : Autosport  Some of the most controversial proposals in World Rally Championship history will be submitted next week, with running orders, final day deciders and banning in-car split times on the agenda. The WRC Commission will table its suggestions in next Thursday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Beijing. The meeting […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

FIA World Rallycross gearing up for biggest event of the year

  Round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will take place at Loheac in France this weekend (6-7 September) as the FIA’s newest World Championship prepares for its most highly-anticipated event on the 12-round calendar.  With crowds of more than 70,000 people at last year’s event, this year’s Loheac RX […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

NASCAR Atlanta 2014: Danica Patrick finishes career-best 6th

Danica Patrick had a career night Sunday at Atlanta.It took a bit of luck in the form of two timely cautions, but Danica Patrick finished a career-best sixth Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The result surpasses Patrick’s previous best finish of seventh at Kansas Speedway in May. The best performance by a female driver in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

ERC: Pech holds on to win Barum Czech Rally Zlín

 Václav Pech and co-driver Petr Uhel have won Barum Czech Rally Zlín for the second time following four years of Skoda domination on the FIA European Rally Championship qualifier. Skoda had been unbeaten in Zlín since 2009 with its Fabia Super 2000 but Pech’s success in his Michelin-shod Mini John Cooper Works S2000 breaks that […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Oliver Gavin gathering frequent flyer miles

 Britain’s Oliver Gavin faces a challenging next couple of months with five races on two continents in the space of seven weeks, but it is a challenge he is relishing wholeheartedly…not to mention the air miles! The Corvette Racing factory driver has two rounds of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship still to run in North […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Race of Champions moving to Barbados this December

The ROC’s new Caribbean venue expects to host, in ROC tradition, drivers from Formula One, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, NASCAR, IndyCar, Touring Cars and the X Games, all battling head to head in identical machinery. The ROC has in recent years taken place at the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai confirms driver line-up for France and Spain

 Huyndai Shell World Rally Team will field three Hyundai i20 WRCs in Rallye de France and Rally de Espana.The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will continue with a three car approach to its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) by fielding a trio of Hyundai i20 WRCs in the French and Spanish […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ho-Pin Tung claimed his second victory in this years’ Asian Le Man Series.

 With an impressive lead the Morgan Judd of the Oak Racing Team Total crossed the finish line after the three hours race at the Fuji-circuit, Japan, this weekend.Already in practice sessions and in qualifying Ho-Pin Tung was quick. In qualifying Ho-Pin Tung missed pole position by 0.01 second. ‘I found out that we missed 48 […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Daniel Ricciardo awarded prestigious Formula One trophy

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has joined an elite club of Formula One greats by winning the prestigious Trofeo Bandini. The Australian was presented the annual award, named after legendary Ferrari driver Lorenzo Bandini, at a ceremony in the tiny Italian village of Brisighella on Sunday. Previous winners include countryman Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Strong entry for Coates Hire Rally Australia

Coates Hire Rally Australia, the local Round of the World Rally Championship, will see one of the strongest fields assembled so far this season across all of the major categories including the 2WD outright, National 4WD’s, Classics and Side-by-Sides.   Chris Atkinson Hyundai While the World’s fastest drivers will battle it out at the head […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Home victory for Holowczyc in the MINI ALL4 Racing

Nothing is sweeter than a victory in front of your own fans is something that Krzysztof Holowczyc from Poland will certainly confirm after winning his home event, the 2014 Baja Poland of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, in the MINI ALL4 Racing entered by the X-raid Team. Alongside his new co-driver Xavier Panseri […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Australia’s Will Power claims maiden IndyCar championship

Will Power admits he struggled with the spectre of past near misses before finally securing the IndyCar championship he craved in California.A three-time runner-up, who experienced heartbreaking crashes in the final race of the season in 2010 and 2012, Power finally landed the IndyCar title with a ninth-place finish in the 500-mile season finale on […]