MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Manfred Stohl joins World RX for Argentina

Former WRC star Manfred Stohl will compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, Round 12, Total Rallycross of Argentina later this month (27-28 November). Stohl – who contested more than 100 WRC events between 1991 and 2012 – will make his RX debut alongside Petter Solberg in a second PSRX-run Citroen […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit is the 19th and final round on the 2014 Formula One calendar.This grand prix is F1’s first double points race, with the winner receiving 50 points compared to the usual 25. The Abu Dhabi GP will decide the world championship between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Jules Bianchi: Injured Formula 1 driver ‘out of coma’

 Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided, his parents have said in a statement.The Marussia driver, 25, suffered severe head injuries when he crashed in wet conditions into a recovery vehicle at the Japanese GP on 5 October. The Frenchman has been flown from hospital in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Britain’s Kris Meeke inks new Citroen deal for WRC 2015

Kris Meeke will remain with Citroen for the 2015 World Rally Championship, it has been announced.Meeke took four podiums this season – in Monte Carlo, Argentina, Finland and France – and also led rounds in Germany and Australia in his first full-season at the top level. He also looked set for a fifth rostrum finish […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Only ‘a coffin’ will end F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s reign

Buoyed by the end of his legal troubles, Bernie Ecclestone says he is now determined to never step down as Formula One chief executive.Having turned 84 this year, the Briton admits 2014 was particularly difficult as he battled to fight off the Gerhard Gribkowsky scandal that nearly saw him not only nearly deposed, but potentially […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Overdrive, Hallspeed join forces to run 10 Toyota Hiluxes in grueling Dakar Rally

Belgium’s Overdrive Racing and Hallspeed of South Africa have joined forces and will send a 100-strong team of personnel to January’s punishing Dakar Rally.The entire operation — one of the largest ever to represent a team on the rally — will field 10 Toyota Hiluxes in the world’s toughest cross-country bonanza that starts in Buenos […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Hamilton and Rosberg, Formula 1’s fractured fraternity

Successful Formula 1 drivers possess skill, agility, speed and borderline-messianic levels of self-confidence. All this makes for great racing – if potentially combustible relationships. Take the 2014 season’s front-runners, Mercedes-AMG teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who enter the season’s final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with just 17 points separating them. The drivers […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Cronje and Houghton: Maximum Attack Right to the Finish

Reigning national rally champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton have one objective for the Bela-Bela Rally this weekend, and that’s to end the season on a high: nothing less than a victory on the final round of the South African National Rally Championship will do. By their standards, their 2014 campaign has been indifferent and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hergen Fekken aiming for second in championship

With the 2014 South African National Rally Championship title already in the hands of Castrol Team Toyota’s Leeroy Poulter and navigator Elvéne Coetzee, the attention is shifting to their teammate Hergen Fekken, for the final round of this year’s championship. The Bela-Bela Motor Rally will offer Fekken – a former double champion – the opportunity […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Macau GP: Felix Rosenqvist wins historic race after huge first lap crash

Swedish racer Felix Rosenqvist has firmly established himself as a future star in single seater racing after winning the legendary Macau Grand Prix F3 race.However, it was not without drama as a huge first lap pile up saw the race get red flagged and result in the retirement of Esteban Ocon and Tom Blomqvist, both of whom […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Subaru Clinches North American Rally Cup for Marques

Subaru has officially clinched the North American Rally Cup for Marques based on all North American rally event results. Nathalie Richard has also clinched the North American Rally Championship for co-drivers with her combined results among Canada Rally Championship events and Rally America Championship results. Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) has announced that the Subaru brand […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula E isn’t competing with F1: Chandhok

  Bengaluru: Former Hispania Racing Team and Lotus F1 driver Karun Chandhok, who competes for the Mahindra Racing in the Formula E series, said that the electric racing championship was not intended to supplant Formula One. “Formula One is the pinnacle of motor sports and nothing can replace it,” said Chandhok, who finished fifth in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

MacCachren/A. McMillin/Voss ‘Rockstars’ earns Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck win at 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Running their game plan to perfection, a desert racing ‘dream team’ of Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, San Diego’s Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, of Gilroy, Calif. rolled like Rockstars, overcoming a brutally-rugged 1,275-mile course and over 200 challenge, driving to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory Friday at the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Mikko Signs Out In Style

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen brought their FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) careers to an end in style today – securing second place at Wales Rally GB. The Finns were locked in an intense battle for the final podium positions throughout the weekend. Ultimately however, their speed, experience and determination saw […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

WRC Wales Rally GB: 50-50 if I stay in WRC, says Kubica

Robert Kubica still non-committal on future plans, says it is 50-50 between staying in the WRC and going back to circuit racing…Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica says his future in the WRC remains uncertain, with the likelihood of him returning next season 50-50. Kubica, who took the WRC2 crown last season in his first […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sebastian Vettel considered QUITTING Formula 1 after slamming grand prix racing’s V6 turbo cars

Sebastian Vettel has slammed Grand Prix racing’s V6 turbo formula. And as he waits to announce his future at Ferrari, the German revealed he considered quitting the sport before he signed up for Maranello. Outgunned by Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo and unable to come to terms with his race machine he admitted: “Of course, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

Five Citroëns on the grid in 2015, López, Muller and Loeb stay on

There will be five Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs on the grid in the 2015 FIA World Touring Car Championship season, with 2014 champion José María López, four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller, and nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb staying in the three factory cars. Sébastien Loeb Racing will join the Championship and will run a two-car satellite […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Final Round of National Rally Action for Volkswagen Sasolracing Team

The Volkswagen Sasolracing rally team enters the final round of the 2014 SA National Rally Championship on a strong footing, having achieved second place at the Polokwane event. For the final round the team will travel to Limpopo to compete in the Bela-Bela Motor Rally on Friday and Saturday, 21 and 22 November. The Bela-Bela […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Davidson and Buemi jubilant after FIA WEC title win

 Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi have made no secret of their happiness after winning the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers’ title in Bahrain yesterday.Despite finishing only 10th in the 6 Hours of Bahrain at Sakhir, Davidson and Buemi were both crowned champions after the Audi #2 car of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler could only […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OGIER MAKES IT A ROUND 8 FOR THE YEAR

With the 2014 championship already in the bag, Ogier was willing to take up any challenge bright eyed and bushy tailed teammate Latvala threw at him during the 2014 Rally Britain. Unfortunately for us, this challenge came to naught when Latvala slid off the road in SS1 and lost three minutes in the over eager […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier untroubled in Rally GB lead

Sebastien Ogier will restart today’s final leg with a 58.1sec advantage in his Volkswagen Polo R after any pressure evaporated when team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala slid into a ditch in the opening stage and lost more than three minutes. Latvala’s mistake left Mikko Hirvonen, Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg in a titanic fight for second. They […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hirvonen bounces back to reclaim second

Mikko Hirvonen regained second place in Wales Rally GB as fierce three-car battle with Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg took more twists in Saturday’s afternoon’s opening two stages.Østberg’s hold on the position disappeared as he left the mid-leg service in Deeside when he was handed a 10sec penalty for checking in late at the start […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier comfortable in Rally GB lead

 Sebastien Ogier completed Saturday’s opening loop of speed tests at Wales Rally GB with a comfortable lead in his Volkswagen Polo R.He completed the fan-friendly Chirk Castle parkland stage with a 1min 10.1sec advantage, the Frenchman relaxed after the pressure on his lead was removed in the morning’s opening test when team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala slithered […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Østberg piles pressure onto Hirvonen

With Sebastien Ogier holding a comfortable lead in Wales Rally GB, attention turned to the intense three-car battle for second in Saturday morning’s first pass through the Aberhirnant and Dyfnant special stages.Mads Østberg was the man on the move, the Citroen DS3 pilot second fastest in both tests to overhaul Kris Meeke for third and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Robert Kubica tames the Welsh forests

RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica made a steady start to the FIA World Rally Championship’s final round. Wales Rally GB is renowned as one of the series’ most difficult fixtures and the Pole made the most of the experience – gradually taming the Welsh forests and gaining vital knowledge of some of the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Renault not interested in going back to V8 says Wolff

Toto Wolff has hit back at claims F1 is heading into a spending war because of Mercedes’ attitude amid the engine ‘unfreeze’ debate.Christian Horner, the boss at Renault works team Red Bull, said in Brazil that because dominant Mercedes is not helping F1’s struggling suppliers to catch up, the entire cost-limiting freeze could be ended […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala crash hands advantage to Ogier

Jari-Matti Latvala’s victory bid at Wales Rally GB ended in Saturday morning’s muddy opening stage when he went off the road into a ditch and dropped more than three minutes. The Finn, who restarted today just 6.6sec behind Volkswagen team-mate Sébastien Ogier, made a mistake 6.8km into Clocaenog East and was lifted back onto the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Caterham says it is racing in finale

 The Caterham Formula 1 team will race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix thanks to its crowdfunding scheme, the squad has announced.Administrator Finbarr O’Connell had said earlier on Friday that he was “90 per cent confident” the team would be competing in the season finale. Just moments after that, the team declared in a statement […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

The Ogier and Latvala Show: one-two for Volkswagen in Wales

* Eight special stages, eight stage wins for the Polo R WRC * 4:4 between WRC rivals: Ogier and Latvala put on grand finale * Mikkelsen/Fløene set to start under Rally2 regulations on Saturday Four stage wins for the world champion*, four for this year’s runner-up in the World Championship – Volkswagen drivers Sébastien Ogier […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier heads Latvala in Rally GB duel

Sebastien Ogier held a slender lead over Jari-Matti Latvala after the Volkswagen duo dominated Friday’s  slippery opening leg of Wales Rally GB. Both claimed four stage wins and although Ogier was never headed, he was unable to shake off his Polo R colleague and led by 6.6sec after eight muddy forest speed tests covering 145km […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala narrows Ogier advantage

Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala traded fastest times as Wales Rally GB returned to Gartheibiog and Dyfi forests to begin Friday afternoon’s loop, but the Finn emerged the happier of the duelling Volkswagen drivers. He was 5.7sec quicker than Ogier through Gartheiniog, and although the Frenchman took 3.4sec back in Dyfi, Latvala reduced his deficit […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bernie Ecclestone believes it’s pointless for F1 to a chase a new younger audience

Bernie Ecclestone believes it is pointless for Formula 1 to chase a new younger audience of fans as the sport’s blue-chip sponsor roster is a bad fit for such a target market. In a wide-ranging interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific magazine, Ecclestone was quizzed on some of the off-track issues that have dominated the season – […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier stays in charge in GB

World Champion Sebastien Ogier ended Friday morning’s slippery opening loop of Wales Rally GB with a 9.5 sec lead over Volkswagen team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala. Although Latvala responded to Ogier’s opening blast with fastest time in Hafren Sweet Lamb, the Frenchman made it three wins out of four with quickest time in Maesnant to reach remote […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

INGRASSIA WINS MICHAEL PARK ‘BEEF’ TROPHY

World champion co-driver Julien Ingrassia has been chosen as the winner of the Michael Park ‘Beef’ Trophy for 2014. The trophy is awarded annually in memory of Michael, who died in a tragic accident during Wales Rally GB in 2005 while co-driving for long-term partner Markko Märtin. Michael is much missed by the entire FIA […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier sets early pace in Wales, Mikkelsen retires

Sebastien Ogier took the early lead of Wales Rally GB after posting fastest times through this morning’s opening two special stages in Gartheinoig and Dyfi.The newly-crowned world champion was 4.5sec faster than Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen in the opener and 4.3sec up on Jari-Matti Latvala in Dyfi to hold an 8.9sec advantage over […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Schumacher’s family: We remain confident

Michael Schumacher’s family say they “remain confident” over the seven-time F1 World Champion’s future, but have given no further details about his rehabilitation.Schumacher was initially admitted to Grenoble Hospital after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps last December. It was announced in June that he was no longer in […]