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Lappi and Breen battle for ERC Asphalt Master honours in Ypres too

IT IS NOT JUST the lead of the FIA European Rally Championship that will be up for grabs when the Geko Ypres Rally takes place from 19-21 June. The 2014 ERC Asphalt Masters accolade is currently a straight fight between overall championship title chasers Esapekka Lappi and Craig Breen with the Finn 51 points ahead […]

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Marshall: Abbring has pace to win ERC Geko Ypres Rally

KEVIN ABBRING’s co-driver Seb Marshall says the Dutch ace has the pace to win next month’s Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship. Abbring and Marshall will head to Belgium on a high following their second-place finish on SATA Rallye Açores recently. And they are hoping for further success in their […]

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Bakkerud wins World RX at Lydden Hill to snatch championship lead

A RECORD number of cars descended on the Kent-based circuit over the weekend including 37 flame-spitting Supercars, and a full class of TouringCar and Super1600 cars plus the supporting RX Lites Cup. Wildcard entrants Tanner Foust – a two-time Formula Drift Champion – and reigning British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan were also part of […]

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Hamilton declares Senna-style war on Rosberg

BUT WHILE the stewards deliberated for hours, the controversy filled the air in the otherwise festive Principality, on the eve of the 2014 Monaco grand prix.Hamilton stopped short of stating clearly that he believes Rosberg made the move on purpose to keep pole. But he came close. “I was on target,” said the Briton. “I […]

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Rosberg wins second consecutive Monaco Grand Prix

RED BULL’S Daniel Ricciardo finished in third to complete the podium for the prestigious race in Monaco; his second podium finish in 2014.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fourth with Hulkenberg and Button just behind. Williams Racing’s Felipe Massa placed seventh whilst Jules Bianchi in the Marussia crossed the line eighth. A five second penalty would drop […]

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CRONJE AND HOUGHTON TAKE THE HONOURS IN PMC GAUTENG RALLY

AFTER WINNING two of yesterday’s three gravel stages (stage four was cancelled because of extremely dusty conditions), they controlled matters from the front today, adding another two stage wins (stages five and seven) and finished 49 seconds ahead of Henk Lategan and Barry White (Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000). The VW pair produced the performance of […]

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PMC Gauteng Rally: Cronje leads comfortably

WITH SEVEN of the events eleven stages done and dusted Cronje was leading with a total time of 1:25.04.1. He was 54.6 ahead of the chasing Lategan who won stage 6 this morning. Hergen Fekken, who started in second place this morning, found himself demoted to third by his former teammate Lategan and is +1:08.5 […]

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CHAMPIONS BACK ON SONG AS CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS FALTER

THEY WON two of the day’s three gravel special stages in the Bapsfontein area and will start tomorrow 24 seconds ahead of Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris). There were four stages scheduled covering a total distance of some 82 kilometres, but this was unavoidably reduced to 77 kilometres when extremely dusty […]

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PMC Rally Dust cuts stages short

IN SECOND overall, and the only one of three works toyota’s entered, was Hergen Fekke, in a Castrol Toyota Yaris. He was 24.2 seconds behind Cronje. In third place ater the end of stage three and 42.0 second of the pace was the Dutch Volkswagen Racing driver in a Volkswagen Polo. He was followed by […]

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Pharaons Rally: deep in the Egyptian desert

TODAY WAS a fast and friendly stage through the mountains, allowing the competitors to recuperate after the heat they had yesterday. With the emotions from yesterday still very alive the teams were happy todays roadbook was much easier. ‘It is not a bad thing to have a difficult stage,’ Organiser Abdelhamid Abouyoussef said. ‘There has […]

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PMC Rally start in Bapsfontein

THE FIRST CAR to leave the start ramp at the RallyStar Driving Academy near Bapsfontein will be the Ford Dealer Team Fiesta of defending champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton. They will be followed by current championship leaders Leeroy Poulter/Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris), the visiting Dutch/Belgian duo of Hans Weijs Jnr and Bjorn […]

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Matt McMurry to enter Guinness Book of World Records a Le Mans

ON THE STRENGHT of his strong performances in the opening rounds of the European Le Mans Series, McMurry will be joining Chris Dyson and Tom Kimber-Smith in the #41 Greaves Motorsport LM P2 Zytek-Nissan at the French classic. The inaugural Dyson Junior Development Program driver scored fourth-place finishes at both Silverstone in April and this […]

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World Rally Championship drivers want voice in format change debate

THE CHAMPIONSHIP’S most experienced driver Mikko Hirvonen said: “It would be nice if we could be listened to a little bit more, we all have some ideas about the future.”For me, the idea of the shootout on Sunday is stupid, but my co-driver [Jarmo Lehtinen] came up with a good plan. “Jarmo’s idea is to […]

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Egyptian heat for the teams in the Pharaons Rally

JUAN CARLOS Salvatierra claimed his victory with his Speedbrain 450, but today was not about winning but about surviving. With temperatures way over 45 degrees the riders could only hope to stay concentrated on their bikes. Stefano Turchi managed to finish on his KTM 690, together with his teammembers. ‘After the refueling we decided to […]

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Grand Prix Preview: Monaco GP

No place to make a mistake THE CIRCUIT requires complete concentration, commitment, precision and concentration. One slip of focus and a driver will be in the barriers. Despite safety standards improving significantly, the layout has remained largely unchanged. A lap of the 2.075 mile track starts on the start/finish straight, which isn’t straight at all […]

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Ducati Superbike Team to race at Donington Park this weekend

Track workd well for Ducati LAST SEASON’S EVENT event saw Giugliano finish race 1 in sixth position, before battling with the leading group for the duration of race 2 to conclude in fourth position, his best Superbike result at Donington to date. Davies’ best result at the English track up until now was a sixth […]

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STPR Rally pivotal in Rally America battles

The battle for America HIGGINS comes fresh off a dramatic Oregon Trail Rally victory over action sports icon, Travis Pastrana, to extend his points standings lead at the beginning of the month. Higgins could strengthen his position even further with another overall victory at STPR, however, his rally won’t be without challenges when Hoonigan Racing’s […]

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Record entry for first round of WorldRX Championship in Britain

Top names have entered historic event LYDDEN HILL is steeped in rallycross history: the sport’s inaugural race was staged at the track back in 1967. Introduced by Robert Reed – who was a producer on ITV’s World of Sport programme at the time – the sport quickly grew to become a staple on TV in […]

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Navigation day in the first stage of the Pharaons Rally

Navigation causes some problems ONLY AFTER the first 100 kilometers through canyons and mountains the stage opened up. With a great view the route decended to the riverdelta of the Nile. ‘The beginning of the stage is tough because one mistake means you end up in the wrong canyon,’ organizer Abdelhamid Abouyoussef says. ‘The only […]

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Fifty-seven crews to line up in Sardinia

R5 cars make their first appearance ALSO back for his first outing since the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo is Slovakian Jaroslav Melicharek who will drive a Fiesta RS. The WRC 2 category features its strongest entry of the season with 26 crews lined up, including the top four in the standings – Yuriy Protasov, Lorenzo Bertelli, […]

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New King of the Hill Crowned at Jaguar Simola Hillclimb 2014

Unpredictable conditions Scribante posted a record time of 41.811 seconds on Friday and then raised the stakes to finish in 41.159 seconds on Sunday – not only setting a new record but also making history as the only competitor to win both the Classic Conqueror and King of the Hill titles. Saturday morning a wet […]

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Sousa beats Abbring in Azores Rally thriller

Win leaves Sousa speechless IT WAS THE SAME 21.3km stage that had proved to be Abbring’s downfall on the final morning, when he went off twice, losing the best part of 20s to Sousa, who had held a narrow lead overnight. Abbring spent the rest of the day clawing back the gap, while Sousa tried […]

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Another 1-2 for Skoda in APRC

Very difficult roads conditions “WE HAD QUITE a big lead on day two, so I just wanted to avoid making any mistakes on the muddy roads. I was under no pressure, and could relax in the Fabia Super 2000, which was perfect – as always,” said Kopecký, who was delighted with his first win at […]

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Third Time Lucky

The event brings challenges BY THEIR OWN high standards it has certainly been an inauspicious start to the season: it kicked off with an uncharacteristic mistake in KZN, and then ended prematurely with an equally atypical mechanical breakage in Mpumalanga. This after already having been delayed with a pair of punctures – one on the […]

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Champions triumph on Nkomazi 450

Never got out of the car once Most of the cheers, however, were reserved for home town crew Johan and Werner Horn, in the Malalane Toyota Hilux, who had the local community in raptures with their second podium finish in a row. The final podium place went to Atlas Copco Nissan Navara pair Johan van […]

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A KEEN BATTLE DEVELOPING IN S1600 RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Class very competitive A full house of 25 points and a 12-point lead over second-placed Willie van Straaten and Scott Howden (Toyota RunX) seems like a good cushion, but such is the competitiveness of the S1600 class that anything can, and usually does, happen. Van Straaten and Howden are a surprise package in their first […]

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SPARKS SET TO FLY IN ROUND THREE OF SA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

The Ford Fight Back BACK-BACK wins by Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) see the factory pairing leading the championship with 50 points from team-mates Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan, whose 40 points come from second in the Tour Natal Rally in March and third in the Sasol Rally in April. Third […]

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MotoGP™ stars ready for another Le Mans battle

Marques happy with new Honda contract LEADING THE standings with a 100% record so far this season and having this week renewed his contract with HRC until the end of 2016, Marquez was the first rider to speak. The Repsol Honda man commented: “I’m really happy about the situation and the new contract with Honda, […]

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Volkswagen Sasolracing Set to Kick Up Dust

Seeking to improve points standing THERE ARE 172 km of rally stages waiting for the Volkswagen Sasolracing team at this third event, the last for the team before they tackle the Volkswagen Rally in July. The PMC event will be centred around Rallystar in the Bapsfontein area with five stages taking place on Friday and […]

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Formula 1 warned fan input is essential in spectacle changes

Make changes to F1 that fans want By Jonathan Noble / Autosport ALTHOUGH separate discussions to boost the visual spectacle – with proposals including the return of sparks, vapour trails and glowing brake discs – have good intentions, Hembery thinks the sport is going about changes the wrong way. “When you are in business, the […]