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Kubica quickest in Italy shakedown

Robert Kubica was the surprise pacesetter through this morning’s shakedown stage at Rally Italia Sardegna. It was the first fastest time on a WRC gravel stage for the Pole who comes into the rally fresh from a weekend test in Sardinia. “I had quite a good feeling straight away and the grip was better than […]

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Successful dress rehearsal: Volkswagen in good form at the Shakedown in Italy

•  Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen second, third and fifth fastest •  Plenty of dust and sun – 4.33-kilometre warm-up ahead of the Rally Italy Successful warm-up for what promises to be a red-hot duel for the World Championship lead: Volkswagen duos Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila were second and third fastest in […]

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Subaru Rally Team dominates Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

SUBARU RALLY Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew dominated the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR), the fourth round of the Rally America National Championship, on May 30-31 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. It is the third overall victory for the team this season to widen their Rally America points standings lead. Higgins and Drew won all […]

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Vettel: Montreal offers high risk potential

SEBASTIAN VETTEL says Formula 1 could be in for a wild ride this weekend in Canada due to the “high risk” nature of the circuit.The Montreal track is known for yielding action-packed grands prix with the Wall of Champions one its well-known obstacles.The Wall has caught out many drivers including Vettel, although he has only […]

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Ma Qing Hua starts his season in Russia

THE WTCC, the first FIA World Championship to stage an event in Russia, is back at the Moscow Raceway. 80 km west of the Russian capital, this 3,931 m track combines long straights with technically demanding sequences of twists and turns. “Although there are some opportunities for overtaking, it’s more like the Hungaroring than the […]

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Citroën Racing seek Sardinian success

SIXTH ROUND of the WRC season, Rally Italia Sardegna is set to welcome the World Rally Championship crews and teams on a partially renewed route.Held on roads around Sanremo from 1970 and then in Sardinia from 2004 onwards, Rally Italia has seen a Citroën winner on six different occasions. The French car maker’s first win […]

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MotoGP: Can Marquez win every race in 2014?

Marc Marquez is riding towards a special place in bike racing history according to America’s own bike legend Fast Freddie Spencer, a history maker in his own right. Spencer held the crown of youngest ever MotoGP world champion for three decades until Marquez came along in 2013 with his stunning rookie season title. And, in […]

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Breath-tests for drivers and officials at UK touring cars

IN A STEP WHICH might quickly be mirrored in other motorsport disciplines, a key Touring Car series is moving to daily alcohol checks on drivers and officials. Mandatory breath-testing will now take place on every day at every British Touring Car Championship event, to ensure that all competing drivers and senior championship officials are free […]

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Italy countdown: The Challenge

THE SIXTH ROUND of the FIA World Rally Championship is held on the tranquil island of Sardinia. But the profile of Rally Italia Sardegna doesn’t quite match its setting.With potentially rally-ending hazards on every stage, next week’s Rally Italia will be anything but tranquil for the WRC crews tackling it. The specific challenges are: The […]

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DAVID HIGGINS AND CRAIG DREW WIN THEIR SIXTH OREGON TRAIL RALLY

SUBARU RALLY Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew dramatically won the Oregon Trail Rally by overtaking teammates Travis Pastrana and Chrissie Beavis on the next to last stage. The Oregon Trail Rally is the third round of the Rally America National Championship held in Portland and Hood River, Ore. Action sports icon Travis Pastrana […]

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MotoGP Rossi Returns Home For Italian Grand Prix

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP returns to Italy for Valentino Rossi’s first home race of the year, the Gran Premio d’Italia this Sunday at the Mugello circuit in Tuscany. The race is also a home Grand Prix for the team itself, being based alongside the historic Monza circuit in Gerno di Lesmo. Rossi prepares to entertain his […]

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Johnson ends drought at Coca-Cola 600

DEFENDING Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet) passed Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go and won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night for his first victory of the season.Johnson was dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the pole Thursday night and leading 165 of 400 laps in NASCAR’s longest race. Kevin Harvick was second, […]

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Paddon learns aplenty ahead of debut

HYUNDAI rookie Hayden Paddon believes he has learned more in two tests with his new team than in the previous three years added together. Paddon will debut for the German-based squad at next week’s Rally Italia Sardegna and recently tested on gravel and asphalt in France, followed by loose surface work in Poland last week […]

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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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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 […]