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MATTON: NO CHANGES AHEAD FOR WRC RUNNING ORDER RULES

While the running order debate might have raged once again in Sardinia earlier this month during Rally Italy, it’s not a particularly hot topic in the corridors of power. Despite Sébastien Ogier labelling the World Rally Championship as amateur, the overwhelming feeling is that nothing will change for next season. Asked if he’d had the teams […]

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SuperCharge, an all-new global motorsport series

SuperCharge, an all-new global motorsport series featuring electric crossover vehicles and incorporating elements of off-road and drifting, has announced plans to launch in 2022. The inaugural series is targeting eight events taking place right across the globe, in cities from the U.S., Asia-Pacific, China, Europe and the Middle East, with the aim “to provide spectacular […]

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TOYOTA DUO EXPLORES GR YARIS HOT HATCH

Toyota’s Yaris WRC is a born winner. Second at its FIA World Rally Championship debut at Monte-Carlo in 2017, Jari-Matti Latvala led it to the winners’ circle a round later in Sweden. Turns out the road car equivalent, the GR Yaris, has enjoyed a similarly successful delivery. Latvala joined current championship leader Elfyn Evans at […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Rosberg and Hamilton pick up the fight again as Rosberg joins Extreme E

Nico Rosberg will take on Lewis Hamilton for the first time in 2021. The two fought for the title in Formula 1 for years, but will now compete in an electric racing class. Earlier this year it was announced that Hamilton would compete with his own team X44 in the new race class, Extreme E. […]

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OGIER REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TITLE BID

Sébastien Ogier remains upbeat about his chances of lifting his seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown this season, despite facing a 14-point deficit to Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans. Ogier has spent longer on the podium than Evans this year, but the Welshman is the only driver to have won twice in 2020. Ogier’s retirement from […]

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Hyundai Motorsport Fined After Rally Fafe Infringement

Hyundai Motorsport have yet again been fined – this time as part of the FIA European Rally Championship – at Rally Fafe Montelongo where the decision regarding the October 4 event has only now been completed. The controversy this time regarded the upholstery in the sides of the doors during a routine examination of Ivan Ares Hyundai i20 R5. The upholstery did […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton slated to end massive 354-race streak

A Lewis Hamilton victory in Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix at Algarve International Circuit would end a 354-race run of Michael Schumacher atop the all-time Formula 1 wins list. On Sunday, August 19, 2001, Michael Schumacher secured his fourth career Formula 1 world championship in the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring. He did it by winning the race […]

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Schumacher will always be most iconic F1 driver – Wolff

Toto Wolff will always see Michael Schumacher as the most iconic Formula 1 driver, despite Lewis Hamilton being set to break his record for victories. Hamilton matched Schumacher’s tally of 91 grand prix wins at the Eifel Grand Prix, so can set a new benchmark in Portugal this weekend and move clear of the legendary […]

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New Hyundai i20 N Rally2 breaks cover

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has revealed the i20 N Rally2, the new rally car designed for privateer teams and drivers in international, national and regional rally series. It is based on the brand new i20 N road car, which itself includes many elements inspired by the world of motorsport as part of the Hyundai N’s […]

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Victory without being challenged is not as satisfying – Wolff

Success in Formula 1 does not carry the same feeling of satisfaction without having close competition according to Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff. Mercedes has not been beaten to a world title since 2014 and is on the brink of wrapping up both titles for a seventh successive season. Mercedes’ dominance is such that it […]

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CAPE KARTERS STAR, CHAMPIONS CROWNED

SA Rotax Max Challenge comes to a head at Killarney The 2020 South African National Rotax Max Challenge karting championship wrapped up at Killarney in Cape Town on Saturday. Local drivers did the Cape proud with a dominant display at their home circuit, while the champions collected their tickets to race for the SA team […]

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EXCITING FINALE ON THE CARDS AS TGRSA TAKES ON SACCS DOUBLE-HEADER IN PARYS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend will see Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2020 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) take place in the area around the Free State town of Parys. The weekend will see competitors tackle a full round of the championship on Friday, 23 October, in the form of the Ford Parys 400; before taking on […]

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OGIER, EVANS ENTER BELGIAN RALLY AS YPRES WARM UP

THE TOYOTA STARS WILL TACKLE THE HEMICUDA RALLY Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers Sébastien Ogier and World Rally Championship points leader Elfyn Evans have both been entered into the Hemicuda Rally in Belgium as preparation for Ypres Rally next month.   Ypres is a brand new event to the WRC and neither six-time champion nor Evans […]

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‘Angry shark’ Alonso won’t distract Renault from 2022

Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul says the returning Fernando Alonso is like “a big shark”, but that his arrival in 2021 will not distract Renault from its long-term goals. Alonso is replacing McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo next season, which will be the final year under the current aerodynamic regulations. Formula One hopes the sweeping changes to the rules […]

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Vietnam officially cancels debut F1 race for 2020

Vietnam’s first Formula One grand prix has been officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Friday. The Vietnamese Grand Prix was originally scheduled to take place in April on the streets of Hanoi as the third race of the season, but sources told Reuters in March that it was under threat. “This […]

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Why the old guard struggle to accept Hamilton as the greatest

Lewis Hamilton is a driver that splits opinion more than almost any other in history. But with 91 race wins and six championships to his name, why is it so difficult for some of Formula 1’s legends to rate the Briton as one of the sport’s all-time greats? Hamilton already holds numerous records and is almost […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

2020 Aragon MotoGP: slowest bike wins the race

Story by: Mat Oxley Suzuki’s GSX-RR may be down on top speed at Aragon but the bike is the current master of Michelin’s MotoGP tyres. Plus Fabio Quartararo’s pressure disaster and Alex Marquez’s insight into the mysteries of Honda’s RC213V Suzuki took the lead in the four-stroke MotoGP world championship for the first time at […]

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SWANEPOEL TAKES 2020 SACC MOTO TITLE

Husqvarna star Brett dominates home KZN double header KZN local Brett Swanepoel delivered a stunning double victory to take the 2020 South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at the two-round Mid-Illovo finale over the weekend. Pepson Plastics Husqvarna 250cc OR2 rider Swanepoel took overall victory on Saturday, before repeating the feat on Sunday. He came […]

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EVERYTHING TO WIN AND LOTS TO LOSE AT FINAL TWO NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY ROUNDS AT PARYS

The Ford Parys 400 and the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Vaal 400, the final two rounds of the 2020 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that take place on Friday and Saturday, 23 and 24 October, at Parys in the Free State will see teams going for gold, albeit with the utmost care as […]

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RED-LINED’S DOUBLE ADVENTURE

Four entries all set for Parys double finale Four Red-Lined teams are heading back to the Free State to close off its 2020 South African Cross Country Championship at the Parys double header over the 23-24 October weekend. Regular FIA Class Dragon Energy VK56 duo Ernest Roberts and Henry Kohne will be joined by rookie […]

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Valentino Rossi tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Aragon MotoGP

Nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s Aragon MotoGP. Rossi, who travelled back to his to his home in Tavullia, Italy after last weekend’s French Grand Prix, confirmed on Thursday he woke up with slight fever and underwent two tests for COVID-19. “The ‘quick PCR test’ result […]

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Mazda at 100, a history of competition success, including Le Mans & Spa

Highlights of Mazda’s global motorsport heritage include overall Le Mans and Spa 24 Hour victories. From the beginning of the company, motorsport has highlighted sporting attributes and reliability. Today, Mazda North America competes in the IMSA Sportscar Championship with the Mazda RT24-P. With a century of history that has seen Mazda turn itself from a […]

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SHORT AND MAYBE NOT SO SWEET..

This weekend will see (because spectators won’t) the third and fourth legs of the 2020 South African Rally Championship.  The NTT Toyota Rally will take place in the Delmas area on Friday 16th October when the third – and Saturday 17th October when the fourth leg of the 2020 championship will be decided. On Friday […]

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Opinion: Mäkinen has the Midas touch in WRC

As Toyota brings its World Rally Championship effort in-house, what does the future hold for Tommi?  Published in Autorcar It’s easy to spot the people who have really successful careers – because they then tend to go and do something different equally well. Look at Tommi Mäkinen. It might have seemed improbable for a farmer […]

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THE MOTUL ROOF OF AFRICA 2020 IS ON!

Live Lesotho has announced that the 2020 Motul Roof of Africa will be going ahead as planned. While the coronavirus pandemic will necessitate some changes to the way the event is staged, riders can look forward to a classic “Mother of Hard Enduro” which will challenge competitors in all classes (Gold, Silver and Bronze).   […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 must be open to change says Chase Carey

Formula 1 should continue to look at new concepts to improve the racing according to Chase Carey F1 has recently looked at the possibility of implementing a reverse-grid qualifying race on Saturday’s as a way of spicing up the on-track action, however the concept was shot down by multiple teams and shelved for the time […]

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Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4 Squared shows path for off-roading’s electric future

Mercedes-Benz has coupled the extreme off-road hardware of the G-Class 4×4 Squared with the EQC battery-electric SUV to preview the future of off-roading. The resulting EQC 4×4 Squared you see here is strictly a concept, but development of its off-roading system lays the groundwork for future electric all- and four-wheel-drive systems from Mercedes, including potentially the system destined […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Hail to host final two rounds of FIA Baja series in December

Saudi Arabia will mark its return to the FIA international cross-country rallying calendar in spectacular fashion with the recent news that the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation will host the final two rounds of the 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and a further round of the 2021 series. In a season decimated by […]

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Contracted SA National Rally Championship continues in Delmas

The contracted Covid-19 SA National Rally Championship  continues in Delmas tomorrow when rounds three and four, the Toyota NTT Delmas Rallies, will be held. Round three that starts at NTT Toyota in Delmas tomorrow morning has attracted seventeen entries of which only fifteen will compete in the national championship series. Round four, that will be […]

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2020 SA Cross Country Series set to conclude with exciting double-header in Parys

The 2020 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) may have been shortened by two events due to COVID-19, but it certainly hasn’t been short of excitement. The intensity will peak as the championship ends with an exciting double-header that will be held in the Free State town of Parys on 23 and 24 October 2020. […]

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2020 FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP TO CONCLUDE IN BELGIUM

The final round of the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship will be held on the flat-out asphalt roads of Renties Ypres Rally Belgium from November 19-22, which is scheduled as the final round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. The Belgian classic, which has been running for 55 years, is expected to provide the […]

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Ypres Rally Belgium (WRC) – NEW DATE 19-22 Nov 20

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed its crew line-up for the seventh round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Ypres Rally Belgium, with Craig Breen joining regular drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak. Breen will also compete in two local rallies in the build-up to the event, the first-ever WRC round to be held in […]

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Extreme E testing begins – with Lewis Hamilton entering his X44 team

For sports involving very fast cars, launching a new racing series can feel a little like turning around an oil tanker. But, following the announcement Lewis Hamilton will enter his X44 team into the new climate-aware Extreme E, some of the world’s best drivers are getting even more involved than the six-time F1 world champion. […]

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Alonso admits ‘the car is outperforming me’ on Renault return

Fernando Alonso acknowledged that a current Formula 1 car outperforms his abilities at the moment after returning to action with Renault during a filming day in Barcelona. Renault used one of its filming days for promotional purposes in Spain on Tuesday, allowing Alonso 100km behind the wheel of the 2020 car at the Circuit de […]