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McLaren debuts three 570S special editions to mark racing eras

McLaren and the McLaren Special Operations personalization department on Wednesday revealed a handful of special-edition cars.The company debuted the McLaren 570S Muriwai, Papaya Spark, and Sarthe Gray, each of them marking a specific time period in McLaren’s racing history—a collection the company calls “Racing Through The Ages.”   The 570S Muriwai is meant to recall company founder Bruce McLaren’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally RALLYSTAR PROMOTIONAL

RALLYING – IT IS A “MIND GAME” – Rallystar – the Pro’s next step…

RALLYSTAR – THE RALLY PRO’S NEXT STEP IT IS A “MIND GAME” (mostly) So many people believe if you are a reasonably good driver and you can make a handbrake turn, then you are a racing – or goodness forbid a rally driver. The ability to drive a car obviously forms the biggest part of […]

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Triple Treat of World Superbike to launch at Phillip Island

The Phillip Island round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship from February 22-24 will be the first to host three races for the famed production bike series. Schedule confirmation came in overnight from international organisers, Dorna and the FIM, with the expanded three-race formula (see below for full Phillip Island WSBK Schedule), for […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Robby Gordon Returning To Dakar Rally

Three years after his last appearance, the most successful American driver in Dakar Rally history is making his return. Robby Gordon is preparing to take on the Minis and Toyotas in his quest to win edition 41. Gordon is also entering two other cars under his team banner for his countrymen Blade Hilderland and Cole […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ricciardo taking Renault ‘to the next level’

Daniel Ricciardo has set sights on taking Renault “to the next level” in 2019 after ditching Red Bull following a decade under the team’s umbrella. Ricciardo will partner Nico Hulkenberg next year as the French squad look to build on their fourth-place finish in 2018’s championship. Hulkenberg took ‘best of the rest’ honours by finishing seventh in the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Sophia Flörsch to contest the 2019 Formula European Masters season

Sophia Flörsch works at full speed on preparing for the coming Formula European Masters season. The German who made her debut in the young-gun series in 2018 but only at season halftime, after having passed her Abitur exams (more or less the German equivalent to the A Levels), wants to use her experiences for securing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TCR

First-ever 24H MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP and TCR Middle East Entry List shaping up!

As most teams are already on their way to the middle east for participating in the Hankook 24H DUBAI 2019 options are still available to be part of the 24H MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP and TCR Middle East. Shipping dates from all major ports are still available. The first-ever season of the 24H MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Toto Wolff: Give Mick Schumacher time to develop

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Mick Schumacher must be given time to develop, as the youngster prepares to graduate to Formula 2 in 2019.Schumacher, 19, bounced back from a subdued start to his second European Formula 3 campaign to storm to the title, ending the year with eight wins to his name. Schumacher subsequently secured […]

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Loeb to run six WRC events for Hyundai

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb is adding a new chapter to his illustrious rallying career, having signed a two-year contract with to run select WRC events for the works Hyundai team. The Frenchman will compete in six rounds of the 2019 season in an i20 Coupe WRC alongside his long-time co-driver Daniel Elena, starting […]

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Road to Indy middle step renamed Indy Pro 2000 Championship

The middle step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development ladder is being rebranded as the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires for the 2019 season.Debuting as Star Mazda in 1991, then reformed as Pro Mazda in 2013 when Andersen Promotions took the helm after the previous administration […]

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The grandest plans for Jim Glickenhaus and his Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus team involve entering its SCG007 in the ACO/FIA’s 2020 WEC ‘Hypercar’ class, but he’s also feeling bullish on making the company’s presence felt at home in IMSA.Having received government approval to become a low-volume auto manufacturer based out of the same facility that once housed […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Mostert gets Daytona debut in Zanardi BMW

Chaz Mostert will make his Daytona 24 Hour debut next month, sharing a BMW with Italian racing legend Alex Zanardi.The Tickford Racing Supercars star has branched out into GT racing with BMW over the last 18 months, including representing it in the 2017 FIA GT World Cup. Mostert’s first deployment to the US was October’s […]

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M-Sport’s fight for a WRC future after Ogier

By: David Evans After two World Rally Championship titles with Sebastien Ogier, M-Sport Ford is going into 2019 facing uncertain prospects following its champion’s exit for Citroen.Malcolm Wilson has insisted there will be no dip in performance from his M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, if the squad returns to the WRC next season.   Wilson admitted the […]

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Bottas to make World Rally debut in Lapland

    Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will appear in the 2019 Arctic Lapland Rally, marking his debut in the category.The ninth Finnish driver in Formula One history will return to his homeland as he tackles the snowy stages on January 24-26. Armed with an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Bottas will have over 300bhp at his disposal as he finally […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mitsubishi Spain Will Enter An Eclipse Cross T1 Prototype In The Upcoming 2019 Dakar Rally With Experienced Dakar-Ist, Cristina Gutierrez At The Helm.

This might be the first outing for the Eclipse Cross in the Dakar rally, but Mitsubishi is an old-hand at the race with the Pajero Evolution winning the rally 12 times. No other manufacturer or vehicle has come close to matching that tally. Commenting on the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross T1, Gutierrez noted: “For me, it is a […]

KARTS MOTORSPORT NEWS

MAX 175 — ‘GENTLEMEN’ AT SPEED

Rotax Max opens up to older, heavier karters Karting can be a cruel sport — especially to older or heavier drivers who may struggle to compete on even terms against lightweight youngsters. That’s all about to change though — the new heavyweight national championship Rotax Max 175 class is coming! All-new stand-alone Max 175 will […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1: Max Verstappen has ‘blown the place apart’, says Jackie Stewart

McLaren is on the road to recovery and Valtteri Bottas will compete in his first rally Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the 2018 F1 Mexican Grand Prix on 28 October British racing legend Jackie Stewart has praised Red Bull driver Max Verstappen for “rejuvenating” Formula 1eam Red Bull, and has won five of his […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Loeb agrees 2019 WRC deal with Hyundai

Motorsport.com understands the agreement, Loeb’s first professional contract outside of the PSA Group, will be announced on Thursday.Loeb is currently out of contact, testing the PH Sport-run Peugeot 3008DKR in Liwa, Abu Dhabi ahead of next month’s Dakar. Nobody from Hyundai was available for comment, but team manager Alain Penasse had confirmed earlier the Korean […]

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Dakar Rally 2019 preview

It’s just a few weeks until the flag drops for the world’s most gruelling rally with the entire route running within the borders of Peru for 2019. A total of 334 vehicles are due to participate, all of which share the same goal to return to the capital after over 3100 miles of pure, hardcore […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

New home for the Toyota 1000 Desert Race

Official announcement of the new home of the Toyota 1000 Desert Race, which will take place in the Selebi Phikwe area for the next three years, subject to renewal. Botswana has been home to the Toyota 1000 Desert Race since 1991 traversing thousands of kilometres in several areas including Gaborone, Mantshwabisi, Lentsweletau, Hatsalatladi and Kumakwane with […]

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Dakar 2019: Taking the Mitjet towards the biggest desert rally in the world

The upcoming Dakar will have a special car at the start line: the MitJet Off Road. Michiel Becx and his team are developing the two-wheel driven buggy for several yearst to contest the thoughest rally in the world. The Dutchman want a position in the top thirty with a team of own people and a […]

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Dakar 2019: Trucks race – Kamaz, the besieged fortress

The domination of the Kamaz team continued in 2018 with the third victory for Eduard Nikolaev, despite the unsuccessful attacks of Fernando Villagra.But among the 41 trucks expected at the start in Lima, Team De Rooy will be stronger with the return of Gerard De Roy to the Dakar. The duel between the two favourite […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Isaac Tutumlu to drive all-new Audi GT3 in Gulf 12 hours

Two Spaniards will contest the classic Middle East endurance race, which brings the curtain down on the 2018 season, with a new Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. Tutumlu will share the driving duties with Schmidt and Parhoffer, as Çapan will be absent as a result of physical problems. Isaac Tutumlu will compete […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Gronholm, Solberg, Loeb urge action to secure World RX future

By: David Evans The biggest names in the World Rallycross Championship are demanding answers from series promoter IMG about the future direction the sport will take.Petter Solberg, Marcus Gronholm and Sebastien Loeb are frustrated at the series’ perilous position and a lack of answers from the promoter. Still reeling from a lack of support to deliver […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 news: Michael Schumacher watched Lewis Hamilton win Brazilian Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss has revealed the F1 hero watched Lewis Hamilton win the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix at his home in Switzerland. Jean Todt, 72, now FIA President, is among the few people to have access to Schumacher since he was critically injured while skiing in the French Alps five years ago. Schumacher, […]

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Four reasons why Formula E should not be ignored

Love it or hate it – and there are plenty of racing fans who dwell in both camps – the all-electric Formula E single-seater championship has to be recognised now as the most significant global racing series beyond Formula 1. The World Endurance Championship and World Rally Championship have the weight of history, fantastic venues, greater […]

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YOUNG GREEN’S ROOF GOLD

Husqvarna rising star delivers in Lesotho Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing youngster Matthew Green delivered a star turn to finish sixth in the ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ 2018 Motul Roof of Africa’s most extreme gold class. The bruising race through the toughest gorges and most daunting climbs the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho has to offer, is […]

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Bloodhound land speed record attempt disbanded

Bloodhound Programme Ltd, the company behind the Bloodhound SSC land speed record attempt, was disbanded Friday after it failed to secure new funds. The attempt had been on hold since October 15 when Bloodhound entered administration, a process similar to bankruptcy protection. To get off the ground, it needed to raise some $33 million. “While not […]

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All-star driver line-up for competitive debut of McLaren 720S GT3 in Abu Dhabi

Ben Barnicoat, Alvaro Parente and Shane van Gisbergen to drive McLaren 720S GT3 at Gulf 12 Hours on December 13-15 McLaren Automotive has confirmed a stellar driver line-up for the competitive debut of the 720S GT3 in the Gulf 12 Hours at Abu Dhabi on December 13-15. Lining up on the grid will be McLaren Automotive […]

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MotoGP: More Monza Rally success for Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi claims his seventh victory in the Monza Rally Show.Valentino Rossi may have suffered his first winless MotoGP season as a Yamaha rider, but he at least ended 2018 on top of a podium courtesy of his latest victory in the Monza Rally. The Italian clinched his seventh win at the event, and fourth in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Extreme version of the Nissan Navara to compete in Dakar 2019

You can’t place just any truck in the middle of the Dakar Rally. No, sir—what competitors need to survive the world’s most grueling off-road race is a certified beast. And for one team, this comes in the form of the purpose-built Nissan Navara T1 pickup truck. Built by Red-Lined Motoring Adventure—a custom off-road car and truck builder that also […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 news: Lewis Hamilton warned over speed during Superbike test after crash

Lewis Hamilton was warned to “go a bit slower” during his Superbike track test as his speed had become a cause for concern, according to Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark.Van der Mark and Alex Lowes rode alongside the Formula One world champion in a test earlier this month which was overseen by the Crescent […]

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Bugatti Chiron won’t get open-top version, land speed record attempt

 Bugatti fans hoping for a reveal of an open-top Chiron along the lines of the Veyron’s Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse models are set for disappointment as the French marque has no plans for such a car.That was the response from Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann to a question posed by Motor Trend about a potential Grand […]

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FIA approves 2020 ‘Hypercar’ regulations

The FIA WEC 2020 ‘Hypercar’ regulations were approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday during a meeting in St Petersburg, Russia.The regulations will be utilized by the FIA World Endurance Championship [including the Le Mans 24 Hours] from 2020 until 2025. Also agreed in Russia was the full 2019/20 FIA WEC calendar, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC needs to look at future electric switch – Sebastien Ogier

The World Rally Championship must consider going electric, be that fully like Formula E or a hybrid system like Formula 1, if it’s to remain relevant, according to reigning champion Sebastien Ogier. The future of electric power has been discussed previously in WRC, but there are currently no concrete plans to make the switch in […]