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Grand Prix history: Hermann Lang and the Silver Arrows

Born in 1909, Lang’s career started like many other drivers, on motorcycles. While the majority of the other drivers exchanged two wheels for four, Lang exchanged 3 wheels for four, having competed in sidecar competitions. He would later comment that this gave him an advantage, as the cornering characteristics were similar to cars. The economic […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Taklimakan Rally 2018: Han Wei and Armand Monleón claim victory

Following the cancellation of the last timed section (9) of 2018 Taklimakan Rally, the standings edited after stage 8 were approved today by the Race Director.  Han Wei / Liao Min (Geely) and Armand Monleón (KTM) are the 2018 Taklimakan Rally winners. 59 cars/trucks et 11 bikes/ATVs have completed the 4765,16 kilometers of the rally […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Nasser fastest in qualifying round of Cyprus Rally

Five times winner of the Cyprus Rally, Nasser Al-Attiyah, topped the qualifying stage times on Friday morning, taking his Ford Fiesta R5 through the 6.33 km test 1.8 seconds faster than Juuso Nordgren’s ŠKODA Fabia R5 and 2.5 seconds quicker than the Ford Fiesta R5 of 2016 winner Alexey Lukyanuk. Cypriot Simos Galatariotis clocked a […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

TOYOTA LOCK OUT OVERALL FRONT ROW AS PORSCHE REPLICATE FORM IN GTE CLASSES

The rain that had threatened to fall on the Circuit de la Sarthe finally broke out of the overcast clouds, causing the last qualifying session to be hampered by a wet track. Due to this, the majority of the 24 Hours of Le Mans grid order remains the same as it was set at the start of the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

JULIAN READY TO DELIVER

Julian van der Watt heads to the sweeping, undulating and twisty Road America road course in Wisconsin, keen to make a mark on the fourth round of the 2018 United States Formula 2000 series June 22-24. Van der Watt was the victim of an accident at the previous round at the Indianapolis Lucas Oval following […]

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JONATHAN’S GLADIATOR WEEKEND

Jonathan Aberdein heads to one of the toughest challenges of his race season when the FIA European Formula 3 Championship heads to the short, tight and treacherous Norisring for its third round 22-24 June. Capetonian F3 Rookie Aberdein has scored points at both Pau and Hungoraring in the opening two rounds ands he’s keen for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

HUSQVARNA’S DESERT CHARGE

Kenny Gilbert from Pretoria sits in the joint lead of both the overall and open class OR1 championships aboard his Pepson Plastics Husqvarna FX450, on equal in points with arch rival Ross Branch in both title tables. “The Desert Race is a great weekend but it’s a difficult one because we literally race through my […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Red Bull boss gets honorary degree

The boss of Milton Keynes based Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner, has been given an honorary degree from Cranfield University, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to motorsport. Christian Horner Credit: Cranfield University The Formula 1 boss, who became the youngest-ever team principal when he took on the role in 2005, also launched the University’s new […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

From a roar to a whirr — MotoGP goes electric

MotoGP administrators Dorna announced in February that a new all-electric series, The Enel MotoE World Cup, will be joining its three existing classes — Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP — from 2019. A big departure It will mark a big departure for a series characterized by loud, boisterous gasoline-fueled racing, and Dorna has been weaning fans […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar 2019: Sainz to return in a Mini

Ever since the 2018 edition of Dakar Rally ended with his second victory, there were a lot of suspicions about the future of Carlo Sainz. Now we have the answer: the defending champion returns with X-Raid in 2019, turning down the offer of Toyota that was also on the table. After winning his second title […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai emerges as motorsport powerhouse

Hyundai Motor’s World Rally Championship (WRC) drivers Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul won the seventh round of the 2018 FIA WRC in Sardegna, Italy, giving the company’s motorsport team its eighth victory in rallies and circuit races this year, the Korean carmaker said Tuesday. The Belgian crew began their Sunday race 3.9 seconds behind their […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

2018 F1: Villeneuve slams Lauda over father jibe

Jacques Villeneuve has lashed out not only at Max Verstappen, but also F1 legend Niki Lauda. Villeneuve, the outspoken 1997 world champion, called Verstappen “a child” after the Dutch driver threatened to “head butt” journalists in Montreal. But it was subsequent comments by Lauda that really got Villeneuve fired up. Lauda, a contemporary of F1 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala: Citroen wrong to drop Meeke mid-season

Jari-Matti Latvala believes Citroen acted incorrectly by sacking Kris Meeke halfway through the 2018 World Rally Championship and should have honoured his contract. Meeke, who had been hired to lead Citroen’s title challenge in its factory WRC return with the C3, was dismissed between the last two rounds in what the team called a safety-related […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA ENJOYING FIRST TASTE OF 24 HOURS OF LE MANS WITH UNITED AUTOSPORTS

Montoya teaming with IMSA rival Filipe Albuquerque in Le Mans The 24 Hours of Le Mans always makes for some interesting driver lineup combinations. It should come as no surprise, then, that two drivers who are rivals in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are teammates this week in France — or that the team they’re […]

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INTERNATIONAL ROLL RACING ASSOCIATION: ORGANIZED STREET RACING WITH ATTITUDE

IRRA recently kicked off in Florida Chase Smith likes fast cars. He is also a realist. “My car is super-attractive to the cops, and I don’t like to mess around on the streets,” says the Stuart, Florida, resident. So he often makes the hourlong trip south to Palm Beach Intrnational Raceway, a quarter-mile drag strip that […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Ford NWM Aiming for Hat-Trick of Wins in the Desert

The Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) team heads to Botswana next weekend with the aim of claiming its third consecutive victory in the 2018 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS). The annual Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race is the third round of the championship and takes place in Jwaneng from 22 to 24 June. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Hilux Dakar – When the Tough get Tougher-er

The Toyota Hilux’s exploits have achieved something of a cult status, establishing an enviable reputation for the Japanese pick-up on a global scale. The resounding characteristic remains its inherent strength, durability and capability. In Toyota speak the acronym ‘QDR’ refers to Quality, Durability and Reliability – and indeed these three terms have come to underpin […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Historic, bikes and endurance racing wows Zwartkops crowd

A combination of Historic, Endurance and Motorcycle racing kept a sizeable Zwartkops crowd fully entertained on Saturday, when the venue hosted its 2018 Winter Challenge event. Topping the offerings was a four-hour race – round three of this year’s Mopar Endurance championships for sports and saloon cars. Spectators who stayed for the second half of […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Le Mans 24 Hours 2018: the preview

There’s a lot more to the Le Mans 24 Hours than Toyota’s quest for elusive victory. Jack Phillips unpacks the myriad of stories before this year’s endurance race This is Toyota’s Le Mans to lose. Scratch that, this is Alonso’s Le Mans to lose. That’s the general consensus. But Toyota knows as well as anyone that it’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Bathurst winner awarded Order of Australia medal

Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner John Goss has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours. The 75-year-old received the OAM for ‘services to motor sport’, the announcement of the award highlighting his pair of Bathurst 1000 wins and his Australian Grand Prix victory. John GossGoss began his Bathurst career […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Andrea Caldarelli’s masterpiece under the rain in Austria

Andrea Caldarelli completed one of the greatest race of his career in Red Bull Ring, for third 2018 ADAC GT Masters round. The Italian Factory Driver for Lamborghini Squadra Corse, at the wheel of #63 Huracan GT3 ORANGE1 by GRT climbed from P25 to 2nd place in Sunday race. Alongside regular teammate Mirko Bortolotti, Andrea […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC drivers want ‘stupid’ artificial jumps banned

World Rally Championship events are building dangerous artificial jumps that should be outlawed, according to leading WRC drivers.Toyota’s Ott Tanak had to retire from third place on Rally Italy last week after an incident on what many felt was a badly built jump on the Monte Baranta stage. Tanak’s Yaris WRC slammed nose-first into the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Team South Africa makes history by winning second BMW GS Trophy

After eight days and 2350 km the 2018 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy has reached its conclusion back where it began, at Camp Chinisiin Khuree near Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. And it’s Team South Africa for the second time (having won the 2016 edition in Southeast Asia) who are the champions. This year there were 18 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

NO PANIC AT CITROËN, SAYS BUDAR

CITROËN RACING BOSS PIERRE BUDAR INSISTS SPIRITS REMAIN HIGH WITHIN THE TEAM FOLLOWING LAST MONTH’S SHOCK SACKING OF LEAD DRIVER KRIS MEEKE.He said the squad was ‘united’ and promised the French manufacturer would be back among the WRC frontrunners once his rebuilding programme was completed. Speaking after last weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna in which Mads […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

NANDAN: ‘RESULT WAS GOOD FOR THE SPORT’

HYUNDAI TEAM PRINCIPAL MICHEL NANDAN BELIEVES THIERRY NEUVILLE’S NAIL-BITING WIN AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA SHOWS HOW COMPETITIVE AND EXCITING THE 2018 WRC SEASON IS. Neuville won all four stages on Sunday before dramatically overturning Sébastien Ogier’s lead in the Live TV Power Stage to take the rally victory by 0.7sec – the third-smallest winning margin […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

The Women’s Champion Of The 1927 Monte Carlo Rally Was The Endurance Driving Champion Of The World

Imagine: you’re walking down the streets of west London when, suddenly, a Matchless motorcycle comes screaming past. At the helm is a teenage girl, her hair flying wildly behind her. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes, you might have doubted the passenger in the sidecar: but it is most definitely a collie […]

GTC MOTORSPORT NEWS

VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT AIMS TO UP THE ANTE FOR EAST LONDON CHALLENGE

Volkswagen Motorsport heads to the historic East London Grand Prix Circuit for round four of the Sasol GTC Championship on 16th June brimful of confidence after Daniel Rowe powered his Volkswagen Jetta GTC to back-to-back wins at the last two rounds while Keagan Masters has bagged four victories in his Volkswagen Golf GTi and leads […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Peter Hickman wins thrilling Senior TT battle with 135mph final lap

The 135mph barrier has been broken on the Isle of Man as Peter Hickman recorded a phenomenal final lap to edge the Senior TT over Dean Harrison. Hickman, on his Smiths Racing BMW, recorded his second win of the week with a 135.452mph final lap around the Mountain Circuit, smashing all previous records and beating […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

Jonathan Rea signs new deal with Kawasaki to stay in World Superbikes

Three-time world champion Jonathan Rea has signed a new two-year deal with the Kawasaki Racing Team to stay in the World Superbikes for the 2019 and 2020 campaigns. Rea, 31, has long been linked with a step up to MotoGP – where he would have plenty of suitors following his dominance in the WSB – […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

TOYOTA CELEBRATES THE 86TH 24 HOURS OF LE MANS WITH TRIO OF HERITAGE LIVERIED GT86 COUPES

The 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours next week provides the perfect opportunity for Toyota to prepare a trio of one-off versions of its own famous “86”, the GT86 coupe. Each car sports a different livery celebrating some of Toyota’s great Le Mans cars of the past. And what better date for the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier given suspended points penalty, fined €10,000

Sebastian Ogier has been given a suspended points penalty and a fine for receiving outside assistance on his way to a second-place finish on Rally Italy.The World Rally Championship title contender was beaten to the win by series leader Thierry Neuville, who snatched victory on the final stage. Moments before that turnaround, Ogier had left […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURO

Jonny Walker Maintains World Enduro Super Series Lead

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker has maintained his lead in the World Enduro Super Series with a well-deserved top 10 result at France’s Tre`fle Loze´rien AMV. With round three of the mixed-discipline WESS championship coming days after the Erzbergrodeo in Austria, Walker faced the tough challenge of switching from Hard Enduro to Classic […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Toby Price Races To Record Sixth Win at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race

2016 Dakar Champion Toby Price (#295 KTM 500 EXC-F) has added another Tatts Finke Desert Race title to his name, being crowned King of the Desert for the sixth time in nine years today in Alice Springs. Price managed to seal the win despite falling off his bike with 100 kilometres to go, taking victory […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Andreas Perez: 14-year-old rider dies following accident at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Perez passed away after an accident in the second race of the Moto3 Junior World Championship’s Barcelona round Teenage rider Andreas Perez has died following an accident during Sunday’s fourth round of the Moto3 Junior World Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain. Andreas Perez The 14-year-old, who rode for Reale Avintia Racing, was involved […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

Kristoffersson Scores Dominant Clean Sweep Victory in Hell RX

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden driver scores maximum points’ on dominant weekend Mattias Ekstrom and Petter Solberg complete podium as Sebastien Loeb misses final PSRX Volkswagen Sweden scored its second FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy double-podium of 2018 at the Team Verksted World RX of Norway, as Johan Kristoffersson dominated to score victory. Sweden’s […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

2018 F1: No top team wants Alonso

Nico Rosberg thinks Fernando Alonso’s winning days in formula one are over.In Montreal, Spaniard Alonso passed the ultra-rare 300 grand prix mark, but next weekend he will tackle Le Mans and for 2019 he is linked with Indycar. Rosberg, the 2016 world champion, said almost everybody wishes for more success in formula one for the […]