MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rallye Bandama set to gear up 2018 African Rally Championship series

The new African rally championship season will commence in Ivory Coast with the Rallye Bandama this Friday. The three day event will start with a super special stage before crews take on ten stages on Saturday and Sunday. The total distance of the rally is 231.25kilometres. Rallye Bandama has this time attracted more crews. Over […]

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Kork Ballington to become a MotoGP Legend

 MotoGP, much like Rock ‘n Roll, have their own Hall of Fame, more specifically known as the MotoGP Legends  Hall of Fame, and features such prestigious names as Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 considers slowing cars to make the racing better

Ross Brawn says series owners also looking at DRS options Although no fan of the Drag Reduction System overtaking aid, F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn says DRS is staying in Formula 1 — for now.Recently, series owners Liberty Media bought defunct F1 team Manor’s last wind-tunnel model and began working on how overtaking chances can […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante first drive: Fashion over function

Aston’s new droptop lets the sun shine in but keeps the bluster at bay Rarely does a fabric-roofed convertible look as good as the coupe it’s based on, let alone drive equally well. But the Aston Martin DB11 Volante proves the exception. A new roof created in conjunction with sunroof/convertible specialist Webasto helps preserve the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Breen gutted as Citroen force him to stand aside

Craig Breen admits to being “gutted” at having to stand aside for the next round of the World Rally Championship despite a career-best second place behind Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville in Sweden at the weekend. His Citroen team had already decided the Waterford driver would make way for the return of nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Rally Raid Kenya: A star studded entry list for RD 1 Fly-SAX Nanyuki Rally

Defending champions Ross Field and Shivam Vinyak headline an impressive entry list for the Fly-SAX Nanyuki Rally Raid which kick-starts the 2018 “Fly Sax and Fly-540 Kenyan National Rally Raid Championship” this weekend. Ross Field will defend his outright and car class titles at the wheel of the mighty South African built Century Racing CRT […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Daniel Ricciardo claims RB14 has shown ‘encouraging signs’

Daniel Ricciardo has claimed the RB14 has shown early promise despite a wet shakedown test at Silverstone. In sodden conditions at Silverstone Ricciardo drove the RB14 on track for the first time in 2018; despite the limited mileage on the day he feels boosted by the encouraging signs from the car, and felt no disruption in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Charlize Theron talks about her SA car racing roots

 Charlize Theron stole the show at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 over the weekend.The South African beauty waved a green flag to start the 500-mile race wearing sexy black leather skinnies and a black Patti Smith tee. In an interview with NASCAR.com, Charlize – who is the race’s honourary starter […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Baja Russia 2018: Overdrive Racing’s Al-Attiyah and Baumel cruise to start-to-finish victory

Poland’s Aron Domzala rolls twice and retires before final timed test Yasir Saiedan delivers stunning debut performance to finish fifth overall Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah began the defence of his FIA World Cup title in convincing style with a start-to-finish maiden victory in Baja Russia Northern Forest Rally, the opening round of the 2018 FIA World […]

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Safari Classic Rally nominated for Sports Event of the Year award

The East African Safari Classic Rally has been nominated for an Asian Weekly Achievers Award in the category of Best Sports Event of the Year. “The East African Safari Classic Rally brought world recognition to Kenya and East Africa,” state the award organisers. “The concept for the Safari Classic Rally came from the original Safari […]

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Ogier controversy prompts format change calls

World Rally Championship drivers and teams want changes to how national events share WRC bills after a controversial Rally Sweden that ended with Sebastien Ogier and M-Sport taking deliberate penalties.Rally Sweden Historic followed the modern cars onto the stages and caused significant problems for the main WRC field on its second pass through the Friday […]

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Red Bull Sports – Is the World Rally Championship set for a new Japanese star?

Takamoto Katsuta stuns rallying world with shock maiden WRC2 win in Sweden.For a car-making nation of such world-leading repute, Japan’s record in the World Rally Championship could be better. Takamoto Katsuta wants to change all that. The 24-year-old is part of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Challenge Program and, at last week’s Rally Sweden, he rocked rallying’s […]

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Young Guns Ready For 2018 Rally Season Kick-off In KZN

The ATS Motorsport Young Guns conducted a successful pre-season test over the weekend of February 10/11 and are ready for the opening round of the South African National Rally Championship next month. Runners-up last year, Richard Leeke Jnr and Henry Köhne plan on going one better this season and will be putting everything they learned […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

A blessing in disguise for Williams?

Last month, Sergey Sirotkin’s confirmed nomination as Williams’ second driver alongside Lance Stroll in 2018 was met quite predictably with a fair amount of jeering by Formula 1 fans. A wave of one-sided opinions hit the Grove-based outfit and buried the team and the 22-year-old Russian under a pile of ‘pay driver’ charges. Williams’ senior […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TRADE BRANDS TOUR NATAL RALLY HITS THE KZN NORTH COAST

The Rally season opener for the 2018 SA Rally Championship will be the Trade Brands Tour Natal Rally being held this year on the North Coast of KZN.  The Tour Natal Rally which started back in 1959 ran in various parts of KZN over the years focussing mainly on the fast and sweeping sugar cane […]

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Ogier makes his point in Sweden

Despite a frustrating run at Rally Sweden, Sébastien Ogier left with five drivers’ championships points after some strategic manipulation at the 11th hour by his M-Sport Ford team. The Frenchman’s victory at Rallye Monte-Carlo put him first on the road through Friday’s stages in Sweden, and he plunged down the order as he swept away […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Daytona 500 thriller is a blast from NASCAR’s past and a victory for its future

Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be retired, but Dale Earnhardt Sr. still lives on in Daytona.He no longer lives through his son’s presence on the race track, but he came back to life Sunday through the iconic No. 3 Chevy that Austin Dillon drove to his first Daytona 500 victory. And, appropriately, Dillon did it just […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

HUSQVARNA STARTS ON A HIGH

Cape Town rider Caleb Tennant put in a star performance as Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing enjoyed a solid start to the 2018 TRP Distributors South African National Motocross championship in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Tennant was in fine form as he won the opening heats of both the MX1 and MX2 races en route to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

FLY-FISHING MECCA WILL REVERBERATE TO THE SOUND OF RACING ENGINES

The tranquil town of Dullstroom is better known as one of South Africa’s premier fly-fishing locations, but will echo to the sound of high powered racing engines when the Mpumalanga 400 – round one of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) – gets underway on March 16 and 17. Dullstroom is the highest town […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

BRAT PACK BOSS BUSI

Saturday’s Wingfield Motors Killarney Power Series action was great throughout the day, but if any class produced consistently extreme action, it was the Brat Pack of Class C in the BurlyPro GTi Challenge. Among the most competitive of any classes racing in South Africa in 2018, this baby class of the popular Western Cape series […]

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ACTION GALORE AT KILLARNEY

Killarney’s 2018 racing championships exploded into action as a dazzling display of crunching racing kept a sizeable crowd entertained throughout a perfect Cape summer’s day at the opening Wingfield Motors Power Series meeting on Saturday. The action was fraught on track as cars and bikes produced spectacular dicing, while red flags flew to stop the […]

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First round of Inland Championship sets the bar high

“The first round of the EV Dynamics Inland Championship draws competitors and spectators alike, and sets the bar pretty high for the season ahead.  Midvaal Raceway hosted the first round of this year’s EV Dynamics Inland Championship on Saturday 17 February and 19 races spread over 9 different categories kept a large crowd entertained throughout […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Neuville clinches Rally Sweden victory from Breen

 Thierry Neuville has taken his first victory at Rally Sweden after seeing off a spirited charge from Craig Breen as defending World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier causes controversy on the Power Stage.   After wrestling the overall lead from Toyota’s Ott Tanak at the start of the Friday morning stages, the Hyundai driver produced a […]

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Rally Sweden: SS17: Lappi charges

Esapekka Lappi was a man on the move in Sunday morning’s opening Likenäs speed test as the Finn set his sights on Hayden Paddon’s fourth place.The Toyota Yaris driver was second through the 21.19km test to demote Mads Østberg from fifth and close to within just 7.4sec of Paddon. And all that was achieved with […]

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Saturday in Sweden: Leader Neuville distances pack

Thierry Neuville finally broke clear of the chasing pack on Saturday to move within touching distance of becoming only the third non-Nordic driver to win Rally Sweden. The Belgian soaked up intense pressure for almost two days to protect a lead that never rose above a handful of seconds, before attacking himself to open a […]

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Rally Sweden: SS12/13: Neuville clear

Rally Sweden leader Thierry Neuville created daylight between himself and his rivals for the first time on Saturday afternoon. After spending almost two days fending off his challengers by no more than a handful of seconds, the Belgian delivered a stunning drive on the gravelly roads of the Hagfors speed test to stretch his advantage […]

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Rally Sweden: SS10/11: Neuville’s relief

A relieved Thierry Neuville continued to lead Rally Sweden after a dramatic Saturday morning in which the top four drivers traded places in every special stage. Neuville firstly fixed the problem with his Hyundai i20’s automatic paddle shift gearchange which hampered him in the opening Torntorp test. He then spun in the Hagfors stage before […]

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Rally Sweden: SS9: Gear glitch for Neuville

Rally Sweden leader Thierry Neuville hit trouble in Saturday morning’s opening speed test when his Hyundai i20’s automatic paddle shift gearchange failed.   Neuville was fifth through the Torntorp test, and actually extended his lead over team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen by 0.3sec, but the Belgian’s frustration was clear at the finish as TV pictures showed him […]

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Friday in Sweden: Neuville heads Hyundai 1-2-3

Thierry Neuville headed a clean sweep of the top three places for Hyundai at Rally Sweden following Friday’s first full day.The Belgian fended off Andreas Mikkelsen by 4.9sec after a tough day on snow and ice-covered roads in the forests of Sweden and Norway. Hayden Paddon surged up the order this afternoon to claim third, […]

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Rally Sweden: Neuville hangs on

Thierry Neuville fended off team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen to hold a slender Rally Sweden lead on Friday afternoon. The margin between the duelling Hyundai i20 duo was a single second as they slid through a repeat of this morning’s speed tests in Norway, where conditions were even more difficult than earlier. Neuville had to be content with […]

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CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA 2018 PARTICIPANTS’ JUDGING WORKSHOP ON 24 FEBRUARY IN SANDTON

Concours South Africa will be hosting a Participants’ Judging Workshop at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton on Saturday, 24, from 01:00 pm.The workshop will be hosted by Concours South Africa Chief Judge Wayne Harley, and Senior Judge Marius Malherbe. Both judges have a wealth of experience in the classic car fields. Harley is the Curator […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Neuville leads in Sweden

Team-mates Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen topped the Rally Sweden leaderboard after Friday morning’s snowy loop of cross-border speed tests.   Fastest time in Norway’s Svullrya special stage and second in the following Röjden test propelled Neuville into a 3.7sec lead over his Hyundai i20 colleague as competitors returned to Torsby for service. Despite suffering […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott triumph in NASCAR Duel races at Daytona

Ryan Blaney held off Team Penske teammate Joey Logano to win Thursday night’s first 150-mile qualifying race in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway, but the story of the race was the list of prominent cars that did not survive until the checkered flag. In the second Duel, Chase Elliott grabbed the lead on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Sweden Tänak dominant

Ott Tänak was a convincing winner of Friday morning’s snowy opening stage at Rally Sweden to stretch his overnight lead in this second round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Fresh snow made conditions difficult for the early starters, but Tänak shrugged those problems aside to stop the clocks 6.1sec quicker than Andreas Mikkelsen and […]