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Rally Germany: SATURDAY IN GERMANY: TÄNAK PUSHES AHEAD

OTT TÄNAK EXTENDED HIS ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND LEAD ON SATURDAY AS WRC LEADER THIERRY NEUVILLE’S TITLE HOPES SUFFERED A CRUSHING BLOW. Tänak headed Andreas Mikkelsen by 21.4sec following the penultimate leg of the four-day asphalt encounter, after tough speed tests on Panzerplatte’s multi-surface tank training roads and greasy country lanes.The day was a disaster for […]

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Rally Germany: SS13-15: SORDO’S TREBLE

DANI SORDO CLAIMED A PANZERPLATTE HAT-TRICK AT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND WHEN HE WON ALL THREE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SPEED TESTS OVER THE ABRASIVE TANK TRAINING ROADS. Dry and sunny conditions suited the Spaniard and he won both passes through the short Arena Panzerplatte before adding a third victory with fastest time in the monster 41.97km test […]

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Rally Germany: SS11/12: TÄNAK PULLS CLEAR

OTT TÄNAK EXTENDED HIS SLENDER OVERNIGHT LEAD AT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND TO ALMOST HALF A MINUTE ON SATURDAY MORNING. He left the two Panzerplatte military road speed tests with a 15.3sec advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen. He was then fastest over Freisen’s slippery country lanes to widen the margin to more than 25sec as two mistakes cost […]

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TÄNAK EXTENDS LEAD, NEUVILLE RETIRES FROM RALLY DEUTSCHLAND

Ott Tänak continued to pull away from the chasing pack at Rally Deutschland, but the morning loop was overshadowed by Thierry Neuville‘s retirement in the short Panzerplatte superspecial. Neuville suffered from the left rear wheel of his Hyundai shearing off midway through the 2.9 kilometre test, the upright breaking on impact with a step between the […]

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LEEROY POULTER PUTS RACING CAREER ON HOLD

 Defending South African National Rally and Cross-Country champion, Leeroy Poulter, has decided to step away from motorsport for the remainder of the 2017 season. The talented motor sportsman made the decision to fully recover from the brain surgery he underwent in 2016, to remove an anomalous growth. While the surgery itself was a great success, […]

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Rally Germany: SS 9/10 Neuville withdraws

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER THIERRY NEUVILLE SUFFERED A CRUSHING BLOW TO HIS TITLE HOPES WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE SECOND LEG OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND ON SATURDAY MORNING.   He finished the opening Arena Panzerplatte speed test with the rear left wheel hanging off his Hyundai i20 and parked the car shortly afterwards. Neither Neuville nor co-driver […]

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Tanak masters rain sodden Rallye Deutschland

The lead changed hands four times on Friday at ADAC Rallye Deutschland before Ford Fiesta driver Ott Tänak emerged from the final muddy asphalt speed test with a 5.7sec advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen. Storms turned the narrow and bumpy Mosel vineyard tracks and Saarland country lanes into a mudbath. All the leading drivers spent time […]

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Rally Germany: SS6/7: TÄNAK BACK AHEAD

OTT TÄNAK REGAINED THE LEAD OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS TORRENTIAL RAIN SOAKED THE MOSEL VINEYARD ROADS.   He won both the Mittelmosel and Grafschaft speed tests in his Ford Fiesta to relegate Andreas Mikkelsen to second by 4.5sec with one special stage remaining in the opening leg. The roads were drenched […]

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Alonso will consider ‘all possibilities’ before looking outside F1

Fernando Alonso says he will explore all opportunities to win again within Formula One before looking outside the series for a drive in 2018.Alonso’s current contract with McLaren will come to an end this year and could expire without so much as a podium to show for three seasons of hard work. Image: Mark Thomson/Getty […]

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NASCAR Has Surprising Roots in the Bootlegging of the Prohibition Era

NASCAR racing and the term stock car have deep roots in bootlegging, with backstories and characters that sound like something out of a less family-friendly Dukes of Hazzard episode. Bootleggers made their own moonshine before prohibition to dodge taxes. The term moonshine comes from late-night brewing sessions held at well-concealed stills. That way, smoke from […]

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Rally Germany: SS4/5: ANDREAS’ SURPRISE LEAD

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN BECAME THE FOURTH DIFFERENT LEADER OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND AS HE HEADED THIS 10TH ROUND OF THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP INTO FRIDAY’S MID-LEG SERVICE. He charged to the front with a dominant 7.4sec win in the Grafschaft speed test. Fourth in the repeat Wadern-Weiskirchen special stage left the Citroën C3 pilot with […]

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Sébastien Loeb Could Do More WRC Tests With Citroën

Sebastien Loeb was one of the greatest WRC drivers during the 2000s, tallying up 78 rally wins during his tenure with Citroen. He even won nine consecutive championships from 2004 to 2012, solidifying his spot in the record books for the French marque. After retiring from rally full-time five years ago, he has since returned […]

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PEREL HUNGARY  FOR TITLE

Kessel Ferrari Driver, David Perel, heads to Budapest in Hungary 26-27 August to compete in the fourth round of the Blancpain Sprint Championship. Perel, who leads all three Sprint, Endurance and Overall AM class championships in the series, stands to wrap up the Sprint title at the Hungoraring — a track he is familiar with following […]

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Rally Germany: SS2/3: TÄNAK TAKES GERMANY LEAD

OTT TÄNAK LED ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND AFTER FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING TWO SPEED TESTS, BUT THERE WERE EARLY TROUBLES FOR TITLE RIVALS THIERRY NEUVILLE AND SÉBASTIEN OGIER.   After lying second overnight, the Estonian was fifth in the opening Wadern-Weiskirchen test in his Ford Fiesta. He then won Mittelmosel as this 10th round of the FIA […]

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Rally Germany: SS1 Kopecky’s win, Meeke’s disaster

UNDERDOG JAN KOPECKY WAS THE SHOCK LEADER OF ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND AFTER WINNING THURSDAY NIGHT’S OPENING SPEED TEST IN SAARBRÜCKEN. But the tight and twisty city centre roads proved the undoing of Kris Meeke who failed to finish after hitting a concrete barrier. Big crowds gathered in the heart of the city for the rally’s […]

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Halftime in the Audi Sport TT Cup at Zandvoort

The circuit of Zandvoort in the Netherlands is the backdrop for the fourth of seven Audi Sport TT Cup events. As a challenging driver’s circuit, it traditionally promises exciting racing. All in pursuit of Philip Ellis: Tensions are high for the halfway point of the Audi Sport TT Cup season in Zandvoort from August 18 […]

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12-year-old Merlin Horatio Stamper navigates 1,500 miles across the USA

Everybody needs a break from work, and Bury St Edmunds-based farmer Angus Stamper’s preferred reward is classic car rallying, which is how he came to be driving his 1964 Mercedes 230 SL Pagoda on Bespoke Rallies’ recent Pan Am Classic event, that in turn led to his 12-year-old son Merlin possibly qualifying as the ‘World’s […]

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60 SUPERCAR ENTRIES CONFIRMED FOR 2017 WORLD RX OF FRANCE

 Complete entry lists for round nine of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lohéac, France, have just been released. The French event, to be held on 1-3 September at the Circuit de Lohéac in the north of France, will feature a maximum number of entries for all the classes to be represented: World Rallycross competitors will be flanked […]

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TITLE-CHASING DUO CLASH IN GERMANY

FOUR-TIME WORLD CHAMPION SÉBASTIEN OGIER AND COMEBACK KING THIERRY NEUVILLE LOCK HORNS IN GERMANY THIS WEEKEND IN THE LATEST INSTALMENT OF THE WRC’S THRILLING HEAD-TO-HEAD TITLE FIGHT. With nine rounds gone and four remaining, the duo are locked together at the top of the standings ahead of the final all-asphalt encounter at ADAC Rallye Deutschland […]

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NEUVILLE TOPS SHAKEDOWN

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER THIERRY NEUVILLE WAS FASTEST IN SHAKEDOWN AT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND ON THURSDAY MORNING.The Belgian was quickest through the mainly dry 4.09km Eiweiler test by 0.9sec from Andreas Mikkelsen, who returns to the Citroën Abu Dhabi squad after missing last month’s encounter in Finland. Sébastien Ogier, who is tied with Neuville at the top […]

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BRANCH IS OVERALL MOTORCYCLE CHAMPION WITH ONE MORE BATTLE TO GO 

The results for the Harrismith 400, the penultimate round of the SA Cross Country Championship for Motorcycles and Quads that took place on 28 July, and the updated championship standings show that although a few titles have been secured, many championship titles will only be decided at the sixth and final event of the 2017 […]

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MEEKE’S CORSICA FEELING RETURNS

KRIS MEEKE WILL START THIS WEEK’S ALL-ASPHALT ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND [17 – 20 AUGUST] IN POSITIVE SPIRITS AFTER REDISCOVERING THE SAME FEELING INSIDE HIS CITROËN C3 THAT PROPELLED HIM TO THE LEAD OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP’S LAST SEALED-SURFACE ROUND. Meeke streaked away from his rivals at April’s Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse, and built […]

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Brown weighing options on Alonso’s Indy future

A game of intercontinental chess is playing out between Verizon IndyCar Series and Formula 1 teams that could determine when – or if – Fernando Alonso appears in an IndyCar again. The May alliance between McLaren Honda and the Honda-powered Andretti Autosport program brought two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to the Indianapolis 500, and with […]

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Rea to resume push for third WSBK title

Jonathan Rea is looking to continue his winning ways when the 2017 World SBK Championship resumes at the Lausitzring in Germany following the lengthy summer break.The Northern Irishman remains well on course for a third consecutive WSBK title in the wake of a resounding first-half to the season, Rea winning nine of the 16 races […]

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MONTOYA, CAMERON TO PAIR-UP FOR PENSKE FOR 2018 IMSA CAMPAIGN

Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron will share the driving duties for one of the two Acura DPi’s that will compete in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under the Team Penske banner, it was announced on Tuesday.Colombian Montoya, who has been a part of Roger Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series line-up for the past four […]

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HAMILTON HOPES MERCEDES ‘DON’T GIVE UP ANY MORE POINTS’ IN 2017

Lewis Hamilton hopes that he and his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team do not lose out on any more points in the championship, with the Briton feeling that they have given up more points than their Scuderia Ferrari rivals across the first eleven races of 2017. Hamilton currently sits fourteen points behind Sebastian Vettel […]

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Hayden Paddon planning on team player role as WRC hits German tarmac

Hayden Paddon will be a team player at Rally Germany this week. After a season’s best second-place finish in Poland early last month, the frustrating nature of Kiwi driver Paddon’s 2017 WRC campaign continued at his favoured Rally Finland a few weeks later. He ran over rocks and was forced to retire on two of […]

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Wolff sees Formula E as ‘a serious motorsport player’

Toto Wolff believes Formula E enjoys many qualities wish have the potential to propel the growing series towards a very bright future. The all-electric racing format has received multiple seals of approval lately, with both Mercedes and Porsche announcing a move to Formula E where the two German manufacturers will join Renault, Audi, Jaguar and […]

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Solberg’s RX team adds third Polo for German round

Petter Solberg’s Volkswagen-backed World Rallycross team will field a third Polo GTi Supercar in the penultimate round of the series at the Estering in October, for Volkswagen test driver Dieter Depping. The 51-year old German, who has won the German Rally Championship three times and also competed on the Dakar Rally, will join PSRX’s regular […]

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Swiss hillclimb organisers fined over fiery Hammond crash

 Organisers of the Swiss hillclimb in which TV presenter Richard Hammond suffered a huge crash have been fined just over $5000 by its national sporting authority. While filming for Amazon’s The Grand Tour TV show, Hammond crashed the 1200hp Rimac Concept One electric hypercar at a left-hand bend after the finish line of the Hemberg Bergrennen course, somersaulting […]

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WEATHERTECH CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RACES TAKE SHAPE AS SERIES ENTERS HOME STRETCH

The race for class championship honors in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship is heating up as the 2017 season begins to wind down.The closest battle can be found in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, where No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R co-drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen currently hold an eight-point lead over last […]

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Massive 37-car R5 contingent for ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín

A massive 37 R5 cars are entered for next week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship Of those 28 hold ERC priority status, with seven chasing success in the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship and 13 going for ERC Junior Under 27 gold. In total, a season-high 49 crews will […]

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Existing teams call for Formula E technical stability

 Existing Formula E teams have called for the championship to maintain its strict technical development path despite the wave of new manufacturer involvement. Formula E has thus far limited development, particularly concerning aerodynamics, and the second generation of cars will run with spec batteries until the end of the seventh season (2020/21). Mercedes and Porsche […]

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WorldSSP: Rivals, redemption and racing resumes

Sofuoglu is the man with the target on his back as WorldSSP heads to Germany. Since the wheels last turned at Misano World Circuit, FIM Superport World Championship riders have been eagerly awaiting the return to racing action and the time has finally come, with the WorldSBK circus rolling into Lausitzring for the Prosecco DOC […]

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Rally driver Elfyn Evans hailed as Wales’ best-ever

A DOLGELLAU sportsman has been hailed as Wales’ “best-ever rally driver”.Sitting alongside Welsh superstars such as Grand Prix’ Tom Pryce and his father Championship winning Rally driver Gwyndaf Evans, Elfyn Evans is the greatest driver Welsh rallying has produced, according to the presenter of S4C’s Ralïo+, Emyr Penlan. After finishing second on two occasions in […]

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HUSQVARNA’S HARDING STARS

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa Off Road duo, Brett Swanepoel and Henco Botha did the team proud with a pair of great performances in the Harding Liquorland SA National Championship Enduro over the weekend, while Husqvarna-supported 125 High School rider Matt Green also delivered another brilliant result. Swanepoel had a great race to end […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE UNDER PRESSURE AT HMC ELECTROTHREAD RALLY

Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle find themselves on the back foot going into this weekend’s HMC Electrothread Rally in Bronkhorstspruit. The pair lost the lead in the 2017 National Rally Championship at the Volkswagen Rally in Port Elizabeth last month, and with three events left on this year’s calendar, will have to dig deep […]