FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Italian Grand Prix and Monza to Part Ways?

 With the next season of Formula 1 still 76 days away, here’s a piece of news that might interest/ worry you. Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the premier Italian racing circuit, has been grappling with serious financial issues and relief seems like a distant possibility since the attempt to bailout the circuit was thwarted by the national […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Horner : Kyvat is very quick Formula 1,

Red Bull boss Christian Horner is excited to see what the “phenomenal” and “very quick” new driver Daniil Kyvat can achieve in 2015.  Kyvat is very quick The 20-year-old has been promoted to the line-up after Sebastian Vettel announced he would leave the team in October, eventually joining Ferrari as Fernando Alonso’s replacement. Horner opted […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar bikes: Marc Coma in people’s sights

All the lights are green for Marc Coma, the favourite to achieve his fifth win in the Dakar, which would also be the 14th consecutive title for KTM, although the competition, with Barreda and Gonçalves for Honda, Pain for Yamaha, etc. will fight it out without any complexes… Everything comes to an end, but it […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Haas F1 acquires Marussia factory

    Gene Haas’ foray into Formula One continues with tyhe purchase of Marussia’s Banbury factory.   According to Racecar Engineering, Gene Haas recently noted he was interested in participating in the Marussia F1 auction, which saw many of the crumbling team’s assets sold off to the highest bidders. However, their Banbury factory was not […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

Superbikes bosses set out plans for global entry-level class

World Superbike bosses have today outlined a plan to formulate a global entry-level class in order to develop new talent at a low-cost basis.The FIM’s Superbike commission have approved the assembly of a group to develop the class structure around 300cc sportsbikes that are gaining popularity – especially in the all-important Asia markets. “The Superbike […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Robert Kubica confirms 2015 WRC return

Robert Kubica will contest a full World Rally Championship campaign next season behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.The 30-year-old former Formula 1 star has elected to continue his career in rallying’s top tier after contemplating a possible switch back to circuit racing for 2015. Kubica, who completed his second full season in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SA-flavoured Dusters head for Dakar

 The two Renault Duster vehicles that will compete in the 2015 Dakar Rally were built in South Africa, says the French automaker. The space-frames for the Dusters were co-designed, developed and built in South Africa, and its new 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine — which makes around 250kW and 500Nm — was also developed locally. The […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Monte Carlo drive with Peugeot for in-demand Craig Breen

Craig Breen will continue to spearhead the Peugeot Academy team in next year’s European Rally Championship, a series which includes the Circuit of Ireland at Easter.But Breen’s programme with the French manufacturer will also include seven appearances in the WRC2 division of the World championship, starting with the Monte Carlo Rally next month. It was […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Marchionne: Ferrari paying for errors

New Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has admitted the Formula 1 team made “too many mistakes” in recent seasons and called upon the Scuderia to fulfil its potential. Speaking alongside newly appointed F1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene at the Scuderia’s annual Christmas media briefing, Marchionne said the Italian squad had made too many errors in 2014 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai appoints BMW M division chief engineer

Hyundai Motor Group has appointed BMW M division chief engineer Albert Biermann as its new head of vehicle test and high performance development. Based at the company’s R&D centre in Namyang, Korea, Biermann will lead the development of new high performance Hyundai and Kia models, as well as oversee engineering projects relating to ride and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Romain Dumas at the Monte-Carlo Rally with his Porsche

Only a few days following his first participation in the Dakar Rally with the Ecurie du Cœur, Romain Dumas will be at the start of the Rallye MonteCarlo, first round of the 2015 World Rally Championship, and first event in the new FIA RGT Cup. With co-driver Denis Giraudet, Romain will be behind the wheel […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Truck race : Russian nesting dolls, Kamaz style

12/10/14 For the first time in history, the Dakar will feature a marathon stage for the truck category with a stop at a dedicated bivouac near Iquique. This important element will be among the difficulties Andrey Karginov and the Kamaz team will have to manage, which has many advantages to continue its domination on the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

New Opel ADAM R2 sets impressive pace

Opel’s newest car to enter rallying, the ADAM R2, has shown impressive pace and stamina over grueling stages across European rally circuit including Germany, Spain and France. Out of 39 starts, the 190hp ADAM has amassed 28 class or division wins. Success came for Opel Motorsport Team France when driver Yoann Bonato took the title […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Verstappen debut ‘an insult’ – Villeneuve

   Jacques Villeneuve says the forthcoming debut of F1’s youngest ever race driver Max Verstappen is “an insult”.Just a year out of karts, 17-year-old Verstappen has been signed to drive for Red Bull’s junior F1 team Toro Rosso in 2015.The outspoken 1997 world champion told Italy’s Omnicorse: “Should I tell you the truth? I think […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

Loeb admits he needs to improve his race craft for touring cars

 Sebastien Loeb says racecraft and refining setups are the main areas he needs to improve for his 2015 World Touring Car Championship campaign.The nine-time World Rally champion focused entirely on circuit racing for the first time with his 2014 Citroen program. He had previously interspersed sports car races – including a full 2013 FIA GT season […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1: Sutil says pay driver situation “out of control”

   Financial demands that some Formula 1 teams are asking from drivers are “out of control,” claims ousted Sauber racer Adrian Sutil.Sauber has opted to replace Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez with Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson for 2015, with both the team’s new drivers arriving with generous sponsorship backing. Asked if he felt budgets were […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

NORRA Adds Cortez Challenge Rally Raid to 2015 General Tyre Mexican 1000

  Looking to bring top level, international-style Rally Raid motorsports to North American soil, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) has announced plans for a new three day “Cortez Rally” event for 2015 to be run in conjunction with next year’s General Tyre NORRA Mexican 1000. Competitors can run each race separately, or for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Merckx and Ickx feted as Belgium’s speed demons

Eddy Merckx ( did it on a bicycle, Jacky Ickx drove fast for F1. Now that both are approaching 70, an exhibition is celebrating their feats as two of history’s speediest Belgians.The stunning accomplishments of the “fast friends” are chronicled in an exhibition that runs until June 21, just after Merckx’s 70th birthday on June […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Robert Kubica to continue rallying

Robert Kubica will be back for another year of World Rally Championship action next season.The Pole’s participation in next month’s Monte Carlo Rally – round one of the 2015 season – has been confirmed by the organisers of the French Alps event, bringing to an end months of speculation over a potential racing return. Despite […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula E boss claims manufacturers are queuing up

The first three Formula E events have hardly set the world on fire, but the series chief, Spaniard Alejandro Agag, has said he expects as many as eight new manufacturers to sign up for the second season of the electric championship. Cars in the first season running through until next June all use batteries produced […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bernie’s bosses give him nod to stay

CVC Capital Partners, owner of the biggest slice of the F1 business and which the BBC reported this week “has made a mind-boggling $US8.2 billion from its investment”, has confirmed that 84-year-old Bernie Ecclestone will remain at the sport’s commercial helm. Moves to install Paul Walsh, the former chief executive of alcoholic drinks company Diageo, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Renault Duster team aim for top ten on Dakar

For its third participation on the legendary event, the official Renault Duster Team will compete in the 2015 edition of the Dakar, from the 4th to 17th of January, with two all-new cars and a power plant from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, with the objective of finishing in the Top 10.   Since 2013, Renault Argentina […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Michael Schumacher is Google’s most-searched-for athlete in 2014

Michael Schumacher was the most-searched-for athlete in 2014, Internet-giant Google has announced.An analysis of the more than 2 trillion searches on the world’s most popular search engine this year also showed that Schumacher’s skiing crash and recuperation was the ninth most popular Internet news story overall. The F1 legend’s struggle was only out-searched by those […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Confirmed: Ford to build new sports car, race it at Le Mans in 2016

 Autoweek.com has confirmed what Motorsport.com reported last Tuesday: Ford will build a new sports car that debuts next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And Ford and Chip Ganassi’s team will race the car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the company’s podium […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Oman returns to Middle East Rally Championship calendar

The QMMF Qatar International Rally will kick start an exciting new season of FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) action, when the event being organised by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), under the presidency of Nasser Khalifa Al-Attiyah – FIA Vice-President for Sport MENA – takes centre stage on February 5-7, 2015. The […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bernie Ecclestone keen to drive F1 engine switch forward

Ah  Ahead of a meeting of the Strategy Group that comprises the ‘big five’ – Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams, plus the sixth-placed team from the recent championship in Force India – Ecclestone is to propose another engine change. There is no doubt considerable blame for the financial crisis that engulfed the sport […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Jarvis Promoted to Full-Season Drive, Rast Joins Audi for 2015

Oliver Jarvis has been promoted to a full-season drive with Audi Sport Team Joest, taking the seat of nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. The 30-year-old Englishman will join Lucas Di Grassi and Loic Duval in the second Audi R18 e-tron quattro next year, having moved up from […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Toyota closes on 2017 WRC return

A timetable for Toyota’s return to the World Rally Championship is being drawn up in Japan, according to sources in Tokyo, with a 2017 return likely. There is increasing speculation in Japan that a 2017 Toyota WRC program will be firmed up early in the new year. The source said: “Things are moving inside Toyota […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Volkswagen sceptical over Sebastien Loeb WRC return motive

By David Evans : AUTOSPORT Volkswagen team boss Jost Capito fears the 2015 World Rally Championship will be devalued if part-time drivers such as Sebastien Loeb benefit from the running order regulations to snatch victories. Next year the start order will be based on championship standings for the first two days of each WRC event, […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Wolff fed up babysitting Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during 2014 title fight

Toto Wolff says he had grown tired of having to ensure Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg felt they were being treated equally by the middle of the season and that the Spa-Francorchamps clash allowed him to clear the air for the remaining races.It was immediately apparent when the cars rolled out for the first pre-season […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Magnificent podium for Liam Venter on sportscar debut

Johannesburg-born teenager finishes second in class in the Gulf 12 Hours South African teenager Liam Venter took a sensational podium finish last weekend on his sportscar debut in the 2014 Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi. Liam had never sampled the Welch Motorsport/STP Racing-run Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car prior to the weekend, nor had […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1’s Max Verstappen expects age controversy to continue

Formula One’s youngest-ever driver Max Verstappen is expecting controversy about his age and experience to continue for now.At just over 17 years old, the Dutchman raised eyebrows when backer Red Bull announced that after just one year of single-seater racing,  he would debut for Toro Rosso in 2015. Less than a year out of karts, Verstappen […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Stolen Red Bull Formula 1 trophies found dumped in a lake near Sandhurst

A selection of the trophies which were stolen from the Red Bull Formula 1 HQ in Milton Keynes have been found dumped in a lake.More than 60 trophies were stolen when a gang of six men rammed the front entrance of the team’s building in their vehicle in the early hours of December 6. Sebastian […]