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New Africa Developments out in force on 2014 Tara Rally

Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman, reigning Total Tara Rally champions, will head to Namibia in a fortnight to defend their crown. Their New Africa Developments Ford Fiesta S2000 will be first down the start ramp in Rehoboth on November 27, kicking off the 46th running of what is always a varied and multi-faceted three-day […]

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Eight Mini All4 Racing To Compete In The 2015 Dakar Rally, Joan ‘Nani’ Roma Aiming To Defend His Dakar Title

Less than two months ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (3-17 January) X-raid, supported by MINI, has revealed its line-up for the 37th edition of the world’s most famous long-distance rally. A total of eight MINI ALL4 Racing with driver crews from ten countries will take on the ultimate motorsport adventure of […]

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Mikkelsen fastest at GB shakedown

Andreas Mikkelsen led a Volkswagen clean sweep of the fastest times at Thursday morning’s Wales Rally GB shakedown in a muddy Clocaenog Forest. He was fastest through the 3.32km test in a Volkswagen Polo R from world champion Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who were tied on time 0.3sec behind. Both Mikkelsen and Latvala recorded […]

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Mercedes F1 teammate feud still alive headed into Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

With only the Abu Dhabi double-points showdown to run, Nico Rosberg nibbled back into title rival Lewis Hamilton’s now 17-point lead with victory in Brazil. “Obviously I had a big mistake in the mid part of the race,” said championship leader and favorite Hamilton, referring to his spin. German Rosberg, however, who started from pole, […]

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MEDALS, EXPERIENCE FOR TEAM SOUTH AFRICA AFTER SIX DAYS OF ENDURO RACING IN ARGENTINA

The members of the two South African enduro motorcycle teams who represented the country at the 89th International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) that took place at San Juan in Argentina (3 – 8 November 2014), have returned with three medals and lots of experience they will apply when returning to this gruelling global event in […]

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Robert Kubica: I could have been F1 world champion – but in one day everything disappeared

Polish driver many were tipping for the top reflects on the rallying accident in 2011 that forced him to rethink his whole career..A week on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will hurtle away from a starting grid in Abu Dhabi, fighting to the last for the Formula One world title. Four years ago, most […]

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Bathurst 12 Hour Adds Brabham, Bentley, Flying B Racing

The three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, double American Le Mans Series champion and 1997 Bathurst 1000 winner raced a Bentley prototype at Le Mans in 2003, finishing second, and has a long affinity with the brand. Brabham will share the Flying B Racing Bentley with two drivers from this year’s winning Ferrari – car […]

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Ahmad named patron of Dubai International Rally

   Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE National Olympic Committee. will be the patron of the 36th Dubai International Rally scheduled from November 27-29.Making the announcement on Tuesday, Mohammad Bin Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the rally organisers, said: “The Dubai Rally is […]

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Wales Rally GB: Neuville keen to end Hyundai season on a high

Thierry Neuville says he is looking to score a strong result on the Wales Rally GB to ensure Hyundai a positive end to its World Rally Championship comeback campaign. The Korean manufacturer returned to WRC competition in 2014 with the i20 hatchback – 11 years after its last World Rally outing – and quickly established itself […]

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Zwartkops the final challenge

The Comsol VW Challenge returns to the Zwartkops circuit west of Pretoria for the final round of the 2014 championship on Saturday, 15 November.While the championships have been decided there will be no shortage of on track action. Class A and overall champion James Hurley (The Starter Pack Company Polo) will almost certainly resume his […]

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ARC title eludes Essa

MOHAMMED Essa yesterday failed to reclaim the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) title after finishing second at the Madagascar International Rally in Antananarivo. Gary Chaynes of Ivory Coast was crowned African champion despite finishing a disappointing 11th position. Essa, who was navigated by Gareth Dawe, clocked 3:05:33 hours to finish second overall but his impressive performance […]

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WTCC Macau: Loeb: Macau closest thing to rallying…

Sebastien Loeb suggests the demanding Macau street circuit represents the closest thing he will get to rallying during track racing as he prepares to make his WTCC bow there. The nine-time World Rally Champion will bring the curtain down on a successful first full season of track racing in Macau, the Frenchman acquitting himself successfully […]

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Hirvonen hoping to bow out on a high

Mikko Hirvonen is hoping he can usher in his retirement from the World Rally Championship with a successful final race at Rally GB.The Finn announced he would be leaving the sport last week in order to spend more time with his family. A four-time runner-up in the championship, Hirvonen achieved his second podium of the 2014 season with […]

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MINI ALL4 Racing remains a class of its own

Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov made it! With their MINI ALL4 Racing, they won the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. In the Baja Portalegre 500, the final round on the FIA World Cup calendar, finishing sixth proved to be enough for them for defending their championship lead. Including this success, a total of nine […]

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Prodrive see hard work pay off with debut win

Prodrive’s new VW Golf SCRC rally car has won the Longyou Rally in China on its competition debut this weekend. Chris Atkinson and Stephane Prevot, driving for the FAW-VW Rally Team, finished the event more than five minutes ahead of their nearest rivals, which included works teams in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Atkinson competed in […]

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GB COUNTDOWN: THE CHALLENGE

The final round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship this weekend always poses a big challenge thanks to its combination of complex forest stages and the notoriously lively Welsh weather. The forests of north and mid-Wales are characterised by their fast, muddy, slippery nature and form some of the most technical and demanding stages […]

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‘Top Gear’s’ Tanner Foust Named Red Bull GRC Fan Favorite Driver

Top Gear co-host Tanner Foust finished his “day job” on a high note, taking home the Royal Purple Fan Favorite Driver Award for Red Bull Global Rallycross the day after he placed sixth in the series’ final race in Las Vegas.Tanner, wrapping up his first season with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, was named Fan Favorite for […]

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Kaltenborn attacks F1 ‘agenda’

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has suggested there is “an agenda” in Formula One to drive the small teams out of the sport and create an elitist system.head of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix the paddock at Interlagos was awash with rumour and speculation regarding F1’s future in light of the breakdown in talks on Saturday […]

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A SPECTATOR FRIENDLY FINALE TO CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The final race in this year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the Atlas Copco Gold 450 on the West Rand on November 28 and 29, will be a spectator friendly event with a route that will be familiar to regular competitors in the series.   With a number of championships still up for grabs, particularly in […]

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BELA-BELA COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND NEW SPORTING EVENT IN WATERBERG

The newly appointed Mayor of Bela-Bela, Councillor Lucas Nhlapo, who is also the Vice President of the South African Football Association, will officiate at the start of the new Bela-Bela Motor Rally, at the recently completed Bela Mall in Limpopo on Friday, November 21 when he flags away the first competitor in the final national […]

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Elliott becomes NASCAR’s youngest champion at 18, takes Nationwide title

Chase Elliott became the youngest champion in NASCAR history on Saturday when he wrapped up the Nationwide Series title at Phoenix International Raceway.The 18-year-old rookie is the youngest driver to win a title in any of NASCAR’s three national series. He broke the mark set by Brian Vickers, who was 20 when he won the […]

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Bernie Ecclestone refuses handouts for F1’s smallest teams, pushing Force India, Lotus and Sauber to the brink

 Formula One was on the verge of civil war just hours before the Brazilian Grand Prix, as the three smallest teams told they can walk away from the sport, with the biggest squads set to fill the depleted grid.Force India, Lotus and Sauber were told by Bernie Ecclestone in a tense meeting on Saturday night […]

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The Final Countdown To World Championship Action

The legendary Welsh forests are ready to welcome a capacity and star-studded 160-car entry into Wales Rally GB, the 13th and final round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.     Building on the huge success of last year’s event, this year’s spectacular rally features a slightlymore compact three-day route. It compromises 23 competitive […]

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Toyota grab another victory in the 2014 World Endurance Championship

Toyota delivered another perfect result in Shanghai on Sunday, scoring their second successive one-two finish to extend their lead over Audi in the 2014 World Endurance Championship. Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi followed up their win in Fuji two weeks earlier to post their fourth victory of the season in the No8 car, taking their […]

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ERC: ‘More than dream win’ for Sarrazin in Corsica

Stephane Sarrazin wins the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship finale in Corsica and becomes the ninth different winner from 11 rounds in this year’s ERC . Stephane Sarrazin won Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse on Saturday, the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship finale, following a thrilling battle for top spot with fellow French Ford Fiesta RRC […]

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SKODA DRIVER LAPPI IS EUROPEAN CHAMPION

ŠKODA has secured the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) title* for the third time in a row. Despite Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) being unable to finish the season finale on Corsica, the works drivers are the champions of the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings. Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) also have reason to celebrate; coming second in […]

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Wilsons plot Pilot deja vu

Twenty years after Malcolm Wilson won the British Rally Championship in these colours, Matthew Wilson will return the iconic Michelin Pilot livery to the woods next week.The Fiesta RRC Wilson Jr will drive on Wales Rally GB has been given an identical colour scheme to the one his father used in a two-year deal on his […]

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Marquez brothers make MotoGP history at season-ending race in Valencia

 The Marquez brothers Marc and Alex made motorcycling history Sunday with a double triumph in the final round of the season in Valencia.Marc, who had already wrapped up a second straight MotoGP crown, set a new record for wins in a season with his 13th, while his 18-year-old younger brother clinched the Moto3 crown. It […]

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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Rosberg holds off Hamiton in thrilling race

Nico Rosberg held off team-mate Lewis Hamilton for a crucial victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix after a race-long battle at Interlagos. Having led away from pole, Rosberg seemed set for a comfortable victory when Hamilton spun at Turn 4 when pushing hard during the second pit stop period, but Hamilton closed a gap of over […]

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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Rosberg snatches dramatic Brazil pole

Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix by just 0.033s right at the death of a dramatic qualifying session. While Rosberg had been quickest in all three practice sessions and both Q1 and Q2, Lewis Hamilton responded in the face of a serious challenge from Williams to take provisional pole with his final […]

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We will fight tooth and nail – Volkswagen prepared for battle at the rally classic in Wales

An open battle at the final rally of the year: Volkswagen duos Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) go into the Rally Great Britain with one common goal – victory. The destinations of the World Championship titles and the top three places in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ competition […]

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WRC TV audience rises by 35 per cent in 2014

Global TV interest in the FIA World Rally Championship continues to increase during the 2014 season.New figures issued by sports marketing research company Repucom for the first 10 rounds of the championship, up to and including Coates Hire Rally Australia, show a large rise in both audience and broadcast time compared with 2013. Total audience […]

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Lategan second on Rally Waldviertel after three stages

Driving a Skoda Fabia S2000, South Africa’s Henk Lategan was in second overall on the Rally Waldviertel, after the first three stages. The event is the final round of the FIA European Championship and also a round of the Austrian rally championship. Lategan was 1.4 seconds behind Alexey Lukyanek in a Ford Fiesta R5. The […]

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ERC – Sarrazin sets pace in Corsica qualifying

 Driving a Ford Fiesta RRC, Stephane Sarrazin took 1m 28.7s to complete the 2.64-kilometre test, which was held in damp conditions following light rain and placed a focus on tyre strategy. Drivers could choose softer compound Michelin or Pirelli tyres, which were optimal for the conditions, or select harder covers in order to save their […]