FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Son of ex-F1 driver Jos to become youngest F1 driver in history, will replace Jean-Eric Vergne

 The Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team on Monday announced that it signed Max Verstappen, 16, to a full-time race seat beginning next season, alongside incumbent driver Daniil Kvyat. Verstappen will replace Jean-Eric Vergne, who will complete the 2014 season, his third year driving for Red Bull Racing’s satellite team. Kvyat is just 20 years […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

On The Track, The ‘First Lady’ Of Audi Calls The Shots

As part of a series called “My Big Break,” All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. Leena Gade is the race engineer for Audi Sport. She oversees the mechanics and engineers, and she’s on the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC: Kubica downplays Germany chances

Robert Kubica has moved to lower expectations of a star performance in this week’s Rally Germany – his first World Rally Championship asphalt outing in a top-class car.All seven of the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner’s outright rally victories have come on asphalt, and his best ever WRC result was fifth overall in Germany last year, […]

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Ferrari looking for victory again in Virginia

This weekend’s stop of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship sees Ferrari return to the site of a victory for the Prancing Horse in the 2013 American Le Mans Series. The three teams competing with the Ferrari 458 Italia at this weekend’s TUDOR United Sportscar Championship round at Virginia International Raceway are banking on the superior […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Uganda: Pearl Still Lacks the Pomp of Yesteryear

By Hassan Badru Zziwa The Observer, Kampala Before the just-concluded Pearl of Africa rally, it had been a long time since the country’s premier motorsport showpiece took centre stage at the expense of traditional attractions such a football, rugby and basketball. Right from the event launch back in May, organisers pulled all stops to ensure […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sebastian Vettel could have reached the peak of his Formula 1 career

A year ago Sebastian Vettel headed to the Belgian Grand Prix and would proceed to win nine straight races en route to his fourth world championship.Fast forward to now and very few would have predicted how the Red Bull driver’s fortunes have changed. Certain to lose his ‘number one’ status to either Lewis Hamilton or […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Kopecky mishap, India’s Gill races away to Malaysian Rally win

India’s Gaurav Gill (co-driver Glenn Macneall), driving a Skoda Fabia S2000 for Team MRF and enjoying a 10-minute overnight lead, expectedly won the Malaysian Rally, the fourth round of the FIA-Asia Pacific Rally Championship on Sunday. With championship leader and team-mate Jan Kopecky (Pavel Dressler) having retired Saturday with a broken rear suspension, the field […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-Sport look to impress on asphalt

 M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans will be looking to make an impression on asphalt next week as the FIA World Rally Championship embarks on the first pure Tarmac event of the year – the fearsome ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Regarded as three rallies in one, the German fixture is one of a […]

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WRC: Ostberg looks to end drought, maintain Citroen run in Germany

Mads Ostberg is hoping that he can put his poor personal form behind him and return to the top step of the World Rally Championship podium as the series returns to tarmac action on Rallye Deutschland this weekend. The Citroen Total Abu Dhabi team has entered a brace of DS3 WRCs for the Norwegian and […]

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NAD Fiesta Crew Hit a New High With Career-Best Second Place on the Cullinan Rally

NAD Fiesta Crew Hit a New High With Career-Best Second Place on the Cullinan Rally The New Africa Developments Ford Fiesta crew – Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman – have pulled off a stunning second place finish on the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally, and achieved their best result in an S2000 car together. The […]

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Lategan and White Rally to Fourth Place Overall at Cullinan Event

HENK Lategan and Barry White rallied their Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000 to a fourth place finish after two dusty days in the Cullinan area. The event was round five of the South African National Rally Championship with Lategan and White making a strong recovery after a tough day one. “We had to work hard on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Hungarian Baja: Nasser Wins

At the end: fireworks. And not only because at the Finish podium the flaming torches were lightning at the ceremony, but also because the Hungarian World Cup race, the HunGarian Baja’s result was decided only at the last kilometers of the race.The Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah was struggling with technical problems on the first […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

FANTASTIC EFFORT BY POULTER PUTS CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN POLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

• First and third in Class S2000 • First and second in Class S2000 Challenge • Extends Class S2000 Championship lead • Wins manufacturer’s award While it may be a touch too early to speculate about the result of the 2014 South African National Rally Championship at this point, a perfect performance by Leeroy Poulter […]

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A Fighting Fifth Place for Fiesta Champions Cronje and Houghton

A down-on-power engine conspired against reigning national rally champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton elevating their Ford Dealer Team Fiesta onto the podium of the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally which ended at Zonderwater Correctional Services outside Cullinan this afternoon (August 16). Nevertheless, a gritty performance earned them fifth place and ensured that their championship hopes […]

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VAN BEURDEN/SWARTZ TAKE S1600 HONOURS IN IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY

VAN BEURDEN/SWARTZ TAKE S1600 HONOURS IN IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY The four-race winning streak of Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios R2) finally came to an end in round five of the SA National Rally Championship for S1600 two-wheel drive cars when Chad van Beurden and Nico Swartz (Beurden Construction VW Polo […]

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POULTER/COETZEE INCREASE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH WIN IN IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY

Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) increased their lead in the South African S2000 National Rally Championship to 27 points over team-mates Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan when they won the fifth round, the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally, in Gauteng this afternoon. It was their third victory of the season and came […]

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Poulter wins Imperial Toyota Rally

The fat lady has sung. The game has been played and won. Leeroy Poulter in a Team Castrol Toyota Yaris has won the Imperial Toyota Rally in Cullinan. This was his and Toyota’s  third success of the year and further entrenches Poulter’s lead in the National Rally Championship. The rally was the fifth round of […]

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BAKERS WIN FIRST DAY OF REGIONAL IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY

Jaco and George Baker (class S3 Toyota Tazz) took the overall honours in the regional championship category at the end of the first day of the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally in Gauteng on Friday, beating their nearest rivals by 4 min 8 sec and winning each of the six gravel special stages that made up […]

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Timothy Cathcart dies in Ulster Rally crash in County Fermanagh

The driver was killed and his co-driver was airlifted to hospital after the crash The rally driver who was killed in a crash while taking part in the Ulster Rally in County Fermanagh was Timothy Cathcart from Enniskillen.His co-driver, Dai Roberts from Carmarthen in Wales, was airlifted to hospital in Belfast following the crash. He […]

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Cronje and Houghton in fighting mood

Reigning national rally champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton start the second day of The Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally in sixth place after an opening day (Friday August 15) highlighted by wins in both the opening and closing stages.But their day got off to the worst possible start and despite setting the fastest time contact […]

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Van Beurden/Swartz in control of S1600 on Imperial Toyota Rally

Chad van Beurden and Nico Swartz (Beurden Construction VW Polo R2) have taken control of the S1600 two-wheel drive category of the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally in Gauteng after day one today. Carrying on from their fine performance in the previous round of the SA National Rally Championship, when they finished second in the Volkswagen […]

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POULTER/COETZEE LEAD IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY AFTER DAY ONE

Current S2000 championship leaders Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) got their second half of the SA National Rally Championship off to the best possible start by leading at the end of day one of the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally today. They won three of the day’s six gravel stages (stages two, […]

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It is not over

Just to show that he still has some fight in him, Mark Cronje in the Ford Dealer Ford Fiesta won the last stage of the day on the Imperial Cullinan Rally. “SS6 is done, and we recorded the fastest time. We’re now 6th overall after 77km of action. We eat, sleep, repeat it tomorrow.” But […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Monster Energy SuperGP Champions Trophy makes history in KZN

The second half of the 2014 national motorcycle circuit racing championships – the Monster Energy SuperGP Champions Trophy – sees the long-awaited return of national championship circuit racing to KwaZulu-Natal after a break of more than 25 years. The KwaZulu-Natal SuperGP takes place on a brand new circuit laid out on Runway South of the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Reaching New Heights: Kyle Busch to Make 500th Toyota NASCAR Start

No other driver has as many Toyota NASCAR starts, wins or accomplishments to his credit as driver Kyle Busch.  Busch will make his 500th career NASCAR start in a Toyota this Saturday when he climbs behind the wheel of a Tundra race truck at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Cronje has a job on his hands

The 2014 National Rally Championship has not been such a good year to Mark Cronje.And luck has not been on his side on the first four rallies of the season. On the Imperial Toyota Rally, looks like his not going to have a very good time. His broken gearbox on stage one forced his technicians […]

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Here we go again!

As Jan Hettema used to sing at the start of the Economy Run: “On the road again”, it was pretty much the same old story with the Imperial Toyota Rally in Cullinan. Mark Cronje in Ford Dealer Ford Fiesta S2000 did what he has done so many times in the past, by winning stage one. […]

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Project “Home Rally Reconciliation” – Volkswagen has big plans for their WRC home rally in Germany

* World championship match points for Volkswagen in the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings * Volkswagen drivers hungry for home success at first asphalt rally of the year * VIP guests Baumgartner, Maffay and Co to visit world championship spectacle in Trier. Back home with a score to settle – Volkswagen goes into the ninth […]

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Germany countdown: the stages

Some new, some old and some familiar but with a twist – that’s the menu competitors will taste next at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship.First the new. Friday’s opening leg includes two passes over the unused 16.40km Waxweiler in the Eifel hills, close to the Belgian border. There are […]

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LATEGAN/WHITE FIRST AWAY IN IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY

The Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally will stir up the dust on the seasonally dry farm roads around Cullinan and in the Bronkhorstspruit areas today and tomorrow as the cream of South Africa’s rally crews do battle in round five of the SA Rally Championship. First car away from the ceremonial podium at the Zonderwater Correctional […]

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Opel Adam R2 Seeing Success In FIA European Rally Championship

Opel today is highlighting the successes achieved by its Adam R2 rally car since it was first homologated for use on the FIA European Rally Championship seven months ago. The nimble, 190 horsepower Adam R2 has so far racked up 12 class wins over 15 starts in national championship rounds in Germany, Spain, France and […]

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Lucky escape for 14-year-old after gate tears race car apart

Adding to the drama of this past weekend’s motor racing events was a frightening crash at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., last Saturday night. Seven laps into the race, the No. 31 car driven by 14-year-old Camden Francis was turned into the outside wall during the Charger Main after contact from the No. 34. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai Ready For Rallye Deutschland Battle

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team head Germany  with Bryan Bouffier making his debut with the team in the World Rally Championship alongside regular drivers Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.Rallye Deutcschland marks the first rally of the season which can be considered a tarmac rally with the first half being dominated by gravel. The team is based […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1 – Montoya says F1 should copy America

Juan Pablo Montoya believes that Formula 1should look to motorsport in the USA for held to re-engage fans. The Colombian, who won seven grands prix with Williams and McLaren between 2001 and 2006, returned to IndyCar with Penske this year after a seven-season stint in NASCAR While IndyCar has faced its own struggles to recapture […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

Praise for World Superbikes champion Tom Sykes

Huddersfield racer Tom Sykes has been praised for his work ethic by perhaps the best person possible – his boss!Kawasaki Racing Team manager Guim Roda says he is one the happiest people in the World Superbikes Championship paddock after the results delivered so far this year by reigning champion Sykes. The 28-year-old is well on […]