FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Modern F1 drivers ‘wimps’ – Weber

Michael Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber says today’s drivers lack the appeal of the stars of previous generations because fans can hear them air their grievances during the race over the radio. In the aftermath of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel’s fantastic duel at Silverstone pundits and viewers said the spectacle had been spoiled somewhat […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC shootout could be for top three

The World Rally Championship’s 2015 final-stage shootout format could be for the top three drivers on each rally rather than the first two as originally mooted.The much-debated format for next year’s WRC events looks set to be revealed in September, and the concept of a last-stage decider remains on the cards. But instead of the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Alonso wants $50 for new contract with Ferrari

Alonso wants $50 mil a year for new Ferrari deal Multiple authoritative media sources claim Fernando Alonso wants almost $50 million a year to sign a new contract with Ferrari.Amid his obvious frustration at lacking a third title after five years in red, and rumours he might be looking to leave the fabled team, Italian […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Schumacher records theft suspect found dead

A man arrested on suspicion of leaking seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher’s stolen medical files was found hanged in his cell this week, according to Swiss police. The unnamed man was a manager at Swiss air rescue firm Rega, which transferred Schumacher to Switzerland from a French hospital in June following the German’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Wilson disappointed in Hirvonen

 M-Sport World Rally Championhship team boss Malcolm Wilson admitted he was “really disappointed” with lead driver Mikko Hirvonen after Rally Finland.Hirvonen, who won his home WRC round in 2009 and finished on the podium four years in succession, was a distant fifth and almost three minutes behind the winner last week. “I have to go […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

What makes the 24 Hours of Le Mans the best race in the world

 By Ezra Dyer | Motoramic We Americans tend to measure our grand automotive contests in terms of miles: Daytona 500. Indy 500. Coca-Cola 600. That’s a long race, 600 miles. So the 24 Hours of Le Mans doesn’t intuitively fit our frame of reference. That’s a long time, but so what? What we want to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Colin McRae would have turned 47 today

While Britain has groomed plenty of star rally drivers, few rose as high as Colin McRae. The Scottish-born driver won the British Rally Championship in 1991 and ’92 and won the World Rally Championship in 1995, becoming the first Brit to do so as well as the youngest ever to win the prestigious title, driving […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR Rally

Nelson Piquet jr to make Sprint Cup debut this weekend

Ex-formula one racer Nelson Piquet is returning to the NASCAR circuit  this weekend, but he is moving up the ranks.Brazilian racer Nelson Piquet Jr. is remembered in Formula One as the son of a former champion caught up in a massive scandal. He’s remembered in NASCAR as that guy who tried to kick Brian Scott below […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Indianapolis MotoGP: Marquez targets ten

Unbeaten during the opening half of the 2014 MotoGP season, reigning champion Marc Marquez will be fighting for an incredible ten wins in a row when the action restarts at Indianapolis this weekend. Marquez’s faultless results have handed him a 77-point lead over Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and he is also yet to lose […]

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone always gets his way

Ecclestone trial stopped for $100 million German court has halted a bribery trial against Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for his paying a $100 million fee.It was almost as if he had worked it out so that everyone in Formula One would be away on their annual August break, so as to guarantee minimal fuss. Knowing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Craig Breen likely to cancel German start

 Craig Breen is focused on being fully fit for round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship later this month after he hurt his back in a heavy landing during Finland’s world championship qualifier yesterday.Breen, an ERC event-winner with the Peugeot Rally Academy squad, was in ninth position when the incident occurred and required medical […]

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Porsche wants to return Kyalami to its glory days

After paying a record R205m at auction last month for the iconic circuit that has hosted local motorsport, Formula One, MotoGP and World Superbikes, Porsche SA CEO Toby Venter says he intends to bring the track back to its former glory. Porsche South Africa CEO, Toby Venter wants to return Kyalami racetrack to its glory […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP returns to action on American soil

The MotoGP World Championship returns to action after a short break this coming weekend, with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix marking Round 10 of the 2014 season. This will be the seventh successive year that MotoGP has visited the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway venue and, since last season, some modifications have taken place. The […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

‘Perfect’ Lopez saves best for home

Jose Maria Lopez has taken a potentially pivotal stride towards the 2014 World Touring Car Championship title at his first attempt after producing a perfect maximum score in ideal surroundings around the Termas de Rio Hondo. Under immense pressure to perform on his return to Argentinian soil having established himself as the driver to beat […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

World RX crosses the Atlantic for landmark event

ws The GP3R will host the seventh round of the World Rallycross Championship at the Trois-Rivieres street circuit and will see all four heats.Friday 8 August will go down in history as the day the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy staged its first event outside of Europe as part of the annual Grand […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1: Ecclestone to keep F1 job after $100m court deal ?

Bernie Ecclestone looks set to avoid jail and retain control of formula one.Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung is reporting on Saturday that the F1 chief executive has negotiated a US $100 million settlement with prosecutors in his high-profile corruption case in Germany. The newspaper did not name its sources but said the settlement, negotiated in Munich on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Max Vatanen lears a lot in Finland

Max Vatanen gained more vital experience in the cut and thrust of the World Rally Championship with a stage-winning performance on Rally Finland, the fastest WRC event of them all.The 23-year-old son of Finnish rallying legend Ari Vatanen was taking part in the Jyvaskyla-based event for the first time as part of the Drive DMACK […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Atlas Copco Ford Racing charges into second half of 2014 season at Sun City

The Atlas Copco Ford Racing team is going all out to regain some of the championship momentum lost in the previous rounds when the Donaldson Cross Country Championship arrives at Sun City for the Force Fuel 450.Despite winning the second race of the season and claiming regular podium finishes during the year, arch-rival Toyota has […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Production Car Free for All at the Phakisa Freeway

Johan Fourie in the Alcohol Killer BMW 335i has extended his lead in the Bridgestone Production Car championship, scoring the motorsport equivalent of a perfect 10 at Phakisa Freeway near Welkom on August 2.In class T there were very different finishing orders in the two races, the 12-lap feature highlighted by a very robust confrontation […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Production Cars

Thrills and spills for Engen Volkswagen Cup racers at Phakisa

THE Engen Volkswagen Cup series is best-known for delivering on enthusiastic driving performances from competitors eager to grab any advantage in their search for track position and championship points. Round five at Phakisa Freeway in Welkom, Free State on Saturday was no different. Duvall Maritz (25) was an early casualty when he hit the barrier […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

SPEEDY GONZALÓPEZ!

– José-María López achieved a clean sweep at his home meeting in Argentina, with two race wins and one pole position. – Yvan Muller, Pechito’s fiercest rival for the World Championship, secured two podium spots, while Sébastien Loeb finished 4th and 6th. – López’s maximum points haul puts him 60 points clear of Muller in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

IMPERIAL TOYOTA CULLINAN RALLY FEATURES THREE NEW SPECIAL STAGES

The Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally, round five of the SA National Rally Championship, will feature three new special stages out of a total of 12 over the two-day event that starts from the Zonderwater Correctional Services facility north-east of Pretoria on August 15.There will be six special stages on Friday covering some 78 kilometres of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: Home win for Latvala

Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala delivered in front of his home fans and took an emotional victory on Rally Finland on Sunday. It was Latvala’s third WRC win of the season and his second on the ‘1000 Lakes Rally’, as it use to be known. The result also means Volkswagen stretches its unbroken run of WRC triumphs […]

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Rally Finland: Down to the wire

The organisers seemed to have saved the best for last as Ruuhimäki was followed by another classic at Myhinpää. Fast flowing corners, crests and dips provided one of the toughest challenges of the weekend. The fight for victory at Neste Oil Rally Finland will go down to the final stage after Sébastien Ogier clawed back […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala increases lead

The final day opened with a Rally Finland classic. Ruuhimäki is famed for a sequence of flat-out jumps near the end. After a long straight and several 90 degree corners, the jumps started at 2.5km, building up to the big ones in the final section. Fastest time for Jari-Matti Latvala through the opening stage of […]

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Two-part thriller — Latvala holds the lead in Finland

 Dominance followed by drama: Latvala/Anttila still up front in their home event  Victory within reach for Ogier/Ingrassia, Mikkelsen/Fløene comfortably in fourth place  Volkswagen Polo R WRC celebrates 600th top-three time since January 2013      . With a combination of driving expertise and nerves of steel, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) held on to their […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: SS 21 Ogier closing on struggling Latvala

Surkee had several rhythm changes which challenged drivers’ abilities to adapt. Wide roads contrasted with narrower sections, with rocks lining the roadside in the latter.Jari-Matti Latvala’s Neste Oil Rally Finland lead came under threat from Volkswagen team-mate Sébastien Ogier as brake problems continued to hinder the Finn. Latvala ceded 7.3sec to his colleague as he […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: Ostberg out with damaged roll cage

Mökkiperä is a Finland classic but this year it was run in the opposite direction to normal. The first part was on flat roads with long straights and 90 degree corners, before turning into a high-speed roller coaster over big jumps and through fast bends. Mads Østberg retired from fifth place at Neste Oil Rally […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mercedes Formula One drivers told to obey team orders

Lewis Hamilton, shown leading teammate Nico Rosberg in Hungary, ignored team orders to allow Rosberg to pass last weekend. Although Mercedes brass have come out in support of Hamilton’s decision, they have reportedly mandated that drivers follow team orders from this point on.Mercedes’ title-warring drivers have been told they must follow team orders over the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: Saturday midday

Himos was a mixed surface test on service roads around a ski resort. Leustu was a slightly longer version of the 2013 test and again tackled in the opposite direction to its usual format. The first 4km were narrow before it opened and became faster. Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala shared the stage wins at […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: SS 16 and a hattrick of wins for Latvala

Surkee had several rhythm changes which challenged drivers’ abilities to adapt. Wide roads contrasted with narrower sections, with rocks lining the roadside in the latter.Three out of three for Jari-Matti Latvala as the leader completed a hat-trick of stage wins on Saturday morning at Neste Oil Rally Finland. The Finn was quickest by 4.1sec in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: Ogier takes second from Meeke

This is only the second time Jukojärvi has been run in this direction. Known for its countless junctions, it’s quite different to the traditional Finnish stage.World champion Sébastien Ogier regained second place in Neste Oil Rally Finland after completing Jukojärvi 4.0sec faster than Kris Meeke. Meeke relegated Ogier to third yesterday afternoon as the Frenchman […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: Latvala carries on where he left off

Mökkiperä is a Finland classic but this year it was run in the opposite direction to normal. The first part was on flat roads with long straights and 90 degree corners, before turning into a high-speed roller coaster over big jumps and through fast bends. Leader Jari-Matti Latvala extended his Neste Oil Rally Finland advantage […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Latvala takes control at Rally Finland

A blistering Friday afternoon performance from Jari-Matti Latvala saw him stretch his lead at the head of the Rally Finland.The Finn added less than four seconds to his overnight lead during this morning’s four special stages. But a hat-trick of stage wins this afternoon allowed him to build a 19.7sec lead in his Volkswagen Polo […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland: Ogier loses more time to Latvala on SS 11

Kakaristo comprised a large part of the classic Ouninpohja stage but with some of the wide road roller-coaster sections missing. It was last used in 2008, but in the opposite direction.Kakaristo was dry and loose and road opener Sébastien Ogier cut a frustrated figure at the stage end. He dropped 8.3sec to leader Jari-Matti Latvala […]

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Rally Finland: Meeke closes on Ogier in SS 10

Another test new to most drivers as it was last used 11 years ago. The opening section was blindingly fast before it merged with the more familiar route in Päijälä village. Plenty of flat-out crests and jumps here.Jari-Matti Latvala extended his lead into double figures for the first time at Neste Oil Rally Finland as […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Finland SS 9: Neuville out

Last used in the 1980s, it offered a mix of fast and technical sections. It started on a wide road in a protected historical area and the first 9.6km were typical fast Finnish roller-coaster roads before it became narrower towards the finish. Thierry Neuville has been sidelined from Neste Oil Rally Finland after his Hyundai […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Toyota boss samples Finland WRC stage

Four time world champion Tommi Makinen chauffeured Toyota president, Akio Toyoda through the forsts today at Neste Oil Rally Finland in the Japanese company’s new four-wheel drive GT 86 car.It was the first public appearance of the car that Toyoda asked Mäkinen to build. It came just 24 hours after Toyoda took the wheel himself […]