MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Paddon retains team support

HAYDEN PADDON BELIEVES HE RETAINS THE BACKING OF HIS HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT TEAM AFTER CRASHING OUT OF THE LEAD OF LAST WEEKEND’S RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA. He became the latest driver to throw away a potential rally-winning lead in this most unpredictable of WRC seasons when his i20 swiped a bank on Saturday while almost 10sec clear […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sauber F1 team principal Kaltenborn steps down

Monisha Kaltenborn has stepped down from her position as Sauber Formula 1 team principal and chief executive officer, according to reports. Kaltenborn joined Sauber in 2000 as head of its legal department, before rising to CEO in January 2010 and taking a share in the company. When Longbow Finance acquired Sauber last year, founder Peter Sauber […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

2017-SPEC DEBUT FOR KREMER

ARMIN KREMER WILL DRIVE A LATEST GENERATION WORLD RALLY CAR AT HIS HOME ROUND OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP, ADAC RALLY DEUTSCHLAND [17-20 AUGUST]. The German will pilot an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta on the asphalt event, and join a select group of individuals to have piloted the 380bhp cars in competition. In recent years, 48-year-old Kremer [above […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Porsche weighing up Formula 1 option – report

Porsche are contemplating life after Le Mans and are reportedly going to explore the option of joining Formula 1. According to Auto Bild in Germany, Porsche have accepted an invitation to join the next engine meeting as discussions continue about what rules and regulations should be in place beyond 2020. Porsche’s Le Mans chief Fritz Enzinger […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Jeep Festival’s “Babes of Bantam” Will Teach Women How To Drive Off-Road

It’s no secret that the automotive world is fairly male-dominated, and that’s certainly true when it comes to the rough-and-tumble culture of off-roading.That’s not to say there aren’t any women who can hold their own in the dirt, but the gender balance at your average off-road park is probably pretty out of whack. That’s why […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

IndyCar Driver Pippa Mann Is Not Having Your Women-Only Racing Series

Danica  Patrick, NHRA Top Fuel Champion Shirley Muldowney, World Rally Championship driver Michèle Mouton, IMSA’s Christina Nielsen, and IndyCar racer Pippa Mann are just a handful of successful female racers who compete and beat men in races on a regular basis. Though these drivers have succeeded and continue to succeed in the motorsport world, efforts to […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP Assen: Marquez ready for all scenarios at Cathedral

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez says the unpredictable weather at Assen places additional emphasis on being ‘ready to adapt’ to the elements. Australian rider Jack Miller won the rain-affected race at ‘the Cathedral’ of motorcycle racing last year from Marquez, while the reigning MotoGP champion himself triumphed in the wet in 2014. Marquez, who finished second […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

  TOUGH RACE IN THE BOTSWANA DESERT AWAITS NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY BIKE AND QUAD COMPETITORS

There are lots of points up for grabs at the upcoming Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR), the third and fourth rounds of the South African Cross Country Championship for Motorcycles and Quads (SACC Moto) that takes place on 23, 24 and 25 June in Botswana, but it will not be easy as a total of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

DOUBLE DRAMA DUMINYS

Father, son; Shaun, Dan in Zwartkops wars. Shaun and Daniel Duminy were looking forward to both racing on the same raceday at Zwartkops’ Youth Day Friday races, from which the Ballito father and son however left frustrated following a rough day at the races. Dad Shaun returned to the wheel of his Sasol GTC2 SMD Ford […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BRETT TAMES ERZBERG

  Husqvarna’s Swanepoel finishes on debut Only 25 riders finished the Erzberg Enduro on Sunday — the Austrian event is universally known as the toughest of all hard enduros. One of those finishers was Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa rider, Brett Swanepoel, who ended up 19th at his first attempt at the event known […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Kuba Przygonski celebrates first win as MINI ALL4 Racing driver

After his switch from two to four wheels for the 2016 Dakar Rally, the young Pole now celebrated his first win in the Car cetegoryTogether with his Belgian navigator, Tom Colsoul, he won the sixth round on the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup calendar, the Italian Baja. With this success he worked his way […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD SUPER BIKES

World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea finishes second to extend series lead

Jonathan Rea extended his World Superbike Championship lead to 50 points after finishing second behind Marco Melandri in race two at Misano. Ducati-mounted Melandri secured the 100th race win by an Italian rider in the series by taking his first victory of the season. Yorkshire rider Tom Sykes was third and lies second in the […]

GTC MOTORSPORT HISTORY & STORIES

VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT CLAIM GOOD POINTS HAUL AT ZWARTKOPS – SASOL GTC SERIES

Round 4 of the 9 event Sasol GTC Series was contested at the Zwartkops Raceway to the west of Pretoria on Friday, June 16 and provided another opportunity for the Volkswagen squad of Mathew Hodges and Daniel Rowe to show their mettle. And it didn’t take too long for Hodges to find the pace needed […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

NASCAR Michigan 2017 results: Kyle Larson wins FireKeepers Casino 400

Kyle Larson passed Kyle Busch to take the lead with 15 laps remaining, then withstood two late restarts to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Kyle Larson burn out Larson started on the pole and led a race-high 96 of 200 laps in scoring his second victory of the 2017 Monster […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Carey proud to revive European F1 races

F1 chiefs say they are proud to be bringing two traditional European races back to the sport’s calendar. After a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, the FIA announced that despite their current absence, France and Germany are back for an unprecedented 21-race race schedule for 2018. “We are proud to be able […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Vettel defends social media absence

Sebastian Vettel has defended his decision to keep a low public profile.The German is notoriously private, as he is rarely photographed with his wife and children and has no social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. “I just don’t understand why you have to constantly tell everyone what you are doing, where you are, […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP World Championship Racing At TT Circuit Assen This Coming Weekend

Beyond the fields and tree-lined lanes of the Drenthe province in the northeastern Netherlands nestles a foothold of motorcycling history, refined today into a ribbon of asphalt that winds its way around 18 corners hewn from a combination of flat-out bravery and tight apexes. The engines fired up near the town of Assen for the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Richard Leeke hands over Desert Race duties – to Richard Leeke

  When Richard Leeke III rolls down the start ramp of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1 000 Desert Race, the third round of the South African Cross Country Series, on Friday June 23, he’ll be following in some very large footsteps: his father’s. Richard Leeke II has a record nine overall “Desert Race” (in its various iterations) […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA READY TO DO BATTLE ON 2017 TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

For fans of cross country racing, the last weekend in June means only one thing: The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, or The Desert for short. But while fans certainly have a lot to look forward too, The Desert is traditionally a pivotal race in the season, thanks mainly to the double points on […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Kubica says he can drive F1 car without limitations

Robert Kubica’s says he would be able to race “without any limitations”, following his return to a Formula 1 cockpit for the first time in six years. Kubica’s F1 career came to a halt in 2011 when he was involved in a rallying accident during the ‘off-season’, severely injured his right-arm in the crash, forcing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Brilliant racing keeps Friday crowd happy

A chilly, breezy Pretoria winter’s morning greeted competitors and fans to Zwartkops Raceway for the fourth round of the South African National Championship Extreme Festival on Youth Day Friday, but the racing was anything but cool on a day that also warmed by the time the racing started. Sasol GTC championship leader Gennaro Bonafede (Sasol […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier: I’ll stay at M-Sport if Ford backs it

Sebastien Ogier will stay at M-Sport for the 2018 World Rally Championship if Ford gives it factory backing again, but is talking to rivals in case it does not. Ogier joined Malcolm Wilson‘s team following Volkswagen’s abrupt WRC exit last winter. He won in Monte Carlo and Portugal leads the championship by 18 points over […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Record-breaking win for al-Attiyah

Qatar’s Nasser al-Attiyah raced into the record books today with a measured drive on the final Leg of the Cyprus Rally that secured him his fifth winner’s laurel on this event, overtaking Sebastien Loeb’s previous record of 4 wins. After a drama-filled first Leg  the second day proved uneventful. Having set out with a comfortable […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota ‘devastated’ as Le Mans jinx suffers on

Toyota Gazoo Racing boss Toshio Sato says his team is ‘devastated’ to see its hopes of securing an elusive Le Mans 24 Hours win ruined for another year as technical issues and on-track accidents sidelined all three cars. A year on from the manufacturer’s heart-breaking loss within sight of the finish, Toyota returned in 2017 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

A WINDFALL WAITS FOR SPECIAL VEHICLE CREWS ON TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

Championship hopefuls in the Special Vehicle category will be eyeing the 60 points up for grabs over the two heats with greedy eyes on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round three of the South African Cross Country Series championship (SACCS), from June 23 to 25.   With the season reaching the halfway stage […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Arangies Ferrari tops wild GT Fest

Zwartkops Raceways’s second day of its Youth Race Extreme Weekend produced another epic day’s racing Saturday topped by a GT racing extravaganza that included the debut of three new to SA GT racers, of which one of the Ferraris won the day, while a Lamborghini and a Ferrari headlined in a top-end accident on the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE A SERIES GAME CHANGER

With 60 points up for grabs over two heats the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round three of the South African Cross Country Series from June 23 to 25, has the potential to be a game changer where championships in the Production Vehicle category are concerned. Championship hopefuls will be fully aware of the […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Le Mans 24 Hours: Porsche takes victory with charge through Le Mans pack

The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid has claimed a dramatic victory in the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours in a race of attrition for LMP1 challengers which saw the LMP2 #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca leading with 65 minutes to go. Both Toyota and Porsche saw cars leading comfortably only to tumble into retirement with […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Engen Xtreme Team head to Zwartkops with Bonafede in their sights

Three rounds into the 2017 Sasol GTC Africa championship the Engen Xtreme Team are well placed to challenge for season’s honours. Ahead of Round Four at Zwartkops Raceway on Friday, 16 June, Engen Xtreme Team driver’s Simon Moss and Michael Stephen lie second and third respectively in the championship race. Gennaro Bonafede of the Sasol GTC […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Zwartkops presents the next challenge

After a trip down to East London for their annual “away race”, the VW Challenge competitors return to the Highveld for the fourth round of the 2017 championship. Zwartkops Raceway, west of Pretoria, will host over 30 cars as they battle for supremacy and championship points on Saturday, 17 June. Heading to East London, Stiaan […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

MIXED FEELINGS FOR NEUVILLE

BELGIUM’S THIERRY NEUVILLE HAS ADMITTED TO HAVING MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT HIS THIRD PLACE FINISH AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA LAST WEEKEND. The Hyundai driver closed the gap on championship leader Sébastien Ogier with a fifth podium of the season, but was left wondering what might have been after brake failure cost him a minute during Saturday’s […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Esteban Ocon ‘a superstar of the future’, says Merc boss Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff has tipped Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon to be “a superstar of the future” after his strong start to his first full season of Formula One with Force India.Nate Saunders analyses the high-speed battle between Force India’s two drivers and asks whether a podium was possible if they had been allowed to swap. Ocon […]