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South Africa’s Jonathan Aberdein is the 2016-17 Formula 4 UAE champion.

SA driver Jonathan dominates Gulf series The Cape Town driver delivered a crushing performance to put his Motopark Racing Taatus-Abarth on pole position for the first race of the Abu Dhabi final weekend, before storming off to an 8-second victory to wrap up the title. Aberdein then came from behind to win the reverse-grid second […]

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World Superbikes: Champion Rea makes it four wins from four races

 Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea won the second race of the weekend at the World Superbike round in Thailand to continue his perfect start to the season.Rea, 30, has won all four races in the championship so far, having also sealed a double in the opening round of the series at Phillip Island in February.The defending […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

‘You have to be thick skinned’: Female rally champion, 28, opens up about what it’s like to compete in the male dominated sport – and says there’s still an ‘old school mentality’

In 2016, Molly Taylor, 28, from Sydney, became the first ever female winner of the Australian Rally Championship.The young woman, who started driving while she was still at school, made her debut in the Australian Rally Championship in 2007 where she won the F16 class before going on to place highly in and win countless […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Meeke was in “hands of the Gods” in car park excursion

By: David Gruz, Editorial assistant Motorsport.com Rally Mexico winner Kris Meeke says he was very fortunate to keep his victory following his mistake in the Power Stage, which forced him to go through a car park. After a disastrous start to the season, having only scored two points in two rallies, Meeke spent most of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

AL ATTIYAH BEATS Al QASSIMI TO DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA VICTORY AS SOUTH AFRICAN ACKERMAN CLINCHES BIKES CROWN

Nasser Al Attiyah produced a convincing victory in the inaugural Dubai International Baja powered by AW Rostamani and Nissan today as Dubai-based South African rider Mark Ackerman produced a brilliant surge on the last leg to clinch the bikes crown.Qatar’s reigning FIA World Cup champion Al-Attiyah, partnered by French co-driver Mathieu Baumel in a Toyota […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

KRIS MEEKE AND CITROËN SURVIVE LAST GASP DRAMA TO KICK-START WRC CHALLENGE WITH RALLY MEXICO VICTORY

   The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle confirmed victory in Rally Guanajuato Corona in Mexico, despite one of the most thrilling finales to an event in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship.Appearing comfortable at the start of the final Power Stage with a lead of 37.2 […]

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Saturday WRC 2 in Mexico: Tidemand heads a thriller

Pontus Tidemand led WRC 2 at Rally Guanajuato Mexico on Saturday night after a thrilling battle with Eric Camilli.The pair traded tenths of a second all day on gravel mountain roads near León before the Swede took a slender 2.0sec advantage in his Skoda Fabia R5 in the final few kilometres through the city’s streets. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

CITROËN’S KRIS MEEKE HOLDS HIS NERVE TO PULL CLEAR OF WORLD CHAMPION OGIER IN MEXICO

The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle made what could well be a decisive attack over the second loop of stages on day three of the Rally Guanajuato Corona in Mexico and will take a solid lead of 30.9 seconds into the remaining two specials on Sunday. After starting […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Mexico engine overheat issues could get worse – Ogier

By: David Evans, Autosport Rallies Editor Motorsport.com Reigning WRC champion Sebastien Ogier says Rally Mexico still has plenty of punishment to give the new-generation cars, after universal overheating issues on the opening day of the Leon-based event. nly rally leader Kris Meeke escaped without any kind of heat-related trouble after a near-perfect, if shorter than […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Mexico: SS9: Sordo fights back

ni Sordo bounced back from Friday night’s disappointment at Rally Guanajuato Mexico to claim fastest time in Saturday morning’s opening speed test. Amid huge confusion, the Spaniard was hit with a 10-minute penalty after a severe engine misfire reduced his Hyundai i20 Coupe to near-walking pace in the final two speed tests at León race […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Friday WRC 2 in Mexico: Tidemand takes charge

Pre-event favourite Pontus Tidemand led WRC 2 at Rally Guanajuato Mexico after a hot and dusty day’s action on Friday. The Swede, driving a Skoda Fabia R5, headed the standings after last night’s opening two speed tests in Mexico City. However, he yielded the advantage to main rival Eric Camilli as soon as today’s delayed […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Testing the water

Local and foreign competitors are taking full advantage of two days of permitted reconnaissance to familiarise themselves with the challenging route of nine competitive stages ahead at next week’s Safari Rally. The event will mark Round Two of the FIA African Rally Championship. A total of 50 cars and drivers from Finland and across Africa […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Motor racing legend John Surtees dies aged 83

Motor racing legend John Surtees, the only man to win the world championship on two and four wheels, has died aged 83.rtees won the motorcycle world championship in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1960, before switching to Formula One, where he won the title in 1964 for Ferrari. The achievement has never been matched since. The […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Friday in Mexico: Meeke sets early pace

Kris Meeke put a troubled start to the season behind him to lead Rally Guanajuato Mexico after a truncated but dramatic opening leg on Friday.There was huge anticipation as the new-era World Rally Cars sampled gravel for the first time in the mountains near León, and Meeke [above] coped best in his Citroën C3 to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Mexico: SS2 / 3: Stages cancelled

Friday’s action at Rally Guanajuato Mexico has been delayed following major hold-ups in transporting rally cars back to León following last night’s opening street tests in Mexico City’s Zócalo square. The convoy of transporters carrying the cars was held up after the motorway between the two cities was closed for almost six hours following an […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Rally Mexico: Ogier plots measured attack for Rally Mexico

Sebastien Ogier says surviving the opening day at Rally Mexico with his unfavourable road position before attacking for victory will be key as the M-Sport Ford driver targets a fourth win in the Central American event. The four-time defending WRC champion will start Rally Mexico second on the road, as dictated by championship standings behind […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Di Grassi: “Electric GT’s Tesla as fast as GT3”

Lucas di Grassi has tested the development version of Electric GT’s Tesla. He was impressed by its performance and is confident that the upgraded race vehicle will leave its mark. The Brazilian driver can be seen as an ambassador for electric racing. He was there at Formula E from the start to show up and test […]

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Legends and Heroes Return for Classic Conqueror Glory

 For motoring and motorsport enthusiasts, their love of the automobile has been fostered over years of dreaming about iconic cars and the drivers that made them famous. Traditionally relegated to memories and museums, there’s one place in South Africa where these legends come alive again – and that’s at the annual Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, which […]

KARTS MOTORSPORT NEWS

CRACKING FIELD FOR ROUND ONE OF THE 2017 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP AT VEREENIGING ON MARCH 20.

The first National round of the 2017 South African National Karting Championship kicks off at the Vereeniging Kart Raceway on March 20. And the programme is a full-house of Rotax classes, catering for age groups from seven-years-old all the way to drivers aged 32 and over! An exciting aspect of the new season is the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Fiesta time in Mexico City

Central Mexico City echoed to the sound of rally cars on Thursday night as the FIA World Rally Championship transformed the iconic Zócalo square into a colourful and thrilling high-speed motorsport party.  Large crowds packed the heart of one of the world’s largest cities as Rally Guanajuato Mexico roared into life with two spectacular speed […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Flavio Briatore: Bernie Ecclestone treated poorly by F1’s new owners

Former Benetton and Renault team boss Flavio Briatore believes Bernie Ecclestone was not treated well by Formula One’s new owner Liberty Media. Briatore and Ecclestone formed a close relationship during their respective spells working in F1, and also spent time working together as co-owners of the Queens Park Rangers football club — before selling their […]

NEW VEHICLES OTHER MOTORSPORT

The Audi RS5 aims straight for the BMW M4 and AMG C63

A more aggressive design comes with more aggressive performance If an automaker is going to raid the corporate parts bin, they should take a page from Audi and its new RS5 coupe, which debuted at this year’s Geneva motor show. Previously powered by a 4.2-liter V8, the new coupe has Porsche power under the hood […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bottas lowers best time as Raikkonen crashes

Valtteri Bottas set a new fastest time for pre-season testing as his fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen crashed on the second day of the final Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona.Amid cool conditions on Wednesday morning, Bottas started the day on ultrasoft tires and quickly dropped in to the 1m20s before Tuesday’s pacesetter Felipe Massa topped […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS TOURING CAR

Mehdi Bennani confirmed for third year at Sébastien Loeb Racing

Mehdi Bennani will continue with Sébastien Loeb Racing in the 2017 World Touring Car Championship, after the Moroccan put pen to paper on a new deal with the team.Bennani will enter his ninth consecutive year in the WTCC, his eight full-season, and his third with the French team, in 2017.   The 33-year-old has consistently […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

RALLY MEXICO SET TO BREAK NEW GROUND WITH AMBITIOUS START AND STAGE IN DOWNTOWN MEXICO CITY ON THURSDAY

 Weeks of meticulous preparations and complex logistics will be put to the test when the 14th Rally Guanajuato Corona gets underway in downtown Mexico City for the first time on Thursday afternoon. With all pre-rally formalities and the traditional shakedown stage completed in and around León on Wednesday, all attention now turns to the start […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Total South Africa announces partnership with South African Cross Country Series

Total South Africa today, announced their sponsorship of the South African Cross Country Motor Racing Series (SACCS).  This follows on the heels of the company’s sponsorship of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, which was announced late last year. The sponsorship is a one year deal where Total South Africa will provide Total Excellium fuel for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Neuville tops Mexico warm-up

Thierry Neuville was fastest in shakedown at Rally Guanajuato Mexico on Wednesday evening as the new-era 2017 World Rally Cars faced gravel action for the first time in a rally environment. There was huge anticipation in the León service park when crews headed out to the 5.31km Llano Grande test as onlookers waited for the […]

GTC MOTORSPORT NEWS

GLOBAL TOURING CARS RELAUNCHES PRODUCTION CLASS AS GTC2 FOR 2017

The Sasol Global Touring Cars (GTC) Championship’s second-tier category, GTC Production, has officially been renamed GTC2 for the 2017 season to move the category in line with international standards.Catering for lower-powered, production-based cars, GTC2 is considered the stepping stone into the premier Sasol GTC Championship. This ladder of progression was used effectively by Volkswagen South […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Reverting to V10s ‘won’t be accepted by society’ – Todt

‘Three of the four manufacturers’ would leave F1 if the sport decided to ditch V6 Hybrid power units for a return to V8 engines, says Jean Todt. FIA President Jean Todt has firmly ruled out the prospect of F1 ever reverting to V8, V10 or V12 engines because it will drive away ‘three out of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

LOCAL DRIVERS, RIDERS SHARE STAGE WITH WORLD STARS IN DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA

 Frst Lady of quad racing aims to go one better on return to action in UAE  The UAE’s new entry into World Cup cross country rallying sees the world’s best drivers and riders rubbing shoulders with local privateers and enthusiasts on an international stage this weekend.Launched as part of the initiative to revive rallying in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

Twenty notable female racers in motorsports

Alexis DeJoria Alexis DeJoria made the headlines in 2014 with three NHRA Funny Car victories, which included a win at the U.S. Nationals. Getty Images Slaven Vlasic Erica Enders-Stevens Erica Enders-Stevens won back-to-back NHRA Pro Stock championships in 2014 and 2015. Denver Post via Getty Images Denver Post via Getty Images Maria Teresa de Filippis […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Paris Motorshow: Renault hoping for a sporting revival

Renault is both dipping into its memory banks and looking forward to an all-electric future as it uses the Geneva motor show to remind us all that, aside from diesel Meganes, the family Fluences and new Captur crossovers, it has long been a truly sporting brand. Brought out of long-term stasis (there hasn’t been a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Citroën admits early errors

Citroën Racing technical director Laurent Fregosi believes the team has learned from its mistakes during a languid start to the FIA World Rally Championship season at the opening two rounds.Citroën sits bottom of the manufacturers’ championship after disappointing performances on the snowy asphalt of Rallye Monte-Carlo and the frozen tracks of Rally Sweden. However, Fregosi […]

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Behnaz Shafiei, Iran’s female motocross champion: ‘Women still can shine in spite of constraints’

Behnaz Shafiei, Iran’s path-breaking female motorbike champion, lands a spectacular 15-metre jump on a track near Tehran — all the more astonishing given that this would have been illegal a year ago.Shafiei, 27, has become a symbol of the shifting social norms for women in Iran, realising her dream of becoming a professional biker despite […]

Track Racing WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

The SCG003 Stradale Is the 800-HP Supercar That Could Lap the Nurburgring in 6:30

Our first introduction to Jim Glickenhaus came a few years ago when he had Pininfarina rebody his Ferrari Enzo into the P4/5, a gorgeous modern interpretation of Ferrari’s classic P cars. But when he decided to build a version to race and failed to get Ferrari’s blessing, Glickenhaus set out on an effort to build […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

New Dakar Champion Sunderland in powerful line-up for Dubai International Baja

Bikes star among 72 riders and drivers to battle for honours in UAE’s new World Cup event as Sulayem shows way ahead for rallying New Dakar Rally bikes champion Sam Sunderland, making a first competitive appearance since his historic victory in South America, is in a powerful line-up of 72 riders and drivers tackling the […]