MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

HUSQVARNA’S HARDING STARS

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa Off Road duo, Brett Swanepoel and Henco Botha did the team proud with a pair of great performances in the Harding Liquorland SA National Championship Enduro over the weekend, while Husqvarna-supported 125 High School rider Matt Green also delivered another brilliant result. Swanepoel had a great race to end […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE UNDER PRESSURE AT HMC ELECTROTHREAD RALLY

Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle find themselves on the back foot going into this weekend’s HMC Electrothread Rally in Bronkhorstspruit. The pair lost the lead in the 2017 National Rally Championship at the Volkswagen Rally in Port Elizabeth last month, and with three events left on this year’s calendar, will have to dig deep […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Stuart wins in Investchem Formula 1600 shake-up at Zwartkops Raceway

In a surprise outcome at round six of the Investchem Formula 1600 championship on Saturday, Stuart White (8 – Fantastic Racing) claimed victory at Zwartkops Raceway ahead of the championship leader, Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA). Until this event, Van der Watt had an unbeaten record of race wins for the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Looks to Continue Momentum on German Asphalt

 After a hugely successful home event in Finland, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team now heads to Rally Germany for the next round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season. As only the second pure asphalt event for the Yaris WRC, the main objective is to further develop the car on sealed surfaces. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE COULD SURPRISE

THE LIST OF HOMEGROWN DRIVERS CONTESTING NEXT WEEK’S ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND (17-20 AUGUST) FEATURES AN INTRIGUING MIXTURE OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE – AND COULD SPRING A SURPRISE ON THE TRICKY ASPHALT STAGES. The domestic contingent is headed by 2001 European champion Armin Kremer  who has teamed up with M-Sport to pilot a latest-generation Ford Fiesta […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

OVERDRIVE RACING’S AL-ATTIYAH CRUISES TO COMFORTABLE FOURTH VICTORY IN HUNGARIAN BAJA

  Overdrive Racing’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah moved one step closer to a third successive FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title with a convincing start-to-finish victory in the Veszprém-based Hungarian Baja, round eight of the series. The Qatari and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel clinched victory on the Prologue stage on Friday evening and that paved […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

PUNISHING MEEKE DOES NOT HELP HIM – ARI VATANEN

Ari Vatanen has criticised Citroen’s handling over Kris Meeke‘s removal from the French marque’s line-up at Rally Poland, saying they did not follow “the right policy” in benching him. Meeke had been stood down by his team for the Polish round of the World Rally Championship, team boss Yves Matton electing instead to run Volkswagen […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship: Ole Christian Veiby, Gaurav Gill lead MRF to 1-2 finish

MRF’s Gaurav Gill finished second at the International Rally of Johor, the third round of FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship in Johor Bahru after making up a deficit of over two minutes to deliver another 1-2 result with Ole Christian Veiby of Norwegian finishing first. The 35-year old Gill, who is the defending champion, registered […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Young Guns aiming high this weekend

The ATS Motorsport Young Guns, Richard Leeke and Henry Köhne, intend to continue where they left off a month ago when the fifth round of the South African National Rally Championship gets underway in Bronkhorstspruit on August 18. The Electrothread rally starts from Godrich Toyota at 3 pm on Friday and Leeke/ Köhne are on […]

GTC MOTORSPORT NEWS

PODIUM FINISHES AND VICTORIES FOR VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT SQUAD AT ROUND 6 OF THE SASOL GTC SERIES AT ZWARTKOPS RACEWAY

A podium finish apiece for Mathew Hodges and Daniel Rowe as well as a dominant display of driving skills by Keagan Masters characterised Round 6 of the Sasol GTC Series for the Volkswagen Motorsport Squad. Mathew Hodges steered his Volkswagen Jetta to a third place finish after the 17 laps that made up race one […]

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ZWARTKOPS SENSATIONAL

Saturday’s Zwartkops Sasol Race Day action proved extreme in every sense of the word with a large and appreciative crowd treated to Extreme Festival thrills, spills and sensational action throughout, on a fine winter’s afternoon that thought it was midsummer as Michael Stephen, Devin Robertson and Stuart White emerged victorious among SA’s trio of premier […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

The 2017 ADAC Rallye Deutschland and its spectacular new highlights

  Show Start in Saarbrücken, a spectacular new city circuit stage, challenging new Special Stages in the Saarland and an exciting final Power Stage finishing at the Service Park: these are the highlights of the new ADAC Rallye Deutschland taking place between 17 and 20 August 2017 in and around the Saarland. This year, the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

South Racing CE on the HunGarian Baja to test for the Dakar rally.

After missing Baja Aragon due to a foot injury, co-driver David Kripal returns to racing at Hungarian Baja, 8th round of the FIA World Cup and 4th round of the Hungarian Championship, to partner Tomas Ourednicek in South Racing Central Europe’s Ford Ranger Dakar. Hungarian Baja will be a crucially important step of South Racing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Third round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship will be the Atacama desert!

This week, Husqvarna, KTM, Honda and Yamaha packed their bags and headed for Chile and the town of Copiapó where the administrative and technical verifications for the Atacama Rally will be taking place on 12 August, followed by the prologue on 13 August and the first Special on 14. Copiapó is a mining town right […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP Austria preview – round 11 at the Red Bull Ring

The MotoGP teams make the relatively short hop from Brno in the Czech Republic to the Red Bull Ring in Austria for round 11 of the 2018 championship. After a tactically astute race in Brno, Honda’s Marc Marquez extended his championship lead to 14 points over Maverick Vinales in second on his Yamaha. Andrea Dovizioso remains […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Hungarian Baja a first for Rautenbach in a Mini X-Raid

Munich. Cross-country race fans will be watching all the action of the Hungarian Baja 2017 very closely as the international gathering of drivers and teams commence preparations for Dakar Rally 2018. For MINI and motorsport partner X-raid, the Hungarian Baja race is yet another chance to hone and further develop the established and highly regarded […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

New look Johor Rally makes roaring return

    For this year, the annual Johor leg of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) will see some new changes in an effort to inject some excitement into the prestigious international rally event. The event already features a facelift as it will be called the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) International Rally of Johor […]

KARTS MOTORSPORT NEWS

ENTRIES FROM SIX COUNTRIES FOR 2017 ROTAX AFRICAN OPEN KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP ON AUGUST 20 AT ZWARTKOPS

One of the most diverse entries ever received for a karting championship meeting, run on African soil, has been received for this year’s Rotax African Open. On August 20, 2017, drivers from no less than five different African countries as well as a driver from the UAE will compete at the Zwartkops Kart Raceway. And […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Jari-Matti Latvala: Esapekka Lappi not ready for World Championship title

Esapekka Lappi will not be ready to fight for the 2018 World Rally Championship title despite his Rally Finland win, says his Toyota team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.Latvala, who is Toyota’s title hope in the first season of its new Tommi Makinen-run WRC programme this year, said Lappi’s inexperience will still be a stumbling block next season, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

LOEB TESTS CITROËN C3

The nine-time world champion drove the French manufacturer’s C3 on asphalt and told wrc.com afterwards: “The feeling was really good. It was impressive how fast it is in the fast corners compared to an old World Rally Car.”   Loeb was partnered by regular co-driver Daniel Elena for the test in the Moselle region of […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

US F1 fan base bigger than expected – Carey

  F1 CEO Chase Carey says Formula 1’s American fan base is bigger than expected as the sport contemplates adding a second US race on the F1 calendar.As Liberty Media takes hold of F1 and improves its understanding of the sport, its knowledge of the American market, where it seeks development, has also increased. Carey […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

16-Year Old Rally Star Close to Gaining WRC M-Sport Contract

The superstar will take his driver’s test on October 1 once he turns 17, and has full intent of making his World Rally Championship debut just 26 days later in Wales. His manager Tim Jouhki feels confident that this is within reach as he leaps towards the deal with M-Sport. “We have options for next […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Mt. Gorilla Rally for next month

The 2017 Africa Rally Championship (ARC) title race will move to Rwanda next month as the Mountain Gorilla Rally kicks off from September 8-10. The Rwanda leg is the sixth round on the seven-race continental motorsport calendar. The unpredictable Rwandan competition is expected to attract some of the top local, regional and continental drivers. For […]

KARTS MOTORSPORT NEWS

ZWARTKOPS’ EXOTIC REGIONAL

The sixth round of the Northern Regions Karting Championships at the Zwartkops Kart Saturday 19 August Track promises to be somewhat of a mini-national, with out-of-town and wildcard drivers set to shake things up in most classes as they prepare for Sunday’s African Open. Bradley Liebenberg will for instance have to work hard for his […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

CLOSE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES GIVE PRODUCTION VEHICLE CATEGORY NEW SLANT ON SUN CITY 400

With two events still to be run championship positions in the Production Vehicle category of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) have taken on an interesting look. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA pair of South African champions Leeroy Poulter/Rob Howie and Giniel de Villiers/Dennis Murphy still dominate the overall championship, but there has been […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SOUTH AFRICAN CROSS COUNTRY SERIES HEADS FOR EXCITING CLIMAX

With three close championships the Special Vehicle category in the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), the two remaining events on the calendar are scheduled for an explosive climax. Consider the following: the overall standings see three drivers separated by 14 points, three teams in the Class A championship are separated by 10 points and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

KZN ENDURANCE SPECTACULAR

KwaZulu Natal is not a regular venue for South African National Championship motorsport, but Saturday 19 August will be a welcome exception for local race fans when the Mopar SA Endurance Series heads to Dezzi Raceway outside Port Shepstone for the fourth round of the series at the Arnold Chatz Cars Dezzi 3-Hour. This weekend […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

HAMILTON WANTS TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP “THE RIGHT WAY

Lewis Hamilton explained that although letting team-mate Valtteri Bottas through on the final corner of the Hungarian Grand Prix was “really a little risky”, it was the “right way to do things”. The Hungarian Grand Prix saw Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen holding first and second, with Bottas and Hamilton chasing in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

2017 RALLY FINLAND – ANALYSIS: THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Spend enough time following professional motorsport and you’ll realise that everything comes in cycles, that a driver’s career can only go on for so long, and that every once in a decade or so a crop of fresh blood arrives to well and truly shake up the established order, and that’s precisely what happened at […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

World’s first: Hydrogen powered LMP3 racer competes against gasoline rivals

A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has competed against conventional fueled cars for the first time. During the Gamma Racing Day event at TT Circuit Assen the student-built Forze VII set competitive lap times in its class and finished the race. The track-ready hydrogen fuel cell powered racer has been designed and built by Delft University […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Manvir hits ARC double with Rally Tanzania win

Manvir Baryan and Drew Sturrock took a second straight win in the 2017 Africa Rally Championship.The crew dominated Sunday’s leg enroute to victory in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.Manvir regained the rally lead following day one leader Jaspreet Chatthe’s misfortunes that forced him out of the rally. A flawless drive saw the Kenyan take his second ARC win […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Zwartkops Raceway the next challenge for Investchem Formula 1600 competitors

The Investchem Formula 1600 championship reaches round six on Saturday, August 12, when the competitors assemble at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria. There are just three rounds left this season and now every lap, every point, every advantage counts. When it comes to the championship title, Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) is […]

GTC MOTORSPORT NEWS

Engen Xtreme Team set to impress at Zwartkops

Showing incremental improvements through each round of the 2017 Sasol GTC Africa, all bodes well for the Engen Xtreme Team ahead of Round Six at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 12 August. This is according to team principal, Terry Moss, who believes the Engen Xtreme Team is going from strength-to-strength with every event in 2017.   With […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

FORTUNE EVADES RECORD SIMPSON

Road America’s ninth round of the 2017 IMSA Weatherteck Prototype Challenge proved to be a tough weekend for South Africa’s Stephen Simpson and his Russo-Canadian teammate Misha Goikhberg. The duo once again set the pace throughout the weekend only to be foiled by Lady Luck when triple full-course yellows conspired against a strategic gamble by […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

BOUFFIER WINS RALLY RZESZOW AS KAJETANOWICZ TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Bryan Bouffier took his fifth Rally Rzeszow victory to make it five different winners from five events in the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship. Bouffier who led overnight in his Ford Fiesta R5, won in Poland by 38.5 seconds ahead of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and ERC Junior U28 class winner Marijan Griebel who took third overall. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally Cross

One-two in Canada: Kristoffersson wins, ahead of Solberg

Perfect weekend for PSRX Team Volkswagen Sweden: Johan Kristoffersson (S), at the wheel of the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar, won round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Trois-Rivières (CDN). Team-mate Petter Solberg (N), also driving the 570-hp Polo GTI, finished runner-up to complete the team’s second one-two of the season. This latest victory […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

QATAR’S AL-ATTIYAH AND POLAND’S DOMZALA FLY THE OVERDRIVE RACING AND TOYOTA FLAGS IN HUNGARIAN BAJA

Qatar’s defending FIA World Cup champion Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Poland’s talented young driver Aron Domzala will represent Overdrive Racing in this weekend’s Veszprém-based Hungarian Baja, round eight of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. Al-Attiyah arrives in Central Europe with a commanding lead in this year’s championship after claiming victories in Dubai, Qatar, […]