MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

“We have a very good team for 2018” – Jari-Matti Latvala

 Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team enter their second season with renewed hopes of chasing down the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship title with Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tänak and Esapekka Lappi.It was an impressive debut year for the team as they took the Yaris WRC to a podium finish in the season opening Rallye Monte-Carlo before following it […]

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Remember the Good Times With the Volkswagen’s All-New Polo R5 GTI Rally Car

Volkswagen ended its WRC program on a high note after capturing its fourth consecutive title in 2016. Even then, that didn’t make it easier for anyone to cope with parting ways with the team’s world-beating Polo racer. In efforts to rekindle that success of old, VW will build a limited run of the 270 horsepower, AWD, […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

Rosenqvist wins in Marrakesh and grabs championship lead

Felix Rosenqvist has won the Marrakesh ePrix by beating Renault e.dam’s Sébastien Buemi with four laps to go. By winning his second race in a row, the Mahindra driver took the championship lead. Sam Bird finished in third. Buemi defended his pole position at the start and was able to create a gap along with […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

SA TEAM TAKES DAKAR ROOKIE LEAD

South African duo Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte brought the TreasuryOne Motorsport Amarok home 30th as they moved up to 29th overall in the car race on Thursday’s 12th stage of Dakar 2018 from Chilecito to San Juan, Argentina. Significantly however, de Klerk and Schutte have provisionally moved into the lead of the rookie […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL NOTCH UP THIRD STAGE WIN ON DAKAR 2018

SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA – Stage 12 saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Qatari driver, Nasser Al Attiyah, notch up his twelfth stage victory in the Dakar Rally. More importantly, this was his third win for 2018, and cements his third place in the general rankings. The winner of two previous Dakars, partnered on this event with […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

THE NASSER & PETER SHOW

Dakar 2018’s twelfth and longest day turned out to be a car and truck stage only as the bike stage was canned due to adverse conditions on their route on Thursday. The car race between Chilecito to San Juan, Argentina however proved to be an intriguing one as the top ten continually changed position through […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Essa Al-Dossari guides his Nissan Navara to victory in Ha’il Nissan Rally

Saudi Arabia’s Essa Al-Dossari and Emirati navigator Ali Hassan Obaid lost some time on the final 168.57 selective section of the 13th Ha’il Nissan International Cross-Country Rally, but that failed to prevent them guiding the ED Racing Nissan Navara to outright victory by the margin of 8min 42sec. Samai Talab Al-Shammeri and navigator Abdullah Mutar […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Williams confirms Sirotkin alongside Stroll for 2018

 Wlliams has confirmed Sergey Sirotkin will partner Lance Stroll in 2018, ending Robert Kubica’s hopes of a race seat next season.Kubica, who carried out a number of tests for both Renault and Williams last year, has been handed the reserve and development driver seat, marking his first full-time role in F1 some seven years after his […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Citroen’s WRC future in doubt as Meeke mentor takes up FIA role

 Yves Matton, a central figure in the careers of both Kris Meeke and Craig Breen, has quit Citroen Racing to become the FIA’s new rally director.The timing of the move, coming less than two weeks before the Monte Carlo Rally and the start of the 2018 World championship, is seen as less than ideal and […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar cancels Stage 12 for bikes, quads

Dakar Rally organisers have cancelled Thursday’s 12th stage for both bikes and quads categories due to weather concerns.Due to run a distance of 723 km from Fiambala to San Juan, Thursday’s running was supposed to make up the second part of the marathon stage, where overnight assistance from teams is prohibited. However prevailing weather conditions had […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Dakar Rally: Peterhansel concedes defeat to Sainz with three stages left

Stephane Peterhansel has given up on taking a 14th Dakar Rally victory this year, conceding that Peugeot team-mate Carlos Sainz can’t be caught over the final three stages. Peterhansel looked set to add to his remarkable tally of Dakar wins at the end of the first week, sitting a comfortable 27 minutes clear of Sainz […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

THE HOME RUN

South African Dakar rookies Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte had another positive day as Dakar trekked from Belén to Chilecito in Argentina as they brought their homegrown Ford V8-powered TreasuryOne Amarok home 29th among the cars on Monday to move up to 30th overall and second among the 5 rookie entries of the 17 […]

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STUNNING STAGE VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S TEN BRINKE ON STAGE 11 OF DAKAR 2018

CHILECITO, ARGENTINA – It was a stunning stage victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Bernhard ten Brinke (Netherlands) and French navigator Michel Périn on Stage 11 of Dakar 2018. The pair powered their South African-built and developed Toyota Hilux to a stage win, 04:35 ahead of Peugeot’s Cyril Despres; and 04:40 ahead of rally leader […]

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TIGHTENING THE GRIP

Dakar 2018 is entering the final straight and while there is still 1000km of racing still to come including an evil sting in the tail, it seems that the modern giants of the epic race through South America are set to extend their runs of success. None of them may have won on Wednesday’s eleventh […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Martin Whitmarsh to take up F1 advisory role with FIA

-McLaren F1 chief Whitmarsh to help the FIA on setting financial regulations for the series in the future.Former McLaren Formula 1 team chief Martin Whitmarsh is set to take up an advisory role with the FIA to help define the series’ future financial regulations. Whitmarsh worked at McLaren between 1989 and 2014, operating as team […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

PUNISHING ARGENTINEAN STAGE INTO BELÉN COSTS SOUTH RACING CAN-AMS VALUABLE TIME

BELÉN (ARGENTINA): The South Racing Can-Am Team endured a dramatic 10th special stage on the Dakar Rally and a very difficult competitive section, held in punishing heat, between Salta and Belén in Argentina. Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin began the day with an overall SxS category lead of 1hr 34min 31sec, but dropped 12 minutes […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

MotoGP makes rider airbags compulsory in 2018

Rider airbags will become compulsory in 2018 across all classes of the FIM MotoGP championship, which includes the Moto2 and Moto3 series along with the premier MotoGP class. There are two exceptions to the rule, with wildcard riders not having to use the safety system and replacement riders having a two-race exemption. After those two […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

WRC to return to Japan in 2019?

A consortium in Japan has announced its plans to bring back the World Rally Championship to the country for the first time since 2010 with initial targets as early as next year. The WRC Japan Round Bid committee confirmed its intentions at the Tokyo Auto Salon show with its ambition to host a WRC round […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

THE DAKAR ROLLERCOASTER

They may have had their challenges over the past few days, but South African Dakar rookies Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte and the TreasuryOne Amarok enjoyed a positive Day 10 from Salta and Belén in Argentina on Tuesday to wind up 31st on the day as they moved up to a provisional 28th overall. […]

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MIXED RESULTS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ON STAGE 10 OF DAKAR 2018

BELEN, ARGENTINA – It was a day of mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing, on Stage 10 of Dakar 2018. The stage consisted of 373 km of racing, split into two sections, with a massive 424 km liaison preceding the stage. It was a return to lower altitudes for the Dakar, but at the same […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

DAKAR BARES ITS TEETH

If it had not already delivered an incredible set of twists, turns and controversies so far, Dakar 2018 really showed its fangs on Tuesday to quite literally once again turn the race on its head. The drama started on Monday, when despite the day’s stage being cancelled, there was enough controversy to make world headlines […]

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Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Walkner takes shock lead as rivals crumble

Matthias Walkner has become the favourite to win the 2018 Dakar Rally in the bike class after topping Stage 10, which saw Adrien van Beveren crash and four other contenders for overall victory get badly lost. While the day started with six riders within less than 10 minutes of the overall leader, Walkner now holds a […]

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Rider involved in Sainz Dakar incident threatens criminal action

The quad rider involved in Carlos Sainz’s Dakar Rally controversy has threatened criminal action against the Peugeot driver. Dakar leader Sainz received a 10-minute penalty for what he saw as a near-miss with Kees Koolen’s quad on the La Paz-Uyuni stage. Koolen is adamant Sainz hit him and the penalty is too lenient. “I’m a […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Guenther Steiner has a point

It is somewhat ironic that Guenther Steiner’s comments over the weekend about the US currently lacking a driver capable of racing in F1 were followed by the passing of the great Dan Gurney on Sunday, a man who was among a very small circle of only five American Grand Prix winners. Gurney’s outstanding career, conducted […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

STILL CHASING THE DAKAR DREAM

While Dakar 2018’s ninth racing stage to Salta was cancelled due to adverse weather and flooding in the Andes on Monday, the convoy crossed into Argentina to finally allow contact with the TreasuryOne team since they lost communication when the race left La Paz on Saturday. Family, friends and fans had been left in the […]

INDYCAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Le Mans-winning engineer Leena Gade joins SPM, IndyCar

Leena Gade brings an impressive resumé to IndyCar: an Ambassador for the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport; a three-time Le Mans-winning race engineer in LMP1 with Audi; Bentley Racing engineer; now James Hinchcliffe’s race engineer at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. In addition to her impressive resumé, her trophy case includes, the FIA World Endurance Championship […]

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2018 F1: Sauber to become Alfa Romeo works team

Sauber could eventually become a full works Alfa Romeo team. That is the vision of the Swiss team’s boss Frederic Vasseur, when asked by France’s Auto Hebdo about the new Alfa title sponsorship brokered by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne. “The company’s executives want to see a fully fledged Alfa Romeo team,” Sauber team principal Vasseur […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Sainz ‘Upset’ by Stewards Decision to Penalise him for Quad ‘Collision’

Carlos Sainz Sr. has hit out at the decision to penalise him ten minutes after stewards deemed that he had hit quad rider Kees Koolen during Saturday’s sixth stage of the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard insists no contact was made, and his avoiding action during the stage actually prevented a collision, but following an investigation, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Citroen’s Yves Matton confirmed as FIA rally director

The FIA has announced that Yves Matton has been appointed Rally Director within the governing body, confirming rumours of his departure from the Citroën WRC outfit.Matton has been in charge of Citroën’s rally programme since 2011 after he replaced Olivier Quesnel. Pierre Budar will now take up the role of team principal, having previously run PSA’s customer racing […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

How Long Will Valentino Rossi Continue To Race MotoGP?

When a sportsman—in particular, a sportsman of the highest level—arrives at a certain age and his results begin to decline, it’s inevitable that people will question if he is too old to continue and would it be better if he quit while he is ahead. But to question Valentino Rossi, the absolute icon of motorcycle […]

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Jazeman, Weiron and Afiq make Asian Le Mans history

PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid made history for Malaysia by blazing the track to victory in the 6 Hours of Buriram race in Thailand. It is the first all-Malaysian triumph in the Asian Le Mans Series, marking a sweet debut for Jazeman, Weiron and Afiq, who were racing together for […]

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Peterhansel clinches 40th career stage win at Dakar, SS9 cancelled

Stephane Peterhansel has battled back into the podium places at the 2018 Dakar rally with his 40th career stage victory at the iconic event as overall leader Carlos Sainz saw his healthy lead trimmed, while Monday’s stage nine has been canned due to weather conditions. The 13-time Dakar rally winner saw his hopes of victory in 2018 […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

LEGENDARY TOUGHNESS OF TOYOTA HILUX SEES ALL THREE TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA CREWS SAFELY THROUGH MARATHON STAGE

TUPIZA, BOLIVIA – After two of the longest stages on Dakar 2018, all three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crews arrived safely at the flooded bivouac outside the Bolivian town of Tupiza. With the technical crews setting up on the roadside, there was relief all round as the crews arrived one after the other. Bear in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

THE GREAT ESCAPE

 TreasuryOne Motorsport duo, Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte bounced back from a most challenging Dakar 2018 Marathon Stage to move back up to 32nd position overall following a most positive run from Uyuni to Tupiza in the Bolivian Andes on Sunday. The duo was subjected to their toughest challenge of their first Dakar on […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

2018 Dakar Dazzles

The Dakar Rally’s eighth day of 2017 produced some top drawer cross country racing as the various leaders in the car and bike categories spent the day fighting it out for stage honours on a run through the Bolivian Andes from Uyuni to Tupizia. The stage that ran at high altitude – between 3500 and […]

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2018 Dakar Rally: Stage 9 cancelled

The SS of stage 9 of the #Dakar2018 is cancelled due to the weather conditions. “The situation is complicated on the bivouac and along the route of the special, there is a risk of flooding and thunderstorm”, Marc Coma says. “We’re going to lose a day, but the race has a good dynamics. We don’t […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Kubica ‘to be signed up as Williams reserve driver’

 Reports in French media on Friday say that Robert Kubica will be Williams F1’s reserve driver for 2018. Kubica had previously been in the running for a full-time race seat with the team. He carried out a number of tests last year to see if his fitness was up to the demands of Grand Prix […]