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EKSTROM VICTORIOUS IN WORLD RX OF PORTUGAL THRILLER

Mattias Ekstrom has taken his second win of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship and finally taken victory at the World RX of Portugal.The EKSRX driver lined up on the front row for the Supercar Final alongside pole position man Petter Solberg. Johan Kristoffersson lined up on the middle row in his PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo with […]

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Austin MotoGP: Marquez stays unbeaten at COTA, Vinales crashes

Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed a fifth successive MotoGP victory at the Circuit of the Americas, as points leader Maverick Vinales crashed out early on.It was Dani Pedrosa who commanded the early stages after a lightning getaway from fourth on the grid, with Marquez slotting into second ahead of the two factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi […]

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AL-ATTIYAH, SUNDERLAND AND SONIK CLINCH VICTORIES AT THE QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

  Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah , Dubai-based Sam Sunderland and Poland’s Rafal Sonik claimed outright victories in the car, motorcycle and quad categories after a gruelling five-day Qatar Cross-Country Rally drew to its conclusion at Losail on Saturday. Al-Attiyah and French navigator Matthieu Baumel began the final day with a lead of 5min 58sec over South Africa’s Leeroy […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

A great day at Kyalami

Enthusiastic crowd treated to superb racing If the social media reaction of many of the fans who thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s Kyalami’s Motorsport Festival is anything to go by, it was a brilliant day all round – never mind that the impressive crowd assembled along the grassy banks clearly enjoyed a fine show on a perfect […]

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Pepper & Bentley all set for 24-Hour

South African Jordan Pepper and his Abt Bentley Continental GT3 teammates Christian Mamerow and Thorsten Dahm were out of luck as they completed their Nurburgring 24-Hour preparations at the circuit’s 6-Hour pre-race on Sunday, but the team is now fully focussed on the 24-Hour at the legendary 21km racetrack in 4 weeks time. “Going into […]

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Engen Xtreme Team racers on the podium again at GTC races

It was another successful day on the track for both members of the Engen Xtreme Team on Saturday at Kyalami. Simon Moss and Michael Stephen stepped on to the podium at the historic raceway in Johannesburg, with the pair achieving three podium finishes on the day. Moss again finished the day in second place overall, […]

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Van Niekerk has comfortable win

The first edition of the York Rally in Sabie and the 26th time that the rally has been run in the area under different sponsors, has been won by accomplished pair of Japie van Niekerk and Robin Houghton in a NAD Ford Fiesta S2000. Van Niekerk lead the event from the start in Sabie yesterday […]

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ROBERT KUBICA MAKES HIS SINGLE-SEATER RETURN FOLLOWING GP3 SERIES TEST Having not driven a single-seater since topping the Formula One pre-season test in Valencia back in 2011, just days before suffering serious injuries in a rally crash, Robert Kubica tested a GP3 Series car at the Franciacorta Circuit in Italy. The injuries to his right arm and hand ended the Pole’s F1 […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Eyes More Progress on Gravel Return

The gravel stages of Rally Argentina will provide the next challenge for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team with drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hanninen from April 27 to 30. After the asphalt test of Corsica, round five of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) means a return to gravel action and a return to […]

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HYUNDAI: ‘WE CAN’T REST’

MICHEL NANDAN HAS URGED HIS RESURGENT HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT TEAM TO BUILD ON ITS VICTORY IN CORSICA EARLIER THIS MONTH WHEN THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES IN ARGENTINA NEXT WEEK. Thierry Neuville’s  win on the sealed surface island roads kick-started a season which had promised much but delivered little. The Belgian crashed out of the […]

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Brown wants to make McLaren Indy 500 entry a yearly event

After pushing to get Fernando Alonso a ride at the Indy 500 for this year, McLaren executive director Zak Brown doesn’t want it to be a one-off event. McLaren executive director Zak Brown would like to make the British marque’s entry to the Indianapolis 500 a yearly event after securing Fernando Alonso a place on […]

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POULTER/VON ZITZEWITZ MOVES UP INTO SECOND PLACE IN 2017 QATAR CROSS COUNTRY RALLY

Another strong performance on today’s stage, the third of this year’s Qatar Cross Country Rally, saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Leeroy Poulter and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) move up the leaderboard into second place in the overall standings. They now trail rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel (Toyota Hilux) by just 3:23.7, […]

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Watch Japie on the York!

The York Rally that took the place of the Sasol Rally starts in Sabie Friday morning to about 10:15 at the Olifantsgeraamte. The rally, the second round of the SA National Rally Championship has drawn 25 national and African Rally competitors. The event is also the third round of the African Rally Championship and two […]

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22 competitors set for third round of FIA World Rallycross Championship at Hockenheim

The entry list for the World RX of Hockenheim has been released, featuring eighteen permanent entrants and an additional four individual entries. Reigning world champion Mattias Ekström will once again take on driving duties in both World Rallycross and the DTM as the two series team up again after a successful 2016 event. Making a welcome […]

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Stars in cars for International Rally of Whangarei

From 28-30 April Whangarei will again host the opening round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), which brings new cars and a star driver line-up for the 796.78 km journey across revered Northland New Zealand rural gravel roads. The International Rally of Whangarei, part of the Whangarei Festival of motorsport, will include defending […]

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OUTRIGHT LEADS FOR AL-ATTIYAH, SUNDERLAND AND SONIK AFTER DAY THREE OF QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

  LOSAIL (Qatar): Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Austria’s Matthias Walkner and Poland’s Rafal Sonik claimed victories in the third stage of the Qatar Cross-Country Rally, but Al-Attiyah, Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland and Sonik held the overall advantages in the car, motorcycle and quad categories after a windy day’s action in the Qatar deserts. The day’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Aberdein’s big year

South Africa’s newly crowned Formula 4 UAE champion Jonathan Aberdein returns to the German ADAC Formula 4 championship with a spring in his step and the title in mind after topping the times in the German series’ pre-season test last week. Aberdein is looking forward to continuing his late season promise and winter title form […]

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Engen Xtreme Team tackles round two with defending champ and championship second

A good showing by Engen Xtreme Team’s Simon Moss in the opening event of the 2017 Sasol GTC Africa series in Cape Town sees him enter round two in second place in the championship. Moss lines his Engen Xtreme Audi A3 GTC at Kyalami in Johannesburg on Saturday, 22 April, in what will be the […]

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Feast of High Performance Road Cars and Supercars at Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

 Fans of high-performance road cars and exclusive supercars will have plenty to look forward to when the King of the Hill action commences at the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb during the first weekend in May. Building on the Supercar Shootout introduced last year, the all-new Class A groups all standard road cars and supercars into […]

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Lupini keen to maintain Kyalami mojo

Sixteen-year old Giordano Lupini is relishing his return to Kyalami for his first Engen Volkswagen Cup race at the iconic Johannesburg racetrack Saturday 22 April. The Franschhoek Bridge House Grade 11 scholar won on his first Kyalami outing last year and he will also be looking to deliver on his impressive debut Polo performance at […]

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Kyalami rolls out the big guns

Saturday promises a show to remember The Kyalami Motorsport Festival this Saturday 22 April promises Gauteng fans a fun filled and action packed racing day to remember with South Africa’s finest cars and top drivers ready to thrill at the home of local motorsport. SA’S FINEST DRIVERS READY TO RACE A trio of national championship […]

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ATS Motorsport ready for Mpumalanga rally action this weekend

The ATS Motorsport rally team is ready for action in the second round of the South African National Rally Championship – the York Rally. Proceedings get underway in Sabie, Mpumalanga, on Friday April 21 with the action all taking place around the quaint logging and timber industry town, sleepy White River, picturesque Graskop and down the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Robert Kubica Withdraws From WEC Season

Kubica was set to drive for LMP1 privateers ByKolles Racing, but has pulled out days before the season’s first race.Former Formula One and World Rally driver Robert Kubica was set to compete in the 2017 World Endurance Championship with ByKolles Racing, in their LMP1 program. After the preseason test at Monza, Kubica announced his withdrawal […]

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FIA rules out speed caps for WRC stages

By: David Evans, Autosport Rallies Editor The FIA has ruled out implementing a cap on average stage speeds in the World Rally Championship despite concerns over the 2017 cars’ pace.The cancellation of the second run of a Rally Sweden stage won at an 85mph average had prompted fears the governing body was trying to contain […]

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Mikkelsen joins Hyundai for Portugal

Andreas Mikkelsen will test a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC on Friday with a view to joining the team from Rally Portugal next month onwards. Mikkelsen’s management team has been in negotiation with Toyota, Hyundai and Citroen in its efforts to get the former Volkswagen driver back into the World Rally Championship’s top class. A deal […]

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LAPPI GETS HIS CHANCE

ESAPEKKA LAPPI, ONE OF RALLYING’S BRIGHTEST YOUNG STARS, WILL MAKE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE TOP LEVEL OF THE WRC AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL IN MAY.The Toyota Gazoo team test driver [above right] will join team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen in the squad for the May 19-21 event, driving a third Yaris WRC […]

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Mallya arrested in London

Force India Formula 1 team boss Vijay Mallya has been arrested in London, the Metropolitan Police has announced. In February, India sent a formal request for Mallya to be extradited under the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK. Authorities in India are chasing Mallya for around £900million they claim he owes in the wake […]

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Investchem Formula 1600 set for serious competition at Kyalami

Round two of the national Investchem Formula 1600 championship will take place as part of the Extreme Festival at Kyalami on Saturday, 22 April. With the first two races completed, Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) has stepped up as the early leader, having claimed both of the chequered flags. With a […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING AIMS TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS WITH FOUR TOYOTAS SET FOR QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Overdrive Racing will be hoping to get back to winning ways at this week’s Qatar Cross-Country Rally, after the team’s record of seven successive FIA World Cup rally victories ground to a halt with Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah’s last stage accident at the recent Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.   The Belgian team is running three Toyota […]

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QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY FIRES INTO LIFE AT LOSAIL ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON

 The Qatar Cross-Country Rally gets underway with a 4.85km super special stage at the Losail motocross facility within the confines of the race circuit on Tuesday afternoon. Ahead of a quality field of 32 cars, 13 motorcycles and seven quads lies a daunting route of nearly 2,000 kilometres that will take competitors to the outermost reaches […]

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Toyota wins hard-fought WEC victory at Silverstone

 FORD GT TAKES WIN IN GTE PRO Toyota claimed a narrow victory over Porsche in the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone Sunday in a race the team was expected to dominate. Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima took the victory in the high-downforce Toyota TS050 Hybrid. They were kept honest […]

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Felipe Massa to Max Verstappen: Watch your words to the F1 media

Flipe Massa has warned Max Verstappen to “be careful” with comments he makes to the Formula 1 media.After complaining that the Williams veteran spoiled his qualifying lap in Bahrain, Verstappen said he would not be seeking Massa out for talks. “He is Brazilian, so there is not much to talk about,” Verstappen said after time […]

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Jose Maria Lopez taken to hospital after crash

New Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez has been taken to hospital after an accident in today’s World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone. The Argentinian has been transferred to hospital in Northampton for precautionary tests after an impact with the barriers triggered the so-called ‘medical light’ in the car. Lopez crashed the #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID […]