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Stephane Peterhansel, Jean Paul Cottret win penultimate stage of the Silk Way Rally

The 10th stage victory for Peugeot from the 13 competitive days run so far. Their Peugeot DKR #106 also climbs up to fifth position overall after a complex stage 13, containing big dunes and several twists of fate for many of the competitors. Cyril Despres/David Castera were second on the stage, just under two minutes […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BRETT ATTACKS ROMANIACS

Hot off earning the honour of finishing the Erzberg Enduro a few weeks back, Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa Off Road Team rider Brett Swanepoel is off to Romania for the other ultimate extreme enduro, when he tackles the Red Bull Romaniacs July 27-31. Billed as the Wild One by its organizers, the 2017 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

FIRED UP AND READY TO FLY AT RALLY FINLAND

M-Sport are fired up and ready to fly as the FIA World Rally Championship ventures to the famous jumps of Neste Rally Finland. Despite three victories and an unbroken record of podium finishes, the team are hungry for more. Having crashed from the lead of Rally Poland earlier this month, the team are determined to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Hyundai targeting first Finnish podium

In our four years competing in the WRC, Hyundai has claimed a podium at every event on the calendar except for Rally Finland. It is a statistic we are determined to change in this year’s event! After our best-ever team performance in Poland, we definitely feel in good form. The 1-2-4 result delivered by our […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier escapes injury after hitting tree in Finland test shunt

M-Sport’s Rally Finland pre-event test has ended early after Sebastien Ogier crashed heavily on Thursday afternoon.The Frenchman was on his final run of the test when he hit a rock he’d pulled out into the road on his previous pass of the stage. Committed to the corner in sixth gear, Ogier hit the rock which broke the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Cyril Despres,David Castera keep fighting to maintain 45-minute Silk Way rally lead

With just two days to go, Cyril Despres/David Castera keep fighting to maintain their healthy 45-minute overall lead over their closest pursuers on the Silk Way Rally, with teammates Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret watching their backs carefully. The leading duo aboard the Peugeot DKR #100 had a scare on today’s 12th stage, when they got stuck […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bird wins double-header New York ePrix

Sam Bird is the second driver to win a double-header Formula E event. In both races in New York, the driver for DS Virgin Racing had to gain positions to be able to control the pace, beating Techeetah drivers on Saturday while he kept both Mahindra racers behind him on Sunday. Bird was in the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

DAVID’S SPA TREATMENT

Blancpain GT championship leader and Kessel Ferrari driver David Perel heads to Belgium to race the Spa 24 Hours — worlds biggest GT3 endurance event July 29-30. South African Perel won races at the legendary Spa Francorchamps F1 track in the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo series in 2015, however the 24 hour is a different […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OGIER: ‘RALLY IS STILL THE BEST’

DESPITE IMPRESSING AT A RECENT FORMULA ONE TEST, SÉBASTIEN OGIER SAYS HE STILL PREFERS DRIVING RALLY CARS AND HAS NO PLANS TO MAKE A MOTORSPORT CAREER CHANGE. The four-time WRC champion realised one of his boyhood dreams when Red Bull Racing invited him to drive a 2011-spec RB7 car at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. Ogier’s […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Østberg braced for “high-level” competition on ERC return

Emerging prospects from the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship will get the chance to prove their talent against a World Rally Championship event-winning driver when Mads Østberg contests Rally Rzeszow in Poland next month (3-5 August). Østberg, a frontrunner in the WRC, has entered round five of the eight-event all-action European Rally Championship, which […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

TOYOTA back to ERC with triple champion Rossetti

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH will use the FIA European Rally Championship to showcase its uprated GT86 CS-R3 to potential customers. Luca Rossetti, winner of the coveted ERC title three times, is entered on Rally Rzeszow in Poland from 3-5 August when he will be a contender for ERC3 class honours in his TMG-run car. And there will […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

The Mercedes X-Class pickup hits the market in Europe this year.

 THREE VERSIONS OF THE MERCEDES TRUCK ARE HEADING FOR EUROPE, SOUTH AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA Mercedes-Benz introduced its new X-Class pickup truck on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa. The non-U.S.-bound luxury pickup will see duty in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia and will sticker for about $43,000, converted from euros. The […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Class T title battle heats up for SA Cross Country Championship at Harrismith 400

Harrismith, in the eastern Free State, is renowned for being icy cold in the middle of winter, but it will be the scene of a heated battle between the top Class T contenders when the SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) descends on the small farming town on 28 and 29 July. As the fourth round […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

ANDY MCMILLIN TAKES OVERALL AT 49TH SCORE BAJA 500, ROESELER FIRST TT LEGEND

There are a few families that have long-standing off-road racing legitimacy, and the McMillin name is synonymous with the history of Baja wins. Andy McMillin has continued that family tradition by taking the overall win at the 49th running of the Baja 500. He needed all that hard-earned family know-how as McMillin, a third-generation desert […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

MOUNTAIN HAVOC 2017: MEGA TRUCK MAYHEM

 You could hear engines screaming through closed car windows as you got close to the Purcell Trench Ranch on Friday afternoon. Mountain Havoc 2017 had started, just above Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, and quadruple-digit horsepower buggies were already in competition that would already claim two victims before the real fun started over the weekend. Mountain Mafia […]

LE MANS MOTORSPORT NEWS

Chemistry key to new Joest-Mazda partnership

Joest Racing technical director Ralf Juttner has a favorite word to describe the team’s new alliance with Mazda: chemistry. It speaks volumes about the sequence of changes for Audi Sport’s former LMP1-Hybrid partner. “It goes back to Daytona earlier this year when I met with John Doonan and Mazda, and it’s the feeling you have, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Monster Energy Honda Team Returns To Action At The Baja Aragon

The Baja Aragón – one of Europe’s legendary offroad races – kicks off this week with the Monster Energy Honda Team poised to enter the fray. Incumbent champion Joan Barreda lines up alongside French team-mate Michael Metge, third in last year’s edition. Monster Energy Honda Team return once again to the action. After taking part […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

LOCAL STARS COME OUT IN FINLAND

THE HOME CROWDS AT NESTE RALLY FINLAND [27 – 30 JULY] WILL HAVE PLENTY OF LOCAL TALENT TO SUPPORT NEXT WEEK WHEN A STRONG FIELD OF ESTABLISHED AND RISING STAR DRIVERS TAKE TO THE STAGES. Toyota team-mates and experienced competitors Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen head the local entries, and will be joined in the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

WRC champion Ogier achieves ‘dream’ F1 Red Bull test

Four-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has been given a test in the Red Bull RB7 at the Red Bull Ring as part of the brand’s sponsored athletes opportunities. The M-Sport Ford driver, who currently leads the WRC standings by 11 points in his hunt for a fifth consecutive world title, was given the chance […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

MINI Motorsport Silk Way Rally Leg 10 Review: Hami – Dunhuang

Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) enjoyed an excellent day in the #101 MINI John Cooper Works Rally yesterday, completing stage 10 of the 2017 Silk Way Rally in second place. The competitors tackled 517.53km of fast, technical tracks today, with Al Rajhi and Colsoul finishing the special distance of 360.28km in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Volkswagen Rally 21/22 July

The 35th Volkswagen Rally in Port Elizabeth and surrounds will be another highlight of the SA Rally Championship season set to entertain the thousands of supporters this event has generated over the years. Being the longest standing event on the calendar with support from Volkswagen South Africa, it is only fitting that the event will start […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

LAUSITZRING TO STOP RACING ACTIVITIES AFTER 2017

The EuroSpeedway Lausitz/Lausitzring will be closed to the public after the completion of the 2017 racing season. Automotive safety company Dekra has bought the track and plans to run the facility as a testing ground for road car innovations. The firm already has a test centre at the circuit and will enlarge its operations. The plan is to transform […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

  AL-ATTIYAH, ROMA, POULTER AND DOMZALA REPRESENT POWERFUL OVERDRIVE AND TOYOTA CHALLENGE IN SPAIN

 Overdrive Racing’s and Toyota GAZOO Racing South Africa’s decision to miss the ongoing Silk Way Rally has enabled the two teams to join forces to mount a powerful challenge for honours in this weekend’s Baja Spain Aragón, round seven of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.   The team has entered four Toyota Hiluxes […]

MOTO GP MOTORSPORT NEWS

Marquez: MotoGP scrap is exhausting but exciting

Marc Marquez says the four-way battle for MotoGP supremacy is exhausting to be involved in, but he is relishing the fight. Marquez leads the way during MotoGP’s mid-season break, but he, Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi are covered by just 10 points after nine races. The Repsol Honda rider, and reigning champion, won […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Extra Pepper for Spa

South African Bentley racer Jordan Pepper is bursting at the seams in anticipation for one of the highlights of the endurance race season at the Spa 24-Hour 29-30 July. Pepper will share an Abt entered Continental GT3 with German Christer Jöns and Belgian Nico Verdonck which will race alongside two M-Sport entries at Spa and […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

  From sinner to saint – Hamilton knows best

Last Wednesday, at Liberty Media’s very well organized and entertaining F1 Live London event, Lewis Hamilton was the odd man out  All of his F1 colleagues were in Trafalgar Square, enjoying the fun and catering to the sport’s best interests, while the Mercedes driver remained on holiday in Greece, far from London’s pre-race commotion and fete. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

NEW LOOK HUSQVARNA MX ATTACK

A new-look Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa Motocross Team heads to KwaZulu Natal for Pietermaritzburg’s fifth round of the South African Motocross Championship this 22 July weekend, with Richie van der Westhuizen now leading the team and Caleb Tenant drafted in as substitute to the injured Maddy Malan. Van der Westhuizen moves onto the team’s leading […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

    LOEB OUT OF THE SILK WAY RALLY – EARLY END TO A VERY IMPRESSIVE DEBUT FOR THE PEUGEOT DKR MAXI

    Sébastien Loeb has been forced to retire from the Silk Way Rally after crashing the Peugeot DKR Maxi out of the lead on the ninth stage.        • Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena crashed at kilometre 82 when they hit a drain just to the right of a river bed, […]

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SOUTH RACING TO FIELD CARS FOR PONS, PORÉM, ALVAREZ, SCHRÖDER AND OUŘEDNĪČEK IN BAJA SPAIN ARAGÓN

South Racing faces a busy weekend in the baking heat and dust of a summer in central Spain, when it fields five cars in Baja Spain Aragón, round seven of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The event is based in the area around Teruel and takes place on July 21-23. Xevier Pons, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

Mixed fortunes for championship leaders at Dezzi

As the final stretch of the 2017 DEOD SuperGP Champions Trophy approaches, the riders made their way down to Dezzi Raceway on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast for the sixth round of the championship on Saturday, 15 July. Clint Seller (MiWay Yamaha Racing R1) continued his winning ways in the opening SuperGP race, but a mistake […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NEW VEHICLES

Zarooq off-road supercar standstorms its way toward production

Emirati-Monégasque newcomer Zarooq Motors previewed its SandRaceroff-road supercar back in late 2015. It was awesome. Or it seemed like it could be awesome … assuming it ever showed up again. Well, here it is not two years later, and we’re seeing it again. In fact, Zarooq says that it’s ready for production and will launch […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Abiteboul: “No obvious roadblocks” for Kubica return

Robert Kubica set for Hungarian test British Grand Prix – Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul says that there are no obvious hindrances to a Robert Kubica comeback, but wouldn’t be drawn on whether the Polish driver may make a comeback with the Enstone team.   The popular Polish racer Robert Kubica suffered critical injuries in an extra-curricular […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Xfinity race at New Hampshire

Kyle Busch’s celebratory burnout produced a cloud of smoke over the frontstretch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but Ryan Preece’s first run in top-of-the-line equipment made an even bigger impression in Saturday’s Overton’s 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. After a major snafu on pit road took a potential win away from Brad Keselowski, who had […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

Porsche takes top two spots after 6-hour battle in WEC race at Nürburgring

Porsche drivers Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber followed up their 24 Hours of Le Mans victory last month with another World Endurance Championship win at the Nürburgring in Germany Sunday. Bernhard and his teammates triumphed in a hard-fought battle with the sister Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy during which the two cars […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

FURIOUS FRIENDLY CITY RACING

Saturday’s Volkswagen Race Day delivered top drawer racing across the board as the Extreme Festival visited Port Elizabeth’s Aldo Scribante for the fifth round of SA’s three premier national circuit racing championships in front of a large and appreciative crowd. They were treated to a great day’s racing, as not only were there a few […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

SILVERWARE FOR THOMPSON DUO

“Wow, that was a really good weekend,” Charl, who studies mechanical engineering at the local PE university admitted. “In Race 1 I had a good start and moved into second after Chris Shorter’s Mini and Bryn High in the Chevy collided in front of me, but the Chev got away with it and he had […]