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Hungarian Baja: 2014 is promising a big challenge for 11th edition in Hungary.

The last competiton in the popular shooting range around the city Veszprém near the famous “Lake Balaton” was in 2009 – the only time when the “Hungarian Baja” took place two days. The organizers have been working to bring the competiton back to this unique place in the last nine months and the previous four […]

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Toyota celebrates its first decade of top-level NASCAR competition

On the eve of Toyota’s entrance into NASCAR’s Truck Series in 2004, Cup Series driver Jimmy Spencer had one of those did-he-just-say-that moments when asked about the sport’s newest manufacturer. “Those sons of bitches bombed Pearl Harbor, don’t forget,” Spencer said in an interview at Texas Motor Speedway. “As long as it’s good for the […]

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Clean Sweep for Fourie in East London

Johan Fourie (Alcohol Killer BMW 335i) had the perfect race weekend at the fourth round of the 2014 Bridgestone Production Car Championship in East London, taking pole position in Friday’s qualifying session, winning both races and claiming the bonus points available for fastest lap in each race. Fourie’s perfect haul of 35 points gives him […]

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Rally Finland entries revealed

The entry list for Rally Finland that have just been released shows 81 entries. Altogether 16 crews will be driving WRC cars. The eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which runs from 31 July to 3 August, is always a popular fixture because of the challenge that the fast gravel stages close to […]

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Rally Poland: Hyundai making progress in every area – Neuville

Thierry Neuville has said Hyundai is ‘going in the right way’ and ‘is making progress in every area’ in the wake of his second podium of WRC 2014 in Poland. Neuville was greatly encouraging by the performance of his Hyundai i20 WRC last weekend and the Belgian is looking forward now to seeing what effect […]

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Two women: one blonde and pretty, one is a podium finisher in top level racing. But who’ll get the shot at F1?

 Sauber’s Simona de Silvestro doesn’t want to be on the cover of magazines – at least not because of the way she looks, or what she’s wearing.She wants to be a racing driver – pure and simple, and the Sauber testing driver is fighting hard to become the first woman in almost 40 years to […]

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Honda claims overall win, production electric vehicle record at Pikes Peak

Romain Dumas is overall winner; Roy Richards drives Honda Fit EV to class win The Honda effort was highlighted by Romain Dumas, who scored his first overall Pikes Peak title. Roy Richards also came up big in his Honda Fit EV, winning the Electric Production class with a record run of 12 minutes, 55.591 seconds. […]

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Lewis Hamilton claims to have more ability than teammate Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton has stepped up the off-track battle ahead of the British Grand Prix, declaring he has “the edge” on teammate Nico Rosberg on sheer “ability.” It is the latest barb in the psychological war between the Mercedes drivers, as Hamilton faces the task of closing downGerman Rosberg’s 29-point championship lead over the remaining 11 […]

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Andreucci aims for San Marino success

Peugeot Italia driver Paolo Andreucci is aiming to give the Peugeot 208 T16 its first Italian Rally Championship success on gravel, with the help of Pirelli’s renowned XR and K family of Scorpion tyres in San Marino this weekend: round five of the Italian Rally Championship. The multiple Italian champion has already racked up a […]

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Max Vatanen enters Rally Estonia

Up-and-coming Finnish rally driver Max Vatanen will enter Rally Estonia from 17-19 July, a round of the European Rally Championship that takes place two weeks before Rally Finland. Vatanen, the son of 1981 World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen and a MAXRALLY.com ambassador, is using the event to prepare for his home round of the Drive […]

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Volkswagen Rally brings international flavour and local legends

The Volkswagen Rally, which starts at AutoPavilion on Friday and finishes at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 11 and 12 July, will see amongst the national and local entries two international entries from the Volkswagen Sasolracing team. Regular national rally competitors Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt from Holland and Belgium will be joined […]

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Volkswagen Sasolracing eager for excitement and action of Volkswagen Rally 2014

THE Volkswagen Sasolracing team adds more international flavour to the Volkswagen Rally this year with two international entries. Rally fans are familiar with Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt, the Dutch and Belgian members of the team. They will be joined on the Volkswagen Rally by Austrian Raimund Baumschlager of BRR (Baumschlarger Rallye & Racing […]

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Cronje and Houghton Head for PE on a High

The Volkswagen Rally in the Eastern Cape on July 11/12 will see the reigning champion duo of Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton going all-out to maintain their momentum and climb up the national rally championship points log, on which they currently lie in an uncharacteristic fifth place. They’re coming off the back of a spectacular […]

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BOTTERILL AND VACY-LYLE THE S1600 TEAM TO BEAT IN VW RALLY

Runaway championship leaders Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios) will be seeking a fourth successive S1600 victory in the national championship Volkswagen Rally in the Eastern Cape on July 11 and 12. Their dream run so far this season with the two-wheel drive Etios has seen them accumulate a perfect score of […]

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INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR TO NEW-LOOK VOLKSWAGEN RALLY

There’s a distinct international flavour to the Volkswagen Rally, round four of the national rally championship, which starts from the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion in Uitenhage at 12.00 on Friday, 11 July.Volkswagen will be fielding a strong factory team of four Sasolracing-backed Polos in the premier S2000 class, two of which will be crewed by overseas […]

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Raikkonen keen to try rallycross

Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen says he would like to try World Rallycross at some point in the future. The 2007 F1 world champion previously dabbled in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR when he took a sabbatical from grand prix racing in 2010-’11. Rallycross has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, attracting the likes […]

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Sean Nurse wins Steve Dlamini Award

Sean Nurse is the latest winner of the Bridgestone/SA Guild of Motoring Journalists’ Steve Dlamini Award for excellence by a young motoring journalist.  The 23-year-old from Johannesburg, who received a floating trophy and a cash prize, is a writer with Auto Dealer, the weekly motoring supplement carried in Caxton’s community newspapers. The award, which is […]

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2-wheel drive for Peugeot at Dakar

Peugeot will try to win next year’s Dakar with a 2-wheel drive diesel car, aiming to become the first manufacturer to do so.Details released this morning show the 2008 DKR vehicle will have a 24 valve 2993cc bi-turbo diesel engine mounted mi-rear and developing 340bhp, driving the front wheels through a 6-speed sequential gearbox. One […]

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Formula 1 – PREVIEW-Hamilton hopes to ‘home’ in on Rosberg lead

Silverstone celebrates it’s 50th Grand Prix this weekend with Lewis Hamilton looking for a win on home ground. It has been six years since he won at home in Great Britain and the Mercedes driver needs a change of fortune more tha n ever as he seeks to cut team mate Nico Rosberg’s 29 point […]

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TOYOTA WHITEWASH ON ICONIC DESERT RACE

Castrol Team Toyota first and second Malalane Toyota third Five Toyota Hiluxes in Top 10 Wins in Class T and Class S Toyota wins Manufacturer’s Challenge Castrol Team Toyota achieved a clean sweep on Southern Africa’s premier cross-country event, the Toyota 1000 Kalahari Botswana Desert Race. A triumphant Anthony Taylor, with navigator Dennis Murphy beside […]

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7.4 miles in 6 minutes 9.09 seconds

David Higgins twice broke his own Mt. Washington hillclimb record on his way to winning the latest round of the 2014 Rally America series, the Mt. Washington “Climb to the Clouds” in New Hampshire in the United States. Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew in a 2014 Subaru WRX STI took the win ahead of Subaru […]

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Investigators closing in on Michael Schumacher file thief

Investigators are closing in on the identity of the individual attempting to sell Michael Schumacher’s stolen medical file. Bild newspaper reports that the dossier, reportedly a doctor’s letter outlining the F1 legend’s precise condition prior to his recent transfer from Grenoble to Lausanne, is being touted to media outlets for about $65,000 The report said […]

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Katherine Legge to race for Amlin Aguri in Formula E

Former IndyCar driver and current pilot for the DeltaWing in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship Katherine Legge is the first female driver and the 11th driver in total confirmed to race in the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. Legge will drive for the newly rebranded Amlin Aguri Formula E team. Legge is the first […]

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Local and national competitors will be in action at the Volkswagen Rally

The Volkswagen Rally takes place on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 July. The event, the mid-point of the 2014 season has a new final stage and finish – at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The start point is the traditional ceremonial start at AutoPavilion in Uitenhage on Friday. There is a […]

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But affordable cars are needed…

Rallying “most popular pursuit” in motorsport   The FIA is slowly opening the shutters and lifting the blinds on its sporting debates and activities, and although full openness and disclosure of the type enjoyed in Western democracies is not yet part of the offering from the governing body, there are signs of change. It does […]

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High Speed Action Predicted in East London

EAST LONDON CALLING…BPC READY FOR THE NEXT CLASH The Bridgestone Super Production Car Championship arrives in East London for Round Four of the championship after a two month break, but for some it has been a period of intense research and development – rather than a rest. With the category last visiting the circuit in […]

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Atlas Copco Ford Racing salvages crucial points on tough Botswana Desert Race

Day 3 – Stage distance: 352 km (Total: 913 km) JWANENG, BOTSWANA, 29 June 2014 – Atlas Copco Ford Racing salvaged crucial championship points by finishing fourth and fifth in the 2014 Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, which finished in Jwaneng today. After conducting extensive bodywork repairs on the cars overnight, the cars were […]

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TAYLOR/MURPHY WIN TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

Jwaneng, Botswana – Reigning South African champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy led a Toyota lockout of the podium positions on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round four of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, which ended here today. Taylor and Murphy finished 32 seconds clear of Team Castrol Toyota Hilux team-mates Leeroy Poulter […]

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McKenna banishes the dust demons to take Scottish Rally victory

Pirelli Star Driver Daniel McKenna took a ‘gritty’ victory at the RSAC Scottish Rally and Citroën Racing Trophy this weekend in his Citroën DS3 after a long day in the hot seat, the young Irishman now leads the MSA British Rally Championship points table. With Arthur Kierans alongside, the duo overcame the dusty conditions both […]

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Local and National Competitors Will Be in Action at the Volkswagen Rally

The Volkswagen Rally takes place on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 July. The event, the mid-point of the 2014 season has a new final stage and finish – at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The start point is the traditional ceremonial start at AutoPavilion in Uitenhage on Friday. There is a […]

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Commanding one-two victory in Poland – Volkswagen continues its WRC success story

 World champion Ogier beats youngster Mikkelsen – catch-up performance from Latvala  All three Volkswagen drivers at the top of the WRC rankings  30 podium positions in 20 WRC rallies for the Polo R WRC Volkswagen has reached another milestone in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC): Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) scored the 17th overall victory […]

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Poland marks eleventh successive WRC win for VW

He’s done it again – VW’s Sébastien Ogier easing his way at Rajd Polski, WRC Poland, to his 21st WRC win, and taking his fifth victory of the season and his 14th for VW. It’s a VW 1-2, with Andreas Mikkelsen taking second. The win is Volkswagen’s eleventh successive WRC win, and the team’s 18th […]