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Rally Portugal: SS10/11: EVANS ON A CHARGE

ELFYN EVANS CUT THIERRY NEUVILLE’S VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL LEAD AFTER AN AGGRESSIVE START TO SATURDAY MORNING’S ACTION.The Welshman, trailing the Belgian by 17.7sec overnight, conceded another second in the opening Vieira do Minho speed test. He then charged to fastest time in Cabeceiras de Basto, reclaiming almost six seconds in his Ford Fiesta to […]

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 Dakar 2019 : 100% Peru, 100% Dakar

➢ Edition 41 of the Dakar will be contested from January 6th to 17th 2019, on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru with the start and finish in Lima. ➢ Mapped around the Peruvian deserts, the 2019 Dakar promises to be one of the sandiest in the history of the rally. While the expanded […]

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FRIDAY IN PORTUGAL: NEUVILLE LEADS AFTER CRAZY DAY

THIERRY NEUVILLE LED VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL ON FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER A CHAOTIC OPENING LEG DESTROYED THE HOPES OF A HOST OF FRONTRUNNERS. The lead changed hands on six occasions on rock-strewn dirt roads near the Spanish border before the Belgian took a 17.7sec advantage in his Hyundai i20 over Elfyn Evans. Dani Sordo was a […]

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DOMINATION HUSQVARNA’S AIM

Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing heads to Bloemfontein in the Free State Sunday 19 May fully intent to maintain its domination into the third round of the 2018 TRP Distributors SA National Motocross Championship. Maddy Malan heads to the Free State fresh off double victories aboard his Q4 Fuel Husqvarna to his home round at Thunder […]

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OGIER LOSES MEXICO APPEAL

SÉBASTIEN OGIER’S APPEAL INTO HIS POWER STAGE POINTS PENALTY AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO HAS BEEN REJECTED. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s case was heard by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal in Paris earlier this month and the sport’s governing body announced today that the Frenchman had  lost his argument. Event stewards hit the WRC championship […]

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Rally Portugal: SS3/4: SORDO SETS PACE

DANI SORDO BECAME THE FOURTH DRIVER TO LEAD VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL IN AS MANY SPEED TESTS AFTER ENDING A DRAMATIC FRIDAY MORNING AT THE TOP OF THE STANDINGS.  The Spaniard won the twisty Ponte de Lima special stage to demote Kris Meeke and Hayden Paddon and return to the Matosinhos service park with a […]

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Is the Dakar dead?

The eyes of Dakar competitors and followers will be focused on Paris today where the organisers of the Dakar ASO will make their presentation on the 2019 South American Dakar.  They have quite a few problems that need to be addressed and it is not going to be easy to set the minds of those […]

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PAST FIVE YEARS HAS SEEN SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES FOR TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

In the five years since Jwaneng became the host town of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, the biggest sporting and social event of the year in the country, a number of significant changes have taken place in what is this year the third round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS). Jwaneng, […]

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Rally Portugal: SS2: TÄNAK STOPS, PADDON LEADS

OTT TÄNAK’S HOPES OF REPEATING LAST MONTH’S STUNNING ARGENTINA VICTORY AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL WERE DASHED IN FRIDAY MORNING’S OPENING SPEED TEST WHEN HE STOPPED AFTER HITTING A ROCK. Tänak was 6.7km into the Viana do Castelo stage close to the Spanish border when he pulled his Toyota Yaris to the roadside. In-car footage […]

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Citroen “doesn’t want” part-time Loeb programme for 2019

Sebastien Loeb’s World Rally Championship comeback looks highly unlikely to continue into 2019 because Citroen team principal Pierre Budar is reluctant to allow the nine-time champion to compete part-time again. Loeb contested the Mexico and Corsica events earlier this year as part of a three-round WRC programme that will conclude in Spain in October. Despite […]

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SS1: TÄNAK CLAIMS OPENING SPOILS

OTT TÄNAK CHARGED TO FASTEST TIME IN THURSDAY NIGHT’S OPENING VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL SPEED TEST AT LOUSADA RALLYCROSS CIRCUIT. In front of 30,000 fans basking in evening sunshine, he defeated Andreas Mikkelsen in their head-to-head heat around the mixed surface track to dethrone long-time leader Teemu Suninen from the top of the leaderboard. Tänak’s […]

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Riyadh Confirmed as Season Five Opener

Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will begin in Riyadh in December after a ten-year deal to host an E-Prix in the Saudi Arabian capital was announced on Thursday. The second-generation Formula E cars will race for the first time in the Ad Diriyah district, marking the first international single-seater race to be […]

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WRC GREETS RALLY TURKEY

WRC PROMOTER’S OLIVER CIESLA WELCOMED RALLY TURKEY BACK TO THE WRC CALENDAR ON SATURDAY WHEN THE NEW-LOOK FIXTURE WAS LAUNCHED IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUTH AND SPORTS MINISTER DR OSMAN AŞKIN BAK.   Managing director Ciesla joined Bak and Turkish Automobile Sports Federation officials, including President Serkan Yazici, in Istanbul to announce details about the […]

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LOEB ON SECOND WORLD RX VICTORY: “I DIDN’T EXPECT IT, SO IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING”

LOEB ON SECOND WORLD RX VICTORY: “I DIDN’T EXPECT IT, SO IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING”  Sébastien Loeb was delighted to secure his second FIA World Rallycross Championship victory as he topped an action-packed weekend of action at Mettet in Belgium. The Team Peugeot Total driver showed strong pace throughout the weekend, taking second in Q1, fourth in Q2, tenth in […]

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WRC hiatus has Hayden Paddon pumped for Portugal

It’s been three long months out of the World Rally Championship (WRC) but Hayden Paddon is still pushing for a podium finish in Portugal.The Kiwi rally ace will be back behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 Coupe for just the second time – under race conditions – in 2018 when he contests Rally de […]

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Meeke aims for podium at Portugal in bid to get season back on track

It has been a bumpy World Championship season so far for Kris Meeke, the Dungannon driver up one rally and down the next.He has shown stunning speed in the Citroën team’s updated C3 WRC, but errors have proved damaging, leaving him sixth in the standing and 57 points behind the leader, five-time champion Sebastien Ogier, […]

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LATVALA TOPS WARM-UP

JARI-MATTI LATVALA EDGED SÉBASTIEN OGIER AND THIERRY NEUVILLE TO WIN THURSDAY MORNING’S SUN-KISSED SHAKEDOWN AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL. The Toyota Gazoo driver was fastest by 0.3sec through the 4.60km Baltar speed test in a Yaris World Rally Car. Ogier, driving a Ford Fiesta, and the Hyundai i20-mounted Neuville tied in second. Conditions were dry […]

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A BATTLE ROYALE

Nobody will probably be prepared to predict a winner for the Clicnet National Rally that will be held at Clicnet at the Sun Carousel. It is either going to be the luck of the draw or the fall of the dice that will decide the final outcome. Winning the rally could have an influence on […]

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OGIER LOOKS TO BREAK ALÉN’S RECORD IN PORTUGAL

Five-time World Champion Sébastien Ogier starts as the slight favourite to eclipse Finnish legend Markku Alén’s record of five Portuguese victories and strengthen his grip on the lead of the Drivers’ Championship when the 52nd Vodafone Rally of Portugal fires into life with a spectacular super special stage at the Lousada rallycross circuit on Thursday […]

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TÄNAK TARGETS DOUBLE TOP

OTT TÄNAK IS THE MAN TO FEAR AT VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL (17 – 20 MAY) FOLLOWING HIS STUNNING VICTORY IN ARGENTINA LAST MONTH. Tänak dominated in south America in a way nobody has previously managed in new-era World Rally Cars, establishing himself at the forefront of the challengers to defending WRC champion Sébastien Ogier. […]

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WRC – RALLY DE PORTUGAL – PREVIEW

The FIA World Rally Championship contenders return to Europe for the second of four consecutive gravel rallies, the hugely popular Rally de Portugal Rally de Portugal (17-20 May) marks the start of four European summer events on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar and is the second of four consecutive gravel rallies. Based in Porto, […]

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HORNER HAILS RED BULL’S CHARGE TO ITS 150TH PODIUM AT SPANISH GRAND PRIX

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner praised a “solid performance” from his team following the Spanish Grand Prix, in which driver Max Verstappen secured the team’s 150th podium. Verstappen’s third place gave Red Bull their 150th podium in their 250th race, and was the young Dutchman’s first podium finish of the season. Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo‘s fifth place helped the Milton […]

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Amittrajit Ghosh To Become First Indian To Participate In European Rally Championship 2018

Amittrajit Ghosh and co-driver Ashwin Naik will be participating in Round 3 of the European Rally Championship, scheduled in Greece in June 2018. Indian National Rally Champion (INRC) Amittrajit Ghosh will become the first Indian to compete in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). The Team RRPM driver will be participating in Round 3 of […]

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Bolivia withdraws from the Dakar

Bolivia will not host the Dakar Rally in 2019 amid ongoing disagreements with organisers ASO over the race course, government officials announced Tuesday. Bolivia has hosted stages of the race every year since 2014, which was “highly beneficial both financially and for the global promotion of Bolivia as a tourist destination”, according to the local minister for culture […]

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PORSCHE, IMSA DRIVERS FINISH ON TOP AT 24 HOURS OF NURBURGRING

Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber made it two wins in two weeks for Porsche Even before the prestigious 24 Hours of Nurburgring got underway last Saturday in Germany, Porsche had cause for celebration. On Friday, the manufacturer introduced the next-generation Porsche 911 GT3 R. This car will make its competition debut in the 2019 Rolex 24 […]

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Confident Hailie Deegan making return to NASCAR Next program

  A year ago, when Hailie Deegan found herself a NASCAR Next rookie, she handled the media with ease, but as a 15-year-old on the threshold of a stock car racing career, the off-road “Dirt Princess” was admittedly shy. Today, the shyness is extinct, and at 16, Deegan ventures into her second year in the […]

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BACK-TO-BACK RACE WINNER DE VILLIERS TAKES EARLY PRODUCTION VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Reigning South African champion and Dakar Rally legend Giniel de Villiers and the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team are old hands when it comes to topping championship tables. With that in mind it is no surprise to see de Villiers and the Toyota squad in familiar roles. De Villiers has scored back to back wins […]

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103 STARTS LATER COETZEE LABUSCAGNE LEADS SPECIAL VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP

After a record 103 starts in the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) Coetzee Labuscagne has reached a milestone by leading the Special Vehicle overall and Class A championships. The former Blue Bulls scrum-half and his daughter, Sandra Labuscagne-Jonck, have scored two third place podium finishes in the 4×4 Mega World ARB Porter in the […]

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THE ASTON MARTIN DB11 AMR IS YOUR GRAND TOURING SUPERCAR

With 630 hp from its V12 and a top speed of 208 mph, Aston’s special DB11 is ready for high-speed cruising  Aston Martin is adding some of its race-proven prowess to its flagship grand tourer, the DB11. Dubbed the Aston Martin DB11 AMR, this hotter version makes more horsepower from its V12 mill than the standard DB11. […]

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Chile not to be among hosts for 2019 Dakar Rally

 Chile will not be among the hosts in the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally due to a policy of fiscal austerity, although the country hopes to return to the motorsports competition in 2020, Chilean Sports Minister Pauline Kantor has said.   “We are facing a delicate financial situation, which is why we are implementing […]

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Kevin Harvick survives crazy final laps to win KC Masterpiece 400

 Hot Kevin Harvick got a little bit hotter Saturday night in the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway, surviving a crazy final 30 laps and getting past defending race and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champ Martin Truex Jr. with a lap and a half left to record his fifth victory of the season and his […]

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EXTREME ENTERTAINMENT

Clear weather, that clouded a little through a crisp Pretoria autumn’s afternoon, set the backdrop for a most entertaining afternoon of national championship Extreme Festival racing at the Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday. In a meeting set apart by record lap times, Michael Stephen and Daniel Rowe shared GTC wins and Bradley Liebenberg and Keagan Masters […]

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JULIAN IMPRESSES AT INDY

Cape Town driver Julian van der Watt enjoyed a fruitful maiden weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend as he scored a seventh and an 8th over the two heats of the second round of the USF2000 Powered by Mazda championship at the Brickyard’s Grand Prix circuit. Van der Watt moved up to […]

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Volkswagen Motorsport delivers another top-drawer performance

Volkswagen Motorsport delivered another exceptional performance at round three of the Sasol GTC Championship held at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria. Daniel Rowe raced his Volkswagen Motorsport Jetta GTC to a convincing lights-to-flag win from pole position in the second GTC race while Keagan Masters excelled yet again in his Volkswagen Advanced Driving Golf GTi, taking […]

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NEW ENGEN POLO CUP PACE-SETTER EMERGES AT ZWARTKOPS RACEWAY

  Drama, a new winner, a new lap record and spectacular racing typified rounds five and six of this year’s Engen Polo Cup Championship at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday, May 12. Since the series participants had spent two days testing at Zwartkops prior to the start of the season, everybody was wise […]

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Rolls-Royce Reveals the $325,000 Cullinan, Its Rowdy, Regal SUV

Rolls-Royce took the wraps off its first SUV in London today, revealing to the world a $325,000 machine it promises will be as robust off the road as it is regal on it.That’s a lot to ask, given the stout new Cullinan clocks in at over 5,800 pounds, 400 more than both Bentley’s Bentayga and […]

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Red Bull drivers expecting team intervention in future

Red Bull said Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were equally to blame for their high-speed collision in Azerbaijan. After an extensive debrief, the drivers will still be free to race – however, they both expect the team to step in if a Baku repeat is on the cards… Ricciardo and Verstappen went to Red Bull’s […]

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2019 AFRICA ECO RACE JOIN US FROM DECEMBER 30TH 2018 TO JANUARY 13TH 2019

  After the smiles and the champagne on last January 14th on the shores of Lac Rose, all the participants agreed: “Can’t wait for the next edition! “. The AFRICA ECO RACE team got straight to work in order to prepare the 2019 edition. At the program, a course with as little liaisons as possible, […]