Hungary: Going to be a good one… Max, Valtteri, Lewis

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen scored his first Formula 1 pole position ahead of the 2019 Hungarian GP on Saturday with championship leader Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes. Between them will be Mercedes’ Finn Valtteri Bottas, 41 points behind Hamilton after 11 of 21 races. It would have been a record-equalling seventh pole…

Tale of the Stinger: How a Kia show beauty was created

Stiffer and lighter to create a track-day monster Tuning creates a huge increase in power output Stinger GT420 had its debut at Silverstone on July 24 2019 LONDON, England – Most off-the-cuff remarks, or pie-in-the-sky ideas, are dismissed as soon as they’re suggested but, so long as you’ve the time and budget, things can be…

Hamilton on top for German GP – black day for Ferrari

HOCKENHEIM, Germany – Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton has put Mercedes on pole position for the brand’s 200th race, the German GP while Ferrari took a pasting from engine problems. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will share the front row while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will start third but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start stone last…

Vettel’s private demons will chase him at Hockenheim

HOCKENHEIM, Germany – Sebastian Vettel will battle not only other drivers but also some personal demons during his home German Formula  GP at Hockenheim this weekend. After all, the 2018 race was where it all began to go wrong for the four-times World Drivers’ champion… he was within reach of an easy win in front…

Coming soon! Return of the Kyalami 9 Hour after 37 years

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Kyalami 9 Hour, last raced in South Africa 37 years ago, is to return  during the 2019 racing season to join the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, California 8-Hour, Total 24-Hour of Spa and Suzuka 10-Hour on 2019’s Pirelli Intercontinental GT Challenge  schedule. This event will be raced at Kyalami over November 21-23 and, besides…

Hip-hip, Gazoo! SA-built Hilux takes all 10 stages of Silk Way

First on Stage 10 for Al Attiyah/Baumel Fourth victory in 2019 for Al Attiyah/Baumel First driver to win Dakar and Silk Way in same year JIAYUGUAN, CHINA – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel brought their South African-built Toyota Hilux home in first place on Stage 10 of the 2019…

Extreme E announces ABT Sportsline entry – an electric success

LONDON, England – Extreme E in the UK has announced that ABT Sportsline, a world market leader for tuned VW Group automobiles and title-winning Formula E outfit, will compete in the radical electric SUV off-road racing series. The German tuning company has enjoyed multiple championship successes across disciplines at the very highest level of motorsport…

SA Toyota Hilux crew dominating Mongolia rally

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel have taken first place from Stage 4 of the 10-stage event in their SA-assembled Hilux bakkie – their fourth stage win – which put them 27 minutes ahead of the pack. The route was a loop of 470km, starting and finishing near…

Racing author Mills takes chairman’s seat at WP Motor Club

CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Western Province Motor Club has said farewell to its long-serving chairman Denis Joubert and welcomed Dr Greg Mills as his successor. Mills races historic single-seaters and GT endurance machines and, according to a media release from the club, is also an international security and development analyst and author. He’s also…

Ferrari at last: Vettel takes pole for Canadian F1 GP

MONTREAL, Canada – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the start of the 2019 Canadian F1 GP for the second time in as many years despite Mercedes Lewis Hamilton topping the times for most of the session. Vettel won pole in Canada in 2018  and his start slot will perhaps give his team…

Hamilton honours his hero with Monaco pole for Mercedes

MONACO – Lewis Hamilton, Reuters reports, celebrated an emotional pole position for Mercedes ahead of the 2019 Monaco F1 GP with team-mate Valtteri Bottas rear-gunning for him in second. Ferrari, the agency said, got its maths wrong… The record-extending 85th pole for the Briton’s, his second this year, was overshadowed by the death earlier in…

Slippin’ ‘n slidin’ – it’s the hot favourite for track-day training

Track days losing out to drift training UK racetracks smoking supercar lessons SIx-year-olds even playing passengers LONDON, England – Drifting, the ”art” of controlling a car thats spinning in circles, is now said to be the fastest-growing track-driving experience in the UK. Computer games such as Forza Motorsport and ‘Fast and the Furious‘ movies are…