Romantic assignment for Lewis as start of F1 looms

LONDON, England – Formula 1 World champion team Mercedes has promised a Valentine’s Day (February 14, for you non-romantics) debut for Lewis Hamilton’s race car. We hope he loves it… The team has also revealed that the first of two official pre-season tests will start in Spain (Barcelona) on February 19 ahead of the traditionally…

Miami GP layout to change to appease local opposition

MIAMI, Florida – Formula 1 and Miami Grand Prix organisers of the 2021 event have changed the proposed layout and race schedule thanks to objections from local people worried about noise and air pollution. A media release said the modifications followed months of discussion with residents, elected officials, faith leaders, local businesses, and scientific experts….

Dakar hero Alonso now heading for Indy racing?

LONDON, England – Ex-Formula 1 pilot and more recently a driver for the successful South African Toyota Gazoo team in the 2020 ‘Dakar’, Fernando Alonso, is now available to drive for any team in the Indianapolis 500 after ending his relationship with McLaren. The team is reported as confirming that the double World F1 champion’s…

Sainz wins 2020 Dakar for X-raid, four SA cars in top 10

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Carlos Sainz has secured his third Dakar Rally victory from the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time, with Toyota Gazoo’s SA reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah second. Al-Attiyah’s Toyota Gazoo SA squad-mates Giniel de Villiers and Bernhard ten Brinke made it four Hiluxes in the…

Killarney racing: Passion for Speed opens 2020 season

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The Passion for Speed race meeting on Saturday February 8 2020 will be the first event of the year at the Killarney International Raceway, starting the season with historic and modern racing. Headlining the programme will Pre-1966/68 Sport and GT Sport cars from the golden age of endurance racing bearing…

Hamilton warns ‘I’ll be a machine’ for 2020 season

LONDON, England – Multi-times Formula1 champion Lewis Hamilton has warned his track rivals that he plans to be better than ever as he chases a record-equalling, seventh, Formula 1 championship during the 2020 racing season. READ THE full feature here.  

One stage left! Can Toyota’s Al-Attiyah haul back 10min?

2nd on Stage 11 for Al-Attiyah/Baumel 4th on Stage 11 for Ten Brinke/Colsoul 6th on Stage 11 for De Villiers/Haro Alonso/Coma fight back after roll HARADH, Saudi Arabia – The second part of the tough Dakar Rally Marathon Stage saw crews race from the small overnight bivouac at Shubaytah back to the main camp near…

Alonso, Coma on a roll as Dakar marathon takes its toll

3rd on Stage 10 for De Villiers / Haro 6th on Stage 10 for Ten Brinke / Colsoul Al Attiyah / Baumel lose time to leaders Alonso / Coma roll HARADH, Saudi Arabia – Stage 10 of the 2020 Dakar Rally brought mixed results for the South African Toyota Gazoo team with Giniel de Villiers…

Verstappen with Red Bull for next four years

LONDON, England – Red Bull F1 driver Max Verstappen will stay with Red Bull until the end of the 2023 racing season – seen as vote of confidence for a Formula 1 title and a Honda partnership. The announcement on Tuesday (Jan 14, 2020) means two of the top three teams now have long-term young…

Ford rally cars: Here’s what you’ll see through 2020

DAGENHAM, England – Ford’s M-Sport World Rally Team Team’s EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC cars will be adorned with a striking new eye-catching design for the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. Yep, that’s it above… Graphic esigner Phil Dixon drew his inspiration from print designs of the early-to-mid 1990s, a colour scheme that uses a mostly…

Dakar Day 5: SA Gazoo team holds fast in lists

  HA’IL, SAUDI ARABIA – Stage 5 of the 2020 Dakar Rally saw the four South African Toyota Gazoo Racing crews maintain their overall positions.: Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel were again fastest of the foursome, setting the second-fastest time on the stage but losing 2min56 to stage winner  Carlos Sainz (Mini). They remain in…

‘Solid’ day for Gazooers on Day 3 of desert dashing

NEOM, Saudi Arabia – Wednesday was a day of consolidation for South Africa’s Toyota Gazoo Gazoo Racing’s Nasser al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel who posted the second-fastest time of the day behind Stage 3 winner Carlos Sainz and his Mini by 3min 31. However, the South African team’s performance was tempered by a penalty…