Flying Gazoo Hilux clocked by a rock and out of lead

ERFOUD, Morocco – Stage 4 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco was always going to be a tough one. With a race distance of 409km, shortened to 311km due to a technical problem with the organiser’s helicopter, the stage was one with hair on its chest. In the end it claimed the scalps of Toyota…

Fiat Chrysler on track to boost Cheetah Centre charity

MIDRAND, South Africa – Corporate teams will attempt to match the speed of a cheetah when they race each other at the 11th annual Charity Cheetah Karting Day at Zwartkops Karting track on Sunday October 13, 2019. Fiat Chrysler SA has let their most talented team members loose for the day in aid of the…

More dunes done: Toyota SA holds Morocco lead

ERFOUD, Morocco – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel blitzed Stage 2 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco to increase their overall lead in the event to 17min 09. Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro, in an identical Toyota Hilux, moved up to second place in the overall standings on…

Another Asian tiger set to get claws into F1 circus

SINGAPORE – Vietnam Grand Prix organisers have been reported as saying they’re confident their race will join Singapore in lighting up the Formula 1 calendar for years to come after it debuts in 2020. Not all F1 fans, The Corner believes, are big fans of the cramped city-centre Singapore track, given its propensity for crashes…

Hyundai sparks entry for Electric Touring Cars at Frankfurt

FRANKFURT, German – Hyundai Motorsport revealed its Veloster N Electric Touring Car racer at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show based on the road-going Veloster N. The car has been designed specifically for the new Electric Touring Car Racing championship which will debut in 2020 and, the automaker says, ”heralds an exciting era for Hyundai Motorsport…

Simola Hillclimb goes to generic titling – and greater future

THE 2020 Simola Hillclimb will have a new title and is spreading its advertising sponsorship to include five ”top tier” automakers instead of just one main sponsor. The 11th such event is scheduled for Knysna over May 7-10 next year. This change in strategy, The Corner was told, will see the festival, bring on board…

Race aces Alonso and Coma fast learning skills for Dakar

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Marc Coma, five-times Paris-Dakar Rally motorcycle winner and six-times FIM Cross-Country Rallies World champion, has teamed up with former F1 driver Fernando Alonso as his navigator with the Toyota Gazoo race team and is undergoing intensive off-rad training. Coma, now 42, is an experienced rally-raid campaigner. His first Paris-Dakar (2002) was when…

Hall of Fame place for SA’s Mr Perana – Basil Green

PRETORIA, South Africa – The man behind the South African Perana-brand fast Fords of the 1960’s and ’70’s,  the now 82-year-old Basil Green, has been honoured for his automotive achievements with induction into the South African Hall of Fame. The hall tells the stories of extraordinary SA achievers while recognising their outstanding service and overall…

Hamilton says pole-position farce ‘a dangerous trend’

MONZA, Italy – Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton suggested on Saturday it might take a crash before the sport did anything to prevent qualifying turning into a farce at high-speed circuits such as Monza. The fastest track on the calendar produced one of the slowest ever final shootouts for pole position ahead of Sunday’s Italian…

Albon swops places with Gasly at Red Bull F1 team

LONDON, England – Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon will replace Pierre Gasly as Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team mate for the 2019 Belgian F1 GP on September 1 and stay there least until the end of the 2019 season. Gasly, in turn, will take British-born Thai driver Albon’s seat at the sister team from which the…

Hyundai Motorsport set to switch-on electric racing

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Hyundai Motorsport is assembling its first battery-powered racing car designed and built at Hyundai Motorsport’s HQ in Germany. The Corner doesn’t yet have an image but it will come when the cars are unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show on September 10. The move to electric extends Hyundai Motorsport’s racing…

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…