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  • South Africans shine in Dakar Rally 2016, Peterhansel dominates: the motorsport roundup

    Another weekend has passed by in 2016 and another spate of news from the world of motorsport we've ought to cover. This weekend saw the Dubai 24 Hours, and the aftermath of another riveting Dakar Rally across the Argentinian and Bolivian wilderness. So, without further ado, here's your motorsport news roundup. 1. Dakar Rally: Staphane Peterhansel claims 12th Dakar win, de Villiers finishes third It was a long, arduous and attritional rally raid with any one of the top three Peugeot drivers in the running for the overall win. While Sebastien Loeb hit the road running, Peterhansel often returning blows and Carlos...

  • BMW M3, M4 Competition package brings more power, race day bling

    If you feel that the BMW M3 (or M4) is a bit sluggish off the line, the Munich-based manufacturer has an answer. The company today announced that it will offer customers a new Competition package for the power and style hungry owners of its performance coupe and four-door saloon. The package is available for the M3, M4 and M4 cabrio variant, and boosts power output to around 331kW for all models. Beyond the power increase, the cars' chassis also see upgrades, including a new Active Suspension package "which has been extensively tuned to the enhanced performance and handling, and which features new...

  • Loeb rolls out of Dakar contention: the motorsport roundup

    The year is getting off to a sluggish start, and that's especially true for all those Dakar contenders who were stuck in some pretty severe mud on stage one. Since the rain shortened stage two, we've been treated to an absolute offroad spectacle from the French, Spanish, Qatari and South African challengers. We also have some Formula 1 news, and have a look at Channel 4's new F1 lineup to boot. 1. Dakar Rally: Sebastien Loeb makes first, but massive mistake in Dakar's eighth stage It's been a great Dakar. Actually, chances are that it's the best one we've seen in South...

  • Haas F1’s proposed livery is absolutely gorgeous: the motorsport roundup

    It's quiet for now on racetracks across the world, but that doesn't mean there isn't any news to report. We cover some of the more interesting topics from the world of Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP and the World Endurance Championship circuits. 1. Formula 1: have a look at Haas F1's possible livery, and try not to gawk There are a few contemporary liveries that send a few chills down the spine, but new American team Haas's entry to the 2016 field is undoubtedly one of the prettiest. Spotted in a mock up, it seems that the team will be going for a...

  • Renault to complete Lotus F1 purchase: the motorsport roundup

    As the year slowly winds down, so the roar of engines around some of the world's greatest tracks start to fade. That's mainly because Formula E is still going strong in the midst of its second season. We have a look at some of the latest electric news from that side of the fence. On the petroleum lovers' front, there's tons of Formula 1 news, offbeat action and confirmed deals to mention, so have a look at the motorsport roundup in full below. 1. Formula E: Tempelhof out of the question, Norisring comes into play After receiving a formal "no can do"...

  • Rosberg beats Hamilton again in Abu Dhabi: the motorsport roundup

    The motorsports year is slowly winding down, with the FIA World RallyCross Championship and Formula 1 hosting its last events of the season this weekend, but that doesn't mean the news grinds to a halt. From the world of Formula 1, DTM and the World Endurance Championship, we have your news fix. 1. Formula 1: Rosberg outshines Hamilton once again, but it's all a little too late Rosberg has seriously pummeled Hamilton at the end of the season, taking his third win on the trot. It was the German's most convincing victory as well, with Hamilton applying constant pressure, but to no...

  • Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead: the motorsport roundup

    It was another weekend for favourites, for undecided Championships and racing down to the wire. From Miami to Sakhir, the NASCAR and World Endurance Championship series were not yet decided, going into their respective final rounds of the season. Across the pond, or perhaps on the other side of the planet, the festivities in Macau also got off to an interesting and rather scruffy start. And although the WTCC circus wasn't visiting the iconic circuit this time around, the TCR series duly filled in. Finally, we have a look at the now traditional season-ending Race of Champions event, taking place in London...

  • Jorge Lorenzo wins Valencia GP, MotoGP Championship: the motorsport roundup

    The MotoGP Championship drew to a thrilling close this weekend in Valencia, with teammates hustling for the top brass. Of course, that sounds simple on paper. but it never really is ever on the race track. Speaking of simple, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase format is supposed to be just that. You win. You pass. Simple. But it's barely ever that cut and dry. Finally, we round up some news from the world of Formula 1 and Formula E. 1. MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins riveting Valencia GP after flawless ride There are few times in MotoGP history where a Championship trailer overturns a...

  • Kenseth wrecks Logano as Rosberg holds off Hamilton: the motorsport roundup

    It was perhaps a weekend of paybacks, at least in Formula 1 and NASCAR, and that's putting it lightly. With the Eliminator Round heading to Martinsville and the Mexican GP taking place at the revised Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, sparks were set to fly. Here's how it all went down. 1. Formula 1: Rosberg finally outwits Hamilton at Mexican GP Finally, finally finally. Rosberg took pole and converted it into a win around the Mexico City track, giving him his first victory since June. It seems the revised track is incredibly difficult to pass on, which means that Rosberg could happily keep his teammate behind....

  • Hamilton wins Championship, Rossi almost loses it: the motorsport roundup

    It's amazing what a little water can do. Formula 1 has been panned this season for being a dreary Mercedes-only series that was all but over at the first race in Melbourne. But thanks to Hurricane Patricia, the weather in Austin made this year's US GP an absolute classic. Not to focus solely on Formula 1, MotoGP hosted its penultimate round of the season at Sepang, and to say that that was underwhelming would be calling a Michael Bay movie subtle. And it really did feel like a movie script, but we'll get into this later. For now, have a look...

  • Ken Block’s new toy is a glorious 1978 Ford Escort [video]

    The Ford Escort is a powerful name in motorsport folklore after it set the hearts and minds of working class petrolheads ablaze in the late seventies, while capturing the imagination of World Rally Championship fans in the same era. Today, the car received yet another hat tip, this time from Ken Block. Hoonigan Industries today announced that his new Gymkhana ride will be a 1978 Mk2 Ford Escort, which could be his most entertaining ride to date. It's his first with rear-wheel only drive (others sporting easier-to-handle all-wheel drive) and boasts around 333bhp on tap from a 2.5-litre four cylinder engine that...

  • Marc Marquez reignites the MotoGP Championship race: the motorsport roundup

    Well it wasn't a blockbuster motorsport weekend, unless you're extremely into your motorcycles (and not Jeremy Clarkson.) Some riders were calling the Australian GP this weekend one of the greatest MotoGP races of the modern era. Of course, we could probably say that about the Qatar World Superbikes event as well, especially if you're a Kawasaki fan. Moreover, we take a look at the latest round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which has practically everyone in the stock car fraternity hooks. 1. MotoGP: Marquez blitzes Lorenzo to win at Philip Island Incredibly, Marc Marquez has taken his 50th victory in...

  • Mercedes wins Formula 1 Constructors’ title in Russia: the motorsport roundup

    It was an action packed weekend in motorsport, with the world's biggest series all in action. So, without much ado, we get into the action from the second ever Russian Formula 1 GP held in Sochi. 1. Formula 1: Rosberg does everything right, car fails him once again You must feel for Nico Rosberg, even if you are a Hamilton fan. He was undoubtedly the faster driver all weekend, blitzing his team mate off the start line too to take the lead, but within the first ten laps, Rosberg reported that his throttle pedal was damaged. Of all the issues that...

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