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  • Hamlin edges Truex Jr. in closest ever Daytona 500 finish: the motorsport roundup

    Stand by for manic oval racing, serious paint-swapping and pit crew jumping over walls like they're in the army, because NASCAR is back in earnest. That's right, folks. One of the world's premier motorsports series returns to its spiritual homes, -- Daytona Beach. In other news, the Formula 1 circus returns too, although only preseason testing form. And as always, we're also covering other news and views across the motorsport spectrum. NASCAR Xfinity Series: Chase Elliott wins tasty Daytona opener Daytona 500 polesitter, Chase Elliott, took a well-calculated and gutsy win from last year's Daytona 500 winner outright -- Joey Logano --...

  • Lexus LC500h shoves hybrid soul into LFA-inspired shell

    Lexus isn't a newcomer to the hybrid scene, having previously experimented with electric and combustion drive systems in almost all of its lines. Now, it's its latest Porsche 911-killing LC series getting the treatment ahead of Geneva Motor Show. The LC series is the spiritual successor to the company's manic LFA, which was possibly the best looking computer on wheels ever made. Lexus hopes to continue this with the LC500h, only this time, the coupe packs a hybrid powertrain unlike the pure V8 monster LC500 (pictured above). The Multi Stage Hybrid System, as Toyota and Lexus call it, is the former's...

  • Chase Elliott takes Daytona 500 pole in #24 car: the motorsport roundup

    World motorsport is still dawdling along, with only a few series underway at present. But in just a few short weeks, we'll hear the roar of Formula 1, MotoGP and LMP1 cars very soon. In the meantime, we take a look at the first real action on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar, we recap the events of the second round of the WRC in Sweden, and finally, a bit more mundane news with the launch of Honda's new MotoGP bike. So strap yourselves in and hit that launch control button: it's the motorsport roundup. NASCAR Sprint Cup: Chase Elliott captures Daytona 500...

  • Is this the best 24 Hours of Daytona finish ever?: the motorsport roundup

    We might've missed last weekend's motorsport action, but this weekend will definitely make up for it. MotoGP is back in session (if you consider testing important), the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was also run this weekend, with drivers from across America and the rest of the world running at the famous tri-oval. And finally, we roundup the news and results from one of motorsport's most famous events, the first round of the WRC Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo. MotoGP: Loris Baz has ridiculous shunt at 290km/h It's bad crashing on a bike at any speed, but at 290km/h? Just ask Loris Baz. The...

  • 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....

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