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All posts by Andy Walker: staff reporter

  • 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...

  • Harvick turns his luck around, qualifies for Chase: the motorsport roundup

    This weekend saw some of the lesser-watched motorsports series take centre stage including the legendary Petit Le Mans event in the USC series. The FIA World RallyCross Championship headed over to Turkey while the NASCAR Sprint Cup circus took to Dover. But before we get onto that, there was a very muddy event in Corsica we'll highlight. So without any more ado, here are the best moment of this weekend's motorsport action. 1. WRC: Latvala hits wet Tour of Corsica hard, wins spectacularly The teams were rather annoyed at the terrible Corsican weather this weekend, but that didn't stop Latvala from taking victory...

  • Hamilton outwits Rosberg to take Japanese GP win: the motorsport roundup

    It was a spicy weekend of action for all those involved in the world's premier motorsport series, from MotoGP in Spain to DTM at the legendary Nurburgring. But all eyes were to the East, to see if that Ferrari Singapore win was a fluke. New Hampshire played host to the second round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and there was more than just disappointment for a few drivers. Finally, we have a gander at some news that could affect motorsport as a whole, and not just a few series' future. So, without further ado, here are some of the...

  • Hamlin, Vettel, Rea and Solberg celebrate wins: the motorsport roundup

    What a weekend of motorsport action it has been, from Singapore to Chicago. Firstly, we begin at Formula 1's night race, the Singapore GP. There's a possible change of the guard and new developments in Red Bull's quest for an engine supplier. It was also the first race in The Chase for the Sprint Cup too for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, and already we're seeing upsets. With the TCR Series joining the Formula 1 paddock this weekend, we take a look at how motorsport's youngest series is holding up, and an equally young Championship in the RallyCross World Championship's latest round...

  • Marquez wins manic Misano GP: the motorsport roundup

    This weekend saw a plethora of motorsport action from all disciplines. In a way, it's fitting that it got everything out of the way before the Rugby World Cup. And if the latter is anything as exciting as some of the action we've seen this weekend, we're in for quite a tournament. We cover MotoGP, WRC, DTM, the V8 Supercars series and a few more we think you'll know very well. Without any further ado, here are the moments you might've missed in this weekend's motorsport roundup. 1. MotoGP: Marquez wins changeable San Marino GP as Lorenzo tumbles This weekend's premier event. When the...

  • Hamilton escapes penalty in Italian triumph: the motorsport roundup

    Formula 1 could easily be called Formula Penalty right about now. We saw over 150 penalties handed out in Italy this weekend, thanks to idiotic technical rules. Nevertheless, the circus rolled on to Monza for the Italian GP. In other formulae, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, RallyX rolled on to France and we spill the beans on some more Formula 1 news. So without much ado, here are the moments and news you might've missed this weekend. 1. Formula 1: Hamilton slays field in Italy, scores second career grand slam Pole position, fastest lap, every lap led and race won: Hamilton has only...

  • Scott Dixon crowned IndyCar Champion: the motorsport roundup

    Fewer things are crueler than losing a World Championship on a tie breaker, but that's what happens occasionally in motorsport (and tennis). Think back to 2008, when Felipe Massa should've won the Formula 1 World Championship, only to be denied by Lewis Hamilton on the final corner of the final lap of the season. It was easily one of the most dramatic ends to any motorsport series season ever, and well, fits in perfectly this this weekend's IndyCar race at Sonoma. If single seaters aren't your thing, perhaps a rainy Silverstone on MotoGP machines will get your blood pumping. We have...

  • Justin Wilson dies following Pocono shunt: the motorsport roundup [Update]

    Update: Just Wilson died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following injuries sustained in a race at Pocono, Pennsylvania. "With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23," the Wilson family stated on the former Formula 1 drivers' website. "Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers. "The family would like to thank...

  • Lamborghini’s limited edition Aventador ‘Superveloce’ will make you weep

    Lamborghini never quite enjoyed doing subtle. It never has done it well either. In the past, its toned-down cars were rubbish, slow and unreliable, but some of its most memorable works were bonkers. That's thankfully continuing. Just before the annual Pebble Beach soiree (or the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance if you want to be prim and proper) at The Quail Motorsports Gathering in California, Lamborghini announced a truly beautiful open-top supercar with quite a bit of a name: Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. It's long, sure, but it's quite significant. It's the first car in the company's history to not boast...

  • Kyle Busch’s luck runs out, Kenseth wins: the weekend motorsport roundup

    We're heading into the backend of the season now with practically all motorsport series. And yes, let's call it crunch time. With Formula 1 taking a summer break, and Formula E taking its annual break, it's up to the rest of the Championships to make up for it. NASCAR Sprint Cup didn't disappoint this weekend, with Pocono playing host to the Windows 10 400. In middle America, the legendary Mid-Ohio circuit entertained the IndyCar Series. The WRC visited much colder climes in Scandinavia while we saw torrential rain in Austria. And finally, we visit sunny Australia, for the next round of the...

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