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  • Nelson Piquet Jr. wins first Formula E title: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It's certainly a little strange to announce that a series has come to an end in the middle of the year, but the maiden Formula E season had its final race weekend around Battersea Park, London this weekend. As for the other series? Well, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circus traded the oval track for the twisty, undulating Sonoma road course, the IndyCar Series did the opposite, making the Autoclub Speedway its home for the weekend. The DTM series had its flagship event at the Norisring this weekend too, with BMW finally stepping up to the plate, while the WTCC Championship is...

  • Rosberg closes Championship gap with Austrian win: the weekend motorsport roundup

    This weekend we see the return of Formula 1 to Europe, with the now massively popular Austrian GP. A few kilometres south, the World Superbikes were running around the tarmac ribbon of Misano, with all riders hellbent on beating current Championship leader Jonathan Rea. We also have a look at one of the more preculiar crashes we've ever seen and take in the sights and sounds of the German leg of the FIA World RallyCross Championship. So without any more ado, here are the moments you might've missed. 1. Formula 1: Rosberg out-races Hamilton (for a change) Hamilton was the pole sitter but...

  • Porsche ends Audi’s Le Mans reign: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It's a special weekend on the motorsport calendar. One of the world's most prestigious races took place in France this weekend, and while many probably didn't watch the entire 24-hours, but it's definitely worth taking a few minutes to glance through the highlights. And highlights is exactly what we have. Of course, 24 Hours of Le Mans wasn't the only event running rings around the planet this weekend. The NASCAR Sprint Cup circus had its 15th race of the season at a drenched but always swift Michigan International Speedway. Across the Atlantic, the weather in Barcelona was the complete opposite, and...

  • Hamilton, Rosberg in a class of their own: the weekend motorsport roundup

    With just a week to go before the big race at Le Mans, the motorsport world is counting down with bated breath. Will it be Audi, Porsche, Toyota or Nissan taking top honours? Well, before we get into that, the small matter of the Canadian GP rolled around Montreal this weekend, with Mercedes looking to right any wrongs it might've had two weeks ago in the Principality. Formula E screeched on to the roads around St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow, which looked pretty damn spectactular. And of course, there was action from the States as well, as the NASCAR Sprint...

  • Oh Canada: 3 memorable Montreal races from the F1 archives

    Circuit Giles Villeneuve is one amazing track. Although it's a temporary street circuit set in the heart of Montreal's Olympic basin, it's home to a flowing ribbon of tarmac that has seen its fair share of drama. It has hosted motorsport series from NASCAR to the now defunct Champ Car, to IndyCar, and is currently the home of Formula 1's Canadian GP. It might be one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, and it might not exactly be the most technically challenging, it's high-speed, heavy-braking nature has always provided the world with great racing. This weekend, we'll see the post-Monaco...

  • Jorge Lorenzo’s in the form of his life: the weekend motorsport roundup

    This weekend's motorsport action, although contending with the lull after Monaco and Indy, was anything but stale. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series rolled on to the Monster Mile at Dover, and was a brilliantly contested race. A few thousand kilometres east at Mugello, Italy, the MotoGP circus rolled on to the home of Ducati and Valentino Rossi (one would assume based on the 100 000 fans present at the circuit. This weekend was also important as the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans entrants took to Circuit de la Sarthe to rehearse what is their most important event...

  • Rosberg gifted Monaco GP win: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It was a manic weekend of motorsport with all disciplines -- from the gravel monkeys to enviro geeks, to the glamourous and legendary -- in action. It was Monaco and Indy weekend in Europe and the States, and both races didn't disappoint. The WRC commenced this weekend around the dust and gravel of the Portuguese back roads, while the Formula E circus took to Berlin for a mid-season electric bash around Germany's capital. But, without any more ado, here are the motorsport moments you might've missed this weekend. 1. Formula 1: Mercedes ruins Lewis Hamilton's race, gifts victory to Rosberg In one of...

  • Jorge Lorenzo is lord of Le Mans: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It's that time again. You know, the week. Unfortunately, the motorsport action of this weekend has come and gone, but it provided us with lots of heartstopping moments, and excellent comebacks. Perhaps the most astounding of these comes from the MotoGP paddock that found itself racing the famed tarmac of Le Mans this weekend. Across the pond, the NASCAR All-Star Race took place at Charlotte while the IndyCar Series enjoyed the practice weekend before one of the most important events in motorsport -- the Indianapolis 500. So, without any more ado, these are the news stories and moments you might've missed this...

  • Volkswagen flaunts new 600bhp W12 engine in Vienna

    Volkswagen has unveiled a slew of new engines at the annual Vienna Motor Symposium, but perhaps the most interesting model was the compact 6.0-litre W12 TSI that will be used in premium models. The W12 isn't a traditional format for a powerplant, but Volkswagen has stuck with the layout which is essentially two V6 engines mated together in a "W" format (if you wanted a brash explanation). It will boast twin turbochargers, and will combine direct and multi-point injection methods. Staying with these fuel-saving measures, the W12 will also boast a cylinder-cut off system to ensure that non-essential cylinders are shut...

  • Rosberg finally outshines Hamilton: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It was a bumper motorsport weekend and in more ways than one. We've seen some big accidents in some of the races this weekend, and all had a bearing on the race outcome. The IndyCar Series continued its tour of American road courses with the GP of Indianapolis, while the Formula E circus rolled on to a smaller Monaco circuit. The World Superbikes were in action at Imola, the scene of many a great motorcycle race in the past, and after a three week break Formula 1 resumed in Spain. So, without any further ado, here are some of the moments...

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr ends Talladega wait: the weekend motorsport roundup

    Waiting for the Formula 1 season to officially kick off (that is, in Europe anyway)? Well fear not, because we are too. While Barcelona is yet another week away, there are other motorsport series that have found their feet (or wheels?) in 2015, with the likes of the German Touring Car Masters (or DTM) and the WEC kicking off their respective competitions recently. With that said, we also cover NASCAR at one of its famed tracks -- Talladega -- and we visit Laguna Seca for the United SportsCar Series round at the undulating track. So, without any more ado, here are the...

  • Is Mercedes planning an AMG GT-inspired Audi TT rival?

    If rumours are to be believed, Mercedes is planning to enter the swanky hairdryers' car market, competing against the likes of Audi's TT. Autocar suggests that the company, inspired by its recent AMG GT, will boast a 2+2 seating configuration and a "practical liftback" roof. Sounds brilliant, doesn't it? Allegedly, Stuttgart's stylists will reach into the AMG GT's styling cabinet, pulling out some sleek and racy body panels. There are also rumours of power figures tipping 400 bhp, which should keep occupants (and their hairstyles) very happy. What's even more interesting is this vehicle's proposed placement in Mercedes' current pecking order. "As well...

  • Cape Town Grand Prix: how likely is Formula 1’s return to Africa?

    Africa is currently the only continent (other than Antarctica) without a Formula 1 GP. South Africa previously hosted an event in the Sixties, Eighties and late Nineties at East London's Aldo Scribante and Johannesburg's Kyalami circuits. The latter is regularly visited by other series, and the World Superbike Championship currently calls Phakisa Freeway in Welkom home. But F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton's dad, Anthony, are working hard to get South Africa back on the F1 map. Recent talk has been about a street circuit around Cape Town's affluent waterfront suburbs, which does sound thrilling, but it is really a...

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