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  • Watch: Kelvin van der Linde gambles to win Nurburgring 24-Hour

    It was a massive weekend for motorsport, with the Monaco Grand Prix, NASCAR's Coca Cola 600 and Indycar's Indy 500 being some of the more prominent events. However, the Nurburgring 24-Hour race also took place this past weekend, and South Africa's own Kelvin van der Linde took the chequered flag, as part of the Audi Sport Team Land squad. Van der Linde's teammates included Markus 'I led my only F1 race' Winkelhock, Christopher Mies and Connor de Phillippi. Kelvin van der Linde endured a super slow pit-stop, but it all paid off in the end Driving the number 29 Audi R8 LMS, van der...

  • Indy 500: how did Scott Dixon walk away from this? [Video]

    The 2017 Indy 500 was a rollercoaster affair, but this was almost literally the case for pole-sitter Scott Dixon. The Kiwi endured one of the most jaw-dropping crashes ever seen in motorsport this year, after fellow racer Jay Howard hit the wall and bounced back across the track. Dixon then flew over the top of Howard's car, landing almost upside-down on a wall before the car broke in half, rolled several times and came to a rest. Fortunately, both drivers were relatively unscathed in the incident -- a testament to the safety cell of the DW12 chassis. The view from second place finisher...

  • Indy 500: Sato pips Castroneves, Alonso’s Honda blows

    The 2017 Indy 500 was an extra special one for F1 fans, as McLaren's Fernando Alonso joined the field in a McLaren-Honda Andretti car. However, the Spaniard was left with the cruelest of fates in the closing stages of the race, as his Honda engine blew with 20 laps to go. He had been running inside the top ten at the time, having pulled off several passes. Alonso's debut at Indy made for a fantastic performance though, having swapped the lead with teammate Alexander Rossi and making some impressive moves throughout the course of the race. The McLaren driver's engine failure wasn't...

  • Alonso wouldn’t be first: these rookies won Indy 500

    Pole position for Scott Dixon means that he's in the prime starting spot for the Indy 500 on Sunday. However, it's not uncommon for lower-ranked qualifiers to win the race. But what about rookies winning the big one? Surely it's out of the question? Well, not so fast, as nine drivers have won the race at their first attempt. And with four rookies in the field this year (Jack Harvey, Fernando Alonso, Ed Jones and Zach Veach), we take a look at some of the more recent examples. Juan Pablo Montoya (2000) The Colombian may have won the 2015 Indy 500, but...

  • As Indy 500 approaches, a look at that insane Indy Lights finish

    The Indy 500 is just over a week away, and the race is infamous for having some jaw-dropping finishes over the years. There was obviously Alex Rossi's lift-and-coast to victory last year and Ryan Hunter-Reay just pipping Helio Castroneves to the line in 2014. But the 2013 Indy Lights race might be the most dramatic one yet. The IndyCar feeder series traditionally holds the Freedom 100 race at the track, taking place on the Friday before the Indy 500. And the 2013 running saw a four-wide finish, with the winner being ahead by a mere 0.0026 seconds. It marks one of...

  • GIF: Fernando Alonso kills two birds with one car during Indycar test

    Fernando Alonso stepped into his McLaren Honda Andretti for the first time yesterday, attracting scores of YouTube views for his first ever Indycar test. The double F1 champion stepped into the cockpit as part of his rookie orientation programme, running laps at increasingly faster speeds in order to pass the test. Alonso's performance was praised by 1978 F1 champion and Indycar icon Mario Andretti, who said his performance "couldn't be smoother". However, it wasn't quite without incident, as the Spaniard accidentally killed two birds during the test. Or rather, he didn't so much kill them as make them turn into a puff...

  • Fernando Alonso to race Indy 500, miss Monaco

    In what might be the biggest news in motorsport this year, McLaren has announced that Fernando Alonso will be racing in the Indy 500. The annual race, part of the IndyCar Series, will see the double world champion race in a car run by 2016 Indy 500 winner Andretti Autosport. It also marks the first time in 38 years that the McLaren name returns to the Indy 500, with the car being a McLaren-Honda-Andretti entry. The entry uses the same Dallara DW-12 chassis as other IndyCars, along with a twin turbo V6 Honda engine. Honda and Chevrolet are the only two engine suppliers...

  • McLaren to use 3D printer at F1 races

    3D printing has gone from being a crazy phenomenon to a regular part of life in many industries. Now, the McLaren-Honda F1 team has announced that it will be taking a 3D printer to all its races. In a cool touch, the company confirmed that it will be able to print a variety of parts at trackside, courtesy of 3D printing specialists Stratasys, allowing them to quickly and easily produce spares and all-new designs. Parts fabricated with the printer include hydraulic line brackets, radio cables, brake cooling ducts and rear wing flaps. "We are consistently modifying and improving our Formula 1 car...

  • Was it a fluke? F1 reactions to Vettel win

    Ferrari's testing pace left many to wonder whether the team could take on Mercedes this season. Now, with the first F1 race done and dusted, and with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel claiming victory, it's clear that the Scuderia is in good shape. Or was it just luck? Vettel managed to stay with pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton for the first stint, as the Mercedes driver eventually stopped first. Hamilton emerged from the pits behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, while Vettel stayed out for a few extra laps. This proved to be decisive as Hamilton lost time behind the Red Bull. Vettel eventually pulled in for...

  • Formula E to ditch mid-race car swaps next year

    The all-electric Formula E series has seen some solid growth since its inception, featuring notable drivers and big-name manufacturers. Now, the series has revealed more details about the 2018/2019 season (Season 5), starting with the entry list. We've got nine manufacturers for season five, in the form of Abt Formel E, BMW AG, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra Racing, NextEV NIO, Penske Autosport Renault and Venturi Automobiles. New batteries will also be used next season, with a very welcome side-effect as a result. "From Season 5, there will also be a new standard battery produced by McLaren Applied Technologies. With the new...

  • World Rallycross in SA: tickets on sale now

    Cape Town hasn't seen a world championship motorsport event in a while now, but last year saw news that Killarney would play host to a round of the FIA World Rallycross championship. Now, tickets for the event, taking place on 11-12 November 2017, have gone on sale via TicketPro, so what should you expect to pay? Well, adult tickets start at R400 for a general admission weekend pass. Kids (of all ages) and adults will need to pay R700 for a weekend pass with reserved seating and entry to the paddock. Otherwise, kids between the ages of 12 and 16 will need to pay R220...

  • Watch: crazy brawl after dramatic NASCAR finish

    Formula One might have drama both on and off the track but it says a lot when there are only a few bust-ups between drivers over the years. There was Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar, Eddie Irvine and Ayrton Senna and that confrontation between Schumacher and Coulthard. That pretty much pales in comparison to NASCAR, which sees punch-ups occur far more often, as was the case at this past weekend's Las Vegas race. The fight, between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, was sparked as a result of contact between the two at the last corner, sending Busch sliding into the pit road. Watch:...

  • It’s official: GP2 Series is now Formula 2

    GP2 is usually the final stepping stone for drivers hoping to get to Formula 1, being a support series for the top-flight of motorsport as well. That connection has waned a little in recent years, as drivers from Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5 and other categories find their way to F1. Now, after weeks of rumours, the FIA has announced that the GP2 Series will be renamed Formula 2, with a view to position it more closely to Formula 1. "Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing FIA Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The championship...

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