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Racing

  • Watch: all the major crashes, mishaps from 2016 F1 season

    Let's be honest: nothing will top Fernando Alonso's dramatic crash at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Still, there were plenty of thrills and spills throughout the 2016 F1 season. From the Mercedes drivers colliding in Spain to the white-knuckle smashes in the Brazilian Grand Prix, there was no shortage of smashes this season. Fortunately, YouTuber hutterjoel has stepped up and delivered a lovely compilation of crashes and mishaps. Check it out below.

  • David Perel: interview with SA’s Blancpain GT racer

    When it comes to the SA racing scene, there are a few prominent drivers making a name for themselves overseas. One of the standout racers in this regard is David Perel, having finished second in the 2015 Italian GT series and competing in the Blancpain GT Series Am Division. We interviewed Perel via email, covering local obstacles to racing, Forza versus Gran Turismo and much more. Hadlee Simons (HS): What challenges are there for aspiring and budding racers from an SA perspective? David Perel (DP): Primarily it's a case of finding the necessary budget to go racing. When you are a rookie you...

  • Volkswagen Motorsport enjoy a victorious season

    The Sasol GTC Africa season ended with Volkswagen Motorsport taking three podium positions. David Rowe took the GTC Production season while Mandla Mdakane took third place in the VW Golf GTI. Mathew Hodges took third place overall for the year. "It is an excellent achievement after a tough year of competition. The team put in lots of effort behind the scenes to get the cars competitive for this new category, learning all about them -- and the optimal setup -- as they progressed," said the head of Volkswagen Motorsport, Mike Rowe, in a press release to Motorburn. "A championship title and two additional...

  • Nico Rosberg retires: but who to replace him?

    Late Friday saw the F1 world shattered when newly crowned world champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement, effective immediately. The German driver's exit means that three veterans of the motorsport have hung up their overalls, in the form of Rosberg, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa. However, the big question is who will replace Rosberg? This is especially notable, as most of the teams have already announced their 2017 driver pairings. That hasn't stopped drivers from enquiring about the vacant race seat anyway, with Toto Wolff telling F1 writer Tobi Grüner that the only drivers who haven't called are Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil...

  • F1: Nico Rosberg claims first world title

    Lewis Hamilton may have won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Nico Rosberg claimed the F1 world drivers championship by finishing second. The Brit maintained the lead for most of the race, save for a period where an out-of-sync Sebastian Vettel led the pack before peeling off into the pits. However, there was drama in the latter part of the race, as Hamilton slowed down in an attempt to push Rosberg into Vettel and Max Verstappen. If Rosberg was indeed overtaken by the two, he would've lost the championship. Fortunately, the German Mercedes driver managed to secure second place and the...

  • Volkswagen takes first place in SA’s GTC series

    Daniel Rowe and his Volkswagen team took first place at the Sasol GTC Series on 26 November 2016 at the Zwartkops Raceway. Rowe outdid himself by winning both GTC production races on the same day, claiming his first national title. "I'm very happy right now. My first national motorsport title and really grateful I could win this for Volkswagen. I think we've done it in style this year, winning just about every race and claiming most of the pole positions as well," said Rowe. "I put in a lot of effort, a lot of training, both physical and mental and watched the...

  • F1 title race: where Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton need to finish

    The last race of the Formula One season takes place this weekend, as the title fight goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi. Nico Rosberg is enjoying a 12 point lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, as opposed to previous seasons, where Hamilton enjoyed the healthy gap. The German driver won last year's race and finished ahead of Hamilton in 2013, while Hamilton has won in 2011 and in 2014. So where will Rosberg need to finish to clinch the title? Where will Hamilton need to finish to win a fourth title? The official F1 website has a brief but rather...

  • Watch highlights from the first African Formula E race

    It's a travesty that there's no Formula One race on the African continent, despite the series previously coming to several countries in the past. Fortunately, the all-electric Formula E series has bucked the trend, holding the first African race this past weekend. The race, held in Marrakesh, Morocco, was dominated by Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist in the early running. However, Sebastien Buemi was able to overtake in the closing stages of the race to take a back-to-back win in the series, having won the opener in Hong Kong. Otherwise, the race saw quite a few overtakes, but it wasn't quite as dramatic as...

  • F1: Felipe Massa gets emotional send-off at Brazil

    The Brazilian Grand Prix is a strong contender for the craziest F1 race of the year, featuring several red flags, aquaplaning cars and jaw-dropping overtakes. Lewis Hamilton won the race with relative ease and Max Verstappen's storming drive from 14th to 3rd in the late stages put the world on notice. But the best moment may have taken place off track after Massa crashed into retirement. The Brazilian, making his last F1 appearance in front of his home crowd, dejectedly waved to the crowd after crashing out in treacherous conditions. But as he walked back to the paddock, carrying the Brazilian...

  • WEC: Porsche takes the title in Shanghai

    It's been a crazy few weeks for the World Endurance Championship (WEC), as Audi announced that it would be pulling out of the series. However, the other VW-owned team, Porsche, provided a much-needed boost after winning the manufacturer's title over the weekend. The Six Hours of Shanghai race saw the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard take their fourth win of the season, claiming the manufacturer's title with a race to spare. The race was a dominant affair, as the number one Porsche led most of the running. The number six Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and...

  • Did Sebastian Vettel win radio message of the year?

    The Mexican Grand Prix wasn't the most exciting F1 race of the year, but the final laps saw a ton of drama and excitement courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bulls. A fast-charging Vettel was hounding Max Verstappen in the closing laps, while Daniel Ricciardo was catching up to the pair. Unfortunately for Verstappen, he outbraked himself at the first corner, cutting the turn in the process and still emerging ahead of Vettel. The German and his Ferrari team immediately protested the move to race director Charlie Whiting. However, Vettel was quickly coming under pressure from Ricciardo, who attempted to make...

  • Watch: over 30 minutes of 2016 IndyCar crashes, fails

    The 2016 IndyCar Series played host to a rather entertaining season, as Simon Pagenaud managed to ascend to the top of the throne. Of course, the season had more than its fair share of thrills and spills. Fortunately, YouTube channel Motorsport Crashes has compiled a mammoth 33-minute-long crash compilation, so clear your schedule and check this one out below. Notable IndyCar crashes include the multi-car pile-up at St Petersburg (15 secs), a series of snappy shunts at the Phoenix oval (1min20secs), several crazy Indy 500 smashes (8min50secs) and Josef Newgarden's terrifying crash at the Firestone 600 (17min53secs).

  • One man’s race to the Isle of Man TT

    In a daring attempt to overcome adversity, a short film titled aRm1 depicts the life of Chris Ganley and his attempt to shock the world's deadliest street race, the Isle of Man TT, with his custom Yamaha R1. The catch here is he only has one arm. "I'm going to push as hard as I can and try and make it to the full TT and actually go to the world's deadliest race," says Ganley in the short, directed and created by The Roos Brothers. After a horrific motorcycle accident that left him an amputee, Ganley's passion for riding took a knock...

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