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Racing

  • Watch: All the spins, crashes from 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours

    It's no understatement to say that the 2016 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours produced one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen in motorsport. The race weekend played host to more than just a heartbreaking finish though, as fans saw a few spins, hard shunts and general offs as well. Fortunately, YouTuber 'crambno29 R' did the legwork and produced a compilation of some of the best crashes, spins and hair-raising moments. Highlights include a prototype on fire (2:10), some wet weather anarchy that includes the safety car drifting (3:40), a nasty sideways impact with the tyre barrier (4:30) and a GT...

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • Here’s how to follow 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 online

    It's one of the most gruelling and prestigious races of the year with spades of history behind its name and years of technology development bolting around its tarmac. It's the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and this year, Porsche, Toyota and Audi will once again battle it out for top honours. If you can't catch the race on television, don't worry, there are other ways to keep abreast of the action. Note: the race starts at 3pm SAST on Saturday 18 June 2016, and ends at 3pm SAST on 19 June 2016. Twitter Your best bet is following the official Le Mans 24...

  • A look back at other European GP venues

    This weekend's European Grand Prix marks the sixth location for the European Grand Prix, as the circus heads to Baku in Azerbaijan. Could it hold a candle to other European GP venues though? We'll have to wait and see, but for now, we take a look back at some of the earlier venues. Brands Hatch One of the most beloved circuits in motorsport, the Kent-based track played host to both British and European Grands Prix. The venue only played host to two European GPs, in 1983 and 1985, being won by Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell respectively. The latter running saw Mansell winning in the face of adversity,...

  • There’s a reason why they call it the Wall of Champions…

    The Formula 1 calendar shifts into eighth gear as the championship holds four races in just six weeks, starting with this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve combines numerous chicanes, two hairpins and a lengthy straight, making for one of the more challenging tracks on the calendar. Unarguably the most infamous feature is the final chicane, featuring a wall that has been dubbed the Wall of the Champions, no doubt due to the fact that numerous champions, would-be champions and rookies have clouted it over the years. The wall received its name after a rather eventful 1999 race, which saw Michael...

  • Watch the weekend’s major motorsport crashes here

    It was a big weekend for motorsport, as Formula 1 hosted the Monaco Grand Prix and the IndyCar Series held the 100th running of the Indy 500. Only care for the crashes and mishaps? Well, we've got you covered you filthy casual, so check out some of the bigger shunts below. Sage Karam's bad luck at Indy continues. The pitlane at Indy is always a chaotic part of the track, oddly enough... Verstappen's Monaco weekend began with a qualifying crash... And ended with a lock-up and crash in the race. Jolyon Palmer was another victim at Monaco. SA's own Sisa Ngebulana caused this massive Formula 3 crash. The...

  • Joy and (some) confusion: Twitter reacts to Alexander Rossi’s Indy 500 win

    Winning the Indy 500 is a milestone achievement for any racing driver, being part of the Triple Crown of motorsport. Winning the 100th running of the event though? That's a surefire way to go down in the history books, as Alexander Rossi did, competing in his first Indy 500. The American, who previously raced in F1 for Manor and Caterham and is currently Manor's test driver, managed to coast across the line in sensational fashion. While rival racers opted for a splash and dash pit stop several laps from the end, Rossi managed to save fuel by coasting at every opportunity. His motorsport...

  • Unforgiving Monaco: F1’s crown jewel

    Easily the most unforgiving Formula 1 circuit of the year, Monaco presents a stiff challenge for drivers thanks to its slippery surface and tight, narrow corners. Unlike modern F1 circuits, there are no runoff areas here either, as the track is lined with Armco barriers, leading to many an early retirement. But to win here is to truly stamp your name in the sport's history books, joining the likes of Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps as a true test of driver and machine. A step above the rest Speaking of history books, Ayrton Senna holds the record for most victories around the Principality, having won the race an impressive...

  • Indy 500: A look at the craziest crashes in recent history

    "Oh, it's just cars going around in circles." This tends to be the refrain when the Indy 500 is mentioned, but these racers are all travelling at the very edge of their limits, at speeds in excess of 360 kilometres per hour. Sometimes, drivers overstep their limits though, and the results can be rather spectacular. We look at some of the craziest shunts in Indy 500's recent history. Castroneves and Mann's heavy wrecks in 2015 practice Quick medical assistance saved James Hinchcliffe in last year's practice Ed Carpenter flips his car in last year's qualifying Will Power and Mike Conway had a scary crash at...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins third Moto3 race in a row

    Brad Binder's Moto3 season just keeps getting better and better, as the South African won his third race in a row this weekend. Binder's latest victory came at the sweeping Mugello circuit in Italy, following a seesaw battle between the top group of riders. The race routinely saw riders go from outside the podium to first and vice-versa over the course of a lap, the long main straight delivering ideal conditions for slipstreaming and late braking. The South African ultimately clinched the win by 0.03 seconds from Italy's own Fabio di Giannantonio. In fact, the top five were separated by a mere 0.07...

  • Verstappen wins as Mercedes teammates tangle: the motorsport roundup

    An understatement would be suggesting that this weekend's motorsport action was crazy. Because it was much, much more than that. Formula 1 opened its European leg of the season in Barcelona, The Blancpain GT Series resumed at Silverstone, and NASCAR returned to Dover for its May race. Beyond that, the IndyCar Series also ran its pre-500 road race at Indianapolis, and we have some GP2 action from Spain as well. Formula 1: Max Verstappen benefits from Mercedes' in-fighting Take nothing away from the 18-year-old Dutchman who won an astonishing Spanish GP this weekend in his first race for Red Bull, but this probably...

  • Max makes history, but who are the other youngest F1 winners?

    At the tender age of 18 (and 228 days), Max Verstappen made history on Sunday by becoming the youngest Grand Prix winner. The race was also the teenager's first for Red Bull Racing, having swapped seats with Daniil Kvyat last week. Of course, the Red Bull is one of the better cars on the grid and the two Mercedes cars took each other out, but the win cannot be discounted. It's unlikely that Verstappen's record will be broken, owing to new FIA regulations regarding age, but who were the other young F1 winners? Sebastian Vettel The previous record-holder, Vettel was 21 years and...

  • At least Daniil Kvyat isn’t one of these rejected Red Bull drivers

    It must come as a bitter blow for Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat to hear that he would be swapping race seats with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. The news broke just a few days after a disastrous Russian GP for Kvyat, that saw him collide with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel twice on the first lap. Of course, no-one remembers that the Russian scored a podium in the previous race... Still, things could be worse than a return to Toro Rosso for Kvyat. He could be one of these former drivers that were unceremoniously ejected from a Red Bull-backed...

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