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Monthly Archives: January 2014

VW pre-Sweden14– Return to the scene of Volkswagen’s maiden WRC victory
– Ogier/Ingrassia start round two of the 2014 WRC as World Championship leaders
– Happy stomping ground for Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Markkula

Back at the scene of the emotional first triumph: Volkswagen lines up at the Rally Sweden brimming with confidence and fully motivated to continue its run of success. Read More »

McLaren Bathurst14The 12C GT3 will return to competitive track action next weekend at one of the most challenging events on the motorsport calendar, as 2013 Australian GT champions VIP Petfoods contest the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race. The track-focussed racer from McLaren will make its debut in the famous Australian endurance race, which takes place 7-9 February, among a grid of more than 40 cars.

Having clinched the 2013 Australian GT Championship title, the VIP Petfoods team has now confirmed that the Bathurst race marks the start of the first full-season attack in Australia with the 12C GT3, and the race is also the first time a 12C GT3 has competed in the famous 12 hour race. Read More »

– Hyundai Shell World Rally Team to tackle Rally Sweden next week with firm objective to complete the rally
– Finn Juho Hänninen will drive the second Hyundai i20 WRC (#8), partnering the team’s lead driver Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC #7)
– The team has prepared for Sweden with a five-day test in the Arctic Polar Circle in December and will take part in a pre-event test this weekend.Hyundai pre-Sweden14

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The Citroën Racing Trophy will once again feature in the MSA British Rally Championship in 2014, helping the front runners to keep their DS3s at maximum attack with a substantial prize fund.

€10,000 in prize vouchers will be available on each of the seven rallies (the Rally Isle of Man double header prize split between the two legs) and this year Citroën Racing has elected to incentivise the top five finishers using the state-of-the-art rally-winning machines.

The winner will still take a parts voucher worth €4000, with second taking €2250, third €1500, fourth €1250 and fifth place benefitting from €1000 in parts support – definitely not to be sniffed at. Read More »

F1 auction– Williams co-founder Patrick Head pays tribute to the pit-lane heroes
– Autographed F1 components under the RM Auctions hammer
– Paddock passes gifted by Bernie Ecclestone raise £10,000

Prestigious items of autographed, ‘money-can’t-buy’ Formula 1 memorabilia went under the hammer at last night’s Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House (29 January), raising £23,000 for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust. Read More »

– Festivities to mark 100 years of legendary Italian company
– Special on-track parade of racing and road models

This summer’s award-winning Silverstone Classic will host a glittering line-up of special races, displays and parades to celebrate the centenary of Maserati, one of the most historic and hallowed motoring marques in the world. Read More »

Hall of Fame14g– Alain Prost, James Hunt, John McGuinness and Ross Brawn the newest inductees
– Superstar quartet join 25 existing Hall of Fame members
– Racing legends hailed at star-studded Royal Opera House celebration

Racing legends Alain Prost, James Hunt, John McGuinness and Ross Brawn became the latest inductees to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, as the renowned British magazine kick-started its landmark 90th anniversary celebrations in style with a star-studded ceremony at London’s historic Royal Opera House (29 January). Read More »

Earlier today, Wednesday 29th January, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record breaking 350hp Sunbeam was fired up, the first time it has been heard in public in over 50 years. Following a complete mechanical rebuild by the National Motor Museum’s workshop team, the handle was swung, to bring the engine back to life – a sound which is described as being akin to the roar of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.

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The MSA British Rally Championship has some great news this season for competitors entering the cost-effective BRC3 category, competing alongside BRC1 and BRC2 on the full event and including reconnaissance of the stages.

The initiative follows on from previous years when the R1 class received a cheaper entry fee. Supported by the BRC, qualifying rallies have agreed to provide a financial incentive to those crews entering in BRC3 category cars. The incentives will depend on the event, but will either be via a discount on the normal entry fee or the provision of start money. Read More »

A new concept in rallying heads for Morocco for its inaugural event, the Marrakech Express, in March 2014.

Once in a while, a completely new concept arrives and 2CV Adventures is just one of those. Born out of a desire to bring the fun back into rallying, 2CV Adventures has 15 ‘ugly ducks’ prepared and ready for the all new Marrakech Express rally – 29 March to 9 April 2014.

Toby Kilner, a seasoned rally driver, rally mechanic and the man behind the idea, said: “It is the ultimate arrive and drive – You don’t have to ship your own car, bring the spares, insure it, or look after it – 2CV Adventures does all that for you.” Read More »