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Daily Archives: April 4th, 2014

Italia Portugal14aAfter a tricky start to SS2, the opening stage of Day One proper, Max Rendina had a strong morning overall at Rally de Portugal in his Ralliart Italy-run Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. A few teething troubles with pace notes on the alien Portuguese roads cost Rendina the lead of the WRC 2 Group N Cup on SS2, but he retook control on SS3, before winning four of day’s six stages. Even a 10 second penalty for late check-in before SS4 and a puncture on SS5 couldn’t stop him as he extended his midday lead of 26.5 seconds to 1 minute 38 seconds by the end of Day One. Read More »

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Anticipation in the motor rallying world is building ahead of round two of the MSA British Rally Championship, the Jim Clark Rally at the end of May, with would-be spectators and competitors wondering what perils and challenges lie ahead.

The organisers have completed their route selection and reconnaissance and once approved, the route will broadly follow last year’s highly successful format, with the BRC’s Jim Clark Rally running over Friday and Saturday 30/31st May.

There will be eight stages on Friday evening, including the ever popular double run through the streets of Duns, the increase releasing time on Saturday to include a new(ish) stage which will also be run twice. Read More »

– After an intense preparation programme, Citroën Racing will begin its maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship campaign in Morocco, with the C-Elysée WTCC making its racing debut
– Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and José-Maria López will all be in action for Citroën at the opening round
– World Champion Muller comes with a wealth of WTCC experience, but Marrakech will be a first for Loeb and LópezCitroen Elysee WTCC Read More »

Exxon McLaren■ 2014 race teams seeking maximum power and efficiency from reduced fuel loads
■ Unique fuels package precision-engineered by ExxonMobil for McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 in same laboratory as EssoTM road fuels
■ Bahrain race livery to feature Esso logo in recognition of long standing fuels technology partnership Read More »

• Le Mans winners and GT World Champions in 24-hour race
• Five Audi customer teams compete with eight Audi R8 LMS ultra cars
• Qualification race on April 5 and 6 to be held for the first time

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JD Classics Goodwood14a■ JD Classics successfully fields four race cars at the memorable 72nd Goodwood Members Meeting
■ JD Classics takes a convincing victory in Goodwood’s first Gerry Marshall Trophy tin top race in its 1980 Rover SD1

Classic car specialist JD Classics strongly supported Goodwood’s first new motor sport event of the 21st Century – the 72nd Members Meeting – last weekend with four diverse race car entries. Read More »

Bentley ready to race• Final preparations complete for the Continental GT3’s debut season
• Drivers, cars and team all ready for opening race at Monza, Italy
• Continental GT3’s promising performance attracts new sponsor

With a week to go until the start of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, Team M-Sport Bentley is ready to take on the competition with the new Continental GT3. After months of development work, peaking with a satisfying 4th placed finished in the car’s test race at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi last December, together with the announcement of six Bentley Boys, the team is confident of strong performance from the outset. Read More »

– Positive balance after four-day DTM tests in Hungary
– Youngster Nico Müller (22) fastest and busiest
– Dieter Gass, Head of DTM: “Positive and productive test”

The new Audi RS 5 DTM made a strong impression during the first official pre-season DTM tests. Five of the eight possible fastest lap times at the Hungaroring, Hungary went to the Audi drivers who spooled off a total of 7,154 test kilometres (1,633 laps).

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