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Motorsport: Ogier holds on to win in Monte Carlo

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:57:18 +1200

Four-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has started off the new season by winning the Monte Carlo Rally for a fourth time.The 32-year-old Frenchman got his M-Sport Ford career off to a perfect start although he did benefit...

Media Files:|caption=Sebastien Ogier celebrates victory in the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally. Photo / Red Bull Media

Motorsport: Willard Martin looks at Paddon's incident

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:41:46 +1200

Long time Clerk of the Course for Rally New Zealand Willard Martin looks at the accident that killed a spectator at Rally Monte Carlo which involved Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon.

Media Files:|caption=Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville during the Monte Carlo Rally. Photo / Red Bull Media

Motorsport: Ross bounces back at Teretonga

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:11:21 +1200

Cambridge driver Nick Ross has bounced back to claim three podium finishes and to finish second overall at the fourth round of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship held at Teretonga near Invercargill over the weekend.The result comes...

Media Files:|caption=Nick Ross and his Total Lubricants Nissan Altima in action at Teretonga over the weekend. Photo / Supplied

Motorsport: Bargwanna survives wet to take round win

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:06:20 +1200

In atrocious track conditions, Jason Bargwanna has come out on top, taking the round win in the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Teretonga this weekend.Turning on an epic battle and providing the best racing of the season, Bargwanna...

Media Files:|caption=Jason Bargwanna leads Simon Evans at Teretonga. Photo / Supplied

Motorsport: Stunning debut for Toyota

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:00:44 +1200

Jari-Matti Latvala equaled his best ever Monte Carlo result when he took second place on Sunday night and handed Toyota a podium finish in their comeback event.Out of the World Rally Championship for 17 years the Japanese manufacturer...

Media Files:|caption=Jari-Matti Latvala scored an impressive second place at Monte Carlo. Photo / Red Bull Media

Motorsport: Bathurst focus of next year's Festival of Motor Racing

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:41:03 +1200

This weekend's NZ Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs belonged to Ken Smith but next year the Waikato circuit will celebrate all things Bathurst. Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn is excited about bringing the cars and stars from...

Media Files:|caption=Team NZ boss Grant Dalton is looking forward to next year. Photo / Lance Hastie

Motorsport: Verschoor takes control of TRS

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:32:53 +1200

Giles Motorsport's Richard Verschoor, a series rookie, has continued his charge in the 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series after another consistent point-scoring day at Teretonga Park in Invercargill that ended with a race win.The...

Media Files:|caption=Richard Verschoor enjoyed a strong weekend at Teretonga. Photo / Matthew Hansen

Motorsport: Yardley dominates Toyota 86 weekend

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:38:07 +1200

Two race wins for CareVets driver Ryan Yardley - and one for his team-mate Jack Milligan - have handed the team a clean sweep at the fourth round of the Toyota 86 ChampionshipThe weekend began well for championship leader Yardley,...

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Motorsport: Ogier takes control after Neuville crash

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:12:09 +1200

Thierry Neuville's crash on the final stage of the penultimate day of Rally Monte Carlo has handed Sebastien Ogier control of the event.Neuville had led from the outset of the rally and had opened up a lead of over a minute in his...

Media Files:|caption=M-Sport Ford's Sebastien Ogier inherited the lead late on day 3 of Rally Monte Carlo. Photo / Red Bull Media

Motorsport: Speed rules as new formula excites fans

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:30:00 +1200

Formula One is constantly changing - but this season the changes are more stark than usual.The first major regulation changes since 2014 have introduced an air of unpredictability to the 2017 pre-season preparations, and centre...

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Red Bull racer takes first win​, Leitch on the podium

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:18:36 +1200

Australasian talent has dominated the first day of Castrol Toyota Racing Series competition at Teretonga in Invercargill, on a day where controversy clouded the race results.The first race of the weekend was won by Australian Thomas...

Media Files:|caption=Toyota Racing Series cars at the start of Saturday's race at Teretonga. Photo / Matthew Hansen

Motorsport: Evans claims first win at Teretonga

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:25:38 +1200

Simon Evans has won the opening race of the weekend at round four of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Teretonga this afternoon.Evans started the race from pole, with just 0.069 of a second in qualifying separating Evans, Nick...

Media Files:|caption=Simon Evans in his Smeg Holden leads the pack at Teretonga this afternoon. Photo / Supplied

Motorsport: Yardley completes dominant day in Toyota 86

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:28:46 +1200

A fastest lap and a race win brings Toyota Finance 86 Championship leader Ryan Yardley closer to his goal at Teretonga near Invercargill today.Christchurch-based Ryan Yardley is locked in battle with Albany's Reid Harker, Te Puke...

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Motorsport: King Kenny reigns at Hampton Downs

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:36:54 +1200

Four wins out of five races in three different cars - not a bad afternoon's work for Ken Smith, the guest of honour at this weekend's NZ Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs.This year's festival celebrates the career of Smith...

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Motorsport: Neuville pulls clear at Monte Carlo

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:47:54 +1200

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville holds a 45.1 second lead over four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier after day 2 of the Monte Carlo Rally.Neuville, the teammate of Kiwi Hayden Paddon, dominated the day and will take some serious...

Media Files:|caption=Thierry Neuville holds the lead of the Monte Carlo Rally after day 2. Photo / Red Bull Media

Motorsport: Hometown hero fastest in practice

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:43:15 +1200

Hometown hero Brendon Leitch was the fastest driver in official practice at Teretonga Park today for the second round of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series which takes place this weekend.The top ten drivers are covered by just six...

Media Files:|caption=Brandon Leitch during Friday practice at Teretonga. Photo / Matthew Hansen

Dale Budge: Crash likely to leave Hayden Paddon an emotional wreck

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:52:20 +1200

The start to the 2017 World Rally Championship yesterday was heralded as the first glimpse at a bright future for the sport but the tragic accident involving Kiwi Hayden Paddon has changed all of that.Instead of talking about the...

Media Files:|caption=New Zealand rallying ace Hayden Paddon. Photo / Simon Chapman.

Hayden Paddon: 'We are in shock with what has happened - I'm sorry for the family'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:46:08 +1200

Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon has urged people not to speculate about his Monte Carlo rally accident, which resulted in the death of a spectator.Paddon posted to Twitter immediately following the crash, saying he was caught out...

Media Files:|caption=Still from video of the Hayden Paddon crash during the WRC Monte Carlo rally 19 January 2017. Photo / Youtube.

Motorsport: Al Unser starter for Leadfoot race

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +1200

A legend of American sport will visit New Zealand next month.Al Unser jnr was born into American racing royalty and established himself as one of the greatest IndyCar drivers of all-time during a career that lasted through the 1980s,...

Media Files:|caption=Two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser jnr. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Tough initiation for Toyota team

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:34:23 +1200

Coming back to the World Rally Championship from a 17-year absence Toyota got a tough initiation on the opening day of Rally Monte Carlo.The treacherous near-freezing conditions saw Kiwi Hayden Paddon slid off the road towards the...

Media Files:|caption=Toyota's Jari-Matti Latvala in action at the Monte Carlo Rally Shakedown. Photo / Getty Images