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Motorsport: Bargwanna axed from driver standards role

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:25:00 +1200

Supercars driver standards boss Jason Bargwanna has been axed ahead of the 2017 season.The former Bathurst winner has held the role of Driving Standards Observer/Investigating Officer since the start of the 2014 season but Supercars...

Media Files:|caption=Jamie Whincup leads Scott McLaughlin at the Sydney 500. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: New Volkswagen to make 2017 start line?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:16:29 +1200

The new generation Volkswagen world rally car might yet contest the 2017 championship.The German manufacturer shocked rallying when it announced an abrupt exit of the sport at the end of 2016 leaving drivers Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti...

Media Files:|caption=Sebastien Ogier during WRC Australia. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Massive talent - Why Giz has wings

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:30:00 +1200

Red Bull Racing boss Roland Dane knew newly-crowned Supercars champ Shane van Gisbergen would be a star from the time he debuted in the series as a teenager back in 2007.The Giz, 27, completed his maiden Supercars championship on...

Media Files:|caption=Shane van Gisbergen with his Supercars championship trophy. Photo / Edge Photographics

Motorsport: Catch my drift - Mad Mike sets up festival fun for all

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:30:00 +1200

The biggest drifting event in New Zealand's history will be at Hampton Downs in February with Mad Mike's Summer Bash attracting the biggest names in the sport.Red Bull Formula Drift star Mad Mike Whiddett has selected the top 16...

Media Files:|caption= Mad Mike Whiddett with his RADBUL Mazda MX5. Photo / Red Bull Media

Motorsport: American banking on Kiwi help to stay on track

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:30:00 +1200

American speedway star Brad Loyet is hoping to benefit from a second piece of Kiwi hospitality ahead of Saturday night's international sprintcar series at Vodafone Springs Speedway in Auckland.The American professional ran into...

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Motorsport: Scott flies around the world to get to Taupo

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:43:00 +1200

Te Puke's Michael Scott is flying halfway around the world in one day as he races to front up for the second round of the 2016-2017 Toyota 86 Championship.Scott, who turned 22 last Friday, has been at the Laguna Seca circuit in...

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Motorsport: Latvala signs on with Toyota

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:03:28 +1200

Jari-Matti Latvala will drive for the new Toyota World Rally Team in 2017 after agreeing to terms this week.The Finn, who spent the past four years with Volkswagen, will be join countryman Juho Hanninen as a fulltime driver in 2017...

Media Files:|caption=Jari Matti Latvala during the WRC Great Britain. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Outstanding Kiwi racer Kenny Smith to be honoured at big event

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:30:00 +1200

Veteran Kiwi racer Kenny Smith's legendary career will be celebrated at the New Zealand Festival of Motorsport at Hampton Downs next month.Smith, 74, is still one of the fastest drivers around in the Formula 5000 class that will...

Media Files:|caption=Ken Smith's career will be celebrated. Photo / Michael Craig

Motorsport: Competitiveness not gender behind SVG's departure

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:08:55 +1200

Betty Kilmenko has fired a shot at newly crowned Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen claiming he is sexist but the truth is much more easily explained.The Erebus Motorsport owner has fired up at the New Zealander after he recently...

Media Files:|caption=Shane Van Gisbergen celebrates after winning the Supercars Drivers Championship. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Field chasing Evans at round two

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:20:12 +1200

Round two of the BNT NZ Touring Cars gets underway at Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park this weekend, December 10-11, and the field will be chasing championship leader Simon Evans.Evans and his Smeg Racing Holden claimed the...

Media Files:|caption=Simon Evans leads the field at round 1 at Pukekohe. Photo / Matthew Hansen

Motorsport: Motors not music driving Blackstock

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:23:25 +1200

Shelby Blackstock has taken a different route to stardom than his famous mother, Reba McEntire - legendary country music singer, songwriter, actress and record producer.He has instead chosen to follow a motor racing dream that has...

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Motorsport: Big night for Kiwis at Supercars awards night

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:38:54 +1200

Kiwis have dominated the annual Supercar awards night in Sydney.Newly crowned champion Shane van Gisbergen has received the drivers' driver award while Volvo's Scott McLaughlin has won the Barry Sheene medal for best and fairest...

Media Files:|caption=Shane Van Gisbergen celebrates after winning the Supercars Drivers Championship. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Radio Sport Driven Hour Mon Dec 5

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:34:04 +1200

Motorsport commentator Bob McMurray joins Radio Sport host D'Arcy Waldegrave in studio to chat over the weekend's motorsport action. This week the guys look at Shane van Gisbergen's maiden Supercars title and speak to respected journalist...

Media Files:|caption=Shane Van Gisbergen crosses the finish line to win the Supercars Drivers Championship. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Allard in victory lane at Western Springs Speedway

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:34:44 +1200

Californian-Kiwi Jonathan Allard dominated the opening round of the Porter Hire International Sprintcar Series at Vodafone Speedway - Western Springs on Saturday night.Competing in his first race of the season, having missed the...

Media Files:|caption=Jonathan Allard passing Brad Loyet at Western Springs. Photo / Shot360

Newspapers claim Lewis Hamilton made Nico Rosberg retire from Formula 1

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:27:17 +1200

The intense pressure of Lewis Hamilton forced Nico Rosberg into his shock retirement, according to the British papers.Rosberg dropped the sensational bombshell that he was quitting Formula 1 less than a week after winning his first...

Media Files:|caption=Lewis Hamilton, right, congratulates Nico Rosberg after Rosberg became world champion. Photo / AP

Motorsport: van Gisbergen always had the raw speed, says Jim Richards

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +1200

The last New Zealander to win an Australian V8 title was Jim Richards in 1991. Many have come close since, including Greg Murphy, who finished second twice. This year's champion, Shane van Gisbergen, was also second in 2014 and has...

Media Files:|caption=Shane Van Gisbergen wins the 2016 Supercars Championship. Photo / Edge Photographs

Motorsport: Our Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen keeps it family affair

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +1200

Redemption isn't quite the right word to use when celebrating Shane van Gisbergen's Supercars title.Sure, there was a bump in the road back in 2013 when he changed teams, but so much water has gone under that particular bridge,...

Media Files:|caption=Teary Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen after winning the Australian Supercars championship at Homebush, Sydney.

Motorsport: SVG celebrates title with burnout and final race win

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:49:14 +1200

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has celebrated securing the Supercars championship in style by winning the final race of the season on the streets of Sydney today.Having sewn up a maiden title yesterday van Gisbergen was free of dealing...

Media Files:|caption=Shane van Gisbergen celebrates winning the Supercars title. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Tander grabs pole ahead of SVG for finale

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:29:27 +1200

Supercars champion-elect Shane van Gisbergen will start the final race of the season from second on the grid after Holden driver Garth Tander recorded an emotional pole position in his final race with his team.Van Gisbergen secured...

Media Files:|caption=Shane Van Gisbergen during qualifying for the Sydney 500. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: SVG celebrates title win with family

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:28:17 +1200

Supercars driver Shane Van Gisbergen yesterday became the first New Zealander in more than two decades to win an Australian V8 championship. The Giz has been the most consistent driver all season so had earned his point's lead heading...

Media Files:|caption=Shane Van Gisbergen is congratulated by his father. Photo / Getty Images