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Motorsport: Big opportunity for Kiwi co-driver

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:44:07 +1200

Kiwi rally co-driver Malcolm Read has been given a huge career boost by linking with leading driver Molly Taylor and Subaru Australia in the Australian Rally Championship.Read has agreed to partner the 2016 champion and one of the...

Media Files:|caption=Molly Taylor competes during Rally Australia in 2017. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: New look Toro Rosso F1 car unveiled

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:40:09 +1200

Toro Rosso has revealed the first image of their 2018 Honda-powered car that it will use in the 2018 Formula 1 season.Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley gave the STR13 its track debut at a wet Misano circuit overnight.A full reveal will...

Media Files:|caption=Brendon Hartley drives the 2018 Toro Rosso Formula 1 car. Photo / Toro Rosso Twitter

Motorsport: Supercars season set to soar

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:05:07 +1200

I was at the launch of the 2018 Supercars' drivers at Fox Studios in Sydney last week and the category do really know how to put on a show. The best thing for New Zealand is there are five full time drivers in the line up and all...

Media Files:|caption=Scott McLaughlin in action at the Supercars official test day in Sydney. Photo / Mark Horsburgh

Motorsport: Sherwood's trick quest hits the pits

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

Kiwi motocross star Levi Sherwood has spent the New Zealand summer putting the behind-the-scenes work into developing some new tricks that he will unveil in the coming months.The 26-year-old from Palmerston North shot to stardom...

Media Files:|caption=Levi Sherwood says a new trick can take years, from visualisation to execution. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: GP joker headlining MotoFest dinner

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:56:13 +1200

Those lucky enough to be attending the Alpinestars Gala Dinner at Hampton Downs on March 3 are in for a rollicking evening's entertainment.Steve 'Stavros' Parrish– one of the most colourful and entertaining grand prix motorcycle...

Media Files:|caption=Steve Parrish will headline the Gala Dinner at this year's MotoFest event. Photo / Supplied

Motorsport: Austin Dillon takes No. 3 back to victory lane at Daytona

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:59:18 +1200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt.Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet...

Motorsport: Hayden Paddon fifth at Rally Sweden

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:54:36 +1200

Hayden Paddon dropped off the pace on the final day of Rally Sweden to finish fifth in his opening race of the 2018 World Rally Championship season.The Kiwi driver lost 11 and a half seconds on the final stage to finish behind Finland's...

Media Files:|caption=Hayden Paddon of New Zealand drives his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC to place fifth on the last day of the Rally Sweden. Photo / AP

Motorsport: Hayden Paddon fourth at Rally Sweden

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:27:30 +1200

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon remains in the point-scoring frame at Rally Sweden after finishing the penultimate day in fourth place.His Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville holds a 22.7s lead over Citroen driver Craig Breen...

Media Files:|caption=Hayden Paddon in action during WRC Sweden. Photo / Getty Images

Drew Donovan wins Tauranga D1NZ showdown

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:27:52 +1200

Drew 'Doni D' Donovan has won the latest round of the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship — the first D1NZ win of his career.The Tauranga local won by virtue of defeating fellow local driver Cole Armstrong, in an extended...

Media Files:|caption=Drew Donovan leading an early battle with round-one winner Matty Hill. Photo / Matthew Hansen

Wild Camaro D1NZ drift car breaks cover

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:12:22 +1200

Another newly built drift car has joined the ranks of the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship. Dylan Woolhouse's Chevrolet Camaro drift car been revealed as a near complete build at this weekend's D1NZ event at ASB Baypark...

Media Files:|caption=Photo / Matthew Hansen

Motorsport: Paddon third as Hyundai go one-two-three in Sweden

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:55:18 +1200

Kiwi Hayden Paddon won two stages and climbed to third on the first full day of Rally Sweden to give his Hyundai team a one-two-three at the top of the standings.In his first WRC event of the season, Paddon found himself just outside...

Media Files:|caption=Hayden Paddon has his mojo back at Rally Sweden. Photo / Red Bull Media

Motorsport: Leaping Levi headliner at festival of motorcycling

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

X Games star Levi Sherwood will make a rare appearance on home soil at the MotoFest festival at Hampton Downs early next month.The 26-year-old Kiwi will headline the country's biggest motorcycle event on March 3-4 where he will...

Media Files:|caption=X Games star Levi Sherwood. Photo /

Motorsport: Kiwi cuts costs by staying in a cabin

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

Kiwi rally driver David Holder is staying in a cabin to save costs and just aiming to get to the end of Rally Sweden as he makes his debut in the Junior World Rally Championship.The 2016 New Zealand Rally champion has managed to...

Media Files:|caption=Kiwi rally driver David Holder.

Motorsport: Inter-team battles loom in Formula 1

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

With a dramatic, even melodramatic, New Zealand Grand Prix 2018 now a simple entry in the history books, thoughts turn to the fast approaching other Grands Prix of the season.As at the NZGP, there will be battles between teammates...

Media Files:|caption=Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso talk in the paddock. Photo / Getty Images

Billy Monger dreams of racing in F1 months after losing both legs in horrific crash

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:13:52 +1200

A reluctant prosthetic leg and heavy traffic make Billy Monger a few minutes late for our interview. It is a miracle he is here at all.Ten months after a crash in a Formula 4 race cost him both lower legs, the 18-year-old is at...

Media Files:|caption=Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates with Billy Monger. Photo / Getty Images.

Motorsport: Hayden Paddon seventh after opening test

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:01:06 +1200

Kiwi Hayden Paddon posted the seventh fastest time in the opening stage of Rally Sweden on Friday morning.The Hyundai factory driver was 2.1s slower than stage winner Ott Tanak's Toyota Yaris over the short, 1.9km city test.The...

Media Files:|caption=Ott Tanak in action during the Shakedown of the WRC Sweden. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Mamola heading to Hall of Fame

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:31:00 +1200

American road-racing legend Randy Mamola, the star attraction of the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs on March 3-4, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame soon after this New Zealand motorcycling extravaganza. Mamola's name was...

Media Files:|caption=Randy Mamola of USA looks on in box during the MotoGp Of Great Britain. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Supercars championship launched in Sydney

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:06:28 +1200

The 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars season launched in Sydney today with the full complement of drivers being paraded in front of a packed media audience. There are six new faces in the roster for this season — Kiwis Richie Stanaway...

Media Files:|caption=Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup fought for the 2017 title. Photo / Getty Images

Motorsport: Maskovich looking to add silverware to strong season

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

Midget racer Brock Maskovich has enjoyed arguably his best season to date but he hasn't managed to collect the major silverware to showcase his form this summer.He hopes to change that Saturday night at the New Zealand Midget Grand...

Media Files:|caption=Brock Maskovich is hoping to win this week's New Zealand Midget Grand Prix. Photo / James Selwyn Photography

Motorsport: Co-drivers the unsung stars of rallying

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

Our very own Hayden Paddon is back in action in the World Rally Championship this weekend at Rally Sweden. As motorsport fans are well aware, Paddon is only contesting seven rounds of the WRC in 2018.This is partly due to Hyundai...

Media Files:|caption=Hayden Paddon and Sebastian Marshall enjoy a chat during Rally Poland. Photo / Getty Images