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WRC Finland: The Good, The Bad and an inspired Tanak

The World Rally Championship returned to rallying’s spiritual home in Finland where hoards of rally mad fans gathered to support their new home hero Kalle Rovanpera. While Rovanpera threw everything at trying to claim a home win, it was Hyundai’s Ott Tanak that delivered a stunning surprise win. reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from Rally Finland.

McLaren explains gaps between qualifying and race pace

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl has explained that being able to mask the car's lack of downforce in qualifying is behind the large discrepancy between qualifying and race pace.

Why Piastri's F1 attempt to join McLaren carries risky implications

After the 2006 Formula 1 British GP, Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony was a frustrated man, despite his son - at the time a star in GP2 - had just scored a memorable double win in that weekend's feature and sprint events.

Rinaldi dismisses talk Petrucci could take Ducati ride

Michael Ruben Rinaldi had dismissed suggestions he could be in danger of losing his Ducati World Superbike ride to ex-MotoGP racer Danilo Petrucci next year.

Rockenfeller to make NASCAR Cup debut at Watkins Glen with Spire

German road racer and former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Mike “Rocky” Rockenfeller will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Watkins Glen next weekend.

Rins “destroyed” after grip issues end Silverstone MotoGP win hopes

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says he was “destroyed” after a “not normal” drop in grip left him tumbling down the order from the lead of the MotoGP British Grand Prix.

Perez: DNFs have been "killing" my F1 season so far

Sergio Perez still believes “everything is open” in the Formula 1 title battles after the summer break despite some DNFs “killing” his season so far.

Gino Rea under sedation after serious head injuries in Suzuka crash

FCC TSR Honda rider Gino Rea remains under sedation after sustaining serious injuries to his head in a practice crash at the Suzuka 8 Hours, his family said in a statement.

Latvala: Hyundai WRC win on Toyota home soil a reminder to keep working

Ott Tanak's Rally Finland victory served a reminder that Toyota must continue to work on improving its World Rally Championship challenger, according to team boss Jari-Matti Latvala.

Alpine: Ocon has what it takes to lead the F1 team in 2023

Alpine Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer believes that Esteban Ocon has what it takes to lead the team following Fernando Alonso’s departure at the end of this season.

Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future Prime

Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior.

Rast, Muller and Cassidy to miss Fuji WEC to focus on DTM

Rene Rast, Nico Muller and Nick Cassidy are all expected to miss the fifth round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji Speedway next month to prioritise their DTM commitments.

How Honda F1 missed a two-week window to sign Vettel

Sebastian Vettel may have enjoyed the greatest success of his Formula 1 career with Red Bull, winning four world titles - but he could have ended up with Honda instead.

Ojeda joins MSR for Bathurst 1000

Jayden Ojeda will return to Matt Stone Racing for a second consecutive Bathurst 1000 campaign.

Perkins to run Brock tribute livery at Sandown

Jack Perkins will celebrate four decades since his father Larry teamed up with Peter Brock with a tribute livery at Sandown.

Nashville winner Dixon feared his race was ruined by shunt

Scott Dixon was convinced that car damage had ended his hopes of victory, before working his way to the front and clinging on for his 53rd win.

Hamilton hopes Vettel showed F1 is "about something far bigger"

Lewis Hamilton hopes Sebastian Vettel's efforts to highlight issues outside of Formula 1 will set an example to young drivers to use their platform for "something far, far bigger."

Guenette takes maiden NASCAR Canada win in chaotic GP3R

Alex Guenette took a dramatic first victory in the NASCAR Pinty's Series, fending off all challengers in overtime at Trois-Rivières.

Mercedes: Flashes of F1 form are “annoying” trait of W13

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin admits that the W13 has an “annoying” characteristic of showing glimpses of real potential in Formula 1.

How Tanak spoiled Rovanpera's Finnish homecoming

Kalle Rovanpera and Toyota went into Rally Finland as overwhelming favourites but came away as runners-up to a resurgent Ott Tanak and Hyundai. While it may have dampened the homecoming party, it still moved the Finn closer to the ultimate World Rally Championship prize

Newgarden unrepentant over Grosjean Nashville IndyCar clash

Josef Newgarden said “Welcome to IndyCar” in response to his clash with Romain Grosjean, while teammate Will Power felt lucky to finish the race after his gearbox was damaged in a clash.

Aston Martin starting "too far to the back" to score strong F1 results

Aston Martin Formula 1 team principal Mike Krack admits that the Silverstone outfit has to address its qualifying issues to be able to score more the occasional point.

Las Vegas GP date leaked, F1 race could pair with Abu Dhabi

The inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix night race has a preliminary race date of November 16-18 next year that could form a glitzy season-ending back-to-back with Abu Dhabi.

Espargaro diagnosed with heel fracture after 185km/h Silverstone MotoGP crash

Aprilia has revealed Aleix Espargaro has been diagnosed with a heel fracture following his violent 185km/h Silverstone MotoGP crash.

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former teammate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider.

Rovanpera expected stronger Hyundai WRC showing in Finland

Kalle Rovanpera was expecting a stronger showing from Hyundai in Finland, but was happy to extend his World Rally Championship lead despite missing out on a home win.

Kawasaki "can't be disappointed" with second in Suzuka 8 Hours

Leon Haslam feels Kawasaki should have no reason to be disappointed with a second-place finish in the Suzuka 8 Hours after being outshone by a dominant Honda team.

MotoGP announces 2023 pre-season test dates

MotoGP has announced the provisional dates for 2023 pre-season testing, with three days in Malaysia in February followed by two in Portugal in mid-March.

Vinales “never” doubted Aprilia MotoGP move following Silverstone podium

Maverick Vinales says he “never” doubted his move to Aprilia from Yamaha would pay off after he scored his second-successive podium of 2022 in the MotoGP British Grand Prix.

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Prime

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Honda's Takahashi banished 2019 demons with Suzuka 8 Hours win Suzuka 8 Hours
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Honda's Takahashi banished 2019 demons with Suzuka 8 Hours win

Takumi Takahashi feels he banished the demons of his 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours loss by helping Honda to a first victory in the race in nearly a decade on Sunday.

Singapore F1 track to be playable map in new Call of Duty game

The Marina Bay circuit, host of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, will be a playable map in the next Call of Duty game, developers Infinity Ward have announced.

The reasons behind Ricciardo’s McLaren Formula 1 struggles

Daniel Ricciardo’s pending Formula 1 exit from McLaren is set to end two difficult years for the eight-time grand prix winner.

Super Formula outlines 2023 calendar

Super Formula has outlined its 2023 calendar, although without specifying the number of races the campaign will comprise.

SUPER GT unveils eight-round 2023 schedule

SUPER GT has revealed a 2023 calendar made up of eight races bearing a strong resemblance to this year's schedule.

The key to TOM'S jumping Kondo for Fuji SUPER GT win

Ritomo Miyata believes saving fuel during the second stint of Sunday’s Fuji SUPER GT race was the key to he and TOM’S teammate Sacha Fenestraz taking their first GT500 win.

O'Keeffe completes PremiAir Bathurst 1000 line-up

PremiAir Racing has named Dylan O'Keeffe as James Golding's co-driver for the 2022 Bathurst 1000.

How Pye plans to save his Supercars season

Scott Pye will head to the Bathurst 1000 later this year more motivated than ever as he looks to salvage a tough 2022 Supercars campaign.

The Bend open to Supercars layout change

The Bend owner Sam Shahin says he'd like to see Supercars racing on the East version of the circuit.

Palou sure he has fair title shot, despite Ganassi conflict

Defending IndyCar champion Alex Palou is sure he will have a chance to retain his crown, despite being only third highest Ganassi driver and on the brink of an acrimonious departure.

Late-race pit road penalty "frustrating" for Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin clearly had a car to contend for the win on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway but once again pit road was his nemesis.

Bubba Wallace laments Michigan loss: "I failed everybody" Michigan
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Bubba Wallace laments Michigan loss: "I failed everybody"

Bubba Wallace had a near-perfect weekend at Michigan International Speedway but in his eyes it wasn’t good enough.

Dixon elated to win with wounded car on old tires Nashville
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Dixon elated to win with wounded car on old tires

Scott Dixon said his 53rd IndyCar victory was a credit to his team, after repairing damage in the early stages of the race.

Harvick snaps 65-race winless streak with Michigan NASCAR Cup win Michigan
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Harvick snaps 65-race winless streak with Michigan NASCAR Cup win

A timely caution during green-flag pit stops helped Kevin Harvick snap a 65-race winless streak with a victory Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Nashville IndyCar: Dixon triumphs through the chaos Nashville
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Nashville IndyCar: Dixon triumphs through the chaos

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon came from 20th with a crippled car to beat New Zealand compatriot Scott McLaughlin in a crash-riddled Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville.

Paretta enters Simona De Silvestro for IndyCar finale

Team owner Beth Paretta has revealed her team is entering a fourth race in the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series, the 17th and final round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Nashville IndyCar: Event on hold for lightning in area

Nearby lightning strikes have prompted IndyCar officials to push back this afternoon’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville.

Start of Sunday's Michigan NASCAR Cup race delayed

The start of Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway has been delayed by persistent rain and lightning in the area of the race track.

Road America IMSA: Albuquerque/Taylor win, title rival Jarvis crashes

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor won Sunday’s rain-impacted IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Road America, as title rival Oliver Jarvis crashed his similar Acura in the closing laps of the race and lost the points lead.

Watch: Livestream action from Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
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Watch: Livestream action from Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

Watch the live broadcast of the 2022 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières Sunday's action of the Défi Urbain Chevrolet, SCCC and Legendes Modifiees races at Trois-Rivieres street circuit, Quebec.

Nashville Indy Lights: Lundqvist leads from start to finish

Linus Lundqvist dominated the Nashville round of the Indy Lights championship to score his fifth win of the year and move almost 100 points clear of his nearest championship rival.

Marco Andretti to make NASCAR debut at Charlotte Roval

Marco Andretti will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in October.

Fifth Third Bank extends RLL sponsorship through 2025

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that it has extended its partnership with Fifth Third Bank for three more seasons.

Lappi explains Finland emergency lake visit to secure strangest WRC podium

Esapekka Lappi described his WRC Rally Finland podium as one of the strangest ever after a roll required an emergency trip to a lake to repair his damaged Toyota.

Bagnaia grateful for British GP advice from MotoGP legends Rossi, Stoner

Silverstone race winner Francesco Bagnaia says he asked MotoGP legends Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner for advice after struggling in practice for the British Grand Prix. 

Quartararo thought he'd “lose more” with Silverstone MotoGP penalty

Fabio Quartararo says he is disappointed with his race because he thought he’d “lose more” with his MotoGP British Grand Prix penalty than he did, but could only finish eighth.

Espargaro FP4 crash pain 'no excuse' for Silverstone MotoGP struggles

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro says the pain he felt from his 115mph crash in MotoGP practice for the British Grand Prix is “not an excuse” for his difficult Silverstone race.

Nashville IndyCar: Dixon, Herta lead race day warm-up

Scott Dixon, who will start the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix only 14th, showed the race pace of his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda in Sunday warm-up, proving fast on both primaries and alternate Firestones, ahead of Colton Herta.

Tanak hails Finland win as his most satisfying in WRC

Ott Tanak labelled victory at Rally Finland as the most satisfying of his World Rally Championship career.

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Prime

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…