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BMW showed M6 still fast on Nurburgring farewell - van der Linde

BMW showed its ageing M6 GT3 could be competitive in the car’s final front-line Nurburgring 24 Hours outing, says ROWE Racing’s Sheldon van der Linde.

Estre: Nurburgring 24h win payback for near misses

Porsche GT ace Kevin Estre says the Manthey Racing squad's victory in last weekend's Nurburgring 24 Hours "feels really good" following his near misses on the Nordschleife in 2018 and 2019.

Nurburgring 24h: Manthey Porsche wins shortest-ever edition

The Manthey Porsche squad scored its seventh Nurburgring 24 Hours in what was the shortest-ever running of the famed German event.

Nurburgring 24h finally resumes after 14-hour delay

The 49th edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours finally resumed at 11.40am local time, some 14 hours after it was initially red-flagged due to fog.

Nurburgring 24 Hours red-flagged due to fog after crashes

The Nurburgring 24 Hours has been red-flagged after exactly six hours after dense fog brought a halt to the racing action on the Nordschleife.

Nurburgring 24h: Yelloly hands ROWE rain-soaked pole

Nick Yelloly has gifted the ROWE Racing BMW team pole for the Nurburgring 24 Hours in qualifying session affected by a large thunderstorm.

Nurburgring 24h: Bortolotti fastest on Thursday for Lamborghini

Mirko Bortolotti was the only driver to lap in under 8m20s during Thursday qualifying for the 2021 edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours in his FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

BMW's M4 GT3 car to make Nurburgring debut in June

BMW has announced that its next generation M4 GT3 challenger will make its race debut in the fourth round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series in June.

Davison keen on family Bathurst 6 Hour entry

Will Davison has teased the idea of a family-run Ford Mustang entry at the Bathurst 6 Hour in the future.

Van Gisbergen claims Bathurst Triple Crown
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Van Gisbergen claims Bathurst Triple Crown

Shane van Gisbergen has become just the second driver to win the Bathurst Triple Crown.

Border reprieve for Bathurst 6 Hour

New South Wales has left its border open to Queensland in what is a reprieve for this weekend's Bathurst 6 Hour.

Lockdown casts doubt over Bathurst 6 Hour

A snap three-day lockdown in Brisbane has cast doubt over this weekend's Bathurst 6 Hour.

Middle Eastern event to replace cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours

The Suzuka 10 Hours round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge has been cancelled for the second season in a row as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Foxtail’ Opel Manta owner considers Nurburgring exit

Olaf Beckmann, the owner of the famous 'Foxtail' Opel Manta at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, is considering withdrawing the fan-favourite car after the 2021 season due to increased entry fees for the Nurburgring Endurance Series.

Dumbreck steps down from Falken's Nurburgring 24h line-up

DTM race winner Peter Dumbreck is standing down from the Falken Motorsports team's Nurburgring 24 Hours line-up after 14 consecutive appearances in the German enduro.

Catsburg went off “at least four times” on way to IGTC title
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Catsburg went off “at least four times” on way to IGTC title

New Intercontinental GT Challenge champion Nicky Catsburg has revealed that he went off track multiple times under full-course yellow conditions on the way to victory in Saturday's Kyalami finale.

Honda's Kyalami defeat "hard to take" after dominant run
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Honda's Kyalami defeat "hard to take" after dominant run

Honda's defeat in last weekend's Kyalami 9 Hour was "hard to take" after it commanded the first eight hours of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season finale, says Bertrand Baguette.

Kyalami 9 Hour: Farfus, Catsburg snatch IGTC title for BMW
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Kyalami 9 Hour: Farfus, Catsburg snatch IGTC title for BMW

BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg snatched the Intercontinental GT Challenge title with victory in the Kyalami 9 Hour together with Sheldon van der Linde.

Kyalami IGTC finale attracts meagre 12-car entry

Next weekend's final round of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge season, the Kyalami 9 Hour, has attracted a meagre entry of just 12 cars.

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

BMW will end its relationship with the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Schnitzer Motorsport squad after more than 50 years. 

Bentley to end factory programme with Continental GT3

Bentley will end its factory programme with the Continental racer at the end of this year as part of a phased withdrawal from the GT3 category. 

Valentino Rossi to return to Gulf 12 Hours with brother Marini

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will return to the Gulf 12 Hours in Bahrain in January with his Avintia-bound half-brother Luca Marini joining him in a Ferrari 488 GT3.

The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked Prime

The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked

As the LMP1 class prepares to bow out of top-line sportscar racing at the World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain this weekend, looks back over the past two decades to pick out the 10 of its best contests

Bathurst 12 Hour cancelled for 2021
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Bathurst 12 Hour cancelled for 2021

Australia's closed borders have forced event organisers to cancel the 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour.

How Pirelli kept the wheels turning into the Indianapolis 8 Hour

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March, one of the European countries hit most hard was Italy – the home of Pirelli. As lockdown spread around the world, it also meant months of downtime for the brand’s American motorsports operation – before restarting a season that would be condensed into a rescheduling nightmare.

United Autosports targeting Bathurst, Spa 24 Hours entry

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner United Autosports is targeting an Intercontinental GT Challenge campaign in 2022 as part of its latest expansion.

Nurburgring winner Yelloly says conditions were “worst” ever

Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Nick Yelloly described the rainstorm that caused the race to be red-flagged for nine hours on Saturday evening as “the worst conditions I have experienced”.

Nurburgring 24h: BMW ends win drought in topsy-turvy race

BMW ended its 10-year dry spell in the Nurburgring 24 Hours in a dramatic 2020 encounter, the Munich manufacturer winning the Nordschleife classic for the first time in the GT3 era.

Nurburgring 24 Hours restarted after lengthy delay

After a lengthy delay of nine-and-a-half hours due to rain, the Nurburgring 24 Hours was restarted at 8:00am CEST.

Nurburgring 24h: Drama as leaders crash out, race halted

The 2020 Nurburgring 24-hour race has been red flagged after seven hours due to heavy rainfall as drama unfolded around the two leading Mercedes-AMG GT3s, which both crashed out while they were at the head of the race.

Nurburgring 24h: Mercedes dominates early exchanges

After four hours, Mercedes dominated the starting phase of the 48th running of the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

Nurburgring 24h: Engel storms to third pole in Top Qualifying

Mercedes star Maro Engel took pole position for the 2020 Nurburgring 24 hours in dominant fashion, beating octane126's Luca Ludwig by almost five seconds in difficult wet/dry conditions in Top Qualifying.

Frijns pulls out of Nurburgring 24h with illness

Audi driver Robin Frijns has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's Nurburgring 24 Hours due to what the German manufacturer has called a 'flu-like infection'.

Nurburgring 24h: Lamborghini tops Thursday qualifying

Marco Mapelli set the fastest time on the opening day of the 2020 Nurburgring 24 Hours in the Konrad-entered #21 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, which he shares with Axcil Jefferies, Franck Perera and Michele di Martino.

International Bathurst 12 Hour ‘unlikely’ in 2021

The Bathurst 12 Hour is unlikely to happen as an international GT race next year, according to Supercars boss Sean Seamer.

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring 24h winner Prime

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring 24h winner

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did…

The “black gold” behind an all-female Nurburgring 24 Hours team

The Nurburgring Nordschleife is known as one of the most challenging circuits in motor racing, and with good reason. At almost 13 miles and 154 corners, no two laps are going to be run in the exact same conditions. Over the course of the 24 Hours, that’s only heightened, and drivers are tested to their limits.

Porsche pulls N24 drivers, Manthey squad over COVID fears

Porsche has withdrawn the Manthey Racing squad and a number of its works drivers from this weekend's Nurburgring 24 Hours over COVID-19 fears.

Bentley commits to remaining IGTC races of 2020

Bentley will defend its Intercontinental GT Challenge points lead over the remainder of the series, despite axing its factory assault with M-Sport.

Mostert splits with BMW GT programme

Supercars regular Chaz Mostert has ended his stint as a BMW factory GT driver and gone "freelance".

Bathurst reunion for famous GRM Monaro

The famous Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Monaro that won the 2002 Bathurst 24 Hour will return to Mount Panorama later this year.

Hollywood star Eric Bana eyeing Bathurst return

Actor Eric Bana says the "appealing" Bathurst 6 Hour event could tempt him into another Mount Panorama start.

Sneaking a Supercar into the Bathurst 12 Hour

At the height of the cold war between Supercars and the then-Bathurst 12 Hour owners, Nissan pulled a PR coup that involved sneaking an Altima into Mount Panorama.

What categories are racing at the 2020 Bathurst International?

TCR Australia and S5000 will headline a 10-category schedule for the first-ever Bathurst International in November.

Cancelled Suzuka 10h not replaced on IGTC schedule

The Intercontinental GT Challenge has elected not to replace the cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours, meaning this year's schedule will comprise four races only.

Own your own piece of Mount Panorama

A 17-acre property right on Bathurst's Conrod Straight will go under the hammer at the end of next month.

Nurburgring 24 Hours currently not at risk

Although major events in Germany are prohibited until the end of October, preparations continue for the Nurburgring 24 Hours being held in late September, although it’s as yet unclear what this means for spectators.

How Sauber created its greatest legacy Prime

How Sauber created its greatest legacy

In the latest part of the series celebrating 50 years of the much-loved Swiss outfit, we exmaine how Sauber's partnership with Mercedes and its famous junior drivers helped produce its greatest legacy in racing

Bentley ends factory IGTC programme

Bentley has called time on its factory race programme with the M-Sport team in this year's Intercontinental GT Challenge with immediate effect.

Suzuka 10 Hours cancelled due to coronavirus

The Suzuka 10 Hours round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in August is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 crisis.

Toyota withdraws from Nurburgring 24 Hours

Toyota Gazoo Racing has pulled out of this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has vowed to return to the race in 2021.

Mustang joins Bathurst 6 Hour field

George Miedecke will field a brand new Ford Mustang production car in this year's Bathurst 6 Hour.

Bathurst 6 Hour moved to November

The Bathurst 6 Hour has been moved from the Easter long weekend to the same November date as the Bathurst International as a response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Nurburgring 24h postponed, WTCR support races axed

The 2020 edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours has been postponed to September amid the global coronavirus pandemic, while the WTCR support event has been shelved entirely.

Bathurst 6 Hour nearing 72-car limit

This year’s Bathurst 6 Hour field is expected to reach the 72-car limit following a massive influx of entries for the Easter event.

Nissan turns back on international GT3 racing

Nissan has not renewed its relationship with customer team KCMG, all but ending the manufacturer's involvement in international GT3 racing.

Grove Racing eyeing full IGTC season after Bathurst success

Australian Porsche squad Grove Racing could expand its 2020 programme to include the full Intercontinental GT Challenge season on the back of its class victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Shahin suffered ‘crushed vertebrae’ in Bathurst crash
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Shahin suffered ‘crushed vertebrae’ in Bathurst crash

Sam Shahin has confirmed that he sustained crushed vertebrae and breaks to fingers and a rib in his nasty Bathurst crash.

No concerns over dwindling Bathurst class interest

The dwindling interest in the non-GT3 classes for the Bathurst 12 Hour is a positive for the event, according to its promoter.

Gounon's fear of flying moment in Bathurst win

Jules Gounon says a tense run to the flag at the Bathurst 12 Hour reminded him of his fear of flying.