April 7th, 2013
Jimmie Johnson kept his nose clean in a fractious race to claim his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville. Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsport team-mates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne spent the whole race battling with the Joe Gibbs cars of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, but in the end it was Johnson who took the chequer for the 62nd time in his career. Clint Bowyer brought his battle-scarred Toyota home second after a strong finish, just ahead of Gordon.
March 15th, 2013
Adrian Sutil reckons McLaren’s early season woes give his Force India team a proper chance of making it through to Q3 now. McLaren is bracing itself for a difficult start to its campaign as it struggles to get its MP4-28 up to speed.
February 27th, 2013
Formula 1′s fight at the front appears to be even closer in 2013 than it was last season, according to Lotus technical director James Allison. After a 2012 campaign that produced seven different winners from the first seven races – and a title fight that went all the way to the final round in Brazil – Allison says early indications from testing point to things being tighter still this season. AUTOSPORT analysis: What we learned from test two “What is absolutely clear from the first couple of tests is that it is close at the front,” said Allison at a FOTA Fans Forum event in Barcelona on Wednesday
November 3rd, 2012
Mark Webber has declared that he will push to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for himself and is not thinking about stepping aside for title-chasing Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Webber outqualified Vettel to take third on the Yas Marina grid . The Australian’s title hopes are extremely remote now that he trails leader Vettel by 73 points with only 75 still available, whereas Vettel is 13 points ahead of rival Fernando Alonso at the head of the standings
October 27th, 2012
Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne believe it will be hard to repeat the kind of performance they put on in Korea in tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix. The Italian squad enjoyed one of its strongest races of the season in Korea a fortnight ago when Vergne finished in eighth and Ricciardo in ninth after showing strong race pace. The Australian driver qualified in 15th position for tomorrow’s race and, although he feels a points finish is still on the cards, he reckons the competition will be tougher than at Yeongam
October 19th, 2012
Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its relationship with Ford in 2013, the NASCAR outfit announced on Friday.
October 1st, 2012
Newly-crowned British Formula 3 National Class champion Spike Goddard looks likely to graduate to the International Class in 2013 with T-Sport.
September 7th, 2012
Penske team president Tim Cindric says that maximising Will Power’s chances of claiming his first IndyCar title will be the main focus of the strategy across all three of the team’s cars at next weekend’s finale at Fontana . Power goes into next weekend’s race with a 17-point lead over main rival Ryan Hunter-Reay , although the Australian’s team-mates Helio Castoneves and Ryan Briscoe are both within reach of finishing the season in the top five. Cindric said that all three drivers’ ambitions will be taken into account, but that the championship takes precedence.
by Patrick Atherton on November 14th, 2011
Season 4 week 2 of the iRacing V8 Supercar Series by Bigpond Sport moved to the hills of Sonoma and the undulations of Infineon Raceway For race 1, series leader Madison Down took pole by barely 1/100ths of a second from his shadow Mitch McLeod for Tatts.com Racing. Rens Broekman in turn was another 1/100th back in third. Real world racer Scott McLaughlin was back into the sim world for another go, nabbing fourth. Next was the improving Richard Hamstead, and behind them, making a welcome return to the “main game” was XSG’s Michael McCabe. Filling out the top ten was Cal Whatmore, Michael Clark, Down’s TTR teammate Beau Cubis and Lewis Dodimead. Down lead the early laps as expected, but Broekman did him a huge favour by trumping McLeod [...]
by Patrick Atherton on September 26th, 2011
Week 8 of the iRacing V8 Supercar Series by Bigpond Sport turned Japanese, as the V8 sim racers faced off at Okayama International Circuit. The title has hotted up. NFinity Esports’ Mitchell McLeod’s lead had evaporated under the heat from Madison Down’s charge and, to make matters worse for McLeod, he was absent from this round. Down kept the pressure on with pole at Okayama. This time V8 Supercar star Shane Van Gisbergen took up the challenge of trying to spoil Down, lining up alongside him on the front row. The ever-present Rens Broekman was in third, from Joshua Muggleton, who can no longer be described as an impressive top-split up-and-comer, but an established front runner in the series. Graduating from the lower splits was Paul Larkin with fifth place [...]
July 19th, 2011
Defending iRacing V8 Supercar Season One champ Mitchell McLeod will not go quietly, despite his Season Two not going to as much to plan as he would have liked. At Canada’s Mosport Park, he came out fighting and the McLeod magic returned. After a reasonable start to the online racing season including a win at Watkins, disappointments at Sebring and Zandvoort blotted McLeod’s copybook. His season steadied with consecutive thirds at Road Atlanta and VIR behind the seemingly unstoppable Madison Down and Rens Broekman. At Mosport for Round 11, McLeod poled by barely four-hundredths from Down and Broekman. But, a pole is a pole! The usual suspects filled out another packed grid of 25 with some top-split first timers or returnees such as Wayne Tolley, Lewis Dodimead and Jay Boving [...]
by Patrick Atherton on May 10th, 2011
There was a real buzz of anticipation for the opening salvo of the iRacing V8 Supercar Series’ Season Two at the spiritual home of the V8′s, Phillip Island. Series champ Mitchell McLeod, Madison Down and Michael McCabe slugged out the closing of Season One with some major heavy hitting. There were cameo appearances from Shay Griffith, Darrin Vouch, George Fullerton, and real-world V8 racers Scott McLaughlin, Shane Van Gisbergen and Scott Andrews among others. The racing became more intense, the series more popular, the skins more professional, and the spectator “corporate box” more packed with enthused punters every time. As if the promise of Season Two was not tantalising enough, Peter Read joined the fray. Read is well known to many sim racers through his exploits in iRacing and other [...]
January 15th, 2011
Kevin Swindell (39) and Dave Darland will be among the contenders to win tonight's Chili Bowl Nationals, but both will have to race from mid-pack starting spots.
December 14th, 2010
FAST TALKER: Randy Bernard talks to the media during a press conference to announce the Mazda Road to Indy sponsorship program Thursday at the PRI Trade Show in Orlando, Fla.
October 20th, 2010
Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar drivers making the trip to Australia this weekend. (Chris Jones/IRL IndyCar Photo) SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar Series drivers making the trip to Australia’s Gold Coast to compete in this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 for the Australian V8 Supercar Series
August 24th, 2010
SONOMA, Calif. — One-tenth of a second isn’t very long — probably less than the blink of an eye — but that’s the amount of time that Team IZOD driver Ryan Hunter-Reay missed making the Firestone Fast Six Saturday at Infineon Raceway. So instead of starting sixth or better in Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Hunter-Reay started eighth