Motorsport Week - Other News Catch up on all Other news, here at Motorsport Week RSS Feed!'s Fastest Gamer Rudy van Buren prepares for Race of Champions at McLaren Technology CentreMon, 22 Jan 2018 14:58:48 GMT<p><strong>The winner of McLaren&#39;s &quot;World&#39;s Fastest Gamer&quot; 2017 eSports competition, Rudy van Buren, is preparing to tackle his first big challenge of the year: the 2018 Race of Champions.</strong></p> <p>The 25-year-old Dutchman was greeted this morning by McLaren&rsquo;s official Twitter account as his simulator program with the team officially started. He is expected to undergo media training, fitness evaluations and a photoshoot in the coming days before diving fully into his year-long commitment to the Woking squad as a simulator driver.</p> <p>His first major duty as a McLaren employee is just around the corner: the Race of Champions 2018 to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 2-3 February. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a one-off opportunity that&rsquo;s ordinarily completely out of reach for a regular driver, so to get this close, and to be able to show my hand, is really exciting. I want to get the chance to show people that I&rsquo;m more than just a gamer. More importantly, I just want to go out there, enjoy the opportunity and have fun,&rdquo; said the Dutchman <a href=";utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_campaign=WFG">speaking to McLaren&rsquo;s official website.</a></p> <p>This year&rsquo;s RoC lineup includes F1 winners Juan Pablo Montoya and David Coulthard, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden and McLaren protege Lando Norris. Van Buren will also feature in the Nations Cup as part of &ldquo;Team Simracing All Stars&rdquo; <a href="">alongside the winner of the eRoC, a parallel&nbsp;competition</a> that will include F1 eSports 2017 champion Brendon Leigh.</p> <p>Although van Buren&rsquo;s strong suit is obviously simracing, the Dutchman does have some real-world racing experience under his belt in karting and Formula Ford, albeit his last competitive experience in a real car was in 2010. &ldquo;Obviously, I&rsquo;ll be on the back-foot compared to the experienced drivers. Having said that, the RoC format and the track means that everybody will be out of their comfort zone. It&rsquo;ll be a more equal playing field; easier than, say, jumping in a car during a test at Barcelona,&rdquo; said the World&rsquo;s Fastest Gamer.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not nervous; I&rsquo;m excited.&rdquo;</p> Button joins Kunimitsu in Super GT, set for Le Mans Classic outingFri, 12 Jan 2018 09:47:35 GMT<p>Jenson Button will compete for Team Kunimitsu in Super GT, Honda has announced, while the Briton will also make his debut at the Le Mans Classic this year.</p> <p>Button, following an outing at last season&rsquo;s Suzuka 1000km, confirmed before Christmas that he would compete with Honda full-time in Super GT in 2018.</p> <p>On Thursday, Honda confirmed that he will partner 2013 Super Formula champion and multiple Super GT race winner Naoki Yamamoto at Kunimitsu.</p> <p>It was also revealed on Thursday that the 2009 F1 champion will make an appearance at July&rsquo;s Le Mans Classic.</p> <p>Button is set to pilot the iconic Jaguar XJR-9 at the event, the prototype which claimed victory at the 24-hour race in 1988.</p> Bryce Menzies huge crash ends Dakar assaultTue, 09 Jan 2018 16:41:29 GMT<p>The Arizona truck star, who saw his 2017 chances wrecked by injury, started the 2018 Dakar Rally with the firm belief that he could challenge the desert car veterans for victory over the punishing 14 stages in South America</p> <p>But after ending day one in fourth, a seemingly innocuous bump in the terrain on day two threw the back of his Mini end over end and out of the world&#39;s toughest motorsport race.</p> Arabia to host 2018 Race of ChampionsWed, 18 Oct 2017 08:55:27 GMT<p>The Race of Champions will for the first time be held in the Middle East as organisers have announced that Saudi Arabia will host the event next year.</p> <p>It will be the first&nbsp;international motorsport event to take place in the Kingdom, and it becomes the tenth different country to host the ROC event, which pits drivers from different disciplines against each other in head-to-head competitions.</p> <p>The King Fahd International Stadium (pictured) in the nation&#39;s capital, Riyadh, will play host in early-2018 with Sela Sports and the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia involved in hosting the event.</p> <p>&quot;Further details, driver announcements and exact dates for ROC&#39;s Saudi Arabian debut will be announced shortly, but the General Sports Authority has confirmed that Race Of Champions will be a family event, open to both genders, and feature drivers, exhibitions and activities all suitable for the Kingdom&#39;s specific cultural requirements,&quot; read a statement.</p> <p>It comes during a period of change in&nbsp;Saudi Arabia, with a recent relaxation of rules on&nbsp;women driving in the country just one of many changes planned as part of&nbsp;Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman&#39;s &#39;Saudi Vision 2030&#39;, which aims to reform the country&#39;s economy and society.</p> <p>Fredrik Johnsson, Race Of Champions president, added: &quot;Our organisation is honoured to be working with the President of the General Sports Authority, his Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh, to bring Race Of Champions to the region for the first time in the event&#39;s 30-year history.</p> <p>&quot;As motorsport&#39;s most forward-thinking property, ROC is an event perfectly suited to Saudi Arabia, which is emerging as a modern sports market on the global stage. With women able to drive in Saudi Arabia from 2018, we feel this is an auspicious moment to be bringing a motorsport event to Riyadh.&quot;</p> <p>The final of the Race Of Champions is still set to take place in Miami in early 2018.</p> 234 of Motorsport Monday is out now - Good news for FloridaMon, 25 Sep 2017 10:26:24 GMT<p><strong>Issue 234&nbsp;of our free weekly magazine, Motorsport Monday, is online now and packed full of great content&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="">click here</a>&nbsp;or the&nbsp;link below to start reading.</strong></p> <p>This weekend was all about tin-tops...It started off&nbsp;on Saturday&nbsp;in Austria at the Red Bull Ring where Round 8 of the 2017 DTM Series kicked off with the first race of the weekend. Then it was time for race two yesterday. Read Phillip Horton&#39;s report on how the Audi steamroller decimated the field and finally gave a win to long time points leader Matthias Ekstr&ouml;m.</p> <p>Then late last night it was time for the WeatherTech IMSA boys and girls to slug it out over two and half hours up and down the hills around Monterey in Northern California at the classic and iconic Laguna Seca Raceway. The Taylor brothers were unstoppable during qualifying, setting a time nearly a second faster than the rest of the field. But did they keep their advantage in the race? Read Daniel Lloyd&#39;s full weekend report to find out.</p> <p>Group F1 Editor Joe Saward was a busy boy this week as he firstly tells us about the weird hours he kept in Singapore last week before discussing just why the new Toro Rosso/Honda &#39;marriage&#39; is both good for the drinks giant and also the grid. He also ponders whether or not there is a plan for Alfa Romeo to return to the F1 paddock after being away for 30 years.</p> <p>While all this was going on, our very own Rallies Editor Jerry Williams was polishing his rather dusty crystal ball when it suddenly came back to life. Read his amazing take on what he saw happening just before the start of next year&#39;s Rally Monte Carlo...</p> <p>All this and lots more in your favourite weekly global motorsports magazine delivered free to you each and every Monday morning!</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" height="127" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Magazine/click-to-read.png" width="800" /></a></p> us! We're looking for talented writers to join our teamWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:26:57 GMT<p>Motorsport Week and our sister weekly magazine Motorsport Monday are looking to expand our current team of talented reporters and features writers, both in the UK and around the world.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re an experienced reporter or writer, or you&rsquo;ve simply just a passion for motorsport (and feel you can write), we&rsquo;d like to hear from you. We are currently seeking talented new team members who have a passion for their area of expertise in the following series: Formula 1, IndyCar, rallying and MotoGP. All positions are freelance with remuneration commensurate to talent and experience.</p> <p>Responsibilities may include weekend session and race reports, news items and features, for both Motorsport Week and Motorsport Monday. Importantly, you must have a good command of written English and a foreign language could be an advantage. Once established, we could be sending you to report live at some events.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in finding out more, please email us at <a href=""></a> with the following information;</p> <p>- Full Name<br /> -&nbsp;Location<br /> - Position (Formula 1, IndyCar, rallying, MotoGP)<br /> -&nbsp;Availability (Weekends/Weekdays)<br /> -&nbsp;Past Experience including an example of any published work<br /> -&nbsp;A CV (preferable)</p> <p>Closing date for responses is August 11.</p> wins Nürburgring 24 Hours after late-race dramaSun, 28 May 2017 14:09:49 GMT<p><strong>Audi claimed its fourth victory at the N&uuml;rburgring 24 Hours in a rain-affected conclusion&nbsp;that saw the lead change on the final lap.</strong></p> <p>Kelvin van der Linde took the chequered flag for the Land Motorsport crew, with the South African crossing the line 29 seconds ahead of Nicky Catsburg in the second-placed ROWE Racing BMW M6.</p> <p>Van der Linde shared the #29 Audi R8 LMS with Connor der Phillippi, Christopher Mies and Marcus Winkelhock, who collectively led the majority of the race (126 out of 158 laps) from second on the grid&nbsp;but lost their advantage with 25&nbsp;minutes remaining.</p> <p>An electrical gremlin at the start of&nbsp;Van der Linde&#39;s final stint forced the Land crew to bring its car back into the pits, which promoted the #9 WRT-entered Audi R8 LMS of Rene Rast, Marcel F&auml;ssler, Nico M&uuml;ller and Robin Frijns into the lead.</p> <p>However, a rain shower on the Nordschleife portion of the 16-mile combined circuit caught out Rast and Catsburg who were both running on slick tyres.</p> <p>The pair elected to pit at the start of the final lap, elevating Van der Linde - whose team had fitted wet-weather rubber - back into the lead.</p> <p>In another twist, Catsburg caught and overtook&nbsp;Rast on the final lap to split the two Audis, while Van der Linde brought the Land car home for a hard-fought victory.</p> <p>The result marked the first N&uuml;rburgring 24 Hours triumph for an African driver in Van der Linde, plus a first-time win for De Phillippi who becomes the second American to win the event.&nbsp;Winkelhock and Mies, meanwhile, clinched their third and second wins respectively.</p> <p>Two other cars finished on the lead lap, with the Marco Wittmann/Tom Blomqvist/Martin Tomczyk/Augusto Farfus BMW M6 finishing six minutes down in fourth, ahead of the best-placed Marcedes AMG-GT3 driven by Maro Engel/Adam Christodoulou/Yelmer Buurman/Manuel Metzger.</p> <p>In sixth place was the top-ranked Porsche 911 GT3-R run by Frikadelli Racing, in front of the&nbsp;</p> <p>SP8 category honours for GT4-spec cars went to the Aston Martin GT8 crew of Darren Turner/Nicki Thiim/Peter Cate/Markus Lungstrass, which finished 22nd overall in a field of 160 entries.</p> Guardrail saves car from cliff edge during ERC rallySun, 07 May 2017 19:45:14 GMT<p>Watch as a guardrail saves&nbsp;Tomasz Kasperczyk from going over the edge of a cliff during the ERC Rally Islas Canarias, 2017.</p> Vettel's younger brother to compete in Audi Sport TT CupThu, 13 Apr 2017 10:09:05 GMT<p>Fabian Vettel, the younger brother of four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian, will compete in the Audi Sport TT Cup in 2017.</p> <p>The series is on the DTM support bill and was launched in 2015 to replace the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup.</p> <p>Vettel started kart racing in Germany but will now move into sports cars with the Audi Sport TT Cup as one of the drivers confirmed so far.</p> <p>Each round will also feature guest starters, with seven events on the 2017 calendar &ndash; including present and former F1 tracks such as the Hockenheimring and Red Bull Ring.</p> <p>The Audi Sport TT Cup grid is largely made up of young drivers at the starts of their careers, with 15 confirmed so far from 10 different countries.</p> <p>&quot;We are delighted with the international diversity of this year&#39;s cohort,&rdquo; series boss Philipp Mondelaers said.</p> <p>&quot;Our junior drivers have clearly stepped up throughout the introductory course.&quot;</p> <p>18-year-old Vettel has attended F1 races in support of his brother but will now step up to car racing in 2017.</p> Trend OnDemand launches in the UK and EuropeWed, 05 Apr 2017 18:17:11 GMT<p>Motor Trend OnDemand, the&nbsp;leading dedicated motorsport video on demand service, has announced it will expand to cover the United Kingdom and key European territories, delivering a wide range of motorsport series to millions of fans.</p> <p>Former Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry hosted the launch event on Wednesday at the RAC in Mayfair.</p> <p>The service, which launched in the US last year, will deliver more than 2,000 hours of live and original motorsport-related content for a monthly subscription fee, delivering content to tens of millions of homes through Google Play, Apple TV, Roku, AmazonFire TV and more.</p> <p>Among the series covered by Motor Trend include the Blancpain GT Series, Bathurst 12 Hours, BRDC Formula 3, DTM Championship, FIA F3 Championship,&nbsp;Lamborghini Super Trofeo,&nbsp;Pirelli World Challenge and many more.</p> <p>Speaking about Motor Trend&#39;s expansion,&nbsp;Scott Dickey, CEO of parent company&nbsp;TEN:&nbsp;The Enthusiast Network, said: &quot;When we launched Motor Trend OnDemand last year, the rights to our motorsports content were exclusive to the U.S. Still, we saw a surprising number of members from around the world subscribing to watch our original programming.</p> <p>&quot;Today, we are now delivering what our loyal auto enthusiasts are craving by also offering them access to top racing and motorsports programming from 126 series on nearly any devices, when they want it.</p> <p>&quot;Summed up, we&#39;re covering an unprecedented volume of digital motorsports choice, from international major series to national events in many European countries.&quot;</p> <p>More information can be found on Motor Trend&#39;s website, <a href="">here</a>, including a free-30 day subscription period.</p> Video: Goodwood Members' Meeting #75MMSat, 18 Mar 2017 11:11:01 GMT<p>The Goodwood Members&rsquo; Meeting is an epic weekend of motor racing founded by Lord March, which aims to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members&rsquo; Meetings held at Goodwood throughout the 1950s and 1960s.</p> <p>As well as a full programme of racing, the Members&rsquo; Meeting features all kinds of cars from classic tin-tops and GTs, to motorcycles and open wheeled Formula 3 and F1 machines, offering visitors a friendly and intimate atmosphere with no crowds. A winning formula of spectacular cars, high-speed track demonstrations, fun-packed festivities and great entertainment; along with the very best food and drink.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Click here for the event timetable.</a></p> juniors Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi join Prema in F4Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:11:18 GMT<p><strong>Ferrari Driver Academy members Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi have joined Prema for campaigns in Formula 4 this season.</strong></p> <p>Both drivers were picked up by the Ferrari junior scheme this year, with Armstrong set for a double programme in German and Italian F4.</p> <p>The 16-year-old will race in his first full single-seater season, having sampled Formula Renault and British Formula 3 machinery at selected rounds last year and finishing fourth in the 2016/2017 Toyota Racing Series.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased to be working with Prema Powerteam for the 2017 season,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There is a huge amount of knowledge and experience within the team, and it&#39;s fantastic to share the same ambition.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are hungry for results, which is something I have learned to love about Prema. They have a fantastic reputation and I can&#39;t wait to learn and grow within the team. Between Prema and the Ferrari Driver Academy I feel a great collaboration and I can&#39;t thank them enough.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time F1 world champion Emerson, is making a full-time step up to single-seaters in 2017 with a drive for Prema in Italian F4.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very happy and honored to be racing with Prema and to be part of the Ferrari Driver Academy,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being a rookie this year I know I will have a lot to learn, but nonetheless I am really motivated and looking forward to the start of the season.&rdquo;</p> 201 of Motorsport Monday is out now!Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:48:13 GMT<p><strong>Issue 201&nbsp;of our free magazine, Motorsport Monday, is online now &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="">click here</a>, or the&nbsp;link below to start reading.</strong></p> <p>With the European off-season still in full swing, attention turned down under for the Bathurst 12 Hour race on the mystical Mount Panorama. The GT3 and GT4 classes treated us to a classic race full of twists and turns, with attrition proving it still has a place in endurance racing! Daniel Lloyd brings you all of the action from Bathurst in today&#39;s issue.</p> <p>Back in the F1 world, Luke Smith looks at the ongoing &#39;de-Ronification&#39; process at McLaren following the decision to ditch MP4, while our very own &quot;F1 Prophet&quot;&nbsp;Phillip Horton previews what the season ahead could look like in his F1 almanac. Plus Graham Keilloh also offers his verdict on why F1 might be about to finally get it right on overtaking with the new 2017 regulations. And finally Jezza&nbsp;previews his annual visit to the snows of Scandinavia next week for the WRC&#39;s only true winter event, Rally Sweden.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" height="127" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Magazine/click-to-read.png" width="800" /></a></p> 200 of Motorsport Monday is out now!Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:35:45 GMT<p><strong>Issue 200 of our free magazine, Motorsport Monday, is online now &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="">click here</a>, or the&nbsp;link below to start reading.</strong></p> <p>Sitting on the edge of your seat for 24hrs is not usual when watching endurance racing but this weekend it was mandatory if you wanted to follow what was going on. With three sometimes four cars swapping the lean every couple of minutes, it was clear from early on that we were in for a thrilling race. Add long periods of heavy rain, unusually cold Florida weather and the usual technical gremlins to a 55 car grid and you know it was going to deliver action galore. Read Daniel Lloyds full report on just how the Taylor family conquered the might Daytona track again...</p> <p>Elsewhere we chart the fall of one of Formula 1&#39;s modern day pillars, Bernard Charles Ecclestone. What went wrong and what went another way is explained in detail by&nbsp; Joe Saward and&nbsp;Phillip Horton. We have the full story about just how it happened and more importantly, why!</p> <p>Plus our new technical writer Will Tyson explains&nbsp;why he thinks the new regulations will make F1 great again. Read his explanation and see his amazing drawings in this week&#39;s packed issue.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" height="127" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Magazine/click-to-read.png" width="800" /></a></p> Race of Champions Nations Cup highlightsMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:19:42 GMT<p><strong>Watch highlights from Sunday&#39;s Race of Champions Nations Cup and all-new America vs The World event, held at Marlins Park in Miami. </strong></p> <p>With his team-mate Pascal Wehrlein having to pull out, Sebastian Vettel was all alone on Team Germany but he still managed to take the <a href="">ROC Nations Cup victory</a>.</p> Vettel wins seventh Race of Champions Nations Cup for Team GermanySun, 22 Jan 2017 19:48:36 GMT<p><strong>Sebastian Vettel single-handedly led Team Germany to its seventh Race of Champions Nations Cup title on Sunday in Miami, defeating NASCAR brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch in the final.</strong></p> <p>Four-time Formula 1 world champion Vettel had been due to team up with&nbsp;Pascal Wehrlein, only for the 2015 DTM champion and Sauber F1 racer to be ruled out on medical grounds following a flip during Saturday&#39;s contest.</p> <p>Vettel was unfazed by having to do twice the racing, winning all eight of his matchups en route to a seventh Nations Cup title for Germany. Vettel&nbsp;won six straight between 2007 and 2012 alongside Michael Schumacher.</p> <p>Vettel topped a group including defending Nations Cup champion&nbsp;Team Great Britain, represented by David Coulthard and Jenson Button, and Team Nordic&#39;s Tom Kristensen and Petter Solberg.</p> <p>Vettel faced Team Colombia in the semi-final, with Saturday&#39;s Race of Champions winner Juan Pablo Montoya and recent IndyCar racer Gabby Chaves both losing their heats to give Team Germany a berth in the final.</p> <p>Vettel was matched up against Team USA NASCAR after Kurt and Kyle Busch edged out Team USA IndyCar in controversial fashion. Kyle Busch appeared to jump the start for his decider against Alexander Rossi, but no penalty was applied, giving the brothers a 2-1 victory.</p> <p>Despite almost stalling in the second heat, Vettel managed to complete a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Busch brothers, continuing his run of having always won a title at the Race of Champions, as well as taking Team Germany&#39;s tally of victories to seven.</p> <p>&quot;I had a better day than yesterday,&quot; Vettel said. &quot;It&#39;s a bit of a shame that Pascal is missing, but I did my best.</p> <p>&quot;In the last round against Kyle I was really nervous. The car nearly stalled. But then I came back so really, really happy.&quot;</p> Wehrlein pulls out of ROC Nations Cup after Saturday crashSun, 22 Jan 2017 15:30:03 GMT<p><strong>Sauber Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein will not take part in the Race of Champions Nations Cup on medical grounds after his dramatic crash on Saturday.</strong></p> <p>Wehrlein was racing against fellow F1 driver Felipe Massa during the individual competition at Marlins Park in Miami when his car hit the central barrier just after the finish line.</p> <p>His three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot then clipped Massa&rsquo;s car, flipping over and landing on its side on top of the ROC track wall.</p> <p>Wehrlein and his passenger were unharmed, but as a precautionary measure on doctors&rsquo; advice the German has withdrawn from Sunday&#39;s Nations Cup event.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m very sorry to withdraw from today&rsquo;s ROC Nations Cup,&quot; he explained. &quot;I&rsquo;d really like to race again and I feel fine, but the doctors have advised me to rest so of course I will take their advice.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s no more than mild discomfort but my real priority for the coming year is my Formula 1 season.</p> <p>&quot;So while I&rsquo;m sad to be missing out on all the action, I send my best wishes to my team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the rest of the competitors here in Miami and I wish them another exciting day&rsquo;s racing.&quot;</p> <p>Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya emerged victorious in Saturday&rsquo;s individual competition, on his debut at the ROC. He beat Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen to the win.</p> Pablo Montoya clinches debut Race of Champions victory in MiamiSat, 21 Jan 2017 23:14:41 GMT<p><strong>Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya scored a surprise victory in the Race of Champions on Saturday, winning the individual event on his debut.</strong></p> <p>Montoya&#39;s appearance at Miami&#39;s Marlins Park was his first at the Race of Champions, as he finished runner-up in a group that included Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein and Petter Solberg.</p> <p>Montoya defeated rallycross legend Travis Pastrana 2-0 in the quarter-finals before beating Massa by the same scoreline in the semi-finals, the Brazilian receiving a five-second time penalty in their second match-up after hitting the wall and gaining an advantage.</p> <p>Montoya met nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, taking part in his 15th&nbsp;Race of Champions, with the Dane also finishing as runner-up in his intial group.</p> <p>Kristensen finished behind David Coulthard in the first stage, but got his revenge by beating the ex-Formula 1 driver 2-0 in the semi-final, having narrowly beaten Jenson Button 2-1 in the quarter-finals.</p> <p>Montoya won the first heat of the final against Kristensen in a rallycross car before jumping into a KTM X-Bow, but very nearly jumped the start, appearing to give his rival the upper hand.</p> <p>However, a scruffy second lap from Kristensen allowed Montoya to finish 0.08 seconds clear, completing a 2-0 victory and becoming the Race of Champions&#39; &#39;Champion of Champions&#39;. The result marked Kristensen&#39;s fifth final defeat at the Race of Champions.</p> <p>Defending champion Sebastian Vettel was a surprise casualty in the group stage, finishing third in his group with just one victory to his name against Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.</p> <p>Montoya aside, the stars of IndyCar had a tough night as only <span>H&eacute;lio </span> Castroneves also made it past the group stage, with Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan also falling at the first hurdle.</p> <p>Wehrlein was another who failed to make it through the group stage, suffering a terrifying roll in his car after crashing into Massa shortly after the finish line, while NASCAR brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch had mixed nights, the latter losing out in the quarter-finals to David Coulthard.</p> to Motorsport WeekMon, 16 Jan 2017 21:09:28 GMT<p><b>Today sees the launch of our rebranded website following a merger with motorsport&rsquo;s most-read weekly magazine, </b><b><i>Motorsport Monday</i></b><b>.</b></p> <p>As you&rsquo;ll have probably noticed, we&rsquo;ve also changed our name to <b><i>Motorsport Week</i></b>, tweaked the website and introduced a few new series including the World Rally Championship, NASCAR, IMSA and more.</p> <p>In order to deliver the very best content, we&rsquo;ve more than doubled our writing team and can now boast some of the most-respected motorsport journalists on the planet, including F1&rsquo;s Joe Saward and WRC&rsquo;s Jerry Williams.</p> <p>Each will have their very own column on the homepage &ndash; these will be launching in the coming week, so keep an eye out!</p> <p>We have a lot more planned for the coming weeks and months, not only in terms of content, great new writers and features, but also some new, exciting and hopefully innovative fan engagements and rewards for our readers.</p> <p>And in truth it&rsquo;s only thanks to you that we can do what we do, therefore we feel it&rsquo;s only right that we reward you. There will be more details on the website and in the magazine about how we plan to do that later this year.</p> <p>May I also urge you to check out <b><i>Motorsport Monday</i></b> &ndash; which, as the title says, comes out every Monday. It&rsquo;s packed full of great content, written by some brilliant writers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Issue 198 is out now and we take a look at the latest running of the Dakar Rally, we preview the 85th&nbsp;running of the Rallye Monte Carlo and look back at Manor&rsquo;s time in Formula 1 as their fate hangs in the balance, plus plenty more.</p> <p>So here&rsquo;s to a new year of great motorsport action and great motorsport content from both <b><i>Motorsport Week</i></b>&nbsp;and <b><i>Motorsport Monday</i></b>.</p> <p>Ryan Wood<br /> Group Online Editor</p> of Champions draw takes place for Miami eventMon, 16 Jan 2017 20:56:24 GMT<p><strong>The draw for the Race of Champions group stages took place on Monday at the Marlins Park in Miami, where the event will be held this weekend.</strong></p> <p>AutoNation&rsquo;s Marc Cannon and Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay were on hand to help with the draw as well as taking a few&nbsp;lucky competition winners out on the&nbsp;ROC Skills Challenge course.</p> <p>The draw has set up some interesting head-to-heads, with&nbsp;NASCAR champion Kyle Busch taking&nbsp;on Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button during Saturday&rsquo;s individual race while Kurt Busch will face &lsquo;Mr Le Mans&rsquo; Tom Kristensen.</p> <p>Double Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will race World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, while action sports great Travis Pastrana will meet four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, the reigning ROC Champion of Champions.</p> <p>Sunday&#39;s ROC Nations Cup will see ten teams competing for ultimate glory, and with three home teams in Group A, it&#39;s guaranteed that one of the team USA&#39;s will make it through to the final.</p> <p><b>Race Of Champions Draw (Saturday 21 January)</b></p> <p><b>Group A&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Sebastian VETTEL (Germany)&nbsp;<br /> Travis PASTRANA (USA)<br /> Helio CASTRONEVES (Brazil)<br /> Either Scott SPEED (USA) or Alexander ROSSI (USA)</p> <p><b>Group B&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Juan-Pablo MONTOYA (Colombia)<br /> Petter SOLBERG (Norway)<br /> Felipe MASSA (Brazil)<br /> Pascal WEHRLEIN (Germany)</p> <p><b>Group C&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Jenson BUTTON (Great Britain)<br /> Kyle BUSCH (USA)<br /> Tony KANAAN (Brazil)<br /> James HINCHCLIFFE (Canada)</p> <p><b>Group D&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Tom KRISTENSEN (Denmark)<br /> Kurt BUSCH (USA)&nbsp;<br /> David COULTHARD (Great Britain)<br /> Ryan HUNTER-REAY (USA)</p> <p><b>ROC Nations Cup Draw (Sunday 22 January)</b></p> <p><b>Group A</b></p> <p>Team USA NASCAR (Kurt Busch &amp; Kyle Busch)<br /> Team USA IndyCar (Ryan Hunter-Reay &amp; Alexander Rossi)<br /> Team USA Rally X (Travis Pastrana &amp; Scott Speed)<br /> Team ROC Factor Canada (James Hinchcliffe &amp; Stefan Rzadzinski)</p> <p><b>Group B</b></p> <p>Team Great Britain (Jenson Button &amp; David Coulthard)<br /> Team Germany (Sebastian Vettel &amp; Pascal Wehrlein)<br /> Team Nordic (Tom Kristensen &amp; Petter Solberg)</p> <p><b>Group C&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Team ROC Factor Latin America (Helio Castroneves &amp; Gabriel Glusman)<br /> Team Brazil (Tony Kanaan &amp; Felipe Massa)<br /> Team Colombia (Juan Pablo Montoya &amp; Gabby Chaves)&nbsp;</p> Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan added to Race of Champions line-upTue, 04 Oct 2016 20:07:47 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar&#39;s&nbsp;Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan have signed up to compete in 2017 edition of the Race of Champions, which is due to be held in Miami, Florida.</strong></p> <p>The Colombian and Brazilian both currently race in the IndyCar series and&nbsp;finished&nbsp;seventh and&nbsp;eighth respectively this season.</p> <p>Kanaan has previously taken part in ROC when he partnered Felipe Massa in 2004. The pair made it through to the semi-finals of the competition before being knocked out by Team France, which consisted of&nbsp;Jean Alesi and Sebastien Loeb.</p> <p>&quot;I absolutely loved when I raced at the Race Of Champions in France back in 2004 and I always wanted to do it again,&quot; commented Kanaan.</p> <p>&quot;I live in Miami, so having the race here in my backyard is the perfect opportunity to be part of it and to race against the biggest names from motorsport around the world.&quot;</p> <p>Montoya, who will make his debut, added:&nbsp;&quot;I&rsquo;m really looking forward to competing in my first Race Of Champions. It&rsquo;s an event I&rsquo;ve always wanted to do, and to be able to race here at home in Miami makes it even more special.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Race Of Champions is such a unique event, bringing together the top drivers from the main series around the world and from different generations.</p> <p>&quot;When I was racing in Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel was a young talent in Formula BMW, now he is a four-time World Champion...&quot;</p> Kristensen signs up for 2017 Race of Champions in MiamiTue, 13 Sep 2016 15:58:04 GMT<p><b>Tom Kristensen will make his 15th appearance at the Race of Champions in Miami next January, racing alongside Petter Solberg in Team Nordic.</b></p> <p>Nine-time Le Mans winner Kristensen made his Race of Champions debut back in 2001, winning the Nations Cup twice and finishing as runner-up in the individual event on four occasions.</p> <p>After narrowly losing out to four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel in the London final last year, Kristensen will now return to the Race of Champions on January 21-22 at the Miami Marlins Park.</p> <p>&quot;I may have &lsquo;officially&rsquo; retired from competitive racing, but I&rsquo;ve been coming to the Race Of Champions for so long I still count it as the exception to the rule,&quot; Kristensen said.</p> <p>&quot;ROC is a very special event and I am always very honoured to take part. I&#39;ve been pretty competitive by winning the ROC Nations Cup twice and making it to the Grand Final four times. It is a lot of fun to race against the young guns &ndash; especially when you&#39;re lucky to give them a lesson.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even though my time at ROC has been partially successful, I&rsquo;m still waiting to take home the individual trophy so maybe I can finally rectify that in Miami.</p> <p>&quot;The challenge is to race against top drivers from a wide range of motor sport series, but besides the racing it is a lovely event with lovely people. It&rsquo;s always a great weekend and we also enjoy meeting up with race fans from all over the world.</p> <p>&quot;Most of all I hope we can give the crowds in Miami a show to remember.&rdquo;</p> <p>Solberg will partner Kristensen once again after their run to semi-final of the Nations Cup last year, the World RX and former WRC driver also&nbsp;having won the ROC Skills Challenge in London.</p> <p>Kristensen and Solberg join Vettel, IndyCar&#39;s Ryan Hunter-Reay and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch on the roster for the 2017 event, as well as action sports star Travis Pastrana.</p> of Champions heads to Miami for 2017 eventTue, 23 Aug 2016 22:02:50 GMT<p><strong>The Race of Champions event will be held in America for the first time next year, with Miami&#39;s&nbsp;Marlins Park baseball stadium signed up to host the all-star showdown, which pits professional racers against one another.</strong></p> <p>Previously the event has been held in&nbsp;Barbados, Thailand, Germany, China,&nbsp;France and most recently London.</p> <p>The next edition of ROC will be held in Miami on January 21-22, with various drivers already signed up including defending Champion of Champions Sebastian Vettel.</p> <p>The Ferrari driver won the crown during the most recent running, taking the crown from David Coulthard. Meanwhile team England 1, consisting of Jason Plato and Andy Priaulx, won the Nations&#39; Cup.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m very happy to have finally won the individual Race Of Champions title last year in London&rsquo;s Olympic Stadium and I look forward to defending my title at ROC in Miami,&quot; commentedt Vettel.</p> <p>&quot;All the drivers are strong, and the top US drivers from NASCAR and IndyCar will certainly be extra motivated to win in front of their home fans now that the event is being held in their country for the first time.</p> <p>&quot;This will also be the first time ROC has been held in a baseball stadium so I&rsquo;m curious to discover the new track layout. But as always it&rsquo;s the same track and identical cars for everyone so only driver skill makes the difference.</p> <p>&quot;The racing at ROC is always very intense and the head-to-head duels often decided by fractions of a second, so it&rsquo;s just one strategy; flat out from start to finish!</p> <p>&quot;The Race Of Champions reminds us a lot about why we all first started racing; it&rsquo;s about pure competition. The competition is very intense on the track and everyone wants to win, but it&rsquo;s also about putting on a great show for the fans.</p> <p>&quot;I think all the drivers who have had the honour to participate in ROC fell in love with the event. It&rsquo;s a privilege to be invited and to be able to come back.&quot;</p> <p>Other confirmed drivers include&nbsp;NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kurt Busch and former Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.</p> beats Kristensen to take Race of Champions winSat, 21 Nov 2015 18:42:39 GMT<p><strong>Ferrari&#39;s Sebastian Vettel is the 2015 Race of Champions Champion of Champions after securing victory against nine-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen.</strong></p> <p>This is the German&#39;s first overall victory, despite having won the Nations Cup six times, though he and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg lost out to Team England on Friday evening at London&#39;s former Olympic Stadium.</p> <p>Saturday was however Vettel&#39;s day, needing just two races out of three to secure his title as Champion of Champions.</p> <p>The four-time Formula 1 champion beat Kristensen in both the Radical SR3 SRX and KTM XBow cars. The Dane made a crucial error in the second heat, hitting the barrier and handing Vettel an easy victory.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;To be honest, I&#39;ve tried so many times so today was a surprise,&quot; said Vettel.</p> <p>&quot;We all know with this format you don&#39;t get much time in the car so you need to be quick when it matters and find the rhythm .</p> <p>&quot;I was able to find it today and end up in the the fine. In the first race, I pushed very hard.</p> <p>&quot;I think Tom had a bit of a problem in the second run in the final, so not entirely straightforward, but very happy and honoured to win.&quot;</p> <p>Vettel&#39;s route to the final included beating Hulkenberg,&nbsp;World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg and defending Race Of Champions winner David Coulthard.</p> <p>Meanwhile Kristensen dispatched&nbsp;Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr, British Touring Car Championship legend Jason Plato and Blancpain Endurance champion Alex Buncombe.</p>, Hulkenberg defeated in ROC Nations CupFri, 20 Nov 2015 22:38:52 GMT<p><strong>Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg couldn&#39;t secure a seventh Race of Champions Nations Cup victory for Germany in London on Friday after being beaten by England&#39;s Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato.</strong></p> <p>The victory is England&#39;s first Nations Cup win since the event was added to the ROC in 1999.</p> <p>BTCC stars Priaulx and Plato went up against Jenson Button and Alex Buncombe in the semi-final, beating the Formula 1 and&nbsp;Blancpain Endurance Series racers to go head-to-head with Ferrari&#39;s Vettel and Force India&#39;s Hulkenberg in the final.</p> <p>Priaulx beat Vettel in the first heat, but Hulkenberg fought back against Plato, levelling the score. A decider between Priaulx and Hulkenberg saw the German miss out by +1.807 seconds.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s brilliant to win in front of your home fans. We&#39;re so happy to finally bring the trophy home,&quot; commented Priaulx.</p> <p>Vettel, who has won six previous Nations Cup&#39;s alongside Michael Schumacher, added:&nbsp;&quot;It hurts a lot, hurts a lot. We tried everything but I think it was their day. It been a great night.&quot;</p> <p>Saturday plays host to the Champion of Champions event which will see every driver go head-to-head to claim the ultimate crown.</p> <p>Competing tomorrow: Daniel Ricciardo, Mick Doohan, Felipe Massa, Nelson Piquet Jr, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Jason Plato, Andy Priaulx, Jenson Button, Alex Buncombe, David Coulthard, Susie Wolff, Tom Kristensen, Petter Solberg, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jose Maria Lopez, Chris Hoy, Jolyon Palmer and Pascal Wehrlein.</p> latest F1 driver to join Race of ChampionsThu, 05 Nov 2015 14:31:28 GMT<p><strong>Jenson Button is the latest Formula 1 driver to join this year&#39;s Race of Champions event which is to be held at London&#39;s former Olympic stadium in November.</strong></p> <p>The Briton is just one of six current drivers taking part, with&nbsp;Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Nico H&uuml;lkenberg, Felipe Massa and Daniel Ricciardo all having been confirmed already.</p> <p>They will race greats from Le Mans, IndyCar, Rallycross, Touring Cars and MotoGP in a bid to find the ultimate &#39;Champion of Champions&#39;, whilst also competing in national teams.</p> <p>Button will team up with&nbsp;Alex Buncombe, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion, in one of two English teams.</p> <p>&quot;I can&#39;t wait to be back at the Race Of Champions again &ndash; and especially to be racing at home at London&rsquo;s former Olympic Stadium.&nbsp;It is always a very special event with a good atmosphere,&quot; said the McLaren driver.</p> <p>&quot;You&rsquo;re racing against guys from your own series plus others from all over the world.&nbsp;We get to meet friends old and new from the different forms of motor sport so we enjoy our time both on and off the track.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s always a lot of fun but everyone wants to put on a good show for the fans &ndash; and of course we only pretend to be taking it easy before giving it everything when we&rsquo;re sitting in the car on the line.</p> <p>&quot;I look forward to partnering Alex Buncombe in the ROC Nations Cup too. Germany had an annoying habit of beating us at Wembley in 2007 and 2008 so it&#39;s about time we made it all the way now we&rsquo;ll be racing on the other side of London. Now all I can do is urge any race fans out there to get themselves to the former Olympic Stadium later this month to give us a cheer&hellip;&quot;</p> <p>Other drivers taking part include: Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, reigning World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, reigning Formula E Champion Nelson Piquet Jr, Williams Martini Racing&rsquo;s Official Test Driver Susie Wolff, British Touring Car great Jason Plato, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard plus MotoGP world champions Mick Doohan and Jorge Lorenzo.</p> confirmed for 2015 Race of ChampionsMon, 20 Jul 2015 18:09:08 GMT<p><strong>Daniel Ricciardo will make his Race of Champions debut in late-November after agreeing to take part in the event, organisers have confirmed.</strong></p> <p>The Red Bull driver will team up with&nbsp;motorcycling legend Mick Doohan to form Team Australia in the Nations Cup, whilst also competing separately in the Champion of Champions competition.</p> <p>Ricciardo will race against&nbsp;former Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari driver has taken part in the event on multiple occasions and won the Nations Cup six times alongside team-mate Michael Schumacher between 2007 and 2012.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s an honour to be invited to the Race Of Champions and I&#39;m really looking forward to racing inside the tight confines of London&#39;s former Olympic Stadium,&quot; said Ricciardo.</p> <p>&quot;It will be very different to what I&#39;m used to in Formula 1 but I can&#39;t wait to try out ROC&#39;s wide range of cars in quick succession. It looks like a serious challenge but I&#39;m ready for anything.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s also very special to be able to represent my country, especially as teammate to someone like Mick Doohan. The word &#39;legend&#39; is overused in sport but Mick is one of the few who genuinely deserve it.</p> <p>&quot;What he&#39;s achieved is incredible and I&#39;ve seen he&#39;s a mean competitor on four wheels too. Now we need as many Europe-based Aussies as possible to come to London to cheer us on, then let&#39;s see what we can do.&quot;</p> <p>ROC 2015 also includes nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, the reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg and the current ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard.</p>