Motorsport Week - Other News Catch up on all Other news, here at Motorsport Week RSS Feed! 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>