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Elliott "confused" by tyre issues in crucial Texas NASCAR race

Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott was left "confused" by repeated tyre problems at Texas which dented his playoff hopes, but accepted the outcome could have been worse than seventh.

Danica Patrick: US needs American F1 driver, wants Herta on grid

Former IndyCar and NASCAR racer Danica Patrick says Formula 1 needs an American driver to boost its US reputation, and wants to see IndyCar star Colton Herta make the move.

Lamborghini edging closer to WEC/IMSA prototype entry for 2024

Lamborghini is closing on its LMDh prototype entry into the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in time for the 2024 season.

Newey on top of Red Bull’s F1 set-up headaches after injury return

Red Bull says technical chief Adrian Newey was immediately on top of its car set-up headaches on his return to Formula 1 action in Turkey following a serious bike accident.

O’Ward: ‘I’d be lying’ to deny interest in future F1 move

Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward says he'd “be lying” if he denied interest in a future switch to Formula 1 ahead of his maiden test in Abu Dhabi.

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

British GT champion Lind considered retiring after losing Lamborghini works status

Newly-crowned British GT champion Dennis Lind has revealed that he considered retiring from racing after being dropped as a Lamborghini factory driver last year.

Modified current WRC cars set to be eligible for 2022

Current generation World Rally Cars will be permitted to compete in next year’s World Rally Championship with a reduced power output.

Archive: The background figure keeping F1's new Canadian hero on track

In 1996, Jacques Villeneuve's Formula 1 career with Williams was taking off. In the 19 September issue of Autosport magazine, the second-generation Canadian and his manager Craig Pollock explained the nuances of having the right agent in your corner

Canossa Events announces the creation of Canossa Racing

Canossa Racing – a new joint venture between GPS Classic and Canossa Events - has acquired Alfa Revival Cup, expanding the event offerings to the racing world.

Extra 1.5-second fire protection from new F1 gloves important - Masi

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says the extra fire protection provided by a new generation of gloves is worth having, despite the apparently marginal gain of 1.5 seconds.

The people behind Cupra's on-track racing success

At every level of motorsport, behind each on-track racing success there is a team working hard in the background to make it happen.

Bottas: Certainty over F1 future helping me focus on driving

Valtteri Bottas says his recent upswing in results in Formula 1 has been helped by his future in the sport being settled.

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

FIA set to revise sportscar driver classification criteria for 2022

The FIA has revealed that it is expecting to make revisions to its system of driver categorisation in time for next season.

Ogier declares difficult Rally Spain a “positive step” for WRC title bid

Sebastien Ogier declared a fourth at Rally Spain as another positive step in landing an eighth World Rally Championship title despite falling short of his targets last weekend.

Former Renault F1 engine boss Taffin joins ORECA as technical director

Remi Taffin, who engineered Fernando Alonso to the Formula 1 world championship with Renault in 2005 and 2006, has joined French constructor ORECA as technical director.

Petronas remains committed to Mercedes F1 team, Aramco rumours dismissed

Mercedes Formula 1 title sponsor Petronas has reiterated its long-term commitment to the team, amid wild speculation that its deal could end early.

Ekstrom praises Cupra Racing team after winning Pure ETCR title

Mattias Ekstrom has hailed his Cupra Racing team after being crowned the inaugural Pure ETCR champion following a dramatic showdown at Pau-Arnos in France.

Alex Premat drops out of the Bathurst 1000

Alex Premat has been ruled out of his Bathurst 1000 drive with Tickford Racing due to international travel restrictions.

Texas NASCAR: Larson wins to secure final four playoffs place

Kyle Larson booked his place in the final four of the NASCAR Cup playoffs with victory at Texas, holding off Hendrick team-mate William Byron to the line.

Ferrari: P3 in F1 championship clear target after gains on McLaren

Mattia Binotto says beating McLaren to third in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship is a “clear objective” for Ferrari this year, helping the team work under pressure.

WRX Portugal: Gronholm claims second victory of 2021

Niclas Gronholm drove to a second victory of the World Rallycross Championship season at Montalegre in Portugal thanks to a lap-one joker.

Ekstrom crowned PURE ETCR champion as Vernay wins ultra-dramatic finale

Mattias Ekstrom and CUPRA X Zengo Motorsport became the inaugural PURE ETCR champion in a brutal season finale at Pau-Arnos in France.

Evans: "Anything can happen” in Monza WRC title decider

Elfyn Evans says “anything can happen” yet in the World Rally Championship title fight but admits it will take something “radical” to deny Sebastien Ogier at next month’s Monza decider.

Neuville praises marshals' help in WRC Rally Spain final stage scare

Thierry Neuville has praised a group of marshals for helping revive his Hyundai after a “heart attack” moment almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Rally Spain.

Donington British GT: Machitski and Lind wrap up title, Enduro takes first win

Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind secured British GT championship spoils with a steady drive to fourth place at the Donington Park finale as Enduro Motorsport's McLaren took a maiden win.

WRC points leader Ogier fined for Rally Spain traffic offence

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has been fined for a traffic related offence and for failing to stop when told to by local police at Rally Spain. 

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

WTCR France: Vernay keeps title hopes alive with victory

Jean-Karl Vernay reignited his World Touring Car Cup title hopes with a vital victory on home soil, beating fellow Frenchman Yvan Muller at Pau-Arnos.

WRC Spain: Neuville clinches dominant win, Evans keeps title hopes alive

Thierry Neuville produced one of the drives of the season to claim a dominant Rally Spain win over Elfyn Evans, who kept his Word Rally Championship title hopes alive.

How high-tech F1 has changed the race engineer role

A Formula 1 race engineer’s job used to be to collect the feedback from a driver and translate that into modifications on the car.

Le Mans Virtual Series Spa: Team Redline win both classes
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Le Mans Virtual Series Spa: Team Redline win both classes

Team Redline has won both classes of the 6 Hours of Spa, the second round of the Le Mans Virtual Series thanks to a clever strategy and coy use of fuel saving.

Norris: Openness over mental health important to help others

Lando Norris hopes that his willingness to speak out on mental health in Formula 1 can act as aspiration for others to come forward and be more open with their struggles.

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race Motegi II
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Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race

Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri wrapped up the 2021 Super Formula title with a fifth place finish at Motegi, as teammate Hiroki Otsu clinched his maiden race victory.

WRC Spain: Neuville closing in on victory as Ogier loses third

Thierry Neuville moved a step closer to a dominant World Rally Championship victory at Rally Spain after extending his lead over Toyota’s Elfyn Evans on Sunday morning.

Ogier “never changed so much on car” to find WRC Rally Spain sweet spot

Sebastien Ogier says he’s “never changed so much on a car during a rally” to overcome set-up issues that have plagued his World Rally Championship victory hopes in Spain.

Podcast: IndyCar champion Scott Dixon remembers Dan Wheldon

Saturday 16 October marks 10 years to the day double Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon tragically died in an IndyCar crash at Las Vegas.

Title favourite Ekstrom on pole for PURE ETCR showdown

Mattias Ekstrom is on the verge of becoming the inaugural PURE ETCR champion after he and CUPRA X Zengo Motorsport continued their serene progress at Pau-Arnos on Saturday.

WRC Spain: Neuville in command as Ogier fights back

Thierry Neuville has emerged as the firm favourite to win the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship following a dominant Saturday at Rally Spain.

Portugal WRX: Hansen leads Gronholm after Saturday's running

World Rallycross Championship points’ leader Timmy Hansen set a brace of fastest times on the opening day of round seven at Montalegre in Portugal to head the overnight standings.

Muller claims first WTCR pole position in two years at Pau-Arnos

Yvan Muller stormed to his first pole position for two years by beating Jean-Karl Vernay in World Touring Car Cup qualifying at the short 1.88-mile Pau-Arnos circuit in France.

O'Sullivan secures GB3 title with victory at Donington

Zak O'Sullivan has claimed the 2021 GB3 Championship crown after taking his sixth win of the year on the final weekend of the season at Donington Park.

How unlucky has Alonso really been in F1 2021?

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso says good luck "seems to keep avoiding" him after losing a chance to score big points in Turkey.

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

Berger: Controversial Norisring finale has "damaged" DTM

DTM chief Gerhard Berger admits that the Norisring finale has “damaged” the series’ reputation and he will “personally” work on a solution in the winter break.

The Schumacher Monaco conundrum that complicates F1 pole debate

Formula 1 drivers have expressed unease this year about how pole position records are being skewed by penalties and the new sprint race format.

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

WRC Spain: Neuville pulls clear of Evans on Saturday morning

Thierry Neuville completed a clean sweep of World Rally Championship stage wins on Saturday morning to further extend his Rally Spain lead over Toyota’s Elfyn Evans.

Rea: Rossi saying my missed MotoGP shot was a shame "really nice"

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Valentino Rossi calling his missed MotoGP opportunity “a great shame” is “really nice”, and agrees with the Italian legend.

Vettel: Too many races could stop F1 being "special"

Formula 1 risks losing valuable staff as well as stopping grands prix being ‘special’ events if the calendar continues expanding, warns Sebastian Vettel.

WRC to introduce new Artificial Intelligence camera to improve safety

World Rally Championship cars will be fitted with a newly developed FIA Artificial Intelligence Safety Camera designed to scan stages for potential hazards.

Chassis damage rules Hyundai's Tanak out of WRC Rally Spain completely

Ott Tanak will sit out the remaining stages of Rally Spain after Hyundai Motorsport confirmed it was unable to repair the 2019 World Rally champion’s damaged car.

Ekstrom wins at Pau-Arnos to eliminate Baptista from Pure ETCR title fight

Mattias Ekstrom reduced the PURE ETCR title fight to a four-driver affair with a commanding round one victory as the final event of the season got underway at Pau-Arnos, France.

Cape Town round dropped from Formula E calendar, Jakarta in

An inaugural Cape Town E-Prix has been officially dropped from the 2022 Formula E calendar, while a maiden race in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been locked in.

WRC Spain: Neuville surges into the lead as Evans survives scare

Thierry Neuville claimed the Rally Spain lead after an inspired afternoon run while World Rally Championship title contender and early leader Elfyn Evans survived a wild moment.

Alpine could stay in WEC in 2022 as grandfathered LMP1 rules extended

Alpine will have the chance to race on in the World Endurance Championship with its ORECA LMP1 design next year.

New Zealand secures spot on 2022 WRC calendar

New Zealand will host a round of the World Rally Championship next year following the release of the full 13-strong 2022 schedule, which includes an event yet to be confirmed.

Ricciardo to demo Earnhardt NASCAR Cup car at US GP

Daniel Ricciardo will get to drive one of Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR Cup cars at the United States Grand Prix, after winning his Formula 1 bet with boss Zak Brown.