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UK motorsport to remain behind closed-doors until May

Spectators will not be allowed into motorsport venues in the UK until at least the middle of May following the latest government guidelines on the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

W Series driver Eaton to race Praga in Britcar

W Series driver Abbie Eaton will contest this season's Britcar Endurance Championship at the wheel of a Praga R1 as part of the manufacturer's guest driver line-up.

Promoted: The motorsport gear you need for 2021

Finding out what equipment you need when starting out in motorsport can be a minefield. Stefan Mackley spoke to Grand Prix Racewear boss Anthony Cheshire to get some clarity

The club racing initiative that should be dropped post-COVID

Online scrutineering was a neat solution to minimise contact as club racing returned in 2020, but should it be left behind when the world returns to normal? STEFAN MACKLEY argues that in the interests of safety and transparency, it should be quietly dropped

Why UK national clubs must work together to survive

One of the more positive side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many UK organising clubs have started to co-operate more closely, and that brings wide-ranging benefits as STEFAN MACKLEY explains

DRS: In defence of an unpopular F1 overtaking aid

The 2021 Formula 1 season will mark the 10th anniversary of the widely-criticised DRS overtaking aid, but STEFAN MACKLEY argues its greatest problem is down to the application by circuits rather than the device itself

MSV appeals for help after vehicles stolen from Cadwell Park

Leading UK circuit operator MotorSport Vision has appealed for help after a safety car and medical vehicle were stolen from Cadwell Park on Tuesday morning

The reboot behind the UK’s thriving single-seater category Plus

The reboot behind the UK’s thriving single-seater category

The long-standing British Formula 3 Championship ended in 2014, but the current MotorSport Vision-run F3 series has gone some way to filling the void. In striving to keep costs down, it's carved out a niche that it hopes will attract aspirational drivers

The UK series where F1's pioneers made their mark Plus

The UK series where F1's pioneers made their mark

Before the likes of Colin Chapman, Gordon Murray and Patrick Head became fixtures of the Formula 1 paddock, they all cut their teeth in the UK's now longest running championship - which is still going strong despite 2020's global pandemic

Red Bull Junior Hauger moves to Prema in FIA F3

Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger will return to the FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2021 with double title-winning team Prema Racing

How Carlin's next American hope took the long road to glory Plus

How Carlin's next American hope took the long road to glory

A second crack at the BRDC British Formula 3 title yielded top prize for Kaylen Frederick, but the Carlin driver made life hard for himself in a year that threatened to yield a surprise outcome

Horner's Arden squad to join 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship

Junior single-seater powerhouse Arden Motorsport will join the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship next season, taking the total number of teams in the series to 10

Two-day FIA F3 test prize for 2021 British F3 champion

The BRDC British F3 Championship will award next year's champion with a two-day test in an FIA Formula 3 car to aid their climb up the motorsport ladder

Lanan Racing withdraws from British F3 as Elite joins category

Lanan Racing, which propelled Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell on his career, will end its involvement with the BRDC British F3 Championship having sold its cars to Elite Motorsport

Frederick claims British F3 title after dominant display at Silverstone

American Kaylen Frederick has claimed the BRDC British F3 Championship title in the final race of the season at Silverstone

Flagging up the wrong message in British F3

Errant chequered flags and safety-car boards in BRDC British F3 at Snetterton may seem like minor mistakes, but they could have a big impact when the title fight is so close, says STEFAN MACKLEY

The SEAT club racer putting Moss and Senna in the shade

Stirling Moss, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna have all won races at the Castle Combe Circuit during its 70-year history, but one driver stands head and shoulders above them when it comes to outright victories at the venue. He spoke to STEFAN MACKLEY

How a nightmare weekend turned British F3 upside-down

A calamitous BRDC British F3 weekend for former table-topper Kaylen Frederick shows how quickly fortunes can change, underlining the importance of regularly scoring points, says STEFAN MACKLEY

Club racing with an ex-Formula 1 driver

The 116 Trophy is one of the UK's newest series and, despite a delayed start to its sophomore year, is already showing signs of flourishing - including getting an ex-Formula 1 driver behind the wheel

No spectators allowed for opening BTCC round following UK government decision

No spectators will be allowed into the first British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season this weekend at Donington Park following a decision by the UK government

The racing club changing the face of UK motorsport

MotorSport Vision Racing is one of the newest racing clubs in the UK, and under the guidance of Jonathan Palmer it has grown in only a decade and a half to become one of the most successful. STEFAN MACKLEY explores

How racing is adapting to a socially-distanced world

UK club racing finally resumed earlier this month in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown. But just how have things changed for the regular competitors taking part in their hobby, and what has become the new normal? STEFAN MACKLEY shares his experiences from Snetterton last weekend

The British GP2 race-winner returning from five years in the wilderness Plus

The British GP2 race-winner returning from five years in the wilderness

Instead of the platform for bigger things, winning the 2015 European Le Mans Series title turned into a dead-end for Britain's Jon Lancaster. Now he's back racing again and determined to make up for lost time in the category he conquered five years ago

The British talent whose rise won't be halted by COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has put Johnathan Hoggard's 2020 plans on hold, but the latest winner of the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award is ready to pick up where he left off in a successful 2019 campaign, says STEFAN MACKLEY

Motorsport UK-sanctioned rally events given green light to return

Motorsport UK has announced that sanctioned rally events will once again be able take place following the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown

The day Schumacher ended Ferrari's 21-year wait for F1 glory

In the latest in Autosport's 'My Favourite Race' series, STEFAN MACKLEY remembers the day Michael Schumacher brought a 21-year barren spell for Ferrari to an end at the 2000 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

MSV venues to open race meetings to spectators from 11 July

MotorSport Vision has announced it will allow spectators to attend race meetings from as early as next weekend following the resumption of on-track racing

Norris: No major advantage for F1 drivers who took part in sim races

Lando Norris does not expect a "night and day" difference between Formula 1 drivers who have and have not done sim racing across the enforced coronavirus break once track action resumes

Physical forces will be a challenge on F1 return, says Lando Norris

Drivers will find the physical demands of racing a Formula 1 car again "a challenge" once track action resumes next month, according to Lando Norris

Ousted Toyota WRC driver Meeke could be thrown career lifeline by Pirelli

Ex-World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke could be handed a career lifeline as Pirelli's tyre tester ahead of the marque's return to the series in 2021

Le Mans Virtual: Alonso/Barrichello car recovering from early crash and stoppage

The FA/RB AllInSports Le Mans Virtual entry of former Formula 1 stars Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello is battling to recover after encountering several issues in the opening hours

Le Mans Virtual Hour 1: Van der Linde leads for E-Team WRT ahead of Veloce's Vandoorne

E-Team WRT driver Kelvin van der Linde led the Le Mans Virtual 24 Hours after the opening hour of racing ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne in the #16 Veloce Esports machine

How real-life driver line-ups could surprise at a virtual Le Mans

Sim racers are expected to dominate in this weekend's virtual Le Mans 24 Hours contest, but two high-profile teams are putting faith in real-life driver line-ups. The challenge will be huge but could their experience spring a surprise?

How an all-star cast is preparing for a virtual Le Mans 24 Hours

The 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours was due to take place this weekend before the coronavirus pandemic postponed it, but the virtual 24-hour race taking place instead is set to provide a star-studded line-up and just as much action

Ex-F1 star Montoya still has ambitions of Le Mans return and triple crown success

Ex-Formula 1 racer Juan Pablo Montoya says he still has ambitions of racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours again and completing the triple crown of motorsport

IndyCar’s forgotten Brits: Martin Plowman

In the first of a series of articles focusing on Brits who went in search of the American Dream, Martin Plowman recalls how help from an IndyCar legend and friend paved the way for an enlightening but short-lived career in the States

How Eaton's Grand Tour has led to single-seaters Plus

How Eaton's Grand Tour has led to single-seaters

Having triumphed in club motorsport, and landed a prominent TV driving role, Abbie Eaton has struggled with that problem so many aspiring drivers face: raising a budget. Now her career has taken a new direction after joining the W Series grid

National News: COVID-19 could impact UK racing for two to three years, says Palmer

UK motorsport could take two to three years to fully recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to circuit operator Jonathan Palmer

The national racing team celebrating a golden anniversary Plus

The national racing team celebrating a golden anniversary

After numerous successes in single-seaters and tin-tops over a 50-year period, the family-run Hillspeed team of Richard and father Morgan Ollerenshaw is still going strong

The tech changes bringing new complexity to UK single-seaters Plus

The tech changes bringing new complexity to UK single-seaters

Electing not to go down the halo route, the BRDC British F3 championship has instead taken inspiration from IndyCar for a new safety device and introduced a raft of aerodynamic updates that will give the 2020 intake a little more to think about than their predecessors

UK motorsport on hold until July to contain spread of coronavirus

No Motorsport UK-sanctioned events will now take place until at least the start of July after the governing body extended its suspension period due to the coronavirus pandemic

BTCC race winner Collard switches to British GT with Barwell

Multiple British Touring Car Championship race winner Rob Collard will make the switch to endurance racing this season and compete in the British GT Championship with Barwell Motorsport

The venerable racing club going strong after eight decades Plus

The venerable racing club going strong after eight decades

It may be entering its 81st season in 2020, but the 750 Motor Club is showing no signs of slowing down and remains faithful to the principles that have made it a success

A 30-year wait for FF Festival revenge Plus

A 30-year wait for FF Festival revenge

Bernard Dolan's hopes winning at the prestigious Formula Ford Festival in 1989 were dashed by rain and an error in judgement from his team. Now, 30 years later, he has a shot at redemption as a team manager

Bentley Speed 8 to make UK racing debut at Silverstone Classic

The iconic Bentley Speed 8 will be raced on British soil for the first time at the Silverstone Classic later this month

Promoted: British GT baptism of fire for Aston Martin's Toth-Jones

Aston Martin Racing Academy driver Alex Toth-Jones is confident he and Academy Motorsport will be towards the front "very soon", after a baptism of fire at the opening round of the British GT season last weekend

Promoted: Works Aston Martin GT drive Jack Butel's aim

British GT driver Jack Butel is targeting a works Aston Martin drive come the end of the year having been selected as part the famous marque's revived young driver programme

BRDC British F3 champion Linus Lundqvist to Euroformula Open

Reigning BRDC British Formula 3 champion Linus Lundqvist will graduate into Euroformula Open this season and will remain with the Double R Racing squad

Palmer: Entirely logical BRDC British F3 should keep name for 2019

Jonathan Palmer is confident BRDC British Formula 3 will be allowed to retain its name for the coming season and from 2020 when it plans to adopt Regional F3 framework

British F4 champion Kiern Jewiss steps up for 2019 BRDC British F3

Reigning British Formula 4 champion Kiern Jewiss will step up to the BRDC British F3 Championship with Douglas Motorsport in 2019

The uphill struggle to master Spa Plus

The uphill struggle to master Spa

Fresh from his first experience of racing just a few weeks earlier, Stefan Mackley headed to the home of the Belgian Grand Prix for an RSRSpa premium trackday. Here's what he learned from his day at the legenday track

Linus Lundqvist seals BRDC British F3 title with Silverstone victory

Linus Lundqvist clinched the 2018 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with victory at Silverstone in the final round of the season

BRDC British F3 to keep current car for 2019, could change its name

The BRDC British Formula 3 Championship will keep its current car for next year amid uncertainty surrounding the FIA's Regional F3 concept

Billy Monger takes maiden British F3 pole on Donington Park return

Billy Monger scored his maiden BRDC British Formula 3 Championship pole position on his first race meeting at Donington Park since his life-changing accident last year

Billy Monger gets surprise test in modified Formula 1 car

Billy Monger was given a surprise chance to drive a modified Formula 1 car this week

Billy Monger never thought podium was possible on racing return

Billy Monger says he never imagined a top-three finish on his BRDC British F3 debut was possible and reckons he will only get "better and better" off the back of his podium

Billy Monger's racing return confirmed for BRDC British F3 opener

Billy Monger's racing return this weekend has been confirmed for the opening round of the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship at Oulton Park

BRDC British F3 clears Carlin to run extra car for Billy Monger

Carlin has been given special permission to run a fourth car in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, opening the door for Billy Monger to race in the series

BRDC British Formula 3 to 'reward overtakes' with points in 2018

The BRDC British Formula 3 Championship has announced a radical format shake-up including a complete reverse grid for one race per weekend and points for gaining positions

BRDC British F3 champion Enaam Ahmed to test European F3 car

Newly crowned BRDC British Formula 3 champion Enaam Ahmed is to test an F3 European Championship car this week with a view to stepping up to the series for 2018