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Tributes paid to popular Toyota MR2 driver Nicholls

Tributes have been paid to Toyota MR2 Championship stalwart Mick Nicholls, who died suddenly last week of a suspected heart attack during testing at Cadwell Park.

Autosport Podcast: Special National racing edition

A review of the McLaren 720S GT3 machine features as part of the first special national edition of the Autosport Podcast in 2021

Why the ongoing club motorsport spectating ban makes little sense

OPINION: A big step towards normality was welcomed this week with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, but motorsport fans and circuit operators have been left frustrated by some of the contradictory lingering rules

Swinging Sixties provides plenty of action on second club motorsport weekend

Generally well-subscribed Classic Sports Car Club and MotorSport Vision Racing meetings featured on the second weekend since national motorsport in England resumed, and there was no shortage of twists and turns in Swinging Sixties at Oulton Park

TF Sport won't defend British GT title, GT4 cars up for sale

Defending GT4 champion TF Sport has confirmed that it is not returning to British GT this season and has put its two Aston Martin Vantage GT4 chassis up for sale.

How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic Plus

How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic

The GT Cup has attracted a stunning array of drivers and machinery for its opening event at Donington Park this weekend. The fact we're in the middle of a pandemic makes that entry all the more remarkable, but there's plenty of reasons why the series is proving popular

Donington delights as national motorsport returns to the new normal

The new UK motorsport season finally got underway last weekend, albeit with the now familiar COVID-19 restrictions and protocols. While that didn’t prevent some great spectacles, further bumps in the road remain in sight which could lead to 2021 remaining thoroughly domestic

Collard unlikely to defend British GT title, joins RAM in GTWCE

Reigning British GT champion Rob Collard is unlikely to defend his title and will instead concentrate on a programme in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with RAM Racing.

Organisers report strong interest as English racing season begins

Club racing organisers have reported strong levels of interest resulting in some bumper grids as the delayed English motorsport season got under way last weekend.

National race meetings make return with bumper grids

It may have started later than usual, but national motorsport made a welcome return last weekend with bumper grids a common sight at race meetings from Donington Park to Castle Combe

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.

How Welsh motorsport is being left behind by COVID

Motorsport is now under way in England, but that’s far from being the case across all of the UK. In Wales, the situation is particularly bleak for Anglesey and Pembrey, and there's no end in sight just yet

King and Webster to compete in Porsche Supercup with Team Parker

Porsche Carrera Cup GB champions Harry King and Josh Webster will race for Team Parker as the squad moves into the Porsche Supercup this season in partnership with Revs Motorsport.

What Autosport’s looking forward to in national motorsport this year Plus

What Autosport’s looking forward to in national motorsport this year

With COVID-19 restrictions gradually being lifted and national motorsport finally returning this weekend, focus and anticipation has switched to the year ahead. Here are Autosport's picks for what should be some of the best events and rivalries of 2021

Should club racing embrace celebrity culture?

Famous faces battling each other on track attracted the crowds in years gone by, so is it time to use such events again to build interest in UK motorsport?

Helping British talent in the face of COVID-19

COVID-19 threatened to stop the development of some of the UK's top talent in 2020. Andy Meyrick, director of the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s SuperStars programme, talks about the challenges of last year and looks at the season ahead.

Cammish secures Carrera Cup return after BTCC exit

Double Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Dan Cammish will return to the series this year after losing his drive with British Touring Car Championship outfit Team Dynamics.

Why club racing's restart dilemma isn't clear cut

OPINION: We've not got long to wait now until lockdown restrictions are eased and national motorsport can resume, but there are still issues that clubs have to overcome. STEPHEN LICKORISH says matters won't be as simple as hitting 'go' again

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.

The national racer spreading a very important message

Mental health has never been more significant than during the current coronavirus pandemic and one Ginetta driver has been using his racing to encourage more people to talk about it

British Rallycross set to introduce electric cars to top class

The British Rallycross Championship is set to become the first series in the UK to adopt electric cars into its highest level this year.

Goodwood Members' Meeting postponed from May to October

The Goodwood Members' Meeting has been postponed from its planned May date to October in the wake of the English government's roadmap out of lockdown measures

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

Club motorsport to restart in England from 29 March as roadmap released

Club motorsport in England will be able to restart from the end of March, after the government outlined its planned roadmap for the easing of lockdown measures

From the archive: Confessions of the race instructors

What really happens behind closed doors at racing schools when instructors have too much time on their hands? In Autosport's 2007 Christmas special, GARY WATKINS revealed a few of the more unlikely high-jinks tales

Motorsport UK hails 'significant victory' on Vnuk insurance law

Motorsport UK has hailed the British government's decision to exempt the UK from the European Union's Vnuk law that threatened to render motorsport insurance unfeasible as "a hugely significant victory"

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

Injured Formula Ford driver Turner plots racing return

Injured Scottish Formula Ford 1600 driver Colin Turner is targeting a return to racing after undergoing a second leg-amputation surgery following a crash in last year's Walter Hayes Trophy

SRO extends deal to manage British GT championship until 2025

The British GT championship will continue to be organised and managed by the Stephane Ratel Organisation after it agreed a five-year contract extension with Motorsport UK

UK circuit operators ineligible for government's winter sport survival funding

Leading UK circuit operators have revealed they have not been eligible to secure proposed funding from the government through its winter sport survival package

The encouraging club racing trend taking off amid a pandemic

One of the encouraging club motorsport trends in the past few years has been the increasing livestreaming of race meetings. As STEPHEN LICKORISH explains, this brings a number of benefits

How 2020's newest national series and championships fared Plus

How 2020's newest national series and championships fared

To the credit of organisers, some new national UK series and championships were still able to successfully launch last year, even with the world in the grip of a pandemic. Here's how Autosport has ranked them

Promoted: Richardson Racing powers forward on and off the track

The past year was not a straightforward one for the motorsport world

The new national series and championships in 2021 Plus

The new national series and championships in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may still mean there is uncertainty across the globe, but that hasn't stopped new series and championships from being introduced into UK motorsport this season. Autosport takes a look at the newest additions

Carroll and Webb to compete in GT4 McLarens in GT Cup with Greystone GT

Endurance racing regulars Adam Carroll and Oliver Webb will both compete in GT4 McLarens in the GT Cup in the UK this year for the new Greystone GT squad

The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020 Plus

The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020

It was a season like no other but, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some positives on the club motorsport scene last year as entry numbers largely remained stable, while some series boasted impressive growth

Esports racer Broadbent to drive Praga in Britcar this year

Esports and YouTube star Jimmy Broadbent will make the move into real-world racing by driving a Praga in the Britcar Endurance Championship in the UK this year

How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star Plus

How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star

Few drivers in 2020 could lay claim to a season as exceptional as Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King. Beating the British Touring Car Championship's best to win Autosport's National Driver of the Year was the ideal recognition of his feat

Promoted: M.A. Business of Motorsport launched by National Motorsport Academy

The world's first Business Management Master's Programme and CPD courses delivered online and focused entirely on the world of motorsport that examine the national and international aspects of the industry from an entirely commercial perspective

Pearson puts F4 graduation on hold after cancer diagnosis

Ginetta Junior racer Joel Pearson has been forced to delay a planned graduation to British Formula 4 for this year after being recently diagnosed with bone cancer

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 Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top Plus

The Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top

For a second consecutive year, a self-built machine has won the Formula Vee championship. But James Harridge's 'Maverick' comes from the very humblest of origins - with some parts even salvaged from a skip

Praga reveals new R1 car set to form basis of Britcar class

Czech sportscar manufacturer Praga has revealed the latest generation of its R1 model - the car that will form the basis of a class within the Britcar Endurance Championship this year

British F4 to introduce fully reversed-grid races in 2021

British Formula 4 will introduce a fully reversed-grid contest as part of its race weekends for this season - the first major format change for the series since its inaugural season

Motorsport UK explains post-Brexit process for European transport

British motorsport governing body Motorsport UK has outlined the fees and process involved in transporting cars and equipment to Europe following the end of the Brexit transition period

Brian Jones: Memories of a national motorsport great

Brian Jones was the voice of Brands Hatch for decades, with his passion and enthusiasm for racing rubbing off on those around him. His death earlier this year has left a large hole in UK motorsport, but MARCUS PYE remembers him fondly

The greatest club racing characters Plus

The greatest club racing characters

From legendary drinking habits to dramatic driving styles, there has been no shortage of cult-hero figures over the past 70 years in national motorsport. Here's an extended version of the original list that appeared in Autosport's 70th anniversary bookazine

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

Memories from the unusual 2020 national racing season

Coronavirus meant 2020 was a season like no other, but there were still plenty of special moments when motorsport did restart. Autosport's veteran national correspondent MARCUS PYE looks back

Renault Sport Racing won't revive Clio Cup UK in 2021

Renault Sport Racing has decided there will be no Clio Cup in the UK next year - the latest development in a two-year on/off saga for the category

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

Top 10 club racing rivalries of 2020

From team-mates colliding on-track, to drivers rekindling old battles from past seasons, there were plenty of intense rivalries in club motorsport in 2020 - even with the shortened campaigns. Here are 10 of the closest

The saloons that thundered to short-lived success Plus

The saloons that thundered to short-lived success

It's 35 years since the Thundersaloons category was born - a series that featured some of the most powerful tin-tops to ever race on these shores - although its popularity waned when pitched against the British Touring Car juggernaut

Autosport's stars of the 2020 TOCA support series Plus

Autosport's stars of the 2020 TOCA support series

From a memorable final race showdown decided by a controversial red flag to a runaway champion, the TOCA support series produced drama and intrigue aplenty in 2020. Here's Autosport's rundown of how the titles were won, and the 10 best drivers

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

British GT champion Mitchell to defend his crown as factory Lamborghini driver

British GT champion Sandy Mitchell will defend his title with Barwell Motorsport next season and has been rewarded with a Lamborghini factory contract

The lessons club racing can learn from 2020

In a challenging year for club motorsport disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, some bright spots have given hope for the future. But as STEPHEN LICKORISH explains, heeding some important lessons wouldn't go amiss when the world returns to normal again

National Driver Rankings: Prebble snatches top spot in final standings

Gary Prebble has snatched top spot in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after the final weekend of UK circuit racing in 2020

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

Adam and Howard reunite for full British GT campaign

British GT champions Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard will reunite next season for a first full campaign together in the series since 2015