James Newbold

James Newbold

James Newbold is Autosport's Plus Editor, responsible for coordinating website feature content.

In a sign of things to come, having completed his Politics and International Relations degree at the University of East Anglia in 2015, he left his graduation ceremony early to catch the last train to Brussels for the following day's Spa 24 Hours.

After a period as a freelancer, he joined the Autosport staff in 2018 and won the Motorsport UK young journalist of the year award.

He initially edited Autosport magazine's Performance and Engineering supplements before joining the website team in his current role in 2020.

A keen enthusiast of anything that can be categorised unusual, niche or random, he enjoys unearthing little-known stories across all branches of motorsport, but has spent most of his career covering sportscars as Autosport's British GT correspondent and is a regular part of the Le Mans 24 Hours reporting team.

An expert in catching 40 winks on media centre floors, he lives with his wife and son in Plymouth, England.

Latest articles by James Newbold


DTM drivers request repeater lights for “fair” starts

Leading DTM drivers have called on the series to incorporate repeater lights to make race starts “fair” and reduce instances of aggressive driving seen at the Norisring.

Impressive Guven “deserves” another DTM chance after Norisring cameo

Red Bull Ferrari DTM team boss Ron Reichert said he was “really impressed” by stand-in driver Ayhancan Guven's performance at the Norisring last weekend, and believes he “deserves” another opportunity.

Bortolotti: Everybody still a rival in 2022 DTM title race

DTM points leader Mirko Bortolotti says he’s not counting any of his championship leaders out of the title race at the season’s halfway stage ahead of an eight-week summer break.  

2022 WEC 6 Hours of Monza – How to watch, session timings and more

Peugeot makes its eagerly anticipated return to top-flight sportscar racing this weekend as Monza hosts round four of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship. Here’s how you can watch it.

DTM drivers have more start clarity after Norisring incidents – van der Linde

DTM drivers have more clarity on start rules after a crash-filled Saturday at the Norisring, which contributed to a calmer race on Sunday, according to Sheldon van der Linde.

“Life goal” achieved for “proud” Fraga after first DTM win

Red Bull Ferrari DTM driver Felipe Fraga says taking his maiden series victory at the Norisring is a “life goal”, and explained his relief at ending a run of non-finishes.

Number of crashes in Norisring DTM race one "abnormal" - Bortolotti

Mirko Bortolotti believes the crash-blighted opening DTM race at the Norisring on Saturday was "abnormal" and that Sunday's race was not better behaved due to convening an additional drivers' briefing.

DTM Norisring: Fraga scores dominant win for Red Bull Ferrari

Felipe Fraga converted pole position to his maiden DTM victory at the Norisring, the Red Bull Ferrari driver triumphing in a caution-free race as Mirko Bortolotti claimed the points lead.

DTM Norisring: Red Bull's Fraga beats Bortolotti to Sunday pole

Felipe Fraga secured his first DTM pole position at the Norisring, as the Red Bull Ferrari driver pipped Group B pace-setter Mirko Bortolotti in his later Group A session.

DTM figures call for driving standards crackdown after Norisring chaos

DTM drivers need to show more “respect” to their fellow competitors, teams and paying spectators after a crash-filled Norisring race on Saturday, according to Winward Racing team boss Christian Hohenadel.

Van der Linde "cautious" in Norisring DTM race after 2021 incidents

Norisring DTM polesitter Kelvin van der Linde says he was too "cautious" in the race as he wanted to "show that I had learned" from incidents at last year's event.

Braking performance key for Porsche in “messy” Norisring DTM 1-2

Thomas Preining and Dennis Olsen believe that Porsche's strong braking and tyre-warming performance was significant in the Weissach marque securing its first DTM win in a “messy” opening Norisring race.

Rast: ABS on GT3 cars "causing" DTM Norisring crashes

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast says the anti-lock braking systems on GT3 cars are a factor in the high number of crashes seen in the opening race at the Norisring.

DTM Norisring: Preining scores historic Porsche 1-2 amid incidents

Thomas Preining scored Porsche’s first DTM victory in an eventful race at the Norisring plagued by incidents and interruptions, as Dennis Olsen made it a 1-2 for the Weissach marque.

DTM Norisring: Kelvin van der Linde beats Preining to pole

Kelvin van der Linde became the seventh different polesitter in as many DTM races this year, as the Abt Audi driver topped Group B in split qualifying at the Norisring.

The DTM’s Raikkonen turning heads with Mercedes

He’s invariably billed as the DTM’s quiet man, who has a Kimi Raikkonen-esque aversion to the cameras. But Luca Stolz has been earning plaudits that are becoming impossible to ignore, and that will only increase the level of interest in his performances

Gotz wants to start DTM title defence "from scratch" at Norisring

Defending DTM champion Maximilian Gotz says he wants to start his 2022 season "like new, from scratch" at the Norisring this weekend as he seeks to ignite his title defence.

Lamborghini driver Perera joins GRT for Norisring DTM

Factory Lamborghini racer Franck Perera will make his DTM debut at the Norisring this weekend with the Grasser Racing team, deputising for an ill Rolf Ineichen.

FIA F3 race in Macau called off again, no return for WTCR

The FIA Formula 3 World Cup in Macau will not be run this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, while FIA WTCR will not make its planned return to Asia.

DTM drivers call for changes to improve pitlane safety

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann believes that the series should consider “a change in the rules” to deter unsafe releases and improve the safety of mechanics in the pits. 

Norisring DTM qualifying format tweak will avoid traffic “disaster”

DTM drivers have welcomed the decision to hold split qualifying sessions for this weekend’s Norisring round, praising the “fair option” for preventing a “disaster” dictated by traffic. 

Pulling not feeling more pressure as Chadwick's main W Series challenger

W Series racer Abbi Pulling says she doesn't feel under more pressure one year on from her debut in the series as Jamie Chadwick's main title challenger after three rounds.

UK return “difficult” for DTM – Berger

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says returning to race in the UK for the first time since 2019 is “very difficult” to foresee in the near future.

The radical steering innovation being refined in motorsport

Steer-by-wire technology from Schaeffler-Paravan has removed the need for a steering column, and logged over a billion miles of accident-free road use. The innovation is now being fine-tuned in competition in the DTM, where all involved are confident that the technology has the potential to change car design forever

Cassidy: "Big desire" to have closer ties with Ferrari

Nick Cassidy says "there’s a big desire" to continue building his relationship with Ferrari, as the Italian marque gears up for its Le Mans Hypercar programme in 2023.

DTM wants manufacturers from UK, USA, Japan – Berger

DTM boss Gerhard Berger wants to continue to grow the pool of manufacturers represented in the championship, and is targeting new marques from the UK, United States and Japan. 

Friday favourite: The forgotten F1 lap that solidified a love of Interlagos

As one of the few anti-clockwise circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, Interlagos is already in a minority – but its combination of fast and technical corners make it a unique driving challenge. Former F1 racer Gianni Morbidelli explains why it’s his favourite track in our continuing series and recalls his little-remembered standout lap from 1994

DTM Electric targets 2024 start date, operational prototype in 2023

DTM Electric organiser ITR is targeting a 2024 start date for its new series, according to director of competition and technology Michael Resl.

Berger: "Too early" to discuss DTM returning to popular Imola

DTM drivers and teams welcomed the prospect of returning to Imola after the championship’s maiden visit last weekend, but series boss Gerhard Berger says it’s still “too early” to decide.

Auer: Restart, not BoP tweak, key in Mercedes' Imola DTM turnaround

Lucas Auer says his restart in the DTM’s second Imola race was more responsible for earning Mercedes’ best result of the weekend in fourth than its improved Balance of Performance.  

How a “weird 20-position overtake” yielded a landmark DTM podium

Dev Gore became the first American podium-finisher in the DTM's history at Imola on Sunday, despite making two pitstops, after “a weird 20-position overtake” helped him to claim second.

Imola DTM winner Feller: Rast on-boards helped earn crucial pole

First-time DTM race-winner Ricardo Feller says his "really on-the-edge" Imola pole lap that put him in position to take victory in Italy was down to watching on-boards of Rene Rast.

DTM Imola: Feller delivers maiden win after frantic restart

Ricardo Feller earned his first DTM victory at Imola after a frantic safety car restart that allowed him to atone for a lap one error.

DTM Imola: Rookie Feller snares maiden pole in Abt Audi

Ricardo Feller took his first DTM pole position in a frenetic qualifying session at Imola on Sunday as the Abt Audi driver pipped Felipe Fraga's Red Bull Ferrari by 0.152s.

Sheldon van der Linde "maximised" Imola DTM result with 25kg ballast

DTM championship leader Sheldon van der Linde says "we maximised the day" by securing eighth place with 25kg of success ballast in the first Imola race on Saturday.

Bortolotti explains "crucial" tyre-saving strategy that aided Imola podium charge

Mirko Bortolotti says managing his tyres in the early stages of the DTM's Imola opener was "crucial" in his recovery from 16th on the grid to finish third on Saturday.

Rast "proven wrong" by "unexpected" win in DTM comeback year

Rene Rast says that he "got proven wrong" by taking his first DTM victory of 2022 at Imola, having doubted that he'd be capable of winning races on his comeback.

DTM Imola: Rast dominates to take first comeback win

Rene Rast took a commanding first win of his DTM comeback at Imola over fellow Audi driver Nico Muller after a controlled drive in searing heat.

DTM Imola: Rast takes first pole of his comeback over Muller

Rene Rast became the fifth different polesitter from as many DTM races in 2022 as he snatched top spot with a late effort for the championship's first race at Imola.

Glock: DTM return at Imola will be a “new experience”

Timo Glock says his DTM return at Imola this weekend will be a “new experience” as he adapts to running BMW’s M4 on Michelin rubber in his team’s series debut.

Lamborghini DTM squad pulls out of Imola round

Lamborghini DTM squad T3 Motorsport will miss this weekend's Imola round, it has been confirmed by series organiser ITR.

Kelvin van der Linde confident Lausitzring DTM struggles are resolved

DTM race-winner Kelvin van der Linde says he understands the problems that blighted his Lausitzring weekend and believes his Nurburgring 24 Hours victory was "perfect to get my confidence back".

Da Costa explains "hectic moment" that threatened Jota's LMP2 Le Mans win

Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the "hectic moment" that risked the Jota LMP2 team's dominant run to a first class victory since 2017 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

2022 DTM Imola: Start time, how to watch and more

Rounds five and six of the 2022 DTM season will be staged at Imola this weekend on 18-19 June, as the series visits the Italian track for the first time.

Friday favourite: The special relationship built on a shared logic

Darren Turner has had countless team-mates during his long spell as an Aston Martin factory driver. But the three-time Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner picks out Stefan Mucke, after a five-year stint together that built a life-time friendship, as his favourite team-mate in Autosport's ongoing series

2022 Le Mans 24 Hours – How to watch, session timings and more

The 90th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship's tenth anniversary season will be staged this weekend on 11-12 June.

The Indycar champion reaping rewards from committing to sportscars

Sportscar racing has only ever been a sideline previously for Sebastien Bourdais, but the Frenchman has left open-wheel racing behind and has been a standout in the IMSA SportsCar Championship this year. Now Le Mans and a bright future in prototypes with Cadillac beckons

Rast: "Unrealistic" to expect LMP2 car to win Le Mans outright

Team WRT LMP2 driver Rene Rast believes it's "unrealistic" to expect a car from the secondary prototype to contend for outright victory in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans secrets with Rene Rast

The Circuit de la Sarthe that plays host to the Le Mans 24 Hours is a high-speed track with several tricky corners, as Team WRT LMP2 driver Rene Rast explains

Friday favourite: The "4WD limo" that stunned a DTM star

When Audi introduced its 90 Quattro to IMSA's GTO class in 1989, it made a powerful if brief impression fitting for its impressive engine. When 2011 DTM champion Martin Tomczyk got to drive it in a demo run, he was blown away

Bourdais not ruling out IMSA 2022 title tilt despite ill-fortune

Sebastien Bourdais says he’s not ruling out a title challenge in the IMSA SportsCar Championship this year, despite having “at least one too many jokers” so far in 2022.

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality

His day of days in Formula 1 came at Indianapolis in 2005, a day grand prix racing strives to forget. But Patrick Friesacher, the long-serving Red Bull lieutenant, remains active today driving a two-seater that provides ordinary people with a glimpse of an F1 car’s savage potential, including this writer...

Lamborghini explains decision to enter LMDh one year after rivals

Lamborghini motorsport boss Giorgio Sanna says the company’s decision to enter the LMDh arena one year later than several major competitors will afford it time to develop its internal structure.

Absolute Racing Porsche team makes last-minute Le Mans return

The Absolute Racing Porsche team has been promoted from the reserve list to a slot on the Le Mans 24 Hours grid at the eleventh hour after Hardpoint Motorsport's withdrawal.

Johnson wins Indy 500 rookie of the year, Ericsson gets $3m prize purse

Jimmie Johnson was voted as the 2022 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year, despite the Chip Ganassi Racing driver crashing out of the IndyCar blue riband in the closing stages.

Ganassi: Ericsson Indy 500 win down to him understanding team ethic

Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson's team boss Chip Ganassi says the ex-Formula 1 driver's victory is the “culmination” of understanding how to use the resource in his IndyCar team.

Vanthoor: Clash with brother in N24 "a black day in my career"
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Vanthoor: Clash with brother in N24 "a black day in my career"

Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor says his "nightmare" early crash out of the Nurburgring 24 Hours following contact with his brother Dries was "a black day in my career".

Nurburgring 24h: Vanthoor brothers clash puts Manthey out of the race
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Nurburgring 24h: Vanthoor brothers clash puts Manthey out of the race

Manthey Racing's bid to defend its 2021 Nurburgring 24 Hours victory was ended by a heavy accident for Laurens Vanthoor, who crashed the #1 Porsche following contact with brother Dries.

Luca Ludwig scoops surprise Nurburgring 24 Hours pole

Luca Ludwig secured a surprise pole for the Nurburgring 24 Hours in his octane126 Ferrari 488 GT3, setting two laps good enough for the top spot in Top Qualifying 2.

Friday favourite: When Indy set up a comeback more satisfying than victory

After a potentially career-ending crash at Texas in 2003, Kenny Brack made a heroic return at the 2005 Indianapolis 500 when he set the fastest qualifying speed of anybody on Bump Day. In this week's Friday Favourite, the 1999 Indy winner explains his love affair with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway