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


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.

Two-time Le Mans winner Stuck to make racing comeback aged 70

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Hans-Joachim Stuck will make his comeback at the age of 70 in this weekend's first round of the new GT2 European Series.

Formula 3000: In defence of F1's unloved feeder series

Champions of the fore-runner to GP2/F2 had a patchy record when it came to reaching the final rung on the ladder, if they were able to reach F1 at all. But there are plenty of reasons why it shouldn't be derided on that point alone

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.

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

Ferrucci returns to IndyCar with Rahal for Indy 500

Santino Ferrucci will make his IndyCar return in the Indianapolis 500 next month, driving a third Rahal Letterman Lanigan entry alongside defending winner Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal.

Have a go hero: How a GT1 cameo launched a professional career

When Superleague Formula exile Yelmer Buurman was drafted into the Selleslagh Corvette for the final round of the 2011 FIA GT1 world championship, he could not have expected that it would launch his career

Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep

The cancellation of the first round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS) last weekend has disrupted the preparations of Robert Kubica and three British drivers for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

"Strange" feeling on medium tyres cost Tsunoda Q3 place in Bahrain

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says a "strange" feeling on the medium compound tyre during Q2 prevented him from qualifying in the top 10 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Alonso still "not 100%" up to speed on F1 return with Alpine

Fernando Alonso has admitted he's still "not 100%" up to speed after two years out of Formula 1 as he prepares for his return in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The forgotten member of F1’s greatest rookie crop Plus

The forgotten member of F1’s greatest rookie crop

The 2001 Formula 1 season unveiled three shining lights who would take the challenge to Michael Schumacher – but also delivered a harsh lesson in F1’s cut-throat nature to the fourth member, Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi

Reviewing Tom Kristensen's memoir: Mr Le Mans

He's best known for his record-breaking success at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but the new memoir from endurance racing legend Tom Kristensen goes much, much deeper, says JAMES NEWBOLD

Leading LMP2 squad Jota to run McLaren in GT World Challenge Europe

Top LMP2 outfit Jota Sport will return to GT racing by fielding a McLaren 720S GT3 with an all-factory driver line-up in this year’s GT World Challenge Europe.

Webber's Williams switch: In defence of an F1 move gone bad

Mark Webber's choice of Williams over Renault for 2005 denied him the opportunity to fight for wins and world titles. But JAMES NEWBOLD argues that, while regrettable, the decision was the right one given the information available and had some long-term benefits

Have a go hero: The other Le Mans winner who tried out for Dynamics

Andy Wallace had a one-off British Touring Car Championship foray with Team Dynamics at Oulton Park in 1993. As he told JAMES NEWBOLD, nothing could prepare him for what was to come

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"

Team Parker Racing switches to Porsche in British GT

Championship-winning British GT outfit Team Parker Racing will switch from Bentley to Porsche for its assault on this year's GT3 class title

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

Fletcher and Plowman enter new McLaren team in GT Cup

The Paddock Motorsport team co-founded by British GT racers Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman will enter a team of McLaren 570S GT4s in the GT Cup this season

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

Top 10 F1 to Indycar converts ranked

As Romain Grosjean becomes the latest former Formula 1 driver to make the switch to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, James Newbold picks out the 10 converts who made the best impression Stateside

Top touring car and sportcar squad Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated

Multiple championship-winning touring car and sportscar squad Schnitzer Motorsport is set to be liquidated and preparing to sell its assets after BMW Motorsport decided against renewing its contract for 2021

Cosworth to buy out BTCC battery supplier Delta

The British Touring Car Championship's approved battery supplier for its new hybrid era will be bought out by Cosworth, after Delta signed an agreement for acquisition

Gamer-turned-racer Mardenborough loses Nissan SUPER GT drive

British sportscar racer Jann Mardenborough has lost his SUPER GT drive with Kondo Racing and been left without a seat in Nissan's GT500 roster for 2021

How a Norris F4 rival's early GT move was vindicated

The latest addition to Lamborghini's factory GT roster faced the tough prospect of abandoning his F1 dream while still at school. But 2020 British GT champion Sandy Mitchell has proved that the move was absolutely the right one, as he told JAMES NEWBOLD

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65 Plus

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65

There's a saying among retired folk that life begins at 60, but endurance specialist Alain Ferte has never used the 'R' word. Some 40 years since his crowning glory in F3, he's still a driver in demand and gunning for more 24-hour racing success this weekend

How a fallen Red Bull F1 hope became a Porsche great Plus

How a fallen Red Bull F1 hope became a Porsche great

Without an innocuous clash in a 2007 GP2 race, F1 history could have been very different with a German Red Bull Junior not called Sebastian Vettel ascending to Toro Rosso that year. Here's how he rebuilt himself to win four titles in as many years

Former Corvette ace Gavin joins Vasser-Sullivan for Daytona 24 Hours

Oliver Gavin will make his first IMSA SportsCar Championship start since leaving the factory Corvette Racing lineup when he joins Vasser Sullivan Racing for the Daytona 24 Hours

Chilton joins Ciceley BMW BTCC squad for 2021

British Touring Car Championship race-winner Tom Chilton will switch to driving a Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport this year, joining Adam Morgan in the family-run team

Why Extreme E's equality stance is necessary

The rules of the new electric SUV off-road series require teams to field one male and one female driver. The move is an easy one to criticise, but the reasoning behind it is clear when the challenges still facing female drivers are explained, says JAMES NEWBOLD

TF Sport to make prototype debut with LMP2 programme in ELMS

Multiple British GT title-winning squad TF Sport will make its first foray into prototype racing this year by entering an LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series

Luca Badoer: In defence of the unwanted F1 record-breaker

Much-maligned given his record for the most races without a point and his disastrous two-race foray with Ferrari in 2009, Luca Badoer is perhaps the embodiment of the old adage that your most important race is your last one. JAMES NEWBOLD argues that his reputation is undeserved

Ed Jones to make sportscar return in Gulf 12 Hours

Former IndyCar racer Ed Jones will make his sportscar return in this weekend's Gulf 12 Hour enduro in Bahrain, joining British GT outfit 2Seas Motorsport

Female participation in motorsport to "explode" in next 10 years - Legge

Female participation in motorsport is set to "explode" in the next 10 years as more emerging drivers prove that being competitive isn't an "anomaly", says ex-Formula E racer Katherine Legge

NASCAR Cup racer Dillon to make IMSA debut in 2021 Daytona 24 Hours

NASCAR Cup racer Austin Dillon will make his IMSA SportsCar Championship debut in January in a Ligier run by Eurasia Motorsport and Rick Ware Racing at the Daytona 24 Hours

Floersch: "Too early" to give up on single-seaters

Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch says it's "too early" to turn her back on single-seaters and hopes to repeat parallel F3 and LMP2 programmes next year

Visser: F1 support status won't change W Series paddock atmosphere

The atmosphere in the W Series paddock between its competitors won't be any different in 2021 when it joins the Formula 1 support bill, according to 2019 runner-up Beitske Visser

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

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT Plus

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT

After two decades in touring cars, Rob Collard had an uphill battle to unlearn the tools needed to be quick in tin-tops and understand how to hustle a GT3 car. But he did so with aplomb to prevail alongside Sandy Mitchell amid a challenging year for the series

WTCR changes weekend format and reveals 2021 calendar

The World Touring Car Cup will revert to double-header race weekends in 2021 as part of a raft of changes approved by the World Motor Sport Council yesterday

DTM team makes prototype racing debut on record Asian Le Mans Series grid

The Asian Le Mans Series has announced a record 36-car entry for 2021, with DTM outfit Phoenix Racing among its number fielding prototype machinery for the first time

Arthur Leclerc graduates to F3 with Prema in 2021

Arthur Leclerc, the younger brother of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles, will graduate to the FIA Formula 3 championship next year with the title-winning Prema Racing outfit

Goff signs two-year deal to stay with Team Hard

British Touring Car Championship race-winner Jack Goff has signed a two-year deal with Team Hard, keeping him at the squad until at least the conclusion of the 2022 season

2020 F2 title runner-up Ilott won't return to series next year

Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott says he won't be returning to the championship for a third season next year, despite appearing for Charouz at last week's post-season test

Mercedes launches Accelerate 25 diversity initiative

The Mercedes Formula 1 team has launched a new diversity initiative called Accelerate 25 that aims to ensure a quarter of all new starters come from under-represented groups until 2025

McLaren to be represented in DTM with British GT 2Seas squad

McLaren will be represented in the DTM when it switches to GT3 regulations next year, with British GT squad 2Seas Motorsport committing to a two-car entry with the 720S GT3

Perez: Racing Point "suffering" with old engine at F1 Sakhir GP

Sergio Perez says his pace is "suffering" at the Sakhir Grand Prix because his Racing Point car is running an older Formula 1 engine that no longer delivers peak power

More F1 technical changes at Ferrari as key figure joins Haas

Ferrari has announced more changes to the technical leadership of its Formula 1 team, with its head of chassis engineering moving to join Haas

The impending British GT change that has split opinion

Half of the 2020 British GT3 grid consisted of Silver-Silver pairings. But the decision to outlaw such combinations, and return to its Pro-Am roots, will have a mixed impact as key championship stakeholders told JAMES NEWBOLD

Keen leaves Barwell and joins WPI for 2021 British GT attack

Phil Keen will make the switch from Barwell Motorsport to fellow Lamborghini customer team WPI Motorsport for next year's British GT campaign

Perez: Bahrain DNF put into perspective by Grosjean escape

Sergio Perez says his late retirement from a podium position at the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix was put into perspective by Romain Grosjean's remarkable escape from his fiery crash

Ricciardo disgusted by "disrespectful" Grosjean crash replays

Daniel Ricciardo says he was "disgusted" by Formula 1 showing replays of Romain Grosjean's Bahrain Grand Prix accident during the lengthy red flag period, which he believes was "completely disrespectful"

Button targets Le Mans return with own team in future

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has targeted returning to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours with his own team in the future

Kanaan returns to Ganassi for 2021 ovals to extend IndyCar career

Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan will return to Chip Ganassi Racing after signing a multi-year deal to race the four ovals on the calendar in 2021

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over Plus

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over

He's now a team co-owner, but as 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button tells Autosport in an exclusive interview, his passion for driving is undiminished, with ambitions to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours - and one day drive for his own team - a key ambition

Button: Alonso will be better F1 team player after time in sportscars

Jenson Button believes Fernando Alonso will be "very different" upon his return to Formula 1 in 2021 and a better team player thanks to his experience in sportscar racing

Chip Ganassi Racing to make IMSA return with Cadillac DPi in 2021

Chip Ganassi Racing will return to the IMSA SportsCar Championship in the Prototype category next year with a Cadillac DPi-V.R

Tandy "very sad" despite Sebring hat-trick as Porsche exits IMSA

Nick Tandy said Porsche's third successive GTLM class win at the Sebring 12 Hours was tinged with sadness knowing it was the marque's final outing in the IMSA SportsCar Championship

Memories of China 2007 prevented Hamilton's late F1 Turkish GP stop

Newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton said he "learned my lesson" from his 2007 Chinese GP pitlane faux pas in opting against a late pitstop during the Turkish GP

Sainz handed three-place grid drop for F1 Turkish GP after impeding Perez

Carlos Sainz Jr has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix after stewards adjudged that the McLaren Formula 1 driver had impeded Sergio Perez in qualifying