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Stewart takes Duel Two

Tony Stewart, with a bit of help from his team-mate Bobby Labonte, swept past leader Jeff Burton with 12 laps to go of the 60-lap race to win Thusday's second Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

Jerez 1: Sauber back on form

Felipe Massa topped the times for Sauber on the first day of this week's major Jerez test - and declared himself "happy and relieved" by his team's return to form after it appeared uncompetitive at Barcelona last week

Mosley may abandon cost cuts

Max Mosley has suggested that the FIA may abandon its efforts to cut costs in Formula 1 due to his frustration with the teams' intransigence. The FIA president hinted at this move in a forcefully worded fax to Minardi boss Paul Stoddart, who had recently questioned the legitimacy of Mosley's cost cutting plans

Kovalainen tests FRenault 3.5

Heikki Kovalainen sampled the new World Series Formula Renault 3.5 machine at Paul Ricard in France on Monday, and declared the car a distinct improvement on the Dallara-Nissan World Series machine he has raced for the past two seasons

RuSPORT on top at Sebring

RuSPORT duo A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson set the overall pace at the end of the three-day Champ Car open test at Sebring last weekend

McLaren tests 'horn' wing

The new McLaren-Mercedes MP4-20 has been testing with a previously unseen 'horn' wing atop its engine cover at Jerez today

Doornbos seeks Jordan test deal

Robert Doornbos is hoping to continue working as a Formula 1 test driver for Jordan in 2005 despite being "overwhelmed" by the team's decision not to offer him a race deal

'No worries' for Ekstrom

DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom is feeling confident about his first outing as a works Skoda WRC driver on this weekend's Swedish Rally - despite the added pressure of being unexpectedly nominated for manufacturers' championship points

Coulthard considered Ferrari role

David Coulthard has revealed that he was strongly considering a Ferrari testing deal before instead opting for a race seat with the new Red Bull Formula 1 team

Monteiro happy with shakedown

Tiago Monteiro began his career as a Jordan Formula 1 driver by shaking down the team's 2005 car at Silverstone on Monday, and declared himself delighted with his first day's work

SunTrust wins Daytona

The SunTrust Racing Pontiac-Riley driven by Emmanuel Collard, Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor ultimately took victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by a crushing 11 laps after race-long rivals Howard-Boss Motorsports suffered gearbox problems two hours from the end

BAR boss backs Button

BAR team boss Nick Fry believes that Jenson Button has matured into a true team leader and world championship contender. Fry told autosport.com that the 25-year-old British driver had worked hard to emulate the levels of commitment and effort that Michael Schumacher is famous for

Stoddart sticks with F1

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has promised to remain in Formula 1 at least until the Concorde Agreement is replaced at the end of 2007 - as he hopes that this will result in the kind of redistribution of wealth that his team needs if it is to become competitive

Collard takes narrow lead

SunTrust Racing and Howard-Boss Motorsports are engaged in an epic lead battle in the closing stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Emmanuel Collard leading Andy Wallace by just 10s after 21 hours

Grand-Am finale change

Grand-Am's season finale will now take place in a double-bill with the Champ Car World Series in Mexico City in November - the first time that the two championships have shared an event

Subaru duo face snow debut

Subaru's second-string drivers Chris Atkinson and Stephane Sarrazin are quietly confident about their chances on next weekend's Swedish Rally - their first ever event on snow

Junqueira tops open test

While the past three Champ Car title winners Cristiano da Matta, Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais competed in the Daytona 24 Hours, Bruno Junqueira - runner-up to each of them - stayed in his Champ Car and topped the times in open testing at Sebring

Stewart ahead at dawn

The Tony Stewart, Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers driven Pontiac-Crawford has taken charge of the Rolex 24 at Daytona with six hours remaining

Bridgestone boss not worried

Bridgestone racing boss Hisao Suganuma has played down the tyre degradation troubles suffered by Ferrari in this week's major Formula 1 test at Valencia

Dixon leads overnight

Chip Ganassi Racing leads the Daytona 24 Hours at two-thirds distance, former IRL IndyCar champion Scott Dixon heading the chasing Emmanuel Collard (SunTrust Pontiac-Riley) by a little under half a minute.

Barcelona 2: Ferrari dominates

Michael Schumacher revealed his first impressions of the 2005 Formula 1 technical regulations as Ferrari continued its pre-season testing programme at Barcelona today

Jordan loses technical director

Jordan technical director Mark Smith is reported to have left the team just days after it was taken over by Alex Shnaider's Midland Group. The highly rated designer had only officially returned to Jordan from Renault two months ago, but resigned from his position on Friday morning

Schwarz fit for Sweden

Works Skoda driver Armin Schwarz is expecting to be fit in time for the start of the Swedish Rally on 11 February despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in the accident that ended his Monte Carlo Rally a week ago

First test for new Astra

Vauxhall debuted its new Astra Sport Hatch British Touring Car Championship contender at Jarama in Spain this week, with 2003 series champion Yvan Muller spending three days behind the wheel of the new-shape machine

Jourdain's early debut

Michel Jourdain Jr will make his first competitive stock car appearance in this weekend's NASCAR West Series race at Phoenix

Toyota 'not part of GPWC'

Toyota team boss Tsutomi Tomita denies that his company's participation in Wednesday's meeting with the GPWC members is a sign that Toyota has joined the breakaway group

Max seeks low downforce racing

Max Mosley is advocating a massive reduction in downforce and a return to slick tyres in a bid to bring overtaking back to Formula 1

Ferrari submits test cut plan

Having steadfastly refused to align itself with the other nine Formula 1 teams' proposals for testing restrictions, Ferrari presented its own recommendations for cutting testing costs at today's Heathrow meeting

Davidson quells Midland talk

BAR test driver Anthony Davidson has played down the chances of him joining the new Midland-Jordan Formula 1 team as a race driver this season

Proteam signs Italians

Proteam Motorsport will expand to a two-car operation for the new World Touring Car Championship, entering BMWs for 2004 driver Stefano D'Aste and fellow Italian Giuseppe Cirò

Williams gets Lexus seat

British Touring Car Championship newcomer SpeedEquipe will retain the services of its Renault Clio race winner Richard Williams in its inaugural BTCC season

Fernandez may go Busch

Adrian Fernandez may follow the example of compatriot Michel Jourdain Jr and head for the NASCAR Busch Series in 2005

Verstappen set for US tests

Jos Verstappen has set his sights on a switch to the Champ Car World Series for 2005, and is lining up tests with a number of teams

Wembley may host 2006 RoC

The end-of-season Race of Champions spectacular could be heading for the UK in 2006 if plans to hold the event at the all-new Wembley Stadium come to fruition

More Monte misery for Petter

Petter Solberg blamed himself for the accident that ended his Monte Carlo Rally early on the final leg

Mitsubishi boss stays realistic

Gilles Panizzi's third place in Monte Carlo marked the once-mighty Mitsubishi team's first visit to the podium since Tommi Makinen won the 2001 Safari Rally - but team boss Mario Fornaris was careful not to raise expectations afterwards

Wilson praises Gardemeister

Ford WRC team boss Malcolm Wilson praised his new lead driver Toni Gardemeister after the Finn came home second on the Monte Carlo Rally, his first event with the team

Alonso: 'New rules not safer'

Fernando Alonso does not believe that the changes to Formula 1's technical regulations will slow the cars enough to have any effect on safety

Monte hat-trick for Loeb

Sebastien Loeb has taken a commanding victory in the Monte Carlo Rally - his third consecutive victory in the traditional opener and the perfect start to his world championship defence. The Citroen driver looked unstoppable from the start of the first leg and duly cruised through the final morning to win by nearly three minutes

Positive start for Sauber

The new Sauber C24 encountered only minor teething problems during its first three days of testing, but Formula 1's top independent team is unwilling to make any predictions about its 2005 prospects until the new car has run alongside rival teams' latest chassis

Rio track faces major changes

The former home of the Brazilian Grand Prix - Rio de Janeiro's Jarcarepagua track - is to be truncated and partly demolished to make way for a new sports complex that will host the 2007 Pan-American Grames

FIA U-turn on tyre rule

In an unexpected U-turn, the FIA is poised to abandon its previous insistence that a move to a single tyre supplier must be part of Formula 1's cost-cutting programme

Dominguez back with HVM

Mario Dominguez will remain in the Champ Car World Series with the HVM (formerly Herdez Competition) team in 2005

Day 3 am: More mayhem

Sebastien Loeb's advantage increased yet further on the opening loop of leg three in Monte Carlo, as his nearest challengers Marcus Gronholm and Petter Solberg both joined the event's casualty list within a few miles of each other on SS12

Rice sets oval test pace

Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice led the way on the first day of official oval testing at Homestead, as the entire IRL IndyCar Series field lapped within 0.5s of the pacesetting Rahal-Letterman driver

DC prepared for RBR challenge

David Coulthard is relishing the challenge offered by his new Red Bull Racing team and says his motivation will be just as strong even though he will be driving potentially the least competitive machinery of his Formula 1 career to date

Solberg chases a podium

Petter Solberg's aim for the third leg of the Monte Carlo Rally is to snatch the final podium position from new Ford driver Toni Gardemeister

Day 2: Loeb unstoppable

Despite suggesting that he may start driving more conservatively after the retirement of his Citroen team-mate Francois Duval, reigning champion Sebastien Loeb ended leg two of the Monte Carlo Rally by setting another fastest stage time and extending his lead to nearly two minutes

Controversy did affect Button

Jenson Button has admitted that he will be more focused this season now that the distraction of his on-off move from BAR to Williams has been removed

Sauber: 'VW won't enter F1'

Volkswagen will not enter Formula 1 in the foreseeable future - according to Peter Sauber, whose team has been linked with a VW F1 project for several years

Dana set for Hemelgarn

Infiniti Pro Series runner-up Paul Dana is close to confirming that he will graduate to the IRL IndyCar Series with the returning Hemelgarn Racing team in 2005

Larini and Menu test Chevy

Touring car veterans Nicola Larini and Alain Menu got their first runs in the new Chevrolet Lacetti WTCC entry at MIRA on Friday

Laguna off calendar

Champ Car officials have finally confirmed that the historic Laguna Seca track will not feature on their 2005 schedule

Day 2 am: Chaos in Monte

Sebastien Loeb continues to lead the Monte Carlo Rally after a tumultuous start to the event's second leg

Duval crash stops stage

The sixth stage of the Monte Carlo Rally has been stopped after an accident befell second-placed Citroen driver Francois Duval

Road course qualifying revealed

The IRL IndyCar Series will adopt a unique qualifying format for its three road and street course events this year

Subaru takes action on brakes

The Subaru World Rally Team flew in extra braking system components prior to day two of the Monte Carlo Rally in a bid to solve the still unexplained problems that afflicted Petter Solberg and Stephane Sarrazin on leg one

Alonso praises 'incredible' tyres

Formula 1's new tyre regulations will not pose a problem for Michelin, reckons Renault driver Fernando Alonso

Loeb extends lead

Day two of the 2005 Monte Carlo Rally opened with another peerless performance by the Citroen team

Young journo competition

Bridgestone has launched a competition for students from across Europe who are interested in pursuing a career in motorsport journalism - Bridgestone e-reporter. Announced to coincide with the inaugural GP2 series, the Bridgestone and Renault-backed one-make formula that will replace Formula 3000, the initiative is in its second year but has dramatically increased the prizes on offer