Archive for the ‘Motorsports’ Category

Matthew Simmons wins 2015 GT Academy

Matthew Simmons is Australia’s latest high-achiever in the international motorsport arena. The 26-year-old has just topped a field of 30 finalists to win the 2015 GT Academy, which will land him a race seat with Nissan in the Dubai 24 Hour race in January next year. Simmons’ started the final race of the International Camp […]

Nissan puts GT-R LM wacky racer on hold

After its disastrous Le Mans campaign Nissan has officially put the competition return of its GT-R LM Nismo on hold. The WEC returns in just over two weeks for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring (30 August). Shoichi Miyatani, President of NISMO, explains: “We are racers and we want to compete but we also want to […]

Porsche 956 for sale, only driven on Sundays

This Porsche 956 is up for sale at the forthcoming Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction (15–16 August). It’s chassis 956.003, the car that won the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans. Astute readers will know there’s a strong Australian connection with this car as 1983 was the year Vern Schuppan won Le Mans, alongside […]

I am Daniel Ricciardo

No, I’m not Daniel Ricciardo, but he is. Infiniti Red Bull Racing has put together a short clip with Daniel. Check it out below and hear what the three-time Formula 1 Grand Prix winner has to say about the beginnings of his career. There’s also a few words after the video taking us through Daniel’s […]

BMW Motorsport icons never die

BMW USA will be participating in the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion later this month and has come up trumps with a few photos of its past motorsport icons. We liked the pics of the 3.0 CSL aka the Batmobile and the mid-engined M1. And because we’re nice folks here at AUSmotive we sharing these […]

Very cool 1968 Honda RA302 illustration

British company Stuart Taylor Motorsport has recreated a replica of the 1968 Honda RA302 Formula 1 car. If you know about the car’s history this may seem an unusual choice, as the Stuart Taylor website explains: The RA302 of 1968 is something of an oddity, introduced with a magnesium skinned monocoque and an air cooled […]

V8 Supercars takes over Bathurst 12 Hour

It’s happened. V8 Supercars will take over the promotional rights to the Bathurst 12 Hour race. Here’s the first few paragraphs of the announcement: In a landmark agreement for GT Racing in Australia, Supercars Events, in partnership with Bathurst Regional Council, has acquired the rights to manage the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Event at Mount […]

Steve McQueen: The man and Le Mans

Steve McQueen, racer and actor, was the king of cool and he’s the latest motorsport icon to be featured on the silver screen. Check out the trailer to Steve McQueen: The man and Le Mans after the break. Steve McQueen: The man and Le Mans is the story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It […]

FIA to retire number 17 from Formula 1

As a mark of respect to the late Jules Bianchi the FIA has retired his racing number 17 from Formula 1. The FIA’s brief statement follows: 20.07.15 – Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced that the car number 17 will be retired from the FIA Formula One World Championship in […]

Jules Bianchi 1989–2015

French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi passed away today, finally succumbing to the severe head injuries he suffered after crashing at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. He was 25-years-old. The news was confirmed in a statement published to Facebook by the Bianchi family. Word of Bianchi’s death comes just days after Jules’ father, Phillipe, spoke on […]

Snow on Mount Panorama!

Parts of New South Wales and south-east Queensland awoke to a fresh blanket of snow this morning and here’s something you don’t see every day: snow on Mount Panorama in Bathurst! This image of the downhill run from Skyline was shared on twitter. There’s a two more images of a snowy “mountain” after the break […]

Mikko Hirvonen to make Dakar Rally debut in 2016

Mikko Hirvonen will be helped through the withdrawals of his post-WRC career by competing for the all conquering MINI X-raid Team in the 2016 Dakar Rally (3–16 January). The MINI All4 Racing has won the last four Dakar events. What does Mikko know about the Dakar? Not a lot it turns out, which is why […]

F1 reveals bumper 21-race calendar for 2016

For the second year running the FIA has released a Formula 1 calendar with 21 races. Like last year, it remains to be seen if we’ll actually see all of those races take place. As it stands the 2016 season is set to kick off in Australia on 3 April, with the Chinese Grand Prix […]

Philippe Bianchi: “There is no significant progress”

The father of Jules Bianchi spoke to a French radio station recently and said there has been “no significant progress” in his son’s recovery from the injuries suffered in his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix last October. “In general, progress needs to be made in the first six months,” Philippe Bianchi said in an […]

Volkswagen Golf Racing wins on TCR debut

Team Engstler driver Pol Rosell won race 2 of the TCR International Series meeting at the Red Bull Ring on the weekend and in doing so gave the Golf Racing its maiden win. Not a bad effort for the car’s first competitive outing. The Golf made its presence known early after Rosell’s teammate Mikhail Grachev […]