Motorsport

Kiwis' roar will inspire NZ drivers on Anzac Day

Fabian Coulthard

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The crowd at Pukekohe Raceway will be overjoyed if any of the home drivers can take a chequered flag.

Mark 'Frosty' Winterbottom flying flag for Ford

Mark Winterbottom

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While Volvo, Nissan and Mercedes have spoiled the V8 Supercars duopoly, it's the rivalry between Ford and Holden that still burns the brightest.

Added incentive for Tim Slade in Auckland

Tim Slade

Supercheap Auto Racing driver Tim Slade has a special reason to do well on Anzac Day - his late grandfather was a highly decorated bomber pilot in World War II.

Jamie Whincup confident Red Bull in good place

Jamie Whincup

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Current V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup is confident the Red Bull Racing team have worked out their problems ahead of this weekend's action in Pukekohe.

Scott McLaughlin keeps his feet on the ground

Scott McLaughlin

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Success has come quickly for Scott McLaughlin but he says he'll never forget his roots.

Auckland gearing up for V8s race weekend

V8 Supercars

V8 Supercar fans got to meet their favourite drivers today before the upcoming four day ITM 500.

Kiwi Horne leading V8s Supercars revolution

V8 Supercars

Much of the excitement around the V8 Supercars this year surrounds the new super sprint format, with a Kiwi at the helm of the key changes.

Hamilton takes third straight, wins Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins in the F1 Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a dominant Mercedes claimed a third straight one-two finish.

Kiwi rookie impresses veteran V8 driver Kelly

Todd Kelly

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Nissan's Todd Kelly has emerged as one of Scott McLaughlin's biggest fans, even though he drives for a rival team.

McLaughlin's too hot to jandal on V8s circuit

Badminton EBC

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Thirteen words Scott McLaughlin said after winning podium spot in Adelaide have taken his fame to astronomical levels.

Pukekohe circuit cannot be tamed - Murphy

Greg Murphy

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Iconic Kiwi driver Greg Murphy, the "King of Pukekohe", talks about how to navigate the circuit.

The Kiwis who keep the V8s pit lane humming

Badminton EBC

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Ford Performance Racing employs four NZers who play an important part in making their cars as fast as possible

Kiwi V8s driver Fabian Coulthard hits top gear

Fabian Coulthard

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With three New Zealanders at the top of the V8 game, Fabian Coulthard says he doesn't focus on being top Kiwi.

Hamilton takes third pole at Chinese Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo

Lewis Hamilton will line up on pole position for the Chinese GP after a storming lap in treacherous conditions to maintain Mercedes' qualifying stranglehold.

Student gears up for V8 supercars champs

Sixteen-year-old Invercargill driver Liam MacDonald will again line up in the NZV8 Touring Car Championship field as part of the V8 Supercar meeting at Pukekohe.

Lewis Hamilton leads second practice in China

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton overcame problems with his car's handling to return Mercedes to the top of the timesheets at the Chinese Grand Prix.

V8 restart rules scrapped ahead of Auckland 500

Mark Bright

The V8 Supercars' controversial new restart rules have been scrapped in favour of a return to last year's format.

Alonso doesn't expect quick Ferrari turnaround

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso doesn't expect a rapid turnaround for his struggling team following the resignation of team principal Stefano Domenicali.

Pastor Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado has cleared the air with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez.

Nico Rosberg expects tough fight with Hamilton

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg expects another tight race with teammate Lewis Hamilton this weekend in China.

V8s racing star Greg Muprhy races a helicopter

Car v helicopter

Racing star Greg Murphy has been blitzed on the Pukekohe Race Track - but he was at a slight disadvantage.

Drifting attracts whole new breed of driver

New Zealand drifting star

Ask a V8 Supercar driver where he got his start on the motor racing ladder and more often than not the answer will be karts.

Rosberg out to wreck Hamilton hat-trick bid

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton can chalk up three wins in a row for the first time in his F1 career but team-mate Nico Rosberg will be doing all he can to deny him.

Scott McLaughlin eyes up a future in Nascar

Scott McLaughlin

New Zealand V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin has expressed an ambition to race Nascar in the future.

Formula One on right track with new engines

Hamilton

Formula One is on the right track with its new V6 turbo engines and the governing body can ignore criticism.

Red Bull, Ricciardo lose Australian GP appeal

Daniel Ricciardo

LIAM FITZGIBBON - AAP

Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix will stand.

Mercedes blast Red Bull over Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

JOHN LEICESTER - AP

Mercedes tore into Formula One rival Red Bull at an appeals court hearing over the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo.

Haas eyes new American Formula One team

Gene Haas

STEVE REED - AP

NASCAR team owner Gene Haas is out to prove that an American-based team can succeed in the Formula One racing series.

Schumacher making small signs of progress

Michael Schumacher

Ex-Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is showing "small signs of progress" but remains in a very serious condition in a French hospital.

Agony for Scott Dixon after running out of fuel

Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon missed out on a brilliant victory on the streets of Long Beach after running out of fuel with just three laps to go.

Harvick survives shootout for Darlington victory

Kevin Harvick

PETE IACOBELLI - AP

Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Nascar victory at Darlington.

McLaughlin looks to Pukekohe for change of luck

Scott McLaughlin

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On paper, Scott McLaughlin's results at Winton shouldn't inspire much optimism about his chances at Pukekohe in a fortnight.

Kelly gang showing some V8 Supercars fight

Todd Kelly

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When most V8 Supercar drivers have a bad weekend, they can let off steam by bagging their team and car for not being any good.

Kevin Harvick claims first pole at Darlington

Nascar

PETE IACOBELLI - AP

Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

Nascar owner Haas granted Formula 1 licence

Tyre on a Formula One car at the Canadian GP.

ALAN BALDWIN - Reuters

Nascar owner granted licence from Formula One governing body to start what he hopes will be a US-based entry.

Mercedes team driver duel has hidden depths

Hamilton

ALAN BALDWIN - Reuters

Rivalry between Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Bahrain is the tip of the iceberg.

Love of rallying lures Chris West back into fold

Chris West

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Timaru's Chris West shows his desire to win is not abating despite starting in his 17th national rally championship.

Marussia team independent from car company

ALAN BALDWIN - Reuters

The Marussia Formula One team is no longer owned by Marussia Motors and the closure of the Russian sportscar maker will have no effect on its operations.

McLaren, Red Bull squabble over hiring expert

ALAN BALDWIN - Reuters

McLaren consulted their lawyers after Red Bull announced the appointment of an aerodynamics expert their rivals said was contracted to them.

Hoy aims to compete in Le Mans 24 Hours race

Chris Hoy

ALAN BALDWIN - Reuters

Six-times Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy is switching from two wheels to four with the aim of racing Le Mans.

Logano earns Texas victory with last-lap pass

Nascar

STEPHEN HAWKINS - AP

With a significant lead and the laps winding down, Joey Logano kept thinking about getting to the white flag.

Russell Ingall fined for spray at V8s officials

Russell Ingall

Russell Ingall has been fined NZ$16,150 for his scathing verbal attack on V8 Supercars officials.

Alonso believes Ferrari can still claim F1 title

Fernando Alonso

ALAN BALDWIN - Reuters

Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari can still be title contenders despite the poor start to the season.

Vettel told to make way for Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel

On lap 16 of Bahrain Grand Prix, something happened that Mark Webber could only dream about.

Mitch Evans makes gains in Bahrain opener

Mitch Evans

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ News

Kiwi Mitch Evans has recovered some of his practice form to claim seventh place in the GP2 sprint race in Bahrain.

Narrow F1 victory for jubilant Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton

CHRIS LINES - AP

Lewis Hamilton edges teammate Nico Rosberg after an intense race-long duel, taking victory by one second.

Fabian Coulthard fired up for Pukekohe races

Mark Winterbottom has scored his first V8 Supercars win since last year's Bathurst 1000 at Winton in country Victoria.

A late penalty cost Fabian Coulthard a chance of claiming the lead in the V8 Supercars Championship.

Scott McLaughlin earns first V8 pole at Winton

Scott McLaughlin drives his Volvo to victory in race four of the V8 Supercars Challenge, a support race for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.

Fabian Coulthard will continue his hunt for the V8 championship lead from the second row in Winton.

Rosberg ends Hamilton's pole streak in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg

ALAN BALDWIN - Reuters

Nico Rosberg planted his Mercedes on pole position for the floodlit Bahrain Grand Prix after a last-lap error cost Lewis Hamilton.

King of Bathurst Winterbottom wants to be No 1

Mark Winterbottom

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There are two sides to Mark Winterbottom, last year's Bathurst winner.
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