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Motorsport: Kiwis rip it up on the tracks and roads

It's time to look back over the past 12 months to see how some of New Zealand's brightest hopes in international motor racing fared. Without a doubt 2014 was one of the best years for Kiwis racing abroad since the 1960s and 1970s...

Motorsport: High-speed training ground TRS drivers

The list of single-seater prospects coming to New Zealand next month for the annual Toyota Racing Series has been released and it includes some handy pedallers. The championship has been producing national and international champions...

Bernie Ecclestone in reverse over women's role in F1

Bernie Ecclestone believes one of his female aides could succeed him as Formula One supremo, almost a decade on from suggesting a woman's place was in the kitchen, not a race track.Sacha Woodward-Hill is relatively unknown to...

Motorsport: Hugh Anderson writes his story

New Zealand motorcycle racers had been making the trip overseas, to Europe in particular, since the early 1900s and at times experiencing some success. A lad from Ohinewai, inspired by reading race reports from the Isle of Man TT,...

Earl Bamber scores works drive with Porsche

New Zealander Earl Bamber has been signed as a works driver for Porsche, joining Brendon Hartley as the second New Zealander to secure a works drive.The announcement was made at Porsche's Night of Champions motorsport gala in Stuttgart,...

Suzuki ace Jaden Hassan celebrates a 'perfect' weekend

It is not often than a competitor in the high-speed, high-risk world of motorcycle racing can celebrate a "perfect" weekend, but that's exactly what Aucklander Jaden Hassan was able to do on Sunday. The 20-year-old Suzuki rider...

NZ driver Earl Bamber joins Porsche factory team

New Zealand driver Earl Bamber has been signed as a works driver for Porsche, joining Brendon Hartley as the second New Zealander to secure a works drive.The announcement was made at Porsche's "Night of Champions" Motorsport Gala...

Motorsport: Veteran Alach heads midget team

Speedway veteran Shayne Alach will captain Team New Zealand in the upcoming World Midget Series at WxC Speedway-Western Springs, having been named with Brad Mosen and Hayden Williams on Saturday night.The rain-affected meeting meant...

The best Hollywood stars that are into racing cars

It is perhaps not too surprising that motor racing and the acting profession have rarely mixed. Acting is pretending. You can't fake motor racing. Put a couple of dozen cars in an enclosed space and ask their drivers to drive...

Kiwi karter nudges world's best

One of New Zealand's few full-time professional motor racers flies very much under the radar. It's not that Daniel Bray avoids the limelight, or the media, or is a recluse, it's more that his sport of karting is most of the time regarded...

Motorsport: Family business aims high

New Zealand's newest motor racing team, Trass Family Motorsport (TFM), are heading to Australia early next year to take on some of the best endurance racers in the Bathurst 12 Hour race.The young team debuted their new Ferrari...

Motorsport: Hayden Paddon's 2015 WRC hopes

Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon hopes to tell the world about his 2015 plans before Christmas.The former production car world champion is confident his promising first foray into the highest level of the sport this year will lead...

Ferrari FXX K rocket is yours to race at track

Based on the 350km/h LaFerrari hypercar, the Ferrari FXX K is a track-only model, combining F1 technology with experimental aerodynamics.The aim is to involve a very select - and rich - group of Ferrari customers in the development...

McLaren signs Alonso to drive with Button in 2015

McLaren announced the return of Fernando Alonso and retained Jenson Button for the 2015 Formula One season on Thursday, giving the British team a lineup of former champions at the start of its restored partnership with Honda.Danish...

Bikesport: Coppins' action-packed retirement

So much for retirement!Kiwi sportsgreat Josh Coppins retired from fulltime international motocross racing at the end of 2012, immediately after winning the open class motocross championship in Australia and after racing a couple...

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