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Ypres Rally likely to join WRC 2022 schedule

It has been rumoured that the Ypres Rally in Belgium could soon be added to the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship calendar after representatives from the event organisation spoke whit Belgian newspaper Les Sports.

If the rally does take place in this year’s calendar, it will be held either in August or September and according to the news article the FIA and the WRC Promoter will give a go-head for a continuation after the 2021 edition.

Before the organiser can sign the contracts, it is required that the Wallonne region and the Belgian federation continue to be financiers of the project, when these agreements are secured, the organiser can sign the agreement with the WRC Promoter.

The most likely date for it to be held at is 18-21 August and for this year’s edition if it’s given a go, the rally won’t take part on the legendary Spa-Francorchamps race circuit as Formula 1 will be racing there the following weekend.

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XITE Energy renews Extreme E partnership for 2022

XITE Energy will continue supporting the Extreme E Championship for the series’ second season in 2022.

Located in Bristol, UK, XITE Energy primarily focuses on energy drinks, with the titular product containing natural caffeine from green coffee beans among other ingredients like pansax ginseng and sucralose while containing no sugar. XITE also sells nootropic energy bars that contain seventeen grams of plant protein and a blend of five nootropics like choline and iodine.

“The product is a perfect fit for our Championship,” commented Extreme E chief marketing officer Ali Russell. “Not only do the drinks taste and make you feel great, but the company also shares many of Extreme E’s core values, particularly its focus and investment in renewable energies and sustainable transport systems. We look forward to collaborating even further with XITE Energy throughout Season 2.”

The company was co-founded by Oliver Bennett and Megan Jones in 2017, after the duo had completed their university studies. Bennett, a business student, began racing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship that year after two years in British Rallycross. XITE Energy has sponsored his rallycross endeavours under the XITE Racing banner.

In 2021, Bennett brought XITE to a pair of newly formed racing series in Extreme E and Nitro Rallycross. In the latter, he ran the full season and won a battle qualifying race in the first race at Utah Motorsports Campus. Bennett finished sixteenth in points of eighteen drivers.

ACCIONA Sainz XE Team keeping Sainz/Sanz lineup for 2022

ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team‘s Carlos Sainz Sr. and Laia Sanz will look to build upon their 2021 Extreme E campaign in 2022. On Thursday, the team announced the pair will return for the upcoming season.

The team’s red Odyssey 21 finished in a deadlock for fifth in the team championship with ABT CUPRA XE with 100 points apiece, though CUPRA held the edge with a higher best finish of second at the Island X-Prix to Sainz’s Arctic X-Prix third. Sainz XE made waves early on after qualifying second for the inaugural race in the Desert X-Prix before finishing fourth, and another top-three qualifying effort came at the Jurassic X-Prix season finale.

Sainz entered Extreme E with decades of success in the FIA World Rally Championship and Dakar Rally as a two-time champion in the former in 1990 and 1992 and quadruple winner of the latter (2010, 2011, 2020). His son Carlos Jr. is set for his second Formula One season with Scuderia Ferrari.

“It’s quite surprising how fast time flies because it seemed yesterday that we were about to embark on this thrilling adventure that has taken us all over the world with a unique message,” said Sainz. “All the members of the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team, also Laia and myself, are really looking forward to this new season in which we want to fight for everything. The experience we gained in 2021 must help us to take a step forward to start fighting for better results and even the Championship. I am really looking forward to the first X Prix in Saudi Arabia to show just how much we have progressed.

“The level of the Championship is really high, but we want to win and to send the strongest possible message about the importance of sustainability and respecting the environment.”

Matt Mills joins Young’s for limited Truck schedule

Matt Mills will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on 4 March 2022 when he drives the #20 Chevrolet Silverado RST for Young’s Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It will be the first of four races with the team as he will also race at Kansas Speedway (14 May), World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (4 June), and Richmond Raceway (13 August). J.F. Electric will sponsor his truck.

Mills ran eleven Truck races between 2016 and 2018, with his most recent start being a thirty-first for now-David Gilliland Racing at Michigan’s Corrigan Oil 200. He notched two top twenties for Faith Motorsports at Kansas and Dover in 2017.

Las Vegas is the only track of his four on which he has previously raced in the Trucks, finishing twenty-fifth for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing in 2017. Gateway is close to J.F. Electric’s headquarters in Edwardsville, Illinois.

“Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of my favorite race tracks,” said Mills. “The track always provides a fun atmosphere at a great facility and I seem to usually have good speed in whatever I go there in. I am looking forward to continuing that pace with the Young’s Motorsports team next month too.”

The 25-year-old primarily competes in the Xfinity Series, and is set for his sixth season there with B.J. McLeod Motorsports. In 2021, he finished twenty-ninth in points with a best run of fourteenth at Michigan.

M-Sport Reveals Liveries for Adielsson and Huttunen

With only two weeks left to go until the start of the second round of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship, it was time for the British M-Sport outfit to reveal the first liveries for it’s 2022 WRC2 entry.

Rally Sweden will be moving further north for this year, to Umeå in the Västerbotten region, to ensure the rally will be held on snow. The M-Sport team decided to start their 2022 campaign there by fielding two Ford Fiesta Rally2 cars for the local talent Mattias Adielsson and 2020 WRC3 champion Jari Huttunen.

The Adielsson announced last year that he will start to work with M-Sport and drove a Fiesta Rally2 with support by the team in the Swedish Rally Championship last season. He didn’t enter any WRC rounds for the team until now, where he will contest Rally Sweden together with co-driver David Arhusiander.

Credit: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

Huttunen meanwhile made his debut with M-Sport at the end of last season after he parted away from Hyundai Motorsport The debut ended with a rally win in the class at the season-finale in Rally Monza. Mikko Lukka will be his co-driver for the weekend.

There are a total of 24 cars entered for the class over the Rally Sweden weekend with a lot of promising names and stiff competition of which biggest are the two Skoda backed Toksport WRT teams with drivers as Andreas Mikkelsen, Marco Bulacia, Nikolay Gryazin and Emil Lindholm.


Hansen Motorsport Reveal Multi-Year Programme and 2022 World RX Car

Hansen Motorsport have presented their 2022 plans, and as one of the most successful teams in the history of rallycross, confirms a commitment to enter the new era of rallycross with a multi-year programme in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

The defending teams’ champion will be returning with the same driver line-up for this season consisting of the Hansen’s brothers Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen, with the team led by the founder, 14-time European champion Kenneth Hansen.

“This a huge investment that we are making to the World Rallycross Championship, with a plan for multiple years – it’s the biggest thing we have ever done. It’s very new and very exciting for all of us.” Kenneth said.

Credit: Hansen Motorsport

“It feels a little like when we entered four-wheel-drive rallycross for the first time in 1993. We didn’t know many things then, and with the switch to electric technology there are many things we are learning about from scratch as well. I

“t’s very refreshing to be focusing on something so new, with some people we have worked with for many years and some new faces around inspiring us as well. There really is a lot of fresh energy here to push forwards.




Renault Confirms Future Entry in Rally3 Class

After the success of the new Renault Clio Rally4 and Rally5 cars, the French manufacturer has confirmed they are a taking a step-up and will start to develop a car for the all-new four-wheel-drive Rally3 class.

According to an article published by DirtFish, Renault Sports’ customer racing director Benoit Nogier has revealed that a first car is expected to be tested as early as the end of this month.

The testing will be happening in France with the first tests taking place on gravel roads before moving on to asphalt later towards the summer.

Credit: FIA ERC

The official competitive debut for the new car could happen in a year when the tests are completed. The drivers are expected to be able to compete with M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta Rally3 in FIA World Rally Championship which is the sole model to be offered in the new regulations for now.

The contract for M-Sport to supply cars in WRC3 ends in 2023 which opens up for a potential new supplier for 2024.


Lance Stroll optimistic as Aston Martin launch 2022 Car

Lance Stroll is heading into his sixth season in Formula 1, and feels hopeful that his team can make progress after a difficult 2021 season for the Aston Martin team. The Canadian driver spoke today at the launch of Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team‘s 2022 Car and seemed more hopeful that the team have done a better job and praised the work ethic of the team members

Stroll said “This is not only a big opportunity for Aston Martin, but also for all the teams. We just have to believe that we have done a better job and i know that everyone involved is working unbelievably hard to give Seb and me the best chance. At the same time we have to be realistic heading into the new season”

Credit: Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team

Speaking of the team’s aims for the season, Stroll stated how he wanted the team to take a step forward. However the new technical regulations mean it is almost impossible to predict any sort of pecking order until the first race weekend in Bahrain in March. He was full of praise as he complimented the intelligence of his team members and stated his optimism for the season ahead and the progress he hopes to make.

Addressing his targets, Stroll said “Our main aim is to move nearer the front than we were last year. That would be progress. As Seb [Vettel] said, it is impossible to know where every team will be until we all get on track, and even then you might not know who has really got it right until qualifying in Bahrain. Aston Martin has some really clever people so I am optimistic we can make good progress this year.” 

Stroll will race alongside four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel for the second consecutive year, as Aston Martin will look to improve on their seventh place finish in the Constructors’ Championship in 2021. Vettel claimed an impressive podium at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix while Stroll’s best result was an impressive sixth place in Qatar. What will their 2022 season hold? We may have to wait until that first qualifying session in Bahrain.

Thad Moffitt debuting in Truck Series at Daytona, will run multiple races

The #43 and STP is a legendary number/sponsor combination in the NASCAR Cup Series, most synonymous with the great Richard Petty. On Thursday, GMS Racing announced the pair will appear in the Camping World Truck Series with Petty’s grandson Thad Moffitt in the #43 Chevrolet Silverado RST.

Moffitt will run a part-time Truck schedule, with his first start in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on 18 February being his series début. Further dates were not immediately revealed.

“Daytona is a track that has a lot of family history, and having STP onboard makes it that much more special,” said Moffitt. “It truly is an honour to run the iconic STP branding on my Silverado along with my fire suit, and I am hoping to represent their longtime support of my family in a great way.”

Since 2017, Moffitt has primarily competed in the ARCA Menards Series for Empire Racing and David Gilliland Racing, the former of which was a satellite team of Richard Petty Motorsports. In forty-four career starts, he has twenty-five top tens and a best race finish of third at Phoenix and Mid-Ohio this past season. He ran eighteen of twenty-five races in 2021 and placed fourth in points.

The #43 will be fielded by GMS in conjunction with Reaume Brothers Racing, who fields various trucks and also has a Cup alliance with Team Hezeberg. Richard Petty Motorsports merged with GMS for the 2022 Cup season to form Petty GMS Motorsports, though GMS will remain a separate entity in the Truck Series.

Fortec sign Zak Taylor to complete GB3 line-up

Fortec Motorsport announced that F4 British Championship race-winner Zak Taylor will join the team for the 2022 GB3 Championship on Thursday (10 February).

They are the third team to have announced their full line-up for 2022, after Carlin and Hitech GP.

Taylor competed in British F4 last year with Arden Motorsport, who enter their second year in GB3 in 2022, taking five podiums in addition to a win at Brands Hatch.

Prior to his switch into single-seaters, Taylor moved up from karting into the Ginetta Junior Championship for 2019, and took seven podiums in 2020, despite only running in six of the eight rounds.

The 19-year-old started karting in 2016, competing in Junior TKM and the British Schools Karting Championship. He finished sixth in the 2017 Super One National Junior TKM Championship and won the Junior Winter Series at the PF International kart circuit near Grantham.

Sebastian Vettel is excited to race for the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team this year

If there’s one person who has been renewed by Aston Martin’s return to Formula 1, it’s Sebastian Vettel. Whilst the 4-time world champion is yet to win any races for the team, it has brought his passion and enthusiasm for the sport back and nobody can complain about that! With the reveal of the new car earlier today and the prospect of the grid being switched up a little as a result of the new regulations, you can’t blame Vettel for being excited about what’s the come. Excited is something he definitely seems to be, as he had nothing but positive words to say about both the car and the team as we build up towards the start of the 2022 season.

“Look at that car, who wouldn’t feel excited about the prospect of racing that?” Vettel enthused excitedly about his new wheels for this year. With how great the car looks (yet again), it’s not surprising that he feels this way! He is, however, very realistic about how things might pan out when the season actually starts due to how much the new regulations could affect the dynamics between teams. “…when it comes to hopes for the season, I do not think anyone really knows what to expect,” the F1 veteran stressed. “There are new rules and of course all the teams will be hoping that they have got it right.”

Credit: Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team

Vettel was keen to stress too that the Aston Martin project is very much a long term one and that, whilst he isn’t winning any races right now, it’s more important for the team to keep making forward progress. “Everyone wants to win, me included, and no one would be in Formula One if their dream was not to win. I am no different,” Vettel continued. “The main thing is to keep moving forward and moving up. This is only year two of a five-year plan, so we are still quite near the start. But this team has big ambitions and big plans, and I am hugely excited to be a part of that.“

Sebastian Vettel will once again partner Lance Stroll (the son of the team’s chairman Lawrence Stroll) for the 2022 season. It’s a partnership that’s worked really well so far, so it’s not surprising that Aston Martin has decided to keep it going for the foreseeable future. The two of them will also be joined by fan favourite Nico Hulkenberg, who has retained his role as test and reserve driver for 2022.

“The 2022 regulations are like no other!” – Aston Martin’s Chief Technical Officer

Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team officially launched their AMR22 Thursday afternoon, with the event taking place at the team’s global headquarters at Gaydon, UK.

Incredibly it does appear that Aston Martin have in fact become the first team to reveal their actual 2022 challenger, not just their livery! Many wondered if Aston Martin would follow in Uralkali Haas and Oracle Red Bull Racing’s footsteps, and only reveal their livery, Aston Martin clearly thought otherwise.

The AMR22 includes a radical aerodynamic design philosophy as prescribed by the new technical rules designed to deliver more competitive racing. An updated car livery adds further aggression with lime details blended across a refined version of the traditional green livery.

Aston Martin’s Chief Technical Officer Andrew Green, believes that no one has all the answers to the new regulations but believes it will bring new opportunities.

“The 2022 regulations are like no other that have gone before: a radical change of direction in both concept and application, probably the most significant change of chassis regulations ever implemented, with an incredibly small amount of carry-over from 2021 into 2022. As a direct result of that, the past winter has undoubtedly been the toughest we have ever had. But with new regulations come new challenges and new opportunities.

Aston Martin Officially Launch AMR22 At Global Headquarters

The newly named Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team have officially launched their 2022 challenger, the AMR22, at their global headquarters at Gaydon, UK.

The team have not only released their livery, the third team so far to do so after Uralkali Haas and Oracle Red Bull Racing, they’ve also become the first team to officially reveal their 2022 car. Both Haas and Red Bull are believed to have used the 2022 model designed by Formula 1 last year.

In attendance was Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll, alongside Chief Technical Officer, Andrew Green, and Performance Director, Tom McCullough. Driver’s Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll were heavily involved at the presentation.

One of the defining features on the AMR22 is a radical aerodynamic design as prescribed by the new technical rules, designed to hopefully deliver more competitive racing. Aston Martin have also tweaked their livery, with lime details blended across a refined version of the traditional green livery. New major sponsor Aramco, have their logo incorporated into the livery to mark the beginning of a strategic long-term partnership, while branding from title partner, Cognizant, appears on the sidepods, chassis top, front wing and rear wing. Prominent logos from Peroni Nastro Azzurro 0.0%, Crypto.com, SentinelOne and JCB also feature across the AMR22.

Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll, is very happy to have such high valued partners onboard with the team for 2022, as Aston Martin continue to strive towards their five-year plan.

Williams Racing Collect Creative Content of The Year Award at The Race Media Awards

Williams Racing were the proud winners of the ‘Creative Content of The Year Award’ at the recent ‘The Race Media Awards’, which took place in London Wednesday night. The Race Media Awards, hosted by Rufus Hound, celebrate creative excellence in motorsport PR, marketing and communications.

Williams won the award after their activation for the release of The King’s Man, in collaboration with 20th Century Studios and MARV. MARV specialises in genre-redefining films and is owned by renowned British director Matthew Vaughn.

The partnership between Williams and The King’s Man, which took place at the end of last year, ran over the course of a week with activations in London, New York and Abu Dhabi. Branded Williams show cars were unveiled at the World Premiere in Leicester Square, London, as well as the US Premiere at the MoMa in New York City.

Both Williams Racing cars also ran King’s man logos at the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, George Russell was also spotted pre-weekend dressed in a tailored suit from the film’s impeccable collection. Williams also filmed several short videos for social media relating to King’s man content.

James Bower, Commercial Director for Williams Racing is extremely pleased that Williams have been recognised for the brilliant work they produced in cooperation with The King’s man.

AlphaTauri Announce Global-Partnership With Hong-Kong Based Flex Box

Ahead of the upcoming 2022 season, Scuderia AlphaTauri have announced a brand-new global partnership with Hong-Kong based company Flex Box. AlphaTauri’s 2022 challenger the AT03, will carry the coloured Flex Box logo on the front wing endplate, as well as on the nose throughout the entire season.

The Hong Kong-based company is an international leader in the logistics industry with operations around the globe, it was founded by Henrik Nielsen in 2001. Flex Box develops, manufactures, and ships containers from China directly to clients worldwide and are known for their innovative customer solutions thanks to their vast experience in the cargo industry. Based on the founder’s passion for racing, the company name is well established in the world of motorsports thanks to partnerships in various top-class categories. 

Scuderia AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost is delighted with the partnership and is looking forward to working with Henrik Nielsen.

“I am very happy to welcome Henrik and his company to our team. Logistics are a fundamental part of our sport, and it simply couldn’t exist without an exceptional infrastructure. Besides the obvious travelling to the races, we have constant demands for specialised logistic solutions such as transporting parts between our factory in Italy and the wind tunnel in England, receiving components from Japan or flying our cars around the world for sponsor events. Furthermore, it’s always a pleasure for me to work with people who are as passionate about racing as I am, and Henrik is a real motorsport enthusiast.”

Flex Box founder Henrik Nielsen is equally pleased with the partnership.


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