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Autosport 15/08/19

The UK’s ‘must-read’ motorsport magazine AUTOSPORT is revered by fans and industry personnel alike as the ultimate source of motorsport news and analysis. The magazine’s expert editorial covers all aspects of the sport, from major international series such as Formula 1, Sports Car racing and the World Rally Championship, to the less glamorous but hugely important grassroots events in UK club motorsport

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celebrating one of motorsport’s legendary machines

It’s not often we get to put a 50-year-old sportscar on the cover of Autosport, but the Porsche 917 has always been a special case. From the very start of the project it was a step into the unknown for Porsche, setting a theme that continued through the 240mph long-tailed Le Mans monsters all the way to the ground-breaking turbocharged Can-Am dominators. Whether or not you think the 917 is the greatest racing car of all time, the story is a remarkable one, which we tell in this week’s special issue with the help of some of those who were part of it. Porsche will be taking its expertise to Formula E this year and is likely to become a serious challenger sooner rather than later. It will join a burgeoning category that…

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tactical substitution

FORMULA 1 Red Bull interrupted the start of Formula 1’s summer break with the shock announcement that Pierre Gasly will be replaced by Alex Albon for the rest of the season. Gasly’s struggles to get close to the pace of Max Verstappen have been evident from the moment he crashed in pre-season testing, but Red Bull has staunchly supported its new driver since then. As recently as the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend it insisted Gasly would see out the season, but just over one week later revealed that rookie Toro Rosso driver Albon will replace Gasly alongside Verstappen in the Red Bull line-up from the Belgian Grand Prix. The arguments for Red Bull invoking this change are fairly simple on paper. Gasly has not merely been overshadowed by Max Verstappen, he has experienced a…

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mclaren to enter indycar full-time next season

INDYCAR McLaren has chosen the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team as its partner for a full-time IndyCar entry for 2020, and launched Arrow McLaren Racing SP. After its humiliating failure to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso, when it was operating largely independently bar a logistical alliance with Carlin, McLaren prioritised finding an established IndyCar team to partner with for its long-mooted full entry. The deal means Schmidt’s team will end its long relationship with Honda to run Chevrolet power in its two-car attack. SPM co-owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson will remain involved, but McLaren is drafting in its current sporting director Gil de Ferran – a double CART Champ Car champion and the 2003 Indy 500 winner – to lead the project. He will “helm a dedicated group from…

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hartley joins dragon racing for 2019-20 formula e attack

FORMULA E Ferrari Formula 1 simulator driver and Toyota World Endurance Championship regular Brendon Hartley will compete for the Dragon Racing ABB FIA Formula E team in the 2019-20 championship. Ex-Toro Rosso F1 driver Hartley, who is set to contest the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship in Toyota’s LMP1 car, is the American FE squad’s first confirmed signing for the next campaign. The factory Porsche driver was a candidate for the manufacturer’s own 2019-20 line-up – and Hartley drove for Porsche in the initial stages of its FE manufacturer-allocated private testing programme – before Andre Lotterer was signed up to partner Neel Jani. “Formula E is totally different from any other race series I’ve been in,” said Hartley. “I am hoping my experience in many categories with energy management will pay dividends and give me…

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breen back for rally gb, tanak to stay at toyota

WRC Craig Breen will reunite with Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen at Hyundai after securing a drive for Rally GB. Breen made his first WRC start since being dropped by Citroen for 2019 in Rally Finland earlier this month. He impressed in the third i20 Coupe (left), fighting for a top-five finish for the majority of the event before dropping back to seventh in order to boost team-mate Neuville’s result. He is also thought to be in contention for more Hyundai outings, and for a seat next season. Meanwhile, Ott Tanak looks set to end speculation surrounding his future by signing a renewed deal with Toyota. An announcement is expected after this month’s Rally Germany. Tanak left M-Sport to drive for Toyota in 2018, and narrowly missed out on the title last season after a…

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ktm and zarco split for 2020

MOTOGP KTM’s once-marquee signing Johann Zarco will vacate his seat at the end of 2019, as the two parties agreed to an early termination of his two-year contract. The Austrian manufacturer had courted the two-time Moto2 champion following his breakthrough MotoGP debut on a satellite Yamaha in 2017, and Zarco ultimately snubbed interest from Honda and Ducati to become a KTM rider. Yet having starred on the user-friendly Yamaha M1, he has been unable to make his smooth riding style gel with the KTM RC16, and has so far been roundly outperformed by team-mate Pol Espargaro. He has amassed just over a third of Espargaro’s points tally, and also trails rookie Miguel Oliveira, who rides an RC16 run by the satellite Tech3 operation. The impeding split was announced on Monday, after KTM’s home grand…