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First with the news, views and reports, Motorsport News is the voice of British motorsport and a must-read for all motorsport fans. Britain's only weekly motorsport newspaper, MN delivers up-to-date, entertaining and reliable news, reports and results from all categories of the sport. Whether you prefer Formula One cars or a Ford Escort Mk2, MN is the publication for you.

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excelr8 aims high with new i30 btcc challenger

Hyundai will be represented on the British Touring Car Championship grid for the first time in 2020 as Excelr8 Motorsport fields two i30 N Performance Fastbacks in the category. The cars are currently under construction at the team’s Suffolk base and are expected to be ready in time to begin a pre-season testing programme in mid-February 2020. Excelr8 Motorsport, which runs the Mini Challenge UKthat joins the BTCC support bill next year and has built and distributed more than 70 machines globally, joined the BTCC in 2019 with two MG6s. It says the running done by Rob Smith and Sam Osborne across the 30-race campaign was all geared up towards learning as much as it could before its first new-car build. Bosses of the team say that the i30 N Performance Fastbacks will…

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oliver shepherd

Why did you choose the Hyundais? “There are a few answers to this, with the first and main point being that Hyundai is currently quite involved with motorsport as a whole as part of its brand, and it’s not yet been a part of the BTCC grid. Although there are no guarantees of anything in place just yet, this is a great opportunity commercially to build a fanbase and potentially also links with the manufacturer further down the line. “Technically the car has some properties which suit the NGTC design very well, such as the overhangs and the wheelbase. It’s very similar in size and dimension to the new-spec Honda Civics that we’ve seen were so successful across the course of this year. And the aerodynamic properties of the base car are…

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hamilton has a ‘special target’

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost says the chance to equal Michael Schumacher by winning a seventh F1 title in 2020 will provide Lewis Hamilton with a “special motivation.” Prost retired at the end of 1993 having won four titles – leaving him one behind the then record holder Juan Manuel Fangio’s tally of five. While Prost insists that he personally didn’t see Fangio’s record as a target, he believes the opportunity to match Schumacher’s record will spur Hamilton on more than if he was still on three or four titles. “At the moment he’s really racing with a lot of expertise, with a lot of experience,” Prost said. “So we can see that he manage not only a race, but also a season. “I’ve never experienced being a six-time world champion, but…

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f1 round-up

Harsh reality Sebastian Vettel has admitted it took him time to accept the “harsh reality” of Ferrari being off the pace early in the 2019 Formula 1 season. Mercedes managed to turn around its form and win the first eight races after trailing Ferrari in testing. “You try to push that away, because you want to prove the opposite,” said Vettel of realising Ferrari was actually in trouble. “But then you fail again, you fail again, you fail again to prove the opposite and…it is sort of seeing the truth, but not trying to see it. It is not a nice feeling. But eventually you have to.” Leclerc support Long-time Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has tipped Charles Leclerc to beat the more experienced Max Verstappen to being the first of F1’s new generation…

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proposed 2021 miami f1 race is handed a lifeline

Formula 1’s planned 2021 Miami Grand Prix has been thrown a lifeline after the mayor of Miami-Dade County vetoed a resolution that would have blocked the use of public roads. The intended track for the latest incarnation of the project is based around the Hard Rock Stadium in the Miami Gardens area and mostly uses car parks and other land owned by the home of American football team the Miami Dolphins. But it also includes a half-mile section of 199th Street. Local politicians and residents have objected to the race plan but Mayor Carlos A Gimenez vetoed a county commissioner’s resolution against the use of public roads in the hope of giving F1 more time to convince local opponents. “While I remain sensitive to residents’ concerns in Miami Gardens, I believe it is…

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horner believes 2020 f1 season will be red bull’s most expensive yet

Red Bull thinks 2020 will be its most expensive year in Formula 1 so far, as costs increase because of the huge development needed for 2021’s new rules. With F1’s budget cap not coming into force just yet, the big budget teams are well aware that there are gains to be had if they invest more next year to get a headstart on their cars for grand prix racing’s new era. While F1 chiefs believe windtunnel and CFD restrictions will limit scope for spending in 2020, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner thinks there are still enough areas of freedom to mean that it is worth investing more. “You have an unrestricted and uncontrolled amount of money that you can spend on research and development across other areas,” said Horner. “It would have been…