FAU enlisting racers to help Ukrainian military in emergency driving
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by Justin Nguyen
3h ago
With national motorsport championships still unable to be safely held as the Russian invasion continues, the Automobile Federation of Ukraine will still pitch the support of its personnel and racers for the military. In particular, drivers will now be encouraged to lead safe driving courses for members of the Ukrainian military, teaching them how to drive effectively in times of emergency such as combat and medevacking. On 10 February, the FAU’s constitution enshrined a new clause approved a week prior that allows the association to “promote the defence capability of the state, ensure the sust ..read more
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Palestinian podium sweep in Jordan 4×4 gives “sign of hope despite ongoing aggression at home”
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by Justin Nguyen
12h ago
As Israel’s invasion of Gaza continues, Palestinian racers hoped to bring a glimmer of light. The brightest so far came on Friday when Palestinians swept the top four overall in the Jordan 4×4 Championship‘s season opener at Wasfi Al-Tal Forest in Amman. Emad Khabeis, with Basel Nawasha as co-driver, won the Pro category with the fastest time outright. Hazem Foudeh finished second followed by Wisam Khalileh, just beating out Muhammed Hananah for the last step on the podium. Hussein Sheyoukhi finished eighth to mark four Palestinians in the top ten. Two other Palestinians, Mahmoud Hafez and Amj ..read more
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Red Bull Scramble Series partners with Wolverine Boot
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by Justin Nguyen
2d ago
Wolverine has partnered with the Red Bull Scramble Series for a collaboration ahead of the 2024 season, producing a limited-edition work boot, hat, and hoodie. The boot is based on Wolverine’s Rush UltraSpring line, which the company touts as “one of the lightest work boots we’ve ever made.” It is coloured in Red Bull’s blue with red trim, while the Red Bull Scramble Series logo is featured on the tongue. The colour palette also extends to the laces. “Our partnership with the Red Bull Scramble Series was built on our shared values of resilience and the pursuit of ultimate performance,” said Wo ..read more
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Mason Klein joins Honda Racing Brasil
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by Justin Nguyen
2d ago
Mason Klein is back for more in Brazil, this time on a Honda CRF450X as he enters the 2024 Brazilian Cross-Country Rally Championship and Sertões Series for Honda Racing Brasil. Klein first raced in the country last August when he won the Rally dos Sertões on début. Despite being one of rally raid’s top prospects as the 2022 World Rally-Raid Champion in Rally2, he struggled to find funding to continue his career in the series and the Sertões entry came after he lost his W2RC ride with KTM midseason. He partnered with Kove to race a Kove 450 Rally EX at the 2024 Dakar Rally, which granted him a ..read more
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SCORE introduces Trophy Truck qualifying for full season
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by Justin Nguyen
4d ago
Trophy Trucks will have to earn their starting spot at all four SCORE International World Desert Championship rounds in 2024. On Tuesday, the sanctioning body announced qualifying has been expanded to the entire calendar after previously taking place exclusively at the San Felipe 250 and Baja 400, meaning the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 will also set their TT starting lineups days before race time. Each of the three Trophy Truck categories—the headlining eponymous class, Trophy Truck Legends, and Trophy Truck Spec—will go Each class will go out at a time in single-truck qualifying. Trophy Truck and ..read more
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Benavides, Van Beveren enter Enduro del Verano over Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
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by Justin Nguyen
4d ago
Although the World Rally-Raid Championship is set for its second round of 2024 with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge beginning Sunday, some regulars will be in Argentina instead. Defending champion Luciano Benavides and Adrien Van Beveren plan to race this weekend’s Enduro del Verano, while Kevin Benavides will also be present for an exhibition alongside his younger brother. Although Luciano won the W2RC in 2023, his Husqvarna Racing team as well as Kevin’s Red Bull KTM Factory Racing did not sign up for the 2024 championship as part of increasing budget cuts. The brothers, who hail from Argenti ..read more
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ACCIONA | Sainz dominates Desert X Prix Race 2
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by Justin Nguyen
6d ago
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team‘s Desert X Prix got off to a rough start when Fraser McConnell rolled on the last lap of the Grand Final on Saturday. Fortunately, Sunday was a new day and McConnell got to end his maiden weekend with the team on top. After qualifying for the second Grand Final with the help of a heat win, McConnell and Laia Sanz dominated from start to finish as they never lost the lead. With Saturday winner Rosberg X Racing finishing last in the Grand Final, the Sainz outfit narrowed the early championship gap between the two to three points. “Stepping into this team was such a huge s ..read more
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2024 Sonora Rally set for October, Dakar tickets up for grabs
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by Justin Nguyen
1w ago
The Sonora Rally might not be on the World Rally-Raid Championship anymore, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be involved with the championship in some form. Like it was prior to its one-year inclusion on the schedule, the rally will remain a Road to Dakar leg in which the top motorcycle and side-by-side finishers with no prior Dakar Rally experience can earn free registration to the 2025 or 2026 edition. While the Sonora Rally traditionally takes place in the spring, it will be moved to 21–25 October for 2024 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary. “This year marks a special race for us,” begins ..read more
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2024 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: 101 on entry list
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by Justin Nguyen
1w ago
Despite only being the second round of the World Rally-Raid Championship, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will be missing some major star power as Dakar Rally overall winners Team Audi Sport and Monster Energy Honda Rally Team are absent. Forty-five drivers and fifty-six riders will hope to step it up in their place. While Dakar bike winner Honda will return for the BP Ultimate Rally Raid in April, Audi is gone entirely: although Audi finally won the Dakar on the FIA side with Carlos Sainz and had plans of racing for the championship, a lack of suitable parts expedited their intended shutdown a ..read more
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Desafio Ruta 40 bumped up a day
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by Justin Nguyen
1w ago
The Desafío Ruta 40 has received a slight schedule tweak, moving up a day from its original 2–8 June date to 1–7 June. Of course, such a minute change means it retains its slot as the fourth round of the 2024 World Rally-Raid Championship. Race officials justified the change as to better “welcome the fans who are expecting the arrival of the best competitors in the world.” “There is no doubt that the Desafío Ruta 40 is one of the most awaited events in the rally-raid calendar,” reads a statement. “In this sense, the Argentinean public is a key part of the essence of DR40. The passion and enthu ..read more
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