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Racing into a car culture

Racers in the Audi R8 LMS Cup. Photo: SCMP

The world's top sports-car makers are turning to China to boost sales, and track series have become a vital part of brand-building, reports Anna Healy Fenton.

Monday, 25 June, 2012, 12:00am

Hong Kong trio set for London to Mongolia rally

Panda team Natalie, Aaron and Jonathan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

As the Panda Express team, the three 26-year-olds will embark on an epic journey across a third of the world on July 13. And as the Mongol Rally website makes clear, it's an unsupported adventure that can be extremely dangerous.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Ma Qinghua hopes to be driving force for F1 in China

Caterham reserve driver Ma Qinghua drives during the first practice session of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International circuit. Photo: Xinhua

China’s first and only Formula One driver set another landmark yesterday just by taking part in his home grand prix weekend in Shanghai, saying he hopes to inspire a new generation of fans and racers.

13 Apr 2013 - 5:12am

Mercedes keep wheels on the ground for China Grand Prix

The Mercedes team (from left) Ross Brawn, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff. Photo: AP

Mercedes are playing down their chances of repeating Nico Rosberg’s maiden victory at Shanghai last year in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Motorsport director Toto Wolff said last year’s triumph does not mean the team can realistically target the same result this week despite an encouraging start to the season following the arrival of 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Motorsports ranking amateurs

Cars on the starting grid at the Audi R8 LMS Cup in Shanghai

Amateur motorsport enthusiasts earn a chance to test their mettle against the professionals, writes Mark Sharp.

4 Jan 2013 - 6:18pm

Vettel and Alonso narrow Formula One chase to two-horse race

Kamui Kobayashi finally had something to celebrate with his third place in Suzuka. Photo: EPA

It's taken three-quarters of the season, but at last there's a bit of clarity at the top of the drivers' championship. The events of last weekend have made the world title a two-horse race. Fernando Alonso arrives in South Korea under intense pressure from Sebastian Vettel. With the German winning in Japan and Alonso not finishing, there's just four points between them.

11 Oct 2012 - 5:12am

Hamilton's best bet is to stay in Woking

This Sunday at Hockenheim, Lewis Hamilton lines up for his 100th grand prix. He's come a long way since he made his bow in motor racing's top tier in 2007. He was a world champion a year later, but right now it would seem his career is, if not at a crossroads, at a point where some big decisions have to be made.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

How race sheds new light on the Lion City

Richard Tan could well be talking for the entire Singapore business community as well as for the city itself when he reflects on how the race has afforded his company the opportunity to capture the world's attention.

Tan's Arina Hogan Builders was in 2008 charged with providing the temporary lighting structures that makes hosting the grand prix possible.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Adrenaline rush is fast and furious on the night shift

When it comes to reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel, looks most certainly can be deceiving.

A case in point was last year's SingTel Singapore Grand Prix when the young German emerged from the cockpit of his Red Bull-Renault with a broad grin and the air of a man without a care in the world.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Taking stock on a drawing board

When someone tried to copy my work at school, I used to hook my spare arm protectively around my book to ward off over-inquisitive neighbours. No matter how hi-tech Formula One is, it would seem that something similar is going on in the sport.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'Random' results raise Schumi's hopes in Montreal

Formula One finds itself in North America this weekend and the big question is can the seventh race on the calendar produce the seventh different winner? If so, I wonder how many punters fancy a bet on Michael Schumacher?

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

McLaren wheel gun crew in firing line

How stressful is your job? Do you get home and need either a lie down in a darkened room or a stiff drink - or possibly both? If you think your job is full of pressure, spare a thought for the poor McLaren mechanic who has charge of the rear left wheel gun in Spain this weekend.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bahrain fiasco had one good outcome

Bernie Ecclestone has a job to do so get the hell out of his way, particularly you meddlesome troublemakers in the media. Ecclestone is an 81-year-old British billionaire and Andy Warhol lookalike who runs Formula One racing. Despite the involvement in F1 of some of the biggest corporate brands in the world, Ecclestone is unmoved by public sentiment.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

O'Young to compete on two fronts, and tie knot

Hong Kong's Darryl O'Young will attempt something few drivers would ever dream of: compete in two FIA world championships, taking part in 44 races spanning 18 countries - and still have the time to get married.

O'Young (pictured) will take part in both the World Touring Car Championship and the FIA GT1 World Championship.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

McLaren off to a flyer as Mercedes wait in wings

The first few seconds of the first grand prix of the season told us a lot more about what we might expect in Malaysia and beyond than most of pre-season testing. Charging down to the first corner in Melbourne, we confirmed that McLaren have at last started a season on the front foot, something underlined by their dominance in qualifying.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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