Ken Block’s Gymkhana 6 & GRC Vegas Win

Article excerpt: “Gymkhana 5 was pure vehicular insanity, wrapped up in a series of epic locations with production value through the roof. For Gymkhana 6 though, Block went back to the original roots of the first videos; showing off car control, precision and just how nimble his batshit crazy 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 on the sick fifteen52 wheels really is.”

Why it’s important: “It’s pretty amazing to see a group as talented as this come together to create something so f**ing awesome.”

Full article: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Six

GRC Vegas Win

Article excerpt: “The podium was also different from last year's. The ubiquitous 'hoonigan,' Ken Block - in mid-hype mode for his Gymkhana 6 video, picked up the first win of his GRC career. He beat defending series champion Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana for the victory.”

Why it’s important: “It's been a bit of a tough year-I've had the speed but just haven't had the luck in the first turn," said Block. " It was fun battling with Travis earlier, fun battling with Tanner, but my team works incredibly hard, and it's great to finally give me and my team a win.”

Full article: Global Rallycross Las Vegas 2013


Volkswagen Wins WRC

Article excerpt: “I look back on an incredible year,” Ogier said after receiving the trophy. “If anybody had told us at the beginning of the season that Julien and I would end the season with nine wins and the World Championship title, I probably would have sent them straight to the team doctor.”

Why it’s important: “Dr Heinz-Jakob Neußer, a member of the Volkswagen management board for technical development, accepted the Manufacturers’ World Champion trophy. Never before had a manufacturer won this title in its first season.”

Full article: Volkswagen Wins WRC


Audi WEC Win

Article excerpt: “Audi concluded an endurance racing year full of highlights in Bahrain. Audi Sport Team Joest decided six of the eight WEC rounds in its favor – one more than last year. The company celebrated the second title success in the manufacturer’s World Championship early with its hybrid sports car.”

Why it’s important: “Audi’s racing season is over now, but the squad has long begun to intensively prepare for 2014. That is when a fundamentally new set of regulations, rewarding the best efficiency, will come into effect in the WEC. Audi is developing a completely new race car for it that will make its racing debut in the WEC season opener at Silverstone on April 20, 2014.”

Full article: Audi WEC Win


Bentley’s Return to Motorsports

Article excerpt: “Bentley has been absent from the motorsports scene since its Le Mans win in 2003. Fortunately, the British automaker will be returning today, December 12, 2013, at the Gulf 12 Hours race running at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dabi. The Continental GT3 racecar is making its motorsports debut at the race as part of the development program ahead of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series.”

Why it’s important: A competent car means more competition on the grid, and a healthy sign that the Motorsports industry is on the up-and-up.

Full article: Bentley’s Return to Motorsports


2014 Range Rover Sport Sets Record at Pikes Peak


Article excerpt: “The production-vehicle set a record time at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Course. The SUV completed the course in 12 minutes and 35 seconds.”

Why it’s important: “The 2014 Range Rover’s Pikes Peak record is a testament of the SUV’s impressive capabilities, including its ability to conquer the rough terrain and set a record time while doing it.”

Full article: 2014 Range Rover Sport Sets Record at Pikes Peak


Ferrari 458s Win Grand-Am GT-Class Championship

Article excerpt: “On September 28, 2013 Ferrari ended the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series on a high note by sweeping the GT-class Championship at Lime Rock Park, CT. Alessandro Balzan, driver of no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia became the 2013 Rolex Series GT driver champion and secured the Rolex Series team championship for Scuderia Corsa.”

Why it’s important: The Scuderia Corsa team scores its first win and wins its first championship in its first complete Rolex Series, and Ferrari wins the manufacturer championship. Somewhere out there, former Ferrari factory driver and supporter Mario Andretti was probably celebrating the result.

Full article: Ferrari 458s Win Grand-Am GT-Class Championship


Bonus Entry:

Vettel and Hunt F1 Helmets Auctioned

Article excerpt: “One enthusiast purchased the helmet of current F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel for a whopping $118521. Yes, you read that right. Vettel's helmet sale set a world record at Bonhams auction.”

Article excerpt: “Recently, the same Bell helmet Hunt wore in his 1976 Formula 1 world championship season went up for sale. How much would you pay for this incredible piece of history? One lucky buyer purchased the helmet for $61430 from Bonhams auctions.”

Why it’s important: “Whether you agree or disagree with the helmet's selling price there is no denying Vettel and Hunt’s lasting impression on F1 now shared with the masses thanks to Hollywood’s RUSH film.”

Full article: Sebastian Vettel Helmet Sells for $118521

Full article: James Hunt Helmet Sells for $61430

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