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Allan McNish has announced his retirement from motor racing

Ex-Formula One driver Allan McNish hangs up his helmet after announcing his retirement from racing

McNish secured the World Endurance Championship with co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval and has decided that the time is right to call time on his illustrious career

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Pamela Anderson gives the command

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Race Alliance by Pamela Anderson will contest this weekend's FIA GT round in Slovakia

Kamui Kobayashi waves to the Russian crowd before a demo run on the streets of Moscow

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Mark Webber's case tried 130 times before securing his first Grand Prix victory - at the 2009 German Grand Prix

Mark Webber leaving F1 at end of season

Mark Webber today announced that he will leave Formula One at the end of this season.

At least 30 Nascar fans hurt in horror crash at Daytona

A horrifying crash on the last lap of a race at Daytona International Speedway injured at least 30 fans yesterday and provided another stark reminder of what can happen when a car going nearly 200 mph is suddenly launched toward the spectator areas.

Sport In Brief: Rising Welsh star of rallying dies after crashing during Sicily event

Gareth Roberts, who had been tipped for great things in the world of rallying, died after the car in which he was co-driver crashed during the Targo Florio rally in Sicily.

Roy Salvadori: Racing driver who triumphed at Le Mans

Roy Salvadori, a Londoner despite his Italian parentage, was a tough racer best known for his success at Le Mans with Aston Martin. Coincidentally, he died three weeks after his partner in that epic success, Carroll Shelby.

Casey Stoner says he has lost his passion for the sport

MotoGP champion Casey Stoner reveals reasons for shock decision to retire

World champion Casey Stoner revealed a loss of passion for bike racing lay behind his shock decision to retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season.

Under starter's orders: Shelby gives the command to start a Nascar race at the Las Vegas Speedway in 2009

Carroll Shelby: Racing driver who won at Le Mans for Aston Martin

Carroll Shelby," the great American racing driver Dan Gurney said, "was an automotive visionary and leader. His West Texas down-home bib overalls style had a huge emotional impact on me and when he launched his now legendary Ford-powered Cobra team, I found myself a very willing volunteer to lend my driving ability to his quest to take on the established European teams on their home turf."

VW would consider Formula One move in future

Volkswagen could consider a move into Formula One in 2018, the German carmaker's head of motorsports was quoted as saying today.

Horror crash survivor McNish vows to race again in three weeks

Allan McNish, survivor of a dramatic high-speed crash at the Le Mans 24-hour race, defiantly declared last night: "I'll be back."

Motorcycling: Stoner surfs through the wet as he speeds towards second title

The 25-year-old Australian Casey Stoner took a casual surf ride towards his second MotoGP world championship at Silverstone yesterday, when he won a wet and dangerous British round by an easy 15.159 seconds on his Honda RC212V.

Sir Stirling Moss retires at 81

Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has officially retired from motor racing at the age of 81.

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