James Newbold

James Newbold

James Newbold is Autosport's Plus Editor, responsible for coordinating website feature content.

In a sign of things to come, having completed his Politics and International Relations degree at the University of East Anglia in 2015, he left his graduation ceremony early to catch the last train to Brussels for the following day's Spa 24 Hours.

After a period as a freelancer, he joined the Autosport staff in 2018 and won the Motorsport UK young journalist of the year award.

He initially edited Autosport magazine's Performance and Engineering supplements before joining the website team in his current role in 2020.

A keen enthusiast of anything that can be categorised unusual, niche or random, he enjoys unearthing little-known stories across all branches of motorsport, but has spent most of his career covering sportscars as Autosport's British GT correspondent and is a regular part of the Le Mans 24 Hours reporting team.

An expert in catching 40 winks on media centre floors, he lives with his wife and son in Plymouth, England.

Latest articles by James Newbold


Luca Stolz: The DTM’s Raikkonen turning heads with Mercedes

He’s invariably billed as the DTM’s quiet man, who has a Kimi Raikkonen-esque aversion to the cameras. But Luca Stolz has been earning plaudits that are becoming impossible to ignore, and that will only increase the level of interest in his performances

FIA F3 race in Macau called off again, no return for WTCR

The FIA Formula 3 World Cup in Macau will not be run this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, while FIA WTCR will not make its planned return to Asia.

Norisring DTM qualifying format tweak will avoid traffic “disaster”

DTM drivers have welcomed the decision to hold split qualifying sessions for this weekend’s Norisring round, praising the “fair option” for preventing a “disaster” dictated by traffic. 

DTM drivers call for changes to improve pitlane safety

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann believes that the series should consider “a change in the rules” to deter unsafe releases and improve the safety of mechanics in the pits. 

Pulling not feeling pressure as Chadwick's main W Series challenger

W Series racer Abbi Pulling says she doesn't feel under more pressure one year on from her debut in the series as Jamie Chadwick's main title challenger after three rounds.

Cassidy: "Big desire" to have closer ties with Ferrari

Nick Cassidy says "there’s a big desire" to continue building his relationship with Ferrari, as the Italian marque gears up for its Le Mans Hypercar programme in 2023.

DTM targeting manufacturers from UK, USA, Japan – Berger

DTM boss Gerhard Berger wants to continue to grow the pool of manufacturers represented in the championship, and is targeting new marques from the UK, United States and Japan. 

DTM Electric targets 2024 start date, operational prototype in 2023

DTM Electric organiser ITR is targeting a 2024 start date for its new series, according to director of competition and technology Michael Resl.

Berger: "Too early" to discuss DTM returning to popular Imola

DTM drivers and teams welcomed the prospect of returning to Imola after the championship’s maiden visit last weekend, but series boss Gerhard Berger says it’s still “too early” to decide.

Auer: Restart, not BoP tweak, key in Mercedes' Imola DTM turnaround

Lucas Auer says his restart in the DTM’s second Imola race was more responsible for earning Mercedes’ best result of the weekend in fourth than its improved Balance of Performance.  

How a “weird 20-position overtake” yielded a landmark DTM podium

Dev Gore became the first American podium-finisher in the DTM's history at Imola on Sunday, despite making two pitstops, after “a weird 20-position overtake” helped him to claim second.

DTM Imola: Feller delivers maiden win after frantic restart

Ricardo Feller earned his first DTM victory at Imola after a frantic safety car restart that allowed him to atone for a lap one error.

DTM Imola: Rookie Feller snares maiden pole in Abt Audi

Ricardo Feller took his first DTM pole position in a frenetic qualifying session at Imola on Sunday as the Abt Audi driver pipped Felipe Fraga's Red Bull Ferrari by 0.152s.

Van der Linde "maximised" Imola DTM result with 25kg ballast

DTM championship leader Sheldon van der Linde says "we maximised the day" by securing eighth place with 25kg of success ballast in the first Imola race on Saturday.

Bortolotti explains podium charge from 16th in Imola DTM

Mirko Bortolotti says managing his tyres in the early stages of the DTM's Imola opener was "crucial" in his recovery from 16th on the grid to finish third on Saturday.

Rast "proven wrong" by "unexpected" win in DTM comeback year

Rene Rast says that he "got proven wrong" by taking his first DTM victory of 2022 at Imola, having doubted that he'd be capable of winning races on his comeback.

Imola DTM: Rast dominates as Bortolotti charge yields podium

Rene Rast took a commanding first win of his DTM comeback at Imola over fellow Audi driver Nico Muller after a controlled drive in searing heat.

Imola DTM: Audi's Rast claims first pole since return

Rene Rast became the fifth different polesitter from as many DTM races in 2022 as he snatched top spot with a late effort for the championship's first race at Imola.

Glock: DTM return at Imola will be a “new experience”

Timo Glock says his DTM return at Imola this weekend will be a “new experience” as he adapts to running BMW’s M4 on Michelin rubber in his team’s series debut.

Lamborghini DTM squad pulls out of Imola round

Lamborghini DTM squad T3 Motorsport will miss this weekend's Imola round, it has been confirmed by series organiser ITR.

Van der Linde confident Lausitz DTM struggles are resolved

DTM race-winner Kelvin van der Linde says he understands the problems that blighted his Lausitzring weekend and believes his Nurburgring 24 Hours victory was "perfect to get my confidence back".

The "hectic moment" that threatened JOTA LMP2 Le Mans win

Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the "hectic moment" that risked the JOTA LMP2 team's dominant run to a first class victory since 2017 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

2022 Le Mans 24 Hours – How to watch, session timings and more

The 90th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship's tenth anniversary season will be staged this weekend on 11-12 June.

How in-form Bourdais is nailing his "normal transition"

Sportscar racing has only ever been a sideline previously for Sebastien Bourdais, but the Frenchman has left open-wheel racing behind and has been a standout in the IMSA SportsCar Championship this year. Now Le Mans and a bright future in prototypes with Cadillac beckons

Bourdais not ruling out IMSA 2022 title bid despite ill-fortune

Sebastien Bourdais says he’s not ruling out a title challenge in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year, despite having “at least one too many jokers” so far in 2022.

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality Prime

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality

His day of days in Formula 1 came at Indianapolis in 2005, a day grand prix racing strives to forget. But Patrick Friesacher, the long-serving Red Bull lieutenant, remains active today driving a two-seater that provides ordinary people with a glimpse of an F1 car’s savage potential, including this writer...

Lamborghini explains decision to enter LMDh one year after rivals

Lamborghini motorsport boss Giorgio Sanna says the company’s decision to enter the LMDh arena one year later than several major competitors will afford it time to develop its internal structure.

Absolute Racing Porsche team makes last-minute Le Mans return

The Absolute Racing Porsche team has been promoted from the reserve list to a slot on the Le Mans 24 Hours grid at the eleventh hour after Hardpoint Motorsport's withdrawal.

Vanthoor rues "black day in my career" after N24h clash with brother

Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor says his "nightmare" early crash out of the Nurburgring 24 Hours following contact with his brother Dries was "a black day in my career".

Nurburgring 24h: Vanthoor brothers clash puts Manthey Porsche out

Manthey Racing's bid to defend its 2021 Nurburgring 24 Hours victory was ended by a heavy accident for Laurens Vanthoor, who crashed the #1 Porsche following contact with brother Dries.

Nurburgring 24h: Luca Ludwig scoops surprise pole in Ferrari

Luca Ludwig secured a surprise pole for the Nurburgring 24 Hours in his octane126 Ferrari 488 GT3, setting two laps good enough for the top spot in Top Qualifying 2.

What the DTM’s scariest corner meant for Lausitzring lap times

When the DTM adopted the Lausitzring’s banked Turn 1 as part of its layout for the 2021 season, it meant a whole new challenge for drivers and teams.

The Lamborghini talisman leading his troops to DTM success

Since signing his first factory contract with the marque in 2015, Mirko Bortolotti has become Lamborghini's Mr Dependable. And after a short spell at Audi in 2020, the Italian is back with his long-time collaborators at the Grasser Racing Team and has made a strong start to life in the DTM.

Cassidy “really pleased” by pace on DTM return at Lausitzring

Nick Cassidy says he is “really pleased” by the potential he showed on his first DTM appearance of 2022 at the Lausitzring last weekend, despite only scoring two points.

Van der Linde: Schubert BMW made "big steps" for Lausitz DTM double

DTM championship leader Sheldon van der Linde says that Schubert Motorsport "found some very good steps” on its new BMW M4 GT3 that allowed him to take both Lausitzring victories.

Auer bemused by “massive pace” deficit in DTM Lausitzring race two

DTM race winner Lucas Auer was puzzled by his Winward Mercedes team’s loss of pace in Sunday’s second race at the Lausitzring after qualifying on pole for the Saturday opener.

Rast explains “upside-down” set-up change behind DTM podium return Lausitzring
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Rast explains “upside-down” set-up change behind DTM podium return

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast said a set-up rethink gave him a “different car” for the second Lausitzring race and helped him to score the first podium of his comeback.

Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win Lausitzring
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Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win

Sheldon van der Linde became the first double winner of the 2022 DTM season with a controlled drive pole at the Lausitzring to sweep the weekend after capturing race one.

Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde beats Rast to Sunday pole

Sheldon van der Linde followed up his Saturday Lausitzring DTM victory by taking pole for race two, following a late red flag caused by a fire for Felipe Fraga’s Ferrari.

Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4 Lausitzring
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Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4

Schubert Motorsport BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde took his first DTM victory of 2022 at the Lausitzring after passing poleman Lucas Auer at the start.

Lausitzring DTM: Auer holds off charging van der Linde for pole

Winward Mercedes driver Lucas Auer took pole position for the opening DTM race at the Lausitzring, narrowly edging Sheldon van der Linde's Schubert BMW by 0.025s.

Audi's Muller explains factors that helped end DTM win drought

Team Rosberg DTM racer Nico Muller says he is "more comfortable" in Audi's updated R8 LMS Evo II package, which helped him end his year-long win drought in Portimao.

Lausitzring DTM round could root out "one-hit wonders" - Auer

Mercedes DTM race winner Lucas Auer predicts that the championship’s return to the familiarity of the Lausitzring this weekend after starting off at Portimao could uncover “who was a one-hit wonder”.

2022 MotoGP French Grand Prix: Full Friday practice results

Gresini Ducati rider Enea Bastianini headed practice times on Friday at MotoGP's French Grand Prix, setting a new lap record at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit.

Ex-F1 and BMW aces entered in legends race at Nurburgring 24

BMW will stage a special 30-minute race prior to the Nurburgring 24 Hours later this month for 12 drivers over the age of 50, including 1989 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jochen Mass.

Sauber-Mercedes C11: The ultimate Group C car that missed its main goal
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Sauber-Mercedes C11: The ultimate Group C car that missed its main goal

Across his career Karl Wendlinger competed in a comprehensive range of the great and the good cars, but his pick of the bunch is the iconic Sauber-Mercedes C11 that he only raced on four occasions and yielded just one win for him.

Ricciardo takes blame for first corner Imola F1 tangle with Sainz

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has accepted blame for his first corner clash with Ferrari rival Carlos Sainz in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that ruined both drivers' races.

How Bobby Rahal gave teammate Al Unser Jr. an edge

Al Unser Jr was a rising star of Indy car racing unaccustomed to sharing with teammates when he first started working with Bobby Rahal. The three-time Indy car champion left a lasting impression on the second-generation racer, latterly a double Indy car title-winner himself, who singles Rahal out as his favorite teammate

Why McNish remains enthralled by unforgiving Suzuka

Despite a brutal shunt and a several doses of bad luck in his visits to Suzuka, Allan McNish still picks the Japanese Grand Prix venue as his favourite track for its mix of challenging, high-speed bends

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

F1 champion Button to race in Nitro Rallycross series with Xite

The 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will make his full debut in rallycross this year, joining Xite Energy Racing in Travis Pastrana's much-expanded Nitro Rallycross series.

Albon: Qualifying F1 laps in final stint secured shock point

Alex Albon says a series of "qualifying laps" were needed to secure the Williams team's "unexpected" first point of the 2022 Formula 1 season in the Australian Grand Prix.

Sainz fuming after F1 "disaster" for Ferrari in Australian GP qualifying Australian GP
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Sainz fuming after F1 "disaster" for Ferrari in Australian GP qualifying

Carlos Sainz says a problem with his Ferrari Formula 1 car's starter hampered his tyre warm-up procedure in Australian Grand Prix qualifying and left him feeling "angry" in ninth.

Aston Martin reveals all-factory GTWCE Endurance line-up

Aston Martin will be represented by an all-factory driver line-up in a full GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup campaign for the first time this season.

Magnussen: Fifth with "strongest midfield car" a "crazy" result Bahrain GP
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Magnussen: Fifth with "strongest midfield car" a "crazy" result

Kevin Magnussen believes Haas had the strongest Formula 1 car in the midfield in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, describing his fifth-place finish as "crazy".

Ferrari releases first images of new 296 GT3 car

Ferrari has released the first images of its new 296 GT3 racer which is set to take over from the marque's long-standing 488 model next year.

Unser Jr: "A matter of time" for Johnson to achieve top fives in IndyCar

Al Unser Jr believes that it will be "just a matter of time" before Jimmie Johnson is able to achieve top-five finishes in IndyCar.

The Williams that put Hill in an exclusive F1 club
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The Williams that put Hill in an exclusive F1 club

Aside from the fact that it gave him the 1996 Formula 1 world championship, Damon Hill has another reason to pick the Williams FW18 as his favourite car - a remarkable qualifying feat which hasn't been repeated since

Ex-Minardi F1 driver Tarso Marques to make NASCAR Cup debut

Former Minardi Formula 1 driver Tarso Marques is due to make his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series this season in an eight-race campaign with a Team Stange Racing Ford.

Revisiting sportscar great McNish's one and only F1 season Prime

Revisiting sportscar great McNish's one and only F1 season

It’s 20 years since Allan McNish made his long overdue Formula 1 debut with the brand-new Toyota team. But the circumstances were hardly ideal for the Scot, whose spell in F1 would prove to be all-too brief before making a successful return to sportscar racing.