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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.

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Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Prime

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

BMW gives M4 GT3 "trouble-free" debut on Nordschleife
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BMW gives M4 GT3 "trouble-free" debut on Nordschleife

BMW has described the competition debut of its new M4 GT3 as a success after completing a "trouble-free" outing in the seventh round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS).

Lotus returns to GT arena with new Emira GT4

Lotus will return to the GT racing arena with the new Emira GT4 car, developed in partnership with RML, that will be available for customers to race next year.

Porsche "expected to be closer" in Le Mans GTE Pro fight

Porsche’s head of factory motorsport Pascal Zurlinden said he “expected to be closer” on pace to GTE Pro rivals Ferrari and Corvette in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

TF Aston puncture 'turning point' in Le Mans GTE Am race

TF Sport boss Tom Ferrier has explained the “turning point” in the GTE Am race at the Le Mans 24 Hours which handed the initiative to the class-winning #83 Ferrari.

GTE Pro Le Mans winner Calado explains pre-race Corvette contact

Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro class winner James Calado said he was “driving blind” due to a fogged-up windscreen when he hit Tommy Milner’s Corvette before the race start.

Works Porsche team given 'kick in the arse' by HubAuto

Customer team HubAuto Racing taking GTE Pro pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours was “a kick in the arse” to the Porsche factory, its operations chief Alexander Stehling says.

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

HubAuto: Le Mans pole can inspire other privateers to try GTE Pro

HubAuto's achievement in beating GTE Pro factories to take a class pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours can inspire other aspiring privateer entrants, according to its technical director.

Ferrari "surprised" by timing of Le Mans BoP change

Ferrari GT technical director Ferdinando Cannizzo says the timing of a Balance of Performance tweak handed down to the Italian marque at the Le Mans 24 Hours was "really surprising".

Macau F3 and GT World Cup races cancelled again
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Macau F3 and GT World Cup races cancelled again

The FIA Formula 3 World Cup and FIA GT World Cups in Macau will be cancelled for the second straight year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Prime

Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally.

Rigon ruled out of Le Mans 24 Hours due to Spa crash injury

Ferrari factory GT driver Davide Rigon has been ruled out of the Le Mans 24 Hours while he continues to recover from his recent crash in the Spa 24 Hours.

Why Le Mans' hidden gem will produce its most unpredictable race

OPINION: Much attention in the build-up to the Le Mans 24 Hours is naturally devoted to the battle for outright honours. But the slim field in the Hypercar class as it gets established means the best battle will likely be found in an often-ignored division

Major paddock fire halts Snetterton British GT meeting

A Snetterton paddock fire caused the Ginetta GT Academy race to be red-flagged and the British GT qualifying session to be delayed.

BMW "had all the ingredients to win" Spa 24 on M6 farewell 24 Hours of Spa
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BMW "had all the ingredients to win" Spa 24 on M6 farewell

Sheldon van der Linde believes BMW "had all the ingredients to win" the Spa 24 Hours on the venerable M6 GT3's swansong appearance before both Walkenhorst Motorsport entries retired.

Ricciardo: Verstappen has 'ironed out' mistakes from early F1 career

Daniel Ricciardo believes Max Verstappen has 'ironed out' the mistakes from the early stages of his Formula 1 career when the pair were team-mates at Red Bull.

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Prime

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.

How a flawed ‘throwback’ series gained acceptance Prime

How a flawed ‘throwback’ series gained acceptance

Against all odds, the series for V12-powered Superleague Formula cars adorning the liveries of football clubs earned a place in the hearts of many. Even 10 years on from its last race, on this day in 2011, it is fondly remembered by those who were part of it.

Lando Norris mugged at Wembley after Euro 2020 final
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Lando Norris mugged at Wembley after Euro 2020 final

The McLaren Formula 1 team has revealed that Lando Norris was mugged following the Euro 2020 football final between England and Italy at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday night.

What could have been: The F1 test chance thwarted by logistics

A career that spanned touring cars and sportscars, including a class win at Le Mans, is nothing to be sniffed at for a driver whose budgetary constraints meant plans to move beyond Formula 3 were repeatedly frustrated. But for Warren Hughes there was a Formula 1 opportunity that frustratingly came and went amid circumstances beyond his control.

The 90s F3000 star winding back the clock in NASCAR Euro Prime

The 90s F3000 star winding back the clock in NASCAR Euro

A multiple F3000 race winner, Marc Goossens was on the precipice of making Formula 1 in the 1990s - but a lack of budget left him without a path to the promised land. Turning to an illustrious racing career in sportscars, Goossens left the endurance circuit to try his hand at racing stock cars - and now calls the NASCAR Euro Series home

Geely Group blasts WTCR organiser over Lynk & Co BoP

The Geely Group behind the Lynk & Co WTCR squad has blasted series promoter Eurosport Events and "suspended its co-operation" with promoting its local round at Ningbo, China, this November.

The latest chapter in Piquet's diverse racing career

There aren’t too many drivers who can boast CVs that include a Formula E title, wins in two of NASCAR’s three top-tier series and the US-based Global Rallycross series, let alone silverware in Formula 1.

BMW plans to race new LMDh car in IMSA with works team

BMW will campaign its new LMDh Le Mans prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2023 with a two-car factory team.

Alonso: Unfair that drivers causing red flags keep grid positions

Fernando Alonso believes it is "unfair" that Formula 1 drivers who caused red flags by crashing in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix are allowed to keep their grid positions.

Vernay: Jumping between ICE, electric Hyundai "biggest challenge"

New Hyundai WTCR signing Jean-Karl Vernay says his "biggest challenge" this year will be jumping between the marque's latest Elantra model and its all-electric PURE ETCR challenger.

Opportunity of a lifetime: A fallen Indycar star's Jaguar F1 test

American Formula 1 drivers have been in short supply in the 21st Century, with Scott Speed and Alexander Rossi the only drivers to represent the Stars and Stripes. But several have come close, including a driver who defied convention by embarking on his European sojourn after first getting a taste for Indycar racing.

Motorsport world pays tribute to former FIA president Max Mosley
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Motorsport world pays tribute to former FIA president Max Mosley

Tributes have been paid to former FIA President and March Engineering co-founder Max Mosley, who has died at the age of 81.

The Monaco win that started another triple crown Prime

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau.

Audi to offer LMDh to customer WEC and IMSA teams in '23

Customer squads will be able to run Audi's LMDh prototype when the marque returns to the top flight of endurance racing in 2023, with testing planned to begin next year.

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Prime

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be.

Ex-F1 driver Alguersuari to make racing return in karts

Former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari is planning a comeback to motorsport in the KZ shifter division of the world karting championship, six years after retiring aged 25.

Two-time Le Mans winner Stuck to make racing comeback aged 70

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Hans-Joachim Stuck will make his comeback at the age of 70 in this weekend's first round of the new GT2 European Series.

Formula 3000: In defence of F1's unloved feeder series
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Formula 3000: In defence of F1's unloved feeder series

Champions of the forerunner to GP2/F2 had a patchy record when it came to reaching the final rung on the ladder, if they were able to reach F1 at all. But there are plenty of reasons why it shouldn't be derided on that point alone.

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Prime

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs.

Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep
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Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep

The cancellation of the first round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS) last weekend has disrupted the preparations of Robert Kubica and three British drivers for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

Tsunoda says "strange" medium tyres had no grip at all in Q2

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says a "strange" feeling on the medium compound tyre during Q2 prevented him from qualifying in the top 10 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Alonso still "not 100%" on F1 return with Alpine

Fernando Alonso has admitted he is still "not 100%" up to speed after two years out of Formula 1 as he prepares for his return in this weekend's Bahrain GP.

The forgotten member of F1's greatest rookie crop Prime

The forgotten member of F1's greatest rookie crop

The 2001 Formula 1 season unveiled three shining lights who would take the challenge to Michael Schumacher – but also delivered a harsh lesson in F1’s cut-throat nature to the fourth member, Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi

Top LMP2 squad JOTA to run McLaren in GTWCE

Top LMP2 outfit JOTA will return to GT racing by fielding a McLaren 720S GT3 with an all-factory driver line-up in this year’s GT World Challenge Europe.

Top 10 F1 to Indy car converts ranked

As Romain Grosjean becomes the latest former Formula 1 driver to make the switch to the NTT IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, Motorsport.com picks out the 10 converts who made the best impression Stateside.

Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split
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Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split

Multiple championship-winning touring car and sportscar squad Schnitzer Motorsport is set to be liquidated and preparing to sell its assets after BMW Motorsport decided against renewing its contract for 2021.

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65 Prime

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65

There's a saying among retired folk that life begins at 60, but endurance specialist Alain Ferte has never used the 'R' word. Some 40 years since his crowning glory in F3, he's still a driver in demand and gunning for more 24-hour racing success this weekend

How a fallen Red Bull F1 hope became a Porsche great Prime

How a fallen Red Bull F1 hope became a Porsche great

Without an innocuous clash in a 2007 GP2 race, F1 history could have been very different with a German Red Bull Junior not called Sebastian Vettel ascending to Toro Rosso that year. Here's how he rebuilt himself to win four titles in as many years.

TF Sport to make prototype debut with LMP2 programme in ELMS

Le Mans 24 Hours class-winning team TF Sport will make its first foray into prototype racing this year by entering an LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series.

In defence of Luca Badoer

Much-maligned given his record for the most races without a point and his disastrous two-race foray with Ferrari in 2009, Luca Badoer is perhaps the embodiment of the old adage that your most important race is your last one. James Newbold argues that his reputation is undeserved.

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT Prime

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT

After two decades in touring cars, Rob Collard had an uphill battle to unlearn the tools needed to be quick in tin-tops and understand how to hustle a GT3 car. But he did so with aplomb to prevail alongside Sandy Mitchell amid a challenging year for the series...

WTCR reverts to double-header race weekends in 2021

The FIA World Touring Car Cup will revert to double-header race weekends in 2021 as part of a raft of changes approved by the World Motor Sport Council yesterday.

Leclerc's brother Arthur steps up to F3 with Prema

Arthur Leclerc, the younger brother of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles, will graduate to the FIA Formula 3 championship next year with the title-winning Prema Racing outfit.

McLaren squad 2 Seas Motorsport joins DTM for 2021

McLaren will be represented in the DTM when it switches to GT3 regulations next year, with British GT squad 2 Seas Motorsport committing to a two-car entry with the 720S GT3.

Ferrari's chassis engineering head Resta moves to Haas

Ferrari has announced more changes to the technical leadership of its Formula 1 team, with its head of chassis engineering moving to join Haas.

Perez: Grosjean crash put Bahrain DNF into perspective Bahrain GP
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Perez: Grosjean crash put Bahrain DNF into perspective

Sergio Perez said his late retirement from a podium position at the Formula 1 Bahrain GP was put into perspective by Romain Grosjean's remarkable escape from his frightening crash.

Ricciardo disgusted by "disrespectful" Grosjean replays

Daniel Ricciardo said he was "disgusted" by Formula 1 showing replays of Romain Grosjean's Bahrain Grand Prix accident during the lengthy red flag period, which he said was "completely disrespectful".

Button targets Le Mans return with own team in future

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has targeted returning to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours with his own team in future.

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over Prime

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over

He's now a team co-owner, but as 2009 world champion Jenson Button tells Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview, his passion for driving is undiminished, with ambitions to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours - and one day drive for his own team - a key ambition.

Tandy “very sad” in Sebring glory as Porsche signs off

Nick Tandy says his third successive GT Le Mans win at the Sebring 12 Hours was tinged with sadness knowing it was Porsche’s final outing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Memories of China 2007 made Hamilton reject late pitstop

Newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton said he "learned my lesson" from his 2007 Chinese GP pitlane faux pas in opting against a late pitstop during the Turkish GP.

Sainz handed grid penalty for impeding Perez

Carlos Sainz has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix after stewards adjudged that the McLaren Formula 1 driver had impeded Sergio Perez in qualifying.