Motorsport News

Motorsport News is a British weekly newspaper offering news, reports and analysis of circuit racing, rallying and other forms of motor sport. Its offices are in Richmond in Middlesex.

Motorsport News
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TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Kelsey Media
EditorMatt James
HeadquartersRichmond, England
Circulation6,665 (ABC Jan–Dec 2017)[1]


It was first published in 1955 as Motoring News, a monthly publication aimed at domestic car owners, but was bought in 1957 by Teesdale Publications, the publishers of Motor Sport. Motoring News was relaunched as a weekly newspaper focused on motorsport at all levels, from amateur hill-climbs and autotests to Formula One and world rallying.[2][3][4][5]

Following the death of its owner, Wesley J. Tee,[6] Teesdale Publications was sold in 1996 to Haymarket Publishing.[7] In 2000 Haymarket rebranded Motoring News as Motorsport News.

In 2016 the publication was sold along with other titles in Haymarket's motoring portfolio to Miami-based Motorsport Network to form Autosport Media UK Ltd.[8]

In January 2020 Motorsport News was acquired by Kelsey Media, who publish several other motoring and specialist magazines.[9]


Amongst the notable motorsport journalists to work for the publication are Alan Henry[10][11] and David Tremayne.[12] Its first editor was Cyril Posthumus.

Event sponsorshipEdit

Motoring News initiated and sponsored a very successful national rally championship from 1961 to 1987.[13][14]

Motorsport News has been the title sponsor of a rally championship at UK racing circuits since 2015.[15][16]


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  2. ^ Taylor, Simon (July 2014). "Lunch With... Motor Sport". Motor Sport Magazine. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ Boddy, Bill (2014-07-07). "WB on MS". Motor Sport (April 1999): 116. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Matters Of Moment". Motor Sport (September 1957): 9. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  5. ^ "1959 Who's Who in the Motor Industry: Name P". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Grace's Guide Ltd. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  6. ^ Boddy, Bill. "Wesley J Tee". Motor Sport (September 1996): 906. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Motor Sport Changes Hands". Motor Sport Magazine (November 1996): 8. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  8. ^ Arrigo, Yasmin (6 October 2016). "Motorsport Network acquires Haymarket motorsport portfolio". Campaign. Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Kelsey Media acquires Motorsport News". Kelsey Media. 2020-01-17. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  10. ^ "Alan Henry: an obituary". McLaren. McLaren Automotive. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ Williams, Richard (7 March 2016). "Alan Henry obituary". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Contributors". Motor Sport (May 2008): 8. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Motoring News Rally Championship". Motor Sport Magazine. September 1980. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  14. ^ Barrow, Don. "Rally Results". Don Barrow Rally Navigation. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  15. ^ "MSN Circuit Rally Championship". Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship". MotorSport Vision Racing. Retrieved 3 September 2020.