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


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.

The remarkable career of 'classy' champion Martin Tomczyk Prime

The remarkable career of 'classy' champion Martin Tomczyk

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of teammates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Motorsport.com to look back.

Unser Jr: Herta "doesn't have to change a thing" to be IndyCar champion

Al Unser Jr believes Colton Herta "doesn't have to change a thing" to become an IndyCar champion, but could also be competitive "straight out of the box" in Formula 1.

Ranking the 10 best drivers who raced for DAMS Prime

Ranking the 10 best drivers who raced for DAMS

DAMS has been one of the most prolific teams below Formula 1 since its foundation in 1989, launching 32 drivers into grand prix racing. Following the team's sale to ex-F1 racer Charles Pic, formally closing the book on the ownership of the Driot family, Motorsport.com picks out its 10 best drivers during their spell with the team.

Extreme E reveals hydrogen offshoot plan for 2024

All-electric off-road series Extreme E is planning to organise a hydrogen offshoot for 2024 to be known as Extreme H that will run alongside its sister series.

Barnicoat joins Optimum squad for Porsche WEC assault

Optimum Motorsport will expand into the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, with Lexus factory driver Ben Barnicoat signed to drive its GTE Am Porsche entered in partnership with Project 1.

BMW has "long to-do list" after tough IMSA debut for new M4 GT3

BMW Team RLL boss Bobby Rahal says his outfit has "a very long to do list" after a challenging IMSA SportsCar Championship debut for the new M4 GT3 at Daytona.

Toyota can't "relax" with Peugeot arrival in WEC – Lopez
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Toyota can't "relax" with Peugeot arrival in WEC – Lopez

Jose Maria Lopez says Toyota cannot afford to "relax" ahead of Peugeot's entry into the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship and is predicting a "strong challenge" from the French manufacturer.

Lopez: Kobayashi's appointment won't change Toyota WEC team dynamic

Jose Maria Lopez says Kamui Kobayashi's appointment as the team principal of Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship programme is "a positive thing", but doesn't believe it will change their team dynamic.

Brundle: Removing Masi won't solve F1 credibility concerns

Removing under-pressure FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi from his post won't fix wider concerns about the integrity of the world championship, according to ex-grand prix driver Martin Brundle.

Inside Mercedes' preparations for a virtual fightback at Le Mans

After its bruising end to a classic Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes can make an early play to punch back at Red Bull as its Esports arm takes on the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours by Motorsport Games this weekend. Here’s how its gearing up for a return, of sorts, to La Sarthe

Pier Guidi, Calado lead Risi Ferrari GTD Pro lineup at Daytona

Ferrari's FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro title-winners Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado will contest this month's Rolex 24 at Daytona with Risi Competizione in the GT Daytona Pro class.

Jamie Green: The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival Prime

Jamie Green: The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival

On his rise through the ranks before reaching Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was usually a cut above the rest. But he never truly asserted himself over a Mercedes-backed fellow Briton who traded single-seaters for touring cars and is now seeking new opportunities after a year largely spent on the sidelines.

Rast reunites with G-Drive Racing for Rolex 24 at Daytona
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Rast reunites with G-Drive Racing for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast will return to prototype competition in the 2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona with G-Drive Racing by APR.

Lynn lands United Autosports LMP2 drive for WEC return
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Lynn lands United Autosports LMP2 drive for WEC return

Alex Lynn will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship next season, combining his IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship programme for Chip Ganassi Racing with an LMP2 seat at the United Autosports team.

Hamilton confused by 'sudden' Verstappen braking in Turn 27 incident

Lewis Hamilton says he doesn't understand why Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen braked "suddenly" in their messy on-track battle in the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Gasly: AlphaTauri now understands "worst performance" of F1 2021 Saudi Arabia GP
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Gasly: AlphaTauri now understands "worst performance" of F1 2021

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says the Italian team now understands the reasons for its "worst performance of the season" at the Qatar Grand Prix last time out.

Hamilton not 'comfortable' in Saudi Arabia amid human rights issues

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he doesn't feel overly "comfortable" about racing in Saudi Arabia due to the country's human rights record, ahead of its inaugural Formula 1 grand prix.

WRX Nurburgring: Kristoffersson victory reduces Hansen's points lead

Johan Kristoffersson won the first round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship's double-header at the Nurbugring while championship leader Timmy Hansen was disqualified, trimming his deficit to just four points.

WTCR reveals 2022 calendar, includes Pau street track

The WTCR series has revealed its 2022 calendar, which includes a first trip to the classic Pau street circuit since 2009 and a return to its traditional Macau season finale.

Green seeking new factory deal after end of Audi contract

Jamie Green says he’s still seeking opportunities with manufacturers to return to racing in 2022 after his Audi contract ended at the end of 2020, after missing out on a seat in the DTM this season.

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