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Su­per dates

BAHRAIN is out, Perth is back in and the mid-sea­son break has been dropped from next year’s V8 Su­per­car Se­ries cal­en­dar. V8 Su­per­cars Aus­tralia also an­nounced a new agree­ment to con­tinue to com­pete at Queens­land Race­way. Bahrain was dropped be­cause of ‘‘con­ges­tion of the cir­cuit’s in­ter­na­tional rac­ing cal­en­dar’’. How­ever, the sea­son will be­gin in the Mid­dle East on Fe­bru­ary 10-12 at Abu Dhabi. Ade­laide and Syd­ney will again start and end the Aus­tralian rounds in March and De­cem­ber. The Gold Coast round re­mains in Oc­to­ber, but won’t clash with a For­mula One race, al­low­ing more ex-F1 rac­ers to com­pete. Next year’s V8 Su­per­car cal­en­dar: Feb 10-12: Yas V8 400, Abu Dhabi Mar 17-20: Clip­sal 500, Ade­laide (F) Mar 24-27: Aus­tralian GP, Mel­bourne* April 15-17: Hamil­ton, NZ May 6-8: Barba­gallo, Perth (F) May 20-22: Win­ton, Vic­to­ria June 17-19: Hid­den Val­ley, Dar­win July 8-10: Townsville 400 (F) Aug 19-21: Queens­land Race­way, Ip­swich (F) Sep 16-18: L&H 500, Phillip Is­land Oct 6-9: Bathurst 1000 (F) Oct 21-23: Gold Coast 600 Nov 11-13: Sym­mons Plains, Tas Nov 18-20: Sandown Chal­lenge, Mel­bourne (F) Dec 2-4: Tel­stra 500, Syd­ney (F) Jan 29: Pre-Sea­son Test Day, East­ern Creek, Syd­ney *De­notes non-cham­pi­onship event. (F) De­notes Fu­jitsu V8 Su­per­car Se­ries

Aussies be­hind

AMER­I­CAN rid­ers con­tinue to dom­i­nate in the Aus­tralian Su­per X se­ries. Justin Bray­ton, Josh Hansen and Kevin Wind­ham again claimed all podium po­si­tions in round three at Launce­s­ton. Bray­ton won three of the four seven-lap sprints with Hansen win­ning the third race and re­main­ing on top in the stand­ings. Top Aus­tralians were Yamaha rider Jay Mar­mont, fourth, and Suzuki’s Jake Moss who had the fastest lap time of the night and fin­ished fifth. The next round is in Auck­land on Novem­ber 13.

Karts in Ve­gas

AUS­TRALIA’S top kart rac­ers are head­ing to Las Ve­gas to com­pete in one of the world’s biggest kart­ing events, the Su­per­Na­tion­als. Win­ner of this year’s CIK Stars of Kart­ing Se­ries, Matthew Wall, of Vic­to­ria, re­ceived fund­ing to­wards the trip. He will be ac­com­pa­nied on the 40-kart in­ter­na­tional grid by sec­ond-placed Kel Treseder of Bund­aberg. They will race in the main event that last year at­tracted seven-time world For­mula One Cham­pion Michael Schu­macher and world kart­ing cham­pi­ons Marco Ardigo, Bas Lam­mers, David Fore and Jonathan Thonon.

Bowe pres­sure

JOHN Bowe is in a race against time to have his clas­sic 1969 Ford Mus­tang re­paired for his home event at Sym­mons Plains, Tas­ma­nia, next week. A ma­jor en­gine fail­ure side­lined him from the Bathurst round of the Tour­ing Car Masters.

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