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Owen so close

STEVE Owen is set for his sec­ond Fu­jitsu V8 Su­per­car Se­ries crown in Syd­ney in two weeks af­ter vic­tory at Sandown. Owen won his sixth race of the sea­son last Satur­day and fin­ished fifth in the re­verseg­rid race on Sun­day to take the round. He has a 218-point lead over David Rus­sell with 300 points on of­fer in Syd­ney but will drive con­ser­va­tively in the fi­nal round. ‘‘We’ll have a bit of a go in the last race on Sun­day and try to wrap up the round,’’ he says.

Team vic­tory

THE V8 Su­per­car driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship is yet to be re­solved, but TeamVoda­fone has wrapped up the team cham­pi­onship. Driv­ers Craig Lown­des and Jamie Whin­cup scored 5446 points ahead of Jim Beam Rac­ing with 4708 and Ford Per­for­mance Rac­ing on 4159.

Richards roars

ON THE same week­end he was named fourth great­est Aus­tralian tour­ing car driver, Jim Richards stamped his author­ity with a round win in the Tour­ing Car Masters at Sandown. He also re­claimed the cham­pi­onship lead in his Fal­con Sprint with his sec­ond pole po­si­tion of the sea­son and a first and sec­ond place in the three races. The sec­ond race was red-flagged and de­clared a non-event. John Bowe won the first race but failed to fin­ish the third race with a bro­ken ac­cel­er­a­tor cable, drop­ping him to third place in the ti­tle be­hind Gavin Bul­las. The cham­pi­onship will go down to the wire at Home­bush in two weeks with Richards only 20 points in front of Bul­las and Bowe an­other 54 be­hind.

Am­brose ready

MAR­COS Am­brose is still con­fi­dent of start­ing the 2011 Nascar sea­son in Day­tona in Fe­bru­ary de­spite fi­nan­cial trou­bles with his new Richard Petty Mo­tor­sports team. ‘‘I’m hun­grier than ever to suc­ceed with my new team,’’ the Aus­tralian says. He fin­ished his fifth year in the cham­pi­onship in 26th place af­ter an­other 26th in the fi­nal round in Mi­ami at the week­end.

En­duro event

AL­MOST 30 driv­ers have de­clared they will com­pete in the re­turn of pro­duc­tion car en­durance rac­ing next year. The new Aus­tralian En­durance Cham­pi­onship will run un­der AASA reg­u­la­tions and will in­clude cars not pre­vi­ously el­i­gi­ble un­der CAMS rules. Each race is a day-night six-hour en­duro, start­ing at Calder in April. Other rounds will be held at Win­ton in June, Ip­swich in Au­gust and Wake­field in Oc­to­ber.

Josh leads

AMER­I­CAN rider Josh Hansen won both mo­tos in the fifth round of the Aus­tralasian Su­per X on a wet and slip­pery Dunedin track in New Zealand. The Kawasaki open rider leads the cham­pi­onship with two rounds to go ahead of Jay Mar­mont (Yamaha) and Jake Moss (Suzuki).

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