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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).