NEW Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series champ Steve Owen believes he’s done enough to return to the main series next year after a titleclinching weekend at Sydney’s Olympic Park. The Commodore driver finished the season as he started it, with a clean sweep. The Victorian won four rounds from seven and was runner-up in the Bathurst 1000 and winner in the Gold Coast 600 partnering Jamie Whincup. Tim Blanchard’s fourth place in Sunday’s race was enough to secure the Falcon driver second in the championship.
End of the road
CONSISTENT driver Chris Alajajian took out the third and final Mini Challenge series crown after losing to Paul Stokell last year by a narrow margin. The 25-year-old also won the round which will be the last as the series has been axed by BMW Group over a lack of TV coverage.
WORLD under-21 speedway champion Darcy Ward has been named the FIM Rookie of the Year in Portugal. The 18-year-old Brisbane rider took out the coveted award on the back of a brilliant season competing in the United Kingdom and Europe, highlighted by his victory in the FIM Under 21 Speedway World Championship for the second consecutive year. He is only the second rider to win the title twice. Ward is expected to return to Australia for the 2011 Australian Solo Speedway Championship to compete for his first national title at the open level.
CAMS to parade
FOR the first time, CAMS national championships will be recognised with a parade lap during the Australian Grand Prix next year. The parade decision comes after negotiations with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation in which CAMS will provide more than 700 trained officials and track services for the March 24-27 event.