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Clean sweep

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.

Hot rookie

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.

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