Audi attacks Bathurst

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CRAIG Lown­des will lead a sur­prise Audi at­tack on the Bathurst 12-Hour race over Easter with a pair of race-pre­pared R8 coupes.

Rule changes for the en­durance event at Mount Panorama have opened the event to sports cars and Audi has a pair of R8s com­ing from Europe — V8 Su­per­car racer War­ren Luff will share with Lown­des — to take on the Porsche 911s that are ex­pected to fight for vic­tory.

Re­vamp for ARC

THE strug­gling Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship is headed for a re­vamp and im­prove­ment to its rel­e­vance un­der new chair­man Scott Ped­der.

The re­tired driver in­tends to make the se­ries more ap­peal­ing to car­mak­ers from 2011 and move it away from re­liance on the Subaru WRX and Mit­subishi Evo con­tenders that dom­i­nate en­try lists.

V8 ex­pec­ta­tions

THE full-scale re­newal of the V8 Su­per­cars field will take place in 2013 when the cat­e­gory’s Car of the Fu­ture will be­come com­pul­sory.

There was talk of an op­tional pha­sein for the change in 2012, but V8 Su­per­cars bosses now say the tran­si­tional year has been dumped in favour of a sin­gle switch at the start of 2013.

Move to Mini

CITROEN stal­wart Dani Sordo, who was su­per­star Se­bas­tian Loeb’s side­kick for five years at Citroen, is mov­ing to Mini for this year’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Mini is only plan­ning a limited pro­gram against Ford and Citroen be­fore a full-scale sea­son in 2011, but has signed Sordo the Spa­niard as lead driver along­side Chris Meeke.

Reeds rides a Honda

FOR­MER cham­pion Chad Reed re­turned to AMA Su­per­cross rac­ing in the US last week­end rid­ing a Honda for his own team for the first time.

The Aussie was fifth at Ana­heim Sta­dium in Los An­ge­les as Ryan Vil­lopoto won on the Mon­ster Kawasaki he used to ride.

PAUL GOVER

Bathurst bound: race-ready R8s — not this Detroit show pony — head south.

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