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Sprint to ti­tle

THE Day­tona 24-Hour came down to a one-lap sprint to the flag af­ter a late restart. De­fend­ing Grand-Am Se­ries cham­pion Scott Pruett held off his team­mate, Kiwi Scott Dixon, by 2.42 sec­onds in the one-lap dash to take out the ti­tle at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speedway in Florida. It was team owner Chip Ganassi’s fourth win.

12-hour at­tracts ex­tras

GT VE­HI­CLES will join with pro­duc­tion cars for the first time in the Bathurst 12-Hour this week­end. There are en­tries from Audi, BMW, Corvette, Fer­rari, Ford, Holden, Lo­tus, Mit­subishi, Mosler, Nis­san, Porsche and Subaru. How­ever, out­right hon­ours are ex­pected to be fought out be­tween Porsche teams and the 11-time Le Mans win­ners, Audi Sport Team Joest, with Craig Lown­des as the lead driver in an R8.

Champs join rally

FOR­MER F1 cham­pion Kimi Raikko­nen and World Rally Cham­pion Pet­ter Sol­berg have been con­firmed to con­test Rally Aus­tralia at Coffs Coast, NSW, in Septem­ber. They will drive works­built Citroen DS3 WRC rally cars. Raikko­nen’s ICE1 Rac­ing team will con­test 10 of the 13 WRC rounds this year. Sol­berg fin­ished third last year and will com­pete in the full sea­son.

TwoTwo to the fore

CHAD Reed (pic­tured) has claimed his first podium with his own team, TwoTwo Mo­tor­sports, in the fourth round of the AMA Su­per­cross, an FIM World Cham­pi­onship, at the week­end in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. The Aus­tralian fin­ished sec­ond be­hind James Ste­wart and re­mains in fifth po­si­tion in the ti­tles while Ste­wart moves to the top. The next event is in LA this week­end.

White tops the points

TAS­MA­NIAN Ja­son White has moved to the top of the Aus­tralian Targa Cham­pi­onship points ta­ble with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance at the sec­ond round of the se­ries, Targa Wrest Point, out of Ho­bart. The reign­ing Wrest Point cham­pion drove his Lamborghini Gal­lardo Su­per­leg­gera to a 29-sec­ond lead from South Aus­tralian Steve Glen­ney in a Mazda RX8 SP and Queens­lan­der Tony Quinn third in his Nis­san GT-R. The fi­nal round is the Targa Tas­ma­nia from April 5 to 10.

Creek cir­cuit up­grade

EAST­ERN Creek In­ter­na­tional Race­way in Syd­ney will get a $9 mil­lion cir­cuit up­grade. Work will in­clude in­creas­ing the cir­cuit’s ca­pac­ity and track con­fig­u­ra­tions to four lay­outs with two cir­cuits able to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently. The up­grade fol­lows the re­cent clo­sure of Oran Park.

Floods up­set races

FLOOD dam­age has forced the third and fourth rounds of the Aus­tralian Off Road Cham­pi­onship to be moved from Queens­land to Vic­to­ria. The March round at Goom­burra will now be held on May 28-29 at Hed­ley in Vic­to­ria. Mo­tor­cy­cling Queens­land has can­celled the Queens­land 2-Day En­duro to the floods, but the na­tional CIK Stars of Kart­ing Se­ries will go ahead as sched­uled on Fe­bru­ary 26/27 in Ip­swich. The In­ter­na­tional Kart­ing Com­mit­tee de­ci­sion has come af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal coun­cil. The five-round se­ries is con­ducted in four states up to Septem­ber.

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