POWER con­tin­ues win­ning streak

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AUS­TRALIA’s Will Power is on track to win the Indy Car Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive street cir­cuit vic­tory at Toronto in Canada last week­end.

Indy 500 win­ner Dario Fran­chitti fin­ished sec­ond with Ryan Hunter-Reay fill­ing the mi­nor plac­ing.

To­mor­row’s round at Al­berta in Canada is be­ing raced upon for­mer air­port run­ways and roads. Power is on 377 points ahead of Fran­chittti (355), New Zealan­der Scott Dixon (299) with Power’s Penske team­mate Ryan Briscoe is fourth (292).

BAT­TLE LINES DRAWN

ON the eve of to­mor­row’s Ger­man F1 GP at Hock­en­heim the bat­tle lines be­tween Mark Web­ber and his Red Bull team mate Se­bas­tian Vet­tel have been drawn.

As al­ready re­ported in this col­umn, Vet­tel was favoured af­ter break­ing his newly de­signed and im­proved front wing in prac­tice for the Bri­tish GP Sil­ver­stone two weeks ago, when team boss Chris­tian Horner di­rected Web­ber’s new wing be re­moved from his car and given to Vet­tel.

The easy­go­ing and la­conic Aussie is poles apart from his ar­ro­gant and self-serv­ing Ger­man team­mate. The sit­u­a­tion in the Red Bull Team is rem­i­nis­cent of the great­est ri­val­ries in the mod­ern era of F1 be­tween Senna and Prost, Mansell and Pi­quet, Mansell and Prost, and cur­rently in the McLaren Mercedes team be­tween Lewis Hamil­ton and reign­ing world cham­pion Jen­son But­ton.

ROSSI MAKES RAPID RE­COV­ERY

WORLD Moto GP cham­pion Valentino Rossi made a shock re­turn to rac­ing at the Sach­sen­ring in Ger­many last week­end.

The 10-time world mo­tor­cy­cle cham­pion, who broke his lower left leg in a race crash only five weeks ago, has made a re­mark­able re­cov­ery and will be look­ing to fin­ish at the pointy end of the field at La­guna Seca in the US to­mor­row.

Rossi is highly tipped to sign a US$20 mil­lion deal to join the Du­cati Team next year in what is tipped to be the 31-yearold’s fi­nal sea­son on two wheels. It is be­lieved Rossi signed the deal on the week­end of his cham­pi­onship-end­ing crash at Mugello in the Ital­ian GP last month.

Con­fir­ma­tion that 2007 World Cham­pion, Aus­tralia’s Casey Stoner, is mov­ing to the Honda Team next year fur­ther sup­ports Ros­sis’ sur­prise move.

“Clearly Casey is one of the top rid­ers in Moto GP and he Costly bump: Scott Dixon, right, of New Zealand, goes air­borne af­ter a bump from Ryan Hunter-Reay in the IndyCar Se­ries’ Honda Indy Toronto in Canada last week­end. Inset: Win­ner Will Power, left, of Aus­tralia, and third-place Ryan Hunter-Reay cel­e­brate with cham­pagne. will bring valu­able speed and ex­pe­ri­ence to our team,” said HRC vice pres­i­dent Shugei Nakamoto.

Dual world cham­pion Troy Corser failed to start in the World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship round at Brno in the Czech Re­pub­lic last week­end af­ter crash­ing dur­ing the first qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion, when he was “high-sided” off his BMW and knocked un­con­scious. “I would have loved to race to­day but it was ob­vi­ously the right de­ci­sion not to ride the bike this week­end,” a badly bruised Corser said.

BRAB­HAM ON TOP OF LEADER BOARD

AUS­TRALIA’S David Brab­ham, reign­ing Amer­i­can Le Mans Se­ries Cham­pion, has con­tin­ued his win­ning ways af­ter his vic­tory in the 2010 Se­ries at Miller Mo­tor Sports Park. Brab­ham and co-driver Simon Pa­ge­naud sit atop the leader board with five rounds re­main­ing.

WORLD RALLY STRUG­GLES FOR TEAMS

THE World Rally Cham­pi­onship is in the dol­drums and strug­gling for teams in 2011 with only Citroen and Ford fac­tory teams con­firmed so far.

How­ever, lead­ing Citroen Team driver Se­bas­tian Loeb is on track to win an un­prece­dented sev­enth WRC. The for­mer French Gym­nas­tics Cham­pion is 51 points clear of his team­mate Se­bas­tian Ogier at the half­way point of the sea­son.

Ford Team driv­ers Mikko Hir­vo­nen and Jari-Matti Lat­vala are third and fourth re­spec­tively.

DRIV­ING TIP

There ex­ists a deal of con­jec­ture about the cor­rect steer­ing grip and when we re­alise that, in emer­gency “pre-crash” sit­u­a­tions, driv­ers will need to steer quickly and pre­cisely with­out “swerv­ing” to prefer­ably avoid or at least min­imise the im­pact of a crash and, most im­por­tantly, to avoid a pedes­trian or cy­clist. If the steer­ing wheel were the face of clock, the left hand should be at ‘9’ and the right at ‘3’. That grip will en­able a driver to turn the wheel 180 de­grees with­out tak­ing the hands off the wheel. In nor­mal turn­ing the ‘push pull’ method

is rec­om­mended.

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