POWER continues winning streak
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.
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