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US­TRALIA’S Casey Stoner dom­i­nated the Moto GP round in the US GP at La­guna Seca, win­ning ahead of archri­val Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Honda team­mate Dani Pe­drosa.

How­ever, Lorenzo still leads the cham­pi­onship on 205 points fol­lowed by Pe­drosa on 182 and Stoner nine points be­hind Pe­drosa.

Still on two wheels and our Aus­tralian Speed­way GP stars, Ja­son Crump and Chris Holder, failed to make the fi­nal at the Croa­t­ian GP in Gor­i­can last week­end. Though Crump scored two wins, a sec­ond and a third, he failed to score in his fi­nal heat. His nine points saw him qual­ify in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal in which he fin­ished last.

Holder was look­ing good with a win, a sec­ond and third in his first three heats. How­ever, in a freak me­chan­i­cal fail­ure, his pri­mary chain broke, lock­ing up the driv­e­train and send­ing him over the han­dle­bars into the fence. He suf­fered chest in­juries and was un­able to continue.

For­mer world cham­pion Nikki Ped­er­sen won the fi­nal and is now only six points be­hind cham­pi­onship leader and three­time world cham­pion Greg Han­cock with Crump a fur­ther 10 points be­hind Han­cock and Holder three points be­hind Crump. The next round is the Ital­ian GP at Teren­zano. LEWIS Hamil­ton (McLaren Mercedes) claimed his sec­ond win in the 2012 For­mula One Cham­pi­onship in the Hun­gar­ian GP. Come­back man and for­mer world cham­pion Kimi Raikko­nen (Lo­tus Re­nault) was sec­ond.

While not in a po­si­tion to win, Aus­tralia’s Mark Web­ber and his Red Bull team­mate Se­bastien Vet­tel ap­peared set to fin­ish fourth and fifth prior to mak­ing costly third pit-stops in the fi­nal 15 laps of the race. Web­ber, who had been strug­gling with a dif­fer­en­tial is­sue, crossed the line in eighth place and Vet­tel took fourth. Fel­low Aussie Daniel Ric­cia­rdo fin­ished 15th, and most im­por­tantly, con­tin­ued to beat his team­mate.

It has been widely tipped that Ric­cia­rdo will re­place Web­ber at Red Bull Re­nault when he hangs up his hel­met. Cham­pi­onship leader Fer­nando Alonso (Fer­rari) fin­ished fifth and still leads the cham­pi­onship with 164 points.

De­spite Web­ber’s medi­ocre re­sult, he is still a dis­tant sec­ond, 40 points be­hind Alonso, with Vet­tel a fur­ther two points be­hind Web­ber. QUEENS­LAND’S Chris Atkin­son, who has not com­peted on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship since Subaru’s with­drawal, is de­lighted to be hav­ing a one-off drive with Citroen in Rally Fin­land this week­end. With the Olympic Games coin­cid­ing with Rally Fin­land, Atkin­son’s Citroen liv­ery fea­tures a dis­tinctly Aus­tralian fla­vor. Though it is one of the tough­est events in the WRC, it has been a happy hunt­ing ground for Atkin­son in the past and he is look­ing to fin­ish on the podium to en­hance his chances of fur­ther drives in the WRC, pos­si­bly with Skoda.

Atkin­son has also signed as a brand am­bas­sador with the com­pany whose Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Matthew Wiese said: “Chris Atkin­son has proven him­self as a young Aus­tralian rac­ing tal­ent in re­cent years and cer­tainly is one to watch over the next few years.”

Af­ter seven of 13 rounds, Citroen fac­tory driver Se­bas­tian Loeb, who has won five of the seven rounds so far, leads on 145 points, with Ford’s Mikko Hir­vo­nen sec­ond on 107, while crowd favourite Pet­ter Sol­berg is third with 90 points.


KNOWN as “The En­forcer” for his some­times force­ful but fair driv­ing style, vet­eran Tour­ing Car and V8 Su­per­car driver Rus­sell In­gall will draw level with Peter Brock in this week­end’s Ip­swich 300 V8 Su­per­car round at Queens­land Race­way.

He will make his 212th Tour­ing Car/Su­per­car event start, el­e­vat­ing him­self to equal third with the leg­endary Brock on the all-time most starts list. Only John Bowe (225) and Mark Skaife (220) have scored more points than In­gall.

“To have my name men­tioned in the same breath as Peter Brock is an hon­our. It’s fan­tas­tic to still be rac­ing V8 Su­per­cars and, most im­por­tantly, still be com­pet­i­tive. I never dreamt of rac­ing as long as Peter,” said a hum­ble In­gall, who has 490 race starts, 27 wins, and 90 top-three fin­ishes. How­ever 2005 was his only V8 Su­per­car Cham­pi­onship win.

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