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Law­son chas­ing dream

New Zealan­der Liam Law­son is the lat­est young driver to try to make it into Amer­i­can sin­gle seater rac­ing. The Kiwi is head­ing to Ari­zona next week as one of 20 in­ter­na­tional drivers keen to get the US$ 200,000 schol­ar­ship fund to help to­wards their cam­paign in the USF2000 Mazda Road to Indy.

Logo misses the point

The new For­mula One brand logo has gone down as well with fans as the sound of the cur­rent F1 en­gines. The retro- look­ing and oddly bland piece of work has been slammed by both drivers and fans alike. The sport needs fix­ing, not the logo, and when the ex­pla­na­tion is to “re­ally re­tool [ the logo] to po­si­tion us on a go­ing for­ward ba­sis”, the sport is in trou­ble.

Alfa turns back time

Alfa Romeo is set to re­turn to For­mula One af­ter a 33- year hia­tus. It will be noth­ing like the days back in the 1950s, when the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer was a di­rect chal­lenge to Fer­rari. This is more a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sauber, as As­ton Martin is with Red Bull Rac­ing. How­ever, it’s nice to have a her­itage name back into the sport.

Round two for V8s

The New Zealand V8 cham­pi­onship hits Taupo this week­end and Ja­son Barg­wanna is look­ing to build on his suc­cess at the open­ing round at Pukekohe last month. The Aussie’s team­mate, An­dre Heim­gart­ner, sits in sec­ond, with Nick Ross third. The class two field is led by de­fend­ing cham­pion Liam Mac­Don­ald.

Rally, just for kicks

For­mer foot­ball man­ager of Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham in the English Premier League, An­dre Vil­las- Boas, has de­cided to swap a foot­ball pitch for a pitch at the Dakar Rally. The 40- yearold Por­tuguese wanted to con­test the event on a mo­tor­cy­cle, but was told that’s a bad idea, so will stick to a car.

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