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The Re­bel­lion Rac­ing World En­durance Cham­pi­onship team will put its in­volve­ment in the LMP1 cat­e­gory on hold at the end of the sea­son and switch to com­pet­ing in LMP2. The team has won ev­ery LMP1 pri­va­teers ti­tle since 2012, but has de­cided to switch based on a change to LMP2 reg­u­la­tions for 2017 and an in­creased level of op­po­si­tion. Re­bel­lion has an ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship with LMP2 man­u­fac­turer ORECA, which also built its LMP1 chal­lenger, but is yet to have agreed a sup­ply deal with a P2 con­struc­tor... Will Dav­i­son and Jonathon Webb were handed a shock Bathurst 1000 vic­tory last Sun­day. The Triple Eight Rac­ing crew of Jamie Whin­cup and Paul Dum­brell crossed the line in first, but re­ceived a 15-sec­ond penalty for Whin­cup’s part in a clash with Scott Mclaugh­lin and Garth Tan­der as the trio jos­tled for the lead, drop­ping them to 11th and pro­mot­ing the Te­kno Au­tosports Holden of Dav­i­son and Webb to first. The duo pro­vi­sion­ally be­came the first pair to win the fa­mous race with­out hav­ing led a sin­gle lap, although Triple Eight has ap­pealed against its penalty... Lead­ing Indycar squad Chip Ganassi Rac­ing will switch back to Honda power next year. The team ran with Honda engines in the se­ries from 1996 un­til 1999 and then for eight years be­tween 2006 and 2013 be­fore mov­ing across to Chevro­let, but will spear­head the Ja­panese firm’s Indycar at­tack in 2017, with Honda hop­ing the move will stymie Chevro­let’s dom­i­na­tion of the se­ries in re­cent times... Jim­mie John­son booked his place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Round of Eight with vic­tory at Char­lotte. The Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports driver, six-time win­ner of the Sprint Cup, led 155 of the 334 laps at the North Carolina Speed­way and beat fel­low Chase con­tender Matt Kenseth to the flag to seal his third win of the year. The race had been postponed a day due to heavy rain...

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