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The World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of in­tro­duc­ing joker laps for the 2017 sea­son in co­op­er­a­tion with the FIA’S safety and cir­cuit com­mis­sions team. It was an­nounced at last Wed­nes­day’s World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil meet­ing that the WTCC was ex­plor­ing the op­tion of adding ex­tended loops on tem­po­rary cir­cuits. It also an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of a WTCC2 class, a points in­crease for its main races and MAC3 time tri­als, plus re­turns to Ma­cau and Monza for 2017… The Euro­pean For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship is sched­uled to re­turn to the UK next year. Af­ter a year’s ab­sence from the F3 cal­en­dar, a Bri­tish venue is sched­uled to host the sea­son opener in 2017 – al­though a date or host­ing cir­cuit are yet to be con­firmed. Sil­ver­stone most re­cently hosted the cham­pi­onship in 2014-2015, when F3 sup­ported the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship… Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup cham­pion Jeff Gor­don will race in Jan­uary’s Day­tona 24 Hours in Cadil­lac’s new Lmp2-based DPIV.R. ma­chine. Jor­dan and Ricky Tay­lor will join the 45-year-old, who has filled in for Dale Earn­hardt Jr for much of the 2016 NASCAR cam­paign de­spite of­fi­cially re­tir­ing at the end of 2015. Gor­don last raced in the 24 Hours at Day­tona in 2007, and scored a podium… Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing driver Shane van Gis­ber­gen sealed his first Aus­tralian Su­per­cars ti­tle at Home­bush last Sun­day. Van Gis­ber­gen had pole but dropped to sixth at the start, and was given a driv­ethrough for spin­ning 2015 cham­pion Mark Win­ter­bot­tom around. But de­spite drop­ping to 18th, van Gis­ber­gen charged his Holden back through the field to fin­ish third – beat­ing team-mate and race win­ner Jamie Whin­cup to the ti­tle as a re­sult…

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