Posted: 3 December, 2016

Nico Rosberg's Stunning Message To The F1 World

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2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg has shocked the F1 world with his decision to retire, effective immediately.

Rosberg, just five days after his title win, posted a heartfelt message on Twitter and Facebook overnight.

The 31-year-old emphasised it felt right to go out on top.

"Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this (world championship) has been my target," he said.

"And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right."

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“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting ourchampionship first. 

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows.

“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

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Posted: 1 December, 2016

Triple M & Supercars Australia Sign Exclusive Radio Partnership

Official statement

Triple M proudly announce that from 2017 we will be the exclusive radio partner of the V8 Supercars.

 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has signed a five year exclusive radio partnership with Supercars Australia to promote the sport through the Triple M Network.

SCA’s CEO Grant Blackley said it was excited to partner with one of Australia’s leading sports.

“Supercars is one of the most important and influential sports in Australia and is absolutely aligned with our core fan base on Triple M,” he said.

“This partnership allows Triple M to serve our audience with pre-race interviews, live updates throughout each race and review each race with the best experts in the business.”

“SCA will work with Supercars to help enhance existing and entice new commercial partnerships, as well as promote and drive awareness and attendance at major entertainment events including Bathurst, the Gold Coast, Townsville and Newcastle.”

“Triple M will be the official naming rights partner for live shows at Supercars event which have included artists such as Cold Chisel, Birds of Tokyo and Killing Heidi."

“The partnership aligns with the re-branding of 25 regional radio stations on December 15th adding to our existing Triple M Network. This will naturally tie in nicely with the promotion of various Supercars events throughout the year.”

Supercars Chief Executive James Warburton said it was delighted to welcome SCA as its exclusive radio partner through the Triple M network.

“This is a big win for the sport but also our fans who will be able to follow Supercars through SCA’s extensive radio network across Australia,” he said.

“Supercars is continuing to go from strength to strength and this partnership is further proof of our position on the sporting landscape.”

The final round of the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the Coates Hire Sydney 500, will be staged at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend, 2-4 December.

In what will be the final ever event at Sydney Olympic Park before the race moves to Newcastle next year, Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup will battle it out to see who will be crowned 2016 Champion.

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Posted: 24 October, 2016

Daniel Ricciardo Makes Gerard Butler Smash A Shoey

Shoey time!

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo has finished third in the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, behind Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Pole-setter Hamilton defeated championship leader Rosberg by 4.52 seconds.

Red Bull driver Ricciardo claimed his seventh podium of the Formula One season, 19.69 seconds behind winner Hamilton, who claimed his 50th career F1 victory to cut Rosberg's championship lead to 26 points.

On the podium after the race Ricciardo made actor Gerard Butler partake in the traditional shoey!

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Posted: 9 October, 2016

Bathurst Winners’ Classy Pre-Race Tribute To Fallen Comrade

All class.

This weekend marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of Kiwi driver Mark Porter, who passed away after an accident at Bathurst.

Porter left behind his wife Adrienne and a son, Flynn, who was one when the tragic accident occurred.

Today, Holden drivers Will Davison and Jonathon Webb took Flynn around the Bathurst track in the pre-race parade in a touching tribute to their fallen comrade.

 

It was a champion move that was justly rewarded when they got up and won the race after Jamie Whincup was penalised 15 seconds for his part in an incident that took out Garth Tander and Scott McLaughlin.

All class.

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Posted: 9 October, 2016

Insane Incident At Bathurst Puts Garth Tander And Scott McLaughlin Out

Heck!

A remarkable incident on the 150th lap of Bathurst has put both Garth Tander and Scott McLaughlin out of the race.

McLaughlin was sitting in second and went to try and overtake Whincup on a corner, when Whincup nudged him slightly.

The contact forced McLaughlin on to the grass, and when he redressed and came back on the track he clipped Tander.

The damage caused to the cars forced both racers to retire.

Watch the incident here:

 

Whincup copped a 15 second penalty for his part in the incident, meaning he is effectively out of the podium positions despite leading the race.

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Tags: Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander, Scott McLaughlin, Bathurst

Posted: 9 October, 2016

Davison And Webb: Bathurst 1000 Winners

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Will Davison and Jonathan Webb have won the 2016 Bathurst 1000 in a dramatic finish.

What may have started off as a bit of a dour race has turned into one of the most unbelievable finishes we've since in the Bathurst 1000, with several big names spinning out of contention in the back half of the race.

A remarkable incident on the 150th lap of Bathurst put both Garth Tander and Scott McLaughlin out of the race.

McLaughlin was sitting in second and went to try and overtake Whincup on a corner, when Whincup nudged him slightly.

The contact forced McLaughlin on to the grass, and when he redressed and came back on the track he clipped Tander.

The damage caused to the cars forced both racers to retire.

Watch the incident here:

 

Whincup copped a 15 second penalty for his part in the incident, effectively putting him out of the podium positions despite leading the race.

Reigning V8 Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom's day ended early after spinning out into the dirt.

Winterbottom — who was sitting fifth at the time — suffered a braking failure on the 135th lap, spinning out near the entry to The Chase and bogging.

"I turned left at Forrest's Elbow and it broke,” Winterbottom said.

“Pushed hard right into the fence and it is broken down Conrod Straight.”

Watch the incident here:

 

Winterbottom’s inability to finish effectively ends his chances of defending his driver’s championship.

On lap 157 there was another drama, with Kelly landing in the wall at the Elbow.

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Tags: Bathurst 1000

Posted: 9 October, 2016

Mark Winterbottom Just Spun Out Of Bathurst

Championship done

Reigning V8 Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom has had his day ended early at Bathurst after spinning out into the dirt.

Winterbottom — who was sitting fifth — suffered a braking failure on the 135th lap, spinning out near the entry to The Chase and bogging.

"I turned left at Forrest's Elbow and it broke,” Winterbottom said.

“Pushed hard right into the fence and it is broken down Conrod Straight.”

Watch the incident here:

 

Winterbottom’s inability to finish effectively ends his chances of defending his driver’s championship.

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Posted: 9 October, 2016

This Is Probably The Most Aussie Interview You'll Ever See

If you were to believe social media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Bathurst 1000 was a bit slow for the first 100-odd laps.

However, on the 92nd lap we saw the first safety car called into action after a nasty crash from Andrew Jones.

One of the team gave this brilliant interview after the accident. See the video below.

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Tags: Bathurst 1000

Posted: 8 October, 2016

Jamie Whincup Grabs Bathurst Pole Position

Great result for Whincup

Red Bull’s Jamie Whincup has claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Bathurst 1000, pipping Wilson Security Racing's Scott McLaughlin by 0.065 seconds in a thrilling finish to the Top 10 Shootout.

It was just reward for Whincup after topping most of practice sessions.

“The car is obviously very good and I’m happy to get the result,” Whincup said after finishing in 2:05.43.

“It’s not every day you get to qualify at Bathurst so you have to have a crack.”

Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert ran third, while Fabian Coulthard will start from fourth for DJR Team Penske.

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Tags: Jamie Whincup, Bathurst

Posted: 2 October, 2016

Daniel Ricciardo Wins Malaysian Grand Prix, Does Another Shoey

What a bloody legend!

Aussie legend Daniel Ricciardo has won the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang — and celebrated with another shoey.

Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg joined Ricciardo on the podium before he performed his trademark celebration.

Ricciardo started from fourth in the grid, behind both Rosberg and Verstappen, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton started from poll.

Hamilton dominated the first 2/3rds of the race, opening up a 23 second lead before a dramatic engine failure forced him to retire after 41 laps.

Hamilton’s blow out has significant ramifications on the Driver’s Championship — before the race Rosberg was ahead of him 273-265; the points Rosberg scored today now gives him a 23 point lead.

Meanwhile Ricciardo took advantage of the situation to take the lead and never relinquished it, with Red Bull happy to allow he and Verstappen to take the 1-2 finish.

It was Ricciardo’s fourth career win, and his first since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

The result means Red Bull are second in the Constructor’s Championship, their 316 points a whopping 222 behind Mercedes’ 538.

Ferrari round out the top three with a 301 point haul.

Ricciardo — third in the Driver’s Championship on 204 points, 61 behind Hamilton — will have a chance to close the gap on the Mercedes duo next week in the Japanese GP at Suzuka.

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Tags: Daniel Ricciardo, F1

Posted: 27 September, 2016

V8 Supercars Find Home In Newcastle

Supercars will race through the streets of Newcastle under a deal to make the NSW city the host of the season-ending V8 Supercars race.

The first race, which take in several of the city's landmarks including Nobbys Beach and Fort Scratchley, will take place in November 2017.

"The Hunter has thousands of Supercars fans who now have an event to call their own," Premier Mike Baird said on Tuesday.

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Posted: 19 September, 2016

Grand Prix Marshall's Game Of Chicken With A 360kmph F1 Car

The Singapore Grand Prix turned into a game of chicken with an F1 car for one race marshall.

The marshall had been clearing debris from opening lap Singapore GP crash and despite the safety car being called in, the marshall was still on track

He was forced to sprint off circuit to avoid 360kmph collision.

 

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