IndyCar stars struggle in Bathurst baptism

They might have toasted IndyCar success but overseas stars James Hinchcliffe and Alex Rossi admit their first taste of the Bathurst 1000 has felt like “drinking out of a fire hose”. Hinchcliffe and Rossi arrived at Mount Panorama as Great Race dark horses after accepting a Supercars wildcard entry with Holden heavyweight Walkinshaw Andretti United for Sunday’s premier enduro. However, they received a quick reality check. The high-profile pair found the mountain tough enough under clear skies, finishing at the back of the field in each practice session. Then the…

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Impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Rugby World Cup and F1 in Japan

8:45 AM ET Tom Hamilton Close Senior Writer • Joined ESPN in 2011• Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours• Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018 Nate Saunders Close F1 Associate Editor • Previously worked in rugby union and British Superbikes • History graduate from Reading University• Joined ESPNF1 in February 2014 The imminent arrival of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan has wreaked havoc with the weekend’s sporting schedule. World Rugby announced Thursday it was cancelling two of Saturday’s three Rugby World Cup pool matches…

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Correa ‘very grateful to be alive’ after Hubert crash

American driver Juan Manuel Correa has posted a video for the first time since he suffered serious leg injuries in the Formula 2 crash which killed Anthoine Hubert. Correa collided with Hubert’s car at high speed after the Frenchman had lost control at the top of the fearsome Raidillon corner at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Aug.31. Hubert was pronounced dead several hours later, while Correa has been in hospital ever since. After initial surgery Correa was transferred to the UK, where he was placed into an induced coma having fallen…

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Courtney to spearhead new Holden team

The worst kept secret in Supercars is officially out after former series champion James Courtney was confirmed as the headline driver of a new two-car, Sydney-based Holden team for 2020. Supercars confirmed on Wednesday that Courtney would spearhead the first top flight Sydney-based team in 15 years. Speculation had been rife that Sydney-born Courtney would front a new outfit after the 2010 champion confirmed in August that he would walk away from Holden heavyweights Walkinshaw Andretti United at the end of the year following a frustrating nine-season run. Supercars said…

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W Series could link up with F1 in North America

The all-female W Series is discussing a move outside Europe, and a potential North American double-header supporting Formula One races in the United States and Mexico, as part of an expanded second season. Former F1 race winner David Coulthard, who heads the advisory board for the series and is a long-time friend of chairman and major shareholder Sean Wadsworth, said talks with Formula One were ongoing. “Along with the great support we’ve had from the FIA, Formula One are keen for us to be operating on their platform as well,”…

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F1’s reverse-grid qualifying race idea explained

Formula One is planning big changes for the 2021 season, but one of the only tweaks planned for 2020 has split opinion in the paddock. With the prospect of one full year — featuring a record 22 races — to come before the overhaul F1 hopes brings the sport’s playing field closer together, discussions are ongoing about whether to mix up the tried and tested weekend formula at some places. What’s the idea? The proposal is not a radical overhaul of qualifying, but rather an experimental approach slated for three…

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Kyle Larson wins NASCAR playoff race at Dover to advance

DOVER, Del. — Kyle Larson was the can’t-miss future star who tore up the sprint car circuit and would lead a new generation of young stars into the next era of NASCAR. His promise yet unfulfilled, Larson’s path toward prominence has been slow burning in six-plus years in the Cup Series. He’s been saddled with mediocre cars that not even his raw talent could salvage, and a fantastic 2017 was more a blip than a sign Larson would blossom into a perennial championship contender. But as Larson stood atop his…

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Marc Marquez wins sixth MotoGP world championship

THAILAND – Honda’s Marc Marquez sealed his sixth MotoGP title, and eighth world championship overall, after winning a thrilling Thai Grand Prix on Sunday. The Spaniard pipped pole sitter Fabio Quartararo at the final corner before the line after a long on-track battle, while Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales finished in third. Marquez, 26, was taken to hospital on Friday after being catapulted off his bike in a huge practice crash. Later, he returned to the track after being given the all-clear, but crashed out again in Saturday’s qualifying session where…

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Ford star Waters signs new Supercars deal

Ford driver Cameron Waters has committed his Supercars future to Tickford Racing. The 25-year-old has signed a multi-year deal to stay with the team for 2020 and beyond. The Mildura-born driver has been with Tickford since his rookie season in 2016, delivering one race win in that time – the 2017 Sandown 500 alongside co-driver Richie Stanaway. With six podiums already in 2019, Waters is aiming for a career-best championship finish as he heads into next week’s Bathurst 1000 siting seventh on the standings. “We’ve had a great 2019 so…

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Kubica’s sponsor demands Williams explain Russian GP retirement

Robert Kubica’s sponsor has asked Williams to provide an explanation for the Polish driver’s retirement from the Russian Grand Prix. Kubica, who will leave the team at the conclusion of the 2019 season, was brought into the pits to retire the car one lap after teammate George Russell crashed during a Virtual Safety Car period. Williams put that incident down to an unspecified car issue and said the decision to retire Kubica’s car was precautionary. After the race chief race engineer Dave Robson said: “We opted to retire Robert soon…

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