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Around the tracks 12 February 2010


BROOKE Tatnell has done it again, claiming his eight World Series Sprintcar championship in Perth last weekend. It is his fourth with   the Perth-based Krikke Motorsport team and comes after the second - generation racer, who is still looking for his big breakthrough on the   World of Outlaws circuit in the USA, led the summer sprintcar season from the start.

JAMES Moffat is a factory-backed Ford racer and will compete in this year's Fujitsu Championship series driving a Falcon under the Ford Rising Stars banner. The son of four-time Bathurst winner Allan Moffat was a regular Fujitsu race winner in 2009 but is aiming for this year's championship to springboard him into the main game in 2011.

MARCOS Ambrose qualified 14th for the start of this year's Nascar season in the Daytona 500 in Florida. He qualified comfortably for the   biggest race of the season, although his exact spot for the big one will not decided until a pair of qualifying races is run.

SEBASTIAN Loeb begins his hunt for another World Rally Championship in Sweden this weekend with Citroen. The six-time champion is expecting   tough opposition on the snow from last year's runner-up Mikko Hirvonen in a Ford Focus, as well as former world champion Marcus Gronholm and F1 refugee Kimi Raikkonen, who is having his WRC start in a Citroen C4.

V8 Supercar safety has been boosted with new regulations that require a new upright stiffening beam to the rollcage inside the driver's   door, as well as extra gusseting around the A and B-pillars in all cars. The change is compulsory from the Phillip Island 500 in September and comes after Todd Kelly's big side-impact crash last year in Perth.

JOHN Bowe is back to his favourite number, 18, for this year's Touring Car Masters Series. The Bathurst and touring car championship winner  has snagged the number, which he wore for 11 years as Dick Johnson's team mate in the touring car series, for the Ford Mustang hewill own and race in this year's booming historic racing championship.

FORMER Formula Ford champion Tim Blanchard is moving into V8 Supercars after a failed attempt to move up the motorsport ladder in Europe.  After competing in the 2008 British Formula Ford series, and scoring lots of wins, he spent 2009 rebuilding at home and has now signed with Sonic Motor Racing Services - which ran his Formula Ford in Australia - for the Fujitsu Series races this year, partnered with Rod Jane.