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Around the tracks April 10 2009

A weekly wrap of motorsport from around the world.




GLENN and Matt Raymond scored a breakthrough first overall win in the Australian Rally Championship when they took the Forest Rally in Perth last weekend in a Toyota Corolla. Defending champions Neal Bates and Coral Taylor won one of the two heats with their Corolla and now lead the series from their former Toyota team mates Simon and Sue Evans, who broke the engine in their Mitsubishi Lancer.

JAMES Davison made a lacklustre start to his Indy Lights season in the USA, only managing to run home 17th of 27 runners in the race at St.Petersburg in Florida. The third-generation racer, cousin to V8 Supercar stars Alex and Will, is hoping to eventually graduate to the Indy Racing League in America.


HONDA rider Todd Waters is the early leader in this year's Australian Motocross Championship after taking top points from the opening event at Albury-Wodonga. Waters took one of the three heats, sharing success with Yamaha riders Jay Marmont and Andrew McFarlane, but scooped more points with second places in the other races.


20-year-old F1 hopeful Chris Wootton made the podium again in the Formula BMW support races at the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend.

The youngster was second in the first F-BMW race on Saturday and led early in the second on Sunday, before sliding off the road in a downpour and recovering for the runner-up spot. The Asian series continues at Sepang in Malaysia in late May with four more races.


CHAMPIONSHIP drag racing has found a new home, and more exposure, with a deal for the new ONE HD sports network. There will be 32 one-hour shows on ANDRA events in the coming year, growing to 40 hours over the next three years.


MARCOS Ambrose showed his improving status in Nascar racing with 14th in the latest round at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. He has now become a regular in the top 20 with his Toyota Camry but gets no time to relax as he fronts to Ford Worth in Texas this weekend to continue his Sprint Cup campaign.


MOVING to Britain has paid an immediate dividend for Molly Taylor, who won the first round of the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup in Wales. After claiming titles in Australia the 20-year-old rally rocket is committed to a full year in Britain driving a Suzuki with support from the Australian Motorsport Foundation, moving next to the Pirelli International Rally on April 17-18.