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Around the tracks February 13 2009

A weekly wrap of motorsport from around the world.

New challenge ahead
Carrera Cup racers in Australia are looking for other challenges, including the latest GT championship, after the collapse of the Porsche one-make series. This year's championship was canned after only eight entries were received for the planned season opener on the streets of Adelaide for the Clipsal 500 meeting.

A grip on the grid
Sebastian Bourdais has filled one of the few open seats on this year's Formula One starting grid, being renewed for a second year at Toro Rosso. Bourdais is a former multiple Champ Car series winner.

Johnson in Enduro
Steven Johnson will tune up for the V8 Supercar season by racing a Falcon at Bathurst. He is a late addition to the field for the 12-hour Showroom Enduro at Mount Panorama on February 22, sharing an FG-model Falcon GT-P with Nathan Tinkler and Nathan Callaghan.

Life ban for drag racer
Champion drag racer Brett Stevens has been banned for life and all his records and championships suspended after being charged with drug offences.

Ambrose Daytona debut
Marcos Ambrose will become the first Australian to start in the Daytona 500 this weekend in Florida, as he begins his first full season in Nascar's Sprint Cup with a Toyota Camry.