Around the tracks February 27 2009

27 February 2009
, Herald Sun
Around the tracks February 27 2009
A weekly wrap of motorsport from around the world.

DEFENDING champion Damien White anchored the team which won the Bathurst 12-hour showroom enduro at the weekend, sharing a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo with former Bathurst 1000 winner Tony Longhurst and car owner Rod Salmon. Another Evo X was second, crewed by Tony Ricciardello, Glyn Crimp and Stuart Kostera.

A seventh straight second place has cost Chad Reed his lead in the World and AMA Supercross championship in the USA. He was runner-up again to James Stewart, this time in Atlanta.

CARRERA Cup front-runner David Wall has bagged one of the early co- driving places for the V8 Supercar enduros this year, joining the expanded Falcon team of Paul Cruickshank. Wall is named in the Wilson Security Racing team for Phillip Island and Bathurst but the Cruickshank has not decided yet if he will share a car with Fabian Coulthard or new boy Michael Patrizi.

SUPERSTOCK racer Stacey McMahon will ride a Yamaha YZF R6 with backing from Insure My Ride for the 2009 season, starting in the World Superbike supporting races at Phillip Island this weekend. McMahon is returning to racing in the Australian Superbike Series after competing on a 125cc grand prix bike in 2006, although she was badly injured while racing in 2007.

MARCOS Ambrose continued the strong start to his first full season in the Sprint Cup with 22nd place in the second race of the 2009 Nascar season. Ambrose qualified 14th in his Toyota Camry and was looking good for a top-20 result until his rear tyres wore badly on the run to the flag and he fell back as Matt Kenseth took a second straight win, this time in California.

AUSTRALIA's Ryan Briscoe and Will Power has just begun testing for their first season as Penske Racing team mates in the Indy Racing League. Both are expected to be front runners and Briscoe is tipped as a potential champion in a US open-wheel series which gets serious with the first race in Florida in the opening week of April.