Pitstop: Paddon eyes historic title

By Eric Thompson

Hayden Paddon. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Hayden Paddon. Photo / Sarah Ivey

If Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon wins the Production World Rally Championship category in Australia this weekend he will be crowned world champion. This would make him the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a world rally title.

Cancer fight rules out Richards

New Zealand V8 Supercars driver Jason Richards has confirmed he will miss this year's V8 endurance rounds because of his on-going battle with adrenocortical carcinoma cancer. Andrew Jones will replace the Team BOC driver alongside Jason Bright.

Wills races in Le Mans Cup

Kiwi endurance pilot Rodger Wills will co-drive in a CRS Ferrari this weekend for the fifth round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Kiwi trio tackle Monza

One of the oldest Grand Prix races takes place this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Joining the best F1 drivers will be three young Kiwi drivers in the support classes.

Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway are racing in the GP3 class and Brendon Hartley (see interview) in GP3.

US network to cover Oz V8 races

US network SPEED is sending a full commentary team to cover the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Armor All Gold Coast 600. Both events will be broadcast live to 84 million homes across North America. V8 Supercars will race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas from 2013.

Time is running out for the next batch of youngsters to apply for the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, based on our own Elite Academy of Motorsport in Dunedin. Successful applicants, aged 17-23, will be tutored by ex-Formula One driver Alex Wurz, alongside Robert Reid, former world rally champion.

- NZ Herald

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