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Viewers left horrified after on-board camera crash - NEWS.com.au

British F4 driver Billy Monger’s car is a crumpled mess.

MOTORSPORT fans have watched in horror as a terrifying crash unfolded on live TV during Britain’s Formula 4 championship.

The incident occurred as part of The British Touring Car Championship event at the Donington Park Circuit.

British Formula 4 driver Billy Monger crashed into Finnish driver Patrik Pasma at high speed, and the extent of the violent collision was magnified as broadcasters were showing an on-board shot of Monger as the incident occurred.

Footage of the incident shows Pasma slowing dramatically, before Monger, unsighted, smashes into the back of his vehicle.

WARNING: Viewers are advised that the following video may be distressing to some.

Monger’s car spears into Pasma, leaving damage strewn across the Donington Park circuit.

An air ambulance was called in, as medical staff immediately raced to the aid of...


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Lowndes unhurt from Phillip Island crash - Wide World of Sports

Craig Lowndes has walked away from a spectacular flying crash at Phillip Island, missing half of Friday's Supercars practice but vowing to return for the weekend's races.

Lowndes left the track at 240km/h in Friday's warm-up session, hurtling through the gravel and into the tyre wall which threw his Commodore into the air.

Seconds earlier, title-chasing DJR Team Penske driver Fabian Coulthard had a lower-impact run-off into the wall in a dramatic day at the circuit.

Both men were unhurt from their impacts but left their teams with plenty of thinking to do ahead of an expected wet race meet.

Chaz Mostert led the pack, setting a new practice lap record of 1:29.5747.

He was one of five Falcons in the top seven, with Shane van Gisbergen the fastest Holden in second place.

Lowndes said his right front tyre blew.

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Motor sport: pay to play, cheaply - The Sydney Morning Herald

Even at the cheapest level, motor racing is extremely expensive. So when car racers speak about affordable racing, they're still talking about tens of thousands of dollars a year. For young drivers aspiring to become professionals, getting to the top is as much about money as it is about talent.

Right through from karting to the junior car racing categories, youngsters need to find funding from benefactors and sponsors to keep climbing the ladder.

Our man Foges puts the racing version of the Toyota 86 through its paces. Our man Foges puts the racing version of the Toyota 86 through its paces.  Photo: Supplied

Every leading driver in the world's premier championships – from Supercars in Australia to Formula One internationally – required substantial financial support to reach the top.

Increasingly, young drivers are looking for more bang for their bucks when they graduate from karting, wanting a starter series that provides a training ground at a...


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Motor racing-Alonso sees Indy as a bigger challenge than Le Mans - Eurosport.com AU

LEEDS, Alabama, April 23 (Reuters) - Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso sees next month's Indianapolis 500 as a bigger challenge than the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race as he seeks to win motorsport's famed 'Triple Crown'.

"The biggest task is definitely the Indy 500 for a Formula One driver," the Spaniard told reporters on a visit to Barber Motorsport Park on Sunday.

"I think it's quite different. It's challenging ... the level of downforce, the feeling with the car, running with a car that is not symmetric on the straights, on braking. Traffic I think is a big thing..."

Alonso has set his sights on becoming only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to win the Formula One championship, Indy and Le Mans.

The McLaren driver, who will miss the showcase Monaco Grand Prix to race at the famed Brickyard on May 28 for the first time, has no experience of Le...


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Sudmalis' one last bid for Yerriyong motorsport complex | Video ... - South Coast Register

Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis believes a proposed motorsport complex at Yerriyong could still go ahead.

Sudmalis' one last bid for Yerriyong motorsport complex | Video, photos

  • STILL FIGHTING: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis and Federal Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash discuss the proposed Yerriyong Motorsport Complex of which $9.5m of federal money remains on the table.

    STILL FIGHTING: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis and Federal Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash discuss the proposed Yerriyong Motorsport Complex of which $9.5m of federal money remains on the table.

  • MEETING: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis and Federal Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash meet with local businesspeople, stake holders and Motorcycling NSW officials to discuss the proposed Yerriyong Motorsport Complex.

    MEETING: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis and Federal Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash meet with local businesspeople, stake holders and Motorcycling NSW officials to discuss the proposed Yerriyong Motorsport Complex.

  • PLANS: An artist's impression of the Yerriyong motorsports complex.

    PLANS: An artist's impression of the Yerriyong motorsports complex.

Motorcycling NSW abandons plan for track at Yerriyong

Jo Gash says loss of Yerriyong motorsports complex a great disappointment

Nowra orchid man Alan Stephenson explains how he stopped the race

ANY move to...


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Indy 500 toughest leg of Triple Crown bid - Alonso

Fernando Alonso believes that the Indianapolis 500 represents the toughest challenge in his bid for the Triple Crown of Motorsport as he gears up for his first Indy car run next week.

Alonso announced ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix that he would be entering the Indy 500 as part of a joint effort between McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport on May 28.

Alonso's decision to enter the '500 and miss the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix comes as part of his bid to complete motorsport's Triple Crown, which has won been just once before by Graham Hill.

The Triple Crown is made up of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Alonso is a two-time winner in Monaco and has previously stated his desire to race at Le Mans, and believes it is easier to adapt to the endurance event than oval racing for the '500.

"I have this idea always in my mind to compete, first in the 24...


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Wehrlein upset to see really impressive Manor fold

Pascal Wehrlein has expressed his disappointment at seeing his former team Manor Racing fold ahead of the 2017 F1 season, describing it as a 'really impressive' outfit with potential.

The Mercedes junior made his F1 debut with Manor after winning the German-based DTM touring car series a year earlier, Wehrlein scoring a famous tenth place finish of the minnow outfit at the Austrian Grand Prix for only its second points' scoring finish in seven seasons of competition.

However, with Manor unable to collect prize money for its efforts after being beaten to tenth in the constructors' standings – by Wehrlein's 2017 employers Sauber – it slipped into administration in January before folding completely by the end of the month.

It is a scenario Wehrlein was upset to see unfold, not least because of its herculean efforts against better funded and bigger teams, including Sauber.

“I was really...


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Crutchlow leaves it too late for podium push

Cal Crutchlow believes he had the potential to possibly challenge for a podium finish in Sunday's MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas, but was nonetheless 'happy enough' with a resolute fourth place finish.

Starting from ninth, Crutchlow spent a brief period behind Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo and then impressive rookie Johann Zarco, before eventually climbing to fourth courtesy of a late-braking move with two laps to spare.

Having felt confident in his chances of catching third-placed Dani Pedrosa, Crutchlow eventually had to settle for fourth place, which he feels represents a 'good start to the season' when placed alongside his podium finish in Argentina.

“I'm happy enough,” began 31-year old Crutchlow, who came home 7.6s behind race winner Marc Marquez. “I'm a little disappointed to not be on the podium. I made a good start and then got 'Zarco-d' in the first lap. His bike is a...


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Rins: We paid very dearly for Saturday's fall

MotoGP rookie Alex Rins in on his way back to Europe where he will undergo surgery on his broken wrist later this week.

The Suzuki rider, already recovering from an ankle fracture from a motocross training accident, suffered a double fracture of his lower left arm when he was one of eight riders to fall in a chaotic FP3 at COTA.

Rins will undergo surgery at the University Hospital Dexeus in Barcelona, after which a better idea of his recovery time will be known.

“It's been a very tough weekend," Rins said. "This is a special track where I have always found myself pretty comfortable, and I enjoyed riding a lot, but this grand prix instead has been complicated. We have paid very dearly for Saturday's fall. Now that we have accepted it, we can begin the recovery.

"The team is giving me exceptional support and I hope soon to start giving them back some joy so that we can all get rid of...


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Dovizioso never had pace he d hoped for

When it was put to Andrea Dovizioso that he had been in the podium fight around the Circuit of the Americas during his past two visits, the Italian was quick to point out Sunday's harsh reality. “And today there was no chance,” he interrupted, smiling through gritted teeth.

The Italian's frustration was clear for all to see on Sunday afternoon after a rather underwhelming sixth place – 14 seconds back of the race winner and nine of third place finisher Dani Pedrosa – around a circuit that was, on paper at least, supposed to suit Ducati's GP17.

In the past, Dovizioso said, the Ducati was able to manage the wear of the front tyre around the 20-corner circuit and maintain its pace in the race's second half. Not the GP17 however, as he struggled throughout the weekend through the track's serpentine first sector when front grip decreased.

“This was a difficult weekend and also in the race...


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Viewers left horrified after on-board camera crash - NEWS.com.au

British F4 driver Billy Monger’s car is a crumpled mess.

MOTORSPORT fans have watched in horror as a terrifying crash unfolded on live TV during Britain’s Formula 4 championship.

The incident occurred as part of The British Touring Car Championship event at the Donington Park Circuit.

British Formula 4 driver Billy Monger crashed into Finnish driver Patrik Pasma at high speed, and the extent of the violent collision was magnified as broadcasters were showing an on-board shot of Monger as the incident occurred.

Footage of the incident shows Pasma slowing dramatically, before Monger, unsighted, smashes into the back of his vehicle.

WARNING: Viewers are advised that the following video may be distressing to some.

Monger’s car spears into Pasma, leaving damage strewn across the Donington Park circuit.

An air ambulance was called in, as medical staff immediately raced to the aid of...


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Read more: Viewers left horrified after on-board camera crash - NEWS.com.au

Motor sport: pay to play, cheaply - The Sydney Morning Herald

Even at the cheapest level, motor racing is extremely expensive. So when car racers speak about affordable racing, they're still talking about tens of thousands of dollars a year. For young drivers aspiring to become professionals, getting to the top is as much about money as it is about talent.

Right through from karting to the junior car racing categories, youngsters need to find funding from benefactors and sponsors to keep climbing the ladder.

Our man Foges puts the racing version of the Toyota 86 through its paces. Our man Foges puts the racing version of the Toyota 86 through its paces.  Photo: Supplied

Every leading driver in the world's premier championships – from Supercars in Australia to Formula One internationally – required substantial financial support to reach the top.

Increasingly, young drivers are looking for more bang for their bucks when they graduate from karting, wanting a starter series that provides a training ground at a...


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Lowndes unhurt from Phillip Island crash - Wide World of Sports

Craig Lowndes has walked away from a spectacular flying crash at Phillip Island, missing half of Friday's Supercars practice but vowing to return for the weekend's races.

Lowndes left the track at 240km/h in Friday's warm-up session, hurtling through the gravel and into the tyre wall which threw his Commodore into the air.

Seconds earlier, title-chasing DJR Team Penske driver Fabian Coulthard had a lower-impact run-off into the wall in a dramatic day at the circuit.

Both men were unhurt from their impacts but left their teams with plenty of thinking to do ahead of an expected wet race meet.

Chaz Mostert led the pack, setting a new practice lap record of 1:29.5747.

He was one of five Falcons in the top seven, with Shane van Gisbergen the fastest Holden in second place.

Lowndes said his right front tyre blew.

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Marquez takes pole position in Texas - Wide World of Sports

Marc Marquez has grabbed pole in Texas. (AAP)
Marc Marquez has grabbed pole in Texas. (AAP)

Marc Marquez has grabbed pole in Texas. (AAP)

Marc Marquez remains the man to beat at the Grand Prix of the Americas. Maverick Vinales has the speed this year to possibly make that happen.

Repsol Honda's Marquez won the pole position on Saturday for the fifth consecutive year, edging Movistar Yamaha's Vinales in a pulsating final-lap duel between the Spaniards.

Marquez, a three-time MotoGP champion, has won the Texas race four years in a row and will be racing Sunday for his 30th career victory. Vinales won the first two races of 2017 in Qatar and Argentina and leads the season standings.

Marquez crashed out in Argentina and needs a win if he is to seriously chase Vinales. Despite two crashes in Saturday practice, Marquez grabbed the pole with a lap of 2 minutes, 2.741 seconds, edging Vinales by 0.13 seconds.

Vinales' teammate Valentino Rossi will start third. Repsol Honda's...


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Supercars have brought in a rule to avoid another day of carnage. (Getty) - Wide World of Sports

Supercars have brought in a rule to avoid another day of carnage. (Getty)
Supercars have brought in a rule to avoid another day of carnage. (Getty)

Supercars have brought in a rule to avoid another day of carnage. (Getty)

Chaz Mostert has returned to the Supercars winner's podium for the first time in two years, triumphing in a Prodrive one-two at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Mostert beat fellow Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom home in the 250 kilometre race, which was again affected by tyre blowouts.

Red Bull Racing pair Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen were two of five drivers who had their hopes dashed by tyre failures.

In-form team DJR Team Penske also failed to record results worthy of their speed.

Fabian Coulthard jumped pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin off the line to lead for much of the race, but was served a drive-through penalty for ignoring a red light on exit from pit lane.

McLaughlin's race was ruined in a strategic blunder, staying out of the pits after a lap one crash that left him at a...


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Van Gisbergen rues PI Supercars struggle - Wide World of Sports

They're nowhere near a spent Supercars force, but the once-supreme Red Bull Holden Racing Team left Phillip Island with their tails between their legs.

Jamie Whincup nicked a podium finish on Saturday but otherwise it was all misery for Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes at the coastal circuit.

Lowndes began the drama with a blown tyre in practice on Friday that sent his Commodore against a tyre wall and into the air.

On Saturday, van Gisbergen and Lowndes were two of several drivers to have their races ruined by stringent officiating of the dashed line on entry to the pit lane.

Van Gisbergen lashed out at the drive-through penalty he received, calling it "crap".

"The penalties being handed out were ridiculous. Crossing the line at pit entry is something that happens at every track, and the process is different on every track, yet now they decide to police it in a way they have...


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Motor racing-Alonso sees Indy as a bigger challenge than Le Mans - Eurosport.com AU

LEEDS, Alabama, April 23 (Reuters) - Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso sees next month's Indianapolis 500 as a bigger challenge than the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race as he seeks to win motorsport's famed 'Triple Crown'.

"The biggest task is definitely the Indy 500 for a Formula One driver," the Spaniard told reporters on a visit to Barber Motorsport Park on Sunday.

"I think it's quite different. It's challenging ... the level of downforce, the feeling with the car, running with a car that is not symmetric on the straights, on braking. Traffic I think is a big thing..."

Alonso has set his sights on becoming only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to win the Formula One championship, Indy and Le Mans.

The McLaren driver, who will miss the showcase Monaco Grand Prix to race at the famed Brickyard on May 28 for the first time, has no experience of Le...


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Race Director explains Rossi penalty

MotoGP Race Director Mike Webb has explained why Valentino Rossi was given a 0.3s penalty in Sunday's Austin race.

A lunge from behind by Johann Zarco caused Rossi to straight-line one of the S-curves. The Italian re-joined still in third place, but with a slightly bigger advantage over Zarco and closer to Marc Marquez ahead of him.

Crucially, once back on track, Rossi did not back off and give up the time gained.

MotoGP Race Director Mike Webb said: "You can't gain an advantage by leaving the track. There was clearly an advantage because he got closer to Marquez. So we negated that advantage.

"But on the other side, [Rossi] left the track involuntarily. Meaning he was forced off by another rider. If somebody went off deliberately and gained an advantage, the penalty would normally be much more than the time they gained.

"In this case, it was clearly not his fault for going off...


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Moto2: Danny Kent splits from Kiefer Racing

Former world champion Danny Kent has announced a shock split from the Kiefer Racing Moto2 team.

The Englishman did not start today's Austin race, with talk of a pinched nerve in his back providing some time to think the decision through. Kent has now tweeted his departure from the Suter-backed squad, after just 3 of 18 rounds.

Kent and his management are understood to be looking for an alternative ride for the rest of the season.

1/3. Due to irreconcilable differences I've decided to part ways with Kiefer Racing and the Moto2 Team.

— Danny Kent (@DannyKent52) April 23, 2017

2/3. It's been a difficult period since joining the team and I don't feel I'm able to reach my potential so I've decided to step away.

— Danny Kent (@DannyKent52) April 23, 2017

3/3. I'm still hungry & determined & believe I can be competitive in Moto2. I wish Kiefer Racing the best for the future.

— Danny Kent...

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Marquez: We're back in championship fight

Marc Marquez hailed his fifth win on the bounce at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas as the perfect response to the disappointment of his DNF in Argentina.

The Repsol Honda rider claimed his first win of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship to secure all 25 points after sliding out of the lead of the previous premier class lead at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

Marquez has now climbed to third in the championship and is 18 points behind runner-up Valentino Rossi

“It's an important victory and an important race because after Argentina it was important to come back in the best way, with a victory,” Marquez said.

“It was a difficult race because the temperature was much higher than yesterday and then before the race I said to my chief mechanic, 'I want to go with the hard front'.

“In the end there was no way to stay with the medium because I know that I push a lot with the front tyre...


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