MotoGP Toni Elias has had a screw removed from his femur, while Sete Gibernau has undergone collar bone surgery and John Hopkins has had supportive plates removed from his left leg. All the operations were a success. * World Champion Valentino Rossi finished the final test of the season at Jerez at the top of the time sheets on board the 2009 Yamaha M1.
IRL Honda Performance Development has made a statement to guarantee that the manufacturer’s withdrawal from Formula 1 will have no affect on its 2009 Indycar plans.
GP2 Asia Kamui Kobayashi won the sprint race in Dubai and Vitantonio Liuzzi won his maiden Speedcar race before flooding led the racing to be cancelled.
WTCC Chevrolet has launched the Lacetti’s successor, the Cruze, at RML (below). The car will use the same engine as the 2008 car. n BMW has confirmed its participation in the series for the 2009 season.
A1GP Switzerland’s Neel Jani won the sprint race in Sepang while Ireland’s Adam Carroll won the feature race. Ireland led the championship standings at the time of going to press for the first time in the series’ history.
WRC Sébastien Loeb won the Wales Rally GB for the first time in his career. The five-time World Champion has now won all the major events on the rally calendar. n Valentino Rossi finished 12th overall in Rally GB, 13 minutes and 10 seconds behind winner Loeb.
BTCC Formula Renault team Tempus Sport has announced it will join the championship in 2009, running a pair of Chevrolet Lacettis with Harry Vaulkhard as one of the drivers.
Awards Alexander Sims won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for young drivers. Other winners included Lewis Hamilton as international racing driver of the year, the McLaren MP4-23 as racing car of the year, Allan McNish as British competition driver of the year and Sebastian Vettel as rookie of the year.
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