British F1 ace Lewis Hamilton's tax practices exposed by Paradise Papers

Mr Hamilton received a VAT refund of more than $6 million on his private jet thanks to a tax loophole. Source: 1 NEWS

Shane van Gisbergen finishes second in Sandown 500, extends V8 Supercars lead

Red Bull Holden Racing duo Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell have romped to victory in the Sandown 500, cashing in on their superior pace to lead home a Triple Eight Racing podium.

Shane van Gisbergen and co-driver Earl Bamber, on his Supercars debut for Red Bull's other combination, improved to second and boost the series leader's championship hopes.

Veterans Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards (Autobarn Lowndes Racing) rounded out Triple Eight's first 1-2-3 since a sprint race win at Queensland Raceway two years ago.

In a mind-numbingly dull start to the Enduro Cup, car No.1 cruised to a success that looked likely from Friday's first practice session.

Dumbrell trashed Whincup's long-running lap record on his first spin around the Melbourne circuit, showing the awesome pace of their ZB Commodore.

Whincup took his own record back in qualifying, when only an overly-cautious decision to put on wet tyres cost them pole position.

That didn't matter on Sunday, when Dumbrell jumped polesitter David Reynolds' co-driver Luke Youlden from the line.

The dynamic duo were never headed for effective control, claiming a third Sandown victory by almost seven seconds.

"I couldn't be happier, the car's been awesome all weekend," Whincup said.

Whincup's win was his fourth in the Sandown 500 - he won with Lowndes in 2007 - while Van Gisbergen's race-day resurgence headed off a hit to his title hopes.

The Kiwi was off the pace at the Home of Horsepower until Sunday, when Bamber improved from his 11th placed start and van Gisbergen did the rest.

"What a privilege to drive these cars with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team. They gave us some rockets today," van Gisbergen said.

The Kiwi's chief rival for the title, countryman Scott McLaughlin, finished fourth by holding off outside championship shot Reynolds.

Van Gisbergen's lead now stands at 55 points with four rounds remaining.

Storm clouds that provided drama on Saturday cleared, and even the notorious turn six - possibly Australia's most dangerous Supercars corner - didn't cause any serious issue.

Early safety cars following bungles by Dean Fiore and Jason Bright made no difference to the outcome.

McLaughlin and the rest of the field were never in the contest, as the Red Bull team tuned up for Bathurst in emphatic fashion.

Shane van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing Australia.
ITM Auckland Supersprint V8 Supercars. Pukekohe Park Raceway, Auckland, New Zealand. 04 November 2017. © Copyright Image: Marc Shannon /
Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen in action at the Pukekohe Park Raceway in Auckland. Source: Photosport



British singer Lily Allen details sexual assault by record industry executive in new memoir

British pop singer Lily Allen has revealed she was once sexually assaulted by a record industry executive, an instance of behaviour she says is "rife" in the music industry.

Allen said in an interview with Guardian Weekend magazine that, despite the groundswell of stories of sexual abuse coming out of Hollywood over the MeToo movement, music industry insiders are remaining largely silent about the issue.

In her memoir My Thoughts Exactly, to be released later this month, she describes the industry as a hierarchical world that trades in "a potent mix of sex, youth and availability".

She also describes how she was assaulted by a music executive after falling asleep in his hotel room bed while intoxicated at a party.

She alleges: "I woke up at 5am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club."

"I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm … I found my clothes quickly … and ran out of his room and into my own."

The 33-year-old said she blamed herself for the incident because she had been drinking. She also expressed frustration over her inability to confront the man, and continuing to work with him over fears of being labelled "hysterical" and a "difficult woman".

"I expected him not to take advantage of my weakness," she wrote in her memoir. "I felt betrayed. I felt shame. I felt anger. I felt confused."

She says she did not report the incident to police over fears she would not be believed but signed an affidavit the week after the attack recalling the events of the night.

Lily Allen. Source: Bang Showbiz


Kiwi driver Scott McLaughlin 'trying bits and pieces' to regain Supercars championship lead

Supercars title chaser Scott McLaughlin knows he has a massive opportunity to retake the championship lead in the Sandown 500.

But he also knows that having an opportunity to taking it are two very different things.

The Kiwi flyer will start from the second row in the 500km endurance classic tonight after falling on the right side of a major strategic call in qualifying.

With rain and even hail teeming down, his team chose to not to pit for wet tyres and reaped the benefits when the shower moved on just minutes later.

Title rival Shane van Gisbergen's car No.97 went in to the pits, along with most of the field, where he was left stranded, double-stacked as he waited for his teammate to clear out.

Van Gibsergen will start on the sixth row as a result, giving McLaughlin a major chance to return to the top of the standings in Melbourne.

"At the moment it is an opportunity," he said.

"Today really went well for us and didn't go so well for them.

"It looks like he probably doesn't have as much speed as car No.1 does.

"We've got try and do our best and execute tomorrow and we'll worry about (the title standings) at the end."

McLaughlin sits 19 points behind van Gisbergen as the series begins the three Endurance meets - the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600.

Whincup sits a further 343 points back but he too should close the gap on Sunday.

Together with co-driver Paul Dumbrell, the Red Bull Holden Racing Team ZB Commodore has resembled a rocket ship, lowering record lap times in Melbourne through practice and qualifying.

Their decision to go in for wet tyres cost them pole position, won by David Reynolds and Luke Youlden.

McLaughlin said the team would keep on working to find extra speed before the race kicks.

"For us at the moment, yeah, (car speed) is an issue. I'm probably losing two car lengths," he said.

"I'm losing time on both the cars I raced today - nine and one.

"We've been trying bits and pieces all weekend."

Scott McLaughlin of DJR Team Penske during the Coateshire Newcastle 500,  at the , Newcastle, New South Wales, November 24, 2017. Copyright photo: Clay Cross /
Scott McLaughlin Source: Photosport



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