Kiwi racing legend Greg Murphy proves he still has it ahead of racing return

Murphy gives us sneak peak of the Hampton Downs track ahead of its re-launch next month. Source: 1 NEWS



Italian rider who pulled rival's brake banned for rest of 2018

Italian motorcycle rider Romano Fenati has been banned for the remainder of 2018 after pulling a rival's brake lever while racing at 140 miles per hour.

The 22-year-old was sacked by his Marinelli Snipers team and banned for two grands prix following the incident during the Moto 2 race in San Marino on September 9.

His latest punishment comes after he was asked to explain his actions at a meeting with motorcycle racing's governing body, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

"Following the discussion with the rider and his representative, the FIM decided to withdraw Mr Fenati's FIM licence until the end of the current calendar year," reads a statement on fim-live.com.

"A new FIM licence for the 2019 season may be granted to him subject to the conditions laid down in the FIM regulations."

Fenati was disqualified in San Marino after reaching across to the bike of Stefano Manzi.

Manzi managed to stay upright, but the dangerous incident prompted some to call for Fenati to be banned for life from the sport.

Giovanni Castiglioni, the owner of his future employer MV Agusta, said the rider's contract for 2019 would be torn up.

Fenati later issued an apology, during which he referred to an earlier moment in the race, which saw Manzi rebuked by officials for causing Fenati to leave the track.

"During the meeting, the FIM representatives emphasised the Federation's deep concern for the safety of all riders and other participants in motorcycling competitions," the FIM statement continued.

"They also highlighted the importance it attaches to fair play in motorcycling sport.

"While acknowledging that riders, and in particular those who reach the highest level of the sport, are subject to many pressures both on and off the track, they reminded Mr Fenati of the profound influence high-level athletes can have on fans and young people and urged him to be mindful of his responsibility to set a positive example in future."

Italy's Romano Fenati is facing a lengthy ban for his petulance in Misano. Source: Moto GP


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Exclusive: Auckland edging closer to hosting Formula E championship - as early as next year

Formula E is the future of motor-racing and now it looks like Auckland could host a round of the championship from as early as next year.

As Formula E prepares for a fifth season, Kiwis should prepare for a chance to get a first-hand look at the technology that will power our future.

Kiwi driver Mitch Evans let the secret slip as his team unveiled their new car for this season.

"There could be some good news coming in the next few months," he said.

"Hopefully a race in NZ, in Auckland, my home city, in season six. That would be amazing."

1 NEWS understands local organisers have made great progress in the area after previously expressing interest in hosting a round and discussions with Formula E have been positive.

Auckland Council's events arm ATEED says they’re aware of the bid but have yet to receive a proposal.

Evans says it’s great just knowing there’s an effort being made.

"I know there's a big team working to try and make it happen and get it down to the City of Sails."

The event has been held on the inner city streets of Hong Kong, Paris and New York.

Although the ongoing city rail link development in Auckland creates a major problem, it's understood a central location has been identified that would cause minimal disruption to public streets.

Such a solution exists because Formula E circuits are usually only a couple of kilometres long.

Kiwi driver Mitch Evans said there could be some "good news" coming in the next few months. Source: 1 NEWS


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Four-time IndyCar champ in awe of former teammate Scott Dixon's dominance

One of Indycar's most successful drivers has described his former teammate Scott Dixon as "a chameleon" with "exceptional desire" after surpassing him for career driver's championship wins.

Dixon won his fifth IndyCar title on Monday to sit second only to American great AJ Foyt who won seven championships.

With the achievement, the 38-year-old Kiwi broke away from the four-time winners group of Dario Franchitti, Mario Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais.

Franchitti drove alongside Dixon before becoming an adviser to Chip Ganassi Racing - the team Dixon races for - and said the Kiwi's ability to adapt was phenomenal.

"He's like a chameleon. He adapts to different styles of cars and different styles of tyres," Franchitti told IndyCar.com.

"He learns from every teammate he's got. He uses every resource he can get, and he'll ask questions of them. You see the results.

"Talent only gets you so far. He's got lots of it, maybe more than I've ever raced against. That's saying a lot with some of the people I've raced against. He just keeps working at it. That desire is exceptional."

But Dixon said after yesterday's triumph it was more than just him.

"It’s all about the people, I’m the lucky one that gets to take it across the line," he said.

"I can’t thank my wife, Emma, enough, she’s been so amazing through the whole season, it’s actually the anniversary of her father’s passing today so it’s an emotional time."

The Kiwi driver notched up the milestone at Sonoma Raceway in California. Source: Seven Sharp


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'It's been a while!' Hayden Paddon claims seventh career podium finish at Rally Turkey

Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon has earned his first podium finish of the 2018 World Rally Championship season after a clean final day in Turkey.

Paddon and British co-driver Seb Marshall stuck to their game plan of racing a consistent race in the final four stages of Rally Turkey, allowing them to finish in third.

The pair went into the final day with a firm grip on third place - they were nearly a minute behind second-placed Jari-Matti Latvala but ahead of fourth-placed Teemu Suninen by a safe margin of over two minutes.

Paddon said racing with the concept of preserving third place instead of chasing those ahead of him felt like being in no man's land.

"It's a about playing the long game in this rally. When you're in 'no man's land' it can be really hard because you have to look after the car. It can be really painful but it's what you have to do."

The finish is Paddon's seventh on a WRC podium.

"I am really happy to take our first podium of the season. It has been a very tough rally. We have adopted a particular strategy this weekend that has required us to hold back and be patient," he said.

"Thankfully that approach has paid off and we have been rewarded with third place - it's been a while since we've been on the podium."

Paddon is coming to New Zealand for the Ashley Forest Rallysprint in Canterbury next weekend before he returns to Europe for the Wales Rally GB next month.


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