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KTM announce break up with crew boss Mike Leitner

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Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “Mike has been a key determine in our mission to battle towards the very best on the planet of highway racing. Collectively we created a MotoGP construction with the correct workers and the correct riders which achieved excellent outcomes on the pinnacle of the game. We began constructing our RC16 and the entire plan from a clean piece of paper and underneath his steering we put a fantastic crew collectively; one which took on the problem of MotoGP. Now, after seven years collectively, we determined to reorganize our MotoGP management for the long run, and I can not specific how a lot we need to thank him for all of the work he put into this challenge. Mike pushed very arduous to get us from the again of the grid to the entrance row and his dedication has performed a serious half in our success story.”

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Phillip Island to host two Shannons rounds in 2022

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The occasions might be partially funded by the federal authorities as a part of the Restoration for Regional Tourism programme.

They may happen on March 18-20 and June 25-26.

The classes for every occasion are but to be locked in, nevertheless the March occasion has been earmarked for Australian Racing Group classes like TCR Australia and Trans Am.

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“The Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships calendar wouldn’t be full and not using a go to to the enduring Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit,” mentioned Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca.

“To have two rounds on Phillip Island this 12 months is a superb alternative for a variety of Motorsport Australia’s nationwide classes to get pleasure from loads of monitor time at a circuit drivers like to race at.

“These two occasions wouldn’t be doable with out the assist of the Australian Authorities and Vacation spot Phillip Island, so on behalf of Motorsport Australia and all our groups and opponents, we’re actually grateful for this assist.

“With our world class officers working alongside the staff at Phillip Island, we are able to’t look forward to each these occasions to happen in 2022.”

ARG boss Matt Braid added: “Phillip Island is considered one of Australia’s greatest racing venues, and is the right location and circuit for the Australian Racing Group classes to compete on.

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“The monitor is a favorite amongst our opponents, and we all know how a lot the followers on the tracks and on TV love watching motorsport at that venue.

“To have our racing classes there for the March occasion will little question be one of many highlights of our 2022 racing calendar.”

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Motorsport Australia and the Australian Racing Group are but to disclose their full 2022 schedules, nevertheless Motorsport.com understands the season will begin with Race Tasmania at Symmons Plains on February 18-20.

That may arrange a triple-header of high-profile occasions to start out the Aussie racing season, Race Tasmania adopted by the Bathurst 12 Hour after which the Supercars season-opener in Newcastle.

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The beer that helped Holdsworth win the Bathurst 1000

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The likeable 38-year-old achieved a lifelong dream on Sunday night when, after 18 begins, he lastly conquered the Mountain.

He and Chaz Mostert mixed for a devastating Bathurst 1000 win aboard the lead Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden, the pair untouchable throughout the 161-lap journey.

The near-flawless outing was a very long time coming for Holdsworth, who had little or no in the way in which of fine fortune at Mount Panorama within the early a part of his profession.

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He failed to complete his first two Bathurst 1000s in 2004 and 2005 and was final of there categorised finishers in 2006.

Two extra DNFs adopted in 2007 and 2008 whereas appearances within the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2008 and 2009 additionally yielded DNFs.

The 2009 Bathurst 12 Hour failure, which got here when the Holden Astra he was sharing with brother Brett Holdsworth, father Glen Holdsworth and Taz Douglas crashed out of the race, prompted the then-Garry Rogers Motorsport driver to make peace with Mount Panorama.

He did so by heading to the highest throughout the second half of the race and pouring some beer into an entire dug into the Mountain soil.

“I assumed, ‘this place has acquired one thing in opposition to me, as a result of there’s at all times one thing that places me out of the race,” Holdsworth advised the Parked Up podcast this week.

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“Whether or not its an engine or a co-driver or… there was simply so many issues that harm my likelihood of a end result there.

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“I assumed, ‘I’ve acquired to make peace with the Mountain’. So I went as much as the highest, I took a beer up with me, dug a little bit gap and prayed to the Mountain.

“I mentioned, ‘please, let’s be mates any longer. We are able to do that’. Then I had a little bit of beer, mentioned, ‘cheers’ to the Mountain, gave him a little bit sip and away I went.

“13 or so years later he is lastly forgiven me. I assume possibly that beer has lastly seeped all the way in which to the underside of the Mountain now.

“I am not a non secular type of individual, but when there’s wherever the place you are feeling the necessity to communicate to the Mountain or the bottom, it is [Mount Panorama].

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“You are feeling like there’s Mountain Gods they usually’ve determined the race win earlier than you’ve got even acquired there. It is fairly particular for them to decide on myself and Chaz this yr.”

Holdsworth’s Bathurst triumph got here in his first yr exterior of a full-time seat, his keep at Tickford Racing having come to an sudden finish in 2020.

With a Bathurst 1000 win now ticked off his bucket checklist, Holdsworth says he is open to a full-time return if the chance presents itself.

“I believe we’ve ticked this one off the checklist now,” he mentioned. “I wouldn’t thoughts getting again into full-time driving however clearly [I] realise I’m on the finish of my profession.

“I’d love to leap in a full-time seat subsequent yr however I wouldn’t be holding my breath.”

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Because it stands there is just one unresolved seat on the 2022 Supercars grid – the #7 at Kelly Grove Racing.

Matt Payne was the favorite for that seat, nevertheless {the teenager} is now regarded as most unlikely to be given a Superlicence dispensation from Motorsport Australia.

Meaning KGR is about to wish to place somebody on a single-year deal whereas Payne beneficial properties expertise in Super2.

Zane Goddard has been rumoured to be in competition for the drive, whereas Holdsworth may be a neat possibility for the Ford staff.

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The ten closest finishes from the 2021 NASCAR season

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10. Austin Cindric vs. Brett Moffitt – Daytona Xfinity – 0.104s

Cindric began his title protection on the appropriate foot with a win within the season-opener at Daytona, controlling the ultimate few laps of the race and denying Moffitt his first victory within the Xfinity Collection.

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9. Brad Keselowski vs. William Byron – Talladega Cup – 0.102s 

Keselowski’s final victory as a Crew Penske driver. At Talladega, he beat Byron to the checkered flag for his thirty fifth profession win and what would finally be his ultimate behind the wheel of the No. 2 machine earlier than changing into a co-owner/driver at Roush Keselowski Fenway Racing.

8. Myatt Snider vs. Brandon Jones – Homestead Xfinity – 0.085s

Snider earned his first profession NXS victory early within the 2021 season, main simply 5 laps after a troublesome back-and-forth battle for the race lead at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

7. A.J. Allmendinger vs. Austin Cindric – Bristol Xfinity – 0.082s

One of the crucial dramatic finishes of the yr got here within the NASCAR Xfinity Collection common season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway. Three-wide, door-slamming chaos ensued on the half-mile brief observe, culminating in a photograph end and large crash simply after the checkered flag. Allmendinger’s race-winning automotive even needed to be towed again to Victory Lane.

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6. Ryan Blaney vs. William Byron – Michigan Cup – 0.077s 

The closest end of the NASCAR Cup Collection season got here at considered one of its greatest tracks with Ryan Blaney holding off William Byron. Blaney took the highest spot for the primary time on a Lap 193/200 restart and didn’t look again, main the ultimate eight laps as fellow younger gun Byron tried and failed to seek out his manner again into the lead.

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5. Noah Gragson vs. Austin Cindric – Martinsville Xfinity – 0.064s

Gragson secured his place within the Championship 4 with this spectacular victory at Martinsville after main over half the race. The win was the fifth of his NXS profession, holding off 2020 collection champion Cindric within the battle to the road. He would go on to put third within the ultimate factors standings.

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4. Tate Fogleman vs Tyler Hill – Talladega Vehicles – 0.052s

After sending John-Hunter Nemechek spinning, it was a conflict of the underdogs as Fogleman beat doorways with Hill to the road and successful for the very first time in his temporary profession. It was a career-best outcome for Hill as properly, and the primary time both driver had completed contained in the top-five.

3. Ben Rhodes vs. Jordan Anderson – Daytona Vehicles – 0.036s

The eventual 2021 CWTS champion began off the yr with a victory within the season-opener, denying each Jordan Anderson and Cory Roper what might have been their first journey to Victory Lane. Rhodes would later bookend the yr by additionally successful the finale and taking the Truck Collection championship.

2. Daniel Hemric vs. Austin Cindric – Phoenix Xfinity – 0.030s

In a climatic NXS championship finale, Hemric and Cindric traded paint exited the final nook. Hemric prevailed, capturing his first ever win after going winless in his first 119 begins. They slammed fenders not only for the win although, however the title as properly. Hemric would get to have a good time each his first profession and the title on the identical night time in one of the memorable season finales in latest historical past.

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1. Justin Haley vs. A.J. Allmendinger – Daytona Xfinity 0.023s

In a Kaulig Racing 1-2, Haley narrowly beat out his teammate for the closest end of the 2021 season, coming within the NXS playoff race at Daytona. The win was the fourth of Haley’s NXS profession, all coming at superspeedways.

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