Stoner limps to glory
Although he could hardly walk, former World Moto GP champion Casey Stoner limped home to Australia to his favourite hunting ground, the Phillip Island Circuit in Victoria, last weekend.
Still recovering from a badly broken ankle from a recent crash, Stoner qualified on the pole and won the Australian Moto GP for the sixth consecutive time, a feat that has never before been achieved at Phillip Island.
There is only one race remaining in this year's championship in Spain, and Stoner will complete the season before deciding upon his future.
He is good friends with 888 V8 Supercar team owner Roland Dane, a motorcycle owner and part-time fun racer, along with drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes. I believe that he will join 888 Racing upon returning to Australia
After starting on the front row of the grid for the second consecutive race, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were seeking another one-two finish for Red Bull Renault in the Indian F1 GP.
The pair took up station, Vettel leading ahead of Webber. However, the Aussie had trouble with the KERS device on his car. KERS offers drivers added power for a short time, however Webber's KERS was not working and he came under threat on the long straight in India.
As he is known to do, Webber made the best of a bad situation and drove brilliantly throughout the rest of the track, only dropping one place to finish third in New Dehli.
Round 18 of 20, the Abu Dhabi GP, is this weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Yet another F1 Championship is almost in Vettel's grasp.
He leads on 240 points ahead of Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 227 with comeback kid Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus Renault) third with 173. Webber is fourth with 167 points. Fellow Aussie, Western Australia's Daniel Riccardo is just inside the top 20 sitting in 18th place.
Following an exciting but crash-marred V8 Supercar Championship round at the Gold Coast, V8 Supercars will also appear at Yass Marina this weekend for the 13th of 15 rounds.
Jamie Whincup has a reasonable cushion in the lead of the V8 supercar championship in his 888 Commodore with 3060 points.
Mark Winterbottom's FPR Falcon is second with 2842 while Whincup's team mate Craig Lowndes is up to third on 2815 points.
The first of the new V8 Supercars, Kelly Racing's Nissan Altima, was released at a spectacular media launch at Melbourne's Docklands Precinct, with Nissan's president and CEO William Peffer junior in attendance along with Rick and Todd Kelly who will be driving two of the four Kelly Racing Nissan's next year.
"This is a proud day for Nissan and a significant occasion for the sport of V8 supercars. 2013 will be an enormous year for Nissan in many ways with several new models set to launch next year," Peffer said.
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Cruising: Australian champion Casey Stoner on his way to victory at the Phillip Island Circuit last weekend.