Nico Rosberg retires: World champion quits Formula 1 five days after title win

World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right," Rosberg said.

Rosberg won nine of this season's 21 grands prix, beating three-time champion Hamilton by five points.

"For 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my 'one thing', to become Formula 1 world champion," he added.

"Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I've made it."

The son of Finnish 1982 world champion Keke, Rosberg made his F1 debut for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006, finishing seventh.

And when asked if there was any chance of a return, Rosberg added: "No definitely not. End of story. Done."

Hamilton, who had beaten Rosberg to the title in the previous two seasons, said: "He has a family he wants to focus on, and F1 takes so much from you.

"It is definitely going to be strange and it will be sad to not have him in the team next year."

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the news took him "completely by surprise".

"This is a brave decision by Nico and a testament to the strength of his character," he added.

"The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.

"We now have to consider options and we will start to look at it on Monday."

Rosberg raced in 206 grands prix, winning 23 and finishing on the podium 57 times.

Nico Rosberg's decision to announce his retirement from Formula 1 just five days after clinching his first world title is a major shock - but perhaps it should not be.

The German put everything into this season, as he explained in his statement on Friday. The pressure of those last few races was plain to see in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, in the way it peeled off him by degrees in the hours after the race.

While thinking about how hard winning that title was, doubtless his thoughts were also about what it would take to beat Lewis Hamilton to it again. He clearly felt that at the age of 31, with a young daughter, he was not prepared to make those sacrifices again.

All in all, it is a classy move from a classy man.

 

BATES CONTINUES HIS WINNING WAYS

Jason Bates continued his winning ways in the Aussie Forklift Repairs NSW Club Championship for Wingless Sprints last night at the Gilgandra Speedway. In what was at times a brutal night of racing, all drivers stood tall and turned on some great racing.

The racing in the main event was great and kept the great Gilgandra crowd entertained and it was Jason Bates who once again showed why he is NSW number one. A special mention must be made for second placed Jamison Blyton.

The youngest Blyton throttle stomper has only completed around ten meetings and did a sterling job to come home second. He had to work for it, too, considering during the race he fell back to third and had to fight hard to come home in second place.

Third to the finish line was Jason Davis. Despite a crash a number of weeks ago at Parramatta, Davis has had a consistent start to the season and he will no doubt be hoping it continues into the busy part of the season.

Following the top three home was Luke Sayre, Chris McInerney, Kris Johnson, Sean Dicker, Ashleigh Jack, Nikki Briton and Graham Flood came home in tenth. Sam Louttit, Lou Pacchiarotta, Chad Larkings, Daniel Flood, Andrew Seery, Dan Welke and Jeff Neve rounded out the finishers. Non finishers were Jason Martin, Troy Carey and Mark Blyton.

Heat race wins went to Mark Blyton, Jason Bates, Graham Flood, Luke Sayre, Daniel Flood and Ashleigh Jack.

The B-Main went to Sam Louttit ahead of Kris Johnson, Andrew Seery and Troy Carey.

The major incident on the night occurred in heat six when Nathan Dicker rode a wheel and went on a frightening flip down the main straight. Crews rushed to the car and Dicker emerged from the car thankfully unaided and unhurt.

A notable mention must go to the young up and coming drivers including Jamison Blyton, Parker Eveleigh, Kyle Mock and Zac Pacchiarotta for making the trip and gaining more and more experience.

The NSW Wingless Sprints would like to take the opportunity to thank each of the thirty-four competitor and their crews for making the trip to Gilgandra.

Disqualified Drivers From The Late Model Dream Withdraw Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit filed against World Racing Group, Inc. (WRG) and subsidiary DIRTcar Racing, Eldora Speedway, Inc., and its owner Tony Stewart by five drivers and race teams disqualified following June’s Dirt Late Model Dream was dismissed today in U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of New York (NDNY).

The Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Mae A. D’Agostino signed the dismissal order in Albany, New York.

“With ticket renewals beginning today for our 2017 Major Event Calendar, we are pleased with the voluntary motion by the plaintiffs and today’s dismissal,” said general manager Roger Slack.  “We trust this marks the end of the matter and everyone can re-focus their energy on the drama which promises to unfold next season on the high-banks of Eldora.”

Plaintiffs Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Gregg Satterlee, Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and team owners R&W Motorsports, LLC, W.G. Satterlee & Sons, Inc., Best Performance Motorsports and JR. Motorsports, LLC, filed a voluntary motion for dismissal on Monday.

The New York law firms of Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP and Ahmuty, Demers & McManus represented WRG, DIRTcar, Eldora and Stewart in NDNY.  Counsel from IceMiller, LLP (Indianapolis) and Apollo Sports & Entertainment Group Law (Charlotte) complemented the team.

Galliford Hospitalised After Wreck

Last night whilst competing in the 360 Sprintcar event at Mildura Speedway, Lady racer Stacey Galliford took a wild dump.

She was transported to Mildura base hospital and after some scans it was determined that she has fractured her T2, T3, T4 and T5 vertebrae.

As more news comes to hand we add to this article.

From all at The Motorsport Channel we wish Stacey a speedy recovery.  To leave messages of support... please visit her FaceBook page www.facebook.com/MzStaySee

Appeal Dismissed, Tekno Win Bathurst 1000

The Supercars National Court of Appeal has dismissed the Appeal submitted by Triple Eight Race Engineering (Australia) Pty Ltd in relation to the time penalty imposed by the Stewards in the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Appeal Hearing was heard at the County Court of Victoria Tuesday evening, relating to the severity of the 15 second post-race time penalty handed down to Car #88 (Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell) for Careless Driving after causing contact with Car #33 (Scott McLaughlin/David Wall) at Turn 21 on Lap 150.

The Judicial Panel consisted of Chairman of the Court Walter Sofronoff QC, Deputy Chairman Barry Pilgrim and Member Christopher Blanden QC.

The hearing commenced at 7.03pm AEDT in the County Court of Victoria.

The following people were present on behalf of the appellant, Triple Eight Race Engineering Pty Ltd:
Roland Dane, Managing Director, and Jamie Whincup, driver of car 88.
Also present were Mark Dutton, Race Team Manager and Ken Douglas, Consultant Engineer.

Representing the First Respondent (CAMS) was Matt Selley, representing the Second Respondent (Supercars) was Anthony Hogarth, Supercars General Counsel.

The Chairman of the Court announced that the appeal was dismissed at 7:53pm, after debate regarding whether Triple Eight had a right of appeal against a decision made by the Stewards during a race.

The Court’s reasoning for the decision will be released in writing within 14 days of the conclusion of tonight’s Appeal Hearing.

As per the Supercars Operations Manual (Division B – Judicial Rules – 5.8), all parties involved in the Appeal Hearing shall be bound by The Court’s decision, subject only to rights of appeal pursuant to the FIA International Court of Appeal (ICA).

An appeal to the FIA ICA must be lodged within seven days following notification of the decision of the Supercars National Court of Appeal.