Denyer saves the day for Douglas in DVS!

Grant Denyer has saved Taz Douglas’ Supercars Dunlop Series Championship with backing and will help him steer his #54 Holden Commodore at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this weekend.

Denyer has brought sponsorship from Network Ten through his popular game show Family Feud to support Douglas so he can continue racing after a massive smash at Sandown Raceway last round.

The television personality will return to Supercars Racing this weekend ready to take on the mountain alongside Taz Douglas in the Supercars Dunlop Series, previously a four time Dunlop Series race winner.

The Bathurst round has a unique format where the Dunlop Series race just one 250km mini enduro and can elect to run the race with a co-driver.

“Family Feud is Australia’s number one game show so it’s kind of cool I can combine my two loves; my love for television and my love for car racing this weekend in Bathurst,” Denyer told Supercars.com.

“The good thing about it is Family Feud is my job it’s my nine to five and they will be the sponsor on the car over the weekend.

“If that means it covers a fuel tank and a set of tyres and keeps Taz in the Championship that’s win win.”

After competing at Bathurst previously in his race career, he jumped at the opportunity to race at Mount Panorama once again.

Douglas is sixth in the Dunlop Series Championship, 324 points behind the Championship leader Garry Jacobson and sits equal with Paul Dumbrell on 916 points.

Three hundred points will be awarded to the winner of Saturday’s race.

 “It’s the world’s greatest circuit so anytime you get to turn a lap in a Supercar here is about as good as life gets, so this is a wicked chance,”Denyer said.

“I have done three Bathurst 1000 and they are the highlight of my life, so to be here this weekend with Taz to help him out, keep him in the Championship and turn a few laps is a great opportunity.”

An appreciative Douglas said chances to race at Bathurst were not looking great after car damage caused in Sandown, and thanked the sponsors.

“Luckily for Grant he came along and has been able to help us out and also Custom Plates who have helped me out throughout the year has chipped in as well,” Douglas said.

“Aside from being able to do the next round in the Championship, as Grant said to race here at Bathurst in a Supercar is just unbelievable.

“We are here not only to keep my Championship on track but to have fun as well. Obviously Grant brings a lot of exposure to our team, myself and the sponsors.”

Despite Denyers’ excitement to race, he noted it would take a while to dial back into a Supercar after racing a McLaren in the GT Series more recently.

“This is a tricky place to dial in quickly and I don’t drive these cars Monday to Friday,” Denyer said.

“I race in the GT series in a McLaren and they are remarkably different machines, but hopefully I am quick enough to keep Taz up there in the Championship and keep in in the hunt.

“The most important thing is that he continues to race and keeps his Championship on track, that’s the most important thing and I’m just here to help him.”

DOYLE OUT OF MELBOURNE FINALE


Australian icon Jason Doyle has confirmed he won’t race in the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium following his crash in Torun on Saturday.

The Newcastle-born man suffered a punctured left lung and a badly traumatised right lung in the heat-three spill with Great Britain rider Chris Harris. He also dislocated his left shoulder and shattered his right elbow.

Doyle went into the Torun SGP with a five-point lead at the top of the World Championship, but his absence allowed Greg Hancock to establish an 11-point lead in the standings going to Melbourne.

As a result, Hancock on 134 overall is now three points – or a race win – away from guaranteeing his fourth world title, with third-placed defending champion Tai Woffinden on 115.

Doyle remains second on 123 and mathematically has every chance of claiming a silver or bronze medal, even in his absence, with Bartosz Zmarzlik fourth on 113 and Chris Holder fifth on 109.

Posting on his Facebook page, Doyle insisted he had to put his health first, with a 24-hour trip Down Under inadvisable due to his lung concerns.

He said: “I would like to let everyone know first-hand from me that sadly I have to withdraw from the Melbourne GP.

“I am unable to fly due to my lungs and have to wait for surgery on my elbow once my lungs are healed.

“I would like to again thank everyone for their kind messages. I have got time to read them all! I will concentrate on my health and recovery to be ready for 2017.”

Doyle had already sealed his place in the 2017 World Championship after his fourth victory of the season at the Stockholm SGP on September 24.

His replacement in the QBE Insurance Australian SGP will be announced in due course.

Bottle-O Livery Change for Bathurst

The Bottle-O Racing Team are celebrating ten years of involvement in the Supercars field at the 2016 Bathurst 1000 with a celebratory livery to mark the milestone.

Since making their Supercars debut in 2007 with current Prodrive Racing (Australia) co-driver Steve Owen, the brand has been represented by a multitude of high-profile drivers including Tony D'Alberto, Dean Canto, Paul Dumbrell who secured The Bottle-O's first race win at the Sandown 500 in 2010, David Reynolds and current driver, Mark Winterbottom.

In celebration of the milestone, Winterbottom's number one Ford will feature a matte black and green chrome livery at the Bathurst 1000 with a custom roof designed specifically for the occasion.

"The Bottle-O Racing Team has been such a great team to be a part of since being handed the keys to The Bottle-O Ford at the start of this year," said Winterbottom.  "They have already given me numerous opportunities in the short time I have been with their team."

"To get a win for them in Perth was really special. I'm excited to debut the livery on track on Thursday and fight for a Bathurst win."

Team Owner Rod Nash thanks the brand for their ongoing support of the Prodrive Racing and Rod Nash Racing stable.

"The Bottle-O first joined us with Rod Nash Racing in 2007 and they have been an important part of the team ever since," he said.

"As a team and as a brand we've grown together and to see the green colours on the number one car this season was really exciting.

"The style of this independent brand in the Liquor market matched with the very ominous 'Green Machine' Supercar I think has done the brand proud and at the same time the team have been very proud in representing and leveraging this commercial arm of The Bottle-O. It's been a fantastic partnership.”

"From everyone at Rod Nash Racing and Prodrive Racing, I'd like to thank The Bottle-O and all the great staff and suppliers for their ongoing support and raise a glass to a fantastic ten years in the sport."

The Bottle-O CEO Scott Marshall says that “this milestone represents a significant achievement for the 300 plus independent The Bottle-O retail stores who have been part of the local racing community for over 10 years."

"We are proud of our long-standing partnership and seeing The Bottle-O Racing Team go from strength to strength and celebrate some spectacular wins is great both for our retailers and our loyal fans."

Continental Acquires Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation

The international technology company Continental today announced the acquisition of Lakeville, IN-based Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., a manufacturer of specialty tires for racing applications.

“This acquisition showcases the consequent execution of our long-term growth strategy Vision 2025, characterized by strategic planning and systematic implementation of technological progress. The acquisition of Hoosier Racing Tire is an exciting next addition to our product portfolio and will support our growth strategy, especially in the ultra high performance segment,” said Nikolai Setzer, Executive Board Member for Continental’s tire business.

Dr. Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) added, “Hoosier’s management team has built an impressive business. We believe Hoosier Tire is well-positioned to continue its strong growth, and we look forward to supporting that development through our complementary knowledge and extensive footprint. Hoosier’s management team will continue to run the racing tire business. We are committed to the employees, and the communities in which Hoosier operates. We look forward to the future of working together to accelerate growth.”

Hoosier was founded in 1957 and has a legacy of technical product knowledge, quality manufacturing, outstanding service and consistent performance. Hoosier supplies tires for most racing applications throughout the world, with an emphasis on high performance and quality. The company currently employs nearly 500 people.

Joyce Newton, Hoosier’s president and CEO said, “Continental and Hoosier share a similar vision for continued growth and sales excellence. Hoosier has fantastic brand recognition, a high-performing team, established customer relationships and a great lineup of products. This acquisition will provide a stronger and more sustainable organization for Hoosier moving ahead.”

Continental and Hoosier have worked together over the past several years on a variety of technical and motorsports projects. Continental is constantly looking to add talent to its team. The transaction will create significant opportunities for the employees of Hoosier and CTA.

Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 215,000 people in 55 countries.

Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Shell to Race V-Power 2017 Championship

The most iconic partnership in the history of Australian motorsport will be born again when Shell V-Power and DJR Team Penske join forces in 2017.

The new arrangement will take effect at the beginning of the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season with primary Shell V-Power branding for both the No. 12 and No. 17 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcons for the full season, as part of a multi-year agreement.

The Shell V-Power Racing team is launched today ahead of Australia’s greatest motorsport event, the Bathurst 1000, with the team fielding twin Falcons in Shell V-Power colors in the Great Race.

This will be the first time in Shell and DJR’s 50-year history that Shell V-Power is the primary sponsor of the race team.

Shell has had a presence in Australia since 1901, supplying oil products to Australians for more than 115 years. In 2014, Viva Energy became the exclusive licenseeto the Shell brand in Australia, and is the major sponsor behind the new racing team.

“The history between Shell, DJR Team Penske and now Viva Energy goes beyond sponsorship, being trusted partners on and off the track, technically with the race team and commercially with the Penske businesses,” said Viva Energy Australia’s CEO, Scott Wyatt.

Scott Wyatt continued, “We look forward to seeing the innovation and performance gains translate on track under the new Shell V-Power Racing team, as we see the best of Shell V-Power and DJR Team Penske culminate in this exciting partnership.”

“Our number 17 and number 12 Fords will proudly carry the Shell V-Power primary branding for the foreseeable future. With a strong driver line up we believe our third year in the Supercars Championship will continue our move up the grid,” said Roger Penske.

“The increased partnership from Shell with DJR Team Penske means the Shell brand will once again have a significant presence in Australian motorsport, so it is only fitting we announce this partnership as we head to Bathurst, Australia’s most iconic motorsports event.”

The longstanding technology partnership between Shell and Team Penske in the USA continues to further provide product advancements for Shell, playing an important role in the development of the most advanced Shell fuels and lubricants.

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TRIUMPH IN TORUN FOR IVERSEN @ SPEEDWAY GP

Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes he has put himself back on course for 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification after a priceless triumph in Torun on Saturday.

NKI won the FST Grupa Brokerska Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland, overhauling triple world champion Greg Hancock in the final, while Poland’s Bartosz Zmarzlik finished third and Matej Zagar of Slovenia claimed fourth place.

The night started in tough circumstances in heat three, when then World Championship leader Jason Doyle crashed hard on turn three, forcing him out of the meeting with shoulder, elbow and lung injuries. Hancock capitalised by gaining an 11-point lead at the World Championship summit.

Iversen refused to let Grin claim victory on the night, though, as he earned a 15-point haul that puts him ninth in the standings on 79 points – just three short of Freddie Lindgren, who occupies the eighth and final automatic qualification place for 2017 on 82.

With Iversen tied on 79 with Zagar and Antonio Lindback, it’s set to be a tense fight for the top eight at the season-closing QBE Insurance Australian SGP in Melbourne on October 22.

But the former world No.3 hopes his Torun heroics will go a long way towards booking his World Championship place for next year, whether or not he makes the top-eight cut.

He said: “I think that relieves the pressure on me a bit. I’m the best Danish rider in the leagues and I have made the most finals this year.

"It hasn’t been brilliant – especially at the beginning and especially at Grand Prix level. But I have showed over the last month and a half that I’m sort of back where I want to be. If things work out and I can get results like this, it just gives me a really good feeling.

“It has been hard work so far this year. I worked really hard over the winter. I thought I was in with a shot for the top. But it didn’t matter what I did at the beginning of the year, it just didn’t work out. That’s frustrating. It hits your confidence and it hits everything.

“Now I’m here and I’m top of the podium. It’s my best Grand Prix this year points-wise. It’s a little bit emotional. The pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place and it has saved a lot of my pride. It’s just awesome.”

Iversen admits some mental coaching behind the scenes has played a key role in him turning his season around with two final appearances in three rounds.

He said: “I’ve been trying to put my focus in different places and working a little bit with Johnny, my mental coach who I’ve been working with for years and years.

“He has come in and out when we’ve needed him. I’ve been spending a little bit more time with him over the last couple of months. I’ve been working with him since 2010. He has changed a lot for me.

“You have to have the mental side in the right place. Your mentality is 70 percent of what you need to get great results. You really have to build yourself up to that.

“I hope I’ve learned a lesson and maybe I’ll focus more on that aspect for next season. But I’m here now, I’m on the top, and it’s a good thing to build on.”

Iversen also saluted his team for their backing through a tough year. He said: “My mechanics are brilliant. They’re all in like me – they want to win as much as I do. They have been with me for almost 10 years now, so they know me better than anyone. They can see from my body language when things are not working out.

“They give me input in between every race and I’m just happy people kept believing in me.

“I’ve changed a lot with my equipment and that has paid off as well. When you feel like you have something going for you, it helps your riding. It gives you a bit more confidence and makes a huge difference. There is such a small difference between winning and losing in speedway. You need all these things to fall into place and you need a bit of luck as well.”

Second-placed Hancock is now just 11 points away from guaranteeing his fourth FIM Speedway World Championship in Melbourne. But he was gutted to overhaul Doyle in such tragic circumstances, when the Newcastle-born star crashed hard after being collected by the falling Chris Harris.