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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.



The 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix calendar is complete with confirmation of October 28 as the date for the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix.

The SGP series returns to the awesome Etihad Stadium for a third straight season. This year’s finale there saw Aussie icon Chris Holder blow the roof off with an unforgettable victory, while American great Greg Hancock clinched his fourth world title.

Another spectacular night of racing is in store next October as speedway’s biggest stars head Down Under for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest indoor motorsport event.

Australian heroes Holder and Jason Doyle will be determined to deliver big performances in front of a passionate home crowd.

Tickets for the 2017 QBE Insurance Australian SGP will go on sale at 1pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on December 9.


April 29: Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Krsko)

May 13: Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland (Warsaw)

May 27: Latvian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Daugavpils)

June 10: Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Prague)

June 24: Kjærgaard Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Horsens)

July 22: Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Cardiff)

August 12: Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Malilla)

August 26: Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland (Gorzow)

September 9: German FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Teterow)

September 23: Stockholm FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Stockholm)           

October 7: Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland (Torun)

October 28: QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Melbourne)


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.


Speedway rider Rohan Tungate scored a brilliant win in the 2016 NSW Speedway Solo Championship on his home track, Kurri Kurri Speedway, last Saturday night (03 December 2016).

Competing in what critics declared as one of deepest quality fields to contest the Championship event for many years, Tungate came right from the qualifying event the previous night through to the Championship Grand Final to earn the dramatic, hard fought victory.

Calculating that he had enough points to take him through to the field of 16 to contest the Championship decider. Tungate rode only four of his qualifying heat races on Friday night. In his first three Championship heat races, Tungate had only chalked up five (5) points, but from that point on he found his ‘race face’, winning all of his remaining rides to snare the Championship crown, much to the delight of the local fans.

“I really wasn’t up for this weekend,” said Tungate at the presentation ceremony,” but things came together and to win my State title against such a great field. It was hard work but I am very happy.”

Tungate was all class in the B Final of the Championship. He was up against current Australian Speedway Solo Champion, Brady Kurtz, current Australian Under 21 Speedway Solo Champion, Jack Holder and another local favourite, Mason Campton. Tungate was last away at the start and the ensuing three laps saw the lead change a number of times. Tungate pulled off a superb pass on leader Brady Kurtz in the last lap to score a dramatic win and advance to the Championship A Final.

Once again, Tungate did not make the best start and he was headed by Todd Kurtz in the opening lap. He took the lead mid race and went on to win from Todd Kurtz with Victorian Justin Sedgmen third and Queenslander Jake Allen fourth.

Tungate has firmly established a ‘home track’ record having won the last four major events in succession at the Kurri Kurri Speedway.

Tungate now joins the list of Hunter Region riders who have won the NSW Speedway Solo Championship including Bob Valentine, Steven Davies, Chris Watson, Todd Wiltshire, Adam Shields, Kozza Smith and Sam Masters.

Hunter Region riders dominated the Championship in the late 1980s with three riders, Davies, Watson and Wiltshire sharing the crown for five consecutive years.

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