Motorsport Wrap for Monday 11th October 2010


Australia's Mark Webber has maintained his lead in the 2010 Formula One drivers' world championship with a strong second place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Podium Lorenzo 2010

However, the man who won - Webber's Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel - is now just 14 points behind with three races to go in this year's title race.

Vettel started from pole position on the softer of Bridgestone's Potenza tyre compounds before switching to the harder compound at the pit stops to lead home Red Bull's third 1-2 finish of the season.

"This circuit is very special - the fans are incredible here and to get my second win in Suzuka is fantastic," Vettel said.

"It wasn't certain when the soft tyres would go off, but the timing of the pit stop was right. It wasn't easy today, but it was a nice and controlled race."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is level with the German, setting up a thrilling finish to the 2010 season.

"We enjoyed a thrilling race with different tyre strategies and very strong tyre performance from both compounds, even from the start when the track surface was still green," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.

"Even at the start of the race our soft tyre gave solid performance when the conditions were most difficult for it. We are very proud to have shown our passion for excellence with superb tyres which allowed close racing with no safety issues."

The next race is the inaugural South Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam on 24th October.


Spain's Jorge Lorenzo is the 2010 MotoGP World Champion after securing the title with third place at the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Lorenzo, who has two 250cc titles already to his credit, didn't need to win his eighth race of the season, with third place enough to secure the title. However, the Spaniard capped off a great year with a podium finish behind Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi to win the title with three races still to run.

"This is a dream come true for me today, I can't really believe it yet; I need five minutes on my own just to relax, enjoy the quiet and take in what I have done!" Lorenzo said.

"This is something I have always wanted and something I've dreamed of my whole life, so it is the most incredible moment for me. Now we can relax and enjoy the last three races of the championship, but first of all we are looking forward to celebrating tonight!"

Both Rossi and Lorenzo used the softer front Bridgestone tyre and the harder compound on the rear of their bikes.

"What a fantastic race in what were incredibly tough conditions for the riders and for our tyres," said Hiroshi Yamada, Manager of Bridgestone's Motorsport Department.

"I must congratulate Jorge for winning his first MotoGP premier class crown, and the Fiat Yamaha Team for again lifting the title. It is a special day because Jorge sealed this title at our 150th race."


It was a day of mixed emotions for defending champions Garth Tander and Will Davison at the 2010 Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

Tander was celebrating after bringing home his Bridgestone-backed HRT Commodore in third place despite having to dodge a runaway kangaroo at one stage and watching as his car's door fell off as his pitted to swap with co-driver Cameron McConville.

Will Davison, however, had nothing to celebrate. He looked set for his first top-three finish of the season but hit a wall with just eight laps to go.

The race was won by Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife ahead of the sister car of Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen. It was the fifth Bathurst crown for Lowndes and the sixth for veteran Skaife.

Ford's James Courtney continues to lead Whincup in the V8 Supercars Championship by 125 points with four races remaining.