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Ecclestone plots further expansion

Formula One's global expansion looks set to continue, with Bernie Ecclestone, the president and CEO of Formula One Management, predicting a return to South Africa for the sport even ahead of its debut race in Russia.

A South African Grand Prix would be the first since 1993, when Alain Prost secured victory at Kyalami. It would mark another step in the sport's spread around the globe, with venues such as China, Abu Dhabi, India and Singapore either returning to the calendar or appearing for the first time in recent years.

New Jersey added to Formula One Calendar

A Formula One race will take place in front of the Manhattan skyline from 2013, with a street-circuit in New Jersey set to be added to the calendar.

The race will be the second American circuit on the calendar, with one set to be added in Texas next year. According to the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, the course will be 3.2 miles long and is expected to attract 100,000 spectators.

Warwick elected BRDC president

The British Racing Drivers’ Club has announced that Derek Warwick has been elected as BRDC President. Warwick, whose motor racing career includes 11 seasons and 147 starts in Formula One, wins in the Le Mans 24 hours race and the World Sportscar Championship, and three seasons in the British Touring Car Championship, has taken over the role from Damon Hill OBE.Damon Hill OBE announced in June that he plans to stand down as British Racing Drivers’ Club president at the Club’s Annual General Meeting on 25th Au

WPP group invests into JMI

Just Marketing International (JMI), a leader in motorsports marketing, has announced that WPP, the world's largest communications services group, has made a strategic investment in the company.Founded by CEO Zak Brown in 1995, JMI represents a broad portfolio of global brands with an established presence in Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, The World Rally Championship and the major sportscar categories.

Barcelona extends MotoGP contract

Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya will host MotoGP for at least another five years after promoters Dorna revealed it has extended its contract until 2016.The circuit has been on the MotoGP calendar since 1992, with nearly 150,000 spectators attending the three days of the racing weekend earlier this month, which was won by Australian Casey Stoner on 5th June.Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of rights holders Dorna, said: ‘I am pleased the Circuit de Catalunya remains part of the history and the future of MotoGP.

MotoGP set for increase in 2012

The MotoGP grid could be set to increase substantially from next season, with the governing body FIM announcing that 11 teams, comprising of 16 riders, have been invited to take part in the next stage of selection to compete in the sport.

The last four seasons grid sizes have been made up of around 17 bikes, but new regulations have led to plenty of interest, particularly from Moto2.

Now the remaining hopefuls must lodge a security deposit with the International Road Racing Teams Association by the Friday of the next grand prix weekend in Barcelona on 3rd June.

VW to join World Rally Champs

Volkswagen has announced that it will be returning to the FIA World Rally Championship from 2013. The German manufacturer confirmed a five-year commitment to the WRC with its first full campaign coming in 2013 following an 18-month period of testing and development. The firm will develop a World Rally Car version of its popular Polo model, designated the Polo R WRC, complete with four-wheel drive and a 1.6-litre turbo engine to conform to the new-generation World Rally Car regulations launched for this season.

Tissot signs up as Superbikes sponsor

In a new multi-year agreement, watch brand Tissot has signed up as the official timekeeper and sponsor of the Superbike World Championship.

Tissot will benefit from a strong presence at all events in the series, involving 13 rounds in 10 countries this year.

In addition, Tissot will present the Superpole, the Saturday afternoon qualifying session that establishes the starting position of the riders in the main races of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) series.

Eurosport reveals new identity

The Eurosport Group has unveiled a new brand identity across its global multimedia platform, spanning its operations around the world.The campaign will include TV, print, web and mobile advertising, PR, dedicated micro-site, consumer competition, music downloads, viral and social media activation with blogger outreach - and will launch simultaneously with the new on air look and feel on the 5th April.? ?The announcement marks the end of an 18-month branding review with new on-air graphics, a new musical identity and a ‘soft’ evolution of its iconic logo.

Japan MotoGP race postponed

The Japanese MotoGP has been pushed back until later in the season following the deadly earthquake and tsunami last week. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake occurred last Friday, and following the initial devastation, there are growing fears of a nuclear meltdown, following damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant.The race is staged in Motegi, and although it did not suffer irreparable damage itself, the road network between Motegi and Tokyo has been heavily damaged, making the staging of a major event in the MotoGP season unlikely.

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