Sport in short: Motor Racing

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FRANCE'S Formula One Grand Prix was hanging in the balance after parliament rejected proposals to waive a ban on tobacco advertising yesterday. The law on tobacco advertising jeopardises the future of motor sport in France, blocking television coverage of races because so many teams are sponsored by cigarette firms. The national assembly voted 319-129 against an amendment which could have allowed cameras back on to the track next season.

MARTIN DONNELLY, the 28-year-old Irish driver who was seriously injured in a Formula One crash in Spain two years ago, continued his comeback yesterday by finishing fourth in the Autoglass British Rallycross Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.