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The Portuguese government said yesterday it had reached a deal with the owners of the Estoril race track to allow work to begin on improvements to the circuit and sustain hopes of a Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix event this season. The FIA, the world governing body, said if the pounds 3.6m improvements are carried out by the end of August it will propose to the Formula One teams that a race be held at Estoril on 9 November. If all the teams agree, the race will be an official championship event, the 18th of the season.


Rock musician Rick Wakeman, 47, was born in Middlesex. He found fame as keyboard player of the group Yes, and later as a solo performer. He now has his own production company, and a Christian record label. He will tour the UK later this year. He has five children and lives on the Isle of Man with his third wife, Nina.

Touring Cars: Leslie compensated for skirmish

A pair of newcomers, albeit two of the most experienced drivers in the series, claimed wins in rounds 15 and 16 of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone's Grand Prix meeting.

Motor racing: Ravaglia revels in Touring Cars

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Motor Racing: pounds 100,000 boost for drivers

Would-be touring car racers received a major boost with the launch yesterday of a pounds 100,000 championship. The winner of the Vauxhall Vectra Challenge, a one-make saloon series which will run with all rounds of the popular British Touring Car Championship, will also be loaned a Vectra race car for use in the 1998 series.

Touring Car Championship will feature 26 races

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Rydell's big chance

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Cleland clear after brush with Rydell

John Cleland sped his way to a 40-point lead in the British Touring Car Championship yesterday courtesy of a controversial victory at Brand's Hatch. Halfway through round 19 of the series, Cleland and his fellow championship contender, Rickard Rydell, appeared to touch, the Scotsman surging into the lead as the Swede's Volvo spun. Rydell slipped to third place as Will Hoy, who won the opening race of the day in his Renault, followed Cleland's Cavalier through into second place.

Motor racing: Franchitti makes mark on the grid

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Motor Racing: Radisich has a clear run

PAUL RADISICH steered his Ford Mondeo to a comfortable victory in the FIA Touring Car World Cup race over 25 laps at Donington Park yesterday. The New Zealander always held the upper hand in the race, restarted after a collision involving five cars at the start left wreckage strewn over the track.

Sports Listings: Sunday - Motor Racing: Touring Car World Cup, Donington Park

The World Cup for saloon cars at Donington Park on Sunday has attracted a large entry of 42 drivers, from 13 countries, and 12 of the world's leading manufacturers. Britain's line- up is confident with the benefit of home advantage and particularly for John Cleveland, the Scot who won both rounds of the British Touring Car Championship in his Vauxhall Cavalier at Donington in June. The Italian team, however, includes Gabriele Tarquini, who marked his debut in the British championship by winning the title, Roberto Ravaglia, a former Italian, European and world touring champion, and the new Italian champion, Emanuele Pirro.
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