Wheels and Goals

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Wheels & Goals is back – News Round-up

I haven’t posted anything in the past week due to University work and general TV/internet problems that pop up when you live in a shared house!

As this is my first post in a week, I think that quick news round-up is needed to show what has been going on whilst I have been away!

Football
The talking point of the week in the world of football has been about Manchester United’s new star, Adnan Januzaj. The 18-year-old scored two fantastic goals last weekend to save Manchester United from another defeat. I will be honest in saying that I was worried when the score was 1-0 to Sunderland. All the news about Januzaj is about whether or not England should try and convince him to play for us. Januzaj is eligable to play for five countries, England being one of them, in around three years time. The other options he has include: Belgium, Serbia, Turkey, Albania and Kosovo. Although it would be great for England if he were to choose us, I don’t think it is going to happen. He is not English and the way I see it, Belgium has a pretty decent national side right now…

Formula One
Another race weekend in F1 and another boring victory by Sebastian Vettel in Korea. Luckily there was some action behind him, with the Lotus drivers battling each other and Mark Webber’s car setting on fire. This weekend it is the Japanese Grand Prix, which means another early morning race for us in the UK. I caught the end of qualifying this morning and much to my delight Vettel was not on pole!! Okay, he is in second place and will probably be in the lead by the first corner (Webber usually has rubbish starts) but it is a nice change nevertheless. Elsewhere in qualifying there were a couple more fiery incidents, with Esteban Gutierrez’s car catching fire whilst in the pits and Jean-Eric Vergne’s brakes setting alight after they over-heated. Lewis Hamilton will start in third place, alongside Romain Grosjean’s Lotus. Look out for a full report of the race tomorrow afternoon. 

Webber's car in Korea

Webber’s car in Korea

Moto GP
Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s Malaysian GP from pole position after smashing yet another track record. The championship leader will be joined by Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow on the front row of the grid. For Rossi, this was his best qualifying session since 2010 and it was great to see (yes, you all know I am a Rossi fan). Jorge Lorenzo could only manage fourth place after only doing one run. The world champion was caught out by the damp conditions and nearly crashed during his first attempt at a flying lap. Look out for a full report of the race tomorrow afternoon. 

British Superbikes
The second showdown event took place at Silverstone last sunday, with Shane Byrne and Alex Lowes separated by just one point going into the races. The pair are soo evenly matched right now that the one point that separated them before the races, is still the difference now. Both Byrne and Lowes won a race each, both of which ended with photo finishes after some excellent racing between the two championship contenders. Aside from the battle at the front, there was one other spectacular moment that I will remember from the day. For those of you who watched the race, you will of course know that I am talking about James Ellison’s amazing save. How he did not fall off that bike I will never know, it has to be the save of the century. The final round of the BSB takes place at Brands Hatch next weekend.

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