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New Schu fits

Idling at the bottom of the Formula One drivers championship table, title holder Michael Schumacher has given the 2005 Ferrari the thumbs up after his first test drive last week. It is now likely that the new car will be rushed to Bahrain, in time for Sunday’s race four weeks ahead of schedule. In the meantime, major car manufacturers are pressing ahead with plans to set up a rival break-away organisation to be known as Grand Prix Racing.

Early duel

A month ahead of the 2005 Moto GP season start, close rivals and championship favourites, Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau, are already burning up the track. Gibernau, second last year to Rossi, clocked 1 min. 41.85 secs at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit to record the fastest ever lap there. Rossi recovered from ninth in the pre-season qualifying session to finish just behind the Spaniard.

Magic eye

The next US Open tennis championships will see the introduction of eight high speed (1200 images/sec.) video cameras to assist the umpire and linesmen with disputed calls.Costing 17,000 euros, the system will be used at all Grand Slam events with the exception of Roland Garros, where the clay court surface leaves a clear mark.

Roses are red

The world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup, was scooped by American five-year-old stallion, ‘Roses in May’. Jockey John Valazquez always had his mount up with the pace to claim the six million euro prize by an easy looking three lengths. Other victories fell to Phoenix Reach and Omikron as British-trained horses failed to register successes on the 16 million euro race card.