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Turkey set to lose F1 grand prix from 2012 after dispute over race fee

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• Turkish media report that Istanbul race is off F1 calendar
• ‘Disagreement’ with Bernie Ecclestone over payment hike
The next round of the Formula One world championship in Turkey may well be the last time the country stages a race after organisers claimed they had been priced out, with costs set to double to $26m (£15.75m) next year.

The Istanbul Park circuit, whose contract runs out this year, hosted its first grand prix in 2005, and the construction costs and race fees were met by the government. Despite some logistical difficulties, with fans stuck in traffic jams, the inaugural race was sold out and seen as successful in a country with little or no tradition of, or interest in, motor sport. However, this factor became telling soon afterwards. Attendances began falling and by 2009 only 36,000 were at the circuit on race day. The same year, 128,000 attended the British grand prix. (more…)

Ronaldo’s late goal gives Real Madrid win over Barcelona in Copa del Rey

imageReal Madrid claimed their first trophy under José Mourinho when Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic extra-time winner secured a 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey tonight.

With penalties looming in a tense and occasionally brutal clash at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium, the Portuguese forward leaped to crash home a 103rd-minute header from Angel Di María’s superb deep centre. Di María was later sent off after receiving his second yellow card just before the end of extra time. (more…)