LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 5 October 2009 47 Italylaunch Olympicbid THE Italian cities of Rome and Venice have announced they will bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The mayors of both cities announced their intentions after the 2016 Games were awarded to Rio de Janeiro. Giovanni Petrucci, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, believes the it is likely the Games will return to Europe in 2020. Ive spoken about it with the Italian IOC members and the time has come for an Italian bid for the 2020 Games, he said. Donald is loving the Linkseffect LUKE DONALD fired an eight-under round of 64 at Kingsbarns to go into todays final round of the Dunhill Links Championship one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy and Simon Dyson. Donald is 15 under after carding nine birdies with just one bogey-- at the 15th -- in a third round delayed from Saturday due to high winds. Northern Irelands McIlroy shot a 69 and he shares second place with Dyson, who carded a four-under 68 on the same course. The final round for the leading players will be played over the Old Course at St Andrews. Donald was provided with extra motivation this week after an American journalist coined the phrase Luke Donald Disease this summer, claiming that most top British players were sufferers and he just happened to be the best example of a get-rich-quick golfer lacking the drive to fulfil his potential. Not surprisingly, it did not go down well with Donald, his family or his fans. I dont think Ive ever met the guy, commented Donald. If I did I would say I didnt really appreciate it and that I felt it was extremely off the mark. Now its all down to not making mistakes Vital points: Trulli, Vettel and Hamilton finished clear of Brawn pair Button and Barrichello, hugging left BY NEAL COLLINS Bubbling over: Colin Turkington Buttonwont tryanything riskyforthose lasttworaces JENSONBUTTONgoesintothefinaltwo races of the Formula One season with a 14-point lead in the world championship race insisting: Its all about mistakes. Button finished eighth in yesterdays Japanese Grand Prix, won by Red Bulls Sebas- tian Vettel. The German may havefelthehadthrust himself back into the title race but Button was more worried about veteran Brazilian team-mate Rubens Barrichello, who could only finish sev- enth after being handed a morning reprieve following Saturdays five-place penalty stemming from qualifying. TheBrazilianwaspromoted four places to sixth in a revised grid that saw Button down in 10th but he failed to capitalise, collecting just two points to trail the 29-year-old by 14. Vettel, meanwhile, is now 16 points behind. Thechampionshippictureis reminiscent of the 2007 season when Lewis Hamilton led Fer- raris Kimi Raikkonen by 17 p o i n t s a n d McLaren team- mate Fernando Alonso by 12 going into the final two races in China and Brazil -- the venueforthisyears penultimate race a week on Sunday. Raikkonen won both races and took the title by a solitary point. Button, though, is not about to open the door for Barrichello or Vettel. Hesaid:Itsallaboutmistakes.Finish- ing races, picking up points, we want the best result which is to win races -- and well get as close to that as we can. But its about not making mistakes, thats the most important thing. That approach was exemplified at Suzuka as, instead of choosing the soft option tyre for his final stint in a bid to make up places, Button decided to play it safe and follow Barrichello home. My pace compared to the cars around mewasgoodontheprimesothatwasthe safest option for us, he added. Our pace was nowhere near what the Red Bulls were, they were staggeringly quick, over half a second quicker than usalap.ButcomparedtothepeopleIwas racing, the pace was good. In the swing: Britains Luke Donald Turkingtons touring glory DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 1 Jenson Button (GB) Brawn............... 85 2 Rubens Barrichello (Br) Brawn.............. 71 3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull.............69 4 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull...............51.5 5 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari...................45 6 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren........ 43 CONSTRUCTORSCHAMPIONSHIP 1 Brawn Mercedes.............................. 156pts 2 Red Bull Renault..................................120.5 3 Ferrari........................................................67 4 McLaren Mercedes.................................65 NEXT RACE Brazilian Grand Prix: 18 October (5pm, BBC1) nished eighth in yesterdaysButton fi Japanese Grand Prix, won back into thehimself Buttonbutracetitle aboutworriedmorewas Brazilianveteran nish sev-could only fi beingafterenth morningahanded followingreprieve five-placeSaturdays penalty stemming from promotedwasBrazilianThe ainsixthtoplacesfour revised grid that saw Button down in 10th but he failed to twojustcollectingcapitalise, points to trail the 29-year-old ismeanwhile,Vettel,14.by now 16 points behind. ispicturechampionshipThe season2007theofreminiscent when Lewis Hamilton led Fer- 17byRaikkonenKimiraris a n dp o i n t s team-McLaren Fernandomate 12byAlonso nalgoing into the fi two races in China the--Braziland yearsthisforvenue penultimate race a week on Sunday. wonRaikkonen andracesboth took the title by a solitary point. Button, though, toaboutnotis open the door for orBarrichello Vettel. glorytouringTurkingtons glorytouringTurkingtonsLITESPORT Turk hatches plan to be brand new champion COLIN TURKINGTON heads to Brands Hatch next week aiming to prove to the nation what he has known all his life: I was born with raw speed. Turkington, 28, was out on the historic Kent circuit yesterday, preparing for the make-or- break round of the British Touring Car championship in an RAC-sponsored BMW 320si. He said: Ive been preparing for this since dad taught me to drive at eight. I was doing go-karts at 10. For me, winning this championship is my lifes ambition. To do that, he has to do the same as Jenson Button in Formula One -- defend a sizeable lead at the top of the table. Turkington is 13 points clear of Italian rival Fabrizio Giovanardi. He said: Fabrizio is a great driver, hes after a hat-trick of touring car titles. But my only goal in life is winning. Brands Hatch hosts the season finale of the British Touring Car Championship on 3/4 October. Tickets 23 for adults, free entry for children 12 and under. Call 0870 950 9000 or go to brandshatch.co.uk. Futures orange: Colin Turkington, main picture, is out to beat Fabrizio Giovanardi, inset with him, in the Touring Car championship BY KRISS COLLINS H il f COLIN TURKINGTON became the 2009 British Touring Car Champion at Brands Hatch yesterday -- just as he promised he would in last Fridays LiteSport. But the boy from Belfast was pushed all the way in front of a 30,000 crowd as Jason Plato became only the second driver in history to win all three races in a day. A courageous second place in the final race for Team RACs Turkington, 27, who led the series since mid-season, was enough for him to clinch his first BTCC drivers title. Plato finished second in the standings ahead of reigning champion Fabrizio Giovanardi, who was third. Matt Neal finished the final race in fifth to pinch fourth place in the final drivers standings from Mat Jackson, who trailed home in 11th. Turkington said: The third race was probably the greatest I have driven in my life. After the second race I felt so emotional, so it was a case of pulling my shoulders back and getting on with it having come so far. I probably got as much as I could out of the car in the first race with the success ballast, but I did well to get podium finishes in the last two rounds of the season. In the final race, I was in the worst position with Matt Neal and Fabrizio Giovanardi in front and behind but I had to be brave and not panic. Turkington added: The team has done a magnificent job this season and I am so, so delighted with this trophy. Its the one I have waited for all my life. 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