In brief, four wheels and two plus more.
Motorsport: Swiss watch brand Rolex has renewed their title sponsorship of the 2017 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
The deal marks the fifth consecutive year Rolex has held the naming rights for the opening round of the Formula One Championship.
Cycling: A new Australia Day cycling race to be held on Melbourne’s Formula One circuit has been announced.
Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will lead Team Sky in the Towards Zero Race Melbourne event on the Albert Park circuit.
The men’s and women’s races will lead into the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Geelong on the weekend of January 28-29.
The Albert Park race will be a kermesse, or street circuit event. The men’s race will be 22 laps of the 5.3km circuit, for a 116km total while the women’s race will have 12 laps and run for 63.6km.
Orica-Scott, BMC Racing Etixx–Quick-Step, Cannondale-Drapac and Trek-Segafredo are some of the other UCI WorldTour teams pencilled in to compete at the event.
The one-day event has the backing of Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission.
Football: The Australian has reported that Melbourne Storm part-owner Bart Campbell has emerged as one of the figures pushing for the Brazil-Argentina blockbuster staged in Melbourne next year, as reported yesterday.
Campbell’s company TLA International, a talent and sports marketing agency, has reportedly held talks with Victorian government’s tourism arm Visit Victoria.
TLA have been behind the organisation of the International Champions Cup pre-season football tournament in Melbourne in 2016 and last year.
Source: The Australian
Australian Rules: Online wagering brand Ubet has renewed their premier partnership of Port Adelaide for the next two seasons, extending its association with the club until the end of 2018.