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  • Virgin Racing To Enter Formula E Championship As Circuit's Ninth Team

    Virgin will enter a team in the Formula E Championship when the new global electric motor racing series kicks off in '14. The Virgin Racing Formula E Team is headed by Team Principal Alex Tai and has the backing of Virgin Founder Richard Branson. Branson: "The launch of the Formula E Championship is exciting news for racing fans but also for those that believe in developing the great electric cars of the future" (Virgin). U.K.-based Virgin Racing will now await final approval from the FIA to become the ninth of 10 teams to enter the championship. They join IndyCar outfits Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing, Asia's China Racing, Super Aguri and Mahindra Racing, and European squads Drayson Racing, e.dams and Audi Sport ABT (Formula E). REUTERS' Keith Weir reported Virgin was involved in F1 racing for two seasons from '10. Tai had a "brief spell as head of the F1 team." The new series is backed by Spaniards Alejandro Agag and Enrique Banuelos, "who are investing" $100M in the project (REUTERS, 12/5).

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  • Tottenham Hotspur Combats Fan Group Trying To Improve Stadium Atmosphere

    Documents revealed Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur is "actively taking steps to try to combat the 'unacceptable' behaviour of a supporters' group set up to improve the much-criticised atmosphere at White Hart Lane," according to Daniel Taylor of the London GUARDIAN. The latest minutes of the Tottenham Safety and Advisory Group (SAG) reveal the club is "concerned about an organisation of supporters who want to bring the noise back to the stadium on the back of André Villas-Boas's comments that it is too 'anxious and negative.'" The 1882 movement, set up by the Fighting Cock fanzine and podcast, encourages supporters "to sing as loud and as long as our lungs will let us." However, the minutes reveal there "are moves being made behind the scenes to try to prevent the people behind it gathering in a designated area of the ground" (GUARDIAN, 12/5).

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