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Darwin Supercars double-header to go ahead as planned amid COVID spike – Supercars

The Darwin Supercars double-header is set to go ahead despite the Northern Territory adding Brisbane and some surrounding areas to its COVID-19 hot spot list.

News of the fresh hot spot decelerations, which came into effect at 12:01am local time, cast significant doubt over the future of the two Darwin rounds, with a number of personnel based in the Brisbane area – including series points leader Scott McLaughlin.

Supercars asked any affected team personnel to leave Brisbane last night, before crunch talks with NT government officials took place today.

The result of those talks is that teams will be able to leave Queensland and enter the Territory on Monday as planned.

The only exceptions are any personnel that have visited a specific list of locations around the Brisbane area linked to cases.

Transporters are set to leave the Queensland bases over this weekend, with a Supercars charter flight expected to

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Welsh MP slams Ineos decision to halt plans for a car factory in Bridgend

The Welsh Government will look to recoup the £4million it has already spent on Ineos’ planned ‘state-of-the-art’ vehicle factory in Bridgend after the car maker announced yesterday that it is considering shifting production to a site in France instead.  

Ineos Automotive – owned by petrolchemicals billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe – confirmed on Tuesday that it is considering scrapping plans to build a car plant in South Wales, where production of the new Grenadier 4X4 was due to begin next year and 500 jobs created.

The Welsh Secretary of State told MPs that Ineos’ decision was linked the government’s ‘inability or unwillingness’ to upgrade the M4 motorway. However, that claim has been shot down by the minister for economy, transport and North Wales as ‘nonsense on stilts’, who went on to add that the decision was Brexit related despite Ratcliffe’s vocal backing for Britain to leave the EU.

Shelved: The South Wales plant would have created 200 new jobs initially, expanding to 500 once production ramps up. Ford's due-to-close engine plant is the building you can see in the top left of this image

Shelved: The South

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