PREVIEW: 2022 GB3 Championship – Snetterton 300

The GB3 Championship reaches half-distance at Snetterton this weekend (25/26 June), with intriguing fights up and down the order in both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships.

The Checkered Flag takes a short view back to the past, and looks forward to another chapter in the developing title battle in Norfolk.

Last time at Snetterton

Though the fifth round of the 2021 season, the last visit to Snetterton was the first competitive action in the newly-rebranded GB3 Championship.

The FIA’s directive meaning only its own FIA Formula 3 Championship could use the Formula 3 name, meant domestic F3-level series’ such as the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship had to forge a new identity for themselves.

The GB3 name stuck quite quickly, though, and part-time entrant Oliver Bearman won the first race of the ‘new’ era on the Saturday.

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Billy Koumetio completes a loan move away from Liverpool as the loanee departures keep coming at Anfield

Billy Koumetio has become the latest Liverpool player to complete a loan move away from the club, as he searches for more experience in the game.

As reported by the club’s website: ‘Liverpool defender Billy Koumetio has completed a loan move to Austria Vienna, subject to international clearance.

‘The centre-back links up with the Austrian Bundesliga side ahead of 2022-23 as he builds up further senior experience’.

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Having featured for the Reds against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup last season, the centre-back has made two appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s team to date.

With three years remaining on his current deal, the boss will be able to use this move to Austria Vienna as a good barometer to see whether the 19-year-old is cut out for his squad.

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25-year-old is becoming increasingly frustrated at Newcastle, open to leaving now

Allan Saint-Maximin is reportedly growing frustrated with life at Newcastle United as he has his eye on a move away to earn more money.

The Frenchman is being linked with Chelsea by the Daily Mail, and it seems he could be tempted to get a move out of St James’ Park to Stamford Bridge.

Saint-Maximin has been a joy to watch in his time at Newcastle, becoming one of the most entertaining attacking players in the Premier League.

One imagines he surely has the talent to succeed at a club like Chelsea, but it would also be interesting to see if Thomas Tuchel granted him the same kind of freedom that Eddie Howe allows him.

Allan Saint-Maximin wants to leave Newcastle

Injury prone Barcelona defender wants to move to a Champions League team

The future of Samuel Umtiti is far from settled this summer. There is no doubt the French defender has been deemed surplus to the requirements by Xavi and will be offloaded by Barcelona before the transfer market slams to a shut.

However, over the past few weeks, there has been a lack of progress in regards to his exit, with Umtiti and his compatriot Clement Lenglet still remaining at Camp Nou.

A recent report from Diario SPORT has offered an update on the future of Umtiti, suggesting the player is willing to leave Barcelona in the summer, knowing he is not included in Xavi’s plans for the new season.

The Frenchman, though, will not leave just for the sake of it. The player reportedly wants to join a club that can offer European football, preferably the UEFA Champions League.

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Nick Leitz enters NASCAR national series in Nashville with Reaume

Nick Leitz‘s rise through the regional levels of stock car racing have brought him to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he seeks to make his début at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday. The effort will come with Reaume Brothers Racing, who announced the signing on Tuesday.

The Leitz family has a decorated history of racing in their native Virginia. For three generations prior to Leitz, the family competed at Langley Raceway in disciplines like oval track and drag racing. Leitz himself got into motorsport by karting at the circuit before breaking into legends cars and late models.

“I’m so excited about racing the Trucks, especially making my first start at Nashville; that place looks bad fast,” said Leitz. “Also having my family and friends there and many people back home watching it on TV will be a lot of fun as well as a big learning Read the rest

(Images) Mo Salah is ‘transforming’ his home village of Nagrig in Egypt after donating ‘£3,500 to poor families monthly’

Mo Salah is nothing short of a national hero in Egypt and a lot of that is down to his charitable actions for his home nation.

As reported by Africa Facts Zone: ‘Mohamed Salah is transforming his village, Nagrig in Egypt.

‘He built a hospital, school, youth centre and ambulance unit for his people in his village.

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‘He built a $450,000 water treatment plant to provide drinking water for his people.

‘He gives £3,500 to poor families monthly’.

It’s an amazing feat by the 30-year-old to ensure that he uses his position of privilege to help others, people that he would be exactly the same as if he hadn’t become a footballer.

The images shared of the improved infrastructure and Salah emblazoned buildings, all shows how much he has helped and … Read the rest

Raheem Sterling yet to make decision on Man City future

Raheem Sterling has just 12 months left on his contract with Manchester City.

The enigmatic England international has been with the Citizens since he moved from Liverpool back in 2015 in a deal worth £57m.

During his seven years with the Manchester giants, Sterling has played a key role in the side’s success. Having featured in 339 matches, in all competitions, directly contributing to 226 goals in the process, Sterling, who has lifted 12 major trophies, including four Premier League titles, has been a big figure for Pep Guardiola.

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Barcelona’s second-choice goalkeeper spot in deliberation as Neto refuses to leave

Barcelona are facing a major dilemma in the goalkeeping department heading into the new season, as per Diario SPORT.

The Spanish news outlet suggests there is a great amount of confusion within the Barça camp over the goalkeeping unit.

While Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the undisputed starter in between the sticks next season, Barcelona are unsure over the role of second and third-choice goalkeepers, especially in the midst of Neto’s uncertain future at the club.

Barcelona want the former Juventus star to leave Camp Nou in the summer, as he is already sitting on a lucrative contract. Neto, though, has no intention to leave the club and wants to remain at Camp Nou until his contract expires at the end of next season.

Neto’s prolonged stay at the club could be a devastating prospect for the younger players as well as Barcelona themselves.

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Robin Larsson Wins Big at Lydden Hill at Season Opener of NRX

Robin Larsson completed the perfect weekend after winning the action-packed final after the season-opening event at Lydden Hill.

Larsson took home the gold after running a clean and safe race away from the carnage of lap 1 in the final. His teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, scored a nice second-place finish behind him to lock in RX Cartel’s first 1-2 finish of the season gaining vital points for the team championship.

Further back Niclas Gronholm rounded out the podium finishing third after showing up to the event with no testing and having never driven an electric vehicle before. Gronholm proved his skills as he sat in for Kevin Eriksson who sustained a foot injury taking him out of competition. The Finnish driver garnered some hefty points for team OMSE and may see a return later in the season.

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FSG were ‘happy’ to pay £73m for Jadon Sancho last summer but balked at one demand, says David Lynch

Manchester United star Jadon Sancho reportedly was an admired target at Anfield prior to his switch away from Borussia Dortmund with Liverpool’s owners, FSG, prepared to fork out the £73m necessary to sign the wide man.

This update comes courtesy of David Lynch who notes that the player’s wage demands came in the way of a deal being finalised between the two outfits.

“Jadon Sancho had two major admirers at Anfield in manager Jurgen Klopp and his assistant Pep Lijnders, while owners Fenway Sports Group were more than happy to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £73m price tag to secure his signature,” the reporter wrote for The National News.

“Unfortunately, any potential move was scuppered when the Englishman’s wage expectations became clear, paving the way for him to sign a £270,000-per-week deal at Old Trafford.

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