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Motor Sports: Bourdais finishes strong

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia -- As usual, Sebastien Bourdais outdid himself.

Needing only to finish 12th or better, the Formula One-bound Frenchman won Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300 to clinch his fourth straight Champ Car drivers' title.

Bourdais took the lead for good with 20 minutes left in the 1 hour, 45-minute timed race and went on to become the first driver to win the race twice in its 17-year history. Bourdais, who has clinched the driver championship in Australia the last three years, also won the Surfers race in 2005.

"It was one of those races where I decided to have fun with it and give it all we had," Bourdais said. "To win the race, to win the championship, and be the first repeat winner in Surfers -- what a day."

FORMULA ONE, at Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Kimi Raikkonen is known as "The Iceman," and he more than kept his cool Sunday. He won the Brazilian Grand Prix and captured the Formula One title in the tightest race for the championship in 21 years.

The Ferrari driver rallied from third place in the points standings for his first F1 crown, taking advantage of Lewis Hamilton's mistake on the first lap and Fernando Alonso's disappointing run. Raikkonen grabbed the lead with 21 laps to go.

"This is a great feeling," Raikkonen said. "We had some hard times, some reliability problems and lost some points. A lot of people didn't believe in us, but we showed that they were wrong and we were able to come back. It was a great season."

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