Crash disrupts Kobayashi’s Moscow run for Ferrari (VIDEO)

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Kamui Kobayashi’s efforts to entertain fans in Russian came to an abrupt halt when he crashed his Ferrari into a barrier.

Kobayashi was doing demonstration runs for the team at the fifth annual Moscow City Racing event. He lost control of his car, an F60 of the type raced by the team in 2009, on a wet road.

Fortunately the former Sauber driver was unhurt and was able to resume driving in a spare car later on.

“The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier,” Kobayashi explained.

“For this I would once again like to thank the team and its sponsor Kaspersky Lab,” he added. “It is important to be able to bring Formula 1 close to the public with promotional events like this: a shame about the rain as otherwise the crowd might have been even bigger.”

Kobayashi’s misfortune was captured on video by several fans. Here’s one of them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsTsTioakMs

Kobayashi joined Ferrari’s World Endurance Championship GT racing team after being dropped by Sauber at the end of 2012. However he still plans to return to Formula One and has raised $1.8m (¥184.6m) from his fans to find a seat in F1 next year.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.