FIA WEC: Another Audi win at COTA

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Audi went 1-2 in Saturday night FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of the Circuit of The Americas, overcoming both weather and other manufacturer pit strategy to score its second straight FIA WEC win.

Neither of the Audi R18 e-tron quattros went off in the second hour rain deluge that caused a 50-minute red flag. Then on opposite tire strategies, the No. 2 Audi on Michelin’s ungrooved intermediate hybrid tire took the edge over the No. 1, on the standard wet.

The No. 14 Porsche 919 Hybrid had the lead heading into the final hour thanks to one less pit stop, but a power less coupled with Marcel Fassler extending his lead in the No. 2 Audi prior to a final splash of fuel allowed the Audi to seize the advantage.

Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer followed up their Le Mans win with the win at COTA, ahead of the sister No. 1 of Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and the returning Loic Duval.

The No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid was third in the hands of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Lapierre, the latter turning in a great comeback drive after being one of several cars that went off in the rain.

Other class winners were KCMG (LMP2) and Aston Martin Racing (both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am).

After a three-week break, compared to a three-month break, the FIA WEC is in action next at Fuji, Japan on October 12.

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.