F1: Korean GP formally dropped; 2015 schedule now at 20 races

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The 2015 Formula One World Championship is now set at 20 races after the FIA’s confirmation that it has officially dropped the Korean Grand Prix from the calendar.

Early last month, the race was a surprise addition to the provisional 2015 calendar. It was slotted in for the weekend of May 3, one week before the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

But just before Christmas, the FIA updated its International Sporting Calendar with the Korean GP omitted. However, there was some confusion as the calendar still listed “21 competitions” for F1, even with that particular race dropped.

Now, the matter has finally been settled following yet another revision to the calendar that was posted Tuesday on the FIA’s web site. You can see the new calendar here.

With the Korean GP gone from the May 3 weekend, there is now a three-week gap between the Bahrain Grand Prix (Apr. 19) and the aforementioned Spanish GP.

The Korean GP ran for four seasons (2010-2013) at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, but financial problems and poor attendance ultimately led to its demise.

Last September, a group of promoters reportedly met with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone about reviving the event in 2016 – but as a night-time street race in Seoul.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.