Formula E set for a full house at Monaco as tickets sell out

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Formula E may only be in its inaugural season, but the championship already appears to be capturing the attention of racing fans all over the world as it prepares to hit European shores for the first time in May.

The electric-powered series will grace the streets of Monaco on May 9 for the next ePrix on the calendar, racing around a modified and shortened version of the F1 course.

In a post on the series’ official website on Thursday, it was revealed that general admission tickets for the Monaco ePrix have completely sold out, meaning that the championship will be showcased in front of a bumper crowd of 18,000 fans.

From Monaco, the championship then heads east to Berlin, the capital of Germany, for a race around the disused Templehof airport on May 23. Tickets are still available for the race and are now on sale, with information available via the Formula E website.

Ticket information for the Moscow ePrix in Russia on June 6 is set to be made available this coming Monday (April 27) in what promises to be a thrilling event in close proximity to the Kremlin and Red Square.

Today also marked the announcement of the ticketing procedure for the season-ending London ePrix, with the first batch being made available on May 1 in a pre-sale for subscribers to the series’ newsletter. For more information, click here.

The championship race looks bound to go down to the final double-header of the year in London as a number of drivers vie for the inaugural title. Lucas di Grassi continues to lead the way, but is just one point ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr. following the latter’s victory at Long Beach earlier this month.

Given that Nicolas Prost, Sebastien Buemi and Sam Bird are all within one race win of the championship lead as well, it is unlikely that one driver will be far enough ahead to head to London with the title already under his belt.

2014-2015 FIA Formula E Season – Remaining Races

Round 7. Monaco ePrix May 9 2015
Round 8. Berlin ePrix May 23 2015
Round 9. Moscow ePrix June 6 2015
Round 10. London ePrix (Race 1) June 27 2015
Round 11. London ePrix (Race 2) June 28 2015

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.