WSR: Comtec pulls out of first Formula Renault 3.5 round, parts company with Regalia after three days

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Comtec Racing has withdrawn from this weekend’s Formula Renault 3.5 season opener at Motorland Aragon in Spain just three days after signing Argentinian driver Facu Regalia, who has now left the team.

The British outfit finished 11th in last year’s championship with just 38 points to its name, but confirmed in March that it would be returning to the series for 2015.

On April 21, Regalia (pictured) was announced as the first of its drivers despite having initially signed for Zeta Corse after the team confirmed that it would not make the start of the new season.

Regalia confirmed on Friday that his deal with Comtec had now been terminated due to a change in the contract conditions, meaning that the team will also miss the first race on Saturday.

“The Argentine driver Facu Regalia will not be part of the first round of the 2015 World Series by Renault championship, after the Comtec team changed in last hours the terms of the agreement previously signed for the season,” a statement from the driver reads.

“After confirming Zeta Corse would not be in Aragon, he agreed to start with the Comtec team to start the tournament next weekend. Unexpectedly, the team changed the economic aspects of the contract, preventing Facu from being part of the first race.”

Comtec had already missed pre-season testing, but will now be focusing on trying to get back on the grid later in the year.

The 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 season kicks off this weekend, with a grid of 20 drivers hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2014 champion and current F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr. this 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.