WEC: Audi to debut new aero kit at Spa ahead of Le Mans

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Audi has confirmed that two of its three cars racing at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Spa will be running with a low downforce aerodynamic configuration in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

The new package has been fitted to the no. 7 and no. 8 cars for the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, which acts as the second round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Audi heads to Le Mans in June seeking a sixth consecutive victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe, and hopes to put itself in the best possible position by testing these new aero kits at Spa.

“Because downforce at Le Mans is not as important as it is at other tracks, we developed other solutions and new body shapes,” Audi head of aerodynamics Jan Monchaux said.

“In this way, we reduce the drag. All the turning vanes, wings and similar elements are no longer mounted so steeply in the airflow; the curvature of the wing profile is less.

“The cooling system’s requirements are different. We were able to re-evaluate and adapt the flow across the cooler, because at Le Mans less air mass flow is necessary due to the higher speeds.”

Audi’s third car will also make an appearance at Spa ahead of Le Mans, but will be running with the higher downforce aerodynamic package that was used by the German marque en route to victory at Silverstone three weeks ago.

The no. 9 Audi will be piloted by Marco Bonanomi, Rene Rast and Filipe Alberquerque.

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.