Manor scores best result since Monaco 2014 at Silverstone

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Manor Marussia F1 Team managed to keep its head whilst all about it were losing theirs in the British Grand Prix on Sunday to score its best result since the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix.

Although Manor is technically a ‘new’ team for 2015, it retains much of the old Marussia F1 Team identity that scored its only Formula 1 points at Monaco last year courtesy of Jules Bianchi.

Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens benefitted from a race of attrition at Silverstone to finish 12th and 13th at the checkered flag, edging closer towards the points-paying positions.

“I’m so happy to end the team’s home race in 12th position,” Merhi said. “To be honest, this had not been the best weekend for me prior to the race, but it all came good when it mattered and I found the performance I needed to get ahead.

“The team has made some good progress here this weekend, so it was good to give everyone a nice reward for all their hard work over the past few months in preparing for the new upgrade.

“It has been a great weekend racing in front of the home crowd, and now we look forward to the next race ahead of the summer break.”

Will Stevens raced in his first home grand prix on Sunday, and although he was pleased to record a season-best finish of P13, the Briton was irked to have made some late mistakes at Silverstone.

“A good result for the team but incredibly frustrating for me,” Stevens said. “The weekend up until the race had been really positive and even in the early part of the race we were going strong on the option tires, which were working really well for me.

“When it started to rain we stopped for inters but we had 15 laps on them and the worst of the rain only lasted for a couple of laps. I was effectively on slicks by the end of the race and that’s what caused me to spin off and damage my nose.

“Overall, we have to look at the positives though. We’ve made a good step forward here, so well done to the team, and the support of my home crowd has been incredible. All in all it has been a special weekend and one to remember.”

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.