Ecclestone full of praise for Carmen Jorda

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Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has praised Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda for her work with the team and her push to make it as a female racer in the sport.

Jorda joined the British team in a development role back in February following three years in GP3, where her highest finish was P13 at Valencia in 2012. She has also raced in Indy Lights and a number of national junior categories in Spain.

A lack of success in her racing career to date has left Jorda susceptible to criticism from many within motorsport, including 1982 FIA World Rally Championship runner-up Michele Mouton.

“Other less successful girls have managed to climb the motorsport ladder, but that has more to do with marketing strategies and political reasons, and I am not interested in that,” Mouton said when asked about Jorda.

However, Ecclestone has come to the defence of Jorda, praising her in a recent interview with motorsport.com.

“She is very good,” Ecclestone said. “We asked Lotus to see and she has done a good job for them.

“She wants to be in F1. We have to try to find the right way, but she is not alone. There are plenty of other people.

“I saw the American girl, Danica [Patrick], and I said we would be able to do something for [Simona] de Silvestro, but they don’t want to come to Europe. They want to stay in America.

“So you have to get the person who has enough talent and wants to do it, and is prepared to give up what it takes.”

De Silvestro’s hopes of becoming the first female driver to race in F1 in over 40 years fell short following a period as an affiliated driver with Sauber.

However, she remains a part of the Andretti Autosport family, taking part in a couple of IndyCar races earlier this year and racing for the team’s Formula E squad last year.

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.