GP2: Oliver Rowland to race for MP Motorsport at Spa

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland will return to the GP2 Series at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium later this month.

Rowland made his debut in GP2 at Silverstone four weeks ago with MP Motorsport, recording a best finish of seventh in the sprint race and scoring three points over the weekend.

The Briton will return to Formula 1’s premier feeder series next weekend in support of the Belgian Grand Prix, racing for the Dutch team once again alongside Daniel de Jong.

“It’s another great opportunity for me to show what I can do,” Rowland said. “I’ve driven the car now, and I’ve raced at Spa already this year, so I reckon I’m probably on par with everyone this time around.

“It’s a circuit I like a lot having won there in the past in Formula Renault 2.0 and in Formula Renault 3.5 earlier this year. So I’m really looking forward to it.

“Podium finishes are the target. If I can achieve that it would be a great way to show my appreciation to the RSF [Racing Steps Foundation] and MP Motorsport for making this possible.”

MP Motorsport team boss Sander Dorsman was pleased to welcome Rowland back on board for Spa, believing that he can fight further up the field in his second appearance in the championship.

“Oliver’s a top driver and we’re glad to have him back with us,” Dorsman said. “He scored points in both races at Silverstone so there’s no reason why he can’t take a big step forwards at Spa.

“We won together at the circuit in FR2.0 in 2013 so let’s see what we can do together this time.”

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.