Trulli FE pleased to have completed first shakedown with season two car

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Trulli Formula E team principal Lucio Cavuto feels pleased to have completed a first shakedown with the season two car in the final test at Donington Park earlier this week.

Trulli had failed to complete any running during the first five days of pre-season testing as it continued to work on its new powertrain, the Motomatica JT-01.

For season two, teams in Formula E have been given more technical freedom and create their own powertrain by obtaining manufacturer status.

Amlin Andretti had also encountered issues with their in-house powertrains across pre-season, prompting the American team to switch back to the season one unit supplied by Renault.

However, Trulli stuck to its guns with the season two powertrain, and eventually got out for seven laps with Vitantonio Liuzzi on Tuesday.

“We are happy to have achieved what we set out for this testing – to complete a shakedown,” Cavuto said.

“This was the expectation, and it was mission accomplished.

“As a team, we are delighted to have announced Salvador a part of Trulli Formula E for season two and we now have 45 days of very hard work. However, rest assured, we will be ready to race in Beijing.”

Despite racing for Trulli in five ePrixs last year and taking part in all of pre-season testing, Liuzzi is yet to officially be announced by the team for season two, as confirmed to MotorSportsTalk by a spokesperson earlier this week.

The second FIA Formula E season begins on October 17 in Beijing, China.

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.