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Social round-up: WEC’s pre-season Prologue kicks off at Paul Ricard

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Ahead of the first race of the new FIA World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone on April 17, the teams and drivers hit the track together for the first time on Friday as the pre-season Prologue got underway at Paul Ricard.

29 cars are out on-track today, including those courtesy of defending WEC champions Porsche in LMP1 as well as rivals Audi and Toyota.

The new Manor WEC team, set up by ex-Manor Formula 1 bosses John Booth and Graeme Lowdon, also made its public debut with its LMP2 car.

Here’s a round-up of what’s been posted on social media from Paul Ricard today.

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.