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Meeke dominates in Portugal for second WRC victory

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Kris Meeke stormed to his second victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship on Sunday after dominating all four days of Rally Portugal.

Despite not competing for 13 weeks and missing the last two rounds of the WRC, Meeke produced a flawless display to lead 18 of the 19 stages in northern Portugal.

The Citroen driver finished almost half a minute clear of Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen to pick up his second WRC victory following his maiden success in Argentina last year.

Meeke is only running a part-programme in 2016 while Citroen focuses on developing a new car for the WRC next year, making his success both surprising and all the sweeter.

“It was nearly a perfect weekend, a text book performance,” Meeke said.

“It’s another step for me as a driver. This year is all about gathering experience and I couldn’t have done any more.

“We’ll use these rallies this year for our benefit and try to mount a title challenge next year.”

Defending world champion Sebastien Ogier continues to lead the drivers’ championship after finishing third in Portugal, having suffered two punctures on the final day of running.

The next WRC round takes place in Sardinia from June 10-12.

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.