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Magnussen to race with spare chassis in Canada after FP3 crash

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Kevin Magnussen will start the Canadian Grand Prix using a spare chassis after damaging his Renault R.S.16 car in a crash in practice on Saturday.

Magnussen damaged the front-left and left sidepod of his Renault R.S.16 car after losing control under acceleration at the exit of Turn 7 and hitting the wall.

The Dane was unable to take part in qualifying as a result of the damage, leaving him at the back of the grid.

Renault confirmed that Magnussen will have to race with a spare chassis after the shunt, meaning that he may now start from the pit lane.

“What can you say? Obviously I wanted to be driving rather than watching qualifying,” Magnussen said.

“The damp conditions caught me out in the morning and the walls are pretty unforgiving as we saw. I feel for my crew as they have a lot of work to do.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to make amends in the race tomorrow.”

Renault trackside operations director Alan Permane confirmed the chassis switch on Saturday after qualifying.

“It was a pretty significant side impact which took out the wings, suspension and floor as well as damaging the gearbox and chassis,” Permane said.

“It was the damage to the chassis which meant we couldn’t qualify and Kevin will race with the spare tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of work to be done on his side of the garage between now and then.”

A fan shot taken during the recovery of Magnussen’s car in FP3 showed the extent of the damage to the left-hand side of his car.

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.