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GP2 qualifying postponed due to curb issue in Baku

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Qualifying for the GP2 Series at the Baku City Circuit has been postponed due to an issue with the curbs on the track.

Following the conclusion of the first Formula 1 practice session in Baku on Friday, the GP2 field was set to take to the track and qualify for Saturday’s feature race.

However, the running was red flagged after just over one minute so that an inspection of the track could be conducted, with loose screws appearing at corners.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting inspected the curb of every corner on the track before it was decided that the session would be postponed until after the second F1 practice later today. FP2 is expected to go ahead as planned.

Auto Motor und Sport‘s Tobias Gruener reported that a number of teams suffered damage to their tires during FP1, seemingly related to the curbs.

NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton took to Twitter to offer a run-down of the situation.

FP2 is due to start at 9am ET (5pm in Baku), with GP2 qualifying now scheduled to start at 7pm local 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.