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Alex Brundle joins G-Drive for remainder of FIA WEC season

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Alex Brundle has joined G-Drive Racing for the remainder of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Brundle, 25, has raced in a wide variety of sportscar championships throughout his career, making three appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and most recently winning the opening two rounds of the European Le Mans Series season in the LMP3 class.

The Briton will now return to the FIA WEC with G-Drive for the rest of the 2016 season, having last raced in the series back in 2013.

G-Drive drafted in regular Manor driver Will Stevens for Le Mans following the departure of Nathanael Berthon, but with the ex-Formula 1 racer returning to Manor the next event at the Nurburgring, Brundle has now joined the No. 26 crew.

“I’m delighted to be driving for G-Drive Racing in the final six races of the FIA WEC, especially with the incredibly strong package that the team has put together for this season,” Brundle said.

“The Nürburgring event can’t come soon enough and it’s fantastic to be re-joining this global series, representing my long term sponsors Richard Mille.

“It will be a real privilege to work with the team, who have proven it to be one of the best endurance outfits worldwide. With the massive experience of Rene [Rast] and the pace of Roman [Rusinov] I think we will make a potent combination, to deliver strong results for the remainder of the season.”

The 6 Hours of Nurburgring takes place on July 24.

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.