Audi Sport’s No. 7 Audi R18 will continue with just two drivers at this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Mexico City, with Benoit Treluyer still sidelined following a bicycle accident.
Treluyer sat out the series’ most recent round at the Nürburgring but was expected to compete this weekend alongside usual teammates Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler.
But after participating in first practice and determining he wasn’t up to full fitness, he’s now been ruled out. It’s the second manufacturer car in LMP1 to only have two drivers for the weekend, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Anthony Davidson also having been ruled been out of action as well.
“That was a good opportunity to get used to the car again,” Treluyer said after running in first practice.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich added: “In the race though, Benoît needs to be absolutely fit. In agreement with our team physician, we have decided to give Ben more time to recover and to build up his fitness again in order to be one hundred percent fit for the 6-hour race in Austin in two weeks’ time.”
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.