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Button open to racing rallycross, Super GT during F1 sabbatical

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Jenson Button is open to racing in rallycross or the Japanese Super GT series in 2017 when he steps down from his Formula 1 seat at McLaren.

Button announced over the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza that he would not be racing in F1 next year, taking up a new ambassadorial and reserve driver role with McLaren.

McLaren has an option to bring Button back into an F1 race seat for 2018 should both the driver and the team be willing.

Button called the opportunity to take a year out of F1 a “dream”, and has now said that he would like to try some other forms of racing next season.

“I want to spend more time with friends, family and to do other things,” Button is quoted as saying by Reuters ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“I love triathlons, and maybe I’ll race in something else, like rallycross or Super GT in Japan.

“There are so many options and that’s why it’s exciting, because I can sort of live my life the way I want to next year.

“I have a contract to race with the team in 2018 if the team wants me to race and if I feel that I want to race.”

Button may be able to make an appearance with one of Honda’s teams in Super GT, the Japanese manufacturer being McLaren’s power unit supplier in F1.

Rallycross has also been on Button’s radar for some time, with his father, John, enjoying success in the discipline during the 1970s.

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.