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Magnussen ends Renault’s points drought with P10 after ‘perfect’ race

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Kevin Magnussen ended Renault’s Formula 1 points drought dating back to May’s Russian Grand Prix after enjoying a “perfect” race en route to 10th place in Singapore.

Magnussen started 15th on the grid at Marina Bay, but capitalized on a crash at the start to move into the top 10.

From there, the Dane found himself battling with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Esteban Gutierrez for the final point on offer in Singapore, eventually finishing as the last driver on the lead lap.

The point for P10 takes Magnussen and Renault’s haul for the season up to seven points, having scored the other six in Russia on May 1.

“I’m very happy for the whole team as this must be a boost for all of us,” Magnussen said.

“It’s been a very demanding season as we all want to score points at every race, but that’s not been possible.

“Nevertheless we all keep fighting and a result like today shows why we fight and why we never give up.

“The team nailed it with the strategy, with the start and with the balance of the car.

“To drive a race like this and not to win it, it feels strange because for me it felt perfect.”

Magnussen’s teammate Jolyon Palmer finished down in 15th place, but put took heart from the Dane’s charge into the points.

“That was a tough race and we didn’t have any breaks come our way,” Palmer said.

“I lost out with the shenanigans at the start and probably collected some debris as I had an early slow puncture too.

“We pitted pretty early and this meant we had to run for longer subsequent stints which meant nursing the tires more than if we’d run the more balanced stint length planned.

“I lost a lot of time behind the Manors but it wasn’t possible to pass them on this track.

“The positive from today is we’ve seen that there’s still scope to get points if everything goes your way. That’s what I’m gunning for in Sepang.”

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

MORE: Ryan Anderson and the anatomy of a Monster Jam freestyle run

Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.