AJACCIO, Corsica (AP) World rally championship leader Sebastien Ogier won the Tour of Corsica for the first time on Sunday but will need to wait a bit longer before securing a fourth world title.
The Frenchman dominated the asphalt rally from the opening leg, when he swept all four stages, then comfortably held onto his lead in wet conditions to win by 46.4 seconds.
Driving a Hyundai, Belgium’s Thierry Neuville ended runner-up ahead of Ogier’s Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen, lagging a further 23.6 seconds behind.
Ogier extended his overall lead over Mikkelsen to 68 points and can seal the title at the Rally of Catalunya, from Oct. 13-16.
Ogier said: “This is my first win in Corsica and this is such an historic event. The championship smells quite good for us.”
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.