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Canadian Grand Prix set to go ahead as planned in 2017

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The Canadian Grand Prix is set to go ahead as planned next year after an agreement was reached between the event organizers and Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone this week.

The race in Montreal had been listed on the provisional calendar as being ‘subject to agreement’ after the promised improvement work at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was not completed. The upgrades are expected to be completed for the 2019 race.

Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre took to Twitter earlier this week to confirm that an agreement had now been reached for the 2017 event to go ahead as planned on June 11.

“There will be a Grand Prix of Canada in 2017,” Coderre tweeted, adding that there was an agreement in principle between F1 officials and the race promoter, Octane.

“Montreal and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve produce one of the most exciting grands prix of the season,” Octane chief Francois Dumontier added in a statement.

“In 2017, everyone will have even more good reasons to be there to celebrate 50 years of F1 racing in Canada.”

Canadian interest in F1 is set to be boosted next year when 18-year-old Lance Stroll makes his debut with Williams. Stroll will become the first Canadian to race in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve made his final start in 2006.

The final version of the 2017 F1 calendar is set to be issued following the final World Motor Sport Council meeting at the beginning of December in Vienna.

Following Coderre’s confirmation, 19 races are now secure on the schedule, with question marks still lingering over Germany and Brazil’s inclusion.

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.