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Formula E provides barriers to aid safety efforts in Berlin

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Formula E has provided the concrete barriers used for its race in Berlin earlier this year to aid safety efforts in the German capital following the terrorist attack earlier this week.

Twelve people were killed and almost 50 others were injured when a truck was driven into a Christmas market on Monday in Berlin. The suspect, Anis Amri, was killed in a shootout in Milan, Italy, on Friday.

In a bid to bolster safety measures in Berlin, Formula E announced that it had supplied local officials with the barriers that helped to form its track in the east of the city in May.

“We are directly in touch with the police department to assist with the organization and handling of the barriers to various areas around Berlin,” Berlin ePrix organizer Ulrich Weingartner said.

“Formula E is working with us to provide the concrete barriers from storage free of charge to help protect the Christmas markets.

“We are not sure whether these barriers will also be used for the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Brandenburg Gate, but we are ready to provide materials if necessary.”

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.