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Susie Wolff receives MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honors

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Former Formula 1 test driver and DTM racer Susie Wolff has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors, announced on Friday evening.

Wolff became the  first woman in 22 years to take part in an F1 grand prix weekend session when she represented Williams in practice for the British Grand Prix in 2014.

Wolff retired from racing at the end of 2015, making her final appearance at the Race of Champions before turning her attention to profiling female participation in motorsport through the ‘Dare To Be Different’ scheme.

Wolff has been awarded an MBE for her services to women in sport.

“What a way to end 2016. Very humbled to receive an MBE in recognition of my service to women in sport,” Wolff wrote on her Facebook page.

“Like any female competitor, I simply aspired to compete on a level playing field and was able to chase that dream thanks to the never-ending support of my family and all those who backed me along the way.

“This is a recognition of their efforts as much as my own. Now my focus is on passing that support and belief to the next generations of young women who dare to be different in chasing their dreams.”

Wolff is the only motorsport personality to feature on this year’s New Year Honors list.

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.