FIA Formula 2

Sette Camara wins Spa F2 sprint race, Leclerc extends points lead

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Sergio Sette Camara picked up his first race win since go-karting in Sunday’s FIA Formula 2 sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps as Charles Leclerc extended his championship points lead by charging from 19th to fifth.

Camara made a rocket start from third place on the reverse grid to take the lead at La Source, and retained his advantage over the pack to the end of the race.

McLaren junior Nyck de Vries leapt from fourth to second to finish ahead of Luca Ghiotto and Norman Nato, but it was Leclerc who stole the show.

The Ferrari youngster started at the back of the field after his race win on Saturday was scratched for a technical infringement, but he wasted little time in making up positions, taking four places in the opening sector.

A brave pass at the bottom of Eau Rouge was the highlight of his charge that also saw him overhaul title rival Oliver Rowland following a tight battle through the first sector.

Leclerc ditched Rowland and battled his way up to fifth place, with his hopes of climbing any higher being dashed by a late safety car period following a huge smash for Nobuharu Matsushita at the top of Raidillon.

The crash resulted in the race finishing behind the safety car, with Sette Camara leading the field home for his first win in professional car racing.

Leclerc’s points lead over Rowland in the championship stands at 59 points with three double-header rounds remaining this season, with the paddock meeting again at Monza next weekend.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: