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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Las Vegas, Spain, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Steve Torrence (1); Citroen Racing (2)

Two big-name drivers locked up their respective championships a few rounds early on Sunday, as another eventful weekend of action motorsports wrapped up. Some of the most compelling racing series in the world split three continents and four countries this weekend—here are the drivers who found themselves celebrating after crossing the finish line:

NHRA: Steve Torrence

After dominating the past two seasons, Torrence finally got his well-deserved Top Fuel championship this weekend with a win at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Texan won his fifth consecutive race in the Countdown to the Championship, becoming the first driver to ever win five rounds of the six-round playoff, and still has the chance to sweep the entire postseason going into next month’s finale at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen won the battle, but Hamilton finally won the war over Sebastian Vettel to take his fifth Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship in Mexico on Sunday. While Hamilton missed the podium for the first time since taking a fuel pressure-related DNF in Austria in July, he managed to hang onto a 64-point advantage over Vettel. Hamilton delivered Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 its fifth consecutive driver’s title, four of which have come from his own efforts.

WRC: Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena

Six years after competing at RallyRACC for the last time, Loeb/Elena returned to Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for another one-off appearance as the team continues to bide time before the return of Sebastien Ogier. With no pressure on them, Loeb/Elena, who won their last eight Spanish appearances in a row from 2005-12, climbed into the lead on the final day of competition and successfully defended the team’s win here last year, while extending their shared all-time wins record to 79.

Stadium Super Trucks: Gavin Harlien

Harlien and Cole Potts each took two podiums at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, as SST made its return to Australia under the oversight of a new sanctioning body despite being suspended by CAMS. But it was Harlien who took the better finishes, scoring a second place and first place in the two rounds of the weekend. Harlien now leads SST with 11 podiums in 16 rounds so far, and with four wins on the season, remains just one victory behind championship leader Matt Brabham.

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