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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Fernando Rees interview

Rees has competed since 2010 with Larbre Competition in GTE Am, making the jump this year to the factory Aston Martin pro team. The 29-year old Brazilian ran well during practice but was a little of pace in qualifying.   “The changeable weather created sort of a gambling situation at the start of the session. And we decided not to gamble in our car and to just follow our plan. Some people that gambled had a better result. But you never know. But fifth does not reflect out true pace ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Anthony Davidson interview

Anthony Davidson is a key component of Toyota Racing’s efforts to unseat Audi from the endurance racing throne, having started with the mark’s last true challengers, Peugeot, in 2010. Toyota has a 1-point lead coming into this weekend, winning the first two 6-hr races of the year at Silverstone and Spa.   Circuit of the Americas “It’s world class. It challenges the drivers. It’s fan friendly. It’s got great facilities. It’s the proper FIA-standar...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas – Pruett, Rojas take win with 2-stop strategy

Alex Brundle put the #42 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda on the pole in its USCC debut, beating out Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP by 0.834 sec. The pole is a great start for the chassis, the Nissan powered variant of which also took the top spot in its FIA World Endurance Championship debut yesterday, piloted by Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla. And though power is as necessary at COTA as any circuit, the track has also put a premium on maneuverability, both Mazda MX-5s an...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas – Lucas Di Grassi interview

When Allen McNish retired at the end of last season Audi Sport Team Joest needed to find a replacement who would keep the mark at the top of World Endurance Championship – and Le Mans – performance. They chose 29-year old Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi, who 18 Formula 1 starts under  his belt and had finished third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 with Marc Gene and Oliver Jarvis in the team’s #3 entry.   On the transition from fill-in to full-time “It’s b...

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Friday LinkFrogging - 9/19/14

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Ferrari take GT pole, Toyota overall

The #51 AF Corse Ferrari Italia 458 took the GTE Pro pole for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas with a time of 2:06.456, followed by the #97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (+0.638), the #92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR (+0.643), the #91 Porsche (+0.859). The two fastest GTE Am qualifiers were the #75 Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (2:08.271) and the #95 Aston Martin (+0.116). The two Porsche Team 919 Hybrid’s ran 1-2 when LMP qualifying was red-flagged with 4:33...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Brendon Hartley interview

Brendon Hartley competed at Circuit of the Americas in last year’s Grand-Am Rolex Series event, leading with 15 min left before on-track contact removed him from competition. The 24-year old Kiwi has shown speed at every stop in his career, landing him one of the six prized driver’s spots on Porsche’s LMP1 team despite his youth.   Grand-Am vs. WEC “I was going to win the race [last year]! So I have mixed memories of this place. But I’m a big fan. That was m...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Mark Webber interview

Mark Webber made the jump from Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 team to join Porsche’s new LMP1 effort in the waning stages of last year’s F1 season, returning to his sports car roots. In 12 years as an F1 driver he put up 9 wins, 42 podiums, 13 pole positions, and 17 fastest laps, closing out with a career-best third in the drivers’ championship standing last year. He’s now in the middle of the challenge of elevating Porsche’s prototype efforts to match those of p...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Frederic Makowiecki interview

Porsche Team Manthey plucked Frederic Makowiecki from Aston Martin Racing after the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, beating out Ferrari to put him the #92 911 RSR with Marco Holzer. Makowiecki had the fastest time in yesterday’s wet night practice session. GonzoGeek.com talked with the French driver before today’s qualifying.   The move from Aston Martin to Porsche “I feel really good with the Porsche family; the atmosphere and spirit. I try do my best for Porsc...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi 1-2 in final practice, Toyota third

Low clouds remained in the area for the final World Endurance Cup practice, but the track was dry. Times improved appreciably from yesterday afternoon’s session. Loic Duval (#1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro) had the fastest time on the board halfway through the 60 min session, 1:49.480, followed by teammate Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi 1.117 sec back. Anthony Davidson (#8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid) continued his pace from last night, posting a 1:50.997. Roman Rusinov again demonstrated the new Ligie...

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