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WEC: 6 Hours of Silverstone – Toyota, Ford, Chinese open season with wins

Starting grid, Top 3 each class LMP1 #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez), #8 Toyota (Sebastian Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kaz Nakajima), #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy) LMP2 #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn), #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut A470-Gibson (Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes, M. Rao), #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas ...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Audi 1-2 in swansong

The 6 Hours of Bahrain marked not just the end of the 2016 season but the end of Audi Sport Team Joest’s participation in the championship, Audi choosing to focus on Formula E competition instead after 18 years of endurance competition. It was also the final race of Mark Webber’s career, the Aussie retiring from the cockpit after storied runs in both Formula 1 and the highest rung of sports car racing, the latter of which included being crowned 2015 champion in the #1 Porsche and win...

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WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi locks down front row, Aston Martin tops GT

LMP1: #7 Audi R18, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer – 1:45.750 #8 Audi R18, Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis, +0.233 #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, +0.810 #6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, +1.468   LMP2: #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan, Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi – 1:55.892 #44 Manor Oreca 05-Nissan, Matthew Rao, Richard Bradley, Roberto Merhi &...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Mexico City – Porsche wins, home RGR team takes LMP2

The fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Mexico saw a 6 hr race with two periods of rain that force teams to adjust their strategy to cope with the changing conditions. The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, and Timo Bernhard took its second win of the season but had to overcome some setbacks on the way to beating the #7 Audi R18 of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler and the #6 Toyota TS050 of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin, and Kamui Kobayashi. In LMP2 it w...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Porsche wins race, championship

Audi won the first two races of the season, with Porsche winning at Le Mans and every race since to clinch the manufacturers championship. The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda, and Pedro Lamy) took pole in GTE Am. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia (Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander) started first in GTE Pro. Signatech Alpine’s #36 A450b-Nissan (Tom Dillmann) topped the LMP2 grid. Team Porsche 919 Hybrid’s locked down the front row, the #17 (Timo Bernhar...

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FIA WEC: Shanghai – Porsche wins, takes manufacturer’s title

The #17 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) came into the race with the points lead, having won three straight. The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda) topped GTE Am qualifying. Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni started on GTE Pro pole in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, followed by the #71 piloted by teammate Davide Rigon. The #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) qualified fastes...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas preview

Photo: Chris Smith With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s third annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 8 days away (Sept. 19) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the season points standings in the various classes and provide a few notes regarding the season so far. A 6-hr race win scores 25 points, with 18 for second, and 15 for third, etc. Points are doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COTA race is the fi...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Spa – Audi wins again, Rees for the first time

Porsche locked down the first three positions in the starting grid at Spa-Francorchamps. The #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid driven by Timo Bernhard and Brendan Hartley was fastest (average fastest laps of 1 min 54.767 sec), followed by the team’s third entry, the #19 piloted by Nico Hulkenburg and Nick Tandy (+0.258 sec). Neel Jani and Marc Lieb followed in the #18. The Audi Sport Team Joest #7 R18 e-tron quattro was the first non-Porsche, lining up fourth on the grid and driven by Andre Lott...

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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Audi wins season opener; Porsche, Toyota also on podium

The #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid (Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer) won the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening 6 Hours of Silverstone by 4.160 sec over the #18 Porsche 919 hybrid (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb). Defending series champions Anthony Davidson, Sebatien Buemi, and Kaz Nakajima (#1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid) finished third. The Audi’s sister car, driven by Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, and Oliver Jarvis took fifth place following two unschedu...

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FIA WEC: Final 2014 standings – Buemi, Bruni, Toyota, Ferrari among champions

The top 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship finishers in each category (with links to GonzoGeek interviews):   Drivers’ Championship 166 - Anthony Davidson (Great Britain), #8 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid 166 – Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland), #8 Toyota Wins: Silverstone, Spa, Fuji, Shanghai Poles: Circuit of the Americas, Fuji   127 – Andre Lotterer (Germany), #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro 127 – Benoit Treluyer (France), #2 Audi 127 &ndash...

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