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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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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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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Sao Paulo – Porsche takes first LMP1 win, Toyota the title

Team Porsche swept the front row in qualifying, the #20 919 Hybrid (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley) on the pole and the #14 (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb) next door. Row 2 was split by Toyota and Audi, drivers’ champions Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson (#8 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid) in P3 and the #2 Audi  Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro (Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer) P4, with the two makes still vying for the manufacturers’ crown. ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Buemi, Davidson, Bruni, Vilander, ‘Dane Train’ champions

The #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid took pole, driven by Neel Jani and Romain Dumas to a four-lap average of 1 min 43.145 sec. Championship leaders Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson posted the second fastest time, 0.264 sec back in the #8 Toyota Racing TS 040 Hybrid. Jani was also fastest in Free Practices 2 and 3. G-Drive Racing (Ligier JS P2-Nissan) topped LMP2 for the sixth time this season, Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla behind the wheel. The #27 SMP Racing Oreca-Nissan piloted by Nicolas Minassia...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Shanghai – Toyota 1-2, Porsche snags first LMP1 podium

The #7 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid (Kaz Nakajima, Stephane Sarrazain, Alex Wurz) took second place in the race from the #14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb) just past the 90-min mark. The LMP2 field made its second round of pit stops 1 hr and 50 min into the race, the #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan (Julien Canal, Olivier Pla, Roman Rusinov) holding its lead through the cycle. Aston Martin Racing led both GTE Pro and GTE Am from the start through the halfway po...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – Toyota scores home race 1-2; Ihara on LMP2 podium

Halfway through the race the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Gianmaria Bruni led GTE Pro ahead of Davide Rigon in the #71 sister car. Fernando Rees ran third just 6 sec behind the Ferraris in the #99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8. The #95 Aston and David Heinemeier-Hansson led GTE Am. Toyota was 1-2 at its home circuit, the #8 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid driven by Sebastien Buemi just over 10 sec ahead of the #7 and Alexander Wurz.  The #20 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid ran third by ju...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji preview; FP 1, 2 results

 After four of eight FIA World Endurance Championship rounds Audi has an 18-point LMP1 manufacturers’ championship advantage over Toyota. Round 5 is at Fuji some 100 km southwest of Tokyo. If features very slow sectors alternating with extremely fast ones, with the 1.4-km section near the start and finish numbering among the longest straights in international motorsport. Fuji is the only circuit of the nine the WEC has run at since it started in 2012 on which Audi has yet to win. Las...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi 1-2, Toyota P3; Aston Martin takes GT classes

The first four drivers on the grid were Sebastian Buemi (#8 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid), Romain Dumas (#14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid), Mark Webber (#20 Porsche), and Andre Lotterer (#2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro). Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov put the #26 Ligier LS P2-Nissan on the LMP2 pole, with Richard Bradley next in the #47 KCMG Oreca-Nissan. Ryan Dalziel was behind the wheel of the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX 03b-Honda, marking the team’s World Endurance Champi...

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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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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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