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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Spa – Toyota, Ferrari take 1-2s; G-Drive, Aston Martin also win

Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrids finished 1-2 at the 6 Hours of Spa, Sebastien Buemi (#8) outrunning Kamui Kobayashi (#7) to the checkered flag by just 1.992 sec. The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard) finished third. The 1-2 finish was Toyota’s first in WEC competition since the 6 Hours of Shanghai in 2014. The #8 (Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson) also won the season opener at Silverstone.   Alex Lynn, Roman Rusinov, and Pierre Thiriet won...

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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 Shanghai – Porsche wins, secures manufacturer’s title

Photo: Erik Junius Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy (#98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage) took pole in GTE Am. Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell (#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) topped GTE Pro, with their teammate in the #66 lining up second. LMP2’s Top 3 qualifiers were the #44 Manor Racing Oreca 05-Nissan, the #36 Signatech Alpine Nissan, and the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2-Nissan. The #1 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid (Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley) led the field to the green t...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – Toyota, G-Drive take first wins of 2016

The #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 started on pole, but all three LMP1 makes led at some point early in the race. The #7 retired during the first hour, race officials determining that its drive-train was out of homologation. Leaders half way in were the #8 Audi, the #42 Strakka Racing Gibson-Nissan (LMP2), the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK GT (GTE Pro), and the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (GTE Am).   Competition at the front of the field was extremely tight, the #6 Toyota Gazoo R...

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WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Porsche, Audi, Toyota 1-3 overall; Aston Martin tops GT

Photo: Erik Junius Mark Webber (#1 Porsche 919) took second in Turn 1 of the first lap from Loic Duval (#8 Audi R18) who was playing defense for his pole-sitting teammate Marcel Fassler (#7). Duval retook P2 three minutes in. Marco Sorensen (#98 Aston Martin Vantage V8), led Davide Rigon (#71 Ferrari 488 GTE) and Stefan Mucke (#66 Ford GT) in early GTE Pro competition. The #44 Manor (Roberto Mehri) passed the pole-sitting #36 Signatech Alpine (Nicolas Lapierre) to take first in LMP2. Kevin Es...

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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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WEC: 6 Hours of the Nurburgring – Porsche wins, Ferrari 1-2 in GTE Pro

Audi Sport Team Joest locked down the front row in the first race since Porsche’s last lap victory over Toyota in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Marcel Fassler started on pole in the #7 R18, with Oliver Jarvis next door in the #8. Porsche held down Row 2 (Timo Bernhard #1, Neel Jani #2) and Toyota Racing Row 3 (Mike Conway #6, Kaz Nakajima #5). The Top 3 qualifiers in the LMP2 were Rene Rast (#23 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05-Nissan), Stephane Richelmi (#36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan), and Jonny Kan...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Spa – Audi, Porsche finish 1-2; Ferrari tops in GT

Audi, Porsche, Toyota. All three had highs and lows in the season-opening round at Silverstone. Audi crossed the line first, but surrendered the victory to Porsche on a post-race technical infraction. Toyota took second. But all three marks had one car that didn’t finish, with the #12 Rebellion making the podium. Porsche Team locked down the front row, the #1 919 Hybrid (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley) outpacing its #2 sister car (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb). Toyota s...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – #17 Porsche wins; Webber, Hartley, Bernhard take points lead

The race started behind the safety car in heavy rain, the green flag flying after 21 min. Porsche Team 919 Hybrid’s locked down the front row again, the #17 ahead of the #18. The #7 Audi r18 e-tron quattro started third. G-Drive racing held down the first to spots in LMP2, the #26 beating the #28 in qualifying. AF Corse Ferraris and one of the Aston Martin Racing entries bested the Porsche Team Manthey 911s in GTE Pro qualifying, the #71, #51, and #99 beginning the race in that order. SMP...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA (Qualifying): Porsche, KCMG, Aston Martin, Dempsey fastest

Photo: Chris Smith LMP1: 1. #18 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani, Switzerland; Marc Lieb, Germany; Romain Dumas, France) 1:46.211 2. #17 Porsche (Timo Bernhard, Germany; Mark Webber, Australia; Brendon Hartley; New Zealand) +0.164 3. #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro (Lucas Di Grassi, Brazil; Loic Duval, France; Oliver Jarvis, Great Britain) +1.327   LMP2: 1. #47 KCMG Oreca 05-Nissan (Matthew Howson, Great Britain; Richard Bradley, Great Britain; Nicolas Lapierre, Franc...

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