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WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Porsche, Aston Martin lead at halfway

Photo: Erik Junius Kamui Kobayashi broke a nearly 30-year old track record in putting the #7 Toyota Racing TS050 on the pole. The #8 sister car started P2. Darren Turner put the #97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage on GTE Pro pole. The #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani) took the initial lead, with the #8 Toyota (Sebastian Buemi) next assuming the point and the #7 (Mike Conway) returning to the front in the second hour. Four hours into the race the #7 still led overall, with the #13 Vaillante Re...

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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: 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 Circuit of the Americas – Porsche wins, Audi 2-3

Porsche came into this event with momentum in both LMP1 and GT Pro classes. Porsche’s LMP1 team claimed a 1-2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its top finishing full-time car in that race, the #17, went on to win the following (and most recent) race at Nurburgring. The team leads the LMP1 manufacturers title chase, and Richard Lietz is on top in the GT drivers championship, having also won GTE Pro at Nurburgring. And as an extra bonus for the US round, Dempsey-Proton racing (#77 Porsche 911 ...

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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: 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: G-Drive racing to introduce new Ligier chassis at COTA

After a 3-month pause in the FIA World Endurance Championship, G-Drive Racing comes to Austin, Tex., with new wheels underneath them. Roman Rusinov, Olivier Pla, and Julien Canal won the first two races of the season in their Morgan-Nissan LM P2. The trio will compete in the fourth round of the FIA WEC, the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, in a Ligier JS P2-Nissan, again supplied by Onroak Automotive. The new car will feature a closed cockpit, replacing the Morgan’s open format. G-Driv...

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FIA WEC: Spa-Francorchamps – Toyota, G-Drive remain undefeated

Photo: Gabi Tomescu/Adrenal Media.com   Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, and Sebastien Buemi secured their second 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship victory in two races, crossing the finish line of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in their #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid 1 min 13.926 sec ahead of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen). It was nearly a second 1-2 for Toyota, the Audi having crossed the line just 6.935 seconds in front of the #7 Toyota (A...

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