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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 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 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 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 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 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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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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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans - Audi 1-2 again, but no easy road

You can read the report for the first half of the race here.   The #14 Porsche’s fuel system problems returned during Hour 13, forcing it into the garage for repairs. The #7 Toyota led through the night, but retired on track at Arnage with electrical problems as the race entered its 14th hour. The #2 Audi moved to the front, but 2 hrs later, with a 3-lap lead in hand and Marcel Fassler driving, the car was pushed into the garage with engine problems. The #1 Audi moved to the fron...

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