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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 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 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 COTA (Practice 3) – Porsche, Alpine, Aston Martin fastest

    The #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley) was fastest in Free Practice 2, Thursday evening at 1 min 47.442 sec. G-Drive Racing’s #26 Ligier LS P2-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) led LMP2 at 1:55.874.  The #92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR (Patrick Pilet, Frederic Makowiecki)  posted the best time in GTE Pro, 2:06.041, with the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia (Victor Shaytar, Andrea Bertolini, Aleksy Basov) toppin...

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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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Grand-Am of the Americas 2013: Video Special

Photo: Chris Smith/Gonzogeek Media Inc. With the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., now less than 2 weeks away it seemed a good time to share some the sights and sounds of Grand-Am’s first visit to Circuit of the Americas earlier this month. First up is a clip from Rolex Series practice on Friday, Mar. 1     Here are the cars returning to the paddock post-practice     Next out are the Continental Tire Challenge participants, again obs...

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Grand-Am of the Americas Wrap-Up - Pt 2: Rolex Series

Paul Dalla Lana: “Turn 1’s pretty iconic as you’re going down the front straight, staring up into the sky and wondering what’s going to happen once you go off the ramp.” Bill Auberlen: “There’re 20 turns that have to be done perfect. And it allows a chance for someone who’s very precise and very accurate to excel lap after lap. Somebody that makes a mistake, usually going into the esses, they mess one turn up and it screws up five. A guy who&rsquo...

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Grand-Am of the Americas Wrap-Up - Pt. 1: Continental Challenge

Grand-Am’s debut at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex., could not have been a bigger success. The more than 26,000 fans which turned out for the two-day event were treated to competitive racing literally from start to checker in both classes competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and in the DP and GT classes of the Rolex Sports Car Series.\ Jon Fogarty extended his Rolex Series record of poles won to 24, and then teamed with Alex Gurney to win the race in the #99 Gain...

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GRAND-AM 2013: Gainsco wins, Auberlen/Dalla Lana double down again

  Given the close racing and down-to-the-wire finishes in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race this morning, the debut Rolex Series race at Circuit of the Americas stands ready to elevate the track to the top spot in US road courses. Jon Fogarty put the #99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP on the pole, with a second Corvette, the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing machine piloted by Jordan Taylor starting right next door just 0.060 sec slower. Ferraris hold the first two spots in th...

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