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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: 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: Spa-Francorchamps – Porsche, Toyota qualify on Row 1

Photo: Gabi Tomescu/AdrenalMedia.com   Marc Lieb and Neel Jani drove the #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid to the make’s first pole in the FIA World Endurance Championship competition, its 2:01.198 lap time in qualifying for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps representing the average of the best times set by the two drivers. The Silverstone-winning #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, qualified next to the Porsche on Row 1, posting an average time of 2:01.836. 201...

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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Toyota finishes 1-2; Porsche, Webber third in debut

Photo: Sean Smith/Adrenal Media After 1 hr, the #8 and #7 Toyota Hybrid TS040s ran first and second ahead of the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid and the #2 Audi e-tron quattro. The #7 had started on pole, with thet #1 Audi in P2. Andre Lotterer (#2 Audi) passed Alexander Wurz (#7 Toyota) on Lap 13 to take the lead before rain started 36 min into the race. After the first cycle of pit stops, Sebastian Buemi (#8 Toyota) emerged in the lead, ahead of Wurz and Lotterer, still on slicks. Lucas di Grassi (#1 ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Toyota wins, OAK Racing takes LMP2 title

Photo: Jean Michel Le Meur/DPPI   Toyota held the first two spots on the grid and retained these positions at race-start. Rebellion retired with a fiery engine failure 90 min in, with the No. 7 Toyota driven by Alexander Wurz coming to halt at pit exit with mechanical problems of its own 30 min later.   The #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca driven by Mike Conway took the LMP2 lead 4 hr and 34 min. into the race. Pecom Racing’s #49 left the circuit and hit a barrier entering the final...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – Toyota takes win, Audi manufacturers’ championship

Torrential rain at 4.563-km Fuji International Speedway stopped the race at 3 hr and 46 min, with the No.7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid of Kazuki Nakajima, Nicolas Lapierre, and Alexander Wurz declared the overall winner. Half points were awarded to all drivers, whether they got behind the wheel or not. The No.2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Tom Kristensen, Loïc Duval, and Allan McNish finished second clinching the FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship for Audi. The No. 2 car, starting ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – McNish, Conway, Aston Martin take wins

The starting grid had Loic Duval on pole with teammate Marcel Fassler (Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro) right next door. Sebastien Buemi (Toyota Racing TS030) started third, about 1 sec behind the Audis, with Nick Heidfeld (Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Coupe – Toyota) in fourth. The top LMP2 driver on the grid was John Martin (G-Drive Racing Oreca 03 – Nissan), starting fifth overall. Fredric Makowiecki (Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8) led the GT field, followed by Jorg...

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24 Hours of Le Mans 2013: Audi, Nissan, Porsche rise to the top; Kristensen wins 9th

Photo: www.24h-lemans.com As the sun rose at Le Mans with roughly 9 hr to go, the No. 2 Audi, piloted by Loic Duval held a nearly 1-lap lead on the first Toyota. With 8:17 left Bruno Senna led GTE Pro in the No. 99 Aston Martin. During the race’s 21st hour Frederic Makowiecki crashed from the lead while driving this car, removing it from competition. The No. 7 Toyota piloted by Nicolas Lapierre crashed in the Porsche curves nearing the final hour, with his abandoning the vehicle ...

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Formula 1: Update - Dollars and Designs

RUSSIAN GREEN: Caterham confirmed Vitaly Petrov as its second driver for 2012, joining Heikki Kovalainen and replacing Jarno Trulli. Petrov’s debut in Caterham’s CT01 will take place at the second pre-season test Feb. 21-24 at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya. Trulli’s departure leaves Formula 1 without an Italian driver for the first time since the 1960s. The switch to Petrov was ascribed largely the greater sponsorship he could bring to the team. BRAWNY MERC: Mercedes&...

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Formula 1: Update - Kimi, Bruno, Buemi, and Bobby

KIMI’S RETURN--Kimi Raikkonen returns to Formula 1 in 2012 after a two year absence, driving for Team Lotus (last year’s Renault). He’s met with engineers, had his seat fitted, and will be testing with the team in Spain next month. Raikkonen will be joined on Team Lotus by Romain Grosjean. The first round of winter testing is Feb. 7-9.   BRUNO WILLIAMS--Bruno Senna, who drove for Renault last year, is rumored to be joining Williams for 2012, to drive alongside Pastor Mal...

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