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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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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 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 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: Shanghai – Porsche wins, takes manufacturer’s title

The #17 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) came into the race with the points lead, having won three straight. The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda) topped GTE Am qualifying. Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni started on GTE Pro pole in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, followed by the #71 piloted by teammate Davide Rigon. The #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) qualified fastes...

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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: 6 Hours of COTA - Timo Bernhard interview

Photo: Chris Smith Timo Bernhard co-drives the #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid with Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley. Together with its #18 full-time sister car and Porsche's win at Le Mans (courtesy of its third team for the race: Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenburg) the mark comes to Circuit of the Americas leading the manufacturers championship.  The #17 has been gaining momentum all season, most recently finishing second at Le Mans and winning Nurburgring.  Bernhard: “It w...

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