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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 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 Circuit of the Americas preview

With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s fourth annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 5 days away (Sept. 17) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the season points standings in the various classes and provide a few notes regarding the season so far. A 6-hr race win scores 25 points, with 18 for second, and 15 for third, etc. Points are doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COTA race is the first of four remaini...

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WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Leading Toyota stops on track in last lap, Porsche wins

Photo: Adrenal Media-Gabi Tomescu With 10 hr left in the race the track still in complete darkness, the #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi) led overall. The #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan (Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi led LMP2, the #82 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488 (Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander, Matteo Malucelli) GTE Pro, and the #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia (Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal) GT...

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WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Toyota, Signatech, Ferraris lead at halfway

Porsche, Toyota, and Audi qualified in the order at the front of the grid, the #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb) starting on the pole. LMP2 qualifying had the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05-Nissan starting first followed by the #35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine A460-Nissan and the #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan. Ford Chip Ganassi Teams USA and UK took three of the top four spots in GTE Pro qualifying. The USA #68 GT started on the pole (Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Sebastien Bou...

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WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Michael Shank Racing-Honda qualify LMP2 P5 in debut

  Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian’s journey to Le Mans took a significant step forward on Wednesday when the team turned its first official laps at the historic 8.47-mile circuit. It was the first official day of on track action as teams prepare for the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, set to begin Saturday afternoon local time (8:30 AM ET). The Team’s Le Mans 24 Hour drivers John Pew, Ozz Negri, and Laurens Vanthoor all put i...

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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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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: 24 Hours of Le Mans update – Toyota, Aston Martin lead halfway through

Photo: Toyota Racing   By 10 min in, the #8 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid driven by Nicolas Lapierre which had started third on the grid, made it past the #14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neal Jani) to slot in behind its pole-sitting #7 sister car, piloted at the start by Alex Wurz. Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro passed Jani for third 5 min later. The #8 left the track under braking while passing GT traffic, slotting back into the field in third place, with the #7 ta...

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