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FIA WEC: Final 2014 standings – Buemi, Bruni, Toyota, Ferrari among champions

The top 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship finishers in each category (with links to GonzoGeek interviews):   Drivers’ Championship 166 - Anthony Davidson (Great Britain), #8 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid 166 – Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland), #8 Toyota Wins: Silverstone, Spa, Fuji, Shanghai Poles: Circuit of the Americas, Fuji   127 – Andre Lotterer (Germany), #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro 127 – Benoit Treluyer (France), #2 Audi 127 &ndash...

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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: 6 Hours of COTA – Rain delays Practice 2, Toyota turns fastest lap

The heavy weather that had been in the area all day finally hit right as the second practice session for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas was about to begin. The start of the session was delayed from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with the course red flagged about 15 min in. The course was reopened with 58 min left and each driver having to complete a minimum of three timed laps. At the halfway mark Andre Lotterer (#2 Audi) had the fastest time with 2:17.98...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi, Aston Martin fastest in Practice 1

The first 30 min of Practice 1 for the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas saw Lucas Di Grassi in the #1 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro putting down the fast lap at 1 min 52.611 sec, 0.046 sec ahead of Sebastien Buemi in the #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid and 0.610 sec faster than Romain Dumas in the #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Nick Heidfeld drove the #12 Rebellion Racing R-One to a time of 1:58.105, just 0.006 sec faster than the first LMP2, Ryan Dalziel making Extreme Motorsports’ series ...

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FIA WEC: Porsche LMP1 preparing for second part of season

To prepare for the second part of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) the Porsche Team last week tested the Le Mans Prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid for three days at the Eurospeedway Lausitz near Dresden, Germany. Porsche works drivers Neel Jani (Switzerland), Romain Dumas (France), and Mark Webber (Australia) logged 2,031 total km during the test. The other three LMP1 works drivers, Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand), and Marc Lieb (Germany) tested in July in Paul Ricard...

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F1: Spa – Ricciardo wins second straight; Rosberg, Bottas trail

Photo: Red Bull Racing   Rain at the start of qualifying gradually dissipated as the sessions occurred, but the overall outcome didn’t change much, an all-Mercedes front row of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton outpacing the rest of the field by roughly 2 sec. Rosberg entered the post-summer break race with an 11-point lead over his teammate, who was in turn 60 points ahead of Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) ran another 16 points back. The next two rows of the ...

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