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WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Audi 1-2 in swansong

The 6 Hours of Bahrain marked not just the end of the 2016 season but the end of Audi Sport Team Joest’s participation in the championship, Audi choosing to focus on Formula E competition instead after 18 years of endurance competition. It was also the final race of Mark Webber’s career, the Aussie retiring from the cockpit after storied runs in both Formula 1 and the highest rung of sports car racing, the latter of which included being crowned 2015 champion in the #1 Porsche and win...

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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: 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: 6 Hours of Spa – Audi, Porsche finish 1-2; Ferrari tops in GT

Audi, Porsche, Toyota. All three had highs and lows in the season-opening round at Silverstone. Audi crossed the line first, but surrendered the victory to Porsche on a post-race technical infraction. Toyota took second. But all three marks had one car that didn’t finish, with the #12 Rebellion making the podium. Porsche Team locked down the front row, the #1 919 Hybrid (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley) outpacing its #2 sister car (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb). Toyota s...

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IMSA: Laguna Seca – New Ford GT takes first win; Honda-Ligier overall victor

Prototypes and GT Le Mans classes raced separately from the other  classes. Mazda locked down the front row, Tristan Nunez (#55) taking pole ahead of Tom Long (#70). Dane Cameron (#31 Action Express Corvette DP) and Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) made up Row 2. Daniel Serra (#68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488) led the GTLM field to green, followed by the two Ford GTs, Ryan Briscoe (#67) ahead of Dirk Mueller (#66), and Tommy Milner (#4 Corvette Racing C7.R). Christian Fitti...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Silverstone – Audi crosses line first, excluded; appeals

Audi Sport Team Joest R18s held down Row 1 on the starting grid, Andre Lotterer (#7) on pole with Oliver Jarvis (#8) next to him. The  #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid entry piloted by Mark Webber started third and the #2 Porsche driven by Romain Dumas fourth. Roman Rusinov was tops in LMP2, driving the #26 G-Drive Racing-Nissan machine, followed by Pipo Derani (#11 Extreme Speed Motorsports-Nissan) and Bruno Senna (#41 RGR Sport by Morano-Nissan). Davide Rigon was the fastest GTE Pro driver in ...

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IMSA: 12 Hours of Sebring – ESM Honda-Ligier wins second straight enduro

  The #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Honda-Ligier JS P2 won the Twelve Hours of Sebring to take its second straight win in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With 5 min 45 sec to go, Pipo Derani passed Dane Cameron (#31 Action Express Corvette DP) to take the lead and the eventual victory, sweeping Daytona and Sebring in back-to-back rounds of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.   “What a tough race this was,” said Derani. “We had some c...

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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona – ESM, Ligier, Honda, take first event win

The 2016 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona marked the debut of the new Ford GT in sports car competition, Chip Ganassi Racing fielding two of them in GT Le Mans (GTLM). SMP Racing’s #37 BR01-Nisaan started at the front of the grid, driven by Mikhail Aleshin. Next door was the #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2-Honda with Luis Felipe Derani behind the wheel. Johnny Mowlem started the #20 BAR1 Motorsports entry at the front of Prototype Challenge (PC). Porsche North America 911 RSRs locked d...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas (Qualifying) – Ganassi, Porsche, Audi, RSR take poles

GT Daytona: 1. Dion Von Moltke (#48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS) 2:11.097 2. Ben Keating (#33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT) +0.176 3. Bill Sweedler (#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia) +0.247 4. Christina Nielsen (#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage) +0.673 5. Patrick Lindsey (#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America) +0.731   GT Le Mans: 1. Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche North America 911 RSR) 2:04.396 2. Dirk Werner (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) +0.141 3. Earl Ba...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas preview

Photo: Chris Smith With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s third annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 8 days away (Sept. 19) 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 fi...

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