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Nicolas Prost starting reporting steering difficulties while on track in the #31, running second overall and first in LMP2 with 11 hr and 48 min left in the race. He pitted the next time past and the team pulled the car into the garage. The Vaillante Rebellion entry fell to third in class and fourth overall before retaking the track. Teammate Heinemeier-Hansson (#13) assumed first in LMP2 followed by Ho-Pin Tung in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing machine.
The #1 Porsche Team 9...
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Kamui Kobayashi broke a nearly 30-year old track record in putting the #7 Toyota Racing TS050 on the pole. The #8 sister car started P2. Darren Turner put the #97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage on GTE Pro pole.
The #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani) took the initial lead, with the #8 Toyota (Sebastian Buemi) next assuming the point and the #7 (Mike Conway) returning to the front in the second hour. Four hours into the race the #7 still led overall, with the #13 Vaillante Re...
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 ...
Joao Barbosa led Ricky Taylor and Misha Goikhberg under caution with 6 hr 12 min left in the race. Garret Grist ran first in Prototype Challenge. Joey Hand was at the point in GT Le Mans in front of Scott Dixon in the sister car. Mike Rockenfeller held P3 in class. Jeroen Bleekemolen topped GT Daytona.
Fittipaldi took over in the #5 with 5:48 to go, ceding the lead to Taylor. Taylor pitted 8 min later and came out in front of Fittipaldi. Fittipaldi retook the lead on track.
With 4:33 le...
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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...
The #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 started on pole, but all three LMP1 makes led at some point early in the race. The #7 retired during the first hour, race officials determining that its drive-train was out of homologation.
Leaders half way in were the #8 Audi, the #42 Strakka Racing Gibson-Nissan (LMP2), the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK GT (GTE Pro), and the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (GTE Am).
Competition at the front of the field was extremely tight, the #6 Toyota Gazoo R...
Robert Alon (#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports), James French (#38 Performance Tech Motorsports), and Jose Gutierrez (#7 Starworks Motorsports) were the first three cars on the grid, all in Prototype Challenge (Oreca 05-Chevrolet’s) as the Prototype’s had the weekend off.
Richard Westbrook (#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) started on GT Le Mans pole, followed by Dirk Werner (#25 BMW Team RLL M6) and Tommy Milner (#4 Corvette Racing C7.R). Spencer Pumpelly (#16 Change Racing Lamborghini ...
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...
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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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...