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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 Fuji – Toyota, G-Drive take first wins of 2016

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...

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WEC: 6 Hours of COTA - LMP1 interviews

Photo: Oliver Jarvis shortly before putting his car on the outside of the front row. Marc Lieb – Championship leading #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid On the level of intra-team competition: “Well it was clear by the end of this race last year that we had to fall back and help the #1 win the championship. Coming into the race this year those roles are somewhat reversed. But it is important that we both do as well as possible. It is a team sport in the end and we are driving for Porsche...

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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: 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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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Audi wins season opener; Porsche, Toyota also on podium

The #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid (Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer) won the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening 6 Hours of Silverstone by 4.160 sec over the #18 Porsche 919 hybrid (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb). Defending series champions Anthony Davidson, Sebatien Buemi, and Kaz Nakajima (#1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid) finished third. The Audi’s sister car, driven by Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, and Oliver Jarvis took fifth place following two unschedu...

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FIA WEC: 2015 full season entry list; Nissan joins the fun

Toyota, Audi, and Porsche will be joined in factory LMP1 competition by a two-car Nissan squad for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship. Harry Tincknell (UK) will be Driver 1 in the #22, with Olivier Pla moving up from his full-time LMP2 ride with G-Drive Racing in 2014 to be lead pilot of the #23. Tincknell was part of the Jota Sport team that won LMP2 and came in fifth overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year. Team Bykolles (Austria) will join Rebellion Racing with a one-car entry in...

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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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Friday LinkFrogging - 11/21/14

May the #LinkFrogging be ever in your favor

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