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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 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 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 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 – 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 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: 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: 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: 6 Hours of the Nurburgring – Porsche wins, Ferrari 1-2 in GTE Pro

Audi Sport Team Joest locked down the front row in the first race since Porsche’s last lap victory over Toyota in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Marcel Fassler started on pole in the #7 R18, with Oliver Jarvis next door in the #8. Porsche held down Row 2 (Timo Bernhard #1, Neel Jani #2) and Toyota Racing Row 3 (Mike Conway #6, Kaz Nakajima #5). The Top 3 qualifiers in the LMP2 were Rene Rast (#23 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05-Nissan), Stephane Richelmi (#36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan), and Jonny Kan...

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