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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Nurburgring – Porsche rules the day

Porsche Team locked down the front row in qualifying, the #18 919 Hybrid (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb) on pole next to the #17 (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley). Audi Sport Team Joest (R18 e-tron quattro) followed on Row 2 and Toyota Gazoo Racing (TS040 Hybrid) on Row 3. LMP2 was led to the green flag by Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, and 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner Nick Tandy (#47 KCMG Oreca 05 – Nissan). Romain Rusinov, Julien Canal, and Sam Bird (#26 G-Driv...

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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Hulkenberg, Bamber, Tandy win for Porsche

Photo:  Guenole Trehorel / ACO Porsche and Audi ran strong through the night, the #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid leading the way with Nick Tandy at the wheel holding a 1-lap lead over Mark Webber in the #17 sister car.  The #9 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro driven by René Rast held third. Marcel Fässler’s #7 Audi was running second in the early hours of the morning but lost part of its engine cover, and the place, after having to make a slightly longer stop t...

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FIA WEC:  24 Hours of Le Mans – Porsche, KCMG, Corvette, SMP mid-race leaders

Four LMP1 factory teams – Audi, Toyota, Porsche, Nissan -- lined up for the tri-color for the first time since 1999. Porsche took the first three places on the grid, led by Neel Jani (#18, with Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas). Mark Webber, Brendan Hartley, and Timo Bernhard followed in the #17 and Formula 1’s Nico Hulkenberg, Nick Tandy, and Earl Bamber in the third Porsche factory P1 entry. The #8 Audi (Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis) was the first non-Porsche and the first ...

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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans - OAK Racing preps for Test Day

OAK Racing, which scored a double in the Sarthe classic in 2013, will start the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours in a few weeks with the #34 and #35 Ligier JS P2s. This week the team tested it’s the cars equipped with the special Le Mans aero kit in preparation for the May 31 Test Day. Chris Cumming, Kevin Estre, and Laurens Vanthoor, who are newcomers to the LM P2 category and to the Le Mans 24 Hours, had their first taste of their new car, the #34 Ligier JS P2-Honda, running at both Spa-Francorch...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Spa – Audi wins again, Rees for the first time

Porsche locked down the first three positions in the starting grid at Spa-Francorchamps. The #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid driven by Timo Bernhard and Brendan Hartley was fastest (average fastest laps of 1 min 54.767 sec), followed by the team’s third entry, the #19 piloted by Nico Hulkenburg and Nick Tandy (+0.258 sec). Neel Jani and Marc Lieb followed in the #18. The Audi Sport Team Joest #7 R18 e-tron quattro was the first non-Porsche, lining up fourth on the grid and driven by Andre Lott...

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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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Friday LinkFrogging - 1/16/15

#LinkFrogging....full coverage

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Michael Shank Racing, Krohn to drive Ligier JS P2 in 2015

Both Michael Shank Racing and Krohn Racing will run the Onroak Automotive Ligier JS P2 sports prototype in 2015. The car will conform with both IMSA and FIA WEC specifications through 2017.   The Ligier JS P2 debuted in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning pole position and taking second place in LMP2. It also made a successful American debut in September at the Lone Star Le Mans in Austin, taking LMP2 pole in the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas and the overall top spot in t...

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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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