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FIA WEC: Conway to pilot #7 Toyota at Circuit of the Americas

Toyota Racing test and reserve driver Mike Conway will make his race debut for the team in the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, in Austin on Sept. 20. The Englishman, already a two-time race winner this season in the IndyCar Series, will drive the 1,000-hp #7 TS040 Hybrid in place of Kazuki Nakajima, who has conflicting Super Formula duties in Japan. Conway gained experience in the TS040 during winter testing and raced at Circuit of the Americas in 2013 with G-Drive Racin...

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FIA WEC: Pre-Circuit of the Americas point standings

With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s second annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 44 days away (Sept. 20) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the post-Le Mans 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 doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COTA race is the first of f...

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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans - Audi 1-2 again, but no easy road

You can read the report for the first half of the race here.   The #14 Porsche’s fuel system problems returned during Hour 13, forcing it into the garage for repairs. The #7 Toyota led through the night, but retired on track at Arnage with electrical problems as the race entered its 14th hour. The #2 Audi moved to the front, but 2 hrs later, with a 3-lap lead in hand and Marcel Fassler driving, the car was pushed into the garage with engine problems. The #1 Audi moved to the fron...

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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans update – Toyota, Aston Martin lead halfway through

Photo: Toyota Racing   By 10 min in, the #8 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid driven by Nicolas Lapierre which had started third on the grid, made it past the #14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neal Jani) to slot in behind its pole-sitting #7 sister car, piloted at the start by Alex Wurz. Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro passed Jani for third 5 min later. The #8 left the track under braking while passing GT traffic, slotting back into the field in third place, with the #7 ta...

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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans preview – Toyota, Ligier, Ferrari lead the way

Photo: Toyota Racing   The #8 Toyota Racing TS 040 Hybrid continued its 2014 World Endurance Championship strength by posting the fastest time in Wednesday’s free practice in advance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car turned in a best lap of 3:23.652 on its sixteenth circuit of 43 with Anthony Davidson behind the wheel. The 43 laps run during the 4-hr practice session was tied for the most of any vehicle with the #14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid. Davidson’s time was 0.324 sec fa...

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FIA WEC: Spa-Francorchamps – Toyota, G-Drive remain undefeated

Photo: Gabi Tomescu/Adrenal Media.com   Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, and Sebastien Buemi secured their second 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship victory in two races, crossing the finish line of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in their #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid 1 min 13.926 sec ahead of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen). It was nearly a second 1-2 for Toyota, the Audi having crossed the line just 6.935 seconds in front of the #7 Toyota (A...

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FIA WEC: Spa-Francorchamps – Porsche, Toyota qualify on Row 1

Photo: Gabi Tomescu/AdrenalMedia.com   Marc Lieb and Neel Jani drove the #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid to the make’s first pole in the FIA World Endurance Championship competition, its 2:01.198 lap time in qualifying for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps representing the average of the best times set by the two drivers. The Silverstone-winning #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, qualified next to the Porsche on Row 1, posting an average time of 2:01.836. 201...

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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Toyota finishes 1-2; Porsche, Webber third in debut

Photo: Sean Smith/Adrenal Media After 1 hr, the #8 and #7 Toyota Hybrid TS040s ran first and second ahead of the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid and the #2 Audi e-tron quattro. The #7 had started on pole, with thet #1 Audi in P2. Andre Lotterer (#2 Audi) passed Alexander Wurz (#7 Toyota) on Lap 13 to take the lead before rain started 36 min into the race. After the first cycle of pit stops, Sebastian Buemi (#8 Toyota) emerged in the lead, ahead of Wurz and Lotterer, still on slicks. Lucas di Grassi (#1 ...

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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Toyota takes pole by 0.005 sec

Alex Wurz and Kaz Nakajima piloted the #7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid to P1 on the starting grid, posting an average time of 1:42.774. Stephane Sarrazin is the car’s third driver. WEC qualifying takes place over 25 min, with each team using two drivers and the average of their best two laps determining starting position. Defending champions Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval posted a time of 1:42.779 in #1 Audi e-tron quattro. Lucas di Grassi replaces the retired Allan McNish as the team’s thir...

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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Porsche, G-Drive, Ferrari top first practice

Photo: DR/Porsche Motorsport The #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid debuted at the top of the time sheets at Silverstone, Marc Leib setting a time of 1:44.042 in Free Practice 1. Loic Duval was second quickest in the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (1:44.470). Toyota was two-tenths back, Anthony Davidson driving the #8 Toyota to a fast lap of 1:44.661. Roman Rusinov drove the #26 G-Drive Racing Morgan-Nissan to the top of LMP2 at 1:51.004, followed by Nicolas Minassian, #27 SMP Racing Oreca 03 Nissan (1:51.743...

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