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FIA WEC: 2014 preview – Porsche fights for top spot in Season 3

Photo: Paola Depalmas/Adrenal Media The 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship begins in the UK this weekend with the 6 Hours of Silverstone, the first of eight events including the 24 Hours of LeMans, June 14-15, and the debut of night racing at Circuit of the Americas with the inaugural Lone Star LeMans, a 6-hour race starting at 5 pm, Saturday, Sept. 20. Other stops in the series’ third season include 6-hour races at Spa-Francorchamps, Fuji, Shanghai, Bahrain, and the Nov. 30 season fin...

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IndyCar: Mike Conway talks testing at Sebring

Photo: John Hendrick   Mike Conway selects a spot out of the sun on Sebring International Raceway's pit lane for a conversation with Ed Carpenter Racing and Chevrolet engineers. The dialogue during an extended break during a team test day includes performance characteristics of the twin turbocharged 2.2-liter V-6 engine, handling on the abrasive 1.67-mile surface, shocks, balance, and braking. Conway recalls details of every alteration, almost every lap of the program checklist that ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Toyota wins, OAK Racing takes LMP2 title

Photo: Jean Michel Le Meur/DPPI   Toyota held the first two spots on the grid and retained these positions at race-start. Rebellion retired with a fiery engine failure 90 min in, with the No. 7 Toyota driven by Alexander Wurz coming to halt at pit exit with mechanical problems of its own 30 min later.   The #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca driven by Mike Conway took the LMP2 lead 4 hr and 34 min. into the race. Pecom Racing’s #49 left the circuit and hit a barrier entering the final...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Shanghai - #1 Audi takes race, #2 the championship

The No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer, and Marcel Fässler won the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Shanghai by 15.374 sec, beating the No.7 Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz and N Lapierre.  The No.2 Audi’s third place finish was enough to provisionally secure the FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship for Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, and Loic Duval. Rebellion Racing’s No.12 Lola Toyota...

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Formula 1: Abu Dhabi - Seven straight for Vettel; Mercedes passes Ferrari

Mark Webber bested his four-time world champion Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying to start on pole. Vettel took the grid P2 with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) P3 and his teammate Lewis Hamilton fourth. A Vettel victory would tie him with Michael Schumacher for second on the all-time consecutive wins list with seven. A Webber victory, meanwhile, would be his career 10th as he prepares to retire from Formula 1 and join Porsche as a factory driver as the make returns to prototype competiti...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – Toyota takes win, Audi manufacturers’ championship

Torrential rain at 4.563-km Fuji International Speedway stopped the race at 3 hr and 46 min, with the No.7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid of Kazuki Nakajima, Nicolas Lapierre, and Alexander Wurz declared the overall winner. Half points were awarded to all drivers, whether they got behind the wheel or not. The No.2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Tom Kristensen, Loïc Duval, and Allan McNish finished second clinching the FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship for Audi. The No. 2 car, starting ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – McNish, Conway, Aston Martin take wins

The starting grid had Loic Duval on pole with teammate Marcel Fassler (Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro) right next door. Sebastien Buemi (Toyota Racing TS030) started third, about 1 sec behind the Audis, with Nick Heidfeld (Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Coupe – Toyota) in fourth. The top LMP2 driver on the grid was John Martin (G-Drive Racing Oreca 03 – Nissan), starting fifth overall. Fredric Makowiecki (Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8) led the GT field, followed by Jorg...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Pole-winners’ press conference

The pole winners in all four classes competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hour of Circuit of the Americas talk about their experience on track. Winners were Audi Sport Team Joest’s Loic Duval and Tom Kristensen (LMP1), G-Drive Racing’s Mike Conway and John Martin (LMP2), Aston Martin Racing’s Bruno Senna and Frederic Makowiecki (LMGTE Pro), and 8 Star Motorsports’ Matteo Malucelli and Rui Aguas (LMGTE Am).

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi Sport Team Joest pre-race interviews

Andre Lotterer gives the GG interview experience the thumbs up. Well, actually that's the international high-sign for pending victory, but one of these days.... Tom Kristensen First impressions of Circuit of the Americas “It’s one of the best modern circuits made. Of course it has a lot of safety aspects, but it’s still a very challenging technical course. It has a lot of fast sections, but especially the first part of Sector 3 is really technical, with four first-gear cor...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Jӧrg Bergmeister pre-race interview

I had a nice chat with Jӧrg, then took this photo as the next journalist got under way. On his first visit to Circuit of the Americas “It’s definitely a great facility. So far I’ve really enjoyed my stay. I enjoy the track and I think that the fan turnout will be good as well.”   …and driving the track itself “I usually prefer the quick parts and do here as well. I’m not a big fan of hairpins but I really like the roomier corners, ...

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