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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: 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 Fuji preview; FP 1, 2 results

 After four of eight FIA World Endurance Championship rounds Audi has an 18-point LMP1 manufacturers’ championship advantage over Toyota. Round 5 is at Fuji some 100 km southwest of Tokyo. If features very slow sectors alternating with extremely fast ones, with the 1.4-km section near the start and finish numbering among the longest straights in international motorsport. Fuji is the only circuit of the nine the WEC has run at since it started in 2012 on which Audi has yet to win. Las...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi 1-2, Toyota P3; Aston Martin takes GT classes

The first four drivers on the grid were Sebastian Buemi (#8 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid), Romain Dumas (#14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid), Mark Webber (#20 Porsche), and Andre Lotterer (#2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro). Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov put the #26 Ligier LS P2-Nissan on the LMP2 pole, with Richard Bradley next in the #47 KCMG Oreca-Nissan. Ryan Dalziel was behind the wheel of the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX 03b-Honda, marking the team’s World Endurance Champi...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi 1-2 in final practice, Toyota third

Low clouds remained in the area for the final World Endurance Cup practice, but the track was dry. Times improved appreciably from yesterday afternoon’s session. Loic Duval (#1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro) had the fastest time on the board halfway through the 60 min session, 1:49.480, followed by teammate Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi 1.117 sec back. Anthony Davidson (#8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid) continued his pace from last night, posting a 1:50.997. Roman Rusinov again demonstrated the new Ligie...

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F1: Spa – Ricciardo wins second straight; Rosberg, Bottas trail

Photo: Red Bull Racing   Rain at the start of qualifying gradually dissipated as the sessions occurred, but the overall outcome didn’t change much, an all-Mercedes front row of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton outpacing the rest of the field by roughly 2 sec. Rosberg entered the post-summer break race with an 11-point lead over his teammate, who was in turn 60 points ahead of Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) ran another 16 points back. The next two rows of the ...

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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: 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: 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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