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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas preview

Photo: Chris Smith With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s third annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 8 days away (Sept. 19) 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 fi...

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F1: Italy – Hamilton wins; Ferrari, Williams follow – tire inflation investigated

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) came into the race with a 28-point lead on teammate Nico Rosberg, and 67 points on Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari). Each Formula 1 race awards 25 points for a win. Ferrari split the Mercedes duo in qualifying at its home track, Hamilton taking the pole, followed by Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Vettel, and Rosberg. All the frontrunners started on soft tires. Raikkonen stalled at the start. Hamilton held the lead, followed by Vettel, and Felipe Massa (Williams). Hamilton’...

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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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USCC: Virginia – Porsche 1-2 in GTLM, Ferrari tops GTD

Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R) led the GT Le Mans standings coming into Virginia International Raceway, 4 points ahead of Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE), and 5 points up on Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche North America 911 RSR). Pilet, however, had won the last two consecutive races. The #62 Risi Competitizione Ferrari 458 Italia (Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer) won at VIR each of the past two years and started third on the grid today, wit...

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F1: Belgium – Mercedes 1-2, Grosjean-Lotus take third

 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) entered the race with a 21-point lead on teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ standings. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was 42 points back, followed by Valtteri Bottas (Williams, -125), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari, -126), and Felipe Massa (Williams, -128).  Hamilton and Rosberg once again locked down the front row, but were followed by Bottas, Sergio Perez (Force India), and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). A new start procedure was in place for Spa and all remai...

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USCC: Road America – Action Express and Porsche both take 1-2s

Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook (#90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP) led defending series champs Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi (#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP) by 7 points coming into Road America, the first of four remaining races. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R) led Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) by just 2 points in GT Le Mans. Joey Hand (#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley) won overall pole with Earl Bamber (#912 Po...

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F1: Hungary – Vettel wins, Red Bull 2-3  #JB17

All the front runners began the race on soft tires. Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg) locked down Row 1 again, followed by Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Felipe Massa (Williams) lined up out of place on the grid and aborted the first start, forcing another formation lap to avoid overheating and dropping the race distance from 70 laps to 69. Hamilton dropped to P4 at the start, jumped by both his teammate and the two Ferraris (Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen). The Fe...

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F1: Austria/Silverstone – Mercedes’ wins continue

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton (both Mercedes), and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) led the first lap in Austria, Rosberg taking P1 from Hamilton on the start. which also saw the race’s first caution; Further back, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren) collided, bringing out the race’s first caution. Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 7 (of 71). Rosberg’s lead over Hamilton measured 2+ sec during Lap 20. Vettel was another 7+ sec back. By Lap 30 the gaps had stretched ...

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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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