The #17 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) came into the race with the points lead, having won three straight.
The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda) topped GTE Am qualifying. Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni started on GTE Pro pole in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, followed by the #71 piloted by teammate Davide Rigon. The #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) qualified fastes...
The race started behind the safety car in heavy rain, the green flag flying after 21 min. Porsche Team 919 Hybrid’s locked down the front row again, the #17 ahead of the #18. The #7 Audi r18 e-tron quattro started third. G-Drive racing held down the first to spots in LMP2, the #26 beating the #28 in qualifying.
AF Corse Ferraris and one of the Aston Martin Racing entries bested the Porsche Team Manthey 911s in GTE Pro qualifying, the #71, #51, and #99 beginning the race in that order. SMP...
Watching steady rain fall throughout the day Friday at Road Atlanta, Tudor United SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) points leader Richard Westbrook knew his #90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP would start on the pole for Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda if qualifying was cancelled due to weather.
When the decision was made to hold the session, Westbrook won the pole the hard way, running a lap of 1:27.860 (104.075 mph) to capture his first P1 of the ...
Porsche came into this event with momentum in both LMP1 and GT Pro classes. Porsche’s LMP1 team claimed a 1-2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its top finishing full-time car in that race, the #17, went on to win the following (and most recent) race at Nurburgring. The team leads the LMP1 manufacturers title chase, and Richard Lietz is on top in the GT drivers championship, having also won GTE Pro at Nurburgring. And as an extra bonus for the US round, Dempsey-Proton racing (#77 Porsche 911 ...
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Timo Bernhard co-drives the #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid with Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley. Together with its #18 full-time sister car and Porsche's win at Le Mans (courtesy of its third team for the race: Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenburg) the mark comes to Circuit of the Americas leading the manufacturers championship. The #17 has been gaining momentum all season, most recently finishing second at Le Mans and winning Nurburgring.
Bernhard: “It w...
Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, and Nico Hulkenberg drove to overall victory at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans despite none of them having prior LMP1 experience.
Tandy: “When Porsche announced a third car for Le Mans, they needed three drivers for it. It was clear that you can’t just take three guys who are doing another series full-time, because they’ve got their own job. So it had to be made up of guys from different areas of our sport.
At the end of the day Porsche picked the three...
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1. #18 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani, Switzerland; Marc Lieb, Germany; Romain Dumas, France) 1:46.211
2. #17 Porsche (Timo Bernhard, Germany; Mark Webber, Australia; Brendon Hartley; New Zealand) +0.164
3. #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro (Lucas Di Grassi, Brazil; Loic Duval, France; Oliver Jarvis, Great Britain) +1.327
1. #47 KCMG Oreca 05-Nissan (Matthew Howson, Great Britain; Richard Bradley, Great Britain; Nicolas Lapierre, Franc...
1. Dion Von Moltke (#48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS) 2:11.097
2. Ben Keating (#33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT) +0.176
3. Bill Sweedler (#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia) +0.247
4. Christina Nielsen (#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage) +0.673
5. Patrick Lindsey (#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America) +0.731
GT Le Mans:
1. Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche North America 911 RSR) 2:04.396
2. Dirk Werner (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) +0.141
3. Earl Ba...
The #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley) was fastest in Free Practice 2, Thursday evening at 1 min 47.442 sec. G-Drive Racing’s #26 Ligier LS P2-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) led LMP2 at 1:55.874. The #92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR (Patrick Pilet, Frederic Makowiecki) posted the best time in GTE Pro, 2:06.041, with the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia (Victor Shaytar, Andrea Bertolini, Aleksy Basov) toppin...
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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...