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WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Leading Toyota stops on track in last lap, Porsche wins

Photo: Adrenal Media-Gabi Tomescu With 10 hr left in the race the track still in complete darkness, the #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi) led overall. The #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan (Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi led LMP2, the #82 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488 (Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander, Matteo Malucelli) GTE Pro, and the #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia (Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal) GT...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Spa – Audi, Porsche finish 1-2; Ferrari tops in GT

Audi, Porsche, Toyota. All three had highs and lows in the season-opening round at Silverstone. Audi crossed the line first, but surrendered the victory to Porsche on a post-race technical infraction. Toyota took second. But all three marks had one car that didn’t finish, with the #12 Rebellion making the podium. Porsche Team locked down the front row, the #1 919 Hybrid (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley) outpacing its #2 sister car (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb). Toyota s...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Silverstone – Audi crosses line first, excluded; appeals

Audi Sport Team Joest R18s held down Row 1 on the starting grid, Andre Lotterer (#7) on pole with Oliver Jarvis (#8) next to him. The  #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid entry piloted by Mark Webber started third and the #2 Porsche driven by Romain Dumas fourth. Roman Rusinov was tops in LMP2, driving the #26 G-Drive Racing-Nissan machine, followed by Pipo Derani (#11 Extreme Speed Motorsports-Nissan) and Bruno Senna (#41 RGR Sport by Morano-Nissan). Davide Rigon was the fastest GTE Pro driver in ...

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IMSA: Long Beach – Wayne Taylor Racing, Porsche win

Christian Fittipaldi started on pole in the #5 Action Express Corvette DP, with Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) next door. Tom Long put the #70 SpeedSource Mazda on the grid in third. Porsche North America 911s started 2-3 in GT Le Mans (GTLM), #912 Earl Bamber in front of #911 Patrick Pilet, with Bill Auberlen leading the class in the #25 BMW Team RLL M6. Taylor passed Fittipaldi through the first series of turns, with Long moving into second a couple of corners later. Bambe...

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PWC: St. Petersburg – Lewis sweeps weekend

Michael Lewis scored a flag-to-flag GT victory in Saturday’s Round 3 race at the Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Martin Fuentes and Sloan Urry won in GTA and GT Cup respectively. The 50-minute race was held under partly cloudy skies and 71-degree temperatures. When the green flag flew, pole-sitter Lewis, in the #41 EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R, launched cleanly into the lead through Turn 1, with second-on-the-grid Alvaro Parente, Kevin Estr...

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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona: Tandy fastest overall, Aleshin takes Prototype pole

Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin overcame extremely wet conditions to capture the Prototype class pole for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Aleshin ran a lap of 2:05.793 (101.882 mph) in the Nissan-powered #37 BR01 fielded by Russian-based SMP Racing. The Prototype debuted in 2015 ELMS competition and is racing in North America for the first time.   ”I think the conditions were surprising for everyone,” Aleshin said. “During qualifying I was never sure while braking f...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Porsche wins race, championship

Audi won the first two races of the season, with Porsche winning at Le Mans and every race since to clinch the manufacturers championship. The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda, and Pedro Lamy) took pole in GTE Am. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia (Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander) started first in GTE Pro. Signatech Alpine’s #36 A450b-Nissan (Tom Dillmann) topped the LMP2 grid. Team Porsche 919 Hybrid’s locked down the front row, the #17 (Timo Bernhar...

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FIA WEC: Shanghai – Porsche wins, takes manufacturer’s title

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...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – #17 Porsche wins; Webber, Hartley, Bernhard take points lead

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...

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USCC: Petit Le Mans – Tandy wins overall in GTLM; Barbosa, Fittipaldi take second straight title

  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 ...

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