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...
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...
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...
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...