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FIA WEC: Porsche LMP1 preparing for second part of season

To prepare for the second part of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) the Porsche Team last week tested the Le Mans Prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid for three days at the Eurospeedway Lausitz near Dresden, Germany. Porsche works drivers Neel Jani (Switzerland), Romain Dumas (France), and Mark Webber (Australia) logged 2,031 total km during the test. The other three LMP1 works drivers, Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand), and Marc Lieb (Germany) tested in July in Paul Ricard...

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USCC: Virginia – Risi Ferrari tops Falken Porsche for second straight win

Photo: Risi Competizione   The prototype classes got the weekend off, with the two GT classes – GT Le Mans and GT Daytona -- squaring off on their own. Seven different driver combinations were within 30 points of the top it GTLM, with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R) on top followed by the two SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-Rs. Magnussen went off track in practice, colliding with the #911 Porsche North America 911 RSR piloted by Richard Lietz which had left th...

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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans preview – Toyota, Ligier, Ferrari lead the way

Photo: Toyota Racing   The #8 Toyota Racing TS 040 Hybrid continued its 2014 World Endurance Championship strength by posting the fastest time in Wednesday’s free practice in advance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car turned in a best lap of 3:23.652 on its sixteenth circuit of 43 with Anthony Davidson behind the wheel. The 43 laps run during the 4-hr practice session was tied for the most of any vehicle with the #14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid. Davidson’s time was 0.324 sec fa...

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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: Silverstone – Toyota finishes 1-2; Porsche, Webber third in debut

Photo: Sean Smith/Adrenal Media After 1 hr, the #8 and #7 Toyota Hybrid TS040s ran first and second ahead of the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid and the #2 Audi e-tron quattro. The #7 had started on pole, with thet #1 Audi in P2. Andre Lotterer (#2 Audi) passed Alexander Wurz (#7 Toyota) on Lap 13 to take the lead before rain started 36 min into the race. After the first cycle of pit stops, Sebastian Buemi (#8 Toyota) emerged in the lead, ahead of Wurz and Lotterer, still on slicks. Lucas di Grassi (#1 ...

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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Toyota takes pole by 0.005 sec

Alex Wurz and Kaz Nakajima piloted the #7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid to P1 on the starting grid, posting an average time of 1:42.774. Stephane Sarrazin is the car’s third driver. WEC qualifying takes place over 25 min, with each team using two drivers and the average of their best two laps determining starting position. Defending champions Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval posted a time of 1:42.779 in #1 Audi e-tron quattro. Lucas di Grassi replaces the retired Allan McNish as the team’s thir...

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FIA WEC: Silverstone – Porsche, G-Drive, Ferrari top first practice

Photo: DR/Porsche Motorsport The #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid debuted at the top of the time sheets at Silverstone, Marc Leib setting a time of 1:44.042 in Free Practice 1. Loic Duval was second quickest in the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (1:44.470). Toyota was two-tenths back, Anthony Davidson driving the #8 Toyota to a fast lap of 1:44.661. Roman Rusinov drove the #26 G-Drive Racing Morgan-Nissan to the top of LMP2 at 1:51.004, followed by Nicolas Minassian, #27 SMP Racing Oreca 03 Nissan (1:51.743...

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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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USCC: 12 Hours of Sebring – Ganassi wins, Porsche tops GTs

Photo: IMSA.com   Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona winners #5 Action Express (Corvette DP) took the pole for the 12 Hours of Sebring with Sebastien Bourdais behind the wheel. Alex Brundle qualified the OAK Racing Oreca-Nissan second. Michael Christensen topped GT LeMans (GTLM) qualifying in a Porsche North America 911 RSR. Dane Cameron won the GT Daytona (GTD) pole in a Turner Motorsport BMW Z4, but had to start from the pits following a timing violation. Bruno Junquiera led the Prototype Challe...

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USCC: 24 Hours of Daytona - Action Express wins; Porsche, Ferrari take GT classes

By 9 hr 20 min into the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona Jordan Taylor and the #10 had slipped to P6, with Alessandro Balzan leading GTD in the #63 Ferrari. Action Express’ Joao Barbosa led the field in the #5, trailed by teammate Brian Frisselle. Under caution with 14:12 left, Barbosa and Frisselle led Scott Dixon in the #02 Ganassi Ford-Riley DP. The caution was brought out when the #09 RSR Racing PC car left the track. With 14 hours to go Barbosa remained in the lead, but pit stops moved Oswal...

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