Marcel Fassler is co-pilot, with Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer, of the drivers-championship leading #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro. Porsche is gaining ground, but Fassler remains cool.
Fassler: “For sure we’ll try everything we can do to stay in front. We know that for one lap, especially for qualifying, that Porsche has a big advantage to us. We cannot beat them in qualifying. But that’s also not the points to get.
I think over the distance our car is quit...
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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...
Race officials moved Round 2 of Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup competition at Circuit of the Americas forward by 30 min due to expectations of worsening weather and decided on side-by-side rolling start as well.
Nick Catsburg (#25 LG Racing Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) posted the fastest lap in yesterday’s Round 1 to earn pole today with Johnny O’Connell (#3 Cadillac Racing ATS-VR GT3) starting next to him. Catsburg led from the start in the first round until a driver through pe...
GTS Round 2 used a double-file rolling start due to wet conditions. Round 1 winner Kris Wilson (#07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT), subbing in for sick teammate Max Riddle started on the pole, with Andrew Aquilante (#32 Phoenix American Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302) next door. Kurt Rezzetano in the #37 Phoenix sister car and Dean Martin (#50 Rehagen Racing Mustang) made up Row 2.
Aquilante fought Wilson hard for the lead through the first series of turns before briefly leaving the track ...
Lambo, McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche: the front four for Round 1 of GT/GTA/GT Cup competition at Circuit of the Americas.
Kevin Estre started very slowly in the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3. Nicky Catsburg (#25 LG Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) maintained the lead with Ryan Dalziel (#31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R) slotting into second and Olivier Beretta (#61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia) running third. Johnny O’Connell (#3 Cadillac Racing ATS-VR GT3) moved up in...