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Oliver Gavin confirmed with Corvette Racing for the 2017 season
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 05:40 PM
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Oliver Gavin confirmed with Corvette Racing for the 2017 season


With no less than 48 wins with Corvette Racing since 2002, Oliver Gavin will again compete alongside Tommy Milner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017.

2016 proved to be a most-successful season for Gavin with he and teammate Milner notched up the brand’s 100th GTML victory on the way to his fifth title with the team. Naturally he is looking forward to getting back to the track and competing for more success…



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Full-Season Four Return to Corvette Racing for 2017
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 06:15 AM
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Full-Season Four Return to Corvette Racing for 2017


After sweeping all six GT Le Mans titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2016 and winning five times, Corvette Racing confirmed today that its full-season driver roster will remain unchanged for the upcoming 2017 racing season.

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Bad Luck Denies Larbre Competition Podium In Bahrain Season Finale
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 06:17 AM
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Bad Luck Denies Larbre Competition Podium In Bahrain Season Finale


Having led the 6 Hours of Bahrain (17-19 November) after a thundering start, Larbre Competition were still fighting for a fifth FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE Am podium of the season with 75 minutes to go, when their #50 Corvette C7.R suffered damage as a result of contact.

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Alpine Celebrates Its World Titles
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 06:24 AM
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Alpine Celebrates Its World Titles


Contested on Saturday evening, the ninth and final round of the 2016 FIA WEC saw Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes finish on the podium for the seventh time this season. This was no title decider, of course, since the no.36 Signatech-Alpine crew had already wrapped up the championship after the 6 Hours of Shanghai.

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Rebellion Racing Ends 2016 FIA WEC On A High In Bahrain
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 08:43 PM
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Rebellion Racing Ends 2016 FIA WEC On A High In Bahrain


REBELLION Racing finished on a high in Bahrain cementing five years of total domination of the LMP1 Privateer category of the FIA World Endurance. The #13 Rebellion R-One AER won the last race of the season, the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

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Audi Says Goodbye With One-Two Victory
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 06:50 AM
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Audi Says Goodbye With One-Two Victory


Saying goodbye with a bang: Audi achieved an impressive one-two victory in the last race of its Le Mans prototypes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). After clinching pole position in qualifying, the Audi R18 diesel hybrid sports car went on to claim a lights-to-flag victory in the 6 Hours of Bahrain. In addition, Lucas di Grassi set the fastest race lap. As a result, Audi has clinched the vice-championship titles in the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications.

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RGR Sport Finishes 2nd In Race And World Championship After Season Finale
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 06:50 AM
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RGR Sport Finishes 2nd In Race And World Championship After Season Finale


LMP2 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: 2nd
CHASSIS: #43 RGR Sport / LMP2 / Ligier JS P2

RGR Sport kept their track record of stellar performances alive with a 2nd place finish at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the finale of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The eighteen points from the seventh podium finish of the year secured 2nd place in the Championship for the first-year team, only five points ahead of Russian crew, G-Drive Racing, who finished 3rd in the standings.

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Aston Martin Racing Seals World Championship Titles In Bahrain
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 06:49 AM
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Aston Martin Racing Seals World Championship Titles In Bahrain


Aston Martin Racing drivers Nicki Thiim (DN) and Marco Sørensen (DN) have today been crowned world champions after taking victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s season finale in Bahrain.

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WEC Bahrain: Audi Sport Quotes
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 06:49 AM
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WEC Bahrain: Audi Sport Quotes


Quotes from the Audi team following the one-two victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) finale.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “There’s no sweeter way to end such a project than with a one-two victory. It was a very emotional race and the entire FIA WEC made it very difficult for us to quit. Today, you could tell that we’ve grown into a big family over many years. Now, we’re going to look ahead, giving our all in our new projects, just like we’ve come to be known. What happened in the WEC will not repeat itself. These 18 years of the sports car project have been a very important part of my professional life that I tremendously enjoyed. And I was fortunate enough to have always worked together with fantastic people.”

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WEC 6H Bahrain - Ferrari Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 06:05 AM
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WEC 6H Bahrain - Ferrari Qualifying Recap


Qualifying for the 6 Hours of Bahrain was very tight on Friday afternoon at Sakhir. The Ferrari 488 GTEs of AF Corse no. 51 and no. 71 will set off on Saturday at 4 pm local time (2 pm CET) from third and fifth position. In the GTE-Am class the 458 Italia no. 83 of François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas just missed out on pole and will start second. The crew’s main aim will be to complete more than 70% of the race distance. If they achieve that the trio will have clinched the title.

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Final Pole Position For Audi In Bahrain
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 06:04 AM
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Final Pole Position For Audi In Bahrain


Shining at the end: Lucas di Grassi (BR) and Oliver Jarvis (GB) achieved two personal bests and secured the best possible starting base for Audi at the last sports car event in the company’s history.

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RGR Sport To Start 4th For Season Finale In Bahrain
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 06:04 AM
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RGR Sport To Start 4th For Season Finale In Bahrain


LMP2 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: 2nd
CHASSIS: #43 RGR Sport / LMP2 / Ligier JS P2

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RGR Sport Takes On Season Finale In Bahrain
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 06:30 PM
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RGR Sport Takes On Season Finale In Bahrain


RGR Sport has made it to the ninth and final round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance season in Bahrain. The Mexican team will be fighting to maintain their second place position after the French team of Signatech Alpine clinched the top spot after their performance in Shanghai. RGR Sport’s battle for second will be with the Russian team of G-Drive Racing in the #26 Oreca Nissan.

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Gibson-Powered Onroak Ligier LM P2 Impresses In North American Debut For PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 06:11 PM
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Gibson-Powered Onroak Ligier LM P2 Impresses In North American Debut For PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports


Longtime Prototype Challenge (PC) competitor PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has made the step up to the Prototype class, with the intention of running a Gibson-powered Ligier JS P217 for a full-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entry in 2017.

"It’s an exciting change," team owner Bobby Oergel said on Wednesday. "We loved the PC category and what it was all about - still do to be quite honest. But the end result is that as a team, this is a move up in the direction that we ultimately want to go. We’re excited, it’s a lot of fun."

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports partnered with Onroak Automotive to bring the new Ligier Stateside, a partnership that was important to both parties.


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Sportscars Ford In Fight For Teams Title At WEC Season Finale
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 05:41 PM
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Sportscars Ford In Fight For Teams Title At WEC Season Finale


The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team is in the Kingdom of Bahrain this week for the final round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.

After two wins in a row for the #67 Ford GT, the GTE Pro teams’ title is within reach, although the latest Balance of Performance changes will make it a challenging target. Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) need to finish ahead of the current leader (#95 Aston Martin) to snatch the title. Anything could happen though, as the Ferraris are still in the hunt as is the sister #66 Ford GT crew of Stefan Mücke (GER) and Olivier Pla (FRA) who will be pushing hard for their first win of the season.

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Alpine Aiming To Celebrate Its World Title In Style!
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 05:41 PM
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Alpine Aiming To Celebrate Its World Title In Style!


• Two weeks after securing the LMP2 title in China*, the Signatech-Alpine team concludes its FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season at the 6 Hours of Bahrain.
• In the no.36 Alpine A460, newly-crowned World Champions Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes will be targeting their fifth win in 2016.
• Competing in the no.35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine, Paul-Loup Chatin, Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng will also be determined to finish the season on a high.

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Oward And Owen To Test With Rgr Sport In FIA WEC Rookie Test
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 05:58 AM
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Oward And Owen To Test With Rgr Sport In FIA WEC Rookie Test


LMP2 POSITION: 2nd
CHASSIS: #43 RGR Sport / LMP2 / Ligier JS P2

One day after the final round of the FIA World Endurance , Sunday November 20, drivers Patricio O’Ward and Will Owen will have the opportunity to test with RGR Sport during the official “Rookie Test” at Bahrain International Circuit. Both young drivers will be driving a Nissan Ligier JS P2 for the first time after coming from a predominately open-wheel background and just finishing competing against each other in the Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires.

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Emotional Farewell For Audi From The FIA WEC
Posted by: newsla on Friday, November 11, 2016 - 05:29 PM
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Emotional Farewell For Audi From The FIA WEC


Audi is ending an era. On Saturday, November 19, not only the current season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will end in Bahrain but also Audi ceasing its prototype program after 18 years. Audi’s prototypes, from the Audi R8, the Audi R10 TDI and the Audi R15 TDI to the Audi R18, have shaped an entire racing era. They represent one of Audi Sport’s most successful periods and are symbols of the technical progress achieved by the brand with the four rings.

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Top five in Shanghai for Larbre Competition
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 06:18 AM
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Top five in Shanghai for Larbre Competition


By finishing fifth at the 6 Hours of Shanghai (November 4-6), Larbre Competition scored points for the seventh time out of eight rounds in the 2016 FIA World Endurance .

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Ford GT Takes 1-2 Finish In Shanghai!
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, November 08, 2016 - 06:06 AM
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Ford Takes 1-2 Finish In Shanghai!


The Ford powered by the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine took a 1-2 podium finish. Andy Priaulx / Harry Tincknell drivers of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing No. 67 took the checkered flag in the 6 Hours of Shanghai in back-to-back FIA World Endurance races.

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Aston Martin Racing Taste Victory At 6 Hours Of Shanghai
Posted by: newsla on Monday, November 07, 2016 - 06:05 AM
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Aston Martin Racing Taste Victory At 6 Hours Of Shanghai


Aston Martin Racing has secured a third consecutive GTE Am victory in the FIA World Endurance , as the team’s #98 V8 Vantage GTE stormed to the chequered flag at the 6 Hours of Shanghai.

After securing pole position in yesterday’s qualifying session, the trio of Paul Dalla Lana (C), Pedro Lamy (P) and Mathias Lauda (A) performed yet another faultless display to take their fifth victory of the season.

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Alpine Hits The Heights With The LMP2 Category World Title!
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 06:03 PM
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Alpine Hits The Heights With The LMP2 Category World Title!


- One round before the end of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Signatech-Alpine won the LMP2 Teams' title, whilst Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes secured the Drivers' crown*.

- After four race wins and two other podium-finishes, the no.36 crew secured fourth place at the end of the 6 Hours of Shanghai.

- Competing alongside Paul-Loup Chatin in the no.35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine, Chinese drivers David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung finished their home race in eighth position.

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Audi Scores 18 Points At Shanghai
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 06:00 PM
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Audi Scores 18 Points At Shanghai


Audi proved its untiring endurance racing spirit in round eight of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in China. In spite of diverse adversities, the six drivers and the team never lost their concentration and in the end still managed to score 18 points. As a result, Audi defended second place in the manufacturers’ standings before the finale to be held in Bahrain in two weeks’ time.

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3rd Place & 5th Podium In A Row For RGR Sport In Shanghai
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 06:00 PM
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3rd Place & 5th Podium In A Row For RGR Sport In Shanghai


RGR Sport put up a miraculous fight for the entire 6 Hours of Shanghai to earn their 5th podium in a row with a 3rd place finish at the second to last round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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Alpine Hits The Heights With The LMP2 Category World Title!
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 05:59 PM
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Alpine Hits The Heights With The LMP2 Category World Title!


• One round before the end of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Signatech-Alpine won the LMP2 Teams' title, whilst Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes secured the Drivers' crown*.
• After four race wins and two other podium-finishes, the no.36 crew secured fourth place at the end of the 6 Hours of Shanghai.
• Competing alongside Paul-Loup Chatin in the no.35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine, Chinese drivers David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung finished their home race in eighth position.

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