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Alpine - Alpine Completes Victory Hat-Trick
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 05:43 PM
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Alpine - Alpine Completes Victory Hat-Trick


Following back-to-back triumphs in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans 24 Hours, Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes have tallied their third consecutive FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class victory at the Nürburgring. Midway through the 2016 campaign, this latest success has further increased the N°36 Signatech-Alpine crew’s advantage at the top of the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers. The N°35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine piloted by Nelson Panciatici, Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng similarly scored points in Germany in seventh position.

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Photo Finish Fourth At The Six Hours Of The Nurburgring
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:15 AM
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Photo Finish Fourth At The Six Hours Of The Nurburgring


Strakka Racing continued its improved run of form in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring, just missing out on a podium by a mere 71 thousandths of a second. A stellar drive from Jonny Kane, coupled with an impressive WEC debut from Lewis Williamson and orchestrated by an inspired strategy from the pitwall, ensured the venerable Gibson 015S was in podium contention right up to the flag, closing a thirty second gap in as many minutes.

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WEC 6 Hours Of Nurburgring - Race
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:14 AM
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WEC 6 Hours Of Nurburgring - Race


After yesterday’s poor weather, race day dawned dry and clear for today’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring round of the WEC. A good crowd was at the circuit and enjoyed a close and dramatic race.

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Aston Martin Racing Tastes Victory At FIA WEC 6 Hours Of Nurburgring
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:14 AM
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Aston Martin Racing Tastes Victory At FIA WEC 6 Hours Of Nurburgring


Aston Martin Racing has achieved double podium success at the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, taking victory in the GTE Am class and 3rd in GTE Pro.

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Second Place At 6 Hours Of Nurburgring For RGR Sport
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:13 AM
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Second Place At 6 Hours Of Nurburgring For RGR Sport


Despite a difficult start to the 6 Hours of Nurburgring, drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Ricardo Gonzalez, and Bruno Senna drove the #43 Nissan Ligier JS P2 of RGR Sport with tenacity amongst the rest of the contenders of the FIA World Endurance Championship to finish second.

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Good Team Performance By Audi In Home Round
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:13 AM
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Good Team Performance By Audi In Home Round


Audi started the 6 Hours of Nürburgring from positions one and two on the grid. In a thrilling battle for the lead in round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the two Audi R18 cars initially took turns at the front of the field. In the end, Audi Sport Team Joest achieved positions two and three – a caution period in the third hour of the race having deprived the squad of the chance to clinch its second victory of the season.

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WEC - Ferrari 1-2 At The Nurburgring
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:13 AM
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WEC - Ferrari 1-2 At The Nurburgring


At the Nürburgring, Round 4 of the World Endurance Championship(WEC), the Ferrari 488 GTE and the AF Corse team erased the disappointment of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The 488 GTE took the two top spots and, finally, James Calado broke the spell with a win in WEC. The British driver, teaming up with "Gimmi" Bruni (with his first win on the 488 GTE), succeeded also thanks to the strategy of the team and gave proof of his universally acknowledged high standards. Davide Rigon and Sam Bird finished in second place on car No. 71 culminating a great comeback race that saw them start in the third to last place on the grid.

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Strakka Lines Up Third For WEC Six Hours Of Nurburgring
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 06:41 AM
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Strakka Lines Up Third For WEC Six Hours Of Nurburgring


Ahead of tomorrow’s Six Hours of Nürburgring, Strakka Racing’s alternative line up of Jonny Kane and Lewis Williamson delivered the team’s best qualifying performance of the season to secure third place in LMP2 . The duo achieved a combined average time of 1.49.762 in the Strakka’s Gibson 015S, underlining the strong WEC debut for Williamson, who was driving the car for first time since his brief outing at the Rookie Test last year. “It’s been a really good start to racing in WEC and Strakka has done a great job to prepare me for the weekend,” says Williamson. “There was a bit more in the tank but it was important not make any mistakes and I wanted to use the seat time to get a feel for the car in the damp conditions. The track was constantly changing and seeing the Audi go off in front me just showed how slippery it was but we came through it with a strong P3. I’ve still got loads to learn like dealing with the traffic in front and behind but I’m happy.”

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WEC 6H Nuerburgring - Qualifying
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 03:14 PM
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WEC 6H Nuerburgring - Qualifying


Qualifying for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, Round 4 of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), starting tomorrow at 1 p.m., were chaotic and extremely difficult. The wet track and intermittent rain greatly complicated the task of drivers and teams. In GTE-Pro class, by the end of the 20-minute session, the Ferrari 488 GTE number 51 of AF Corse team secured fourth place with James Calado and Gianmaria "Gimmi" Bruni at the wheel, while its sister car, the number 71 of Davide Rigon and Sam Bird, paid for a far-from-ideal choice of tyres and was relegated to seventh place. In GTEAm class fourth place for the no. 83 AF Corse 458 Italia GTE driven by Emmanuel Collard and François Perrodo who will be joined by Rui Aguas for the race.

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Aston Martin Racing claims pole at FIA WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 03:14 PM
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Aston Martin Racing claims pole at FIA WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring


Aston Martin Racing has claimed pole position for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring, the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

With the session taking place on a drying track, the lap times soon tumbled as the #95 V8 Vantage GTE of Nicki Thiim (DN) and Marco Sørensen (DN) claimed pole. After both completed flying laps on the intermediate Dunlop tyre, the team opted to run on slicks as track conditions improved with Thiim at the wheel.

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RGR Sport Qualifies Fourth For The 6 Hours Of Nurburgring
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 03:13 PM
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RGR Sport Qualifies Fourth For The 6 Hours Of Nurburgring


LMP2 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: 3RD

CHASSIS: #43 RGR Sport by Morand / LMP2 / Ligier JS P2

Qualifying fourth for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Nurburgring was well received by RGR Sport. The morning’s weather played a major role in the strategy of the Mexican teams qualifying session, which wasn’t determined until the final minutes before hitting the track due to fog and intermittent rain.

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WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring - Qualifying
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 03:12 PM
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WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring - Qualifying
The Nürburgring was bathed in sunshine when the Manor team arrived at the beginning of the week for the fourth round of the World Endurance Championship, but the weather has changed significantly with low clouds and drizzle causing Free Practice 3 to be delayed this morning. The track had dried during the morning session but grey clouds were once again ominous when Qualifying started in the afternoon.

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KCMG Sets Sight On Podium At Nurburgring
Posted by: newsla on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 04:27 PM
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KCMG Sets Sight On Podium At Nurburgring


KCMG travels to the majestic Eifel mountains as FIA World Endurance Championship resumes following a drawn-out interval after Le Mans. The highly anticipated 6 Hours of Nurburgring, the fourth event of the world championship, is set to take place on July 24.

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Hybrid Technology in LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 05:35 PM
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Hybrid Technology in LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid


This weekend, the Le Mans Prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid has its only 2016 appearance in Germany. At the six-hour race to be held on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring, the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the series’ leader fights to defend its title. At the same time its mission is to revolutionize the technology of future sports cars.

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Audi Produces 200th R8 LMS
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 05:36 PM
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Audi Produces 200th R8 LMS


Neckarsulm is delighted: The Audi Sport customer racing team has completed the 200th Audi R8 LMS. Since 2009, the brand with the four rings has been involved in international GT3 racing with a race car for customers and developed a sales and service network around the globe, numerous supporting services and technology offerings.

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Encouraging Signs for Remainder of Nielsen's Season Despite Seventh-Place Finish at Red Bull Ring
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:32 PM
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Encouraging Signs for Remainder of Nielsen's Season Despite Seventh-Place Finish at Red Bull Ring


Round three of the 2016 European Le Mans Series saw Christina Nielsen and her Formula Racing teammates finish the four-hour encounter at the Red Bull Ring circuit in 24th position overall in the 38-car field but a disappointing seventh in the hotly-contested GTE field.

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Thrilling Home Round For Audi In World Endurance Championship
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:31 PM
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Thrilling Home Round For Audi In World Endurance Championship


Crowd support guaranteed: Audi is traveling to round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) full of expectations. The series’ only German round at the Nürburgring is on the calendar on July 24. Last year, 62,000 spectators flocked to the motorsport spectacle in the Eifel. This year, Audi is counting on at least equally great enthusiasm and intends to be involved in the thrilling battle for the top spot.

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Strong Result at the Red Bull Ring for Andreas Wirth
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:30 PM
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Strong Result at the Red Bull Ring for Andreas Wirth


After a two month break, the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and its competitors were more than happy to get back to business this weekend - especially at a true driver’s favorite like the Red Bull Ring.

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Strong Points for Beechdean AMR in Austria
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 05:30 PM
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Strong Points for Beechdean AMR in Austria


Beechdean Aston Martin Racing’s trip to the Styria Mountains in Spielberg brought the team a strong points haul at the third round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series. Andrew Howard, Darren Turner and Alex MacDowall finished the four hour endurance race in fourth place after a race long battle with competing Ferrari's and Porsche's, earning valuable championship points.

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Algarve Pro Grabs First Elms Overall Top 5 At The Red Bull Ring
Posted by: newsla on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 06:09 AM
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Algarve Pro Grabs First Elms Overall Top 5 At The Red Bull Ring


Resuming the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) season after the team’s successful debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Algarve Pro scored its best ELMS result to date at the 4 Hours of the Red Bull Ring (Austria), finishing 5th overall with a new driving line-up.

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Audi Motorsport Newsletter 24/2016
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 06:03 PM
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Audi Motorsport Newsletter 24/2016


Audi Sport customer racing teams celebrated three victories in Germany and one podium in Australia with the Audi R8 LMS.

Three wins at Hockenheim

The Audi Sport customer racing teams enjoyed a successful race weekend in the DMV GTC at Hockenheim, the fifth race weekend of the 2016 season. Land-Motorsport led an Audi R8 LMS 1-2-3 in qualifying and won the first race with “Ronny C’Rock”, ahead of the HCB-Rutronik Racing duo of Fabian Plentz and Tommy Tulpe in second and third respectively. Tulpe won the second DMV GTC race of the weekend from pole and his teammate Plentz finished third. HCB-Rutronik Racing’s success continued in the Dunlop 60 race, where Plentz and Tulpe started from pole position and piloted their Audi R8 LMS to victory.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Talks About Victory
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 07:14 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Talks About Victory


Last weekend, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team made history by taking the Ford GT to victory in the GTE Pro Class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The win marked Ford’s return to Le Mans and came 50 years to the day after its first victory in the event. Owner Chip Ganassi visited the media center at Sonoma Raceway to talk about the win and what it means to him.

CHIP GANASSI - Owner, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing - HAVE YOU HAD TIME TO LET LAST WEEK SINK IN? "I have to say when I accepted with Ford to undertake this program, I probably didn’t realize the amount of passion that that program carried with it throughout the many different levels of motorsport, whether it was with the fans or within the industry. They said, ‘Have you ever raced at Le Mans before?’ And I said, ‘No. I drove there in 1987.’ I didn’t really remember the amount of nationalism over there and a lot of pretty astute fans that understand the sport. I would also add that in Europe - when we come to a Cup race here we have Chevy, Ford and Toyota and that’s pretty good. When you come to an IndyCar race they have Chevy and Honda. When you go to an IMSA race they have four or five manufacturers. I tell you, when you go to Le Mans you have about 17 manufacturers. Everybody that’s in the automotive racing world is represented there, and a lot of these people make a huge effort in that event in the different categories. It starts to dawn on you a little bit and even on the off day there, which was Friday, no one on track, they had well over 100,000 people there just milling about. The questions you get and, like I said, about the fans, they’re so engaged. I didn’t realize what I was up for when they said, ‘Are you ready to race at Le Mans? Are you ready to take this on?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ I didn’t realize what a big thing that was. It’s a big thing, to be quite honest. I will point out too that, yes, we won and we finished first, third and fourth. The top three cars were all IMSA cars. I was pretty proud of that. Even that Ferrari that was second was a U.S.-based car. Even with their three Italian drivers, it was a U.S.-based car, so I think that says a lot about the IMSA Series and the level of competition those guys bring week in and week out. I thought that was interesting. The fourth-place car was our other car from the UK and that car is actually leading the points now in the WEC, so that’s pretty exciting."


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2016 Le Mans 24: Brilliant Beechdean AMR Finish Le Mans 24 Hour Debut
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 06:17 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Brilliant Beechdean AMR Finish Le Mans 24 Hour Debut


Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) successfully managed to complete the 24 hours of Le Mans. The #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE did a total of 4,324.8 km and 318 laps on Circuit De La Sarthe. After running a near faultless race, driving trio Andrew Howard, Liam Griffin and Gary Hirsch finished a creditable 7th in the competitive GTE Am class.

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Rebellion Racing Wins LMP1 Privateer At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:07 PM
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Rebellion Racing Wins LMP1 Privateer At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours


REBELLION Racing’s drivers Nick Heidfeld, Nico Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr secured the LMP1 Privateer win in the 84th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours.

The race was not a trouble free one though for the #12 crew, they had to pit to replace a malfunctioning engine air intake temperature sensor in the early laps of the race, they were forced to stop twice for clutch changes and the fuel injectors were replaced as a precaution on Sunday morning. Once again the team’s mechanics and engineers showed their skills and team spirit with efficient interventions to get the car #12 back out on track to take the chequered flag.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Krohn Racing Powers To The Finish At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:20 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Krohn Racing Powers To The Finish At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours


Krohn Racing and its drivers, Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jönsson and João Barbosa, finished a fighting 13th in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, the 11th straight participation of the team in the world’s greatest endurance race. The contest was full of action right from the start, with the weather causing a safety-car start for most of the first hour, but then clearing for the duration.

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