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Alex Tagliani To Race In FRD LMP3 Asian Series For Craft-Bamboo Racing
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 05:32 PM
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Alex Tagliani To Race In FRD LMP3 Asian Series For Craft-Bamboo Racing


Craft-Bamboo Racing is proud to announce Alex Tagliani and Greg Taylor as their first driver pairing for the inaugural FRD LMP3 Series season that kicks off in China in May. Canadian Tagliani and Taylor from Australia will be tasked with steering the #20 Ligier JS P3 to victory and the pair of expert racers present one of the most competitive lineups on the grid thanks to their diverse race history. Tagliani has over 200 races under his belt at the highest levels of North American, most of them in open-wheel racing, competing in IndyCar and CART/Champ Car. His new teammate, Taylor, is a championship winning GT driver who has found success in the Australian GT category and now heads to Asia to take on a new challenge in the FRD LMP3 Series.

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Ford GT, No 67 Takes The Checkered Flag And Pole At Silverstone!
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 06:03 AM
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Ford GT, No 67 Takes The Checkered Flag And Pole At Silverstone!


In the 2017 debut FIA event, the No. 67 Ford GT brought home the first win of the World Endurance Championship season. Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines powered the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK team to victory circle in the 6 Hours of Silverstone, with the twin turbo Ford V6 EcoBoost race engine.

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World Endurance Championship A win and a podium for Ferrari at Silverstone
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 08:47 PM
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World Endurance Championship A win and a podium for Ferrari at Silverstone


Ferrari began the 2017 season of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a podium in the GTE-Pro class and a victory in the GTE-Am at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. In the GTE-Pro class James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi spent the race on the attack to win second place overall, while in the GTE-Am category victory went to the 488 GTE of Clearwater Racing crewed by Weng Sun Mok, Keita Sawa and Matt Griffin who took advantage of an accident on the last lap involving the Aston Martin No. 98 and the other Ferrari, the 488 GTE of team Spirit of Race driven by Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Miguel Molina.


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Aston Martin Racing Claims Podium At 6 Hours Of Silverstone
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 08:45 PM
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Aston Martin Racing Claims Podium At 6 Hours Of Silverstone


Aston Martin Racing has claimed its first podium of 2017 after the team’s #98 V8 Vantage GTE finished the FIA World Endurance Championship’s season opener at Silverstone in second.

After qualifying on pole yesterday, Paul Dalla Lana (C), Mathias Lauda (A) and Pedro Lamy (P) amassed a commanding lead by the three-hour mark. Despite the team’s strong start, an incident in the series’ LMP1 class ensured the safety car came into play, diminishing the crew’s advantage in the process. With the three GTE Am leaders trading lap-times throughout the closing stages, Lamy emerged second by the fall of the chequered flag cementing a strong start to the team’s 2017 GTE Am campaign.


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Ford Wins First WEC Race Of The Season
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 08:44 PM
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Ford Wins First WEC Race Of The Season


The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team has dealt the first blow in the battle for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship by taking victory at Silverstone. Briton Harry Tincknell was first past the chequered flag in the #67 Ford GT at the season opener, sealing the first win of the year. The sister #66 Ford GT was in contention for the win until a safety car period in the second half of the race switched the order. They fought back hard but the trio of Mücke, Pla and Johnson had to settle for fourth place at the flag.


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A Complex But Helpful Race
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 08:43 PM
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A Complex But Helpful Race


The Panis-Barthez Compétition team started its second season in European Le Mans Series at the opening round on the Silverstone Circuit. Olivier Panis, team principal, Sarah and Simon Abadie, Team-Managers, enter two cars: a LMP2 with Nathanaël Berthon, Fabien Barthez and Timothé Buret at the steering wheel of the #23 Ligier JS P217 and a LMP3 for Simon Gachet, Eric Debard and Théo Bean on the #16 Ligier JS P3. Despite a good performance on track, the race was quite complicated for the two cars. They both finished 9th in each category.


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Alpine domination goes unrewarded
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 06:16 PM
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Alpine domination goes unrewarded


• The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) today with the 6 Hours of Silverstone (United Kingdom).

• The Alpine A470 of Nicolas Lapierre/Gustavo Menezes/Matt Rao finished the opening race of the 2017 season in fourth position.

• Signatech Alpine Matmut dominated the majority of the race, but the team's strategy was undermined by the intervention of the safety car.

• Two Alpine A470s will be competing at the next round, which will be held on 6 May at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

Contested on a dry track, the three free practice sessions enabled the team to fine-tune the set-up of the Alpine A470. In qualifying, Signatech Alpine Matmut waited before showing its hand. The last car to take to the track, the no.36 was driven in turns by Matt Rao and then Nicolas Lapierre. Based on the average of their fastest laps, the Alpine drivers grabbed the second best time, just 46/1,000ths off pole position!


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Aston Martin Racing Claims Pole Position For FIA WEC 6 Hours Of Silverstone
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 03:19 PM
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Aston Martin Racing Claims Pole Position For FIA WEC 6 Hours Of Silverstone


Aston Martin Racing has kicked off the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in style, after claiming the GTE Am pole ahead of the British marque’s home race; the 6 Hours of Silverstone.

With the first qualifying session of the year conducted in dry conditions, the #98 V8 Vantage GTE piloted by Paul Dalla Lana (C) and Pedro Lamy (P) set the benchmark for the GTE Am field with an average of 1m59.562 set between the two. Today’s result delivers a strong message to the rest of the field ahead of Sunday’s championship opener.


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Ford GT Takes Pole at Silverstone
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 03:18 PM
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Ford GT Takes Pole at Silverstone


Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has taken pole position for tomorrow’s ‘6 Hours of Silverstone’, the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. The #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx (GB), Harry Tincknell (GB) and Pipo Derani (BRA) will line up in first place in the GTE Pro class tomorrow, with the sister #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke (GER), Olivier Pla (FRA) and Billy Johnson (US) close behind in fourth place.


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Vaillante Rebellion Is Confident For The Season-Opening Race
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, April 14, 2017 - 05:28 PM
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Vaillante Rebellion Is Confident For The Season-Opening Race


First round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship to take place at Silverstone on 14-16 April.

VAILLANTE REBELLION to campaign two Oreca 07 LMP2 cars.

#13: Mathias beche, Nelson Piquet jr, David Heinemeier Hansson.

#31: Nicolas Prost, Bruno Senna, Julien Canal.

On April 16th in Silverstone, at the first round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), VAILLANTE REBELLION will begin its new challenge in the LMP2 class.

As announced at the end of last season, after the team won its fifth straight LMP1 Privateer world title, REBELLION Racing will focus their 2017 FIA WEC racing programme as VAILLANTE REBELLION in the new LMP2 category with ORECA 07 LMP2 cars, putting their participation in the LMP1 category on hold.


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Lucas Di Grassi joins Ferrari for the Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 06:27 PM
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Lucas Di Grassi joins Ferrari for the Le Mans 24 Hours


Ferrari has reached an agreement with Lucas Di Grassi for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (14-18 June).

The 32 year-old Brazilian driver, who has already taken part in the French classic race on four occasions recording three podium finishes, will join James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the AF Corse team no. 51 488 GTE.


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New Season Same Spirit Aston Martin Racing Unveil 2017 Challenger And Le Mans Line-Ups
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 06:26 PM
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New Season Same Spirit Aston Martin Racing Unveil 2017 Challenger And Le Mans Line-Ups


Richie Stanaway (NZ) and Daniel Serra (BR) set to join #95 & #97 entries for 24 Hours of Le Mans Team set to attend this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship official test; the Prologue Marco Sørensen & Nicki Thiim back to defend 2016 GT Drivers title in #95 V8 Vantage GTE

Thursday 30 March, Banbury: New season. Same spirit. Aston Martin Racing is back with a trio of V8 Vantage GTEs, fighting once again for honours in the world’s premiere endurance racing series; the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

While the team’s challenger may be familiar to motorsport aficionados, the team is proud to announce that Daniel Serra (BR) will join Aston Martin Racing for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. While this year will see Serra take his debut in the WEC, the Brazilian has already completed countless laps in the team’s V8 Vantage GTE throughout an intensive testing and development programme with tyre supplier Dunlop. The Brazilian will race alongside both 2016 European Le Mans Series champion and AMR stalwart Darren Turner (GB) and 2016 British GT champion Jonny Adam (GB).


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Risi Competizione Announces Driver Lineup For 2017 24 Hours Of Le Mans
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 06:22 PM
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Risi Competizione Announces Driver Lineup For 2017 24 Hours Of Le Mans


The Houston, Texas-basedRisi Competizione today announced the driver line-up for the 85th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, scheduled for June 17-18. The team's 2017 season regulars, Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander, will be joined by former Risi Competizione driver Pierre Kaffer.

The trio will take on the twice-around-the-clock French endurance road racing classic in the beautiful Ferrari 488 GTE, which made its debut last year. Risi Competizione gave an outstanding battle to the finish in last year's Le Mans race to finish second in the GTE-Pro class against the highly-funded Ford GT factory team, who finished on either side of the Risi drivers on the podium.


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Alpine presents the A470 and its crews for the FIA World Endurance Championship
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 09:03 PM
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Alpine presents the A470 and its crews for the FIA World Endurance Championship


Alpine today presented the Signatech Alpine Matmut team's programme for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at its new showroom.

Featuring Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Matt Rao, the crew of the no.36 car will be tasked with defending the world titles secured in 2016.

Since Nicolas Lapierre has been called up to drive for a manufacturer competing in the LMP1-H class, Signatech Alpine Matmut will be welcoming Romain Dumas into the fold at Spa-Francorchamps and for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


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Jean-Eric Vergne Joins Cefc Manor Trs Racing
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 05:58 PM
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Jean-Eric Vergne Joins Cefc Manor Trs Racing


CEFC Manor TRS Racing extends their driver line up for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship with ex Formula 1 driver Jean-Éric Vergne.

The 26 year old French driver has vast experience in single seaters including Formula 1 and Formula 3 but this will be his first season in sports cars. He will be racing in WEC alongside his drive in Formula E this year.


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Montecalvo Completes Productive Sebring Test With AJ
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, February 27, 2017 - 06:18 PM
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Montecalvo Completes Productive Sebring Test With AJ


Alex Job Racing driver Frankie Montecalvo completed a successful two-day test with teammates Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell at Sebring late last week. After finishing P6 in class on the high banks of Daytona at the Rolex 24 in January, the Alex Job Racing team is switching gears to get their #23 Audi R8 LMS ready for the flat, but bumpy 3.74-mile circuit that is Sebring International Raceway.

“We just finished a successful two-day test at Sebring. The car was great, and once again, Alex Job Racing and Audi did an incredible job to have the car prepped and ready for the test. We rolled off the truck pretty quick on Thursday and ended the day P3 in class which was really good,” explained Montecalvo.


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Dane Train rolls on while Young Driver AMR makes a pit stop
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, February 20, 2017 - 06:52 PM
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Dane Train rolls on while Young Driver AMR makes a pit stop


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When the 2017 FIA Word Endurance Championship season will start on Easter weekend at Silverstone, the popular "Dane Train" Aston Martin Vantage GTE will defend it’s World Championship title in the GTE-Pro class, but with a small difference. While the car will continue in the FIA WEC with Aston Martin Racing, Young Driver AMR, the operation behind the #95 entry, will make a pit stop in 2017. Since 2010, Young Driver AMR campaigned Aston Martin racecars in various championships and took 16 victories and two World Championship titles in 90 races.



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Ferrari WEC Reaches Agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 07:48 AM
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Ferrari WEC Reaches Agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi


Ferrari has reached a technical and racing agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi. The Italian driver will compete in the 2017 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) pairing up with James Calado in the 488 GTE no. 51 managed on the track by the AF Corse team.


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Beechdean AMR to Defend ELMS title with Howard, Turner and Gunn
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, February 06, 2017 - 06:42 PM
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Beechdean AMR to Defend ELMS title with Howard, Turner and Gunn


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Reigning European Le Mans Series (ELMS) GTE Champions Beechdean Aston Martin Racing have announced they will return to the championship in an updated factory Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE car in 2017 with Andrew Howard, Darren Turner and Ross Gunn.

Andrew Howard, Beechdean AMR team owner and driver, will be teaming back up with Aston Martin Racing Veteran Darren Turner. Howard and Turner, together with Alex Macdowall in 2016, took two race victories in their debut ELMS season on their way to championship victory.

The experienced duo will be joined in the #99 car by Aston Martin Racing Factory driver Ross Gunn. Gunn, 20, will continue with the Beechdean AMR squad for a third successive year, making his ELMS race debut at Silverstone in April.


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Roberto Gonzalez Joins Cefc Manor Trs Racing
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 03, 2017 - 06:05 AM
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Roberto Gonzalez Joins Cefc Manor Trs Racing


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CEFC Manor TRS Racing is pleased to announce that Roberto Gonzalez will return to the team to compete in the 2017 World Endurance Championship including the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Roberto competed in the last two rounds of the 2016 season with Manor.

The Mexican driver from Monterrey has raced in various series including Champ Cars, Indy Cars and sports cars. He brings with him experience of driving in WEC having competed in three rounds last season.


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Cefc Manor Trs Racing To Race In The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 03, 2017 - 06:04 AM
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Cefc Manor Trs Racing To Race In The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship


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Manor are delighted to announce that they will race in the 2017 World Endurance Championship and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans under the new Chinese banner CEFC MANOR TRS RACING.

Chinese company Talent Racing Sports (TRS) and Manor will work closely together to create a competitive Chinese team in WEC. TRS originally supported Team China Racing in the FIA Formula E Championship in 2014, before expanding its involvement into the World Endurance Championship with CEFC-BaXi DC Racing Alpine in 2016. The deal marks the second year of involvement in WEC for China CEFC Energy Company Limited (CEFC), Baxi Ice Cream and TRS. CEFC MANOR TRS RACING will race with two ORECA 07 Gibsons in the 2017 Championship.


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Greaves 3D Engineering will be at WEC, ELMS Monza tests and 24 Heures du Mans 2017
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 03, 2017 - 06:03 AM
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Greaves 3D Engineering will be at WEC, ELMS Monza tests and 24 Heures du Mans 2017


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Greaves 3D Engineering, G3D has an extensive range of high quality pit equipment products designed for endurance racing and specific products for the 24 Heures du Mans.

G3D will provide technical sales support at the Monza test for both WEC and ELMS together with the official 24 Heures du Mans test and race week.


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ByKOLLES Racing signs Robert Kubica and Oliver Webb for 2017 Endurance season
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 03, 2017 - 06:02 AM
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ByKOLLES Racing signs Robert Kubica and Oliver Webb for 2017 Endurance season


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ByKOLLES Racing will start the 2017 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a well-known driver. Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica (32/POL) will take turns in driving the CLM P1/01 Nismo together with Brit Oliver Webb (25). The third driver for the FIA WEC races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours 2017, will be announced at a later stage. Oliver Webb is known to the private LMP1 team ByKOLLES Racing from his commitments during last season. After many good results in Formula One and several years in Rally, Robert Kubica will return to circuit racing and make his debut in Le Mans in June.

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Full Squad of Ford GTs to Compete at 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 03, 2017 - 06:00 AM
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Full Squad of Ford GTs to Compete at 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours


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The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) today announced that the full squad of four Ford GTs will compete at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, one year on from the marque’s triumphant return to the endurance race that everyone wants to win.

The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team’s 2016 victory came 50 years after an historic 1-2-3 finish for Ford at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours. Ford also won the race in 1967 when Dan Gurney (US) and A. J. Foyt (US) piloted the Ford GT40 to victory, giving the team another target to hit this time around.


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Aston Martin Racing Confirms Driver Line-Up For 2017 Campaign
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 03, 2017 - 05:59 AM
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Aston Martin Racing Confirms Driver Line-Up For 2017 Campaign


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Aston Martin Racing to contest 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Three car full-season assault with two GTE Pro and one GTE Am entry World champions return in #95 V8 Vantage GTE

Thursday 2 February, Banbury: Aston Martin Racing is once again ready to take on the world’s premiere endurance series, with the team announcing its three car line-up for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) today.


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