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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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2017 Daytona 24: By Speed Factory Well Prepared For 3rd Season In ELMS
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 07:35 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: By Speed Factory Well Prepared For 3rd Season In ELMS


By Speed Factory is a pioneering force in LMP3 class contesting the European Le Mans Series. In 2015, the new LMP3 class was introduced by Automobile Club de l'Ouest and the Valencia-based team entered a brand new Ginetta LMP3 racer in the ELMS and ranked 3rd in the teams´ standings and only beaten by factory-entered machineries of Team LNT. Last year, late driver line-up regulation changes when the season was about to start affected team´s overall performance. Besides, such frequent driver changes and a short testing programme resulted in dealing with a difficult situation throughout the season. By Speed Factory is pleased to announce the team led by Dalius Steponavicius is fully prepared for the 2017 season. By Speed Factory will rise up after the difficulties encountered last year.

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Kcmg Commence 2017 With Asian Le Mans Challenge At Buriram
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:42 PM
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Kcmg Commence 2017 With Asian Le Mans Challenge At Buriram


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KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) returned to racing action as the Hong Kong-based outfit’s 2017 motorsport calendar kicked off with the Asian Le Mans Series’ penultimate round at Chang International Circuit in Thailand over the weekend. The #51 Audi R8 LMS GT3 entry shared by Go-Max, Toru Tanaka and Tetsuya Tanaka concluded the event 10th place in class.

The Japanese trio’s maiden outing on Buriram’s 4.55km circuit was a fresh challenge that highlighted an aim to produce positive results in the blue and white Audi GT3 car. Two free practice runs allowed the drivers to get familiar with Chang International Circuit’s technical configuration and clocked the 12th fastest times in class for both sessions.


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Rebellion Racing Unveil Full 2017 FIA WEC Drivers Squad Julien Canal And David Heinemeier Hansson Join The Swiss Team
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:41 PM
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Rebellion Racing Unveil Full 2017 FIA WEC Drivers Squad Julien Canal And David Heinemeier Hansson Join The Swiss Team


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REBELLION Racing is pleased to announce today its full 2017 driver line-up for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours.

During December 2016, four of the REBELLION Racing drivers were already confirmed: Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche, Nelson Piquet Jr and Bruno Senna.

Alongside this quartet, REBELLION Racing have selected Julien Canal and David Heinemeier Hansson to join the team. With the high level of competition in LMP2 in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours, the choice of the mandatory « Silver » categorised drivers is a strategic one.



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Rebellion Racing Confirm Two Car Effort In 2017 FIA WEC Prost, Beche, Piquet, Senna Confirmed
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 06:58 PM
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Rebellion Racing Confirm Two Car Effort In 2017 FIA WEC Prost, Beche, Piquet, Senna Confirmed


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Today, REBELLION Racing are pleased to announce that the team will enter two Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 cars in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship and the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours. At the same time, the Swiss team is proud to confirm four of their six drivers for the coming FIA WEC campaign.

Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche and Nelson Piquet Jr will be returning as REBELLION Racing drivers in 2017 and Bruno Senna will join them for the team’s new challenge in the revised LMP2 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The driver line-up combinations and the silver drivers selected by REBELLION Racing will be confirmed in the near future.


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Visit Florida Racing Completes Testing At Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Friday, December 16, 2016 - 06:18 AM
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Visit Florida Racing Completes Testing At Daytona


In preparation for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar , VISIT FLORIDA Racing took part in its first official test with the team’s new No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Gibson-powered Riley Mk. 30 at Daytona International Speedway this week.

Having just taken delivery of the brand new machine days earlier, the Daytona Beach, Florida-based squad worked through the various intricacies that come with operating an entirely new platform.

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Jeff Gordon Back At Daytona, Testing New DPi Prototype In Advance of Rolex 24
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 06:13 AM
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Jeff Gordon Back At Daytona, Testing New DPi Prototype In Advance of Rolex 24
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! Once again, Jeff Gordon has come out of retirement and once again he’s in the Rolex 24 At Daytona field. As a high-profile part of the Wayne Taylor Racing lineup that will co-drive a new Cadillac DPi in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar ’s headlining Prototype class, Gordon is at Daytona International Speedway this week for a two-day test session in advance of the Jan. 28-29 car endurance classic.

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Core Adds Jonsson, Long To Rolex 24 Lineup
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 06:13 AM
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Core Adds Jonsson, Long To Rolex 24 Lineup


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CORE autosport has completed its driver lineup for the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Patrick Long and Nic Jonsson will join Jon Bennett and Colin Braun in the No. 54 Porsche 911 3 R for the team’s first attempt at the 24-hour spectacle in the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar ’s Daytona category.

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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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