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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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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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