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Virgin Australia Becomes Naming Rights Partner Of V8 Supercars
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 05:37 PM
Sports Cars
Virgin Australia Becomes Naming Rights Partner Of V8 Supercars


Virgin Australia today announced it has become the naming rights partner of V8 Supercars for the next five years, with fans set to benefit from the airline’s new V8 Supercars travel platform.

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Audi DTM Drivers Put Through Their Paces
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 05:36 PM
Sports Cars
Audi DTM Drivers Put Through Their Paces


On May 7 and 8, the DTM will start its new season at Hockenheim. Audi Sport has once more optimized the current Audi RS 5 DTM in many details for its last racing season. The Audi drivers are fit for the fierce competition with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, too – as their most recent fitness checkups at Technical University Munich revealed.

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Pirelli World Challenge Announces Future GTS Class Plans with SRO-Homologated GT4 Cars Participation
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 05:34 PM
Sports Cars
Pirelli World Challenge Announces Future GTS Class Plans with SRO-Homologated GT4 Cars Participation


Coming off another exciting Pirelli World Challenge GTS race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, WC Vision LLC, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced the series’ future plans for the Grand Touring Sedan class.

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Audi Motorsport Newsletter 14/2016
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 06:25 AM
Sports Cars
Audi Motorsport Newsletter 14/2016


Victorious outings for Audi customer teams in Germany: in der DMV GTC, HCB-Rutronik Racing and Land Motorsport converted three pole positions into three wins. However, trophies were also welcomed in Portugal and France.

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Michael Cooper Scores 1st Pirelli World Challenge GT Victory Sunday At Barber In A Cadillac; Fuentes, Udell Win Too
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 06:21 AM
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Michael Cooper Scores 1st Pirelli World Challenge GT Victory Sunday At Barber In A Cadillac; Fuentes, Udell Win Too


Michael Cooper scored his first career Pirelli World Challenge GT win in Round 7 at the Grand Prix of Birmingham presented by Porsche, part of the 7th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Martin Fuentes and Alec Udell scored their second victories in as many days in GTA and GT Cup.

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Jade Buford Goes from Last to First Saturday in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Race at Barber Motorsports Park
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 06:47 AM
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Jade Buford Goes from Last to First Saturday in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Race at Barber Motorsports Park


Jade Buford capped off an almost perfect weekend with a victory in Saturday's Round 6 GTS race at Barber Motorsports Park at the Grand Prix of Birmingham presented by Porsche, part of the 7th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Parker Chase and Scott Dollahite finished second and third respectively.

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European Star Alvaro Parente Wins Again in Pirelli World Challenge Saturday, Taking McLaren To Barber Win
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 06:42 AM
Sports Cars
European Star Alvaro Parente Wins Again in Pirelli World Challenge Saturday, Taking McLaren To Barber Win


Alvaro Parente scored the win in GT Round 6 at the Grand Prix of Birmingham presented by Porsche, part of the 7th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Martin Fuentes was victorious in GTA, while Alec Udell won GT Cup Round 5.

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Jade Buford Win Pirelli World Challenge GTS Round 5 At Barber Motorsports Park
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 05:55 AM
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Jade Buford Win Pirelli World Challenge GTS Round 5 At Barber Motorsports Park In SIN Car R1 GT4


Jade Buford won Friday's shortened Round 5 Pirelli World Challenge GTS race at Barber Motorsports Park, and the Grand Prix of Birmingham presented by Porsche, part of the 7th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Lawson Aschenbach finished second, while Scott Dollahite finished third.

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Michael Cooper Paces Pirelli World Challenge GT Division Friday At Barber Motorsports Park, Races Set For Saturday And Sunday
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 05:55 AM
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Michael Cooper Paces Pirelli World Challenge GT Division Friday At Barber Motorsports Park, Races Set For Saturday And Sunday


Michael Cooper posted the fastest time in Friday afternoon’s second 30-minute Pirelli World Challenge GT, GTA, and GT Cup practice session at Barber Motorsports Park, at the Grand Prix of Birmingham presented by Porsche, part of the 7th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Martin Fuentes and Alec Udell posted the fastest times in GTA and GT Cup respectively.

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IMSA News Roundup: April 22, 2016
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, April 22, 2016 - 06:27 PM
Sports Cars
IMSA News Roundup: April 22, 2016


Scott Pruett found himself in an unfamiliar role at Long Beach, giving VIP rides in a Lexus RC F Cup car "with a lot of serious tuning." The leading winner in major North American sports car competition with 60 victories and 10 championships, Pruett will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship later this year with the new R Performance team in a Lexus RC F GT3.

"It’s difficult to watch, especially given my record here," said Pruett, who won the lone GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race there in 2006 in addition to winning in the WeatherTech Championship in 2014 and finishing second in 2015. "I don’t think any driver is a good spectator."

Pruett hopes to begin testing the new Lexus during the first week of May, with the team assembling the parts it needs for the project. Team owner Paul Gentilozzi was also on hand for the Long Beach event.


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NARRA Sportscar Challenge set to feature Trans-Am Championship Classic Tubes 100
Posted by: newsla on Friday, April 22, 2016 - 06:04 PM
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NARRA Sportscar Challenge at The Glen set to feature Trans-Am Championship Classic Tubes 100


Watkins Glen International will host the North American Road Racing Association (NARRA) Sportscar Challenge, May 13-15, with the event bringing six competitive racing series to America’s premier road course for a weekend of action.

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RML To Offer Road Conversion Of Aston Martin's Vulcan Supercar
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 06:17 AM
Sports Cars
RML To Offer Road Conversion Of Aston Martin's Vulcan Supercar


Driven by a number of customer requests to convert their track-only Vulcan supercar for road compliance, RML Group is announcing this prestigious and highly-specialised road conversion project.

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Sweet Home Alabama !! 50 Pirelli World Challenge Drivers Set For This Weekend
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 05:40 PM
Sports Cars
Sweet Home Alabama !! 50 Pirelli World Challenge Drivers Set For This Weekend At Barber Motorsports Park


Fifty Pirelli World Challenge drivers across the series’ GT, GTA, GT Cup and GTS classes are set to battle it out April 22-24 at the beautiful, yet challenging Barber Motorsports Park, part of the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama weekend. GT and GTA drivers will race Rounds 6 and 7, while GT Cup and GTS pilots race in Rounds 5 and6 – part of the Pirelli World Challenge Birmingham Grand Prix presented by Porsche. This weekend marks the third straight season PWC will compete at the picturesque 15-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course.

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Caruso And Nissan Grab Sixth At Phillip Island V8 Supercar
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 05:32 PM
Sports Cars
Caruso And Nissan Grab Sixth At Phillip Island V8 Supercar


Nissan Motorsport has overcome a challenging start to the weekend to record a top six finish at the V8 Supercar Phillip Island SuperSprint round.

After starting Sunday's 200km race in 10th, Michael Caruso was able to advance through the field and cross the line in sixth.

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Nurburgring Qualifying Race Ideal Prep For Monza Blancpain
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 05:31 PM
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Nurburgring Qualifying Race Ideal Prep For Monza Blancpain


Nissan GT Academy Team RJN completed an ideal preparation for this weekend's Blancpain GT Series Endurance event in Monza and next month's Nurburgring 24 Hour after a completing a solid 10th place finish in the 'Ring Qualifying race on the weekend.

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Portugal's Alvaro Parente Scores 1st Pirelli World Challenge Win At Long Beach; O'Connell Penalized In Post-Race Technical Inspection
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 06:12 AM
Sports Cars
Portugal's Alvaro Parente Scores 1st Pirelli World Challenge Win At Long Beach; O'Connell Penalized In Post-Race Technical Inspection


Alvaro Parente won Sunday's Pirelli World Challenge Round 5 race at the Replay XD Grand Prix of Long Beach presented by Cadillac, part of the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. Martin Fuentes won in GTA.

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Audi Motorsport Newsletter 13/2016
Posted by: newsla on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 06:12 AM
Sports Cars
Audi Motorsport Newsletter 13/2016


Audi customer teams experienced a successful race weekend with the Audi R8 LMS in Europe and Asia. The privateer EKS team made a strong showing with the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro in the season opener of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

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Taylor Made: Corvette DP Wins First Race Of 2016 At Long Beach
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 08:31 AM
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Taylor Made: Corvette DP Wins First Race Of 2016 At Long Beach


Beaten out for the TOTAL Pole Award on Friday, Ricky Taylor didn’t need long to make amends. Driving the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP, Taylor bested polesitter Christian Fittipaldi into Turn 1 on the opening lap and paired with his brother Jordan in winning Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

Race results will remain unofficial, pending extended technical inspection and analysis.

Leading all but three of the 75 laps in the 100-minute race, the Taylors successfully defended their victory on the 1.968-mile temporary circuit, giving the Corvette DP its first triumph of the season. It was the fifth IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory for the Taylors and 12th career victory for both brothers in major North American sports car competition.


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Porsche Wins GTLM Class in BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach With Late-Race Pass
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 08:29 AM
Sports Cars
Porsche Wins GTLM Class in BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach With Late-Race Pass


Overcoming a mid-race penalty with a late-race pass, the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR entry of Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy crossed the finish line first at the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, the lone IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship street course of the year for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.

As the race neared its conclusion, Tommy Milner led in the No. 4 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R. With only a few minutes remaining, Frederic Makowiecki in the No. 912 Porsche made contact with the Corvette and both cars spun, allowing Tandy in the No. 911 to slip by for the victory.


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Michael Cooper, Cadillac Fastest In Long Beach Pirelli World Challenge Practice
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 08:13 AM
Sports Cars
Michael Cooper, Cadillac Fastest In Long Beach Pirelli World Challenge Practice Friday


Michael Cooper posted the fastest GT time in the first practice session of the weekend at the Replay XD Grand Prix of Long Beach presented by Cadillac, part of the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. Martin Fuentes was fastest in GTA.

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Corvette DP Captures First TOTAL Pole Award Of 2016, Fittipaldi Adds To Family History At Long Beach
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 01:01 AM
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Corvette DP Captures First TOTAL Pole Award Of 2016, Fittipaldi Adds To Family History At Long Beach


Fast from the drop of the green flag, Christian Fittipaldi kept improving to give the Corvette DP its first TOTAL Pole Award of the season in Friday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

Fittipaldi improved his best lap four times before posting a time of 1:14.962 (94.512 mph) in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP co-driven by Joao Barbosa. Fittipaldi edged out defending Long Beach winner Ricky Taylor by 0.171 seconds.

"There’s definitely a lot of history at Long Beach for myself and my family," said Fittipaldi, who joined Barbosa in capturing the Prototype championship in both 2014 and 2015. "I’ve been coming here since ’95. (Uncle) Emerson has had success here. His last Formula One podium was here in 1980 in our own car (owned by Christian’s father Wilson Fittipaldi), and he’s had success here in Indy Cars. The California track in Fontana has been very good for me, but Long Beach has been hard for me and Action Express Racing. To stick a pole here at Long Beach is very important for me and my team."


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BMW, Auberlen Capture Second Straight Pole Of 2016, Look To Defend Long Beach Race Win
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 01:00 AM
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BMW, Auberlen Capture Second Straight Pole Of 2016, Look To Defend Long Beach Race Win


Redondo Beach, California native Bill Auberlen wasn’t dreaming when he broke his own track record in placing his BMW Team RLL IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GTLM on the GT Le Mans (GTLM) pole for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

Auberlen’s time of 1:17.272 put him on pole for the second consecutive race in 2016 as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prepares for the first sprint event of the season. Additionally, this is his second straight pole in the No. 25 at Long Beach after starting first in a BMW Z4 GTE last year. He and co-driver Dirk Werner are looking to duplicate their win from a year ago.

"I just heaved one out, as hard as I could," said Auberlen regarding his pole-winning lap on his fifth trip around the circuit. "You have to sort of contain yourself here because if you stand on it too hard, you can kick the car sideways and sort of screw up your lap. Which I did four times."


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CBS Sports Network To Televise Pirelli World Challenge GT Round 5 This Sunday At Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach
Posted by: newsla on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 06:24 AM
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CBS Sports Network To Televise Pirelli World Challenge GT Round 5 This Sunday At Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach


The high-octane GT racing action of the Pirelli World Challenge in the famed streets of Long Beach will be televised this Sunday on the CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. EDT/ 11 a.m. PDT.

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Aston Martin Racing. Round One. Silverstone
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 05:41 PM
Sports Cars
Aston Martin Racing. Round One. Silverstone


Aston Martin Racing is set to kick off its 2016 campaign this weekend (17 April), as the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) takes place at Silverstone.

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Porsche 2016 Motorsports Note Package - 13
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 06:04 AM
Sports Cars
Porsche 2016 Motorsports Note Package - 13


Porsche Fields Two 911 RSR in "America’s Monaco", WeatherTech GTLM At Long Beach

After the season-opening races at Daytona and Sebring, North America’s endurance sports car championship, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, leaves Florida and heads to the West Coast. Round Three of ten, the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, exclusively features the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and Prototype (P) classes. The GT Daytona (GTD) class, which includes the popular Porsche 911 GT3 R, will not race on the April 15-16 race weekend ion Southern California. With a short-form duration of only 100-minutes, this is the shortest race on the Series’ calendar. The challenging, wall-lined street circuit on the Pacific Ocean is the United States’ most storied street course, much like Europe’s legendary Monaco circuit. The Porsche North America factory program will campaign two 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR in the hotly contested, all-factory program category.

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