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IMSA Announces Additional Updates To 2017 FOX Sports Television Package
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 08:29 AM
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IMSA Announces Additional Updates To 2017 FOX Sports Television Package


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2017) - On the heels of a successful 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, IMSA and FOX Sports announced additional television coverage and schedule updates for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and also released the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge television schedule. In addition, IMSA and FOX Sports announced that the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda will have FS2 television coverage throughout the 2017 season.

"Our partnership with FOX Sports continues to pay dividends," said IMSA Vice President, Marketing, David Pettit. "Between the additional improvements we’ve made to the WeatherTech Championship television schedule, the continuation of a strong FS1 package for the Continental Tire Challenge and the introduction of FS2 coverage for IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, we head into the 2017 season in an extremely strong position from a domestic television perspective."


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IMSA Realizing Unprecedented Positive Results On And Off The Race Track Following Successful Rolex 24 At Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 03, 2017 - 06:10 AM
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IMSA Realizing Unprecedented Positive Results On And Off The Race Track Following Successful Rolex 24 At Daytona


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The 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona likely will be remembered as a watershed moment in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship history.

On the racetrack, the event saw the competition debut of 12 brand-new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and LM P2 race cars in the series’ top Prototype class, as well as a new car from Porsche in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and the WeatherTech Championship debut for Mercedes-AMG, Lexus and Acura in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

In total, 14 manufacturers participated in the Rolex 24, and the margin of victory was under a second in the P and GTD classes, and less than three seconds in GTLM at the end of a grueling 24 hours of competition in sometimes extremely difficult weather conditions. Five cars, representing three different manufacturers or constructors led the race in the Prototype class. Ten different cars led the race in GTLM and 15 different cars led in GTD, including each of the aforementioned newcomers.


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Record Entries Set For 2017 Pirelli World Challenge With New USAC Online System
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 06:14 AM
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Record Entries Set For 2017 Pirelli World Challenge With New USAC Online Registration System; Major Off-Season Investments Bring Excitement


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The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Championships have already processed a record 105 pre-entries as another highly-competitive road racing series is set to kick off in the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida on March 10-12.

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Motul Signs On as Title Sponsor of Petit Le Mans
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 06:07 AM
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Motul Signs On as Title Sponsor of Petit Le Mans


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Motul will serve as the title sponsor for the world-renowned Petit Le Mans 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta, as well as the Official Lubricant Partner of Road Atlanta and Petit Le Mans, track officials announced today.

The Motul Petit Le Mans, set for Oct. 4-7, is the final race and championship decider in this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the ultimate race in the four-event Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC).


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2017 Daytona 24: ECR Engines Finishes 1-2 in IMSA Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 06:14 AM
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2017 Daytona 24: ECR Engines Finishes 1-2 in IMSA Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona


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ECR Engines captured the victory Sunday afternoon in the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, powering Wayne Taylor Racing's (WTR) No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R across the finish line and giving Cadillac its first ever Rolex 24 win.

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2017 Daytona 24: Mission Accomplished, Ford GT Wins 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona!
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 30, 2017 - 06:16 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Mission Accomplished, Ford GT Wins 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona!


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The Ford GT wins the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines powered the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team to victory lane with the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6, winning the first 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series race.

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2017 Daytona 24: No. 10 Cadillac DPi Leads After 18 Hours In 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 10:03 AM
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2017 Daytona 24: No. 10 Cadillac DPi Leads After 18 Hours In 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona


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The No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DPi-V.R, which has run inside the top three throughout the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, held the lead after three Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup segments.

The No. 10 Cadillac - which is being co-driven by Jordan and Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli and retired NASCAR star Jeff Gordon - had a total of 13 Patrón Endurance Cup points at the 18-hour mark to take a one-point lead over the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, the team that has won all three previous Patrón Endurance Cups in the Prototype class.

Patrón Endurance Cup points in the Rolex 24 are awarded at six-hour intervals with five points for the leader at the end of the segment, four points for second place, three points for third and two points for every car running from fourth place on. Angelelli led Marc Goossens in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Multimatic/Riley LM P2 after 18 hours, with Filipe Albuquerque in third aboard the No. 5 Cadillac.


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IMSA Season Kicks Off This Weekend At Daytona With Unprecedented Manufacturer Participation
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 06:35 PM
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IMSA Season Kicks Off This Weekend At Daytona With Unprecedented Manufacturer Participation


With the eyes of the racing world focused on the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona this weekend, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) prepares for a weekend highlighting an unprecedented amount of official automotive partners.

Between the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, IMSA now has 17 official automotive partners, including five that are new for 2017: Acura, Cadillac, Lexus, McLaren and Mercedes-AMG. The complete list is as follows:


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2017 Daytona 24: Brandon Gdovic Joins DAC Motorsports Lineup for the 24 Hours of Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 06:06 AM
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2017 Daytona 24: Brandon Gdovic Joins DAC Motorsports Lineup for the 24 Hours of Daytona


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Brandon Gdovic is joining DAC Motorsports' driver lineup for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway Jan 28-29. Gdovic will be piloting the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.

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2017 Daytona 24: PR1 Set for P2 Debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 06:12 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: PR1 Set for P2 Debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona


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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports is set to return to the biggest stage of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship with their debut in the P2 class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

After completing three successful days of testing at the Roar Before the 24 two weeks ago, the team and drivers Tom Kimber-Smith, José Gutierrez, Michael Guasch and Verizon IndyCar Driver RC Enerson are ready to get back behind of the wheel of their brand new Ligier JS P217 at the twice around the clock endurance race.

“It’s great to be back at the Rolex 24 and to be competing for the overall win this year. To take the overall win would be an amazing accomplishment. I think with the PR1 crew and the driver line-up we have for the race, we definitely have the potential to accomplish that feat,” explained Gutierrez.


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2017 Daytona 24: Mark Ellis Appointed Technical Director of Advanced Engine Research
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 06:09 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Mark Ellis Appointed Technical Director of Advanced Engine Research


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Dr. Mark Ellis has been named to the newly-created position of Technical Director for Advanced Engine Research, Ltd. Ellis, whose relationship with AER goes back to 2009, has most recently held the title of Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering at London South Bank University, while maintaining a consulting relationship with AER. He will be responsible for technical leadership within the company, including reliability and performance development. Ellis will have a significant role in business strategy as well as development of future engine projects. He will also have line management responsibility for engineering personnel and will lead design, simulation, performance-development, and engine-testing.


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2017 Daytona 24: Paralyzed Racer Michael Johnson, JDC-Miller Motorsports ready for Daytona, 2017 Season
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 06:08 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Paralyzed Racer Michael Johnson, JDC-Miller Motorsports ready for Daytona, 2017 Season


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24-year-old BMW sportscar driver Michael Johnson and teammate Stephen Simpson, JDC-Miller Motorsports, are kicking off the racing season with an endurance challenge in the sunshine state.

The paralyzed driver and his team are taking on the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona, an IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race that's four hours long and offers fans the chance to watch their favorite drivers prepare for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the years to come.


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2017 Daytona 24: ByKOLLES Racing to start the 2017 Endurance season with new power and numerous updates
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 06:07 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: ByKOLLES Racing to start the 2017 Endurance season with new power and numerous updates


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ByKOLLES Racing is looking forward to the cooperation with a new engine supplier for the 2017 FIA-world Endurance Championship (WEC) season. The private LMP1-Team based in Greding, Germany, will cooperate with Nismo as engine supplier with immediate effect. The integration of the V6-Turbo Engine, as well as many other improvements to the chassis, bodywork and mechanical parts of the CLM P1/01 are all progressing according to plan. „Engine supply from Nismo is of great significance to our team", says ByKOLLES Head of Operations Boris Bermes. „After having to deal with many setbacks in the past due to engine reliability issues, for the 2017 season, we’re expecting a significant improvement in terms of both reliability as well as performance."


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Defending IMSA Prototype champs looking for first Rolex win
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 06:05 PM
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Defending IMSA Prototype champs looking for first Rolex win


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With the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship set to begin Saturday on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, Dane Cameron and Eric Curran are ready to capture another milestone for their already impressive resume. The defending 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype Champions have yet to taste victory in Daytona, but could 2017 be the year?

"I've been training hard and spending a lot of time in the shop trying to get the cockpit exactly how we want it to compliment the details of our new Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R," said Cameron. "Our guys have been absolutely flat out preparing our #31 machine for the biggest race of the year, I think we are ready to fight it out for 24 hours!"


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2017 Daytona 24: Aston Martin Racing set for Rolex 24 at Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 05:31 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Aston Martin Racing set for Rolex 24 at Daytona


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Aston Martin Racing is set to kick off the 2017 racing season early, with the marque set to contest the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend with its V12 Vantage GT3.

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2017 Daytona 24: Risi Competizione Seeks To Return To Winning Ways For 55th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 06:06 AM
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2017 Daytona 24: Risi Competizione Seeks To Return To Winning Ways For 55th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona


The Risi Competizione Ferrari GTLM team bring their 2016 Petit Le Mans winning driver line-up to Daytona for the 55th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 28-29, 2017, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Memo Gidley To Make Highly Anticipated Return To Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 06:55 PM
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Memo Gidley To Make Highly Anticipated Return To Daytona


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Popular sports car racer Memo Gidley is returning to Daytona International Speedway this week, three years after he was injured in a heavy crash during the third hour of the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Gidley and his wife, Mari, are attending the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29, as guests of IMSA. Gidley will participate in a media availability on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Daytona International Speedway media center, and also plans to visit with doctors and staff later this week at Halifax Health Medical Center, where he was transported after the incident and spent several days undergoing treatment for his injuries.


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2017 Daytona 24: From Dubai to Daytona - GRT Grasser Racing
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 05:43 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: From Dubai to Daytona - GRT Grasser Racing


Two 24 hour races within two weeks present a huge challenge to any racing team, especially to a rather small one like the GRT Grasser Racing Team. Nevertheless, the Austrian squad is taking up the the challenge and after a fast and competitive, but also very unlucky performance at Dubai now is already looking forward to the classic 24 Hours of Daytona.

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K-PAX Racing Brings Notable Lineup to Defend Pirelli World Challenge Titles; Parente, Sellers & Hedlund set to drive in 2017
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 05:51 AM
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K-PAX Racing Brings Notable Lineup to Defend Pirelli World Challenge Titles; Parente, Sellers & Hedlund set to drive in 2017
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season proved to be the most successful yet for K-PAX Racing in the GT class. Against strong competition, the California-based team, with the McLaren 650S GT3 and Factory Driver Alvaro Parente, celebrated the championship trifecta, clinching the Team, Manufacturer, and Driver Championships in the final lap of the final race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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2017 Daytona 24: Defending Champion Oliver Gavin Aiming High On Return To Rolex 24h
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 07:36 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Defending Champion Oliver Gavin Aiming High On Return To Rolex 24h


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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans champion Oliver Gavin heads into his 2017 campaign and this year’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (26-29 January, 2017) as defending GTLM winner. Gavin is joined again by teammates Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler and is aiming to repeat Corvette’s one-two finish from 2016.

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2017 Daytona 24: Tincknell Relishing Daytona Debut With Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 07:35 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Tincknell Relishing Daytona Debut With Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team


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Harry Tincknell‘s burgeoning career ticks off another box next weekend (28-29 Jan) when the Briton competes in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The 25-year-old makes his Daytona International Speedway debut driving a Ford Chip Ganassi Ford GT along with co-drivers Andy Priaulx (GB), an ex-European and World Touring Car Champion, and former Indy 500 race winner and INDYCAR Champion Tony Kanaan (Brazil). Goodridge supported Tincknell, who scored seven GTE Pro top-five finishes in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship – including two stunning class wins, is part of a four-car “works” Ford effort contesting the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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2017 Daytona 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ready to Take on Rolex 24 At Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 07:34 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ready to Take on Rolex 24 At Daytona


Twelve drivers. Four cars. One team. It’s become a common refrain for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and remains at the core of the effort as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship teams unite this month for one goal – to win at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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2017 Daytona 24: Countdown To The Rolex 24 At Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 07:31 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Countdown To The Rolex 24 At Daytona


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All eyes will be on Daytona this weekend for the first major motor sport circuit event of the year, the 2017 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. At 14:30 on Saturday 28 January, the green flag will drop as the Rolex clock begins its 24-hour countdown and racing gets underway at the Daytona International Speedway.


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2017 Daytona 24: Nicky Catsburg set for RLL GTLM debut at Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 07:29 PM
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2017 Daytona 24: Nicky Catsburg set for RLL GTLM debut at Daytona


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Nicky Catsburg is looking forward to competing with BMW Team RLL this coming weekend (26-29 January, 2017) in the Rolex 24 of Daytona, round one of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship.

Catsburg, making his debut in GTLM class, will race the BMW M6 GTLMs alongside John Edwards, Martin Tomczyk and Kuno Wittmer at Daytona and then reunite with Team RLL for the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.


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2017 Daytona 24: Mann, Rigon, Pier Guidi, Mediani and Mastronardi with Ferrari 488
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 05:31 AM
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2017 Daytona 24: Mann, Rigon, Pier Guidi, Mediani and Mastronardi with Ferrari 488
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! Peter Mann, Davide Rigon, Alessandro Pier Guidi, Maurizio Mediani and Rino Mastronardi will race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, January 28th and 29th, at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GTD entered by Spirit of Race and sponsored by Hublot once again.

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