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Taylor Brothers Win Fourth Straight WeatherTech Championship Race for Cadillac at COTA
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 07:28 AM
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Taylor Brothers Win Fourth Straight WeatherTech Championship Race for Cadillac at COTA


Staff Report, IMSA Wire Service

AUSTIN, Texas. – Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R program have moved into historic territory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

They earned their fourth consecutive victory in Saturday’s Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown, marking the longest win streak in WeatherTech Championship history and the longest in major U.S. sports car racing competition since Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won eight straight in the 2013 American Le Mans Series.


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Corvette Racing Survives First-Lap Crash to Win Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at COTA
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 07:28 AM
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Corvette Racing Survives First-Lap Crash to Win Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at COTA


Staff Report, IMSA Wire Service

AUSTIN, Texas. – One race after a heartbreaking loss on the final corner of the final lap at Long Beach, the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen survived a multi-car accident on the first corner of the first lap Saturday to win the Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas.

Starting in sixth, Magnussen took the inside line in Turn 1 and by the time he cleared the melee, he had moved to third. By lap 27 of 73, the No. 3 Corvette moved into the lead and never gave it up, winning its second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race of the season by 2.498 seconds over the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 of Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims.


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2017 IMSA: Ricky Taylor Puts Cadillac on COTA Pole in Dominating Performance
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, May 06, 2017 - 07:56 AM
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2017 IMSA: Ricky Taylor Puts Cadillac on COTA Pole in Dominating Performance


Staff Report, IMSA Wire Service

AUSTIN, Texas. – The Taylor train kept rolling at Circuit of The Americas on Friday, and maybe even picked up some more speed.

In qualifying for Saturday’s Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown, Ricky Taylor beat the previous IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship lap record on the 3.4-mile COTA track by exactly three seconds, and beat the field by more than 1.5 seconds to take the pole position in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R with a best lap of 1 minute, 54.809 seconds (106.6 mph).


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McLaren, Plumb Make Continental Tire Challenge History with COTA Win
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, May 06, 2017 - 07:55 AM
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McLaren, Plumb Make Continental Tire Challenge History with COTA Win


Staff Report, IMSA Wire Service

AUSTIN, Texas. – McLaren has already made plenty of headlines in the world of motorsport, but earned another one Friday at Circuit of The Americas.

The manufacturer, competing in just its third IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race since joining the series at the beginning of the 2017 season, picked up its first series victory in the Circuit of The Americas 120 courtesy of co-drivers Matt Plumb and Paul Holton in the No. 76 C360R McLaren GT4.


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Tequila Patron Esm Looks To Continue Success In Austin Cota Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 05, 2017 - 06:39 PM
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Tequila Patron Esm Looks To Continue Success In Austin Cota Preview


AUSTIN, TX. — Riding the momentum of a strong second place finish on the streets of Long Beach, California, Tequila Patrón ESM journeyed to Austin, Texas to test their Nissan Onroack DPis at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) to prepare for the next round in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This weekend, COTA will be host to the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown, the fourth race in the 2017 IMSA Championship.

The team tested for two days at the 3.4 mile course, determined to improve on the continued progress the new Nissian Onroak DPi program. Offering both high and low speed corners, two long straights, and an elevation change of 133 feet, the track can be challenging to find the right set up for. With the test complete, the team found a solid baseline for the No. 2 and No. 22 car setups heading into the sprint weekend.


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Aston Martin Racing Fighting Fit For 'Spa-Rring' Match
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 05, 2017 - 04:55 PM
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Aston Martin Racing Fighting Fit For 'Spa-Rring' Match


The gloves are off this weekend, as Aston Martin Racing prepares itself for its latest Spa-rring match; the 6 Hours of Spa-Franchorchamps.

With the FIA World Endurance Championship field set to take on the circuit’s world-famous corners, including Pouhon, Blanchimont and the iconic Eau Rouge, Team Principal Paul Howarth is confident of a strong performance to add to the team’s vital championship points scored at Silverstone last time out.


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2017 Race Season Brings Exciting Opportunities For Andreas Wirth
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 05, 2017 - 04:52 PM
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2017 Race Season Brings Exciting Opportunities For Andreas Wirth


Andreas Wirth is thrilled to announce today, part of what he has planned for the 2017 race season.

After just one year in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) he’s proud to take one more step up the ladder to the pinnacle of Prototype racing - the World Endurance Championship (WEC).


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Championship Lead Within The Sights Of Magnussen And Corvette - Texas Battle Looms At Circuit Of The Americas
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 05, 2017 - 04:48 PM
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Championship Lead Within The Sights Of Magnussen And Corvette - Texas Battle Looms At Circuit Of The Americas


Jan Magnussen and Corvette Racing have the championship lead within their sights heading into this weekend’s fourth round of the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship at the Circuit Of The America’s in Austin Texas.

Magnussen and his teammate Antonio Garcia sit second in the GT Le Mans class of the championship by just two points to Dirk Muller and Joey Hand with a two hour and 40 minute race ahead of them at 3.4-mile COTA facility on Saturday.


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Michael Shank Racing With Curb/Agajanian Set For Circuit Of The Americas On Saturday
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 05, 2017 - 04:47 PM
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Michael Shank Racing With Curb/Agajanian Set For Circuit Of The Americas On Saturday


As the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship stages Round 4 at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, Michael Shank Racing is ready to race forward with the team’s two-car Acura NSX GT3 effort (Green Flag 1:35 PM CT, 2:35 PM ET).

Katherine Legge and Ozz Negri were tabbed to qualify their respective Acura machines during Friday’s 15-minute qualifying session. The competitiveness of the GTD field was on full display with third through 10th on the grid separated by mere tenths.


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Challenge Set For Ford Chip Ganassi Racing After Close Qualifying Puts Ford Gts P4-5
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 05, 2017 - 04:46 PM
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Challenge Set For Ford Chip Ganassi Racing After Close Qualifying Puts Ford Gts P4-5


Just hundredths of seconds separated contenders in GTLM qualifying at Circuit of the Americas, where Ford Chip Ganassi Racing qualified p4-5 for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Friday.

Drivers Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Müller qualified the No. 67 and 66 Ford GTs, respectively, after both cars chased the perfect set-up in practice.

"We made a few small changes before qualifying," Briscoe said. "We had a really good run. The car was just a little too loose, so I was happy with where we finished. I don’t think we’ve gotten everything we can out of these Ford GTs here at COTA quite yet."


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IMSA Expands International Television Reach Through New Partnerships
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 06:23 PM
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IMSA Expands International Television Reach Through New Partnerships


Since the formation of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in 1969, the sanctioning body has taken great pride in its relevance to international audiences and the large number of fans from around the world.

Many of the world’s greatest manufacturers have deep-rooted history in IMSA competition, as well as the very best sports car drivers and teams from the U.S. and abroad, drawing attention from race fans all over the world. And through several new IMSA partnerships and initiatives, those fans now are receiving unprecedented access to the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in 2017.


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Superb Sprintx Field Set For PWC Round At Picturesque VIR Road Circuit This Weekend
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 05:37 PM
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Superb Sprintx Field Set For PWC Round At Picturesque VIR Road Circuit This Weekend


An outstanding field of drivers and machines are primed for the 2017 SprintX season opener as part of the Pirelli World Challenge Nissan Grand Prix of VIR this weekend (April 28-30) at the beautiful VIRginia International Raceway with over 105 entries to battle on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road circuit.

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2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda Prepares for Series Debut at Barber Motorsports Park
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 06:03 PM
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2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda Prepares for Series Debut at Barber Motorsports Park


It's impossible to handicap the pair of IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda races that will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. April 21-22. The series has never competed at Barber, but given how nimble and quick these cars are, and how the complex 2.38-mile road course rewards those two characteristics, this series and this track are made for each other.

There's another reason that the races will be a wild card at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama - one of the two classes that make up the Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda field is brand new for 2017, not only to the series, but to competition in the United States. The LM P3 class originated in Europe and is spreading around the world, and these races at Barber are only the second time the class has competed in North America.


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Two-Way Three-peat: Taylor Brothers Win Third Consecutive WeatherTech Championship Race In 2017 And At Long Beach
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 02:33 AM
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Two-Way Three-peat: Taylor Brothers Win Third Consecutive WeatherTech Championship Race In 2017 And At Long Beach


Staff Report, IMSA Wire Service

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The closing driver in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R may have been different, but on Saturday the result was more of the same as Jordan Taylor - after watching his older brother and co-driver Ricky drive to victory in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar - made it three wins in a row by winning the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

This time it was Jordan Taylor who had the wheel on the final stint in the Cadillac DPi, and it was a move in Turn 1 with five minutes remaining that was the winning maneuver. Taylor got a run on race-leader Ryan Dalziel down the frontstretch and swung around the outside of Dalziel’s No. 2 Tequila Patrón Nissan DPi, utilizing GT lap traffic to pull ahead to a 6.349 second victory.


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Milner, Gavin Score Last-Lap Victory for Corvette in BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 02:33 AM
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Milner, Gavin Score Last-Lap Victory for Corvette in BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach


Staff Report, IMSA Wire Service

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The iconic hairpin turn at the Long Beach street circuit played a central role in the fate of the No. 4 Corvette Racing team and co-drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner two years in a row.

Last year, this was the turn where Milner was spun out of the lead late in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race by Porsche driver Frederic Makowiecki, enabling Makowiecki’s Porsche teammate, Nick Tandy, to sneak past for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory. This year, the hairpin gave one back to the No. 4 teammates.


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Taylor Brothers Set Sights On Third Straight Win, Score TOTAL Pole Award For BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 08:55 AM
Sports Cars
Taylor Brothers Set Sights On Third Straight Win, Score TOTAL Pole Award For BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach


Staff Report, IMSA Wire Service

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The wave of momentum brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor established with wins in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar has seemingly carried over to the streets of Long Beach. Starting off the weekend by sweeping Friday’s opening two practice sessions for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, Ricky Taylor followed it up by winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R.


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Former GT3 Cup Challenge USA Champion Makes the Move from Porsche to Prototype
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 06:36 PM
Sports Cars
Former GT3 Cup Challenge USA Champion Makes the Move from Porsche to Prototype


A great driver can quickly adapt in any type of car and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series driver Colin Thompson is proving that to be true.

Thompson, who won a Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA championship, has made the move from a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to a Norma M30 - the first and only car of its kind in the world - in the Prototype Challenge series. He won his IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge championship with Kelly-Moss Road and Race and will continue to drive with the team in his new car as well.


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Johnny O Connell Looking To Fight Back For His PWC GT Title, 4-Time Pirelli World Challenge Champion Set For Long Beach Race
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 06:19 PM
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Johnny O Connell Looking To Fight Back For His PWC GT Title, 4-Time Pirelli World Challenge Champion Set For Long Beach Race


Veteran Johnny O’Connell first drove at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 1986. He still remembers he didn’t finish the race.

Last year, some 30 years later, O’Connell was the first driver to take the checkered flag but he didn’t get the win after his Long Beach debut. Despite the bitter loss in 2016, Johnny still loves the atmosphere at the “Road by the Shore.”

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Largest IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Field Set For BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 06:58 PM
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Largest IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Field Set For BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach


The BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach on Saturday, April 8 will feature a full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship paddock, with 35 cars - comprised of 13 different automotive manufacturers - on the entry list for Round 3 of the 2017 season.

Transitioning from the two longest races of the season, the 100-minute sprint race is one of the shortest races on the WeatherTech Championship calendar and will be broadcast live on FOX, with coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT and continuing through the checkered flag and post-race interviews.


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Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Leaders Parlay Successful Outings At Sebring Into Points Lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 06:55 PM
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Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Leaders Parlay Successful Outings At Sebring Into Points Lead


While the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship still has 10 of its 12 races to come on the 2017 schedule, we’ve already reached the halfway point in the battle for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup following last Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

The Patrón Endurance Cup rewards top performers in the four WeatherTech Championship endurance races: the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which was contested on Jan. 28-29, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 18, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday, July 2 and the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans on Saturday Oct. 7. Points are awarded at strategic intervals for each race, with five points going to each class leader at those intervals, followed by four points for second place, three for third, and two points for all others from fourth place onward.


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Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida Post-Qualifying Nuggets
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 06:00 PM
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Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida Post-Qualifying Nuggets


GT Daytona (GTD):

Pole - Tristan Vautier, No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3

Time: 1:59.738 - New GTD record

Previous GTD Record: Jeff Segal, 2016, Ferrari 488 GT3 - 2:02.350


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Veteran Ryan Dalziel Set for 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Title Run with CRP Racing/DeVILBISS Mercedes AMG GT3 Machine
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 06:35 PM
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Veteran Ryan Dalziel Set for 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Title Run with CRP Racing/DeVILBISS Mercedes AMG GT3 Machine


Veteran sports car racer Ryan Dalziel is anxious to hit the streets of St. Petersburg next week (March 9-12) for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season opener with two 50-minute sprint races.

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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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