Mexico Awaits As Alpine Resumes Its Chase For The Coveted Crown
At Spa-Francorchamps, in the Le Mans 24 Hours and then again at the Nürburgring, Alpine reached the top step of the LMP2 rostrum in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In the capable hands of Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes, the N°36 Signatech-Alpine has established itself as the class’s benchmark.
Marino Franchitti and the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi UK team return to FIA World Endurance Championship action this weekend at the Nürburgring in Germany, determined to bounce back after a gear box issue hindered their chances of success at Le Mans last month.
Following its mid-season break, the FIA World Endurance Championship kicks back into action this weekend as it travels to Mexico for the first time where Mike Conway and the #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing Team will be hopeful of a positive result to start off the second half of the season. This weekend’s race marks the start of the season’s ‘flyaway’ races as the championship leaves European shores.
Beechdean AMR Return to ELMS Podium at Paul Ricard
Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) successfully returned to the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) podium, following a six week gap in the championship. Beechdean AMR drivers; Andrew Howard, Darren Turner and Alex MacDowall raced together in a fiercely contested four hour race at Paul Ricard in France, where the action on the track was as hot as the weather.
Corvette Racing Captures Fifth Win Of Season At VIR, Magnussen, Garcia Shine In Michelin GT Challenge
Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia kept the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R up front throughout most of Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway, and then prevailed in a one-lap sprint to the checkered flag to win their first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race of the season.
After watching their team cars combine to win seven of eight races in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) this season the No. 3 Corvette and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 66 Ford GT co-driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller battled up front throughout the lone WeatherTech Championship race of the season reserved for the GTLM and GT Daytona classes.
Just one month before the factory opening, Audi starts the crucial phase of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Mexico. Five of the nine championship races on the calendar are held between September and November. The world tour begins with the first ever world championship race in Mexico City on September 3. For drivers and engineers alike, it is the altitude of the 4.304 kilometer long track that represents the biggest change: at a height of more than 2,000 meters above sea level the air is quite literally rarified.
A race long battle between the pole winning Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia and the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hour GT class winning Ford GT of Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller ended as it began with the Corvette edging the Ford for the overall victory here in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.
CJ Wilson Racing Endures Rain-Soaked Race To Capture First GS Win
Danville, Va. - For a while, it looked like Mother Nature was going to win the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Oak Tree Grand Prix Saturday afternoon at Virginia International Raceway, and it was entirely unexpected.
The race started in hot but clear conditions, but when the rain came, it hit fast and with a vengeance, causing a 52-minute red flag. That came after a yellow-flag period where the cars tried to form up and follow the pace car, but with the entire field on slick tires, even that became impossible.
As the cars sat on pit road waiting out the rain, practically all of them had some sort of damage or mud and grass in the radiator. The field changed to Continental rain tires, and when the competition resumed, it was as intense as the weather.
Corvette Tops Super-Tight GT Le Mans Field in Qualifying At VIR
Steven Cole Smith, IMSA Wire Service
DANVILLE, Va. - It will be an all-Chevrolet Corvette front row for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway, as Jan Magnussen put the No. 3 Corvette Racing C7.R on the pole with a track-record run of 1 minute, 41.557 seconds, just ahead of teammate Tommy Milner in the championship-leading No. 4 car, who had a fast lap of 1:41.568.
Third was Joey Hand in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, with a 1:41.817. Those were the only cars to qualify in the 1:41s - fourth was the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE of Risi Competizione’s Giancarlo Fisichella.
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