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Toyota GAZOO Racing Claims 6 Hours of Shanghai Pole

2017 Shanghai WEC Mike Conway Car Marcel Langer AdrenalMedia.com

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So far this weekend, things have been rather strange at Shanghai Circuit.  The first free practice session was delayed due to radio issues, then free practice No. 3 was cut to 40 minutes due to curb repairs.  Through that, Toyota has been dominant and that continued in qualifying. Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi set an …

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Mike Conway Fastest in Both WEC Shanghai Free Practice Sessions

2017 Monza WEC Mike Conway Car Credit Marcel Langer AdrenalMedia.com

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On Friday, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike Conway put the No. 7 Toyota on the top of the timesheets in both 90 minute practice sessions at Shanghai Circuit.  Conway’s lap of 104.741 seconds (116.413 mph) was almost three-tenths of a second off of last years’ pole time. Free Practice No. 1 The first practice session was …

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Manor Endurance Racing Moves Up to LMP1 for 2018

2017 Nürburgring WEC Vitaly Petrov Car Marcel Langer AdrenalMedia.com

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On Tuesday, 10Star DragonSpeed announced their intentions to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class in 2018 with an unknown chassis.  Wednesday morning saw Manor Endurance Racing announce that they will join them.  They’ll be making the move with the new Ginetta LMP1 chassis.  Power will be provided by a Mecachrome 3.4-liter V6 …

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DragonSpeed to Move Up to WEC LMP1 for 2018-2019 Season

2017 Silverstone ELMS

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On Tuesday morning, 2017 European Le Mans Series LMP2 champions DragonSpeed announced that they will be moving up to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class in 2018.  It will not be the championship-winning No. 22 moving up, though.  It will be the 10Star DragonSpeed No. 21 that will make the big move.  The team …

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Wins Rain, Fog-Plagued 6 Hours of Fuji

2017 Fuji WEC Sebastien Buemi Car Marcel Langer Adrenal Media

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Fuji Speedway has a long history of races completely ripped to shreds by weather conditions.  The first Grand Prix in 1976 is one example.  An abandoned JGTC (now SuperGT) race in 1998 that featured a horrific crash on the pace lap is another.  While Sunday’s 6 Hours of Fuji featured no injuries, the weather dictated …

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Porsche Claims LMP1, GTE-Pro Poles at 6 Hours of Fuji

2017 Fuji WEC Richard Lietz Car Marcel Langer Adrenal Media

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On Saturday, Porsche LMP Team’s Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley turned in an average lap time of 95.160 seconds (107.451 mph) to put the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid on the overall pole for Sunday’s 6 Hours of Fuji.  Despite the wet conditions, the times were extremely close.  The No. 2 beat their sister car …

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André Lotterer, Jose Maria Lopez Top Wet WEC Fuji Practices

2017 Fuji WEC Jose Maria Lopez Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

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On Friday, on-track activity for the FIA World Endurance Championship got underway at Fuji Speedway in Japan.  As you can tell from the picture above, it was a bit dicey at times.  Porsche LMP Team’s André Lotterer was fastest overall, lapping the 2.8403-mile road course in 95.527 seconds (107.039 mph). Free Practice No. 1 Lotterer’s …

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Porsche No. 2 Claims 4th Straight WEC Victory at COTA

2017 Mexico City WEC Earl Bamber Timo Bernhard Brendon Hartley Marcel Langer Adrenal Media

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Saturday’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas was a competitive affair.  The Toyotas, off the pace for much of the race weekend were able to take the fight to the Porsches.  However, the outcome of the race came down to team orders, as much as Porsche doesn’t want to admit it.  With less than …

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Porsche Claims 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas Overall Pole

2017 COTA WEC Neel Jani Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

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On Friday, Porsche LMP Team’s Neel Jani and Nick Tandy teamed up to claim the overall pole for Saturday’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas.  Jani turned in the fastest lap of the weekend (104.656 seconds, 117.849 mph) during his time in the car.  Tandy was just as quick as Jani, but his best …

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Neel Jani Paces Thursday Practice at Circuit of the Americas

2017 COTA WEC Neel Jani Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

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On Thursday, the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas opened up for two free practice sessions ahead of Saturday’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas.  Porsche put their stamp of approval on the opening sessions.  In the afternoon session, Neel Jani turned in a lap at 105.860 seconds (116.509 mph) around the 3.426-mile road course …

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BMW Unveils New 2018 M8 GTE at International Motor Show

2018 IWSC BMW M8 GTE Car BMW-Motorsport

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On Tuesday, BMW’s new M8 GTE made its public debut at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  The new factory designed and built racer will compete full-time in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship full-time in 2018. BMW-Motorsport is very excited about the new car. “The …

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Pace Laps: Denny Hamlin Dominates Darlington, IndyCar Series Title Battle Tightens

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Makes a Darling out of Darlington – Nobody, even the drivers, seem to understand why a certain track brings success to a certain driver. Jimmie Johnson has Dover, Jeff Gordon had Martinsville. Why? “It just suits my driving style.” For Denny Hamlin, a sweep of the weekend at …

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