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Toyota Gazoo Racing ready for new challenge

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will push the boundaries of hybrid electric vehicles when it takes on the challenge of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with an evolution of its TS050 HYBRID race car. After a successful pre-season programme which included 21,000km of running over four three-day tests, the team presented its 2018-19 car at […]

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12 Hours of Sebring: No. 22 Nissan takes overall win in IMSA classic

It would be hard to imagine a better racing example of good news/bad news than the overall and Prototype victory at Saturday’s 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring: The No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Olivier Pla had a transmission break at the end of the front […]

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12 Hours of Sebring: Team Riley Motorsports returns to site of first series win for Mercedes-AMG

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts always will have a special place in the hearts of No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 co-drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen. It was at this race last year when those two drivers and then-co-driver Mario Farnbacher broke through to win the GT Daytona (GTD) […]

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ANOTHER RECORD FOR STUART

Bloemfontein driver Stuart White added yet another significant notch to his racing belt on Saturday when he became the youngest-ever winner of an endurance race in South Africa when he drove the Fantastic Racing Maui Formula Renault he shared with Craig Jarvis and Stephen Young to victory in the Mopar African Endurance Phakisa Six Hour […]

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Montaplast by Land-Motorsport with strong squad of four drivers

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport will tackle the 2018 ADAC GT Masters campaign with two former champions and two young drivers. The 2016 title winner, Christopher Mies (28, DEU), will have a new team-mate, Alessio Picariello (24, B). The two brothers, Kelvin van der Linde (21, ZA) and Sheldon van der Linde (18, ZA) will share the […]

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TOYOTA CONFIRMS GLOBAL MOTORSPORT PLANS

Toyota has announced its global motorsport plans for 2018, stressing the role that racing and rallying play in the development of ever-better road cars.The announcement included the reveal of the improved Toyota TS050 Hybrid race car to compete in the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship (WEC) “super season” that includes two instalments of the 24 Hours […]

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Toyota unveils new TS050 ahead of 2018/19 superseason

Toyota has unveiled images of its new TS050 which will contest the World Endurance Championship superseason 2018/19. Specifications for the new car have changed very little despite being the only hybrid car left in the LMP1 class after the departures of Audi and Porsche. Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has taken the place […]

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Alonso: Toyota like a rocket ship, I’ll be prepared

  Fernando Alonso has compared his early experiences with the Toyota TS050 LMP1 car to a rocket ship under acceleration after testing with the Japanese manufacturer at Aragon in preparation for the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘super season’. Last month it was officially confirmed Alonso would run a joint programme in Formula 1 with McLaren […]

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Giancarlo Fisichella to make WEC return with Spirit of Race

Ex-F1 racer Giancarlo Fisichella to return to the WEC full-time for the 2018/19 ‘super season’, joining Spirit of Race in the GTE-Am class.Ex-Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ after signing a deal with Spirit of Race in the GTE-Am class. Fisichella, 45, raced […]

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Audi declared early winner in crash-strewn Bathurst 12 Hour

Crashes on the first and last laps marked a frustrating Bathurst 12 Hour where Audi snatched an unlikely victory in race cut short by officials. Event organisers stopped the race with 22 minutes remaining, robbing a record crowd of a finish set to pitch Supercars champion Jamie Whincup against Europe’s finest drivers in a last-minute dash.   […]

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Manufacturers start Intercontinental GT Challenge title quest in Bathurst 12 Hour

 The third season of the Intercontinental GT Challenge starts next weekend with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. Throughout the Australian endurance classic, the representatives of Audi, Bentley, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche will battle to claim the honours in the opening round of the only global GT3 championship. A modification of the Intercontinental GT Challenge rules […]

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Volkswagen signs up Le Mans winner Romain Dumas for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Volkswagen is banking on experience for its comeback in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. On 24 June 2018, more than 30 years after Volkswagen last entered the world’s most famous hill climb, Romain Dumas from France will be behind the wheel of the marque’s first fully electric racing car. Dumas has already won the […]

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FERNANDO ALONSO JOINS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING FOR 2018-19 FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Toyota Gazoo Racing have confirmed their drivers for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship, with double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso joining the team. Alonso will compete in all races that do not conflict with his Formula 1 duties, joining the crew of the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid alongside Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki […]

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Why IMSA penalized the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 during the Rolex 24

The No. 29 was deemed to have an unapproved refueling advantageThe GT Daytona class battle during the Rolex 24 was altered by a controversial race control decision that many have called the ‘nuclear option.’The Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 was leading at the time IMSA officials called it down pit road to serve a […]

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Alonso to compete in WEC and Le Mans 2018

Fernando Alonso gets go-ahead to compete in upcoming rounds of WEC, including Le Mans 24 Hours After entering the Daytona 24 Hours with United Autosports, Fernando Alonso has been given the green light from McLaren to compete at every World Endurance Championship round bar Fuji (October 21). The two-time Formula 1 champion will make his […]

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NASCAR drivers can learn from Alonso’s grace

Fernando Alonso doesn’t like every aspect of his job but understands professionals have obligations they must meet. For the two-time Formula One world champion it meant daily press briefings during his stints in the Indianapolis 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He flew to North Carolina to promote the sports car race, made a […]

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Action Express wins Rolex 24 at Daytona for 3rd time; Ganassi takes Le Mans class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In a 24-hour race of attrition, it was only fitting for the most seasoned sports car teams to control the podium at Daytona International Speedway.Action Express Racing won its third Rolex 24 at Daytona overall title, and Chip Ganassi Racing celebrated the organization’s 200th victory with a win in the GT […]

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2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona: Hour 12 Update – Spin Costs Rahal The Lead

  Good pit stops saw the two Team Penske Acura’s retake their advantage at the front of the Prototype field in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, however a spin cost the #7 the race lead as the race reached its halfway mark. Graham Rahal was able to jump ahead of both of the Action Express […]

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Three Mercedes-AMG GT3 Teams Ready for Rolex 24 At Daytona

A Dozen Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Competing This Weekend in Season-Opening IMSA Races at Daytona A dozen Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams are set to compete in two different IMSA sports car racing series this weekend at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) during the 56th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 24 – […]

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Full Bathurst 12 Hour entry list revealed

One of the most broadly-accomplished collections of racing talent from around the world ever to be assembled at Mount Panorama will contest the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour next week. A cross section of champion drivers from Australia and New Zealand will be joined by world champions, ex-Formula 1 drivers, GT title winners and rising stars […]

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Jazeman, Weiron and Afiq make Asian Le Mans history

PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid made history for Malaysia by blazing the track to victory in the 6 Hours of Buriram race in Thailand. It is the first all-Malaysian triumph in the Asian Le Mans Series, marking a sweet debut for Jazeman, Weiron and Afiq, who were racing together for […]

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Bathurst 12hr: Audi confirms host of factory drivers for 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour

A DAY after naming its pool of factory racers for 2018, Audi has revealed a host of them will be coming to the 2018 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock will line up for Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing in what will be a two-car, factory-supported tilt. Mies is a […]

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Kessel Racing takes third Gulf 12 Hours win

Kessel Racing reigned victorious by taking their third win at the Gulf 12 Hours, after 302 laps around the 5.555 kilometre long famous Yas Marina Circuit. The #11 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Michael Broniszewski, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina dominated the Gulf endurance event after starting on pole for the 12-hour battle in Abu Dhabi […]

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Nissan to sit out Bathurst 12 Hour

Nissan will not field a factory entry in the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour, the Japanese marque has confirmed.No GT-Rs were present on the 60-strong provisional entry list issued by organisers this morning, although it is understood that work continues to put a privateer car on the grid. Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and […]

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Road car-style proposal giving LMP1 “momentum” – Toyota

 Toyota says proposals to make the next generation of LMP1 cars look more like high-performance road cars have generated “a lot of interest” among manufacturers in joining sportscar racing’s top flight. Fading manufacturer interest in LMP1 has resulted in the rulemakers of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the FIA and the ACO, holding a series […]

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New Vantage road car forms basis of Aston Martin Racing’s 2018 WEC challenger

Aston Martin has revealed the new Vantage: a dynamics successor to the biggest-selling road car in the British marque’s history. This evening, in an unprecedented synchronised launch, Aston Martin Racing revealed the new Vantage GTE: the spectacular new FIA World Endurance Championship challenger poised to replace the team’s most successful competition car of all-time, the […]

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Busy Bahrain test for Toyota Gazoo Racing

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing completed a busy and interesting test session at the Bahrain International Circuit as the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season officially concluded. Following its victory in the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday, its fifth of the season, the team returned to the Bahrain International Circuit to participate in the […]

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Porsche three time Le Mans winners bid a fond farewell to the WEC

With two podium finishes at the last round in Bahrain, the Porsche LMP Team bid a fond farewell to the FIA World Endurance Championship. Drivers Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ), who were crowned world champions two weeks ago, finished second in what was an incident filled and highly emotional 2017 […]

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Lopez: “We Really Want to Finish in a Positive Way”

Despite minimal success compared to their garage partners this year, the #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing squad will hope to finish the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in top form. In what has sadly become a regular story for Toyota, success for one car did not transfer into success for the other in 2017 with the […]

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Herberth Motorsport wins the Hankook 24H COTA USA

Herberth Motorsport produced a stunning display with the Porsche 991 GT3 R to win the final round of the 24H Series powered by Hankook in Austin/USA. The German team is the first to receive the title ‘Champion of the Continents’, awarded to the team to amass the greatest number of points at the Hankook 24H […]

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Ford ready to fight for WEC title in Bahrain

The battle for the 2017 GT FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship has come down to the final race of the season: the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain, which takes place this Saturday, November 18, at the Bahrain International Circuit. The “Battle of Bahrain” will be fought between the #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx (GB) […]

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IMSA Classic 24h Daytona race preview

Stars and Historic Race Cars Arrive at Daytona International Speedway This Week for Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic at Daytona Presented by IMSA Classic 24-Hour Race A growing entry list for the third running of the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic at Daytona presented by IMSA, this weekend at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), November 8 […]

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Porsche secures WEC titles as Toyota wins race in Shanghai

Porsche sealed both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ World Endurance Championship titles in Shanghai at the end of a six-hour race dominated by Toyota Sunday. Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber were on course to take the drivers’ crown with third place when race leader José María López was involved in an incident that sent the No. 7 Toyota […]

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25 nationalities present for inaugural Hankook 24H COTA USA

The inaugural Hankook 24H COTA USA (10-12 November, 2017) can rightfully be referred to as a ‘finale grande’ to conclude what has been an action-packed season in the CREVENTIC SERIES powered by Hankook. Open for GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials, the race at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the final […]