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Pepper & Bentley all set for 24-Hour

South African Jordan Pepper and his Abt Bentley Continental GT3 teammates Christian Mamerow and Thorsten Dahm were out of luck as they completed their Nurburgring 24-Hour preparations at the circuit’s 6-Hour pre-race on Sunday, but the team is now fully focussed on the 24-Hour at the legendary 21km racetrack in 4 weeks time. “Going into […]

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Toyota wins hard-fought WEC victory at Silverstone

 FORD GT TAKES WIN IN GTE PRO Toyota claimed a narrow victory over Porsche in the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone Sunday in a race the team was expected to dominate. Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima took the victory in the high-downforce Toyota TS050 Hybrid. They were kept honest […]

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Jose Maria Lopez taken to hospital after crash

New Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez has been taken to hospital after an accident in today’s World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone. The Argentinian has been transferred to hospital in Northampton for precautionary tests after an impact with the barriers triggered the so-called ‘medical light’ in the car. Lopez crashed the #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID […]

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Endurance World Championship: Eurosport Events Creates Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy To Pay Homage To Fallen Racer

Eurosport Events is launching the ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ in order to pay homage to Anthony Delhalle. The trophy will be awarded for the first time at the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans on 16 April. Eurosport Events was keen to pay a strong and lasting homage to Anthony Delhalle. An Endurance world […]

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Another strong Sebring for SA’s Simpson

South African IMSA Prototype driver Stephen Simpson driving with Russo Canadian Misha Goikhberg and US driver Chris Miller took their new JDC Miller Motorsports ORECA-Gibson 07 to a strong fourth overall in the Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday. The trio was the first LMP2 crew home behind a dominant works Cadillac 1-2-3 headed […]

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The SCG003 Stradale Is the 800-HP Supercar That Could Lap the Nurburgring in 6:30

Our first introduction to Jim Glickenhaus came a few years ago when he had Pininfarina rebody his Ferrari Enzo into the P4/5, a gorgeous modern interpretation of Ferrari’s classic P cars. But when he decided to build a version to race and failed to get Ferrari’s blessing, Glickenhaus set out on an effort to build […]

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Former F1 racer Robert Kubica gets LMP1 ride for Le Mans, WEC

Former BMW and Renault F1 driver Robert Kubica has been slowly working his way back to Formula 1. The 32-year-old former F1 driver has been unable to race in single-seat race cars since a 2011 preseason rally crash left him with a permanent arm injury.Last season, he competed in the World Rally Championship, and after finishing […]

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Cadillac DPi-V.R secures pole for 2017 24 Hours of Daytona

This weekend is the opening round of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship but the action started on Thursday with qualifying.All the cars in the premier Prototype class are new this year and now they’ve finally shown off what they’re capable of. The fastest proved to be the new Cadillac DPi-V.R, which secured the top two […]

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One Two for Porsche at the Hankook 24H Dubai

Hankook 24H Dubai concluded at 14:00 on Saturday with victory for the Herberth Motorsport team. After 578 laps of racing, Robert Renauer crossed the finish line first in the Porsche 991 GT3 R to claim a prestigious success for himself and his crew at the opening event of the 2017 endurance season at the Dubai […]

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SIMPSON READY FOR DAYTONA

South Africa’s Stephen Simpson is champing at the bit in anticipation of challenging for outright victory in this year’s Rolex Daytona 24-hour, following his first outing in JDC-Miller MotorSports brand new ORECA 07 Gibson sports prototype racer in the ‘Roar Before the 24’ test last week. The team steps up to the newly formed LMP2-spec […]

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Eyes Of Racing World Focused On 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona

The world will be coming to Daytona International Speedway for the grand opening of its motorsports stadium, with a solid international field set for the debut race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31. A 54-car field with drivers representing 24 countries serves as […]

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South African Endurance, GT series set to star

The recent announcements of national championship status for the Mopar South African Endurance Series along with the establishment of the South African GT Challenge have been met with great interest both at hame and abroad as organisers of both series seek to attract international and local participation for the 2017 year and beyond. “We are […]

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Audi and Laurens Vanthoor win Motul Sepang 12 Hours

….and inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge Great tyre tactics and faultless driving gave Christopher Haase, Robin Frijns and Laurens Vanthoor the win in a wet 2016 edition of the Motul Sepang 12 Hours. The Audi Sport Team Phoenix drivers crossed the line with one lap in hand. That also meant that Laurens Vanthoor and Audi became […]

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Parente, van Gisbergen, Ledogar to Drive K-PAX McLaren in Sepang 12H

K-PAX Racing has confirmed its driver lineup for next month’s Motul Sepang 12 Hours, with McLaren GT factory drivers Alvaro Parente, Shane van Gisbergen and Come Ledogar set to pilot the team’s McLaren 650S GT3 car in the third and final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The Pirelli World Challenge squad will make its overseas debut […]

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Prodrive end the long wait as Aston Martin grab glory

 Aston Martin Racing drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen have been crowned FIA World Endurance Championship’s after taking victory in the season finale.It is the first FIA world title for Prodrive since Petter Solberg won the FIA World Rally Championship Drivers’ title in 2003 for the Banbury motor sport team. Heading into the final race […]

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Audi pace took Toyota by surprise in Bahrain finale

Toyota Motorsport director Rob Leupen says Audi’s pace in the FIA WEC season finale at Bahrain took the Japanese team by surprise, as its slim hopes of taking the drivers’ title disappeared.The #6 Toyota crew of Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi arrived at the Sakhir track 17 points behind the #2 Porsche squad, […]

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6 Hours of Bahrain Preview: The Championship Showdown

The Checkered Flag.co.uk previews the final event of a thrilling WEC season, where the 2016 drivers’ champions will be decided.This weekend, the fifth season of the World Endurance Championship will reach its conclusion at Bahrain International Circuit.It promises to be a landmark event, with several important goodbyes to be said and a number of championships […]

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Lotterer to make Porsche switch for 2017 WEC season

Andre Lotterer has reached an agreement to race for the Porsche LMP1 team in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017, Motorsport.com has learned. The German moves across from Porsche’s sister marque Audi, which will withdraw from endurance racing at the end of 2016, ending a six-year association with the Ingolstadt manufacturer that has yielded […]

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WEC: Audi leaving WEC not ‘catastrophic,’ series boss says

Audi’s departure from the World Endurance Championship at the end of this season is not a catastrophe, according to series boss Gerard Neveu.Neveu insisted that the future of the WEC and the LMP1 class remained buoyant despite the announcement late last month that Audi will pull out of the series. “This was not the best […]

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Toyota: Third Le Mans car ‘logical’ after Audi

 Toyota believes it would be “logical” for both it and Porsche to run three cars at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours in the wake of Audi’s withdrawal from the LMP1 ranks.Pascal Vasselon, technical director of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, made the claim without committing the Japanese manufacturer to increasing its Le Mans campaign from two […]

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Title races go down the wire at Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain

Following an exciting 6 Hours of Shanghai where Porsche cruised to an impressive win to secure back-to-back WEC manufacturers titles, the spirit of Le Mans now heads to the kingdom for the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain. The series’ sole desert race marks the ninth and final round of the 2016 WEC season, and it […]

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WEC: Lopez to join Toyota’s 2017 line-up

  Three-time World Touring Car champion and DS Virgin Formula E driver Jose Maria Lopez will join Toyota’s World Endurance Championship line-up for next season. The move follows a series of tests for the 33-year-old with Toyota since last winter, when he was expressing interest in a move to sportscars ahead of Citroen’s end-of-2016 WTCC […]

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Strakka Confirms Switch to Blancpain GT With Four-Car McLaren Effort

Strakka Racing announced Tuesday that it will make the switch to the Blancpain GT Series next year, with a minimum four-car effort fielding McLaren 650S GT3 cars. The British team, which has spent the last eight years in prototype racing, most recently in the FIA World Endurance Championship, will return to the GT ranks under […]

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Shanghai WEC: Porsche wins, Toyota keeps title race alive

Porsche secured its fourth FIA World Endurance Championship win in five races in the 6 Hours of Shanghai, but a second place for Toyota ensured the race for the drivers’ title goes to the final race in Bahrain. Starting from pole, the #1 crew of Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard were never truly […]

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MOTORSPORT: Fear factor catches up with Webber

Australia’s top racer of this century has revealed the real reason he’s retiring. Porsche can clinch back-to-back manufacturer titles in the World Endurance Championship this weekend. Three of its drivers could become world champions too, but the retiring Mark Webber won’t be among them this time.The Six Hours of Shanghai is the penultimate race of […]

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Audi’s exit will not result in WEC collapse, says Allan McNish

Allan McNish believes Audi’s withdrawal from prototype competition at the end of the year will not result in the eventual demise of the FIA World Endurance Championship, even if LMP1 is reduced to a two-manufacturer battle for the foreseeable future.The three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and former World Champion, who has enjoyed the majority of […]

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Webber’s replacement doesn’t have to be big name, says Porsche

Porsche LMP1 boss Andreas Seidl says there is no reason for Mark Webber’s 2017 replacement to be a “big name”, suggesting that Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber are the leading candidates for the drive.It was announced ahead of last weekend’s 6 Hours of Fuji race that Webber will hang up his helmet after the end […]

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Audi is reported to be withdrawing from LMP1 and Le Mans

Audi is set to withdraw from the World Endurance Championship, ending its long association with the Le Mans 24 hour race by ceasing its LMP1 motorsport operations, according to rumours circulating at its Ingolstadt headquarters in Germany. While Audi won’t officially be drawn on speculation it is set to bring to a close the most […]

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BMW returns to Le Mans but with what intentions?

The best car needs time and more importantly money to develop its full potential. Unfortunately, few companies are in a position to pay millions for perfecting Hybrid systems — unless you’re BMW, perhaps? On the day Mark Webber drove his Porsche 919 through the streets of central London, BMW announced its intention to return to […]

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Toyota targeting win at Fuji, say Buemi and Davidson

Toyota WEC stars Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson believe that the Japanese manufacturer can realistically target victory on home turf this weekend in Fuji despite its recent struggles.Nearly two years have passed since Toyota claimed its last WEC win, with the TS050 Hybrid failing to match the raw pace of its Audi and Porsche LMP1 […]

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The Bathurst winner who almost slept through the finish

Jono Webb couldn’t watch the closing stages of the Bathurst 1000, worried that a repeat of his 2014 heartbreak might leave him devastated for a second time.Webb went painfully close to winning the 2014 Bathurst 1000 alongside then Tekno driver Shane van Gisbergen, a starter motor failure costing the pair victory just 11 laps from […]

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Blancpain GT: McLaren Crowned 2016 Champions as Lamborghini Wins Nurburgring Season Finale

The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2016 came to an end today at the Nurburgring where teams battled out for three hours straight with eyes on the title wins. In the end, it was Garage 59 who claimed the top prize, taking home both the teams and drivers Endurance Cup titles. The team of Shane […]

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Porsche wins World Endurance Championship race at Mexico City

Porsche had to battle hard for its latest World Endurance Championship victory, earned in Mexico City on Saturday. A winning margin of just over a minute for world champions Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley after six hours of rain-interrupted racing revealed little of just how hard it was. The No. 1 Porsche 919 […]