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Checkered flag: Porsche wins Le Mans
Jun18

Checkered flag: Porsche wins Le Mans

Porsche claimed victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third year in succession in a dramatic fightback after all the LM P1 machines struck trouble throughout the race. At the checkered flag Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley stood on the top step of the podium and were joined by two LM P2 entries. The victory was Michelin’s 20th consecutive win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 2 Porsche actually came from 18...

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18 Hour Update: 24 Hours of Le Mans
Jun18

18 Hour Update: 24 Hours of Le Mans

The hours are ticking down at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and with 18 hours remaining, it’s still Porsche at the front of the field. Inheriting the lead after Toyota’s pair of catastrophic exits before halfway, the No. 1 919 Hybrid has been biding its time at the front of the field. Currently, Neel Jani maintains a 13 lap lead over the next closest car overall—the No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP2 car—and a 17 lap lead over the sister No....

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12 Hour Update: 24 Hours of Le Mans
Jun17

12 Hour Update: 24 Hours of Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing went from dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans to having its heart torn out in 30 minutes with race leading No. 7 car and its sister machine No. 9 retiring in quick succession before half race distance. Pole winner Kamui Kobayashi suffered a clutch issue coming onto the start finish straight and despite an agonizing attempt to get the back around to the pits, the Japanese ace was forced to abandon the car in the...

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Six Hour Update: 24 Hours of Le Mans
Jun17

Six Hour Update: 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans is always a race with heroes and heartbreak and the 2017 version of the event has been no different. While Toyota has set the pace with the pole winning No. 7 machine of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin in the race lead, Porsche’s chances of winning again received a hit in the opening quarter of the race when the No.02 entry of Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber lost 19 laps in the pits when...

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Toyota 1-2 in Le Mans Qualifying
Jun15

Toyota 1-2 in Le Mans Qualifying

The Toyota Gazoo Racing team has managed to lock Porsche out of the front row of qualifying for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans. Toyota ace Kamui Kobayashi set a lap time of 3:14.791 in the second round of qualifying that could not be overcome by any of his LMP1 competitors in the final session. Not only was the lap a new record at the Circuit de la Sarthe, it was a full 2.3 seconds ahead of teammate Sebastien Buemi in the sister No. 8...

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Corvette Racing Quick to Adapt
Jun15

Corvette Racing Quick to Adapt

With 18 Le Mans attempts in a row, it is no surprise that Corvette Racing adapt quickly to racing in France at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are still running on Michelin tires in France, but a different FIA World Endurance Championship-spec WEC spec Michelin tire. Corvette Racing has come to grips with the compound almost immediately. “I know we have a Le Mans-specific tire for this...

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