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Porsche tops first Bahrain practice
Nov13

Porsche tops first Bahrain practice

Porsche set the pace in night practice in Bahrain with the No.14 entry of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Leib setting the pace in preparation for this weekend’s round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Jani recorded a time of 1m43.375s – the only man to break into the 43 second bracket. The times in the evening session under lights were considerably faster than opening afternoon session – Jani’s time at...

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Toyota a step closer to WEC title
Nov02

Toyota a step closer to WEC title

Toyota moved a step closer to the FIA World Endurance Championship LM P1 championship victory when Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi took their second consecutive win and their fourth of the season in Shanghai. Both factory Porsches held the early advantage after the two Toyota’s elected to pit at the first yellow flag for a fuel top-up – negating the requirement to potentially make a late race stop. Both Davidson and...

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Amazing tie in qualifying in Shanghai
Nov01

Amazing tie in qualifying in Shanghai

With two drivers having to record times in qualifying in each car, the chances of the four-lap average times for two cars to be tied for pole are pretty remote – or so we thought! Porsche’s Romain Dumas and Neel Jani and Toyota’s Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi each recorded average time of 1:48.300. The Porsche will start from pole having recorded their times earlier in the 25 minute session. So how does it...

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Toyota reigns in the Chinese rain
Oct31

Toyota reigns in the Chinese rain

Rain seems to be chasing the FIA World Endurance Championship this year with Friday’s second practice session in Shanghai interrupted by a torrential downpour. Toyota topped both sessions at the home of the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix. The opening 90-minute session, started wet but the second session was red flagged early after heavy rain confined all teams to the pits. The rain follows the red flag during the Austin round of...

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ESM ready for first overseas WEC race
Oct30

ESM ready for first overseas WEC race

Extreme Speed Motorsports is set for its first overseas FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend when the Honda HPD squad races both its LM P2 prototypes in China. ESM put a “toe in the water” at the Austin round of the WEC, running a single car for Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Ed Brown and finishing on the podium. After electing to skip the final TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, ESM now enters the Shangai race...

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Controlling the LM P1 Porsche
Oct17

Controlling the LM P1 Porsche

It may be called a wheel, but it is far from round. It also does significantly more than just steer the car – the steering wheel on modern LM P1 racing cars is like holding a computer in your hands as you point the 180 mph prototype in the right direction. The wheel on the Porsche 919 Hybrid features 24 buttons and switches on the front as well as six paddles on the reverse side to control the most complex racing car built by...

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