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Dawn at Le Mans
Jun14

Dawn at Le Mans

After 15 hours of flat-out racing, less than a minute separated the first and second place cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Sunrise at the Circuit de la Sarthe saw Earl Bamber in the No. 19 Porsche 991 Hybrid leading Benoit Treluyer in the No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro by 57 seconds. Filipe Albuquerque held third in the No. 9 Audi with an 87-second advantage over Mark Webber in the No. 17 Porsche. Lucas Di Grassi was fifth in the No....

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Midnight at Le Mans
Jun13

Midnight at Le Mans

Drivers raced into the heart of darkness at midnight in Le Mans. As temperatures cooled at the end of the day, the racing heated up at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Audi and Porsche traded the overall lead as the cars cycled through their pit stops. The eighth hour began with Romain Dumas overshooting the Mulsanne corner in the No. 18 Porsche 919 Hybrid and damaging the car’s nose. Then an excursion by the No. 36 Alpine Nissan LMP2...

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Le Mans 6 Hour Update
Jun13

Le Mans 6 Hour Update

    Like two heavyweight fighters standing toe to toe and trading blows, the fight between Porsche and Audi at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is relentless. Two Porsches and two Audis have led as the German marques monopolized the top six spots throughout the first six hours of racing. At the six-hour mark, the running order at the sharp end was Porsche, Audi, Audi, Porsche, Porsche, Audi. Mark Webber was the leader at the six-hour...

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Le Mans 3 Hour Update
Jun13

Le Mans 3 Hour Update

Predictions of a titanic battle in the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans have proven to be accurate. The fight at the front between German giants Porsche and Audi has delivered all of the drama that was anticipated. Porsche drivers used the prodigious power of the 919 Hybrid to take charge as the No. 17 and No. 18 prototypes ran one-two at the conclusion of the first hour. But Andre Lotterer crashed the Porsche party in the No....

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Le Mans: How Fast? How Far?
Jun13

Le Mans: How Fast? How Far?

The magnitude of the challenge at the 24 Hours of Le Mans can be difficult to comprehend. The speeds achieved and the distances completed are daunting. Consider these remarkable statistics: Neel Jani’s pole-winning lap in the No. 18 Porsche 991 Hybrid was 3:16.88. That translates to an average speed of 154.8 mph on an 8.47-mile course that is chiefly public roads in the French countryside. (For comparison, the pole-winning speed...

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