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Let the grand battle begin
Jun17

Let the grand battle begin

With 60 cars, four classes, lap records in qualifying and incredible competition, the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans is sure to be entertaining from hour one to hour 24. Toyota Gazoo Racing may have just beaten Porsche to the front of the grid with their No. 7 and No. 8 TS050 Hybid cars, but the 919 Hybrids from the German carmaker are not far behind. After last year’s shock late-race failure from Toyota, it’s hard to imagine the stakes...

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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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Risi Rising to the Challenge
Jun15

Risi Rising to the Challenge

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a pressure packed, twice round-the clock-journey at the best of times, but for Risi Competizione this year, new tires and a new car have made for a bigger challenge. The Risi team finished second last year and are quickly adapting to a lot of “new” variables thrown at them so far—they set the fourth fastest time in the second qualifying session, making them the second fastest Ferrari in the GTE-Pro class....

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Toyota on Provisional Le Mans Pole
Jun14

Toyota on Provisional Le Mans Pole

Toyota Gazoo Racing topped Porsche with two of its three cars in the first qualifying session at Circuit de la Sarthe for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans. Kamui Kobayashi took provisional pole in the number No. 7 TS050 Hybrid with Kazuki Nakajima joining him on the provisional front row in the sister No. 8 car. Kobayashi set, what turned out to be, the fastest time of the night early on in the shortened 1 hour 40-minute session, lapping...

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