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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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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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Risi Aiming to Return to Top Step
Jun13

Risi Aiming to Return to Top Step

After a ferocious battle with Ford in 2016, Risi Competizione is back at Le Mans again in 2017 with its sights set on the top step of the podium.. This year will be the Texas-based squad’s 13th entry over eight years for the 85th running of the French endurance classic. The formidable driver line-up includes Ferrari factory sports car drivers Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) and Toni Vilander (Finland), along with former Risi regular,...

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Toyota and Corvette top Le Mans test day
Jun04

Toyota and Corvette top Le Mans test day

Toyota may have suffered heartbreak at the end of last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans but their speed at this year’s Le Mans test day has demonstrated the Japanese brand is out to make amends for last year. Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest lap of the day in the No. 7 TS050 Hybrid he shares with Mike Conway and Stéphane Sarrazin. His time of 3mins 18.132secs was more than five seconds quicker than the best Toyota lap at the 2016...

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