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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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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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Toyota steals pole at Fuji
Oct11

Toyota steals pole at Fuji

Home town heroes Toyota are celebrating after taking a thrilling pole position for Sunday’s Fuji 6 Hours, the 5th round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The #8 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid, driven by Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi, sealed a last-minute pole with Buemi setting a final lap time that ensured he just beat the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid. The Swiss ace’s final lap ensured an average time of 1m26.886s, which was...

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Audi does the Texas two step
Sep21

Audi does the Texas two step

While they won this year at Le Mans, the Circuit of The Americas 1-2 victory for Audi Sport is the first “sprint” race victory for Audi in 2014. The German manufacturer battled Porsche, Toyota and a Texas torrential downpour over the six hour journey to take the 1-2 victory with the No.2 machine of Andrew Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fassler winning over Lucas Di Grassi, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval who was making...

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Audi quickest in final practice at COTA
Sep19

Audi quickest in final practice at COTA

The FIA WEC teams took the track at the Circuit of The Americas this morning for their final practice session ahead of this evening’s qualifying for the Lone Star Le Mans. Once again it was the Audi Sport Team Joest cars that took over the top spots, much like in the first practice session, however, this time it was the #1 Audi R-18 (DiGrassi/Duval/Kristensen) going quickest with a time of 1:49.480 seconds. The #2 Audi...

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