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Auberlen makes 400th BMW start
Oct07

Auberlen makes 400th BMW start

A giant of American sportscar racing, Bill Auberlen will be making his 400th start in a BMW machine today at Motul Petit Le Mans. Auberlen started with BMW in 1996 with BMW Team PTG, and has been a part of every North American BMW program in the ensuing 20-plus years, joining BMW Team RLL in 2009. Auberlen has also scored the maiden victory for each of the three BMW models he has raced in, the BMW M3, BMW Z4 and BMW M6. Over his 550...

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Vilander, Ferrari on Road Atlanta pole
Oct06

Vilander, Ferrari on Road Atlanta pole

It’s two poles in a row for Risi Competizione’s Toni Vilander in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE, taking the top spot in today’s qualifying effort for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Backing up their pole-winning effort at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Vilander turned a 1:17.660, just 0.045 ahead of second place Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 Ford GT. Third place went to Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia. Garcia, along with...

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Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore announced
Oct06

Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore announced

The IMSA sanctioned, non-points, four-hour endurance race will feature LMP3, GT3, GT4 and TCR specification cars and all Pro-Am driver lineups. LMP3 chassis from all ACO-homologated manufacturers can partake in the race with the global Nissan-based V8 engine. GT3, GT4 and TCR homologated race cars from established operations in the United States will also be able to compete in the Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore. In addition to the all...

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Porsche, Ferrari, BMW on top at Petit Le Mans
Oct05

Porsche, Ferrari, BMW on top at Petit Le Mans

Three different Michelin-shod IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM teams took the top spot in each of the three Thursday practice sessions at Petit Le Mans. Porsche paced the opening practice session, with Laurens Vanthoor, Gimmi Bruni and Earl Bamber setting the fastest time in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR. The No. 912 led ahead of the Corvette pair, with the No. 4 of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fassler besting the...

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Petit Le Mans preview
Oct05

Petit Le Mans preview

The 2.54-mile circuit at Road Atlanta may appear unchanged to the thousands of fans at this weekend’s big 20th Petit Le Mans race, but Michelin sees a notable difference. “Each track has its own characteristics and the track surface and grip level at Road Atlanta have certainly changed since last year,” said Ken Payne, technical director of motorsport, Michelin North America. “While not a complete repaving, the track surface has...

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