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Toyota triumphs in Brazil

Toyota and Michelin secured their first win together today in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Alexander Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre steered the N°7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid to victory at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo ahead of the two Audi R18s. It was a case of third time lucky for Toyota Racing. After matching the speed of its Audi rivals during the early part of the recent 6 Hours of Silverstone, the Japanese make took advantage of...

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Keeping Track

Michelin race tire engineers are closely monitoring the track and ambient temperatures in anticipation of cooling later this evening and a possible switch to cooler range tires. It is 7:30 pm local time with nearly 3 hours of daylight remaining on what has become a sunny and comfortable late afternoon and early evening. Michelin places an engineer with each techncial partner team to gain data, insights and assist the teams in...

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Time To GO

The start of the Le Mans 24 Hour race is filled with anticipation. Top teams spend a year planning for the next 24 hours. As the big Rolex ticks down to the 3:00 pm start, the crowd pushes to the fences and prime viewing spots and gradnstands have long ago filled. A clean start and early rhythym are what everyone in the garages wants to see. There are questions, so many questions. Will Toyota be ready to take the fight to Audi? Will...

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Whose Year will 2012 Be?

Moments before the start of one the world’s biggest races, a veteran official draped his arm around the shoulder of an anxious young driver. “Son, I don’t think today is going to be your year,” said the old-timer. Here at Le Mans, the scene is somewhat different. A 24 Hour race brings hopes, challenges, and, for some, a day that may make their career. Last year, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit...

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Speed Traps

While Audi leads the Le Mans qualifying results, a look at the official “Event maximum speed ” report shows Toyota Racing posting the two highest speeds recorded through the official speed trap. Toyota’s Anthony Davidson was clocked at 335.2 kph (208.29 mph) aboard the #8 Toyota TS 030 Hybrid. Toyota’s Alex Wurz in the #7 was next at 332.1 kph (206.37mph). The turbo-diesel Audi Ultras had the third and fourth...

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