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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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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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Will Audi repeat its Mexico pole at COTA
Sep16

Will Audi repeat its Mexico pole at COTA

  The No.8 Audi again topped the times at Circuit of The Americas in Free Practice 3 this morning – the final session before qualifying. Audi’s Loic Duval was the only driver to break into the 1 minute, 45 second bracket with a time of 1:45.719 This was the biggest margin of the weekend so far – Duval’s time was 0.332 of a second quicker than Porsche’s Brendon Hartley. The time is also considerably quicker than last year’s pole...

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On track in Texas
Sep15

On track in Texas

The on-track action for Lone Star Le Mans has kicked off at Circuit of The Americas with the first session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Joao Barbosa topped a Corvette Daytona Prototype 1-2-3 in the session for what will be the penultimate race for the DP platform. The top class in the championship will be replaced next year with the Le Mans-style LM P2-based Daytona Prototype International cars. Dane Cameron was...

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