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Risi Competizione Out of Le Mans Due to Pierre Kaffer’s Crash

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Last year, Risi Competizione finished second in GTE-Pro at Le Mans but was every bit as fast as the class winners.  In 2017, we’ll never know if that is true or not since the day ended for the team prior to the one-quarter mark. Pierre Kaffer, driving the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE (the car …

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Records Fall as Kamui Kobayashi Takes Le Mans Pole for Toyota

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The general expectation was that times were going to be quick this year at Le Mans, especially in the LMP2 class where teams have roughly 100 extra horsepower to play with.  All-time records were not necessarily expected, but that is what happened. Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi entered Thursday as the provisional pole-sitter after being fastest …

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Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

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This weekend, the FIA World Endurance Championship has their marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The 8.469-mile Circuit de la Sarthe will be alive with activity all week.  The activity will be focused on the 60 teams that are entered. The headlining LMP1 class is a bit smaller in 2017.  Audi pulling out …

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Kamui Kobayashi Fastest at Le Mans Test Day

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On Sunday, the Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) hosted the annual Le Mans Test Day at the Circuit de la Sarthe.  Attendance for those intending on racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is mandatory with only one exception.  That exception is a race conflict.  Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, who will be racing for …

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Tony Kanaan to Replace Injured Sebastien Bourdais at Le Mans

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Ford Performance announced on Wednesday morning that Verizon IndyCar Series regular Tony Kanaan will replace Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 Ford GT at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Bourdais, as you remember, suffered leg and pelvis injuries in a crash during the first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 and is currently …

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Toyota Overcomes Pit Strategy to Win 6 Hours of Silverstone

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On Sunday at Silverstone Circuit, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Sébastien Buemi barged his way past Porsche LMP Team’s Brendon Hartley with 13 minutes to go.  From there, Buemi pulled away from the young Porsche racer to take the overall victory in the season opening 6 Hours of Silverstone. Afterwards, Buemi was overjoyed. “I’m really happy.  It’s …

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Toyota Sweeps 6 Hours of Silverstone Front Row

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On Saturday, Toyota GAZOO Racing swept the front row for Sunday’s 6 Hours of Silverstone.  The best laps from Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway averaged 97.304 seconds (135.448 mph) to claim overall pole for the No. 7 Toyota.  This lap average was nearly three-tenths of a second faster than Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima in …

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Kazuki Nakajima Fastest in Silverstone Friday Practice

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On Friday, Toyota GAZOO Racing flexed their muscles during the FIA World Endurance Championship’s two practice sessions on Silverstone Circuit’s Arena course.  Kazuki Nakajima turned the fastest lap of the day with a lap of 98.210 seconds (134.198 mph). Free Practice No. 1 Toyota showed their strength early in the day.  The first session saw Sébastien …

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Toyota’s Nicolas Lapierre Fastest Overall in WEC Prologue

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On Sunday, the annual Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship wrapped up at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.  When the dust settled, it was Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Nicolas Lapierre that was fastest overall.  Lapierre turned in a lap at 90.547 seconds (143.114 mph) in the final session. Saturday night was supposed to see …

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Mike Conway Fastest Overall In WEC Prologue Day No. 1

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This weekend is the Prologue, an open test session for all teams that have declared intentions to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship full-time in 2017.  27 cars are present at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for two days of testing on the ultra-fast 3.5996-mile road course. After the first day, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike …

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