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Kamui Kobayashi Wins 24 Hours of Le Mans Pole

Kamui Kobayashi on pit road at Watkins Glen International, 6/26/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi took very little time to assume control in Hyperpole qualifying Thursday (Aug. 19).  On his first lap at speed, Kobayashi set a lap at 149.526 mph to win the overall pole for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. With everyone in the Hypercar class running on low fuel and …

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Kamui Kobayashi Quickest In Le Mans Early Qualifying

2021 Le Mans WEC Kamui Kobayashi Car Gabi Tomescu Adrenal Media

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Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi was fastest overall in the opening round of qualifying Wednesday (Aug. 18) for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Kobayashi’s lap of 147.801 mph was three seconds faster than any lap set in the opening practice session and more than a second faster than the quickest lap during the …

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6 Hours of Fuji Canceled Due to COVID-19

2017 Fuji WEC Jose Maria Lopez Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

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The FIA World Endurance Championship announced Wednesday (July 7) that the 6 Hours of Fuji, originally scheduled as the fifth round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship on Sept. 26, has been cancelled.  The reasoning given is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, combined with ongoing travel restrictions to Japan. As a result, a second race …

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BMW Declares Intentions To Build LMDh Car For 2023

2021 Sebring IWSC Connor de Phillippi Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

BMW Motorsport officially announced Friday morning (June 11) that they will build a new prototype for the LMDh class.  The manufacturer intends to debut their new car in the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. “BMW is back on the big motorsport stage,” said Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW’s M.  “In entering the LMDh class, BMW …

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Dominates 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

Sebastien Buemi practicing at Spa, 4/30/2021 (Photo: Gabi Tomescu@AdrenalMedia.com)

(Photo: Gabi Tomescu@AdrenalMedia.com)

In the debut race for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s new Hypercars, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s GR010 Hybrid dominated the day.  However, it was the slower No. 8 shared by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima that won the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Saturday (May 1). On the initial start, United Autosports’ Phil Hanson was …

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24 Hours of Le Mans Postponed To August

2020 Le Mans WEC Kazuki Nakajima Car Harry Parvin Adrenal Media

(Photo: Harry Parvin@AdrenalMedia.com)

The Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) announced Thursday (March 4) that the 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally scheduled for June 12-13, has been postponed to the weekend of Aug. 21-22.  The move has been made in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)’s press release indicates that they could have …

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1000 Miles of Sebring Canceled, WEC Season to Start in Portugal

2019 Sebring WEC Fernando Alonso Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

(Photo: Marius Hecker@AdrenalMedia.com)

The FIA World Endurance Championship announced Friday (Jan. 22) that the 1000 Miles of Sebring, due to be held March 19 as of the SuperSebring weekend, has been cancelled.  As a result, a new race, the 8 Hours of Portimao, has been created and will run on April 4 (Easter Sunday) at the Algarve International …

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Porsche Commits to Racing LMDh Prototypes in 2023

2017 COTA WEC Neel Jani Car Marius Hecker AdrenalMedia

(Photo: Marius Hecker @AdrenalMedia.com)

Porsche officially announced Tuesday (Dec. 15) that they will build a new prototype to the upcoming LMDh specifications.  This new prototype, which will race in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will debut at the beginning of the 2023 season, likely in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. “The new …

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