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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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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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Cooper MacNeil, WeatherTech Racing, Join With Proton Competition for 2021

2020 Daytona IWSC Cooper MacNeil WeatherTech Racing

(Photo: WeatherTech Racing)

Proton Competition announced Wednesday (Jan. 6) that they will field a Porsche 911 RSR-19 full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans class in 2021.  Cooper MacNeil (pictured above) will bring primary sponsorship from WeatherTech to the team.  He will be joined by Porsche factory drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Kevin Estre and Richard Lietz.  …

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Rebellion Racing Wins 4 Hours of Shanghai

2019 Shanghai WEC Gustavo Menezes Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Rebellion Racing’s No. 1 Rebellion R13 shared by Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato and Bruno Senna claimed the R13’s maiden overall win on the road in the 4 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday (Nov. 10).  It is the first time that the Toyotas have been beaten on the road since the 6 Hours of Circuit of …

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Toyota Wins Sebring Pole, Fernando Alonso Sets Track Record

2019 Sebring WEC Fernando Alonso Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

(Photo: Marius Hecker@AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s No. 8 Toyota TS050-Hybrid easily won the overall pole Thursday night (March 14) for Friday’s 1000 Miles of Sebring.  In the process, Fernando Alonso set the all-time track record for the 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway with a lap at 134.473 mph. Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima combined for an average of 134.213 mph …

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Toyota Dominates to Win 24 Hours of Le Mans

2018 Le Mans WEC Fernando Alonso Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato AdrenalMedia

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s No. 8 Toyota TS050 shared by Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima claimed the overall honors in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday.  The driving trio claimed a two-lap victory over the No. 7 Toyota.  It is the second-ever victory at Le Mans for a Japanese manufacturer, matching Mazda’s …

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Porsche Details 2018 Factory GTE Plans for WEC and IMSA

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday night, Porsche unveiled their 2018 GTE plans at their annual Night of Champions gala in Weissach, Germany.  With the 919 Hybrid no longer racing, the company has recommitted itself to their GT roots. The “forward-engined” Porsche 911 RSR that debuted in 2017 will continue to compete full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship …

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Toyota Claims Nürburgring Pole With Consistent Laps

2017 Le Mans WEC Kamui Kobayashi Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato AdrenalMedia

(Photo: © Joao Filipe Alves Beato - AdrenalMedia.com)

In the FIA World Endurance Championship, two drivers per car qualify and the average of each driver’s best lap determines their time.  Porsche LMP Team’s André Lotterer turned in the fastest lap of the whole weekend during his time in the car, but it was not enough to give Porsche the pole. Toyota GAZOO Racing …

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Toyota Overcomes Pit Strategy to Win 6 Hours of Silverstone

2017 Monza WEC Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker AdrenalMedia.com

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

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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Mike Conway Fastest Overall In WEC Prologue Day No. 1

2017 Monza WEC Mike Conway Car Credit Marcel Langer AdrenalMedia.com

(Photo: © Marcel Langer - AdrenalMedia.com)

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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