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Toyota Dominates to Win 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

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Ultimately, there was no real drama in the the top class in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s season-opening 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday (May 5).  The overall victory was all but decided Friday when the No. 7 Toyota was penalized for a incorrect fuel flow meter declaration.  The penalty forced the No. 7 to …

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Racing Engineering Wins 4 Hours of Le Castellet on Debut

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The Racing Engineering ORECA 07-Gibson shared by Norman Nato, Paul Petit and Olivier Pla earned a somewhat unexpected victory in Sunday’s European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Le Castellet at Circuit Paul Ricard.  It is the team’s first-ever start in the LMP2 class.  Previously, they were best known for fielding entries in the FIA …

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Tequila Patrón ESM Claims Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Victory

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On Saturday (March 17), Tequila Patrón ESM’s Pipo Derani, Nicolas Lapierre and Johannes van Overbeek claimed overall victory in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts.  For all three drivers, it is their second overall wins at Sebring.  Derani and van Overbeek won in 2016 with Tequila Patrón ESM, while …

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FIA WEC Unveils 2018-19 Full Season/Le Mans Entries, Moves Fuji Race

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On Friday afternoon (European time), the FIA World Endurance Championship officially launched the 2018-19 season with an announcement in Paris.  The full-season entry list was revealed, containing 36 teams.  However, the biggest news was the shift of the 6 Hours of Fuji up by one week to Oct. 14. The Fuji move has been met …

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Entry List: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Roar Before the 24

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about which teams will attempt the Rolex 24 in 2018.  The mandatory Roar Before the 24 test sessions in early January give viewers a look at who will be there.  As of Wednesday, there are 50 teams entered for the three-day test. On …

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Nicolas Lapierre, Olivier Pla Join Tequila Patron ESM for 2018 Enduros

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On Tuesday morning, Tequila Patron ESM announced their endurance drivers for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Regular drivers Ryan Dalziel, Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek will be joined by Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Pla.  The team has not made specific car assignments as of yet for the two European pilots. Team …

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André Lotterer, Jose Maria Lopez Top Wet WEC Fuji Practices

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On Friday, on-track activity for the FIA World Endurance Championship got underway at Fuji Speedway in Japan.  As you can tell from the picture above, it was a bit dicey at times.  Porsche LMP Team’s André Lotterer was fastest overall, lapping the 2.8403-mile road course in 95.527 seconds (107.039 mph). Free Practice No. 1 Lotterer’s …

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Olivier Pla Quickest in Watkins Glen WeatherTech Rain Practice

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In the third practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Olivier Pla was quickest with a lap of 108.566 seconds (112.742 mph). His lap was nearly 20 seconds slower than the fastest lap of the weekend that Pipo Derani set on Friday. There was a very good reason why the …

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Entry List: Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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The entry list for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen has been by IMSA.  39 cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s four classes will battle on Watkins Glen International’s 3.37-mile long course. In Prototypes, Olivier Pla will be in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JS P217-Gibson this weekend alongside José Gutierrez.  That …

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Signs Olivier Pla for Watkins Glen

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On Wednesday, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports announced that Olivier Pla will drive the team’s No. 52 Ligier JS P217-Gibson in the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen.  Pla will join José Gutierrez in the sole Ligier.  The 35-year old Frenchman normally races a Ford GT in the FIA World Endurance Championship.  However, he comes to PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports with …

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