August 1, 2021
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Spa WEC: Kobayashi gifts Toyota first Hypercar pole

Kobayashi, who shares the #7 car with Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez, set a time of 2m00.747s in the first qualifying session of the World Endurance Championship’s new Hypercar era, half a second quicker than teammate Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 sister car.During a cold but dry qualifying session United Autosports’ Filipe Albuquerque confirmed his rapid pace from testing by proving to be the …Keep reading …

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WEC won’t slow down LMP2 cars if further tweaks needed

New series boss Frederic Lequein and Pierre Fillon, president of WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, have ruled out making further technical changes to the P2s after this weekend’s 2021 season opener at Spa.Lequein, who has replaced Gerard Neveu as WEC chief executive officer for this year, said: “LMP2 we will not touch: we will not reduce the performance of the LMP2s.”Fillon …Keep reading …

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WEC returns to Motorsport.tv with Spa 6 Hours opener

Following a Covid-19 induced delay, this weekend WEC kicks off its 2021 campaign with a visit to the Belgium for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the first of a scheduled six rounds.This season sees the launch of the new Hypercar class that is set to revitalise top tier sportscar racing with Toyota, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Alpine, albeit with its grandfathered LMP1 machine, have …Keep reading …

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Spa WEC: Toyota Hypercars go fastest ahead of qualifying

Both of the Japanese marque’s GR010 Hybrid contenders set their quickest times at the very start of the one-hour session, which were the fastest of the event so far, including the pre-event Prologue test.Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 machine at the head of the order on a 2m02.518s, almost a second faster than either Toyota had managed in FP2, while Kazuki Nakajima was 0.350s adrift in the sister …Keep reading …

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Jani “starting my career again” with WEC GTE switch

Jani, who claimed victory at Le Mans in 2016 with the German manufacturer’s 919 Hybrid LMP1 prototype, believes he still has a lot to learn about racing in the GTE Pro category ahead of his first full season with Porsche since the 2019-20 Formula E Championship.”I’ve got a good feeling with the car now, but there are a lot of things that I still have to think about and stuff I don’t know,” the …Keep reading …

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Spa WEC: Alpine edges Toyota in second practice

Andre Negrao set the fastest time of the 90-minute session on Friday morning at the wheel of the Signatech-run Alpine A480 of 2m03.396s, around seven tenths up on Thursday’s fastest time.The first part of the session was led by Toyota thanks to Brendon Hartley’s time of 2m03.431s in the #8 GR010 Hybrid, more than a second faster than the best of the Japanese marque’s all-new Hypercars had …Keep reading …

Dunlop aiming to attract third GT500 team in Super GT

Dunlop spent the last decade supplying tyres to just the Nakajima Honda squad in GT500 following SARD Lexus’ switch to Michelin (and later Bridgestone) in 2011, severely compromising its ability to develop and test new tyres vis-a-vis the other three manufacturers in the class.Off the back of an improved showing in recent years, another Honda squad Mugen entered into an agreement to race on …Keep reading …

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Spa WEC: United Autosports LMP2 fastest in first practice

Albuquerque continued his pace-setting form in the opening 90-minute session aboard the United Oreca 07, setting a 2m04.083s around the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.That was a couple of tenths up on his best lap in the official pre-season Prologue test at Spa at the beginning of this week in which he topped the times in two of the four sessions.The fastest of the cars running in the …Keep reading …

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Toyota “surprised” by WEC call to leave LMP2 speed unchanged

Pascal Vasselon, Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe technical director, said he was “surprised by the situation” after WEC rule makers, the FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, announced on Wednesday that the balance between the cars competing in the new Hypercar class and LMP2 would remain unchanged for Saturday’s race.He stated straight after the two-day WEC Prologue test at Spa on Tuesday …Keep reading …