June 15, 2021

NTe Sport Audi returns for Six Hours of the Glen

NTe’s #42 Audi R8 at Daytona was raced by J.R. Hildebrand, Andrew Davis, Alan Metni and Don Yount, but in the third of the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds at Watkins Glen, Yount will be joined by former GT Daytona race-winner Markus Palttala and IMSA debutant Jaden Conwright.“We’ve been working hard to assemble a program to get us back on track for WeatherTech events,” said Paul Mata …Keep reading …

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Calado “quite surprised” to beat Porsche in Portimao

Calado and his driving partner in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, Alessandro Pier Guidi, took an ultimately dominant GTE Pro win in a race characterised by severe tyre wear in the hot conditions.That was despite the #92 Porsche qualifying on pole and leading for the opening hour of the race in the hands of Kevin Estre.Read Also:Toyota explains late Portimao team orders callDa …Keep reading …

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Da Costa revels in “amazing” home win after JOTA battle

Stoffel Vandoorne had handed the #28 JOTA Oreca-Gibson over to Tom Blomqvist in a leading position for the final stints, despite Blomqvist having been spun round at the start by Da Costa in the #38 sister car.Da Costa was also at the wheel for the end, after Anthony Davidson brought the car they share with Roberto Gonzalez up from fourth to second.The Portuguese Formula E star …Keep reading …

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Toyota explains late Portimao team orders call

The two Toyota Le Mans Hypercars were still racing in the closing minutes of Sunday’s Portimao 8 Hours, whereas in previous seasons the team has frozen the positions at the final pitstops of the race.Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe technical director Pascal Vasselon revealed the change on the completion of a race in which the team’s pair of GR010 HYBRIDs twice swapped positions in the final 20 …Keep reading …

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Portimao WEC: #8 car wins after Toyota team orders

Buemi brought the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid to the finish at the Algarve International Circuit narrowly ahead of the #7 of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez after a confusing double team order call, with Buemi briefly being ordered to let Lopez past before being handed the lead once again.Read Also:Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for …Keep reading …

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Portimao WEC: Toyota in control at half-distance

From pole position, Nicolas Lapierre stretched a small lead at the wheel of the Signatech-run Alpine A480-Gibson ahead of the two Toyota GR010 Hybrids driven by Sebastien Buemi and Jose Maria Lopez during the opening stint.But a pattern soon emerged with the Alpine running much shorter stints, as Lapierre had to come in for his first top up of fuel after just 29 laps, while the Toyotas went to …Keep reading …

Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought “really special”

Magnussen, who made the switch to IMSA with the Chip Ganassi Cadillac squad after losing his F1 drive at Haas at the end of last year, and his teammate Renger van der Zande controlled the one-hour-40-minute race on Belle Isle for their first win as a duo in the #01 DPi-V.R.The pair beat the Action Express Cadillac of Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr by a little over half a second, with van der …Keep reading …

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Alpine expects fuel mileage disadvantage for full WEC season

The French manufacturer claimed pole position for Sunday’s Portimao 8 Hours WEC round with its Alpine A480-Gibson grandfathered LMP1 car, but is facing the prospect of having to make at least one extra pitstop in the race. Signatech boss Philippe Sinault, whose team runs the Alpine WEC programme, had argued after the Spa series opener in May for a change to the Balance of Performance to …Keep reading …

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen, van der Zande win in Ganassi Cadillac

Polesitter Kevin Magnussen moved the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac into the lead at the start, and fellow Cadillac drivers Pipo Derani (Action Express Racing) and Tristan Vautier (JDC Miller Motorsports) swiftly made it a Caddy 1-2-3 ahead of Harry Tincknell’s Mazda and the two Acuras of Ricky Taylor and Olivier Pla.Magnussen and Derani pulled away into a race of their own, having a dozen …Keep reading …

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Portimao WEC: Alpine beats Toyotas to maiden pole

LMP2 teams swept practice for the 8 Hours of Portimao, but the hypercars surged to the top when it mattered the most, with the gap between the two classes nearly nine tenths of a second in qualifying.Matthieu Vaxiviere claimed the top spot by less than a tenth of a second from the best of the Toyotas in the hands of Brendon Hartley. Vaxiviere set the initial pace aboard the solo …Keep reading …