Category Archives: FIA World Endurance Championship

FIA World Endurance Championship – 6 Hours Of Fuji – LMP1 And LMP2 – Race Report (17.10.16)

Victory in October 16’s 6 Hours Of Fuji, Round Seven in the FIA World Endurance Championship, went to the #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 driven by Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi. Second, and only 1.439 seconds behind at the chequered flag after 6 hours of intense racing, was the #6 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 piloted by Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis.

Taking the final podium spot was the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, driven by Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Harley.

The #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 led away from the line, having qualified on pole and led for much of the race. However, slightly longer pit-stops than either the #6 Toyota or the #1 Porsche meant that di Grassi, Duval and Jarvis were never able to establish a comfortable lead. They were, however, not involved in the scrap for second place between the Toyota and the Porsche and could their own race.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing Wins R7 Of FIA WEC At Fuji (16.10.16)

The #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 with Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel took victory at Fuji Speedway by the narrowest of margins from the Audi Sport team Joest R18 driven by Loïc Duval.

Third across the line in the LMP1 class was #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid with Mark Webber taking the final stint.

In LMP2 an enthralling battle between the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 05 with Will Stevens at the wheel and the #42 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JS P2 driven by Bruno Senna finished with the #26 taking the lead and the class victory on the final lap.

In LMGTE Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Racing took the first two positions in class with its Ford GT. The #67 car with Andy Priaulx driving took the win with the #66 driven by Stefan Mücke second , just 15.506 seconds behind.

In LMGTE Am the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 with Pedro Lamy at the wheel took the class victory, one lap ahead of the #83 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia, Rui Aguas taking the final stint.

Full race report to follow.

Audi Sport Team Joest Takes Pole for Round Seven Of FIA WEC At Fuji (15.10.16)

The Audi Sport Team Joest R18 with the driver line-up of Lucas Di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis took pole position for Round Seven of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji Speedway. Di Grassi took the first qualifying stint and put in a 1:23.854, improved by over half a second by his team-mate Duval who lapped in 1:23,286.

The average lap-time of 1:23.570 was enough to put them on pole for Sunday’s six-hour race by .025 seconds ahead of the #1 Porsche team 919 Hybrid. Mark Webber, who recently announced his retirement from professional driving, lapped in 1:23.525 while his team-mate Timo Bernhard put in a 1:23.665 on his second lap out of three.

To make it three different manufactures occupying the first three slots on the grid, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s #5 TS050-Hybrid will occupy third place after Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastian Buemi lapped in an average of 1:23.79.

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FIA WEC Returns To Fuji For Round Seven (12.10.16)

The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship pays it annual visit to the 4.549 kms Fuji International Speedway at Oyama in the Shizuoka Prefecture for Round Seven on October 16..

In the FIA World Endurance Manufacturers Championship Porsche Team now holds a 53-point advantage over Audi Sport team Joest after victory at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid driven by Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley. Having qualified in pole and second on the grid for the 2015 race followed by a win for Bernard, Hartley and Webber, Porsche Team are confident going into the latest round.

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BMW To Enter FIA World Endurance Championship And Le Mans In 2018 (27.09.16)

BMW has announced that it will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2018, alongside the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. It will also offer a BMW M4 GT4 as the company seeks to explore exciting opportunities in GT racing.

The announcements came within a wide-ranging brief which outlines BMW’s strategic realignment of its motorsport activities. The company will maintain a focus on sustainability with a commitment to working with the Andretti Formula E team. Classic motorsport will also form part of the company’s motorsport activities.

Kraus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of management of BMW AG, commented:

“On the production-based racing scene, we will be represented with BMW M in the global WEC series in the future, as well as the DTM and the IWSC. Our commitments complement each other perfectly: we are going head to head with our most important global competitors, whether through our works commitments or customer racing. In short: The future strategy is excellently suited to the BMW group. Bring on the future.”

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, sees great opportunities for BMW in international motorsport.

“It is fantastic that the BMW Group will be even more broadly positioned and represented in all relevant areas in the future,” said Marquardt. “Starting with the 2018 season, we want to further expand our activities in GT racing and compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This obviously also includes our return to Le Mans, which we are particularly looking forward to. The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that there is a big future for GT racing.”

“This is also the motivation behind our further expansion in the customer racing sector. Our range has already been spearheaded by a successful representative, in the form of the BMW M6 GT3. As of 2018, we will also be excellently represented by the BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 class, which is also experiencing something of a boom.”

The announcement makes for a mouth-watering entry list for the 2018 24 Hours of Le mans, with the Ford GT fully developed and both Porsche, Ferrari and Chevrolet having formidable GTE offerings.

Porsche Team Takes Victory In FIA WEC 6 Hours Of The Circuit Of The Americas

The No 1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid, driven by Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley won the 6 Hours Of The Cicruit Of The Americas, giving Porsche its third win on the circuit.

In second place was the No 8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 with the driver lineup of Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis. Taking the final podium spot was the No 6 Toyiota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid piloted by Stephane Sarazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi.

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