Category Archives: FIA World Endurance Championship

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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Audi Sport Team Joest Dominates Qualifying For 6 Hours Of Circuit Of The Americas (17.09.16)

Audi Sport Team Joest dominated qualifying for the sixth round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, placing the No 7 and No 8 Audi R18s 1st and 2nd on the grid respectively.

The No 7 car was qualified by Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler with an average lap-time of 1:45.752 to take pole position by just over two tenths of a second from the sister No 8 car which was qualified by Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis.

Third on the grid for Saturday September 17s race will be the No 1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid which was qualified by Timo Bernhard and Brenon Hartley.

In LMP2 Signatech Alpine took pole with its No 36 Alpine A460. with an average lap time of 1:55.892. Manor will be delighted to see its No 44 ORECA 05 second on the LMP2 grid with a 1:56.873. The no 43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JS P2 will take third place on the grid with an average 1:56.873 lap-time.

In the LMGTE it was the story of the Aston Martins but three manufacturers were represented at the front of the Pro class.

In GTE Pro the No 95 Aston Martin Racing Racing Vantage GTE with the driver line-up of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen that took pole with an average lap-time of 2:04.610.  Second on the grid will be the No 71 AF Corse Ferrari F488 GTE driven by David Rigon and Sam Bird. Third will be the No 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT drven by Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla.

In LM GTE Am Aston Martin Racing again took class pole with the No 98 Dalla Lana, Lamy,  Lauda Aston Martin V8 Vantage averaging a lap-time of 2:06.999. Lining up along side them will be the No 88 Abu-Dhabi – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Al Qubasisi, Heinemeir Hansson and Estre. Third on the Am class grid will be the No 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR driven by Christian Ried, Wolf Henzler and Joel Camathias.

The lights go out for the 6 Hours of The Circuit Of The Americas at 17:00 local time on Saturday September 17.

6 Hours Of Mexico – FIA World Endurance Championship Round 5 – Preview (01.09.16)

The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship moves to Autodrómo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico from September 1 – 3 when the 6 Hours of Mexico is run on the circuit first established in 1962 and to which The FIA Formula One World Championship  returned in 2015.

At 2,285 metres above sea level, Circuit Autodrómo Hermanos Rodríguez has the highest elevation of all the current FIA World Endurance Championship circuits and will be a test for drivers and cars alike.

In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Porsche Team has a commanding lead of 164 points, 35 points ahead of second placed Audi Sport Team Joest. Toyota Gazoo Racing, after all the promise of the significant development of the Toyota TS050-Hybrid for 2016, remains in third place in the Manufacturers’ Championship standings on 97 points. It does appear as if the design of the 2016 car was solely aimed at victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an objective which was narrowly missed in the final laps of the race, and that the FIA World Endurance Championship was not top of the priority list for this year.

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Porsche Win WEC 6 Hours Of Nürburgring (25.07.16)

The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, driven by Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley took the chequered flag to win an enthralling 6 Hours of Nürburgring to take maximum points from the fourth round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The victory for the #1 car was its first of the year.

Audi Sport team Joest took the second and third spots on the podium. The #8 Audi R18 with Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis driving, was second, nearly 54 seconds back from the winning Porsche. The #7 Audi R18, with Marcel Fässler and Andre Lotterer driving (Benoît Tréluyer not driving at this round due to an accident sustained while training) was third, less than a second behind its sister car. The #7 car had led earlier in the race but both the #7 and #8 cars were disadvantaged by two full course yellows.

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