Toyota Gazoo Racing On Pole In Shanghai (04.11.17)

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Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi pit the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050-Hybrid on pole for November 5’s 6 Hours of Shanghai after the British driver lapped ion 1:43.139 and Kobayashi put in a 1:42.526 to average 1:42.526, over .7 seconds quicker than the average of the #1 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid which was qualified by André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

Staring from third on the grid in the premier prototype class will be tha #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing entry in which Sébastien Buemi lapped in 1:43.470 and Anthony Davidson put in a 1:43.421 to average 1:43.445.

In the LMP2 category it was the #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07 which took pole after Julien Canal and Bruno Senna lapped in an average of 1:49.217. The #31 car was over .2 seconds quicker than the second quickest #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 in which Léo Roussel and Nico Muller lapped in 1:49.460.

Third on the grid in the LMP2 category will be the #13 Vaillante Rebellion entry which was qualified by David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jnr.

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Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørenson took pole in the LMGTE Pro category after Thiim lapped in 1:59.59 and Sørenson put in a 1:59.806 to average 1:59.697 in the #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage for the two runs.

Joining the #95 car on the front row of the LMGTE Pro grid will be the #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre who circulated in an average of 1:59.916.

AF Corse with its #51 Ferrari F488 GTE rounded out the top three in the category after James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi averaged 2:00.247.

Aston Martin / Porsche 1 -2 in qualifying was replicated in the LMGTE Am category after Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy put the #98 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage on class pole with the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991, qualified by Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli, second quickest.

The lights go out for the start of the 6 Hours of Shanghai at 11:00 local time on Sunday November 5.

Ginetta Announces First Two Customers For New-For-2018 LMP1 (01.11.17)

As the FIA World Endurance Championship looks towards 2018, the ‘Super Season’ and the launch of privateer LMP1 entries, Leeds-based Ginetta Cars has announced the first two customers for its new premier-class prototype.

Manor Endurance Racing and TRS Racing will both campaign the new Ginetta LMP1. The engine partner will be announced ‘in due course’.

Ginetta Cars Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson was delighted to break the news, ten months after the car was launched in time for Autosport, the annual racing car show in Birmingham, England.

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Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA Wins In Zhuhai (29.10.17)

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Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA, with its #8 Nissan-powered ORECA 05 driven by Thomas Laurent, Harrison Newey and Stéphane Richelmi, won the opening round of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series in dominant fashion.

Pushing the #8 entry hard to the chequered flag was the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 driven by Davide Rizzo, Anthony Xu and, taking the final stint, Luis ‘Pipo’ Derani.

The final podium spot in the LMP2 class was taken by the #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2, piloted by Miro Konopka, Konstantins Calko and Rik Breukers.

The five-car LMP3 category, all Ligier JS P3s, was won by the #18 KCMG entry driven by Josh Burdon, Louis Prette and Neric Wei. Second in the LMP2 class was the #11 Taiwan Beer GH Motorsport entry, piloted by Hanss Lin, and Shaun Thong. The final step on the podium was taken by the #6 Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA entry driven by Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne.

FIST-Team AAI took a 1-2 in the three-car GT field, the #91 BMW M6 GT3, piloted by Junsan Chen, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert, taking the win, followed 22.214 seconds behind by the sister #90 Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Lam Yu, Ollie Millroy and Rafaelle Marciello.

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA enjoyed a day of mixed fortunes. After locking out the front row of the grid in qualifying, the second-placed #7 entry, with David Cheng at the wheel for the start, started slowing soon after the lights went out. An electrical problem was diagnosed but the car fell to the back of the class and was retired after completing 41 laps.

The #8 car, meanwhile, dominated the field from pole. Thomas Laurent took the opening stint and was soon opening a gap to the #37 BBT Ligier with Davide Rizzo at the wheel. There was drama, however, for the #8 car after contact with the #66 Tianshi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS, driven by Massimimiliano Wiser, resulted in damage to a legality panel. Although the #8 car was not immediately called in, it was required to replace it at its next pit stop.

The lengthy stop for the #8 car resulted in Harrison Newey, son of Adrian Newey and in his first prototype race, re-joining in sixth position. Newey, however, showed himself as a star of the future, by pushing hard from the start of his stint and retaking the lead at the half-way mark, a position which Richelmi was able to consolidate to the chequered flag.

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Starting from pole position in the LMP3 category, the #18 KCMG Ligier JS P3 fell back to third in class during the first hour but a solid stint from Monégasque Louis Prette, his second drive in prototypes, had the car at the front of the class by the half-way mark. Josh Burden then took the #18 car over to bring it home 58.727 seconds ahead of the #11 Taiwan Beer GH Motorsport entry, piloted by Hanss Lin.

FIST-Team AAI qualified its #90 and #91 entries first and second in class and held that order throughout the first half of the four-hour race. Jesse Krohn, however, took the class lead in the #91 BMW M6 GT43 in the second half aof the race and brought the car home for its first win of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series.

The second round of the series will be held at Fuji Speedway, Shizuako Prefecture, Japan on December 1 – 3.

2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series Set For Zhuhai Opener (27.10.17)

The 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series opens at Zhuhai International Circuit in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China on October 27/29 for the 4 Hours of Zhuhai, the first of four rounds which will see the series visit China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

The series was launched in 2013 and the management and promotion of the championship being taken over by the Automobile Club De L’Ouest (ACO) in 2014.

Open to entries from the LMP2, LMP3, GT3 and GT Cup ranks, the series offers the prize of an entry to the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans to the class winners and, as a result, has attracted interest from teams based outside of Asia as a potential doorway to the grid for the world’s premier endurance race.

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British GT Continues With Multi-Class Format / Invites Entries For 2018 Season (25.10.17)

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Series organiser of the British GT Championship, SRO Motorsports, has announced that the multi-class format will continue for the 2018 season and that entries are now being accepted, earlier than in previous years.

SRO had been discussing the idea of splitting the grids for separate GT3 and GT4 races due to the increasing popularity of GT4 machinery. However, after considerable discussion with all the stakeholders, the existing format will remain.

Despite talk over the past two seasons of the demise of the GT3 category in a national series, SRO has reserved 14 of the 34 full-season spaces for entries in the premier class. It has said, however, that this number could be revised either way ahead of the launch of the 2018 season.

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Johnston And Farmer Return With TF Sport For 2018 British GT Championship (24.10.17)

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Surrey-based TF Sport has announced that Derek Johnston and Mark Farmer will remain with the team to contest the 2018 British GT Championship.

Johnston, GT3 Drivers Champion in 2016 with team-mate Jonny Adam, finished third in the GT3 drivers standings in 2017 with two wins, at Snetterton and Donington and two further visits to the podium.

Farmer, driving alongside Jon Barnes, finished fourth in the GT3 drivers standings in 2017, enjoying a second-place finish at Donington in the final round and a trio of third places, at Oulton Park, Snetterton and Brands Hatch.

“I’m delighted to be staying in the British GT Championship, TF Sport and the Aston Martin family for the 2018 season”, said Derek Johnston.

“We really smashed it at the end of the year – those final two rounds – so I really want to keep the momentum rolling into next year,” said Mark Farmer. “TF are a top team and I want to change as few parameters as possible and I think that I’m driving better than ever. We didn’t get a win this year but overall it was an excellent season with four podiums and, more importantly, we were always up there demonstrating that we were competitive.”

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“Now I’m looking forward to round one and the season ahead.”

TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier is equally as focused on the coming season.

“It’s great to have them both commit so early for next season,” said Ferrier. “We’ve worked together with considerable success for a number of years now, so I’m really happy to confirm our two-car presence in this especially strong Championship.”

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.

"When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is…. just waiting. " Steve McQueen – "Le Mans" – 1971