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Alonso Steals The Show At FIA World Endurance Championship Rookie Test (20.11.17)

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2005-6 FIA Formula One World Champion Fernando Alsonso took centre stage at the FIA WEC Rookie Test in Bahrain following the season-ending championship round at the International Circuit.

McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team driver Alonso put in 113 laps in the race-winning #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050, circulating in 1:43.013 on his fifty-third lap of 76 in the afternoon session.

Alonso was delighted at the results of the test.

“It was a great day,” said the Spaniard. “Testing an LMP1 car is always a nice thing for any racing driver because these cars are amazing to drive. They are very consistent throughout a stint which is a positive thing. I have wanted to test a car like this for a long time now and today I could achieve that so I am happy.”

Quickest of the true rookies in the LMP1 category was Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time Formula 1 champion, Emerson, who put in a 1:42.275 on his seventh lap of ten in the afternoon session. Fittipaldi was driving the #1 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid that enjoyed its final competitive outing the previous day in the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

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Thomas Laurent, driver of the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07 which finished second in both the previous day’s race and also the LMP2 Teams Trophy, drove the #7 Toyota TS050, his best lap being a 1:43.273 in the afternoon session.

In the LMP2 class Jackie Chan DC Racing tested two new drivers. 17-year old Dutchman Rinus Van Kalmthout, who finished second in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, drove the ‘Fortunecat’ #37 ORECA 07 and put in a 1:50.140 on his penultimate lap of the afternoon session.

Also testing with Jackie Chan DC Racing was the 22-year old Canadian Garett Grist. Grist has had some previous prototype experience after contesting two rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in the Starworks Motorsports ORECA FLM09 in the PC class. Grist was fifth quickest of the test with a 1:50.456.

2017 LMP2 champions Vaillante Rebellion tested Matevoz Isaakyan, the young Russian driver who drove for SMP Racing in the 2017 European Le Mans Series.

With an eye to the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship, Singapore-based Clearwater Racing tested Olivier Beretta and Ishikawa Motoaki in its LMGTE Am #61 Ferrari F48 GTE. Beretta needs no introduction as the Monégasque driver competed in his first 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1996 and, twenty-one years later, contested the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series. Beretta lapped in a best time of 2:01.805 in the afternoon session.

Ishikawa has experience in the GT3 version of the Ferrari F488, having competed in the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with AF Corse.

Toyota Wins In Bahrain. Vaillante Rebellion Secures LMP2 Teams Championship (19.11.17)

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Toyota Gazoo Racing took the final victory of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship after Sébastien Buemi brought the #8 Toyota TS050 he shared with Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima home one lap ahead of the #2 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, Bernhard at the wheel for the final stint.

Taking the final overall podium position was the sister #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

Porsche LMP Team had previously secured both the Manufacturers and Drivers titles with Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley being crowned 2017 Drivers Champions at the previous round in Shanghai.

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The LMP2 class saw a titanic battle between the Jackie Chan DC Racing and Vaillante Rebellion. The #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07, with Bruno Senna at the wheel, crossed the line to take the class victory, and with it the LMP2 Teams Trophy, 10.696 seconds ahead of Oliver Jarvis driving the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07.

Third on the LPM2 class podium was the sister Vaillante Rebellion entry, the #13 ORECA 07, with Mathis Beche taking the final stint in the car he shared with David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr.

Ferrari finished 1 -2 in the LMGTE Pro class after AF Corse brought its #71 Ferrari 488 GTE home to take the class victory. Sam Bird was at the wheel for the run to the flag in the car he shared with Davide Rigon.

Second in class was the sister #51 AF Corse entry driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, Calado bringing the car home at the finish, just .174 seconds behind the #71 entry.

The final podium spot in the LMGTE Am class was taken by the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.

Ferrari again dominated the podium in the LMGTE Am class although Aston Martin Racing took the class victory with its #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage completing 170 laps in the hands of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda.

Singapore-based Clearwater Racing, who has already declared its intention to compete in the 2018/19 Super Season, finished second with its Ferrari F488 GTE piloted by Weng Sun Mok, Keita Sawa and Matt Griffin. Spirit of Race also put its F488 GTE on the podium when the #54 entry with the river line-up of Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Miguel Molina finished third in class.

With four cars on the grid in the premier class, it was the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 with Sébastien Buemi at the wheel who took the early lead, ahead of pole-sitting Neel Jani in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

There was drama in the first ten minutes after a bollard became dislodged and found its way under the #2 Porsche for which Timo Bernhard had to pit for removal.

Nick Tandy, driving the #1 Porsche also had an incident shortly before the half-way point when he made contact with the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991) driven by Nicholas Foster. The #1 car received a Stop-Go penalty after being considered to have been at fault.

Toyota could have finished the season with a 1 – 2 but the #7 car, with Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel, was involved in a collision with the #92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR driven by Michael Christensen. The #7 car lost two laps due to the resulting repair and finished fourth in class.

The 6 Hours of Bahrain was the final appearance for the Porsche 919 Hybrid after first appearing in 2014.

All eyes were on the #31 Vallainte Rebellion entry and the ‘Mighty’ #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing entry in the LMP2 class as only four points separated them at the top of the class teams standings.

The battle lasted throughout the race with the #38 car, with Thomas Laurent driving, holding the lead in class at the half-way point. Bruno Senna in the #31 car, however, was in the lead as the race entered its final hour but drama occurred when he reported a power-steering failure.

Although early reports suggested that the #31 car was ‘undriveable’ Senna hung on and his lap-times barely dropped. Ollie Jarvis in the #38 car, meanwhile, put in a valiant final stint to close the gap to the lead car by less than 11 seconds but the expected drop-off in performance of the #31 car did not occur and Senna held on to take the victory.

In the Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro Teams, AF Corse took the title with its #51 Ferrari F488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, who won three times during the season, at the Nürburgring, the Circuit of the Americas and at Fuji. The Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 Ford GT finished second on 146 points.

Aston Martin Racing took the Endurance Trophy For LMGTE Am Teams with its #98 Aston Martin Vantage piloted by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda. The #98 crew won at Spa-Francorchamps, CoTA, Shanghai and at Bahrain in a season of consistency and excellence.

The FIA World Endurance Championship grid next assembles competitively at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on May 4 – 5 for the first round of the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’.

Porsche On Pole For Final Round Of 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (17.11.17)

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Nick Tandy and Neel Jani put the #1 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid on pole position for the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the final round of the 2017 FIA Endurance Championship.

Tandy lapped the Bahrain International Circuit in 1:39.683 on his fifth lap of six while Jani put in a 1:39.084 on his second lap to average 1:39.383.

The #1 Porsche took pole by .263 seconds from the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 in which Mike Conway lapped in 1:39.517 and Jose Maria Lopez put in a 1:39.776 to average 1:39.646.

Taking the third grid slot will be the sister #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid in which 2017 Drivers Champions Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber averaged 1:40.011.

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FIA World Endurance Championship Visits Bahrain for Final Round Of 2017 (14.11.17)

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The FIA World Endurance Championship makes it final stop of the season for The 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 16 – 18 2017.

Round Nine of the Championship sees little change in the entry list from Shanghai. In the nine-car field in the LMP2 class there are two driver changes. In the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 Léo Roussel and Loïc Duval replace Pierre Thiriet and Nico Müller.

In the LMGTE Am class the sole driver change is that of Michael Wainwright replacing Khaled Al Qhubasi in the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991).

The previous round in Shanghai saw a victory for the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid driven by Buemi, Davidson and Nakajima. The LMP2 category saw two podiums for Vaiilante Rebellion with the #31 ORECA 07 driven by Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna taking the victory and the sister #13 entry, piloted by Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr in the final podium position.

The #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut was second in the LMP2, driven by Nicolas Lapierre,Gustavo Menezes and Andre Negráo.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing Wins In Shanghai. Porsche’s Bernhard, Bamber And Hartley Win 2017 Drivers Title (06.11.17)

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The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid with the driver line-up of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima took the chequered flag at the 6 Hours of Shanghai to win Round Eight of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

One lap back, in second place in the LMP1 category, was the #2 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley.

Taking the final podium place in the premier class was the sister #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, piloted by Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

The second and third places were enough to secure the World Manufacturers Championship for Porsche.

Second place for Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley meant that the crew of the #2 entry won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Drivers Title, a first for Bamber and the second for Bernhard and Hartley.

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In LMP2 it was the #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07 with the driver line-up of Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna, that took the class victory, 35.280 seconds ahead of the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 piloted by Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and André Negrão.

Taking third place in the LMP2 class was the sister #13 Vaillante Rebellion entry, the car driven by Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr.

Victory for the #31 entry means that Vaillante Rebellion moves to lead the standings in the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Teams Trophy, four points ahead of the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07, piloted by Ho-Pin Tung. Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent. Senna and Canal also lead the LMP2 Drivers Trophy standings.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK took the victory in the LMGTE Pro category with Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell crossing the line 11.0892 seconds ahead of the #91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR, piloted by Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki.

Third place in the LMGTE class went to the #51 AF Corse Ferrari F488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi. Calado and Pier Guidi go to the final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain with a two-point lead in the GT Drivers Standings, ahead of Makowiecki and Lietz who left Shanghai on 133 points.

The #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda took the class victory in the LMGTE Am category, finishing one lap ahead of the second-placed #86 Gulf Racing UK Porsche 911 RSR (991) driven by Khaled Al Qubaisi, Ben Barker and Nicholas Foster.

The Stuttgart manufacturer took second and third in the LMGTE Am class after the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991) of Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Marvin Dienst took the final podium position.

The final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Bahrain, takes place on November 16 – 18.

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.