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06/18/16
wec

Video: 2016 LeMans Porsche Report At Halfway
After midnight in Le Mans the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) was running in second position at the Le Mans 24-Hours race. The number 1 sister car of Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) was pushed into the garage at 23:13 hrs. After a water pump change, Hartley rejoined the race at 1:56 in the morning. In GTE, the Porsche 911 RSR ran brilliantly in the initial phase of the race. While the customer-run entries were still performing strongly around midnight, various problems plagued the Porsche Motorsport nine-elevens.

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06/18/16
wec

LeMans Hour 12: Toyota leads at halfway
The #6 Toyota led the Le Mans 24 Hours at the halfway stage in the early hours of Sunday morning, with Kamui Kobayashi now at the wheel.

Toyota changed drivers in its second car as well, with Anthony Davidson taking over the third-placed #5 TS050 from Sebastien Buemi.

In LMP2 the #36 Signatech Alpine, the #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing ORECA and the #26 Jota-run G-Drive ORECA continued to do battle.

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06/18/16
grc

Arpin wins Daytona (I)
Steve Arpin led Brian Deegan in a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 today at Daytona International Speedway to capture his first career Red Bull Global Rallycross victory. It was also the first GRC win for Team Ganassi. Sebastian Eriksson rounded out the podium in third-place.

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06/18/16
wec

LeMans Hour 10: Conway puts Toyota back on top
Toyota #6 streak thru the night
Toyota #6 streak thru the night

Toyota regained the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours during the 10th hour of the race, with Mike Conway passing the #2 Porsche of Romain Dumas.

The #5 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi remains in third place, while the #1 Porsche spent an hour in the pits due to engine problems and fourth is now #8 Audi, which made an unscheduled pitstop when Loic Duval suffered a left-rear puncture around 20 minutes past midnight.

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06/18/16
wec

LeMans Hour 9: Porsche and Toyota take turns in the lead
#2 Porsche led at the 9-hour mark but not for long
#2 Porsche led at the 9-hour mark but not for long

Night has fallen on the great Circuit de la Sarthe. Toyota and Porsche have solidified their grip on the first part of the race. Toyota in particular seems to be in a position of strength. Indeed, the Toyota TS 050s are doing 14-lap stints whereas their rivals Audi and Porsche have only managed 13 laps, which means the Japanese cars are pulling ahead gradually, and can hope to save one or two stops during the race. Since each trip to pitlane takes a little more than a minute, the time saved could make the difference under the checkered flag.

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06/18/16
wec

LeMans Hour 8: Toyota still leads at the 1/3 mark
The #6 Toyota leads at night in LeMans
The #6 Toyota leads at night in LeMans
The #6 Toyota leads the Le Mans 24 Hours at one-third distance by 23 seconds over the #2 Porsche, with Stephane Sarrazin at the wheel.

The Toyota doing 14-lap stints now has a nine-lap pitstop offset in the favor of the Japanese manufacturer meaning that by halfway they will skip one pitstop vs the gas guzzling Porsches.

The #1 Porsche with Timo Bernhard has fallen back to 3rd.

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06/18/16
wec

LeMans Hour 6: Toyota leads at 1/4 mark
The #5 Toyota lies 3rd
The #5 Toyota lies 3rd
Toyota continued to lead the Le Mans 24 Hours at the end of the sixth hour of racing, with the #1 Porsche over a minute behind in 2nd.

As was the case in the fifth hour, the #6 Toyota and the #1 Porsche swap leads when the other pits with the Toyota going 14 laps between stops and the Porsche 13 laps.

The #5 Toyota with Anthony Davidson sits third ahead of the #2 Porsche, while the Audis are falling behind, unable to keep pace with the Toyotas and Porsche.

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06/18/16
wec

LeMans Hour 5: Toyota and Porsche swapping lead
The No. 6 Toyota now leads
The No. 6 Toyota now leads
Porsche and Toyota are battling for the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota's ability to go a lap longer between pitstops meaning Toyota will be able to go the distance with 2 or 3 less pitstops than Porsche.

In the 5th hour the leading Porsche of Webber gave up a lead of around 30 seconds when he pitted for the sixth time just before the end of the hour to hand the lead to Kobayashi’s Toyota.

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06/18/16
wec

LeMans Hour 2: Porsche takes over
No. 1 Porsche leads
No. 1 Porsche leads
Brendon Hartley and Porsche #1 went into the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours in the second hour of the race with Toyota #6 in 2nd.

In LMP2 Manor’s Roberto Merhi's #44 finished the second hour 20s ahead of the #46 Oreca.
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In GTE the #92 Porsche moved into the lead over the #51 Ferrari after the early-leading Ford GT dropped back with a slow pitstop. Frederic Makowiecki drove from seventh to first at the beginning of the second hour, building a lead of almost 16 seconds at one stage.

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06/18/16
wec

Wet start at LeMans
The 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours got underway under safety car conditions due to sudden rain downpour on the starting grid.

After the action followed the safety car for the opening 50 minutes, racing got underway on a quickly-drying circuit with #2 Porsche holding the lead for the opening two racing laps.

The No. 6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid leads the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the end of the first hour after Mike Conway passed the pole-sitting Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani.

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06/18/16
f1

Video: Nico Rosberg: trip to Baku in private jet!
'Nico Rosberg F1 Airlines' video, starring Nico Rosberg, David Coulthard, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Jenson Button, Esteban Gutierrez, Felipe Massa etc

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06/18/16
f1

Pirelli reduces minimum tire pressures following complaints
Pirelli has lowered the minimum tire pressures for final practice and qualifying for the European Grand Prix after drivers and teams labeled them ridiculous on Friday.

The tire supplier mandated a minimum pressure of 22psi for the front and rear tires - the highest of the season - as it had no data to go by, with Baku a new addition to the calendar.

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06/18/16
f1

Ecclestone tells whiny babies to 'go home' if they don't like Baku safety
Ecclestone tells the drivers to take a hike if they like
Ecclestone tells the drivers to take a hike if they like
Bernie Ecclestone has told those drivers complaining about Baku's safety, particularly the size of the run-off area, to stop moaning or "go home" if they don't like it.

His comments come after reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton said those complaining about the bumpy track surface "moan too much", a comment Ecclestone said he agreed with.

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06/18/16
wec

ACO slows Ford and Ferrari before LeMans start
ACO wises up to Ford's sandbagging tricks
ACO wises up to Ford's sandbagging tricks

Both Ferrari and Ford will head into today’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with added weight, and power increases for both Corvette and Aston Martin, following an unprecedented pre-race Balance of Performance adjustment issued by the ACO Friday at Le Mans.

The Ferrari 488 GTE has been handed a 15kg weight increase, with the Ford GT given 10kgs of additional weight and a slight reduction in turbo boost pressures from the configuration utilized in Free Practice and Qualifying.

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06/18/16
wec

Crashes mar LeMans warm-up
Andre Lotterer put the Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 on top in a warm-up session that was plagued by accidents and red flags, that brought it to an early end.

Paul-Loup Chatin and David Cheng crashed their LMP2 cars, resulting in damage to both cars and limiting the amount of track time for the other teams.

Chatin caused the first red flag just eight minutes into the session, losing control and hitting the barriers on the right hand site at Karting.

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06/18/16
f1

Hamilton leads 1-2-3 Mercedes power in final Baku practice
Lewis Hamilton waited until the final lap to eclipse his teammate Nico Rosberg and turn the fastest lap of the session to lead a Mercedes power 1-2-3 in final practice for the European GP at Baku.

The two Mercedes teammates were over a second clear of third place man Nico Hulkenberg in his Mercedes powered Force India as the latest Aldo Costa creation has widened the gap to the competition.

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06/18/16
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Giovinazzi wins dramatic Baku feature race
Giovinazzi celebrates
Giovinazzi celebrates
Italian Antonio Giovinazzi claimed debut victories for himself and PREMA Racing in the first ever race at the new Baku circuit in today’s feature race, losing the lead when the lights went out before keeping calm and fighting back as so many of his rivals struggled to win ahead of Sergey Sirotkin, who claimed second on the line from Raffaele Marciello.

Giovinazzi made life hard for himself with a poor start from pole, gifting the lead to Nobuharu Matsushita from Marciello as the poleman dropped to P6 with Sirotkin caught out by his slow getaway and falling back to P8 as Norman Nato spun at the first corner, triggering chaos: Sergio Canamasas and Pierre Gasly hit the Frenchman (who eventually continued) and were out on the spot, as were Alex Lynn, Nicholas Latifi and Marvin Kirchhofer, who all had nowhere to go but into the barriers to start the first safety car period.

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06/18/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Max Verstappen says father not needed as much now
    Max Verstappen says father not needed as much now
    Verstappen confirms 'bored' father not in Baku
  • Red Bull recommends Buemi for Renault seat
  • Pirelli relieved to finally ink FIA deal
  • Not every driver 'moaning' about Baku
  • Sauber's Nasr hits rock bottom in Baku
  • 2017 Baku GP could be night race
  • Vettel unconcerned after low-key day
  • Alonso: McLaren 'better than anticipated'
  • Grosjean happier over Haas handling

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