Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust recovered from a disappointing Saturday result to win Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross final at Daytona International Speedway. Foust, who extended his championship lead with the victory, led teammate Scott Speed and 2015 defending race winner Sebastian Eriksson to the finish line.
“I really, really love bringing home a win for the guys this weekend,” Foust said. “They have been working through the heat, and we were here until 6 in the morning. We had two impacts in the previous round—one hit the hole in the track, which hit the right front suspension. That kind of made the car dead in the water and gave (Patrik) Sandell, nowhere to go, and that was the second impact. The crew had to fix both sides of the car.”
Pre-race preparation error caused Mercedes power loss
Mercedes have confirmed that an error in their pre-race preparation for Baku caused early de-rates on both cars at certain points of the race.
Lewis Hamilton was complaining on team radio of a loss of power shortly after his pit stop. He was losing three to four tenths per lap on his rivals as his car was de-rating early, which is when the hybrid systems charge the batteries more than they spend the electrical energy.
The world champion was largely losing time on the long flat out run from Turn 16 to Turn 1 which runs for 2.2km. While Hamilton scrambled with the plethora of settings available on the steering wheel, he lost out on a chance at battling the Ferraris and Sergio Perez ahead, arguably costing him second place.
The winning #68 Ford GT got a scare after the race
Both the 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro race-winning No. 68 Ford GT and the second-in-class No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia GTE have been penalized post-race, following a series of stewards decisions issued Sunday evening.
The Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais-driven entry has been given a 50-second post-race penalty due to speeding in a Slow Zone, following a protest lodged by Risi Competizione.
Additionally, the Ford was found to have had faulty wheel speed sensors, with a further 20-second penalty added.
Ford wins GTE-Pro class at LeMans, Porsche takes overall win
The No. 68 Ford takes the checkered
The #68 Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Mayan (GER) crossed the finish line at Le Mans at three o’clock on Sunday, as the overall GT winner of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours. The #69 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Scott Dixon (NZ) and Richard Westbrook (GB) joined the winners on the podium after scoring third place. The #66 and #67 Ford GTs finished in fourth and ninth places respectively.
IMSA's Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Scuderia Corsa Earn Class Wins at Le Mans 24 Hours DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is widely regarded as featuring the best GT racing in the world and a pair of its teams proved it in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Scuderia Corsa took class victories in the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes, respectively.
Yes, the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid won overall and in the LM P1 class after the No. 5 Toyota GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid failed while leading with less than five minutes to go, but stealing the thunder at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the Ford Chip Ganassi Teams USA, which took the GTE Pro win and third place in the brand-new Ford GT.
LeMans Hour 23: Toyota holding Porsche at bay Toyota and Porsche entered the final hour of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours separated by roughly half a minute as the #5 Toyota in the hands of Kazuki Nakajima maintained its advantage over Neel Jani in the #2 Porsche.
G-Drive is still on the lead lap in LMP2, but Signatech Alpine is one hour from its maiden Le Mans victory. Nicolas Lapierre is back behind the wheel of the leading car, having taken over from Stephane Richelmi.
Sergio Marchionne on some sort of hallucinogen if he thinks Ferrari has a chance against the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
(GMM) Sergio Marchionne made a surprise appearance in Baku on Sunday and backed Ferrari to push on for the 2016 title.
Earlier, at a business event in Venice on Saturday, the Ferrari president sounded critical of the Maurizio Arrivabene-led team in its efforts to give Sebastian Vettel a winning car.
But he said in Baku ahead of the Azerbaijan race: "For me the championship is wide open.
"I have talked to Arrivabene and Vettel and they say the car is there and they are convinced that they can succeed. We are not even halfway through the season," he is quoted by La Stampa newspaper on Sunday.
LeMans Hour 22: Toyota still leads, but Porsche closes
Toyota #5 hangs on to lead
With just over two hours left in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the lead in each class remains unchanged. But the race isn’t over yet! Neel Jani (#2 Porsche 919 Hybrid) is still chasing the Toyota TS050 HYBRID in the lead.
At 12:11 the #6 Toyota pitted and left nine minutes later with a new bonnet and side. It remains in third place while the #8 Audi just behind has more new brake discs. At 12:42, the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Neel Jani refueled without changing tyres. A minute later, Kazuki Nakajima took over from Anthony Davidson in the #5 Toyota in P1. Mark Webber in the #1 Porsche 919 is making up lost ground and is now in sixteenth position.
Antonio Giovinazzi has stunned his rivals with an incredible fightback drive in today’s sprint race in Baku to win despite dropping to P22 at the start, claiming the first double win weekend since Davide Valsecchi at Bahrain in 2012 to lead a PREMA Racing 1-2 from Pierre Gasly and Sergey Sirotkin.
At the start poleman Daniel de Jong led his rivals away as the lights went out, but with Sean Gelael making a poor getaway Nobuharu Matsushita swarmed up the inside to claim the lead from the Dutchman, who held off Mitch Evans and Oliver Rowland, but behind them yesterday’s winner almost stalled and fell to the back of the field.
Kobayashi spun the No. 6 Toyota but maintained 3rd on the lead lap
The #5 Toyota for Toyota Gazoo Racing, driven by Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, has maintained its lead but the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid is relentless in its pursuit.
Toyota or Porsche? Who will come out on top? It's still difficult to say at this stage but Romain Dumas, driver of the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, gives his analysis: "The gap with Toyota is narrow and it's going to stay that way. It's great for the sport but of course we hope it swings in our favor. We've still got a few cards up our sleeve. Don't forget that we are playing two against one though."
Toyota Gazoo Racing had a bit of a fright at 11:17, when the #6 car driven by Kamui Kobayashi spun into the gravel at Corvette Curve. The Japanese driver was able to return to the track and resume his race, and maintains the third spot overall.
LeMans Hour 20: Toyota Porsche battle with 4 hours left
The No. 2 Porsche is battling the more fuel efficient Toyotas
The thrilling fight for the win at Le Mans between Toyota and Porsche has gone on for hours, with the final stages of the 24-Hours race approaching. Until shortly before 11:00 hrs the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid with Marc Lieb (DE) at the wheel was leading, just now Toyota has gone back into P1 again.
The #5 Toyota is again in front of the #2 Porsche but all is still to play for. The number of pit stops could prove decisive, with the Japanese car having the upper hand in this respect.
As the leaders passed the 300-lap mark, things are still very tight in the four classes. There have been few changes over the last hour but this could well be the calm before the storm as things are sure to hot up as we approach the end of the race!
Toyota Racing had two cars in a three-way fight for victory in the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours when the race entered its final five hours.
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