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ALBUQUERQUE EM PAUL RICARD

 

Filipe Albuquerque já está em Paul Ricard para a jornada do Blancpain GT Series

É já este fim-de-semana de 23 e 24 de Junho que Filipe Albuquerque vai disputar a jornada de Paul Ricard do Blancpain GT Series com a ISR Racing partilhando a condução com Filip Salaquarda e Clemens Schmid, numa prova que servirá de preparação para as emblemáticas 24h de Spa-Francorchamps.

Filipe acredita pelo historial da equipa e pela performance já conhecida do carro que estarão em condições de lutar pelos lugares da frente: "Estou com alguma curiosidade para perceber o andamento que vamos conseguir impôr. Os treinos livres de amanhã serão cruciais. O ano passado nesta mesma prova fui terceiro e o facto de já conhecer bem o carro será certamente uma mais valia. Estou confiante que faremos um bom trabalho sobretudo de preparação para Spa, que é o foco desta minha entrada na equipa", referiu o piloto português que regressa a um campeonato onde sempre foi bem acolhido.

O programa do fim-de-semana prevê a qualificação e corrida no sábado dia 24. Tudo pode ser acompanhado em: http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/

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ALBUQUERQUE EM LE MANS

 

Filipe Albuquerque termina num brilhante quinto lugar as 24h de Le Mans

"Resultado com sabor a vitória"

Foram 24 longas horas aquelas que se viveram em Le Mans em mais uma edição da mítica prova francesa. Filipe Albuquerque e os seus companheiros de equipa na United Autosports conseguiram, aquilo que inicialmente podiam considerar de inesperado, um brilhante quinto lugar entre os LMP2 e um surpreendente sexto lugar à geral. Apesar do cansaço no final da prova, o piloto português não escondia a enorme alegria pelo resultado obtido e o excelente trabalho desenvolvido pelos seus companheiros de equipa.

A sair da 15ª posição da grelha entre os LMP2 e 21º da geral, o trio, Albuquerque, Owen e Sadeller sabiam que não lhes esperavam facilidades: "Não estávamos à espera deste resultado depois de todas as condicionantes que sabíamos ter à partida. A falta de andamento para os nossos mais directos adversários era notória mas nunca perdemos o foco nem a ambição e fomos fazendo o nosso trabalho sem erros e sobretudo, podendo contar com a eximia fiabilidade do Ligier que nos permitiu fazer uma corrida limpa. Sempre que estive ao volante procurei rodar o mais rápido possível e chegar mais além. Não esperávamos que acabasse tão bem", disse,

Sobretudo porque tanto Owen como Sadeller se estreavam em Le Mans: "A prova é muito dura e ainda mais dura para aqueles que a enfrentam pela primeira vez. Sempre que iam para a pista transmitia-lhes confiança e eles estiveram sempre muito bem: determinados e focados. E isso foi a chave para o sucesso. Este quinto lugar, dadas as circunstâncias, tem um sabor a vitória para todos na United Autosports. Não ganhámos mas é como se o tivéssemos feito. Estamos todos de Parabéns", rematou Filipe que não foi apenas quinto entre os LMP2 ou sexto da geral, foi também o melhor entre os pilotos ao volante de Ligier.

O piloto português não terá no entanto descanso, já que no próximo fim-de-semana estará em Paul Ricard para disputar a jornada do Blancpain GT Series.aw30 Copy

 

PORSCHE VENCEU EM LE MANS

 

Final da corrida das 24 horas de Le Mans a contar para o Campeonato do Mundo de Resistência
19ª vitória absoluta para a Porsche em Le Mans numa fase final dramática 
 
Às 18h30m de sábado, o Porsche 919 Hybrid de Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) e Brendon Hartley (NZ) parecia dizer “Adeus” às 24 horas de Le Mans. Sem tração no eixo dianteiro, esteve em reparação durante uma hora e cinco minutos, retomando a corrida com 18 voltas de atraso para o líder. Mas a 85ª edição da clássica prova de endurance em Le Mans, gerou um guião com alterações dramáticas e possibilitou o impossível tornar-se realidade: após um enorme esforço, o trio desbravou terreno desde a 56ª posição até à vitória à geral. Para o recorde da Porsche em Le Mans, esta é a 19ª vitória na mais dura competição do mundo e a terceira vitória consecutiva.
  Para Earl Bamber é a segunda vitória à geral em Le Mans ao volante do Porsche 919 Hybrid depois de 2015. Timo Bernhard também regista a sua segunda vitória à geral em Le Mans. Depois de o ter conseguido em 2010 quando foi “emprestado” à Audi, Timo Bernhard sonhava repetir o feito com a Porsche. Brendon Hartley era, sem dúvida, o mais faminto dos seis pilotos de fábrica da Porsche LMP por este título, uma vez que o seu nome ainda não estava gravado neste importante troféu.
 
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Quando o carro número 1 parou na pista, pouco passava das 11h da manhã, depois de liderar a corrida por mais de 10 horas, chegava o momento dos caçadores. Hartley continuava a forçar o andamento num turno duplo. Na volta número 312, entra nas boxes para o seu último reabastecimento e à 325ª volta entrega o carro a Bernhard na quarta posição. Às 12h50m, o 919 Hybrid entra na mesma volta do líder da corrida – estávamos na volta 330. Depois de todos os LMP1 híbridos de fábrica terem abandonado ou estarem extremamente atrasados, um LMP2 liderava a prova. Após 338 voltas, Bernhard entra nas boxes para reabastecimento e na volta 347 assalta a liderança da corrida. O seu penúltimo reabastecimento dá-se na volta 351 antes de efetuar uma paragem rápida na volta 360. Após 367 voltas, Bernhard vê a bandeira de xadrez e cumpre-se mais um sonho. 
 

 
 
Declarações após a corrida:
 
Michael Steiner, membro do Conselho de Direção da Porsche AG como responsável de Investigação e Desenvolvimento: “A terceira vitória consecutiva em Le Mans é um sonho tornado realidade para a Porsche e a forma como se conseguiu este feito é muito especial. Estou orgulhoso de toda a equipa Porsche, que se conseguiu superar, apesar da longa paragem que tivémos de forma a reparar a avaria. Este êxito também é alcançado graças ao excelente rendimento dos nossos motores elétricos e à inovadora tecnologia híbrida”.
   Fritz Enzinger, Vice-Presidente do Projeto LMP1: “Um dos nossos ambiciosos objetivos para a temporada de 2017 era alcançar a terceira vitória consecutiva em Le Mans. Mas o que tivémos que passar ao longo das últimas 24 horas não imaginava nem no pior dos meus pesadelos. Esta prova de 24 horas levou tudo e todos ao limite. É incrível o que se pode conseguir com o esforço de uma equipa. Algumas vezes não é o carro mais rápido, mas o melhor rendimento como equipa que marca a diferença. Esta equipa é a melhor de todas e tornou possível o êxito de hoje. A reação de todas as partes está a ser avassaladora, desde os empregados da Porsche a todas as pessoas do mundo. Pessoalmente só posso agradecer à Porsche por me colocar nesta posição para dirigir um programa tão extraordinário como este, e a cada um dos membros da equipa pelo apoio total e pelo grande espírito de grupo”.
   Andreas Seidl, Diretor da Equipa: “É difícil encontrar palavras para o que se sucedeu aqui hoje. Os pilotos e toda a equipa fizeram um trabalho impressionante. Deixámos para trás duas semanas duras de trabalho que nos proporcionaram altos e baixos, mas lutámos com o espírito típico da Porsche. Vai levar algum tempo até assimilarmos aquilo que alcançámos aqui hoje. Agora ganhámos em Le Mans por três vezes consecutivas, o que é algo sensacional. A equipa trabalhou de forma impecável para isso durante os últimos doze meses. A Toyota é um concorrente muito forte. Levaram-nos, mais uma vez, ao limite e ainda mais além e ambos pagámos o preço disso. É uma pena que Neel Jani, André Lotterer e Nick Tandy tenham desistido porque já estavam a controlar a vantagem há muito tempo. Mas Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley e, especialmente Timo Bernhard, mereciam a vitória. Timo foi o piloto de desenvolvimento desde o início do programa. Depois dessa longa reparação, os três conseguiram recuperar a desvantagem que tinham e, no final, obtiveram a recompensa”.
 
 
Pilotos do Porsche 919 Hybrid número 2:
  Earl Bamber (26 anos, Nova Zelândia): “Não consigo acreditar como conseguimos alcançar isto depois de termos estado no fim do pelotão devido à paragem de uma hora nas boxes. Tanto Brendon 
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como Timo fizeram parte do programa Porsche LMP desde o início e este triunfo devemo-lo à nossa equipa das boxes. Sem o seu trabalho árduo não teríamos conseguido regressar à pista, pelo que esta vitória é para eles”.
  Timo Bernhard (36 anos, Alemanha):  “Parece surreal. Quando me juntei à Porsche como piloto júnior, em 1999, fui alimentando cuidadosamente o sonho de que, quem sabe, um dia teria a oportunidade de lutar pela vitória absoluta em Le Mans. Esperava ser bom o suficiente para a alcançar um dia. Agora, 18 anos depois, conseguimo-lo juntos. A última volta foi muito emocionante para mim. Vai demorar algum tempo a assimilar o que aconteceu”. 
 
Brendon Hartley (27 anos, Nova Zelândia): "Le Mans é uma prova de loucos. Os mecânicos trabalharam duro no sábado à tarde para termos o carro reparado num tempo recorde e desde esse momento, Timo, Earl e eu, juntamente com os nossos engenheiros, forçámos muito o andamento, sempre a 100%, e esperávamos desesperadamente que os nossos esforços nos trouxessem alguma recompensa”. 
 
 
Todas as pontuações em: http://www.fiawec.com/en/season/result/4116
Todos os resultados em: http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com 

 

24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

  • Historical win for the ORECA 07 in LM P2 and 2nd overall on its first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • One-Two-Three-Four win for ORECA chassis in LM P2
  • 3rd win back to back of an ORECA chassis in LM P2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 11 of the 14 ORECA chassis completed the race
  • Best LM P2 lap time for the #38 ORECA 07 – 3’28.632
  • Forty years after its very first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, ORECA has managed to achieve remarkable outcomes, while also triumphing with one of its cars for the third consecutive year. Amongst those outcomes: to have a new prototype win on its first entry and to monopolise the three steps of the podium. Even better: to have led such a ruthless challenge, for both men and machines. A winning trio achieved by Chinese team Jackie Chan DC Racing first and its Swiss rival Vaillante Rebellion just behind.

    altFollowing on KCMG’s success back in 2015 with the ORECA 05 and Team Signatech’s last year with the Alpine A460, ORECA has more than ever shone in the most famous and prestigious endurance race in the world this year.

    With a delegation comprising fourteen cars on the starting grid, the best lap time in the Test Day, then the pole position achieved on Thursday eve, the French manufacturer proved that it had what it takes for this 85th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Yet figures and performances over one lap are sometimes very little facts compared to the reality of how demanding this long and complex race is.

    At no point during the race, and under a scorching weather, did the chassis manufactured in Signes’s workshops fail. Some race incidents led to several withdrawals, but what’s to keep in mind is that eleven of the fourteen chassis crossed the finish line. A great performance for a very first entry in this great classic!

    But the greatest of all performances is obviously the final result, with a whole group of ORECA chassis in the lead of the LM P2 standings, at the end of the race. After a Homeric fight between Vaillante Rebellion’s two ORECA 07s and Team Signatech Alpine Matmut’s Alpine A470, Jackie Chan DC Racing – co-owned by famous actor Jackie Chan – finally got the last word, in style. The Chinese team delivered an almost entirely flawless race – with the supervision of British team Jota Sport, based in Tunbridge Wells – taking control of the class at the end of the night. During three hour, crew Jarvis-Laurent-Tung even saw itself sealing a first place overall. Heads in the clouds: probably a nod made to the ‘ming’ clouds on the bodyworks of the #37 and #38 ORECA 07s.

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    Defending the title, Team Signatech Alpine Matmut arrived in 5th place overall with the #35 and crew Panciatici-Negrao-Ragues, completing the ORECA chassis winning quartet in this challenge. A whole group of ORECA chassis finished in the Top 10, amongst which Graff Racing completed, a real success as they were returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans 24 years after their last entry. They clinched the 6th place in class, just in front of CEFS Manor TRS Racing’s #24 ORECA 07. For its first entry in La Sarthe, DragonSpeed crossed the finish line within the top fifteen places, despite a technical stop this morning.

    Having manufactured LMP prototypes for ten years, ORECA achieved a historical result today, by clinching a one-two-three-four win in the LM P2 class, as well as the 2nd and 3rd places overall. Alongside this accomplishment, thanks to the ORECA 07, on its very first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, teams were also very proud to have raced against the factory teams of the LM P1 class.

    Hugues de Chaunac – ORECA’s CEO

    “I’m thrilled. This outcome achieved by our chassis is simply exceptional. Everybody knows how much endurance and particularly the 24 Hours of Le Mans mean to us. Emotionally, it’s a very special race for me because I’m really attached to it. What our cars have achieved in this challenge is a fantastic reward for all the work that tour teams have done throughout the last years, and particularly since last year with our new car. Already it was such a joy to see fourteen of our cars on the starting grid. No other manufacturer had ever achieved such a performance. But now, to imagine that an ORECA, all the more on the year of its first entry, would be leading the race in front of the LM P1 cars, just about one hour away from crossing the finish line and winning, a one-two-three win, that’s even better, totally magical. I’m immensely proud of ORECA as a company, this pays tribute to all of the experience we have acquired throughout the years. I want to dedicate this historical win to all of those who have worked on this project as well as all our collaborators. They’ve crafted this victory. ORECA’s history is full of beautiful chapters such as this one and we’re planning on keeping it going. Motorsport is ORECA’s passion and it doesn’t weaken. This kind of achievement actually makes our passion even stronger.”

     

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    Strategy and experience nets strong Le Mans finish for Eurasia Motorsport
     

    While many around them fell by the wayside, Eurasia Motorsport secured a strong finish Sunday (18 June, 2017) in what is one of the toughest challenges in motorsport, the Le Mans 24 Hour race.
    Fielding the #33 Ligier JS P217 with Erik Maris, Jacques and Pierre Nicolet, the Asian-based team enjoyed a smooth build-up to the big event with trouble-free running in practice and were able to put in plenty of laps to acclimatise to the hot conditions and to enable all three French drivers to adapt to the demands of the event.
     
    Qualifying saw the only major incident of the week for the team after Maris suffered a heavy crash at the first chicane. The Ligier sustained extensive damage and was unable to further part in qualifying.
     
    The crew worked long hours and rebuilt the car to ensure that at 3pm on Saturday, they were able to take to the start of the race and significantly, enable all three drivers to compete and run competitively in the biggest race of the year.
     
    “It was quite an off and there was a lot of damage,” stated team principal Mark Goddard with reference to the Friday incident. “The crew did a remarkable job to ensure that not only the car was fully repaired, but it was to the same exacting high standards as before.”
     
    Race day saw Pierre Nicolet take the first stint, avoiding the incident in what was a double stint before handing over to his father Jacques. By the three-hour mark, the team had firmly established itself in 20th position, a place it retained until sundown at early 11pm.
     
    Running through the similar driver cycle, the team chased the balance a little for Pierre, but as the sun set and race entered the night phase, the team ran consistently in 17th position overall, 15th in class.
     
    Sunday saw some of the highly-touted favourites running into mechanical issues and this allowed the trio of driver to move up the leader board and come the chequered flag after 24 gruelling hours, the Eurasia Motorsport Ligier hadn’t missed a beat as they finished a highly credible 16th overall, 14th in the LMP2 class.
     
    “It’s been a fantastic weekend for us both here at Le Mans and at Zhuhai where we compete in Formula Masters Asia Series,” said Goddard. “It shows the depth and professionalism of our team in that we can compete flawlessly in a 24-Hour race whilst also running our Asian campaign for our up-and-coming drivers of the future.
     
    “Here we knew we would not be competing for the victory, but the aim was to service our three drivers as well as possible to ensure they got the very best out of the Le Mans week. Erik, Pierre and Jacques all drove sensibly and barely put a wheel wrong, so credit to them for allowing us to achieve our goals here this weekend.”
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    Road to Le Mans proves a challenge for Ecurie Ecosse at Le Mans
     

    60-years on from a famous one-two result at Le Mans, Ecurie Ecosse returned to Circuit de la Sarthe this week to compete in the Road to Le Mans (15-17 June, 2017) with high expectations on the back of an ultra-successful Le Mans Cup and LMP3 Cup campaign. 

    Ultimately, while the team showed fantastic pace, it proved to be a frustrating campaign from the Nielsen-run squad with a 12th and 15th positions in the two events, the latter result whilst pushing hard for victory.
     
    Colin Noble and Tony Wells partnered up once again - the same successful partnership that brought victory last month at Monza - and right from the off the #79 Ligier proved to be right on the pace, topping the very first free practice session.
     
    Qualifying consisted of two 20 minute sessions, the first of which Noble qualified in a fine fourth position overall. Wells meanwhile endured a red-flag whilst on his fast lap in the second qualifying session and had to settle for sixth on the grid for the second race of the Road to Le Mans week. However, a slow zone infringement for Noble in practice resulted in a grid penalty for the first race, meaning that Wells lined up tenth for race one on Thursday afternoon.
     
    With a late kick of Thursday evening, the race took a turn for the worst at the start with Wells sustaining damage to the floor on lap one after striking a high kerb and then a related radio malfunction also hindered in terms of tactics. Noble completed his stint moving from 14th to 12th in a damaged car, as the chequered flag flew with the silver lining being that he recorded the fourth fastest lap in a severely compromised car.
     
    The second Road to Le Mans race saw Wells again take the start, making a great getaway from sixth position. The close competition proved to be unforgiving with Wells being shuffled back a little in the order. A great stop from the Nielsen crew saw Noble make gains and as he put in the quick laps, he soon found himself in contention for not just a podium, but arguably the win.
     
    A great pass from the Scottish driver into the first chicane moved him fourth in the closing stages, and soon after into third position with just eight minutes of the 55-minute race remaining. Entering the final lap, Noble was right on the tail of the second place #2 car but unfortunately, it was about to go wrong.
     
    "I’m so gutted I gave it everything we were so fast,” said Noble. “I just clipped the kerb coming onto the back straight passing a GT3 car and it just tipped me into a spin. Naturally I’m bitterly disappointed.”
     
    Noble and Wells were classified 15th overall in the second race and now turn their attention back to the next round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup which takes place next month at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

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    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

    A filosofia de vida desta forma de estar da Toyota. Nunca desistir e ser agradecida!

     

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    24 HORAS DE LE MANS

     

    O CASO

     

     

     

    VAILLANTE #13 desclassificado. Perde o terceiro lugar em Le Mans por causa de um buraco feito na carroçaria para que os mecânicos activassem a ignição exteriormente com a ajuda de uma chave e um martelo (lembram-se?). Era só o que faltava nesta história de BD que foram as 24 Horas de Le Mans.
    DC Racing faz 1-2 nos LMP2 e Filipe Albuquerque sobe para quinto da geral e quarto na classe.

     

    VILLORBA CORSE

     

    Magic debut forCetilar Villorba Corse at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

     

    Thanks to a very consistent race the Italian team brings the Dallara P217 in the top-ten overall with Lacorte/Sernagiotto/Belicchi. Amadio: “Incredible race, we gave everything and our dream came true”

     

    a5 Copya6 Copya7 Copya8 Copya9 Copya10 Copy.Dream came completely true. Cetilar Villorba Corse ended an incredibly hot edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans bringing under the chequered flag the Dallara P217 Gibson with racing driversRoberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto andAndrea Belicchi. The great adventure in the third round of the World Endurance Championship that Lacorte, Sernagiotto andthe all Italian teamhave been preparing together since 2015. In just two years they jumped from LMP3 to LMP2, always with a “deb” car, and then to Le Mans, where they made thier debut this week clinching an unexpected ten place overall, finishing also eighth in the LMP2 class. Despite several inconveniences, started on Wedneday (electrical issues in free practice and in qualyfying 1) and continued in the race. Italia crew started the 85th edition of the legendary French endurance race from 24th on the grid (18th LMP2 car). The team was protagonist of a very competitive race thanks to their Dallara's renowed reliability, their consistency and their perfect strategy. But drivers had to make three comebacks during the 24-hour distance. The first until Saturday's evening, when they reached the LMP2 top-ten and then, on their 72nd lap, Lacorte, without fault, was touched by another car finishing into the gravel of the first corner, recovering just after about 4 minutes. Again in the top-ten a few hours later, at around 02:35hrs (team's 166th lap), in the first part of the Hunaudierès Dallara's rear left tyre blew forcing Sernagiotto to slowly return to pits where the team fixed everything (total time loss: 13 minutes). Rejoined the top-ten again, this time everything went well and after the cequered flag all the team could celebrate their stunning result, being also third between the European Le Mans Series teams and first between the team on Dallara's entered in the race

     

    Team Principal Amadiosays:It was an unbelievable week all together. An incredible debut all together. And then an exhausting race all together. A great Italian Spirit of Le Mans as we often have repeated for the last few months. All the guys in the team were extraordinary, the gave everything the had all time long, even when we feared the worst. And now the dream of that cequered flag, chased for years, is going even further than we expcted. Now, yes, we can celebrate. We deserve it all.

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

    "I had one chance and luckily that's all I needed: pole in class for my first Le Mans!...."

    Alex Lynn – Le Mans 24 Hours review

    It was absolutely heartbreaking to retire from the Le Mans 24 Hours in just the second hour of the race, before I even got to drive, but still I and the whole G-Drive Racing team have to take a lot of satisfaction from how we performed throughout practice and qualifying, which ended up with me putting the car on pole position in our class.

    It was my first ever Le Mans, and our G-Drive ORECA-Gibson was one of 25 cars in the incredibly competitive LMP2 class. I have to say that, from the day I arrived on Sunday before the race, I was enjoying each and every day as it went on because there's so much fanfare and pageantry. But the advice from Alex Wurz, who's one of my managers and has won Le Mans himself, is that you always have to remain mindful, although the occasion is monumental, that it's just another motor race and you can't change your preparation at all. You need to make sure you sit down a lot, walk slowly from place to place, and don't go anywhere in a rush, just to conserve energy.

    Right from the word go, when free practice started on Wednesday, the car seemed a step forward from the Le Mans Test Day 10 days earlier. We'd done a lot of work with David Leach our engineer, working on the balance and making sure everything was spot-on. We were a good chunk quicker than most of the other cars at that stage, and I set the quickest time of the four-hour session – a second and a half faster than the rest on a 'race' run.

    For Wednesday qualifying, which ran from 10pm until midnight, we wanted to see how many stints we could do on one set of tyres. The temperature that day was outrageously high and we knew Thursday would be cooler, and better for qualifying runs. Our long runs – with me, Pierre Thiriet and Roman Rusinov driving – were really competitive, and we got four stints out of both the medium and the soft Dunlop compound quite easily, which I don't think many of our rivals did.

    Sure enough, most of the quick times came on Thursday, which was split into two sessions, from 7pm to 9pm, and then from 10pm until midnight. The first session got interrupted by a crash and delayed for quite a long time, and Vitaly Petrov had gone out early and done a huge lap time. To match that lap, I knew I couldn't do it at night because of the commitment and minimum cornering speeds needed – I needed some daylight, so we'd have to do it right at the start of the final session at 10pm. It was a bit of a risk, but we timed it perfectly – five minutes later and it would have been too dark. I had one chance and luckily that's all I needed: pole in class for my first Le Mans!

    I've been fortunate enough to have a few good pole positions in my career but this one was right up there with my debut Macau Grand Prix in 2012. You're on a lap, and you know it's a good one before it even pops up on the dash. It was really nice, not just for the ego but for my personal development. Being my first Le Mans, it was important for my career to show what I'm capable of – something like that pole can be pivotal, and I'm very proud of it.

    We had the driver parade in Le Mans city on Friday – great fun! – and then it was the warm-up at 9am on Saturday. I did two laps and we were two seconds quicker than anyone, on old tyres and high fuel. The car was absolutely perfect. I said to the team, 'Lads, polish it, put a cover over it and leave it until the race at 3pm. It's mint.'

    Roman started the race. He did a brilliant job doing the same thing at the Spa 6 Hours last month, but it just started to unravel as soon as it began at Le Mans. He lost some places on the first lap, and then when things start to go wrong it just spirals. Finally our race ended with contact with a GT Porsche in the second hour, before Pierre and I even got behind the wheel.

    I was totally stunned, especially when you consider what happened to all the LMP1 cars, which meant an LMP2 very nearly won the race outright. It could have been incredible because we could at least have had an overall podium, and it does make it hard to swallow. We had a fantastic race car, and the G-Drive crew have to be thanked for that. They've worked brilliantly all season and it's up to Roman, Pierre and I to turn it around for them in the remaining races, because I can see a lot more success ahead for us.

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    Alex (right) celebrates his pole position with team-mates Pierre and Roman

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

     

    Amargura em Le Mans para a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

    A PARTICIPAÇÃO DA Toyota GAZOO Racing nas 24 Horas de Le Mans 2017 TEVe um SABOR AMARGO com A DESISTÊNCIA de dois TS050 HYBRID e o TERCEIRO A TERMINAR nUMA dececionante 9ª posição.
     
    A esperança de uma primeira vitória da TOYOTA em Le Mans, após 19 participações (desde 1985), manteve-se viva com a liderança durante 10 horas do TS050 HYBRID #7 que tinha partido da pole position. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi e Stéphane Sarrazin, andaram no limite, mas à 1:15 da manhã o carro parou sem qualquer hipótese de voltar para as boxes, desistindo devido a um problema de embraiagem.
     
    O TS050 #8 de Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson e Kazuki Nakajima também esteve na luta pela vitória durante quase oito horas até que um problema no motor da frente o obrigou a regressar à box durante quase duas horas. Fruto de um excelente trabalho da equipa, o carro regressou à pista terminando as 24 horas na nona posição e ainda registando a volta mais rápida no final da corrida.
     
    Um acidente obrigou o TS050 #9 de Nicolas Lapierre, Yuji Kunimoto e José María López a parar poucos minutos depois do carro #7. À 1:35 da manhã um carro LMP2 embateu violentamente na traseira do Toyota. Com um furo na roda traseira e o sistema hidráulico danificando, o piloto não foi capaz de engrenar outra velocidade obrigando-o a ficar também imobilizado no circuito a escassos metros do “paddock”.
     
    A Toyota felicita a Porsche pela vitória com o carro #2 nesta terceira ronda do Campeonato Mundial de Endurance FIA 2017 (WEC), depois de uma questão técnica no Porsche #1, o obrigar a parar com onze voltas de avanço. Os restantes lugares do pódio foram preenchidos pelos ORECA LMP2 #38 e #13, em segundo e terceiro lugares respetivamente.
     
    Na quinta-feira, Kamui Kobayashi estabeleceu a volta mais rápida do Circuito da Sarthe, superando um tempo com 32 anos. A equipa também entrou na corrida como líderes do campeonato do mundo de pilotos e fabricantes após as vitórias nas duas primeiras corridas da temporada WEC.
     
    No entanto, Le Mans é uma corrida onde os pontos contam a duplicar para o campeonato. Ou seja, a Porsche conta agora com uma vantagem de 36,5 pontos na classificação dos fabricantes, enquanto os pilotos do carro #8, a tripulação TOYOTA melhor classificada, caiu para o segundo, a 21 pontos de distância dos pilotos do Porsche #2.
     
    O trabalho de analisar detalhadamente os danos sofridos no três TS050 HYBRID começa de imediato para que a equipa esteja pronta para regressar ainda mais determinada do que nunca na próxima prova de endurance, as 6 Horas de Nürburgring a 16 de julho.
     
    Toshio Sato - Presidente da Equipa: "Toda a equipa está devastada pelo que aconteceu aqui, depois de todo o trabalho e esforço nos últimos meses para chegar a Le Mans com um carro tão competitivo. O nosso ritmo foi muito bom toda a semana e lideramos uma forte luta com a Porsche. Os pilotos, engenheiros e mecânicos realizaram uma excelente semana e gostaria de agradecer a todos. Claro, que felicitamos sinceramente a Porsche pela vitória porque, sem dúvida, eles mereceram ganhar hoje. Para a TOYOTA, vamos deixar Le Mans novamente sem o troféu de vencedor apesar do apoio surpreendente dos fãs aqui. Vamos analisar o que aconteceu porque não podemos aceitar um duplo abandono assim durante a noite. Voltaremos mais forte e mais determinados do que nunca; O nosso desafio Le Mans irá continuar.”
     
    Resultados finais da TOYOTA GAZOO Racing:
     
    TS050 HYBRID #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Stéphane Sarrazin)
    Corrida: Não terminou, 154 voltas, 12 paragens nas boxes. Partiu em: 1º.
    Volta mais rápida: 3min 18.694segs
     
    TS050 HYBRID #8 (Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Corrida: 9º, 358 voltas, 27 paragens nas boxes. Partiu em: 2º.
    Volta mais rápida: 3min 18.604segs
     
    TS050 HYBRID #9 (Nicolas Lapierre, Yuji Kunimoto, José María López)
    Corrida: Não terminou, 160 voltas, 13 paragens nas boxes. Partiu em: 5º.
    Volta mais rápida: 3min 19.321segs
     
    Classificação final das 24 horas de Le Mans:
    1º        #2 Porsche (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley)                            367 voltas
    2º        #38 Jackie Chan DC (Tung/Laurent/Jarvis)                       +1 voltas
    3º        #13 Rebellion (Piquet/Heinemeier Hansson/Beche)           +3 voltas
    4º        #37 Jackie Chan DC (Cheng/Gommendy/Brundle)            +4 voltas
    5º        #35 Alpine (Panciatici/Ragues/Negrao)                           +5 voltas
    6º        #32 United Autosports (Owen/De Sadeleer/Albuquerque) +5 voltas
    9º        #9 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                                          +9 voltas
     
     
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    PORTUGUESES EM LE MANS

     

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    PARENTE EM LE MANS

     

    Álvaro Parente está já focado na corrida de Le Mans

     

    Álvaro Parente assegurou o décimo primeiro posto da sua classe para a grelha de partida das 24 Horas de Le Mans, que se realizam no próximo sábado.

    Depois de se ter estreado em 2014, o português regressa este ano à grande prova de resistência mundial aos comandos de um 488 GTE inscrito pela Clearwater Racing na classe GTE Am, que divide com Richard Wee e Hiroki Katoh.

    O português entrou bem na pista de La Sarthe e na sessão de treinos-livres deixou o carro número sessenta na liderança da classe, tendo terminado as três horas de ensaios na quarta posição, o que lhe abria boas perspectivas para as sessões de qualificação, tendo a primeira sido realizada na noite de quarta-feira e as duas restantes ao fim da tarde e depois da hora de jantar de quinta-feira.

    No entanto, sendo Le Mans, Le Mans, foram muitos os incidentes, fruto da exigência do circuito gaulês, que condicionaram o normal decorrer das sessões, para juntamente com o tráfego que ser verifica habitualmente no traçado de 13,629 quilómetros e trinta e oito curvas, decorrente de andamentos muito distintos entre as inúmeras classes, a impedir Álvaro Parente de ir além do décimo primeiro posto da grelha de partida entre os concorrentes da GTE Am.

    “Não tivemos a sorte do nosso lado, uma vez que apanhei tráfego em pista sempre que estive em pista com pneus novos com o intuito de fazer uma volta rápida. Na segunda qualificação, nem sequer pude completar uma volta lançada devido a uma bandeira vermelha. Julgo que, em circunstâncias normais, poderíamos estar um pouco mais à frente, mas numa prova destas o lugar na grelha de partida não é determinante, portanto, vamos olhar para a corrida”, afirmou Álvaro Parente.

     

    Com a grelha de partida definida, o português está já centrado na prova de vinte e quatro horas, que terá o seu início às 14h00 do próximo sábado. A corrida de La Sarthe encerra diversos desafios ao longo da sua extensão, mas o portuense está determinado em os ultrapassar. “Sabemos que temos muitas armadilhas pela frente – o tráfego, o cair da noite, a noite e o nascer do dia são momentos difíceis em que teremos que manter a concentração para os dobrar. Por outro lado, temos ainda questões de fiabilidade e a fadiga que são também causas de inúmeros abandonos. Vamos ter que evitar erros e problemas para podermos chegar à bandeirada de xadrez no início da tarde de domingo. Vamos dar o nosso melhor”, sublinhou Álvaro Parente.

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    COABITAÇÕES e BoP.
    1: o jogo em Le Mans, e um pouco também nas outras corridas do WEC mas penso ser menos decisivo, está alterado com os novos LMP2. Muito se tem falado na coabitação desses com os LMP1-h. Mas as diferenças de 10 segundos parecem ser mais fáceis de gerir em pista que os 25 segundos actualmente existentes entre os LMP2 e os melhores GTE-PRO, sendo que para os mais lentos dos pilotos GTE-AM essa diferença em corrida pode chegar aos 45 segundos, para além de um ...apreciável diferencial de velocidade máxima. O cenário de dois pilotos menos experientes, possível nos LMP2 e nos GTE-AM, ao volante de carros tão díspares, pode ser explosivo...
    2: a qualificação de ontem voltou a mostrar o lado perverso do BoP (que tem um lado bom, o de permitir boas corridas). Corvette e Porsche estão basicamente ao nível do test-day, mas Ferrari e Aston Martin rodaram 3 segundos mais rápidos e a Ford 1,5 segundos, como se por magia tivessem tirado segundos da cartola...

     

    REVOLUÇÃO PARA LE MANS?

    2020 traz plug-in LMP1 para as 24 Horas de Le Mans. Haverá uma distância a cumprir em modo eléctrico após cada reabastecimento (1km em ritmo de corrida), sendo que a passagem na meta, no final da prova, será também feita em modo eléctrico.

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    VILLORBA CORSE

     

    Cetilar Villorba Corse, 24 Hours of Le Mans: Day 2

    (Quotes&Notes from Thursday, June 15th)

     

    #47 Dallara P217 Gibson

    Roberto Lacorte (ITA) / Giorgio Sernagiotto (ITA) / Andrea Belicchi (ITA)

     

    Qualifying practice 2:3'30”014 (18 laps) P12 LMP2 / P17 Overall

     

    Qualifying practice 3:3'33”412 (20 laps) P21 LMP2 / P27 Overall

     

    Grid position:P18 LMP2 / P24 Overall (fastest time: 3'30”014 by Andrea Belicchi)

     

    Team Principal Raimondo Amadio:“It was a positive Thursday. We improved our times and our pace quite a lot compared to Wednesday. We did not think a lot about grid position, we concentrated our work on the race without using further tyre sets and trying to qualify Sernagiotto without any problems. These days we have been living and experiencing this incredible event together with other 59 cars and this very demanding track only for the first time so we are happy about the job we did and, above all, to have solved Wednesday's electrical issues and to have found a good setup. Now we all have only to think about giving our 110% in the race, that is going to be so long, dramatic and exhausting. Our main goal is the checkered flag..

    Sporting Director Christian Pescatori:“It was a very demanding day. Before getting on track the team changed the cable set of the electical components and then we tested the latest settings on the car during the two sessions. Setup is improved and even if we added more downforce on the rear we managed to keep a good maximum speed. We set our fastest lap in the evening session, when Belicchi found also some traffic on track, but it is ok for us. Then in the night session we thought about the race because starting position is not so important for a 24-hour race and with the high temperatures expected this year. We hope that our strategy will help us for this great appointment.

     

    Giorgio Sernagiotto:“Personally, I was surprised by the fact that I was fastest in Q2 than in Q3, but in the night session the most important thing was to get qualified and I did it, as a rookie here, running the 5 mandatory laps. Track is keeping to change, I have to say that it is always an emotion.

    Andrea Belicchi:“In Le Mans it is crucial to get the right balance on the prototype. We improved and if I had not find traffic during my attempt I would have set a better time. In the configuration with more downforce we have a bit of oversteering when we reach the highest speeds but we knew it. The car is a lot more drivable and data are telling us that we are on the right way. In the 45-minute warm up we will have the chance to refine certain solutions and hopefully to get a further better balance.

     

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    VILLORBA CORSE

     

    Cetilar Villorba Corse, 24 Hours of Le Mans: Day 1

    (Quotes&Notes from Wednesday, June 14th)

     

    #47 Dallara P217 Gibson

    Roberto Lacorte (ITA) / Giorgio Sernagiotto (ITA) / Andrea Belicchi (ITA)

     

     

    Free practice:3'36”085 (35 laps) P17 LMP2 / P23 Overall

     

    Qualifying practice:3'34”846 (15 laps) P17 LMP2 / P23 Overall

     

    Team Principal Raimondo Amadio:“We had to work hard on the car during all our first day in Le Mans. We deeply changed the setup of our Dallara searching for more downforce after understeering issues in the first free practice. Despite some electical issues, then we made a step forward in qualifying, but there is still a lot to test. It was a very demanding Wednesday, definitively, but we knew it, otherwise it would not have been the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We are about to start a very important Thurday now, ready to go!.

     

    Sporting Director Christian Pescatori:“it is very hot, not a so usual thing here. Track changed a lot compared to when we tested here two weeks ago and some solutions did not seem to work anymore. We are going to try some other settings because, probably, track will be changing again. There will be more rubber on it for sure. So, let's see, we can exclude anything a priori.

     

    Roberto Lacorte:“As a rookie here, I am happy to have run the five mandatory laps during the night session. It was a very though day for us but now I am looking forward to test the new adjustements we tried in qualyfying 1, I am sure we are going to improve more”.

     

    Andrea Belicchi:“We still have to find a better global balance on our prototype. After the pace shown in the first qualyfying session we can work on it because we had some good grip at last and the car was more easy to drive. The limit is at least some tenths of a second under our time in the official test [3'32”5].

     

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    EURASIA

    Filipina Angie King and Chinese driver Liu Zexuan join Eurasia for Zhuhai Formula Masters
     

    Angie King joins the team for the 17-18th June event at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China. The 37-year-old will race in the Masters Class for less experienced drivers. She is using the event to gain experience and some Eurasia coaching prior to competing in a one make GT Series.  
    “Many years ago she tested with us in the Philippines and we were impressed with her potential," said team principal Mark Goddard. "I am hopeful she will be competitive in the Masters Class and take the grounding she receives to build a great career in GT."
     
    Liu Zexuan will also compete in the Masters Class, having competed in the same division last year at Sepang in Malaysia finishing on the podium. He brings Formula Renault experience at Zhuhai with him and will definitely be a front-runner in the class.
     
    Season long drivers, Danial Frost and Kurt Hill complete the driver line-up and are both seeking to achieve their break through win. Frost has finished on the podium four times already this season and is keen to take the top step in Zhuhai. Kurt Hill has been close to a top three result several times and continues to improve at an impressive rate.
     
    The first of three races will take place on Saturday June 17th.
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    ALBUQUERQUE EM LE MANS

     

    Filipe Albuquerque com qualificação possível para as 24h de Le Mans

    Piloto português larga da 15ª posição entre os LMP2

    Filipe Albuquerque disputou ontem as últimas sessões de qualificação para as 24h de Le Mans que têm início, amanhã, sábado. O piloto português e os seus companheiros de equipa na United Autosports não conseguiram levar o Ligier da equipa além da 15ª posição da grelha entre os LMP2. A falta de potência que já sabiam ser crónica nesta pista, afastou o trio, dos pilotos mais rápidos mas não tirou a vontade de continuar a trabalhar e a lutar pelo melhor resultado possível no final da mais exigente prova do endurance mundial.

    Apesar de tudo Filipe até estava contente com o trabalho que conseguiu fazer em pista: “Mesmo com todas as condicionantes, fiquei satisfeito com a volta que consegui fazer: uma volta limpa sem tráfego. Acabámos por ser o melhor Ligier e ainda nos sobrepusemos a alguns Oreca. Acaba por ser um saldo positivo. Queríamos mais, é certo, mas sabemos que seria de todo impossível fazer melhor”, começou por explicar o piloto português.

    Assim, para a quarta participação nas 24h de Le Mans, Filipe só pensa em: “Andar para a frente sem pensar nas limitações. A corrida é longa, a fiabilidade dos carros vai ter uma palavra a dizer já que as temperaturas vão estar elevadas e podem condicionar, e muito, o desempenho de pilotos e máquinas. Se tivermos uma corrida isenta de problemas mecânicos e de contratempos em pista acho que conseguimos, mesmo que limitados em termos de andamento, recuperar posições. Não atirámos a toalha ao chão, continuamos na luta”, concluiu Albuquerque com a sua habitual determinação.

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    Matthieu VAXIVIÈRE, Pole provisoire - 1ère participation aux 24 Heures du Mans
    Emmanuel COLLARD 23è participation au célèbre double tour d’horloge.
    François PERRODO 5è départ consécutif en terres sarthoise

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    Pierre THIRIET 7è départ en terres sarthoises.
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    RECORD LE MANS POLE FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

     

    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will start the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours from pole position after setting the fastest-ever lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe in the final qualifying sessions on Thursday evening.

     

    Kamui Kobayashi became the second Japanese driver to earn pole position with a lap of 3mins 14.791secs at 8.14pm during second qualifying in the #7 TS050 HYBRID he shares with Mike Conway and Stéphane Sarrazin for an average speed of 251.9km/h.

     

    That was 2.096secs quicker than the previous lap record on the current lay-out while the average speed was faster than for any previous lap in the 94-year history of the event, beating the 251.815km/h set by Hans-Joachim Stuck in a Porsche in 1985.

     

    TOYOTA has started from pole position twice before at Le Mans, in 1999 with Martin Brundle and in 2014 with Kazuki Nakajima. It is TOYOTA’s 12th in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) since its debut in 2012.

     

    It will be an all-TOYOTA front row, with the World Championship-leading #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki starting from second. Kazuki set the quickest lap from the three qualifying sessions, in third qualifying.

     

    The day started with frustration for the #8 with Sébastien hitting trouble on his first lap. The car required a precautionary engine change due to an oil supply issue and missed second qualifying.

     

    The #9 TS050 HYBRID of Nicolas Lapierre, Yuji Kunimoto and José María López will start the race from fifth after Nicolas set the fastest lap early in third qualifying.

     

    There is no track action on Friday in order to give teams time to prepare the cars properly for the race. As well as the team, the drivers are also busy, with the traditional parade through the city centre. A 45-minute warm-up on Saturday morning is the final preparation before the race, which starts at 3pm local time. 

     

    TS050 HYBRID #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Stéphane Sarrazin)

    Qualifying 1: 1st (3min 18.793secs), 26 laps

    Qualifying 2: 1st (3min 14.791secs), 6 laps

    Qualifying 3: 4th (3min 19.928secs), 28 laps

    Grid position: 1st

     

    Mike Conway(TS050 HYBRID #7): “That was a mega lap by Kamui; everything worked perfectly. We were all watching as it unfolded and we could see it was going to be quick. When we saw he got a 3mins 14secs we were amazed. But Kamui has been flying all week so we were confident he could do it.”

     

    Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “A big thanks to the team for this result. I got in the car with 100% confidence and when you are confident, you are quick. It was an amazing lap and the car was brilliant. It was the right moment, just after the red flag with no traffic. I am really proud of this pole position. Still, it is a 24-hour race so the important thing is the race result and that is what we are focusing on.”

     

    Stéphane Sarrazin (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Kamui has been so quick all season and he was really, really fast again. It is an impressive job from the team to prepare a car capable of setting a new lap record here, so thank you to everyone. It’s great to start from pole position but that is only a small target; the main target is still to come.”

     

    TS050 HYBRID #8 (Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)

    Qualifying 1: 2nd (3min 19.431secs), 26 laps

    Qualifying 2: No lap time, 2 laps

    Qualifying 3: 1st (3min 17.128secs), 32 laps

    Grid position: 2nd

     

    Sébastien Buemi(TS050 HYBRID #8): “It is a great day for TOYOTA; congratulations to car #7 and Kamui. To set a new record like that is very impressive. The team did a very good job and I am really happy for the overall result. It wasn’t a smooth day for us so to still qualify second is a good starting point for the race.”

     

    Anthony Davidson (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It didn’t start well for our car with the engine change in second qualifying. That was disappointing but we got second place after concentrating mainly on race pace. It is fantastic to see the team on pole position and an all-TOYOTA front row. Big congratulations to Kamui and the #7 guys.”

     

    Kazuki Nakajima(TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a good day, with much better track conditions. We didn’t quite get it right on the qualifying attempt but still we finished second and are part of a brilliant result for the team. We are happy with the balance in race trim so we have a strong basis to take into the race.”

     

    TS050 HYBRID #9 (Nicolas Lapierre, Yuji Kunimoto, José María López)

    Qualifying 1: 4th (3min 19.958secs), 27 laps

    Qualifying 2: 4th (3min 19.889secs), 5 laps

    Qualifying 3: 3rd (3min 18.625secs), 31 laps

    Grid position: 5th

     

    Nicolas Lapierre (TS050 HYBRID #9): “It was a bit frustrating for us because I think we had the pace to do much better but I was caught in traffic on my first qualifying attempt, then we focused on race preparation. I think we could have been up with the others but overall I am very happy for the team.”

     

    Yuji Kunimoto (TS050 HYBRID #9): “Well done to Kamui and the team for this result. It was a bit difficult for us in qualifying but Nicolas drove well. Unfortunately he had a lot of traffic on his lap so we didn’t see the full potential of our car. My laps went well and I feel I am constantly making progress. We have a strong car.”

     

    José María López (TS050 HYBRID #9): “The whole team did a good job and I’m really happy for everyone for the pole position; it’s a reward for their hard work. I got used more to the car and the track, especially with the traffic. Now the most important thing is the race. The main focus is Sunday 3pm.”

     

    Combined Qualifying Results:

    1st       #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                3min 14.791secs        

    2nd      #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                +2.337secs                
    3rd       #1 Porsche (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy)            +2.468secs                   
    4th        #2 Porsche (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley)   +3.276secs                   

    5th       #9 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                +3.834secs                
    6th        #4 Bykolles (Webb/Kraihamer/Bonanomi)+9.379secs                  

     

    A pre-race press conference will take place on Friday 16 June at 13.00 at the TOYOTA hospitality suite in the Parc du Raccordement. All accredited media are invited.

     

     

    About TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in the World Endurance Championship:

    TOYOTA first competed in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 1983, marking the start of a long period of participation in endurance racing. Since 1985, TOYOTA cars have raced in 18 Le Mans 24 Hours races, achieving a best result of second place on five occasions. TOYOTA entered the revived WEC in 2012, combining the expertise from TOYOTA Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre, where the hybrid powertrain is developed, with TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH’s support and facilities for chassis development. The multi-national team is based in Cologne, Germany and includes engineers from TOYOTA’s motorsport and hybrid department, who deliver technology and know-how back into road car development. Since 2012, TOYOTA has earned 12 pole positions and won 13 races, finishing on the podium a total of 34 times. In 2014, the team won the drivers’ and manufacturers’ World Championships with the TS040 HYBRID while a year later TOYOTA celebrated 30 years since its first Le Mans entry. TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH combines its role in the WEC project with its other activities, such as the supply of a World Rally Championship engine for TOYOTA’s return to the category in 2017, as well as its engineering services business and customer motorsport activities.

     

     

     

     

     

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    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

    TF Sport aiming high at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

     

    With momentum on their side, TF Sport are all set for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this coming weekend (17-18 June, 2017) with Salih Yoluc, Euan Hankey and Rob Bell driving the #90 Aston Martin Vantage.

    The British-based team has made an impact already this year, taking victory in the first round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone and then a fighting second position at Monza. The team lead the LMGTE standings by nine points are naturally seeking a strong showing in what is the biggest race in sports cars.
     
    Tom Ferrier
    “We’ve had a good year so far and we obviously are aiming to get a solid result in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both at Monza for the test and last weekend at Le Mans we had a few niggles in the test, but we’re confident that we have a good driver line-up with Rob joining Euan and Salih for this event and that we will field a competitive car. 
     
    “This is our first 24 Hour race here but we showed well in the Road to Le Mans last year so we are aiming to work over the next two weeks and get a strong result. Perhaps even a little luck here and there wouldn’t go amiss!”

    Euan Hankey
    “Obviously racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is every racing drivers dream and it’s been mine for a long time, so I’m super-excited. Salih’s progress and pace has been a platform for our success this year and it’s been a case of so far so good in ELMS this year. The team and car have been fantastic.
     
    “We know Rob Bell very well and he’s no stranger to Le Mans having competed eight times, so we’re really in good hands and we can take some of his guidance, tips and tricks as well. We’ll take our time throughout the week and take it one step at a time.”
     
    Salih Yoluc
    “I always have the best in mind, to win, especially with the driver line-up we have. There will be some tough competition out there but I believe we have enough. We will need a bit of luck as well in a 24-hour race.
     
    “The test wasn't the smoothest as we missed almost half of the test day, so did only half as many laps as our competitors, but we had some good pace at the end.  We will have a good chance for success. In the tests the Porsche entries were quite quick on the straights so I expect them to be a good challenge but I think we will be competitive."
     
    Rob Bell
    “I’ve known Tom Ferrier for a long while, we even karted together may years ago and we have both grown up in motorsport without really ever crossing paths but he’s known me and my record and I know of his and the incredible team that he has built in recent years. I have a connection with Aston Martin and have plenty of Le Mans experience, so it was a logical decision to join Tom, Euan and Salih.
     
    “I didn’t get to run at the test last weekend at Le Mans, but did take part in the Monza test earlier in the year which went well and I have good experience with Dunlop from my time as a development driver for them in sports cars, so I’m really looking forward to this year’s event, my ninth and hope I can help TF Sport achieve success at Le Mans.”

    24 Hours of Le Mans schedule

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    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017 -NO EUROSPORT

    QUINTA FEIRA
    18.00 - 24h Le Mans - Eurosport
    21.00 - 24h Le Mans - Eurosport

    SÁBADO...
    8.00 - 24h Le Mans - Eurosport
    9.00 - Porsche SuperCup (Le Mans) - Eurosport
    10.30 - GT Michelin Cup (Le Mans) - Eurosport
    12.00 - SBK - SportTV1
    13.00 - 24h Le Mans - Eurosport
    13.40 - DTM - SportTV5

    DOMINGO
    1.35 - Nascar Camping World Truck Series - SportTV5
    10.30 - SSP - SportTV1
    12.00 - SBK - SportTV1
    13.20 - SSP300 - SportTV1
    14.10 - STK1000 - SportTV1
    14.10 - DTM - SportTV5
    20.00 - Nascar Sprint Cup Series - SportTV5

     

    ALBUQUERQUE EM LE MANS

     

    Filipe Albuquerque celebra mais um aniversário em Le Mans

    Filipe Albuquerque que completa hoje 32 anos já está em Le Mans, local, onde pelo quarto ano consecutivo celebra o seu aniversário. O piloto português enfrenta com a United Autosports a emblemática prova francesa ao volante do Ligier da equipa partilhando o volante com Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeller.

    A prova terá o seu inicio oficial sábado, dia 17 de Junho mas para hoje estão reservadas uma série de animações que envolvem todos os pilotos e equipas. Um ambiente fabuloso em dia de aniversário que acaba por colmatar um pouco o facto do piloto português estar longe de casa: "Parece que começa a ser um hábito esta rotina em dia de aniversário. Têm sido aniversários muito especiais e com um propósito excelente que é disputar esta prova, que continua a alimentar o meu imaginário enquanto piloto", começou por explicar.

    No entanto, ao contrário das edições anteriores, Filipe não coloca a fasquia em termos de resultado muito alta: "Infelizmente o nosso LMP2 não se adapta como gostaríamos à exigência da pista. Sabemos que vamos sofrer um bocadinho, que não vai ser uma corrida fácil e que não vamos andar propriamente nos lugares da frente. Mas vamos dar o nosso melhor com as condições que temos e esperar para ver. É esse o espírito. No final logo analisaremos o desfecho. Agora o que queremos é entrar em pista rápido e enfrentar esta grande maratona", concluiu o piloto português feliz por disputar mais um ano as 24h de Le Mans.

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    PARENTE EM LE MANS

     

    Álvaro Parente entusiasmado com regresso a Le Mans

     

    Álvaro Parente regressa esta semana às 24 Horas de Le Mans, disputando a corrida de resistência mais importante do mundo ao volante de um 488 GTE inscrito pela Clearwater Racing, mostrando-se entusiasmado por voltar a estar em La Sarthe.

    O português estreou-se na clássica gaulesa em 2014, tendo protagonizado uma estreia interessante ao assegurar o quinto lugar na qualificação, muito embora a corrida se saldasse por um abandono devido a problemas de caixa de velocidades no seu 458 GT2 inscrito pela RAM Racing na classe GTE Pro.

    Este ano Álvaro Parente volta à desafiante prova francesa aos comandos de um competitivo 458 GTE inscrito pela Clearwater Racing na GTE Am, tendo como colegas de equipa Richard Wee, presença assídua no GT Asia e que se estreia em Le Mans, e Hiroki Katoh, um piloto com um longo currículo no Super GT e que conta com seis participações na clássica francesa.

    O piloto de Porto está entusiasmado por estar em Le Mans, muito embora admita que tem um desafio pela frente. “Não pude participar no dia de testes e, portanto, não conheço ainda o carro, o que dificulta um pouco a minha tarefa. Pelo menos, desta vez, já conheço o circuito. Mas penso que isso não será um problema e que vamos poder estar num bom nível ao longo desta semana. Estar em Le Mans é sempre especial e vamos trabalhar para chegarmos a domingo satisfeitos”, afirmou Álvaro Parente.

    Numa corrida tão longa como as 24 Horas de Le Mans, em que são muitos os episódios que equipas e pilotos têm que ultrapassar, o português prefere concentrar-se em fazer o melhor possível em cada uma das etapas que tem pela frente a definir um desiderato. “Apontar objectivos para uma corrida deste género é sempre difícil, dado que, com uma duração de vinte e quatro horas, tudo pode acontecer. Vamos trabalhar para termos um carro rápido, consistente e fiável, tentar realizar uma boa qualificação e evitar problemas na corrida para no domingo podermos ver a bandeirada de xadrez. A classificação veremos, mas como sempre, vamos dar o nosso melhor”, garantiu Álvaro Parente.

    O programa competitivo começa esta quarta-feira, com os treinos-livres e a primeira sessão de qualificação, iniciando-se a corrida no próximo sábado às 14h00. Todas as sessões e a totalidade da corrida poderão ser seguidas em directo através dos canais do Eurosport.aq30 Copy

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

     

    Cetilar Villorba Corse ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

     

    Lacorte / Sernagiotto / Belicchi and the Dallara P217 of the all Italian team start their commitments in the legendary World Endurance Championship round with free practice and qualifying sessions in preparation for the race, that will take place between Saturday and Sunday: "We are feeling a great spirit in the whole team, we can not wait to be part of such an important event!"

     

    aq24 Copyaq25 Copy.The great adventure in the 24 Hours of Le Mans has just started for Cetilar Villorba Corse. These days the all Italian team arrived in France and did all the scrutineering for the legendary endurance race to be held on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday. After the official test on early June, on Wednesday Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Senagiotto and Andrea Belicchi will start the main event getting back on track at the spectacular Circuit de la Sarthe on their Dallara P217 powered by Gibson, running the first free practice session from 16:00hrs to 20:00hrs. First qualifying session is the next one on the same day from 22:00hrs to midnight, while Q2 and Q3 are on Thursday from 19:00hrs to 21:00hrs and from 22:00hrs to midnight again, respectively. No further sessions will be held on track on Friday, when during late afternoon the drivers parede will take place in Le Mans city center. Saturday, June 17 is the great day of the 85th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which this year is third round of the World Endurance Championship: at 9:00hrs Cetilar Villorba Corse will be able to use the 45-minute warm up to complete the job ahead of the race, that will start in the afternoon at 3:00hrs.

     

    Team Principal Amadiosays:Each day that is bringing us at the start of the 24 Hours is more and more beautiful. I am seeing and living a great spirit in the team, in all of us. A great dream, we are looking forward to be part of one of the most important sports events in the world for the first time. After the official test and the scrutineering we are really ready. The LMP2 is the largest category and is really super competitive. For us the main goal is to reach the finish line being protagonists of a good race so to be able to celebrate such a significant achievement after the checkered flag”.

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

     

    It will become more and more special as we go through Le Mans week...."

    Alex Lynn – Le Mans 24 Hours preview

    This is the earliest I've ever done a pre-race blog, because it's the big one coming up during the next week: the Le Mans 24 Hours. I travelled down here on Sunday afternoon to meet up with the G-Drive Racing team because it all kicks off on Monday with scrutineering, and then we hit the track on Wednesday with free practice and the first qualifying session.

    Before I talk about Le Mans, I have to say that this year has just been so much fun – without doubt the most fun I've ever had in motor racing. I've raced in the Sebring 12 Hours with Wayne Taylor Racing, in the Nurburgring 24 Hours with BMW, and in the FIA World Endurance Championship – in which Le Mans is a double-points round – with G-Drive. So many different cars, so many different teams, so many different tracks, and so many new challenges. You never even think of that when you're coming up through the single-seater ranks because they never appear on your radar, and then your whole world is opened to a whole host of new experiences. It's been amazing.

    We head to Le Mans confident after our performance at the Le Mans Test Day last Sunday. It was my first time driving on the famous eight-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, and my lap put our ORECA-Gibson fourth fastest in class, while my team-mates Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet were very close to my time. It was a very positive day. We did the second highest number of laps of the 25 cars in LMP2, and that came to about 1200 kilometres, which is just over a race distance in an average six-hour WEC race. The three of us drivers all cycled through and got to grips with the track, and we ended up with a lot of data to pore over.

    When I say it was my first time driving at Le Mans, that's not strictly true. If you remember, I drove for DAMS – who are based at Le Mans – for two seasons in GP2, so I've been there many times and driven the public roads that make up some of the track. But that was in a road car and it's very different in a racing machine! It's a very cool experience – such a fast track, and it will become more and more special as we go through Le Mans week.

    On every straight our car, with the downforce trimmed out to the max, is going at over 330kph, which is about 205mph. It's quite funny because at first, when you're giving feedback to your engineer, you forget about that. Then you realise, when you say it's a bit unstable in the high-speed corners, or braking stability isn't great, that you've got hardly any downforce. No wonder!

    Honestly I think we've got a decent shot at the win, bearing in mind the pace of the car, me, Roman and Pierre, and of course we're coming off the back of winning our class last time out in the Spa 6 Hours. The biggest thing will be the reliability of these new LMP2 cars, because this is the first time they'll have been raced over 24 hours. You'd have to say the ORECA has the edge on pace, because the car wiped out the top 13 positions on the test day! So by the law of averages at least one of them has to hold together to win – I just hope it's ours…

    But you never know what will happen in a 24-hour race. I've just had my first 24-hour race, at the Nurburgring with BMW, and that ended in bitter disappointment when we were looking in very good shape for a podium. It's such a long time to race for, and there are so many variables. On the other hand, although it's my first Le Mans, my team-mates have got good experience there and they've always shown good pace. We've just got to keep pushing and if we keep on going round I think we've got a good chance of winning.

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    Alex driving at the Le Mans test day

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

    Primeiro acidente  das 24 Horas de Le Mans 2017. Alguém falhou a travagem em Mulsanne... Safety car?

     

    TESTE DIFICIL PARA ALBUQUERQUE

     

    Filipe Albuquerque com teste difícil em Le Mans

    O pré-teste para as 24h de Le Mans não correu de feição para Filipe Albuquerque, Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeller. Os pilotos da United Autosports foram no final dia em termos de classificação os 14ºs mais rápidos. Uma posição pouco confortável e que antevê uma corrida particularmente difícil para os pilotos dos Ligier.

    Filipe sabe que até ao dia de prova têm ainda oportunidade de melhorar o comportamento do carro, no entanto ciente que essas possíveis melhorias não serão tão drásticas que lhe possam permitir andar no grupo da frente: “Simplesmente o nosso carro não se adaptou a este tipo de circuito. Não tínhamos andamento e antevejo uma prova muito difícil. Os nossos adversários estão efectivamente melhores. Mas não vamos baixar os braços. Vamos fazer tudo o que estiver ao nosso alcance para melhorar cada pequeno detalhe e esperar para ver o que acontece. Numa corrida de 24h nem sempre o mais rápido é aquele que fica melhor classificado. Fiabilidade, consistência e muita concentração são factores importantes. Estamos desanimados mas não vamos deitar a toalha ao chão. Em frente é o caminho…”, disse o piloto português que fará pelo quarto ano consecutivo a emblemática prova francesa.

    Os resultados do dia de testes pode ser consultado em: http://www.lemans.org/en/Page/results/101

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    ALBUQUERQUE EM LE MANS

     

    Filipe Albuquerque a caminho de Le Mans

    Filipe Albuquerque já está de partida para Le Mans onde vai realizar amanhã, domingo, o habitual dia de testes antes do arranque oficial da prova prevista para os dias 17 e 18 de Junho. A edição de 2017 será a quarta participação consecutiva do piloto português na mais exigente prova de endurance mundial.

    Este teste será de especial importância para os companheiros de equipa de Filipe Albuquerque na United Autosports, Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeleer, que se estreiam na prova. Ao volante do Ligier LMP2 o piloto português está focado em conseguir encontrar um bom equilíbrio para o exigente circuito francês ao mesmo tempo que será importante que os seus companheiros de equipa façam o maior número de voltas possível para conhecer a pista.

    “O dia vai ser curto para tanto que queremos fazer. Não vamos perder o foco. Este primeiro teste será fundamental pois será a primeira vez que estes carros correm em Le Mans. São mais potentes e mais rápidos pelo que é importante avaliar o seu comportamento em pista e encontrar a melhor afinação. Para além disso, sendo os meus companheiros de equipa ‘rookies’ devemos dar-lhes tempo de adaptação à pista, pois para além de exigente, o circuito impõe respeito. Nada pode ser deixado ao acaso. Vai ser um dia de muito trabalho”, concluiu.

    O desenrolar do dia de testes pode ser acompanhado no site do evento em: http://www.lemans.org/en/24-hours-of-le-mans

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    36 FACTOS PORSCHE EM LE MANS

     

    Os 36 factos e marcos mais interessantes da Porsche em Le Mans
    O que tem em comum um 919 Hybrid com o fornecimento de energia a uma aldeia? 
     
    O recorde de 18 vitórias é o número mais popular da Porsche em Le Mans. Duplique-o e descubra o número de factos interessantes que encontrará aqui. Fique a saber o que o Porsche 919 Hybrid tem em comum com o fornecimento de energia de uma pequena aldeia, a que horas Mark Webber completou a sua primeira volta completa num LMP1 e quando é que a Porsche celebrou o seu primeiro sucesso desportivo com um veículo híbrido.
     
    1 A saída inicial do primeiro 919 foi levada a cabo pelo piloto oficial da Porsche, Timo Bernhard, a 12 de junho de 2013, na pista de testes de Weissach. Pouco mais de dois anos após esse teste, tornou-se campeão mundial de resistência com o mais desenvolvido protótipo de Le Mans.
     
    3 estrelas de Hollywood participaram em Le Mans com a Porsche. A participação de Steve Mcqueen chegou aos cinemas em 1971, Paul Newman foi segundo da classificação geral em 1979 enquanto Patrick Dempsey alcançou igualmente o pódio em 2015, ao terminar em segundo lugar na classe GTE-AM.
     
    3,2 Horas é o tempo médio despendido por cada piloto LMP da Porsche durante as 24 horas de Le Mans numa mesa de massagens. 
     
      
     
    4 Número da pequena delegação de membros da equipa LMP da Porsche que visitou Le Mans em 2013 para efeitos de pesquisa, um ano antes do regresso oficial. Testemunharam a primeira vitória de um Porsche oficial desde 1998 quando um 911 RSR venceu a classe GT.
     
    5 pessoas integravam a equipa no final de 2011 quando a Porsche, sob a liderança de Fritz Enzinger, começou a preparar o seu regresso a Le Mans. Desde 2015, o número de elementos na equipa é de 260, sendo que 160 são engenheiros.
     
    6 pilotos LMP Porsche em três quartos: cada dois condutores partilham um contentor por trás da box para descansar e dormir. Está incluído um WC partilhado. O descanso não é uma opção.
     
    8 megajoules que o sistema de recuperação de energia regenera por cada volta a Le Mans, sendo a mais alta categoria dos regulamentos e de eficiência. A Porsche foi o primeiro – e durante muito tempo, o único – construtor nesta categoria. O desafio que acabou por ditar a tendência por detrás desta escolha: quanto mais energia elétrica o 919 utiliza, menos combustível é autorizado a consumir.
     
    10 Horas da noite em que, a de 10 de junho de 2015, Neel Jani partiu para a primeira sessão de qualificação em Le Mans. O seu tempo foi de 3:16.887 – ainda hoje um recorde.
     
    12 homens foram a guarda de honra que começou em 23 de maio de 2017, quase quatro semanas antes da corrida, a construir a estrutura de aço de dois andares por detrás das boxes da equipa LMP da Porsche. A 30 de maio, um comboio de oito semi-reboques chegou a Le Mans com os veículos de competição e todo o restante equipamento. Tudo tinha de estar no lugar para o dia de testes, a 4 de junho. 
     

     
    14 gigabytes de informação que são enviados por cada 919 para as boxes durante as 24 horas.
     
    15 minutos antes da corrida de estreia do 919, em Siverstone, em 2014, o diretor de equipa, Andreas Seidl aliviou a tensão com uma citação engraçada: “É um pequeno passo para a humanidade, mas um salto gigante para a Porsche – temos dois LMP1 na grelha!”
     
    19,9 quilogramas é o peso de uma jante com pneu. O mecânico, Rainer Mühläuser, consegue pegar numa roda usada e colocar uma nova, utilizando apenas uma mão. Desde que o fez na corrida de estreia em Silverstone, outros nas boxes começaram a praticar esse feito impressionante.
     
    20 horas de corrida tinham passado quando o carro número 20 chegou à liderança, em 2014. 20 minutos após Mark Webber ter iniciado o seu turno final de condução, trouxe este carro número 20 de volta às boxes apenas com recurso a energia elétrica – falha mecânica. 20 minutos mais tarde, o carro número 14 sofria uma falha da caixa de velocidades.
     
    20:32 foi a hora, em completa escuridão, a 9 de dezembro de 2013, em que Mark Webber começou a sua primeira volta de sempre ao volante de um LMP1 num circuito onde nunca tinha competido. Este teste em Portimão foi um ponto de viragem: o motor inicial V4 do 919 Hybrid era a causa de fortes vibrações. Ainda em dezembro, esse problema foi corrigido.
     
    25 A 10 de outubro de 2014, dia de testes em Fuji, a equipa congratulou Brendon Hartley pelo seu 25º aniversário – incluindo presentes. Infelizmente, anteciparam-se em um mês.
     
    30 paragens para reabastecimento e dez paragens para troca de pneus e pilotos são previstas para cada 919 Hybrid durante a prova de Le Mans. 
     

     
    54 voltas consecutivas, foi quanto Romain Dumas bem como Neel Jani estiveram ao volante do carro vencedor durante a noite, na prova de 2016. Devido aos periodos de safety-car, o turno de Dumas foi exageradamente longo comparativamente com os restantes pilotos LMP1 da Porsche. Durou desde as 00:13 até às 03:38. O equivalente a dois Grandes Prémios de Fórmula 1.
     
    60/40 Cerca de 60% da energia recuperada de um 919 Hybrid provém dos travões dianteiros, enquanto 40% provém do sistema de escape.
     
    65 pessoas compõem uma equipa operacional LMP da Porsche durante uma prova de seis horas. Nas 24 horas de Le Mans esse número sobe para 90.
     
    90 graus é o ângulo dos bancos de cilindros do V4 de combustão dos 919 Hybrid, mas a sua forma de funcionar é a de um “boxer em pé”.
     
    100% Na ronda final de 2015, no Bahrain, ambas as alavancas do acionamento do acelerador do carro de Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley/Mark Webber cederam. O facto da equipa ter visto a bandeira axadrezada e ter-se tornado campeã do mundo foi graças à ideia engenhosa de um mecânico e dos seus engenheiros com um rápido raciocínio: os mecânicos bloquearam os acionadores em aceleração máxima – ao colocar dois alicates no motor fixados com cabos – enquanto os engenheiros programavam a aceleração em tempo real para manter o carro em andamento.
     
    239 A 30 de novembro de 2014, Mark Webber estava na volta 239 da prova em São Paulo quando sofreu o acidente mais violento de toda a sua carreira. 
     
     
     

     
    248 Após 248 voltas em São Paulo, Neel Jani, no carro “irmão”, conquistou a primeira vitória do Porsche 919 Hybrid.
     
    395 voltas efectuadas por Earl Bamber/Nico Hulkenberg/Nick Tandy na sua caminhada para a vitória na edição de 2015 das 24 Horas de Le Mans. Os três rookies de LMP concordaram, antes do início da prova, que cada um iria conduzir ao ritmo a que mais se sentisse confortável e tentar evitar acidentes. Desta forma, um lugar no pódio seria alcançável. O plano resultou e alcançaram a primeira vitória à geral da Porsche desde 1998.
     
    397 voltas é a mais longa distância percorrida durante as 24 Horas de Le Mans. Os vencedores de 2010 vinham do programa júnior da Porsche (Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Mike Rockenfeller). Partilharam o Audi que cobriu 5,410.713 kms.
     
    > 400 CV é a contribuição dos sistemas de regeneração de energia (travões dianteiros e sistema de escape). Quando solicitado, um motor elétrico atua no eixo dianteiro e transforma temporariamente o 919 Hybrid num tração integral.
     
     
    < 500 CV é o débito do motor turbo a gasolina do 919, que atua no eixo traseiro.
     
    919 O 919 Hybrid é o único LMP1 que recupera energia não só quando trava, mas também quando acelera, graças à recuperação da energia do escape.
     
    1900 Foi o ano em que Ferdinand Porsche criou o primeiro automóvel com uma unidade híbrida em série. O seu nome, “Semper Vivus”, significa “Sempre Vivo”. Dois motores elétricos nos cubos da rodas (20 amperes a 90 volts cada) e uma bateria alimentavam constantemente um motor de combustão através de um dínamo. Na rampa de Semmering, em 1901, uma 

     
    versão melhorada do protótipo Lohner Porsche obteve confortavelmente o melhor tempo para um veículo elétrico. Posteriormente viria a ser produzida uma pequena série de carros compactos bi-lugares.
     
    2 Duas horas seria o tempo em que o cheiro permaneceria no carro caso de algum dos pilotos soltasse gases, comentou Neel Jani – descontente com a ventilação do cockpit do primeiro carro de testes em 2013.
     
    22.984 Passagens de caixa (reduções e desmultiplicações) do Porsche 919 Hybrid durante as 24 Horas de Le Mans de 2016.
     
    62.000 kilowatts hora de energia elétrica foram recuperados pelos Porsche 919 Hybrid durante uma quilometragem total de 321.000 quilómetros (testes e corridas) pelos seus dois sistemas de recuperação de energia (travões dianteiros e escape). Se o 919 fosse uma estação energética, seria capaz de alimentar uma aldeia de 15 casas, cada uma com quatro pessoas, durante um ano.
     
    120.000 rotações – ou mais – por minuto que a turbina alcança no escape e que aciona um gerador. De forma a recuperar energia também a baixas rotações, a turbina possui geometria variável. Já o turbo compressor dispensa esta tecnologia.
     
    128.000 Quilómetros foram completados pelas várias versões do 919 Hybrid desde o início de 2014 até final de maio de 2017 durante fins de semana de provas (incluindo treinos e qualificações).
     
    193.000 quilómetros de testes desde 2013 juntam-se a este impressionante número. 
     
     
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    243.000 quilómetros foram acumulados pela bomba de água do Porsche 919 Hybrid sem problemas quando subitamente falhou às 23:13, nas 24 Horas de Le Mans de 2016. Às 01:56, Bernhard/Hartley/Webber regressaram á prova, agora 39 voltas atrás dos líderes

     

    EURASIA EM LE MANS

    Eurasia Motorsport set for second 24 Hours of Le Mans start

     
    The Asian-based Eurasia Motorsport team returns to Circuit de la Sarthe for its second 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 17-18, 2017) and is out to beat its impressive maiden result of fifth in class from last year; which made them the top team not competing in the World Endurance Championship.
    Piloting the #33 Onroak Automotive Ligier JS P217 car will be Erik Maris and the father-son combination of Jacques and Pierre Nicolet.
     
    Maris is no stranger to Le Mans machinery, having competed in the prestigious endurance race in LMP2 in 2015 and raced in the European Le Mans series in both LMP2 and LMP3, all of which will put him in good stead ahead of the unforgiving endurance race.
     
    Jacques Nicolet also has a rich in Le Mans experience, having made eight previous appearances at Circuit de la Sarthe in both LMP1 and LMP2 from 2007 to 2015, and is eagerly anticipating adding a ninth race to what is an impressive list. Pierre Nicolet is a rookie at Le Mans and is looking forward to racing at the famous venue.
     
    "The team's goal for Le Mans is to finish the race with no on-track problems or pit lane penalties,” said Team Principal Mark Goddard. “If we can achieve this, we have a good chance of finishing with a good result.  In many ways we are following the spirit of Le Mans with an all ‘gentleman driver’ line-up and with a strong and reliable car in the Ligier JSP217, I do not see why we cannot achieve our goal.
     
    “We are an Asian based team running under the Philippine flag and our mechanics relish the opportunity to once again demonstrate what they can do in Europe."
     
    The 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on June 17-18, with practice and qualifying starting on Wednesday 14 June.
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    ECURIE ECOSSE

    Ecurie Ecosse return to Circuit de la Sarthe on 60th anniversary of 1-2 result
     

    Ecurie Ecosse head back to Circuit de la Sarthe on the 60th anniversary of their famous one-two finish where Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb were victorious in the Jaguar D-Type from Ninian Sanderson and John Lawrence who finished an incredible second. For the team, the anniversary of its 1957 victory, marked the perfect time a return to sports car racing. 

    "It's been a fantastic season for us so far and it's thrilling to see the team compete in the Road to Le Mans," stated Director and Driver Alasdair McCaig. "We have a rich pedigree in the sport and we're delighted to play our part in this year's event and it is a great honour to see Ecurie Ecosse returning to Le Mans 60 years on from the famous victory at La Sarthe.”
     
    This year, the Nielsen-run team has enjoyed great success on their return to sports car racing, winning three of four rounds in the Henderson LMP3 Cup and taking a debut win in the Michelin Le Mans Cup at Monza, Italy, last month.
     
    Colin Noble and Tony Wells team up once again in what will be a formidable driver line-up. Noble competes in both the Le Mans Cup and the LMP3 Cup and is part of the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Initiative, while Wells also races in both championships albeit with a rival team in LMP3 Cup.
     
    Ecurie Ecosse are chasing its fifth win from six starts this year at the Road to Le Mans, and aiming to replicate the success of both 1957 and 1956 at the iconic French circuit. To find out more about the history of Ecurie Ecosse, please click here.
     
    Tony Wells
    “After a fabulous result in Monza, we are very excited to be going to the next round at Le Mans. I've never driven the track and the last time I was there (1991) I watched Johnny Herbert win in a Mazda!
     
    “So it will be a great challenge and I can't wait to be on the grid soaking up the atmosphere at one of the most famous races in the world - amazing!  Oh; and also I hope win!”
     
    Colin Noble
    "I am really excited to race at such an iconic track, it will be a big challenge as I have never raced at the track previously but I am sure myself and my teammate will get to grips with it quickly!"
     
    The Road to Le Mans consists of two races, the first taking place at 17.30 Thursday 15 June, the second at 11.30 Saturday 17 June.

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    FORD PREPARA 24 HORAS DE LE MANS

     

    FORD PREPARA AS 24 HORAS DE LE MANS

     

    1. Mesa de trabalho dos engenheiros de estratégia da Ford.

     

    OS PLANOS DE TRANSMISSÃO DO EUROSPORT

     

    OS PLANOS DE TRANSMISSÃO DO EUROSPORT

     

    1. 24 HORAS DE LE MANS

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    3. E a maratona de transmissões no Eurosport. Este ano são quase 40 horas de emissões LIVE, sempre no E1, ou seja com a qualidade Full HD. Aqui fica o mapa mais actualizado dos horários da próxima semana.

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      4ª Feira - 14 de Junho


    5. 14:45 / 15:00 - Le Mans Extra 1
      15:00 / 19:10 - Treino Livre...
      20:35 / 20:40 - Le Mans Great Fightbacks
      20:40 / 20:45 - Le Mans Getting to Know 1
      20:45 / 21:00 - Le Mans Extra 2
      21:00 / 23:10 - Qualificação 1

      5ª Feira - 15 de Junho
      17:40 / 17:45 - Le Mans Getting to Know 2
      17:45 / 18:00 - Le Mans Extra 3
      18:00 / 20:00 - Qualificação 2
      20:10 / 21:00 - Le Mans Extra 4
      21:00 / 23:10 - Qualificação 3

      6ª Feira - 16 de Junho
      12:00 / 12:05 - Le Mans Getting to Know 3

      Sábado - 17 de Junho
      07:25 / 07:30 - The Minute (Le Mans / Rolex)
      07:55 / 08:00 - Le Mans Getting to Know 4
      08:00 / 08:45 - Warm-up
      09:00 / 10:15 - Porsche Carrera Cup (Le Mans)
      10:30 / 11:30 - GT Michelin Cup (Le Mans)
      13:00 / 24:00 - Corrida 24 Horas de Le Mans
      (The Coach: Tom Kristensen às 15:00, 17:00, 19:00 e 21:00 – 4 minutos cada)

      Domingo - 18 de Junho
      00:00 / 14.15 - Corrida 24 Horas de Le Mans
      (The Coach: Tom Kristensen às 07:00, 09:00, 11:00 e 13:00 – 4 minutos cada)
      19:30 / 20:30 - Best Of 24 Horas de Le Mans 2017

     

    AINDA A OPINIÃO DO HORNALISTA JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

    1. Gosto tanto deste "filme"! Os ex-F1 foram dos pilotos com mais paixão por corridas com que me cruzei, um e outro puros produtos de classe média que batalharam para chegar onde chegaram.

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

    24 HORAS DE LE MANS é maratona de transmissões no Europort. Este ano são quase 40 horas de emissões LIVE, sempre no E1, ou seja com a qualidade Full HD. Aqui fica o mapa mais actualizado dos horários da próxima semana.

    4ª Feira - 14 de Junho
    14:45 / 15:00 - Le Mans Extra 1
    15:00 / 19:10 - Treino Livre...
    20:35 / 20:40 - Le Mans Great Fightbacks
    20:40 / 20:45 - Le Mans Getting to Know 1
    20:45 / 21:00 - Le Mans Extra 2
    21:00 / 23:10 - Qualificação 1

    5ª Feira - 15 de Junho
    17:40 / 17:45 - Le Mans Getting to Know 2
    17:45 / 18:00 - Le Mans Extra 3
    18:00 / 20:00 - Qualificação 2
    20:10 / 21:00 - Le Mans Extra 4
    21:00 / 23:10 - Qualificação 3

    6ª Feira - 16 de Junho
    12:00 / 12:05 - Le Mans Getting to Know 3

    Sábado - 17 de Junho
    07:25 / 07:30 - The Minute (Le Mans / Rolex)
    07:55 / 08:00 - Le Mans Getting to Know 4
    08:00 / 08:45 - Warm-up
    09:00 / 10:15 - Porsche Carrera Cup (Le Mans)
    10:30 / 11:30 - GT Michelin Cup (Le Mans)
    13:00 / 24:00 - Corrida 24 Horas de Le Mans
    (The Coach: Tom Kristensen às 15:00, 17:00, 19:00 e 21:00 – 4 minutos cada)

    Domingo - 18 de Junho
    00:00 / 14.15 - Corrida 24 Horas de Le Mans
    (The Coach: Tom Kristensen às 07:00, 09:00, 11:00 e 13:00 – 4 minutos cada)
    19:30 / 20:30 - Best Of 24 Horas de Le Mans 2017

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

    1. Ontem, em Le Mans. Homenagem singela a um povo.

     

    SEGUNDO A OPINIÃO DO JORNALISTA JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

     

    SEGUNDO A OPINIÃO DO JORNALISTA JOÃO CARLOS COSTA

     

     

     

    1. POLÉMICA era inevitável? Ou evitável?

     

    VILLORBA CORSE

     

    Official test day in Le Mans for Cetilar Villorba Corse

     

    Dallara P217 of Lacorte / Belicchi / Sernagiotto to practice for the first time on the French track next Sunday in view of the endurance race to be held in mid-June. Team principal Amadio: “We are well aware of how demanding this debut will be but also of how proud it makes us feel”

     

    AS1 Copy.Cetilar Villorba Corse is ready for the official test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 17-18), which represents the crucial event of the season for the squad led by Raimondo Amadio. On Sunday, June 4 the all Italian team will debut on the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe with the Dallara P217 Gibson and the crew formed by Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi will drive for the first time the LMP2 prototype on the legendary 13.6-kilometer track. Among them, only Belicchi can count on several experience in the Le Mans 24 Hours, while Lacorte and Sernagiotto raced on the same circuit last year but with a Ligier LMP3 in just a one-hour sprint race. Therefore for both of them Sunday's official test is mandatory to take part in the race two weekends later. The first test session is scheduled in the morning from 9.00hrs to 13.00hrs, the second will follow in the afternoon from 14.00hrs to 18.00hrs.

     

    Team Principal Amadiosays:It's not easy to describe the moment we are living. We have pursued it for twenty years. Being in Le Mans is already a victory for our team and in a few hours we will begin what represents a great adventure besides, without any rhetoric, a dream that becomes true, something that will immediately boost our motivation like never before. We are well aware about how demanding this debut will be but also about how proud it makes us feel”.

     

    TF SPORT EM LE MANS

    Jackson joins Al Harthy for Road to Le Mans

     

    TF Sport are no stranger to the Road to Le Mans, taking part in the inaugural event last year and finishing in a fighting fourth position. This year the British team return in the #97 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with Ahmad Al Harthy and Tom Jackson.

    Al Harthy is a regular racer with TF Sport, competing alongside Jonny Adam in the Blancpain Endurance Cup, while Jackson is new to the team.
     
    Jackson started his racing career in Ginettas in 2012 before moving to the BRDC Formula 4 championship two years later where he finished in a strong third position overall with two wins and nine podiums. A move to the European Le Mans Series last year did not bring the desired results but Jackson is confident that in TF Sport, he will have the equipment to run at the front.
     
    “I was actually looking for a programme in the US, but it didn’t work out,” Jackson explained. “Then I was looking at the Road to Le Mans entry list and saw a TBA alongside TF Sport. I made the call and shortly afterwards the deal was done.
     
    “Everything will be new to me, the GT3 car, the circuit, but I’m really confident that I can quickly get on the pace. I’m actually buzzing with excitement as I had a really tough season last year and it’s so good to be going with a top team like TF Sport where I know they will provide me with the best equipment.
     
    “It’s fantastic to have that spark back – I had lost it a little last year – but this is a great opportunity and we will see where it goes from here.”
     
    The Road to Le Mans consists of two races, the first takes place Thursday 15 June at 17.30, the second on Saturday at 11.30.
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    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

    1. Um protótipo com as cores da Gulf nas 24 Horas de Le Mans. Será o Ligier LMP2 da Tockwith.

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

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    ECURIE ECOSSE

    Ecurie Ecosse claim LMP3 Cup victory at Brands Hatch
     

    Having won both opening rounds of the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship last time out at Donington Park, expectations were high at Ecurie Ecosse this weekend (19-21 May, 2017) at Brand Hatch and they duly delivered once again with a second position in race one and a victory in race two.

    “We’re delighted with the results,” said Driver and Director Alasdair McCaig. “It’s a shame the second race finished under the red flag but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Tony gave me a good run. He got us yesterday and we got him today so it’s a fantastic result ahead of Spa.”
     
    The first race of the weekend saw McCaig and Colin Noble qualify and finish in a fighting second position in the #79 Ligier. McCaig was just pipped to the pole position at the chequered flag and in the race, initially lost ground but soon gained back position to run a competitive second before handing over to Noble. 
     
    The young Scottish driver went on to record the fastest lap of the race, but despite his best efforts was unable to close down the gap to race leader Matt Bell in the #3 car, finishing just under six seconds adrift.
     
    The second race again saw McCaig qualify in second position behind the second Nielsen Racing entry of Jamie Spence. The start saw Tony Wells get the jump to run second, but McCaig wasn’t about to give up the position without a fight as he pushed hard and hounded the #3 car for position. Out front however, Spence managed to pull out a gap of 12 seconds in just the first nine laps in his #23 entry.
     
    A safety car after 13 minutes of running, after CJ Wilson went off and beached the car in the gravel, saw the field compressed once again. The race resumed with McCaig and Wells picking up where they left off in a great battle for second position. The duo pitted together with McCaig handing over to Noble, who got the jump during the stop to exit in second position ahead of Bell. With a 15 second deficit to the race leader, Noble started the chase.
     
    Noble put in a string of quick laps to bring the gap down to seven seconds with just five minutes remaining. Race-leader Spence then suffered a puncture after light contact with a lapped car and the race was declared as the red flags flew with Noble taking his third win from four starts in the LMP3 Cup.
     
    “It’s a good result obviously,” said Noble. “It sets us up perfectly for what will be a big race at Spa. I think we’re all looking forward to that as there will be 14 – 15 cars on the grid. It’s early in the season, so not focusing too much on the points. But three wins is a very good start.”

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    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS 2017

     

     

    1. ACO volta aos velhos hábitos - a habitual conferência de imprensa das 24 Horas de Le Mans regressa a sexta-feira da prova, em vez da quinta-feira dos últimos anos. Claro que começam as especulações para esta alteração.

     

    LISTA DE INSCRITOS LE MANS 2017

    1. Eis a lista de inscritos finalizada para as 24 Horas de Le Mans 2017. Falta apenas definir um piloto. E há três portugueses à partida: Filipe Albuquerque, Pedro Lamy e Álvaro Parente. Haverá também uma equipa - a Algarve Pro Racing.
      Quanto à transmissão do Eurosport haverá novidades ainda hoje, mas para já há a confirmação que não irá haver a rubrica  q "24 minutos". No entanto, todos os minutos em pista, de todas as competições, terão transmissão em directo, sempre no Eurosport 1, em full HD.

     

    24 HORAS DE LE MANS

    1. 24 HORAS DE LE MANS
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    3. No Eurosport é uma (boa) tradição. A edição 2017 não será excepção. Voltamos a dar treinos (o Livre, as três Qualificações e o Warm-up) e Corrida em directo, com a novidade de ser tudo no Eurosport 1, ou seja sempre em Full HD. Este ano “cai” o programa diário “24 Minutos”, substituído por um “Le Mans Extra”, quarta, quinta e sábado, com várias emissões, sempre “live” desde Le Mans.
      A grande novidade é que iremos ter um treinador de luxo: o Srº Le Mans, T...om Kristensen, fará a análise da corrida no “Le Mans Coach”, de duas em duas horas, durante a corrida (15, 17, 19, 21 horas no sábado; 07, 09, 11 e 13 horas no domingo).
      Vamos também oferecer, em directo, a segunda corrida do Road To Le Mans e a prova da Porsche Cup, para além de um Best of da edição 2017 das 24 Horas de Le Mans logo ao final da tarde de domingo (60 minutos).
      Ao todo, serão cerca de 36h30m “fresh-hours” da 85ª edição das 24 Horas de Le Mans. E como sempre, prometemos uma equipa de comentadores vasta (João Carlos Costa, Ricardo Grilo, Vítor Sousa, Miguel Roriz, os homens da casa, e mais uns “extra”), para além de muitos convidados e da presença, em directo, via telefone, dos três pilotos portugueses que vão estar em prova (Filipe Albuquerque, Pedro Lamy e Álvaro Parente) e dos responsáveis da Algarve Pro Racing.

     

    24 HORAS DE LE MANS - TOYOTA APRESENTA EQUIPA

     

    24 HORAS LE MANS

     

    TOYOTA APRESENTA EQUIPA

     

     

     

    Estão confirmadas  as mudanças na Toyota para Le Mans:

     

     

    Conway and Kobayashi now with Sarrazin in No 7, López joins Lapierre and Kunimoto in No 9.

     

    PORSCHE COM TESTES INTENSIVOS

    1. Será que será suficente para se  chegar ao tri dos 919?

     

    A DISTRIBUIÇÃO DO ESPAÇO EM LE MANS

    A DISTRIBUIÇAÕ DO ESPAÇO DO PADDOCK E BOXES EM LE MANS

     

    Eis uma amostra da distibuição de espaço das boxes e paddock na maior maratona automobilistica a nível mundial.

     

     

     

     

    ALBUQUERQUE EM MONZA - ELMS

     

    Filipe Albuquerque em Monza quer manter liderança do European Le Mans Series

    Filipe Albuquerque está a caminho de Monza onde vai disputar, este fim-de-semana de 13 e 14 de Maio, a segunda prova do European Le Mans Series. O piloto português e os seus companheiros de equipa Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeleer vão estar ao volante do Ligier da United Autosports determinados em manter o primeiro lugar do Campeonato mas sobretudo focados em conseguir o melhor resultado possível, que é como dizer, os lugares do pódio.

    A vitória conseguida em Silverstone mostrou bem as capacidades do trio, mas também do potencial da máquina, que não só foi bastante rápida como demonstrou muita fiabilidade. Assim, resta aos pilotos centrarem-se no seu trabalho e fazer o melhor em pista: "Para chegarmos ao título no Europeu temos de conseguir a cada prova o melhor resultado possível. Não podemos ceder pontos, pois pode custar caro no final. Depois da vitória em Silverstone temos confiança redobrada mas também sabemos que há várias equipas com forte potencial. As margens são curtas e o mínimo deslise pode levar-nos de primeiro para quinto lugar. Não é isso que queremos", explicou Filipe Albuquerque.

    O circuito de Monza é caracteristicamente muito rápido e exigente para pilotos e máquinas e numa corrida de 4 horas tudo pode acontecer: "Apesar de a qualificação não ter um papel primordial como nas corridas de sprint, a realidade é que é importante arrancar na frente, sobretudo para evitar as confusões habituais das partidas. Conseguir uma boa performance desde cedo é fulcral. Vamos ajustar o carro o melhor possível e atacar o que pudermos tendo como meta manter a primeira posição no Campeonato", referiu Filipe Albuquerque.

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    ECURIE ECOSSE

    Ecurie Ecosse take debut victory in Michelin Le Mans Cup
     

    Having secured a double victory on their LMP3 debut last month at Donington Park, Ecurie Ecosse had high expectations for their debut in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this weekend (12-13 May, 2017) at Monza and they duly delivered with a superb victory to start their new European campaign in style.

    “The two wins previously at Donington were good, but this even better, a bigger event, so it’s really good to win on this stage,” said race-winner Colin Noble. “It was a great race and it was set for quite a close finish but (Alexander) Toril got a penalty and that was quite a relief as he was so fast down the straights. I was pushing hard, putting in consistent laps and trying to gain time in the middle-sector. He may have caught us but he would have had a big fight from me for the lead…”
     
    Noble and Tony Wells teamed up in the #79 Neilson-run Ligier Nissan and practice showed that they were on the pace from the outset with second and fifth on the timesheet. Wells put in a great run in qualifying, just missing out on the pole but content to settle for a front row start for Saturday’s race.
     
    Wells made a great getaway at the start of the two-hour race, maintaining his position and fending off a challenge from behind. A safety car period followed and when the racing resumed shortly after, Wells was content to allow two of the Pro drivers gain position and hand over to Noble in fourth position at the half-way mark.
     
    A good pit stop, whilst some others had issues, saw Noble run second straight out of the pits before making an audacious pass around the outside of Curva Grande to take the lead. With 50 minutes of racing remaining, there was still a lot of work to do as the #3 DKR Engineering car kept the pressure on the young Scottish racer.
     
    With the gap down to just a few seconds, the second-placed car was awarded a drive through penalty and with the pressure off, Noble brought the car home with a comfortable 50-second advantage to claim a sensational debut win in the Le Mans Cup and to make it three-from-three in LMP3 this year.
     
    “I was really pleased with qualifying, a small mistake at Ascari lost me the pole, but no complaints,” Wells said. “It’s such a nice thing to look down the straight at Monza with nobody in front of you, so that was key. The start went well and I stayed second until the two Pro drivers overtook me and I dropped to fourth. That was fine so I just then put in consistent laps to keep us in the hunt and to hand over to Colin. This result is so rewarding, it’s fabulous.”
     
    The team now turn their attention to the Henderson LMP3 Cup at Brands Hatch next weekend before heading to Le Mans…

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    EURASIA EM LE MANS

    Eurasia Motorsport confirms 24 Hours of Le Mans driver line-up

     
    Asian-based Eurasia Motorsport are all set to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 car with three drivers who have previously raced together in last year’s European Le Mans Series. Erik Maris will be joined by father and son, Jacques and Pierre Nicolet. 
     
    “We are delighted to further cement our relationship with Ligier, having run the 2015-16 Asian Le Mans LMP3 Championship winning Ligier along with victory in the 2016 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup,” said Team Principal Mark Goddard. “Our aim is to finish what will be as ever a grueling race. With two bronze drivers, our expectations are realistic, however a trouble-free run can pay huge dividends and we want to make sure we are there at the flag with Ligier.”
     
    The 2017 event marks Eurasia Motorsport’s second 24 Hours of Le Mans. Last year the team finished in fifth position in class, the first non WEC team across the line. This year’s driver line-up are all familiar with each other, having raced alongside each other in the European Le Mans Series last year.
     
    Erik Maris competed in both LMP2 and LMP3 machinery last year in the Le Mans 24 Hours and European Le Mans Series respectively. Prior to that the Frenchman competed in selected rounds of the 2015 WEC in the LMP2 class, including Le Mans 24 Hours, and ran in GT classes in various series, classic and modern, since 2012.
     
    Jacques Nicolet competed alongside Erik Maris last year with a Ligier JS P3 in the European Le Mans Series. Prior to that, he began racing in 2001 and ran in various endurance international series, including 8 participations to Le Mans 24 Hours from 2007 to 2015, in LM P1 and LM P2 classes.
     
    Son Pierre competed last year with his father in the Road to Le Mans as well as the ELMS. From 2011 to 2015, he evolved in different series and categories, including notably single-seater and CN among others.
     
    The 24 Hours of Le Mans race takes place 17-18 June, with practice and qualifying commencing from Wednesday 14 June.
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    ALGARVE PRO EM MONZA - ELMS

    Algarve Pro seek Monza ELMS redress

    Algarve Pro Racing are looking forward to demonstrating their pace once again and converting that into a positive result this coming weekend (12-14 May, 2017) as the European Le Mans Series reconvenes for the second round of the championship in Italy.

    The Portuguese-based team looked set for a certain podium last time out at Silverstone, only for a gearbox failure to eliminate them from the race at half distance.
     
    At Monza, the trio of Matthew McMurry, Andrea Pizzitola and Andrea Roda team up once again in what is the final round of the series ahead of 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a new Hewland gearbox now in place, the team are confident that they can deliver a strong result in Italy and work their way back into the championship hunt.
     
    “We were really disappointed after Silverstone, but the positive is that we had really good pace,” said Team Principal Stewart Cox. “The DNF was a real blow as we want to fight for the championship and in one race we have no points. That makes it very difficult for us but we’re not going to give up.
     
    “We’re going to Monza seeking a podium again and hoping that we don’t have further manufacturing problems. We have the pace; the drivers are doing a great job, so we’ll be fighting hard to get a result.”
     
    The race weekend gets underway with Friday practice and then qualifying on Saturday. The 4H of Monza starts at 13.30 CET.

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    ELMS 2017 - VILLORBA CORSE

     

    Home ELMS round at Monza for Cetilar Villorba Corse

     

    Italian team to race on the legendary circuit with Lacorte / Sernagiotto / Belicchi behind the wheel of the Dallara P217 after the great recovery at Silverstone and before its Le Mans 24 Hours debut

     

    AC8 CopyAC9 CopyAC10 Copy.Cetilar Villorba Corse tested at Monza during the official session before the start of the season, but for the Italian team and its “Italian Spirit of Le Mans” heading to the famous Autodromo Nazionale for the second European Le Mans Series round sounds definitively special. From May 12 to 14, the squad led by Raimondo Amadio will be back there to take part in the 4 Hours of Monza with racing drivers Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi on the Dallara P217 of the LMP2 class. Cetilar Villorba Corse trio comes out from the great recovery from the back of the grid up to sixth place in their 2017 debut at Silverstone. Monza, as well as crucial ELMS round, will also be their last test before reaching France for the most awaited event of the endurance season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    The ELMS visited Monza at the end of March for the official test but May 14, 2017 will mark the first race at the Autodromo Nazionale since 2008. With a spectacular entrylist of 36 cars, action will start on Friday with the first free practice session, followed on Saturday by the second one and, at 13:15hrs, by the qualifying session. The start of the4 Hours of Monzawill take place on Sundayat 13:30hrs. Live coverage will begin just before the race on www.europeanlemansseries.com.

     

    Team Principal Amadiosays:Monza is a special place where the glamour of speed finally rejoins prototypes and ELMS. A perfect match for what will be a special race for the whole team, overcommitted to give its best. We had a positive racing weekend at Silverstone, we hope the home round will be a further step forward. Thinking about Le Mans, next weekend is also a significant test for our pace and efficiency. A very preparatory race where, thanks to the low downforce configuration, we can collect useful data for the 24 Hours”.

     

    ELMS 2017

     

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    1. Os participantes da prova do proximo fim de semana em Monza
    1. Horário das 4 Horas de Monza / ELMS (menos uma hora em Portugal Continental).

     

     

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    1. A marca norte americana da Corvette, confirma equipa para Le Mans.

     

    1. Jordan Taylor will join the #63 Corvette C7.R line-up of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, a pairing he has raced at Le Mans with on three previous occasions (2012-2014) before switching to the team’s other car for the past two Le Mans, including assisting the class win in 2015.
    2. Marcel Fässler meanwhile rejoins Corvette Racing’s Le Mans line-up for the first time since 2009 and will race in the #64 Corvette C7.R alongside Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, retaining the crew that took the ’36 Hours of Florida’ last season with class wins at Sebring and Daytona, the trio racing at both events together once again earlier this year.
     

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    EQUIPA DA PORSCHE EM ESPANHA PARA MAIS TESTES

     

    1. A equipa oficial da Porsche já está em Aragon para o último teste de longa duração antes das 24 Horas de Le Mans. A Toyota não irá fazer mais nenhum.

     

    TOYOTA COM DOBRADINHA

     

    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing destaca-se na classificação com ''dobradinha'' nas 6h de Spa

    A TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SOMOU A SUA SEGUNDA VITÓRIA CONSECUTIVA NO CAMPEONATO DO MUNDO FIA DE ENDURANCE. O TS050 HYBRID #8 TERMINOU AS 6 HORAS DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS EM PRIMEIRO LUGAR SEGUIDO PELO TS050 HYBRID #7.

    Os vencedores da corrida de Silverstone Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson e Kazuki Nakajima, no TS050 HYBRID #8, subiram ao lugar mais alto do pódio e aumentarem a sua liderança no Campeonato do Mundo de pilotos para 17 pontos.

    Numa corrida dramática, o TS050 HYBRID #7 de Mike Conway e Kamui Kobayashi terminou em segundo lugar a apenas 1.992segundos do Toyota vencedor, alcançando a primeira “dobradinha” da equipa desde Shanghai em 2014. Com este resultado a TOYOTA passa para a liderança do Campeonato Mundial dos fabricantes, com 8,5 Pontos de vantagem sobre a Porsche.

    Tendo alinhado com a configuração do TS050 HYBRID com menos apoio aerodinâmico, Stéphane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto e Nicolas Lapierre terminaram em quinto lugar aos comandos do carro #9. Os três pilotos competiram juntos pela primeira vez e realizaram uma corrida sem incidentes, num valioso teste em condições reais de corrida.

    Desde o início, os pilotos TOYOTA mostraram a sua vontade de vencer, primeiro o Sébastien Buemi, e de seguida, Mike Conway colocaram o Porsche #1 sob pressão. Na 10ª volta, Mike Conway passou para a frente da corrida, e três voltas mais tarde Sébastien Buemi alcançou o segundo lugar.

    Na primeira troca de pilotos, Yuji assumiu os comandos do TS050 HYBRID #9, para a sua primeira corrida em Spa, em quinto lugar da geral. Mostrou consistência e maturidade ao navegar com segurança pelo tráfego em pista. Um treino fundamental na sua adaptação às corridas do campeonato do mundo FIA de endurance (WEC).

    Nas primeiras 3 horas de corrida Kamui Kobayashi foi construindo de forma consistente uma vantagem sobre o carro #7, com Anthony Davidson no carro # 8 em segundo lugar. No entanto a corrida mudou de forma significativa com dois períodos completos de bandeira amarela.

    O Carro # 7 teve algum azar por já se encontrar nas boxes em ambas as ocasiões. Outros carros foram às boxes após as bandeiras amarelas concedendo assim muito menos tempo devido ao limite 80km/h. Mike Conway, cujas paragens foram realizadas quando os outros pilotos estavam a circular a velocidades normais de corrida, perdeu cerca de um minuto.

    Kazuki Nakajima assumiu a liderança durante o primeiro período de bandeira amarela, em seguida durante o segundo ampliou significativamente a sua vantagem. Mike Conway, por outro lado, encontrou-se numa luta com o Porsche #2 caindo para o terceiro lugar.

    Uma alteração adicional na corrida viu o Porsche #2 perder tempo devido à reparação de danos de um acidente que significaram que ao entrar na última hora de corrida, Sébastien Buemi no carro #7 apresentava meio-minuto de vantagem sobre Kamui Kobayashi em segundo da geral.

    Kamui Kobayashi reduziu a diferença, mas manteve a posição nas últimas voltas, cruzando a reta da meta logo atrás de Sébastien buemi, que alcançou a 13ª vitória da TOYOTA desde sua estreia no WEC em 2012. Nicolas Lapierre completou uma corrida limpa para o carro # 9, terminando em quinto a duas voltas.

    A equipa prepara-se para uma curta viagem de regresso a Colónia para acelerar os preparativos para as 24 Horas de Le Mans de 17-18 junho, onde a equipe espera uma luta desafiadora e renhida com a Porsche. Antes disso, todas as equipes participam no dia oficial de teste de Le Mans a 4 de junho.

    Toshio Sato - Presidente da Equipa: "Foi uma corrida dramática; espero que os fãs tenham gostado. Estamos muito satisfeitos com o resultado após outra luta intensa com a Porsche. O carro #7 teve azar com os dois períodos de bandeira amarela. Essas coisas acontecem em corridas de resistência, mas é realmente frustrante para o Mike, Kamui e a equipa do carro. Tiveram o carro mais rápido hoje e não cometeram nenhum erro. Parabéns ao carro #8; nunca desistiram e receberam a recompensa. Também foi um fim-de-semana muito produtivo do ponto de vista técnico; ter a oportunidade de obter dados sobre a configuração com baixo apoio aerodinâmico no carro # 9 é útil para os nossos preparativos para Le Mans. Le Mans é o nosso grande objetivo e vamos agora fazer o esforço final para estarmos prontos."

    Resultados finais da TOYOTA GAZOO Racing:
    TS050 HYBRID #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi)

    Terminou em: 2º, 173 voltas, 7 paragens. Posição na grelha de partida: 2º.
    Volta mais rápida: 1min 58.039seg

    TS050 HYBRID #8 (Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Terminou em: 1º, 173 voltas, 7 paragens. Posição na grelha de partida: 4º.
    Volta mais rápida: 1min 57.722seg

    TS050 HYBRID #9 (Stéphane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto, Nicolas Lapierre)
    Terminou em: 5º, 171 voltas, 7 paragens. Posição na grelha de partida: 3º.
    Volta mais rápida: 1min 58.020seg

    Classificação final das 6 Horas de Spa-Francorchamps:
    1º #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 173 voltas
    2º #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +1.992seg

    3º #2 Porsche (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) +35.238seg
    4º #1 Porsche (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) +1min 25.438seg
    5º #9 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +2 voltas
    6º #4 Bykolles (Webb/Kraihamer/Rossiter) +12 voltas

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    ECURIE ECOSSE

    Double debut victory for Ecurie Ecosse in Henderson LMP3 Cup Championship
     

    Following up on a debut win was always going to be a tough challenge for Ecurie Ecosse, but today (23 April, 2017) they rose to the challenge at Donington Park for the second round of the Henderson LMP3 Cup Championship and after starting sixth, Alasdair McCaig and Colin Noble carved their way to the front of the field to take a famous second victory with the Neilson Racing run #79 Ligier entry.

    “For us on our introduction to LMP3, this was a magical start,” said Director and Driver Alasdair McCaig. “Two wins and Colin got the fastest lap this afternoon, so it really couldn’t have worked out better. Colin did a great job hunting down the two United Autosport cars, so all credit to Colin for that win as he did a fantastic job.
     
    “We have a fantastic new partnership with Neilson Racing, who did a great job for us all weekend, and this it’s great to kick off the campaign for our sponsors Edinburgh Gin, John Clark Motor Group, Alex F Noble & Son with the double win; it couldn’t have been a better start to the year.”
     
    Once again McCaig took qualifying duties and despite improving his best time recorded yesterday, had to settle for sixth position on the grid. Both he and teammate Colin Noble remained upbeat despite the third row start.
     
    The opening stint of the race saw McCaig gain two positions to run in fourth position. As the race continued, he was able maintain position and then close down the gap to the third-placed car ahead. Very much aware that the pit stop can be pivotal to the race result, McCaig closed the gap to less than a second before handing over to Noble.
     
    “I ran fourth for most of my stint and we had a couple of safety cars which closed up the field,” said McCaig. “This reset the race and allowed me to hound Richard Dean (in third position) all of the way and we managed to get him in the pitstops.”
     
    As was the case in Saturday’s first race of the championship, Noble again put in fastest lap after fastest lap to close down and then made perfect clean passes on the two United Autosport cars for the lead.
     
    “Alasdair did a great job and gained positions, so that definitely made the job easier for me,” said Noble. “Then I had the two United cars to chase down and our pace was great, much stronger than there pace, so we managed to pull half a second a lap.
     
    “I didn’t have to over-drive the car, it was quite nice and easy to drive.... I got the passes completed on the back straight each time, just getting a good exit from Coppice and then dragging them down the straight and into the chicane. Now I look forward to Monza – a different teammate – but the same car and hopefully we’ll be as quick there too.”
     
    Ecurie Ecosse will next be in action at Monza for the opening round of the Le Mans Cup, 11-13 May, while the next round of the LMP3 Cup takes place at Brands Hatch 20-21 May. For the team, the emphasis is building on the almost perfect start at Donington Park.
     
    “We need to carry this momentum on to Brands Hatch and also to Monza where it will be the debut round for Colin and Tony Wells in the Le Mans Cup,” said McCaig. “So, we’re looking at that as well in terms of Ecurie Ecosse point of view and our programme for the season as a whole. Tony and Colin will be an awesome line-up….”

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    A perfect start for Ecurie Ecosse with debut LMP3 Cup victory
     

    This weekend saw a new chapter written in the long and rich history of Ecurie Ecosse with a return to sports car racing this weekend (21-23 April, 2017) in the Henderson LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park.
     
    Ecurie Ecosse opted to join this new championship this year, fielding the #79 Ligier entry with Colin Noble and Alasdair McCaig. With the return, came a sensational first race – and by no means easy - victory in the fledging championship.

    “It was a great result all around, so I’m happy with that,” said Director and Driver Alasdair McCaig. “Colin did a cracking job and showed the way to the United Autosport team who have been doing this for quite a while now and this is our first race, so we can be pretty proud of that.”
     
    Following a successful shakedown at Rockingham, the team tested ahead of the event at Donington and in what the team expected would be learning weekend, got up to speed in Saturday practice with fastest time.
     
    Qualifying saw McCaig record the fourth fastest time, somewhat frustrated at the timing of a double yellow following an off from a rival. Race day however saw McCaig take the start, and despite some contact on the first lap, emerge third overall as the race settled into a rhythm.
     
    Shadowing the two leading United Autosport entries, McCaig set multiple fastest laps and then pitted from third and handed over to Noble who wasted no time in gaining position as he exited the pits, with some classic side-by-side action.
     
    “It was an interesting race,” said McCaig. “The start was hectic, I got hit going down to the Craner Curves and put on the grass where I lost a couple of places but I managed to get them back after a few laps and then started to hunt down the two United Autosport cars. I reeled them in and then the safety car came out and then I just kept with (second-placed) Tony Wells and then we pitted.”
     
    After exiting the pits and with a string of fastest laps, Noble took the lead of the race by a comfortable margin of five seconds as the stops cycled through, a positon he controlled from the front of the field to the chequered flag.
     
    “It was an intense first few laps, but I knew that I had to open up the gap,” said Noble. “I set a number of fastest laps and then it was just a question of pacing myself and making sure I brought the car home. I’m really pleased, I didn’t really feel any pressure, so looking forward to the next race.”
     
    Ecurie Ecosse are also celebrating its Young Driver’s Initiative that saw Gordon Mutch take victory in Anglesey Junior Saloon Car Championship. Back at Donington, the team will be looking for a repeat victory when the racing resumes Sunday in the LMP3 Cup.

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    ELMS : G-Drive Racing comes close to victory at the 4 Hours of Silverstone!

    • The three teams entering an ORECA 07 checked in the lead
    • Pole position and fastest lap posted by DragonSpeed
    • G-Drive Racing on the podium
    After a race which G-Drive Racing dominated most of the time, the squad finally had to settle for second place in the opening round of this European Le Mans Series season, in Silverstone. The Russian team is nonetheless satisfied with this result. Together with DragonSpeed and Graff Racing, they all enabled the ORECA 07 to regularly reach the first place and take control of the race, throughout this 'so British' weekend.
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    The delegation of ORECA 07s has plenty to be satisfied with in this European Le Mans Series. After the fantastic pole position achieved by Ben Hanley, DragonSpeed were the first to shine, having led the beginning of the race. Then, and though they had started from the back of the grid, Graff took over with crew Allen-Matelli-Bradley, going from 28th to 1st place during the first hour. 

    But soon G-Drive Racing would take control of the 4 Hours of Silverstone. Extremely consistent, trio Hirakawa-Rojas-Roussel on board the No. 22 ORECA 07 reached the 1st place before mid-race. With authority, the Russian team completed a perfect second part of the round, and seemed to be racing for a first success. Unfortunately, during Hirakawa's very last stint, the lead they had built up throughout the 3rd hour quickly melted away. Racing with a set of tyres seriously damaged from the qualifying sessions, G-Drive's car could not fight back against first rival behind it, which stole victory from the team, just a few kilometres away from the chequered flag.  

    "There's no way we're going to be disappointed" says Nicolas Minassian, now DragonSpeed's Team Manager, and also bringing technical and management support to G-Drive Racing. "We delivered a good performance. Lots of positive things to remember after such a weekend. Yes, our car and our race got thwarted by some issues with the gearbox control unit. But apart from that, the team and three drivers did well overall. As for the No. 22 crew, they unfortunately made a mistake during the practice sessions and then paid for it at the end of the race. Obviously that's a bit frustrating but that's part of our learning process. We're a young team, our drivers need to learn as well. We need to work on how to manage our races, but with the whole championship in mind, as the bigger picture. The overall outcome is satisfying for the team, that's what we need to keep in mind." 

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    As for Graff, main driver Eric Touillet reported similarly. "There was some stumbling and difficulties when changing wheels. Personally I experienced an engine shut-off as I was coming out of the pits and taking back to the track. The reset required in that case meant that we lost some seconds then. But generally speaking, we've shown great things this weekend. Our cars were really competitive and the entire staff did a great job to really make the most of the ORECA 07 which this weekend demonstrated it's the fastest one on track. We need to refine some things, but we're confident for what's to come."

    Next round will take place on Monza race track, on May 12th, 13th & 14th.

     

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    FIA WEC : An imperial victory 

    for Jackie Chan DC Racing 

    • First win for the ORECA 07
    • Pole position by G-Drive Racing
    • Win and best lap time for Jackie Chan DC Racing
    The great eagerness of the different protagonists in the LM P2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship is one of the very positive aspects behind the impressive delegation of ORECAs competing in that category. As demonstrated with this opening round during which six teams maintained suspense up until the chequered flag, which was first seen by the Jackie Chan DC Racing and its ORECA 07 driven by trio Jarvis/Laurent/Tung.  
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    Saturday's qualifying sessions set the tone, confirming the homogeneity expected in the LM P2 category, with three cars finishing within only two tenths of each other. Enough to actually give great value to the pole position which was clinched by G-Drive Racing. Yet, just a couple of metres after the green lights had gone off, the standings were already totally different. 

    With the best start against Vaillante Rebellion's and G-Drive Racing's ORECA 07 (respectively No. 13 and No. 26), the Alpine A470 with Nicolas Lapierre on board completed a perfect beginning of the race, taking control straight away. For over four hours, team Signatech Alpine Matmut was strong and uncompromising, widening the gap with its rivals further and further. 

    The tables turned in the last third of the race, particularly during the 5th hour, and what seemed to be a perfectly-controlled performance changed radically. Due to an LM P1 having gone off track, the race got neutralised and all contenders progressively gathered behind the safety car which annihilated all of the efforts that Lapierre-Menezes-Rao had put in since the start. While stuck, like others, by a choice of tyres following on an episode of rain, Jackie Chan DC Racing's car played its cards right during the last phase of the race, crossing swords with Alpine, of course, but also with TDS Racing (No. 28) and Vaillante Rebellion (No. 31) which probably benefited most of the neutralisation, having caught back up in the lead. Delayed by a pit stop to do some work on a door, G-Drive Racing fought hard too, while Jean-Eric Vergne showed potential of British team Manor in this class, posting excellent lap times, one after the other, throughout his last stint.

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    The race was far from over in the last hour, especially with the different strategies in place, even though Vaillante Rebellion (No. 31) seemed to be holding a good position. But the Jackie Chan DC Racing went into the pits for a very fast stop, roughly twenty minutes before the finish line. Olivier Janis managed the end of the stint really well and smoothly, allowing the Chinese squad to prevent direct rivals to catch up, as well as to clinch its first success with authority, in a championship which promises to be particularly competitive this year.  

    Rémy Brouard (Jackie Chan DC Racing by Jota): "How great! What a joy! It's absolutely amazing. Yes we knew that we were ready for this, and I'd tell lies if I said that we didn't think to race in the lead this weekend. We're ambitious and it's Chinese culture to put everything in place to win. Yet the level in LM P2 this year is so incredible that one also needs to be humble. Our three drivers did a fantastic race. We were bold and went for intermediate tyres when it'd just started raining. And that didn't paid off! But we managed to catch up with one extra pit stop. The team did an amazing job, until the very last express pit stop, which was decisive, before Olivier's last stint. What a relief to cross the finish line! Though I got nervous about the podium. But today was meant to go well. We couldn't have dreamt of more to start the season."

    Xavier Combet (TDS Racing): "It's a great satisfaction to finish on the podium considering the overall level of teams in this class. We lost about twenty seconds when the car from the pit next to us stopped too far and got in our way. It's a shame, but that's part of the race. On G-Drive Racing's car, we got delayed by some issues with the right hand door which did cost us time in the pits. Generally speaking, what we've done this weekend allows us to be positive and optimistic for what's to come next. The championship will be very competitive but we can give it a good shot." 

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    Nicolas Lapierre (Signatech Alpine Matmut driver): "The safety car ruined our race. We were quite comfortable, 45 seconds ahead, and there you go... our strategy was totally thwarted with everybody behind us. We spent over half of the race in the lead, we were fast, had a good strategy, the car was performing really well... We had it all to achieve something great. But unfortunately the safety car went out. It's disappointing, infuriating actually, but that's how it is."    

    Next round of the FIA WEC on May 4th, 5th and 6th.

     

    ALGARVE PRO RACING

    Algarve Pro Racing to begin Asian Le Mans Series programme with Sepang test

    Defending Asian Le Mans Series champions Algarve Pro Racing Team are next week beginning preparations for its 2017/18 campaign with an extended test session at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

    “We’re just trying to get a jump start with the programme really,” stated Team Principal Stewart Cox. “It’s a good opportunity to get some laps on the Ligier with the four drivers, two of which we know well.”
     
    Dean Koutsoumidis joins the team for the test and is no stranger to the Algarve Pro team having competed with them during the 2015/16 season in the same series, finishing second overall on the back of three podium positions.
     
    The Australian is joined for the test by another familiar name in TackSung Kim, who raced with the team last year. The duo will team up again for the 2017/18 campaign and for this test are joined by Até De Jong and Dimitrios Zartaloudis.
     
    De Jong hails from Manila and competed last year with PRT Racing in the Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup, finishing second in the LMP3 class with one win in his Ginetta and four podium positions.
     
    Zartaloudis has a racing background in Australia and most recently competed in the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship and for him, this test marks his first time at the wheel of prototype machinery.
     
    The Asian Le Mans Series consists of five rounds, starting in China in October and finishing at Sepang in February.

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    TOYOTA COMEÇA A VENCER

     

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    Ecurie Ecosse unveil 2017 Young Driver’s Initiative with three-times Le Mans winner Allan McNish as Ambassador
     

    Very much looking to the future of the sport, Ecurie Ecosse today (12 April, 2017) announce its 2017 Young Driver’s Initiative that will see Gordon Mutch and Colin Noble join the programme for the coming year. In addition, former F1 driver, three-times Le Mans winner and Ecurie Ecosse driver Allan McNish joins as Ambassador to the programme.

    The Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Initiative, supported by the John Clark Motor Group, will assist up and coming drivers with support and advice in the early stages of their careers, whilst also providing direction and advice on gaining sponsorship and partnerships within the sport.
     
    “There have been many world class drivers that have emerged from Scotland and gone to achieve great things,” said Ecurie Ecosse Director Alasdair McCaig. “We feel through our knowledge, experience and contacts in the motor racing world, we can provide support and advice for the next generation of talented Scottish drivers taking their next steps up the ladder.”
     
    McNish himself, along with household names such as Sir Jackie Stewart, David Coulthard and Dario Franchitti, have all passed through the Ecurie Ecosse ranks and for McNish, he is more than happy to lend his support to the programme going forward.
     
    "Ecurie Ecosse has been such an important part of our Scottish Motorsport history with team success and also giving so many of our stars their first chances to show their talents on the big stage,” McNish said. "I am very proud to have been one of those drivers with the Ecurie Ecosse colours on my overalls and car, and now pleased to be an Ambassador for the next generation of stars in the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver’s Initiative with Colin and Gordie in 2017."

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    Gordon Mutch, also known as Gordie is a typical story of a driver with clear talents, but lacking in sponsorship working his way through the ranks despite the odds. He started his career at seven years of age, competing in the Boyndie Drome Open Challenge where he secured the runner-up position against drivers almost double his age.
     
    From there, Gordie, won the Boyndie Cadet Championship as well as the Scottish Cadet championship. In 2013, the family decided to move from Turriff, North Aberdeenshire, to Lockerbie so that they were more centrally based to aid in travelling to events. Moving up to the Rotax Mini Max in 2014, Gordie also won the West of Scotland Club Championship Cumbrian and the Northern Karting Federation Championships in 2015.
     
    Karting continued into 2016 where he won the Junior X30 British Championship, X30 world qualifiers and the Northern Karting Championships competing against the top drivers not only in the UK but the world.
     
    Gordie has progressed to the Junior Saloon Car championship in a Citroen Saxo VTR where at his very first meeting secured a very hard fought second place against older and more experienced drivers. In his second he took victory and the championship lead…

    He remains a very modest, sporting and respectful competitor and has already gained a great deal of respect from his fellow competitors in his first meeting in the Saxo.

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    Colin started his karting career in 2008 as the age of 12, winning the British Championship one year later. Following further seasons Karting, Colin stepped up into the inaugural Radical SR1 UK Cup (in which Sir Chris Hoy was also racing) in 2013, chalking up seven wins over eight rounds with one second place and setting seven pole positions and seven fastest laps in the process.
     
    A move to single-seaters followed in 2014 where Colin joined the Leicestershire-based MGR Motorsport to compete in the Formula Renault Championship where he secured three podium on the way to a victory in the televised season-finale. Remaining with MGR Motorsport, Colin embarked on the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, finishing tenth overall in a strong field.
     
    2016 saw Colin compete in the International GT Open championship with the Radical factory team as well as selected rounds of the Radical European Masters where he claiming several victories and multiple podiums.
     
    Very much the rising star the Midlothian based driver is one to watch as he embarks on a LMP3 programme in Le Mans Cup and Henderson Insurance Broker LMP3 Cup Championship.

     

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    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing vence as 6 horas de Silverstone

    o TS050 HYBRID #8 DE Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson e Kazuki Nakajima venceu a prova inaugural do Campeonato Mundial de Endurance 2017
     
    A TOYOTA GAZOO Racing alcançou a vitória nas 6 Horas de Silverstone numa emocionante primeira ronda do Campeonato Mundial de Endurance FIA 2017 (WEC).
     
    Numa corrida dramática marcada por aguaceiros frequentes, o TS050 HYBRID #8 de Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson e Kazuki Nakajima alcançou a vitória nos 15 minutos finais diante de 50.200 espectadores que visitaram o circuito britânico no fim de semana.
     
    Além dos tradicionais troféus entregues aos vencedores, a equipa do Toyota #8 também recebeu o Royal Automobile Club International Tourist Trophy, entregue desde 1905 e recebido por lendas do automobilismo, como Tazio Nuvolari, Graham Hill e Stirling Moss.
     
    O TS050 HYBRID #7 de Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi e José María López que largou na primeira posição da grelha de partida e durante a corrida registou a volta mais rápida, perdeu mais de uma hora devido a um acidente e terminou em 23º lugar. O piloto visitou o centro médico no circuito, viajando depois para o hospital apenas por precaução onde se confirmou que não sofreu qualquer lesão.
     
    Embora a corrida tenha começado com uma pista seca, temperaturas baixas e com os dois TOYOTA em primeiro e segundo, 45 minutos depois do arranque os aguaceiros tornaram a prova muito emocionante. Aliás a chuva continuou a cair de forma intermitente ao longo de toda a prova.
     
    Próximo da segunda paragem nas boxes, o carro #7 sofreu um problema de barra estabilizadora que criou dificuldades obrigando o Kamui Kobayashi a cair para a quarta posição.
     
    Anthony Davidson, agora ao volante do carro #8, assumiu a liderança e uma batalha interessante com o Porsche #2. Mas com duas horas decorridas de prova a meteorologia voltou a criar uma situação difícil.
     
    Ambos os TS050 HYBRID permaneceram com pneus slick durante todo esse tempo, ao contrário dos Porsche que trocaram para pneus intermediários. Kamui Kobayashi perdeu tempo na gravilha quando a chuva estava mais pesada, enquanto Anthony Davidson no carro #8 caiu para o segundo lugar.
     
    Mas como as condições melhoraram e os Porsche realizaram uma paragem extra para pneus slick, Anthony Davidson recuperou o primeiro lugar. Mas a chuva veio logo depois da meia distância, ditando o fim da luta do carro #7 pelos lugares da frente. José María Lopéz, lutando com o comportamento difícil do carro, foi contra uma barreira de pneus, causando danos significativos na frente e traseira do Toyota.
     
    Apesar do aparato, o carro regressou à box e os mecânicos trabalharam intensamente para reparar os danos. Após 66 minutos na garagem, Mike regressou à pista em 26º lugar.
     
    Com o acidente, o “safety car” reduziu significativamente a vantagem do Toyota #8 sobre o Porsche #2. A luta renhida continuou durante as duas horas finais, criando uma luta intensa, com Sébastien Buemi aos comandos do TS050 HYBRID.
     
    Com apenas 30 minutos para o final da corrida o Porsche #2 saiu das boxes após a sua ultima paragem, com uma liderança de apenas oito segundos. Apesar dos aguaceiros Sébastien Buemi obteve a liderança com um andamento por volta muito rápido, ultrapassando o Porsche #2 quando restavam apenas 12 minutos para terminar a corrida com 6.173 segundos de avanço.
     
    A equipa prepara-se para a segunda ronda da temporada, as 6 Horas de Spa-Francorchamps na Bélgica, a última corrida antes das 24 Horas de Le Mans. Spa irá marcar a estreia da Toyota com três carros LMP1 híbridos, com a entrada do TS050 HYBRID #9 de Stéphane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto e Nicolas Lapierre.
     
    Toshio Sato - Presidente da Equipa: "Foi uma corrida dramática, mas depois do acidente a primeira prioridade é o José María Lopéz. Estamos descansados agora que ele está bem. Apesar do nosso forte desempenho na qualificação, sabíamos que a Porsche seria um adversário muito mais difícil na corrida. A equipa inteira funcionou bem e lutou até ao final. Claro que é dececionante não ter dois carros no pódio, mas estou orgulhoso da equipa pela sua determinação e luta hoje, especialmente os mecânicos que trabalharam tão rapidamente para conseguir que o carro #7 regressasse à pista. No geral, estou satisfeito com o apoio aerodinâmico do TS050 HYBRID, que mostrou um forte desempenho ao longo desta semana. Agora precisamos de aperfeiçoar a aerodinâmica para Spa-Francorchamps e estamos ansiosos para voltar a lutar com a Porsche na frente."
     
    Resultados finais da TOYOTA GAZOO Racing:
    TS050 HYBRID #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, José María López)
    Terminou em: 23º, 159 voltas, 6 paragens. Posição na grelha de partida: 1º.
    Volta mais rápida: 1min 39.656seg
     
    TS050 HYBRID #8 (Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Terminou em: 1º, 197 voltas, 6 paragens. Posição na grelha de partida: 2º.
    Volta mais rápida: 1min 39.804seg
     
    Classificação final das 6 Horas de Silverstone:
    1º       #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                            197 voltas
    2º       #2 Porsche (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley)               +6.173seg
    3º       #1 Porsche (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy)                        +46.956seg
    4º        #38 DC Racing (Tung/Jarvis/Laurent)                  +13 voltas
    5º        #31 Rebellion (Canal/Prost/Senna)                      +13 voltas
    6º        #28 TDS (Perrodo/Vaxiviere/Collard)                   +14 voltas
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    VILLORBA CORSE

     

    Cetilar Villorba Corse fights back in the 4 Hours of Silverstone

     

    Positive 2017 ELMS debut for the Italian team and the new Dallara P217, able to recover from 32nd to sixth place with Lacorte / Sernagiotto / Belicchi after alternator issues in qualifying

     

    AZ20 CopyAZ21 Copy.Cetilar Villorba Corse took a precious sixth place in the 4 Hours of Silverstone after recovering from 32nd on the grid. The first round of the 2017 European Le Mans Series, held on Saturday, saw a result that goes beyond all expectations and marked in a positive way the debut of Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi behind the wheel of the new Dallara P217. After two consistent free practice sessions, at Silverstone their weekend had been complicated by alternator issues so that they could not take part in qualifying. However, started from the 16th row, the entire Italian team and its crew run a perfect and spectacular race, showing both competitiveness and reliability. Through several battles and overtaking Lacorte, Sernagiotto and Belicchi climbed the field up to sixth place which gave team and drivers the first 8 points in the standings. Next round of the 2017 ELMS will be held in Monza, Cetilar Villorba Corse home race, on May 14.

     

    Team Principal Amadiosays:We did a super job and we are very happy for that. After an exciting race the team had a concrete result and I must say 'well done' to the drivers and all the boys. We had a consistent pace and we also understood how to improve some new details. We were making our debut in LMP2, with the new prototype, against many fierce rivals and on one of the most demanding track in the world: it was really a great day!.

     

    WEC 2017 - TOYOTA DOMINA EM SILVERSTONE

    1. WEC - Qualificação: como se esperava, Toyota domina primeira linha. E grande batalha em perspectiva nos LMP2, onde os quatro primeiros fazem melhor que o ByKolles.
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    HOJE NO EUROSPORT

    1. Para ver no Eurosport 1 os últimos 105 minutos a partir das 16:15. E se calhar até um pouco mais, mas vai depender do que acontecer antes na emissão.
      Tempo cinzento em Silverstone com 60 por cento de hipótese de chuva entre as 14:00 e as 16:00. Ou seja, entre a segunda e a quarta Horas de prova.

     

    ALBUQUERQUE VENCEU EM SILVERSTONE

     

    Brilhante vitória de Filipe Albuquerque em Silverstone

    Filipe Albuquerque esteve ao seu melhor nível em Silverstone na primeira corrida do European Le Mans Series ao conseguir uma espectacular vitória fruto de um último 'stint' épico como só o piloto de Coimbra sabe fazer. Entrou em pista no terceiro lugar, com considerável desvantagem para o primeiro classificado, e nem mesmo os mais crentes acreditavam possível tamanha recuperação. Mas Filipe fê-lo como ninguém e goza agora de um brilhante primeiro lugar na primeira corrida do ano assumindo assim, junto com os seus companheiros de equipa na United Autosports,Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeleer a liderança do campeonato.

    No final a felicidade era notória até porque o piloto português pensava não ser possível conseguir vencer logo no primeiro confronto: "Apesar do Ligier estar com uma excelente performance tivemos alguns percalços que nos atrasaram, nomeadamente a penalização e depois um 'pit-stop' menos feliz. Foram 40 segundos perdidos. Quando entrei para os últimos 'stints' estava a mais de 30 segundos do líder. Sabia que seria uma recuperação difícil, mas tinha poupado pneus no início, e isso permitiu-me andar nos limites na fase final e conseguir passar para primeiro nos últimos minutos de corrida. Foi o melhor que poderíamos ter esperado", explicou Filipe Albuquerque.

    O pilotos luso tem assim o melhor início de época sobretudo porque ambiciona conseguir o título no ELMS depois de já ter sido vice-campeão: "É a melhor forma de arrancar mas continuamos a ter muito trabalho para fazer. É importante mantermos a performance e trabalhar o melhor possível o Ligier. Os meus companheiros de equipa estão muito motivados e a equipa determinada em chegar aos melhores resultados possíveis. Estão reunidos todos os ingredientes para uma época bem sucedida", rematou Albuquerque satisfeito com o seu trabalho.

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    ALBUQUERQUE NA FRENTE

     

    Filipe Albuquerque na primeira linha da grelha em Silverstone

    Filipe Albuquerque e os seus companheiros de equipa na United Autosports, Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeleer vão sair da primeira linha da grelha para as 4h de Silverstone, a primeira prova de 2017 do European Le Mans Series que tem lugar este fim-de-semana. O piloto português fez uma excelente qualificação, mostrando toda a sua garra e determinação, ambicionando chegar aos lugares do pódio no final da prova.

    O andamento do Ligier JS P217 tem sido sempre bastante bom o que abre boas perspectivas para a corrida de amanhã: "Foi uma boa qualificação. Uma situação de bandeira vermelha impediu ainda uma volta mais rápida. Mas estou contente com o resultado final que foi muito bom. Talvez não conseguisse fazer melhor. Estou por isso satisfeito pois estamos onde queríamos estar, na primeira linha da grelha", começou por referir.

    Para uma corrida de 4 horas a posição de partida nem sempre é o mais importante: "Mas sim a consistência nas voltas. Estamos rápidos e se conseguirmos manter o andamento durante a corrida sem grandes oscilações acredito que vamos atingir o objectivo de chegar aos lugares do pódio. Tanto o Will como o Hugo estão cada vez mais confiantes com o carro e isso dá determinação a toda a equipa", rematou Filipe Albuquerque.AX41 CopyAX42 Copy

     

    ALBUQUERQUE AMBICIOSO

     

    Filipe Albuquerque ambiciona pódio na primeira corrida do European Le Mans Series em Silverstone

    Está prestes a começar a primeira prova da época do European Le Mans Series em Silverstone. Filipe Albuquerque está de regresso ao Campeonato com a United Autosports com o objectivo de no final da temporada arrecadar o título que lhe escapou em edições anteriores. Para isso, conta com um performante Ligier JS P217 e com Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeleer como companheiros de equipa.

    Antes da primeira prova o trio teve oportunidade de testar a sua máquina na pista em que decorrerá o primeiro confronto, teste que Filipe considerou de especial importância sobretudo para Will Owen: "Foi importante ele conhecer o circuito e fazer alguns quilómetros. No final pareceu-nos que estávamos bastante bem, com um bom andamento e adaptação. Mas é lógico que só iremos saber exactamente onde nos encontramos face aos nossos adversários, provavelmente na sessão de qualificação. Mas o importante é que estão todos muito entusiasmados e cientes do caminho a seguir", começou por referir.

    Para esta corrida num traçado tão exigente e sobretudo técnico Filipe considera que será possível lutar pelos lugares do pódio: "Se nos conseguirmos manter entre os cinco primeiros, como temos feito até aqui no testes, acho que é possível atingir essa meta. É o nosso primeiro foco. Vamos trabalhar para isso. Temos um bom carro e pilotos, que embora não tão experientes, estão muito motivados para fazer a diferença e isso é fundamental", rematou Filipe Albuquerque entusiasmado com esta nova participação no European Le Mans Series.

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    ALGARVE PRO RACING

    Algarve Pro left disappointed after lost podium opportunity in 4H of Silverstone

    Algarve Pro Racing Team arrived at Silverstone for the first round of the European Le Mans Series this weekend (13-15 April, 2017) in a positive frame of mind following a successful test at Monza last month and the first race of the new season promised a great deal ultimately, until a gearbox failure mid-race dashed hopes of a strong podium position.

    “We’re gutted,” said Team Manager Samantha Cox. “We were confident of a podium finish, probably second and then the gearbox failed. The drivers and team did a great job. We’ve had a great weekend, it’s just a real shame for all of us that we couldn’t get the result we deserved here at Silverstone.”
     
    Ahead of the 4H of Silverstone, the Portuguese-based team worked their way through the two 90-minute practice sessions with Andrea Pizzitola, Andrea Roda and Matthew McMurry all taking turns behind the wheel of the Ligier LMP2.
     
    The ten minute-qualifying session saw Pizzitola claim the provisional pole position, only for a rival to spin and bring out the red flags. The session resumed with just over five minutes remaining and the team opting to save a set of tyres over that of their rivals, fully aware that they would be beaten to the pole, but this would benefit in terms of strategy on race day
     
    Starting fifth, Roda took the first stint and found himself in a tight battle with the #32 Liger and 39 Oreca for third position. With 40-laps complete, Roda took second position and pitted shortly afterwards to hand over to Matthew McMurry. The American racer resumed in second position, maintaining the gap to those chasing behind before the gearbox failed.
     
    “I was simply driving along and there were no issues and then I went to shift and the revs just jumped up like I was in neutral,” said McMurry. “That was the end for me, the gearbox failed and I parked the car. A real shame but we proved our speed here today.”
     
    Algarve Pro Racing return to the European Le Mans Series for round two at Monza 12-14 May.

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    VILLORBA CORSE

     

    Cetilar Villorba Corse to make 2017 ELMS debut at Silverstone

     

    Italian team ready for the first roundof the international series with Lacorte / Sernagiotto / Belicchi on the new Dallara P217 Gibson after three days of testing between Italy and England

     

    AX4 CopyAX5 CopyAX6 CopyCetilar Villorba Corse will make its 2017 debut at the 4 Hours of Silverstone next Saturday, April 15, first round of the European Le Mans Series. The squad led by Raimondo Amadio will start its “Italian Spirit of Le Mans” racing programme that will bring the entire Italian team to take part also in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next June. At Silverstone Cetilar Villorba Corse will line up the new Dallara P217 powered by Gibson LMP2 prototype for Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi. After the unique launch such as the team had under the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the three racing drivers tested the car during the two-day ELMS official testing session held in Monza and then, last Monday, right in Silverstone to arrange better the next racing weekend. In three days of testing their Dallara P217 ran a total of 1800 kilometres without looking for a “time attack” but only trying to run as many laps as possible.

    The first round of the 2017 ELMS kicks off on Thursday with scrutineering and the first practice session, followed on Friday by the second one and the qualifying session. The 4 Hours of Silverstone will take place on Saturday at 14:30hrs. Live coverage will begin just before the race on www.europeanlemansseries.com .

     

    Team Principal Amadiosays:We expect a thrilling but also a very demanding debut in Silverstone, despite all the testing sessions done. Cars are new for all so we think there will be several variables. During the testing sessions we equally divided the work among our three drivers who tried to improve their feeling with the new car. Our job was completed as planned and now the main goal is racing consistently and crossing the finish line. It would be very important to be able to make as much experience as possible because we still lack it and the team has to refine some details”.

     

    European Le Mans Series calendar:15apr.Silverstone(GBR); 14may Monza(ITA); 23july Spielberg(AUT); 27aug. Le Castellet(FRA); 24sept. Spa(BEL); 22oct. Portimao(POR).

     

    ALBUQUERQUE PARTE DA 1ª LINHA

    Filipe Albuquerque na primeira linha da grelha em Silverstone

     

    Filipe Albuquerque e os seus companheiros de equipa na United Autosports, Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeleer vão sair da primeira linha da grelha para as 4h de Silverstone, a primeira prova de 2017 do European Le Mans Series que tem lugar este fim-de-semana. O piloto português fez uma excelente qualificação, mostrando toda a sua garra e determinação, ambicionando chegar aos lugares do pódio no final da prova.

    O andamento... do Ligier JS P217 tem sido sempre bastante bom o que abre boas perspectivas para a corrida de amanhã: "Foi uma boa qualificação. Uma situação de bandeira vermelha impediu ainda uma volta mais rápida. Mas estou contente com o resultado final que foi muito bom. Talvez não conseguisse fazer melhor. Estou por isso satisfeito pois estamos onde queríamos estar, na primeira linha da grelha", começou por referir.

    Para uma corrida de 4 horas a posição de partida nem sempre é o mais importante: "Mas sim a consistência nas voltas. Estamos rápidos e se conseguirmos manter o andamento durante a corrida sem grandes oscilações acredito que vamos atingir o objectivo de chegar aos lugares do pódio. Tanto o Will como o Hugo estão cada vez mais confiantes com o carro e isso dá determinação a toda a equipa", rematou Filipe Albuquerque.

    Hoje a corrida pode ser acompanhada através do Motorstv a partir das 15.10h ou através do site do ELMS

     

    ECURIE ECOSSE

    Ecurie Ecosse confirms new partnership with Ian Macleod Distillers and Edinburgh Gin
     

    Having already confirmed its double race programme this year in both the Le Mans Cup and the all new Henderson LMP3 Cup, Ecurie Ecosse are delighted to confirm that Edinburgh Gin joins existing partners Alex F Noble & Son and the John Clark Motor Group with the team for the 2017 season.

    As part of Ian Macleod Distillers, Edinburgh Gin design, distil and bottle its range of gins and gin-based fruit liqueurs in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and has been expanding its gin-making capacity in the capital with a second distillery within the Biscuit Factory in Leith. Working on some exciting new projects in 2017, Edinburgh Gin is leading the way in distilling as an art form. 
     
    “We are delighted to be partnering Edinburgh Gin with Ecurie Ecosse for the 2017 season,” stated Ian Macleod Distillers Managing Director Leonard Russell. “It is very exciting to have two iconic brands based in Edinburgh working together on an international level.  We wish the team all the best for the 2017 season we are delighted for Edinburgh Gin to be their chosen sponsor.”

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    For Ecurie Ecosse, the new partnership builds on its historical links with the Scottish industry as they target a return to Le Mans this year, 60 years after a first historic win.
     
    “Our team is all race-winning pedigree,” said Director and Driver Alasdair McCaig. “We are pushing hard to get back into the sports car scene and we feel this is the perfect time and the best opportunity for us to build on our experience, history and passion for endurance racing, while delivering the results for our sponsors.  I am delighted to welcome Edinburgh Gin and Alex F Noble & Son as our new partners for 2017 and would like to thank the John Clark Motor Group for their continued support.”
     
    The Edinburgh Gin brand will feature on the two all-new Ligier LMP3 cars and the first race for the team will be at Donington Park on April 22-23 in the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship, before travelling to Europe for the start of the Le Mans Cup programme that begins at Monza, Italy 11-13 May.

    About ECURIE ECOSSE

    Ecurie Ecosse was formed in 1951 by Edinburgh accountant David Murray. Under his leadership the team achieved a huge number of international race victories, the most prestigious being overall victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1956, and finishing 1st and 2nd in the same race in 1957. Ecurie Ecosse took the racing world by storm and to this day has an unprecedented reputation as a winning formula. In 1983 Ecurie Ecosse Association Member and Edinburgh businessman Hugh McCaig took control of the team and led it on to further great success, including: 

    1985: 2nd, C2 World Sportscar Championship
    1986: Winners, C2 World Sports Car Championship
    1987: Winners, Index Of Performance, Le Mans 24 Hours*
              2nd in class and 8th overall, Le Mans 24 Hours
              2nd, C2 World Sportscar Championship
    1988: Winners, British Thunder Saloons Championship
    1995: Winners, British Touring Car Championship
    2013: 3rd, British GT Championship (Drivers')
              3rd, European Le Mans Series (GTC)
    2014: Winners, British GT Championship (Drivers')
              3rd, British GT Championship (Teams' with Barwell Motorsport)
              3rd, Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am (Teams' with Barwell Motorsport)
              3rd, Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am (Drivers')
    2015: Winners, British GT Championship (Teams' with Barwell Motorsport)
              2nd, British GT Championship (Drivers')

    *This is awarded for the best performance in terms of the combination of speed and fuel efficiency.

    Three Formula One World Champions and every Scottish Formula One winner has raced for Ecurie Ecosse. They were the first privately entered outfit to beat works teams in the British Touring Car Championship. An extraordinary list of legendary drivers have raced for Ecurie Ecosse including Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, Ian Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Innes Ireland, Masten Gregory, Roy Salvadori, Richard Attwood, Ron Flockhart, Brian Redman, David Coulthard, Allan McNish, Johnny Dumfries, David Leslie and Tom Walkinshaw. Ecurie Ecosse remains one of the world’s most important and influential teams still in existence, while there are very few still operating today that have such a rich and historical background. 

     

    ELMS 2017

    ELMS 2017

     

     

    1. ELMS class 2017. Que no final o campeão seja português. E já se treina em Silverstone,

     

    WEC CLASS 2017

     

     

     

    1. WEC CLASS of 2017.
    2. Um português, para já!

     

    WEC 2017 - ELMS

    WEC 2017

     

     

    1. ELMS - Silverstone: bom começo para os portugueses mas sem muito para analisar. Única certeza - o recorde dos LMP2 (de Tincknell em 2015) foi batido por mais de 5 segundos!

     

    WEC 2017

    WEC 2017

     

    1. A primeira imagem do Ginetta LMP1.

     

    WEC 2017

     

     

    WEC 2017

     

    1. Race Control pronto em Silverstone. Pode começar o WEC e o ELMS 2017. O dirigente portugues Eduardo Freitas continua a ser o "comandante-geral" e Pedro Couceiro o "homem do leme" no safety-car.

     

    WEC 2017

     

    THE ORECA 07, READY FOR THE ENGLISH BATTLE

    For the European Le Mans Series contenders the off-season is about to come to an end. On April 14th and 15th, the greatest European endurance series will be in Silverstone for the first of six rounds. For the three teams entering an ORECA 07, it is time for confrontation on track, racing against other manufacturers, and there’s a feeling of excitement in the air…

    altOut of the twelve cars expected for the opening race of the season in the LM P2 class, four will be ORECA 07, entrusted to Graff Racing, G Drive Racing and DragonSpeed. While the American and Russian teams have already competed in that category, it will be a first for the French squad, following on a year of ‘apprenticeship’ in the ELMS, in LM P3. For its first fo, Pascal Rauturier’s team will not shy away from the challenge, having decided to enter two ORECA 07: one driven by Trouillet-Petit-Guibbert (#39) and the other by Allen-Matelli-Bradley (#40).

    As for DragonSpeed (#21), Elton Julian, who is now supported by Nicolas Minassian in terms of team management, will rely on trio Hedman-Hanley-Lapierre, the latter having to switch between different cars throughout the weekend for he will also be competing in the World Endurance Championship – other drivers are also in a similar case. Benefiting from DragonSpeed’s technical support, G Drive Racing’s car (#22) will have new trio Rojas-Hirakawa-Roussel behind its wheel.

    Though some crews across the LM P2 class will probably not be fighting for victory, considering the overall drivers’ standings, most contenders in that category are still preparing themselves for a great race. They will struggle to get on the podium! As we are getting closer to this English battle, ORECA teams show confidence.

    Pascal Rauturier (Graff): “We need to be careful and not consider the outcome of Monza’s practice sessions as a perfect reflection of everybody’s level, because we all worked on different aspects and with different sets of objectives. No doubt that the ORECA 07 is very competitive and the overall performances achieved there were great. We have used these practice sessions to sort some things out and try out different setup solutions, but right from the first day our technical choices proved successful. We’ve got a solid base from where to go now. Let’s not forget that we’re a young team in a very high-level competition. Our aim at Silverstone will be to make no mistake, whether in the pits or on track. If everybody carries out their tasks correctly, there’s no reason for things to go wrong. We’re lucky to have a powerful car and these sessions confirmed what the tendency was during the winter tests. The information and advice exchanged with ORECA is great. The collaboration is going perfectly well and we are confident about what’s to come next.”

    Elton Julian (DragonSpeed Racing): “Our European season started off with the practice sessions in Monza and I’m altvery glad with how it went. As far as I know, we haven’t had a single issue and that has enabled us to progress. We conducted hard work, trying different configurations in order to prepare the race there, as well as Silverstone’s and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We’ve looked at different options regarding setups which meant that we had to be in the pits for quite a while sometimes. But it’s a normal process when using a new car. ORECA’s performances are definitely encouraging and we’re confident even though we have to remain wise and careful as things can change quickly in motorsport. It was important for us to define a good range of setup options, and we did so. Nicolas Lapierre tried out a number of things and the results were very promising. Of course, it’s very likely to be raining in Silverstone and even though there was lots of rain when racing in Daytona too, the track was too specific there and tyres too different for this experience to benefit us. We’re really looking forward to Silverstone, though we’re all also running after time at the moment!”

    The ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone will start on Saturday April 15th at 2.30pm.

     

    WEC 2017

     

    NINE ORECAs TO ENTER CHAMPIONSHIP IN SILVERSTONE

    Only ten days after Monza’s official prologue, FIA World Endurance Championship contenders are about to meet in Silverstone for the opening round of the season. With nine ORECAs on the grid, it seems that the French manufacturer has taken over the class this season, and that promises a spectacular fight between the six teams engaged in the most competitive category of the championship.

    altOut of the nine cars of the LM P2 class – no less than one third of the total number of WEC contenders – all of the chassis were born in ORECA’s workshops. Before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and alongside the ELMS where other LM P2 manufacturers will come and cross swords with the manufacturer from Le Var, this context reflects the success of ORECA Technology design bureau’s latest creation.

    G Drive Racing (Rusinov/Thiriet/Lynn), Jackie Chan DC Racing (#37 Cheng/Brundle/Gommendy and #38 Tung/Jarvis/Laurent), Vaillante Rebellion (#13 Prost/Senna/Canal and #31 Beche/Heinemeir Hansson/Piquer Jr), TDS Racing (Perrodo/Vaxivière/Collard), Signatech Alpine Matmut (#36 Rao/Menezes/Lapierre) and CEFC Manor TRS Racing (#24 Graves/Hirschi/Vergnes et #25 Gonzales/Trummer/Petrov) are entering these nine cars. It will even be ten from next round on, in Spa-Francorchamps, as a second Alpine A470 will compete in the class with trio Negrao/Ragues/Panciatici on board the #35.

    On the legendary track of Silverstone, it will not be a dress rehearsal anymore but a real dive in 2017’s deep end. Enough practice sessions! It’s now time to turn to racing and talk strategy. Motorsport! This new generation of LM P2 should be significantly faster on that track than their older sisters. All teams see in this English battle an amazing and captivating challenge…

    Bart Hayden (Vaillante Rebellion): “Considering the gaps seen in Monza between the different teams, the level in LM P2 should be particularly high as nobody seems to be definitely faster. I think we’re ready to race now. Of course everybody’s talking about the rain in Silverstone and for sure the best way to prepare for it is to drive on wet surfaces during private practice sessions. We could have done so on Saturday eve in Monza when it was raining, but that was a risk that we preferred not to run, two weeks only before the first race. Also driving conditions under wet weather can vary a lot so it could be that those tests wouldn’t have necessarily benefited us in the end. Our drivers are ready, the new ones have delivered promising performances and we’re now looking forward to starting. The races are going to be amazing.”

    Philippe Sinault (Signatech Alpine Matmut): “It’s hard to say what everybody will achieve this season following on these tests for everybody took turn in first and second places throughout the two days. What’s certain is that it’s going to be incredibly competitive because everybody has the potential to be in the lead. The cars will be identical in our class, and that’s going to remind me of the great days in F3 when we were fighting for tenths of seconds. Cars’ preparation, strategy, homogeneity of crews will all play important parts in this context. We won’t have the #35 in Silverstone because we decided about the programme really late and we wanted to be prudent, including in the interest of the #36. According to the drivers, it should be easier to deal with traffic considering the increased performances of the new LM P2.”

    altRoman Rusinov (G Drive Racing): “The ORECA 07 performs really well. The chassis is fantastic. We’ve worked on the setup and though we weren’t looking for sheer performance in Monza, I think that we headed in the right direction as demonstrated by the time we clocked. The entire team worked well, including John and Pierre my teammates. It will be a very interesting competition considering the quality of all crews. At the beginning of the championship, reliability will be key. It will be really important to cross the finish line of this first race.”

    Graeme Lowdon (CDFC Manor TRS Racing): “We’re really happy with the first tests conducted with the new ORECA 07. With the ORECA 05 we’d been able to familiarise ourselves with the philosophy around this type of cars, but this one takes us an extra step beyond that. With a big leap forward in terms of performances, the level of competition coming up will definitely increase. The work accomplished in Monza has allowed us to gain confidence for this first race even though the timing was really, really tight. The rainy weather in Monza disrupted our plans slightly but we still managed to do a lot. The aim was to make sure that the drivers feel comfortable in the car, and to check their position inside. That’s done now. As for Silverstone, I hope that the weather is nice this year and that it doesn’t snow! I hope we are competitive against all of the other teams. It’s important for this first race to go well for us, with no problems, so that we can gain experience with the cars. We’ve got a great team, with an amazing car and excellent drivers. Well, that’s everything to be able to fight against the other teams and offer great entertainment to the fans this season.”

    Xavier Combet (TDS Racing): “Practice sessions were very productive, with test and stint simulations. Everything went as planned. With all the data garnered we’ve got what we need to prepare Silvertsone well. Matthieu posted the best time of the LM P2 in Monza, that’s very positive and reassuring, especially considering the level in the class this year. The cars all race at similar pace. Teams are super professional and we’re getting ready for a tough but very interesting fight. We’ll find out more about our rivals in Silverstone, after the qualifying sessions. More than ever we will have to avoid the pitfalls in order to win. The performances of the new LM P2 can, in that sense, help us a little bit as they should enable us to not get stuck in traffic with the GTEs. I think that we’ve found the right balance between the different categories.”

    Robert Friend (Jackie Chan DC Racing): “Practice sessions in Monza went perfectly well since our drivers were able to familiarise themselves with the car and post good times without spending too much time in the pits. We’ve made the most of these two days in Monza to correct some little things or sort out some issues but that’s a totally normal process for such a session. The season ahead is looking good. Our drivers have delivered great performances and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic year.”

    Quick reminder: the 6 Hours of Silverstone will start on Sunday at midday, local time

     

    FILIPE ALBUQUERQUE EM SILVERSTONE

    1. Filipe Albuquerque ambiciona pódio na primeira corrida do European Le Mans Series em Silverstone

     

    Está prestes a começar a primeira prova da época do European Le Mans Series em Silverstone. Filipe Albuquerque está de regresso ao Campeonato com a United Autosports com o objectivo de no final da temporada arrecadar o título que lhe escapou em edições anteriores. Para isso, conta com um performante Ligier JS P217 e com Will Owen e Hugo de Sadeleer como companheiros de equipa.

    Ant...es da primeira prova o trio teve oportunidade de testar a sua máquina na pista em que decorrerá o primeiro confronto, teste que Filipe considerou de especial importância sobretudo para Will Owen: "Foi importante ele conhecer o circuito e fazer alguns quilómetros. No final pareceu-nos que estávamos bastante bem, com um bom andamento e adaptação. Mas é lógico que só iremos saber exactamente onde nos encontramos face aos nossos adversários, provavelmente na sessão de qualificação. Mas o importante é que estão todos muito entusiasmados e cientes do caminho a seguir", começou por referir.

    Para esta corrida num traçado tão exigente e sobretudo técnico Filipe considera que será possível lutar pelos lugares do pódio: "Se nos conseguirmos manter entre os cinco primeiros, como temos feito até aqui no testes, acho que é possível atingir essa meta. É o nosso primeiro foco. Vamos trabalhar para isso. Temos um bom carro e pilotos, que embora não tão experientes, estão muito motivados para fazer a diferença e isso é fundamental", rematou Filipe Albuquerque entusiasmado com esta nova participação no European Le Mans Series.

    O decorrer do fim-de-semana pode ser acompanhado em: http://www.europeanlemansseries.com/

     

    WEC 2017 - FILIPE ALBUQUERQUE

     

    WEC 2017

     

    SEGUNDO O COMENTÁRIO DE FILIPE ALBUQUERQUE

     

     

     

    1. TUDO DITO!

     

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    1. Um projecto interessante no papel, com gente competente, com muitas provas dadas em diversos projectos. Mas a pergunta que fica é: será que os problemas do projecto Ginetta LMP3 não vão fazer arrefecer a vontade de alguns clientes? Espero que não...
      Agora fica a expectativa para uma apresentação de detalhes técnicos a quando das 6 Horas de Silverstone.

    2.  

      Les détails techniques de la Ginetta LM P1 de 2018 dévoilés à Silverstone

      ...

      Début janvier, Ginetta annonçait le développement d'un nouveau châssis LM P1 pour la saison 2018 du Championnat du Monde d'Endurance (FIA WEC), et donc les 24 Heures du Mans. Le constructeur britannique profitera du coup d'envoi de la saison à Silverstone le week-end du 16 avril pour présenter les détails techniques du projet.

      Après la catégorie LM P3 en 2016, Ginetta a décidé de sauter le pas pour produire un châssis dévolu à la catégorie reine LM P1 dès 2018. Le constructeur britannique ne s'engagera pas officiellement, mais espère séduire trois équipes alignant chacune deux voitures, sachant que l'écurie ARC Bratislava, qui débutera aux 24 Heures du Mans cette année, et l'équipe PRT Racing ont fait part de leur intérêt.

      Le châssis de la Ginetta LM P1, équipé d'un moteur Mecachrome, sera présenté en marge de la première manche du Championnat du Monde d'Endurance (FIA WEC) à Silverstone, au Royaume-Uni, le jeudi 13 avril à midi puis le vendredi à 15 h 30, heure locale.

      Le PDG de Ginetta, Lawrence Tomlinson, interviendra en compagnie d'Ewan Baldry, le Directeur technique de Ginetta, de Paolo Catone, consultant technique et concepteur de la Peugeot 908 victorieuse aux 24 Heures du Mans en 2009, de Bruno Engelric, de Mecachrome (motoriste), et d'Adrian Reynard, d'ARC Indianapolis, en charge de la CFD.

     

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    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing apresenta TS050 HYBRID atualizado para o Campeonato Mundial de Endurance 2017

     

    TOYOTA GAZOO RACING: UMA EQUIPA INSPIRADA PARA VENCER

     

    No dia 31 de Março a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing apresentou o atualizado TS050 HYBRID para o Campeonato Mundial de Endurance FIA 2017 (WEC).

     

    O Circuito de Monza, no norte de Itália, foi palco da primeira aparição pública do novo carro de competição, apresentado ao lado da equipa e pilotos dos três TS050 HYBRID que irão competir nesta época de 2017.

     

    Os Pilotos do carro # 7 confirmados para toda a época são: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi e José María López. O carro # 8 ficará entregue também toda a época a Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson e Kazuki Nakajima. Em Spa-Francorchamps e Le Mans a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing irá contar com um terceiro carro, o # 9 de Stéphane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto e Nicolas Lapierre.

     

    A equipa tem como claro objetivo alcançar a sua primeira vitória em Le Mans após o final dramático em 2016. Como tal, com um esforço combinado dos centros técnicos em Higashi-Fuji e Colónia, evoluiu o TS050 HYBRID, que se apresenta profundamente renovado.

     

    O TS050 HYBRID conta com o motor de 2.4Litros V6 bi-turbo a gasolina de injeção direta combinado com um sistema híbrido 8MJ. Com um esforço suplementar de Higashi-Fuji no Japão foi possível introduzir um novo motor com superior eficiência térmica através do aumento da taxa de compressão fruto de uma redesenhada câmara de combustão, novo bloco e cabeça do motor.

     

    O sistema híbrido também foi otimizado. As unidades geradoras dos motores elétricos (MGU) foram reduzidas em tamanho e peso enquanto a bateria de iões de lítio de alta potência foi também evoluida. Esses avanços na tecnologia híbrida irão beneficiar diretamente os novos modelos TOYOTA. O conhecimento adquirido pelos engenheiros irá permitir ainda criar automóveis cada vez melhores.

     

    Para completar uma ampla renovação para a nova época, os engenheiros de Colónia na Alemanha otimizaram praticamente todas as áreas do chassi do TS050 HYBRID, trabalhando como uma só equipa com colegas de Higashi-Fuji no Japão.

     

    Os regulamentos do WEC para 2017 visam uma redução na eficiência aerodinâmica, para aumentar o tempo de volta de Le Mans em vários segundos, por razões de segurança. Isto é conseguido levantando o divisor dianteiro em 15mm, bem como reduzindo o difusor traseiro, que é agora mais estreito.

     

    Usando ferramentas como dinâmica de fluidos computacional e túneis de vento, a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing modificou o seu conceito aerodinâmico para enfrentar este novo desafio. Um nariz levantado e flancos mais curtos são as modificações mais notáveis.

     

    De acordo com os novos regulamentos, com o TS050 HYBRID de menor apoio aerodinâmico apresentado em Monza, as equipas estão limitadas a duas configurações aerodinâmicas por temporada, enquanto na época de 2016 eram três. O uso de pneus também é restrito, com cada carro limitado a quatro conjuntos, mais dois pneus de reposição para a qualificação e corridas de seis horas. A equipa trabalhou com a Michelin para enfrentar este novo desafio, incluindo novos compostos e construções, bem como otimizar a geometria da suspensão para limitar o desgaste.

     

    Outras mudanças nos regulamentos para 2017 são no sentido de aumentar a segurança. Os espelhos retrovisores passam a ter que cumprir com um teste FIA para um campo de visibilidade mais amplo, enquanto os carros híbridos devem exibir luzes para indicar o funcionamento normal da motorização. Se a luz de segurança verde não estiver iluminada durante a corrida, o carro será forçado a regressar às boxes para ser reparado.

     

    O TS050 HYBRID de 2017 já registou mais de 30.000 km em testes este ano, cinco testes em Paul Ricard, Motorland Aragon e Portimão, incluindo quatro testes de resistência de 30 horas.

     

    Com um carro renovado e um conjunto de pilotos que inclui ex-Campeões do Mundo e vários vencedores de provas do WEC, a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing parte para a abertura da temporada em Silverstone, a 16 de abril, com grande determinação mas conscientes de uma renhida e emocionante batalha LMP1 com a Porsche.

     

    Toshio Sato - Presidente da Equipa: “Toda a equipa está motivada e determinada para esta temporada. Queremos vencer, não há dúvida disso, mas sabemos que será uma luta dura com a Porsche. A equipa em Higashi-Fuji e Colónia tem trabalhado arduamente para renovar o TS050 HYBRID e as primeiras indicações são encorajadoras. Ter um terceiro carro é uma oportunidade adicional e vamos fazer o nosso melhor para entregar novamente um grande espetáculo aos fãs em Le Mans. Sabemos por experiência que Le Mans é uma corrida muito difícil de vencer, mas esse é o nosso objetivo. Tudo - o carro, a equipa e os pilotos - têm que funcionar perfeitamente para atingir o objetivo. Veremos em Junho se fizemos o suficiente."

     

    Hisatake Murata - Diretor Geral da Divisão de Desporto Motorizado: "Embora o TS050 HYBRID partilha o mesmo nome que o carro de 2016, o seu desempenho foi muito melhorado, uma motorização renovada e aumento de eficiência em todas as áreas. Para a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing o maior objetivo deste ano, como sempre, é ganhar Le Mans. A equipa em Higashi-Fuji tem trabalhado de forma incessante desde Le Mans no ano passado para desenvolver a motorização híbrida que irá oferecer bom desempenho para obter bons tempos por volta durante as diferentes corridas, competindo assim na frente. Como tal foi desenvolvido um novo motor, além de modificações nas unidades do gerador dos motores elétricos e bateria. Os primeiros resultados são muito encorajadores, mas vamos continuar a afinar, para estarmos prontos."

     

    Pascal Vasselon – Diretor Técnico: "Nosso TS050 HYBRID de 2017 representa uma atualização significativa; O único item que não é alterado é o monocoque. Em várias corridas do ano passado, mostramos o potencial do nosso carro com fortes desempenhos. Mas para atingir os nossos objetivos precisamos de mais logo, para além das grandes mudanças aerodinâmicas, otimizamos cada área do carro para melhor desempenho e menor peso. O que aconteceu em Le Mans no ano passado foi doloroso, então demos atenção extra à gestão da qualidade. Zero risco não existe, por isso, funcionamos de acordo com um determinado nível de risco, que este ano reduzimos O teste de pré-temporada correu bem em termos de desempenho e fiabilidade, logo o sentimento é positivo mas também sabemos que enfrentamos um concorrente difícil".

     

    Rob Leupen – Diretor da Equipa: "Esta é uma grande época para a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing no WEC e estamos prontos para o desafio. A equipa de Higashi-Fuji e Colónia trabalharam em conjunto para atualizar todos os aspetos do TS050 HYBRID enquanto também se prepara para o desafio de correr com três carros em Spa e Le Mans. Os nossos objetivos são mais uma vez muito claros: queremos competir na frente e, finalmente, vencer Le Mans e o Campeonato do Mundo. São objetivos ambiciosos quando enfrentamos um concorrente formidável e que sabemos que temos de estar no melhor desempenho, sem erros ou fraquezas. Não competimos para terminar em segundo lugar. Competimos para ganhar. Abraçamos este desafio e trabalhando como uma equipa teremos a melhor possibilidade de vencer."

     

     

    Os Pilotos para o Campeonato Mundial de Endurance FIA 2016 (WEC):

     

    TS050 HYBRID nº: 7

    Mike Conway

    Kamui Kobayashi

    José María López

     

    TS050 HYBRID nº: 8

    Sébastien Buemi

    Kazuki Nakajima

    Anthony Davidson

     

    TS050 HYBRID nº: 9

    Stéphane Sarrazin

    Yuji Kunimoto

    Nicolas LapierreAA1 Copy

     

    WEC GALERIA DE IMAGENS

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    TOYOTA LEVOU VANTAGEM

     

    O prologo que antecedo o incio de mais uma época do Campeonato do MUndo de Sport Prototipos, que reuniu na pista italiana de MOnza, as principais equipas, teve na equipa da Toyota a grande protagonista, tendo conseguido bater a sua rival Porsche.Neste testes tiveram dois pilotos portugueses, Filipe Albuquerque e Pedro Lamy.w100 Copyw101 Copyw102 Copyw103 Copyw104 Copyw105 Copyw106 Copyw107 Copyw108 Copyw109 Copyw110 Copyw111 Copyw112 Copyw113 Copy

     

    SUGESTÃO PARA UMA NOITE DE SÁBADO

    SUGESTÃO PARA UMA NOITE DE SÁBADO

     

     

     

    1. Para quem não tiver nada para fazer no sábado às 21:00. E se tiver, deixe de fazer!

     

    WEC 2017 - LISTA DE INSCRITOS

    1. Eis a lista de inscritos para as 6 Horas de Silverstone, na abertura do WEC.

     

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    OS REIS DAS SELFIES NAS APRESENTAÇÕES

     

     

    1. O antigo piloto José Maria esta época vai-se dividir entre a Fórmula e e os sport prototipos onde vai estar ao volante de um Totota.Na altura da apresentação das equipas da Toyota e da Porsche, Jose Maria foi o "rei" das selfies, o mesmo se passado do lado da Porsche com  André Lotterer: os reis das selfies.

     

    GALERIA DE IMAGENS - O NOVO PORSCHE

    GALERIA DE IMAGENS

     

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    WEC 2017 - PELOS BASTIDORES

    WEC 2017

     

    PELOS BASTIDORES

     

    1. As duas marcas Toyota e Porsche (as marcas que anima as provas de sport prototipos com os LMP 1 ), chegaram a um acordo para não mudar os actuais chassis antes de 2020. A marca japonesa também confirmou que vai manter-se no WEC até ao final da temporada 2019, ou seja, pelo menos mais três épocas. Já a Porsche parece aceitar continuar mais um ano, dando assim continuidade a um envolvimento que só estava garantido até 2018, depois do "contrato" inicial de três temporadas ter sido estendido (logo em 2015) por mais duas - 2014/2018.Este acordo pode ter várias... leituras:
      1. Estamos a falar só de chassis ou do conjunto chassis/unidade motriz?
      2. Não será esta a melhor maneira de travar uma possível vontade do ACO (e da FIA) em alterar as regras para acolher a Peugeot ainda antes de 2020, data que foi anunciada no início do ano como de mudança de regulamentos (antes era 2018)?
      3. Com esta decisão, as duas marcas parece dizerem aos organizadores do campeonato: se tudo continuar igual, pelo menos têm-nos a nós; se mudarem, podem ficar sozinhos ou quase?!

     

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    NO EUROSPORT

     

     

    1. Hoje e amanhã vamos ficar uma uma visão daquilo que será a temporada 2017 no WEC. O Prólogo, este ano em Monza, traz sempre um olhar especial para o pelotão, a exemplo desta foto incrível!

     

     

    DI GRASSI EM LE MANS

     

    Lucas Di Grassi disputará as 24 Horas de Le Mans pela Ferrari

    Depois de quatro anos defendendo a Audi na principal corrida de endurance do planeta, brasileiro será piloto da mítica marca italiana na classe GTE-Pro

     

     

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    Lucas di Grassi disputa as 24 Horas de Le Mans de 2017 na classe GTE-Pro (Shiv Gohil)

    Lucas di Grassi disputa as 24 Horas de Le Mans de 2017 na classe GTE-Pro
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    A Ferrari fechou acordo com Lucas Di Grassi para a disputa das 24 Horas de Le Mans, prova que acontece no dia 17 de junho como etapa do Campeonato Mundial de Endurance (FIA WEC).

    O brasileiro de 32 anos, que já disputou a mítica prova de resistência em quatro oportunidades e alcançando três pódios, irá se juntar ao britânico James Calado e ao italiano Alessandro Pier Guidi na Ferrari 488 GTE número 51 preparada pela tradicional equipe AF Corse.

    "Estou muito feliz em retornar às 24 Horas de Le Mans. Todo piloto profissional quer fazer parte da história e correr pela Ferrari significa muito para mim. Estar em uma equipe da GTE-Pro com o apoio da fábrica é, sem dúvida, o melhor lugar para mim depois de quatro anos disputando a LMP1", disse Lucas.

    A marca italiana irá alinhar 11 carros nas 24 Horas de Le Mans de 2017, três delas na classe GTE-Pro. Assim como a 488 GTE de numeral 51, que terá Di Grassi no trio, a AF Corse terá também o carro número 71 com Davide Rigon, Sam Bird e Miguel Molina.

     

    ECURIE ECOSSE

    Ecurie Ecosse unveils double race programme with return to Le Mans on anniversary of famous Le Mans victory
     

    In a year where the team celebrates the 60th anniversary of a famous 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, Ecurie Ecosse is pleased to confirm its plans for the 2017 season, including a return to Circuit de la Sarthe this June.

    The Scottish-based team have paired up with Nielsen Racing and have an exciting programme for the year as they join the Le Mans Cup, the feeder series to the European Le Mans Series, as well as the new Henderson LMP3 Cup.
     
    The Le Mans Cup is proving to be an ever-popular championship and starts in May at Monza, Italy before heading to Le Mans for the biggest race of the season – dubbed the ‘Road to Le Mans’.  Four further rounds follow at top European circuits and the series concludes in October in Portimao. 
     
    The LMP3 Cup Championship is fully endorsed by the ACO - the governing body behind Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series - and spans 12 rounds starting at Donington Park in April and concluding at the same venue in September.
     
    The team will field Ligier LMP3 machinery in both championships, with Colin Noble and Alasdair McCaig competing in the Henderson LMP3 Cup and Noble and Tony Wells in the Le Mans Cup.

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    Noble, who is backed by A F Noble & Son, competed with the Radical works team last year as well as the International GT Open. McCaig ran with Ecurie Ecosse in the British GT championship at the wheel of a McLaren, while Wells won the Radical European Masters Series with Nielsen Racing last year with nine wins.
     
     “We have plenty of exciting news to come, but to start with it’s great to confirm our race programme for the coming season” said Director and Driver McCaig. “We’re really looking forward to running the car in both the Le Mans Cup and the Henderson LMP3 Cup.  
     
    “We are pushing hard to get back into the sports car scene and we feel this is the perfect time and the best opportunity for us to build on our experience, history and passion for endurance racing, while delivering the results for our sponsors.  I am delighted to welcome Edinburgh Gin and Alex F Noble & Son as our new partners for 2017 and would like to thank the John Clark Motor Group for their continued support.”

    About ECURIE ECOSSE

    Ecurie Ecosse was formed in 1951 by Edinburgh accountant David Murray. Under his leadership the team achieved a huge number of international race victories, the most prestigious being overall victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1956, and finishing 1st and 2nd in the same race in 1957. Ecurie Ecosse took the racing world by storm and to this day has an unprecedented reputation as a winning formula. In 1983 Ecurie Ecosse Association Member and Edinburgh businessman Hugh McCaig took control of the team and led it on to further great success, including: 

    1985: 2nd, C2 World Sportscar Championship
    1986: Winners, C2 World Sports Car Championship
    1987: Winners, Index Of Performance, Le Mans 24 Hours*
              2nd in class and 8th overall, Le Mans 24 Hours
              2nd, C2 World Sportscar Championship
    1988: Winners, British Thunder Saloons Championship
    1995: Winners, British Touring Car Championship
    2013: 3rd, British GT Championship (Drivers')
              3rd, European Le Mans Series (GTC)
    2014: Winners, British GT Championship (Drivers')
              3rd, British GT Championship (Teams' with Barwell Motorsport)
              3rd, Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am (Teams' with Barwell Motorsport)
              3rd, Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am (Drivers')
    2015: Winners, British GT Championship (Teams' with Barwell Motorsport)
              2nd, British GT Championship (Drivers')

    *This is awarded for the best performance in terms of the combination of speed and fuel efficiency.

    Three Formula One World Champions and every Scottish Formula One winner has raced for Ecurie Ecosse. They were the first privately entered outfit to beat works teams in the British Touring Car Championship. An extraordinary list of legendary drivers have raced for Ecurie Ecosse including Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, Ian Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Innes Ireland, Masten Gregory, Roy Salvadori, Richard Attwood, Ron Flockhart, Brian Redman, David Coulthard, Allan McNish, Johnny Dumfries, David Leslie and Tom Walkinshaw. Ecurie Ecosse remains one of the world’s most important and influential teams still in existence, while there are very few still operating today that have such a rich and historical background. 

     
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