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2018’s Le Mans LMP2 Winners Disqualified Over Illegal Device Used To Speed Up Pit Stops

The 24 Hours of Le Mans might not have had the riveting action like we expected it to thanks to some lame new rules, but at least one battle for the win did get interesting after the race ended. Officials disqualified the winning team in Le Mans’ second-tier class, over an illegal device to speed […]

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Brace Yourselves Because Alonso Is Going Back To Indy And Alonsomania Is Just Getting Started

Motorsport renaissance man and two-time Formula One world champ Fernando Alonso was part of the winning No. 8 Toyota TS050 team that finally—after years of almost winning and absolute heartbreak—won Le Mans. Now that he’s got two of the three wins for the Triple Crown of Motorsport, it’s obvious where he’s heading…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Second Place Toyota Slows Suddenly In Last Two Hours Of Le Mans But It Just Missed A Fuel Stop

With a little over an hour and a half to go, the No. 7 Toyota TS050 slowed abruptly from second place. Sure, 13 laps separated it from the next car given that the Toyotas are that much quicker than the privateer LMP1 teams, but you have to finish the race to be classified—as Toyota knows […]

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Ping-Pong Action Takes Out One Of The New BMW M8 GTEs During A Crashy Morning At Le Mans

It’s early in the morning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in case you didn’t pick it up from the cutaways to sleeping crew members, folks are clearly a bit tired. This morning started off with a few major crashes ‘n’ bashes. One of the unlucky cars that had to retire was one […]

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This Badass American Porsche Team Pulled Off A Heroic Rebuild To Make The 24 Hours Of Le Mans Start

Racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans is such a monolithic effort that just getting to the starting grid is a challenge. That was especially true for Core Autosport this year, which had to pretty much start over at the last minute after one of its cars got wrecked in qualifying.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Your Guide To The 2018 24 Hours Of Le Mans

There are a few sporting events throughout the year that attract even the most casual of fans, just because they’re so big and so important. Like the Indy 500, Daytona 500 or Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one. If you’ve committed to watching cars for 24 hours straight this weekend, […]

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Toyota Was Fastest In Le Mans’ First Qualifying Session To No One’s Surprise

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota’s LMP1 squad is basically the Highlander—and we’re not talking about the truck. There can be only one…factory hybrid LMP1 team remaining in Le Mans’ fastest class. Thus, we’re not that surprised to see the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid set the fastest time in the first qualifying…Read […]

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Driver Sustains ‘Suspected Fractures’ To Both Legs In Nasty Prototype Crash Weeks Before His Indy 500 Debut

At 21 years old and with a deal to race at the Indianapolis 500 later this month, Pietro Fittipaldi crashed into an outer barrier in the days before the first World Endurance Championship race of the year on Friday. The wreck shattered the front end of his prototype, and he has “suspected fractures” to both […]

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Porsche Drove Its Retired Le Mans Winning 919 Prototype Through Manhattan To Make Us All Sad Again

It’s been almost a year since Porsche announced it was ending its 919 Hybrid LMP1 endurance racing program and focusing its efforts on Formula E, closing off an era of racing that saw 17 victories, and three Le Mans wins in a row. Now the car is on a farewell tour around the world, rolling […]

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All 24 Hours Of Le Mans Will Be On Only One Channel Again

Following endurance racing on American television became a tedious chore in recent years, riddled with odd channel changes and unplanned interruptions. Fox was especially heinous about preempting their scheduled race coverage for seemingly anything else. So, the World Endurance Championship left this year for…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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TVR Is Back In Endurance Racing With A Mean Le Mans Prototype 

British automaker TVR has a long history at Le Mans, but hasn’t actually been in motorsport for more than 10 years. That streak of inaction will end this season, since TVR announced that it’s back to race Le Mans once again—and not just Le Mans. Its car will race the entire World Endurance Championship season. […]

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WEC Changes Race Date So It Doesn’t Clash With F1 Star Fernando Alonso’s Schedule

The FIA World Endurance Championship officially changed its 2018 schedule, moving the 6 Hours of Fuji back a week. The changes conveniently came after Formula One star Fernando Alonso announced he’d race the entire WEC season that didn’t conflict with his F1 schedule, and Fuji conflicted with his F1 schedule.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here’s The Updated TS050 Prototype Toyota Has Two Shots To Win Le Mans With

Toyota is the last car manufacturer standing in the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class, where they’ll get not one, but two shots to win Le Mans. WEC is calling 2018-2019 their “superseason” as they transition to a calendar that ends at Le Mans. Here’s the TS050 Hybrid they hope to do that with, unveiled today…Read […]

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No, Fernando Alonso Isn’t Officially Doing Le Mans For Toyota — Yet

There’s a very convincing looking fake Twitter account claiming that everybody’s favorite series-hopping Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is confirmed to drive for Toyota at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But don’t get your hopes up just yet—it’s an extremely well done gag. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The 2017 World Endurance Championship Season Was A Dramatic Shitshow

The 9-round FIA World Championship provided a full 72 hours of racing across four continents. I watched every minute of the racing this season, and it was usually quite exciting and over-the-top drama-filled. The 24 hours of Le Mans, in particular, this year provided an impressive battle of who can fail the most…Read more… Continue […]

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Toyota’s Gazoo Racing Is Doing A Le Mans-Inspired Supercar Concept For The Street

So we didn’t get a new Toyota Supra at any of the auto shows in 2017, and it doesn’t appear to be coming to the Detroit show next month either. At this point I’m all but convinced it exists only internally so Toyota employees can rip burnouts as a stress-relief exercise. But! Something interesting and […]

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