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Enduro: Renet strong leader in the E2

Second round of the Nordic trip, the Grand Prix of Sweden was one of the toughest one of the season, with long and demanding special test sessions. Except Pierre Alexandre Renet (Husqvarna Michelin) no riders were able to secure a double win in Sweden, and there’s an important change in the E3 class as Matthew Phillips (KTM) is the new leader of the series.

SuperMoto: action in the Czech Republic

Round three of the 2014 SuperMoto World Championship takes competitors to Sosnovà, 90km north of the Czech Republic’s capital Prague.

Allan McNish Insight 5: “Battles in every category”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! Here, he looks back at what turned out to be a fascinating race…

Le Mans: 24 hours of non-stop action, then Audi/Michelin wins!

Experience paid at Le Mans this weekend when Audi overcame problems and fought off stiff opposition to collect its 13th triumph in France since 2000. In front of 263,000 spectators, victory ended up in the hands of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer in the N°2 R18 e-tron quattro which completed 379 laps (5,165km) to beat the N°1 sister car by three laps. After dominating for more than half the distance, Toyota had to settle for podium honours, while Porsche’s ‘Mission 2014’ ended in cruel disappointment. Class honours went to Jota Sport, Ferrari and Aston Martin.

Le Mans 24 (H-6): Audi in control

With six hours still to come, a surprising sequence of events has promoted the N°1 Audi to first place at Le Mans. As a consequence, Tom Kristensen could be looking at a record 10th victory in the world’s greatest endurance race, in association with team-mates di Grassi and Gené. The N°7 Toyota has retired, while the N°2 Audi fell back after a turbo change. Ligier and Aston Martin continue to dominate in LMP2 and LMGTE.

Le Mans 24 (H-12): Toyota in front, but not safe…

We’re halfway into the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours and the leader for some time has been the N°7 Toyota (Sarrazin/Wurz/Nakajima) which has completed 187 laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe (2,548km). It enjoys a cushion of almost two minutes over the best-placed Audi (N°2, 2nd), while the N°1 Audi is one lap back in third place. The N°34 Ligier-Nissan is in front in LMP2, while Aston Martins are the cars to beat in both LMGTE classes.

Allan McNish Insight 4: “Le Mans can be very cruel”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! This evening, he talks about the early part of the race…

Le Mans 24 (H-20): Porsche/Michelin leads at Le Mans comeback!

Sixteen years after its last visit to Le Mans when it won in 1998, Porsche is in front after the first four hours of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The new N°20 919 Hybrid (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) is being chased hard by the N°7 Toyota (+11 seconds), with the N°2 and N°1 Audis a little further back in third and fourth places. Alpine-Nissan, Corvette and Aston Martin top the LMP2, LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am orders respectively.

Allan McNish Insight 3: “I will be in front again!”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! Today, he talks about his career with Michelin and the race’s spectacular rolling start…

Allan McNish Insight 2: “Qualifying is always hard to analyse”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! Today he looks back at qualifying and talks about the traditional Drivers Parade…

Le Mans 24: Japan rules Le Mans qualifying!

There was a distinct Japanese flavour to the results of qualifying for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours when Kazuki Nakajima put the N°7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid/Michelin (Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima) on pole position with a time of 3m21.789s. The new Porsche prototype will be second on Saturday’s grid thanks to a fast lap from Romain Dumas in the N°14 919 Hybrid (+0.357s). Another new machine, the N°46 Ligier-Nissan, topped the order in LMP2, while the N°51 and N°81 Ferraris were the cars to beat in LMGTE Pro and Am.

Le Mans 24: Porsche/Michelin on top after Wednesday’s practice

Le Mans history books will record the fact that the N°20 and N°14 Porsches topped the order at the end of their first qualifying session following the German make’s return to the French race’s prototype class. Today’s track time was significantly shortened by a number of interruptions, however, and less than four of the scheduled six hours were run...

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