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One-two success for Toyota/Michelin, 16 years after…

On Easter Sunday, Toyota didn’t put all its eggs in one basket. It was the team’s split strategy that helped its N°8 car to claim the win and ‘condemned’ the N°7 prototype to second place! It was the Japanese make’s first world class one-two result since the 1998 Rally New Zealand!

WEC Silverstone: one-two success for Toyota

Toyota Racing collected an emphatic one-two finish at Round 1 of the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone today. The N°8 TS040 Hybrid/Michelin of Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi was first past the flag, a lap clear of its N°7 sister car. Porsche was third, but no Audis completed the race. There were one-two finishes, too, for Porsche/Michelin in LMGTE Pro and for Aston Martin/Michelin in LMGTE Am. G-Drive Racing won the LMP2 class.

Silverstone: a dress rehearsal for Michelin

For Michelin, the weekend at Silverstone is serving as a valuable dress rehearsal ahead of next June’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Sixty percent of its Le Mans staff is at the British meeting, while 6,000 tyres were trucked to the circuit for the WEC and ELMS teams.

Our own 6 Hours of Silverstone!

At last, after a break of more than five months (141 days), world class endurance action is due to begin this weekend with a double-bill opening clash at Silverstone. Indeed, the British meeting will feature the first rounds of both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the European Le Mans Series. Spectators will be treated to 10 hours of racing (WEC+ELMS=6+4) with 66 LMP, LMGTE and GTC cars to follow.

70 cars for Silverstone

There are 31 entries for the 6 Hours of Silverstone, opening round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), plus another 39 for the 4 Hours of Silverstone, the first race of the 2014 European Le Mans Series (ELMS). There promises to be some interesting motor racing during Easter weekend…

Porsche and Audi dominate WEC test

The fastest lap of the FIA WEC ‘Prologue’ at Le Castellet, France, was posted by Porsche Team’s Brendon Hartley in the N°20 919 Hybrid/Michelin. The track has now been taken over by the ELMS teams for two days.

WEC: Paul Ricard for 2014’s aperitif!

France’s Circuit Paul-Ricard – otherwise known as Le Castellet – will provide the backdrop to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s ‘Prologue’ this coming Friday and Saturday (March 28-29). Twenty-seven of the championship’s 31 cars are expected to attend the test which will be free for spectators on the second day.

Maranello Motorsports (Ferrari/Michelin) wins epic Bathurst 12 Hour

The 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour was brutal and relentless and, in the end, came down to a final fifteen-minute sprint to the chequered flag. The spoils ended up in the hands of Maranello Motorsport’s Peter Edwards, John Bowe, Craig Lowndes and Mika Salo (N°88 Ferrari/Michelin) by a margin of 0.4s over the N°84 Mercedes (HTP)! The N°63 Erebus Mercedes was third to make it an all-Michelin podium in Australia.

Bathurst: Taming ‘The Mountain’

Mount Panorama – familiarly known as ‘The Mountain’ – in Bathurst is a track with a fearsome reputation. It’s Australia’s equivalent of Spa, Laguna Seca or the Nürburgring. And once a year, in early February, the leading Antipodean crews face off against a growing rank of International teams and drivers at the Bathurst 12 Hour in search of international glory.

A field of around 200 drivers for Daytona

The North American endurance racing calendar kicks off next weekend with the 24 Hours of Daytona, round one of the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Of the 67 cars entered, 11 (in the GTLM class) will compete on Michelin rubber.

Daytona: Porsche secures GTLM spoils

Following its LMGTE class win at Le Mans in 2013, the Porsche 911 RSR/Michelin claimed the GTLM victory at Daytona on Sunday with Pilet/Tandy/Lietz. The 24-hour race’s overall standings were topped by the Corvette DP of Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais (Action Express Racing), 1.461s clear of the similar car of Taylor/Angeletti/Taylor/Taylor.

WEC China: Aston Martin (Pro) and Ferrari (Am) share LMGTE success

The LMGTE ‘Pro’ battle in Shanghai produced a one-two finish for Aston Martin/Michelin thanks to the N°97 and N°99 Vantage V8s of Turner/Mücke (1st) and Lamy/Senna/Stanaway (2nd). The first ‘Am’ car past the flag was the N°81 Ferrari/Michelin of Potolicchio/Aguas/Rigon. The fights for all the LMGTE titles will now go down to the wire in Bahrain.

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