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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.

Shanghai track walk

There was no track action today in Shanghai, but the drivers were able to get a feel for the circuit thanks to a two-hour period this afternoon (Thursday) when they could walk (or run!) the 5.451km loop. We talked to Porsche driver Patrick Pilet after his two laps as a pedestrian…

WEC China: surprise success for Audi/Michelin

Audi overturned a seemingly hopeless situation to seize a dramatic win today in China. After being dominated for most of the 6 Hours of Shanghai, its N°1 car (Lotterer/Tréluyer/Fässler) pounced on a chink in Toyota’s armour to clinch victory by a margin of 15 seconds. The N°7 Toyota (Wurz/Lapierre) had to make do with runner-up honours, while Kristensen/Duval/McNish (N°2 Audi, 3rd, +1 lap) added to the German team’s celebrations by securing the 2013 FIA WEC Drivers’ crown. The LMP2 class was won by G-Drive Racing’s Rusinov/Martin/Conway (N°26 Oreca03-Nissan).

Michelin tests with its partners in France

Audi, Toyota, Porsche and Ferrari accepted the invitation extended by Michelin to attend a recent test at Magny-Cours, France, where the tyre firm worked on its endurance racing tyres for 2014.

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