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Posted 02 February 2017 - 21:57

TOP CLASS COMPETITION IN STORE ACROSS 2017 WEC GRID

* Toyota take the fight to Porsche in LMP1 in battle of hybrid technology
* LMP1 Privateer ByKolles looking for competitive 2017 season
* ORECA 07s go head-to-head in LMP2 in hands of teams old and new
* Porsche GT returns in strength to contest GT World Championship with Aston Martin, Ferrari and Ford
* Singapore-based team makes WEC debut in multi-marque LMGTE Am class
* The full-season entry list for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship was today revealed during an online press conference broadcast from the home of endurance racing, Le Mans.

The 2017 grid will be made up of 28 cars from 11 different nations, offering proof that the WEC continues to attract teams from across the globe wishing to compete at the highest level in endurance racing. A well balanced, stable calendar is one of the keys to this magnetic appeal for manufacturers and teams, as are regulations which promote strong technological competition and innovation, at the same time as controlling any escalation of expenditure.

 

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Toyota take the fight to Porsche in battle of hybrid technology

Two-time World Champion in the top LMP1 category, Porsche, never sits back on its laurels – no matter how successful it is, and the German manufacturer will be more than prepared for the battle ahead with Toyota in 2017. The highly-sophisticated prototypes which feature complex, state-of-the-art hybrid systems will see drivers of the highest calibre in both teams, and the level of competition will be intense and unrelenting. The widely differing technology and operating systems developed and used by Porsche and Toyota for their motorsport programmes form part of the crossover of technology to the manufacturers’ production vehicles, reinforcing the relevance of the WEC within today’s world of motorsport.

LMP1 Privateer ByKolles looking for competitive 2017 season

Joining the factory competitors will be the Austrian ByKolles Racing Team which shows great fidelity to the WEC. After a challenging 2016, the team has worked hard over the winter on chassis developments and mechanical reliability, and has forged a new partnership with NISMO to power the ENSO CLM P1/01-Nismo.

ORECA 07s go head-to-head in LMP2 in hands of teams old and new

The LMP2 grid will, for the third year in succession, consist of 10 entries but in contrast to previous seasons there is one chassis of choice from the teams entered: the ORECA 07. For 2017 the regulations offer a significant increase in performance to entice competitors, and there are names across the category both familiar and new to the WEC. Joining 2016 LMP2 champions Signatech Alpine Matmut will be multiple-WEC-championship-winning Rebellion Racing, the Swiss team this year re-named Vaillante Rebellion. Manor returns to consolidate its claim on victory in the WEC, planning to use all it learned in its debut year and operating two cars under the name of CEFC Manor TRS Racing. Also returning and strengthening China’s presence in the WEC is Jackie Chan DC Racing team which increases its commitment to the WEC with a two-car team. A new team is welcomed to LMP2 from the ELMS ranks – TDS Racing from France, and it will be collaborating on an operational level with Russia’s G-Drive Racing.

Porsche GT returns in strength to contest GT World Championship with Aston Martin, Ferrari and Ford

Boosted by the creation of the FIA World Endurance Championship for GTE Drivers and Manufacturers, the competition in the LMGTE Pro class will be hotter and tighter than ever. Porsche’s new generation 911 RSR is a mid-engined design, a big evolution in the history of the marque’s top GT model, and there is much anticipation about the yet-to-be announced drivers who will be joining Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen. Returning to challenge for championship victory will be two Ferrari 488 GTEs from AF Corse, looking to repeat the Italian manufacturer’s success of recent years, two of the radical Ford GTs from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK which were introduced in 2016 and which achieved several triumphs in their debut year, and two Aston Martin Vantages from the British manufacturer for the model’s final year before a new one is introduced in 2018. All are experienced WEC race winners.

Singapore-based team makes WEC debut in multi-marque LMGTE Am class

The LMGTE Am class features three different marques among the five entries, and includes Clearwater Racing from Singapore which has moved to the WEC from the Asian Le Mans Series and which will run a Ferrari 488 GTE. Alongside Aston Martin Racing, Gulf Racing and Dempsey-Proton Racing (both racing Porsche 911 RSR 991s), one further new name will be seen on the entry lists. The AF Corse-supported Spirit of Race team will also compete with a Ferrari 488 GTE.

The WEC calendar features nine rounds across five continents, with the third round being the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the jewel in the crown of international endurance racing. The season opens with the 6 Hours of Silverstone on 16 April, moves on to Spa-Francorchamps (6 May), Le Mans (17-18 June) and the Nürburgring (16 July) in Europe before heading overseas to Mexico (3 September), Circuit of The Americas, Austin (16 September), Fuji (15 October), Shanghai (5 November) and Bahrain (18 November) for the second half of the season.

Key Facts and Figures on 2017 FIA WEC Grid

* 28 entries representing 11 nations: Germany (5), Austria (1), Japan (2), Switzerland (3), Russia (1), USA (2), China (4), France (3), Great Britain (4), Italy (2), Singapore (1)
* 5 entries in LMP1, 10 in LMP2, 8 in LMGTE Pro and 5 in LMGTE Am
* 5 manufacturer entries with Porsche represented in both LMP1 and GTE Pro
* Close co-operation between Promoter, regulators and manufacturers to maintain consistency and stability, with working groups focussed on safety, new energy technologies and cost controls
* Three-time World Touring Car champion José Maria Lopez joins Toyota
* 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber move from Porsche GTE competition to LMP1
* New ORECA 07 is the chassis of choice in LMP2, all 10 entries being on Dunlop rubber
* All LMP2 cars will be powered by the new Gibson GK428 4.2 litre, V8 engine
* Championship-winning Rebellion Racing ready for new challenges in LMP2 with two entries and a famous French racing name!
* France’s TDS Racing moves up from European Le Mans Series and collaborates with G-Drive Racing; TDS line-up includes 2016 LMGTE Am champion drivers Perrodo and Collard
* 2016 LMP2 Champions Signatech Alpine looking to retain title via two Alpine A470 entries
* Commitment from Jackie Chan DC Racing sees two Chinese entries in LMP2, joined by CEFC Manor TRS Racing
* New Porsche GT 911 RSR lining up with Aston Martin Vantages, Ferrari 488 GTEs and Ford GTs for World Championship title
* Both Michelin and Dunlop tyres being used in LMGTE Pro offering open tyre competition
* Dempsey-Proton Racing, Gulf Racing and Aston Martin Racing show loyalty to LMGTE Am, joined by Swiss Spirit of Race and Singapore-based Clearwater Racing

Quotes on 2017 WEC grid:

Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile: “The 2017 season will be the sixth of the successful partnership between the FIA and the ACO which has seen the FIA World Endurance Championship grow to the prominent position it holds today in world motor sport. The strong grid announced today will strengthen this position further and will undoubtedly be the focus of some intense battles and drama over the coming nine races.

“In LMP1 Porsche will defend their world and 24 Hours of Le Mans titles, while Toyota is looking to build on the successes of 2016. In addition, four manufacturers will be competing for the new FIA World Endurance Championship for GTE and LMP2 is revitalised with the new technical regulations coming into effect this season.

“I would like to thank Pierre Fillon, Lindsay Owen-Jones and Gérard Neveu for their continued hard work. The great cooperation of the teams at the FIA and the ACO is what makes the FIA World Endurance Championship the success it is today. I am looking forward to what is sure to be another exciting season.”

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “Endurance is in very good health and the 2017 season looks full of promise. Today, we discovered the three great entry lists for the ELMS, the FIA WEC and of course the Le Mans 24 Hours. The on-track spectacle will be absolutely fantastic with duels among top-class drivers and all-out rivalry between the competitors. All the ingredients that make up the DNA of endurance have been combined for 2017. The field for the Le Mans 24 Hours is particularly rich with 16 nationalities from the four corners of the world and a host of teams, most of which race in our continental series in Europe, the United States and Asia thanks to the Asian Le Mans Series, which has really taken off! It is all proof of the success of the endurance pyramid so dear to the ACO. The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours promise us a great spectacle on the track as well as a week’s festivities to be enjoyed to the full!”

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, President of the FIA Endurance Commission: “As the FIA World Endurance Championship begins another exciting season the announcement of another large grid is testament to the job the regulations are doing in attracting the best teams and drivers to compete in a championship that encourages the advancement of new technologies, promotes safety in all areas and controls costs. There is a new world championship for GTE with Porsche competing with the new 911 to take on Aston Martin, Ferrari and Ford and BMW has announced its participation in 2018. This season we will see the implementation of the new LMP2 technical regulations, with four chassis manufacturers and one single engine suppler that will increase performance and intensify competition between the teams.”

Gérard Neveu, CEO of the World Endurance Championship:“We approach our sixth WEC season in a very good position, with a solid base of manufacturer and stakeholder support, world-class partners and teams, and the best sportscar drivers in the world. The stability of our calendar offers relevance to the manufacturers in terms of their key markets outside Europe, such as North and Central America, China, Japan and the Middle East. It also allows us to continue growing our fan base around the world, as witnessed already by the number of fans who have already purchased tickets in advance of the season. Motorsport enthusiasts know there will be entertainment for the whole family, great access to the cars and drivers and that, no matter where in the world they are, they will witness non-stop drama and competition on track.”

 

WEC 2017 Calendar

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Ultravažno, Robert Kubica se vraća na grane vrha motorsporta s ByKolesom što znači upadanje u elitu WEC odnosno LMP1 kategoriju. 

Manor se vraća posle pauze s dva ORECA 07 prototipa

 

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Hoze Marija Lopez se priključuje Tojota LMP1 timu a Mark Veber će mahnuti francuskom zastavom uoči 24 sata Le Mana koja označava start čuvene trke izdržljivosti. Komično, s druge strane padoka videćemo debi Džeki Čen tima i to s dva prototipa. Nadam se da nećemo gledati nešto nalik ovome:

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 21:53

Rubens Barrichello will add to his expansive list of motor racing accomplishments by taking part in his first 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Racing Team Netherlands LMP2 team.

The Formula 1 and IndyCar veteran will partner with Jan Lammers and Fritz van Eerd in a Dallara P217 chassis powered by a spec Gibson V8 engine. The reunion with Lammers, who won Le Mans in 1988 with the TWR Jaguar program, is a welcome one for the Brazilian.

"I'm very excited and I love to be involved in these situations," Barrichello told RACER. "I never thought of racing at Le Mans, but the invitation came at the right time from my old friend Jan Lammers."

The two have a special connection that dates back to Barrichello's European racing debut.

"When Jan had the Team Netherlands Opel Lotus program, he was the first team I tested with in Europe when I was 16," said the 44-year-old who resides in Florida. "I was very happy when I got the call from him, and since America seems to be shy to invite me for races over here, I have to go to Le Mans and see how it is."

Barrichello spent two days in the yellow Dallara at Sebring in December, and expects to log more testing miles before Le Mans arrives in June.

"I did a couple days at Sebring for the Dunlop tire test, and I might join them in Spain in March and then there's some more testing we'll do," he added. Given the chance, Barrichello would also like to compete in IMSA to fill out his calendar. His last IMSA start came in 2016 with Wayne Taylor Racing at Daytona where the team finished second overall.

"I would love for the team to come over here and race, but even if they don't, I would love to race more in IMSA," he said. "I still race in Brazil and race karts with my kids, but IMSA is a series that interests me quite a lot."


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:36

There were some hopes that a privateer would pick up Audi’s R18 Le Mans prototype program where Audi left off, but that won’t be happening now. Team Penske owner Roger Penske asked Audi about running the R18 at Le Mans, but Audi won’t let be letting him or anyone else do it.

Penske told Motorsport.com, crushing the hopes and dreams of Audi LMP1 fans everywhere:

I talked about if we could get a privateer [effort] with some of those cars. But under the current situation with Audi, all the things they’re going through, they just said they’ve got enough eyeballs on them, they don’t need to be showing up at Le Mans.

I’d love to run at Le Mans, but if I did I’d love to run at the front.
The R18 would have been a plausible contender for running at the front of Le Mans, having won its final race in the World Endurance Championship. Penske would have been just the kind of competent outfit Audi was allegedly looking for to run the R18 program as a privateer as well, having over 50 years of morotsport experience with countless race wins to their name.

Sadly, with such scrutiny on Audi and the rest of the Volkswagen Group after Dieselgate, the company obviously feels that allowing its showiest piece of diesel performance technology in any year’s spec to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans isn’t a good look.

It would most likely have to be the 2016-spec R18 this late in the game, too, as there isn’t a fully-built 2017 car for anyone to just hop into a drive, either. Before he retired as Audi’s head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich told Motorsport.com that the 2017 car was only built as a 1:8 model and that no “historic” Audis would be making an appearance at Le Mans. Sad!

While this is about like hearing that the Easter Bunny isn’t real to many Audi fans who hoped that someone would bring the R18 back to Le Mans, we may still see Penske back in endurance racing yet. He’s currently seeking a manufacturer partner to field an IMSA DPi for the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s top Prototype class, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves at the top of the short list for potential drivers.

 

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 19:17

16.4.2017. s šest sati Silverstona počinje nova sezona. Prijavljeno je 28 prototipova, donosim tabelu s detaljima

 

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 23:57

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Wow big news - Jean-Eric Vergne joins Manor for the 2017 WEC season including Le Mans!


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 19:00

Nije WEC nego IMSA, ali je dovoljno slicno:

 

 

Miss any of the action from the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring? Watch the race in its entirety here.

 

 

 

Pa ko ima 12 sati viska vremena, eto odlican nacin da ga ubije... :)


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Posted 26 March 2017 - 22:59

Procurele slike novog Poršea 919 Hibrid

 

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Stranice prototipa, otvori hladnjaka  :krsta:


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 20:23

Ažurirana lista vozača i timova za prolog u Monci

 

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Jedini Formula E vozač na listi Sem Bird ustupio je mesto Aleksu Linu u timu DS Virdžin Rejsing uoči ePri Meksiko Sitija ovog vikenda. Sledeće podudaranje VECa i FE će biti za 6 sati Nirburgringa odnosno ePri Njujorka 16 jula.


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Posted 31 March 2017 - 13:18

Udes Gvenael Delomijea u ELMS prototipu na prologu u Monci

 


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Posted 31 March 2017 - 15:01

Jbt sta je to bilo, cim je krenuo da koci bolid se samo okrenuo udesno? :o


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Posted 31 March 2017 - 19:57

Tojota i Porše predstavili prototipove

 

Tojota TS050 Hibrid 

 

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Porše 919 Hibrid

 

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ŠBBKBB Audi R18  :(

 

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 20:16

Robert Kubica will not race in the FIA World Endurance Championship for LMP1 privateer outfit ByKolles this year, the Polish driver has announced.

Kubica had been due to contest the WEC campaign for the ByKolles squad and appeared – albeit didn't drive – in the pre-season Prologue test for the team.

Following the test, he announced on social media that he would not be present in the Silverstone season opener, or in the other races of the WEC schedule.

"After the Prologue, I have decided to interrupt my racing program with the ByKolles team in LMP1," Kubica said in the statement.

"Therefore, I will not take part in the upcoming WEC Silverstone opening round and in the other WEC races.

"It has been a hard decision to step down and so lose the opportunity to join such a challenging and competitive championship, but I hope this will not be a definitive goodbye."

Kubica's place at ByKolles is set to be taken by Dominik Kraihamer for Silverstone, who is to line up alongside Oliver Webb and James Rossiter in the Nissan-powered ENSO CLM P1/01.

Kraihamer, who competed in WEC for Rebellion Racing last year, had been due to drive on the second day of the Monza Prologue test.

The ENSO CLM P1/01 missed the first two sessions of the Prologue on Saturday as it was still in the process of being built, and only completed six laps on Saturday evening – with Webb driving – before further problems forced the team to abandon the test prematurely.

ByKolles is the sole non-manufacturer LMP1 car entered for this year’s WEC season, which commences at Silverstone this weekend with a total of 27 cars on the grid.

 

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 15:00

OT, Blenkpein GT trka u Monci- UŽIVO. Start je bio vrlo uzbudljiv, desio se udes na čelu koji je pokrenuo lančanu reakciju sličnu kao na VN Belgije 1998 što je prouzročilo crvenu zastavu. 

 


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 20:51

@TockwithMS(LMP2) will make the @24hoursoflemans with @GulfOil colors for 50 years of the 1st appearance of the livery + several quotations from the @FIAWEC

 

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 21:03

Uh, uvek se najezim kad vidim ove boje, klasika!

 

Slikao sam nedavno jedan 911 ovde kod mene ovako ofarban, iskopacu sliku kad dodjem kuci :)


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