Category: WEC

24 Hours of Le Mans – RACE HIGHLIGHTS

It was always going to be unpredictable, but few could have anticipated a race with so many twists and turns…all the way to the chequered flag. The 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans – third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship – was full of emotion, joy and disappointment, heat and drama, and it…



Kobayashi smashes Le Mans lap record in Q2

The second practice session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans might have been shortened by 50 minutes, but that didn’t stop track records from tumbling in the LMP1, LMP2 and LMGTE Am categories. Kamui Kobayashi of Toyota Gazoo Racing produced a stunning lap in the No.7 TS050 HYBRID to set a new qualifying lap…



Toyota Provisional Pole in First Le Mans Qualifying

The first qualifying session for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans got off to a late start. An incident in the Road to Le Mans free practice session immediately prior to qualifying required guardrail repairs. This delayed the start of qualifying and shortened the session by 20 minutes. Potentially because of this, and a…



Porsche Wins World Endurance Championship, Again

For the second consecutive year Porsche has taken everything in the FIA World Endurance Championship: victory in Le Mans, winning the manufacturers’ world championship in Shanghai and now again the drivers’ world championship at the finale in Bahrain. In the last of nine WEC rounds in 2016 Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber came…



Webber confirms retirement from motorsport

Following this afternoon’s announcement by Porsche that Mark Webber will assume a new role as special representative for the German automotive manufacturer as he signs off on a long and successful career behind the wheel, the 40-year old Australian has confirmed his intentions and future plans. “Of course hanging up my professional racing helmet is a…



Audi quits Le Mans to focus on electric car racing

Audi will end its involvement in the prestigious Le Mans sports car race next year after almost two decades to focus on racing electric cars, symbolising a shift in strategy as parent company Volkswagen battles to recover from an emissions scandal. Audi, which is seeking to boost the share of zero-emission vehicles to at least…



Making Le Mans with Steve McQueen was fun and games

Article by: Derek Bell From a driver’s perspective, the three most prestigious motor-sport events of the racing year are the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24-hour race. Le Mans is a race with an astonishing history, starting with the birth of sports-car racing back in the 1920s, on…



Porsche clinches a last minute victory at Le Mans

263,500 spectators came to watch Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 in a spectacular twist of fate! At three minutes to the end, the #5 Toyota was heading for victory and suddenly ground to a halt and had to watch the…



Porsche and Toyota Playing Cat and Mouse – Le Mans

The Toyota is again in front of the Porsche but all is still to play for. The number of pit stops could prove decisive, with the Japanese car having the upper hand in this respect. At 10:14, Sébastien Buemi in the #5 Toyota returned to the pits for a routine stop with Anthony Davidson taking…



Top three in a 30-second window – Le Mans

The fight for the lead is living up to all expectations. As the race enters its final quarter, the two Toyotas and the #2 Porsche are running within a whisker of each other. The eighteenth hour of racing began with the news of two retirements: Thiriet by TDS Racing’s #46 Oreca after Pierre Thiriet hit…