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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    Showdown: Porsche’s WEC racer vs Merc’s W06 F1 car.. <SNIP>

    Wow, great stuff there, Rob! Very enlightening. Need to re-read this when I'm more awake, haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by abbottcostello View Post
    Wow, great stuff there, Rob! Very enlightening. Need to re-read this when I'm more awake, haha


    Really is a good and enlightening read. Clears up afew things. Looking forward seeing what Porsche has found this year. Roll on the WEC Prologue.
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    2016 12 HOURS OF SEBRING - GTLM PREVIEW
    A Race Engineer's Perspective

    (Houston, Texas, March 10, 2016)...Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM team, takes a look ahead at this year's 12 Hours of Sebring, March 19, 2016, at the historic Sebring International Raceway.

    Pilots of the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 for the 64th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida include Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy), Toni Vilander (Finland) and Sebring rookie Davide Rigon (Italy).

    General: We have a field of 49 cars for this year's 12 Hours of Sebring, down slightly from 2015. It's a large number of cars for the bumpy 3.74 mile 17-turn track. Pit boxes will again be small and traffic nearly constant. The high amateur content and car count in the GTD and PC fields will again make patience pay in the race. The GT3 cars will be very fast on the straights and very difficult to pass cleanly, a big concern.


    GTLM Competition: There are NO weak cars, manufacturers, drivers or teams in GTLM this year. The No. 4 Corvette won Daytona, in a convincing fashion, as both Corvettes were super quick, while stretching their fuel windows in the final stints, but they showed their BoP (Balance of Performance) advantage and they shouldn't be as dominate at Sebring. All the GTLM manufacturers: Ferrari, BMW, Porsche, Corvette and Ford, will have super-competitive cars and second to none driver lineups. You can do this race with two drivers but all will have at least three on their entry list. We won't know the comparative inter-class pace until the race, that is if anyone shows true pace. No one is showing true all-out pace from fear that IMSA will BoP any advantage away. The difference between proper setup work and an inherent performance advantage is difficult to separate. Unfortunately IMSA's first three race tracks are anomalies; Daytona, Sebring, and Long Beach. From IMSA's Sebring Test you would have to give the BMWs, followed by Porsches, a slight advantage at Sebring. But Corvette didn't attend the recent Sebring test. We don't know their relative pace, nor does IMSA. You can't compare performance from different test days at Sebring, the track changes too much. The Fords were very consistent with good pace; they received a boost increase in the latest BoP to further increase their top speed, which they dominated in GTLM at the test. The Risi Ferrari would appear good at the test, based on a small number of quick lap times, but is compromised on top speed and straight-line performance with the BoP, relative to all other GTLMs. This straight-line speed and HP disadvantage will carry through Sebring, as no increase was given to the F488 GTLM. The Ferrari has typically been fast here with a good finishing record, but is a long shot this year with the current BoP having it down on power.

    The track: Sebring is a historic track hosting the longest running endurance race in North America; it's also one of the toughest tracks to get the setup right. You're always chasing the setup, as the track changes throughout the week. It's super bumpy in sections, which means you want to go in a softer setup direction. There are numerous near-threshold braking zones that require good platform support and two sections where change of direction is important, which doesn't suit a soft setup. So it's a conundrum. You need very good braking here and that's a main area for gains, and the brakes need to be consistent and last 12 hours. The drivers need confidence in Turn 1 and Turn 17 on the bumps and a good platform in Turns 3-4 and Turns 15-16 for the change of direction. Good power down out of Turns 5, 7, 10, 13 and 16 aids in a quick lap, as they all lead on to relatively long straights. You reach over 140 Mph five times a lap here so power is very important in lap time.


    The setup: Sebring is a compromise. You need dampers that support the car but are compliant, with enough high speed damping to settle and control the car through the bumps. Too much low speed damping upsets the car on the bumps but not enough and you lose platform support/control. Ride heights are always higher than the legal minimum to keep the car from bottoming, mainly in Turn 17 (left side) and the exit of Turn 1 (right side). The typical GTLM Ferrari setup direction is moderate springs with anti-roll bars on the soft side. GT cars, in general, struggle with rear stability under braking at turn-in, and this is historically the worst track for this tendency. A soft setup tends to aggravate this tendency. The Ferrari 488 is no exception. Good power down is important with the many long straights; most are not actually 'straight' but are long full throttle sections. If you get the rear stable, the tendency for off-brake mid-corner understeer becomes the next problem, which delays the ability to go to power. Sebring is bumpy. Sebring is low frequency large amplitude bumps (inputs), just the opposite of a track like Long Beach which is more high frequency low amplitude.

    The race: The last several years have seen the end to the classic endurance race strategy, where you'd save the car to make it to the end. The cars are all so reliable now that long races are just long full-on sprint races. The safety car wave-by rules are intact from Daytona, which should again keep the class fights competitive to the end, as this race will likely be caution filled. Pit boxes will again be small and crowded. This track doesn't have the best runoff area and with the large car count and patience on the track will be very important. You have to finish strong to win and penalties for avoidable contact are steep; you'll go down a lap easy in the penalty box. The new GTDs (GT3 based cars) have ABS (allowed by the rules) and have so much power they will be very difficult to pass here. The GTLM drivers will have to take some risk to get by a lot of the GTDs.

    This is my personal favorite track and it's been a good track for Risi Competizione with numerous podiums and three GT class wins. Let's just hope our series of bad luck in recent long races comes to an end.

    Tune-In Information:
    The 12 Hours of Sebring race is available live in the U.S. on March 19, on Fox Sports 1 and on the FOX Sports GO! mobile app beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST and on Fox Sports 2 beginning at 12:00 p.m. and again on Fox Sports 2 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The International fans can watch the race stream live with IMSA Radio commentary at IMSA.com. A highlight broadcast of the 12 Hours of Sebring is available tape delayed on FOX Sports 1 on March 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
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    Porsche’s Alex Hitzinger Leaves Motorsport
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    Porsche’s LMP1 programme Technical Director Alex Hitzinger has announced that he is to depart from the team and the company before the start of the 2016 racing season to take on a new challenge outside motorsport.

    Hitzinger departs officials on 31 March after more than four years with the programmes part of an ever-present management trio with Fritz Enzinger (Vice President LMP1) and Andreas Seidl (Team Principal) that took both the Le Mans 24 Hours win, and the WEC Manufacturers, Teams and Drivers Championships in 2015 with the 919 Hybrid.

    Fritz Enzinger: “On behalf of Porsche I want to thank Alexander Hitzinger very much for his huge contribution to the outstanding successes of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. He was one of the first people to come on board at the end of 2011. I appreciate his desire for a new challenge.

    “We are well prepared for the 2016 season. Within our team, which has a total of 260 employees, we also have a remarkably strong group of engineers working for the management team. The 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid is ready to go.”

    Hitzinger’s successor will be decided at a later date.
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    Sir Chris Hoy resumes LMP2 testing ahead of possible Le Mans bid

    Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy has resumed his LMP2 test programme with the Greaves squad ahead of a potential Le Mans 24 Hours campaign in June.

    Nissan-backed Hoy, who won the European Le Mans Series LMP3 title last year in his third season of racing, undertook his second test in a P2 this week aboard Greaves Motorsport's Gibson-Nissan 15S at the Aragon circuit in Spain.

    The test follows a first run in the same car at Estoril last November (pictured).

    Hoy said via Twitter that he had an "awesome couple of days at Aragon testing in LMP2" and that he was "pleased with progress".

    Nissan is refusing to confirm its intention to place Hoy in the Greaves Gibson should the car move up from its position as first reserve on the entry list for Le Mans.

    "Sir Chris is continuing his preparations for the coming season in and out of the car," Nissan motorsport boss Mike Carcamo told Autosport.

    "We have not announced his programme yet because it is not completed."

    Tim Greaves, owner of the British team that will also field a new ORECA 05 at Le Mans, said Hoy had been impressive at Aragon.

    "Chris did a really good job and was doing 1m50s and high 49s when pro drivers were lapping in the 48s," he said.

    "He really wants to do this and knows what it is going to take."

    Hoy would share the car at Le Mans with Alex Brundle, but it is understood that Greaves has yet to find a third driver for the seat.

    The only nominated driver for its ELMS campaign with the same car is reigning champion Gary Hirsch.

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    Penske eyes Le Mans return, almost contested Rolex 24

    Roger Penske says he would love to take his American team back to the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time in over 40 years, if a manufacturer could supply him a car capable of overall victory.

    Penske, who raced himself at Le Mans in the ‘60s and ran a Ferrari 512M in 1971, says he is open to a return to the sportscar arena – and came close to running an ORECA LMP2 in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

    “One area we’d love to go back to is long-distance racing,” said Penske. “We keep knocking on doors about that right now.

    “Once these rules with the LMP2 [and US-centric DPi] cars get finalised – quite honestly, we talked to ORECA about running at the Daytona 24 Hours this year. But when we looked at how they were going to handicap the car [compared to the Daytona Prototypes], you were dead before you started.

    “There’s always going to be some balances between the cars, but it’s something we decided not to do.”

    Daytona history

    Penske’s team won the Daytona 24 Hours in 1969, when Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons co-drove a Lola T70 Mk3b-Chevrolet to victory. He ended a long hiatus at the US sportcar classic event in 2008, when Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, Kurt Busch and Ryan Briscoe drove a Wayne Taylor Racing-run Pontiac-powered Riley Daytona Prototype.

    Penske then entered a fulltime entry in the 2009 Grand-Am Series, and is also no stranger to LMP2 having run the Porsche RS Spyder to multiple titles in the American Le Mans Series.

    “The programme we did with Porsche was one of the great ones of the last 10 years or so,” said Penske. “We have the drivers, we can go to Le Mans and these places, we got the guys, the mechanics to work on them, and OK we’d need to hone ourselves in on the strategy, but it’s a matter of having the car.

    “The current sportscar racing we have in this country, you can run at Daytona, Sebring, Road Atlanta and maybe Laguna Seca – I’d love to have a car that we could run for that. I’m really not interested in running in a class.”

    Penske forsook its Le Mans invitations with the RS Spyder programme for the reason it didn’t want to contend only for class wins.

    Le Mans interest still burns

    Penske confirmed that he’d like to see his team return to Le Mans, but that the current rules make it impossible to compete at the front without manufacturer backing.

    “You’ve gotta have an Audi or a Porsche right now,” he admitted. “It’s great to see Ford go with their GT car, but with the IndyCar Series and NASCAR, we’ve got such a commitment that… if you go to Le Mans, that has to be a programme all by itself.

    “We’d have to go with a manufacturer at this particular time.

    “It’s the one race we really haven’t won, we’ve raced in it but it’s ironic that when we were racing in Le Mans in the ‘70s, Ferdinand Piech’s wife called me, saying her husband wanted to meet with me.

    “We met in Stuttgart and we put the 917/10 [Can-Am car] together and then the 917/30, and we were there when there we no buildings in Weissach. [Famous Penske driver Mark] Donohue and myself were there when it was just a test track.”
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    CORVETTE RACING CHASES SECOND STRAIGHT FLORIDA ENDURANCE SWEEP
    FIERCE GTLM AND GTD COMPETITION EXPECTED IN SEBRING

    Corvette Racing will be looking to make it two in-a-row in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and at Sebring International Raceway when it returns to Central Florida for the 64th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

    The team opened the 2016 season with Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fassler winning the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the No. 4 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R – the same car that won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. One year ago, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen captured GTLM top honors at Sebring in the team’s No. 3 Corvette C7.R after also winning the Rolex 24.

    “Sebring is a race that I think everyone at Corvette Racing looks forward to,” said Garcia, who will co-drive with Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. “A big reason is our success there with nine wins including last year. It was a good example of what can happen at Sebring. We did not have the fastest car but we had the best strategy and didn’t make any mistakes as drivers or in the pits. At the end of the day, that was the difference.”

    Garcia and Magnussen used their victories at Daytona and Sebring as a foundation to capture the 2015 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a four-race test of endurance that continues with Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Due to the unique scoring of the Patrón Endurance Cup – with points scored at different intervals of each race – both sets of Corvette drivers are among a 12-driver tie atop the GTLM standings after the opening race of 2016.

    Corvette faces stiff challenges from two-car challenges presented by BMW, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche in its bid to repeat.

    BMW Team RLL was fastest in the recent February test at Sebring, led by Dirk Werner, who will be joined by Bill Auberlen and Bruno Spengler in the No. 25 IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GTLM. The team also has the No. 100 for John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Kuno Wittmer.

    Ferrari will have a pair of new 488 GTEs – the No. 62 Risi Competizione entry for international stars Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and Davide Rigon, as well as the the No. 68 Scuderia Corsa entry for Alessandro Pier Guidi, Andrea Bertolini and Daniel Serra.



    Ford has its new attention-grabbing GT. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing fields the No. 66 for Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and 2015 Sebring overall winner Sebastien Bourdais, in addition to the No. 67 for Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and defending IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.

    Porsche brings a two-car lineup that includes defending GTLM champion Patrick Pilet and 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winners Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber. Pilet and Tandy are joined by Kevin Estre in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR, with Bamber co-driving the No. 912 entry with Frederic Makowiecki and Michael Christensen.

    The competition debut of the new Ferrari 488 GT3 and a revised six-car Lamborghini lineup highlight the GT Daytona (GTD) class, with the 20-car lineup including seven manufacturers.

    Ferrari had the fastest time in the class at the recent test, turned by Alessandro Balzan in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3. He will be joined by Christina Nielsen and Jeff Segal. Spirit of Race will race the proven Ferrari 458 GT3 for drivers Matteo Cressoni, Raffaele Giammaria and Peter Mann.

    There are changes in the Lamborghini entry for Sebring. Change Racing adds a second car, the No. 11 Robert Graham Lamborghini Huracán GT3 for defending GTD champions Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, who will be joined by Richard Antinucci. The team also fields the No. 16 for Pertamina/Monster Energy entry for Spencer Pumpelly and Corey Lewis. Dream Racing joins the WeatherTech Championship with the No. 27 Huracán GT3 for Larry DeGeorge and Cedric Sbirrazzuoli. Konrad Racing will have a pair of cars, with drivers including Franz Konrad, Terry Borcheller, Christopher Bruck, Norbert Siedler and Pierre Ehret. Paul Miller Racing has the No. 48 Castrol/Universal Industrial Sales entry for Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow and Bryce Miller.

    Porsche is the defending GTD class winner at Sebring, with Ian James, Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas giving Alex Job Racing its 10th triumph in the 2015 classic driving the No. 23 Team Seattle/Heart of Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. The team also fields the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche for Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen and Gunnar Jeannette. Black Swan Racing took second in the class in the recent Rolex 24, with Andy Pilgrim, Timothy Pappas and Nicky Catsburg in the No. 540 Papent.com/Fine Arts Enterprises/Boston Athletic Club/Champion Porsche entry. Also racing for Porsche is Park Place Motorsports, with Patrick Lindsey, Matt McMurry and Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 73 Park Place Porsche/Jet Edge International/Justice Brothers entry.

    Three teams will field a quartet of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3. Stevenson Motorsports has the No. 6 for Robin Liddell, Andrew Davis and Connor De Phillippi, along with the No. 9 for Lawson Aschenbach, Matt Bell and Dion von Moltke. Magnus Racing has Andy Lally, John Potter and Marco Seefried from its 2016 Rolex 24 class-winning lineup, while Flying Lizard Motorsports has the No. 45 Krohn Aviation Audi R8 for Nic Jonsson, Tracy Krohn and Pierre Kaffer.

    Turner Motorsport has a pair of new BMW M6 GT3s, the No. 96 Spectra Resources/United Steel/Valspar Paint/IHG Rewards Club entry for Ashley Freiberg, Jens Klingmann and Bret Curtis, plus the No. 97 Alvarez & Marsal/IHG Rewards Club car for Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala and Jesse Krohn.



    Dodge Viper and Aston Martin will be represented by single entries. Riley Motorsports returns with the Viper that came within mere minutes of winning last year’s race, the No. 33 ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper GT3-R for Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Miller. Aston Martin Racing fields the No. 98 Vantage GT3 for Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda, Petro Lamy and Richie Stanaway.

    Live television coverage of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring begins on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET on FS1, with the entire race streamed on the FOX Sports GO app. The weekend also includes the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, on Friday at 12:20 p.m., along with two races each for the IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

    Practice for the 64th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring begins at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 17, with qualifying on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The race takes the green flag at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday.

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    FERRARI RECAPTURE THE PAST WITH STRONG BRITISH PRESENCE

    There’s an undeniable element of nostalgia surrounding Ferrari at the moment. Almost 60 years after Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins raced the Prancing Horse’s cars in Formula One, with Hawthorn becoming Britain’s first World Champion in 1958, Ferrari have chosen two British drivers, James Calado and Sam Bird, to represent Maranello alongside Italians Gianmaria Bruni and Davide Rigon in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.

    Now entering his third season at Ferrari, Calado will join Bruni in the no.51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, while new signing Bird will partner Rigon in the no.71.

    For 29-year-old Bird, who was entered in a GTE Am class Ferrari by AF Corse at Silverstone and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014, this represents a rich reward for helping G-Drive to the LMP2 team and driver championships last season.

    “To be associated with this brand is simply amazing,” Bird said. “It’s a brand you grow up wanting to drive for, so it’s of course an honour and a privilege to be recognised as one of their factory drivers.

    “Last season was a very important year because it put me in a great position in the shop window for this year and, when Ferrari comes knocking on your door, it’s something that I would never turn down.”



    With a successful full season in LMP2 now under his belt, Bird feels well prepared for the challenge and has his sights firmly set on helping Ferrari to recapture the World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers, after missing out to Porsche by just four points in 2015.

    “The relationship had always remained, regardless of how it ended at Le Mans in 2014,” he said. “Last year I would go down to AF Corse regularly to have a coffee with the boys. They were happy with the speed that I had shown, but I think there were some other areas that I needed to go away and work on, which I felt like I did, and more, with G-Drive. Because of that, I was able to secure one of the factory drives with Ferrari for this season.

    “The aim is obviously to claim the top spot in the GT manufacturers’ championship, that’s got to be the name of the game. It will be extremely tough; there are some other top teams and cars out there, we’ll have to see what happens with the BoP at the beginning of the year, do the best job we can and then, come Bahrain, we’ll see where we stand.”
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    Just found out about IMSA BoP....fuel capacities for GTLM

    CORVETTE - 102 liters
    BMW - 104 liters
    Ferrari. - 79 liters

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    Daytona we were 78 litres, and now gone down to 77 litres for Sebring.
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    I cant believe we are still at such a disadvantage with the BoP???
    What gives? Even the Fords are getting a better deal...
    Another reason I prefer the Euro series more than the imsa.

    Hey Rob, what is that grey 488? Would that be a lemans prototipo?
    Amazing.
    And a drag that rules are going to prevent us from winning any imsa events this year..

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    I will pm you the reason we get a poor deal in imsa.
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    Aston Martin Partner With Red Bull – F1 Branding & a Newey/ Reichmann Designed Hypercar

    Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin have this morning announced a partnership which sees Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman collaborate to produce a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercard.

    Codenamed Project ‘AM-RB 001’, the new hypercar aims to combine F1 tech with Aston Martin’s signature sports car design.

    Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner:

    “This is a very exciting project for everyone at Red Bull Racing. Through this Innovation Partnership the iconic Aston Martin logo will return to grand prix racing for the first time since 1960, and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will be using Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars. It’s an incredible project and also realises a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car. We are very much looking forward to what I’m certain will be a successful partnership.”

    Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer:

    “Formula One offers the ultimate global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand. However, this partnership will deliver even more than that when the hypercar that Aston Martin and Adrian Newey are in the process of developing hits the road. Between Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing AG, we are going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of the car designers of the future and a global audience of sports car enthusiasts.

    “These are exciting times for Aston Martin and arriving hot on the heels of our DB11 launch earlier this month, this new partnership underlines that our brand really is racing again.”
    Adrian Newey:

    “From the age of six I have had two goals in life – to be involved in the design of racing cars, and to be involved in the design of a super car.” Newey commented. “Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years.
    “The opportunity to now develop and realise those ideas whilst working with Marek and his colleagues from Aston Martin is tremendously exciting. It allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1 into a new arena.”

    Marek Reichman:

    “We are in the process of developing a hypercar that combines the latest in aerodynamics from F1 and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car,” said Reichman. “The opportunity to collaborate with Adrian (Newey) and Red Bull Advanced Technologies will be a fascinating experience for everyone involved. Unconstrained by F1TM regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.”

    To celebrate the partnership between Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the RB12s will carry the iconic Aston Martin wings logo throughout the 2016 season, making their debut at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.


    Much of the media comment will inevitably focus on that branding – but it opens up another very interesting question – Is this about Aston Martin looking at Formula One, or will it emerge that it is just as much about Red Bull taking a look at endurance racing?
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    Ford Confirm Le Mans Line-Ups: Tincknell, Johnson, Bourdais & Dixon Join GTE Effort

    Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has announced its full Le Mans 24 Hours line-up, including first confirmation of the finalised driver pairings for the pair of full season WEC cars.

    Each of the four Ford GTs will have a team of three drivers to take on the demands of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which takes place on June 18-19.

    “We are pleased to have a very strong driver line-up for our return to the Le Mans 24 Hours,” commented Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development. “We’ve assembled a talented and experienced team on all fronts and we are all focused on creating a new chapter in Ford’s history at Le Mans.”

    The #66 Ford GT will be raced by a formidable line-up featuring German Stefan Mücke, Frenchman Olivier Pla and American Billy Johnson, while Scot Marino Franchitti, Guernsey-based Andy Priaulx and Englishman Harry Tincknell form a very strong squad in the #67 Ford GT.

    Tincknell is already a Le Mans winner as he took the LMP2 victory in 2014 in his fourth-ever sports car race. He will join the team for the first two FIA WEC races at Silverstone and Spa before going to Le Mans.

    “At 24, to be driving a Ford GT car at Le Mans exactly 50 years after the famous 1-2-3 finish for the team is incredibly special for me personally,” said Tincknell. “Ford has such an incredible history at Le Mans and I think with this car and team we can emulate some of that success. We’ll be resuming that fierce battle with Ferrari but it will be very competitive with all of the manufacturers in the class so we are in for a great fight. There is an incredible drive within the team at the moment and everyone is excited to be back. I’m very proud to be a part of it all.”

    Johnson is one of the most successful drivers in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Currently racing the Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang, Johnson makes his Le Mans debut this year.

    “Ford’s history at Le Mans is one of the greatest motorsport stories of all time and this return after 50 years is arguably as meaningful and ambitious,” said Johnson. “Having won many races behind the wheel of Fords and having been a part of the development of the Ford GT, it’s truly an honor to be competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours on Ford’s historic return to the race. Like the original, the new Ford GT was built to win Le Mans and it’s such a fantastic car to drive.”

    Sebastien-BourdaisThe #68 Ford GT line-up of American Joey Hand and German Dirk Müller will be strengthened by the addition of Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais at Le Mans, with New Zealander Scott Dixon joining Englishman Richard Westbrook and Australian Ryan Briscoe in the #69 car.

    Bourdais tested the Ford GT during its development phase and competed in the No. 66 IMSA Ford GT at the Rolex 24 with Hand and Müller.

    “Le Mans is incredibly close to my heart,” said Bourdais. “I was born there so it is very special to go back as the local boy, as I have done 10 times now. People have not forgotten Ford’s history and heritage at Le Mans, even though it was a long time ago. The excitement around Ford’s return will make Le Mans even more special for us. We have new challenges and new rivalries and we hope the story comes full circle so that we can repeat history.”

    Bourdais and Dixon were recently announced as the third and fourth drivers who will complete the line-up for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring this week.

    “For once I’m the rookie as this will be my first Le Mans,” said Dixon. “I’m excited to make my Le Mans debut in the Ford GT. I’ve been in the car a few times in testing so I know we have a great race car here. Like any driver it is a dream come true for me to race at Le Mans and I can’t wait to get started. The history of Ford at Le Mans is very well documented and I’m proud to be part of this very special program.”

    “Personally, and as an organization, we are thrilled to be racing at Le Mans this year,” added Chip Ganassi. “As a driver I raced there once back in 1987 and I have been looking to get back there ever since. To be going with Ford and the new GT makes it all the more special and the talent assembled in this driver line-up just adds to the anticipation.”
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    Tincknell Confirms Additional Ganassi Ford Outings

    Harry-TincknellAppearing on Radio Le Mans’ weekly Midweek Motorsport programme newly announced Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Le Mans driver Harry Tincknell confirmed that he will additionally race the GTE Pro class Ford GT at the opening two FIA WEC races of the season at Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps.

    Assuming that fellow Le Mans addition Billy Johnson is confirmed with a similar programme that means that all of the 2016 Le Mans drivers should arrive with race experience in the Ford already under their belts with Sebastien Bourdais having raced at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and both the Frenchman and Scott Dixon slated to race this coming weekend at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
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    thats really good news for Harry.
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    been testing in Vallelunga.
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    BUBBA BURGER JOINS WEATHERTECH CHAMPIONSHIP AS OFFICIAL BURGER
    PROUD PARTNER ALSO BECOMES ENTITLEMENT SPONSOR OF LONG BEACH

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills!

    Officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced a multi-year partnership making BUBBA burger® the “Official Burger” of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and a Proud Partner of IMSA. The partnership also will feature a variety of events with promotions and product coupons throughout the WeatherTech Championship season.

    “BUBBA burger® is known for their high quality and convenience and clearly has many fans, which we believe can be – or already are – fans of sports car racing,” said IMSA Vice President, Marketing David Pettit. “This is an enthusiastic new partner for IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship in a unique, but fitting, category. It also brings another non-endemic, category-leading, premium brand into the ranks of Official Partners of IMSA.

    “Many of our race fans take advantage of the opportunity to camp and grill their own food at our racetracks. We fully expect BUBBA burgers will find a home on many of those grills this season and well into the future.”

    BUBBA burger® products are sold throughout the United States. They are available in over 11 different burger varieties, including an expanded line of BUBBA Turkey and Veggie burgers.

    In addition to its official partnership status with IMSA, BUBBA burger® also was named the entitlement partner of next month’s WeatherTech Championship race at Long Beach. The race will be called the “BUBBA burger® SportsCar Grand Prix at Long Beach.”

    “BUBBA burger and racing go hand in hand,” said Vice President of Marketing Andy Stenson. “The sports car race fans are an important part of our rapid growth as a brand! This new sponsorship with IMSA will allow us to reach an expanding fan base and to share the excitement of the BUBBA burger brand.”

    Next up for the WeatherTech Championship is the 64th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, March 19. Live television coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on FS1 and the race will be streamed in its entirety in the U.S. on the FOX Sports GO app and internationally on IMSA.tv.

    About BUBBA burger®

    BUBBA burger® is sold in grocery stores nationwide throughout the United States as well as world-wide through the U.S. Military Commissary system. BUBBA burger® is a natural choice for quality and convenience, we are proud to produce our uniquely shaped, gluten free BUBBA burgers. You can take them right from your freezer to your grill or skillet. BUBBA burgers come in many varieties to fit any taste, including the newly expanded BUBBA turkey line and our BUBBA Veggie burger. Race to your favorite local grocer’s freezer today and pick up a few BUBBA burgers so that you are sure to have a winning weekend! Visit www.bubbafoods.com for more information.

    - See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/bubba-b....icL0RwPm.dpuf
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    A Lap Around Sebring International Raceway

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    MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA TO FEATURE PAIR OF WEATHERTECH CHAMPIONSHIP RACES

    SPLIT RACE FORMAT INCLUDES P/GTLM & GTD/PC RACES


    The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to dual races in the Continental Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda on Sunday, May 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    With an anticipated entry in excess of 40 cars across the four WeatherTech Championship classes, the series again will contest a pair of two-hour races. The first race, beginning at 11:15 a.m. PT, will feature the Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes and will be televised live on FS1.

    The Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes will be in the spotlight for the second race, beginning at 3:45 p.m. PT with live television coverage on FS2. Both races also will be rebroadcast on FS1.

    “The Continental Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda lends itself to the unique format of dual events for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “This format is attractive for a number of reasons. It provides an opportunity for competitors in each of our classes to earn more time in the spotlight, offers the outstanding fans at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca considerably more racing action, and enables us to take advantage of two terrific, live television windows.”

    The WeatherTech Championship previously conducted dual races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014. The expected field for the Continental Monterey Grand Prix is nearly 20 percent larger than it was in 2015.

    “The Continental Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda will be packed with the best in sports car racing, an action-filled weekend for everyone,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    In addition to the dual races, the classes also will be divided in the same manner for all practice sessions leading up to the race. The P/GTLM and PC/GTD classes each will have three practice sessions prior to qualifying, and each class pairing also will have its own pre-race warm-up on Sunday, May 1.

    Tickets for the Continental Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda are available now at www.mazdaraceway.com.

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    RISI COMPETIZIONE QUALIFIES EIGHTH FOR 12 HOURS OF SEBRING CLASSIC

    Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM No. 62: Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Toni Vilander (FIN) Davide Rigon (ITA)

    Daytona Beach, Florida (March 18, 2016)...Toni Vilander qualified the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE in the eighth position on the GTLM class grid for this Saturday's 64th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida endurance race, March 19, 2016.

    His best time of 1:59.020, with an average speed of 113.124 mph, was clocked on the fifth lap during 87 degree F ambient and 105 degree F track temperatures in Friday's qualifying session. The very competitive GTLM pole was set by Bill Auberlen in the No. 25 BMW with a time of 1:58.402 and a speed of 113.714 mph.

    Rick Mayer, Risi Competizione Race Engineer:
    "Qualifying certainly didn't go as planned. We had a better car than that. We run a softer setup, which races well, but it struggles with the Continental Tire Challenge rubber when they have a long race before we qualify. The soft setup seems to not clean their rubber off our Michelins. Once the track is cleaned up and softer race rubber put down we'll be much better and the handling we had in the final practice should be back.

    "We like Sebring and I like Sebring as well. We've done well here in the past and Ferrari has been good. Obviously the rules are not in our favor currently. We will do what we can. We came back with basically the same set up we had at the Test, which was good. It's been good up to now. We should be better in the race."

    Toni Vilander qualified the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM

    Toni Vilander, driver, No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM:
    "I found the track relatively much different to practice, especially compared to this morning. I just never got a hold of the race car and especially the tires. There was just no grip from the rear. We need to think about this for the race. The balance was similar to this morning but everything just got that much worse that I couldn't control that race car anymore. We will work with Rick (Mayer, Risi Competizione Race Engineer) a bit and see which direction to go for the warm up and the race. It's a bit disappointing because we saw good pace but in qualifying we had a chance but were just a bit outside the window and it was too much."

    Vilander's co-drivers to share the cockpit of the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM for the once-around-the-clock Florida enduro and round two of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be fellow Ferrari factory drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Davide Rigon. The Risi team is hoping to add to their three victories at the Sebring, Florida circuit.

    L to R: Toni Vilander, Davide Rigon and Giancarlo Fisichella
    A 20-minute warm up session at 8:00 a.m. EDT will commence prior to the 12-hour race, which starts at 10:40 a.m. EDT on Saturday, March 19. Live timing and scoring is available for all on-track sessions at IMSA.com and the IMSA Smartphone app.

    Tune-In Information:
    The 64th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida live broadcast coverage gets underway at 10:30 a.m. EDT on FS1 (FOX Sports 1) and the FOX Sports GO app. Television coverage shifts to FS2 (FOX Sports 2) from Noon to 7:00 p.m.; continues on IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile app from 7:00-10 p.m., and concludes on FS2 from 10:00-11:00 p.m., including the checkered flag and winners interviews. A live international broadcast stream is available on IMSA.tv and IMSA mobile app.
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    Scuderia Corsa Scores Thrilling Victory at 12 Hours of Sebring

    Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Segal drive new Ferrari 488 GT3 to victory in its first race sixty years after first Ferrari victory at Sebring

    Perfect GT-Daytona race - class victory, NAEC victory, pole position and fastest lap - for Scuderia Corsa

    No. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE shows speed before finishing in seventh position

    March 20, 2016 (Sebring, FL) - It came down to the closing stages of the race, but after a late race restart, Alessandro Balzan unleashed the speed of the new no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 to take the GT-Daytona class lead and win the 12 Hours of Sebring.

    Starting from pole position, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was slowed by incidents and rain in the early stages of the race. Drivers Balzan, Christina Nielsen and Jeff Segal orchestrated a drive through the field in the after a challenging middle portion of the race which featured a two-hour red flag period for rain and lightning. Nielsen and Segal's efforts set up a final stint for Balzan, who decisively took the lead of the GT-Daytona class and took the victory by 2.28 seconds.

    Taking the checkered flag, Balzan repeated the feat of his countryman, Italian Eugenio Castellotti, who along with Juan Fangio drove a Ferrari 860 Monza to Ferrari's first victory at Sebring in 1956.

    "I am really happy to be back with Scuderia Corsa and to win this race," said Balzan. "I was missing these guys that I won the GRAND-AM championship with. And I am very happy because this is my first endurance race win. To be a part of the first race for the 488 GT3, and its first victory, is incredible - and it is more incredible to win here at Sebring. It is such a big target just to finish, so to win is amazing, especially sixty years after Ferrari and Castellotti won the 12 Hours."

    For Nielsen, who guided the Ferrari through a rainy stint of the race while on slick tires, the Sebring victory was her first in the IMSA SportsCar Championship - becoming the first female winner at Sebring history in the GT-Daytona class

    "I don't like to think about the results that we have achieved before," said Nielsen. "You start from scratch, and that's what we did here. We had our problems - I was actually worried at one point that we might not make it! But everyone kept fighting and kept pushing, and that is what led to our victory. It was a team effort. I can't thank everyone at Scuderia Corsa enough for this. And, I am really glad that I was able to share my first victory in IMSA with my Dad - he is a big part of my racing so I am really glad he was here."

    The team's GT-LeMans class no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE rebounded from adversity suffered in the third hour of the race. Losing five laps, drivers Andrea Bertolini, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra were among the fastest GT-LeMans cars for the rest of the race, gaining back three of their lost laps to finish in seventh position.

    The victory capped a perfect day for Scuderia Corsa in GT-Daytona. Not only did the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 set a new track record to score pole position before winning the race, but the team also scored the North American Endurance Cup victory and set the fastest GT-Daytona lap of the race with 2:02.810. The drivers and team are unofficially in second position in the GT-Daytona driver's championship and third in the GT-Daytona North American Endurance Cup championship.

    "What a fantastic feeling to win Sebring," said Mattioli. "Our drivers did a great job in very difficult conditions. Christina did a fantastic job in the rain. We had some mechanical issues, but our guys were able to keep us going and pull it off. It's all about coming back - how you overcome adversity, because you are always going to have issues. That's exactly what the team did, they overcame everything that we had in front of us. Being the team that brings the first win to the 488 GT3 is very special."
    Scuderia Corsa will compete next at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in the GT-LeMans class on April 18-19, before competing in both GT-LeMans and GT-Daytona at the Monterey Grand Prix on April 29-May 1.
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    Audi to present new R18 on the internet

    World premiere on Audi MediaTV on March 22
    New LMP sports car featuring numerous innovative details

    At the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) prologue at Le Castellet (F) on March 25/26, the new Audi R18 will be meeting with its competitors for the first time. Prior to this meeting, the LMP1 sports car will celebrate its premiere on Audi MediaTV.
    World premiere of the Audi R18 (Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 14:00, CET)
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    TDS Racing and Greaves Motorsport withdraw,

    Algarve Pro Racing will take part in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours




    Two teams have withdrawn from the 2016 Le Mans 24 hours on 18-19 June. The no. 59 Aston Martin Vantage V8 entered by TDS Racing in LM GTE Am will not start the 84th event and the first reserve Greaves Motorsport (no. 45 Gibson 015S-Nissan in LM P2) has cried off. Thus, Portuguese squad Algarve Pro Racing’s no. 25 Ligier JS P2-Nissan has been invited to start the race.

    The Portuguese team managed by Samantha Cox, which was second on the reserve list in February when the entries for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours were announced, has taken advantage of the withdrawal of TDS Racing and first reserve, Greaves Motorsport, and has been invited to take part in the Sarthe classic on 18th June.

    The no. 25 Ligier JS P2-Nissan, second in the 2015/2016 Asian Le Mans Series and 12th in the 2015 European Le Mans Series, will compete in both these series in 2016. For the Le Mans 24 Hours the first nominated driver is Michael Munemann.

    Thus, the field for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours breaks down as follows: 9 LM P1s, 23 LM P2s, 14 LM GTE Pros, 13 LM GTE Ams and 1 CDNT (the car in the 56th garage) – 33 prototypes and 27 GTs, a total of 60 cars at the start.

    There are two more withdrawals from the reserve list. The no. 53 Riley Motorsports’ SRT Viper GTS-R and the no. 87 Proton Competition’s Porsche 911 RSR have both turned down the invitation.

    The reserve list now consists of 6 teams, four LM P2s and two LM GTEs. They will be allowed to race in keeping with the order of the list depending on further withdrawals.

    The test day will be held on 5th June before the Le Mans 24 Hours. This day of free practice is reserved, and obligatory, for the 60 entrants (teams and cars) entered for the Le Mans 24 Hours, and for drivers who have never raced in the event, or who have not been on the list of confirmed drivers since 2011.

    Scrutineering will begin on Sunday 12th June at 14h30 until 19h30 and will continue the next day (13th June) between 10h00 and 18h00.
    Free practice will be held on Wednesday 15th June between 16h00 and 20h00.
    Qualifying is on Wednesday between 22h00-midnight and Thursday 16th June, 19h00-21h00 and 22h00-midnight.
    The start of the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours will be given on Saturday 18th June at 15h00.

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    PRATICAL INFORMATION
    2016 LE MANS 24 HOURS
    84th event
    3rd round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship

    Dates: 18 - 19 June 2016

    General enclosure tickets: 58.50 euros (ACO members) instead of 78 euros (non ACO members).

    Free for young people born after 19th June 2000 accompanied by an adult.

    Test Day: Sunday 5th June.

    Scrutineering and administrative checks: Sunday 12th and Monday 13th June.

    Free and qualifying practice. Wednesday and Thursday 15-16 June.

    Start of the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours: Saturday 18th June at 15h00.
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    The Porsche Team completed its ‪919 Hybrid‬ endurance test - 5939 km covered in 3 days last week. According to Brendon Hartley, this distance is 1/3rd of the way to NZ from Circuit Paul Ricard OFFICIEL, France. And if they didn't drive around in circles, he might get to visit home more often!

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