Month: June 2016

The shape of things to come

Seven years have passed since Land Motorsport left VLN. Once highly accomplished competitors on the Nürburgring, the vacuum they left was quickly filled by world-class teams, new faces and old heroes. Continuing on winning many more prizes in Porsche one-make championships in the years after, Land never slowed down. The Nordschleife, however, was where they belonged, the team was always missed. Last winter the team from Niederdreisbach made the long-awaited announced of their return. Returning meant coming back to win, so nothing was left to chance: A heavy-hearted switch from long-time partner Porsche to the new Audi R8 LMS...

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A cruel day

Motorsports can be a cruel sport. Few know this better than Toyota. Since the 1980s the Japanese car manufacturer has been trying to win its first 24 Hours of Le Mans, never coming closer than second place. With the clock counting down to the end of the 2016 race, Toyota was in the lead. Smiles turned into tears when the Kazuki Nakajima-driven Toyota TS050 Hybrid came to a stand-still at the start of the final lap. Porsche took over at the front, having been within striking distance for the whole race. Never giving up and pushing Toyota to the...

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History relived

While history was being written at Le Mans, over in Germany history was being relived. An armada of classic sports cars, touring cars and open-wheel racers cars took to the Nürburgring for the Historic Trophy Nürburgring, including its most-prized race, the ADAC Eifelrennen. For the fans, historic racing is never as much about the racing itself as it about these monsters of yesterday go by at high speed, being used for what they were built for. Some of these throw-back machines on display were the Kremer-built Porsche 935 K1 and the two-time Nürburgring 24 Hours and triple Spa 24...

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24 Hours of Le Mans Live Blog

Welcome to the 24 Hours of Le Mans! It’s race day at Circuit de la Sarthe. The clock will start at 15:00, with the field led on by the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid and flanked by its number 1 sister car. Rain has put its mark on the qualifying sessions this week, but the low-pressure area responsible for the unstable weather is retreating northwards, making way for an incoming high-pressure area. Before the temperatures pick up in the Le Mans region next week, the drivers will have to endure at least one more day of rain. As the...

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Countdown to 24: Le Mans, Pt.II

The warming-up is in the books, only hours remain now until the green flag for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Yesterday was free of track-time, but that didn’t mean it was a rest day. Drivers had to show up for the drivers parade, while the GT teams got word of Balance of Performance adjustments. Unsurprisingly, Ford and Ferrari were hit with extra ballast in addition to a turbo boost reduction for the Ford GT. Corvette and Aston Martin went the other way, receiving a break in the BoP weight and a wider air restrictor. Porsche, who were found...

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