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Fernando Alonso to race Le Mans 2018

Alonso will drive the Toyota WEC car in a test in Bahrain on 19 November, the day after 2017 season’s final F1 race.

BBC and others reports:


The two-time Formula One World Championship will not be returning to Indy in 2018. Alonso might be making a run at winning the biggest race of them all, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The BBC is reporting that Alonso has agreed to a deal with Toyota to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next June, which falls between F1’s races in Canada and France.


Read the full article at http://m.bbc.com/sport/formula1/41947568

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Ogier wins fifth WRC title

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

 Courtesy of Red Bull Racing


Frenchman into second on all-time list after FIA World Rally Championship win.

A finely-judged third place at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB guaranteed a fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship for Sébastien Ogier with the 33-year-old Frenchman moving to second in the all-time rankings behind nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb.

Victory for team-mate Elfyn Evans was his maiden WRC triumph, made all the sweeter as he achieved it on home soil. The Welshman became the first Briton to win the wet and muddy forest road event since Richard Burns in 2000.

Evans is the seventh different driver to win in a remarkably unpredictable season. He headed Thierry Neuville’s Hyundai i20 by 37.3sec after leading for virtually the entire four-day, 304.36km event. Ogier finished a further 7.9sec behind.

A tense last leg culminated at the Power Stage finale alongside Llyn Brenig reservoir. Title rival Thierry Neuville charged to fastest time to claim maximum bonus points, while Ogier crept into a points-paying position by 0.1sec to seal the title with a round to spare.

“I had big emotions on the finish line,” said Ogier. “It’s been a tough year and we’ve all had to work very hard. It’s so amazing to be champion with M-Sport World Rally Team.”

Evans’ victory offset the crushing disappointment of losing by 0.7sec to Neuville in Argentina six months ago in the third-closest finish in history.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who has stuck by me through all these years. A lot of people have supported me and this win is for them,” said the 28-year-old former British champion.

To seal a remarkable weekend for Ogier and Evans, their M-Sport team lifted the manufacturers’ title for the first time since 2007. Their privately-run squad toppled three of the world’s biggest car companies after finishing on the podium on every round to date.

Andreas Mikkelsen did his best to relegate Ogier to assist team-mate Neuville. The Norwegian overhauled Jari-Matti Latvala to finish fourth, 4.6sec off the podium. Latvala struggled with the handling of his Toyota Yaris and finished half a second behind.

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

Leading positions
1. E Evans / D Barritt GBR Ford Fiesta 2hr 57min 00.6sec
2. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 + 37.3sec
3. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta + 45.2sec
4. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger NOR Hyundai i20 + 49.8sec
5. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris + 50.3sec
6. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Ford Fiesta + 1min 02.3sec

Championship positions
1. S Ogier 215pts
2. T Neuville 183pts
3. O Tänak 169pts


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Elfyn Evans (GB), Thierry Neuville (BEL), Sebastien Ogier (FRA) celebrate the podium during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 29.10.2018


Courtesy of Red Bull Racing



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Mixed emotions for Renault e.dams from Saturday’s Berlin ePrix

The team will race again later today for the second race of the Berlin ePrix which means more opportunities to score points.

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After poor qualifying results that saw Nico Prost start from ninth on the grid and Séb Buemi fourteenth, Renault e.dams drove a strong first race at the Berlin ePrix double-header. Championship leader Séb Buemi took fifth place at the chequered flag, with team-mate Nico Prost one place adrift in sixth. Post-race, however, Séb was disqualified for his car failing to comply with the minimum tyre pressure.
When the lights went out, both drivers made strong starts but failed to make up any positions on the opening lap. Their mission was then to carve their way through the field, with Séb Buemi first to make progress by overtaking Stéphane Sarrazin on lap 7 to go P12. Nico also saw an opportunity and made a bold move on Maro Engel into Turn 1 to take eighth place. A few laps later, Séb was again on the move and made a manoeuvre stick on the inside of Jérôme d’Ambrosio at Turn 9 and gained another place.
Before both drivers made their mandatory car swap, Séb Buemi was in ninth position while Nico Prost was seventh. After a great car change, Prost headed back out on track in sixth. It was not long before Séb was back attacking his rivals and made another confident pass on Daniel Abt for P8. With ten laps to go, the title leader pulled off a superb move on Sam Bird and took P7 before overtaking his team-mate for P6. Both Renault e.dams drivers were all over the rear of Jean-Eric Vergne’s car but couldn’t find a way to pass him. Nonetheless, the Techeetah driver was given a 5 second time penalty for an unsafe pit release, which promoted Séb and Nico to fifth and sixth place respectively at the chequered flag, before Buemi’s disqualification.
Earlier in the day, the Berlin ePrix had started well for Renault e.dams with Séb topping the timesheets in the first free practice session. His lap time of 1:08.151 was a new track record for the revised Tempelhofring. Nico set the second fastest lap time, only five tenths shy of his team-mate. The second free practice session saw both drivers struggle a little as they were unable to post a quick lap.
Nico drew Q2 for his qualifying run, setting the ninth fastest time of the field. Séb ran in the Q4 group and couldn’t do better than 14th place because of a problem with the balance of the car.
Renault e.dams maintain their lead in the Teams’ Championship and sit on 200 points after today’s race. Even with the disqualification, Buemi remains on top in the Drivers’ standings with 132 points, 22 points over Lucas Di Grassi while Prost lies in third with 68 points. The team will race again tomorrow for the second race of the Berlin ePrix which means more opportunities to score points.


Alain Prost, co-owner of the team: It was a complicated and disappointing day because of the issues we faced in qualifying. However, we did very well during the race by finishing fifth and sixth at the chequered flag. Unfortunately, the day ended badly for us with Sébastien’s exclusion from the results for failure to comply with minimum tyre pressure. It was a mistake from our side that cost us greatly. It is our duty to do better in tomorrow’s ePrix for the team and obviously to keep Sébastien in the championship battle.”



Séb Buemi – #9: “Obviously, I am very disappointed today. After a poor qualifying, I did a great race to finish in fifth position and score the maximum points I could. However, despite the disappointment, I remain focused to do another great race tomorrow and come back even stronger.”


Nico Prost – #8: “We had a bit of a strange morning. I had a problem in Free Practice 2 that Séb also experienced in qualifying, but the race pace was very good. I was stuck in traffic at the beginning of the race and Jean-Eric Vergne blocked me quite a lot. I think we could have fought with the top three in terms of race pace. It’s the story of the season so far for us. We are good during the race but not good enough during qualifying. The championship is so tight at the moment. However, I’m happy with my race result. I put my foot down to achieve the maximum. Tomorrow is going to be another challenge. From what I have heard, it’s going to be six degrees hotter which will make it even more interesting and challenging. It will make for some differences in driving too.”


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Race 6 Hours of Silverstone FIA WEC Final Classification

#WEC #6hSilverstone 2017

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finish line / #8 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom


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