Porsche is owning their final year in the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class. The No. 2 Porsche 919 grabbed its fourth win in a row at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas in a Porsche 1-2 finish. However, that win wasn’t easy after hours of pure chaos and a rad fight with the Toyota TS050 team.
Nothing is over for the LMP1 class just yet, which is set to make big changes following the announcement that Porsche would be leaving the World Endurance Championship. So far in Austin, the battle for ultimate Le Mans prototype domination has been absolutely ruthless in the best way possible.
If you race in Texas and it’s not the dead of winter, you should probably pack a kiddie pool in with your car, spares, tools and other race weekend things. It’s always hot and muggy, and if you just drove a sweaty stint in a six-hour endurance race, why not hop in the pool afterwards to cool off?
If there’s one thing I’ve gathered from trying to badger various Porsche LMP1 team personnel about what they’re doing next year, it’s that all their energies are focused on going out with another championship until they figure all that out. And holy crap, they are quick.
It’s was hot outside at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas last weekend, so precautions had to be taken when transporting your drivers in the Texas heat. The proper technique involves a cooler and a lot of driver flexibility.
That moment when Mark Webber saw his team’s car win the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas. (Unfortunately, it was not followed by a shoey. Next time?)
Staying awake for all of Lone Star Le Mans’ races today is a feat, given that it starts with a warm-up session at 8:00 a.m., the last race finishes at 11:00 p.m., and it’s oppressively hot and humid outside. A few racers did multiple events this weekend, but the most impressive feat was that of Ricky Taylor.
The No. 1 Porsche 919 claimed its third win in a row at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas today, taking the win ahead of both initially dominant Audi cars, who ran into mechanical issues and contact during today’s race.
The World Endurance Championship’s lone round in the United States was briefly pushed off of U.S. cable entirely, off of already-rarely-carried channel Fox Sports 2 to online only. In its place was UFC, which had been pushed off Fox Sports 1 for extra baseball innings in a cascade of multiple-channel suck.
During tonight’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, the No. 66 Ford GT got into the rear of the No. 7 Audi, knocking its front end into the barriers. It happened in the turn 16-17-18 complex, a high-speed big bend of a section and the onboard view does not look fun.
Romain Dumas in the No. 2 Porsche 919 wanted to show the No. 5 Toyota TS050 who’s boss early during the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas as the No. 5 tried to get around the Porsche. So, he darted over and forced the No. 5 to pass him through the pit lane exit.
Look, we’ve got it. Porsches are hot cars. Abu Dhabi? You’re probably used to the heat, too. You don’t have to spill fuel all over it and make the Porsche even hotter. It’s good. It’s really good.
There were two things No. 8 Audi R18 driver Oliver Jarvis wasn’t quite fond of in Mexico: the tequila, and the contact-prone nature of the Extreme Speed Motorsports LMP2 cars. We picked the brains of Jarvis and racing legend Allan McNish on who to watch during the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, and here’s what…
If there’s anyone who knows his way around the highest levels of motorsport, it’s ex-Formula One driver and current Le Mans prototype driver Anthony Davidson. Davidson’s No. 5 Toyota TS050 team was the gut-wrenching headline of Le Mans this year, and he’s here with us now to answer your questions.