August 29th, 2013
Toyota is refusing to set the target of beating Audi to race victories over the remainder of this year’s World Endurance Championship. Toyota Motorsport GmbH technical director Pascal Vasselon told AUTOSPORT it would be unfair on his team to burden it with the target of winning races over the five events of the second leg of the WEC, which begins this weekend at Interlagos in Brazil. He made the comments in the wake of Audi’s dominant form in the first three races of the WEC, including victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June
August 25th, 2013
Colin Turkington dominated the opening British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill to bring his WSR-run BMW 1 Series home more than three seconds clear of the field. The Northern Irishman assumed the lead during an audacious three-wide overtaking move into the hairpin at the end of the second lap and he did not look back.
August 24th, 2013
Audi racer Rob Austin scored a shock pole position for the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill this weekend. The Rob Austin Racing A4 man grabbed top spot with 12 minutes to go with a lap time of 52.471s and was able to fend off a late attack from the WSR BMW of Colin Turkington, who made it an all rear-wheel-drive front row
August 3rd, 2013
Sam Tordoff took his first British Touring Car pole position by beating team-mate Jason Plato at Snetterton. The Triple Eight-run works MG6s dominated practice and again moved to the top with their first runs in qualifying. Tordoff managed 1m56.817s to Plato’s 1m56.919s before moving even further clear of his double champion team-mate with a 1m56.696s, almost a second faster than last year’s pole.
August 1st, 2013
The grid for new Asian Le Mans Series will grow over the remainder of the season from the 11 cars entered for this weekend’s championship opener at the Inje Speedium in South Korea, according to the series boss. Mark Thomas admitted disappointment with the entry for the first of this year’s four Asian LMS races, but insisted that more cars would arrive before the end of the season. “Of course we would have liked more, but the most important thing is that we are here and the race is on,” he told AUTOSPORT from Inje
July 28th, 2013
Ryan Newman defeated Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Johnson looked to be on the cusp of taking a record fifth Indy win for much of the afternoon, having jumped polesitter Newman in the first pitstops.
July 27th, 2013
Ryan Newman claimed his first pole in nearly two years in qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Indianapolis round.
July 26th, 2013
Toyota will go into next year’s World Endurance Championship with an unchanged driver line-up. The Japanese manufacturer has re-signed all six of its existing drivers, which means that Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson, Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi will all remain with the team for a third consecutive season.
July 14th, 2013
Brian Vickers ended an almost four-year winless streak with a confident performance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The part-time Michael Waltrip Racing driver had the Loudon race in the bag after passing long-time leader Tony Stewart with 14 of the 301 laps to go. But for the 12th time the race went under a full-course caution, and Vickers had to survive a green-white-chequer finish to end his 75-race losing run
July 12th, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski beat his 2012 title rival Jimmie Johnson to pole position for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Johnson, who holds a commanding lead in the current standings, was only on provisional pole for moments before next man out Keselowski’s Penske Ford produced a 28.022-second lap to beat the Hendrick Chevrolet by 0.004 seconds. Kurt Busch slipped his Furniture Row Chevy in between Hendrick pair Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr to take third, while his brother Kyle was fifth for Joe Gibbs after holding pole for a spell.
July 10th, 2013
Josh Hill says he has given up a possible career in motorsport to pursue his interests in music. The 22-year-old son of 1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon was competing in the Formula 3 European Championship with Fortec, but announced his retirement this week. He believes stopping immediately is the best course of action as he looks to develop other interests.
July 5th, 2013
Toyota looks certain to field just one of its TS030 HYBRIDs in the remainder of this year’s World Endurance Championship. AUTOSPORT understands that the Toyota Motorsport GmbH team will slim down its WEC assault to the one car it initially planned for the full season in the remaining five rounds, starting at Interlagos in Brazil at the beginning of September.
July 1st, 2013
Audi and Toyota are unconcerned by Porsche’s early test debut with its 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours contender. The Porsche petrol-powered LMP1 hybrid became the first car built to the new-for-2014 rulebook to run when it hit the track at the start of last month , which is likely to give it a head-start of a minimum of four months over its manufacturer rivals for next year’s World Endurance Championship. Audi is not expecting its 2014 contender to run until the autumn, while Toyota has yet to set a date for the first run of its second-generation P1 car.
June 23rd, 2013
Audi is still on course for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, despite a sudden and heavy rain shower with just under 90 minutes remaining that threw the race into disarray. Leader Tom Kristensen had only just pitted his #2 R18 e-tron quattro unexpectedly after suffering a slow puncture when the rain began to fall across the circuit, forcing him to pit again on the following lap for a set of wets. As that was happening, Nicolas Lapierre was suffering a front-end twitch at the entry to the Porsche curves and planting his fourth-placed Toyota into the tyre wall at high speed.
June 23rd, 2013
Loic Duval strengthened Audi’s grip on the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours in the race’s 15th hour as Sebastien Buemi’s Toyota slipped almost three minutes behind.
June 23rd, 2013
Allan McNish climbed behind the wheel of the #1 Audi for the second time and continued to stretch away from the chasing pack as the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours neared its halfway mark. The Briton inherited a one-lap lead from team-mate Tom Kristensen and continued where the Dane had left off, easing away from the chasing Toyota TS030s. Anthony Davidson, who took over from Stephane Sarrazin in the #8 HYBRID, surrendered around one second per lap to McNish across the final 30 minutes of the 11th hour.
June 22nd, 2013
Audi’s Tom Kristensen assumed the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours as night descended on La Sarthe and a fourth safety-car period interrupted proceedings. The advantage held by Kristensen’s #2 R18 e-tron quattro advantage over the second-placed #8 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin was reduced to around 2m40s when Kristensen took over driving duties from Loic Duval. With the Audi able to routinely lap quicker than the TS030 HYBRID, however, he was able to increase the margin to 3m07s; a gap he retained when Sarrazin was then caught behind a different safety car and was unable to close in.
June 22nd, 2013
Audi’s stranglehold on the Le Mans 24 Hours finally broke in the race’s seventh hour, as its lead #1 R18 and the sister #3 e-tron quattros both hit problems. Loic Duval now leads the race in the German manufacturer’s #2 machine, but Toyota’s two TS030s occupy second and third, both of them moving to within three minutes of the outright lead
June 22nd, 2013
Audi continued to stretch its advantage during the third hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours with Andre Lotterer holding a 50-second lead over Allan McNish. Despite losing the lead to Nicolas Lapierre’s #7 Toyota during the overlap between pitstops, the Audis were never really troubled by the Japanese machines. Behind Lotterer and McNish third is held by Lucas di Grassi, despite the Brazilian taking a trip through the gravel at the exit of Indianapolis and losing a handful of seconds
June 22nd, 2013
Colin Turkington gave WSR’s NGTC BMW its first British Touring Car pole by topping a dramatic qualifying session at Croft.