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Autosport 06/06/19

The UK’s ‘must-read’ motorsport magazine AUTOSPORT is revered by fans and industry personnel alike as the ultimate source of motorsport news and analysis. The magazine’s expert editorial covers all aspects of the sport, from major international series such as Formula 1, Sports Car racing and the World Rally Championship, to the less glamorous but hugely important grassroots events in UK club motorsport

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get ready for the next great motorsport event of 2019

Following a dramatic Indianapolis 500 and a more-tense-than-usual Monaco Grand Prix, the classic Le Mans 24 Hours takes centre stage later this month. Thanks to Toyota’s domination, Le Mans is easier to call than the other two triple crown races, but there is the ongoing Fernando Alonso storyline. Can the Spaniard join Woolf Barnato and Jean-Pierre Wimille on the list of drivers who have multiple starts in the 24 Hours and remain unbeaten? The man himself says he is more interested in taking the World Endurance Championship, which would be his first title since his second Formula 1 crown with Renault 13 years ago (!), but a second Le Mans victory would get that job done nicely. It’s not just about Alonso of course. In our 52-page supplement we look at what…

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toyota confused over rivals’ pace

P6 BATTLE FOR GTE LE MANS TEST DAY LMP1 Toyota was on top at the Le Mans Test Day last weekend. No surprise there, but the Japanese manufacturer did admit to more than a hint of confusion at the lack of pace from its privateer rivals in the headline LMP1 class. Sebastien Buemi ended up quickest aboard the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID on 3m 19.440s, which was four tenths slower than the time with which team-mate Fernando Alonso topped the times at the test 12 months ago. By contrast the best of the Rebellion-Gibson R-13s was nearly two seconds in arrears of its 2018 mark from the test day and the quickest SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 was also slightly slower. That follows changes in the Equivalence of Technology designed to equate the performance…

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tung effort leaves dunlop ho-pin for win

LE MANS TEST DAY LMP2 The LMP2 tyre war started to hot up at the test day. Michelin came out on top in the morning session, but at the end of the day it was a Dunlop-shod car that sat atop the times. Michelin monopolised the top five positions after the first four hours of the test. Filipe Albuquerque, hot off the plane from the Detroit IMSA SportsCar Championship round, was fastest aboard the best of the United Autosports Ligier-Gibson JSP217s. His time pipped Pastor Maldonado in the DragonSpeed ORECA-Gibson 07 by just two thousandths of a second. The best Dunlop entry, TDS Racing’s ORECA, was languishing down in sixth and was nearly a second behind in the hands of Loic Duval. The fastest Michelin entries were still up there at the end of…

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corvette top but it’s too close to call

LE MANS TEST DAY GTE PRO Twelve cars finished within a second – and on a circuit measuring eight and a half miles, remember – at the end of the day in GTE Pro. That suggested that the Balance of Performance published ahead of the test day is at the very least a good starting point, if not spot on. There were few gripes about the latest BoP, which for Le Mans is not based on the automatic system used for the rest of the World Endurance Championship. The unique demands of the Circuit de la Sarthe mean there is some pretty serious number crunching undertaken by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA, rather than just feeding those numbers into a computer. Even the big loser in the BoP table published…

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porsche tested v6 engine that could be used in f1

FORMULA 1 Porsche has built and tested an engine that would have been Formula 1-compatible and formed the basis of a 2021 entry had it committed to a world championship attack. The German manufacturer was known to be considering an F1 programme, its first for almost three decades, as it joined the process establishing new engine rules for 2021 and beyond. But Porsche’s F1 prospects ended when the parent Volkswagen Audi Group opted to cancel its World Endurance Championship LMP1 project in favour of a Formula E entry, and the prospect of simplified and cheaper F1 engines stalled. Porsche head of motorsport Fritz Enzinger (above right) told Autosport that prior to its exit from LMP1 – which it had dominated with a two-litre, four-cylinder engine – Porsche had started work on a six-cylinder…

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in the headlines

O’WARD SKIPS OVAL RACES Red Bull junior Pato O’Ward is to skip the remaining oval rounds of the IndyCar Series he had planned to contest during his rookie season with Carlin. The Mexican, who failed to qualify for the Indy 500 following a heavy practice crash, was scheduled to race at Iowa Speedway and Gateway, with Charlie Kimball taking the wheel at Pocono and this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Team boss Trevor Carlin has confirmed “we will run two cars for the whole season” alongside Max Chilton, meaning Kimball could get extra rides in O’Ward’s place. MALDONADO, DAVIDSON SWITCH Long-shot World Endurance Championship LMP2 title contenders Pastor Maldonado and Roberto Gonzalez plus co-driver Anthony Davidson are switching teams for the 2019-20 season. The trio finish their programme with DragonSpeed’s ORECA at this…