Sep 1

Audi Dominates Six Hours Of Sao Paulo

Audi claimed a 1-2 victory in Sunday’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo FIA World Endurance Championship event. (Photo: John Dagys)

claimed a 1-2 victory in Sunday’s Six Hours of event. (Photo: John Dagys)

With the lone crashing out early, it was clear sailing for Audi, which took a commanding 1-2 victory in Sunday’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo, the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of , and made up ground in the title race with their second win of the year, following a flawless performance for the diesel-powered hybrid prototype.

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Sep 1

Video: Vilander’s Ferrari 458 Erupts In Flames

Sunday’s Six Hours of was briefly halted when ’s No. 71 458 Italia erupted in flames just before the two hour mark.

Vilander admitted to struggling with rear grip, likely due to fuel or oil leaking onto the rear tires. Entering the final turn, Vilander’s concerns became reality as his Ferrari caught fire.

“It was quite scary,” Vilander said. “When I opened the door, I had the flames coming into the helmet.

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Aug 31

Audi Sweeps Front Row In Brazil

Dagys_ 2013_158564 will start Sunday’s Six Hours of from the pole after sweeping the front row in qualifying for the fourth round of the .

Defending World Champions and combined for a best four-lap average of 1:21.303 in the 25-minute prototype qualifying session, which saw a red flag for a balloon that fell onto the circuit.

While action resumed with just over three minutes to go, it did not affect the results, which will see the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Fassler, Treluyer and start from the top spot tomorrow.

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Aug 31

Sao Paulo WEC Notebook

Dagys_ 2013_1588731 DEBUTS NEW AERO — In a bid for its first victory of the year, Toyota has rolled out with an updated aero package for its solo TS030 Hybrid this weekend in . The Japanese manufacturer’s high downforce package features modifications to the front wheel arches, engine cover and wing, aimed to better suit the upcoming stretch of races on the calendar.

“It’s bodywork that’s suited to the requirements in terms of aero efficiency of this track,” Toyota Racing technical director Pascal Vasselon explained. “Basically, some additional drag but a lot more downforce. This is what we need. Even though there’s a very long straight, you have a lot of low speed corners. Here, you need downforce, not only for pure performance but for consistency.”

According to Vasselon, development of the high downforce kit began before and went into production shortly after, prior to a recent two-day test at EuroSpeedway Lausitzring.

So far, the package has seemed to have payed dividends on the high-speed and technical 15-turn, 2.676-mile circuit, with the No. 8 entry of Stephane Sarrazin, Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi posting the quickest time on Friday.

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Aug 30

EXCLUSIVE: 8Star Planning For Dual DP/P2 Program

EXCLUSIVE: 8Star Planning For Dual DP/P2 Program

Photo: John Dagys

With the much-talked about / Balance of Performance yet to be finalized, is preparing to hedge his bets in ’ Prototype class title bid for next year’s United SportsCar Racing series.

SPEED.com has learned the Florida-based squad is finalizing plans to field a P2 car alongside its Corvette DPs next year, which would see its lead driver pairing swap between cars on a race-by-race basis, depending on the best-suited package for each specific track.

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