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    ESM Ferrari is out for Le Mans and a fifth Aston Martin in. Attached is the updated entry list.
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    Alpine will return to Le Mans with an LMP2 entry for 2013:

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    On Friday 8th March, the French make announced its Le Mans 24-Hours comeback in the LM P2 category. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is very happy about this entry 35 years after the Alpine-Renault A442B’s famous victory in 1978.


    In the Le Mans 24 Hours on 22-23 June 2013, the Alpine legend will be reborn with the entry of an Alpine in the LM P2 category by Philippe Sinault’s and Didier Calmels’ Signatech team: the drivers are Pierre Ragues and Nelson Panciatici.

    The news was announced on Friday 8th March at the Le Mans 24-Hours circuit in the presence of Pierre Fillon, the President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Carlos Tavarès, Assistant General Manager Renault Operations, Bernard Olivier, president of the Alpine-Caterham Car Company, Pascal Couasnon, the director of Michelin Motorsport which will supply tyres for the Alpine, and Philippe Sinault, the Signatech general manager.

    The Dieppe-based make, relaunched on 5th November last year with the creation of the Alpine-Caterham car company, has swelled the ranks of motor car manufacturers already officially entered for the Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota, VAG (via Audi and Porsche), General Motors, Honda (with its branch HPD, Honda Performance Development), Fiat (via Ferrari and STP Viper), Aston Martin, Lotus and Morgan.

    Nissan is also present as an engine supplier in LM P2, and will be at the start of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours with an in-house designed revolutionary car in the context of the 56th pit, which prefigures an entry in LM P1 in 2015.

    Since 1923, the Le Mans 24 Hours have been the greatest test bed in the world for the major motor car manufacturers generating a fantastic list of innovations, revolutionary when they first appeared, which are generalized today.

    The participation of this Alpine LM P2 prototype in the colours of one of the major brands in motor sport is in the same vein.

    While in 2013, the Le Mans 24 Hours are celebrating their 90th anniversary, the return of Alpine to the greatest endurance race in the world intervenes 50 years after the make’s first entry for the event, and thirty-five after the historic victory of the no. 2 Alpine-Renault A442B driven by Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud.

    The name Alpine and the Sarthe Classic are indelibly linked, and the return of Alpine will enable French fans to thrill once again to the famous French blue colours.

    Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is delighted about Alpine’s comeback to the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the past, the manufacturer racked up a marvellous set of results in the major branches of motor sport, but it’s to Le Mans and not anywhere else that Alpine is giving priority for its return to racing. We’re particularly flattered by this decision that follows in the historical direction of motor sport. Not just because we’re celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, and having a major French make at the start pleases us enormously, but above all because it proves that both our technical and sporting regulations allied to the immense popularity of our event, which give pride of place to close contact with the spectators, is in perfect harmony with today’s world and motor racing as we see it. That’s the reason why our race has enjoyed such amazing success with the major car manufacturers.”

    Carlos Tavarès, Assistant General Manager Renault Operations: “Alpine’s comeback in 2013 to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours is the start of a new, long-term adventure. The deep passion that is driving us is equalled only by the cost-effective aspect of our return, which is based on the involvement of our partners and supporters whom I would like to thank. Step by step we’ll try to write a new page together in the history of the great French sports car make – Alpine!”
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    Sebring 12 hours is this weekend, live streaming(outside of USA) on ALMS website.
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    Sebastien Loeb Racing have withdrawn from Le Mans and will be replaced by Race Performance.

    Sébastien Loeb Racing will not take part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The 9-time World Rally Champion was supposed to enter an Oreca 03-Nissan in LM P2, which will now be replaced by the Race Performance Oreca 03-Judd.


    The second withdrawal among the 56 cars entered for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours has been notified to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. The Oreca 03-Nissan (LM P2) entered by Sébastien Loeb Racing will not be at the start of the 81st event.
    This team was chosen by the Le Mans 24-Hours Selection Committee, and it was supposed to take part in the European Le Mans Series from which it has also scratched its entry. According to the team management this decision was taken following the withdrawal of a financial partner who was supposed to join the French squad.

    However, Sébastien Loeb Racing has announced its intention to be present at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

    In compliance with the ACO regulations the place left vacant by the Alsatian squad’s defection will be allocated to the first car on the list of LM P reserves. Thus, the no. 34 Oreca 03-Judd entered by Swiss outfit, Race Performance, will join the teams invited to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours on 22-23 June. The first driver announced is Michel Frey from Switzerland.

    This does not change the number of entrants (22) in LM P2 at the Le Mans 24 Hours, which is the category with the highest number of cars out of the 56 present. There are still five cars on the LM P reserve list.

    Photo : The Race Performance team, which competed in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours, has taken advantage of Sébastien Loeb Racing's withdrawal to enter a new Oreca 03-Judd for the 2013 event.
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    So this was interesting...

    Audi using F1-style blown diffuser on its latest R18 Le Mans car - Le Mans news - AUTOSPORT.com

    I think people have been wondering since Sebring since picture of the 2013 car shows the exhaust was not at the old spot any more(single central exit out the back). But it wasn't until this weekend that there were actually pictures of the setup floating online...

    The rule prohibits new holes added for purpose aside from suspension clearance and jacks. Audi seems to be running them from the control arm clearance.

    Would possibly explain that the R18 went further distance wise at 6H of Silverstone but had to stop at shorter interval for fuel. Blown diffuser in the recent F1 use is pretty bad on gas mileage especially F1 were actually "hot blowing" it...
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    Pic....if you have Facebook:


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    Toyota calls for Le Mans rules redress after Audi Spa performance - Le Mans news - AUTOSPORT.com

    And we are back to this...

    Story on Mulsanne's Corner's FB page is that Audi basically sandbagged after Le Mans, knowing they have the WEC basically wrapped up and lure Toyota to a false sense of security(and probably helped them decide to stay since they were winning races). And this year they up their game since the LMP as we know now will bacially end so no need to hold back anymore...

    You gotta wonder about Toyota though, they were just saying this a few days ago...

    Toyota 'back in the game' with 2013 TS030 HYBRID - Le Mans news - AUTOSPORT.com

    So if they get their butt kicked again then I am guessing they will be out again?
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    Audi dominated Sao Paulo on Sunday. Toyota were competitive in qualifying, but in the race lost nearly 10 seconds in 10 laps to the leading Audi, and then got wiped out by a Lotus LMP2.

    Audi with the #2 did find a new use for the dorsal fin when it caught the right rear tire after it came lose during a pit stop. The lap lost with the extra stop, and 1:30 worth of penalties (1 minute for unsafe release and :30 for speeding in pit road) handed the win to the #1 Audi.

    Also a scary moment when the #71 AF Corsa Ferrari nearly burned to the ground after an engine fire.

    Class winners:

    LMP1: #1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro

    LMP2: #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca Nissan

    GTE-Pro: #51 AF Corsa Ferrari 458

    GTE-Am: #96 AMR Aston Martin Vantage V8
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    WEC 6 Hours of COTA is this weekend. At the end of today's test sessions, the best Audi times were 1.6-1.4 seconds clear of Toyota's best. Not looking good for Toyota, seeing as Audi picked it up in the race at Sao Paulo as far as speed vs Toyota compared to qualifying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chernaudi View Post
    WEC 6 Hours of COTA is this weekend. At the end of today's test sessions, the best Audi times were 1.6-1.4 seconds clear of Toyota's best. Not looking good for Toyota, seeing as Audi picked it up in the race at Sao Paulo as far as speed vs Toyota compared to qualifying.
    don't take this race too seriously, Toyota is busy with the 2014 car which should be rather different and has virtually stopped any development on the 2013 car (after Le Mans). I suppose Audi is doing the same.
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    Qualifying happened this morning, and it was an Audi 1-2. Toyota is 1.3 seconds slower than the fastest Audi and about 1.1 behind the other. Interestingly, in Q, Buemi was much closer to the Audi pace than Stephane was--the latter was over 2 seconds slower in Q for his fast laps.
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    That was close...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myydHj1d-HY"]Audi R18 went airborne - 2013 FIA WEC 6h Circuit of the Americas - YouTube[/ame]

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    December 1, 2013
    Audi is ready for a new era

    The countdown to an exciting future has begun. At round eight of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), a technological era came to an end. 2014 will mark the beginning of a new epoch in which nothing but maximum energy efficiency counts. This is what a completely new race car generation stands for. Exactly eight days after the season’s finale, World Endurance Champion Audi will provide an initial glimpse of the future of its LMP sports car.
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    More for '14, but at the end of this 2013 Audi WEC highlights video, are the first teasers of what the '14 Audi LMP1 will look like:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnMuyPsSioc"]Harder than a marathon - The WEC season 2013 - YouTube[/ame]
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    Testday Le Mans 2014.
    Toyota Audi and Porsche yesterday are all lapping around 3.23-3.24. Which is way of the mark that has been set by the ACO who would like to see laps around 3.30. (The non factory/non hybrid Rebellion petrol car did 3.31)
    Now the question is of course whether the amount of energy supplied for 24 hours will allow 3.4-3.25 laps for the whole of the race. So far I have not seen cars significantly slowing down because of lack of fuel (apart may-be from the second Toyota at Silverstone), but it remains to be seen whether we'll a full 24 hour race or part of the race being driven as parade laps.
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