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Bathurst 12 Hour: GruppeM in front with three hours to go

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Bathurst 12 Hour: SunEnergy1 Mercedes leads at half way


 
The next round of stops for the lead group started shortly after the half way mark, Mathieu Jaminet pitting the #912 Manthey EMA Porsche from second place on 6h10m and handing it over to Matt Campbell.
The WRT BMWs stopped from ...Keep reading
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Haley tops qualifying, heat race lineup set for Clash

Haley, the 15th of 35 cars to make a qualifying attempt, topped the session with an average lap speed of 67.099 mph.
Of the 35 cars that attempted to qualify, 16 went faster than Kyle Busch, who was the fastest qualifier in 2022 (65.478 mph).
Busch ended up second-fastest Saturday (66.406 mph). Christopher Bell was third (66.328 mph) and William Byron ended up fourth (66.196 mph).
The top ...Keep reading
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Martin Truex Jr. fastest in hectic Clash practice in Los Angeles

Saturday was the first time NASCAR Cup Series teams were able to get on the ¼-mile made-from-scratch asphalt oval created inside the Coliseum for the preseason exhibition race on Sunday.
Because of the small size of the track, the sessions were split into three groups of 12 cars each and each group got three 8-minute sessions on the track.
Truex’s session-best average lap speed of 67.360 ...Keep reading
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Bathurst 12 Hour: SunEnergy1 Mercedes leads at half way

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The second quarter of the race kicked off with a fascinating battle at the front between Shane van Gisbergen (#888 Triple Eight Mercedes) and Matt Campbell (#912 Manthey EMA Porsche).
The Kiwi led the Aussie by around second until the the 3h30m when the safety car made its second appearance of ...Keep reading
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Bathurst 12 Hour: Van Gisbergen’s Mercedes leads after first quarter

GruppeM Racing’s polesitter Maro Engel led away from pole chased by Maxi Goetz in the similar Mercedes AMG GT3 of Supercheap Auto Racing, Thomas Priening’s Manthey Porsche 911 GT3R, Luca Stolz in the SunEnergy1 Mercedes, Augusto Farfus in the WRT BMW M4.
This quintet separated themselves from the pack over the opening eight laps, so that after 25minutes, Liam Talbot’s MPC Audi R8 ran ...Keep reading
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Auto Club Speedway will not be part of 2024 NASCAR schedule

Plans to convert the 2-mile asphalt oval track into a 1/2-mile short track were first announced in the fall of 2020 with a tentative completion date for spring 2022 but the start of the work has been postponed several times.
In a media availability Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dave Allen, the speedway’s president, confirmed this month’s NASCAR races at the track would be ...Keep reading
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Bowyer: NASCAR better than "anything F1 brings to the U.S."

During a media availability on Friday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with Fox Sports TV’s NASCAR talent, the group was asked about the increased number of Formula 1 races in the United States and whether its interest could rival that of NASCAR racing.
“This is tailor-made for you,” Bowyer said of Sunday’s preseason Busch Light Clash, which will take place for the second ...Keep reading
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2023 Bathurst 12 Hour – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

The Intercontinental GT Challenge season kicks off this weekend with the 2023 Bathurst 12 Hour.
The Bathurst 12 Hour returns to full strength this year with all Pro line-ups allowed back in the race.
There are factory-backed, all-Pro entries from Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and BMW along with a hotly-contested Pro-Am field.
The star-studded driver line-up includes a host of international GT ...Keep reading
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Ranked! The top 10 worst F1 cars to win a grand prix

Most cars that win in Formula 1 are special. The level of competition ensures that genuinely poor designs rarely get near a podium, particularly given the reliability of modern racing machines.
But sometimes a combination of luck, inspiration and/or unusual weather gives underdog cars their moment in the limelight. For this list, we looked at the overall pace of the cars, their reliability, how ...Keep reading
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Tanak scores first Puma win in preparation for WRC Rally Sweden

M-Sport elected to field new signing Tanak in the Estonian national rally to offer the 2019 world rally champion extra testing mileage in the Puma ahead of Rally Sweden.
New testing restrictions have been imposed on WRC teams this year in a bid to clamp down on costs by limiting manufacturer teams to 21 pre-event test days (a maximum of seven per driver) instead of 28 permitted last year.
As ...Keep reading
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Schumacher radio criticism highlighted F1 privacy change for Russell

The young Briton raised some eyebrows at the Singapore Grand Prix when he questioned why Schumacher was being so aggressive in their battle for position.
“Schumacher is defending like it’s the race of his life, crikey,” declared Russell at one point, as their fight eventually ended in a clash.
After his first season at Mercedes, Russell said that that moment ...Keep reading
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Alesi: “Politics”, not F1, to blame for French GP exit

The French GP slips off the schedule this year, after a four-year return to the calendar at Paul Ricard from 2018-2022, that could mean another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
It was previously dormant from 2009-2017 after an 18-year run at Magny-Cours, which took over from Ricard in 1991 due to political reasons.
Former Tyrrell, Ferrari, Benetton, Sauber, Prost and Jordan F1 racer Alesi ...Keep reading
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Verstappen explains “absurd” F1 sim in private jet story

Red Bull motor sport advisor Marko made the claim in a recent TV interview while discussing the Dutchman’s appearance in the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours and his dedication to driving whenever he can.
The simulator in a plane story was subsequently widely reported, but Verstappen says what he actually told Marko last year was that he will have one installed in the new motorhome that he is taking ...Keep reading
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KTM adds Folger as test rider for 2023 MotoGP season

Folger will work with incumbents Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio on the 2023-spec KTM RC16 in his new role, joining the team just before the start of official testing at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on February 5-7.
His appointment comes as KTM aims to mount a serious challenge for the title this year, having finished fourth out of six in last year’s manufacturers' ...Keep reading
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Mercedes hobbled after rapid Bathurst qualifying

The AMGs were clearly the class of the field in qualifying today with GruppeM driver Maro Engel and Triple Eight young gun Broc Feeney battling it out for pole.
A rapid final lap from Engel sealed the Allan Simonsen Pole Award, his 2m00.881s the fastest ever lap for a GT3 car around Mount Panorama.
Matt Campbell was the best-performing driver outside of the Mercedes camp, putting his Porsche ...Keep reading
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Lapierre to skip 2023 WEC season as Alpine steps down to LMP2

The 38-year-old has been a mainstay of the WEC since the series’ inception, initially as a Toyota driver in the top LMP1 class until he was dropped by the marque in mid-2014.
After a limited programme with the KCMG LMP2 team in 2015, which included his first Le Mans 24 Hours class win, Lapierre joined the Signatech-run Alpine outfit in 2016 and has raced there since, barring the 2019-20 ...Keep reading
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Ford: F1 return wasn’t possible without changes to engine rules

The American auto giant announced on Friday that it would be returning to F1 in 2026 after striking a deal with Red Bull to work together on power units.
The partnership will mark the return of the Ford company to F1 after 22 years, its last foray coming when it owned the Jaguar team that was ultimately sold to Red Bull in 2004.
During its time away from F1, Ford has remained at the top ...Keep reading
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How SUPER GT's 2023 GT300 field is shaping up

K-tunes Racing, LEON Racing and Saitama Toyopet Green Brave have all announced their 2023 entries, bringing the number of confirmed entries for the upcoming season up to 13.
However, there are doubts as to whether the entry list for the junior class will reach the 28 cars that made up last year's grid.
As expected, K-tunes announced last weekend that Morio Nitta and Shinichi Takagi (who have ...Keep reading
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Bathurst 12 Hour: Engel lowers record for pole

Engel and fellow Mercedes driver Broc Feeney staged a thrilling battle in the second part of the Shootout, trading fastest times as they flirted with the 2m00s mark.
It was Triple Eight driver Feeney that set the first representative time with a 2m01.671s.
Engel then responded with a 2m01.253s, Feeney immediately reclaiming top spot with a 2m01.194s on his next lap.
The battle continued ...Keep reading
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Bathurst 12 Hour: Record provisional pole for Engel

The #999 GruppeM Mercedes was unstoppable in the all-in, 40-minute session, Engel stopping the clocks at an eye-watering 2m01.053s on his first run.
That eclipsed Shane van Gisbergen's 2m01.286s that had stood as the fastest official GT3 lap time around Bathurst since 2016.
The record-breaking lap helped the #999 entry to provisional pole, which means it will run in the second part of the ...Keep reading
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Ford still not satisfied with Supercars Gen3 parity

The Blue Oval has been worried about the competitiveness of the Mustang compared to the Camaro since the seventh-generation model was official unveiled at Bathurst last year.
Those concerns were heightened at the VCAT aero homologation test, ultimately prompting another round of testing with the two prototypes last month.
It's understood the concerns lie with both the aero performance of the ...Keep reading
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No Bathurst lap record for Red Bull F1 car

Liam Lawson lapped Mount Panorama in a V8-powered Red Bull RB7 today in a special demonstration run at the Bathurst 12 Hour.
There was a lot of talk heading into the weekend that the demo could yield a new unofficial Bathurst lap record.
The benchmark was last reset way back in 2011 when Button stopped the clocks at 1m48.8s in a McLaren Formula 1 car.
However there was no record-breaking ...Keep reading
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Newgarden impressed by Chevy on 100% renewable Shell fuel

Shell, the official fuel, motor oil and lubricant sponsor of the NTT IndyCar Series, has produced a new race fuel that consists of a blend of second-generation ethanol derived from sugarcane waste and other biofuels, to create a fuel that is 100 percent comprised of feedstocks categorized as "renewable".
It makes the IndyCar Series the first US-based motorsports series to power racing with 100 ...Keep reading
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Kirkwood savors atmosphere, car-handling at Andretti Autosport

Kirkwood delivered top time in the final 2hr30min session in IndyCar’s inaugural two-day test at Thermal Club, near Palm Springs, CA., and said he’s reveling in the start of his sophomore season.
The sensational talent from Jupiter, FL, racked up 31 wins and was champion in the three Road To Indy categories, but had a troubling first year in IndyCar, driving for AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet ...Keep reading
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Bathurst 12 Hour: Stolz tops final practice

It was a rapid final hour-long hit-out at Mount Panorama with times dropping into the 2m02s almost immediately.
The first came from former race winner Matt Campbell, the hometown hero putting the Manthey EMA Porsche on top with a 2m02.774s.
That was still the benchmark when the session was red flagged 15 minutes in thanks to Shane Woodman crashing the #66 Sin at the Esses.
Once the ...Keep reading
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Kirkwood ends final test session on top, Ericsson tops Day 2

Kirkwood lapped the 17-turn 3.076-mile course in 1min38.8279sec, an average speed of 111.721mph, but it fell 0.4sec short of Ericsson’s benchmark for Ganassi from this morning’s session. The series sophomore, who is about to embark on his first season with Andretti Autosport-Honda, might have improved still further, had he not suffered a brake fire after a mild off-course excursion.
That ...Keep reading
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Arrow McLaren prioritizing in-year gains to match Penske, Ganassi

Ward, who worked for Red Bull Racing in Formula 1, then was Josef Newgarden’s race engineer at Team Penske before joining Arrow McLaren as director of trackside engineering, has assumed the role of the team’s racing director in a year of expansion and change.
“To succeed in IndyCar requires exceptional collaboration amongst drivers, engineers, crew. It's interesting with how tight it is ...Keep reading
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Bathurst 12 Hour: Campbell Porsche beats Mercedes armada in Practice 5

Queenslander Campbell, who races for Porsche Penske Motorsport in IMSA competition in America, led the hour-long session with a fastest lap time of 2m02.7513s around the fabled Mount Panorama circuit.
The session was red flagged almost immediately for the #101 Mercedes stopping on track, although Nicky Catsburg bizarrely continued for another lap in his Craft-Bamboo Mercedes – incurring ...Keep reading
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Red Bull Supercars Camaro spotted at Bathurst

The Triple Eight-built prototype, which has served as a test bed throughout the Gen3 development process, was stickered up in a garage at the circuit yesterday.
It's set to lap Mount Panorama today as part of Red Bull's promotional activity.
Red Bull has a significant presence at Mount Panorama this weekend, with its Formula 1 team on site with a V8-powered RB7.
Liam Lawson will drive the ...Keep reading
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Castroneves: “Too early” to think about potential replacement by Blomqvist

Castroneves is well-loved within the Meyer Shank organization, not least because he delivered the team’s first win, and in the biggest race in the world, the 2021 Indianapolis 500.
But days after winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for MSR Acura, Blomqvist tested the squad’s MSR-Honda IndyCar at Sebring and proved sensationally fast.
On the back of a desultory year in ...Keep reading
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Clash at the L.A. Coliseum: Entry list, how to watch, schedule & more

The pre-season exhibition race returns to the purpose-built 0.25-mile track to unofficially kick off the 2023 season.
Of the 36 entries, all teams in possession of a charter, 27 will make the main event. There is a provisional for the highest finishing driver in 2022 points, should they need it. That would first go to reigning champion Joey Logano, and then championship runner-up Ross ...Keep reading
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De Vries cleared of wrongdoing in dispute over €250K loan

The matter pertained to a loan that the current AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver took in 2018 from Schothorst’s investment fund Investrand to help fund an F2 campaign with Prema Racing.
The Dutchman had needed to raise half a million Euros for that season and with help from sponsors like Jumbo, he managed to get half of that amount. For the other half, he borrowed from Investrand.
Schothorst ...Keep reading
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Horner admits Red Bull’s real F1 RB19 will be ‘somewhat different’

During a season launch in New York on Friday, where Red Bull Racing announced a new major partnership with Ford from 2026, the team revealed what it claimed was its 2023 challenger – the RB19.
However, the car on display appeared to have no visible differences from last year’s championship-winning RB18 – and even featured the 2022 mirrors that would be illegal for this season as they are ...Keep reading
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Ericsson leads third IndyCar test session at Thermal

Ericsson, fresh from receiving his ‘Baby Borg’ from BorgWarner Inc. in honor of his 2022 Indy 500 triumph, took only four laps of the 3.076-mile 17-turn track to lower the IndyCar lap record at the venue to 1min38.4223sec, an average speed of 112.182mph.
But Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda’s Christian Lundgaard, who was second quickest in yesterday afternoon’s session, also delivered a ...Keep reading
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Horner hints at closer links between Mercedes and Williams F1 teams

The former Mercedes strategy director was announced last month as the new team principal of Williams and his appointment received the blessing of Toto Wolff, who conceded that he'd been grooming Vowles as a potential successor.
The news led to speculation that the teams could potentially work together more closely from now on, given Vowles's long relationship with Mercedes.
Asked about ...Keep reading
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Kevin Harvick: 2022 Clash was 'most fun that I had all year'

When NASCAR first decided last season to create a ¼-mile track from scratch inside a sporting venue, Harvick was no fan of the idea.
“I had anticipated it being a complete joke, to be honest,” said Harvick, who is entering his final fulltime season in the NASCAR Cup Series. “But after practicing and running the race, it was probably the most fun that I had all year because the cars raced ...Keep reading
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Lundgaard: “I don't see a reason why we can't be competitive”

Lundgaard, who finished the first test day at Thermal, CA. in second place, said that in 2022, “We followed a lead that we didn't investigate enough that put us on the wrong track. Now… I'm pretty sure we know where to go and take baby steps forward.
“We have a better package already. Where we ended 2022, across the three cars, is already way better than we started. We were competitive. I ...Keep reading
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Ford remains committed to WRC amid F1 return

The blue oval is one of three brands alongside Toyota and Hyundai currently represented in rallying's top tier through its long-standing partnership with British operation M-Sport.
Ford renewed its commitment to the WRC by agreeing to help M-Sport develop the all-new Ford Puma designed to compete in the WRC's new Rally1 hybrid regulations, introduced last year.
Ford Performance and its ...Keep reading
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Juncos Hollinger shining with Ilott and rookie Canapino

The team is starting only its second full season of IndyCar racing, and its first with two drivers. Ilott sparkled for the team on several occasions in qualifying in 2022, culminating in a front-row start at the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
In the first day of preseason testing at Thermal Club in California – a new venue for all competitors – he finished the day seventh ...Keep reading
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FIA reveals six F1 engine suppliers signed up for 2026

F1 is set to debut its next generation of power units in 2026, placing a heavy emphasis on the use of sustainable fuels and greater electric power in a bid for improved sustainability whilst not impacting the on-track spectacle.
Talks with both existing and potential new manufacturers have been ongoing for some time regarding the regulations, but the FIA revealed on Friday that six parties have ...Keep reading
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Red Bull to use fan-designed F1 livery for three US races in 2023

Red Bull held its F1 2023 season launch in New York City on Friday, a decision reflecting the growth of the series in the United States and the significance of the market.
But as part of the announcement, Red Bull F1 chief Christian Horner revealed the team was set to hold a competition called 'Make Your Mark', inviting fans to design different liveries for the races in Miami, Austin and Las ...Keep reading
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Red Bull unveils 2023 F1 livery in New York

Red Bull opted to hold its season launch in New York in front of its American title sponsor Oracle, revealing a livery similar to its previous colour schemes on a show car.
Oracle continues to occupy the prime sponsor slots on the car. Its actual 2023 challenger, the RB19, is still kept tightly under wraps.
The Red Bull launch was accompanied by the news that Ford will return to F1 as the ...Keep reading
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Ford will power Red Bull and AlphaTauri from F1 2026

While Ford's tie-up with the Red Bull team had been anticipated for a while, with Motorsport.com revealing the possibility back in December, the situation regarding AlphaTauri had been less clear.
With current supplier Honda having registered its interest in producing a power unit for the 2026 regulations, there had been speculation it could do something exclusively with AlphaTauri.
But, as ...Keep reading
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Why Ford can offer Red Bull what Porsche could not in F1

How fitting that Red Bull is about to launch its 2023 Formula 1 season in New York City. At first glance, a glitzy livery unveil in the world's most-recognisable metropolis is wholly in keeping with the outfit's incredible marketing campaigns that no other grand prix team comes close to matching.
But the reason for crossing the pond is much more significant this time around: in another very ...Keep reading
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Ford confirms Formula 1 return for 2026

Having quit F1 at the end of the 2004 season, when it pulled the plug on the Jaguar operation and its badging of Cosworth engines, Ford announced on Friday that it will be coming back for the new engine era that begins in 2026.
Its early morning announcement only made reference to its plans to enter F1 again, and it did not detail which teams it would be working with.
However, as ...Keep reading
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Vasseur: Friendship with Wolff no harm to Ferrari F1 ambitions

Vasseur briefly lived with Wolff when he moved to the UK to be Renault team principal in 2016, and the pair have been close ever since.
But with Vasseur having taken over the helm at one of Mercedes' chief F1 rivals, there has been much intrigue about how much they will be able to remain friends if they get locked in an intense battle for victory.
Furthermore, F1's infamous labelling of the ...Keep reading
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Kubica, Deletraz switch to WRT for 2023 WEC season

Kubica and Deletraz both make the move across from the Prema squad, joining WRT's previously-announced silver-rated driver Rui Andrade at the wheel of the Belgian team's #41 Oreca 07-Gibson.
Sean Gelael is so far the only driver named for the #31 WRT entry.
Kubica contested his first full season in sportscar racing for WRT in 2021 in the European Le Mans Series, winning that year's title ...Keep reading
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The design changes teams face as F1 launch season begins

Although the event is being hailed as the 2023 car launch, Red Bull has history from last year of bringing out a rebranded old car and pretending it is a shiny new model.
The likelihood is that, with the first F1 test still several weeks away, what appears in New York will at best be a hybrid of the 2022 and 2023 models, featuring some old and new elements. It will then, almost certainly, be ...Keep reading
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ARTA, Honda sweep both days of Fuji SUPER GT test

After the #8 ARTA NSX-GT of Tomoki Nojiri and Toshiki Oyu topped the times on Thursday, it was the turn of the newly-expanded squad's second car, the #16 of Nirei Fukuzumi and Hiroki Otsu, to top the times.
Fukuzumi set the best time of the test overall in the two-hour morning session as he posted a 1m26.812s, a little over four tenths faster than team newcomer Oyu had managed on the opening ...Keep reading
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