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MAY-JUN 2019

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limited to eight hours, is the only FIA WEC race to be held in the Americas during the 2018/2019 season. For racing fans, the return of the series provided an opportunity to ogle the stunning and super- speedy LMP1 prototypes vying to reach the checkered flag first. Battling challenging weather conditions, including heavy rain during the closing stages, the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid team, comprised of drivers Fernando Alonso, S├ębastien Olivier Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, led every lap from start-to-finish (253 in total) to take the LeMans Prototype 1 category and their third victory of the season. After the race Nakajimi commented, "I think from the outside it is easy to say it looked quite stable, but actually it was very tricky in the car. In my first stint, I had a lot of traffic so it was tough, but then I jumped in the car at the end, and I knew what I had to do. I was quite happy in the dry conditions, but I was not happy at all in the end with the rainy conditions. It was amazingly low grip, and it was like sliding on ice...to be honest, I am just thankful we could finish, so the victory is a bonus." Porsche took the top spot among competitors in the GTE Pro category with drivers Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz. e amateur GTE class was won by a team comprised of Julian Andlauer, Matt Campbell and Christian Ried, driving for the Dempsey-Proton Racing team. Jackie Chan DC racing claimed the LMP2 title with drivers David Heinemeier Hansson, Jordan King and Will Stevens. Rounding out the FIA WEC season is the TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. For more information on the series, visit fiawec.com. sl #95 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Photo by JoaoFilipe/AdrenalMedia.com Ho-Pin Tung of Jackie Chan DC Racing Photo by JoaoFilipe/AdrenalMedia.com No. 8 Toyota Gazoon Racing team Photo by JoaoFilipe/AdrenalMedia.com Start of the 1000 Miles of Sebring Photo by Marius Hecker/AdrenalMedia.com #11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Photo by Jamey Price slmag.net 59

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