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Hartley concedes WEC title despite Toyota #8 winning at Interlagos


Reigning World Endurance Championship title winners Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa have all but conceded the crown despite winning Sunday’s Interlagos round.

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Hartley believes that even after taking maximum race points in the Sao Paulo 6 Hours and moving from eighth to fifth place in the championship, the #8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID will be playing what he called a “supporting role” to the sister Le Mans Hypercar over the remainder of the campaign.

“We know that the championship is a long shot and were thinking that way before we came here to Brazil,” said Hartley, who along with Buemi and Hirakawa arrived in Brazil trailing team-mates Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries by 38 points.

“We thought we were going to be playing a back-up role here, but we ended up winning the race, though I’m not sure it changes much.

“The #7 car is in the better position in the championship and I’m pretty sure we are going to be supporting them over the coming races. I think that’s going to be our job over the rest of the season.

“There’s also the manufacturers’ championship to consider, which Toyota really wants to win again, and we’re going to have to play our part there.”

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - Hybrid: Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 — Hybrid: Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa

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Hartley pointed out that the championship-leading Porsche crew of Laurens Vanthoor, Andre Lotterer and Kevin Estre “scored good points” in Brazil, which will make any comeback by the drivers of the #8 Toyota that much more difficult.

The New Zealander conceded that the #7 entry was the quicker of the two Toyotas in Brazil and would have won but for a fuel pressure problem early in the third hour that resulted in the loss of three minutes when a control unit was changed in the sidepod.

“We got the victory but #7 was flying today — they went a different direction on set-up,” explained Hartley. “They were quicker than us and had much less tyre deg.”

Conway, who was returning to the Toyota line-up after missing last month’s Le Mans 24 Hours through injury, built up a clear lead over Hartley in the early laps and was back in the lead after taking a drive-through penalty for a Full Course Yellow infringement before the second round of pitstops. 

Hartley explained that the grip from his Michelin tyres “fell off the cliff” in the closing laps of his opening double stint.

The #8 car moved into the lead when the sister Toyota encountered its problem as Conway handed over de Vries and went on to control the remainder of the race before taking victory by more than a minute.

De Vries and Kobayashi were able to fight back up to fourth, which allowed them to retain third place in the championship behind the Porsche Penske Motorsport crew and Le Mans-winning Ferrari drivers Antonio Fuoco, Nicklas Nielsen and Miguel Molina.

Conway is seventh in the points courtesy of his absence from Le Mans after breaking his collarbone and two ribs in a cycling accident.

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Toyota dominates to defeat Porsche


Toyota dominated at Interlagos on the way to a second World Endurance Championship victory of the season on Sunday.

The Japanese manufacturer’s #8 GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar shared by Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa and Sebastien Buemi took the victory laurels in the Sao Paolo 6 Hours by a clear margin ahead of the two Penske-run factory Porsche 963 LMDhs.

Buemi crossed the line 1m08s ahead of the #6 Porsche driven by Laurens Vanthoor, Andre Lotterer and Kevin Estre, which in turn was 7s up on the sister car of Frederic Makowiecki, Michael Christensen and Matt Campbell.

Toyota led the way for the majority of the race and would almost certainly have finished 1-2 but for a rare technical problem for the sister #7 entry of Mike Conway, Nyck de Vries and Kamui Kobayashi.

Theirs was the faster of the two GR010s in the fifth round of the 2024 WEC and led the way through the opening double stint until an issue with a fuel pressure sensor when Conway handed over to de Vries early in the third hour cost the car three minutes.

Conway had built up a lead of 18s over Hartley when he had to take a drive-through penalty for a Full Course Yellow infringement, but was quickly back ahead of his team-mate and able to rebuild an advantage before he stopped.

De Vries and then Kobayashi were able to haul the car up the order, the Japanese bringing the car first into the top six and then up to fourth in the final hour.

The Japanese driver passed Alessandro Pier Guidi’s Ferrari 499P LMH with five minutes to go shortly after Jenson Button had stopped out of fourth place for a late drive-through following a tyre pressure infringement on the #38 Jota customer Porsche.

The Toyota was able to make the medium compound Michelin work on the aggressive Interlagos surface and in higher temperatures encountered during practice and qualifying.

Its two GR010s ran exclusively on the softer of the two tyres available in Sao Paulo, whereas Porsche and Ferrari also used the hard during the race.

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Both Porsche Penske Motorsport entries ran into minor delays over the course of the six hours.

The #6 entry sustained a puncture early on after Vanthoor had a coming together with Will Stevens in the #12 Jota Porsche, which resulted in the Briton receiving a 30s penalty.

The championship-leading PPM car looked set to finish behind the team’s other entry before #5 lost 20s to a change of the tail section after contact with an LMGT3 class entry when Christensen handed over to Campbell.

Kobayashi crossed the line 7s behind Campbell and just half that margin ahead of the Ferrari Pier Guidi co-drove with James Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi.

The Italian car was delayed by a drive-through for a Full Course Yellow infringement early in the race, but the manufacturer never looked like repeating its Le Mans 24 Hours victory of last month.

The second of the AF Corse-run factory 499Ps, the Le Mans-winning entry shared by Antonio Fuoco, Nicklas Nielsen and Miguel Molina, rounded out the top six on a day that it couldn’t match the sister car.

The best of the Jota cars, in which Button was joined by Phil Hanson and Oliver Rasmussen, ended up seventh.

Peugeot took eighth place with the #93 9X8 2024 shared by Nico Muller, Mikkel Jensen and Jean-Eric Vergne.

The revised version of the French manufacturer’s LMH produced its best showing so far, Muller making progress up the order on the hard tyre when temperatures were approaching their hottest.

BMW took ninth with the WRT-run M Hybrid V8 LMDh shared by Dries Vanthoor, Raffaele Marciello and Marco Wittmann, while Alpine snuck into the points with the #36 A424 LMDh shared by Mick Schumacher, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere.

Cadillac failed to follow up on Alex Lynn’s fourth place on the grid, the V-Series.R he shared with Earl Bamber ending up 13th after encountering brake issues.

#92 Manthey Purerxcing Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3: Aliaksandr Malykhin, Joel Sturm, Klaus Bachler

#92 Manthey Purerxcing Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3: Aliaksandr Malykhin, Joel Sturm, Klaus Bachler

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Porsche took a fourth LMGT3 class victory in fives races and the Manthey PureRxing Porsche 911 GT3-R shared by Klaus Bachler, Joel Sturm and Alex Malykhin a second of the season.

They dominated proceedings on the way to a one-lap victory over the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Alex Riberas, Daniel Mancinelli and Ian James.

Malykhin trailed the Iron Dames Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 driven by class pole winner Sarah Bovy until midway through their opening double stint when he was able to move past a car that was clearly struggling on its tyres and then move into a clear lead.

The Iron Lynx-run Lambo was firmly established in second place in the middle stages of the race with Rahel Frey at the wheel when it lost coolant.

After 16 minutes in its box, the car briefly returned to the track before the Italian team retired the Huracan.

Riberas closed in on Bachler late in the penultimate hour, getting to within 4s before their final short pitstops.

The gap went out to 16s after the Aston took four Goodyear tyres and the Porsche only two before coming back down to the 4s after a late FCY.

Riberas was deemed, however, to have violated the FCY regulations and was handed a drive-through.

Third place went to the best of the two United Autosports McLaren 720S GT3 Evos in which Marino Sato was joined by Nicolas Pino and Josh Caygill.

They ended up 48s in arrears of the Aston on the way to taking a first podium for the Anglo-American team on its return to the GT ranks in the WEC this year.

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Dillmann/Boulle score overall win, Corvette dominates GTD


The Inter Europol by PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca of Dillmann/Boulle beat the similar cars of Gar Robinson/Filipe Fraga and Steven Thomas/Scott Huffaker in Sunday’s 2h40m race, which featured a 34-car entry.

The premier class GTP hybrids took a break from the fearsome 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course near Toronto, formerly known as Mosport. Although those cars weren’t here, some of the top drivers still made the trip north of the border to drive the LMP2 machinery – as the clashing World Endurance Championship race at Interlagos also complicated matters.

Polewinner PJ Hyett (AO Racing) led the field to green but drifted across to the outside lane of traffic at the startline, repeating the error he made at Watkins Glen and receiving the same penalty, a drive-through.

That handed the lead to Daniel Goldburg (United Autosports) over Boulle, Robinson (Riley) and George Kurtz (Crowdstrike by APR), with Hyett rejoining in sixth. Another penalty befell the #2 United Autosports entry, as Ben Keating was given drive-through for changing tires on the grid.

Dennis Andersen, who shunted the #20 MDK by High Class Racing at Turn 2 in qualifying, got shoved off through some trackside signage at Turn 8 in opening moments of the race. The first caution flew after 20 minutes, as Andersen went off again into the tires at Turn 9 and this sent the majority to the pits.

After the reset, Boulle – who had taken the lead from Goldburg before the yellow – led Kurtz, Robinson, Goldburg and Thomas (TDS Racing).

A second yellow was required 20 minutes later when Orey Fidani’s GTD Corvette slammed the Turn 3 barriers after getting fired off by Bryan Sellers’ Paul Miller Racing BMW.

Soon after the restart, leader Boulle was delayed trying to pass a tardy GTD car at Turn 1, then Robinson was shoved wide by Kurtz as cars flew in all directions at Turn 2. Thomas vaulted to second, and Luis Perez Companc followed him through in AF Corse’s car. The big loser was Kurtz, who tumbled to eighth and he quickly handed over to Colin Braun, who rejoined 24th overall with it all to do.

The majority of the amateur drivers handed over to their pros with 90 minutes to go, with Dillmann (in for Boulle) leading Scott Huffaker (in for Thomas) by 3s.

The United duo of Ben Hanley (sharing with Keating and bouncing back from its earlier penalty) and Felipe Albuquerque (partnered with Goldburg) ran third and fourth, ahead of Fraga (in for Robinson), Louis Deletraz (taking over from Hyett), Pipo Derani (in for Companc), Braun and Renger van der Zande (who’d earlier been delayed when John Farano incurred a drive-through for a pitstop infringement).

Fraga passed Deletraz for fourth when the Acura GTP regular went off at Turn 9 and continued. Deletraz lost another spot to Albuquerque before making his final stop with 45 minutes remaining.

Dillmann had a scare when he banged wheels with Derani at Moss Corner inside the final 20 minutes, which allowed Huffaker to close right up.

Fraga, who was the last pro driver to take over, ran long and led until making his final stop inside the last 30 minutes – benefitting from a shorter fuel fill to rejoin third. Albuquerque was fifth, while Deletraz spun after clashing with Braun.

The third and final yellow flew with 16m left on the clock when Ryan Dalziel crashed at The Esses. But just before that, Huffaker ran wide over the grass and gifted second to Fraga.

The race went green with eight minutes to go, with Dillmann being chased by Fraga, Huffaker, Hanley and Albuquerque. That’s how they finished, with van der Zande snatching sixth from Braun and Deletraz.

#3 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports Corvette Z06 GT3.R: Antonio Garcia, Alexander Sims

#3 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports Corvette Z06 GT3.R: Antonio Garcia, Alexander Sims

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Corvette dominates GTD Pro

In GTD, Corvette Racing ruled the roost as Alexander Sims/Antonio Garcia won from Tommy Milner/Nicky Catsburg. After the late caution period, they finished nose-to-tail.

Sims led from the start in his #3 Corvette Z06 GT3.R and the ’Vette 1-2 was achieved when Tommy Milner’s #4 car passed the #14 Lexus of Vasser Sullivan’s Jack Hawksworth around the outside at The Esses at the end of the opening lap.

In the second hour, Harry Tincknell split the Corvettes in his #64 Multimatic Ford Mustang, but that car fell back to fourth in the final reckoning in Mike Rockenfeller’s hands, as Seb Priulx/Laurin Heinrich grabbed third in their AO Racing Porsche 911.

The #14 Lexus was a surprise retirement with a technical issue in the closing stages.

The Turner Motorsports BMW M4 of Robby Foley/Patrick Gallagher and the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage of Roman De Angelis/Spencer Pumpelly were duelling for the lead of the pro-am class when Gallacher spun at Moss Corner, dropping him to fourth.

That handed the Aston the win and second to the #57 Winward Mercedes of Russell Ward/Philip Ellis from the Inception Racing McLaren 720S of Brendon Iribe and Frederik Schandorff.



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Alpine confident of avoiding Le Mans engine issue in Sao Paulo WEC race


Alpine is confident it can overcome the engine problem that resulted in the early end to its Le Mans 24 Hours assault in Sunday’s Interlagos World Endurance Championship round. 

The French manufacturer has revealed that its two A424 LMDhs went out of Le Mans last month inside the first six hours as a result of a valve issue, a problem which Alpine and its Signatech factory team were aware going into the double-points round of the WEC. 

No new parts have been introduced for the Sao Paolo 6 Hours this weekend, but Signatech team boss Philippe Sinault told Autosport/Motorsport.com that Alpine will “manage the engine in a different way to avoid having this problem again”. 

He added that he expected that the value issue would not return over the course of six hours of racing in Brazil. 

Alpine motorsport boss Bruno Famin revealed in the wake of Le Mans that the marque had not been “totally confident with the reliability” of the 3.4-litre single-turbo V6 developed out of the Mecachrome Formula 2 engine going into the race. 

Sinault expanded on that ahead of the race at Interlagos, explaining that the valve problem had occurred in testing prior to Le Mans.

“We have had this problem before, but never so early — we were a little surprised [at Le Mans] to be honest,” he explained.

“In testing when we had this issue with the valve it was always after we had completed 24 hours.”

#35 Alpine Endurance Team Alpine A424: Paul-Loup Chatin, Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen, Charles Milesi

#35 Alpine Endurance Team Alpine A424: Paul-Loup Chatin, Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen, Charles Milesi

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Sinault explained that new engine parts aimed at eradicating the problem are under development at Alpine’s Viry-Chatillon engine HQ on the outskirts of Paris and that he is expecting their arrival before the end of the 2024 campaign. 

The #36 Alpine completed only four laps in second free practice at Interlagos on Saturday. 

The car underwent what Sinault described as a precautionary turbo change. 

Neither A424 made it through into the Hyperpole session for the fastest 10 cars in opening qualifying.

Mick Schumacher ended up 11th in the #36 Alpine, missing the cut by just under two tenths of a second. 

Charles Milesi was a further four hundredths back in 13th position in #35 A424, both cars ending up within seven tenths of the session-topping Porsche 963 LMDh driven by Matt Campbell. 

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AO Racing’s Hyett takes pole, Corvette tops GTD


PJ Hyett took pole position for the IMSA SportsCar Championship at the LMP2-led round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Hyett’s AO Racing Oreca beat the similar cars of Daniel Goldburg (United Autosports) and Gar Robinson (Riley) in qualifying for Sunday’s race, which features a 34-car entry.

The premier class GTP hybrids have taken a break from the fearsome 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course near Toronto, formerly known as Mosport. Although those cars weren’t here, some of the top drivers still made the trip north of the border to drive the LMP2 machinery.

But, as per the series rules, the stars had to stand down for qualifying.

Goldburg set the benchmark at 1m10.119s, outpacing George Kurtz (Crowdstrike by APR) by 0.061s, but a red flag was quickly required when Dennis Andersen shunted the #20 MDK by High Class Racing at Turn 2. He was able to walk away from the wreckage after a high-speed spin ended in the tirewall at the unforgiving track.

With only five minutes on the clock for the resumption, finding a clear lap was at a premium. Robinson snatched provisional pole with a 1m10.031s and then a 1m09.690s.

The times then tumbled, with Hyett – who will share with Louis Deletraz tomorrow – taking P1 with 1m09.582s, from Goldburg’s 1m09.672s. But the red flag flew again when Luis Perez Companc ploughed his #88 AF Corse entry underneath the tirewall at Turn 3.

Robinson will start third, ahead of Nick Boulle’s #52 Inter Europol by PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry. Steven Thomas was fifth quickest for TDS Racing, ahead of Kurtz, Ben Keating (#2 United Autosports) and John Farano (Tower Motorsports).

The session was restarted, but not for enough time for anyone to set a laptime.

#3 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports Corvette Z06 GT3.R: Antonio Garcia, Alexander Sims

#3 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports Corvette Z06 GT3.R: Antonio Garcia, Alexander Sims

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Corvette beats Lexus in GTD Pro

In GTD, qualifying got off to a false start when the red flag flew for Conquest Racing’s Ferrari 296, when Manny Franco ground to a halt at the pit exit.

That led to a truncated 10-minute sprint to decide pole, with Vasser Sullivan’s Jack Hawksworth becoming the first to dip under the 1m15s bracket with a 1m14.972s in his #14 Lexus RC F.

Fellow Brit Alexander Sims, driving the #3 Corvette Z06 GT3.R grabbed provisional pole from him with 1m14.911s, only for Hawksworth to snatch it back with 1m14.710s. That gave him a 0.271s advantage, as Sims backed off for a lap to regroup.

Sims then unleashed a 1m14.405s, taking the top spot by 0.235s, to which Hawksworth could not respond. Sims rubbed it in by going even quicker on his last lap, with a 1m14.373s – extending his advantage to 0.267s. That meant he’d set two laps good enough for pole.

“The car was incredible around this amazing place, I got a couple of really nice, clear laps – that was a really good blast,” said Sims. “We hadn’t been sure which direction to go in practice, but we had such a good car for qualifying.”

Frankie Montecalvo led the pro-am class in his #12 Lexus, impressively leading a phalanx of Pro class cars. “It’s absolutely my favorite racetrack that really suits our RC F,” he said.

Tommy Milner will start fourth in the #4 Corvette, seven tenths off his stable-mate Sims, ahead of Harry Tincknell (#64 Multimatic Ford Mustang), Madison Snow (Paul Miller Racing BMW M4), Mario Farnbacher (#23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage) and Marvin Kirchhofer (Pfaff Motorsports McLaren 720S).



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Kobayashi claims pole in Toyota 1-2


Toyota claimed its first pole position of the 2024 World Endurance Championship campaign as it blocked out the front row for Sunday’s Sao Paulo 6 Hours.

Kamui Kobayashi took the top spot in the #7 Toyota GR010 HYBRID in the 10-minute Hyperpole session for the fastest 10 cars in opening qualifying.

The Japanese driver’s 1m23.140s around the Interlagos circuit gave him a a margin of just over one tenth from team-mate Sebastien Buemi in the sister #8 Toyota Le Mans Hypercar.

Buemi, who was qualifying a Toyota for the first time since the 2019/20 WEC series opener at Silverstone, jumped to second with a 1m23.262s.

Matt Campbell, bidding for a third pole in five races this season, ended up third in the best of the factory Penske-run Porsche 963 LMDhs on a 1m23.331s.

Alex Lynn took fourth position for Cadillac, the Brit setting a 1m23.396s in the solo Ganassi-run V-Series.R LMDh.

The second Porsche Penske Motorsport entry with Le Mans 24 Hours pole winner Kevin Estre driving took fifth position on a 1m23.408s.

Top Ferrari driver was Antonio Fuoco in the Le Mans-winning entry in sixth with a 1m23.532s in the #50 499P LMH.

#5 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963: Matt Campbell, Michael Christensen, Frederic Makowiecki

#5 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963: Matt Campbell, Michael Christensen, Frederic Makowiecki

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Callum Ilott claimed seventh for the Jota customer Porsche team ahead of team-mate Jenson Button in the British team’s sister entry, just six hundredths separating the two cars.

The second AF Corse-run factory Ferrari ended up ninth in the hands of Alessandro Pier Guidi, while Robin Frijns, whose late lap had sent him through to the final round of qualifying, ended up 10th in the #20 WRT BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh.

The Dutch driver’s 1m24.078s was, however, still within a second of the pace.

Neither Alpine nor Peugeot made it through to Hyperpole after failing to get in the top 10 positions in the 12-minute opening session.

Mick Schumacher ended up 11th in the best of the Alpine A424 LMDhs and team-mate Charles Milesi 13th in the sister car, though both cars were within seven tenths of Campbell who topped the times in Q1.

The two Peugeot 9X8 2024 LMHs were 16th and 17th in the hands of Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Lamborghini on top in LMGT3

Sarah Bovy took a second LMGT3 class pole of the year in the Iron Dames Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2.

#85 Iron Dames Lamborghini Huracan LMGT3 Evo2: Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting

#85 Iron Dames Lamborghini Huracan LMGT3 Evo2: Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting

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She posted a 1m34.413s in the Iron Lynx-run car to end up nearly four tenths clear of the 1m34.804s with which Aliaksandr Malykhin claimed second in the Manthey PureRxcing Porsche 911 GT3-R during the 10-minute Hyperpole session.

The two United Autosports McLaren 720S GT3 Evos took third and fourth on the grid, Josh Caygill edging out James Cottingham by just five hundredths of a second.

Yasser Shahin took fifth in the championship-leading Manthey EMA Porsche despite carrying 45kg of success ballast.

The Sao Paulo 6 Hours, round five of the 2024 WEC, begins at 11:30 local time on Sunday.

WEC Sao Paulo — Hypercar Hyperpole results

WEC Sao Paulo — Hypercar LMGT3 results 



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Fraga fastest in FP2 from van der Zande, Lexus tops GTD


Brazil’s Filipe Fraga set the pace in second practice for the IMSA SportsCar Championship at the LMP2-led round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Riley’s Fraga beat Renger van der Zande (Tower Motorsport) and Colin Braun (Crowdstrike by APR) in the 90-minute session, which featured a 34-car entry.

The premier class GTP hybrids have taken a break from the fearsome 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course near Toronto, formerly known as Mosport. Although those cars weren’t here, some of the top drivers still made the trip north of the border to drive the LMP2 machinery.

Van der Zande set the benchmark at 1m08.351s in Tower’s Oreca, which was beaten by Fraga’s Riley-run version after 10 minutes with a 1m08.221s. That put him 0.13s clear at the top of the timesheets, which is where he stayed.

Colin Braun was third quickest in Crowdstrike’s entry, three tenths off the pace but just clear of Ben Hanley’s #2 car for United Autosports.

Friday’s pacesetter Louis Deletraz was only fifth this time for AO Racing, ahead of Scott Huffaker (TDS Racing), Tom Dillmann (Inter Europol by PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports) and Filipe Albuquerque in the #22 United machine.

#14 VasserSullivan Lexus RC F GT3: Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat

#14 VasserSullivan Lexus RC F GT3: Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat

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In GTD, Frankie Montecalvo set the early pace at 1m15.68s before Pro class stable-mate Hawksworth beat that with 1m14.821s.

Madison Snow split the Lexus lockout with 1m14.952s, a tenth away from Hawksworth in his Paul Miller Racing BMW M4.

Corvette Racing then entered the party, with Tommy Milner snatching second in the #4 Z06 GT3.R, ahead of Alexander Sims in the sister #3 car. Seb Priaulx rounded out the top five in AO Racing’s Porsche 911.

Loris Spinelli set the pro-am place in Forte Racing’s Lamborghini Huracan, ahead of Montecalvo, whose Lexus slipped back to seventh overall in the GT ranks.

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Jota leads final practice top three sweep for Porsche


Jota’s Callum Ilott headed a tight final practice session for the World Endurance Championship’s Interlagos round with the top three split by less than a tenth.

Ilott headed a Porsche 963 LMDh clean sweep of the top three, his customer Jota car beating the two factory Porsche Penske Motorsport entries with a benchmark effort of 1m24.297s set shortly before the track was declared wet.

Conditions never deteriorated to the point that wet tyres were required, but Ilott’s time held to the end of the hour-long session.

Matt Campbell was just 0.012s slower than the winner of the WEC’s Spa 6 Hours earlier this year, while Kevin Estre was 0.093s behind in third.

Charles Milesi was fourth in the leading Alpine A424, clocking in 0.347s off the pace, fractionally ahead of Dries Vanthoor’s WRT-run BMW M Hybrid V8.

Daniil Kvyat’s Iron Lynx Lamborghini SC63 and Jenson Button in the second Jota Porsche completed an LMDh lockout of the top seven, with Le Mans winner Antonio Fuoco’s factory Ferrari 499P the top Le Mans Hypercar in eighth.

Robert Shwartzman in the customer AF Corse-run Ferrari was ninth, ahead of the #93 Peugeot 9X8 LMH in which Jean-Eric Vergne visited the Turn 1 run-off.

Mick Schumacher set the 11th fastest time in the second Alpine, which caused the session’s most noteworthy incident when Matthieu Vaxiviere spun Carl Wattana Bennett’s Isotta Fraschini Tipo6 at Turn 8.

#92 Manthey Purerxcing Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3: Aliaksandr Malykhin, Joel Sturm, Klaus Bachler

#92 Manthey Purerxcing Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3: Aliaksandr Malykhin, Joel Sturm, Klaus Bachler

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After heading the timesheets in Friday’s second practice, the two Toyota GR010 HYBRIDs were only 13th and 14th, with Nyck de Vries and Sebastien Buemi respectively setting the times aboard the #7 and #8 machines.

The LMGT3 times continued to tumble after the rain began to fall, with joint championship leader Alexander Malykhin ultimately setting the pace in the #92 Manthey PureRxcing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The bronze-rated driver posted two laps quick enough for the top spot, with his best effort of 1m35.488s putting him 0.062s quicker than Nico Pino’s United Autosports McLaren.

Sarah Bovy made it three different manufacturers in the top three positions with third in her Iron Dames Lamborghini Huracan Evo2, 0.151s behind Malykhin, while Gregoire Saucy completed a strong session for McLaren with fourth in the second United entry.

Qualifying for Sunday’s Sao Paulo 6 Hours begins at 14:30 local time.

WEC Sao Paulo — FP3 results



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Le Mans win a catalyst for Ferrari’s inaugural Hypercar upgrade


Ferrari’s victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours was one of the factors behind the early introduction of the first evo joker upgrade of its 499P for Interlagos this weekend.

The Italian manufacturer explained that it brought the revision focussed on rear brake cooling of its Le Mans Hypercar to the Brazilian round of the World Endurance Championship in order to prepare for the latter rounds of the series when there will be a premium on braking efficiency, most specifically Bahrain in November.

“We decided considering the good results we had in Le Mans  and the fact that we are back fighting for the championship that it could be an idea [to introduce it for this weekend] given that we were ready to start with this modification immediately after Le Mans,” said Ferrari sportscar racing technical director Ferdinando Cannizzo.

“As long as we had this improvement in the pocket, why not start directly? This will give us the opportunity to get familiar with this modification — we need to re-adjust.”

“This is one of the reasons why we said, yes we come here to gain experience for when we will go to race on tracks that are really stressful for brakes.”

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Ferrari opted not to employ one of the five evo jokers allowed to it during the initial five-year lifecycle of the 499P at the start of the current campaign, which is the car’s second season. It then said at Le Mans this year that it would bring an update either before the end of this season or for the start of the next.

Cannizzo revealed that there were two reasons why Ferrari never considered running it at Le Mans where Antonio Fuoco, Nicklas Nielsen and Miguel Molina notched up the 499P’s second victory in a row at the French enduro.

The first was that Le Mans is not, Cannizzo said, “stressful for the brakes” and the second was that the rule makers – the FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest – demanded that it be on the 499P for two WEC rounds beforehand in order for its effect to be assessed for the Balance of Performance.

That would have meant blooding the modification at the Imola WEC round in April, which would have been too early in the development of the upgrade.

#51 Ferrari AF Corse Ferrari 499P: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Antonio Giovinazzi

#51 Ferrari AF Corse Ferrari 499P: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Antonio Giovinazzi

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The modification of the brake cooling at the rear has been undertaken “so not as to give us a compromise in the set-up choice”, explained Cannizzo. He added that he did “not expect any big changes in performance” as a result.

Changing the brake cooling package meant Ferrari had to rebalance the aerodynamics of the 499P to maintain its position within the aero performance window laid down in the LMH regulations.

Cannizzo confirmed that the underfloor had been changed as a result and that the upper body surfaces “have been touched a bit”.

The most obvious visual difference on the updated car is the revisions to the front diveplanes or flicks.

Cannizzo revealed that Ferrari was evaluating further performance upgrades, which are subject to the approval of the FIA and the ACO, but would not be drawn on any timeline for their introduction.

“We are very prudent, cautious about changing things on the car,” he said. “But this is not impeding us from keeping working and trying to find improvements.

“This work is going on, but when we will arrive with something new I do not know.”

Victory in the double-points Le Mans WEC round propelled Fuoco, Nielsen and Molina from fifth to second in the drivers’ championship. They now lie nine points behind Porsche trio Laurens Vanthoor, Kevin Estre and Andre Lotterer.

Ferrari is also second in the manufacturers’ classification.



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