Lotus brings F1 to the Philippines for the first time

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Lotus brought an F1 car to the Philippines for the first time last weekend, performing a demonstration run in the country’s capital Manila.

Marlon Stockinger performed hop laps and donuts in the team’s R30 car (which competed in F1 as a Renault) at the Mall of Asia in the city.

Stockinger, 22, was born in Manila and holds joint Filipino-Swiss nationality. He joined Lotus’s young driver program in February.

“To be here and to drive a Formula One car on the streets of Manila is definitely a historic moment,” said Stockinger. “It’s actually the first time ever that a Formula One car has been driven in the Philippines and it’s really cool to be able to bring it here.”

“I’d say honestly I’m quite speechless,” he added. “I never in my life would have expected to be able to drive a Formula One car here, only literally ten minutes down the road from where I grew up.”

“If I had said it to myself when I was a young boy that I’d be able to do that, I’m not sure I would ever have believed it, so to sum it up; it’s a dream come true.”

Lotus’s third driver Davide Valsecchi also joined in the event, driving the team’s two-seater car.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.