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Porsche tests 2017 919 Hybrid with Bamber, Hartley in Spain

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The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship may have finished almost a month ago, but Porsche is yet to wrap up its track running for the year after completing a test at Motorland Aragon in Spain on Wednesday.

Porsche won both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ WEC titles in 2016, claiming six race wins including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

As part of its development and preparation for 2017, Porsche completed running with drivers Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley with the updated 919 Hybrid car.

After losing planned running earlier in the week to fog, Porsche was able to complete 179 laps on Wednesday with the car sporting a special ‘dazzle’ testing livery.

The test marked Bamber’s return to the wheel of the 919 Hybrid, having last raced it at Le Mans in 2015 when he claimed a famous victory in Porsche’s third car alongside Nick Tandy and Nico Hulkenberg.

Bamber and Tandy will both race full-time for Porsche’s LMP1 team in 2017 following Mark Webber’s retirement from racing and the relocation of Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas within its motorsport program.

Bamber joins Hartley and Timo Bernhard in the no. 2 car for the 2017 season, while Tandy is set to race with Neel Jani and new signing Andre Lotterer, the latter arriving from Audi, in the no. 1.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool