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Red Bull GRC reveals 2016 schedule

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The Red Bull Global Rallycross championship has unveiled its 2016 schedule, featuring a 12-round slate.

Races are added in Phoenix, Dallas and Seattle, and dropped in Fort Lauderdale, Detroit and Las Vegas from 2015. Los Angeles’ doubleheader round moves to become the season finale. Additionally, there is one TBA date, listed for August 28.

The series’ full release is below:

Red Bull Global Rallycross will take their revolutionary action motorsport to multiple new markets this year, while also returning to fan favorite locations as part of the 2016 championship schedule announced today. The 12-race schedule spans from May to October and will once again be broadcast on the NBC family of networks, with a majority of Supercar action broadcast live on NBC.

“Once again, we are proud to unveil a unique new schedule for the latest Red Bull Global Rallycross season,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We’re incredibly excited to bring our high-octane brand of motorsport to multiple new locations, as well as maintaining some of our most popular stops and returning to a fan favorite market in Seattle. We think that this year’s events will once again raise the bar and produce some of our most exciting action yet!”

For its sixth year, Red Bull GRC again takes racing to the fans with purpose-built racetracks in unexpected settings convenient to major markets. The series’ tracks feature a mix of dirt and pavement, as well as a signature 70-foot jump. At each round, star drivers in 600-horsepower Supercars battle through multiple heats, semifinals, and a last chance qualifier for a spot in the winner-take-all main event. Open paddocks at every race allow fans to get up close to the drivers and cars.

This year’s slate builds on the series’ success, with new courses that are longer and faster than ever before. Recent seasons have seen the series hold events in urban locations including Los Angeles and Washington DC, as well as the first championship race ever held at an active military installation. Once again, doubleheaders will prove crucial to the championship, with the season kicking off with a brand new doubleheader event in Phoenix.  Three more will follow throughout the season, concluding with the series’ signature doubleheader event in Los Angeles.

More information on the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, including venue details and where to buy tickets, will be available in the coming weeks at www.redbullglobalrallycross.com.

2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Schedule

Round Date Location  
1 May 21 Phoenix, AZ (I)
2 May 22 Phoenix, AZ (II)
3 June 4 Dallas, TX
4 June 18 Daytona Beach, FL (I)
5 June 19 Daytona Beach, FL (II)
6 July 2 The Base (I)
7 July 3 The Base (II)
8 July 30 Washington, DC
9 August 28 TBA
10 September 17 Seattle, WA
11 October 8 Los Angeles, CA
12 October 9 Los Angeles, CA

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.