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Red Bull GRC confirms Atlantic City to fill August TBA date

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The Red Bull Global Rallycross series has confirmed Atlantic City, New Jersey at Bader Field, as its East Coast site to fill the one remaining TBA date on the schedule, August 27-28.

The Atlantic City round confirmation follows other recent track/site confirmations at Fair Park in Dallas (June 4) and Evergreen Speedway in Seattle (Sept. 17). Phoenix’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park was confirmed as the site for the season opener, May 21-22.

The full release from Red Bull GRC is below:

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Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to the East coast with a brand new event in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 28. The race will take place at Bader Field, the first municipal airport licensed to serve both airplanes and seaplanes, and more recently a host to numerous concerts and festivals.

“Bader Field is a great location for Red Bull Global Rallycross,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Its wide open spaces will allow us to design one of the fastest tracks of the season, while its proximity to major urban markets ensures that our many passionate fans from the northeast will have a home race to attend. We can’t wait to bring our high-octane brand of motorsport to Atlantic City for the first time!”

Located on the back bays of Atlantic City, Bader Field sits between the Atlantic City Expressway and world-famous Boardwalk. The Red Bull GRC track will take advantage of the historic municipal airfield to build one of its fastest tracks of the 2016 season. Spectators will be treated to multiple passing zones and clear views of the entire multi-surface course, including the series’ signature 70-foot jump.

“We are very excited to host this thrilling motorsport event for the first time in Atlantic City. The uniqueness of this event venue will allow racers and spectators to appreciate the surroundings Atlantic City has to offer,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission.

“Working cooperatively with AC Sports Commission, we are excited to announce this event at Bader Field for 2016,” said Gregory Allen, Vice President of Bader Field Sports, LLC of Midland Park, the redeveloper of Atlantic City’s Bader Field.  Bader Field Sports, LLC is the named redeveloper of the 142-acre parcel in Atlantic City, NJ.

Red Bull GRC’s most recent race in the northeast took place in 2014, when Tanner Foust claimed victory in the series’ visit to New York. Foust is among many of the world’s top rallycross drivers expected to compete in Atlantic City, alongside Brian Deegan, Bucky Lasek, and defending series champion Scott Speed.

Tickets for Red Bull GRC Atlantic City at Bader Field are on sale now. Adult GA tickets are available at early bird prices of $25 through July 24, while kids ages 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. For more information and to purchase online, please visit http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets.

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.