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Davidson to miss WEC Mexico City round through injury

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Anthony Davidson will miss this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round in Mexico City through injury, Toyota has confirmed.

Davidson sustained an injury to his ribs while testing at Magny-Cours in France last month, but traveled to Mexico City with a view to taking full part in the weekend.

However, after taking part in this morning’s test session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Davidson was withdrawn from the remainder of the weekend in a joint decision made between the driver and the team.

“That decision was taken to ensure he is fully recovered in time for the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas on 17 September,” a statement from Toyota reads.

“High temperatures in Austin make it essential for each car to have its full complement of three drivers.”

Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima will share running in the no. 5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid for the remainder of the weekend.

“It is disappointing to come all the way here and then not be able to race but it’s the right decision,” Davidson said.

“I wasn’t comfortable in the car this morning and there is no point to take any risks, especially with Austin coming up. It’s not a problem to race here with two drivers but it would be impossible in Austin due to the high temperatures.

“So I’ll be a frustrated spectator for the rest of the week but I know Seb and Kazuki will do a good job.”

Toyota suffered another setback in the maiden test session on Thursday morning when the no. 6 car sustained a heavy crash at the final corner, breaking the monocoque.

As a result, Toyota will only run the no. 5 car in both FP1 and FP2 before the no. 6 returns for FP3 on Friday.

Rolex 24 update: Scott Dixon leads eight hours in

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We’re just past the eight hour mark in the 2020 edition of the Rolex 24, and darkness has descended over the Daytona International Speedway.

Scott Dixon is the current overall leader, while Harry Tincknell runs in the second position.

As of 10:15 pm ET, the leaders are:

DPi:

  1. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac DPi, Scott Dixon
  2. No. 55 Mazda Team Joest, Mazda DPi, Harry Tincknell
  3. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing, Cadillac DPi, Felipe Nasr

LMP2:

  1. No. 81 Dragonspeed USA, ORECA LMP2 07, Ben Hanley
  2. No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, ORECA LMP2 07, Simon Trummer
  3. No. 8 Tower MotorSport by Starworks, ORECA LMP2 07, David Heinemeier Hansson

GTLM:

  1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Earl Bamber
  2. No. 24 BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan, BMW M8 GTE, Augusto Farfus
  3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Fred Makowiecki

GTD:

  1. No. 48 Paul Miller Racing, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Madison Snow
  2. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Zacharie Robichon
  3. No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan, Lexus RC F GT3, Frankie Montecalvo

Live coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will return to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all remaining coverage on NBC Sports Gold’s Trackpass.