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The cur­rent LMP1 tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions in the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship will be frozen un­til at least the end of 2019. The se­ries had planned to bring in new chas­sis and hy­brid sys­tem rules for 2018, but that has been scrapped in light of Audi’s exit and a drive to cut costs… LMP2 cham­pion Gus­tavo Menezes was fastest in the WEC rookie test af­ter the Bahrain race in a Porsche 919 Hy­brid. Day­tona and Se­bring win­ner Pipo Derani ran with Toy­ota, while Brits Alex Lynn, Ross Gunn and Jor­dan King all tested with As­ton Martin… EX-F1 driver Robert Ku­bica was per­haps the high­est-pro­file driver at the test, run­ning with the Kolles team. Ku­bica, who has only raced spo­rad­i­cally since suf­fer­ing lifechang­ing in­juries in a rally crash in 2011, lapped faster in the CLMAER LMP1 car than the reg­u­lar driv­ers dur­ing the WEC event… Jim­mie John­son claimed a record­e­qualling sev­enth NASCAR ti­tle with vic­tory in the race at Homestead. John­son had to start at the back as of­fi­cials deemed his Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports team ad­justed his Chevro­let af­ter pre-race in­spec­tions. But John­son steamed into the top five in the first 50 laps, be­fore tak­ing ad­van­tage of two cau­tion pe­ri­ods to make his way into the lead off the fi­nal restart. Carl Ed­wards had looked favourite for the ti­tle, but was elim­i­nated in a clash with fel­low ri­val for the cham­pi­onship Joey Logano. John­son’s sev­enth crown ties him with Richard Petty and Dale Earn­hardt…

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