UAE schedule for Asian LMS

Asian Le Mans Series 2022 will be another intense season. Just like the 2020/21 season, it’s all going to happen within one and a half weeks in February. All races will be four hours, and will be a mix of afternoon and evening races. The teams will have the chance of testing prior to the season start on 11 February at Dubai Autodrome. Another race will run one day later, on the very same track, before all the teams go to Abu Dhabi. Saturday 19 February will be the first…

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Points standings after Monza

There have been quite a few changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship points standings, following the latest race at Monza in Italy. The Hypercar is still led by Toyota Gazoo Racing #8, but their advantage has shrunk to just six points over their teammates in #7. Alpine Elf Matmut #36 is 15 points from the lead, after two second places and a third so far, while the two Glickenhaus cars sit fourth and fifth. United Autosports USA #22 has moved back into the LMP2 championship lead, after the victory…

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Racing Team Nederland with two changes

Racing Team Nederland #29 has had to swap out two of its three drivers, for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Monza. Not only one, but two of the drivers have been tested positive for COVID-19. Job van Uitert was tested positive last week, prior to the European Le Mans Series race at the same track. That resulted in the whole United Autosports #32 outfit had to pull out of the weekend, since van Uitert had been together with them on the full test day on Thursday, with…

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High Class Racing has announced Le Mans drivers

High Class Racing has announced the final pieces of their Le Mans puzzle. The Danish team will enter two cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021, with their extra entry having Anders Fjordbach, plus Kevin and Jan Magnussen as the drivers. That has been a long time Magnussen family goal, plus a big dream for many of their fans. The team does, however, still have their regular FIA World Endurance Championship car #20 in the race. Dennis Andersen will be the only full season driver remaining in that…

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Thiim called up for Le Mans

Nicki Thiim will be racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021 after all. The Dane has been called in for NorthWest AMR #98, where he will be super-sub for Augusto Farfus. Farfus has other contractual obligations that weekend, so Paul Dalla Lana and Marcos Gomes will have a new teammate for the 24 hours race. Thiim is the defending World Champion in GTE Pro, but Aston Martin pulled out of sportscar racing as works teams, with the owners moving their focus to the re-branded Formula 1 team, so he…

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IMSA, ACO and FIA with future agreement

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have agreed on the new LMH, LMDh and LMP2 rules for the future years in sportscar racing. The three parties have been working towards this collaboration for a long time, with the announcement happening at Daytona 2020, where the new LMDh regulations were announced too. It was already announced back then, that the LMDh models would be welcome in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the…

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United Autosports ready with full driver line-up

United Autosports has finally announced their full driver line-up for the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Car #22 is their FIA World Endurance Championship car, and will consist of the three regular drivers – Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Fabio Scherer. While Hanson and Albuquerque are the defending champions of the race, it’s going to be the first for Swiss driver Scherer. Three of the drivers from their European Le Mans Series programme will share car #32. Nico Jamin and Manuel Maldonado are already teammates in…

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Formula E 2021/22 schedule revealed

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has revealed the schedule for their upcoming 2021/22 season. There is however no 2021 about it, since the season will start in Saudi Arabia at the end of January, with a double round. The series will move to Mexico City, Cape Town, and a not yet announced place in China, before the European part of the schedule will start in April with Italy, Monaco, and Germany. A not yet announced race will happen in June, before it’s Vancouver, two times New York, and two…

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Fuji cancelled, Bahrain double ends season

FIA World Endurance Championship has made changes to the final 33% of the 2021 race schedule. It’s naturally due to the COVID-19 situation, and the challenges that it keeps bringing, all around the world. LMEM and ACO, unfortunately, have to cancel the trip to Fuji Speedway, since Japan is still troubled by the infection rates, and has very strong quarantine rules, which would make it very difficult and expensive for everybody involved in the series. The organizers have decided to run two rounds at Bahrain International Circuit, finishing the season…

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Peugeot reveals Hypercar

Peugeot Sport has revealed their new Hypercar, which will enter competition in 2022. The French car manufacturer has named the car Peugeot 9X8, and it has a very special design regarding the rear end of the car. The pictures show a racing car without rear wing, but just a low spoiler at the end of the engine cover. The car has some very significant rear lights, which are the three stripes, that are known from their road cars. The lights sticks out from the bodywork, and have some aerodynamic effect…

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33 LMC cars at Monza

Michelin Le Mans Cup has 33 cars entered for the third round of the 2021 season, which will run at Monza in Italy. There are quite a few changes with regards to not only competing cars, but also competing drivers, compared to the previous round at Paul Ricard in early June. GT3 Championship leader Rino Mastronardi in Iron Lynx Ferrari #8 won’t be racing at Monza, but will be replaced by Gabriele Lancieri. Lancieri will share the car with Paolo Ruberti, who was replaced by Logan Sargeant in France. The…

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44 cars at Monza

European Le Mans Series will have a massive 44 car field, when Round 4 of 2021 is run at Monza. This is the final ELMS race prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and that, combined with the FIA World Endurance Championship at the same circuit, just one week later, has made a lot of teams do the double, to get the final things sorted out. The LMP2 field has grown to 19 cars. On top of the 16 regular cars, there will be additional entries from Realteam Racing…

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Two driver changes for Road America

NTT IndyCar Series has a very strange occurrence, with two drivers not being cleared to drive during the upcoming Road America race this weekend. This is down to the doctors now allowing the two drivers to participate, following the accidents on and off the track. Felix Rosenqvist was sent to hospital following a serious crash in the Saturday race. His throttle was stuck wide open on his Arrow McLaren SP car, so he went straight into the concrete wall, with the tire barrier that was covered the wall, not taking…

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BMW confirms IMSA LMDh programme

BMW Motorsport has confirmed, that they will enter a new LMDh car in 2023. The German brand, however, has only confirmed their participation in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship so far. The North American market has a very special motorsport interest, since they have participated in the American Le Mans Series and IMSA, without competing in the European version, such as the European Le Mans Series or FIA World Endurance Championship. The exception was 2010-11 and 2018-19, where Rahal Letterman Lanigan was first to take the trip with their E92…

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More changes to United Autosports

There is one more change amongst the drivers at United Autosports USA #22, for this week’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Portimao. Fabio Scherer has been tested positive for COVID-19 twice within 48 hours, and that means that he can’t participate this weekend. The team has had to call up Wayne Boyd, who is a bit of a multi talent at United Autosports. The 30-year-old Brit has swapped between the LMP2 and LMP3 cars, throughout the past six seasons, and already has experience with the Portimao track in Portugal,…

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Approximately 50.000 spectators allowed at Le Mans

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced, that there will be access for approximately 50.000 spectators at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race, which has been pushed back to 21-22 August 2021, will run at 20% capacity compared to normal years, since the COVID-19 still puts a damper on events. All spectators showing up to the track, will have to bring a Health Passport, to be able to get into the circuit. There will be free access for people under 16 years, while there will be free grandstands…

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Anniversary for Toyota

Toyota Gazoo Racing will celebrate an anniversary, when the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Portimao this weekend. Or perhaps we should just say Toyota, since the road to this milestone, started when the team was just named Toyota. The race in Portugal will be World Championship race number 100 for Toyota in sportscars. It all began in 1983 at Fuji, where they competed with a Group C car named 83C. In 1992, we had reached the time for the first TS010 model, with the Japanese brand trying to beat…

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AF Corse to run LMH programme

AF Corse has been chosen to run the upcoming LMH programme for Ferrari. The team, which is run by Amato Ferrari (not related to the family from Maranello), has been running for the majority of the cars, carrying a prancing horse on the bonnet in GTE (GT2) and GT3, over the last 15 years. But on top of that, the team has also run LMP2 and LMP3 cars throughout several years, for efforts not always been named AF Corse. The most recently ran the Cetilar Racing LMP2 car through the…

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Points standings after Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard in France has made the Championship standings somewhat more interesting now than they were prior to the weekend. The totally superior (prior to this weekend) Team WRT #41 is still leading, but now only by three points, ahead of the winners of the race, G-Drive Racing #26, who also scored a bonus point for Pole Position. The defending Champions from United Autosports #22 are 21 points away from the lead. But with a total of 78 points still to race for,…

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38 cars expected at Monza

The FIA World Endurance Championship has received 38 entries for the third round of the 2021 championship season, which will be held on 18 July. The Hypercar category will have all entries present, with both Glickenhaus Racing cars participating, in addition to the pair of Toyota Gazoo Racing cars, and the single Alpine Elf Matmut. The team hasn’t named their driver combinations yet, so we will have to wait and see. The LMP2 category has grown by a single car, so we reach a total of 12. Risi Competizione #82…

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