Acura presents ARX-06 for real

Acura has finally shown their new ARX-06 LMDh car without camouflage. The car will participate in the IMA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the brand new GTP category, and has the possibility to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But the current indications are not pointing towards that in its debut season. The team has already started testing the car now, and it will have it’s race debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2023, where the new GTP category will…

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Da Costa new Porsche driver

Antonio Felix da Costa will be a new driver for Porsche, in the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season. The Portuguese driver won the title in the 2019/20 season for DS Techeetah, which even was his first season for the French outfit. He replaced Andre Lotterer back then, who moved to the new Porsche team. And he is going to replace Lotterer this time around as well, since the German will be focusing on Porsche and their new sportscar programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Da Costa…

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Magnussen new driver at GMB

Jan Magnussen has been signed as a new driver for GMB Motorsport, for the final two rounds of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. The experienced Dane will share the Honda NSX GT3 Evo #88 with Lars Engelbrekt Pedersen, during the races at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, and the season finale in Portugal at the Portimao circuit. Lars has teamed up with Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen so far this year, and that pairing won the most recent round at Monza in July. The team doesn’t reveal the exact reason of why they are…

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WRT breaks up with Audi – new BMW WEC partner

The Belgian WRT outfit has chosen to end their long commitment with Audi Sport. The team has been synonymous with the German brand pretty much since its foundation in 2009, but that will come to an end following the 2022 season. But there is a new task for them, in the shape of the BMW LMDh programme, which will start in the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2024 onwards. The 2023 season will consist of testing the car, prior to it’s FIA WEC debut. The two parties are not ready…

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BMW starts LMDh test – confirms Le Mans

BMW has started their testing with their brand new LMDh car, and confirms their return to Le Mans. The new BMW M Hybrid V8 drove the first meters yesterday at Varano in Italy, near the Dallara factory. BMW has chosen Italian manufacturer Dallara to build the car, which is based on a LMP2 car, but with added hybrid system, it’s own bodywork, and a custom-made BMW engine. Connor De Phillippi and Sheldon van der Linde got the honour of racing the first meters in the car, which was a collaboration…

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First two Lambo drivers announced

Lamborghini has announced their first two drivers for their upcoming LMDh programme. It comes to no surprise, that those two drivers are Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli, since those two has been synonymous with the Italian brand for many seasons. Bortolotti had a single season with Audi in 2020, before returning to the Italian brand, that he has raced with since 2014, and been official works driver for since 2015 – except for 2020. Caldarelli has been part of the brand since 2017, and has won the Blancpain GT Series,…

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UA extends with Hanson and Albuquerque

United Autosports has extended their contracts with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque for the 2023 season. The duo has raced together since 2018, more or less uninterrupted, with European Le Mans Series being their first task, before adding the FIA World Endurance Championship. While 23-year-old Hanson has raced all the races in that period, there have been some skipped races for 37-year-old Albuquerque, due to clashing dates of hos IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship contracts. The pair raced to the ELMS title in 2019, while they won the FIA WEC title…

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COOL with Asian programme

COOL Racing will enter the Asian Le Mans Series 2023. The team has been active in Ligier European Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team has made an announcement of a single ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car, to be run by the two team owners Alexandre Coigny and Nicolas Lapierre. They were paired up for the ELMS for several years. But they will have a new teammate, whom they never have shared a car with so far. But it’s still from…

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Makowiecki replaces Lietz

Porsche #91 has had to change their driver line-up prior to the 6 Hours of Monza this weekend. Richard Lietz felt unwell, prior to travelling to Monza, and has now tested positive for COVID-19. So he can’t compete this weekend, and will be replaced by Fred Makowiecki. The Frenchman was part of the winning combination at Le Mans last month, where Lietz, Mako and Gianmaria Bruni secured the GTE Pro win. That takes Austrian racer Lietz out of the title fight, as long as the car starts the Sunday race.…

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First LMH test for Ferrari

Ferrari has tested their brand new LMH in the real world, for the very first time. The test happened today at their home circuit in Fiorano, where Alessandro Pier Guidi was the first driver in the car, before Nicklas Nielsen took over the wheel in the afternoon. The car will be utilized in the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season, which includes the special anniversary race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s a huge step for the team, to finally get the car on the track. They have…

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Glickenhaus changes color

Glickenhaus Racing has chosen to change the color of their car in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The American team has traditionally been red and white, regardless if they raced in the FIA WEC, or participated in VLN/NLS/Nürburgring 24 Hours. The choice of color is down to team owner Jim Glickenhaus’s big love for Ferrari. The team has, however, decided to switch to a light blue color on their SCG 007 car from this weekends race at Monza and onwards. The reasoning behind according to the team, is that Toyota…

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A lot of penalties post Monza

The stewards was super busy evening, after the 4 hour European Le Mans Series race had been run at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Several of the decisions got quite a bit impact on the race result – which actually isn’t official yet. Let’s take them bit by bit. Prema Racing #9 got a 10 second time penalty post race, since Ferdinand Habsburg had driven extremely slow at the pit entry. He was only doing 30 kph, which was seen as being dangerous. So their 10 seconds penalty pushes them away from…

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JOTA steps into LMDh

JOTA will take a step up the prototype ladder in 2023, where the super successful LMP2 and GT3 team will move into the Hypercar category in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The British team has got one of the brand new Porsche LMDh cars, and is the first confirmed privateer in the FIA WEC with that model. Porsche Penske Motorsport will also bring two works cars. The car rental company Hertz will be a sponsor of the car, but there are still a lot of details to be revealed. The…

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JDC-Miller switches to Porsche

JDC-Miller Motorsports will swap the Cadillac brand with Porsche in 2023. The American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team has been running Cadillac for many years. They have been running under the Mustang Sampling banner since the 2020 season. They will enter a single car in the GTP category, but Porsche Motorsport North American has revealed that another privateer will run in North America, with another single-car entry. More details about that programme should be announced shortly. The LMDh cars will replace the current DPi cars, which have been running since…

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More Porsche LMDh details and driver news

Porsche Motorsport has revealed more details about their upcoming LMDh programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. As previously announced, there will be two works cars run by Team Penske in both IMSA and the FIA WEC. The team will run under the Porsche Penske Motorsport banner. The cars will be white and red, with the model designation 963. There will be a base in Mannheim for the FIA WEC team, while the IMSA team will be run out of Mooresville, North Carolina. Porsche…

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Point standings after Le Mans – WEC

There have been some changes to the FIA World Championship points standings, following the third round of the championship was held at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The front of the Hypercar category remains unchanged with Alpine Elf Team #36 marginally holding on to the lead, with just three points ahead of Toyota Gazoo racing #8, while Glickenhaus Racing #708 are further nine points behind. The final Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 is fourth – 20 points behind the leading car. With a further 78 points to race for this…

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Taylor – “It still feels a bit like a learning experience”

Corvette Racing is back at Circuit de la Sarthe for the 22nd time. Unfortunately, it’s not 22 years in a row, due to the COVID-19 situation in 2020, so they opted to skip that race. 2022 is no normal year either for the American team. They are traditionally racing two cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but they have decided to go for one car in the USA and one car in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The reason that is they have to run a GT3-alike spec in…

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Cadillac reveals the first pictures

Cadillac has revealed the first concept pictures of their new LMDh car. The car will be built by Dallara, just like the current cars are, and will have a brand new 5,5 liter engine, which will be connected to the standardized hybrid system, which all the LMDh cars will have to run. The team will compete in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, where Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing have been chosen to run the cars. CGR has already doubled their IMSA…

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Peugeot announces driver combinations

Team Peugeot TotalEnergies has announced their driver line-up for their two brand new Hypercars. Car #93 will be driven by Paul Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen and Jean-Eric Vergne, while James Rossiter, Gustavo Menezes and Loic Duval will pilot car #94. The team has used the springtime for testing their brand new 9X8, which will get its race debut at Monza on 10 July. The car will be like the Toyota Gazoo Racing car with a hybrid system, with a four-wheel-drive being activated, once that kicks in. With the current BOP…

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Lamborghini confirms Ligier collaboration

Lamborghini has confirmed their upcoming LMDh car will a collaboration with Ligier. The French manufacturer was officially without any partners in the upcoming LMDh regulation until now, but they did have the Italian brand on their hands. It’s just under a month ago, that Lamborghini announced their LMDh programme, which will be totally independent of the one that Porsche is doing. Their sister brand has chosen Multimatic as the chassis manufacturer, and will be running a completely different engine. Today’s press release confirms that we will see the new Lamborghini…

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