Dramatic day in Diriyah – updated

It was a very dramatic day in Saudi Arabia, when the second round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship 2021 was run on the streets of Diriyah. The drama started in FP3, where Edoardo Mortara in the ROKiT Venturi Racing car went off the track at high speed, so he had to make a trip to the hospital. That meant that all Mercedes-powered cars had to miss Qualifying, since the FIA had to investigate all the cars. Championship leader Nyck de Vries was one of the drivers missing…

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32 cars ready for Portimao

The FIA World Endurance Championship has 32 cars entered for the 2021 season opener in Portimao. Unfortunately, there won’t be any Glickenhaus at the opening round, since they have opted to sit out. They have been at Vallelunga yesterday and today, for the very first roll-out. The days have primarily been for system checks, and then speed and endurance will be their next tasks. While we lose two SCG007 cars, there will be a single Corvette Racing C8.R going to Europe. Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin have the honour of…

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Portimao and Spa without spectators

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced, that the first two races of 2021 will be without spectators. The decision about the empty grandstands at Portimao and Spa Francorchamps is of course due to the COVID-19 situation, where LMEM, the FIA, and the local authorities already have made this decision. Portimao in Portugal will have its FIA WEC debut, while Spa in Belgium has been on the schedule since the very first season. This will be the second season in a row, that Spa will have to be run without…

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First night race in Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Season 7 was started in the dark in Diriyah in Saudi Arabia. Nyck de Vries had taken Pole Position for Mercedes-EQ, ahead of Pascal Wehrlein for TAG Heuer Porsche, while Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler with Rene Rast had been third fastest in the qualifying. There had been some issues for several drivers ahead of and during Qualifying. Robin Frijns at Envision Virgin Racing had to start from the last position, since he had crash damage from FP2 to repair, so he missed the Qualifying.…

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Ferrari confirms LMH programme

Ferrari has confirmed today, that they are on the road to an LMH programme. The Italian car manufacturer will enter the Hypercar category, which is the new top category for sportscars in the ACO world. The news is finally confirmed, after many months of rumours, where especially Porsche has pushed on, to make Ferrari advance from GTE to Hypercar in 2023. That will most likely mean the demise of GTE Pro following 2022, but there is no end date to GTE Am just yet. They are running older spec cars…

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Trophies handed out in Abu Dhabi

The season finale in the Asian Le Mans Series 2021 was run at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, with 35 cars entered. G-Drive Racing #26 with Ferdinand Habsburg, Yifei Ye, and Rene Binder started the race from Pole Position, ahead of the G-Drive Racing #25 with Franco Colapinto, John Falb and Rui Pinto de Andrade. Phoenix Racing #5 with Kelvin van der Linde, Matthias Kaiser and Simon Trummer was starting from third position. Yesterdays winners JOTA #28 with Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael was starting P6. RLR MSport #15…

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Four hours of surprises in Abu Dhabi

The third round of Asian Le Mans Series 2021 was run at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. G-Drive Racing #25 with Franco Colapinto, John Falb and Rui Pinto de Andrade started the race from Pole Position, ahead of Phoenix Racing #5 with Kelvin van der Linde, Matthias Kaiser and Simon Trummer, while G-Drive Racing #26 with Ferdinand Habsburg, Yifei Ye, and Rene Binder had grabbed P3. Eurointernational #11 had pulled out of the race meeting due to technical issues. United Autosports #23 with Wayne Boyd, Manuel Maldonado and…

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Two qualifyings in Abu Dhabi

Asian Le Mans Series went to Abu Dhabi, where the second half of the 2021 season would be run. There will be two qualifyings, which was a little different from last week’s quali, where the fastest and second-fastest time were used to decide the starting grid. The two qualifyings will be run right after each other, so the GT cars were on the track for fifteen minutes, followed by a five-minute break before they drove for another fifteen minutes. Inception Racing McLaren #7 was quick to set a fast laptime,…

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New innovation in LMC

Michelin Le Mans Cup will try out something new for the 2021 season, with another kind of adjustment between drivers. The changes are related to the Bronze drivers, with a Bronze+ designation. The LMC rules state that there needs to be a Bronze rated driver in each car, no matter if it’s LMP3 or GT3. The Bronze rating can consist of both older drivers, or the young guns, who haven’t previously raced. The mix of older drivers, and the very young ones, who are judged not to be at the…

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Another good Dubai race

The Asian Le Mans Series delivered another good race, when the teams were running for the second four hour race the weekend at the Dubai Autodrome. G-Drive Racing had secured first row for today’s race too, with #25 raced by Franco Colapinto, Rui Pinto de Andrade and John Falb on Pole, ahead of #26 with Yifei Ye, Ferdinand Habsburg and Rene Binder. JOTA #28 with Sean Gelael and Stoffel Vandoorne was starting third, next to Phoenix Racing #5 with Nicki Thiim, Simon Trummer and Matthias Kaiser on P4. The starting…

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4 hours of racing decided at the end – updated

The opening round of the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series was run today at the Dubai Autodrome. G-Drive Racing #25 with Franco Colapinto, Rui Pinto de Andrade and John Falb started the Saturday race from Pole Position amongst the LMP2 cars, ahead of their teammates in #26 with Yifei Ye, Ferdinand Habsburg and Rene Binder, while Nicki Thiim had qualified Phoenix Racing #5, which he shares with Simon Trummer and Matthias Kaiser, in the third spot. United Autosports #23 with Wayne Boyd, Manuel Maldonado and Rory Penttinen was on Pole…

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ELMS entry list bulging

The European Le Mans Series has 43 cars on the full-season entry list. That is a step forward from the actual entries, compared to the 2020 season, where 40 cars were originally entered, but only 33 of them competed full season due to the COVID-19 situation. The LMP2 category has 16 cars entered. The defending champions from United Autosports will once again enter two cars, while IDEC Sport has expanded to two cars. Algarve Pro Racing will enter a total of three cars, but two of them will run under…

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Double qualifying in Dubai

The Asian Le Mans Series 2021 season finally got going, with the Qualifying ahead of the two races this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome. The Qualifying was different than normal, since this Friday’s session should decide the grid for both the Saturday and the Sunday race. The fastest lap was for Saturday, and the second fastest lap for Sunday. There was a bit of fog in the air, but definately not as much as yesterday, where most of the driving was cancelled, so the drivers only were able to have…

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UA and TF Sport with more driver news

United Autosports and TF Sport have been busy announcing drivers for the upcoming European Le Mans Series 2021. UA have both their LMP2 and both LMP3 cars filled up with drivers now. Jonathan Aberdein will be racing in #22 in LMP2, sharing the car with Tom Gamble and Phil Hanson. Aberdein did two seasons in DTM, first racing for BMW, and then for Team WRT in their privateer Audi. He raced Formula 4 and Formula 3 prior to that, so he has racing experience in several different cars. But it…

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Peugeot presents Hypercar drivers

Peugeot Sport has announced their drivers for their upcoming Hypercar programme. The French car manufacturer will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2022. The team has signed 7 drivers, with 6 of them being race drivers. 38-year-old Loic Duval will be the oldest driver in the programme. Duval has previously raced a Peugeot, when he raced for Pescarolo Sport in 2009. He went on to race for an ORECA for a couple of seasons, before getting picked up by Audi Sport. He…

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UA ready with final drivers

United Autosports have got their final two drivers ready for the Asian Le Mans Series. This will be two very well known faces in LMP3 cars. Finnish driver Rory Penttinen has experience from the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where he raced a Ligier JS P320 for the Graff team. That car is exactly the same as the one at United Autosports. He was on the podium three times during the season, and started from Pole Position for one of the races. He is the Bronze rated driver in car #23.…

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UA car 32 set

United Autosports has set their driver line-up for car #32 for the upcoming European Le Mans Series 2021 season. Job van Uitert and Manuel Maldonado has been announced over the last few months, Nico Jamin was announced as the third and final driver today. Jamin brings several seasons of experience from Duqueine Engineering and Panis Racing, from which he knows all the tracks in the ELMS, having raced them all in an ORECA 07 LMP2 car. He has participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the third position…

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Grosjean to Indycar

Romain Grosjean will move to the NTT IndyCar Series for the upcoming season The 34-year-old Frenchman has signed with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR for #51, where he will do the road- and street courses. He will skip the oval races, where another driver will take the wheel of the car. The Indycar series will be brand new territory for Grosjean, who only has raced at COTA in Texas in the USA, so he will have to learn a lot of new tracks. He is a big user of iRacing,…

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More drivers announced for the Asian Le Mans Series – updated

The Asian Le Mans Series 2021 season will be a somewhat different version, of what it’s used to be, in the previous years. But we will still have four rounds like we are used to. The series will run in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with two races on 13 and 14 February in Dubai, with the two final races of the season being run in 19 and 20 February at the Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi. 36 teams had originally entered, with two more joining in later on. Absolute…

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United Autosports expands to USA

United Autosports will expand their sportscar programme to include the US. The Anglo-American team has had a base in England until now, where they moved into a new and much bigger location last summer. They were active in the US back in 2018, where Andretti Autosport was helping them out with storage of the cars. They participated in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, entering a bit of an all-star team, with names like Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, and Paul Di Resta in the cars. They have got their own location…

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