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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32 cars in Portimao

The FIA World Endurance Championship will have 32 entries for the second round of the 2021 season, which will run at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. There has been a few additions and some absentees compared to the Spa Francorchamps entry list, a month ago. The Hypercar category will see the addition of Glickenhaus Racing, with one of their brand new cars. The team had a successful 30 hour test, where they used the first constructed car (708) for that part, while the Portimao car – which is chassis…

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Might this be the victorious weekend?

The Iron Dames programme has developed a lot since its start during the winter of 2018/19. It has actually reached a point now, where they have potential chances to win this weekend, when the European Le Mans Series 2021 visits the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The very first outing of the programme was for the Abu Dhabi 12 Hours in December 2018, where Rahel Frey, Manuela Gostner, and Michelle Gatting paired up in the pink and black Ferrari 488. That car was however to GT3 specification, with the rest…

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41 cars entered for Paul Ricard

41 cars have entered the third round of the European Le Mans Series, which will run this weekend at Paul Ricard near Le Castellet, in the south of France. There have been a few changes to the field, partly due to the FIA World Endurance Championship running next weekend in Portugal, and partly due to date clashes with other events. DragonSpeed USA #21 won’t enter their LMP2 car this time. Their ELMS title fight is already over, following retirement only a few laps into the Barcelona race, and finishing 7th…

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Dragon Penske running substitute in Mexico

Dragon Penske will run an alternative line-up, when the next round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship goes ahead in Puebla, Mexico. Nico Müller has a date clash with the DTM series, where he will fulfill his job as Audi Sport works driver. He will be replaced by Joel Eriksson. Ironically, the Swede was previously a factory driver at BMW, but no longer has ties to the German manufacturer. Eriksson has previously tested a Formula E car, during the Season 6 Rookie test in Marrakesh. Just like at…

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ELMS Point standings after Round 2

There have been quite a few changes to the points standings, following the second round of the European Le Mans Series, which was run at Red Bull Ring last weekend. Team WRT #41 has extended their LMP2 Championship lead, by winning both races this season. G-Drive Racing #26 has moved into the second, after finishing second in the race last Sunday. United Autosports #22 has dropped back to third, after a very disappointing weekend for them, with normally the successful team finishing 7th. Cool Racing #19 has a solid lead…

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2 more Ferrari races for Jensen

Mikkel Jensen will do to more Ferrari races during the 2021 season. The Dane will be racing for the Japanese team, which he has raced for in the Asian Le Mans Series in the past. Jensen will be competing in the 8 Hours of Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship race, and the big highlight of the year – the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Racing a GTE car will be a first for Jensen, having raced both BMW and Ferrari GT3 cars in the past. The Ferrari 488 GTE has…

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Porsche and Audi choose Multimatic

Porsche Motorsport and Audi Sport have announced, that they will collaborate with Multimatic in their upcoming LMDh programme. It’s been rumoured for a long time, that the Canadian chassis manufacturer would be the choice for the two German brands, but it hasn’t been official until now. Multimatic has been providing dampers for Porsche for many years, so this is a natural collaboration. There is a further connection between Multimatic and Porsche in the USA, with Multimatic works driver Sebastian Priaulx competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America. When Audi…

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Glickenhaus ready with one car for Portimao

Glickenhaus Racing is ready for the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Portimao, which will run in one month’s time. The team will enter car #709, and has opted to put Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, and Romain Dumas in the car for the 8-hour race, at the Portuguese venue. The plan is to enter both cars in the 6 Hours of Monza, which is the final race prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in August. It’s been a long process, to get both cars ready. Their first car…

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Mixed weather in ELMS practices

It’s been a somewhat mixed start to the European Le Mans Series weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The weather has been changing both Friday and Saturday, with a few showers and low-hanging clouds. Free Practice 1 ended up with United Autosports #22 fastest amongst the LMP2 cars, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26, and with the fastest LMP2 Pro Am var on P3 overall – DragonSpeed USA #21. Amongst the LMP3 cars, we had DKR Engineering #4 fastest, ahead of United Autosports #2 and #3. In GTE it…

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Merhi replaces Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi is no longer part of the G-Drive Racing #25 in the European Le Mans Series 2021. The Brazilian has to give up on the programme, which is run by Algarve Pro Racing, since he runs an NTT IndyCar Series programme with Dale Coyne Racing too, doing the oval races instead of Romain Grosjean. Fittipaldi had to skip the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps earlier this month, since he was in Texas for Indycar, plus he has a clash with the 24 Hours of Le…

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31 cars entered for ADAC GT Masters season opener

ADAC GT Masters is heading into another season with more than thirty cars on the grid. 31 are currently announced for the season opener, which will run this weekend at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben near Magdeburg. Aust Motorsport Audi #3 has done a bit of a scoop, getting Daniel Keilwitz and Sebastian Asch, who both are ADAC GT Masters Champions. The team will only run a single car this year, so they can put full focus on this entry. The previous seasons have been a two-car team, with one being filled…

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Plenty of action in Monaco

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was back in Monaco, where the series last raced in spring 2019. The classic Formula 1 circuit is on a two-year cycle, but this time around, it was the full Formula 1 track, where the previous editions were raced on a shortened version. The defending Formula E Champion, Antonio Felix da Costa had taken Pole Position for DS Techeetah, ahead of Robin Frijns in Envision Virgin Racing, Mitch Evans in Jaguar Racing, Jean-Eric Vergne in DS Techeetah, Maximilian Günther in BMW i Andretti, and…

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26 cars on the entry list for Mid-Ohio

Round 3 of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will have 26 cars entered, when the series goes to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The DPi category has 6 cars entered, which are all the full-season entries. Cadillac is half the field, with Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing #01, Mustang Sampling #5, and Whelen Engineering #31 running for the American brand. Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing #10 and Meyer Shank Racing #60 will represent Acura with one car each. Mazda Motorsports #55 will run their sole Mazda entry for this year as…

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