Paul Ricard result not official – yet (updated)

The official result of the first 2022 European Le Mans Series race of the year, which was run at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, hasn’t been released yet. The reason is due to the incompliance of some parts during the post-race scrutineering. The case revolved around the LMP3 car, that crossed the chequered flag in second, Inter Europol Competition #13. One of the things that were checked on the car, was the differential, where the Belleville Washer wasn’t the same, as the one that the car is homologated with. Alle…

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Safety Car filled opening race

The opening race in the European Le Mans Series 2022 was run in 18 degrees temperature and bright sunshine at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France. TDS Racing x Vaillante #31 with Mathias Beche, Philippe Cimadomo and Tijmen Van der Helm had taken Pole Position, which was also the LMP2 Pro/Am Pole. United Autosports #22 with Tom Gamble, Phil Hanson and Duncan Tappy would start second, while Prema Racing #9 with Louis Deletraz, Lorenzo Colombo and Ferdinand Habsburg would start in P3. Malthe Jakobsen, Maurice Smith and Michael…

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GMB Motorsport aiming high for 2022

There is a brand new name in the motorsport world – GMB Motorsport. The team is only a few months old, but has big ambitions regarding the upcoming 2022 season, with an all-Danish driver line-up. They have a total of six cars entered in various Danish championships this year, as well as three cars in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Their first outing will be this week at the opening round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, which is being held at Circuit Paul Ricard, in the south of France.…

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More occupied cars in ELMS

There are a lot of driver’s announcements from the European Le Mans Series teams lately. Algarve Pro Racing has announced that they’ll continue the plan with two cars, even though their former Russian sponsor isn’t a part of the team anymore. In the LMP2 car #19, Sophia Flörsch will share it with Bent Viscaal. Flörsch has slowly but surely developed to be a sportscar expert, after driving for Richard Mille Racing Team in 2020 and 2021 in ELMS and FIA WEC respectively. The German had also a single start for…

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Prema with powerteam in ELMS

Prema Racing are definitely not doing things half-heartedly in sportscar racing. The team made its FIA World Endurance Championship debut two weeks ago, where they were fighting for victory for several hours, until they were unlucky with their strategy, and the unpredictable Red-flag periods. The pairing for that outing was Lorenzo Colombo, Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz. They do, however, also run in the European Le Mans Series 2022, where they have collected three equally impressive drivers. Juan Manuel Correa was the first to be announced, so he has been…

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WeatherTech Racing sticks to Merc

WeatherTech Racing has made a slight change to their 2022 plans. The team previous announced, that they would run the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a Porsche 911 GT3 R throughout the full 2022 season. They did however add a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for both the Daytona 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Common for both races, was that Cooper MacNeil raced both cars, joined by Porsche and Mercedes works drivers respectively. The choice is now the Mercedes #97 for the rest of 2022. They currently sit 6th in…

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UA hires another young talent

United Autosports has managed to sign another young talent into their sportscar programme. Finn Gehrsitz will be the third driver of their LMP3 car #2 in the European Le Mans Series. The 17-year-old German got a call only a few weeks ago, when the team needed a driver for their ELMS programme. He will be joined by Josh Caygill and Bailey Voisin. Gehrsitz made his race car debut in 2021, after many years in karting. He raced in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for Phoenix Racing. He was super close…

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LMDh from 2022, new LMP2 from 2025

World Motorsport Council held a meeting last weekend, and there were two important subjects on the agenda regarding the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series, plus the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The first decision was only regarding the FIA WEC in 2022, where LMDh cars will be allowed in this year’s World Championship rounds. The original introduction of LMDh was scheduled for 2022, but due to the COVID-19 situation, it was all postponed for a year, so all the suppliers were able to get…

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Terrific opening race in FIA WEC

The second 1000 Miles of Sebring in history, which was also the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022, was run on the historic Sebring International Raceway. Alpine Elf Team #36 with Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere started the race from Pole Position, ahead of Glickenhaus Racing #708 with Olivier Pla, Ryan Briscoe and Romain Dumas, while Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa would start from the third position. Nicklas Nielsen, Francois Perrodo and Alessio Rovera had taken LMP2 Pole…

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Sebring 1000 Miles qualifying 2022

The qualifying for the 1000 Miles race at Sebring was run on Thursday evening, prior to the opening race in the FIA World Endurance Championship The 17 GTE cars were the first on the track for their ten-minute qualifying. While the Pro drivers qualified in the GTE Pro category, it was the Bronze-rated drivers who had to qualify the GTE Am cars. The qualifying was run shortly before sunset, which was a condition the teams hadn’t tested at all, neither in the Prologue nor the practice sessions afterwards. It didn’t…

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Late Sebring call for Jani

Neel Jani will be making a trip to Sebring in 2022 after all. The 38-year-old Swiss racing driver was actually left without a seat for the Super Sebring weekend, where both FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be in action. But Jani was called up by Chip Ganassi Racing, when they all of a sudden was one driver short, after the departure of Kevin Magnussen, who jumped on the Formula 1 wagon with HAAS F1 Team once again. So Alexander Lynn and Earl Bamber will…

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FIA WEC Prologue 2022

The FIA World Endurance Championship preparations for the 2022 season finally got underway. There was a two-day prologue at Sebring International Raceway before the season starts on Wednesday. For the majority of the teams, the test went well with plenty of laps for the drivers. But it didn’t take long before the first lengthy interruption in the first session on Saturday. A huge thunderstorm with heavy rain and a strong wind drove over, so all the marshals had to leave the track for safety. On the second day, however, there…

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Le Mans starting list 2022

Automobile Club l’Ouest has announced the starting list for this year’s 24 hours at Le Mans. The list consists of sixty-two cars as it has been since 2019. There are some surprises, but most of them are already known since the FIA World Endurance Championship has handed automatic invitations to the majority of the field. In Hypercar, there are FIA World Endurance Championship cars plus an extra from Glickenhaus Racing. Peugeot TotalEnergies can’t get their car ready for the race this year since it would require a start at Spa…

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53 IMSA cars at Sebring

There will be fifty-three cars on the grid when IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts the second round of the 2022 season at Sebring International Raceway. As always, there’s a little decrease compared to the opening round at Daytona, but it’s still more than 2021 with only thirty-seven cars. The DPi category still has seven cars, but not necessarily the same drivers from last time. Ryan Hunter-Reay got a call-up from Cadillac Racing #01, where he will replace Scott Dixon due to a coincidence with NTT IndyCar Series and their race…

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Significant rule change for Toyota

We usually try to keep the Balance Of Performance discussion away from the Racing24-7.net content. It has been an essential part of sportscar racing, where the GTE cars have been adjusted to race equally, no matter if it was physically bigger or smaller, or the difference of engine configuration. With the introduction of the Hypercar category in 2021, we saw the arrival of BOP in that category too, where it previously was called Equivalence of Technology. Two names – more or less the same aim, of making cars being able…

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G-Drive pulls out – Le Mans entry re-opens

G-Drive Racing has chosen to pull out from the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series for the 2022 season. The reasoning behind this is the sanctions against Russia, following their invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in the parent company of G-Drive, Gazprom no longer being able to make deals with the western countries. Roman Rusinov, the face of G-Drive Racing during all their many different collaborations, with many different teams for the past many seasons, announced the decision in a social media post, that there…

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Indycar postpones engines once again

The NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to postpone the new engines with hybrid systems until 2024. This its not the first time, that the plans for a new drive line has been pushed back. The current engine programme has been running since 2012, when the DW12 chassis was introduced. There had only been very few changes to the 2,2 liter engines since then, with Honda and Chevrolet only being allowed to improve reliability, and make the power curves plus the fuel consumption as equal as possible. Hybrid systems is a…

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Monza replaces Hungaroring

Autodromo Nazionale Monza will replace Hungaroring on the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The race will be held on the original weekend, which is on 2 and 3 July 2022. The ELMS was meant to return to the Hungarian track, but that didn’t quite work out as previously planned. That makes Monza to a double round in the ELMS and the FIA World Endurance Championship on two consecutive weekends, just like in 2021. But that will also result in two rounds in Italy, with Imola…

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Dempsey-Proton with new power couple

Dempsey-Proton Racing will be entered the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship with a new power pairing. It’s to no surprise, that Christian Ried is back behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR #77. He is the sole driver in the FIA WEC history, to have done every single round that has been held since 2012. The team usually gets drivers directly from the Porsche junior programme, but that’s not the case with the #77 this year. Harry Tincknell and Sebastian Priaulx will be part of a new pairing, that…

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Belgian substitute at Sebring

Meyer Shank Racing has found their replacement at the 12 hours race at Sebring next month. Stoffel Vandoorne will replace Helio Castroneves, who will be doing the NTT IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on the same weekend. This will be the first time for Vandoorne to race an Acura DPi car, but he does have experience from LMP2, which he raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021. Castroneves was actually meant to do the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season,…

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