ELMS and LMC update 2023 schedules

European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup have updated their 2023 race schedules. The change is to do with the season finale in Portimao, since there was a date clash with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the GT World Challenge finals. The ELMS and LMC race weekend will be pushed back one week, so it’s run from 20 to 22 October 2023. During the interview with Frederic Lequien, there was a very different sound, with no changes possible, since there had been so much date juggling, due…

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Lequien – the future of GT3 in ACO racing

Racing24-7.net had the pleasure to spend half an hour with the head of LMEM, Frederic Lequien, who is running the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series. We chose to split the interview into several pieces, which contain different subjects. GT3 racing has been part of the ACO ladder for many years. The ELMS contained GT3 for several seasons. GT3 then moved into the GT3 Le Mans Cup for 2016, and when the LMP3 cars joined in 2017, it has been the Michelin…

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Lequien: “We can go everywhere”

Racing24-7.net had the pleasure to spend half an hour with the head of LMEM, Frederic Lequien, who is running the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series. We chose to split the interview into several parts, which contain different subjects. The first part is about the race schedules. The 2023 schedules haven’t been well received by all teams, fans and especially drivers, since there is a total of four date clashes with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, cross the FIA WEC and ELMS. Is…

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WTR reveals 2023 drivers

Wayne Taylor Racing has announced their drivers for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque will continue onboard the Konica Minolta-sponsored Acura ARX-06, which is the brand new LMDh car from Acura. They need some additional drivers for the endurance rounds. Brendon Hartley will assist at the Rolex 24 at Daytona only, with him being busy in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the remainder of the season. Hartley made his race debut with the team at Petit Le Mans last weekend, and kept the…

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Cadillac presents WEC drivers plus extra Daytona car

Cadillac Racing has presented their three drivers for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season. The American team will enter the Hypercar category, with one of their brand new Cadillac V-LMDh cars, which will be run by Chip Ganassi Racing. It’s three very well-known faces behind the wheel of the new car – not only at CGR, but also in the FIA WEC. Earl Bamber and Alexander Lynn will continue their collaboration, which started in the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with one of the team’s DPi cars. Richard Westbrook…

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FIA WEC expands for 2023

The FIA World Endurance Championship expands to 7 races for the 2023 season. Six of the well-known events are joined by a seventh, which was one of the COVID-19 replacements in the 2021 season. The season will start at Sebring on March 11-12 with two days of Prologue testing, prior to the 8 hours/1000 Miles season opener on the following Friday 17 – the day prior to the IMSA 12 hours race. The series returns to the Portuguese track of Portimao, for 6 hours in the hills on April 16.…

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Iron Lynx does win afterall

Iron Lynx is the winner of the 4 Hours of Monza in European Le Mans Series 2022. The team was disqualified shortly after the race finished, since the Ferrari #60 didn’t drive back to Parc Ferme under it’s own power, but was pushed by the team car #83. The car was low on fuel, so they chose to cut the engine, and get help from the sister car, so there still would be enough fuel left for a fuel sample in Parc Ferme. The stewards saw that as a breach…

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BMW reveals IMSA plans and design

BMW M Motorsport has revealed the plans for their 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme. The first images of the LMDh car testing in Italy were released a couple of months ago, but since that test, the cars had been shipped to the US, where the testing continued. The team presented their colours for the upcoming season, and the drivers onboard the BMW M Hybrid V8 cars for the BMW M Team RLL outfit. The classic M colours of red, blue and white are present, with some black areas on the…

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New track on the 2023 ELMS schedule

The European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup have released their racing schedules for 2023, and that has resulted in some different circuits for the two series. The season starts with two days of testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in April, followed by the races at the very same track at the weekend of 22-23 April. The series will return to Imola in Italy on 6-7 May. The ELMS teams will go on summer holiday/Le Mans break, while the LMC teams will participate in the Road To…

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Cadillac confirms 2023 IMSA drivers

Cadillac has confirmed the four full-season drivers, for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande will continue at  Chip Ganassi Racing. The French and Dutch drivers were teamed up for the 2022 season, after Kevin Magnussen left the team after only a single season. The collaboration between Bourdais and van der Zande has resulted in wins on the streets of Long Beach and Detroit, with the pairing currently sitting third in the DPi Championship standings. Action Express Racing will run the other Cadillac V-LMDh…

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Four drivers chosen for Rookie test

The FIA World Endurance Championship has chosen the four drivers for this year’s Rookie test, which will run on the Sunday after the season finale in Bahrain. This has been a tradition for the past few years, where four young talents will have the chance to do at least 30 laps in the championship winning cars. Lilou Wadoux will have the chance to test the 2022 Championship winning Hypercar. Alpine Elf Team #36 and Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 are equal on points, with the 36 having lead for most of…

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Müller moves from Audi to Peugeot

Nico Müller will end his Audi Sport deal at the end of the season. The Swiss driver will move from the German car manufacturer to French car maker Peugeot, where he will be part of their FIA World Endurance Championship line-up. Müller started at Audi Sport in 2014, where he became part of their DTM team. He has been a part of that ever since, from Class 1 regulations to the current GT3 rules. He has been active in ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where he was racing for…

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ARC Bratislava skips Fuji

ARC Bratislava has chosen to skip the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will be held at Fuji International Speedway in two weeks time. The Slovakian team has had a difficult year in the FIA WEC 2022, with a heavy shunt and subsequent retirement at the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps cost them a lot of points. The 2022 season is the second FIA WEC season for the Miro Konopka led team. They started the 2021 season with a Ligier JSP 217, before moving to an ORECA…

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Fjordbach subs in Barcelona

There will be another Dane on the entry list for this weekend’s European Le Mans Series race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Duqueine Team #30 has had to change to their driver line-up. Anders Fjordbach has been called up on a very late notice, since Reshad de Gerus can’t participate this weekend. Fjordbach resides in the Barcelona area, so it didn’t take him long to grab his helmet, and drive to the track. The team doesn’t give the exact reason for why de Gerus isn’t able to race this weekend, but…

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Van der Zande helping out at Fuji

Renger van der Zande will get to race at Fuji International Speedway, when the 5th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will run there in two weeks’ time. The Dutchman will sub for Nico Müller at Vector Sport in the LMP2 category, since Müller will be racing in DTM that weekend, as mentioned in a previous article. Van der Zande hasn’t raced for the team before, but is a teammate to Sebastien Bourdais in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA. They are sharing a Cadillac DPI car,…

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Rast switches brand

Rene Rast will switch to a different car brand for the 2023 season. The 35-year-old German racing driver has been racing in Audis since 2011, doing pretty much every series and car that they participate in. But when 2022 is over, he will switch the four rings to another Bavarian car manufacturer – BMW. Rast has been pretty much synonymous with the VW Audi Group throughout his career. He did however do Formula BMW in 2003 and 2004, before moving into Volkswagen Polo Cup, which he won in 2005. He…

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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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