Oman Racing with TF Sport enters Asian LMS

TF Sport returns to the Asian Le Mans Series for the upcoming season. The British team will run under the Oman Racing with TF Sport name, with a bit of an all-star team, racing in the Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT3. Multiple British GT GT3 Champion Jonny Adam will be joined by 2019 GT4 Champion from the same series, Tom Canning. The third member of the team will be bronze rated driver Ahmad Al Harthy, and he is the one bring the Oman angle to the team. Al Harthy won…

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Le Mans entry list grows

The entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has only been shrinking lately, but the list has started to grow now. G-Drive Racing by Algarve will enter another Aurus 01 car in the LMP2 category. The collaboration has a connection to the Asian Le Mans Series, where they were the championship-winning combination from the 2019/20 season. Algarve Pro Racing will run the car, with the black and orange G-Drive Racing colours on the car. This will be an addition to the G-Drive Racing #26, which is already entered,…

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Qualifying for Le Castellet 120 – updated

The qualifying for the third round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2020 was run on a dry, but overcast Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. There were dark clouds hanging in the area, and the weather forecast actually said rain during qualifying, but at least it started out dry. First up was the 6 GT3 cars. The drivers once again had to be aware of Track Limits, which not all had listened to. At least there were several laptimes deleted. Iron Lynx Ferrari #8 started out being…

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Driver changes at Iron Lynx

Iron Lynx has changed their driver line-up slightly this weekend. Neither Giacomo nor Andrea Piccini is present at the circuit due to family reasons, so the team has had to find two replacements for the Michelin Le Mans Cup, and a single for the European Le Mans Series. Ferrari works driver Nicklas Nielsen had been called in for the ELMS entry #60, which he will share with Claudio Schiavoni and Sergio Pianezzola. Andrea is the regular driver in that car. Matt Griffin was the replacement in the Michelin Le Mans…

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Bahrain moved forward a week

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced, that the season finale of the 2019/20 season in Bahrain has been moved forward a week. The race was originally scheduled for 21 November, but Formula 1 was lacking some events, and decided to go to Bahrain two weekends in a row, at the end of November and early December. That would result in just 2, maximum three days of turn around time from when the FIA WEC teams would leave the track, until the Formula 1, plus Formula 2 and Formula 3…

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Things moving around at BMW and Mahindra

The musical chairs in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship continues at full speed. We have already heard about Jani being replaced by Wehrlein at Porsche, Bird changing to Jaguar and being replaced by Cassidy, and Mahindra Racing, the now former team of Wehrlein, has signed up one of their drivers for next year. Alexander Sims will be racing for Mahindra Racing in the upcoming Season 7. Sims has been synonymous with BMW for many years, being a part of their GT3 and GTLM/GTE programmes. He has been racing in…

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Le Mans entry list updated again

The entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been updated once again, and sadly with a few teams dropping out. The current list has 59 entrants. Thunderhead Carlin Racing has dropped out of the LMP2 entry list. The team was originally planned to run both the European Le Mans Series and the 24 hours race, but their ELMS programme has been put on pause, and the team hasn’t run any of the first two rounds and isn’t on the entry list for the third round this…

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New pairing in LMP2

The driver rotation at Richard Mille Racing Team in the European Le Mans Series continues. The third round of the ELMS will be run this weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard, with Sophia Flörsch and Beitske Visser sharing the Bordeaux red ORECA 07 Gibson #50. The team was thrown into some troubled weeks, when Katherine Legge broke her leg ahead of the season start at Paul Ricard in the middle of July. She was supposed to be the experienced driver, and backbone in the effort, which was planned to consist of…

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5 more line-ups completed

The driver announcements for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans keeps coming in. Matthieu Vaxiviere will be driving with Nicolas Jamin and Julien Canal at Panis Racing. Jamin and Canal are usually paired up with Will Stevens as the third driver in the European Le Mans Series, but Stevens is part of the Jackie Chan DC Racing #37 outfit in the FIA WEC and also the 24 hours race. Vaxiviere is a perfect replacement as the third driver, since he has a lot of LMP2 experience. He raced LMP2…

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Wehrlein hired by Porsche

One of the worst kept secrets in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is finally confirmed. Pascal Wehrlein has been hired by TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, where he will pair up with Andre Lotterer in the upcoming season. Wehrlein has already done one and a half seasons in the electric series for Mahindra Racing, and when he all of a sudden was replaced mid-season, during the just-finished 2019/20 season, the rumour mill really got going. When the former DTM Champion and Formula 1 driver jumps into the Porsche,…

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More drivers confirmed for Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is getting closer, so the teams are busy finalizing their driver line-ups. Eurasia Motorsport will run the same three drivers, which competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa Francorchamps this past weekend. Roberto Merhi, Nick Foster and Nobuya Yamanaka will be the three drivers, racing the black Ligier JS P217 Gibson. The team had to change two of the three original drivers due to the COVID-19 situation, and the related travel restrictions. Shane van Gisbergen and Daniel Gaunt was the original…

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Two days qualifying for Indy 500

The qualifying for the 104th Indianapolis 500 was run as normal over two days. Even though the race has been moved from May to August, and no specators allowed into the circuit, the regular practice sessions and qualifyings will still be run almost with no change. The qualifying however wasn’t as nerve-wrecking as for the last few years, since the NTT IndyCar Series only crawled its way onto 33 entries. There are 33 starting spots on the grid, and with the 31 cars confirmed with one and a half weeks…

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Rain interference at Spa – updated

The Total 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps was a dramatic affair, when the 2019/20 season in the FIA World Endurance Championship finally got going again. The cars had been parked since the end of February, due to the COVID-19 situation, but the 29 cars were finally back on track. After dry weather on both Thursday and Friday, the heavens had opened ahead of the Saturday race. So all teams had no experience in the conditions. Norman Nato, Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna in the Rebellion Racing #1 had grabbed Pole…

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Porsche back on Pole

Porsche #92 with Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre is back on Pole Position after all, in today’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps. The pairing was on Pole Position, as the chequered flag was shown in the Qualifying, but a message popped up shortly after, that the lap of Estre was under investigation. One hour after the end of qualifying, there was a stewards decision – lap deleted. And since that was his only flying lap, there was no average to be counted between the two drivers, and…

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Exciting qualifying at Spa – updated

The qualifying for the 6 Hours at Spa Francorchamps in the FIA World Endurance Championship, was run on Friday evening. After an almost six months break due to the COVID-19 situation, the cars were finally back on track, with 29 cars entered for Belgium. Algarve Pro Racing should have been present too, but has had to withdraw as described here. First out were the 10 GTE Am cars and 6 GTE Pro cars. Despite news last weekend of Red River Sport Ferrari #62 pulling out of the meeting this weekend,…

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Infection gets influence on FIA WEC weekend

FIA World Endurance Championship will be slightly different this weekend, due to infection hitting several people in the paddock. Gabriel Aubry was suspected to be infected with COVID-19 yesterday and was denied access to the Spa Francorchamps paddock. He was a part of the European Le Mans Series race weekend last week, so his team, Algarve Pro Racing was also isolated. Aubry got a second test made, and that turned out positive. So everyone who has been in contact with him over the last few days also had to be…

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MR Racing pull out of remaining WEC races

MR Racing has chosen to pull out of the remaining races of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. The Japanese team with Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Kei Cozzolino won’t be participating in the race this weekend at Spa Francorchamps, and not the 24 Hours of Le Mans, nor the season finale in Bahrain in November. Team owner Ishikawa explains the decision, that he is not a professional racing driver, but only a gentleman racer, and that he is in contact with elderly people in his daily job, and…

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Le Mans 2020 behind closed doors

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for cars, will be run behind closed doors in 2020. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that they have made the decision together with the local health reponsibilities. ACO was hoping to be able to limit the amount of spectators to groups of 5000 persons, but not even that is possible, due to too much uncertainty. All people with tickets for the race will be contacted by either their travel company or by the ACO themselves, depending on where they have bought the tickets.…

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Podium spots at Spa decided at the very end

It was a European Le Mans Series race at Spa Francorchamps, which had a bit of everything. United Autosports #22 had Pole Position for the race with Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson, ahead of the sister car with Job van Uitert, Alex Brundle and Will Owen in #32, while Mikkel Jensen and Roman Rusinov started the race from P3 in the G-Drive Racing #26. LMP3 had Wayne Boyd, Tom Gamble and Rob Wheldon on Pole with United Autosports #2, ahead of DKR Engineering #4 with Laurents Hörr, Francois Kirmann and…

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Three ELMS poles with big gaps

The qualifying for the second round of European Le Mans Series was run at Spa Francorchamps this afternoon. Every category had two minutes extra time, since the laptimes on the seven-kilometre long track was over two minutes. As always, the GTE cars came out first. The usual eight ELMS cars got company from three FIA WEC cars, that would like to have extra practice time, prior to next weekend’s FIA WEC race. JMW Motorsport Ferrari #66 and Aston Martin Racing #98 chose to pit already after the first lap, putting…

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