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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MacNeil goes to Europe

A lot of people got quite surprised when the Proton Competition rolled out of their European Le Mans Series garage in WeatherTech colours. And it all becomes clear now. Cooper MacNeil will run the rest of the European Le Mans Series 2021. The MacNeil family owns the WeatherTech company, so all cars run by Cooper for the last few years have had the sponsor logos more or less predominant. MacNeil will be sharing the 911 RSR-19 #77 with Christian Ried and Gianmaria Bruni, leaving no space for Jaxon Evans. The…

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Team Penske gets new Porsche deal

Porsche has got more details set, regarding their future in sportscar racing. The German brand has signed a new deal with Team Penske, who will run the LMDh programme in both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The collaboration will be named Porsche Penske Motorsport, and will two cars in both series. If that means four cars at Le Mans, time will tell. Team Penske was previously a part of Porsche from 2006 to 2008, where they ran the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 programme in the…

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Asian Le Mans Series gets new boss

Asian Le Mans Series will have a new boss. Cyrille Taesch Wahlen has been responsible for the series since 2015, and has lifted it from a series with less than 10 entrants divided into four categories to an absolute peak in 2021, with 36 entries in three categories. Taesch Wahlen has been involved in ACO for even more seasons, but he has chosen to leave the organization for now. His replacement will be Frederic Lequien, who is the CEO of the European Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship…

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UA confirms Portimao substitute

United Autosports has confirmed their substitute driver for the FIA World Endurance Championship team, when the series goes to Portimao next month. The FIA WEC squad is usually made up of Fabio Scherer, Phil Hanson, and Filipe Albuquerque, but somewhat ironically, the team will have to race without Portuguese racing driver Albuquerque at the Portuguese round. The reason is due to a date clash with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship deal in the USA with the Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Acura team. They will be racing in Detroit, on…

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One-lane racing in Saturday race

Round three of the NTT IndyCar Series 2021 was run as an afternoon/evening race at Texas Motor Speedway. Saturday was time for the first of the two races this weekend, and it was affected a little by rain in the morning. That resulted in the practice session being push back, resulting in the Qualifying session being cancelled. The starting order would be decided by the championship order ahead of the race: Alex Palou on pole, ahead of Will Power, Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, Simon Pagenaud, Jack Harvey, Sebastien Bourdais, Rinus…

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Plenty of duels in the opening race

The 2021 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship kicked off at Spa Francorchamps, on a cold but dry Saturday. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez started from Pole Position, in front of their sister car #8 with Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi, while Alpine Elf Matmut #36 with Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao were the third-fastest Hypercar. United Autosports USA #22 with Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Fabio Scherer had taken Pole Position in LMP2, and at the…

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Inter Europol Competition got replacement ready

Inter Europol Competition has a replacement ready for later in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 season. The Polish outfit usually runs Kuba Smiechowski, Alex Brundle, and Renger van der Zande in their FIA WEC rookie season, but the latter has a programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship too, with two dates clashing. The team has made a deal with Louis Deletraz, to help out at those two rounds. Deletraz knows the ORECA 07 LMP2 already from his European Le Mans Series duties at Team WRT. With the first…

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