Wright, Whelen, VS, Pfaff and Magnus news

This article sums up various bits of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship news, that has been released over the last few days. Wright Motorsport has announced, that they will return to IMSA for 2021 without any changes. Ryan Hardwick will once again share the blue Porsche 911 GT3 R with works driver Patrick Long, while Jan Heylen will join them for the endurance races in the Michelin Endurance Cup. That trio ended the 2020 season by winning the Sebring 12 Hours in the GTD category. They were very close at grabbing…

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All-French at Mustang Sampling

Mustang Sampling Cadillac #5 will be racing in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with an all-French driver line-up. Tristan Vautier completed the season for the team, which was run by JDC-Miller Motorsports since 2020, and he will be upgraded to a full-season driver. He will be joined by Loic Duval, who helped the team out at the endurance rounds in 2020. Duval has plenty of prototype experience from his Audi Sport years, and with Pescarolo prior to that. He has primarily been focussing on DTM for Audi in the…

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United ready with first entry

United Autosports has announced their first FIA World Endurance Championship entry for the 2021 season. The choice of drivers is two-thirds of the championship-winning car from the 2019/20 season, with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque continuing as a pairing. Phil Hanson is Silver ranked driver until 1. January 2021, where he will be upgraded to Gold. That has resulted in the team having to find a new Silver driver. They have found Fabio Scherer, who has experience from single-seaters, GT cars, and most recently, DTM. With the changes to the…

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36 cars enter Asian Le Mans

An incredible season is waiting for the Asian Le Mans Series 2021. The list is still subject to changes, with quite a lot of empty seats, but those gaps will hopefully soon be filled. The LMP2 category consists of seven cars, where well-known LMP teams like Eurointernational, G-Drive Racing (Algarve Pro Racing), Era Motorsport (JOTA) and JOTA, will fight against the rookies Racing Team India and Phoenix Racing. While the former is brand new in motorsport, we know Phoenix racing from GT3 racing, and former DTM team with Audi. The…

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Long Beach and Laguna move to September dates

The organizers of the Long Beach Grand Prix has chosen to push back the 2021 edition to September. The race was originally scheduled for April, but due to the COVID-19, the organizers think it’s more realistic to run the race between 24 and 26 of September. The 2020 races were cancelled, since COVID-19 made it impossible. This has an effect on both the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedules being moved around. IMSA will have to move their spring race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca too,…

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Porsche ready with LMDh in 2023

Porsche has finally confirmed the many rumours, that have been humming for the last few months. The German car manufacturer will return to the top category of sportscar racing, and will enter LMDh cars in 2023. The car type will replace the DPi category in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but will go one step further, with a globally acknowledged category, opposite to DPi, which is only approved in the USA. The cars will all be based on one of the four LMP2 chassis’ from Dallara, ORECA, Multimatic or Ligier,…

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PR1 with new colours at Daytona

PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports has presented their plans for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2021. The team has made a deal with Ben Keating, Scott Huffaker, Nicolas Lapierre and Mikkel Jensen, who will share the ORECA 07 Gibson with number 52. Keating will bring Wynn’s colours with him, that we have seen on his Ford, Mercedes and Porsche cars, throughout the previous seasons. He will also bring other companies, that are related to his car dealerships in one way or another. Huffaker has been related to PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports…

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Rinaldi Racing with two cars in Asia

Rinaldi Racing will enter two Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo cars in the upcoming Asian Le Mans Series. The German team is well known in the sportscar world, being very active in the Blancpain/GT World series, but also in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, most recently with LMP3 cars. They will run a single car in the GT category, and a single in the GT Am category. The team hasn’t announced any drivers yet, but they are expected to do so, in the very near future. The Asian Le Mans Series…

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AF Corse enters Daytona 24 Hours

AF Corse will enter a car for the Daytona 24 Hours. The Italian sportscar team, who is the outfit running most of the GTE and GT3 Ferraris in the world, will enter the GTD category with a Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo. The Italian GT Sprint Champions Simon Mann and Matteo Cressoni will be joined by the two works drivers Daniel Serra and Nicklas Nielsen. Serra and Nielsen were scheduled to share a car at selected IMSA rounds in 2020, but COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works, with the March…

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Big Porsche driver shake-up

Porsche had really mixed their cards for the 2021 season. An unexpected change has come in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche will keep racing with two cars, and while #91 continues with Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni, Neel Jani will step into the #92 alongside Kevin Estre. Michael Christensen is no longer part of that FIA WEC line-up, and has actually fallen out of the Porsche works driver programme. Porsche has however found a seat for him in GT World Challenge Europe, where he will do the full season…

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Herta changes car, Montoya back at Indy

The driver announcements for the NTT IndyCar Series 2021 are in full swing. Colton Herta will be racing in Gainbridge Honda #26 for Andretti Autosport. That will be the third different team in three years, although it’s mostly a name change. Herta started out at Harding Steinbrenner Racing, who had a collaboration with Andretti Autosport. That only got even closer, when the team had issues finding sponsors to race. He officially switched to AA in 2020, where he was racing car #88, being one of many drivers for the team.…

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UA with well-known drivers in Asian LMS

United Autosports will bring two sets of well-known drivers for the Asian Le Mans Series, for the upcoming races in Abu Dhabi. Jim McGuire was the first driver to be confirmed, when the team announced it’s participation. The team is ready to tell now, that he will be joined by his two European Le Mans Series teammates for 2020 and 2021, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley in the Ligier JS P320 Nissan racer LMP3 car. The second car will have Ian Loggie, Andy Meyrick and Rob Wheldon behind the wheel.…

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APR with two cars in Asia

Algarve Pro Racing will enter the Asian Le Mans Series with two very exciting driver lineups in the Asian Le Mans 2021, which is scheduled for February. The team are the defending Asian LMS champions in the LMP2 category, and has previously also won the Gentleman Trophy standings Rene Binder will share one of the cars with Ye Yifei and Ferdinand Habsburg. Binder has turned into being a sportscar driver, after starting out in single-seaters. He raced in the World Series Formula V8, before moving into Indycar in the USA,…

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Racing Team Nederland goes for stability

Racing Team Nederland will be aiming at stability for the 2021 season. This is the first time for the Dutch team to run the exact same drivers, team and car, as they did in the previous season – with a slight modification. Team owner Frits van Eerd will continue behind the wheel of the ORECA 07 Gibson once again, that once again will be run by TDS Racing, for the second season in a row. This new agreement is for both 2021 and 2022. Giedo van der Garde will race…

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Aston gears up for Daytona

Aston Martin will bring some of the most rapid drivers for the Daytona 24 hours race in January 2021. TF Sport will enter the GTD category with the perhaps most serious effort at Daytona so far. The defending Le Mans champions will bring Charlie Eastwood and Richard Westbrook, as the fast and experienced drivers. Add Ben Keating to that, who has done numerous laps at Daytona. It will, however, be the first time for Keating to race an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3, but he’s usually very good at adapting.…

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Montoya final driver at MSR

Juan Pablo Montoya will be the fourth and final driver at Meyer Shank Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2021. The team has got hold of an Acura DPi car for the upcoming season – a car that Montoya has three years of experience in. They have already signed a contract with Montoya’s teammate through those three seasons, Dane Cameron. Cameron and Olivier Pla will race the car full season, while Montoya will help at the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds, that are longer than the standard 2 hours and…

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First car in ELMS set for United

United Autosports has sorted out the drivers for their first car in the European Le Mans Series 2021. Jim McGuire, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley will enter the LMP3 category in car #3, for the second year in a row. This will be the fifth season for McGuide in the team. He raced in the Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 category from 2017-19, before moving up to the ELMS in 2020. He missed out on the first podium position for the squad at Paul Ricard in 2020, since he had…

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ERA in Asia too

Era Motorsport is an ever-expanding team. They are active in historic racing in the US, and stepped onto the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship scene in January 2020, and racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September 2020, in collaboration with IDEC Sport. They have just announced an Asian Le Mans Series programme for 2021. The team will work together with JOTA, who will run the programme. Kyle Tilley and Dwight Merriman, the two men being Era Motorsport, will share the car entered in the series. The car will…

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Stronger ties between ADAC and SRO

The ADAC and SRO have signed an agreement about even stronger ties between the two organizations in GT racing. That has resulted in some adjustments to the ADAC GT Masters schedule for 2021, so they avoid clashes with GT World Challenge Europe and Intercontinental GT Challenge. The race at Zandvoort has been moved to 9-11 July, while the season finale at Hockenheimring will be pushed back one week to 22-24 October. The two organizations are already working together on the BOP on the cars, since ADAC GT Masters follows the…

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Rule changes in FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC for 2021

The FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup will introduce a few changes to their regulations in 2021. Some of the things are common, while others are more championship specific. The perhaps most important change is that the LMP2 category will have to race on Goodyear tires. ACO has chosen a single tire supplier, to keep the costs down. There has been a tire war between Goodyear/Dunlop and Michelin so far, with Michelin having the upper hand for some time, but with Goodyear finishing…

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