Drive-through penalty awaits Floyd Vanwall

Floyd Vanwall Racing Team #4 already has received the first penalty for the FIA World Endurance Championship race in Bahrain. Esteban Guerrieri was heading back towards the pit, towards the end of the FP3, but with just over 5 minutes remaining, the Argentinian decided to loosen his seat belts already in Turn 11 – i.e. way way before he had entered the pitlane. The whole episode was caught on the onboard camera from the car, and was even broadcast live on the YouTube feet. And such a thing, will be…

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Gibson continues in LMP2

The future for the LMP2 engines has been announced. It will once again be Gibson Technology, who will deliver the engines for the popular prototypes. The deal is for five more seasons, starting in 2026, and will be a 4,2 liter naturally aspirated 4,2 liter V8, just like the current GK428 engine is. This is an exclusive deal, just like the one that Gibson got in 2017, when the current generation of LMP2 cars were introduced. Prior to that, there was a free choice of engine manufacturer, as well as…

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New FIA WEC qualification format approved

The Qualifying session for the FIA World Endurance Championship will be changed for the 2024 season. The changes comes into force, in an already big change of the race format, with LMP2 and GTE Am dropping out, and being replaced by the new LMGT3 category. Those are the well known GT3 cars from other championships, but with iluminated numbers, and the three colors dots on each side of the car, indicating top 3. But that in itself has nothing with the qualifying to do. The change is that Hypercar will…

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Hanley confirmed at UA

United Autosports has all six drivers signed for the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2024 season. Ben Hanley has confimed as teammate to Ben Keating and Alex Quinn in one of the team’s cars. Hanley is already a well known face at UA, where he has been substitute throughout the 2023 season, when Filipe Albuquerque has been busy in the IMSA series. Hanley is one of the very best LMP2 drivers in the world, and he has been at a lot of teams, doing either full season driving, or as…

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Pfaff switches brand

Pfaff Motorsports has chosen to switch brand, when the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season is over. The team has been associated with Porsche, ever since they entered IWSC in 2019. They are however the official McLaren importer in Canada since 2012, including two dealerships in Toronto and Vancouver. So now they have chosen to switch to the British marque, to compete in the GTD Pro category with a single car in 2024. The team won the GTD title in 2021, and then moved up to the GTD Pro category,…

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UA prepares for McLaren programme in FIA WEC

United Autosports has announced a partnership with McLaren Automotive, regarding a programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the GT3 category for the 2024 season. McLaren will however first have to be accepted as a constructor in the FIA WEC, with very limited spaces available. UA has been active in ACO racing since 2016, when they entered the European Le Mans Series, first running a pair of LMP3 cars, and then later on LMP2 cars as well. They expanded to a FIA WEC programme in 2019, winning the title…

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UA names three IMSA drivers

United Autosports has named three drivers for the upcoming 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The British-American team will move across the Atlantic, to do a full IMSA season, after the LMP2 category in the FIA World Endurance Championship no longer will exist after 2023. Ben Keating and Alex Quinn were announced in the first car for the team about a month ago, but it has later turned out that Quinn will be the third driver on the car for the endurance rounds, and not a full-season teammate to Keating,…

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WTM thrown out of Spa race

WTM by Rinaldi Racing #12 has lost their Pole Position, and has been thrown out of the European Le Mans Series meeting at Spa Francorchamps. The reason is down to their Bronze-rated driver Torsten Kratz not doing a single lap in the official sessions, other than the Bronze test on Friday afternoon, and that doesn’t count towards the approved sessions, since no Pro drivers are on the track. The team decided to skip FP1, to save tires for the race. They had a technical issue in FP2, so they only…

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Three rookies confirmed for Bahrain test

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the three drivers, who are going to participated in the 2023 edition of the Rookie test, following the season finale in Bahrain. Josh Pierson has been chosen to test in the Hypercar category, where it’s already known to be the championship winning Toyota Gazoo Racing – we just don’t know if it’s number 7 or 8 yet. Pierson is doing his second season in the FIA WEC for United Autosports in LMP2, where he won at Portimao earlier this year, and currently sits…

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Vandoorne confirmed at Peugeot

Stoffel Vandoorne has been confirmed as new driver at Peugeot ToralEnergies. The team haven’t officially confirmed it yet, but it is expected to be Gustavo Menezes, that he is replacing. The Belgian driver got signed by the team as a test driver in November 2022, when he participated in the Rookie test in Bahrain, following the season finale. He got his race debut at Fuji in Japan 14 days ago, where he repacted Nico Müller, who was sidelined due to injury. It is still not confirmed, if this is the…

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ELMS and LMC 2024 schedules revealed

The European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup have announced their racing schedules for the 2024 season. Five of the six weekends are returnees, while none of the classes have previously participated at the sixth round. The season starts out with three days of Prologue at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, just like in 2023. Paul Ricard near Le Castellet in the south of France is run three weeks later, prior to the Le Mans break. Or maybe we should put break in inverted commas. A lot…

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IMSA moves WGI

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has moved the date of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen 2024. The new date will be 23 June, with the previous date clashing with the 24 hours race at Spa Francorchamps in Europe. That made several manufacturers very upset, with some of the drivers doing both the Belgian classic, in addition to the 6-hour race at Watkins Glen, north of New York. That will make it a super busy month for sportscar drivers in 2024. On 1-2 June there is 24 hours at the…

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Extra Japanese drivers at Fuji

The FIA World Endurance Championship will have a few extra local drivers on the starting grid, when the 6-hour race will be run this weekend. Amongst the 36 competing cars, there are a total of 8 Japanese drivers on the entry list. It’s no surprise that Kamui Kobayashi and Ryo Hirakawa participate for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the Hypercar category, like they have done all year long. D’Station Racing Aston Martin #777 is once again competing in the GTE Am kategory with Satoshi Hoshino and Tomonobu Fujii alongside British racer Casper…

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Vandoorne in Peugeot debut at Fuji

Stoffel Vandoorne will have his race debut for Peugeot TotalEnergies, when the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Fuji International Speedway next week. The Belgian racer will replace Nico Müller in car #94, who has broken his collarbone, following an accident during his summer holiday. This is far from the first time that Vandoorne has participated in the FIA WEC. The former F1 driver has previously raced for SMP Racing in their LMP1 car, and done a season for JOTA in the LMP2 category. Vandoorne was announced as a test…

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Keating and Quinn move to UA

United Autosports has announced their first two drivers for their upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme in 2024. It’s none other than Ben Keating and Alex Quinn, who switches over from PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports. Keating and Quinn started working together at PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports in 2023, after his teammates from the two previous seasons, Scott Huffaker and Mikkel Jensen, were snatched by TDS Racing. United Autosports announced an LMP2 programme for the IMSA series, since the category will disappear from the FIA World Endurance Championship following the conclusion of the 2023…

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Petit Le Mans with Newgarden and Vanthoor

Porsche Penske Motorsport has announced their three drivers for the years 10 hours race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – also known as Petit Le Mans. The team has had different third drivers for the endurance rounds this year. At Daytona and Sebring they were helped by the two FIA WEC drivers Dane Cameron and Michael Christensen in car #6 and #7 respectively. There is a change regarding those seats, so Nick Tandy/Mathieu Jaminet in car #6, and Matt Campbell/Felipe Nasr in car #7 will have Laurens Vanthoor and Josef Newgarden…

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Button gets GTP debut at Petit Le Mans

Jenson Button is far from done with sportscar racing in 2023. The 2009 Formula 1 World Champion is not only making his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut, but also in the GTP category, once the 2023 season finale will be run at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Button has signed with JDC-Miller Motorsports, to race in their Porsche 963 together with Mike Rockenfeller and Tijmen van der Helm. The Brit was part of the Garage56 NASCAR project at Le Mans in June, where the team completed the race with only a few…

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WTRAndretti announces four drivers

Wayne Taylor Racing Andretti Autosport (WTRAndretti) has announced their four full-season drivers for the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The team is currently competing with a single Acura ARX-06 GTP category, being run with Konica Minolta livery, with Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque as the full-season drivers, and will continue to be in 2024. That pairing is currently leading the standings, and has done quite well at the endurance rounds, where Louis Deletraz has been third driver for the team. He will get a huge pat on the back,…

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Corvette Racing announces 2024 drivers

Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports has announced their four full-season drivers for the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Antonio Garcia is the only full-season IMSA driver from 2023, to stay with the team for 2024. But the three other drivers have been seen in the yellow race suits before. Nicky Catsburg has been a full-season driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship car this year, where he already has secured the GTE AM title alongside Nicolas Varrone and Ben Keating, with two rounds to go. Catsburg has also…

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Changes at Whelen Engineering in 2024

Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31 has made some changes to their driver line-up for the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The team has opted to swap Alexander Sims in the full-time seat with Jack Aitken, who has been their endurance driver this year. Sims will be moving back to Corvette Racing, for which he has raced for in the past. Pipo Derani, Sims, and Aitken won the 12 Hours of Sebring in March this year, but haven’t had the best results this year otherwise. Having said that, we currently have…

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