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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Frijns new BMW works driver

Robin Frijns has signed a new contract with BMW Motorsport. The 31-year-old Dutch driver will become a part of their new LMDh test programme, ahead of their FIA World Endurance Championship 2024 entry. Frijns will join from Audi Sport, where he was works driver for many seasons. He was on the road to a sportscar seat in LMDh with them, until they shut down that programme, moving their focus to a Formula 1 programme from 2026 instead. The Dutch driver has been at Team WRT, which has been chosen to…

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Sean Creech confirms LMP2 programme

Sean Creech Motorsports has confirmed their future plans in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They are going to enter the LMP2 category, once the LMP3 category in the American series closes after this season. But the choice is not on the popular ORECA 07, which pretty much every team around the world uses. But the team has opted for a Ligier JS P217. They already know Ligier from running LMP3, and as the team points out in their press release, several of their mechanics already have LMP2 experience. The new…

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Lamborghini shows new LMDh

Lamborghini has shown their new LMDh car to the public for the first time. The physical presentation happened at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Great Britain, on the 60-year anniversary of the very first car from the Italian brand. The car will be called SC63, consisting of Squadra Corse and (19)63 is the first year that their first car left the factory near Bologna. The team has already confirmed that they are going to participate in the full FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024, plus the four Michelin Endurance…

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IE: The programmes almost ready for 2024

Inter Europol Competition are really close to having the programmes for the 2024 season ready. The Polish team has been a long time member of the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series paddocks, while they have been a bit in and out of the Asian Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, Ligier European Series, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With the new rules in FIA WEC in 2024, with LMP2 no longer being a part of the series, the team has to move in other directions.…

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Few changes to the Monza entry list

There are a few changes to the entry list for the 6 hours FIA World Endurance Championship round at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza this weekend. 36 cars are entered, with some dropping out and others coming in. Northwest AMR #98, who has run with Heart of Racing Team colors since Spa Francorchamps, are not running this weekend, since they have a clash with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, so they have chosen that over the FIA WEC race. Proton Competition has switched cars and categories. They have been running a…

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Proton with WeatherTech livery in WEC and IMSA

Proton Competition will once again run in WeatherTech colors, when the team makes their debut at the brand new Porsche 963 in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The German started working with WeatherTech in 201, where they would run the IMSA car, in addition to Cooper MacNeil in the European Le Mans Series, as a warm up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They moved away from the Porsche to a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the IMSA series instead, but the collaboration with Proton…

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TF switches to Corvette

TF Sport has chosen to switch brands once the 2023 season is over. The British team has pretty much been synonymous with Aston Martin, ever since they first appeared in British GT in 2014, and with their entry in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2016, where they won the title, and moved on to the European Le Mans Series, where they finished second, and then further on, into the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team will move to the brand new Corvette Z06 GT3.R in 2024, running two cars…

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Proton with Ford in the FIA WEC

Proton Competition and Ford Performance have announced a new collaboration, as they are presenting the brand new Ford Mustang GT3. So they are throwing in their cap, to participate in the brand new GT3 category in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which is replacing the GTE category. Ford has been in and out of the sportscar world. They have had a NASCAR programme for many years, as their primary motorsport activity. But they have also had an engine programme in IMSA, in the DP category, and more recently with the…

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Alpine shows A424_β

Alpine has shown their brand new A424_β LMDh car, ahead of the very first rollout coming up next month. The car is developed in collaboration with ORECA, and do have some similarities with the Acura ARX-06 in regards to the front of the car. It will once again be Signatech running the programme, just like they have done in the FIA WEC since 2012, where it’s primarily has been LMP2 running. They got the chance to buy the Rebellion R13 towards the end of 2020, and then raced two seasons in…

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Jani hired by Proton

Neel Jani will be racing the rest of the FIA World Endurance Championship season for Proton Competition. The Swiss racer will be third driver on the new Porsche 963 LMDh car, with Harry Tincknell and Gianmaria Bruni being his teammates. The team was one of the very early takers, when Porsche announced that the model would be available for privateers. So they put in an order for two cars in the FIA WEC, and two for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. There has been a bit of backlog to get…

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UA moves to full American season

United Autosports has announced their overall plans for the 2024 season. The British-American team has been a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the past many seasons in the LMP2 category, but that category will disappear after the 2023 season, so their focus moves towards a full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign. They have only done selected races so far, including the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours, but now they want to compete at all the rounds, that LMP2 cars are present at. The team will…

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LMP2 no longer part of FIA WEC

It has been rumoured for a long time, but it was made official today. The LMP2 category will no longer be part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, following the conclusion of the 2023 season. The category has been there from the very start of the championship back in 2012, and has been a platform for many drivers, to make a step up to the LMP1 or the current Hypercar category. The reason for the category to disappear is down to physical space for it in the FIA WEC. The…

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Asian LMS schedule 2023-24 revealed

The Asian Le Mans Series has revealed their 2023-24 racing schedule. The series will stick to their concept of four-hour races, but will expand to five races, on three different tracks. The season starts at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia in December, where two rounds will be run. That is the first step towards Southeast Asia, which was the original area for the series, until COVID-19 put a hold to that. All the cars and equipment will then be packed down again, and moved to Dubai Autodrome for a single…

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FIA WEC schedule 2024 announced

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their 2024 schedule. The series will expand from 7 to 8 race weekends, going towards the left of pre-COVID-19, which put a damper on many things. A further expansion is expected for 2025. As previous announced, the season is going to start in Qatar with the Prologue and opening round in February. That will be a race of maximum 10 hours, or 1812 kilometers. But more big changes are happening after that. The second round will be a new 6-hour race at Imola…

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Proton ready for both WEC and IMSA

Proton Competition is ready with their new Porsche 963, which they are going to race in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The German team was very early to put in an order for the brand new LMDh car from Porsche, who will compete in the Hypercar category in the FIA WEC, and the GTP category in IMSA. The team will run with both Gianmaria Bruni and Harry Tincknell as the two drivers for both championships. A third driver will be announced for the FIA WEC…

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ByKolles makes driver swap

The ByKolles team, who is racing under the Floyd Vanwall Racing Team banner in 2023, has made some changes to their driver line-up for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Jacques Villeneuve is no longer part of the team, after a very problematic start to the season. The Canadian Formula 1 World Champion will be replaced by Tristan Vautier, who has plenty of Prototype experience, but none with the Vanwall Vandervell 680 Hypercar so far. He will be sharing the car with Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri, who already competed…

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Rexy goes to Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans often delivers some special liveries, that maybe, maybe not will only be seen once, and are instant iconic for the future. We saw that with the Pink Pig design at Porsche in 1971, which was revived for the 2018 race – and won the GTE pro category. Another design that has already become an instant classic is Rexy. It made its first appearance with AO Racing for the 12 hours of Sebring, and was immediately a favourite amongst the fans. Their Porsche 911 GT3…

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Jakobsen official junior driver for Peugeot

Malthe Jakobsen has been named the official junior driver for Peugeot TotalEnergies. The Dane already had the first contact with the team during fall of 2022, and did the Rookietest in Bahrain for the team, where he did such an impressive job, despite it being the very first time that he was onboard such advanced material as a Hypercar. The parties have kept in touch ever since, and that has turned into an official contract with the team. Jakobsen did several seasons of Formula 4 in both his native Denmark…

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LMP3 no longer part of IWSC

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has chosen to no longer run the LMP3 category, once the 2023 season ends. The category was introduced in the American series for the 2021 series, where the numbers in DPi, LMP2, GTLM and GTD were getting smaller and smaller. That has changed now, with major increases in all categories – especially the GTP category, where an excess of 10 competitors is expected for the full season entry. The LMP3 category has usually delivered just shy of 10 cars, on the race weekends where the cars…

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