Christensen: The car pulled 56G

If we cast our minds back to 12 months ago, we did not mention Porsche Penske Motorsport, including Michael Christensen, as the favourites for the 24 Hours of le Mans. But with the results that the German manufacturer has delivered so far in 2024, with car #6 currently leading the FIA World Endurance Championship, we probably have to count Porsche as the favourites to grab their 20th overall victory at the 24-hour race, despite the other times being super close to them. We met up with Michael Christensen during the…

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Laursen: I’m super excited

There haven’t been that many father-son combinations in the past at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We most recently saw the Magnussen family, and prior to that, both the Brundle and Mansell families had each their own outings, just to name a few. Spirit of Race Ferrari #155 are bringing such combination this year, with Johnny and Conrad Laursen sharing the car, that usually runs under the Formula Racing banner in the European Le Mans Series. We met up with Conrad on Saturday, prior to him going on track…

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Taylor: The deal came together pretty quickly

Jordan Taylor has come to Le Mans with something completely different, compared to his previous times. He will be driving in a Ferrari in the LMGT3 category, sharing the car with Johnny and Conrad Laursen, in what effect in the Spirit of Race entry being taken over by Formula Racing in every since but the team name on the entry list. We caught up with him during the scrutineering in the town center, earlier today. So it’s a bit unusual color to see you in. “Yeah, I’ve obviously been against…

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Pin misses out on Le Mans

Doriane Pin will sadly miss out on the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2024. The French racing driver was going to race for the Iron Dames outfit, who participates with a Lamborghini Huracan LMGT3 EVO2, but she unfortunately broke some ribs during her Formula Regional European Championship powered by Alpine (FRECA). She will put her focus on getting ready for the next round of the F1 Academy, which will be held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 21-23 June. So that makes the Iron Dames team consist of Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting…

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Proton changes driver for Le Mans

Despite the entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans actually being locked two weeks ago, a change has just been announced. Proton Competition Ford #44 has swapped Christian Ried for John Hartshorne onboard the yellow Ford Mustang LMGT3. So there won’t any comeback for Ried after all, after he announced his retirement at the FIA WEC season finale in 2023. So it was a bit of a surprise, to see his name on the original 2024 entry list, and still being present, only two weeks ago. Hartshorne…

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UA got car 22 sorted for Le Mans

United Autosports has named the three drivers, who are going to participate in this years 24 Hours of Le Mans The 2024 edition will have Oliver Jarvis, Bijoy Garg, and Nolan Siegel behind the wheel of the ORECA 07 Gibson #22 in the LMP2 category. Jarvis has been a part of UA for several years on/off, and is one of the full season ELMS drivers this year, competing in the LMP2 Pro/Am rankings alongside Daniel Schneider and Andy Meyrick. Garg is also participating in ELMS, but in one of the…

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Formula Racing to replace Spirit of Race – Update

Update The press release from the team has been withdrawn, after it was pointed out to them, that it’s NOT allowed to replace another team completely. The status of the d project is currently unknown.  Formula Racing will do the 24 Hours of Le Mans after all in 2024. The Danish outfit has bought the entry of Spirit of Race, which is another Ferrari team, who already was given the entry to the classic race. So they won’t be racing under their own name, since the change of team names…

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Test penalties applied to Ferrari

Ferrari and their AF Corse Hypercar teams have received penalties for an error that they have during testing. The teams were in Abu Dhabi on 5 and 6 February 2024, to test ahead of the season, and during that test, there was over consuming of tires by car #50, #51 and #83. The tire limit is 24 tires per car, per day. There was used 60 tires for car each of car #50 and #51, so that was a beach of 12 tires. Those 12 tires will be deducted from…

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Frey back in the FIA WEC

Rahel Frey will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship 2024. The Swiss racer will be racing for Iron Dames Lamborghini #85 together with Michelle Gatting and Sarah Bovy at 5 of the remaining 7 rounds. The change is down to Doriane Pin having another single seater programme added to her 2024 schedule. The original plan was for Pin to do FIA WEC for the full 2024 season, while Frey would do the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Endurance rounds only) and the European Le Mans Series together with Gatting and Bovy.…

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Van der Linde replaces Müller in Berlin

Kelvin van der Linde has been called in as a substitute for ABT Cupra at the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E World Championship round in Berlin. The South African driver will replace Nico Müller, who has a date clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship, which races on the same weekend at Spa Francorchamps. This actually creates an issue around van der Linde himself, since he should had been racing FIA WEC for Akkodis ASP. But his ABT contract has priority over the Lexus contract, which was only announced in…

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Gounon makes Alpine debut at Imola

Jules Gounon will have a three-fold debut at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari this weekend, when the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2024 is to be run. The French driver will replace Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg for Alpine Endurance Team, since Habsburg is still recovering from the back injury, that he sustained during an Alpine test at Motorland Aragon, at the end of March. Not only has Gounon never raced in the FIA WEC before, he has never raced a Hypercar, nor has he raced for the…

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Two hydrogen technologies to be showcased at Spa

The spectators for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa Francorchamps, will experience two very different hydrogen cars. The Belgian track will have both the H24 car, which is developed by MissionH24, and the Alpine Alpenglow, which is developed by the French car manufacturer. While the H24 has fuel cell technology, i.e. turning it into power and then driving some electrical motors, the Alpenglow has an internal combustion engine, which is fueled by hydrogen. This is the world debut of the brand new car, which previously has been…

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Peugeot reveals updated 9X8

Peugeot TotalEnergies has shown the first official pictures of their updated 9X8 for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2024. The French manufacturer has come up with a new development of their radical design, that was first raced at Monza in July 2022. 90% of the bodywork has been changed, including adding a small rear wing. It’s not as predominant as on all the other Hypercars in the FIA WEC, but a small low one – a bit like on the old 905 model from the 90s. The changes also includes…

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Vettel tests for Porsche

Four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel will be testing for Porsche Penske Motorsport. The German will be a part of the 36-hour endurance test, that the German outfit will do at Motorland Aragon in Spain, as preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is however not determined yet, if he is going to race for the team, or if it’s only a test. He has already done the first meters in the 963, since he did a short Rollout in Weissach, to check all systems. In addition…

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Two sportscar teams closing their doors

The sportscar world has lost two teams within just a few days. The German outfit Project 1, and Danish team GMB Motorsport has had to stop their activities. Project 1, who previously was known as Tolomit, has chosen to close their doors, since they no longer can find the budget to run their programmes. They have been synonymous with Porsche for many years, and has participated in several Carrera Cup championships, including winning the German championship with Rene Rast, Philipp Eng and Christian Menzel. Eng would go on to win…

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Alpine presents car and drivers

Alpine Endurance Team has shown the colors and drivers, prior to the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship start later this month. The brand new Alpine A424 is built to the LMDh regulations, and will compete in the Hypercar category in the FIA WEC. If the team would wish to do so, they could also enter IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where the technical base fits into the GTP category. But before doing so, it would have to go through a technical process and tests, just like everybody else wishing to compete…

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BMW M Team WRT names LMDh drivers

BMW M Team WRT has named all six drivers for their LMDh programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2024. When the entry list was announced late November, we already saw Dries Vanthoor in car #15, and Sheldon van der Linde in car #20. Raffaele Marciello has left Mercedes after a lot of seasons, and has become a BMW works driver. “Lello” has won pretty much everything worth winning in GT3, but now he will make the jump into Prototype racing in the Hypercar category. He will be sharing car…

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Proton presents Mustang drivers and colors

Proton Competition has announced their six drivers and the colors for their two brand new Ford Mustang GT3 cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2024. Five of the six drivers are well-known drivers at the German team, but all have Porsche experience from the past. Car #77 will be driven by Ryan Hardwick, Zacherie Robichon, and Ben Barker. Hardwick and Robichon won the ELMS GTE title in 2023 with Proton in a Porsche, and had IMSA success prior to that. Hardwick has been one of the best Bronze-rated drivers…

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Albuquerque replaced by Di Resta

United Autosports has to do another tweak to their 2024 season drivers. This time it hits the European Le Mans Series line-up, after having to change plans amongst the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers in previous months. The team has come to the conclusion, that Filipe Albuquerque will be too busy in the IMSA championship, where the Portuguese driver will be racing for Wayne Taylor Racing in the GTP category. Albuquerque has been a fixed member of UA for many years, but there has always been a lot of issue with…

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Ferrari unchanged in 2024

Ferrari AF Corse has confirmed their Hypercar team in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship will remain unchanged. Miguel Molina, Antonio Fuoco, and Nicklas Nielsen will once again race in car #50, while James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi, and Antonio Giovinazzi remain onboard car #51. The team made their debut with the 499P model at Sebring in 2023, grabbing a shock Pole Position in their very first attempt. The race didn’t run quite as smooth, but they did finish on the Sebring podium, followed up at the second round in…

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