Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing expands

Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing expands their programme for the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. They will run two Cadillac DPi-V.R cars in the DPi category, as preparation for 2023, with new LMDh cars coming from the American car manufacturer. There will be changes to what is known as the #01 line-up this year. Kevin Magnussen won’t be racing for the team, since his Peugeot contract in the FIA World Endurance Championship has first priority. His teammate, Renger van der Zande will continue racing for the team. French driver Sebastien…

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Alpine confirms LMDh programme

Alpine has confirmed a brand new LMDh programme, which will compete in ACO racing from 2024. The French car manufacturer has made a deal with ORECA, who will be building the car, while the engine will be developed at their own factory in Viry-Chatillon, in the outskirts of Paris. Signatech has been chosen as a partner in the programme. The French team has been active together with Alpine since 2013, where they first participated in the European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 category, and later on in the FIA…

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Change of circuits on the ELMS and LMC schedules for 2022

It’s going to be a different European Le Mans Series and Micheline Le Mans Cup schedule, once the 2022 season gets underway. The season will start at Paul Ricard in France, with both the official tests, and the first race weekend in April. Next round will be Imola, which the series last visited in 2016. That race replaces Monza, as the Italian round of the Championship. There will be Le Mans break for the rest of May and the whole of June for the ELMS cars, while LMC will have…

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Hanson continues at UA

Phil Hanson will be racing for United Autosports once again in 2022. The Brit has signed a new contract with the team in the FIA World Endurance Championship onboard car #22, which he will share with Filipe Albuquerque. Hanson arrived at the team in 2018 and started racing in the European Le Mans Series, moving into the winter season of the Asian Le Mans Series, where the team claimed the title. 2020 was a fantastic year for the team, since they both won the European Le Mans Series, and the…

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Cadillac confirms LMDh programme

Cadillac has finally confirmed the long-awaited LMDh programme, which has been rumoured for a long time. The American car giant will once again work together with Dallara, who has built their current DPi car, to create the future prototype, that will compete in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car manufacturer has teamed up with two teams, to run the cars. Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing will be the official part teams, for the…

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UA already preparing for 2022

United Autosports has already started preparing for the upcoming 2022 season. The English-American team has big plans for next season, expanding to two cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 category. The team will enter two ORECA 07 Gibson cars, with one of them being raced by Filipe Albuquerque. The Portuguese driver has been with the team since 2017, but has had to miss a few rounds here and there due to IMSA clashes. His teammates are not yet announced. He will continue in car #22. The…

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LMC points after Le Mans

There were quite a few changes to the Michelin Le Mans Cup standings, following the two rounds of Road To Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe. Nielsen Racing #7 is back in front of the LMP3 championship, with a victory in the Thursday race, and a DNF in the Saturday race. Rinaldi Racing #66 scored two second-place points finishes, jumping all the way into second in the standings, while United Autosport #22 and #23 has fallen back to third and fourth places receptively. Cool Racing #69 in P5 is…

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FIA WEC points standings after Le Mans

All cars went through the post-race scrutineering without any issues, which was a very good thing compared to previous years, where irregularities were found. The Le Mans-winning Hypercar from Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 is the new leader of the championship, ahead of its sister car #8, while Alpine Elf Matmut #36 are third. But there is absolutely nothing decided yet, with just 30 points between the leading #7, and #36, with 65 points still on offer. JOTA #28 has jumped into the LMP2 lead, just a single point ahead of…

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ACO reveals future plans

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed their future plans regarding the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series. The cars will race on brand new, 100% renewable fuel from TotalEnergies. The French company has been the sole supplier to the series since 2018, where they took over from Shell. The fuel will contain waste products from wine production in France, and is expected to reduce the CO2 emission from the race cars by 62%. The next big step is 2023,…

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6 races on FIA WEC 2022 schedule

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their 2022 schedule. The schedule will once again be 6 races, just like the 2021 edition. The season starts on 12-13 March at Sebring, with two days of Prologue, ahead of the 1000 Miles (max 8 hours) being run at the same circuit on 18 March. The 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps will race on 7 May, and will be the final preparation prior to the 24 Hours Of Le Mans on 11-12 June. Monza is back on the schedule with a 6…

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IDEC Sport 17 pulls out of Le Mans

There won’t be a blue ORECA 07 Gibson car with number 17 on the side panels, once the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans start tomorrow, Saturday. Era Motorsport, which is the team behind the IDEC Sport #17 car, has chosen to pull out, after a true nightmare weekend for them. It all started out last weekend, where Kyle Tilley injured his shoulder, so he had to skip the NASCAR race in Indianapolis. That resulted in him in missing the 24 hours of Le Mans as well.…

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IDEC Sport swaps driver

IDEC Sport has had to swap one of their drivers, even before the race weekend itself really has gotten started. Kyle Tilley had to call his Le Mans participation off since he has got a shoulder injury, that kept him out of the NASCAR race at Indianapolis last weekend too. Era Motorsport, who runs under the IDEC Sport banner in the European Le Mans Series and at Le Mans, has contacted Thomas Laurent, who has been without a racing seat at all this year, after having an amazing rise through…

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Several changes to Le Mans entry list

There have been several late changes to the entry list for the 24 Hours Of Le Mans, just two days prior to the official test day. The innovative car Team SRT41 #84 has seen Francois Heriau swapped out for Matthieu Lahaye. Heriau and Lahaye are usually teammates at Ultimate in the European Le Mans Series, but the plan was for Heriau to be lent out to Team SRT41 #84 for the 24-hour race. Unfortunately, he has injured himself, so it will be Lahaye who joins Takuma Aoki and Nigel Bailly…

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GTD Pro and GTD rules announced

On top of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2022 schedule announcement, there was an announcement regarding the GTD Pro and GTD rules for next year as well. As was announced at the Daytona 24 Hours in January, there will be no more GTLM after this season, but it’s being replaced by GTD Pro, which is GT3 cars just like the regular GTD cars. The plans back then were to separate the two categories in one way or another, with either BOP or other ties, but those things have been ditched…

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IMSA with consistency in 2022 schedule

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has announced their race schedule for 2022. It’s a calendar without any surprises, and will all the regular tracks, that has been on the schedule for the last few years. The season starts at Daytona with the 24 hours race, before heading to Sebring for the 12 hours race, as one of the big highlights. Long Beach is back with its traditional April race, before WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca adds another race on the west coast. The teams will hurry to Mid-Ohio and Detroit, prior…

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Panis, PR1 and Graff show their colours

As tradition dictates, there are several one-off liveries for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports #24 and Panis Racing #65 are both run by the French Tech1 team, so the cars have a very similar design. PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports #24 got their Le Mans entry this year thanks to Patrick Kelly, who won the LMP2 championship in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning a Le Mans entry. Kelly will be joined by Simon Trummer and Gabriel Aubry. Those two drivers have been around the team for…

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UAE schedule for Asian LMS

Asian Le Mans Series 2022 will be another intense season. Just like the 2020/21 season, it’s all going to happen within one and a half weeks in February. All races will be four hours, and will be a mix of afternoon and evening races. The teams will have the chance of testing prior to the season start on 11 February at Dubai Autodrome. Another race will run one day later, on the very same track, before all the teams go to Abu Dhabi. Saturday 19 February will be the first…

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Points standings after Monza

There have been quite a few changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship points standings, following the latest race at Monza in Italy. The Hypercar is still led by Toyota Gazoo Racing #8, but their advantage has shrunk to just six points over their teammates in #7. Alpine Elf Matmut #36 is 15 points from the lead, after two second places and a third so far, while the two Glickenhaus cars sit fourth and fifth. United Autosports USA #22 has moved back into the LMP2 championship lead, after the victory…

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Racing Team Nederland with two changes

Racing Team Nederland #29 has had to swap out two of its three drivers, for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Monza. Not only one, but two of the drivers have been tested positive for COVID-19. Job van Uitert was tested positive last week, prior to the European Le Mans Series race at the same track. That resulted in the whole United Autosports #32 outfit had to pull out of the weekend, since van Uitert had been together with them on the full test day on Thursday, with…

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High Class Racing has announced Le Mans drivers

High Class Racing has announced the final pieces of their Le Mans puzzle. The Danish team will enter two cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021, with their extra entry having Anders Fjordbach, plus Kevin and Jan Magnussen as the drivers. That has been a long time Magnussen family goal, plus a big dream for many of their fans. The team does, however, still have their regular FIA World Endurance Championship car #20 in the race. Dennis Andersen will be the only full season driver remaining in that…

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