Rebellion says goodbye

Rebellion Racing has chosen to say goodbye to the FIA World Endurance Championship, after they completed the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The rumours have been around for a while, that they might already pull out after Le Mans, and that is now a fact. The team only had a theoretical possibility of winning the drivers title, while the constructors’ title already has been won by Toyota Gazoo Racing. That’s the end of 13 years of competition in sportscar racing for the watch manufacturer, who started working with the Speedy…

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Two new Acura teams announced

Acura has announced two new teams, which will continue running their DPi programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021 and beyond. The decision fell on Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. It’s certainly to no surprise, that MSR will be one of the teams, who will take over the programme, following Acura not opting to extend with Team Penske. MSR has had Acura and Honda connections throughout the last few years and was running at Le Mans 2016 with an LMP2 car, in addition to their IMSA…

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GT Masters with well known venues

ADAC GT Masters has announced a 2021 schedule with well-known venues There is a risk of the seven events changing, like everything changes at the moment, but at least these 7 weekends are the primary plan. The season will start in Oschersleben on 14-16 May, with Red Bull Racing being on schedule one month later. Then it’s onto a two-month summer break, the series returns to the Nürburgring early August. 14 days later it’s Zandvoort, before Lausitzring will run one month later. The two final weekends of the year will…

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3 absentees in Mid-Ohio

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be back racing this weekend, but there will be three fewer cars on the starting grid, compared to the original entry list for the Mid-Ohio race Porsche has pulled out both their GTLM cars. The reasoning behind is three of their four IMSA drivers were present at Le Mans last weekend. Three members of the Porsche outfit was tested positive for COVID-19 following that event. Porsche haven’t revealed which of the Le Mans teams, nor if it was drivers, engineers or mechanics being tested…

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Championship standings post Le Mans

It wasn’t just about race trophies, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The race was also the 7th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and therefore the penultimate round in the 2019/20 season. The point scale in the FIA WEC is graduated, so 4 and 6-hour races follow the Formula points scale. If the race is at least 8 hours, it’s 1,5 times points. And at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s double points. To make it even more complicated, points are only scored by the…

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Only minor changes to Le Mans result

There was thankfully only a few post-race changes for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans results. The positive news is that all the cars that were checked, were deemed legal. That hasn’t always been the case, where a pair of Ford cars last year had too large fuel tanks, or when the Vaillante Rebellion was disqualified in 2017, for drilling a small hole in the engine cover, so they could give a knock on a sick starter motor at each pitstop, without having to remove the engine cover. But…

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FIA WEC 2021 provisional schedule revealed

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their provisional schedule for the 2021 season. The Season 8 schedule has been trimmed down to a 6-race schedule for FIA WEC, due to the COVID-19 situation, and the economic challenges for companies around the world. The season starts on 13-14 March at Sebring International Raceway, with a two-day test, before the season opener will run on 19 March. That will be a 1000 Miles race, just like it was in 2019, and was planned to be in 2020. May 1st will be…

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Alpine moves into LMP1

Alpine has big ambitions for the 2021 motorsport year. Not only will they re-badge the Renault F1 team to Alpine, but they will also get up one notch in their sportscar programme. The team has competed in the LMP2 category during the past few seasons, with an ORECA 07 renamed as Alpine A470, and prior to that, an ORECA 03 under the A450 name. They will keep the ORECA connection since they will enter the LMP1 category from 2021 with the Rebellion R13 model, that ORECA has developed and build.…

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Goodyear blimp returns to Europe

The iconic Goodyear Blimp will be present in Europe once again. It will gets its debut this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and will then fly on to the 24 hours at the Nürburgring next weekend. It’s been 35 years since it has last flown in Europe. Since then it’s primarily been present at NASCAR races, where they are the tire suppliers. It even made an appearance in the Disney movie Cars – without Goodyear branding though. The Blimp itself is made by Zeppelin and is 75…

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Porsche with special Le Mans livery

When the practice sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans start this Thursday, we will have the two Porsche 911 RSR cars in GTE Pro in a very distinctive new livery, which makes it a lot easier to pick them apart. Porsche continues the retro theme, that they have stuck to at Le Mans and the IMSA series for the last couple of years. #91 will predominatly be red, while #92 will mostly be black. The red design on #91 is an homage to the Le Mans victory in…

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Ginetta pull out of Le Mans

Team LNT Ginetta has chosen to pull out from the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The team was originally slated to race with two cars, but they pulled out one of their cars earlier in the year. They were supposed to have raced with a single car at the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps one month ago, but they pulled out of that one too. Their own explanation of them pulling out from Le Mans, is due to the quarantine rules between France and the UK,…

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IMSA with new schedule, category, and other bits

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has announced their 2021 schedule, and other plans for the upcoming season. The biggest news of all is probably the entry of LMP3 cars at selected rounds, including the Daytona 24 Hours. It’s no secret that the grids in IMSA are declining, and especially the LMP2 category has less and less, plus we will lose Porsche GTLM next year. LMP3 cars are very popular other places in the world, and IMSA has lacked a secondary category for newcomers since the LMPC category shut down a…

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Phoenix Racing enters LMP racing

Phoenix Racing will expand their racing programme to include Le Mans Prototypes. The German team which is based in Meuspath near the Nürburgring, have bought an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, which they will run in the Asian Le Mans Series, this coming season. They are also working on getting an LMP3 car entered in the same series. The next step will be running in the European Le Mans Series, and then their ultimate goal – an entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has been a long-standing…

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RLR MSport announces Le Mans drivers

RLR MSport has announced their two drivers for the Road To Le Mans race, which runs as a support race to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next week. Canadian James Dayson will be joined by Danish youngster Malthe Jakobsen. They are paired up in the European Le Mans Series too, but the Le Mans call came very late for Jakobsen. He didn’t expect to go, only a week ago, but after the good pace by him in the ELMS this year, the team was very keen on getting him…

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Oman Racing with TF Sport enters Asian LMS

TF Sport returns to the Asian Le Mans Series for the upcoming season. The British team will run under the Oman Racing with TF Sport name, with a bit of an all-star team, racing in the Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT3. Multiple British GT GT3 Champion Jonny Adam will be joined by 2019 GT4 Champion from the same series, Tom Canning. The third member of the team will be bronze rated driver Ahmad Al Harthy, and he is the one bring the Oman angle to the team. Al Harthy won…

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Le Mans entry list grows

The entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has only been shrinking lately, but the list has started to grow now. G-Drive Racing by Algarve will enter another Aurus 01 car in the LMP2 category. The collaboration has a connection to the Asian Le Mans Series, where they were the championship-winning combination from the 2019/20 season. Algarve Pro Racing will run the car, with the black and orange G-Drive Racing colours on the car. This will be an addition to the G-Drive Racing #26, which is already entered,…

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Qualifying for Le Castellet 120 – updated

The qualifying for the third round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2020 was run on a dry, but overcast Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. There were dark clouds hanging in the area, and the weather forecast actually said rain during qualifying, but at least it started out dry. First up was the 6 GT3 cars. The drivers once again had to be aware of Track Limits, which not all had listened to. At least there were several laptimes deleted. Iron Lynx Ferrari #8 started out being…

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Driver changes at Iron Lynx

Iron Lynx has changed their driver line-up slightly this weekend. Neither Giacomo nor Andrea Piccini is present at the circuit due to family reasons, so the team has had to find two replacements for the Michelin Le Mans Cup, and a single for the European Le Mans Series. Ferrari works driver Nicklas Nielsen had been called in for the ELMS entry #60, which he will share with Claudio Schiavoni and Sergio Pianezzola. Andrea is the regular driver in that car. Matt Griffin was the replacement in the Michelin Le Mans…

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Bahrain moved forward a week

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced, that the season finale of the 2019/20 season in Bahrain has been moved forward a week. The race was originally scheduled for 21 November, but Formula 1 was lacking some events, and decided to go to Bahrain two weekends in a row, at the end of November and early December. That would result in just 2, maximum three days of turn around time from when the FIA WEC teams would leave the track, until the Formula 1, plus Formula 2 and Formula 3…

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Le Mans entry list updated again

The entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been updated once again, and sadly with a few teams dropping out. The current list has 59 entrants. Thunderhead Carlin Racing has dropped out of the LMP2 entry list. The team was originally planned to run both the European Le Mans Series and the 24 hours race, but their ELMS programme has been put on pause, and the team hasn’t run any of the first two rounds and isn’t on the entry list for the third round this…

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