Iron Lynx does win afterall

Iron Lynx is the winner of the 4 Hours of Monza in European Le Mans Series 2022. The team was disqualified shortly after the race finished, since the Ferrari #60 didn’t drive back to Parc Ferme under it’s own power, but was pushed by the team car #83. The car was low on fuel, so they chose to cut the engine, and get help from the sister car, so there still would be enough fuel left for a fuel sample in Parc Ferme. The stewards saw that as a breach…

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BMW reveals IMSA plans and design

BMW M Motorsport has revealed the plans for their 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme. The first images of the LMDh car testing in Italy were released a couple of months ago, but since that test, the cars had been shipped to the US, where the testing continued. The team presented their colours for the upcoming season, and the drivers onboard the BMW M Hybrid V8 cars for the BMW M Team RLL outfit. The classic M colours of red, blue and white are present, with some black areas on the…

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New track on the 2023 ELMS schedule

The European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup have released their racing schedules for 2023, and that has resulted in some different circuits for the two series. The season starts with two days of testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in April, followed by the races at the very same track at the weekend of 22-23 April. The series will return to Imola in Italy on 6-7 May. The ELMS teams will go on summer holiday/Le Mans break, while the LMC teams will participate in the Road To…

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Cadillac confirms 2023 IMSA drivers

Cadillac has confirmed the four full-season drivers, for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande will continue at  Chip Ganassi Racing. The French and Dutch drivers were teamed up for the 2022 season, after Kevin Magnussen left the team after only a single season. The collaboration between Bourdais and van der Zande has resulted in wins on the streets of Long Beach and Detroit, with the pairing currently sitting third in the DPi Championship standings. Action Express Racing will run the other Cadillac V-LMDh…

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Four drivers chosen for Rookie test

The FIA World Endurance Championship has chosen the four drivers for this year’s Rookie test, which will run on the Sunday after the season finale in Bahrain. This has been a tradition for the past few years, where four young talents will have the chance to do at least 30 laps in the championship winning cars. Lilou Wadoux will have the chance to test the 2022 Championship winning Hypercar. Alpine Elf Team #36 and Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 are equal on points, with the 36 having lead for most of…

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Müller moves from Audi to Peugeot

Nico Müller will end his Audi Sport deal at the end of the season. The Swiss driver will move from the German car manufacturer to French car maker Peugeot, where he will be part of their FIA World Endurance Championship line-up. Müller started at Audi Sport in 2014, where he became part of their DTM team. He has been a part of that ever since, from Class 1 regulations to the current GT3 rules. He has been active in ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where he was racing for…

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ARC Bratislava skips Fuji

ARC Bratislava has chosen to skip the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will be held at Fuji International Speedway in two weeks time. The Slovakian team has had a difficult year in the FIA WEC 2022, with a heavy shunt and subsequent retirement at the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps cost them a lot of points. The 2022 season is the second FIA WEC season for the Miro Konopka led team. They started the 2021 season with a Ligier JSP 217, before moving to an ORECA…

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Fjordbach subs in Barcelona

There will be another Dane on the entry list for this weekend’s European Le Mans Series race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Duqueine Team #30 has had to change to their driver line-up. Anders Fjordbach has been called up on a very late notice, since Reshad de Gerus can’t participate this weekend. Fjordbach resides in the Barcelona area, so it didn’t take him long to grab his helmet, and drive to the track. The team doesn’t give the exact reason for why de Gerus isn’t able to race this weekend, but…

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Van der Zande helping out at Fuji

Renger van der Zande will get to race at Fuji International Speedway, when the 5th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will run there in two weeks’ time. The Dutchman will sub for Nico Müller at Vector Sport in the LMP2 category, since Müller will be racing in DTM that weekend, as mentioned in a previous article. Van der Zande hasn’t raced for the team before, but is a teammate to Sebastien Bourdais in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA. They are sharing a Cadillac DPI car,…

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Rast switches brand

Rene Rast will switch to a different car brand for the 2023 season. The 35-year-old German racing driver has been racing in Audis since 2011, doing pretty much every series and car that they participate in. But when 2022 is over, he will switch the four rings to another Bavarian car manufacturer – BMW. Rast has been pretty much synonymous with the VW Audi Group throughout his career. He did however do Formula BMW in 2003 and 2004, before moving into Volkswagen Polo Cup, which he won in 2005. He…

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Acura presents ARX-06 for real

Acura has finally shown their new ARX-06 LMDh car without camouflage. The car will participate in the IMA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the brand new GTP category, and has the possibility to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But the current indications are not pointing towards that in its debut season. The team has already started testing the car now, and it will have it’s race debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2023, where the new GTP category will…

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Magnussen new driver at GMB

Jan Magnussen has been signed as a new driver for GMB Motorsport, for the final two rounds of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. The experienced Dane will share the Honda NSX GT3 Evo #88 with Lars Engelbrekt Pedersen, during the races at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, and the season finale in Portugal at the Portimao circuit. Lars has teamed up with Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen so far this year, and that pairing won the most recent round at Monza in July. The team doesn’t reveal the exact reason of why they are…

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WRT breaks up with Audi – new BMW WEC partner

The Belgian WRT outfit has chosen to end their long commitment with Audi Sport. The team has been synonymous with the German brand pretty much since its foundation in 2009, but that will come to an end following the 2022 season. But there is a new task for them, in the shape of the BMW LMDh programme, which will start in the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2024 onwards. The 2023 season will consist of testing the car, prior to it’s FIA WEC debut. The two parties are not ready…

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BMW starts LMDh test – confirms Le Mans

BMW has started their testing with their brand new LMDh car, and confirms their return to Le Mans. The new BMW M Hybrid V8 drove the first meters yesterday at Varano in Italy, near the Dallara factory. BMW has chosen Italian manufacturer Dallara to build the car, which is based on a LMP2 car, but with added hybrid system, it’s own bodywork, and a custom-made BMW engine. Connor De Phillippi and Sheldon van der Linde got the honour of racing the first meters in the car, which was a collaboration…

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First two Lambo drivers announced

Lamborghini has announced their first two drivers for their upcoming LMDh programme. It comes to no surprise, that those two drivers are Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli, since those two has been synonymous with the Italian brand for many seasons. Bortolotti had a single season with Audi in 2020, before returning to the Italian brand, that he has raced with since 2014, and been official works driver for since 2015 – except for 2020. Caldarelli has been part of the brand since 2017, and has won the Blancpain GT Series,…

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UA extends with Hanson and Albuquerque

United Autosports has extended their contracts with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque for the 2023 season. The duo has raced together since 2018, more or less uninterrupted, with European Le Mans Series being their first task, before adding the FIA World Endurance Championship. While 23-year-old Hanson has raced all the races in that period, there have been some skipped races for 37-year-old Albuquerque, due to clashing dates of hos IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship contracts. The pair raced to the ELMS title in 2019, while they won the FIA WEC title…

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COOL with Asian programme

COOL Racing will enter the Asian Le Mans Series 2023. The team has been active in Ligier European Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team has made an announcement of a single ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car, to be run by the two team owners Alexandre Coigny and Nicolas Lapierre. They were paired up for the ELMS for several years. But they will have a new teammate, whom they never have shared a car with so far. But it’s still from…

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Makowiecki replaces Lietz

Porsche #91 has had to change their driver line-up prior to the 6 Hours of Monza this weekend. Richard Lietz felt unwell, prior to travelling to Monza, and has now tested positive for COVID-19. So he can’t compete this weekend, and will be replaced by Fred Makowiecki. The Frenchman was part of the winning combination at Le Mans last month, where Lietz, Mako and Gianmaria Bruni secured the GTE Pro win. That takes Austrian racer Lietz out of the title fight, as long as the car starts the Sunday race.…

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First LMH test for Ferrari

Ferrari has tested their brand new LMH in the real world, for the very first time. The test happened today at their home circuit in Fiorano, where Alessandro Pier Guidi was the first driver in the car, before Nicklas Nielsen took over the wheel in the afternoon. The car will be utilized in the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season, which includes the special anniversary race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s a huge step for the team, to finally get the car on the track. They have…

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Glickenhaus changes color

Glickenhaus Racing has chosen to change the color of their car in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The American team has traditionally been red and white, regardless if they raced in the FIA WEC, or participated in VLN/NLS/Nürburgring 24 Hours. The choice of color is down to team owner Jim Glickenhaus’s big love for Ferrari. The team has, however, decided to switch to a light blue color on their SCG 007 car from this weekends race at Monza and onwards. The reasoning behind according to the team, is that Toyota…

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