26 cars on the entry list for Mid-Ohio

Round 3 of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will have 26 cars entered, when the series goes to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The DPi category has 6 cars entered, which are all the full-season entries. Cadillac is half the field, with Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing #01, Mustang Sampling #5, and Whelen Engineering #31 running for the American brand. Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing #10 and Meyer Shank Racing #60 will represent Acura with one car each. Mazda Motorsports #55 will run their sole Mazda entry for this year as…

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MacNeil goes to Europe

A lot of people got quite surprised when the Proton Competition rolled out of their European Le Mans Series garage in WeatherTech colours. And it all becomes clear now. Cooper MacNeil will run the rest of the European Le Mans Series 2021. The MacNeil family owns the WeatherTech company, so all cars run by Cooper for the last few years have had the sponsor logos more or less predominant. MacNeil will be sharing the 911 RSR-19 #77 with Christian Ried and Gianmaria Bruni, leaving no space for Jaxon Evans. The…

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Team Penske gets new Porsche deal

Porsche has got more details set, regarding their future in sportscar racing. The German brand has signed a new deal with Team Penske, who will run the LMDh programme in both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The collaboration will be named Porsche Penske Motorsport, and will two cars in both series. If that means four cars at Le Mans, time will tell. Team Penske was previously a part of Porsche from 2006 to 2008, where they ran the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 programme in the…

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Asian Le Mans Series gets new boss

Asian Le Mans Series will have a new boss. Cyrille Taesch Wahlen has been responsible for the series since 2015, and has lifted it from a series with less than 10 entrants divided into four categories to an absolute peak in 2021, with 36 entries in three categories. Taesch Wahlen has been involved in ACO for even more seasons, but he has chosen to leave the organization for now. His replacement will be Frederic Lequien, who is the CEO of the European Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship…

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UA confirms Portimao substitute

United Autosports has confirmed their substitute driver for the FIA World Endurance Championship team, when the series goes to Portimao next month. The FIA WEC squad is usually made up of Fabio Scherer, Phil Hanson, and Filipe Albuquerque, but somewhat ironically, the team will have to race without Portuguese racing driver Albuquerque at the Portuguese round. The reason is due to a date clash with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship deal in the USA with the Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Acura team. They will be racing in Detroit, on…

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Inter Europol Competition got replacement ready

Inter Europol Competition has a replacement ready for later in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 season. The Polish outfit usually runs Kuba Smiechowski, Alex Brundle, and Renger van der Zande in their FIA WEC rookie season, but the latter has a programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship too, with two dates clashing. The team has made a deal with Louis Deletraz, to help out at those two rounds. Deletraz knows the ORECA 07 LMP2 already from his European Le Mans Series duties at Team WRT. With the first…

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Team Project 1 down and out for Spa

Team Project 1 has had a nightmare week at Spa Francorchamps, in the lead-up to the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team was so unlucky to lose car #46 in a crash on Monday during the Prologue, with the chassis getting so damaged, that it couldn’t be a race car again. Yesterday’s qualifying saw Egidio Perfetti crash at full speed at the top of Raidillon, hitting the tire barrier with both the front- and rear end of the car. Following examination of the car, when the…

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Two practice sessions without interuptions

The final two free practice sessions ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying at Spa Francorchamps happened in quite a calm fashion. The Hypercar category is getting more and more up to speed, with Alpine Elf Matmut #36 with Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre, and Matthieu Vaxiviere overall fastest in the morning session, ahead of Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Brendon Hartley, while Toyota #7 with Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway, and Kamui Kobayashi was the third fastest in the top category. The afternoon practice…

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Quiet Thursday at Spa

It was thankfully an easy start to the FIA World Endurance Championship race weekend at Spa Francorchamps. After two very dramatic test days, Thursday was the first official day, with a single Free Practice session to be run for the 34 WEC cars. The events from the Prologue repeated themselves, with the defending LMP2 champions United Autosports USA #22 with Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson, and  Fabio Scherer being fastest of everybody, while Alpine Elf Matmut #36 with Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao, and Matthieu Vaxiviere were second fastest – and fastest…

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Audi reveals a few more LMDh details

Audi Sport has revealed a few more details about their upcoming LMDh programme. The German brand has confirmed, that the car will be ready for competition at Daytona 2023, but expects to have a car ready in early 2022, so they can start testing. The LMDh category is built on the new LMP2 cars, with different car manufacturers being allowed to put their own engine and bodywork on, so there will be certain styling cues to their road cars. Just like the Hypercar category, the car will be homologated for…

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Day two at Spa also a car killer

As if there wasn’t already drama enough on day one of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 Prologue, there was more drama on the second day of running. The Belgian Spa Francorchamps track is one of the high-speed circuits on the schedule, with very limited run-off and instant penalty, if you run off the circuit. Team Project 1 Porsche #46 is confirmed to be done for the week. Norwegian Anders Burchardt had a heavy shunt yesterday, that a new chassis is needed. The demand for 911 RSR-19 chassis is so…

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Long night ahead for at least three teams

At least three teams will have a long night ahead, following the first day of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 Prologue at Spa Francorchamps. TF Sport is hit the most, since they run both their own #33 but also the D’Station Racing #777, which both had huge accidents at the famous Raidillion corner. Just like IDEC Sport at Le Mans 2020, both accidents happened within half an hour of each other. Thankfully, both Ben Keating and Satoshi Hoshino were able to leave the cars without help, both Aston Martin…

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Double Magnussen and Fjordbach for Le Mans

High Class Racing has announced their drivers for their second car at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Jan and Kevin Magnussen will be sharing the car with Anders Fjordbach. That will make it an all-Danish team for the ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 #49. This is the first Le Mans for Kevin Magnussen. He has been on the Formula 1 route until now, but closed that chapter of his career, and has started to focus on sportscars from this season onwards. He is currently racing for Chip Ganassi Racing…

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35 cars at Spa

The FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 will start this coming week at Spa Francorchamps. There are 35 cars entered, with a few absentees, and a few extra additions, compared to the full season entry list. Toyota Gazoo Racing and Alpine Elf Matmut will bring a total of three cars for the new Hypercar category. The Japanese brand is the only so far to bring a pair of their brand new Hypercars, while the French outfit has been allowed to rename the old Rebellion R13 LMP1 car, as their own Alpine…

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Three untroubled practice sessions in Barcelona

European Le Mans Series managed to run three quite unproblematic practice sessions prior to this afternoon’s qualifying and tomorrow’s race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. First practice had the defending champions from United Autosports #22 as the fastest LMP2 car, right ahead of fastest LMP2 Pro/Am var, Cool Racing #37. The Pro/Am designation is new to LMP2 in Europe, and includes the teams that have a Bronze-rated driver in the car. Graff #8 was the fastest amongst the LMP3 cars, while TF Sport Aston Martin #95 was fastest amongst the GTE…

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Late changes in Barcelona

There have been a few late changes ahead of the opening round of the European Le Mans Series 2021, which will run this weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. AF Corse Ferrari #88 with Francois Perrodo, Alessio Rovera, and Emmanuel Collard has withdrawn due to a positive COVID-19 test amongst the drivers. The car only tested on Tuesday, with only Rovera posting laptimes. The team has since then slowly packed their kit into the trailer. Panis Racing #65 is partly hit by the same issue. James Allen was tested positive for…

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ARC Bratislava ready with four drivers

ARC Bratislava is ready for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021. The Slovakian team will enter their first full FIA WEC season, competing in their Ligier JS P217 Gibson in the LMP2 Pro/Am category. Team owner Miro Konopka is of course the first choice regarding the drivers. He has chosen to sign up Oliver James Webb for the full season – with the exception of the opening round, which clashes with a racing series in the United Kingdom. Webb will be replaced by Darren Burke at Spa Francorchamps. Burke has…

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Iron Dames version 1.0 back together

After a lot of switching forth and back, the original Iron Dames line-up is back together. The team, which will be competing in both the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, has had a lot of driver swaps over the last couple of weeks. The original plan was for the three drivers, who have raced in the ELMS together, Michelle Gatting, Rahel Frey, and Manuela Gostner, to move into FIA WEC as a pairing. Frey and Gostner would also continue in the European Le…

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HubAuto Racing moves to GTE Pro

HubAuto Racing has chosen to move into the GTE Pro category for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Taiwanese team is traditionally an Am team in the Asian Le Mans Series, and had their debut at Circuit de la Sarthe in 2020 in the GTE Am category. There are currently 7 cars entered in GTE Pro, while there are (were) 24 in GTE Am. So the chances of a GTE Pro podium are statistically better. After the switch for HubAuto Racing, the balance is 8/23. The team hasn’t…

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Dalla Lana presents teammates

Paul Dalla Lana has finally presented the two teammates, who are going to race alongside him in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season. The Canadian, who is going to participate in GTE Am, has chosen to stay with Aston Martin Racing, even though the team pulled out of GTE Pro. Dalla Lana has re-hired Augusto Farfus, which he shared the car with through the second part of the 2019/20 season, and chose another Brazilian as a third driver – Marcos Gomes. Farfus has plenty of experience with GT cars,…

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