Lamborghini confirms LMDh programme

After several years of rumours, it’s finally confirmed – Lamborghini will enter Prototype racing. The Italian car manufacturer is ready with an LMDh car from 2024 onward, in addition to their various GT programmes. The cars will be participating in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the new GTP category, which will start in 2023, while a FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar category is planned as well. They have already found their partners on both sides of the Atlantic, but their names were not mentioned in today’s…

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Fantastic race at Spa Francorchamps

FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps was a classic Spa race, with changing weather and fantastic racing. Olivier Pla, Pipo Derani and Romain Dumas in Glickenhaus Racing #708 had taken the team’s first Pole Position in FIA WEC, ahead of Alpine Elf Team #36 with Matthieu Vaxiviere, Nicolas Lapierre and Andre Negrao, followed by Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway, and Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa and Sebastien Buemi in P4. AF Corse #83 with Alessio Rovera,…

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Six changes for Spa

There will be six changes amongst the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers, when the second round of 2022 will be run at Spa Francorchamps in two weeks’ time. Glickenhaus Racing #708 has swapped Ryan Briscoe for Pipo Derani. Derani was busy with his American Cadillac DPi programme, when Round 1 was held at Sebring International Raceway, so the Brazilian had to focus on that job, while Briscoe got some race miles. Glickenhaus Racing #708 has Romain Dumas and Olivier Pla plus Derani in the car for Spa, while Briscoe, Richard…

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Two more Le Mans line-ups announced

The seats for the 2022 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans are slowly filling up. CD Sport #27 will enter their first 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French team has bought the Ligier JS P217, which Eurointernational drove in the 2020 event. They earned their place on the 24 hours grid, thanks to the LMP3 title in the Asian Le Mans Series in February 2022, and it will be a mix of three drivers from that effort. Christopher Cresp was the initial announcement, along with their name…

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Paul Ricard result not official – yet (updated)

The official result of the first 2022 European Le Mans Series race of the year, which was run at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, hasn’t been released yet. The reason is due to the incompliance of some parts during the post-race scrutineering. The case revolved around the LMP3 car, that crossed the chequered flag in second, Inter Europol Competition #13. One of the things that were checked on the car, was the differential, where the Belleville Washer wasn’t the same, as the one that the car is homologated with. Alle…

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Safety Car filled opening race

The opening race in the European Le Mans Series 2022 was run in 18 degrees temperature and bright sunshine at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France. TDS Racing x Vaillante #31 with Mathias Beche, Philippe Cimadomo and Tijmen Van der Helm had taken Pole Position, which was also the LMP2 Pro/Am Pole. United Autosports #22 with Tom Gamble, Phil Hanson and Duncan Tappy would start second, while Prema Racing #9 with Louis Deletraz, Lorenzo Colombo and Ferdinand Habsburg would start in P3. Malthe Jakobsen, Maurice Smith and Michael…

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GMB Motorsport aiming high for 2022

There is a brand new name in the motorsport world – GMB Motorsport. The team is only a few months old, but has big ambitions regarding the upcoming 2022 season, with an all-Danish driver line-up. They have a total of six cars entered in various Danish championships this year, as well as three cars in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Their first outing will be this week at the opening round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, which is being held at Circuit Paul Ricard, in the south of France.…

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More occupied cars in ELMS

There are a lot of driver’s announcements from the European Le Mans Series teams lately. Algarve Pro Racing has announced that they’ll continue the plan with two cars, even though their former Russian sponsor isn’t a part of the team anymore. In the LMP2 car #19, Sophia Flörsch will share it with Bent Viscaal. Flörsch has slowly but surely developed to be a sportscar expert, after driving for Richard Mille Racing Team in 2020 and 2021 in ELMS and FIA WEC respectively. The German had also a single start for…

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Prema with powerteam in ELMS

Prema Racing are definitely not doing things half-heartedly in sportscar racing. The team made its FIA World Endurance Championship debut two weeks ago, where they were fighting for victory for several hours, until they were unlucky with their strategy, and the unpredictable Red-flag periods. The pairing for that outing was Lorenzo Colombo, Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz. They do, however, also run in the European Le Mans Series 2022, where they have collected three equally impressive drivers. Juan Manuel Correa was the first to be announced, so he has been…

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WeatherTech Racing sticks to Merc

WeatherTech Racing has made a slight change to their 2022 plans. The team previous announced, that they would run the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a Porsche 911 GT3 R throughout the full 2022 season. They did however add a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for both the Daytona 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Common for both races, was that Cooper MacNeil raced both cars, joined by Porsche and Mercedes works drivers respectively. The choice is now the Mercedes #97 for the rest of 2022. They currently sit 6th in…

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UA hires another young talent

United Autosports has managed to sign another young talent into their sportscar programme. Finn Gehrsitz will be the third driver of their LMP3 car #2 in the European Le Mans Series. The 17-year-old German got a call only a few weeks ago, when the team needed a driver for their ELMS programme. He will be joined by Josh Caygill and Bailey Voisin. Gehrsitz made his race car debut in 2021, after many years in karting. He raced in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for Phoenix Racing. He was super close…

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LMDh from 2022, new LMP2 from 2025

World Motorsport Council held a meeting last weekend, and there were two important subjects on the agenda regarding the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series, plus the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The first decision was only regarding the FIA WEC in 2022, where LMDh cars will be allowed in this year’s World Championship rounds. The original introduction of LMDh was scheduled for 2022, but due to the COVID-19 situation, it was all postponed for a year, so all the suppliers were able to get…

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Terrific opening race in FIA WEC

The second 1000 Miles of Sebring in history, which was also the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022, was run on the historic Sebring International Raceway. Alpine Elf Team #36 with Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere started the race from Pole Position, ahead of Glickenhaus Racing #708 with Olivier Pla, Ryan Briscoe and Romain Dumas, while Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa would start from the third position. Nicklas Nielsen, Francois Perrodo and Alessio Rovera had taken LMP2 Pole…

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Sebring 1000 Miles qualifying 2022

The qualifying for the 1000 Miles race at Sebring was run on Thursday evening, prior to the opening race in the FIA World Endurance Championship The 17 GTE cars were the first on the track for their ten-minute qualifying. While the Pro drivers qualified in the GTE Pro category, it was the Bronze-rated drivers who had to qualify the GTE Am cars. The qualifying was run shortly before sunset, which was a condition the teams hadn’t tested at all, neither in the Prologue nor the practice sessions afterwards. It didn’t…

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Late Sebring call for Jani

Neel Jani will be making a trip to Sebring in 2022 after all. The 38-year-old Swiss racing driver was actually left without a seat for the Super Sebring weekend, where both FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be in action. But Jani was called up by Chip Ganassi Racing, when they all of a sudden was one driver short, after the departure of Kevin Magnussen, who jumped on the Formula 1 wagon with HAAS F1 Team once again. So Alexander Lynn and Earl Bamber will…

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FIA WEC Prologue 2022

The FIA World Endurance Championship preparations for the 2022 season finally got underway. There was a two-day prologue at Sebring International Raceway before the season starts on Wednesday. For the majority of the teams, the test went well with plenty of laps for the drivers. But it didn’t take long before the first lengthy interruption in the first session on Saturday. A huge thunderstorm with heavy rain and a strong wind drove over, so all the marshals had to leave the track for safety. On the second day, however, there…

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Le Mans starting list 2022

Automobile Club l’Ouest has announced the starting list for this year’s 24 hours at Le Mans. The list consists of sixty-two cars as it has been since 2019. There are some surprises, but most of them are already known since the FIA World Endurance Championship has handed automatic invitations to the majority of the field. In Hypercar, there are FIA World Endurance Championship cars plus an extra from Glickenhaus Racing. Peugeot TotalEnergies can’t get their car ready for the race this year since it would require a start at Spa…

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53 IMSA cars at Sebring

There will be fifty-three cars on the grid when IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts the second round of the 2022 season at Sebring International Raceway. As always, there’s a little decrease compared to the opening round at Daytona, but it’s still more than 2021 with only thirty-seven cars. The DPi category still has seven cars, but not necessarily the same drivers from last time. Ryan Hunter-Reay got a call-up from Cadillac Racing #01, where he will replace Scott Dixon due to a coincidence with NTT IndyCar Series and their race…

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Significant rule change for Toyota

We usually try to keep the Balance Of Performance discussion away from the Racing24-7.net content. It has been an essential part of sportscar racing, where the GTE cars have been adjusted to race equally, no matter if it was physically bigger or smaller, or the difference of engine configuration. With the introduction of the Hypercar category in 2021, we saw the arrival of BOP in that category too, where it previously was called Equivalence of Technology. Two names – more or less the same aim, of making cars being able…

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G-Drive pulls out – Le Mans entry re-opens

G-Drive Racing has chosen to pull out from the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series for the 2022 season. The reasoning behind this is the sanctions against Russia, following their invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in the parent company of G-Drive, Gazprom no longer being able to make deals with the western countries. Roman Rusinov, the face of G-Drive Racing during all their many different collaborations, with many different teams for the past many seasons, announced the decision in a social media post, that there…

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