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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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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Reserve list for LM24 2021 revealed

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed the reserve list for the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There are a total of four teams on that list. The first one is AF Corse with an extra Ferrari 488 GTE Evo for the GTE Am category. The car is already fully crewed by Christophe Ulrich, Simon Mann and Sergei Sirotkin, with car number 62. The second reserve is an extra Algarve Pro Racing car for the LMP2 category. Mark Patterson and Naveen Rao are the named drivers for…

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LMP2 slowed even further

The LMP2 category in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and Asian Le Mans Series will have their on-track performance slowed even further than initially planned. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced, that they have to slow the LMP2 category a bit more since the performance gap to the new Hyperar category otherwise would be too small. It’s been planned for a long time, that LMP2 would have a slight power reduction, but that now turned into 400kW power output compared to the 450kW last year. That…

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Le Mans 2021 entry list revealed

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed the entry list for the 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will run on 21-22 August 2021. The list is once again 62 cars, with exactly half the field being LMP cars, and the other half being GTE cars. The Hypercar category has no surprises. There are the five cars, which have entered the FIA World Endurance Championship, with two cars from Toyota Gazoo Racing, two from Glickenhaus Racing, and a single from Alpine Elf Matmut. The LMP2 category is…

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Le Mans moves to August, schedule change in ELMS and LMC

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has chosen to push the 2021 edition of the 24 hours car race back to August. That is due to the COVID-19 situation, which still creates issues around the world. The race has been moved to 21-22 August, since the ACO hopes to be able to let in spectators by then. There is however no news regarding the number of fans – if it’s the full capacity of 250.000+ or if it will be a reduced edition, like 2020 was thought to be with certain zones…

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Trophies handed out in Abu Dhabi

The season finale in the Asian Le Mans Series 2021 was run at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, with 35 cars entered. G-Drive Racing #26 with Ferdinand Habsburg, Yifei Ye, and Rene Binder started the race from Pole Position, ahead of the G-Drive Racing #25 with Franco Colapinto, John Falb and Rui Pinto de Andrade. Phoenix Racing #5 with Kelvin van der Linde, Matthias Kaiser and Simon Trummer was starting from third position. Yesterdays winners JOTA #28 with Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael was starting P6. RLR MSport #15…

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Four hours of surprises in Abu Dhabi

The third round of Asian Le Mans Series 2021 was run at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. G-Drive Racing #25 with Franco Colapinto, John Falb and Rui Pinto de Andrade started the race from Pole Position, ahead of Phoenix Racing #5 with Kelvin van der Linde, Matthias Kaiser and Simon Trummer, while G-Drive Racing #26 with Ferdinand Habsburg, Yifei Ye, and Rene Binder had grabbed P3. Eurointernational #11 had pulled out of the race meeting due to technical issues. United Autosports #23 with Wayne Boyd, Manuel Maldonado and…

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Two qualifyings in Abu Dhabi

Asian Le Mans Series went to Abu Dhabi, where the second half of the 2021 season would be run. There will be two qualifyings, which was a little different from last week’s quali, where the fastest and second-fastest time were used to decide the starting grid. The two qualifyings will be run right after each other, so the GT cars were on the track for fifteen minutes, followed by a five-minute break before they drove for another fifteen minutes. Inception Racing McLaren #7 was quick to set a fast laptime,…

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Another good Dubai race

The Asian Le Mans Series delivered another good race, when the teams were running for the second four hour race the weekend at the Dubai Autodrome. G-Drive Racing had secured first row for today’s race too, with #25 raced by Franco Colapinto, Rui Pinto de Andrade and John Falb on Pole, ahead of #26 with Yifei Ye, Ferdinand Habsburg and Rene Binder. JOTA #28 with Sean Gelael and Stoffel Vandoorne was starting third, next to Phoenix Racing #5 with Nicki Thiim, Simon Trummer and Matthias Kaiser on P4. The starting…

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4 hours of racing decided at the end – updated

The opening round of the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series was run today at the Dubai Autodrome. G-Drive Racing #25 with Franco Colapinto, Rui Pinto de Andrade and John Falb started the Saturday race from Pole Position amongst the LMP2 cars, ahead of their teammates in #26 with Yifei Ye, Ferdinand Habsburg and Rene Binder, while Nicki Thiim had qualified Phoenix Racing #5, which he shares with Simon Trummer and Matthias Kaiser, in the third spot. United Autosports #23 with Wayne Boyd, Manuel Maldonado and Rory Penttinen was on Pole…

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Double qualifying in Dubai

The Asian Le Mans Series 2021 season finally got going, with the Qualifying ahead of the two races this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome. The Qualifying was different than normal, since this Friday’s session should decide the grid for both the Saturday and the Sunday race. The fastest lap was for Saturday, and the second fastest lap for Sunday. There was a bit of fog in the air, but definately not as much as yesterday, where most of the driving was cancelled, so the drivers only were able to have…

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UA ready with final drivers

United Autosports have got their final two drivers ready for the Asian Le Mans Series. This will be two very well known faces in LMP3 cars. Finnish driver Rory Penttinen has experience from the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where he raced a Ligier JS P320 for the Graff team. That car is exactly the same as the one at United Autosports. He was on the podium three times during the season, and started from Pole Position for one of the races. He is the Bronze rated driver in car #23.…

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More drivers announced for the Asian Le Mans Series – updated

The Asian Le Mans Series 2021 season will be a somewhat different version, of what it’s used to be, in the previous years. But we will still have four rounds like we are used to. The series will run in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with two races on 13 and 14 February in Dubai, with the two final races of the season being run in 19 and 20 February at the Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi. 36 teams had originally entered, with two more joining in later on. Absolute…

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United Autosports with more driver announcements

United Autosports has announced several drivers for the upcoming European Le Mans Series 2021 season. The English-American team will once again enter two LMP2 and two LMP3 cars, so they need a lot of drivers. Manuel Maldonado will be on double duty for the team in 2021. He will race in the LMP3 category in the Asian Le Mans Series, where the team will run a total of three LMP3 cars. The team is yet to announce his teammates. It is however certain, that he will do the European Le…

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Rinaldi with strong outfit in the Asian LMS

Rinaldi Racing will bring some of the very best drivers for this year’s Asian Le Mans Series, which will start next month. Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo #5 will have Davide Rigon sharing the car with David Perel and Rino Mastronardi. Perel was part of Kessel Racing in both the Michelin Le Mans Cup and European Le Mans Series throughout the 2020 season, while Mastronardi won the LMC championship with Iron Lynx, and made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans too. The three drivers are certainly amongst the…

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Dubai added to revised schedule

The Asian Le Mans Series has revised the schedule for the upcoming season. This is the third version, due to the constant COVID-19 stumbles, that the world is facing. This change isn’t however as big as the two previous changes. The start of the season has been pushed back one week, and about 100 kilometres to the north. The latest race schedule will start on 13-14 February with two races at Dubai Autodrome, before the series moves to Abu Dhabi and the Yas Marina Circuit in the following weekend. The…

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JOTA with the same drivers in WEC and AsLMS

JOTA Sport has announced for one of their cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship plus the Asian Le Mans Series. It will be the same three drivers, who are going to share the car throughout the 2021 season. Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael will share the ORECA 07 Gibson #38 LMP2 car. Vandoorne has a bit of FIA WEC LMP1 experience from SMP Racing, that he had two outings for during the 2018/19 season, after Jenson Button left the team. The two race programmes will be in…

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36 cars enter Asian Le Mans

An incredible season is waiting for the Asian Le Mans Series 2021. The list is still subject to changes, with quite a lot of empty seats, but those gaps will hopefully soon be filled. The LMP2 category consists of seven cars, where well-known LMP teams like Eurointernational, G-Drive Racing (Algarve Pro Racing), Era Motorsport (JOTA) and JOTA, will fight against the rookies Racing Team India and Phoenix Racing. While the former is brand new in motorsport, we know Phoenix racing from GT3 racing, and former DTM team with Audi. The…

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Rinaldi Racing with two cars in Asia

Rinaldi Racing will enter two Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo cars in the upcoming Asian Le Mans Series. The German team is well known in the sportscar world, being very active in the Blancpain/GT World series, but also in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, most recently with LMP3 cars. They will run a single car in the GT category, and a single in the GT Am category. The team hasn’t announced any drivers yet, but they are expected to do so, in the very near future. The Asian Le Mans Series…

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