IMSA, ACO and FIA with future agreement

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have agreed on the new LMH, LMDh and LMP2 rules for the future years in sportscar racing. The three parties have been working towards this collaboration for a long time, with the announcement happening at Daytona 2020, where the new LMDh regulations were announced too. It was already announced back then, that the LMDh models would be welcome in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the…

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44 cars at Monza

European Le Mans Series will have a massive 44 car field, when Round 4 of 2021 is run at Monza. This is the final ELMS race prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and that, combined with the FIA World Endurance Championship at the same circuit, just one week later, has made a lot of teams do the double, to get the final things sorted out. The LMP2 field has grown to 19 cars. On top of the 16 regular cars, there will be additional entries from Realteam Racing…

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Points standings after Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard in France has made the Championship standings somewhat more interesting now than they were prior to the weekend. The totally superior (prior to this weekend) Team WRT #41 is still leading, but now only by three points, ahead of the winners of the race, G-Drive Racing #26, who also scored a bonus point for Pole Position. The defending Champions from United Autosports #22 are 21 points away from the lead. But with a total of 78 points still to race for,…

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Might this be the victorious weekend?

The Iron Dames programme has developed a lot since its start during the winter of 2018/19. It has actually reached a point now, where they have potential chances to win this weekend, when the European Le Mans Series 2021 visits the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The very first outing of the programme was for the Abu Dhabi 12 Hours in December 2018, where Rahel Frey, Manuela Gostner, and Michelle Gatting paired up in the pink and black Ferrari 488. That car was however to GT3 specification, with the rest…

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41 cars entered for Paul Ricard

41 cars have entered the third round of the European Le Mans Series, which will run this weekend at Paul Ricard near Le Castellet, in the south of France. There have been a few changes to the field, partly due to the FIA World Endurance Championship running next weekend in Portugal, and partly due to date clashes with other events. DragonSpeed USA #21 won’t enter their LMP2 car this time. Their ELMS title fight is already over, following retirement only a few laps into the Barcelona race, and finishing 7th…

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ELMS Point standings after Round 2

There have been quite a few changes to the points standings, following the second round of the European Le Mans Series, which was run at Red Bull Ring last weekend. Team WRT #41 has extended their LMP2 Championship lead, by winning both races this season. G-Drive Racing #26 has moved into the second, after finishing second in the race last Sunday. United Autosports #22 has dropped back to third, after a very disappointing weekend for them, with normally the successful team finishing 7th. Cool Racing #19 has a solid lead…

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Mixed weather in ELMS practices

It’s been a somewhat mixed start to the European Le Mans Series weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The weather has been changing both Friday and Saturday, with a few showers and low-hanging clouds. Free Practice 1 ended up with United Autosports #22 fastest amongst the LMP2 cars, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26, and with the fastest LMP2 Pro Am var on P3 overall – DragonSpeed USA #21. Amongst the LMP3 cars, we had DKR Engineering #4 fastest, ahead of United Autosports #2 and #3. In GTE it…

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Merhi replaces Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi is no longer part of the G-Drive Racing #25 in the European Le Mans Series 2021. The Brazilian has to give up on the programme, which is run by Algarve Pro Racing, since he runs an NTT IndyCar Series programme with Dale Coyne Racing too, doing the oval races instead of Romain Grosjean. Fittipaldi had to skip the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps earlier this month, since he was in Texas for Indycar, plus he has a clash with the 24 Hours of Le…

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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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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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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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Inter Europol with all seats taken

Things have finally turned around for Inter Europol Competition, so they can indeed run two cars at the European Le Mans Series 2021 season opener in Barcelona, next weekend. Two drivers for their car #13 were announced a couple of weeks ago, alongside the announcement, that the seats in their other LMP3 car were all empty due to travel restrictions. But they don’t do that any longer. Julius Adomavicius, Alessandro Bracalente and Mattia Pasini will be racing car #14. Especially the latter might right a bell for some motorsport fans.…

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Proton Competition with incredibly strong ELMS line-up

Proton Competition will enter the European Le Mans Series 2021 with the probably strongest line-up possible in a GTE Am car. The German team are defending Champions in the ELMS, finishing equal on points with Kessel Racing. Thankfully, there was more than one Le Mans auto-invite for the category, so it was “only” the big trophy and the title is different. The team will do everything to secure the title again in commanding style. Porsche 911 RSR-19 #77 has team owner Christian Ried alongside one of his FIA World Endurance…

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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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More colours and more drivers presented

With only one and a half weeks until the start of the pre-season testing, there are more and more announcements coming from the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup teams. Inter Europol Competition has announced Belgian driver Ugo de Wilde for the ELMS. The 18-year-old racing driver has a single-seater background, having run in French F4 amongst other series. His big goal is to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023, and he is hoping to find the budget to do the Road To Le…

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Iron Dames with significant changes

The Iron Dames programme will have quite a different look, compared to what was previously announced for the 2021 season. The outfit, which is a part of the Iron Lynx team, did reveal their driver line-up just over a month ago, but has opted to shake things up a bit shortly before the season start. The original plan was to have the previous ELMS driving team of Michelle Gatting, Rahel Frey and Manuela Gostner move up to FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2021 season, but that is going to…

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All seats taken at Cool Racing

Cool Racing has filled all their seats for the European Le Mans Series 2021. The Swiss team announced that team owners Nicolas Lapierre and Alexandre Coigny once again would share the ORECA 07 LMP2 with Antonin Borga, and that they would bring an LMP3 car into the ELMS too, which will run #19, since their traditional number #37 is already by their LMP2 entry. Nicolas Maulini was named as the first and only driver back then, but the Bronze rated driver has got two teammates signed up now. He finished…

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RLR MSport with Jakobsen, Benham and Kapadia

RLR MSport has finally confirmed the three drivers for the upcoming European Le Mans Series 2021. Malthe Jakobsen will be driving his second season for the team, after he showed impressive speed through 2020, and even more at the Asian Le Mans Series during February 2021. He will be sharing the Ligier JS P320 with Alex Kapadia, who has raced for RLR MSport on several occasions. Kapadia is a very fast driver, and has a huge knowledge about LMP3 cars, so he will be an important figure for Jakobsen, who…

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