A lot of penalties post Monza

The stewards was super busy evening, after the 4 hour European Le Mans Series race had been run at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Several of the decisions got quite a bit impact on the race result – which actually isn’t official yet. Let’s take them bit by bit. Prema Racing #9 got a 10 second time penalty post race, since Ferdinand Habsburg had driven extremely slow at the pit entry. He was only doing 30 kph, which was seen as being dangerous. So their 10 seconds penalty pushes them away from…

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Absolute Racing returns to Le Mans

Absolute Racing returns to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in a new collaboration with Hardpoint Motorsport and Proton Competition. The team will run in the GTE Am category, in Hardpoint Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR-19 #99 with Andrew Haryanto, Alessio Picariello, and Martin Rump behind the wheel. Rump is a rookie in the classic 24 hours race, while the other two were paired up in the 2021 edition. Last year, Absolute Racing came to Le Mans with a Porsche 911 RSR-19 and finished in P7. They have been on the…

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United Autosports ready with their first LMP2 car for 2023

United Autosports are fast out of the gate with their 2023 announcements. The serial winning team will enter the European Le Mans Series with an LMP2 Pro/Am car, with two very strong drivers in the line-up. Brazilian racer Daniel Schneider and brit Andy Meyrick will continue their collaboration from the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where they have been paired up since 2020. They will be joined by none other than Nelson Piquet Jr. in the car. The Brazilian has previously raced in the LMP2 category for Rebellion racing, where he…

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Plenty of SC and FCY at Imola – updated

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari was the host of the second round of the European Le Mans Series 2022, and it was an action-packed race with almost thirty degrees air temperature and plenty of Italian sunlight. AF Corse #88 with Alessio Rovera, Francois Perrodo and Nicklas Nielsen started the race from Pole Position not only in overall LMP2, but also the best LMP2 Pro/Am team, ahead of the second LMP2 Pro/Am team TDS Racing x Vaillante #31 with Mathias Beche, Philippe Cimadomo and Tijmen Van der Helm, while Prema Racing…

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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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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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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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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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Monza replaces Hungaroring

Autodromo Nazionale Monza will replace Hungaroring on the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The race will be held on the original weekend, which is on 2 and 3 July 2022. The ELMS was meant to return to the Hungarian track, but that didn’t quite work out as previously planned. That makes Monza to a double round in the ELMS and the FIA World Endurance Championship on two consecutive weekends, just like in 2021. But that will also result in two rounds in Italy, with Imola…

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Iron Lynx with big 2022 programme

Iron Lynx has announced more details regarding all their racing programmes for the 2022 season. They will run two cars in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series. Claudio Schiavoni and Matteo Cressoni will be joined by Giancarlo Fisichella in car #60 for the full FIA WEC season. Davide Rigon will pair up with Schiavoni and Cressoni for the ELMS season. That will give more time for Andrea Piccini to run the team, rather than being in a racing car himself. Fisichella has been a…

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Plenty of new cars in the ELMS

There are a number of new teams, as well as teams with new cars in the European Le Mans Series 2022. The entry list for the season consists of 42 cars, divided into LMP2, LMP3 and GTE categories. We have familiar faces in the LMP2 class such as United Autosports, who only comes with one car in the series while they went up to the FIA WEC. Algarve Pro Racing is once again represented with two cars, one of which is under G-Drive Racing by APR and the other called…

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Two french teams announced

Two French teams are the most recent to confirm their 2022 European Le Mans Series plans. Duqueine Team #30 is back for another ELMS season, with their ORECA 07 Gibson racer. Two well-known faces at Duqueine Team are back, while a new Silver ranked driver has been snapped up by the team. Memo Rojas and Richard Bradley are back in the car again. Rojas got a very dramatic end to his 2021 season, when he lost a rear wheel at the season finale in Portimao. That put him into a…

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Iron Lynx colors 2022

The Iron Lynx team has updated the design of their cars, ahead of the 2022 season. It is still the yellow and pink colours, which are the base colours of the cars. While car #60 once again will be yellow, it will be another pink season for the Iron Dames #85. The team will once again run in both the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the European Le Mans Series, with both cars entered. The team has run an “extra” white car in both the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans…

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Racing Team Turkey back in LMP2

Racing Team Turkey will once again enter the LMP2 category in the upcoming 2022 European Le Mans Series season. The team, which is run with help from TF Sport and JOTA, made their prototype racing debut in 2021, with Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood doing the full season, with two different third drivers on the car. Yoluc and Eastwood will return on the 2022 crew, being joined by Jake Aitken as their new teammate. Aitken has been a bit here, there, and everywhere. He has had the traditional way through…

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Inter Europol with exciting new line-up in the ELMS

Inter Europol Competition will bring a new and exciting combination to the European Le Mans Series 2022. David Heinemeier Hansson, Pietro Fittipaldi and Fabio Scherer will share an ORECA 07 Gibson in the LMP2 category. Danske Heinemeier Hansson will return to racing, after sitting out most of 2021, with only a single guest appearance at Copen Historic Grand Prix, as the only race for the IT entrepreneur. He has done quite a lot of racing with an LMP2 car, in both pre- and post 2017 spec. He has previously done…

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TF Sport with new pairing in ELMS

TF Sport will have a new pairing running in the upcoming 2022 European Le Mans Series. But they are all well-known faces at the British team. Ahmad Al Harthy, Sam De Haan and Marco Sørensen will share an Aston Martin Vantage GTE #69 throughout the ELMS season. Al Harthy and De Haan will already be sharing a car next week in the Asian Le Mans Series, but that will be onboard a GT3 car, where Charlie Eastwood is the third driver in the car. Eastwood does however have another deal…

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Tappy promoted for 2022

Duncan Tappy gets a promotion at United Autosports. The Brit has raced for UA for the last few seasons in the LMP3 category, and will be active in that role too, when the Asian Le Mans Series 2022 starts next week. But then he will move on to an LMP2 programme for the rest of the year, but still with the British-American team. It’s not that long ago, that the team announced Tappy would once again team up with Jim McGuire and Andrew Bentley in the ELMS series in car…

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