Goodyear blimp returns to Europe

The iconic Goodyear Blimp will be present in Europe once again. It will gets its debut this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and will then fly on to the 24 hours at the Nürburgring next weekend. It’s been 35 years since it has last flown in Europe. Since then it’s primarily been present at NASCAR races, where they are the tire suppliers. It even made an appearance in the Disney movie Cars – without Goodyear branding though. The Blimp itself is made by Zeppelin and is 75…

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Phoenix Racing enters LMP racing

Phoenix Racing will expand their racing programme to include Le Mans Prototypes. The German team which is based in Meuspath near the Nürburgring, have bought an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, which they will run in the Asian Le Mans Series, this coming season. They are also working on getting an LMP3 car entered in the same series. The next step will be running in the European Le Mans Series, and then their ultimate goal – an entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has been a long-standing…

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Driver changes at Iron Lynx

Iron Lynx has changed their driver line-up slightly this weekend. Neither Giacomo nor Andrea Piccini is present at the circuit due to family reasons, so the team has had to find two replacements for the Michelin Le Mans Cup, and a single for the European Le Mans Series. Ferrari works driver Nicklas Nielsen had been called in for the ELMS entry #60, which he will share with Claudio Schiavoni and Sergio Pianezzola. Andrea is the regular driver in that car. Matt Griffin was the replacement in the Michelin Le Mans…

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Le Mans entry list updated again

The entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been updated once again, and sadly with a few teams dropping out. The current list has 59 entrants. Thunderhead Carlin Racing has dropped out of the LMP2 entry list. The team was originally planned to run both the European Le Mans Series and the 24 hours race, but their ELMS programme has been put on pause, and the team hasn’t run any of the first two rounds and isn’t on the entry list for the third round this…

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New pairing in LMP2

The driver rotation at Richard Mille Racing Team in the European Le Mans Series continues. The third round of the ELMS will be run this weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard, with Sophia Flörsch and Beitske Visser sharing the Bordeaux red ORECA 07 Gibson #50. The team was thrown into some troubled weeks, when Katherine Legge broke her leg ahead of the season start at Paul Ricard in the middle of July. She was supposed to be the experienced driver, and backbone in the effort, which was planned to consist of…

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Infection gets influence on FIA WEC weekend

FIA World Endurance Championship will be slightly different this weekend, due to infection hitting several people in the paddock. Gabriel Aubry was suspected to be infected with COVID-19 yesterday and was denied access to the Spa Francorchamps paddock. He was a part of the European Le Mans Series race weekend last week, so his team, Algarve Pro Racing was also isolated. Aubry got a second test made, and that turned out positive. So everyone who has been in contact with him over the last few days also had to be…

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Le Mans 2020 behind closed doors

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for cars, will be run behind closed doors in 2020. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that they have made the decision together with the local health reponsibilities. ACO was hoping to be able to limit the amount of spectators to groups of 5000 persons, but not even that is possible, due to too much uncertainty. All people with tickets for the race will be contacted by either their travel company or by the ACO themselves, depending on where they have bought the tickets.…

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Podium spots at Spa decided at the very end

It was a European Le Mans Series race at Spa Francorchamps, which had a bit of everything. United Autosports #22 had Pole Position for the race with Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson, ahead of the sister car with Job van Uitert, Alex Brundle and Will Owen in #32, while Mikkel Jensen and Roman Rusinov started the race from P3 in the G-Drive Racing #26. LMP3 had Wayne Boyd, Tom Gamble and Rob Wheldon on Pole with United Autosports #2, ahead of DKR Engineering #4 with Laurents Hörr, Francois Kirmann and…

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Three ELMS poles with big gaps

The qualifying for the second round of European Le Mans Series was run at Spa Francorchamps this afternoon. Every category had two minutes extra time, since the laptimes on the seven-kilometre long track was over two minutes. As always, the GTE cars came out first. The usual eight ELMS cars got company from three FIA WEC cars, that would like to have extra practice time, prior to next weekend’s FIA WEC race. JMW Motorsport Ferrari #66 and Aston Martin Racing #98 chose to pit already after the first lap, putting…

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Visser new driver in ELMS

Richard Mille Racing Team has announced their third driver for the weekends European Le Mans Series race at Spa Francorchamps. Dutch racer Beitske Veisser will share the car with Tatiana Calderon and Andre Negrao. The car was originally planned as an all-female car, where Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch and Calderon were supposed to share the four hours of driving, but then COVID-19 showed up and shuffled the calendars, so Flörsch has clashes with her FIA Formula 3 programme at the opening round, plus the second and third rounds of ELMS.…

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Catalunya replaced by Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series has updated their racing schedule for 2020, with one of the races switching country. This is all due to the COVID-19 situation, that the race planned for Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona later this month, has been moved to the Paul Ricard track in France. There is too much uncertainty about Barcelona currently, with a lot of COVID cases in the area, so LMEM, the organizers behind the European Le Mans Series, would rather decide the change now, instead of the week leading up to it –…

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40 cars at Spa

There will be forty cars for the second round of the European Le Mans Series, which will be run at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium in one and a half weeks time. There will be an extra car in the LMP2 category, where JOTA #38 from the FIA World Endurance Championship will do a one-off, with Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez will be joined by Jake Dennis, since their regular third driver, Antonio Felix da Costa is busy in Formula E in Berlin, during the same weekend. Mikkel Jensen Roman Rusinov…

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Fantastic opening round in ELMS – updated

The season opener of the European Le Mans Series 2020 was run at Paul Ricard, after just over three months delay. The race weekend in France was run on the planned date, but the two previous race weekends in Barcelona and Monza has been pushed back to later in the year, due to the COVID-19 situation. 36 cars were entered for the race in the south of France near Le Castellet, in something that would turn out to be an amazing race, if you looked at all the excitement that…

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Excitement until the final second in the ELMS quali

The first qualifying of the year for the European Le Mans Series was run at Paul Ricard near Le Castellet in the south of France. The GTE category was first on track. With laptimes just under two minutes, it would only give the drivers very few shots ate posting a competitive lap. Ross Gun in Aston Martin Racing #98 was the first driver to post a fast lap. The drivers had to stay within the white lines as always, which Proton Competition Porsche #77, AF Corse Ferrari #51 and Kessel…

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Free practice 2 at Paul Ricard

It was a free practice 2 for the European Le Mans Series without any major dramas. BHK Motosport #35 had to be transported back to the pits with a technical issue, but nothing else spectacular. United Autosports #32 with Job van Uitert, Alex Brundle and Will Owen was the fastest car, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 with Mikkel Jensen, Nyck de Vries and Jean-Eric Vergne, while the second United Autosports #22 with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque was third fastest car. The LMP3 category had last year’s Michelin Le Mans…

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New Le Mans entry list for the 2020 edition

The ACO has announced an updated entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COVID-19 situation has taken another bite off the entry list, so we have used up the 10 original reserves, that actually were ready to race. Several of those have also called their participation off. That gives us a current list of 60 cars entered for this year’s race. The LMP1 category has lost one of the Team LNT Ginetta cars, which was slated to be raced by Charlie Robertson, Ben Hanley and Egor…

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Friday ELMS practice at Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series finally got their first race weekend of 2020 going. After doing two days of testing, the teams had another two hours of practice today, ahead of another practice session Saturday morning, followed by qualifying. United Autosports topped LMP2 in the opening practice, with #22 driven by Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson as the fastest car, ahead of Will Owen, Alex Brundle and Job van Uitert in #32. DragonSpeed #21 was the third-fastest car with Memo Rojas, Ben Hanley and Ryan Cullen. The afternoon session, which…

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Day two at Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series continued the test sessions prior to the opening round of the year at Paul Ricard. The day was overshadowed but a violent crash for Katherine Legge in the Richard Mille Racing Team LMP2 car, that we have reported about here. That meant that the 4th session was shortened by just over an hour, which was added to the fifth session instead. DragonSpeed #21 was the fastest amongst the LMP2 cars in the fourth practice, ahead of United Autosports #32 and Graff #39. United Autosports #2…

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Katherine Legge hospitalized after crash

Katherine Legge has gone to hospital, following a violent crash at the European Le Mans Series test at Paul Ricard. The Brit crashed at high speed at the Signes corner, and hit the armco. The official update from the European Le Mans Series explains that she was conscious all the time, and the the extraction team did a swift and effective job of getting her out of the car, and getting her to the medical centre at the circuit. The doctors assessed that she had broken her lower left leg,…

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Day one of ELMS testing done

The European Le Mans Series are finally getting their 2020 season going, with the first of two testdays being run at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. 36 cars were present at this weeks test, which is held ahead of the season opener this Friday to Sunday. The Tuesday practice session had DragonSpeed #21 fastest in LMP2, ahead of Cool Racing #37 and United Autosports #22. United Autosports #2 were fastest in LMP3, ahead of Realteam Racing #8 and Nielsen Racing #7. In GTE we had Iron…

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