Review: Become Who You Are

Become Who You Are is a brand new sports documentary, that had its premiere this evening. The movie is about Jules Gounon, Memo Rojas, Scott Dixon and Bruno Senna, and their way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans The majority of the car scenes in the movie is recorded during the 24 hours race in 2019, but does contain historic clips too, from the drivers own archives. The movie is directed and produced by Frenchman Virginie Dulauroy, who is a new name in the documentary world, but is a…

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ELMS final with 36 entries

The European Le Mans Series have 36 entrants for the season finale, which will run at Portimao in Portugal this weekend. The LMP2 has shrunk back to the 14 cars, that all have done the full season. DragonSpeed will run with neither car 21 nor 27. The American team has had a really bad season, starting out with the owner of the car, Ryan Cullen, deciding to end the deal after Round 2 of the championship. They went on to race with another chassis provided by Racing Engineering, that had…

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RLR MSport extends with Malthe Jakobsen

RLR MSport and Malthe Jakobsen will be working together for another season. The British team has signed a new contract with the Young Dane, so he will race another season in the European Le Mans Series, in the LMP3 category. The team has been impressed by Malthe since the very first test in November last year, and the Dane hasn’t let them down results wise. He qualified the car on P3 at the opening round at Paul Ricard, and raced to third position in the race, alongside James Dayson and…

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Few, but important driver category changes

The FIA Driver Categorisation Committee has announced the changes for the sportcar drivers in 2021. The categorisation consists of 4 categories, from Bronze in the bottom, for the drivers with limited experience in a racing car, or if they have hit a certain age, via Silver ranking for amateurs or young talents, to Gold and Platinum, which more or less is the same – i.e. a professional driver, or drivers that show the same pace as professional drivers. The majority of the just shy of 4000 drivers on the list,…

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LMP2 changes for 2021

The FIA World Motor Sport Council announced today, that there are changes coming for the LMP2 category from next year onwards. It will be made mandatory, that LMP2 teams in FIA WEC have to consist of three drivers, and that teams no longer can do quite as Pro combinations, as the regulations currently allow. From next year onwards, it’s demanded to have at least one Bronze driver or two Silver ranked drivers, out of the three drivers. The announcement is officially just about the FIA WEC, but the rules are…

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ELMS 2021 schedule announced

The European Le Mans Series have announced their 2021 race schedule, as they expect it to be, with pending potential COVID-19 changes. The series is back up to six weekends once again, with a few changes, compared to the previous seasons. The season will start a bit later, with testing on 12-13 April, followed by the race at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona the following weekend. It’s a return of Red Bull Ring a month later, which hasn’t been on the schedule since 2018, ahead of a two-month Le Mans break. There…

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Minor changes to ELMS entry list

There are some very minor changes to the 4 Hours of Monza entry list, which is the fourth round of this years European Le Mans Series The race will be run next weekend, with 34 cars on the grid. DragonSpeed has made a switch in LMP2. Car #21 has been parked, so the defending LMP2 Champion Memo Rojas is without a car. He didn’t, however, have any chances of claiming the title again, since he has only scored 5,5 points during the first three weekends with the team. The team…

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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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