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 AF Corse Ferrari #88 with Francois Perrodo, Alessio Rovera, and Emmanuel Collard has withdrawn due to a positive COVID-19 test amongst the drivers.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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Habsburg, Menchaca and Bradley to APR

Algarve Pro Racing is slowly getting their seats filled up for the European Le Mans Series 2021. The Portuguese outfit, run by Samantha and Stewart Cox, will enter a total of three cars in the ELMS, with car #24 being run under their own name. Ferdinand Habsburg, Diego Menchaca, and Richard Bradley will be the three drivers on the car. Habsburg is a well-known name at APR. The Austrian won the Asian Le Mans Series with the team this February, and will be one of the drivers with the most…

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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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SRT41 back for 2021

SRT41 is back at the race tracks in 2021. The French team is currently testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, ahead of their at least three planned race outings in 2021. For those who don’t know the story behind SRT41, it’s a very special team, with two of the three drivers being Paralympic athletes. Team owner Frederic Sausset had his own debut at Le Mans in 2016, and is a quadruple amputee, with a bacteria attacking all four limbs, which had to be amputated. The team completed the race,…

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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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WRT presents colours and drivers

Team WRT has presented the six drivers, for their 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series campaigns. Their three FIA WEC will be Robin Frijns, Ferdinand Habsburg and Charles Milesi in car #31. All three drivers will have their FIA WEC debut, but Habsburg is already up to speed, having run and won in the Asian Le Mans Series in February 2021. The Austrian was at Daytona in January, just like Milesi, but none of the drivers got to race in anything but the practice, since their…

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ELMS entry list bulging

The European Le Mans Series has 43 cars on the full-season entry list. That is a step forward from the actual entries, compared to the 2020 season, where 40 cars were originally entered, but only 33 of them competed full season due to the COVID-19 situation. The LMP2 category has 16 cars entered. The defending champions from United Autosports will once again enter two cars, while IDEC Sport has expanded to two cars. Algarve Pro Racing will enter a total of three cars, but two of them will run under…

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UA and TF Sport with more driver news

United Autosports and TF Sport have been busy announcing drivers for the upcoming European Le Mans Series 2021. UA have both their LMP2 and both LMP3 cars filled up with drivers now. Jonathan Aberdein will be racing in #22 in LMP2, sharing the car with Tom Gamble and Phil Hanson. Aberdein did two seasons in DTM, first racing for BMW, and then for Team WRT in their privateer Audi. He raced Formula 4 and Formula 3 prior to that, so he has racing experience in several different cars. But it…

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UA car 32 set

United Autosports has set their driver line-up for car #32 for the upcoming European Le Mans Series 2021 season. Job van Uitert and Manuel Maldonado has been announced over the last few months, Nico Jamin was announced as the third and final driver today. Jamin brings several seasons of experience from Duqueine Engineering and Panis Racing, from which he knows all the tracks in the ELMS, having raced them all in an ORECA 07 LMP2 car. He has participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the third position…

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Cool Racing continues in ELMS

Cool Racing has chosen to make a few changes, and will move their focus towards the European Le Mans Series instead of the world scene. The Swiss outfit won’t be running in the FIA World Endurance Championship for 2021, but will stick to their single LMP2 entry for ELMS, and advance an LMP3 car from Michelin Le Mans Cup to ELMS. Team owners Nicolas Lapierre and Alexandre Coigny will once again be joined by Antonin Borga in the LMP2 car, just as they have raced the last couple of years…

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