37 cars for opening round

European Le Mans Series expects 37 cars at the 2020 season opener next week at Paul Ricard. The start of the season was pushed back three and a half months, after the COVID-19 situation made it impossible to have the originally planned start in April. The number of participants is a bit lower, compared to the one released back in March, but that is only natural, since some teams and driver no longer have the economical background to race this year. 15 cars will run in the LMP2 category. Algarve…

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AMR guest appearances in ELMS and new driver in WEC

Aston Martin Racing will have an guest appearance in the European Le Mans Series for a couple of weekends. The British team enters a single Aston Martin Vantage GTE car at the Paul Ricard and Spa Francorchamps rounds. The rules for GTE in the ELMS dictate at least one Bronze driver in the car, which effectively is a GTE Am car in the FIA WEC rules. So it will be car #98 from the FIA WEC, who will run these races. Paul Dalla Lana will be joined by his regular…

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Trummer back at APR

Simon Trummer will do the opening race of the European Le Mans Series for Algarve Pro Racing, after all. The Swiss driver was first announced as one of the drivers for the team, with another press release shortly after, that with him being active in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA, and the ELMS opening round, and the IMSA race at Sebring clashing, the IMSA commitment would be his priority. But APR has just announced today, that things have changed once again, and that he will be racing…

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Inter Europol with new colours and slight downscaling

Inter Europol Competition has presented their colours and plans for the 2020 season in the European Le Mans Series. There will still be yellow and shocking-green on the Ligier JS P217 in LMP2, and the brand new Ligier JS P320 LMP3 car, but the colour composition is slightly different compared to previous seasons. There will be a change in the number of cars too. The Polish team originally planned to participate with 2 cars in LMP2 and 2 cars in LMP3. That will, however, be downscaled to 1 car in…

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Reserve called up by APR

The press release had barely hit the inboxes, before Algarve Pro Racing announced a change to the driver line up. It is however only for one race so far, since Simon Trummer will be busy in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, on the same weekend as the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard in the south of France. The team has called up a driver that they know very well.. Andrea Pizzitola raced with the team last year, and will join car #25 with John…

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Algarve Pro with new colours and new drivers

Algarve Pro Racing has made quite a few changes to the team, ahead of the 2020 season in the European Le Mans Series. The team based in Portugal has been known for their Azure blue cars in the most recent years, but they will be black and while for this season. The change has happened due to a new sponsor deal with the watch maker B.R.M. which primarily uses these colours for their brand. The team will also switch from Dunlop to Goodyear tires. The two tire manufactures are however…

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Le Mans releases time table

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has released the time table for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The time table for the 2020 edition had some quite significant changes anyway, compared to previous years, with the new Hyperpole concept being introduced, where the drivers only have a few laps to set a time, in of the previous years where they typically has had 6 hours or more to put in their best lap. Sunday and Monday, prior to the race, will have the scrutineering at the circuit itself. The Tuesday…

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ACO changes FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC schedules

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The FIA WEC season has been on pause since 23 February, where they raced the fifth round of the 2019/20 season. The season will be restarted on Saturday 15 August at Spa Francorchamps, with a 6-hour race, originally planned for the end of April. It was announced a few weeks back, that the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be moved to 19-20 September, and that will…

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No Le Mans test day in 2020

The ACO has announced there won’t be any test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The reasoning is down to logistical difficulties, with the 24 hours for motorcycles running on the last weekend of August. The 24 hours car race is slated to run just three weeks later. The Le Mans week will start on 13 and 14 September with scrutineering of the cars. The exact location isn’t confirmed just yet. It usually happens at the city centre of Le Mans, but that’s not a given…

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Le Mans 2020 moved to september

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for sportscars has been moved to September 2020. The change is down to the COVID-19 virus, which has impacted all motorsport plans during this springtime. The race will run on 19-20 September, which will have an influence on the Silverstone race, which was scheduled as the start of the 2020/21 season of FIA WEC. The organizers haven’t released exact information regarding the changes on the European Le Mans Series 2020 schedule, plus the rest of the 2019/20 FIA WEC and the 2020/21 season start.…

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ELMS postpones season opener

The European Le Mans Series has postponed the two first races in Barcelona and Monza. Just like many other race series around the world, the ELMS has chosen to put the 4 Hours of Barcelona at Circuit de Catalunya in April and the 4 Hours of Monza in May. This includes both Michelin Le Mans Cup races at the same circuits. These are not direct cancellations, but the series is working on an alternative calendar. We will of course update, as soon as this calendar is revealed.

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Jensen in key role at G-Drive

Mikkel Jensen will get a key role at G-Drive Racing in 2020. The young Dane has signed a contract with the Russian squad for the European Le Mans Series 2020 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, plus the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps, which the team uses as a warm-up for Le Mans. Jensen will share the car with Roman Rusinov throughout the season, while Jean-Eric Vergne only will do Le Mans for the team. The former Formula 1 driver and double Formula E Championship has…

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Nielsen sticks to the same pairings

Nielsen Racing will stick to well-known faces in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Car #7 will have the defending Asian Le Mans Cup Series Champions Colin Noble and Tony Wells in the car, while their “Asian” teammates Rob Hodes, Charles Crews and Garett Grist will race in car #10 in the ELMS. It will be almost identical in the LMC, where Noble and Wells will share #7, while Crews will be on the sidelines, and let Hodes and Grist do the two hours –…

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All change at JMW Motorsport

JMW Motorsport will enter the European Le Mans Series with a brand new set of drivers behind the wheel. Experienced racer Gunnar Jeannette will be the lead driver on the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo #66, while young Finley Hutchison and gentleman driver Rodrigo Sales will complete the line-up. Jeannette has been driving sportscars for almost a lifetime, with everything between GT and LMP cars. He was a part of the Panoz team with both their GT2 car, and the ground pounding LMP900 “Batmobile”. With a lot of experience to his…

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Entry list for Le Mans 2020 revealed

The entry list for the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been announced tonight, and that was without any major surprises. There will once again be 62 cars entered, with the two tents at the start of the pitlane being erected again, while the rest of the teams will be allowed to stay in the permanent concrete garages. There were 75 entries for the 62 places, and with 10 cars on the reserve list, only 3 have not gotten anywhere near an entry. We pretty much…

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Rebellion will say goodbye after four races

Rebellion has sent shockwaves in the motorsport world today, by issuing a press release at midday. The Swiss watch company, who is active in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing, running two LMP1 cars, has chosen to end all their involvements within motorsport, once the chequered flag falls at the  24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020. Today’s announcement came out of nowhere, especially since it’s just two months ago, that a partnership with Peugeot Sport and their new Hypercar programme were announced. Peugeot Sport was very…

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ELMS entry list without any surprises

European Le Mans Series has announced the 2020 season entry list, and that’s without any huge surprises. The majority of the teams were on the 2019 list too, but there were a few brand new ones, and some who have switched categories. A total of 40 cars have entered the full season, with 18 in the LMP2 category, 13 in the LMP3, and 9 in the GTE category. In the LMP2 category, we have changes for 2020 at Panis Racing and IDEC Sport, reducing their programmes from two to one…

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Graff and Panis with new combinations

Graff and Panis Racing will be entering the European Le Mans Series 2020 with some new combinations in the cars. The former will stick to Alexandre Cougnaud for the third year in a row, while James Allen returns to the team. Allen was grabbed by DragonSpeed in the 2019 season, where he raced both their LMP1 and LMP2 cars throughout the season. But he was a full season member of Graff in 2018 but did however race in the orange G-Drive Racing car, where he proved his quality and speed.…

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United Autosports reveals LMP3 drivers

United Autosports has revealed their six drivers for the LMP3 cars in the European Le Mans Series 2020. There is one change compared to what was previously announced by the team. Duncan Tappy will replace Matt Bell in car #3. Tappy is a very experienced racing driver, and was part of the title battle in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2019, until his teammate had a massive accident at Circuit de Catalunya, so the team wasn’t able to participate in the race. He will share the car with Jim…

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IDEC Sport, 360 Racing and Duqueine all set

The seats are slowly filling up for the upcoming European Le Mans Series. The defending champions saw one of their three drivers leave for DragonSpeed (Memo Rojas). It didn’t take them long before they signed a new driver alongside Paul Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue. They will be joined by Richard Bradley, who raced for Duqueine Engineering last year. Bradley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 for KCMG, and finished second in the FIA World Endurance Championship season that year in LMP2. He has had a lot…

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