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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United Autosports with more driver announcements

United Autosports has announced several drivers for the upcoming European Le Mans Series 2021 season. The English-American team will once again enter two LMP2 and two LMP3 cars, so they need a lot of drivers. Manuel Maldonado will be on double duty for the team in 2021. He will race in the LMP3 category in the Asian Le Mans Series, where the team will run a total of three LMP3 cars. The team is yet to announce his teammates. It is however certain, that he will do the European Le…

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Ferrari with five Am cars in WEC

FIA World Endurance Championship will have five Ferrari GTE Am cars in the 2021 season. Ferrari has made an announcement on behalf of all their teams for the upcoming season, with the Italian brand upscaling from four to five cars. AF Corse returns with the defending Championship #83, which one again will be driven by Nicklas Nielsen and Francois Perrodo. They will be joined by Alessio Rovera – a young Italian with a Silver ranking. Nicklas Nielsen had the same status during the 2019/20 season, with him being a Gold…

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TF Sport enters LMP2

TF Sport has been synonymous with GT racing throughout the past many seasons. They will expand the team to at least one LMP2 car. The British team has bought a brand new ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car, that they will enter in the European Le Mans Series for the 2021 season. The drivers will be well-known faces. Salih Yoluc will continue to race for the team, as the team’s Bronze-rated driver. He has previously raced in LMP2 in Asian Le Mans Series, and he will be racing in LMP2 at…

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Aston Martin closes their works team

Aston Martin Racing will be closed down as a factory team. That has been announced by the British car manufacturer this morning. That means that the team will no longer enter factory cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship in neither GTE Pro nor GTE Am. AMR finished the season as World Champions in both the Manufacturer and Driver Championships, with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen winning the GTE Pro title for the second time in their careers. The team also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both…

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The base continues at United

United Autosports already has the base for their LMP2 cars in the European Le Mans Series 2021 signed up. It’s to no surprise, that Phil Hanson and Job van Uitert will continue in car #22 and #32 respectively. Hanson has raced for the team since 2018, with 2020 season being the by far most successful. He won the ELMS title, FIA World Endurance Championship title, as well as the LMP2 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He has also claimed the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 title…

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First car in ELMS set for United

United Autosports has sorted out the drivers for their first car in the European Le Mans Series 2021. Jim McGuire, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley will enter the LMP3 category in car #3, for the second year in a row. This will be the fifth season for McGuide in the team. He raced in the Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 category from 2017-19, before moving up to the ELMS in 2020. He missed out on the first podium position for the squad at Paul Ricard in 2020, since he had…

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Rule changes in FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC for 2021

The FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup will introduce a few changes to their regulations in 2021. Some of the things are common, while others are more championship specific. The perhaps most important change is that the LMP2 category will have to race on Goodyear tires. ACO has chosen a single tire supplier, to keep the costs down. There has been a tire war between Goodyear/Dunlop and Michelin so far, with Michelin having the upper hand for some time, but with Goodyear finishing…

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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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4 exciting hours in Portimao – updated

United Autosports #32 with Job van Uitert, Alex Brundle and Will Owen was starting the race from Pole Position, ahead of Panis Racing #31 with Will Stevens, Julien Canal and Nicolas Jamin, while Cool Racing #37 with Antonin Borga, Alexandre Coigny and Nicolas Lapierre was starting the race from the third position. G-Drive Racing #26 with Mikkel Jensen, Roman Rusinov and Nyck de Vries had been fastest in the Qualifying, but got their time disallowed due to track limits, so they would have to start 6th. United Autosports #22 with…

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The last qualifying of the season

European Le Mans Series ran their last qualifying of the season at midday at the Portimao track in Portugal. The ten GTE cars started the session. There were two more cars in the class that wanted some extra practice before the season finale of FIA WEC in Bahrain in a fortnight. Those two were Gulf Racing Porsche #86 and AF Corse Ferrari #88. Iron Lynx Ferrari #60 continued the good qualifying pace from the last race, where Andrea Picini set the fastest time, followed by the guest car #88. Messages…

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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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