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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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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Monza race with surprises – updated

If you thought yesterday’s Michelin Le Mans Cup race was dramatic, the European Le Mans Series drivers decided to give it another notch up. The 4 Hours of Monza started on wet asphalt, since it had rained overnight. The track was drying, but it was a question if people would go for slicks or wets. United Autosports #22 with Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson started the race from Pole Position, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 with Nyck de Vries, Roman Rusinov and Mikkel Jensen, while Duqueine Team #30 with Konstantin…

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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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