IMSA, ACO and FIA with future agreement

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have agreed on the new LMH, LMDh and LMP2 rules for the future years in sportscar racing. The three parties have been working towards this collaboration for a long time, with the announcement happening at Daytona 2020, where the new LMDh regulations were announced too. It was already announced back then, that the LMDh models would be welcome in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the…

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BMW confirms IMSA LMDh programme

BMW Motorsport has confirmed, that they will enter a new LMDh car in 2023. The German brand, however, has only confirmed their participation in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship so far. The North American market has a very special motorsport interest, since they have participated in the American Le Mans Series and IMSA, without competing in the European version, such as the European Le Mans Series or FIA World Endurance Championship. The exception was 2010-11 and 2018-19, where Rahal Letterman Lanigan was first to take the trip with their E92…

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Porsche and Audi choose Multimatic

Porsche Motorsport and Audi Sport have announced, that they will collaborate with Multimatic in their upcoming LMDh programme. It’s been rumoured for a long time, that the Canadian chassis manufacturer would be the choice for the two German brands, but it hasn’t been official until now. Multimatic has been providing dampers for Porsche for many years, so this is a natural collaboration. There is a further connection between Multimatic and Porsche in the USA, with Multimatic works driver Sebastian Priaulx competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America. When Audi…

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26 cars on the entry list for Mid-Ohio

Round 3 of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will have 26 cars entered, when the series goes to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The DPi category has 6 cars entered, which are all the full-season entries. Cadillac is half the field, with Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing #01, Mustang Sampling #5, and Whelen Engineering #31 running for the American brand. Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing #10 and Meyer Shank Racing #60 will represent Acura with one car each. Mazda Motorsports #55 will run their sole Mazda entry for this year as…

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Team Penske gets new Porsche deal

Porsche has got more details set, regarding their future in sportscar racing. The German brand has signed a new deal with Team Penske, who will run the LMDh programme in both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The collaboration will be named Porsche Penske Motorsport, and will two cars in both series. If that means four cars at Le Mans, time will tell. Team Penske was previously a part of Porsche from 2006 to 2008, where they ran the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 programme in the…

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Audi reveals a few more LMDh details

Audi Sport has revealed a few more details about their upcoming LMDh programme. The German brand has confirmed, that the car will be ready for competition at Daytona 2023, but expects to have a car ready in early 2022, so they can start testing. The LMDh category is built on the new LMP2 cars, with different car manufacturers being allowed to put their own engine and bodywork on, so there will be certain styling cues to their road cars. Just like the Hypercar category, the car will be homologated for…

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IMSA double at Watkins Glen

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will double their Watkins Glen races for 2021. The series once again had to cancel their race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, to avoid in and outbound travel to Canada due to the COVID-19 situation. They have decided to make the decision already, so the teams won’t have to worry about quarantine rules or such, which potentially could make travel difficult. The replacement will be a double at Watkins Glen near New York for two weeks in a row. Watkins Glen missed out on a…

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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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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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IMSA adjusts Detroit date

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has made some slight changes to the schedule once again. This time around it’s the Detroit date being pushed back one week, so the race will be run on 12 June. The change happens as a reaction to the Le Mans being moved to August, making it possible for IMSA to run the same weekend as the NTT IndyCar Series. That brings a positive effect, that the GTLM category can participate in the race too. The race won’t count towards their championship, since they already have…

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Points standings post Sebring

The points standings after Round 2 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2021 at Sebring International Raceway has a slightly different look, than what it initially looked like, when the cars roared past the chequered flag. The results were affected in no less than two categories with demotions. Ally Racing Cadillac #48 was sent to the back of the results in DPi, due to Simon Pagenaud being 50 seconds too long in the car, within a period of 6 hours. The rules state that you can’t be in the car…

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Corvette opens the door to the world

Corvette Racing has slightly opened its doors to the rest of the world. The American sportscar team has been an (almost) ever present at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since Year 2000, but had to miss out on the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 situation. The team has confirmed today that they will enter the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps on 1 May, with Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin behind the wheel. They should have raced at Portimao in Portugal early April, but that race was pushed back…

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36 cars entered at Sebring

There will be 36 cars on the grid for round 2 of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Sebring International Raceway. The DPi category will have the same seven cars entered, like the opening round at Daytona. That four times Cadillac from Mustang Sampling #5, Whelen Engineering #31, Ally Racing #48 and Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing #01. Acura has two cars entered, split into the Championship leading team Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing #10 with Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Alexander Rossi, and the Meyer Shank Racing #60 outfit.…

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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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Nielsen and Legge stay in IMSA

Christina Nielsen and Katherine Legge will complete the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The two female drivers were confirmed at Team Hardpoint EBM shortly before the 24 hour race at Daytona, and that deal has been extended for the rest of the season. They will continue to drive the Porsche 911 GT3-R #88. Teammates Earl Bamber and Rob Ferriol will switch to their own car, which is car #99. The four drivers finished 10th in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, bagging many good points for the championship,…

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IMSA reacts to Le Mans change

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has reacted to the date change of the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans. The change in date resulted in a date clash between their race at Virginia International Raceway and Le Mans. That has resulted in a number of changes for the American series. The VIR race is for GTLM and GTD cars only, and the GTLM cars hopefully being in France for Le Mans in August. So that race has been pushed back to 10 October. That moves the season finale at Petit Le…

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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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Ally Racing continues the programme

Ally Racing will continue their programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, for three more weekends in 2021. The team was entered at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which was their only planned race for the programme. They had so big success, finishing second in the race, that they have chosen to keep running for the rest of the Michelin Endurance Cup. The team is run by Action Express Racing, with a parallel programme with the Whelen Engineering #31 car. The big selling point for the team is Jimmie Johnson,…

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United Autosports expands to USA

United Autosports will expand their sportscar programme to include the US. The Anglo-American team has had a base in England until now, where they moved into a new and much bigger location last summer. They were active in the US back in 2018, where Andretti Autosport was helping them out with storage of the cars. They participated in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, entering a bit of an all-star team, with names like Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, and Paul Di Resta in the cars. They have got their own location…

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GTD Pro replaces GTLM

International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has announced, that 2021 will be the final year of the GTLM category in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The category has delivered great race for many years, with several car manufacturers involved. The cars have been similar to the GTE cars, running in Europe and the FIA WEC, so the cars could be used all over the world, and the teams could put the very best drivers into them – and then fight for victories at Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans etc. There was…

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