4 new and old stars at WTR

It will be a good mix of new and old stars at Wayne Taylor Racing in 2021. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team has been a GM team for years, running Corvette DP and Cadillac DPi cars, but the American cars will be switched to the Acura brand, which is the American leg of the Honda brand. Ricky Taylor returns to the team after three seasons at Acura Team Penske. He will bring his car back to the family team. A fun fact about Ricky Taylor – he won the…

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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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More cars confirmed for Daytona

More teams have confirmed their presence at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January 2021. High Class Racing is the latest amongst the LMP2 entrants. The Danish team based in Barcelona haven’t announced any drivers yet, but it would be strange if Anders Fjordbach was not to be found in the car, since he is always present in their entries. He hasn’t raced at Daytona yet but did participate in the Sebring 12 hours in 2019, where he finished second in the LMP2 category with PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports.…

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Era Motorsport ready for Daytona

Era Motorsport has got their four drivers signed for the 24 Hours of Daytona 2021. Kyle Tilley and Dwight Merriman are back in the car together, while Ryan Dalziel and Paul-Loup Chatin join them for the 24 hours race. The team will run in the LMP2 category with their ORECA 07 Gibson #18, which they used in the 2020 season as well. The 2020 racing season came to an abrupt end in September, when Merriman crashed during the practice at Le Mans, so the team opted to sit out the…

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MSR hires IMSA champion

Meyer Shank Racing has their 2021 full season driver line-up confirmed. Olivier Pla was announced a few weeks ago, and following the 2020 season finale, they have also signed the second driver contract. Dane Cameron has plenty of experience with the Acura ARX-05 car, and it’s actually that specific chassis, that he raced throughout the 2020 season. Cameron was hired by Team Penske ahead of the 2018 season, and was part of the DPi title-winning line up in 2019 with Juan Pablo Montoya. Their sister car #7 won the 2020…

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Bamber continues in the USA

We are still going to see Earl Bamber in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021, despite Porsche closing down their GTLM programme. The former Le Mans winner, World Champion and IMSA champion has joined Team Hardpoint for a GTD programme. Team Hardpoint has slowed moved up the IMSA ranks, with them participating at the majority of the 2020 GTD series. Audi has been their choice of car so far, but the team will change to a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Rob Ferriol and Earl Bamber will share the GT3…

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Whelen Engineering remains unchanged in 2021

Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31 has presented their plans for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Action Express will run the team for the fifth year in a row, with Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr behind the wheel once again. The team has found a new third driver for the endurance races, with Filipe Albuquerque being replaced by Mike Conway. Conway has been driving for Action Express on-and-off for several seasons, when there haven’t been scheduling conflicts with his FIA WEC running, or when the Brit had issues ahead of…

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31 cars at Sebring

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020 season finale will have thirty-one entries. The race will be run this coming Saturday at Sebring International Raceway. There are just two championships that already have been decided, so there are plenty to race for. The DPi category will once again have eight cars. Those eight cars have done the full season, and there are only changes in two of the twenty-four seats in total. Gabby Chaves will be the third driver at Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31, since Filipe Albuquerque will be running in…

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Changes coming at Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing will be starting the 2021 season with at least one new driver on the team. The American team has announced, that Oliver Gavin no longer will be a part of the team as a full-season driver, once the season finale at Sebring has been run in two weeks time. The announcement is made one year after Jan Magnussen ended his work for the team. A common theme between Oliver and Jan, is that both have had several seasons without a single victory. Jan was replaced by Jordan Taylor,…

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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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MSR hires the first driver for 2021

Meyer Shank Racing has hired their first full-season driver for their upcoming DPi programme in 2021. The new Acura ARX-05 team has made a deal with Olivier Pla, who will race the car throughout the season. The French driver has raced for MSR previously in 2016, where he helped out for the long IMSA races, including a victory at Petit Le Mans 2016. It was a Ligier LMP2 car with a Honda (Acura) engine in the back, with Pla being a long time test- and development driver for Ligier. The…

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Inter Europol finally in USA

Inter Europol Competition has been trying several times, but it will finally happen soon. They will present at the Petit Le Mans event at  Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in two weeks time. The Polish team will go to the race with a brand new line up. Kuba Smiechowski will (of course) be racing the race, since he always is present, no matter if the team runs in the European Le Mans Series or Asian Le Mans Series, but he will be joined by Rob Hodes and Austin McCusker. Hodes will…

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First LMP3 sign ups for IMSA

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is starting to get the first entries for their new LMP3 category for 2021. Riley Motorsports have confirmed, that they will bring a Ligier JS P320, with Dylan Murry and Jim Cox at selected rounds. Eurointernational has confirmed a single Ligier JS P320 for the Daytona 24 Hours, but without naming any drivers yet. Performance Tech Motorsports has also shown interest in the new LMP3 category. They are currently racing in the IMSA Prototype Challenge with three Ligier JS P3 cars, i.e. the first generation…

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IMSA with a strange addition

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has come up with a strange addition to the 2021 schedule. It’s no surprise that the teams will go back to Detroit, which was already put on the schedule, but without a final date. The race will be run over 4 and 5 June, while the Indycar races will be run at the same circuit, one week later. The two series usually share the track time, on the same weekend. The really strange thing, from an IMSA point of view, is that the DPi, GTD…

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Two new Acura teams announced

Acura has announced two new teams, which will continue running their DPi programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021 and beyond. The decision fell on Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. It’s certainly to no surprise, that MSR will be one of the teams, who will take over the programme, following Acura not opting to extend with Team Penske. MSR has had Acura and Honda connections throughout the last few years and was running at Le Mans 2016 with an LMP2 car, in addition to their IMSA…

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3 absentees in Mid-Ohio

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be back racing this weekend, but there will be three fewer cars on the starting grid, compared to the original entry list for the Mid-Ohio race Porsche has pulled out both their GTLM cars. The reasoning behind is three of their four IMSA drivers were present at Le Mans last weekend. Three members of the Porsche outfit was tested positive for COVID-19 following that event. Porsche haven’t revealed which of the Le Mans teams, nor if it was drivers, engineers or mechanics being tested…

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IMSA with new schedule, category, and other bits

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has announced their 2021 schedule, and other plans for the upcoming season. The biggest news of all is probably the entry of LMP3 cars at selected rounds, including the Daytona 24 Hours. It’s no secret that the grids in IMSA are declining, and especially the LMP2 category has less and less, plus we will lose Porsche GTLM next year. LMP3 cars are very popular other places in the world, and IMSA has lacked a secondary category for newcomers since the LMPC category shut down a…

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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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Le Mans 2020 behind closed doors

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for cars, will be run behind closed doors in 2020. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that they have made the decision together with the local health reponsibilities. ACO was hoping to be able to limit the amount of spectators to groups of 5000 persons, but not even that is possible, due to too much uncertainty. All people with tickets for the race will be contacted by either their travel company or by the ACO themselves, depending on where they have bought the tickets.…

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WeatherTech Racing goes for GTE Pro honors

WeatherTech Racing has chosen to jump up one category, for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American outfit, who is run by Scuderia Corsa, will participate in Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, but has chosen to enter the GTE Pro instead of GTE Am. The driver line-up will be Cooper MacNeil, Tony Vilander and Jeff Segal, who often joins the full-season IMSA pairing at the longer races in the USA. There are good chances to get a good result in this years GTE Pro category, since there only will…

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