Ferrari and ORECA in a new collaboration

Ferrari has signed a new deal with ORECA, regarding the manufacturing of their upcoming GT3 car. The Italian car manufacturer has utilized the 488 model for quite a few years now, with Michelotto as the workshop assembling the cars. That will move to the French ORECA factory, based very close to Circuit Paul Ricard. The car will be designed in Maranello, but assembled in France, where they will handle spare parts and after-sales customer service. There is no news regarding all the single-make racing, that Ferrari runs with various Challenge…

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G-Drive Racing and APR take on Daytona and FIA WEC

G-Drive Racing has revealed some of the 2022 plans. The Russian sponsor, who has been around sportscar racing for many years, has extended its partnership with Algarve Pro Racing, after the two parties started working together in the Asian Le Mans Series, and more recently, in the European Le Mans Series 2021. The season already started in January at Daytona International Speedway, where APR and G-Drive Racing will participate in the classic 24 hours race, which is a part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They will stay in Florida,…

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UA confirms 2022 IMSA participation

United Autosports will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2022, where the English-American team once again will race an LMP2 car. The programme will consist of the four races, that count towards the Michelin Endurance Cup. That is the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Sebring 12 Hours, 6 Hours at the Glen, and the 10 hours of Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The team is ready to confirm Jim McGuire and Guy Smith for another season in the ORECA 07 Gibson, while the third full-season driver will…

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MSR signs two new drivers – updated

Meyer Shank Racing has signed two new drivers for their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme in 2022. The sportscar team with the very recognizable pink colours, has got hold of two fast Brits for the Acura ARX-05 DPi car. Oliver Jarvis makes his way from Mazda Motorsports, who has shut its programme after the 2021 season. Jarvis has always been lightning fast, no matter if it was in an Audi R8 LMS GT3, Audi R15 LMP1 racer, or Mazda DPi cars throughout the latter years. Tom Blomqvist will be new…

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RLL continues with BMW

BMW Team RLL will exist for at least two more years. The German car giant and the traditional American racing team has worked together since 2009, where they have competed in GT2, moving into GTLM. 2021 has been very reduced for the team, since they didn’t receive the funds to run the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, but only the four endurance rounds. That will change for 2022, where the team will run two brand new BMW M4 GT3 cars in the new GTD Pro category, which replaces GTLM.…

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High Class Racing goes west

High Class Racing will turn their focus to the USA for the upcoming 2022 season. The Danish team, who has been based right next to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya so far, will enter the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the LMP2 category. Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen will once again share the ORECA 07 Gibson, just like they have done previously in the European Le Mans Series, and the FIA World Endurance Championship, more or less uninterrupted since 2017. The team haven’t announced their endurance drivers yet. The team also ran…

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Corvette Racing announces 2022 plans

Corvette Racing has decided to announce their 2022 plans, at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale. The team will once again run in IWSC, but will have to rebuild their current C8.R to GT3-alike specifications, since the GTLM category closes, and turns into GTD Pro. The team has already tested an ABS system, when they raced at Detroit earlier this year, which was a non-championship round for GTLM. But the C8.R model in GTLM/GTE spec will not be packed away just yet, but will go on a world tour…

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WeatherTech Racing with two cars at season finale

WeatherTech Racing will double up at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2021 finale, which will run this weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Proton Competition, which is the service provider, has run a single Porsche 911 RSR throughout the season, but actually bought two cars from CORE Autosport, who ran the official Porsche programme in North America. But only one car has been active throughout the year. The Petit Le Mans season finale will also be the final race for the GTLM category, with the IMSA series moving over to…

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AXR with Derani, Nunez and Conway in 2022

Action Express Racing has announced their 2022 plans. Pipo Derani will continue with the team, while Tristan Nunez will be the new full-season driver. The team has extended with Mike Conway, so he will be racing the four endurance races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2022. The sponsorship deal with Whelen Engineering continues, so the Cadillac DPi-V.R #31 once again will have the red livery. This will be a new experience for Nunez, who has raced for Mazda Motorsports in the past. They cut down from two to a…

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Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing expands

Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing expands their programme for the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. They will run two Cadillac DPi-V.R cars in the DPi category, as preparation for 2023, with new LMDh cars coming from the American car manufacturer. There will be changes to what is known as the #01 line-up this year. Kevin Magnussen won’t be racing for the team, since his Peugeot contract in the FIA World Endurance Championship has first priority. His teammate, Renger van der Zande will continue racing for the team. French driver Sebastien…

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Cadillac confirms LMDh programme

Cadillac has finally confirmed the long-awaited LMDh programme, which has been rumoured for a long time. The American car giant will once again work together with Dallara, who has built their current DPi car, to create the future prototype, that will compete in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car manufacturer has teamed up with two teams, to run the cars. Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing will be the official part teams, for the…

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ACO reveals future plans

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed their future plans regarding the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series. The cars will race on brand new, 100% renewable fuel from TotalEnergies. The French company has been the sole supplier to the series since 2018, where they took over from Shell. The fuel will contain waste products from wine production in France, and is expected to reduce the CO2 emission from the race cars by 62%. The next big step is 2023,…

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Several changes to Le Mans entry list

There have been several late changes to the entry list for the 24 Hours Of Le Mans, just two days prior to the official test day. The innovative car Team SRT41 #84 has seen Francois Heriau swapped out for Matthieu Lahaye. Heriau and Lahaye are usually teammates at Ultimate in the European Le Mans Series, but the plan was for Heriau to be lent out to Team SRT41 #84 for the 24-hour race. Unfortunately, he has injured himself, so it will be Lahaye who joins Takuma Aoki and Nigel Bailly…

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GTD Pro and GTD rules announced

On top of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2022 schedule announcement, there was an announcement regarding the GTD Pro and GTD rules for next year as well. As was announced at the Daytona 24 Hours in January, there will be no more GTLM after this season, but it’s being replaced by GTD Pro, which is GT3 cars just like the regular GTD cars. The plans back then were to separate the two categories in one way or another, with either BOP or other ties, but those things have been ditched…

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IMSA with consistency in 2022 schedule

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has announced their race schedule for 2022. It’s a calendar without any surprises, and will all the regular tracks, that has been on the schedule for the last few years. The season starts at Daytona with the 24 hours race, before heading to Sebring for the 12 hours race, as one of the big highlights. Long Beach is back with its traditional April race, before WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca adds another race on the west coast. The teams will hurry to Mid-Ohio and Detroit, prior…

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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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