Opening round moves to Portugal

The FIA World Endurance Championship season 2021 won’t be starting at Sebring, Florida anyway. Due to the COVID-19 situation and the travel restrictions surrounding, ACO and LMEM have chosen to move the opening round to the Portimao circuit in Portugal. This will be the first time for Autodromo do Algarve to host an FIA WEC race, but has become a fixed part of the European Le Mans Series. The undulating track usually delivers some amazing race, but we still haven’t seen the new Hypercar category race along with LMP2 and…

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Team Hardpoint with two female drivers at Daytona

Team Hardpoint will enter the Rolex 24 at Daytona with two male and two female drivers in the car. The two full season drivers of the Porsche 911 GT3 R #88 throughout the 2021 season, Rob Ferriol and Earl Bamber, will be joined by Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen for the 24 hours race. Legge and Nielsen know each very well, after having raced the 2019 season together at Heinricher Racing in an Acura NSX GT3 Evo. They were scheduled to have raced together again in 2020 for GEAR Racing…

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BMW reduces IMSA programme

BMW Team RLL will run a reduced programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2021. The rumours have been around for several month, but BMW has not really wanted to say anything until now, just a few days ahead of the season opener at Daytona. The team will enter two BMW M8 GTE cars in the Michelin Endurance Cup, which are the four endurance rounds of the year, including Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. The driving crew for the season opener in car #24 will be Jesse…

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Heart of Racing team returns

Heart of Racing team returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021. The American Aston Martin team continues with their Vantage GT3, in an almost unchanged line-up from 2020. Ian James and Roman DeAngelis will once again be the full-season drivers, while they are going to be joined by the two Aston Martin factory drivers Darren Turner and Ross Gunn for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Heart Of Racing Team #23 Photo Courtesy of IMSA / Richard DoleThe team made its IMSA series debut at Daytona last year, where…

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High Class Racing with mixed European line-up

High Class Racing will enter a mixed European line-up for their Rolex 24 at Daytona entry later this month. Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen will continue their LMP2 collaboration from the European Le Mans Series, over the last four years. The Danish pairing will be joined by Ferdinand Habsburg, who has DTM experience, as well as Daytona experience, from his previous outing with United Autosports. Last but not least, the former Formula 1 driver, Robert Kubica will be part of the team. Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN has given him a…

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A Porsche in GTLM after all

There will be a Porsche in GTLM in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM category. Privateers WeatherTech Racing has struck a deal with Proton Competition about the running of a Porsche 911 RSR. Proton Competition has bought the two GTLM cars, that Porsche raced in the GTLM category throughout the 2020 season, so the cars are already in the US. Cooper MacNeil will move up from the GTD category, where he has raced through the past seasons, where he worked together with the Ferrari team Scuderia Corsa. He has…

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RWR Eurasia presents two drivers more for the Rolex24

Rick Ware Racing Eurasia has two more drivers for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run in the last weekend in January. The American Rick Ware Racing has started a collaboration with Philippines team Eurasia, for running an LMP2 entry at the 24-hour race, where the defending Asian Le Mans Series LMP2-Am Champion Cody Ware was announced as their first driver, a few weeks ago. He will be joined by Salih Yoluc, who we primarily know from the GTE Am category in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and…

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Scuderia Corsa back to their roots

Scuderia Corsa will to their roots for the 2021 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. They have been racing under the WeatherTech Racing banner for the previous three seasons, in the white colours of the main sponsor. They will return to the classic red colours once again, with car number 63 on the Ferrari 488 GT3, just like they had in 2016 and 2017, where they won the championship two years in a row with Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan. The programme is only confirmed for Daytona, and doesn’t…

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TGM enters GTD

Team TGM will enter the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run next month at Daytona International Speedway. The American team has only been active in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, which they won in 2019, but wants to try running at an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round. They will be working together with Wright Motorsports, who has plenty of experience with Porsche GTD cars, finishing second in the IMSA GTD championship in 2020. Ted Giovanis, the man behind Ted Giovanis Motorsports, chose to put the 2020 programme on pause,…

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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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Risi with super strong outfit

Risi Competizione will bring some of the very best drivers available, when the Daytona 24 hours runs next month. The Ferrari 488 GTE in GTLM category will consist of James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi, Davide Rigon plus Jules Gounon. Calado and Pier Guidi has previously won Petit Le Mans in 2019, when they raced for the Risi team. They also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans together for AF Corse in the summer of 2019, and was crowned FIA WEC World Champions 2018. Gounon was part of the Risi…

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Wright, Whelen, VS, Pfaff and Magnus news

This article sums up various bits of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship news, that has been released over the last few days. Wright Motorsport has announced, that they will return to IMSA for 2021 without any changes. Ryan Hardwick will once again share the blue Porsche 911 GT3 R with works driver Patrick Long, while Jan Heylen will join them for the endurance races in the Michelin Endurance Cup. That trio ended the 2020 season by winning the Sebring 12 Hours in the GTD category. They were very close at grabbing…

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All-French at Mustang Sampling

Mustang Sampling Cadillac #5 will be racing in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with an all-French driver line-up. Tristan Vautier completed the season for the team, which was run by JDC-Miller Motorsports since 2020, and he will be upgraded to a full-season driver. He will be joined by Loic Duval, who helped the team out at the endurance rounds in 2020. Duval has plenty of prototype experience from his Audi Sport years, and with Pescarolo prior to that. He has primarily been focussing on DTM for Audi in the…

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Long Beach and Laguna move to September dates

The organizers of the Long Beach Grand Prix has chosen to push back the 2021 edition to September. The race was originally scheduled for April, but due to the COVID-19, the organizers think it’s more realistic to run the race between 24 and 26 of September. The 2020 races were cancelled, since COVID-19 made it impossible. This has an effect on both the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedules being moved around. IMSA will have to move their spring race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca too,…

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Porsche ready with LMDh in 2023

Porsche has finally confirmed the many rumours, that have been humming for the last few months. The German car manufacturer will return to the top category of sportscar racing, and will enter LMDh cars in 2023. The car type will replace the DPi category in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but will go one step further, with a globally acknowledged category, opposite to DPi, which is only approved in the USA. The cars will all be based on one of the four LMP2 chassis’ from Dallara, ORECA, Multimatic or Ligier,…

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PR1 with new colours at Daytona

PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports has presented their plans for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2021. The team has made a deal with Ben Keating, Scott Huffaker, Nicolas Lapierre and Mikkel Jensen, who will share the ORECA 07 Gibson with number 52. Keating will bring Wynn’s colours with him, that we have seen on his Ford, Mercedes and Porsche cars, throughout the previous seasons. He will also bring other companies, that are related to his car dealerships in one way or another. Huffaker has been related to PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports…

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AF Corse enters Daytona 24 Hours

AF Corse will enter a car for the Daytona 24 Hours. The Italian sportscar team, who is the outfit running most of the GTE and GT3 Ferraris in the world, will enter the GTD category with a Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo. The Italian GT Sprint Champions Simon Mann and Matteo Cressoni will be joined by the two works drivers Daniel Serra and Nicklas Nielsen. Serra and Nielsen were scheduled to share a car at selected IMSA rounds in 2020, but COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works, with the March…

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Big Porsche driver shake-up

Porsche had really mixed their cards for the 2021 season. An unexpected change has come in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche will keep racing with two cars, and while #91 continues with Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni, Neel Jani will step into the #92 alongside Kevin Estre. Michael Christensen is no longer part of that FIA WEC line-up, and has actually fallen out of the Porsche works driver programme. Porsche has however found a seat for him in GT World Challenge Europe, where he will do the full season…

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Racing Team Nederland goes for stability

Racing Team Nederland will be aiming at stability for the 2021 season. This is the first time for the Dutch team to run the exact same drivers, team and car, as they did in the previous season – with a slight modification. Team owner Frits van Eerd will continue behind the wheel of the ORECA 07 Gibson once again, that once again will be run by TDS Racing, for the second season in a row. This new agreement is for both 2021 and 2022. Giedo van der Garde will race…

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Aston gears up for Daytona

Aston Martin will bring some of the most rapid drivers for the Daytona 24 hours race in January 2021. TF Sport will enter the GTD category with the perhaps most serious effort at Daytona so far. The defending Le Mans champions will bring Charlie Eastwood and Richard Westbrook, as the fast and experienced drivers. Add Ben Keating to that, who has done numerous laps at Daytona. It will, however, be the first time for Keating to race an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3, but he’s usually very good at adapting.…

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