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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Hardwick out – Hindman replaces

Ryan Hardwick is unfortunately out of this weekends Rolex 24 at Daytona. The American had a big accident in yesterday’s Michelin Pilot Challenge practice session, where he crashed heavily in the Bus Stop Chicane in his Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. He was sent to the hospital for an overnight stay, but is in stable condition – but not able to race the car. This is the second crash in five days for Hardwick, who destroyed his Porsche 911 GT3 R car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship night practice session.…

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Acura confirms LMDh programme

Acura Motorsports has confirmed their plans for an LMDh car for 2023. The LMDh category is a new category, that IMSA and ACO have created, to unite the American part of the sportscar world, with the European part. In doing so, the IMSA teams will be able to go to Europe, and compete in the FIA WEC and/or the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They are going to battle against the new Hypercar cars, that will be introduced as the new top category in 2021. Acura don’t mention anything about…

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Chaotic qualifying race at Daytona – updated

It was a chaotic qualifying race, ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, this coming weekend. The qualifying race is a new invention for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2021, with qualifying being run yesterday, followed by a 100-minute race today. The race today, will decide the actual starting grid for the 24-hour race. Only two drivers were needed for this race, with three or four drivers needed in the actual 24-hour race. The chaos already started following the qualifying yesterday. Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31 with Felipe  Nasr and Pipo…

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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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