RLR MSport announces Le Mans drivers

RLR MSport has announced their two drivers for the Road To Le Mans race, which runs as a support race to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next week. Canadian James Dayson will be joined by Danish youngster Malthe Jakobsen. They are paired up in the European Le Mans Series too, but the Le Mans call came very late for Jakobsen. He didn’t expect to go, only a week ago, but after the good pace by him in the ELMS this year, the team was very keen on getting him…

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Qualifying for Le Castellet 120 – updated

The qualifying for the third round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2020 was run on a dry, but overcast Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. There were dark clouds hanging in the area, and the weather forecast actually said rain during qualifying, but at least it started out dry. First up was the 6 GT3 cars. The drivers once again had to be aware of Track Limits, which not all had listened to. At least there were several laptimes deleted. Iron Lynx Ferrari #8 started out being…

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Driver changes at Iron Lynx

Iron Lynx has changed their driver line-up slightly this weekend. Neither Giacomo nor Andrea Piccini is present at the circuit due to family reasons, so the team has had to find two replacements for the Michelin Le Mans Cup, and a single for the European Le Mans Series. Ferrari works driver Nicklas Nielsen had been called in for the ELMS entry #60, which he will share with Claudio Schiavoni and Sergio Pianezzola. Andrea is the regular driver in that car. Matt Griffin was the replacement in the Michelin Le Mans…

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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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Catalunya replaced by Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series has updated their racing schedule for 2020, with one of the races switching country. This is all due to the COVID-19 situation, that the race planned for Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona later this month, has been moved to the Paul Ricard track in France. There is too much uncertainty about Barcelona currently, with a lot of COVID cases in the area, so LMEM, the organizers behind the European Le Mans Series, would rather decide the change now, instead of the week leading up to it –…

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Dominant Pole Positions in LMC

The qualifying for the Michelin Le Mans Cup was run on a slightly overcast, but dry and warm track. First up was the eight GT3 cars, where IDEC Sport #17 was finally repaired, after their Mercedes-AMG GT3 had a shunt earlier in the week. That meant that they couldn’t participate in the Friday practice sessions. The rules for the qualifying is that the Bronze drivers will qualify the cars. Iron Lynx Ferrari #8 put down an impressive time, that the competition had to chase. Kessel Racing Ferrari #74 were the…

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Michelin Le Mans Cup test day

Michelin Le Mans Cup held their pre-season test day Thursday, ahead of the season start on Saturday afternoon. There was a practice session in the morning, and one in the afternoon for the 25 participating teams this weekend. United Autosports #23 with John Schauerman and Wayne Boyd was the fastest in LMP3 during the first session, ahead of Cool Racing #69 with Maurice Smith sat Ben Barnicoat and Nielsen Racing #10 with Rob Hodes and Garett Grist. In the GT3 category was Kessel Racing Ferrari #74 with Michael Broniszewski and…

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ACO changes FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC schedules

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The FIA WEC season has been on pause since 23 February, where they raced the fifth round of the 2019/20 season. The season will be restarted on Saturday 15 August at Spa Francorchamps, with a 6-hour race, originally planned for the end of April. It was announced a few weeks back, that the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be moved to 19-20 September, and that will…

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ELMS postpones season opener

The European Le Mans Series has postponed the two first races in Barcelona and Monza. Just like many other race series around the world, the ELMS has chosen to put the 4 Hours of Barcelona at Circuit de Catalunya in April and the 4 Hours of Monza in May. This includes both Michelin Le Mans Cup races at the same circuits. These are not direct cancellations, but the series is working on an alternative calendar. We will of course update, as soon as this calendar is revealed.

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Nielsen sticks to the same pairings

Nielsen Racing will stick to well-known faces in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Car #7 will have the defending Asian Le Mans Cup Series Champions Colin Noble and Tony Wells in the car, while their “Asian” teammates Rob Hodes, Charles Crews and Garett Grist will race in car #10 in the ELMS. It will be almost identical in the LMC, where Noble and Wells will share #7, while Crews will be on the sidelines, and let Hodes and Grist do the two hours –…

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29 cars in LMC 2020

29 cars have been entered for the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2020 season. The 29 cars are divided into 11 GT3 cars and 18 LMP3 cars. The majority of the teams are returnees from last year, but there are a few new names. Iron Lynx enters a pair of Ferrari 488 GT3 cars. The name might be new in sportscars in 2020, but they have relation to the 2019 Kessel Racing outfit. One of the main persons behind the team, and not least the all-female car in ELMS, Deborah Mayer.…

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Entry list for Le Mans 2020 revealed

The entry list for the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been announced tonight, and that was without any major surprises. There will once again be 62 cars entered, with the two tents at the start of the pitlane being erected again, while the rest of the teams will be allowed to stay in the permanent concrete garages. There were 75 entries for the 62 places, and with 10 cars on the reserve list, only 3 have not gotten anywhere near an entry. We pretty much…

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United Autosports with two more entries

United Autosports has got two more cars on the track for the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup seasons. Both cars will be the brand new Ligier JS P320, of which the team has acquired a bunch. The ELMS part will be run by Jim McGuire, Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley. McGuire and Bell has been racing together for three years in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, but the former has chosen to step up for a new challenge. This will be the 10th season for Bell…

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New qualifying rules at Le Mans

There will be new qualifying rules implemented, when the 24 Hours of Le Mans runs in June 2020. There are significant changes to the Wednesday and Thursday in race week, to add even more excitement, but with added practice time for the teams. Two practice sessions will be held on Wednesday. The first one will run from 15.30 until 20.00, with another hour from 22-23. All sixty-two cars will be on track from 23.15 until 24.00, where they are allowed to do as many laps as they wish, and do…

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Nielsen and Serra new works drivers

Nicklas Nielsen and Daniel Serra are the new works drivers at Ferrari in their GT Programme. Their official title will be Competizioni GT drivers, with the pair having to travel all the world, and represent the Ferrari brand, when there are GT races around the world. Serra has raced on-off for Ferrari for the last few years. One of his tasks has been helping as a third driver at FIA WEC at AF Corse at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won the race this year with James Calado…

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More Le Mans slots taken up

More and more slots for the 24 hours of Le Mans 2020 are taken up. A total of 43 entries have been handed out so far. But one thing is the amount of entries handed out – a completely different thing is the teams taking up their invitations. Because it is just invitations, and the entry fee still has to be paid. The 31 full season entrants from the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 are all secured a ticket for the race, with it being the finale in the World…

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KEO Racing aiming at LMP2

KEO Racing has big plans for 2020. They have got their hands on a used Dallara JSP217 Gibson, aiming at running in the European Le Mans Series. The team has participated in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this year, including the Road to Le Mans race at Circuit de la Sarthe, as a part of the support programme for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They still plan to race their LMP3 car, if there are interested drivers, who can bring the necessary budgets. You need to have a Bronze…

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6 returnees on ELMS and LMC schedules

The European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup have the same 6 events on the schedule in 2020, as in 2019 – but with some changes. The last two seasons had started at Paul Ricard in France, but that will be Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, which gets the honour of hosting the Prologue and the first round. That will happen in the first week of April, while Monza runs one month later. The majority of the teams will have a two months break, so there are room…

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New technology gets race debut at Spa

The Michelin Le Mans Cup returns to the race tracks, when their fifth round of the year will be run at the Belgium track of Spa Francorchamps. The field will consist of 32 cars, which is three up from Barcelona. The teams have had a summer break of two months, before they return next weekend. We have gone up to 12 GT3 cars, with HB Racing, Kessel Racing and Scuderia Villorba Corse bringing two Ferrari’s and a Lamborghini to the field, that already has Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Aston Martin cars.…

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