Hypercar, LMP2 and hydrogen updates from ACO

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has held their traditional press conference prior to the 24 hours race, where they were revealing some of the future plans for 2025 and beyond. The FIA World Motor Sport Council has officially approved the demand for the Hypercar manufacturers to enter at least two cars each, if they want to compete in the FIA WEC. The two cars will score points for the FIA Hypercar World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship, while any additional entries will run for the FIA World Cup for Hypercar Teams. The FIA…

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Michelin extends contract with ACO

Michelin has extended their long time contract with the ACO, in a new multi-year agreement. The deal includes the Michelin Le Mans Cup, who has run under that banner for nine years, and is an important stepping stone into other ACO racing for both teams and drivers. A prime example is TF Sport, who started out with a single Aston Martin Vantage GT3, and has moved on to run both LMP2 and GT3 cars in the Asian Le Mans Series, and has run (and won) the 24 Hours of Le…

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Two sportscar teams closing their doors

The sportscar world has lost two teams within just a few days. The German outfit Project 1, and Danish team GMB Motorsport has had to stop their activities. Project 1, who previously was known as Tolomit, has chosen to close their doors, since they no longer can find the budget to run their programmes. They have been synonymous with Porsche for many years, and has participated in several Carrera Cup championships, including winning the German championship with Rene Rast, Philipp Eng and Christian Menzel. Eng would go on to win…

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ELMS and LMC 2024 schedules revealed

The European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup have announced their racing schedules for the 2024 season. Five of the six weekends are returnees, while none of the classes have previously participated at the sixth round. The season starts out with three days of Prologue at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, just like in 2023. Paul Ricard near Le Castellet in the south of France is run three weeks later, prior to the Le Mans break. Or maybe we should put break in inverted commas. A lot…

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ELMS double up in Portimao, LMC races in Aragon

The European Le Mans Series will be finishing the 2023 season off with two races at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. That is the decision, following the cancellation of Imola, announced earlier this week. The Michelin Le Mans Cup will add a race weekend at Aragon in Spain, as a support to the ELMS – a round they weren’t meant to do originally. The cancelation of Imola is down to renovation of the pit- and paddock area, which hasn’t been finished on schedule, so both ELMS and LMC teams can’t be…

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LMEM cancels Imola round – working on a solution

The European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup have had to cancel their 2 and 4 hours respectively at Imola, which was meant to be run on the first weekend of May 2023. The cancellation is due to ongoing work in the pits and paddock area not being finished yet, so they won’t be able to host the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup rounds. The Italian round has been a bit of an issue for ACO and LMEM, who is behind the ELMS and LMC series. The…

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New, old layout in Barcelona

When the opening race of the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup 2023 will be held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, it will be on a new-old layout. The Spanish track has chosen to revert to the original configuration, so the final two turns will be two very fast right-handers, instead of the ultra-slow chicane, which has been utilized for the last 15 years. The chicane was made due to safety concerns regarding the speed of the Formula 1 cars, in case of an accident. But the track…

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Very few spots left for Le Mans

Despite it still being more than a month until the closing date entry submissions, it’s already clear that there are only very few spots left for the 2023 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That is of course depending on all the new Hypercar competitors being ready to compete, when we get to June. But if we look at the entry list for the FIA World Endurance Championship, which was announced last week, as the basis, we might end up with less than a dozen of available spots,…

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Lequien – Enviromental challenges

Racing24-7.net had the pleasure to spend half an hour with the head of LMEM, Frederic Lequien, who is running the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series. We chose to split the interview into several pieces, which contain different subjects. Everybody is looking into the environmental challenges for the future. What is the plan for LMEM regarding the future? “The decision we took about the renewable fuel in the FIA WEC and ELMS – this is something really concrete that we do. But…

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ELMS and LMC update 2023 schedules

European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup have updated their 2023 race schedules. The change is to do with the season finale in Portimao, since there was a date clash with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the GT World Challenge finals. The ELMS and LMC race weekend will be pushed back one week, so it’s run from 20 to 22 October 2023. During the interview with Frederic Lequien, there was a very different sound, with no changes possible, since there had been so much date juggling, due…

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Lequien – the future of GT3 in ACO racing

Racing24-7.net had the pleasure to spend half an hour with the head of LMEM, Frederic Lequien, who is running the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series. We chose to split the interview into several pieces, which contain different subjects. GT3 racing has been part of the ACO ladder for many years. The ELMS contained GT3 for several seasons. GT3 then moved into the GT3 Le Mans Cup for 2016, and when the LMP3 cars joined in 2017, it has been the Michelin…

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New track on the 2023 ELMS schedule

The European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup have released their racing schedules for 2023, and that has resulted in some different circuits for the two series. The season starts with two days of testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in April, followed by the races at the very same track at the weekend of 22-23 April. The series will return to Imola in Italy on 6-7 May. The ELMS teams will go on summer holiday/Le Mans break, while the LMC teams will participate in the Road To…

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Magnussen new driver at GMB

Jan Magnussen has been signed as a new driver for GMB Motorsport, for the final two rounds of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. The experienced Dane will share the Honda NSX GT3 Evo #88 with Lars Engelbrekt Pedersen, during the races at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, and the season finale in Portugal at the Portimao circuit. Lars has teamed up with Mikkel Overgaard Pedersen so far this year, and that pairing won the most recent round at Monza in July. The team doesn’t reveal the exact reason of why they are…

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GMB Motorsport aiming high for 2022

There is a brand new name in the motorsport world – GMB Motorsport. The team is only a few months old, but has big ambitions regarding the upcoming 2022 season, with an all-Danish driver line-up. They have a total of six cars entered in various Danish championships this year, as well as three cars in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Their first outing will be this week at the opening round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, which is being held at Circuit Paul Ricard, in the south of France.…

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Monza replaces Hungaroring

Autodromo Nazionale Monza will replace Hungaroring on the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The race will be held on the original weekend, which is on 2 and 3 July 2022. The ELMS was meant to return to the Hungarian track, but that didn’t quite work out as previously planned. That makes Monza to a double round in the ELMS and the FIA World Endurance Championship on two consecutive weekends, just like in 2021. But that will also result in two rounds in Italy, with Imola…

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Iron Lynx colors 2022

The Iron Lynx team has updated the design of their cars, ahead of the 2022 season. It is still the yellow and pink colours, which are the base colours of the cars. While car #60 once again will be yellow, it will be another pink season for the Iron Dames #85. The team will once again run in both the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the European Le Mans Series, with both cars entered. The team has run an “extra” white car in both the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans…

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Jakobsen moves to COOL Racing

Malthe Jakobsen will be on a new route in the upcoming 2022 European Le Mans Series season. The young Dane has raced for RLR MSport in the LMP3 category so far, with the collaboration starting in the ELMS in 2020, and a single guest appearance in Road To Le Mans at Le Mans 2020, via the Asian Le Mans Series, and back to ELMS and Le Mans again in 2021. He will move to the COOL Racing team for 2022, but will continue in the ELMS in the LMP3 category.…

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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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New ambitious project in ACO racing

There is a new ambitious project in ACO racing coming up. Bullitt Racing, located in the Spanish city of Marbella, has a 5-year plan, where they will enter the Asian Le Mans Series, and Michelin Le Mans Cup and more throughout the upcoming years. The team has become an official part team with Aston Martin racing, and will be running the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 model in all the championships. The team with the big plans has raced in various GT4 series throughout the past years, so it’s a big…

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Michelin extends for three more years

Michelin has extended their contract with ACO, so the official name of the Michelin Le Mans Cup will remain for three more years. The collaboration started in 2016, when the series was formed with GT3 cars only. LMP3 cars were added one year later, and the GT3 mention in the title disappeared. There is an entry for the 24 hours of Le Mans to fight for, for the GT3 category champion. The LMP3 category is more of a stepping stone towards the LMP3 category in the European Le Mans Series,…

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