ARC Bratislava ready with four drivers

ARC Bratislava is ready for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021. The Slovakian team will enter their first full FIA WEC season, competing in their Ligier JS P217 Gibson in the LMP2 Pro/Am category. Team owner Miro Konopka is of course the first choice regarding the drivers. He has chosen to sign up Oliver James Webb for the full season – with the exception of the opening round, which clashes with a racing series in the United Kingdom. Webb will be replaced by Darren Burke at Spa Francorchamps. Burke has…

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HubAuto Racing moves to GTE Pro

HubAuto Racing has chosen to move into the GTE Pro category for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Taiwanese team is traditionally an Am team in the Asian Le Mans Series, and had their debut at Circuit de la Sarthe in 2020 in the GTE Am category. There are currently 7 cars entered in GTE Pro, while there are (were) 24 in GTE Am. So the chances of a GTE Pro podium are statistically better. After the switch for HubAuto Racing, the balance is 8/23. The team hasn’t…

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Dalla Lana presents teammates

Paul Dalla Lana has finally presented the two teammates, who are going to race alongside him in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season. The Canadian, who is going to participate in GTE Am, has chosen to stay with Aston Martin Racing, even though the team pulled out of GTE Pro. Dalla Lana has re-hired Augusto Farfus, which he shared the car with through the second part of the 2019/20 season, and chose another Brazilian as a third driver – Marcos Gomes. Farfus has plenty of experience with GT cars,…

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Porsche announces Portimao and Le Mans drivers

Porsche has announced the six drivers, who will do the longer rounds of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship. The standard length is six hours in an FIA WEC event, but the Portimao round in Portugal will be eight hours, plus the race will serve as warm up race for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Car #91 will once again be raced by Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz throughout the full season. The Italian-Austrian pairing will once again have Frenchman Frederic Makowiecki join them. Those three have been paired…

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Lynn returns to UA

Alexander Lynn will return to United Autosports for at least one race. The Brit will share car #23 with Paul Di Resta at the 24 Hours Of Le Mans this August, with a not yet announced third driver. Lynn has previously raced for the British-American team, when he participated in the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi in 2016. Back then he raced an LMP3 car. An ORECA 07 Gibson in the LMP2 category will be the choice of vehicle this time around. This pairing is also two Le Mans…

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Reserve list for LM24 2021 revealed

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed the reserve list for the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There are a total of four teams on that list. The first one is AF Corse with an extra Ferrari 488 GTE Evo for the GTE Am category. The car is already fully crewed by Christophe Ulrich, Simon Mann and Sergei Sirotkin, with car number 62. The second reserve is an extra Algarve Pro Racing car for the LMP2 category. Mark Patterson and Naveen Rao are the named drivers for…

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ByKolles continues work on Hypercar

ByKolles Racing Team still have plans for racing their own Hypercar. The team has raced in sportscars on-off since 2009, where they started running some Audi R10 TDi cars in a couple of seasons, and turned into building their own cars throughout the ’10s. The new car currently holds the description as PMC Project LMH, but it will get its real designation in due course. The team has chosen to make a deal with Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri, who will be the test drivers of the new car. Dillmann…

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LMP2 slowed even further

The LMP2 category in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and Asian Le Mans Series will have their on-track performance slowed even further than initially planned. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced, that they have to slow the LMP2 category a bit more since the performance gap to the new Hyperar category otherwise would be too small. It’s been planned for a long time, that LMP2 would have a slight power reduction, but that now turned into 400kW power output compared to the 450kW last year. That…

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Iron Dames with significant changes

The Iron Dames programme will have quite a different look, compared to what was previously announced for the 2021 season. The outfit, which is a part of the Iron Lynx team, did reveal their driver line-up just over a month ago, but has opted to shake things up a bit shortly before the season start. The original plan was to have the previous ELMS driving team of Michelle Gatting, Rahel Frey and Manuela Gostner move up to FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2021 season, but that is going to…

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Corvette opens the door to the world

Corvette Racing has slightly opened its doors to the rest of the world. The American sportscar team has been an (almost) ever present at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since Year 2000, but had to miss out on the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 situation. The team has confirmed today that they will enter the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps on 1 May, with Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin behind the wheel. They should have raced at Portimao in Portugal early April, but that race was pushed back…

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Le Mans 2021 entry list revealed

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed the entry list for the 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will run on 21-22 August 2021. The list is once again 62 cars, with exactly half the field being LMP cars, and the other half being GTE cars. The Hypercar category has no surprises. There are the five cars, which have entered the FIA World Endurance Championship, with two cars from Toyota Gazoo Racing, two from Glickenhaus Racing, and a single from Alpine Elf Matmut. The LMP2 category is…

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D’Station signs Watson

D’Station Racing has signed their third and final driver for the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season. The Japanese team has made an agreement with Andrew Watson, who raced for Gulf Racing UK through the 2019/20 season in FIA WEC, plus the occasional ELMS outing for the team. 26-year-old Watson is ranked Silver, which is exactly what the team needs next to Gold driver Tomonobu Fujii and Bronze driver Satoshi Hoshino. D’Station Racing will make its FIA WEC debut in 2021 but has signed with TF Sport, which was close…

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Di Resta back at UA

Paul Di Resta will once again be in a United Autosports entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021. The Scot will the lead driver of the team’s third car in this year’s race. Di Resta took Pole Position for the 2020 edition with the team, and was part of the winning combo with Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson, but those three drivers are not allowed to race together this year, since Hanson has been upgraded to Gold ranking, and it’s not allowed to run Platinum, Platinum, and Gold…

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SRT41 back for 2021

SRT41 is back at the race tracks in 2021. The French team is currently testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, ahead of their at least three planned race outings in 2021. For those who don’t know the story behind SRT41, it’s a very special team, with two of the three drivers being Paralympic athletes. Team owner Frederic Sausset had his own debut at Le Mans in 2016, and is a quadruple amputee, with a bacteria attacking all four limbs, which had to be amputated. The team completed the race,…

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FIA WEC schedule changes once again

The FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 schedule has been updated one more time. This time around, it’s down to changes with the opening round in Portimao. ACO and LMEM have chosen to move the race to 13 June, which yesterday’s Le Mans announcement left empty. Their hope is for the travel restrictions between especially Great Britain and Portugal to have been ended, and the chance of letting in spectators for the race. That will turn the race at Spa Francorchamps on 1 May into being the opening round of the…

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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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WRT presents colours and drivers

Team WRT has presented the six drivers, for their 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series campaigns. Their three FIA WEC will be Robin Frijns, Ferdinand Habsburg and Charles Milesi in car #31. All three drivers will have their FIA WEC debut, but Habsburg is already up to speed, having run and won in the Asian Le Mans Series in February 2021. The Austrian was at Daytona in January, just like Milesi, but none of the drivers got to race in anything but the practice, since their…

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32 cars ready for Portimao

The FIA World Endurance Championship has 32 cars entered for the 2021 season opener in Portimao. Unfortunately, there won’t be any Glickenhaus at the opening round, since they have opted to sit out. They have been at Vallelunga yesterday and today, for the very first roll-out. The days have primarily been for system checks, and then speed and endurance will be their next tasks. While we lose two SCG007 cars, there will be a single Corvette Racing C8.R going to Europe. Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin have the honour of…

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Portimao and Spa without spectators

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced, that the first two races of 2021 will be without spectators. The decision about the empty grandstands at Portimao and Spa Francorchamps is of course due to the COVID-19 situation, where LMEM, the FIA, and the local authorities already have made this decision. Portimao in Portugal will have its FIA WEC debut, while Spa in Belgium has been on the schedule since the very first season. This will be the second season in a row, that Spa will have to be run without…

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Ferrari confirms LMH programme

Ferrari has confirmed today, that they are on the road to an LMH programme. The Italian car manufacturer will enter the Hypercar category, which is the new top category for sportscars in the ACO world. The news is finally confirmed, after many months of rumours, where especially Porsche has pushed on, to make Ferrari advance from GTE to Hypercar in 2023. That will most likely mean the demise of GTE Pro following 2022, but there is no end date to GTE Am just yet. They are running older spec cars…

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