Toyota Gazoo Racing unchanged in 2023

Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter the 2023 season with stability around the team The defending World Champions in the FIA World Endurance Championship will stick to the exact same six drivers for the upcoming season. Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi will share car #7, while World Champions Sebastien Buemi, Ryo Hirakawa and Brendon Hartley share car #8. The team did make some changes in car #8 prior to the 2022 season, when Kazuki Nakajima announced his retirement, and was replaced by Hirakawa. The young Japanese driver was…

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Proton Competition to run LMDh

Proton Competition has confirmed that they will take a step up the sportscar ladder. The German outfit has bought a total of four brand new Porsche 963 LMDh cars, with the plan of running a single entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and a single car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023. The team is not ready to announce any drivers yet, nor if they are going to do the full season, or if they start at a later stage. There is a doubt if Porsche will…

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Mako and Tandy part of 963 programme

Porsche Penske Motorsport has announced the final two drivers, who are part part of the racing programmes in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship og FIA World Endurance Championship for 2023. That will be two very familiar Porsche faces – Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy. Mako has been part of the development of the new Porsche 963 LMDh car since the beginning – actually he drove the very first meters in the car before Christmas 2021. He has since been part of their testprogramme which has surpassed 20.000 kilometers of testing during…

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Ye first driver for Hertz Team JOTA

Yifei Ye is the first confirmed driver at Hertz Team JOTA, for their upcoming 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign. The Chinese driver has impressed a lot of people in sportscar racing, with the results that he has achieved so far. He won both the Asian Le Mans Series and European Le Mans Series in 2021, and continued to race on in the ELMS in 2022 for COOL Racing, where he grabbed three podium finishes, and fifth in the final standings. JOTA is definitely not a new name in the…

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Iron Lynx official partner with Lamborghini

Iron Lynx and Lamborghini have announced a brand new collaboration for the upcoming seasons 2023 will be a GT3 collaboration, with 2024 being the big year of the LMDh car. Iron Lynx has run with Ferrari so far, no matter what category they have entered. They started out working with Kessel Racing, until they started their own operation. They started working together with Prema Racing for the 2022 season, and they ran the LMP2 part of the team, while Iron Lynx ran the GTE, GT3 and Ferrari Challenge cars. They…

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Ferrari LMH presented

Ferrari has shown their brand new LMH car to the public, during the Ferrari Mondiali 2022 at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola. The car will be named Ferrari 499P, and will be able to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 2023 will however be FIA WEC only, where a lot of the racing happening close to the home base in Maranello, in case some spare parts are needed. There won’t be any private cars from the start of the 2023…

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Changes at Peugeot TotalEnergies

The 2022 season finale in the FIA WEC, which will run at the 8 Hours of Bahrain, will see a change in the line-up at Peugeot TotalEnergies. The French outfit has said goodbye to James Rossiter immediately, since the Brit moved to a new job as team principal at Maserati in Formula E. So he only got two race weekends onboard the new Peugeot 9×8 Hypercar The team has called up Nico Müller instead. Müller signed a contract with the French car manufacturer, after being an Audi Sport driver for…

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UA has car #23 signed – maybe

United Autosports has announced the three drivers for their car #23, which they are planning to run in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship. Josh Pierson was announced way back in Le Mans week. Now Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist have been announced alongside the 16-year-old American. But there might be a small stumbling block. The FIA is currently scrutineering all the driver rankings of all sportscar drivers in the whole world, and while a lot of drivers already got their 2023 ranking, they are still undecided about Pierson. Pierson…

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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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Lequien – future tv broadcast plans

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 contains different subjects. FIA WEC TV is currently behind a pay-wall. Where is the current consideration, bearing in mind that the number of manufacturers who are coming – they are going to be keen on as big an audience as possible. Is there a discussion about…

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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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Lequien: “We can go everywhere”

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 parts, which contain different subjects. The first part is about the race schedules. The 2023 schedules haven’t been well received by all teams, fans and especially drivers, since there is a total of four date clashes with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, cross the FIA WEC and ELMS. Is…

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Cadillac presents WEC drivers plus extra Daytona car

Cadillac Racing has presented their three drivers for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season. The American team will enter the Hypercar category, with one of their brand new Cadillac V-LMDh cars, which will be run by Chip Ganassi Racing. It’s three very well-known faces behind the wheel of the new car – not only at CGR, but also in the FIA WEC. Earl Bamber and Alexander Lynn will continue their collaboration, which started in the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with one of the team’s DPi cars. Richard Westbrook…

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FIA WEC expands for 2023

The FIA World Endurance Championship expands to 7 races for the 2023 season. Six of the well-known events are joined by a seventh, which was one of the COVID-19 replacements in the 2021 season. The season will start at Sebring on March 11-12 with two days of Prologue testing, prior to the 8 hours/1000 Miles season opener on the following Friday 17 – the day prior to the IMSA 12 hours race. The series returns to the Portuguese track of Portimao, for 6 hours in the hills on April 16.…

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Four drivers chosen for Rookie test

The FIA World Endurance Championship has chosen the four drivers for this year’s Rookie test, which will run on the Sunday after the season finale in Bahrain. This has been a tradition for the past few years, where four young talents will have the chance to do at least 30 laps in the championship winning cars. Lilou Wadoux will have the chance to test the 2022 Championship winning Hypercar. Alpine Elf Team #36 and Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 are equal on points, with the 36 having lead for most of…

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Müller moves from Audi to Peugeot

Nico Müller will end his Audi Sport deal at the end of the season. The Swiss driver will move from the German car manufacturer to French car maker Peugeot, where he will be part of their FIA World Endurance Championship line-up. Müller started at Audi Sport in 2014, where he became part of their DTM team. He has been a part of that ever since, from Class 1 regulations to the current GT3 rules. He has been active in ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where he was racing for…

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ARC Bratislava skips Fuji

ARC Bratislava has chosen to skip the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will be held at Fuji International Speedway in two weeks time. The Slovakian team has had a difficult year in the FIA WEC 2022, with a heavy shunt and subsequent retirement at the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps cost them a lot of points. The 2022 season is the second FIA WEC season for the Miro Konopka led team. They started the 2021 season with a Ligier JSP 217, before moving to an ORECA…

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Van der Zande helping out at Fuji

Renger van der Zande will get to race at Fuji International Speedway, when the 5th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will run there in two weeks’ time. The Dutchman will sub for Nico Müller at Vector Sport in the LMP2 category, since Müller will be racing in DTM that weekend, as mentioned in a previous article. Van der Zande hasn’t raced for the team before, but is a teammate to Sebastien Bourdais in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA. They are sharing a Cadillac DPI car,…

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Rast switches brand

Rene Rast will switch to a different car brand for the 2023 season. The 35-year-old German racing driver has been racing in Audis since 2011, doing pretty much every series and car that they participate in. But when 2022 is over, he will switch the four rings to another Bavarian car manufacturer – BMW. Rast has been pretty much synonymous with the VW Audi Group throughout his career. He did however do Formula BMW in 2003 and 2004, before moving into Volkswagen Polo Cup, which he won in 2005. He…

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Acura presents ARX-06 for real

Acura has finally shown their new ARX-06 LMDh car without camouflage. The car will participate in the IMA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the brand new GTP category, and has the possibility to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But the current indications are not pointing towards that in its debut season. The team has already started testing the car now, and it will have it’s race debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2023, where the new GTP category will…

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