Lamborghini confirms LMDh programme

After several years of rumours, it’s finally confirmed – Lamborghini will enter Prototype racing. The Italian car manufacturer is ready with an LMDh car from 2024 onward, in addition to their various GT programmes. The cars will be participating in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the new GTP category, which will start in 2023, while a FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar category is planned as well. They have already found their partners on both sides of the Atlantic, but their names were not mentioned in today’s…

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Fantastic race at Spa Francorchamps

FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps was a classic Spa race, with changing weather and fantastic racing. Olivier Pla, Pipo Derani and Romain Dumas in Glickenhaus Racing #708 had taken the team’s first Pole Position in FIA WEC, ahead of Alpine Elf Team #36 with Matthieu Vaxiviere, Nicolas Lapierre and Andre Negrao, followed by Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway, and Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa and Sebastien Buemi in P4. AF Corse #83 with Alessio Rovera,…

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Six changes for Spa

There will be six changes amongst the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers, when the second round of 2022 will be run at Spa Francorchamps in two weeks’ time. Glickenhaus Racing #708 has swapped Ryan Briscoe for Pipo Derani. Derani was busy with his American Cadillac DPi programme, when Round 1 was held at Sebring International Raceway, so the Brazilian had to focus on that job, while Briscoe got some race miles. Glickenhaus Racing #708 has Romain Dumas and Olivier Pla plus Derani in the car for Spa, while Briscoe, Richard…

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Two more Le Mans line-ups announced

The seats for the 2022 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans are slowly filling up. CD Sport #27 will enter their first 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French team has bought the Ligier JS P217, which Eurointernational drove in the 2020 event. They earned their place on the 24 hours grid, thanks to the LMP3 title in the Asian Le Mans Series in February 2022, and it will be a mix of three drivers from that effort. Christopher Cresp was the initial announcement, along with their name…

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LMDh from 2022, new LMP2 from 2025

World Motorsport Council held a meeting last weekend, and there were two important subjects on the agenda regarding the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series, plus the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The first decision was only regarding the FIA WEC in 2022, where LMDh cars will be allowed in this year’s World Championship rounds. The original introduction of LMDh was scheduled for 2022, but due to the COVID-19 situation, it was all postponed for a year, so all the suppliers were able to get…

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Terrific opening race in FIA WEC

The second 1000 Miles of Sebring in history, which was also the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022, was run on the historic Sebring International Raceway. Alpine Elf Team #36 with Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere started the race from Pole Position, ahead of Glickenhaus Racing #708 with Olivier Pla, Ryan Briscoe and Romain Dumas, while Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa would start from the third position. Nicklas Nielsen, Francois Perrodo and Alessio Rovera had taken LMP2 Pole…

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Sebring 1000 Miles qualifying 2022

The qualifying for the 1000 Miles race at Sebring was run on Thursday evening, prior to the opening race in the FIA World Endurance Championship The 17 GTE cars were the first on the track for their ten-minute qualifying. While the Pro drivers qualified in the GTE Pro category, it was the Bronze-rated drivers who had to qualify the GTE Am cars. The qualifying was run shortly before sunset, which was a condition the teams hadn’t tested at all, neither in the Prologue nor the practice sessions afterwards. It didn’t…

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FIA WEC Prologue 2022

The FIA World Endurance Championship preparations for the 2022 season finally got underway. There was a two-day prologue at Sebring International Raceway before the season starts on Wednesday. For the majority of the teams, the test went well with plenty of laps for the drivers. But it didn’t take long before the first lengthy interruption in the first session on Saturday. A huge thunderstorm with heavy rain and a strong wind drove over, so all the marshals had to leave the track for safety. On the second day, however, there…

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Le Mans starting list 2022

Automobile Club l’Ouest has announced the starting list for this year’s 24 hours at Le Mans. The list consists of sixty-two cars as it has been since 2019. There are some surprises, but most of them are already known since the FIA World Endurance Championship has handed automatic invitations to the majority of the field. In Hypercar, there are FIA World Endurance Championship cars plus an extra from Glickenhaus Racing. Peugeot TotalEnergies can’t get their car ready for the race this year since it would require a start at Spa…

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Significant rule change for Toyota

We usually try to keep the Balance Of Performance discussion away from the Racing24-7.net content. It has been an essential part of sportscar racing, where the GTE cars have been adjusted to race equally, no matter if it was physically bigger or smaller, or the difference of engine configuration. With the introduction of the Hypercar category in 2021, we saw the arrival of BOP in that category too, where it previously was called Equivalence of Technology. Two names – more or less the same aim, of making cars being able…

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G-Drive pulls out – Le Mans entry re-opens

G-Drive Racing has chosen to pull out from the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series for the 2022 season. The reasoning behind this is the sanctions against Russia, following their invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in the parent company of G-Drive, Gazprom no longer being able to make deals with the western countries. Roman Rusinov, the face of G-Drive Racing during all their many different collaborations, with many different teams for the past many seasons, announced the decision in a social media post, that there…

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Dempsey-Proton with new power couple

Dempsey-Proton Racing will be entered the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship with a new power pairing. It’s to no surprise, that Christian Ried is back behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR #77. He is the sole driver in the FIA WEC history, to have done every single round that has been held since 2012. The team usually gets drivers directly from the Porsche junior programme, but that’s not the case with the #77 this year. Harry Tincknell and Sebastian Priaulx will be part of a new pairing, that…

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Another Dane to race for Team Project 1

Team Project 1 will have another Danish driver behind the wheel for the 2022 FIA WEC season. Mikkel O. Pedersen will be racing for the sportscar team onboard the Porsche 911 RSR #46. The 24-year-old Dane has already raced thousands of kilometres with the German sportscar brand. He made his debut in 2013, and has raced in several categories in both Denmark and the Nordics, prior to entering the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where he raced from late 2015 until the end of 2019, followed by a couple of seasons…

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Iron Lynx with big 2022 programme

Iron Lynx has announced more details regarding all their racing programmes for the 2022 season. They will run two cars in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series. Claudio Schiavoni and Matteo Cressoni will be joined by Giancarlo Fisichella in car #60 for the full FIA WEC season. Davide Rigon will pair up with Schiavoni and Cressoni for the ELMS season. That will give more time for Andrea Piccini to run the team, rather than being in a racing car himself. Fisichella has been a…

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Kvyat new man at G-Drive

There will still be a Russian flagged driver at G-Drive Racing, when they run in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022. Daniil Kvyat will be racing for the team, run by Algarve Pro Racing, and that will be the sportscar debut for the 27-year-old driver. G-Drive Racing has traditionally run another Russian driver, in the shape of Roman Rusinov. But he won’t be running in the FIA WEC this year, but will go for the European Le Mans Series instead. Kvyat was part of the Red Bull programme for many…

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Vector Sport has found their substitute

Vector Sport has found their substitute for the opening round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring International Raceway in just over one month time. The new LMP2 team has Ryan Cullen and Nico Müller as their full-season drivers, while Sebastien Bourdais will have to miss the first race of the year, since his Cadillac Racing contract in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has first priority. So Vector Sport has had to find a replacement for him – and that is one of the very best out there, from…

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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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JOTA changes moult once again

JOTA will once again change their colours, ahead of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season. The British team has pretty much been using the full-colour palette over the past few years. They ran G-Drive Racing orange in 2016. They moved to red and black, with a lot of Chinese signs on the cars, when they ran under the Jackie Chan DC Racing banner before Goodyear blue and yellow was the choice for the 2019/20 season. The 2021 season was British Racing Green, with a slight hint of red, but…

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37 cars entered for Sebring

There are 37 cars entered for the opening round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season. Everything on that list is as expected, following the announcement from Peugeot TotalEnergies, that they are going to miss Sebring, but will join the series at a later stage this year. The rest of the entrants are full-season FIA WEC competitors only. There are more reasons for that. First of all, we have the season start at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, which is quite a journey for all the European ELMS teams,…

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More exciting names in the WEC

There will be more interesting names on the entry list for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022. Richard Mille Racing Team has been a female-only team until now, but this will be reduced to a single female for this year. Lilou Wadoux was the first name to be announced in the car, when the entry list was released a couple of weeks ago, but she will be joined by two very successful drivers. Charles Milesi is the reigning FIA WEC champion in the LMP2 category, where he won the title with…

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