Rebellion says goodbye

Rebellion Racing has chosen to say goodbye to the FIA World Endurance Championship, after they completed the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The rumours have been around for a while, that they might already pull out after Le Mans, and that is now a fact. The team only had a theoretical possibility of winning the drivers title, while the constructors’ title already has been won by Toyota Gazoo Racing. That’s the end of 13 years of competition in sportscar racing for the watch manufacturer, who started working with the Speedy…

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Championship standings post Le Mans

It wasn’t just about race trophies, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The race was also the 7th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and therefore the penultimate round in the 2019/20 season. The point scale in the FIA WEC is graduated, so 4 and 6-hour races follow the Formula points scale. If the race is at least 8 hours, it’s 1,5 times points. And at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s double points. To make it even more complicated, points are only scored by the…

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Only minor changes to Le Mans result

There was thankfully only a few post-race changes for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans results. The positive news is that all the cars that were checked, were deemed legal. That hasn’t always been the case, where a pair of Ford cars last year had too large fuel tanks, or when the Vaillante Rebellion was disqualified in 2017, for drilling a small hole in the engine cover, so they could give a knock on a sick starter motor at each pitstop, without having to remove the engine cover. But…

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FIA WEC 2021 provisional schedule revealed

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their provisional schedule for the 2021 season. The Season 8 schedule has been trimmed down to a 6-race schedule for FIA WEC, due to the COVID-19 situation, and the economic challenges for companies around the world. The season starts on 13-14 March at Sebring International Raceway, with a two-day test, before the season opener will run on 19 March. That will be a 1000 Miles race, just like it was in 2019, and was planned to be in 2020. May 1st will be…

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Alpine moves into LMP1

Alpine has big ambitions for the 2021 motorsport year. Not only will they re-badge the Renault F1 team to Alpine, but they will also get up one notch in their sportscar programme. The team has competed in the LMP2 category during the past few seasons, with an ORECA 07 renamed as Alpine A470, and prior to that, an ORECA 03 under the A450 name. They will keep the ORECA connection since they will enter the LMP1 category from 2021 with the Rebellion R13 model, that ORECA has developed and build.…

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Goodyear blimp returns to Europe

The iconic Goodyear Blimp will be present in Europe once again. It will gets its debut this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and will then fly on to the 24 hours at the Nürburgring next weekend. It’s been 35 years since it has last flown in Europe. Since then it’s primarily been present at NASCAR races, where they are the tire suppliers. It even made an appearance in the Disney movie Cars – without Goodyear branding though. The Blimp itself is made by Zeppelin and is 75…

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Porsche with special Le Mans livery

When the practice sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans start this Thursday, we will have the two Porsche 911 RSR cars in GTE Pro in a very distinctive new livery, which makes it a lot easier to pick them apart. Porsche continues the retro theme, that they have stuck to at Le Mans and the IMSA series for the last couple of years. #91 will predominatly be red, while #92 will mostly be black. The red design on #91 is an homage to the Le Mans victory in…

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Ginetta pull out of Le Mans

Team LNT Ginetta has chosen to pull out from the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The team was originally slated to race with two cars, but they pulled out one of their cars earlier in the year. They were supposed to have raced with a single car at the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps one month ago, but they pulled out of that one too. Their own explanation of them pulling out from Le Mans, is due to the quarantine rules between France and the UK,…

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Le Mans entry list grows

The entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has only been shrinking lately, but the list has started to grow now. G-Drive Racing by Algarve will enter another Aurus 01 car in the LMP2 category. The collaboration has a connection to the Asian Le Mans Series, where they were the championship-winning combination from the 2019/20 season. Algarve Pro Racing will run the car, with the black and orange G-Drive Racing colours on the car. This will be an addition to the G-Drive Racing #26, which is already entered,…

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Bahrain moved forward a week

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced, that the season finale of the 2019/20 season in Bahrain has been moved forward a week. The race was originally scheduled for 21 November, but Formula 1 was lacking some events, and decided to go to Bahrain two weekends in a row, at the end of November and early December. That would result in just 2, maximum three days of turn around time from when the FIA WEC teams would leave the track, until the Formula 1, plus Formula 2 and Formula 3…

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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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5 more line-ups completed

The driver announcements for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans keeps coming in. Matthieu Vaxiviere will be driving with Nicolas Jamin and Julien Canal at Panis Racing. Jamin and Canal are usually paired up with Will Stevens as the third driver in the European Le Mans Series, but Stevens is part of the Jackie Chan DC Racing #37 outfit in the FIA WEC and also the 24 hours race. Vaxiviere is a perfect replacement as the third driver, since he has a lot of LMP2 experience. He raced LMP2…

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More drivers confirmed for Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is getting closer, so the teams are busy finalizing their driver line-ups. Eurasia Motorsport will run the same three drivers, which competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa Francorchamps this past weekend. Roberto Merhi, Nick Foster and Nobuya Yamanaka will be the three drivers, racing the black Ligier JS P217 Gibson. The team had to change two of the three original drivers due to the COVID-19 situation, and the related travel restrictions. Shane van Gisbergen and Daniel Gaunt was the original…

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Rain interference at Spa – updated

The Total 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps was a dramatic affair, when the 2019/20 season in the FIA World Endurance Championship finally got going again. The cars had been parked since the end of February, due to the COVID-19 situation, but the 29 cars were finally back on track. After dry weather on both Thursday and Friday, the heavens had opened ahead of the Saturday race. So all teams had no experience in the conditions. Norman Nato, Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna in the Rebellion Racing #1 had grabbed Pole…

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Porsche back on Pole

Porsche #92 with Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre is back on Pole Position after all, in today’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps. The pairing was on Pole Position, as the chequered flag was shown in the Qualifying, but a message popped up shortly after, that the lap of Estre was under investigation. One hour after the end of qualifying, there was a stewards decision – lap deleted. And since that was his only flying lap, there was no average to be counted between the two drivers, and…

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Exciting qualifying at Spa – updated

The qualifying for the 6 Hours at Spa Francorchamps in the FIA World Endurance Championship, was run on Friday evening. After an almost six months break due to the COVID-19 situation, the cars were finally back on track, with 29 cars entered for Belgium. Algarve Pro Racing should have been present too, but has had to withdraw as described here. First out were the 10 GTE Am cars and 6 GTE Pro cars. Despite news last weekend of Red River Sport Ferrari #62 pulling out of the meeting this weekend,…

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Infection gets influence on FIA WEC weekend

FIA World Endurance Championship will be slightly different this weekend, due to infection hitting several people in the paddock. Gabriel Aubry was suspected to be infected with COVID-19 yesterday and was denied access to the Spa Francorchamps paddock. He was a part of the European Le Mans Series race weekend last week, so his team, Algarve Pro Racing was also isolated. Aubry got a second test made, and that turned out positive. So everyone who has been in contact with him over the last few days also had to be…

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MR Racing pull out of remaining WEC races

MR Racing has chosen to pull out of the remaining races of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. The Japanese team with Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Kei Cozzolino won’t be participating in the race this weekend at Spa Francorchamps, and not the 24 Hours of Le Mans, nor the season finale in Bahrain in November. Team owner Ishikawa explains the decision, that he is not a professional racing driver, but only a gentleman racer, and that he is in contact with elderly people in his daily job, and…

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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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WeatherTech Racing goes for GTE Pro honors

WeatherTech Racing has chosen to jump up one category, for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American outfit, who is run by Scuderia Corsa, will participate in Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, but has chosen to enter the GTE Pro instead of GTE Am. The driver line-up will be Cooper MacNeil, Tony Vilander and Jeff Segal, who often joins the full-season IMSA pairing at the longer races in the USA. There are good chances to get a good result in this years GTE Pro category, since there only will…

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