Toyota shows new Hypercar

Toyota Gazoo Racing has shown their brand new Hypercar, that will participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021. The car will be named GR010 Hybrid, and will build on the knowledge from the TS040 and TS050 models. At first glance, the car looks very similar to its predecessors, but there are quite significant changes, if you put the TS050 and GR010 next to each other. The car is 250mm longer, plus 100mm wider and taller. It’s 162kg heavier, and then it’s limited to a maximum of 500 kW /…

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JOTA with the same drivers in WEC and AsLMS

JOTA Sport has announced for one of their cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship plus the Asian Le Mans Series. It will be the same three drivers, who are going to share the car throughout the 2021 season. Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael will share the ORECA 07 Gibson #38 LMP2 car. Vandoorne has a bit of FIA WEC LMP1 experience from SMP Racing, that he had two outings for during the 2018/19 season, after Jenson Button left the team. The two race programmes will be in…

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4 rapid drivers for Inter Europol

Inter Europol Competition has announced the four drivers, for their new FIA World Endurance Championship programme in 2021. The team has run for several seasons in the European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series, and gave the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship go for two races in 2020. The IMSA series was the place for the otherwise long time Ligier team to try out an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, which is the choice of car for their FIA WEC programme. Some might say – hey, you don’t need four…

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Aston Martin closes their works team

Aston Martin Racing will be closed down as a factory team. That has been announced by the British car manufacturer this morning. That means that the team will no longer enter factory cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship in neither GTE Pro nor GTE Am. AMR finished the season as World Champions in both the Manufacturer and Driver Championships, with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen winning the GTE Pro title for the second time in their careers. The team also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both…

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United ready with first entry

United Autosports has announced their first FIA World Endurance Championship entry for the 2021 season. The choice of drivers is two-thirds of the championship-winning car from the 2019/20 season, with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque continuing as a pairing. Phil Hanson is Silver ranked driver until 1. January 2021, where he will be upgraded to Gold. That has resulted in the team having to find a new Silver driver. They have found Fabio Scherer, who has experience from single-seaters, GT cars, and most recently, DTM. With the changes to the…

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Porsche ready with LMDh in 2023

Porsche has finally confirmed the many rumours, that have been humming for the last few months. The German car manufacturer will return to the top category of sportscar racing, and will enter LMDh cars in 2023. The car type will replace the DPi category in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but will go one step further, with a globally acknowledged category, opposite to DPi, which is only approved in the USA. The cars will all be based on one of the four LMP2 chassis’ from Dallara, ORECA, Multimatic or Ligier,…

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Big Porsche driver shake-up

Porsche had really mixed their cards for the 2021 season. An unexpected change has come in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche will keep racing with two cars, and while #91 continues with Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni, Neel Jani will step into the #92 alongside Kevin Estre. Michael Christensen is no longer part of that FIA WEC line-up, and has actually fallen out of the Porsche works driver programme. Porsche has however found a seat for him in GT World Challenge Europe, where he will do the full season…

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Racing Team Nederland goes for stability

Racing Team Nederland will be aiming at stability for the 2021 season. This is the first time for the Dutch team to run the exact same drivers, team and car, as they did in the previous season – with a slight modification. Team owner Frits van Eerd will continue behind the wheel of the ORECA 07 Gibson once again, that once again will be run by TDS Racing, for the second season in a row. This new agreement is for both 2021 and 2022. Giedo van der Garde will race…

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Rule changes in FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC for 2021

The FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup will introduce a few changes to their regulations in 2021. Some of the things are common, while others are more championship specific. The perhaps most important change is that the LMP2 category will have to race on Goodyear tires. ACO has chosen a single tire supplier, to keep the costs down. There has been a tire war between Goodyear/Dunlop and Michelin so far, with Michelin having the upper hand for some time, but with Goodyear finishing…

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High Class with three Danes in WEC

High Class Racing will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021, with three Danes in the car. The Danish team will run with Jan Magnussen, Dennis Andersen and Anders Fjordbach, at the 6 races in the 2021 season. The car will once again be their ORECA 07 Gibson in the LMP2 category with Goodyear tires. Magnussen tested the car in December 2019, and was initially on the reserve list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020, but when the team was called up with their second car (in addition…

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Audi changes focus

There is a lot of changes coming in the Audi concern. The German car manufacturer made an announcement early this afternoon, that Dieter Gass will leave Audi, having worked for them since 2012. He previously worked at Audi from November 1994 until March 2001, where he was engineer and race engineer, including their sportscar programme. After just over 10 years in Formula 1 at Toyota and Lotus, he returned to Audi in 2012, where he worked as the right hand to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, and went on to replace him…

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Review: Become Who You Are

Become Who You Are is a brand new sports documentary, that had its premiere this evening. The movie is about Jules Gounon, Memo Rojas, Scott Dixon and Bruno Senna, and their way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans The majority of the car scenes in the movie is recorded during the 24 hours race in 2019, but does contain historic clips too, from the drivers own archives. The movie is directed and produced by Frenchman Virginie Dulauroy, who is a new name in the documentary world, but is a…

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DragonSpeed back in the FIA WEC

DragonSpeed will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021. The team will run with Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman, in addition to Juan Pablo Montoya, who made his debut with the team at Le Mans 2020. The team was most recently present in the series throughout the 2018/19 season, with both an LMP2 and an LMP1 car. The LMP1 programme was slowly falling apart due to technical issues, with the huge bone-breaking accident for Pietro Fittipaldi not making it any better. Their 2020 season has been very sporadic,…

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24 cars for FIA WEC season finale

It will be quite a different starting grid for the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain this weekend. The long season, decided championships, mixed up with the COVID-19 situation, have resulted in just 24 cars on the entry list. Toyota Gazoo Racing is the only remaining team in the LMP1 category, which will shut down following this race. The pair of cars will battle for the title amongst them, with #8 currently leading #7. With just 7 points between them, the best-placed car will take the championship. Brendon…

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Changes coming at Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing will be starting the 2021 season with at least one new driver on the team. The American team has announced, that Oliver Gavin no longer will be a part of the team as a full-season driver, once the season finale at Sebring has been run in two weeks time. The announcement is made one year after Jan Magnussen ended his work for the team. A common theme between Oliver and Jan, is that both have had several seasons without a single victory. Jan was replaced by Jordan Taylor,…

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Few, but important driver category changes

The FIA Driver Categorisation Committee has announced the changes for the sportcar drivers in 2021. The categorisation consists of 4 categories, from Bronze in the bottom, for the drivers with limited experience in a racing car, or if they have hit a certain age, via Silver ranking for amateurs or young talents, to Gold and Platinum, which more or less is the same – i.e. a professional driver, or drivers that show the same pace as professional drivers. The majority of the just shy of 4000 drivers on the list,…

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Aston Martin changes in Bahrain

Aston Martin Racing will make some changes to their line-up, when the FIA World Endurance Championship finale will be run in Bahrain next month. The changes will happen in car #98 in GTE Am, where Paul Dalla and Ross Gunn will be joined by Richard Westbrook. That is the fifth different line up in six races. The season started out with Dalla Lana, Gunn and Darren Turner. Following the long spring break due to COVID-19, the team entered the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard and Spa Francorchamps, where…

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LMP2 changes for 2021

The FIA World Motor Sport Council announced today, that there are changes coming for the LMP2 category from next year onwards. It will be made mandatory, that LMP2 teams in FIA WEC have to consist of three drivers, and that teams no longer can do quite as Pro combinations, as the regulations currently allow. From next year onwards, it’s demanded to have at least one Bronze driver or two Silver ranked drivers, out of the three drivers. The announcement is officially just about the FIA WEC, but the rules are…

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25 cars entered for Bahrain

The FIA World Endurance Championship has 25 cars entered for the 2019/20 season finale in Bahrain, in the middle of November. The LMP1 category is sadly reduced to only Toyota Gazoo Racing. They will enter their two regular works entries, in which will be the final outing for the TS050-Hybrid, before their new Hypercar will run from 2021 onwards. Rebellion Racing called it a day after Le Mans, and Team LNT Ginetta hasn’t run in 2020 at all. ByKolles Racing Team only participated at Le Mans. Toyota Gazoo Racing has…

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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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