Ferrari and ORECA in a new collaboration

Ferrari has signed a new deal with ORECA, regarding the manufacturing of their upcoming GT3 car. The Italian car manufacturer has utilized the 488 model for quite a few years now, with Michelotto as the workshop assembling the cars. That will move to the French ORECA factory, based very close to Circuit Paul Ricard. The car will be designed in Maranello, but assembled in France, where they will handle spare parts and after-sales customer service. There is no news regarding all the single-make racing, that Ferrari runs with various Challenge…

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G-Drive Racing and APR take on Daytona and FIA WEC

G-Drive Racing has revealed some of the 2022 plans. The Russian sponsor, who has been around sportscar racing for many years, has extended its partnership with Algarve Pro Racing, after the two parties started working together in the Asian Le Mans Series, and more recently, in the European Le Mans Series 2021. The season already started in January at Daytona International Speedway, where APR and G-Drive Racing will participate in the classic 24 hours race, which is a part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They will stay in Florida,…

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Vector Sport new FIA WEC team

Vector Sport is the latest team to announce their entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022. The team with British base near Silverstone, and plans to run a single ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 in the upcoming season. Nico Müller is the first announced driver for the team. Müller still has strong connections to Audi Sport but with very limited experience in prototype racing. The Swiss racer has a single start in the FIA WEC, where he raced for G-Drive Racing at Shanghai 2017. He mostly has experience from GT3…

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Corvette Racing announces 2022 plans

Corvette Racing has decided to announce their 2022 plans, at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale. The team will once again run in IWSC, but will have to rebuild their current C8.R to GT3-alike specifications, since the GTLM category closes, and turns into GTD Pro. The team has already tested an ABS system, when they raced at Detroit earlier this year, which was a non-championship round for GTLM. But the C8.R model in GTLM/GTE spec will not be packed away just yet, but will go on a world tour…

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Brundle extends with Inter Europol Competition

Inter Europol Competition has made a new two-year deal with Alex Brundle. The Brit has raced for the team in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season, which was a brand new task for the Polish/German team. The LMP2 category wasn’t brand new for the team, who has been active in both LMP3 and LMP2 in the European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series through the previous seasons – first with Ligier JS P217 LMP2, and then with ORECA 07 cars, which is the favourite choice of LMP2…

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Keating continues with TF Sport

Ben Keating is a man who often doesn’t race the same cars, two years in a row. The 50-year-old American has decided to continue in the exact same Aston Martin Vantage GTE car, that he has raced with at TF Sport throughout the 2021 season. His teammates are not quite ready yet, since Dylan Pereira will be updated to Gold-ranked driver in 2022. Since only one Gold or Platinum driver is allowed in the car, plus a Silver driver – other than Bronze ranked driver Keating. Felipe Fraga is the…

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Final race for two drivers

When the final round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season is run this Saturday, it will also be the final race for at least two drivers in the field. Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima have chosen to end their professional careers, once the 8 Hours of Bahrain has been run. Both drivers have been more or less a fixed part of the FIA WEC since its start in 2012, and in the case of Davidson, even long before that too. Both Davidson and Nakajima have raced for Toyota…

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AF Corse with big LMP2 project

AF Corse is almost synonymous with GT racing all over the world, but they will be ramping up in LMP2 as well. The change will happen towards their 2023 Hypercar programme, which they are going to run as a factory team for Ferrari. The drivers for the first of two cars, which they plan to run in both the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the European Le Mans Series in 2022. Francois Perrodo is the first driver to sign a deal with the team. The French Bronze rated driver will…

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Alpine confirms LMDh programme

Alpine has confirmed a brand new LMDh programme, which will compete in ACO racing from 2024. The French car manufacturer has made a deal with ORECA, who will be building the car, while the engine will be developed at their own factory in Viry-Chatillon, in the outskirts of Paris. Signatech has been chosen as a partner in the programme. The French team has been active together with Alpine since 2013, where they first participated in the European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 category, and later on in the FIA…

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Hanson continues at UA

Phil Hanson will be racing for United Autosports once again in 2022. The Brit has signed a new contract with the team in the FIA World Endurance Championship onboard car #22, which he will share with Filipe Albuquerque. Hanson arrived at the team in 2018 and started racing in the European Le Mans Series, moving into the winter season of the Asian Le Mans Series, where the team claimed the title. 2020 was a fantastic year for the team, since they both won the European Le Mans Series, and the…

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Cadillac confirms LMDh programme

Cadillac has finally confirmed the long-awaited LMDh programme, which has been rumoured for a long time. The American car giant will once again work together with Dallara, who has built their current DPi car, to create the future prototype, that will compete in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car manufacturer has teamed up with two teams, to run the cars. Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing will be the official part teams, for the…

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UA already preparing for 2022

United Autosports has already started preparing for the upcoming 2022 season. The English-American team has big plans for next season, expanding to two cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 category. The team will enter two ORECA 07 Gibson cars, with one of them being raced by Filipe Albuquerque. The Portuguese driver has been with the team since 2017, but has had to miss a few rounds here and there due to IMSA clashes. His teammates are not yet announced. He will continue in car #22. The…

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FIA WEC points standings after Le Mans

All cars went through the post-race scrutineering without any issues, which was a very good thing compared to previous years, where irregularities were found. The Le Mans-winning Hypercar from Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 is the new leader of the championship, ahead of its sister car #8, while Alpine Elf Matmut #36 are third. But there is absolutely nothing decided yet, with just 30 points between the leading #7, and #36, with 65 points still on offer. JOTA #28 has jumped into the LMP2 lead, just a single point ahead of…

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ACO reveals future plans

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed their future plans regarding the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series. The cars will race on brand new, 100% renewable fuel from TotalEnergies. The French company has been the sole supplier to the series since 2018, where they took over from Shell. The fuel will contain waste products from wine production in France, and is expected to reduce the CO2 emission from the race cars by 62%. The next big step is 2023,…

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6 races on FIA WEC 2022 schedule

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their 2022 schedule. The schedule will once again be 6 races, just like the 2021 edition. The season starts on 12-13 March at Sebring, with two days of Prologue, ahead of the 1000 Miles (max 8 hours) being run at the same circuit on 18 March. The 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps will race on 7 May, and will be the final preparation prior to the 24 Hours Of Le Mans on 11-12 June. Monza is back on the schedule with a 6…

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IDEC Sport 17 pulls out of Le Mans

There won’t be a blue ORECA 07 Gibson car with number 17 on the side panels, once the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans start tomorrow, Saturday. Era Motorsport, which is the team behind the IDEC Sport #17 car, has chosen to pull out, after a true nightmare weekend for them. It all started out last weekend, where Kyle Tilley injured his shoulder, so he had to skip the NASCAR race in Indianapolis. That resulted in him in missing the 24 hours of Le Mans as well.…

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IDEC Sport swaps driver

IDEC Sport has had to swap one of their drivers, even before the race weekend itself really has gotten started. Kyle Tilley had to call his Le Mans participation off since he has got a shoulder injury, that kept him out of the NASCAR race at Indianapolis last weekend too. Era Motorsport, who runs under the IDEC Sport banner in the European Le Mans Series and at Le Mans, has contacted Thomas Laurent, who has been without a racing seat at all this year, after having an amazing rise through…

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Several changes to Le Mans entry list

There have been several late changes to the entry list for the 24 Hours Of Le Mans, just two days prior to the official test day. The innovative car Team SRT41 #84 has seen Francois Heriau swapped out for Matthieu Lahaye. Heriau and Lahaye are usually teammates at Ultimate in the European Le Mans Series, but the plan was for Heriau to be lent out to Team SRT41 #84 for the 24-hour race. Unfortunately, he has injured himself, so it will be Lahaye who joins Takuma Aoki and Nigel Bailly…

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Panis, PR1 and Graff show their colours

As tradition dictates, there are several one-off liveries for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports #24 and Panis Racing #65 are both run by the French Tech1 team, so the cars have a very similar design. PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports #24 got their Le Mans entry this year thanks to Patrick Kelly, who won the LMP2 championship in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning a Le Mans entry. Kelly will be joined by Simon Trummer and Gabriel Aubry. Those two drivers have been around the team for…

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Points standings after Monza

There have been quite a few changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship points standings, following the latest race at Monza in Italy. The Hypercar is still led by Toyota Gazoo Racing #8, but their advantage has shrunk to just six points over their teammates in #7. Alpine Elf Matmut #36 is 15 points from the lead, after two second places and a third so far, while the two Glickenhaus cars sit fourth and fifth. United Autosports USA #22 has moved back into the LMP2 championship lead, after the victory…

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