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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Racing Team Nederland with two changes

Racing Team Nederland #29 has had to swap out two of its three drivers, for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Monza. Not only one, but two of the drivers have been tested positive for COVID-19. Job van Uitert was tested positive last week, prior to the European Le Mans Series race at the same track. That resulted in the whole United Autosports #32 outfit had to pull out of the weekend, since van Uitert had been together with them on the full test day on Thursday, with…

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High Class Racing has announced Le Mans drivers

High Class Racing has announced the final pieces of their Le Mans puzzle. The Danish team will enter two cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021, with their extra entry having Anders Fjordbach, plus Kevin and Jan Magnussen as the drivers. That has been a long time Magnussen family goal, plus a big dream for many of their fans. The team does, however, still have their regular FIA World Endurance Championship car #20 in the race. Dennis Andersen will be the only full season driver remaining in that…

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Thiim called up for Le Mans

Nicki Thiim will be racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021 after all. The Dane has been called in for NorthWest AMR #98, where he will be super-sub for Augusto Farfus. Farfus has other contractual obligations that weekend, so Paul Dalla Lana and Marcos Gomes will have a new teammate for the 24 hours race. Thiim is the defending World Champion in GTE Pro, but Aston Martin pulled out of sportscar racing as works teams, with the owners moving their focus to the re-branded Formula 1 team, so he…

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IMSA, ACO and FIA with future agreement

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have agreed on the new LMH, LMDh and LMP2 rules for the future years in sportscar racing. The three parties have been working towards this collaboration for a long time, with the announcement happening at Daytona 2020, where the new LMDh regulations were announced too. It was already announced back then, that the LMDh models would be welcome in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the…

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United Autosports ready with full driver line-up

United Autosports has finally announced their full driver line-up for the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Car #22 is their FIA World Endurance Championship car, and will consist of the three regular drivers – Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Fabio Scherer. While Hanson and Albuquerque are the defending champions of the race, it’s going to be the first for Swiss driver Scherer. Three of the drivers from their European Le Mans Series programme will share car #32. Nico Jamin and Manuel Maldonado are already teammates in…

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Fuji cancelled, Bahrain double ends season

FIA World Endurance Championship has made changes to the final 33% of the 2021 race schedule. It’s naturally due to the COVID-19 situation, and the challenges that it keeps bringing, all around the world. LMEM and ACO, unfortunately, have to cancel the trip to Fuji Speedway, since Japan is still troubled by the infection rates, and has very strong quarantine rules, which would make it very difficult and expensive for everybody involved in the series. The organizers have decided to run two rounds at Bahrain International Circuit, finishing the season…

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Peugeot reveals Hypercar

Peugeot Sport has revealed their new Hypercar, which will enter competition in 2022. The French car manufacturer has named the car Peugeot 9X8, and it has a very special design regarding the rear end of the car. The pictures show a racing car without rear wing, but just a low spoiler at the end of the engine cover. The car has some very significant rear lights, which are the three stripes, that are known from their road cars. The lights sticks out from the bodywork, and have some aerodynamic effect…

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More changes to United Autosports

There is one more change amongst the drivers at United Autosports USA #22, for this week’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Portimao. Fabio Scherer has been tested positive for COVID-19 twice within 48 hours, and that means that he can’t participate this weekend. The team has had to call up Wayne Boyd, who is a bit of a multi talent at United Autosports. The 30-year-old Brit has swapped between the LMP2 and LMP3 cars, throughout the past six seasons, and already has experience with the Portimao track in Portugal,…

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Approximately 50.000 spectators allowed at Le Mans

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced, that there will be access for approximately 50.000 spectators at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race, which has been pushed back to 21-22 August 2021, will run at 20% capacity compared to normal years, since the COVID-19 still puts a damper on events. All spectators showing up to the track, will have to bring a Health Passport, to be able to get into the circuit. There will be free access for people under 16 years, while there will be free grandstands…

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