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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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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