Drive-through penalty awaits Floyd Vanwall

Floyd Vanwall Racing Team #4 already has received the first penalty for the FIA World Endurance Championship race in Bahrain. Esteban Guerrieri was heading back towards the pit, towards the end of the FP3, but with just over 5 minutes remaining, the Argentinian decided to loosen his seat belts already in Turn 11 – i.e. way way before he had entered the pitlane. The whole episode was caught on the onboard camera from the car, and was even broadcast live on the YouTube feet. And such a thing, will be…

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New FIA WEC qualification format approved

The Qualifying session for the FIA World Endurance Championship will be changed for the 2024 season. The changes comes into force, in an already big change of the race format, with LMP2 and GTE Am dropping out, and being replaced by the new LMGT3 category. Those are the well known GT3 cars from other championships, but with iluminated numbers, and the three colors dots on each side of the car, indicating top 3. But that in itself has nothing with the qualifying to do. The change is that Hypercar will…

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UA prepares for McLaren programme in FIA WEC

United Autosports has announced a partnership with McLaren Automotive, regarding a programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the GT3 category for the 2024 season. McLaren will however first have to be accepted as a constructor in the FIA WEC, with very limited spaces available. UA has been active in ACO racing since 2016, when they entered the European Le Mans Series, first running a pair of LMP3 cars, and then later on LMP2 cars as well. They expanded to a FIA WEC programme in 2019, winning the title…

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Three rookies confirmed for Bahrain test

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the three drivers, who are going to participated in the 2023 edition of the Rookie test, following the season finale in Bahrain. Josh Pierson has been chosen to test in the Hypercar category, where it’s already known to be the championship winning Toyota Gazoo Racing – we just don’t know if it’s number 7 or 8 yet. Pierson is doing his second season in the FIA WEC for United Autosports in LMP2, where he won at Portimao earlier this year, and currently sits…

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Vandoorne confirmed at Peugeot

Stoffel Vandoorne has been confirmed as new driver at Peugeot ToralEnergies. The team haven’t officially confirmed it yet, but it is expected to be Gustavo Menezes, that he is replacing. The Belgian driver got signed by the team as a test driver in November 2022, when he participated in the Rookie test in Bahrain, following the season finale. He got his race debut at Fuji in Japan 14 days ago, where he repacted Nico Müller, who was sidelined due to injury. It is still not confirmed, if this is the…

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Extra Japanese drivers at Fuji

The FIA World Endurance Championship will have a few extra local drivers on the starting grid, when the 6-hour race will be run this weekend. Amongst the 36 competing cars, there are a total of 8 Japanese drivers on the entry list. It’s no surprise that Kamui Kobayashi and Ryo Hirakawa participate for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the Hypercar category, like they have done all year long. D’Station Racing Aston Martin #777 is once again competing in the GTE Am kategory with Satoshi Hoshino and Tomonobu Fujii alongside British racer Casper…

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Vandoorne in Peugeot debut at Fuji

Stoffel Vandoorne will have his race debut for Peugeot TotalEnergies, when the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Fuji International Speedway next week. The Belgian racer will replace Nico Müller in car #94, who has broken his collarbone, following an accident during his summer holiday. This is far from the first time that Vandoorne has participated in the FIA WEC. The former F1 driver has previously raced for SMP Racing in their LMP1 car, and done a season for JOTA in the LMP2 category. Vandoorne was announced as a test…

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Frijns new BMW works driver

Robin Frijns has signed a new contract with BMW Motorsport. The 31-year-old Dutch driver will become a part of their new LMDh test programme, ahead of their FIA World Endurance Championship 2024 entry. Frijns will join from Audi Sport, where he was works driver for many seasons. He was on the road to a sportscar seat in LMDh with them, until they shut down that programme, moving their focus to a Formula 1 programme from 2026 instead. The Dutch driver has been at Team WRT, which has been chosen to…

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Lamborghini shows new LMDh

Lamborghini has shown their new LMDh car to the public for the first time. The physical presentation happened at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Great Britain, on the 60-year anniversary of the very first car from the Italian brand. The car will be called SC63, consisting of Squadra Corse and (19)63 is the first year that their first car left the factory near Bologna. The team has already confirmed that they are going to participate in the full FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024, plus the four Michelin Endurance…

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IE: The programmes almost ready for 2024

Inter Europol Competition are really close to having the programmes for the 2024 season ready. The Polish team has been a long time member of the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series paddocks, while they have been a bit in and out of the Asian Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, Ligier European Series, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With the new rules in FIA WEC in 2024, with LMP2 no longer being a part of the series, the team has to move in other directions.…

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Few changes to the Monza entry list

There are a few changes to the entry list for the 6 hours FIA World Endurance Championship round at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza this weekend. 36 cars are entered, with some dropping out and others coming in. Northwest AMR #98, who has run with Heart of Racing Team colors since Spa Francorchamps, are not running this weekend, since they have a clash with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, so they have chosen that over the FIA WEC race. Proton Competition has switched cars and categories. They have been running a…

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Proton with WeatherTech livery in WEC and IMSA

Proton Competition will once again run in WeatherTech colors, when the team makes their debut at the brand new Porsche 963 in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The German started working with WeatherTech in 201, where they would run the IMSA car, in addition to Cooper MacNeil in the European Le Mans Series, as a warm up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They moved away from the Porsche to a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the IMSA series instead, but the collaboration with Proton…

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TF switches to Corvette

TF Sport has chosen to switch brands once the 2023 season is over. The British team has pretty much been synonymous with Aston Martin, ever since they first appeared in British GT in 2014, and with their entry in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2016, where they won the title, and moved on to the European Le Mans Series, where they finished second, and then further on, into the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team will move to the brand new Corvette Z06 GT3.R in 2024, running two cars…

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Proton with Ford in the FIA WEC

Proton Competition and Ford Performance have announced a new collaboration, as they are presenting the brand new Ford Mustang GT3. So they are throwing in their cap, to participate in the brand new GT3 category in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which is replacing the GTE category. Ford has been in and out of the sportscar world. They have had a NASCAR programme for many years, as their primary motorsport activity. But they have also had an engine programme in IMSA, in the DP category, and more recently with the…

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Alpine shows A424_β

Alpine has shown their brand new A424_β LMDh car, ahead of the very first rollout coming up next month. The car is developed in collaboration with ORECA, and do have some similarities with the Acura ARX-06 in regards to the front of the car. It will once again be Signatech running the programme, just like they have done in the FIA WEC since 2012, where it’s primarily has been LMP2 running. They got the chance to buy the Rebellion R13 towards the end of 2020, and then raced two seasons in…

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Jani hired by Proton

Neel Jani will be racing the rest of the FIA World Endurance Championship season for Proton Competition. The Swiss racer will be third driver on the new Porsche 963 LMDh car, with Harry Tincknell and Gianmaria Bruni being his teammates. The team was one of the very early takers, when Porsche announced that the model would be available for privateers. So they put in an order for two cars in the FIA WEC, and two for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. There has been a bit of backlog to get…

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UA moves to full American season

United Autosports has announced their overall plans for the 2024 season. The British-American team has been a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the past many seasons in the LMP2 category, but that category will disappear after the 2023 season, so their focus moves towards a full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign. They have only done selected races so far, including the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours, but now they want to compete at all the rounds, that LMP2 cars are present at. The team will…

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LMP2 no longer part of FIA WEC

It has been rumoured for a long time, but it was made official today. The LMP2 category will no longer be part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, following the conclusion of the 2023 season. The category has been there from the very start of the championship back in 2012, and has been a platform for many drivers, to make a step up to the LMP1 or the current Hypercar category. The reason for the category to disappear is down to physical space for it in the FIA WEC. The…

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FIA WEC schedule 2024 announced

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their 2024 schedule. The series will expand from 7 to 8 race weekends, going towards the left of pre-COVID-19, which put a damper on many things. A further expansion is expected for 2025. As previous announced, the season is going to start in Qatar with the Prologue and opening round in February. That will be a race of maximum 10 hours, or 1812 kilometers. But more big changes are happening after that. The second round will be a new 6-hour race at Imola…

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Proton ready for both WEC and IMSA

Proton Competition is ready with their new Porsche 963, which they are going to race in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The German team was very early to put in an order for the brand new LMDh car from Porsche, who will compete in the Hypercar category in the FIA WEC, and the GTP category in IMSA. The team will run with both Gianmaria Bruni and Harry Tincknell as the two drivers for both championships. A third driver will be announced for the FIA WEC…

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