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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Warm Up at Le Mans

All 59 teams were on the track, for the short 15 minutes Warm-Up ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There has been raining overnight, but a Porsche Cup race ahead of the 15-minute session, had moved some of the water away from the track surface. Graff #39 had a spin in Indianapolis, but thankfully avoided any damage to the car. DragonSpeed #21 stopped at the Second Chicane, but Juan Pablo Montoya managed to fire the car up again. Nicki Thiim took a bonus lap in the roundabout, at…

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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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More details about the Peugeot Le Mans programme

Peugeot Sport has released more details about the upcoming Le Mans programme. They have made a deal with Total, where they will develop a Le Mans Hypercar, with a hybrid system. So this will not be an LMDh programme, since that category doesn’t have as much technical freedom as LMH. The cars will be four-wheel driver, with the hybrid part of 200 kW on the front wheels, while the regular internal combustion engine of about 300 kW, to power the rear wheel. That will bring a total of 680 bhp,…

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30 minutes intensive Hyperpole

The first Hyperpole of the 24 Hours of Le Mans history was run this Friday morning, on a dry a sunny Circuit de la Sarthe. 23 cars were fighting for the 6 first positions in each category. There was, however, only 5 LMP1 cars entered, so that is why it was 23 and not 24. 30 minutes of intensive battles went green, but Aston Martin Racing decided to keep their GTE Pro and Am cars #95, #97 and #98 in the pits. They would let the other teams spread out…

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Messy FP4

The fourth free practice for this year’s Le Mans was run Friday morning, and was extremely messy, when you consider that the teams already had 10 hours of practice yesterday, and this is the final practice for all the cars, prior to the 15 minutes Warm Up Saturday morning. There were some positive stories since yesterday. IDEC Sport has built two new cars, after the double shunt yesterday. They have had to call up a replacement for Dwight Merriman, who isn’t fit to race. Red River Sport Ferrari #62 was…

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Pilet replaces Merriman

Patrick Pilet has gotten an unexpected call up in the 11th hour. The French driver has been called up as replacement Dwight Merriman, who has been declared unfit to race, following his FP2 accident onboard the IDEC Sport #17 yesterday. Pilet is normally a Porsche works driver and should have been in a 911 RSR, until Porsche Sport North America chose to pull their two entries from this year’s race. The has 11 Le Mans starts to his CV, but always in a Porsche. So it will be all new…

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Abrupt end to FP3

The third free practice for this year’s Le Mans race, which was the only night session this year, got to an abrupt ending of the originally 4 hours of driving. The first issue showed up, just over an hour into the session. ByKolles Racing Team #4 had an episode, where the front of the car suddenly was spread all over the Tertre Rouge corner. That resulted in a Red Flag, so all the debris could be collected. Other than that, there was a few brake lock-ups here and there, just…

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45 minutes of intense qualifying

The Qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans was run this afternoon. Ther rules for qualifying has changed this year, so the teams only have 45 minutes to post a time. Top 6 from each category will advance to Hyperpole, which will be run tomorrow, Friday. Two cars we wouldn’t see in the qualifying was both IDEC Sport cars. They had each their own big shunt in FP2, so the mechanics are working overtime to get them running again. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 was the first LMP1 car to…

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Dramatic FP2 after calm FP1

While the first free practice ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a relatively calm session, there was plenty of drama in FP2. In FP1 it was Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley fastest, ahead of the sister car #7 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, while Rebellion Racing #1 with Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato were third fastest car. Amongst the LMP2 cars, it was the Danish outfit High Class Racing #33 with Anders Fjordbach, Kenta…

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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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5 more line-ups completed

The driver announcements for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans keeps coming in. Matthieu Vaxiviere will be driving with Nicolas Jamin and Julien Canal at Panis Racing. Jamin and Canal are usually paired up with Will Stevens as the third driver in the European Le Mans Series, but Stevens is part of the Jackie Chan DC Racing #37 outfit in the FIA WEC and also the 24 hours race. Vaxiviere is a perfect replacement as the third driver, since he has a lot of LMP2 experience. He raced LMP2…

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More drivers confirmed for Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is getting closer, so the teams are busy finalizing their driver line-ups. Eurasia Motorsport will run the same three drivers, which competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa Francorchamps this past weekend. Roberto Merhi, Nick Foster and Nobuya Yamanaka will be the three drivers, racing the black Ligier JS P217 Gibson. The team had to change two of the three original drivers due to the COVID-19 situation, and the related travel restrictions. Shane van Gisbergen and Daniel Gaunt was the original…

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