Glickenhaus with 7 drivers

Glickenhaus has named seven drivers for the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season. It’s not yet announced, the exact combination between the two cars. Ryan Briscoe and Gustavo Menezes were named in each their own car, during the 2021 FIA WEC entry list release last week. The American team has confirmed Pipo Derani, Romain Dumas, Franck Mailleux, Olivier Pla and Richard Westbrook today. That is a bit of a Ford Chip Ganassi Racing revival, since Briscoe, Derani, Pla and Westbrook all raced for them, during their FIA WEC and IMSA…

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Alpine present drivers

Alpine Elf Matmut has announced their three drivers for the  FIA World Endurance Championship programme in 2021. When the FIA WEC 2021 entry list was announced last week, it only named Andre Negrao as a driver, since the team preferred to make their own announcement this week. The team will be run by the Signatech team, that has run their LMP2 programme for the last few seasons. Nicolas Lapierre returns to the team, after a single season with his own team in the FIA WEC, Cool Racing. Lapierre will continue…

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Acura confirms LMDh programme

Acura Motorsports has confirmed their plans for an LMDh car for 2023. The LMDh category is a new category, that IMSA and ACO have created, to unite the American part of the sportscar world, with the European part. In doing so, the IMSA teams will be able to go to Europe, and compete in the FIA WEC and/or the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They are going to battle against the new Hypercar cars, that will be introduced as the new top category in 2021. Acura don’t mention anything about…

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Red Bull and ORECA to build new Hydrogen car

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has got another player on their Hydrogen plans in sportscars. ORECA and Red bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) will develop a sportscar together, that will participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2024. The wording in the ACO press release, is that ORECA and RBAT will build a chassis together, that can be used for the hydrogen technology, that already starts to show in parts of the sportscar world. Mission H24 has built a car, based on an LMP3 chassis, that they have tested and showcased.…

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Opening round moves to Portugal

The FIA World Endurance Championship season 2021 won’t be starting at Sebring, Florida anyway. Due to the COVID-19 situation and the travel restrictions surrounding, ACO and LMEM have chosen to move the opening round to the Portimao circuit in Portugal. This will be the first time for Autodromo do Algarve to host an FIA WEC race, but has become a fixed part of the European Le Mans Series. The undulating track usually delivers some amazing race, but we still haven’t seen the new Hypercar category race along with LMP2 and…

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33 cars in FIA WEC 2021

The FIA World Endurance Championship will have a thirty-three car entry for the 2021 season. ACO and LMEM have announced the entry list today, without major surprises, if you have followed the news through the last few weeks. LMP1 will be replaced by the Hypercar category, where four new LMH cars and one of the old LMP1 cars will compete in 2021. Toyota Gazoo Racing will bring two cars, plus two from Glickenhaus Racing, with Alpine Elf Matmut bringing the old grandfathered LMP1, that they have given the designation Alpine…

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D’Station Racing expands to WEC

D’Station Racing will expand their Aston Martin programme from Japan and Asia, to also include the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021. The Japanese team will be working together with TF Sport, so they will enter a GTE Am car for this upcoming season. D’Station has been active in both Super GT and Super Taikyu, while they made their debut in the Asian Le Mans Series for the 2019/20 season. They had posted an entry for Le Mans 2020, but was put on the reserve list initially, and were quite…

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Keating moves to TF Sport

Ben Keating will move to TF Sport for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season 2021. The American car salesman is ready for another season in GTE Am, but this time it will be onboard an Aston Martin Vantage. He will bring both Felipe Fraga and Dylan Pereira from Team Project 1, for which he raced in the 2019/20 season. Pereira has been synonymous with Porsche throughout the past few seasons, but he will battle directly again the German brand now. Pereira and Keating raced together for the first time…

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Ferrari with five Am cars in WEC

FIA World Endurance Championship will have five Ferrari GTE Am cars in the 2021 season. Ferrari has made an announcement on behalf of all their teams for the upcoming season, with the Italian brand upscaling from four to five cars. AF Corse returns with the defending Championship #83, which one again will be driven by Nicklas Nielsen and Francois Perrodo. They will be joined by Alessio Rovera – a young Italian with a Silver ranking. Nicklas Nielsen had the same status during the 2019/20 season, with him being a Gold…

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Realteam makes big step

Realteam Racing will make a huge step up the ladder. The Swiss team has run in the European Le Mans Series in the LMP3 category so far, but they will make not only one but two levels up. The team already had a collaboration with TDS Racing, who ran the LMP3 car until now, and will run an LMP2 car in 2021 in the FIA World Endurance Championship. TDS Racing has got some spare LMP2 capacity after G-Drive Racing has switched to Algarve Pro Racing. TDS Racing is active in…

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AF Corse ready with WEC drivers

AF Corse has announced five of their six drivers for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro 2021 programme. Ferrari 488 GTE #51 will continue unchanged with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi as the full-season drivers. The pairing has been the leading Ferrari drivers for many seasons, by winning the World Championship in 2018, and Le Mans in 2019. Their teammate at Le Mans for the past many seasons, including their 2019 win, was Daniel Serra. The Brazilian has been awarded a full-time seat in the team’s other…

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Davidson, Gonzalez and Felix da Costa stay at JOTA

JOTA Sport will keep hold of their three drivers from the just-completed 2019/20 season in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Anthony Davidson, Roberto Gonzalez and Antonio Felix da Costa will return for a second season in the FIA WEC 2021. Davidson and Gonzalez have been teammates since the summer of 2018, when Davidson was done being race- and reserve driver at Toyota, following Le Mans. They raced the 2018/19 season at DragonSpeed, where they had Pastor Maldonado as the third driver. The switched to JOTA, following the 2018/19 season, and…

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Toyota shows new Hypercar

Toyota Gazoo Racing has shown their brand new Hypercar, that will participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021. The car will be named GR010 Hybrid, and will build on the knowledge from the TS040 and TS050 models. At first glance, the car looks very similar to its predecessors, but there are quite significant changes, if you put the TS050 and GR010 next to each other. The car is 250mm longer, plus 100mm wider and taller. It’s 162kg heavier, and then it’s limited to a maximum of 500 kW /…

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JOTA with the same drivers in WEC and AsLMS

JOTA Sport has announced for one of their cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship plus the Asian Le Mans Series. It will be the same three drivers, who are going to share the car throughout the 2021 season. Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael will share the ORECA 07 Gibson #38 LMP2 car. Vandoorne has a bit of FIA WEC LMP1 experience from SMP Racing, that he had two outings for during the 2018/19 season, after Jenson Button left the team. The two race programmes will be in…

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4 rapid drivers for Inter Europol

Inter Europol Competition has announced the four drivers, for their new FIA World Endurance Championship programme in 2021. The team has run for several seasons in the European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series, and gave the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship go for two races in 2020. The IMSA series was the place for the otherwise long time Ligier team to try out an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, which is the choice of car for their FIA WEC programme. Some might say – hey, you don’t need four…

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Aston Martin closes their works team

Aston Martin Racing will be closed down as a factory team. That has been announced by the British car manufacturer this morning. That means that the team will no longer enter factory cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship in neither GTE Pro nor GTE Am. AMR finished the season as World Champions in both the Manufacturer and Driver Championships, with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen winning the GTE Pro title for the second time in their careers. The team also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both…

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United ready with first entry

United Autosports has announced their first FIA World Endurance Championship entry for the 2021 season. The choice of drivers is two-thirds of the championship-winning car from the 2019/20 season, with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque continuing as a pairing. Phil Hanson is Silver ranked driver until 1. January 2021, where he will be upgraded to Gold. That has resulted in the team having to find a new Silver driver. They have found Fabio Scherer, who has experience from single-seaters, GT cars, and most recently, DTM. With the changes to the…

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Porsche ready with LMDh in 2023

Porsche has finally confirmed the many rumours, that have been humming for the last few months. The German car manufacturer will return to the top category of sportscar racing, and will enter LMDh cars in 2023. The car type will replace the DPi category in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but will go one step further, with a globally acknowledged category, opposite to DPi, which is only approved in the USA. The cars will all be based on one of the four LMP2 chassis’ from Dallara, ORECA, Multimatic or Ligier,…

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Big Porsche driver shake-up

Porsche had really mixed their cards for the 2021 season. An unexpected change has come in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche will keep racing with two cars, and while #91 continues with Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni, Neel Jani will step into the #92 alongside Kevin Estre. Michael Christensen is no longer part of that FIA WEC line-up, and has actually fallen out of the Porsche works driver programme. Porsche has however found a seat for him in GT World Challenge Europe, where he will do the full season…

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Racing Team Nederland goes for stability

Racing Team Nederland will be aiming at stability for the 2021 season. This is the first time for the Dutch team to run the exact same drivers, team and car, as they did in the previous season – with a slight modification. Team owner Frits van Eerd will continue behind the wheel of the ORECA 07 Gibson once again, that once again will be run by TDS Racing, for the second season in a row. This new agreement is for both 2021 and 2022. Giedo van der Garde will race…

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