Significant rule change for Toyota

We usually try to keep the Balance Of Performance discussion away from the Racing24-7.net content. It has been an essential part of sportscar racing, where the GTE cars have been adjusted to race equally, no matter if it was physically bigger or smaller, or the difference of engine configuration. With the introduction of the Hypercar category in 2021, we saw the arrival of BOP in that category too, where it previously was called Equivalence of Technology. Two names – more or less the same aim, of making cars being able…

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G-Drive pulls out – Le Mans entry re-opens

G-Drive Racing has chosen to pull out from the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series for the 2022 season. The reasoning behind this is the sanctions against Russia, following their invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in the parent company of G-Drive, Gazprom no longer being able to make deals with the western countries. Roman Rusinov, the face of G-Drive Racing during all their many different collaborations, with many different teams for the past many seasons, announced the decision in a social media post, that there…

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Dempsey-Proton with new power couple

Dempsey-Proton Racing will be entered the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship with a new power pairing. It’s to no surprise, that Christian Ried is back behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR #77. He is the sole driver in the FIA WEC history, to have done every single round that has been held since 2012. The team usually gets drivers directly from the Porsche junior programme, but that’s not the case with the #77 this year. Harry Tincknell and Sebastian Priaulx will be part of a new pairing, that…

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Another Dane to race for Team Project 1

Team Project 1 will have another Danish driver behind the wheel for the 2022 FIA WEC season. Mikkel O. Pedersen will be racing for the sportscar team onboard the Porsche 911 RSR #46. The 24-year-old Dane has already raced thousands of kilometres with the German sportscar brand. He made his debut in 2013, and has raced in several categories in both Denmark and the Nordics, prior to entering the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where he raced from late 2015 until the end of 2019, followed by a couple of seasons…

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Iron Lynx with big 2022 programme

Iron Lynx has announced more details regarding all their racing programmes for the 2022 season. They will run two cars in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series. Claudio Schiavoni and Matteo Cressoni will be joined by Giancarlo Fisichella in car #60 for the full FIA WEC season. Davide Rigon will pair up with Schiavoni and Cressoni for the ELMS season. That will give more time for Andrea Piccini to run the team, rather than being in a racing car himself. Fisichella has been a…

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Kvyat new man at G-Drive

There will still be a Russian flagged driver at G-Drive Racing, when they run in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022. Daniil Kvyat will be racing for the team, run by Algarve Pro Racing, and that will be the sportscar debut for the 27-year-old driver. G-Drive Racing has traditionally run another Russian driver, in the shape of Roman Rusinov. But he won’t be running in the FIA WEC this year, but will go for the European Le Mans Series instead. Kvyat was part of the Red Bull programme for many…

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Vector Sport has found their substitute

Vector Sport has found their substitute for the opening round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring International Raceway in just over one month time. The new LMP2 team has Ryan Cullen and Nico Müller as their full-season drivers, while Sebastien Bourdais will have to miss the first race of the year, since his Cadillac Racing contract in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has first priority. So Vector Sport has had to find a replacement for him – and that is one of the very best out there, from…

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Iron Lynx colors 2022

The Iron Lynx team has updated the design of their cars, ahead of the 2022 season. It is still the yellow and pink colours, which are the base colours of the cars. While car #60 once again will be yellow, it will be another pink season for the Iron Dames #85. The team will once again run in both the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the European Le Mans Series, with both cars entered. The team has run an “extra” white car in both the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans…

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JOTA changes moult once again

JOTA will once again change their colours, ahead of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season. The British team has pretty much been using the full-colour palette over the past few years. They ran G-Drive Racing orange in 2016. They moved to red and black, with a lot of Chinese signs on the cars, when they ran under the Jackie Chan DC Racing banner before Goodyear blue and yellow was the choice for the 2019/20 season. The 2021 season was British Racing Green, with a slight hint of red, but…

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37 cars entered for Sebring

There are 37 cars entered for the opening round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season. Everything on that list is as expected, following the announcement from Peugeot TotalEnergies, that they are going to miss Sebring, but will join the series at a later stage this year. The rest of the entrants are full-season FIA WEC competitors only. There are more reasons for that. First of all, we have the season start at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, which is quite a journey for all the European ELMS teams,…

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More exciting names in the WEC

There will be more interesting names on the entry list for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022. Richard Mille Racing Team has been a female-only team until now, but this will be reduced to a single female for this year. Lilou Wadoux was the first name to be announced in the car, when the entry list was released a couple of weeks ago, but she will be joined by two very successful drivers. Charles Milesi is the reigning FIA WEC champion in the LMP2 category, where he won the title with…

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Various IMSA and ACO name changes

The International Motor Sports Association and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest will be having even close ties in the future. The two big organizing bodies in American and French racing respectively announced their collaboration regarding future prototypes two years ago. The LMDh category was announced back then, as the replacement for the current DPi category. The very special thing about that announcement was the allowance for the LMDh cars being allowed into the FIA World Endurance Championship, which isn’t possible for the current DPi cars. On the other than, there…

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Cassidy new Ferrari driver

Nick Cassidy is a new driver on board a Ferrari in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022. The Kiwi will be racing together with Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci in AF Corse Ferrari #54 in the GTE Am category. That will mark the end of an era, where Flohr and Castellacci have shared a Ferrari 488 GTE with Giancarlo Fisichella since 2017. But it’s getting quite some time since the team has been regular visitors to the podium. There only FIA WEC win was Fuji 2017, and was also on…

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AF Corse switches one driver

AF Corse is going for stability in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the 2022 season start being just under two months away. The defending World Champions in the Ferrari #488 GTE #51 will remain unchanged. Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado will do their fifth season together. The pair also won the GTE Pro title in 2017, which was the first year of an official FIA World Championship for that category. Miguel Molina will continue in car #52. This will be the third season for the Spaniard, but he…

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TF Sport with Sørensen, Latorre and Keating

TF Sport has finalized their drivers for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, in regards to the Aston Martin #33. It’s been known for a long time, that Ben Keating would be returning for another season in the blue car, while his co-drivers were TBA. The Texan will be joined by none other than Aston Martin works driver Marco Sørensen as a new teammate. The Dane has won the GTE Pro title two times, and will hopefully help Keating secure the first GTE Am Championship. Sørensen will be in a…

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Peugeot skips Sebring, but keeps on testing

Peugeot TotalEnergies has officially announced that they won’t be entering the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022 at Sebring in March. It’s been expected for quite some time, since both Loic Duval and Mikkel Jensen already has been named in other cars at the 12 hours race, which the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship runs on the same weekend – and they would probably not be allowed to do so, if Peugeot had a debut to make on the same weekend. There is a chance for Kevin Magnussen to…

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Closer look at FIA WEC 2022 entry list

After the announcement of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2022 entry list, we will have a deeper dive, and highlight some of what we find interesting. There are no major surprises in Hypercar, other than the Alpine no longer has the Matmut name associated with them. Toyota Gazoo racing has already announced all six drivers, while Alpine Elf Team #36, Peugeot TotalEnergies #93 and #94 plus Glickenhaus Racing #708 only announced a single driver for each car. The majority of the LMP2 field is already set. Only 7 of the…

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FIA WEC bulging in 2022

The FIA World Endurance Championship will enter the 2022 season with the largest entry list in its 10-year history. A total of 39 cars has entered the full season, but with a few that will show up at a slightly later stage in the year. The Hypercar category will consist of two cars from Toyota Gazoo Racing, one from Alpine Elf Team and a single car from Glickenhaus. In addition to those, there will be two cars from Peugeot TotalEnergies at a later point in the season, since they are…

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Team WRT double up for FIA WEC

Team WRT had an amazing rookie season in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, and will double their effort for the upcoming 2022 season. The team was all-dominating in both the FIA WEC and European Le Mans Series, despite it being their very first season with ORECA 07 Gibson cars. They are ready to announce one driver in each of the cars. Sean Gelael will move over from JOTA to Team WRT, and will be racing car #31. The Indonesian driver was able to slowly get more and more to…

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New driver for Inter Europol Competition

Inter Europol Competition is slowly getting ready for their second season in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team is ready to announce all three drivers for the upcoming 2022 season. Jakub “Kuba” Smiechowski and Alex Brundle will be joined by a new third driver onboard the ORECA 07 Gibson #34 LMP2 car. That will be none other than the former Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez. Sportscar racing is something brand new for the Mexican, who most recently has been test- and reserve driver for Mercedes-AMG in Formula 1. He…

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