Approximately 50.000 spectators allowed at Le Mans

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced, that there will be access for approximately 50.000 spectators at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race, which has been pushed back to 21-22 August 2021, will run at 20% capacity compared to normal years, since the COVID-19 still puts a damper on events. All spectators showing up to the track, will have to bring a Health Passport, to be able to get into the circuit. There will be free access for people under 16 years, while there will be free grandstands…

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Anniversary for Toyota

Toyota Gazoo Racing will celebrate an anniversary, when the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Portimao this weekend. Or perhaps we should just say Toyota, since the road to this milestone, started when the team was just named Toyota. The race in Portugal will be World Championship race number 100 for Toyota in sportscars. It all began in 1983 at Fuji, where they competed with a Group C car named 83C. In 1992, we had reached the time for the first TS010 model, with the Japanese brand trying to beat…

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AF Corse to run LMH programme

AF Corse has been chosen to run the upcoming LMH programme for Ferrari. The team, which is run by Amato Ferrari (not related to the family from Maranello), has been running for the majority of the cars, carrying a prancing horse on the bonnet in GTE (GT2) and GT3, over the last 15 years. But on top of that, the team has also run LMP2 and LMP3 cars throughout several years, for efforts not always been named AF Corse. The most recently ran the Cetilar Racing LMP2 car through the…

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38 cars expected at Monza

The FIA World Endurance Championship has received 38 entries for the third round of the 2021 championship season, which will be held on 18 July. The Hypercar category will have all entries present, with both Glickenhaus Racing cars participating, in addition to the pair of Toyota Gazoo Racing cars, and the single Alpine Elf Matmut. The team hasn’t named their driver combinations yet, so we will have to wait and see. The LMP2 category has grown by a single car, so we reach a total of 12. Risi Competizione #82…

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32 cars in Portimao

The FIA World Endurance Championship will have 32 entries for the second round of the 2021 season, which will run at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. There has been a few additions and some absentees compared to the Spa Francorchamps entry list, a month ago. The Hypercar category will see the addition of Glickenhaus Racing, with one of their brand new cars. The team had a successful 30 hour test, where they used the first constructed car (708) for that part, while the Portimao car – which is chassis…

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Might this be the victorious weekend?

The Iron Dames programme has developed a lot since its start during the winter of 2018/19. It has actually reached a point now, where they have potential chances to win this weekend, when the European Le Mans Series 2021 visits the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The very first outing of the programme was for the Abu Dhabi 12 Hours in December 2018, where Rahel Frey, Manuela Gostner, and Michelle Gatting paired up in the pink and black Ferrari 488. That car was however to GT3 specification, with the rest…

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2 more Ferrari races for Jensen

Mikkel Jensen will do to more Ferrari races during the 2021 season. The Dane will be racing for the Japanese team, which he has raced for in the Asian Le Mans Series in the past. Jensen will be competing in the 8 Hours of Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship race, and the big highlight of the year – the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Racing a GTE car will be a first for Jensen, having raced both BMW and Ferrari GT3 cars in the past. The Ferrari 488 GTE has…

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Porsche and Audi choose Multimatic

Porsche Motorsport and Audi Sport have announced, that they will collaborate with Multimatic in their upcoming LMDh programme. It’s been rumoured for a long time, that the Canadian chassis manufacturer would be the choice for the two German brands, but it hasn’t been official until now. Multimatic has been providing dampers for Porsche for many years, so this is a natural collaboration. There is a further connection between Multimatic and Porsche in the USA, with Multimatic works driver Sebastian Priaulx competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America. When Audi…

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Glickenhaus ready with one car for Portimao

Glickenhaus Racing is ready for the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Portimao, which will run in one month’s time. The team will enter car #709, and has opted to put Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, and Romain Dumas in the car for the 8-hour race, at the Portuguese venue. The plan is to enter both cars in the 6 Hours of Monza, which is the final race prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in August. It’s been a long process, to get both cars ready. Their first car…

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Team Penske gets new Porsche deal

Porsche has got more details set, regarding their future in sportscar racing. The German brand has signed a new deal with Team Penske, who will run the LMDh programme in both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The collaboration will be named Porsche Penske Motorsport, and will two cars in both series. If that means four cars at Le Mans, time will tell. Team Penske was previously a part of Porsche from 2006 to 2008, where they ran the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 programme in the…

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UA confirms Portimao substitute

United Autosports has confirmed their substitute driver for the FIA World Endurance Championship team, when the series goes to Portimao next month. The FIA WEC squad is usually made up of Fabio Scherer, Phil Hanson, and Filipe Albuquerque, but somewhat ironically, the team will have to race without Portuguese racing driver Albuquerque at the Portuguese round. The reason is due to a date clash with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship deal in the USA with the Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Acura team. They will be racing in Detroit, on…

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Plenty of duels in the opening race

The 2021 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship kicked off at Spa Francorchamps, on a cold but dry Saturday. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez started from Pole Position, in front of their sister car #8 with Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi, while Alpine Elf Matmut #36 with Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao were the third-fastest Hypercar. United Autosports USA #22 with Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Fabio Scherer had taken Pole Position in LMP2, and at the…

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Inter Europol Competition got replacement ready

Inter Europol Competition has a replacement ready for later in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 season. The Polish outfit usually runs Kuba Smiechowski, Alex Brundle, and Renger van der Zande in their FIA WEC rookie season, but the latter has a programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship too, with two dates clashing. The team has made a deal with Louis Deletraz, to help out at those two rounds. Deletraz knows the ORECA 07 LMP2 already from his European Le Mans Series duties at Team WRT. With the first…

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Team Project 1 down and out for Spa

Team Project 1 has had a nightmare week at Spa Francorchamps, in the lead-up to the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team was so unlucky to lose car #46 in a crash on Monday during the Prologue, with the chassis getting so damaged, that it couldn’t be a race car again. Yesterday’s qualifying saw Egidio Perfetti crash at full speed at the top of Raidillon, hitting the tire barrier with both the front- and rear end of the car. Following examination of the car, when the…

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Qualifying to 6 hours of Spa

The FIA ​​World Endurance Championship 2021 season got off to a start, with today’s qualification at the Spa Francorchamps track in Belgium. First on the track were the GTE Pro and GTE Am categories, to the new qualifying format with only 10 minutes of qualifying, with a single driver, instead of the previous qualifying format, where two drivers had to set a time each, and the total time was then their qualifying time. Much much easier to keep up with. The qualifying was stopped after 3 minutes when Christian Ried…

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Two practice sessions without interuptions

The final two free practice sessions ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying at Spa Francorchamps happened in quite a calm fashion. The Hypercar category is getting more and more up to speed, with Alpine Elf Matmut #36 with Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre, and Matthieu Vaxiviere overall fastest in the morning session, ahead of Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Brendon Hartley, while Toyota #7 with Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway, and Kamui Kobayashi was the third fastest in the top category. The afternoon practice…

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Quiet Thursday at Spa

It was thankfully an easy start to the FIA World Endurance Championship race weekend at Spa Francorchamps. After two very dramatic test days, Thursday was the first official day, with a single Free Practice session to be run for the 34 WEC cars. The events from the Prologue repeated themselves, with the defending LMP2 champions United Autosports USA #22 with Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson, and  Fabio Scherer being fastest of everybody, while Alpine Elf Matmut #36 with Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao, and Matthieu Vaxiviere were second fastest – and fastest…

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Audi reveals a few more LMDh details

Audi Sport has revealed a few more details about their upcoming LMDh programme. The German brand has confirmed, that the car will be ready for competition at Daytona 2023, but expects to have a car ready in early 2022, so they can start testing. The LMDh category is built on the new LMP2 cars, with different car manufacturers being allowed to put their own engine and bodywork on, so there will be certain styling cues to their road cars. Just like the Hypercar category, the car will be homologated for…

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Day two at Spa also a car killer

As if there wasn’t already drama enough on day one of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 Prologue, there was more drama on the second day of running. The Belgian Spa Francorchamps track is one of the high-speed circuits on the schedule, with very limited run-off and instant penalty, if you run off the circuit. Team Project 1 Porsche #46 is confirmed to be done for the week. Norwegian Anders Burchardt had a heavy shunt yesterday, that a new chassis is needed. The demand for 911 RSR-19 chassis is so…

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Long night ahead for at least three teams

At least three teams will have a long night ahead, following the first day of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 Prologue at Spa Francorchamps. TF Sport is hit the most, since they run both their own #33 but also the D’Station Racing #777, which both had huge accidents at the famous Raidillion corner. Just like IDEC Sport at Le Mans 2020, both accidents happened within half an hour of each other. Thankfully, both Ben Keating and Satoshi Hoshino were able to leave the cars without help, both Aston Martin…

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