Spengler new ByKolles driver

Bruno Spengler will be a new ByKolles Racing Team driver, when the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 starts once again. The team hasn’t run any races in this current FIA WEC season, but they were on the reserves list at Le Mans, and following other teams deciding not to take up their entry, they are now elevated onto the starting grid. So the team have to get up and running now, with some racing and testing. Spengler is primarily known from the DTM series, which he entered from Formula 3.…

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37 cars for opening round

European Le Mans Series expects 37 cars at the 2020 season opener next week at Paul Ricard. The start of the season was pushed back three and a half months, after the COVID-19 situation made it impossible to have the originally planned start in April. The number of participants is a bit lower, compared to the one released back in March, but that is only natural, since some teams and driver no longer have the economical background to race this year. 15 cars will run in the LMP2 category. Algarve…

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AMR guest appearances in ELMS and new driver in WEC

Aston Martin Racing will have an guest appearance in the European Le Mans Series for a couple of weekends. The British team enters a single Aston Martin Vantage GTE car at the Paul Ricard and Spa Francorchamps rounds. The rules for GTE in the ELMS dictate at least one Bronze driver in the car, which effectively is a GTE Am car in the FIA WEC rules. So it will be car #98 from the FIA WEC, who will run these races. Paul Dalla Lana will be joined by his regular…

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Toyota hires de Vries

Toyota Gazoo Racing has hired Nyck de Vries as their test- and reserve driver for the rest of the 2019/20 season and 2021. The 25-year-old Dutchman is the defending Formula 2 Champion, but the Formula 1 route turned stone cold, so he chose to go for a Formula E seat instead, mixed up with some sportscar racing for Racing Team Nederland in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He will have even more tasks for TDS Racing, with helping out at G-Drive Racing, on the weekends where Jean-Eric Vergne isn’t available.…

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Dry qualifying at Daytona

The qualifying for this afternoon’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race ran on a dry and sunny Daytona International Speedway. First out were the 12 GTD cars. It turned out to be a battle between Compass Racing McLaren #76 with Corey Fergus and AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus #14 with Aaron Telitz, swapping fastest lap times over and over. The McLaren 720S GT3 #76 ended up with its first Pole Position in IMSA competition, ahead of the Lexus #14, while Robby Foley in the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 #96 was on…

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Safety Car turned Indy race on its head

The second round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series was run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but it wasn’t all on the oval, but on the road course, that’s also known from Formula 1 and MotoGP. Will Power had taken Pole Position, while Jack Harvey surprised with second starting position, ahead of Colton Herta. Graham Rahal showed promising speed in the qualifying with fourth, ahead of rookie Oliver Askew, while the defending Championship Josef Newgarden was qualified in P6. Championship leader Scott Dixon was starting from 7th. The qualifying had been…

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Trummer back at APR

Simon Trummer will do the opening race of the European Le Mans Series for Algarve Pro Racing, after all. The Swiss driver was first announced as one of the drivers for the team, with another press release shortly after, that with him being active in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA, and the ELMS opening round, and the IMSA race at Sebring clashing, the IMSA commitment would be his priority. But APR has just announced today, that things have changed once again, and that he will be racing…

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Chaves replaces Nasr this weekend

Felipe Nasr was meant to be back behind the wheel this weekend, but that has been put on hold. The Brazilian should have joined his countryman Pipo Derani as a full-season driver in the Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but Nasr has now got a positive COVID-19 test. Nasr has stayed in Miami in the last month, since he travelled in from Brazil. He didn’t have any kind of symptoms, but when on his way to Daytona yesterday, to meet up with the team ahead…

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Inter Europol with new colours and slight downscaling

Inter Europol Competition has presented their colours and plans for the 2020 season in the European Le Mans Series. There will still be yellow and shocking-green on the Ligier JS P217 in LMP2, and the brand new Ligier JS P320 LMP3 car, but the colour composition is slightly different compared to previous seasons. There will be a change in the number of cars too. The Polish team originally planned to participate with 2 cars in LMP2 and 2 cars in LMP3. That will, however, be downscaled to 1 car in…

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Abt lands a new deal

Daniel Abt will, in fact, be on the starting grid at home turf in Berlin, when the ABB FIA Formula E Championship goes to Germany. The 27-year-old German racing driver was fired by Audi Sport about a month ago, and has since then been replaced by Rene Rast. Abt will instead be racing for NIO 333 Formula E Team, where he will replace Ma Qinghua. According to the team, there are various reasons for the Chinese driver not to be present in Berlin – including the ongoing COVID-19 situation, which…

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Le Mans with limited spectator attendance

There will be a limited number of spectators allowed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, planned to run this September. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that the ticket sales has been closed from this morning, and only spectators already holding a ticket and ACO members will be present at the race. The ACO members will have certain limitations, that they will be informed about separately. If you have bought tickets from the ACO or from one of their authorised resellers, you should be secured entry. If you have…

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26 cars at Daytona

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season 2020 will restart this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The season did originally start at Daytona back in January, with the classical 24 hours race. This time is “just” 2 hours and 40 minutes, for the DPi, GTLM and GTD cars. The LMP2 cars won’t be running this weekend. The DPi category has exactly the same competitors as back in January. There is a slight change, with the Mazda Team Joest name gone. Team Joest and Mazda have ended their collaboration back in March,…

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IMSA releases new schedule

IMSA has released a new version of the 2020 schedule, including the one for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. There are no changes for the first four races, once the season gets restarted. So that makes Daytona and Sebring run in July, Road America on the switch between July and August, and the GT-only weekend at Virginia International Raceway towards the end of August. The 6 Hours at the Glen has been moved forward to 3-6 September, and the GT-only weekend at Lime Rock Pack being run one week later.…

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Reserve called up by APR

The press release had barely hit the inboxes, before Algarve Pro Racing announced a change to the driver line up. It is however only for one race so far, since Simon Trummer will be busy in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, on the same weekend as the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard in the south of France. The team has called up a driver that they know very well.. Andrea Pizzitola raced with the team last year, and will join car #25 with John…

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Algarve Pro with new colours and new drivers

Algarve Pro Racing has made quite a few changes to the team, ahead of the 2020 season in the European Le Mans Series. The team based in Portugal has been known for their Azure blue cars in the most recent years, but they will be black and while for this season. The change has happened due to a new sponsor deal with the watch maker B.R.M. which primarily uses these colours for their brand. The team will also switch from Dunlop to Goodyear tires. The two tire manufactures are however…

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33 cars and 8 marques in ADAC GT Masters

ADAC GT Masters is ready with an almost full grid for the 2020 season. Considering the COVID-19 situation, it’s very well done to have 33 cars on a 34 maximum grid for this years championship. It will once again be a very good mix of various brands, with Bentley returning to the series, after a few years away. T3 Motorsport will campain one of the British cars, alongside their Audi R8 LMS from past years. Audi is the brand with the most cars entered – 14 out of the 33…

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Lynn to Mahindra

Alexander Lynn will be a new driver at  Mahindra Racing, for the final six races in Berlin, which will conclude the 2019/20 season. The Brit replaces Pascal Wehrlein, who left the team in the middle of the COVID-19 induced break, and is currently rumoured to go to Porsche. Lynn has done 21 Formula E races so far, having raced for DS Techeetah and Jaguar Racing. His best result to date is a sixth position. Alex Lynn will be teammates with Jerome D’Ambrosio at the Mahindra team, who has had a…

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Formula E 2020/21 schedule ready

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship still has six remaining races on the 2019/20 schedule, but they have just released the first edition of the 2020/21 schedule. There won’t be much 2020 about it, since the season only starts in January 2021 in Chile. That event is followed by Mexico, Saudi Arabia and China, before two races in Europe is followed by South Korea, which missed out on their debut race in 2020. The race in the start of June is still to be confirmed, before the season finishes off…

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Rast replaces Abt

Rene Rast will do the final six races of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 for the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team. The German will replace his fellow countryman, Daniel Abt, following Abt getting into troubles during the COVID-19 break. The Formula E series has held some esports rounds, with Daniel Abt being one of the participants. He did, however, get a professional esports racer to take the wheel at one of the rounds, and race as Abt. Abt explained later on that it was just a joke, that…

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Daytona opens for fans

When the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumes at Daytona International Speedway on 4 July, there will be spectators at the venue. There is however a limitation of 5000 spectators, with everybody having to be residents of Florida, since fans from other states aren’t allowed. The spectators will be allowed on either the grand stand, or in a special limited camping area, where people are allowed to sit by or on top of the RV’s. All spectators will be screened before entering the track, and everybody have to wear masks all…

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