MRS pulls a rabbit out of a hat

Molitor Racing Systems, or in short MRS GT-Racing, has pulled a rabbit out of a hat. The team has just announced their two drivers for the ADAC GT Masters 2019, only two days before the season starts. Jens Klingmann will continue at the German team in their BMW M6 GT3, which is the only representative from the German brand in the series. Klingmann is a BMW works driver, so he is a natural choice for the seat. Hi co-driver will be young Danish driver Nicolai Sylvest, who switches from Team…

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Nielsen also part of Mid-Ohio race

Christina Nielsen will also race at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race in Mid-Ohio. Heinricher Racing w. Meyer Shank Racing Acura #57 will once again be the work place for the rapid Dane. Nielsen was originally pulled in as the replacement for Jackie Heinricher at the Daytona 24 Hours race, where the car owner had to skip the race due to a back injury. Later on she was announced to do all the Michelin Endurance Cup races for the team – that will be Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit…

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DTM cars 2019

The DTM series had their final collective test at Lausitzring, ahead of the season start at Hockenheim in two weeks’ time. Here’s a picture of each of the cars running at the test. Pietro Fittipaldi wasn’t at the track, so we refer to the graphics that the team released at his announcement. BMW had only brought three of their six liveries to the track, but had also released the design of Joel Eriksson’s car. R-Motorsport with the Aston Martin cars, had brought two of their four cars for this test.…

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RLR MSport ready with their Le Mans reserve

RLR MSport has got all their drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The winner of the European Le Mans Series LMP3 Championship in 2018, has moved into the LMP2 category, so they can compete in the prestigious race. Their ELMS team consists of John Farano and Arjun Maini plus Bruno Senna. Senna will be on Rebellion Racing #1 duties at the 24 hour race, so it was clear from the start, that they needed a different third driver for that exact race. The team announced today that…

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Interesting changes on the Spa entry list

The entry list for the Total 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps FIA World Endurance Championship round has got a few interesting changes over the last few days. The race just got a bit more interesting, at least from Belgian people’s point of view. Stoffel Vandoorne will race for SMP Racing #11, where he will share the car with Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin. He will replace Jenson Button, just like Brendon Hartley did at the 1000 Miles of Sebring. But Button has opted to not return to the car this…

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ADAC GT Masters field ready for the opening round – updated

The ADAC GT Masters have their entry ready for the 2019 season. As we have previously reported, 31 cars will run this season, with a good mix of 7 different manufacturers. One of the last teams to announce their drivers is Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing. They have put a Dutch driver in each of their cars – Kelvin Snoeks will share his car with Mick Wishofer, while Jeroen Bleekemolen will be teammates with Jimmy Eriksson. Mick Wishofer has raced in ADAC Formula 4 for the last two seasons,…

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DTM 2019 field complete

All 18 DTM drivers for the 2019 season have now been announced. The final driver was revealed today, with Pietro Fittipaldi joining Audi Sport Team WRT. He’ll be teammates with Jonathan Aberdein. WRT is a new name in the DTM sport, but certainly not at Audi Sport. WRT has their base in Belgium, and has raced with Audi cars for nearly ten years, with the R8 LMS GT3 being the primary car, but more recently also the RS 3 LMS TCR car. They have been allowed to run two Audi…

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Orange and blue McLaren for Indy

McLaren Racing has presented their car for this year’s Indianapolis 500, which will be run on 26 May 2019. The paint job is very similar to their Formula car, where orange and blue is once again the overall colour scheme. A new thing for the team, is that they will run the car themselves, opposite to the 2017 race, where Andretti Autosport ran the car. Back then, both Andretti and McLaren used Honda engines, and while Andretti still does so, all ties between the British team and the Japanese manufacturer…

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ACO lets two more cars in

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has managed to get two more cars into this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French organizer has chosen to build two temporary garages, so there will be room for more teams in the prestigious race. That is really good new for the Danish team High Class Racing and British-American United Autosports, who were number one and two on the reserve list prior to today’s announcement. They were originally second and third on the reserve list, but Duqueine Engineering #30 was let into the race,…

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Last lap drama in Long Beach

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was the fourth round of NTT Indycar Series, and it was run under a typical Californian sunshine. Local here, and last year’s winner, Alexander Rossi had taken Pole Position, ahead of the reigning champion Scott Dixon, while Rossi’s Team Penske teammates Will Power and championship leader Josef Newgarden were on the second row. Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal would start P5 and P6 respectively. Felix Rosenqvist had been quick for the whole weekend, but he would only start 12th, due to a run-off on…

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Exciting four-hour race in France

The season opener of European Le Mans Series 2019 turned out to be four hours of good racing and some surprises. Under beautiful, blue sky and 12 degrees Celsius at the start of the race, the 41 cars drove around the 5.770 metres long track, hopefully without as much drama as Michelin Le Mans Cup yesterday, where there were run-offs and all kinds of confusion on and off the track. G-Drive Racing #26 had taken Pole Position in the LMP2 category, Oregon Team #10 took Pole in the LMP3 class,…

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Highly dramatic LMC in France – updated

It was a dramatic season opener in Michelin Le Mans Cup, when the 31 cars took the start at Circuit Paul Ricard. Already on the first lap there was panic in the midfield, when Michael Markussen in KEO Racing #43 had a contact with a competitor. The Dane fell back, and it didn’t help that he also got a Drive-through penalty for a jump start. Krypton Motorsport Mercedes #35 and BHK Motorsport #16 had a contact with each other in Turn 4, which damaged both cars so much that they…

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Wet and disrupted Formula E in Rome

ABB FIA Formula E Championship race in Rome was wet and disrupted. Andre Lotterer had taken Pole Position in qualifying ahead of Mitch Evans, Jose Maria Lopez, Stoffel Vandoorne and Maximilian Günther. Championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa started from P11, and had his biggest challenger, Sam Bird, right next to him in P12. Second in the championship, Jerome D’Ambrosio was down in P18! Many overtakings needed to happen for the two to remain at the top of the championship when the day was over. The asphalt was wet from…

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Changing weather in Rome

The fifth round of Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY was run on the streets of Rome, where the race started on dry asphalt. Sergio Jimenez had taken Pole Position ahead of Bryan Sellers and championship leader Simon Evans, and second place in the championship, Katherine Legge. As always there was a VIP driver participating in the race. This time it was Luca Salvadori, who normally rides motorbikes. The start went fine, with less drama that we often see on the first lap. Sellers didn’t have the best start from P2 and was…

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ELMS qualifying Paul Ricard

The qualifying on Saturday for the opening race of European Le Mans Series was run under beautiful, blue sky at Circuit Paul Ricard. It started with the nine GT cars on the track, where the teams could decide which driver they wanted to put in the car. Unsurprisingly they chose their fastest drivers. Proton Competition Porsche #88 and their teammates in Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 were the first two to set a fast time, while Luzich Racing #51 was the best Ferrari in P3 – just ahead of Kessel Racing Ferrari…

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LMC qualifying at Paul Ricard

The qualifying for the first round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup was run at Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France. The rules in LMC state that the Bronze rated driver will have to qualify the cars, so the faster drivers would have to stand in the pits and watch their less experienced teammates do the job. First onto the track was the 10 GT3 cars, for their 15 minute session. The tendency from the practice sessions continued, and it was to be a battle between Ferrari and…

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Michelin Le Mans Cup Paul Ricard Friday

The Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019 really got underway today at Paul Ricard, where the two free practice sessions and a Bronze driver test was run. The first practice ran without major issues for most of the teams. Only Graff #39 had a small kiss with the barrier in Turn 2, but just with cosmetic damage to the car. United Autosports #24 with Wayne Boyd was the fastest driver, ahead of GrainMarket Racing #20 and the Danish KEO Racing #43 outfit. There was another Danish success story with Mikkel Mac…

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Rainy Bronze test

The Bronze test ahead of this weekend’s European Le Mans Series round at Paul Ricard was run on a wet track. So only about half of the teams opted to run in the session, where the Bronze rated drivers have 30 minutes extra opportunity for track time. Algarve Pro Racing #25 with John Falb was the quickest, ahead of John Farano in RLR MSport #43 and Alexander Coigny in Cool Racing #37 in LMP2. Inter Europol Competition #14 with Paul Scheuschner was fastest in LMP3, ahead of Oregon Team #10…

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Eurointernational’s cars in French police custody – updated

Eurointernational hasn’t been on track in neither the European Le Mans Series nor the Michelin Le Mans Cup, and there is one simple reason for that – the team don’t have any cars parked in their garage. French police showed up at the track Friday morning with a order to take the two Ligier JS P3 chassis’ into custody, that was going to be used in ELMS and LMC respectively. According to team sources, they however have done nothing wrong. It all comes down to an old contract, with a…

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ELMS free practice in dry conditions

The first official practice of the weekend for the European Le Mans Series was run in dry conditions, but with a light cloud cover over the Circuit Paul Ricard. The practice barely got started before we had a Full Course Yellow due to United Autosports #3 losing the left rear wheel on their Ligier LMP3. The car was transported back to the pits on a flatbed, where the mechanics managed to get a new tire mounted, and they ended up doing a total of 9 laps in the session. It…

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