Alonso officially confirmed for Indy 500

After many months of speculations, it’s finally confirmed: Fernando Alonso will drive the 104th Indianapolis 500, which will be run on 24 May 2020. The 38-year-old Spaniard will race for Arrow McLaren SP, in the team’s third car for the Indy 500. The rumours have been floating around for months, and through a big part of last fall and during the winter, and everything pointed towards Andretti Autosports. There was however a small issue, since they race with Honda engines, and Honda in Japan still haven’t forgotten the less than…

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Test drivers for Marrakesh announced

ABB FIA Formula E Championship is once again hosting a test day on Sunday, the day after Round 5 of the 2019/20 season has been run. The test is the so-called Rookie test, so none of the usual or former Formula E drivers is allowed to participate in the test. But there are names on the list with quite a lot of Formula E miles under their belt. DS Techeetah has opted to call up James Rossiter, who has been a test- and development driver for the team for several…

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Nerve wrecking qualifying in Texas

The qualifying for the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 was run shortly before sunset at Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas. First out were the 7 GTE Pro cars, and 11 GTE Am cars for 20 minutes. The GTE Pro category had a guest entry from Corvette Racing #63, who will participate in the COTA race, and the Sebring FIA WEC race next month. They have called up Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller, who are well-known faces at the yellow team, to race their new…

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Excitement until the final lap in Thailand

There was excitement until the very final lap of the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 season finale, which was run at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. Three out of the four titles were still open at the start of the race, with several contenders in these categories. The qualifying yesterday made it even more exciting, with none of the championship leaders taking Pole Position in their respective categories. Thunderhead Carlin Racing #45 with Ben Barnicoat, Harry Tincknell and Jack Manchester had Pole Position in LMP2, ahead of Eurasia…

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Afternoon qualifying in Thailand

After a busy and very wet Saturday at the third round of Asian Le Mans Series at Sepang circuit in Malaysia, the team moved north to drive for the second week in a row. This time at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. The weather was typical Asian weather, with sunshine and over thirty degrees Celsius. Just as last week, there were twenty-three cars ready to start this weekend. The first ones to do their qualifying were the six GT cars, for their fifteen-minute session. Buriram is one of the…

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Four GT subs in Asian LMS

There will be four substitutes present in the six GT cars at the Asian Le Mans Series 2020/21 season finale this weekend in Buriram. The four replacements are due to the date clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship, which is run at Circuit Of The Americas. The FIA WEC race should have been three weeks ago in Brazil, but that race was cancelled, and replaced by the COTA race in Texas, USA. So Alessandro Pier Guidi in Spirit Of Race Ferrari #51 will be replaced by the new Ferrari…

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At least three races for Hinchcliffe

James Hinchcliffe will do at least three races in the NTT IndyCar Series 2020 season. The Canadian has made a deal with Andretti Autosport, where he will race car #29. His first race will be the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis road course early May, Indy 500 at the end of May, and the Texas 600 on early June. Hinchcliffe lost an otherwise secure seat at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM), when McLaren got involved in the team, resulting in a change from Honda to Chevrolet engines. Hinch is synonymous…

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Aston Martin puts Hypercar programme on pause

Aston Martin will put their planned FIA World Endurance Championship Hypercar programme on pause indefinitely. The British car manufacturer has stated that it’s down to the LMDh category being introduced, and will wait and see what the future brings. It is, however, no secret that AM has had quite a few problems with their economy, which has resulted in Lawrence Stroll investing a lot of millions in the team, plus bringing the name in Formula 1 in 20201, with the Racing Point being renamed Aston Martin Racing. His son, Lance…

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Hörr in, DHH out

Laurents Hörr will have his FIA World Endurance Championship debut this weekend at COTA. The 20 year-old German racing driver replaces David Heinemeier Hansson at Team Project 1 Porsche #56, where he will drive together with  Egidio Perfetti and Matteo Cairoli. Hörr won the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019 in the LMP3 category for DKR Engineering, and has already been confirmed to race with them again, in their upcoming European Le Mans Series in the LMP3 category. The collaboration between DHH and Team Project 1 got off to a bad…

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Plenty of driving errors and material damages in Mexico

ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 had come to the fourth round, that was run at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The track, as always, was the shorter version of the one Formula 1 uses, but the layout was longer this time than the previous years, which hopefully would create more chances for overtaking. Andre Lotterer had taken Pole Position, which was the first for the TAG Heuer Porsche team in their debut season. Mitch Evans in Panasonic Jaguar Racing was P2, Nyck de Vries in Mercedes-Benz EQ was…

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Weather-affected race at Sepang

It was a very special four hours race at Sepang circuit in Malaysia when the third round of Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 was run. Not only because the race was planned to start two hours before sunset and thus would finish in the dark, but the weather would also play a big role. The qualifying for the race was held earlier in the day, so the teams were very busy preparing the cars between the qualifying and race. Eurasia Motorsport #1 with Nick Cassidy, Masataka Yanagida and Daniel Gaunt…

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Dry qualifying in Malaysia

The qualifying to the 2019/20 season’s third round of Asian Le Mans Series was run at Sepang track in Malaysia. The 23 teams were lucky to start in the sunshine, which certainly wouldn’t last. First, it was the six GT cars on the track. Unfortunately, there were no BMW in Malaysia this time, since all the three cars this season were run by Chinese teams, who didn’t have permission to leave China due to the Coronavirus. But a good mix of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini were present. The defending…

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Porsche announces Le Mans drivers

Porsche has announced the twelve works drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The two FIA World Endurance Championship crews will remain unchanged, with Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz as the two full-season drivers, getting help from Fred Makowiecki, while Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre in #92 once again will be joined by Laurens Vanthoor. Those three drivers won the GTE Pro category in 2018 in the famous Pink Pig 911 RSR The drivers from IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will drive car #93 in the shape of Nick…

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Ferrari wins in Shanghai – three months ago

AF Corse Ferrari #51 has been declared winners of the 4 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship race in November 2019. The team with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi crossed the finishing line as the first car in GTE Pro, and did stand on the top step. During the subsequent scrutineering, the FIA WEC officials found the car not to have a minimum clearance of 50mm. It was not specified exactly how much lower the car was found – just that it was too low. That resulted in…

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Kubica in private BMW

Robert Kubica will be running in the DTM 2020 in a private BMW M4 DTM. The 35-year-old Polish driver will race for ART Grand Prix, entering a single car, so we get to a total of seven BMW cars this year. Kubica has most recently raced in Formula 1 for Williams F1 Team, after being out of single-seaters for almost ten years due to his series accident in a rally car. While Kubica hasn’t raced in DTM previously, he did two seasons for Formula 3 Euro Series, which was a…

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Rebellion will say goodbye after four races

Rebellion has sent shockwaves in the motorsport world today, by issuing a press release at midday. The Swiss watch company, who is active in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing, running two LMP1 cars, has chosen to end all their involvements within motorsport, once the chequered flag falls at the  24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020. Today’s announcement came out of nowhere, especially since it’s just two months ago, that a partnership with Peugeot Sport and their new Hypercar programme were announced. Peugeot Sport was very…

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ELMS entry list without any surprises

European Le Mans Series has announced the 2020 season entry list, and that’s without any huge surprises. The majority of the teams were on the 2019 list too, but there were a few brand new ones, and some who have switched categories. A total of 40 cars have entered the full season, with 18 in the LMP2 category, 13 in the LMP3, and 9 in the GTE category. In the LMP2 category, we have changes for 2020 at Panis Racing and IDEC Sport, reducing their programmes from two to one…

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Asian LMS ready for Malaysia

Asian Le Mans Series is getting ready for the third round of the 2019/20 championship, which will be held on 15 February in Malaysia. The race will be the first Asian LMS race finishing after sunset. Sepang International Circuit got lights installed in fall 2019, but not as strong as the Formula 1 demands, but it is some lighting – just like at the FIA WEC race in Bahrain, where the lights aren’t running on full beam. This will be a brand next experience for large parts of the field,…

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Braun in three more IMSA races

Colin Braun will be racing three more IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races in 2020. He raced for DragonSpeed at the Daytona 24 Hours, but that was a single race deal. And he won’t the do the three races at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta for DragonSpeed. He will instead race for Era Motorsport, who is competing against the before mentioned team. The two teams were originally slated to work together this year, but Era Motorsport chose to run the ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car by themselves. The deal makes…

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Graff and Panis with new combinations

Graff and Panis Racing will be entering the European Le Mans Series 2020 with some new combinations in the cars. The former will stick to Alexandre Cougnaud for the third year in a row, while James Allen returns to the team. Allen was grabbed by DragonSpeed in the 2019 season, where he raced both their LMP1 and LMP2 cars throughout the season. But he was a full season member of Graff in 2018 but did however race in the orange G-Drive Racing car, where he proved his quality and speed.…

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