Binder goes into ELMS

Rene Binder has chosen to do some racing in Europe once again. The 26 year-old Austrian has lately been looking towards the USA, where he raced in the Indycar series for Juncos Racing. He will race for that outfit, too, at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this coming January, but no Indycar programme has been confirmed for him yet. He has signed with the French outfit, Panis Barthez Competition, where he will be one of the drivers in their 2019 European Le Mans Series programme. Binder has been racing for…

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Moorespeed new GTD team

Moorespeed will be a new GTD team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship during the upcoming season. The team has opted to by an Audi R8 LMS GT3, which will run number 19 on the doors. Will Hardeman and Alex Riberas will share the car throughout the season, while they will be joined by Andrew Davis at the four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds, while the Audi super driver Markus Winkelhock is in for the 24 hours race at Daytona. The team got a good deal from Magnus Racing, and then…

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MSR once again with two cars in 2019

Meyer Shank Racing will enter two cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. It’s been almost two months since they announced that Jackie Heinricher, Katherine Legge, Ana Beatriz and Simona De Silvestro will be sharing #57 at the 24 hours race at Daytona, while Heinricher and Legge will be the full season drivers. Today, the team announced that Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher will share #86 through the full season, while they will be helped by Justin Marks at the four Michelin Endurance Cup races. AJ Almendinger will be…

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Scuderia Corsa ready with 4 driver line up

Scuderia Corsa are ready for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with four drivers, with three new faces in the team. The team will still have Cooper MacNeil as the central point, who is the son of the WeatherTech company owner. So the team will once again run in WeatherTech colours on the Ferrari 488 GT3. He has opted to hire Toni Vilander for the full 2019 season. That is at least how the team will start. Last year, it was planned for Alessandro Balzan to do the full season – that…

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Park Place Motorsports returns full time

Park Place Motorsports returns full time to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. Team principal Patrick Lindsey is back behind the wheel, while he will have Porsche factory driver Patrick Long in the car with him. They were teammates too in the 2013 season, but lately it’s mainly been Jörg Bergmeister, who has been the teammate of Lindsey. The team enters one Porsche 911 GT3 R in the GTD category, where they aim at the Championship win. Long returns to the team after several seasons in the FIA WEC, and…

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PMR confirms Sellers and Hardwick

Paul Miller Racing has confirmed their 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers. Defending Champion Bryan Sellers stays at the Championship winning team, while Ryan Hardwick is the new guy on the team. Corey Lewis will once again help during the Michelin Endurance Cup races, which are Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. Hardwick is the defending Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Champion, so he knows the Italian car very well. It is, however, the brand new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, that is the choice of weapon for the…

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Amazing 4 hours at Fuji

Nine degrees and a light shower before the start of the 4-hour race, made the conditions really difficult for the 20 Asian Le Mans Series teams at the Fuji International Speedway. United Autosports #22 started from Pole Position in LMP2, with Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta. Viper Niza Racing #65 with Douglas Khoo and Nigel Moore had taken LMP3 Pole, while Car Guy Ferrari #11 with James Calado, Takeshi Kimura and Kei Cozzolino started from GT Pole. There had been a change compared yesterday’s qualifying result, since Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen…

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KÜS Team75 Bernhard mixing up

KÜS Team75 Bernhard has mixed up their driver line-up for the 2019 ADAC GT Masters. Team owner Timo Bernhard will be back in #17, but will have Klaus Bachler as teammate. Bachler drove in the other car during the just finished season. Adrien De Leener gets to stay in #18, while he will be joined by Porsche super star Matteo Cairoli. Cairoli has lately driven in the ELMS and FIA WEC, but will have to dig out the aggressive sprint race driving style out again. But he has more or…

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Porsche with 4 works cars at Le Mans

Porsche Motorsport will once again enter four works cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019. The German car manufacturer from Stuttgart at least hopes to do so, since they have announced four driver line-ups. Porsche #91 is one of the FIA World Endurance Championship entries, and therefore secured a Le Mans entry. Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz will continue for the rest of the season, and will once again be joined by Fred Makowiecki at the 24-hour race in June. The defending Le Mans winners, and current…

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Porsche with two IMSA cars for the next three years

Porsche Motorsport has announced their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme for 2019. It was also confirmed, that the contract with CORE autosport, to run the two Porsche 911 RSR’s in the GTLM category, has been extended for three more years. Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet will continue in car #911, with the added help by Fred Makowiecki during Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. #912 keeps Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber as the full season drivers, while Mathieu Jaminet will be added at the longer races. The team…

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IMSA reduces the LMP2 calendar

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has slightly reduced the LMP2 calendar for 2019. It was originally the plan to run a 10-race schedule, parallel to the DPi cars, but the series has now opted to remove Long Beach and Detroit from the calendar. The two races clash with the ELMS opening round at Paul Ricard and the Le Mans test day, so potential LMP2 could would have risked missing those any, if they were busy elsewhere. The LMP2 category got a huge punch in the guts, when CORE autosport announced their…

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BMW ready with their 2019 programme

BMW celebrated all their achievements throughout 2018 yesterday evening in Munich, and announced their 2019 programmes as well. The team confirmed six cars from the DTM 2019, where a brand new 4 cylinder turbo engine with a bit over 600 bhp will be used. That gives a significantly different sound, than what we are used to from the DTM cars, but with a minimum of noise cancelling, there will still be plenty of sound. The team has opted to continue with Philipp Eng, Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann, Joel Eriksson and…

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Cold qualifying at Fuji

The qualifying for the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series, was run at a very cold Fuji International Speedway. An overcast track and only 13 degrees air temperature made the conditions quite hard for the teams. So the exception of using tire warmers for this race gave the drivers quite a lot more grip than they otherwise would have. First out was the five GT cars. James Calado in Car Guy Ferrari #11 was the first driver to set a fast lap. The Ferrari works driver proved how…

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Same old at Penske, plus Rossi

Five well known faces at Acura Team Penske will be present, when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season starts at Daytona next month. Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya will drive #6 throughout the full season, while they will have Simon Pagenaud alongside them for the 6, 10, 12 and 24 hours race. We have Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves sharing #7 again, while their new teammate at Daytona and Sebring will be Alexander Rossi. Rossi has experience from Formula 1 and a lot of other series, while the biggest…

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20 cars at Fuji

The second round of this year’s Asian Le Mans Series will be run this weekend at Fuji International Speedway in Japan, with a slightly reduced entry compared to the opening race, two weeks ago. There will be 20 cars entered, which is seven less than Shanghai. Four of these cars are Porsche Carrera Cup Asia cars, which won’t go to the Japan trip. We have also lost all three Jackie Chan DC Racing cars from the field. There season opener went all terrible, where #1 with the three Malaysian drivers…

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B1 and B2 enters IMSA

We normally know B1 and B2 from a famous kids show, but they will now enter the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – or at least sort of. JDC Miller Motorsport has run the IMSA series with car #85, which throughout the paddock has been known as the Banana Boat due to it’s yellow and black livery, but will now get a sister – or perhaps we should call it a brother, to stay in the B1 and B2 terminology. The team has participated with two ORECA LMP2 cars throughout the…

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FIA WEC gets succesballast

The FIA World Endurance Championship will start utilizing success ballast from 2019 onwards. That is one of the changes that was approved by the World Motorsport Council, at their meeting in Saint Petersburg. The success ballast will start from the 2019/20 season, but only in the GTE Am category. A similar rule has been announced in the European Le Mans Series. There won’t be any kind of success ballast at Le Mans, but only the regular BOP, that will be kept. The point scales will be adjusted, so they take…

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COTA removed from schedule

The World Motorsport Council has announced the FIA World Rallycross Championship schedule for 2019, and there is a significant change compared to what was posted by the series, just over a month ago. WMSC has chosen to remove  the COTA round at the end of September. It still means that the teams will have to leave Europe three times during the season. The World RX sport is in a deep crisis after Peugeot, Audi and Ford all have left the series during the last 12 months, and the privateers have…

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Canapino final Juncos driver

Agustin Canapino will be the fourth and final Juncos Racing driver at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The 28 year-old Argentinian from Buenos Aires has a whole host of Champions in his bag, with 12 wins over the last 11 years, including the Super TC2000 Championship in 2016. In 2018 alone, he has driven 44 races. He already has connections to Chevrolet in his home country, where several of the championships were won with the classic bow tie on the hood. He is only mentioned as a driver for the…

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ELMS hands out extra Le Mans ticket

When the European Le Mans Series 2019 is run, an extra Le Mans ticket will be handed out. So far it has only been the champions in LMP2, LMP3 plus first and second place in GTE, who get an automatic Le Mans ticket for the following edition of the race. The fight between the LMP2 teams is so big now, that a lot of teams have to leave the series disappointed. ACO has therefore chosen to hand out an extra ticket. By doing that, the ACO will put extra focus…

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