GRX Taneco enters up to three cars in 2019

The GRX Taneco team will enter three cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2019 – at least at selected rounds. The Finnish team will run updated Hyundai i20 Supercars, which they made their debut with in 2018. Niclas Grönholm and Timer Timerzyanov will once again be the full season drivers for the team, while Reinis Nitiss will become the test and reserve driver for the team, but will have a few race starts too. Niclas Grönholm, son of team boss and double WRC Champion Marcus Grönholm, will enter his…

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O’Ward without seat ahead of season opener

Patricio O’Ward is left with no seat ahead of the NTT IndyCar Series 2019. The Mexican was announced as Harding-Steinbrenner Racing driver in the fall of 2018, where he and Colton Herta should be teammates, in a two-car team. Last year’s Indy Lights Champion got his debut at the season finale at Sonoma Raceway, and did very well in both qualifying and the race. So it’s super tough for him, that the collaboration with the team has come to an early end. It’s been clear during the last few days,…

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ADAC GT Masters announcements catch-up

The ADAC GT Masters teams are slowly but surely starting to announce their programmes for the 2019 season. We already knew back in December, that KÜS Team75 Bernhard would be back, and earlier we have had Audi confirm a lot of cars. HCB-Rutronik Racing will enter two Audi R8 LMS cars, where one of them will be piloted by Carrie Schreiner and Dennis Marschall. Schreiner has raced ADAC Formula 4 in the past, but went on to compete in things like Lamborghini Super Trofeo. She already started to work with…

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Historic Mexico round

It was a historic Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy day at the second round of the season, which was run in Mexico City. The first piece of history was already written Saturday morning local time, when Katherine Legge took the first ever Pole Position for a female in electric racing. It was not only a big achievement for her, but with Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Bryan Sellers in P2, which made the team estatic. The winner from the first round, Simon Evans, had qualified in P3, while the VIP driver of the…

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New engine for Bykolles

It’s one week ago, that Bykolles Racing Team pulled out of the 1000 Miles of Sebring race in March, due to disagreements with their engine supplier NISMO. There is a solution to that problem now – at least for the last two races in the FIA World Endurance Championship races, during the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has announced Gibson Technology will supply engines for the team at these those race weekends. The Sebring race is still off the cards for…

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New pairing at United Autosports

United Autosports have found a brand new pairing for the European Le Mans Series 2019. The British-American team with base in England has a total of four cars in the ELMS series, which was confirmed this Tuesday. Now the names of the drivers for their JS P217 Gibson #32 during the 2019 have been confirmed. That will be Alex Brundle and Ryan Cullen, and a potential yet unnamed third driver. The team has also applied to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and if both their LMP2 cars will…

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First Aston Martin drivers announced

R-Motorsport has announced the first two Aston Marting driver for the 2019 DTM season. The Swiss team has been allowed to call the DTM cars, which are developed by HWA, for Aston Martin. The programme is purely private, and has nothing to do with the manufacturer itself. The team has opted to go for experience and youth. The 2010 DTM Champion Paul Di Resta was announced this morning, while the talented Jake Dennis was announced later in the day. HWA knows Di Resta very well, since he has been driving…

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R24 with three new females in Malaysia

When the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 finale is run at Sepang International Circuit in one and a half weeks, the R24 team will have three brand new drivers in the car. There has been several driver combinations of females, where Marie Iwaoka has been the fixed point during the first three races of the series. She was joined by Stephane Kox, Anna Inotsume and Sarah Bovy at various times, but now even Iwaoka has to jump out of the seat. Katherine Legge, Michelle Gatting and Margot Laffite will be…

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41 ELMS cars ready for 2019

European Le Mans Series has 41 entries for the full 2019 season. A few more cars in LMP2, a bit less in LMP3 and 50% more GTE cars hints at a very exciting season in all three classes. DragonSpeed, United Autosports, Panis Barthez Competition, Algarve Pro Racing, G-Drive Racing, IDEC Sport, Duqueine Engineering, Graff, and High Class Racing are back again in LMP2, with a few changes here and there. Panis Barthez Competition doubles their effort, so they have two cars entered, while Graff downscales to just one car. High…

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First part of the Le Mans entry list revealed

The first part of the 24 Hours Le Mans 2019 entry list was announced today – and that was a list without major surprises. But still… The CEFC TRSM Racing team with the two Ginetta G60-LT-P1 cars are no longer on the list. So ACO finally got enough of them, after only completing a handful of laps in the practice at Spa Francorchamps in May 2018, followed by their Le Mans participation in June. The team haven’t showed up since then, but we heard them mentioning an engine change prior…

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Audi goes to Lanzarote

Audi Sport has had their works drivers on a small trip to Lanzarote. But this wasn’t pure holiday, even though the weather was perfect for it, but their now legendary fitness week. This was the fourth time that the team had gone for Club La Santa, where Tom Kristensen and the team physio Vincenzo Tota had planned a week of secret activities for the 8 works drivers in DTM and Formula E. Loic Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, Rene Rast, Mike Rockenfeller, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt…

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Duqueine ready with their three drivers

Duqueine Engineering has their three drivers ready for the European Le Mans Series 2019. Two out of three drivers are returnees from the 2018 season, while the final driver makes his LMP2 comeback, after a one year absence. Pierre Ragues and Nicolas Jamin also drove for the outfit in 2018, while Richard Bradley is a new face at the French team. The team finished 8th in the LMP2 standings, but it could have been so much better, if they didn’t make the mistake at Red Bull Ring, of leaving a…

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No Bykolles at Sebring

There will be no Bykolles Racing Team on the grid for the 1000 Miles of Sebring race next month. The updated entry list was released on Friday, and their names were gone from the list, apparently being due to a disagreement between the team and Nissan NISMO regarding delivery and upgrades for the engines being the cause. The first half of the Super Season finished off with quite a big fire in the engine bay in Shanghai, and they haven’t been on the track since then for neither tests nor…

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Rallycross track at Spa presented

Spa Francorchamps has presented the new Rallycross track, which will host a World Championship round later this year. The historic Belgian circuit will host the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and this will be the first time that the series visits the track, which we know so well from things like Formula 1 and FIA World Endurance Championship and a lot more. Rallycross however, is not 7 kilometres long, as the asphalt is all the way around, but instead a new 913 metres track has been revealed,…

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Just 5 races for Kimball

Charlie Kimball will have a limited 2019 programme in the NTT IndyCar Series. The American will once again race for Carlin in car #23. It won’t be a full season, since he has had a hard time finding the sponsor backing. Instead he will race 5 selected race during the 17-race schedule. Kimball has chosen to start the season alongside the other drivers on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, while Indy 500 will be his next task. Texas Motor Speedway in June will be his third race of the…

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Toyota confirms 2019-20 participation

Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed their continued participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship. It wasn’t a major surprise, since they have talked about their 2019-20 season – but it hasn’t officially been confirmed until today. The team will enter two TS050 Hybrid cars, which they use in their current campaign. There are always minor fine tuning going on, so there will probably be a few changes here and there. Toyota Gazoo Racing isn’t ready yet to announce the drivers, but there could be big changes coming up. We will…

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LMP3 generation 2 presented

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has announced the new LMP3 regulations, starting 2020. The LMP3 category was introduced in 2015, where Ginetta was the first company to have a car ready. Ligier joined them later in the year, while Adess and Norma are the two latest. Ginetta left the party early on, when they had an argument with the engine supplier ORECA. The Adess car is only made in a very few editions, but they are still active. The 4 constructors are all invited again to the new regulations, where…

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Hartley in WEC comeback

When the 1000 Miles of Sebring runs on 15 March, the familiar face of Brendon Hartley will back in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The now former Formula 1 driver from New Zealand has signed with SMP Racing, where he will run the race at Sebring plus the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps. His teammates will be the former Indycar driver Mikhail Aleshin and the former Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov in car #11. He replaces Jenson Button, who won’t be running these two race meetings, since he will focus…

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RLR MSport hires young Indian

RLR MSport has the European Le Mans Series line ups ready for the 2019 season. After announcing the LMP3 car almost two weeks ago, the British team are now ready to release the names of the LMP2 drivers. Indian Arjun Maini will get his sportscar debut for RLR MSport, where he will share the car with John Farano and Bruno Senna. Senna can’t race for the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which they are qualified for as well, since he will be racing for Rebellion Racing in…

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Firestone extends Indycar contract

There will be no tire war in the NTT IndyCar Series for the next seasons. That was made public after Firestone has extended the contract through 2025. The American brand, which now is a part of the Bridgestone company, was the brand on the very first Indianapolis 500 race winner in 1911, Ray Harroun. The 2019 season will the 20th in a row, with Firestone as the exclusive tire supplier in Indycar. Firestone has won 69 of the 102 Indy 500 races run so far. More than 26.000 thousands tires…

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