Opening round confirmed and final pushed back

The ADAC GT Masters have confirmed their opening round for the 2020 season. The date will still be on 31 July and 1 August, but the event will be at the Lausitzring between Berlin and Dresden. ADAC GT Masters last visited the circuit in 2017. When the updated schedule was announced one and a half months ago, it was also that date, but with the choice of either Most in the Czech Republic or Lausitzring. The series has chosen to stay in Germany due to the uncertainty about possible travel…

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All three drivers ready for Risi

Risi Competizione has confirmed all three drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The Italian-American Ferrari team announced Olivier Pla and Sebastien Bourdais as their drivers earlier in the year, but they have completed the line-up with Jules Gounon, who also raced for them last year. They had a collaboration with the French Ferrari dealer in 2019, which made the car not run in the traditional Risi (and Ferrari) red, but in blue. The graphics following the announcement of the drivers for this year’s race, have a red…

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2020 Indycar schedule adjusted again

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule has once again been adjusted. The reason is, of course, the COVID-19 situation, which has resulted in the first part of the season getting yet another new look. Texas Motor Speedway will still open the season on 6 June, but the rest of June has been scrapped. That makes Road America move to July, replacing the Toronto race – and actually becoming a double round on this classic venue. A race that won’t happen, nor be replaced, is the Richmond oval, which was scheduled…

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Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy closes after Season 2

Jaguar has chosen to close their I-PACE eTrophy series, at the end of Season 2. The series is based on the I-PACE model, which is an all-electric vehicle, with the plans of 20 cars to compete against each other. The 2018/19 had the prominent name of Rahal Letterman Lanigan as one of the teams, running two cars. Bobby Rahal is a Jaguar dealer in the USA, so it was a natural choice. Despite their huge commitment, various technical difficulties, with added crash damage and disqualifications, resulted in neither Bryan Sellers…

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Toronto postpones 2020 race

Toronto has postponed their planned NTT IndyCar Series race for 2020. The reason is of course the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and since it’s a street race, the track build needs to be started very early. The people in charge don’t see that safe enough for health reasons – at least not on the original July date. The organizers do however state that they are working on an alternative date for 2020. But there are not may gaps left in the revised schedule that Indycar released early April. The only gaps…

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Heavily revised IMSA schedule

IMSA has issued some heavily revised 2020 schedules for all their racing series, including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The changes are, of course, down to the COVID-19 situation, which has resulted in the IMSA series not racing since the opening round at Daytona back in January. Daytona will restart the season, when the series returns on track on 4 July. That is by running a 2-hour-and-40-minute race. The cars will race again just two weeks later at Sebring, which is another 2 hours and 40 minutes. Two weeks later…

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Date for Indycar season finale revealed

The NTT IndyCar Series has announced the  date for the 2020 season finale. St. Petersburg, Florida will host the event on 25 October. This is the second time in 2020, for the trucks to roll into the parking area in St. Petersburg, since all the field had made it to the track in March, where the opening round should have been run. The event was cancelled a few hours before Indycar was to go out for practice, but instead everybody should pack up, and go back to their COVID-19 shelters…

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Four American cars hand back Le Mans entries

The entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 has changed quite a bit, over just a few days. Four North American cars have informed the organizers, that they won’t be making the trip to Le Mans this year, even though they were selected for the race two months ago. The two Porsche GTE Pro cars from North America has chosen to stay at home and focus on the IMSA championship. That is the same decision by Corvette Racing, who won’t go to France either with their brand…

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FIA approves Hypercar adjustments

The FIA Endurance Commission has approved some small adjustments to the Hypercar regulations in ACO racing. The Hypercars will replace the LMP1 cars from the 2021 season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The adjustments have been put in place, so they match the LMDh regulations on power and weight. The basic rules for the LMDh cars were announced last week. The new Hypercars will have 650 bhp combined from an internal combustion engine and hybrid power train, and a minimum weight of…

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LMDh basics announced

Automobile Club de l’Ouest and International Motor Sports Association have announced the basics for the upcoming LMDh ruleset. The cars will replace the current DPi cars in the IMSA series in 2022, but will also be allowed to race in the FIA WEC, including Le Mans. The collaboration was announced back in January 2020 at Daytona, and all parties have worked hard ever since, to bring up some technical specifications, that the majority could be happy with. There will be four chassis suppliers – ORECA, Ligier, Multimatic and Dallara –…

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Indycar sticks to June start

NTT IndyCar Series is committed to starting the 2020 season in June. Texas Motor Speedway has been on top of the schedule for a month now, following the street race in Detroit was cancelled due to COVID-19. The race will be run on Saturday 6 June, and will be a night race with start 8.45 PM eastern time. The full race event will unfold over just a single day, with a single practice session, and the qualifying happening during the afternoon. There won’t be any spectators allowed into the track,…

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Porsche team pulling out the big guns

When the ADAC GT Masters 2020 season gets going, there will be a new full season team on the grid. The SSR Performance team enters as Porsche 911 GT3 R, and it’s certainly not Mr Nobody behind that effort. The team will have technical support from Manthey-Racing, which is owned by Porsche. They are the team running the VLN and the FIA WEC programs for the brand, so you don’t find a Porsche team with more experience than Manthey. They have chosen to put the three times Porsche Mobil 1…

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Audi ends DTM commitment after 2020

After many months of speculations, it’s now official: Audi Sport will pull out of DTM following the 2020 season. It’s been on the cards since August 2018, where they aired some discomfort about the series, and put its organisation, ITR under a lot of pressure. The announcement followed Mercedes-AMG pulling out of DTM at the end of 2018, with Audi putting out the ultimatum of a third constructor had to be entered at the start of the 2020 season, or they would be gone too. R-Motorsport appeared for the 2019…

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A lot of new at Land-Motorsport

Land-Motorsport has their two cars for the upcoming ADAC GT Masters season, with several news items from the team. There have been quite significant changes during the winter. It’s become somewhat of a habit of calling them Montaplast by Land-Motorsport in ADAC GT Masters, VLN, N24 and IMSA, but the title sponsor is no longer part of the team, so now it’s just known as Land-Motorsport. There are changes to the driver line-up. Christopher Mies and Max Hofer continue from their 2019 lineup, but the pair will be split up…

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Formula E also paused in June

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will have at least another month of no action, before they hopefully can start their season once again. The Berlin e-Prix is the latest to be postponed. It was originally planned to happen in the second half of June, but now it’s status is unknown. That is due to the restrictions that Germany has put in place, with large events not being allowed to happen until 1 September, which presents some issues in other parts of German motorsport as well. The next scheduled race…

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SRT41 pulls out of LM2020

The French La Filiere Frederic Sausset, or the slightly easier name, Team SRT41 won’t race at the this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has opted to pull out, since the closing down of France will prevent them from doing any deep preparation ahead of the race. Even though the team will use an LMP2 from ORECA, it’s not a usual team, since all three drivers have some sort of handicaps. The team stated in a press release, as well as a message to the organizers The team’s…

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Le Mans releases time table

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has released the time table for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The time table for the 2020 edition had some quite significant changes anyway, compared to previous years, with the new Hyperpole concept being introduced, where the drivers only have a few laps to set a time, in of the previous years where they typically has had 6 hours or more to put in their best lap. Sunday and Monday, prior to the race, will have the scrutineering at the circuit itself. The Tuesday…

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ADAC GT Masters et al. with new schedule

ADAC GT Masters and their support series have had to reissue their 2020 schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season will still contain 7 race weekends, but instead of being run over five months, it will all happen in just under three months. The new start to the season will be in the Czech Republic at Most – or potentially Lausitzring if there are limitations to the entry to the country, before Nürburgring, Zandvoort, Hockenheim and Sachsenring stick to their previously announced dates. Red Bull Ring has moved their…

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Gen2 EVO pushed back one year

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the FIA has announced, that their planned upgrade of the cars for season 2020/21 has been pushed back one year. The reason is of course due to COVID-19, which has put a stop to everything, and because some manufacturers might be able to work weeks or months longer than others, it’s been decided to stop all the development. Instead, the cars will be introduced for the 2021/22 season. The concept drawing was released earlier this year. All of the teams will still have…

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Detroit cancelled, Indycar replaces

Detroit Grand Prix has been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus, affecting both the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Both series were supposed to race in The Motor City the last weekend of May, but that event has officially been taken off both schedules. IMSA states that they are working on a possible replacement later in the year, but there is nothing final just yet. There is about one month gap between Petit Le Mans and the final at Sebring, so they might be…

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