Formula E 2020/21 schedule ready

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship still has six remaining races on the 2019/20 schedule, but they have just released the first edition of the 2020/21 schedule. There won’t be much 2020 about it, since the season only starts in January 2021 in Chile. That event is followed by Mexico, Saudi Arabia and China, before two races in Europe is followed by South Korea, which missed out on their debut race in 2020. The race in the start of June is still to be confirmed, before the season finishes off…

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Rast replaces Abt

Rene Rast will do the final six races of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 for the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team. The German will replace his fellow countryman, Daniel Abt, following Abt getting into troubles during the COVID-19 break. The Formula E series has held some esports rounds, with Daniel Abt being one of the participants. He did, however, get a professional esports racer to take the wheel at one of the rounds, and race as Abt. Abt explained later on that it was just a joke, that…

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Daytona opens for fans

When the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumes at Daytona International Speedway on 4 July, there will be spectators at the venue. There is however a limitation of 5000 spectators, with everybody having to be residents of Florida, since fans from other states aren’t allowed. The spectators will be allowed on either the grand stand, or in a special limited camping area, where people are allowed to sit by or on top of the RV’s. All spectators will be screened before entering the track, and everybody have to wear masks all…

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Compact PMSC schedule

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has announced a revised 2020 schedule, which will be a very compact one. It should have been a 9-race schedule, but instead, it will be eight races around Europe. PMSC will follow Formula 1, at the 8 events that F1 announced earlier this month. So the season will start out with two races at Red Bull Ring, followed by Hungaroring. After 3 weeks in a row, there is one weekend off, before two times Silverstone and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in another three-week bundle. Then one weekend…

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Formula E finishes off in Berlin

The ABB FIA Formula E  Championship will finish off the 2019/20 season in Berlin. The season was put on hold in March, when the COVID-19 situation spread across the world. Since Formula E is typically run in the city centres, it’s a big logistical challenge. But Berlin is unique by being run in the former Tempelhof Airport, which already is a closed area with no or limited public access. So the track preparation can happen without disturbing the usual traffic flow for the citizens – and be spread over more…

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Paul Miller Racing skips July

Paul Miller Racing won’t be running in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, once the season gets going again in July. The championship-winning GTD team from 2018 season has chosen to skip the Daytona and Sebring races in July, due to the COVID–19 situation, where Paul Miller Auto Group has had to send a lot of employees home. So the organisation don’t think that they can defend to go racing, when their workforce outside the motorsport division is sitting at home. The decision has surely been tough to make, since the…

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WTR announces third driver

Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing have confirmed their drivers for the final two rounds of the Michelin Endurance Cup in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Renger van der Zande and Ryan Briscoe will be joined by Scott Dixon in the Cadillac DPi car for Petit Le Mans 10 hours race at Road Atlanta in October, and the Sebring 12 hours in November. The trio plus Kamui Kobayashi won the Daytona 24 Hours back in January, which is the only race being run so far in IMSA this year. That was…

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Successful season opener in Texas

The 2020 season opener of NTT IndyCar Series was run as a one-day race at Texas Motor Speedway under the name Genesys 300. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the time on the track was limited. So they only had a single training, followed by the qualifying, while the race would be run on Saturday evening local time. The defending champion Josef Newgarden had taken Pole Position, ahead of Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud. Rinus VeeKay already put the ECR mechanics on overtime in the morning when he hit the wall…

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24 cars for season opener

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series will finally get underway this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The season was scheduled to start in March, and all the teams had made it to St. Petersburg, Florida, but that was right on the week where the COVID-19 situation exploded, so everybody ended up packing their trucks and went home. 24 cars are entered for the race at the Texas oval. There could have been 25, but Carlin decided to pull their car #31. The car didn’t have any full season driver for the…

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Works cars pulling out of IMSA

The day has started with a bit of a shock for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Porsche has chosen to pull out of the series as a works team, at the end of the 2020 season. They have been active as a works team since 2014, with CORE autosport running the GTLM operation. There were several privateer Porsche GTLM/GT2 entries prior to that, including a car entered by CORE. They have won 2 Drivers Championships and 3 Constructor Championships since then, by claiming 48 podium finishes including 18 race victories.…

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Asian LMS compresses schedule

The Asian Le Mans Series has chosen to compress their 2020/21 schedule. It won’t be on the number of races, but the number of tracks, and the duration from Round 1 to Round 4. The original plan was to start at Suzuka in Japan, followed by Shanghai, but the organizers had chosen to cancel those two events. The season will instead start on Saturday 9 January 2021 at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, which was their original date for the event. The big change will however be, that another…

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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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