Super exciting qualifying at Spa

The qualifying for the six hours FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps was run under looming rainclouds, but starting off with dry asphalt. The GTE cars were the first to get 25 minutes on the track. The cars got five extra minutes, since Spa Francorchamps is the longest track on the calendar, apart from Le Mans, or else there could be problems for both drivers to complete their laps. Motoaki Ishikawa was the first driver of the weekend to run off in Eau Rouge. The Japanese in MR…

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Trouble-free FP3

It was an non dramatic FP3 in FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. The 60-minute long practice went without a single yellow flag and all the teams drove between 18 to 27 laps. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 was the fastest car, ahead of the sister car #8, but SMP Racing continued the good speed from yesterday with #17 in P3 and #11 right behind. It was Kamui Kobayashi who set the quickest time for #7, which was even half a second faster than the laptime that Toyota set…

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Mixed weather day at Spa

This season’s seventh round of FIA World Endurance Championship was run at Spa Francorchamps, in a typical Spa weather. The first free practice went without problems, on a dry track. SMP Racing #17 and #11 1-2 in LMP1, in front of Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 and #7, while Rebellion Racing #3 and #1 were P5 and P6 – with ByKolles Racing Team #4 as the last car in the class. Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 was the quickest car in LMP2, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 and Racing Team Nederland #29.…

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Sebring 2020 dates confirmed

The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship have confirmed the dates for the 2020 edition of the Super Sebring event. The format will be just like in 2019, with a 1000 Miles FIA WEC race on the Friday, while the traditional 12 hours IMSA race will be run on the Saturday. The 2019 edition was a big success regarding spectators at the venue, and despite critical voices in both camps, when the plans initially were announced in spring 2018, pretty much everything ran smooth, with just…

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DragonSpeed misses Spa round

The FIA World Endurance Championship field will have one car less on the starting grid, due to DragonSpeed #10 having to drop out. The American team with Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and James Allen were supposed to have participated in the BR1 Gibson LMP1 car, but due to electrical issues at the latest round at Sebring, the team haven’t been able to solve that and get the car ready for the Spa Francorchamps race. The team has had a difficult FIA WEC season so far, only seeing the chequered flag…

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Toyota announces 2019/20 plans and new driver line-up

Toyota Gazoo Racing have confirmed their FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 plans today. The Japanese team with base in Germany will once again start with two TS050 Hybrid in the World Championship, just like they have done since 2012. 5 of the 6 drivers will be back with the team. Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway are all back in the cars, while they will be joined by Brendon Hartley as their new teammate. Hartley replaces Fernando Alonso, who has chosen to end his…

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42 cars at Monza

European Le Mans Series will have one additional guest starter, when they will have their second round of the season, being run at Monza in Italy. The local Cetilar R. Villorba Corse outfit will enter Dallara #47 with Roberto Laconte, Sergio Sernagiotto and Andrea Bellichi in the car. Other than that, there are are only slight changes to the entry list at the opening round. Ben Hanley won’t be in the DragonSpeed #21, but will be replaced by Renger van der Zande, who will race alongside Henrik Hedman and James…

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Ford confirms all Le Mans drivers

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK and Team USA have confirmed all 12 drivers at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2019. Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson will be sharing #66 for the fourth year in a row. Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx will be joined by Jonathan Bomarito, just like he did at Sebring, just shy of two months ago. IMSA teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Müller will have the 4-time Champ Car Champion (and local hero from Le Mans city) Sebastien Bourdais alongside them in…

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DTM cars 2019

The DTM series had their final collective test at Lausitzring, ahead of the season start at Hockenheim in two weeks’ time. Here’s a picture of each of the cars running at the test. Pietro Fittipaldi wasn’t at the track, so we refer to the graphics that the team released at his announcement. BMW had only brought three of their six liveries to the track, but had also released the design of Joel Eriksson’s car. R-Motorsport with the Aston Martin cars, had brought two of their four cars for this test.…

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MRS pulls a rabbit out of a hat

Molitor Racing Systems, or in short MRS GT-Racing, has pulled a rabbit out of a hat. The team has just announced their two drivers for the ADAC GT Masters 2019, only two days before the season starts. Jens Klingmann will continue at the German team in their BMW M6 GT3, which is the only representative from the German brand in the series. Klingmann is a BMW works driver, so he is a natural choice for the seat. Hi co-driver will be young Danish driver Nicolai Sylvest, who switches from Team…

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Nielsen also part of Mid-Ohio race

Christina Nielsen will also race at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race in Mid-Ohio. Heinricher Racing w. Meyer Shank Racing Acura #57 will once again be the work place for the rapid Dane. Nielsen was originally pulled in as the replacement for Jackie Heinricher at the Daytona 24 Hours race, where the car owner had to skip the race due to a back injury. Later on she was announced to do all the Michelin Endurance Cup races for the team – that will be Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit…

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RLR MSport ready with their Le Mans reserve

RLR MSport has got all their drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The winner of the European Le Mans Series LMP3 Championship in 2018, has moved into the LMP2 category, so they can compete in the prestigious race. Their ELMS team consists of John Farano and Arjun Maini plus Bruno Senna. Senna will be on Rebellion Racing #1 duties at the 24 hour race, so it was clear from the start, that they needed a different third driver for that exact race. The team announced today that…

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Interesting changes on the Spa entry list

The entry list for the Total 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps FIA World Endurance Championship round has got a few interesting changes over the last few days. The race just got a bit more interesting, at least from Belgian people’s point of view. Stoffel Vandoorne will race for SMP Racing #11, where he will share the car with Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin. He will replace Jenson Button, just like Brendon Hartley did at the 1000 Miles of Sebring. But Button has opted to not return to the car this…

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ADAC GT Masters field ready for the opening round – updated

The ADAC GT Masters have their entry ready for the 2019 season. As we have previously reported, 31 cars will run this season, with a good mix of 7 different manufacturers. One of the last teams to announce their drivers is Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing. They have put a Dutch driver in each of their cars – Kelvin Snoeks will share his car with Mick Wishofer, while Jeroen Bleekemolen will be teammates with Jimmy Eriksson. Mick Wishofer has raced in ADAC Formula 4 for the last two seasons,…

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DTM 2019 field complete

All 18 DTM drivers for the 2019 season have now been announced. The final driver was revealed today, with Pietro Fittipaldi joining Audi Sport Team WRT. He’ll be teammates with Jonathan Aberdein. WRT is a new name in the DTM sport, but certainly not at Audi Sport. WRT has their base in Belgium, and has raced with Audi cars for nearly ten years, with the R8 LMS GT3 being the primary car, but more recently also the RS 3 LMS TCR car. They have been allowed to run two Audi…

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Orange and blue McLaren for Indy

McLaren Racing has presented their car for this year’s Indianapolis 500, which will be run on 26 May 2019. The paint job is very similar to their Formula car, where orange and blue is once again the overall colour scheme. A new thing for the team, is that they will run the car themselves, opposite to the 2017 race, where Andretti Autosport ran the car. Back then, both Andretti and McLaren used Honda engines, and while Andretti still does so, all ties between the British team and the Japanese manufacturer…

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ACO lets two more cars in

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has managed to get two more cars into this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French organizer has chosen to build two temporary garages, so there will be room for more teams in the prestigious race. That is really good new for the Danish team High Class Racing and British-American United Autosports, who were number one and two on the reserve list prior to today’s announcement. They were originally second and third on the reserve list, but Duqueine Engineering #30 was let into the race,…

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Last lap drama in Long Beach

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was the fourth round of NTT Indycar Series, and it was run under a typical Californian sunshine. Local here, and last year’s winner, Alexander Rossi had taken Pole Position, ahead of the reigning champion Scott Dixon, while Rossi’s Team Penske teammates Will Power and championship leader Josef Newgarden were on the second row. Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal would start P5 and P6 respectively. Felix Rosenqvist had been quick for the whole weekend, but he would only start 12th, due to a run-off on…

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Exciting four-hour race in France

The season opener of European Le Mans Series 2019 turned out to be four hours of good racing and some surprises. Under beautiful, blue sky and 12 degrees Celsius at the start of the race, the 41 cars drove around the 5.770 metres long track, hopefully without as much drama as Michelin Le Mans Cup yesterday, where there were run-offs and all kinds of confusion on and off the track. G-Drive Racing #26 had taken Pole Position in the LMP2 category, Oregon Team #10 took Pole in the LMP3 class,…

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Highly dramatic LMC in France – updated

It was a dramatic season opener in Michelin Le Mans Cup, when the 31 cars took the start at Circuit Paul Ricard. Already on the first lap there was panic in the midfield, when Michael Markussen in KEO Racing #43 had a contact with a competitor. The Dane fell back, and it didn’t help that he also got a Drive-through penalty for a jump start. Krypton Motorsport Mercedes #35 and BHK Motorsport #16 had a contact with each other in Turn 4, which damaged both cars so much that they…

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