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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Asian LMS ready with 2020/21 schedule

Asian Le Mans Series has released what they are hoping to be the 2020/21 schedule. Everything is a bit up in the air at the moment due to the COVID-19 situation, and that has had some influence on the schedule too. The season will once again consist of 4 rounds, but will be a lot more compressed that previous seasons. The opening round will be on 29 November at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. That is the first time in this century, that the Prototype cars eligible for the 24…

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ACO changes FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC schedules

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The FIA WEC season has been on pause since 23 February, where they raced the fifth round of the 2019/20 season. The season will be restarted on Saturday 15 August at Spa Francorchamps, with a 6-hour race, originally planned for the end of April. It was announced a few weeks back, that the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be moved to 19-20 September, and that will…

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IMSA teams prepared for Le Mans

The date change for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans is just one of the huge changes in the 2020 motorsports season. The changes are of course due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which is challenging for all teams, who are planning to participate in the race. Among the competing teams, is a good handful of American teams, who usually participate in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. That will be quite some logistically troubled weeks for all the teams, since they will race at WeatherTech Racing Laguna Seca only…

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Indianapolis events changes Indycar schedule

The NTT IndyCar Series has really shaken up the schedule for the 2020 season. The reason for the huge changes is, of course, the COVID-19 virus, which already has eaten up the first races of the calendar. Latest news from Indycar is the two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the Indy 500, will be moved to later in the season. The Detroit races at the end of May are still on the schedule, followed by Texas Motor Speedway. The Road America and Richmond races keep their June dates, while…

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No Le Mans test day in 2020

The ACO has announced there won’t be any test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The reasoning is down to logistical difficulties, with the 24 hours for motorcycles running on the last weekend of August. The 24 hours car race is slated to run just three weeks later. The Le Mans week will start on 13 and 14 September with scrutineering of the cars. The exact location isn’t confirmed just yet. It usually happens at the city centre of Le Mans, but that’s not a given…

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IMSA updates 2020 schedule

IMSA has updated the 2020 season after having to cancel or move several of the races in the spring period due to the COVID-19 virus. Only the Daytona 24 Hours has been run in the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, while the Sebring race was put on pause right before the teams were about to head there with their team trailers. The race will now be run in November. The Long beach race has been cancelled altogether, while the Mid-Ohio race has been moved from May to September. September is…

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Long Beach cancelled plus no testing and various other themes

The planned Long Beach Grand Prix has been definitely cancelled for 2020. The race was originally announced as delayed last week, but the organizers have decided that it won’t happen this year, neither for the NTT IndyCar Series nor the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The issue with Long Beach is that it’s a street circuit, so all the roads have to be closed and a lot of preparation with the armco and fences etc. The race will return in 2021, when everything is back to normal again. Indycar has also…

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Le Mans 2020 moved to september

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for sportscars has been moved to September 2020. The change is down to the COVID-19 virus, which has impacted all motorsport plans during this springtime. The race will run on 19-20 September, which will have an influence on the Silverstone race, which was scheduled as the start of the 2020/21 season of FIA WEC. The organizers haven’t released exact information regarding the changes on the European Le Mans Series 2020 schedule, plus the rest of the 2019/20 FIA WEC and the 2020/21 season start.…

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ADAC GT Masters postpone and moves around

There is hardly any race series in the world that isn’t affected by the COVID-19 virus. ADAC GT Masters is the most recent one to be hit, and it resulted in the opening race planned for the end of April in Oschersleben being postponed until October. It changes the event from being the opening round to being the final round of the 2020 series. Oschersleben was scheduled to host the collective test early April, but that has been cancelled and won’t be replaced. There is still no decision on Round…

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Spa race postponed

The FIA World Endurance Championship has postponed the penultimate round of the 2019/20 season, which was planned to be held at Spa Francorchamps. The race is not yet cancelled but just pushed back due to the worldwide COVID-19 virus. The original date was 23-25 April, but basically everything with some kind of FIA stamp next to it has been put on hold until early May at earliest, making this race fall short of that line too. We will update as soon as the series releases a new race date.

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ELMS postpones season opener

The European Le Mans Series has postponed the two first races in Barcelona and Monza. Just like many other race series around the world, the ELMS has chosen to put the 4 Hours of Barcelona at Circuit de Catalunya in April and the 4 Hours of Monza in May. This includes both Michelin Le Mans Cup races at the same circuits. These are not direct cancellations, but the series is working on an alternative calendar. We will of course update, as soon as this calendar is revealed.

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Indycar postpones start of season

The NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to postpone the start of the 2020 season. Despite a press release issued Thursday afternoon local time, the series has given a second thought Friday morning, and has cancelled this weekend’s race in St. Petersburg. The next round at Long Beach was already cancelled by the city itself yesterday, and now the series have chosen to also cancel Round three at Circuit Of The Americas. That leave no races left on the calendar for the whole of March and April, so the earliest race…

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