Almost unrestricted LMP1 action on test day

The FIA Endurance Commision has chosen to give the privateer LMP1 teams almost unrestricted possibilities the test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. None of the non-hybrid cars were within 2,3 seconds of Toyota Gazoo Racing in the race, and a massive 4 seconds in the qualifying. That was such a huge difference, that there was never any excitement about the race result, since both Toyota Gazoo Racing cars has lapped everybody else with a lap, in less than 3 hours of racing. The mandatory test…

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BMW pulls the plug – Ginetta, TF Sport and Signatech returns

22 May 2019 has been a day with both positive and not so positive news for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. BMW Motorsport sent out a press release around midday, where they confirmed the rumours, that has been present for a long time. When the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 has finished, they will no longer be in the championship as a works team. It’s still unclear if they cars will be made available for private teams to run it them in GTE Pro or more likely,…

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Race Report – Bailey and Schulz Again – A Convincing Win This Time

Brands Hatch – 11th May – Race 2 In intermittent sunny and cloudy conditions for the late-afternoon race, Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz confirmed their dominance of the day in the SB Race Engineering Ferrari 488 Challenge with a convincing win. It could have been so different though – despite pre-race predictions that the “aero” cars – the Praga and the Sakers – would struggle to compete on the tight confines of the Indy circuit, this was proving, rain or shine, not to be the case, and Paul Rose accentuated…

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Dutchmen with different colours and future plans

Racing Team Nederland #29 will go to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a slightly altered colour scheme, and with new plans for the upcoming season. The team has always run yellow and black in the basic colours of the car, but team owner Frits van Eerd has chosen to mix it up a bit. He is a huge Formula 1 fan, and has several old Formula 1 cars in his private collection, which he occasionally races too. The passion has led to some sponsoring of teams, where the…

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Race Report – A Win for Bailey and Schulz in Difficult Circumstances

Brands Indy – 11th May 2019 – Race 1 Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz, in the SB Race Engineering Ferrari 488 Challenge, took the win in Saturday lunchtime’s opening race of the day, victorious in a race blighted by attrition, Safety Cars, biblical rain and penalties. It all started early in the race; Sarah Moore brought the Ginetta G50 in after five laps with a broken diff bracket. The reduced Tockwith crew (Nigel Moore was away on ELMS duty) got to work to fix it, and Moh Ritson rejoined just minutes…

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Monza delivers again

4 Hours European Le Mans Series race at Monza was just as dramatic and turbulent as the series often are. With 41 starting cars, incidents and problems were guaranteed. Cool Racing #37 with Alexander Coigny, Antonin Borga and Nicolas Lapierre had taken taken Pole Position, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 and IDEC Sport #28. M.Racing #19 with Lucas Legeret and Laurent Millara had the LMP3 Pole, in front of Nielsen Racing #7 and Oregon Team #10. In fact, it was Norma 1-5 before United Autosports #2 which was the best…

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Roussel also sidelined

After Mark Patterson was judged out of this weekend’s race at Monza, and actually the 24 Hours of Le Mans too, another injury has been added to a European Le Mans Series team. Frenchman Leo Roussel has a crash in the second free practice, on his 5th lap in the Inter Europol Competition #34 LMP2 car. Something went wrong during the braking for Parabolica, so the car went straight on a high speed, hit the barrier and apparently went on top of the barrier. Roussel was able to leave the…

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Luzich Racing outshone the other GT3 teams

Luzich Racing with Mikkel Mac and Fabien Lavergne have got to quite a good start in the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019. The team had Pole Position in Paul Ricard, and led most of the race, until a penalty for crossing the red light at the Pit Lane Exit sent them back to P3. This time out in Monza, they only missed Pole Position by 0,003 of a second to Kessel Racing Ferrari #8, which was going to be their main opponent in the race too. The race started out…

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Even more hindrances for Eurointernational

Eurointernational is perhaps the most unlucky team on the whole of the European Le Mans Series grid. They have run into circumstances beyond their control for the second weekend in a row. We have already explained the issues in France, and the team has actually not yet got the cars released from France. So the team found two other cars prior to this weekend for the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup. The car at Paul Ricard was Ligier JS P3 with chassis plate 001 – i.e. the very first…

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Exciting qualifying at Monza

The qualifying of the second European Le Mans Series race was run at overcast but dry Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy. The system for qualifying in ELMS is a totally classic version, with one driver per car, and ten minutes for the various categories to set the times. First it was the eight GTE cars’ turn. Proton Competition Porsche #88 unfortunately won’t compete this time, but it hasn’t been possible to get a comment from the team about the reason why they only run with #77 this weekend. Team…

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Algarve Pro Racing hit by injury

Algarve Pro Racing has been hit by an injury ahead of this weekend’s European Le Mans Series race at Monza in Italy. There was a test day held at the circuit yesterday, with Mark Patterson having a high speed crash, where he even ended up hitting teammate Tacksung Kim in the other car, who was at the wrong spot at the wrong time. Kim was luckily able to be released from the hospital after a quick check-up, with a lot of blue marks and painful muscles. He will be back…

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Inter Europol Competition ready with their Le Mans drivers

Inter Europol Competition has their three drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. It will be three drivers already within the team, who will guide the team through their first participating in the 24 hours race. Jakub Smiechowski and Leo Roussel already race the Ligier JS P217 #34 in the European Le Mans Series, while Nigel Moore will be moved over their LMP3 car, to their LMP2 car for the Le Mans race. That leaves Dani Clos without a drive for the classic race this time around.…

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BMW with the full roster for Le Mans

BMW Team MTEK has announced all six drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. Martin Tomczyk and Nick Catsburg in #81 will be joined by Philipp Eng, while Antonio Felix da Costa and Augusto Farfus will have Jesse Krohn alongside them in #82. So that makes a return for 5 of the 6 drivers from last year’s Le Mans, while Krohn gets his Le Mans debut, as a replacement for Alexander Sims, who is now focusing on his Formula E duties. Krohn does know the BMW M8 GTE…

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Beche to help High Class at Le Mans

High Class Racing has named their third and final driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. The two regular drivers, Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen, will be joined by Swiss driver Mathias Beche in their ORECA 07 Gibson #20 on Dunlop tires. Beche won the LMP2 championship in European Le Mans Series in 2012 for Thiriet by TDS Racing, but has then gone on to primarily race for Rebellion Racing in their LMP1 and LMP2 cars. He stood on the overall Le Mans podium in both 2017 and…

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Incredible race at Spa

It was an incredible 6 hours FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps. The seventh round of the season offered an extremely changeable weather. When the teams showed up Saturday morning, there was snow around the track. Luckily it melted away and the asphalt was dry at the start of the race. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 and #8 started the race 1-2 in LMP1, followed by SMP Racing #17. In the LMP2 class, it was G-Drive Racing #26 on Pole ahead of Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 and #37…

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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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Manthey Racing wins a very wet VLN3 race – a 1-2-3 finish destroyed by a penalty given after the race

After the weather conditions at the Nürburgring already had badly affected VLN1 and VLN2, VLN3 finally was finally a complete 4hours race – however, it still was a tricky race again, due to the weather situation. After a few laps, already anticipated heavy rain kicked in, making it a very difficult race for the drivers. Just after a few laps, the GT3 field and other classes saw some reduction of cars, with quite some sliding and spinning one the wet track and hitting the barriers. Manthey Racing’s Porsches seemed to…

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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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