Urgent Daytona call for Farfus

Augusto Farfus has got an urgent call to go to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which will be run this coming weekend. The Brazilian will replace British-Swedish Tom Blomqvist, since there has been some delay to his visa application. Farfus will drive the BMW Team RLL M8 GTE #25, alongside Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng and Colton Herta. This is a huge blow for Blomqvist, who thereby loses all chances of becoming an IMSA Champion in 2019, since the plan for him was to share the car full season with…

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Classic Nissan colours return

The memories will come flowing back, when the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season gets going. This is the 50th year of IMSA, and several teams have used that opportunity to put classic designs on the cars. Some teams only do it for the opening round at Daytona, while others plans to use it throughout the season. CORE autosport is amongst the latter category, and after acquiring the Nissan ONROAK DPi cars from the new closed down ESM operation, it all of a sudden gave the team a new opportunity.…

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RLR MSport hires former Formula 1 driver

The European Le Mans Series team RLR MSport has really caught a big fish in the net. The newly crowned 2018 Champions in LMP3 bought an ORECA 07 LMP2 car during last fall, with John Farano being one of the championship winning drivers. Farano will be part of the line-up as well, and was also part of crew testing the car. The team has signed a deal with the former Formula 1 driver, Bruno Senna, who will race 5 out of 6 rounds. Senna won’t be part of the line-up…

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Australia back on the sportscar world map

Australia will have some of the world’s best sportscar drivers visit them in 2020, in their primary machinery. The Asian Le Mans Series has announced that the Australian track The Bend Motorsport Park near Adelaide, will be hosting a round for the upcoming 2019/20 season. Australia was last visited by ACO race cars, which are cars like LMP2 and LMP3 cars, back in Year 2000, where the American Le Mans Series held their season finale in Adelaide, at the Race of a Thousand Years event. That race was run on…

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Exciting times ahead for 2019 Dunlop Endurance Championship, run by Britcar Endurance

The recent Autosport International started what looks to be a busy but exciting season ahead for Managing Director Claire Hedley and her team at Britcar Endurance. Amongst the announcements made at the show was the return of reigning champion Sarah Moore, who will be returning to the championship along with new signing Moh Ritson in in one of Tockwith Motorsport’s Ginetta G50s. They are not strangers to each other, Sarah being 17-year-old Moh’s driver coach over the past season while he competed in the BARC’s Junior Saloons category, and therefore…

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Steaming hot 4 hours race in Buriram

It was 4 steaming hot Asian Le Mans Series hours at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, with an air temperature fluctuating between 30 and 35 degrees throughout the race. The Thai circuit had 19 cars split on 3 different classes at the start, with the fight for every single point going on, so the Le Mans dream could live on. Every single class winner, and the best LMP2 Am Trophy team will receive a ticket for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2019. Algarve Pro Racing #24 had…

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Friday qualifying in Thailand

The qualifying for this weekend’s Asian Le Mans Series at Chang International Circuit in Buriram in Thailand was run today, Friday. First out was the five GT cars, for their 15 minutes of qualifying. After all cars had posted their first flying laps, we had Spirit Of Race Ferrari #51 fastest ahead of the two Tianshi Racing Team Audi’s #88 and #66. It was a bit of a slow start for Championship leader James Calado in the Car Guy Ferrari #11, but he initially got the bright yellow Ferrari F488…

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ELMS line-up ready for Panis Barthez

Panis Barthez Competition have the drivers ready for the first of the European Le Mans Series cars of 2019. Rene Binder and Will Stevens were previously announced as the drivers in the car, and now we have a well-known face as the final part of puzzle. It will once again be Julien Canal, who shared the car with Stevens throughout the 2018 ELMS season. The plan is to run with these three drivers in both ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as long as they get an entry…

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Ford goes retro

It’s lately become really popular with retro designs in motorsport. Porsche won 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 with a design from 1971, and at the upcoming Daytona 24 hours race we have Riley Motorsports – Team AMG #33 running a design from 1987. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing appeared at the ROAR test with two pale white cars, which instantly opened up for the speculations, since they have been running the classic red and blue colours ever since 2016, in a more or less shiny gradient. Now they have revealed…

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Brabham returns to Le Mans

Brabham Automotive has big plans for the future, and those are Le Mans. The Australian car manufacturer has announced that in a press release. The car will be based on the Brabham BT62, which was presented in 2018, and lately also has become available in a road legal version. The plans are to participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship from the 2021/22 season onwards, culminating in a start in 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022. While a lot of the rumours have been around them entering the new…

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Asian Le Mans Series resumes this weekend

The Thai circuit in Buriram will host the third round of the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 this weekend. 19 cars are on the entry list, in a weekend with a slightly different schedule than usual. It’s Children’s day in Thailand this Saturday, so it’s a national holiday. That makes Chang International Circuit, the official name of the circuit, do some extra free activities for the families with kids. One of the things are all children under the age of 15 has free admission to the grand stand, as long…

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United Autosports enters FIA WEC

United Autosports has entered the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20. The Anglo-American team has pretty much been represented in every sportscar series in the world either past or present, in one way or another. You need to be approved by the ACO and FIA to be able to compete in the FIA WEC, but with a background in the European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans, they have really good cards on their hands. The team has been frontrunner in all series, and…

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Kissling Motorsport withdraw from motorsport activities

There are still another two months left, until the VLN Endurance Championship 2019 season will kick off at the Nürburgring.  But yesterday, a bad news arrived for some fans.  Helmut und Stefan Kissling of Kissling Motorsport announced on their Facebook page and website, that they will withdraw from all motorsport activities after 41 years in that business. This decision is mostly due to private matters, as Helmut Kissling had been dealing with health issues – yet it is also in regards of the changed structures and different focus of car…

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First test done at Daytona

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has done the first 2019 test in Daytona – the so-called ROAR Before the 24. As always it is difficult to see which programs the individual teams were running, but IMSA has a rule that you’re not allowed to sandbag or else you would be penalised. There is, however, a session where you can expect the teams to give all they have – and that is the qualifying. But, a qualifying in a test? Yes, a qualifying was run to give the teams the first choice,…

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Mazda almost unchanged for 2019 – updated

Mazda Team Joest will be entering the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in almost unchanged form. The team will once again run two cars throughout the season, and hopes that all the small niggles have been removed after 2018. Team Joest got the deal with running the cars, and had plenty of mechanical issues, which they surely have been working hard to solve. The season was finished with both cars on the Petit Le Mans podium, and was only 20 minutes away from taking their first victory at the penultimate rounds…

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G-Drive Racing ready with first drivers

G-Drive Racing have the first two drivers signed for the 2019 season. It comes to no surprise that Roman Rusinov is back in the orange #26, while the team also have extended with Jean-Eric Vergne. Rusinov has been synonymous with G-Drive Racing since 2013, brings a lot of Russian sponsors to the programme. He is the defending European Le Mans Series LMP2 Champion, which he won alongside Andrea Pizzitola. Jean-Eric Vergne is the defending ABB FIA Formula E Champion, and finished second in the ELMS. How can that be, when…

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Christina Nielsen in substitute role at MSR

Christina Nielsen finally managed to find a seat in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. The 26 year-old Dane will be doing the 24-hour race at Daytona for Meyer Shank Racing in the Heinricher Racing Acura #57 in the GTD category. That is a bit of a special car, since it consists only of female drivers. Katherine Legge, Ana Beatriz, Simona De Silvestro are the three other drivers on the car. The place at MSR only came because Jackie Heinricher, who was originally slated to be the fourth driver in…

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Starworks Motorsport have all four drivers ready

Starworks Motorsport have all their four drivers for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019 season ready. Parker Chase and Ryan Dalziel were announced a month ago as the full season drivers. The last two additions for the endurance rounds were announced today. Christopher Haase and Ezequiel Perez Companc will be the two extra helpers in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo during the 57th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run at the end of January. Haase has been Audi works driver for many years, and…

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At least 47 cars entered for Daytona

There will be at least 47 cars entered for the 57th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run at the end of January. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has announced the entry list with 47 cars. At least 37 of those are planning a full season entry, and not just the Daytona race. That is a loss of three cars compared to the 2018, but even with 47 cars on track, it’s one car for each 121 meters – if they all kept the same distance,…

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Montaplast by Land-Motorsport back in IMSA

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport will one again enter the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, when the opening race at Daytona is run on the final weekend of January. The German team has so far only confirmed the Daytona race, but they did the full TPNAEC championship in 2018, and that might very well happen again in 2019, as long as it doesn’t clash with their other programmes. They will enter with some of the strongest combo out there – an Audi R8 LMS GT3, driven by Christopher Mies, Dries Vanthoor, Ricardo Feller…

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