Peugeot returns to sportscar racing

Peugeot returns to international top level of sportscar racing. The PSA Group has announced their entry to the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2022 onwards. They will run in the new Hypercar category, with a brand new, not yet announced hybrid car. Toyota and Aston Martin have already opted on the new rules, and will be running from season one of the new regulations. The programme will start from the 2022/2023 season, so their first 24 Hours of Le Mans will be in 2023. That will be on the 100…

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G-Drive plus other Asian news

Since our latest update regarding participating teams in the Asian Le Mans Series, even more entries have arrived. G-Drive Racing will also be racing in Asia. Roman Rusinov is once again the backbone, bringing the Russian roubles, and the orange colour, but unlike at ELMS and Le Mans for the last couple of years, it will be with a different team. TDS Racing has been their partner lately, but it will be Algarve Pro Racing in Asia. The team will run under the G-Drive Racing by Algarve banner. Rusinov will…

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AF Corse disqualified – Porsche wins

AF Corse Ferrari #51 has lost their GTE Pro victory at the 4 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship round. At the post-race technical scrutineering, the car was found to be bellow the minimum clearance of 50 mm. The lack of height wasn’t equal in both sides, but the left side of the car only. The team pointed out to the scrutineers, that there had been a contact on the left side during the race, but when the car was lifted up, there was no dripping fluid, nor any…

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Historic qualifying in Shanghai

The Qualifying for the 4 Hours at Shanghai International Circuit was run this morning European time. 31 FIA World Endurance Championship cars had made the trip to China, where Proton Competition Porsche #78 was back in the field again, after having competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier in the year. The GTE cars were first out on track for their 20 minutes of qualifying. The aforementioned #78 had an early spin, but Louis Prette swiftly resumed. Team Project 1 Porsche #56 were the first to put down…

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Indonesian team in the Asian LMS

Asian Le Mans Series will once again add to the list of participating nations in the series. When the 2019/20 season starts later this month in Shanghai, there will be an Indonesian team on the grid. T2 Motorsports will enter the GT category with a Ferrari 488 GT3, driven by Italian Christian Colombo, and the two Indonesian drivers  David Tjiptobiantoro and ex-Formula 1 driver Rio Haryanto. Haryanto has been coaching Tjiptobiantoro for the last few years, after he ended his F1 career, and they have raced in the Blancpain GT…

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Inter Europol Competition finalizes line-up

Inter Europol Competition has finalized their line-up for the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20. The Polish team, with a bit of help from the German mechanics at Keese Motorsport, has put Jakub Smiechowski in the LMP2 car #34 together with Mathias Beche and James Winslow. Smiechowski has been a fixed member of the team for the last few seasons, and was part of securing the LMP3 title last season, which gave the team their Le Mans entry. Beche drove for the team at Spa Francorchamps and in Portimao in the…

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No changes at Acura Team Penske

There will be no changes at Acura Team Penske in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020. The championship winning DPi team from this season will once again field Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in #7, with Alexander Rossi as an extra driver at the endurance rounds. The defending champions Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya in #6 will be joined by Simon Pagenaud, when the races last longer than the standard 2 hours and 40 minutes. The team is currently testing at Daytona International Speedway to prepare for the coming season,…

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More entries for Asian LMS

The entries for Asian Le Mans Series keep coming in. ARC Bratislava will once again compete in the LMP2 championship, which the team won last season. Two out of three drivers remain the same. Team owner Miro Konopka will be joined by returning Kang Ling, and a newcomer Andreas Laskaratos. The Greek driver will drive a Ligier JS P2 for the first time, after competing in LMP3 class in European Le Mans Series earlier this year. RLR MSport is another LMP2 team, coming up in their ORECA 05. John Farano…

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Hypercars to run on Michelin

When the new Hypercars will take it to the track in summer 2020, they will all be running on Michelin tires. ACO has signed a 3-year deal with the French manufacturer, so everybody will run on the same brand in the new category, which slowly will take of the position of LMP1 cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. All current LMP1 cars are running on Michelin anyway, but we don’t have to go further back than 2016 to have Dunlop active in the…

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MSR with power pairing

Meyer Shank Racing have announced their first driver pairing for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020. And it’s quite a power pairing in the Acura NSX GT3 Evo #86. The newly crowned GTD champions will keep Mario Farnbacher onboard, while they have signed Matt McMurry as his new teammate. That will be the third season for Farnbacher at MSR, where he started out as an endurance driver, until he got a full season seat in 2019 – where he grabbed the title in his first go. McMurry won the LMP2…

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More Le Mans slots taken up

More and more slots for the 24 hours of Le Mans 2020 are taken up. A total of 43 entries have been handed out so far. But one thing is the amount of entries handed out – a completely different thing is the teams taking up their invitations. Because it is just invitations, and the entry fee still has to be paid. The 31 full season entrants from the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 are all secured a ticket for the race, with it being the finale in the World…

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New teams and name changes in Asian LMS

More and more teams are announcing their plans for the Asian Le Mans Series  2019/20. Eurasia Motorsport enters two cars. Aidan Read and Nick Foster will race one of the Ligier JS P217 cars, under Eurasia Motorsport banner. The pair will be joined by a yet unnamed third driver. The second Ligier will be running under the Eurasia Racing New Zealand name with Nobu Yamanaka, Daniel Gaunt, Masataka Yanagida and Nick Cassidy behind the wheel. Cassidy won’t be doing the opening race in Shanghai, so he will be replaced by…

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Action Express cuts down and shuffle line-up

Action Express Racing will only be entering a single car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020. The team has run the Mustang Sampling #5 and Whelen Engineering #31 colours for the last few seasons. Car #5 will no longer run, after Mustang Sampling has decided to end their sponsorship. Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque were the two full-season drivers on the car in 2019. Albuquerque will move into the #31, where he will be the endurance driver, at the longer rounds, alongside Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani, who got…

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Confirmed: Magnussen ends Corvette career

After plenty of rumours for the last few weeks, we have gotten the confirmation now – Jan Magnussen ends his Corvette Racing career. The Dane has raced for the American team since 2004, where he was called up as the third driver in the endurance races. He won the GTS category at Le Mans straight away, followed by another two wins in 2005 and 2006. He won the GT1 category in 2009, for the final time so far, but was back on the podium in 2014 and 2017 again, at…

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Change of starting time for Le Mans 2020

There will be a change to the starting time of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans. We have seen the race start at 15.00 CET for the last few years, but the tricolore will be waved at 16.00 CET instead, next year. The ACO haven’t given any official reason to the change, but since the European Football Championships runs on the same time of the year, there might be a clash that is being avoided with this move. The announcement happened today, on which the ticket sales started. Many…

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Rookie test returns to FIA WEC

FIA World Endurance Championship will reintroduce the rookie tests for young talents, to get a test in a Championship winning sportscar. The test was most recently run i 2017 in Bahrain, where drivers like Pietro Fittipaldi, Thomas Laurent, Rinus Van Kalmthout (Rinus Veekay) and Alfonso Celis Jr got a chance to test a LMP or GT car. The 2019 selection will have Job van Uitert in a works Porsche 911 RSR-19. That will be somewhat of a downgrade for the flying Dutchman, who won the LMP3 Championship in the ELMS…

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Corvette reveals new race car

Corvette Racing has finally revealed their brand new race car. There have been talks about it for almost two years, and a lot of rumours and speculations have been floating around – Daytona 24 hours 2020 will be the race debut for the brand new C8.R GTLM racer. The car was first shown to the public yesterday evening American time, at a special event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Tommy Milner was the only current Corvette Racing driver present, so it was his #4 that was…

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Le Mans winners enter Petit Le Mans

The Petit Le Mans race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will get another car with an awesome set of drivers. Risi Competizione will finally return to the racing tracks, after only running at Daytona and Le Mans this year. The Ferrari 488 GTE car has been parked in the garage ever since. The American team with Italian roots have got a bit of a super team to race in the car, for the 10 hours race. It will be the 2019 Le Mans winning crew from GTE Pro – James…

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KEO Racing aiming at LMP2

KEO Racing has big plans for 2020. They have got their hands on a used Dallara JSP217 Gibson, aiming at running in the European Le Mans Series. The team has participated in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this year, including the Road to Le Mans race at Circuit de la Sarthe, as a part of the support programme for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They still plan to race their LMP3 car, if there are interested drivers, who can bring the necessary budgets. You need to have a Bronze…

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ADAC ready for 2020

ADAC has announced the majority of it’s 2020 schedule 6 of the 7 rounds are exactly the same as in 2019, for ADAC GT Masters, and in almost the same order. The majority of th races will run on the same weekends as this year. The season starts once again in Oschersleben at the end of April, before the series visits Most and Red Bull Ring prior to the summer break. After two months of holiday due to the Olympic Games and the European Football Championships, Nürburgring and Zandvoort will…

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