Significant changes at United Autosports

There will be significant changes at United Autosports in the coming months. The British-American team has been ever present in the European Le Mans Series since 2016, where they started out with two LMP3 cars, winning the Championship in that category in both 2016 and 2017. They expanded that programme in 2017 to include LMP2 as well, getting their first start at Le Mans too. The Daytona 24 Hours 2018 was their first step into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champinship, followed up with Sebring and Watkins Glen later in the…

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Graff enters in Asia

The French Graff team is ready for a trip to the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 season. The team has entered two Norma M30 LMP3 cars, with Eric Trouillet being confirmed as the first driver in one of them. Trouillet currently races in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where he shares the car with his son Adrien. But so far it’s just Trouillet Senior confirmed in the Asian LMS. Graff is a busy team, and in addition to their Michelin Le Mans Cup programme, they run in LMP2 in European…

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Racing Team Nederland replaces Dutchman with Dutchman

Racing Team Nederland has started the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season, but finalizing the last few details. They announced a new partner ship with TDS Racing a few months ago, who will run an ORECA 07 for the team. Guido van der Garde, Nyck de Vries and Frits van Eerd tested the car last week, for the very first time, at Motorland Aragon The team has run a Dallara P217 so far, but team owner van Eerd has decided to go for the ORECA version, since they have…

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Driver and team changes in Barcelona

The European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup returns after almost two months of summer break, competing at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Not all teams have been on holiday. A lot of them were at Le Mans in June, to either participate in the 24 hours race or in the Road To Le Mans support race for GT3 and LMP3 cars. Several of the teams have had deals with the drivers until Le Mans, with changes happening afterwards. Inter Europol Competition #34 in the LMP2 category will…

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30 cars ready for the Prologue

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the preliminary entry list for the Prologue ahead of the 2019/20 season. Circuit de Catalunya hosts the Prologue on 23. and 24 July, where 30 FIA WEC cars will participate in the two-day test. All 6 remaining LMP1 cars are entered for the test. As we wrote earlier in the day, we no longer have SMP Racing in the championship. Rebellion Racing hasn’t named any drivers against their cars yet. It is, however, expected that Bruno Senna will be one of the drivers,…

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SMP Racing pulls out immediately

SMP Racing has chosen to pull the plug on their LMP1 programme with immediate effect. The Russian team, who built a brand new LMP1 car in collaboration with Dallara for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19, announced their decision in a press release, that they have nothing more to win the FIA WEC at the moment. The goal for them was to win, and they feel that the third place finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans a month ago, was just like a victory for them, since they…

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Canadian high speed for IMSA

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took off to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, that was earlier known as Mosport. The duration of the race would be the standard two hours and 2 hours and forty minutes of IMSA races. It was, however, only the second time this season so far, after the durations of 24 hours, 12 hours, 100 minutes, 2 hours 40 minutes, 100 minutes, and 6 hours. Colin Braun had secured Pole Position for CORE autosport Nissan #54. After many months dominance from Mazda, it was time for the other…

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Porsche presents new GTE car

Porsche has presented their new 911 RSR car, which will be used in the FIA World E2ndurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the three upcoming seasons. By stating that, Porsche has confirmed that they will do FIA WEC at least until the end of the 2021/22 season. Even though the car has got the same model name as its predecessor, 95% of the car is brand new. Headlights, braking system, clutch, drivers seat and some components in the suspension are the only things being…

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AF Corse confirms GTE Am teams

AF Corse has confirmed the six drivers for the GTE Am cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Am cars will run under the AF Corse name in the 2019/20 season, instead of the Spirit of Race brand, that has been used in Am for the last few years. There are no changes to the #54 line-up, as Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Giancarlo Fisichella return in the silver VistaJet sponsored Ferrari 488 GTE. That will be the third season for the three drivers in the FIA WEC, and…

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2 Audis misses Canada

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will miss out on two GTD teams for their only Canadian round in 2019 This weekend’s race will happen at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville in Ontario, but the two Audi teams will miss the race due to different reasons. Moorespeed #19 had a massive crash during practice at Watkins Glen only a few days ago, and the team haven’t had the possibility to get it repaired in time for the CTMP race. Luckily it was only material damage in the accident, but with…

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No Nielsen in Canada

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Canada will unfortunately be without Christina Nielsen. The Dane will be racing in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia at the Fuji track in Japan. Ana Beatriz will be place the Dane in the Heinricher Racing w/Meyer Shank Racing Acura #57. The deal with Heinricher Racing was originally only for the Daytona 24 Hours, where she should replace Jackie Heinricher. That evolved into her also doing the Sebring race – and then Mid-Ohio – and now it’s actually…

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Corvette calls reserve for CTMP

Corvette Racing has had to call up a reserve for this weekends IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the track which was formerly known as Mosport. During the race at Watkins Glen last weekend, Tommy Milner was involved in a crash on Lap 1. Milner injured his left hand in the accident, which rules him out of the race this weekend. So the team have called up their third driver from Le Mans, Marcel Fässler, which will pair up with Oliver Gavin in #4. This will…

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6 Hours of IMSA at Watkins Glen

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was back after the Le Mans break, where all the classes came to Watkins Glen for Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The Glen. Beside the usual IMSA championship it was also a part of Michelin Endurance Cup, which consists of the longer races on the calendar: Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta. The race was six-hour long and thus some of the teams brought an extra driver. Mazda Team Joest #77 with Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Timo Bernhard had taken Pole Position among the Dpi…

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Norma enters Asia

When the Asian Le Mans Series gets underway once again in November 2019, there will be a new brand in the LMP3 category. So far we have only had Ginetta, ADESS and especially Ligier, but now we are going to have at least one Norma chassis running. The British team Nielsen Racing will bring a Norma M 30, but they are working on getting a second car on the grid as well. The team already knows the Asian LMS, where they raced two cars under the Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen banner. That…

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Algarve Pro Racing with new line-up

Algarve Pro Racing will have a new driver line-up in the second part of the European Le Mans Series 2019. Olivier Pla will join the team, and will be racing in #25 together with John Falb and Andrea Pizzitola. The team says goodbye to Mark Patterson, at least for now. Patterson was unlucky to get injured at Monza in a testing accident ahead of the ELMS round on the same track. That resulted in him having to miss both the Monza race and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The…

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2 cars DSQ – ongoing investigation – updated

The race result of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 has had two significant changes. Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA #68 and Keating Motorsports Ford #85 are both disqualified from the race due to breach of the fuel capacity regulations, which is specified in the BOP for the race. It’s still quite limited regarding the informations, but ACO has just sent out a short statement, in which they inform that the rest of the results are still provisional, which indicates that more investigations are ongoing. Ford #68 originally finished…

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Toyota, Signatech, Porsche and Porsche are champions

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 was also the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018-19. We wanted to honour the various champions in a separate article, so they didn’t just drown in the other article about the race itself. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso are the winners of the LMP World Endurance Driver Championship. Jose Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway in Toyota #7 finished second, while Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent finished third in the Championship with Rebellion…

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Jarvis: “It’s just a top quality field

It’s not an unusual sight to have the Oliver Jarvis name on the 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list, but in 2019 it’s on the GTE Pro and not a LMP1 or LMP2 car, as it’s been in the past. Racing24-7.net caught up with him on Thursday afternoon, to have a small chat about challenging race that lays ahead in the blue Risi Competizione Ferrari #89 in the GTE Pro category. “Unfortunately we’ve had quite a difficult build-up. We didn’t get many laps in the pre-test. So we arrived…

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Enjoyable Saturday race at Le Mans

The second Road to Le Mans race of the week, which counts towards the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019, was run on Saturday morning at Circuit de la Sarthe. Lanan Racing #25 with Michael Benham and Duncan Tappy had grabbed Pole Position ahead of DKR Engineering #3 with Francois Kirmann and Laurents Hörr, and RLR MSport #15 with Freddie Hunt and Martin Vedel Mortensen in third. The GT3 category had Mikkel Mac on Pole Position together with Fabien Lavergne in the Luzich Racing Ferrari #71, with Kessel Racing #8 driven…

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Non dramatic Warm-Up signals good race

It was a Warm Up without any drama for the 24 hours race at Le Mans. The most dramatic thing that happened was Bykolles Racing Team #4 having a tour through the gravel by the Dunlop bridge, and Car Guy Racing that missed the first chicane on the Mulsanne Straight. We have otherwise seen big problems in Warm Up, but luckily not this year. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez in #8 were the two fastest cars in LMP1, a couple of seconds…

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