IMSA and ACO agreement on new top category

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have agreed on a common future in sportscar racing. The the organizing bodies have signed an agreement, that it will be possible, from September 2021 in FIA WEC and January 2022 in IMSA, to race with the “American” DPi cars and “European” Hypercars in the same category. The category will be named LMDh – Le Mans Daytona hybrid. The cars will be based on the LMP2 cars, just like we know from today, with Ligier, Dallara, Multimatic and ORECA…

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Rick Ware skips Daytona – drivers swap cars

Rick Ware Racing won’t be making the Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020, scheduled to run this weekend on the oval in Daytona. The plan was to enter the only Multimatic Mk30 in the LMP2 field, but they have a major crash during the ROAR test, so the car was so severely damaged, that it can’t be repaired in time for the race. That has left the team with the only option to pull out of their Daytona adventure this time. But two of their drivers will be racing anyway. Jonathan…

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16 year-old signs for RLR MSport

RLR MSport has signed their first driver for the European Le Mans Series 2020. The British team has made a deal with 16 year-old Dane, Malthe Jakobsen. He has quite a bit of experience in single seaters, despite his young age. With two seasons in the Danish Formula 4 Championship, and some races in the Asian Formula 4 series during winter/spring 2019, he has already clocked up a lot of miles in a racing car, following his karting career. He got his first outing in the old LMP3 car towards…

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Dalla Lana replacement found

Aston Martin Racing has found the replacement for Paul Dalla Lana at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run next weekend. The Canadian racer has been a fixed part of the AMR outfit for many years, but was unlucky to get injured on a skiing trip, resulting in him missing both the ROAR test two weeks ago, and the 24 hour race in one weeks time. He should however be back in the car for the FIA World Endurance Championship round at COTA in one months time. His…

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United Autosports with two more entries

United Autosports has got two more cars on the track for the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup seasons. Both cars will be the brand new Ligier JS P320, of which the team has acquired a bunch. The ELMS part will be run by Jim McGuire, Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley. McGuire and Bell has been racing together for three years in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, but the former has chosen to step up for a new challenge. This will be the 10th season for Bell…

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DragonSpeed grabs ELMS champ

DragonSpeed has announced their drivers for the European Le Mans Series 2020 season. The American team has managed to grab one of the 2019 ELMS championships for the driver line-up. Memo Rojas returns to DragonSpeed, after winning the LMP2 title for IDEC Sport #28 in the 2019 season. The Mexican has also won the ELMS title with DragonSpeed in 2017. He did race under the G-Drive Racing banner, in an orange car – but it was DragonSpeed running the car. Ryan Cullen switches from United Autosports to DragonSpeed. The Brit…

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Autosport international Show 2020 and the big BTCC catch up.

The Autosport international show rolled in its traditional venue of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in the UK, once again providing fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and people behind many different championships.  There were a number of headline events for fans to enjoy, from the Live Action Arena where a huge variety of cars would complete demonstrations in one of the largest indoor areas in Europe, to driver forums and team and driver announcements ahead of the start of the 2020…

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AMR hires two from Ford

Aston Martin Racing has set their drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The British car manufacturer has grabbed two former Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, to help the two GTE Pro cars. Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will be joined by Richard Westbrook in #95. Westbrook has driven in the USA for several years, racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Ford, and prior to that for Corvette teams in both IMSA and Grand-Am. Le Mans 2020 will be his 1oth time at the French track.…

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High Class changes tires, but keeps the drivers

High Class Racing has announced a change of tire supplier for 2020. The LMP2 team is currently active in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, where they have been loyal to Dunlop/Goodyear since their journey into sportscar racing. They have, however, opted to switch to Michelin for the rest of the FIA WEC season, and the upcoming ELMS season. It is a bit of a strange time to switch from Goodyear to Michelin, since Goodyear will be the sole tire supplier in the FIA WEC…

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Few changes at Mazda in 2020

There will only be minor changes at Mazda Team Joest in the 2020 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The #55 RT24-P will once again be shared by Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell for the full season, while Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez will share #77 throughout the season. Olivier Pla will help in #77 during the four endurance rounds. Pla was the endurance driver in #55 during the 2019 season and was part of the winning crew at 6 Hours at The Glen, which was the first victory…

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Era Motorsport confirms 2020 drivers

Era Motorsport has confirmed their drivers for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team will run with Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman, Nicolas Minassian and Ryan Lewis at the Daytona 24 Hours in January. ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 will be the car of their choice. It was previously announced that they would run with DragonSpeed as a second entry, but they have decided to go solo on this project. The name which really stands out is Nicolas Minassian, who is a former works driver at Peugeot Sport in their LMP1…

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Asian LMS moves one week

Asian Le Mans Series will move their opening round of 2020/21 by one week. This is the new round at the Suzuka Circuit, being moved to 29 November 2020, to avoid a date clash with the classic event in Macau, where GT3, Formula 3 cars and others are competing. The organizers of the Asian LMS want as many competitors as possible, and with such a clash it could potentially cost them a few teams or some drivers, having Macau as their first priority. The rest of the schedule will be…

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Old buddy back on track

A well-known figure will return to the track when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020 season starts. Rick Ware Racing is a new team in the IMSA series, but they have chosen the Riley-Multimatic MK30 car for their LMP2 programme. The team currently races in the Asian Le Mans Series, where they are racing two Ligier JS P2 cars, which is the older generation of LMP2 cars. They will enter the Daytona 24 Hours with a single car, driven by James Davison, Mark Kvamme, Cody Ware and Johnathan Hoggard. Kvamme…

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Wright, AVS, and other Daytona news

Wright Motorsports and AIM Vasser Sullivan have announced their drivers for the Daytona 24 Hours. The Porsche team Wright has previously announced Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick as the full-season drivers. They will be joined at Daytona by Anthony Imperato and Klaus Bachler. Imperato has raced in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, getting plenty of Porsche kilometres under the belt. Bachler was previously a Porsche Junior driver and has more recently raced in ADAC GT Masters, and the Nürburgring 24 Hours. No doubt that these four drivers are a good…

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Corvette’s new car in WEC debut

Corvette Racing has signed up for an FIA World Endurance Championship race in February 2020. The team will debut their new C8.R i the FIA WEC at Circuit Of The Americas near Austin, Texas. So far it’s just this one race, but they had two starts in the previous seasons, entering one car in China and at Sebring, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The IMSA and FIA WEC will share Sebring again in March 2020, so it’s not unlikely for them to do another programme. Corvette Racing…

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ADAC GT Masters oversubscribed

ADAC GT Masters already has all spots taken for the 2020 season. It’s just two weeks since the entry for the 2020 season opened, and the organizers have chosen to close the entry today, having already received 39 entries. Only 34 cars are allowed by the rules, so there will have to be a bit of picking and choosing to be done. No complete entry list has been announced, but the series itself has revealed that WRT, Toksport and SSR Performance are new full-season teams. On top of that, we…

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Magnus closes – but continues

The well known Magnus Racing will shut down their racing activities – at least in the previously known form. The team has raced a mix of Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini cars during the past seasons in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where team owner John Potter has been shopping a bit around, but always with their own mechanics and crew chiefs on the pit wall. He will race on in 2020 in the same Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, that he utilized in 2019 too. But the car will be run…

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Aston Martin returns to IMSA

Aston Martin is back in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship when the 2020 season starts next month. Heart of Racing Team will bring an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 car in the GTD category, where they will do the full season. This is the first full season entry for an Aston Martin since 2015, where TRG raced a Vantage GT3 in the GTD category, with Christina Nielsen finishing second in the Championship. There has only been selected raced for AMR since then, with the British brand not being present at all…

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Catsburg and Fässler to help at Corvette

Corvette Racing has announced the pair of drivers, who will help out at the endurance rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020. Marcel Fässler will once again race with Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin in #4 at Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Watkins Glen 6 Hours and Petit Le Mans 10 Hours. This will be the fifth year in a row for the Swiss driver at Corvette Racing. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor will have a new third driver in the car. Nicky Catsburg was part of BMW’s…

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New job for Job van Uitert

Job van Uitert has found a new job for the 2020 season, where he once again will be in the sportscar world. The young Dutchman will be racing for United Autosports #32 with Alex Brundle and Will Owen in the European Le Mans Series, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, if the car will get an entry. After doing single-seaters in lower categories, he ended up at a bit of a blind alley, moving on to sportscars in 2018. He raced for RLR MSport in the LMP3 category in…

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