Points after Shanghai

There were a quite a few movements in the FIA World Championship 2018/19 points standings following the race today in Shanghai. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima keep their lead in the LMP1 Championship, but they are slowly getting reeled in by Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 drivers Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi, who have won two races in a row. Rebellion Racing #3 with Gustavo Menezes, Mathias Beche and Thomas Laurent continue to stay second, despite the blooper from the Laurent…

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Calculation error cost 15 points

There must be one or more engineers who are ashamed of themselves at TDS Racing #28 tonight, following the 6 Hours of Shanghai round in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team consisting of Loic Duval, Francois Perrodo and Matthieu Vaxiviere had done the almost perfect race through most of the day, and was actually heading towards the first podium position of the season. There is a rule in the FIA WEC LMP2 category, which states at all drivers in the car has to have done at least 1 hour…

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Massive penalty for Dempsey-Proton Racing

All chances of winning any titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 are over for the Dempsey-Proton Racing team. The team has been disallowed all points in both the Teams and Drivers Championships so far in this season, after being caught cheating with the datalogger on the car, which sends data to the FIA during the race. The cheating was first penalized during the 6 Hours of Fuji a month ago, where the scrutineers found that the datalogger was sending incorrect data regarding the refuelling times during the pitstops.…

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Shanghai qualifying under dry conditions

The Qualifying for the 6 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship was run Saturday morning, European time. The GTE cars were first to have 20 minutes of track time. A rainy Friday turned into a dry Saturday, which gave the 11 GTE Pro cars and 9 GTE Am cars ideal conditions. Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 had to pit early, with the mechanics making a few adjustments to the car, before Andy Priaulx headed back on track. After the first drivers had done their times, we had BMW…

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Eye-catching returnee in the Asian LMS

There will be at least one car on the entry list for the Asian Le Mans Series, that absolutely will catch your eyes. Viper Niza Racing will enter their second season in the Asian LMS with a completely different colour scheme on their car, compared to what they raced with last season. Some might say that it’s slightly inspired by Extreme Speed Motorsports in the IMSA series, without having their now former title sponsor on the car. But the black and green colours look really good on the #65 Ligier…

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FIA WEC Prologue and Rookie test 2019 announced

The dates for the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue and Rookie Test 2019 have been announced. The Prologue will be run on 24-25 July at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. That is the week following the third round of the European Le Mans Series, at the same venue. The FIA WEC Prologue this year was run at Paul Ricard in the south of France, on the weekend prior to the ELMS season start, and two days before their first testing started. The Rookie Test will be reintroduced, being run in…

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Farfus ends DTM career – races on in GT

Augusto Farfus has chosen to stop in the DTM series, and instead focusing on GT Racing. The Brazilian has done 7 DTM seasons, and has been swapping and changing between sprint races and endurance/GT racing ever since his arrive at the manufacturer in 2007. He has done sprint races like WTCC and DTM plus endurance like Nürburgring 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours and the IMSA endurance rounds in the USA. He was chosen to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship with their BMW M8 GTE car, that made it’s…

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British-Canadian LMP3 combination

There will be a British-Canadian combination at United Autosports in their second LMP3 car, in the upcoming Asian Le Mans Series season. The two Brits, Wayne Boyd and Chris Buncombe will join Canadian Garett Grist in the Ligier JS P3 Nissan. Wayne Boyd is a well-known face at United Autosports. He drove two seasons for the team in their European Le Mans Series LMP3 programme, before upgrading to the LMP2 car in 2018. He wasn’t part of the Le Mans line-up, since he was replaced by Juan Pablo Montoya. “His”…

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Carguy new Asian LMS entrant

When the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 starts in one and a half weeks, there will be a new team on the great – at least new in the Asian LMS. The Japanese team Carguy has confirmed that they will enter a Ferrari 488 GT3 with the two Japanese drivers Takeshi Kimura and Kei Cozzolino, plus Ferrari works driver James Calado from Great Britain. Takeshi Kimura is the team owner and Bronze rated driver for the team, while Cozzolino races under Italian license, and has experience from things like the…

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Aston Martin to run in the ADAC GT Masters

Aston Martin will be represented in the ADAC GT Masters 2019. PROsport Performance plans to run to brand new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 cars, with the homologation procedure currently underway, ahead of the 2019 season. There are no new about the drivers just yet, but the plan is to run two Aston Martin Racing works drivers in one of the two cars. PROsport Performance has their base close to the Nürburgring in Germany, not far away from the AMR Performance Centre, which is located right next to the iconic track.…

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Early announcement from United Autosports

United Autosports are very fast to announce some of the 2019 programme. The British-American team will once again enter the European Le Mans, where one of the LMP2 cars will once again be driven by Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuerquerque. Those two were partners throughout the 2018 season too, and finished off winning the two final rounds at Spa Francorchamps plus the home circuit of Albuerquerque, Portimao in Portugal. Just like in 2018, there is a small but – that Filipe Albuerquerque can’t be present at the opening round at…

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APR enters dynamite line up

Algarve Pro Racing will enter the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 with two cars. Just over a month ago, they announced the drivers in the first car, and now the drivers in the second Ligier JS P2 has been revealed, too. Andrea Pizzitola, Ate Dirk de Jong and Harrison Newey will be the new teammates at the APR team, and have each their own history with the team. Pizzitola won the Asian Le Mans Series 2016/17 in the LMP2 category for the team, and then went on to win the…

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Would You like an upgrade, Sir?

“Would you like an upgrade, sir?” Yes, that is a question that’s often heard in airports, or in other places with loyalty cards. But now the bonus will appear in motorsport too. Earlier in the year we had Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc announced at United Autosports in the Asian Le Mans Series in the LMP3 category. Those three has just got an upgrade today, since they will race in the Ligier JS P2 LMP2 car, for the same outfit. Cosmo and Byrne did the Asian LMS in…

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Dalla Lana: “It’s gonna be tough”

Paul Dalla Lana is the cornerstone in the Aston Martin Racing #98 line up in the FIA World Endurance Championship, being the Bronze driver alongside Platinum ranked driver Pedro Lamy and Silver ranked Mathias Lauda. Racing24-7.net caught up with the Canadian earlier in the season, and the first point of our talks, was the bad luck that keeps hitting the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, having retired from most of his 6 participations, and finished in sixth as the highest in only two races, where they reached…

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Gavin: “You can never really count anybody out”

Earlier in the year, Racing24-7.net caught up with Oliver Gavin, for at talk about the Corvette Racing programme, and the anniversary of the brand in sportscar racing. Not only did he do the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in June, but will be back in the FIA World Endurance Championship, racing the Corvette Racing C7R #64 in Shanghai in two weeks’ time, under the Redline/Mobil 1 banner. But his first Le Mans experience wasn’t actually with Corvette Racing. “It was actually my 18th Le Mans, my 17th with Corvette.…

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United Autosports ready with second car

United Autosports has filled up their second LMP3 entry for the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19. The three drivers will be Jim McGuire, Matt Bell and Kay van Berlo. McGuire and Bell already know each other very well, since they have been teammates for two seasons at United Autosports in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Bell has been driving for United Autosports since 2010, and has done a lot of miles in their different cars. The 2018 season has been extra busy, since he raced in both the Michelin Le…

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Le Mans 2019 – who will be there?

The pieces in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 puzzle are slowing coming together. There are room for 60 cars, just like in the 2018 edition. The first 36 places are already taken up, since the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 teams are sure of their entries. On top of that, we have the four class winners from this year’s race. That gives Toyota Gazoo Racing (LMP1), Signatech Alpine Matmut (LMP2), Porsche (GTE Pro) and Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche (GTE Am) an extra ticket for the race. They are all…

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Qualifying for the season finale in Portugal

It was another intense battle in the European Le Mans Series qualifying, as always. This year’s final was run at Portimao in Portugal. The three qualifyings were run under beautiful blue sky, which was in stark contrast to the Friday, where there was heavy rain in the afternoon. The GTE cars were the first to have their 10 minutes on the track. JMW Motorsport Ferrari #66 was the first to post a quick time, ahead of Spirit of Race Ferrari #55, Proton Competition Porsche #77, Ebimotors #80 and Krohn Racing…

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Gavin and Milner travels to China

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will be heading to Shanghai in China in three weeks’ time. The two drivers have been chosen by Corvette Racing for their participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Shanghai International Circuit onboard the Redline/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R #64. They won’t be racing in the traditional yellow Corvette colours, but grey and red, which match the colours of Redline. The race will only be a on-off for Corvette in the FIA WEC, other than Le Mans of course, since the the Asian…

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DragonSpeed returns to Daytona

The DragonSpeed outfit has confirmed their entry to the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2019. They will bring their ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car for the season opener in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and will therefore do the three major sportscar races in the world – the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 1000 Miles and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The two latter count towards the FIA World Endurance Championship, where they run their LMP1 BR Engineering car, but it’s not impossible that they will enter the Sebring 12 Hours…

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