MR Racing pull out of remaining WEC races

MR Racing has chosen to pull out of the remaining races of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. The Japanese team with Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Kei Cozzolino won’t be participating in the race this weekend at Spa Francorchamps, and not the 24 Hours of Le Mans, nor the season finale in Bahrain in November. Team owner Ishikawa explains the decision, that he is not a professional racing driver, but only a gentleman racer, and that he is in contact with elderly people in his daily job, and…

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Le Mans 2020 behind closed doors

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for cars, will be run behind closed doors in 2020. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that they have made the decision together with the local health reponsibilities. ACO was hoping to be able to limit the amount of spectators to groups of 5000 persons, but not even that is possible, due to too much uncertainty. All people with tickets for the race will be contacted by either their travel company or by the ACO themselves, depending on where they have bought the tickets.…

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WeatherTech Racing goes for GTE Pro honors

WeatherTech Racing has chosen to jump up one category, for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American outfit, who is run by Scuderia Corsa, will participate in Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, but has chosen to enter the GTE Pro instead of GTE Am. The driver line-up will be Cooper MacNeil, Tony Vilander and Jeff Segal, who often joins the full-season IMSA pairing at the longer races in the USA. There are good chances to get a good result in this years GTE Pro category, since there only will…

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Visser new driver in ELMS

Richard Mille Racing Team has announced their third driver for the weekends European Le Mans Series race at Spa Francorchamps. Dutch racer Beitske Veisser will share the car with Tatiana Calderon and Andre Negrao. The car was originally planned as an all-female car, where Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch and Calderon were supposed to share the four hours of driving, but then COVID-19 showed up and shuffled the calendars, so Flörsch has clashes with her FIA Formula 3 programme at the opening round, plus the second and third rounds of ELMS.…

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Catalunya replaced by Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series has updated their racing schedule for 2020, with one of the races switching country. This is all due to the COVID-19 situation, that the race planned for Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona later this month, has been moved to the Paul Ricard track in France. There is too much uncertainty about Barcelona currently, with a lot of COVID cases in the area, so LMEM, the organizers behind the European Le Mans Series, would rather decide the change now, instead of the week leading up to it –…

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IMSA swaps two races

IMSA has chosen to swap two races on the 2020 schedule for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and some of their support series. The 6 hours race at Watkins Glen will be moved to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, but still on 6 September, and still the same duration. The Lime Rock race one week later, will be moved to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the GT cars will race on the ROVAL, which is the infield of the oval. That is all down to the COVID-19 situation, where the area around…

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ADAC GT Masters 2020 started

The ADAC GT Masters 2020 season finally got going, with the opening round being run today at the Lausitzring between Berlin and Dresden. Toksport WRT Mercedes #22 with Luca Stolz and Maro Engel had Pole Position for the Saturday race, ahead of T3-HRT Motorsport Audi #71 with Maximilian Paul and Niels Langeveld, while Team WRT Audi #32 with Charles Weerts and Dries Vanthoor were P3. The defending Champions from Rutronik Racing Audi #31 with Patric Niederhauser and Kelvin van der Linde started the race in 9th position. It was a…

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33 cars ready for season opener

The ADAC GT Masters 2020 will start off this weekend, with 33 cars entered. That is a really impressive field, considering all the difficulties regarding the COVID-19 situation around the world, with all the effects on the economy for many companies. We can refer to the entry list in this previous article, but there have been some changes, that we will highlight here. Nicolai Sylvest was called up by the MRS GT-Racing BMW #14 team earlier this week. He raced for the outfit last year, and was actually not meant…

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Brand new technology introduced in ADAC GT Masters

When the ADAC GT Masters 2020 season starts this weekend, there will be some brand new technology debuting in racing. KÜS Team75 Bernhard will enter a third Porsche 911 GT3 R this weekend, but there is a very important thing, that makes is different than the regular 911 GT3. The car will run a steer-by-wire developed by Schaeffler. There is no mechanical connection from the steering wheel and the steering rack itself, which is completely opposite of everything that is usually on the road, let alone the race tracks. It…

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Merhi returns to WEC

Roberto Merhi returns to the FIA World Endurance Championship, when Round 6 of the 2019/20 season will be run at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. The Spaniard will race for Eurasia Motorsport, just like he did in the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 season. The team will use the Spa race as a warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September, which they got an entry for. Merhi will be racing in Belgium with Daniel Gaunt and Nobuya Yamanaka, who are two of the designated drivers for Le Mans.…

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40 cars at Spa

There will be forty cars for the second round of the European Le Mans Series, which will be run at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium in one and a half weeks time. There will be an extra car in the LMP2 category, where JOTA #38 from the FIA World Endurance Championship will do a one-off, with Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez will be joined by Jake Dennis, since their regular third driver, Antonio Felix da Costa is busy in Formula E in Berlin, during the same weekend. Mikkel Jensen Roman Rusinov…

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Webb confirmed at ByKolles

ByKolles Racing Team has all three seats taken for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Oliver James Well will once again be in the car, for the team that he has been fixed part of since 2016. Webb made his Le Mans debut in 2014 in LMP2, where he finished third with Signatech Alpine Matmut. One year later, he raced for Team SARD Morand in the LMP2 category, but without much success. He has raced in LMP1 since then,…

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Drop of numbers in IMSA LMP2

There will be a slight drop in the numbers during the coming rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the LMP2 category. Tower Motorsport by Starworks has chosen to pull out of the upcoming race at Road America. The team has sent out information, that they most likely will only compete in the three remaining endurance rounds. The reasoning is the COVID-19 situation, with them having mechanics and drivers risking being hit by the 14 days quarantine, when entering and exiting the US. John Farano is the bronze-rated driver…

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31 WEC cars at Spa

The FIA World Endurance Championship will have 31 competing cars, when the 2019/20 season finally gets underway again at Spa Francorchamps in August. The season has been on pause since Circuit Of The Americas in February, and the series needs some running prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September. There will be four cars in the LMP1 category. The two Toyota Gazoo Racing cars are naturally on the list, since they are in a very position in the championship. The lone challenger in the standings, Rebellion Racing,…

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Final season for Acura Team Penske

Acura Team Penske is currently competing in their final season together for now. The DPi team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the defending champion in the category, but when the 12 Hours of Sebring is run in November 2020, they will end their collaboration. They two parties started working together in 2017, where the ARX-05 model was created on the basis of the ORECA 07 LMP2 car. They did a single race in 2017, in an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, so the team could gain some sportscar experience…

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Fantastic opening round in ELMS – updated

The season opener of the European Le Mans Series 2020 was run at Paul Ricard, after just over three months delay. The race weekend in France was run on the planned date, but the two previous race weekends in Barcelona and Monza has been pushed back to later in the year, due to the COVID-19 situation. 36 cars were entered for the race in the south of France near Le Castellet, in something that would turn out to be an amazing race, if you looked at all the excitement that…

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Excitement until the final second in the ELMS quali

The first qualifying of the year for the European Le Mans Series was run at Paul Ricard near Le Castellet in the south of France. The GTE category was first on track. With laptimes just under two minutes, it would only give the drivers very few shots ate posting a competitive lap. Ross Gun in Aston Martin Racing #98 was the first driver to post a fast lap. The drivers had to stay within the white lines as always, which Proton Competition Porsche #77, AF Corse Ferrari #51 and Kessel…

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Dominant Pole Positions in LMC

The qualifying for the Michelin Le Mans Cup was run on a slightly overcast, but dry and warm track. First up was the eight GT3 cars, where IDEC Sport #17 was finally repaired, after their Mercedes-AMG GT3 had a shunt earlier in the week. That meant that they couldn’t participate in the Friday practice sessions. The rules for the qualifying is that the Bronze drivers will qualify the cars. Iron Lynx Ferrari #8 put down an impressive time, that the competition had to chase. Kessel Racing Ferrari #74 were the…

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Free practice 2 at Paul Ricard

It was a free practice 2 for the European Le Mans Series without any major dramas. BHK Motosport #35 had to be transported back to the pits with a technical issue, but nothing else spectacular. United Autosports #32 with Job van Uitert, Alex Brundle and Will Owen was the fastest car, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 with Mikkel Jensen, Nyck de Vries and Jean-Eric Vergne, while the second United Autosports #22 with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque was third fastest car. The LMP3 category had last year’s Michelin Le Mans…

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New Le Mans entry list for the 2020 edition

The ACO has announced an updated entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COVID-19 situation has taken another bite off the entry list, so we have used up the 10 original reserves, that actually were ready to race. Several of those have also called their participation off. That gives us a current list of 60 cars entered for this year’s race. The LMP1 category has lost one of the Team LNT Ginetta cars, which was slated to be raced by Charlie Robertson, Ben Hanley and Egor…

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