No Le Mans test day in 2020

The ACO has announced there won’t be any test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The reasoning is down to logistical difficulties, with the 24 hours for motorcycles running on the last weekend of August. The 24 hours car race is slated to run just three weeks later. The Le Mans week will start on 13 and 14 September with scrutineering of the cars. The exact location isn’t confirmed just yet. It usually happens at the city centre of Le Mans, but that’s not a given…

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IMSA updates 2020 schedule

IMSA has updated the 2020 season after having to cancel or move several of the races in the spring period due to the COVID-19 virus. Only the Daytona 24 Hours has been run in the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, while the Sebring race was put on pause right before the teams were about to head there with their team trailers. The race will now be run in November. The Long beach race has been cancelled altogether, while the Mid-Ohio race has been moved from May to September. September is…

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Long Beach cancelled plus no testing and various other themes

The planned Long Beach Grand Prix has been definitely cancelled for 2020. The race was originally announced as delayed last week, but the organizers have decided that it won’t happen this year, neither for the NTT IndyCar Series nor the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The issue with Long Beach is that it’s a street circuit, so all the roads have to be closed and a lot of preparation with the armco and fences etc. The race will return in 2021, when everything is back to normal again. Indycar has also…

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Le Mans 2020 moved to september

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for sportscars has been moved to September 2020. The change is down to the COVID-19 virus, which has impacted all motorsport plans during this springtime. The race will run on 19-20 September, which will have an influence on the Silverstone race, which was scheduled as the start of the 2020/21 season of FIA WEC. The organizers haven’t released exact information regarding the changes on the European Le Mans Series 2020 schedule, plus the rest of the 2019/20 FIA WEC and the 2020/21 season start.…

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ADAC GT Masters postpone and moves around

There is hardly any race series in the world that isn’t affected by the COVID-19 virus. ADAC GT Masters is the most recent one to be hit, and it resulted in the opening race planned for the end of April in Oschersleben being postponed until October. It changes the event from being the opening round to being the final round of the 2020 series. Oschersleben was scheduled to host the collective test early April, but that has been cancelled and won’t be replaced. There is still no decision on Round…

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Spa race postponed

The FIA World Endurance Championship has postponed the penultimate round of the 2019/20 season, which was planned to be held at Spa Francorchamps. The race is not yet cancelled but just pushed back due to the worldwide COVID-19 virus. The original date was 23-25 April, but basically everything with some kind of FIA stamp next to it has been put on hold until early May at earliest, making this race fall short of that line too. We will update as soon as the series releases a new race date.

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ELMS postpones season opener

The European Le Mans Series has postponed the two first races in Barcelona and Monza. Just like many other race series around the world, the ELMS has chosen to put the 4 Hours of Barcelona at Circuit de Catalunya in April and the 4 Hours of Monza in May. This includes both Michelin Le Mans Cup races at the same circuits. These are not direct cancellations, but the series is working on an alternative calendar. We will of course update, as soon as this calendar is revealed.

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Indycar postpones start of season

The NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to postpone the start of the 2020 season. Despite a press release issued Thursday afternoon local time, the series has given a second thought Friday morning, and has cancelled this weekend’s race in St. Petersburg. The next round at Long Beach was already cancelled by the city itself yesterday, and now the series have chosen to also cancel Round three at Circuit Of The Americas. That leave no races left on the calendar for the whole of March and April, so the earliest race…

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Jensen in key role at G-Drive

Mikkel Jensen will get a key role at G-Drive Racing in 2020. The young Dane has signed a contract with the Russian squad for the European Le Mans Series 2020 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, plus the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps, which the team uses as a warm-up for Le Mans. Jensen will share the car with Roman Rusinov throughout the season, while Jean-Eric Vergne only will do Le Mans for the team. The former Formula 1 driver and double Formula E Championship has…

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Nielsen misses out on IMSA debut

Nicklas Nielsen will not only miss out on the 100 Miles FIA WEC race at Sebring next week, but will also miss his debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He was scheduled to drive for Risi Competizione in the GTLM category, where he would share a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo with Daniel Serra. With only two drivers on the car for the 12 hours race, it would have been quite an iron man task for both Serra and Nielsen, after both would have participated in the FIA WEC race…

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SuperSebring 2020 cancelled

SuperSebring event 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. FIA World Endurance Championship were the first to cancel their 1000 Miles race, due to the travel restrictions preventing Europeans to enter the US. IMSA followed up later on the Thursday, that the 12 hour race wouldn’t be run in March either. While the FIA WEC race is cancelled with no replacement, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will do the 12 hours race, but postponed to 11 to 14 November 2020, and therefore converted into the season finale in…

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Nielsen sticks to the same pairings

Nielsen Racing will stick to well-known faces in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Car #7 will have the defending Asian Le Mans Cup Series Champions Colin Noble and Tony Wells in the car, while their “Asian” teammates Rob Hodes, Charles Crews and Garett Grist will race in car #10 in the ELMS. It will be almost identical in the LMC, where Noble and Wells will share #7, while Crews will be on the sidelines, and let Hodes and Grist do the two hours –…

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Lambo, Audi and BMW news

The driver announcements for the ADAC GT Masters 2020 keep coming in at a high rate. GRT Grasser Racing Team has announced Clemens Schmid as the teammate to Niels Langrange in the green Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo #19. Schmid has previously raced in the ADAC GT Masters, but most recently did so in a Mercedes. He is a bit of a multi-brand talent, having raced Porsche, Bentley and Audi in the past too, but this will be his first time in a Lambo. Aust Motorsport returns with two Audi R8…

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All change at JMW Motorsport

JMW Motorsport will enter the European Le Mans Series with a brand new set of drivers behind the wheel. Experienced racer Gunnar Jeannette will be the lead driver on the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo #66, while young Finley Hutchison and gentleman driver Rodrigo Sales will complete the line-up. Jeannette has been driving sportscars for almost a lifetime, with everything between GT and LMP cars. He was a part of the Panoz team with both their GT2 car, and the ground pounding LMP900 “Batmobile”. With a lot of experience to his…

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Eurasia makes early European appearance

Eurasia Motorsport will be arriving early in Europe, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team with Philippines roots have decided to enter the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps on 25 April, before continuing to France for the 24 hours race, for which they received the entry a week ago. Daniel Gaunt and Nobuya Yamanaka will compete at both Spa and Le Mans, while Nick Cassidy only will do Belgium, while his seat will be taken by Shaun van Gisbergen in France. Cassidy isn’t able to do the…

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29 cars in LMC 2020

29 cars have been entered for the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2020 season. The 29 cars are divided into 11 GT3 cars and 18 LMP3 cars. The majority of the teams are returnees from last year, but there are a few new names. Iron Lynx enters a pair of Ferrari 488 GT3 cars. The name might be new in sportscars in 2020, but they have relation to the 2019 Kessel Racing outfit. One of the main persons behind the team, and not least the all-female car in ELMS, Deborah Mayer.…

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Entry list for Le Mans 2020 revealed

The entry list for the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been announced tonight, and that was without any major surprises. There will once again be 62 cars entered, with the two tents at the start of the pitlane being erected again, while the rest of the teams will be allowed to stay in the permanent concrete garages. There were 75 entries for the 62 places, and with 10 cars on the reserve list, only 3 have not gotten anywhere near an entry. We pretty much…

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Wright Motorsports with an extra car

Wright Motorsports will enter an extra car at the sprint rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team already participates in the full GTD season with a Porsche 911 GT3 R, with Ryan Hardwick and Patrick Long as the full-season drivers. They are joined by Anthony Imperato at the endurance rounds, and Imperato will be one of the drivers in the second car at the sprint rounds. He will be joined by Jeroen Bleekemolen. The Dutchman has raced for many years with Ben Keating, but with Keating currently racing…

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GT Masters driver announcements en masse

The ADAC GT Masters teams are slowly starting to announce their 2020 drivers. With two months left until the season opener, we already have a lot of names set in stone. The defending champions from HCB-Rutronik Racing Audi will return with their championship pair Patric Niederhauser and Kelvin van der Linde. Both drivers in the team’s second car has also been renewed, with Dennis Marschall and Carrie Schreiner getting their second season for the team. They finished the season off with a podium at the Hockenheim weekend. Their goal is…

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6 hours of close race in Texas

FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 had come to the fifth round of the season, which would be run at Circuit Of The Americas near Austin, Texas. The COTA track replaced the planned race at Interlagos in Brazil, that was decided back in December. On the other hand, the series was back to this particular track in the US, which was the race in the states before it got moved to Sebring, Florida. Rebellion Racing #1 with Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato and Bruno Senna started the race from Pole Position, ahead…

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