Roussel back in the ELMS

Leo Roussel returns to the European Le Mans Series in 2019. The LMP2 Champion from 2017 has signed with Inter Europol Competition, who expands the team with a LMP2 car. Roussel had signed for the CEFC TRSM Racing LMP1 team in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19, but the programme has already closed down due to economical issues with their Chinese title sponsor. So Roussel didn’t do much of racing in 2018, but did compete at Le Mans with the Ginetta car. The 23 year-old Frenchman was a silver-ranked driver…

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DHH: “I couldn’t be happier”

David Heinemeier Hansson grabbed a career first LMP2 win in the FIA World Endurance Championship, at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, which was run last week. DHH raced for the Jackie Chan DC Racing outfit at Sebring, where he was joined by Will Stevens and Jordan King in the #37. They had taken over that car from the Malaysian trio of Weiron Tan, Jazeman Jaafar and Nabil Jeffri, who drove the car through the 2018 part of the 2018/19 Super Season, that culminated at Le Mans in June 2019. Racing24-7.net…

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VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring 2019 – an exciting start in the season

The VLN Endurance Championship will kick off the season with VLN 1 this week Saturday, March 23rd. Despite the BoP Discussion for GT3 in SPX and SP9 classes, which is still boiling in the background, fans can look forward to a massive turn up at the Ring. The preliminary starters list has 170 cars registered, with 25 GT3 cars in SP9, 2 more GT3 in SPX, and over 10 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the other classes. Only Wochenspiegel Team Monschau, as previously announced, will stay absent with its two…

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ADAC GT Masters with 31 cars

ADAC GT Masters has got 31 entries for the 2019 season. There is a good mix of new and old faces, with a total of 8 different manufacturers. Audi will be the most popular choice with a total of 13 cars, run by Aust Motorsport, HCB-Rutronik Racing, EFP Car Collection by TECE, BWT Mücke Motorsport, Montaplast by Land-Motorsport, Team ISR plus T3 Motorsport. Mercedes will have five cars by Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing, Schütz Motorsport and Mann-Filter Team HTP, while Porsche keeps their four cars from last season…

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First reserve called in for Le Mans

ACO has announced that they have called in the first reserve Duqueine Engineering for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June. The French LMP2 team got the spot, since Spirit of Race Ferrari #55 in GTE Am has pulled their entry. Duqueine Engineering will be racing car number 30, since Racing Team Nederland already uses 29. That leaves us with eight teams left on the reserve list, since Meyer Shank Racing, who was originally 8th on the reserve list, pulled their LMP2 effort on the eve of the announcements.…

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Spa entry list without surprises

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the preliminary entry list for the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps 2019. There are no major surprises on the list, which consists of 35 cars. We have the 34 full season cars, joined by G-Drive Racing #26 with their ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car, which is usually doing the European Le Mans Series – but will also participate at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. They will have Jean-Eric Vergne, Job van Uitert and Roman Rusinov behind the wheel, just like…

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More announcements from ADAC GT Masters

The ADAC GT Masters teams are finalizing their 2019 line ups bit by bit. The EFP Car Collection by TECE returns to the series again in 2019. The team with the tongue twister name, will once again enter two Audi R8 LMS GT3 cars, which has now been upgraded to the 2019 Evo versions. Pierre Kaffer and Elia Erhart will share one of the cars. Those two were already teammates in 2018, where they managed to surprise everybody by winning the Sunday race at Sachsenring. They only managed to finish…

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Full time job for Jensen in ELMS

The Danish racing driver Mikkel Jensen will have a very busy 2019. Not only will the BMW Motorsport works driver do the Intercontinental GT Challenge plus selected VLN rounds, but he will also race in both the European Le Mans Series plus the Road to Le Mans race. The Italian Eurointernational squad has signed Jensen to race in a Ligier JS P3 LMP3 car, where he will team up with German Jens Petersen for the six ELMS rounds and the single Road to Le Mans event, which is a support…

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Fjordbach joined at the 11th hour

There weren’t many people who had thought they would see Anders Fjordbach on the entry list for the 67th running of Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. And neither did he until Friday 8 March. But then he got a phone call from a friend. Fjordbach has raced in the Asian Le Mans Series throughout the winter with Chris McMurry. Chris is the father of Matt McMurry, who races for PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport #52 in the LMP2 category in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The…

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Dramatic ending to the 12 hours race

The 67th edition of Mobil 1 Sebring 12 Hours Presented by Advance Auto Parts was a wet affair, which gave the classic race an extra drama. Besides its classic status, the race also counts as the second round of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. Acura Team Penske #6 with Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud started from Pole Position in DPi, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports #52 with Anders Fjordbach, Matt McMurry and Gabriel Aubry in LMP2, Porsche #911 with Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Fred Makowiecki in GTLM and…

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Long Sebring race with a twist at the end

Round 6 of the FIA World Endurance Championship was run at Sebring International Raceway. It was a real “Florida” day, with 31,5 degrees Celsius air temperature before the start. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima started from Pole Position in LMP1, Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 with Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry had LMP2 Pole, Porsche #92 with Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre on GTE Pro Pole, while Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche #77 with Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell had GTE…

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The starting grid for the 12 hours race is locked

The qualifying for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Sebring International Raceway was run Friday morning local time. The 17 GTD cars were the first on the track. Trent Hindman in Meyer Shank Racing Acura #86 was the only person to set a time under two minutes, so he grabbed Pole Position ahead of Robert Foley in Turner Motorsport BMW #96 and Pfaff Motorsports Porsche #9 with Zacharie Robichon in P3. It was Hindman’s first Pole Position in the IMSA series. GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini #11 delivered a bit…

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Penalties left and right for WEC qualifying

The stewards at Sebring International Raceway has been busy after qualifying for 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship race. Five penalties were handed out to the drivers – and actually only GTE Pro that managed to avoid changes in their starting grid Racing Team Nederland #29 in LMP2 got their time taken away, since both Frits van Eerd and Nyck de Vries drove too fast in the pitlane. Actually, both drove exactly 66,2 km/h, so it looked like a problem in the pit limiter, since both drivers did exactly the…

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Sørensen’s careful optimism

It wasn’t a fantastic qualifying for Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen and Darren Turner in Aston Martin Racing #95 for today’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Sebring. The Dane train qualified in tenth place in GTE Pro, just ahead of their sister car that closed the field. However, #97 had had some technical problems on the car, which kept Maxime Martin from setting any real laptime. But already before qualifying, Marco Sørensen had no big expectations for the weekend, even though #97 had been the fastest in both FP1 and…

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Last minute change of BOP for GT3 cars in VLN Endurance Championship (SP9 and SPX Classes) could lead to GT3’s disappearing from the Nordschleife

Emotions have been cooking up boiling hot over the last couple of days with drivers, team principals, and fans in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. While a few weeks ago the issue of too fast lap times of the GT3’s on the North Loop (Nordschleife) was only a topic discussed in some statements (open letter of the DMSB, the German Motorsport Association, followed by statements made by the Race Director of VLN), it was believed from all sides it would not lead to further action. However, the tide…

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Incredibly exciting qualifying at Sebring

The qualifying for 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship race at Sebring International Raceway was run Thursday evening local time, and it would be an exciting event. The twenty GTE cars were the first to go. Jan Magnussen in Corvette Racing #63 was the first car on the track, but it was Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 with Andy Priaulx who set the first laptime, that everyone else had to beat. It seemed so until Ben Barker in Gulf Racing Porsche #86 in GTE Am bilen, who put the…

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FP2 without drama – almost

The second training of the day for FIA World Endurance Championship race at Sebring International Raceway was done without major drama. At least when the session started. DragonSpeed #31 lost their left rear wheel, just two corners after they went out of the pits. It resulted in a Full Course Yellow, so that they could send a recovery vehicle to remove the car. Luckily, the other drivers managed to avoid the tire, that continued to roll over the track, right after the super fast Turn 1. When #31 had been…

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Small problems limited Corvette in FP1

Corvette Racing didn’t have a perfect start to FIA World Endurance Championship weekend at Sebring International Raceway. The extra car that the North American team put in the FIA WEC race, in parallel with their participation in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, had some small problems in the first training. But it didn’t make Jan Magnussen worry. He will share the car with Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller. “It was just some small problems. The one driving in Shanghai was the reserve car, and there were some minor issues. It drove…

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FIA WEC started at Sebring

The FIA World Endurance Championship was on the track for the first free practice session. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 was fastest in FP1, with Kazuki Nakajima behind the wheel, while teammates in #7 were second, with a time set by Jose Maria Lopez. Rebellion Racing #1 was the third quickest with “guest driver” Mathias Beche, who has been let into the #1 instead of Andre Lotterer, who is on Formula E duty. The second Rebellion Racing #3 was right behind, while the three BR Engineering BR1 cars were the three…

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Fjordbach to race at Sebring

Anders Fjordbach will be racing in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Saturday this week. The rapid Dane has signed a deal with PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, where he will race in the ORECA 07 #52 in the LMP2 category. The deal was very last minute, so Fjordbach is 0n the plane to Sebring International Raceway, located between Miami and Orlando in Florida. Fjordbach will have two rapid teammates in the car, in the shape of Gabriel Aubry and Matt McMurry. Aubry was headhunted by the Jackie Chan DC Racing outfit in…

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