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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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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Asian LMS compresses schedule

The Asian Le Mans Series has chosen to compress their 2020/21 schedule. It won’t be on the number of races, but the number of tracks, and the duration from Round 1 to Round 4. The original plan was to start at Suzuka in Japan, followed by Shanghai, but the organizers had chosen to cancel those two events. The season will instead start on Saturday 9 January 2021 at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, which was their original date for the event. The big change will however be, that another…

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Le Mans releases time table

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has released the time table for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The time table for the 2020 edition had some quite significant changes anyway, compared to previous years, with the new Hyperpole concept being introduced, where the drivers only have a few laps to set a time, in of the previous years where they typically has had 6 hours or more to put in their best lap. Sunday and Monday, prior to the race, will have the scrutineering at the circuit itself. The Tuesday…

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Asian LMS ready with 2020/21 schedule

Asian Le Mans Series has released what they are hoping to be the 2020/21 schedule. Everything is a bit up in the air at the moment due to the COVID-19 situation, and that has had some influence on the schedule too. The season will once again consist of 4 rounds, but will be a lot more compressed that previous seasons. The opening round will be on 29 November at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. That is the first time in this century, that the Prototype cars eligible for the 24…

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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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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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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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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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Excitement until the final lap in Thailand

There was excitement until the very final lap of the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 season finale, which was run at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. Three out of the four titles were still open at the start of the race, with several contenders in these categories. The qualifying yesterday made it even more exciting, with none of the championship leaders taking Pole Position in their respective categories. Thunderhead Carlin Racing #45 with Ben Barnicoat, Harry Tincknell and Jack Manchester had Pole Position in LMP2, ahead of Eurasia…

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Afternoon qualifying in Thailand

After a busy and very wet Saturday at the third round of Asian Le Mans Series at Sepang circuit in Malaysia, the team moved north to drive for the second week in a row. This time at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. The weather was typical Asian weather, with sunshine and over thirty degrees Celsius. Just as last week, there were twenty-three cars ready to start this weekend. The first ones to do their qualifying were the six GT cars, for their fifteen-minute session. Buriram is one of the…

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Four GT subs in Asian LMS

There will be four substitutes present in the six GT cars at the Asian Le Mans Series 2020/21 season finale this weekend in Buriram. The four replacements are due to the date clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship, which is run at Circuit Of The Americas. The FIA WEC race should have been three weeks ago in Brazil, but that race was cancelled, and replaced by the COTA race in Texas, USA. So Alessandro Pier Guidi in Spirit Of Race Ferrari #51 will be replaced by the new Ferrari…

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Weather-affected race at Sepang

It was a very special four hours race at Sepang circuit in Malaysia when the third round of Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 was run. Not only because the race was planned to start two hours before sunset and thus would finish in the dark, but the weather would also play a big role. The qualifying for the race was held earlier in the day, so the teams were very busy preparing the cars between the qualifying and race. Eurasia Motorsport #1 with Nick Cassidy, Masataka Yanagida and Daniel Gaunt…

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Dry qualifying in Malaysia

The qualifying to the 2019/20 season’s third round of Asian Le Mans Series was run at Sepang track in Malaysia. The 23 teams were lucky to start in the sunshine, which certainly wouldn’t last. First, it was the six GT cars on the track. Unfortunately, there were no BMW in Malaysia this time, since all the three cars this season were run by Chinese teams, who didn’t have permission to leave China due to the Coronavirus. But a good mix of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini were present. The defending…

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Asian LMS ready for Malaysia

Asian Le Mans Series is getting ready for the third round of the 2019/20 championship, which will be held on 15 February in Malaysia. The race will be the first Asian LMS race finishing after sunset. Sepang International Circuit got lights installed in fall 2019, but not as strong as the Formula 1 demands, but it is some lighting – just like at the FIA WEC race in Bahrain, where the lights aren’t running on full beam. This will be a brand next experience for large parts of the field,…

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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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New qualifying rules at Le Mans

There will be new qualifying rules implemented, when the 24 Hours of Le Mans runs in June 2020. There are significant changes to the Wednesday and Thursday in race week, to add even more excitement, but with added practice time for the teams. Two practice sessions will be held on Wednesday. The first one will run from 15.30 until 20.00, with another hour from 22-23. All sixty-two cars will be on track from 23.15 until 24.00, where they are allowed to do as many laps as they wish, and do…

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Nielsen and Serra new works drivers

Nicklas Nielsen and Daniel Serra are the new works drivers at Ferrari in their GT Programme. Their official title will be Competizioni GT drivers, with the pair having to travel all the world, and represent the Ferrari brand, when there are GT races around the world. Serra has raced on-off for Ferrari for the last few years. One of his tasks has been helping as a third driver at FIA WEC at AF Corse at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won the race this year with James Calado…

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Suzuka opens 2020/21 season

The Asian Le Mans Series returns to Japan in the coming season. Suzuka International Circuit will be host the opening round of the 2020/21 season, which will be a brand new challenge for the teams. The series has previously raced at Fuji International Speedway, but there are no visit to Japan in the current season, since Australia with The Bend was accepted on the schedule. The management behind the Asian Le Mans Series has previously expressed an opinion about extending the schedule from four to five races per season, but…

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Close qualifying in Shanghai

The qualifying for the opening round of the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 was run at the Shanghai International Circuit in China. A good field of 9 GT cars were the first on track, for their 15 minutes of qualifying. Spirit Of Race Ferrari #51 didn’t go on track instantly, but Alessandro Pier Guidi left the pits with just under 8 minutes to go instead. With more or less works drivers in all cars, it was a fantastic fight between the cars, with times constantly tumbling. HubAuto Corse Ferrari #27…

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