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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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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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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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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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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Friday ELMS practice at Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series finally got their first race weekend of 2020 going. After doing two days of testing, the teams had another two hours of practice today, ahead of another practice session Saturday morning, followed by qualifying. United Autosports topped LMP2 in the opening practice, with #22 driven by Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson as the fastest car, ahead of Will Owen, Alex Brundle and Job van Uitert in #32. DragonSpeed #21 was the third-fastest car with Memo Rojas, Ben Hanley and Ryan Cullen. The afternoon session, which…

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Day two at Paul Ricard

The European Le Mans Series continued the test sessions prior to the opening round of the year at Paul Ricard. The day was overshadowed but a violent crash for Katherine Legge in the Richard Mille Racing Team LMP2 car, that we have reported about here. That meant that the 4th session was shortened by just over an hour, which was added to the fifth session instead. DragonSpeed #21 was the fastest amongst the LMP2 cars in the fourth practice, ahead of United Autosports #32 and Graff #39. United Autosports #2…

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Katherine Legge hospitalized after crash

Katherine Legge has gone to hospital, following a violent crash at the European Le Mans Series test at Paul Ricard. The Brit crashed at high speed at the Signes corner, and hit the armco. The official update from the European Le Mans Series explains that she was conscious all the time, and the the extraction team did a swift and effective job of getting her out of the car, and getting her to the medical centre at the circuit. The doctors assessed that she had broken her lower left leg,…

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Day one of ELMS testing done

The European Le Mans Series are finally getting their 2020 season going, with the first of two testdays being run at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. 36 cars were present at this weeks test, which is held ahead of the season opener this Friday to Sunday. The Tuesday practice session had DragonSpeed #21 fastest in LMP2, ahead of Cool Racing #37 and United Autosports #22. United Autosports #2 were fastest in LMP3, ahead of Realteam Racing #8 and Nielsen Racing #7. In GTE we had Iron…

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37 cars for opening round

European Le Mans Series expects 37 cars at the 2020 season opener next week at Paul Ricard. The start of the season was pushed back three and a half months, after the COVID-19 situation made it impossible to have the originally planned start in April. The number of participants is a bit lower, compared to the one released back in March, but that is only natural, since some teams and driver no longer have the economical background to race this year. 15 cars will run in the LMP2 category. Algarve…

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AMR guest appearances in ELMS and new driver in WEC

Aston Martin Racing will have an guest appearance in the European Le Mans Series for a couple of weekends. The British team enters a single Aston Martin Vantage GTE car at the Paul Ricard and Spa Francorchamps rounds. The rules for GTE in the ELMS dictate at least one Bronze driver in the car, which effectively is a GTE Am car in the FIA WEC rules. So it will be car #98 from the FIA WEC, who will run these races. Paul Dalla Lana will be joined by his regular…

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Trummer back at APR

Simon Trummer will do the opening race of the European Le Mans Series for Algarve Pro Racing, after all. The Swiss driver was first announced as one of the drivers for the team, with another press release shortly after, that with him being active in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA, and the ELMS opening round, and the IMSA race at Sebring clashing, the IMSA commitment would be his priority. But APR has just announced today, that things have changed once again, and that he will be racing…

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Inter Europol with new colours and slight downscaling

Inter Europol Competition has presented their colours and plans for the 2020 season in the European Le Mans Series. There will still be yellow and shocking-green on the Ligier JS P217 in LMP2, and the brand new Ligier JS P320 LMP3 car, but the colour composition is slightly different compared to previous seasons. There will be a change in the number of cars too. The Polish team originally planned to participate with 2 cars in LMP2 and 2 cars in LMP3. That will, however, be downscaled to 1 car in…

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Reserve called up by APR

The press release had barely hit the inboxes, before Algarve Pro Racing announced a change to the driver line up. It is however only for one race so far, since Simon Trummer will be busy in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, on the same weekend as the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard in the south of France. The team has called up a driver that they know very well.. Andrea Pizzitola raced with the team last year, and will join car #25 with John…

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Algarve Pro with new colours and new drivers

Algarve Pro Racing has made quite a few changes to the team, ahead of the 2020 season in the European Le Mans Series. The team based in Portugal has been known for their Azure blue cars in the most recent years, but they will be black and while for this season. The change has happened due to a new sponsor deal with the watch maker B.R.M. which primarily uses these colours for their brand. The team will also switch from Dunlop to Goodyear tires. The two tire manufactures are however…

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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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ACO changes FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC schedules

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The FIA WEC season has been on pause since 23 February, where they raced the fifth round of the 2019/20 season. The season will be restarted on Saturday 15 August at Spa Francorchamps, with a 6-hour race, originally planned for the end of April. It was announced a few weeks back, that the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be moved to 19-20 September, and that will…

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