RLR MSport hires former Formula 1 driver

The European Le Mans Series team RLR MSport has really caught a big fish in the net. The newly crowned 2018 Champions in LMP3 bought an ORECA 07 LMP2 car during last fall, with John Farano being one of the championship winning drivers. Farano will be part of the line-up as well, and was also part of crew testing the car. The team has signed a deal with the former Formula 1 driver, Bruno Senna, who will race 5 out of 6 rounds. Senna won’t be part of the line-up…

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ELMS line-up ready for Panis Barthez

Panis Barthez Competition have the drivers ready for the first of the European Le Mans Series cars of 2019. Rene Binder and Will Stevens were previously announced as the drivers in the car, and now we have a well-known face as the final part of puzzle. It will once again be Julien Canal, who shared the car with Stevens throughout the 2018 ELMS season. The plan is to run with these three drivers in both ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as long as they get an entry…

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G-Drive Racing ready with first drivers

G-Drive Racing have the first two drivers signed for the 2019 season. It comes to no surprise that Roman Rusinov is back in the orange #26, while the team also have extended with Jean-Eric Vergne. Rusinov has been synonymous with G-Drive Racing since 2013, brings a lot of Russian sponsors to the programme. He is the defending European Le Mans Series LMP2 Champion, which he won alongside Andrea Pizzitola. Jean-Eric Vergne is the defending ABB FIA Formula E Champion, and finished second in the ELMS. How can that be, when…

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DragonSpeed enters Indycar

The DragonSpeed team has their entry into the Indycar series, when the 2019 season starts in march. The team was founded in 2007, but has mainly raced in sportscar racing. They started out in the USA, and then later on Europe, and now the whole world, by racing in both the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team will now dip their toes into the single seater sport, where Ben Hanley will do five Indycar races in 2019. The first race will be the opening…

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Binder goes into ELMS

Rene Binder has chosen to do some racing in Europe once again. The 26 year-old Austrian has lately been looking towards the USA, where he raced in the Indycar series for Juncos Racing. He will race for that outfit, too, at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this coming January, but no Indycar programme has been confirmed for him yet. He has signed with the French outfit, Panis Barthez Competition, where he will be one of the drivers in their 2019 European Le Mans Series programme. Binder has been racing for…

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ELMS hands out extra Le Mans ticket

When the European Le Mans Series 2019 is run, an extra Le Mans ticket will be handed out. So far it has only been the champions in LMP2, LMP3 plus first and second place in GTE, who get an automatic Le Mans ticket for the following edition of the race. The fight between the LMP2 teams is so big now, that a lot of teams have to leave the series disappointed. ACO has therefore chosen to hand out an extra ticket. By doing that, the ACO will put extra focus…

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Early announcement from United Autosports

United Autosports are very fast to announce some of the 2019 programme. The British-American team will once again enter the European Le Mans, where one of the LMP2 cars will once again be driven by Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuerquerque. Those two were partners throughout the 2018 season too, and finished off winning the two final rounds at Spa Francorchamps plus the home circuit of Albuerquerque, Portimao in Portugal. Just like in 2018, there is a small but – that Filipe Albuerquerque can’t be present at the opening round at…

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Le Mans 2019 – who will be there?

The pieces in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 puzzle are slowing coming together. There are room for 60 cars, just like in the 2018 edition. The first 36 places are already taken up, since the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 teams are sure of their entries. On top of that, we have the four class winners from this year’s race. That gives Toyota Gazoo Racing (LMP1), Signatech Alpine Matmut (LMP2), Porsche (GTE Pro) and Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche (GTE Am) an extra ticket for the race. They are all…

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Qualifying for the season finale in Portugal

It was another intense battle in the European Le Mans Series qualifying, as always. This year’s final was run at Portimao in Portugal. The three qualifyings were run under beautiful blue sky, which was in stark contrast to the Friday, where there was heavy rain in the afternoon. The GTE cars were the first to have their 10 minutes on the track. JMW Motorsport Ferrari #66 was the first to post a quick time, ahead of Spirit of Race Ferrari #55, Proton Competition Porsche #77, Ebimotors #80 and Krohn Racing…

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Points standings after Spa

As promised yesterday, we have an update about the point standings after the European Le Mans Series race at Spa Francorchamps. G-Drive Racing #26 have already secured the LMP2 title with Andrea Pizzitola and Roman Rusinov, while Jean-Eric Vergne is second, since he wasn’t able to participate in the opening round at Paul Ricard due to his Formula E commitment in Rome. The only theoretical way for G-Drive to lose the Championship would be for Vergne going to a different team, outscoring G-Drive by 12 points in the final round…

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Super wet race at Spa Francorchamps

It was a really wet fifth round of European Le Mans Series at Spa Francorchamps. The rain drizzled over the track all day, but it only intensified as the day went. That was why the race director chose to start the race behind the Safety Car, where the cars tried to get rid of some water off the track. The start of the race went pretty calm, but unfortunately High Class Racing #49 was the first car to get into troubles, with a tour on the grass – more of…

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ELMS starts early tomorrow

The European Le Mans Series race at Spa Francorchamps will start earlier tomorrow. Instead of the planned start just past midday, the green flag will be shown at 10.45 CET, since a heavy rainfall is expected to hit the track around 15.00. But don’t expect a dry race for the 4 hours anyway, but it should intensify around 3 o’clock. The changes will result in the cancellation of the Pitwalk and Autograph session, but there is a risk of rain during that one anyway, which would had put a damper…

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Cracked tub at Graff

The mechanics on Graff #39 have a long night ahead. Jonathan Hirschi crashed the car heavily during the Saturday practice session, and the team wasn’t able to get it ready for qualifying. It actually turns out now that the tub itself has cracked at the suspension mounting points. That’s a part of the carbon fibre monocoque, and not something that you can just change. So Graff went to TDS Racing, asking them for permission to borrow their ORECA 07 tub, which they had brought as a spare, and luckily got…

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Emergency changes both IDEC Sport cars

Both IDEC Sport will start with different driver line-ups this weekend in the European Le Mans Series. Paul Lafargue has had an accident prior to the weekend, which is of so severe, that he has to go to the hospital for an operation. His father Patrice, won’t be present at the track this weekend either, to be with his son. Paul is usually piloting car #28, while Patrice is in #27. That results in the team having to call up on both team boss/reserve driver Nicolas Minassian for #27, while…

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Surprises and dominance in the qualifying

After rain showers in the morning, the asphalt was almost dry again at the start of the European Le Mans Series qualifying at Spa Francorchamps, and it gave us a few surprises, but also domination by others. The Ferrari teams JMW Motorsport #66, Spirit of Race #55 and Krohn Racing #83 were swift to get on the track and start their flying laps, while the Porsche teams Proton Competition #77 and #88 plus Ebimotors #80 were a bit more relaxed. And absolutely nobody could match Proton Competition. They smacked up…

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RLR MSport returns to LMP2

RLR MSport will return to the LMP2 category in 2019, when the European Le Mans Series will start again The team has previously participated in the category from 2010 until 2015, including start at Le Mans, but has since 2016 only focussed on LMP3. This season has been going really well, with two out of four possible victories with Job van Uitert, John Farano and Rob Garofall. The team has bought an ORECA 07, and already tested it back in August. It was van Uitert, Farano and Alex Brundle running…

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Plenty of stoppages in FP2

There were plenty of stoppages when the second Free Practice for the European Le Mans Series was run at Spa Francorchamps. Two red flags and a Full Course Yellow, mixed in with rain showers that were coming and going, making it hard for the teams to get any useful running done regarding set-ups or long runs. G-Drive Racing #26 with Jean-Eric Vergne was the fastest, while the track was still dry, followed by Duqueine Engineering #29 with Nicolas Jamin and IDEC Sport #28 with Paul Loup Chatin. In the LMP3…

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Wet FP1 at Spa Francorchamps

It was a wet FP1 at Spa Francorchamps, when the 5th round of the European Le Mans Series was run today at midday. There had been quite heavy rain throughout the morning, but at the start of the session, it was only a light drizzle, but enough to keep everything slippery. We had a few spins and offs here and there, but nothing too major. AT Racing #9 was sporting a black rear end to the car, that didn’t match the rest of the design, and G-Drive Racing #40 had…

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ELMS 2019 calendar announced

The European Le Mans Series has announced their race calendar for 2019. The series will return to 5 out of 6 tracks, while the Red Bull Ring has lost out to Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The season starts with a test and race week at Paul Ricard in April, before Monza will be run in May, a pause in June due to Le Mans, Barcelona in July, Silverstone in August together with FIA WEC, Spa Francorchamps in September, before the season finale will be run in Portimao. Other the…

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Inter Europol Competition upgrading

Inter Europol Competition will be upgrading for the European Le Mans Series 2019. The team has bought a Ligier JSP217, which they plan to race with through the whole of 2019, as well as a LMP3 car. They have been racing two Ligier LMP3 cars this season, in which is their third season in ELMS. The team is starting to be a well-known name in the sportscar world, after announcing participation in the Asian Le Mans Series in the upcoming season. With a LMP2 car in the team, the team…

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