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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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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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 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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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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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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Rebellion will say goodbye after four races

Rebellion has sent shockwaves in the motorsport world today, by issuing a press release at midday. The Swiss watch company, who is active in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing, running two LMP1 cars, has chosen to end all their involvements within motorsport, once the chequered flag falls at the  24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020. Today’s announcement came out of nowhere, especially since it’s just two months ago, that a partnership with Peugeot Sport and their new Hypercar programme were announced. Peugeot Sport was very…

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ELMS entry list without any surprises

European Le Mans Series has announced the 2020 season entry list, and that’s without any huge surprises. The majority of the teams were on the 2019 list too, but there were a few brand new ones, and some who have switched categories. A total of 40 cars have entered the full season, with 18 in the LMP2 category, 13 in the LMP3, and 9 in the GTE category. In the LMP2 category, we have changes for 2020 at Panis Racing and IDEC Sport, reducing their programmes from two to one…

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Graff and Panis with new combinations

Graff and Panis Racing will be entering the European Le Mans Series 2020 with some new combinations in the cars. The former will stick to Alexandre Cougnaud for the third year in a row, while James Allen returns to the team. Allen was grabbed by DragonSpeed in the 2019 season, where he raced both their LMP1 and LMP2 cars throughout the season. But he was a full season member of Graff in 2018 but did however race in the orange G-Drive Racing car, where he proved his quality and speed.…

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United Autosports reveals LMP3 drivers

United Autosports has revealed their six drivers for the LMP3 cars in the European Le Mans Series 2020. There is one change compared to what was previously announced by the team. Duncan Tappy will replace Matt Bell in car #3. Tappy is a very experienced racing driver, and was part of the title battle in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2019, until his teammate had a massive accident at Circuit de Catalunya, so the team wasn’t able to participate in the race. He will share the car with Jim…

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IDEC Sport, 360 Racing and Duqueine all set

The seats are slowly filling up for the upcoming European Le Mans Series. The defending champions saw one of their three drivers leave for DragonSpeed (Memo Rojas). It didn’t take them long before they signed a new driver alongside Paul Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue. They will be joined by Richard Bradley, who raced for Duqueine Engineering last year. Bradley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 for KCMG, and finished second in the FIA World Endurance Championship season that year in LMP2. He has had a lot…

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16 year-old signs for RLR MSport

RLR MSport has signed their first driver for the European Le Mans Series 2020. The British team has made a deal with 16 year-old Dane, Malthe Jakobsen. He has quite a bit of experience in single seaters, despite his young age. With two seasons in the Danish Formula 4 Championship, and some races in the Asian Formula 4 series during winter/spring 2019, he has already clocked up a lot of miles in a racing car, following his karting career. He got his first outing in the old LMP3 car towards…

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United Autosports with two more entries

United Autosports has got two more cars on the track for the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup seasons. Both cars will be the brand new Ligier JS P320, of which the team has acquired a bunch. The ELMS part will be run by Jim McGuire, Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley. McGuire and Bell has been racing together for three years in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, but the former has chosen to step up for a new challenge. This will be the 10th season for Bell…

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DragonSpeed grabs ELMS champ

DragonSpeed has announced their drivers for the European Le Mans Series 2020 season. The American team has managed to grab one of the 2019 ELMS championships for the driver line-up. Memo Rojas returns to DragonSpeed, after winning the LMP2 title for IDEC Sport #28 in the 2019 season. The Mexican has also won the ELMS title with DragonSpeed in 2017. He did race under the G-Drive Racing banner, in an orange car – but it was DragonSpeed running the car. Ryan Cullen switches from United Autosports to DragonSpeed. The Brit…

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High Class changes tires, but keeps the drivers

High Class Racing has announced a change of tire supplier for 2020. The LMP2 team is currently active in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, where they have been loyal to Dunlop/Goodyear since their journey into sportscar racing. They have, however, opted to switch to Michelin for the rest of the FIA WEC season, and the upcoming ELMS season. It is a bit of a strange time to switch from Goodyear to Michelin, since Goodyear will be the sole tire supplier in the FIA WEC…

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New job for Job van Uitert

Job van Uitert has found a new job for the 2020 season, where he once again will be in the sportscar world. The young Dutchman will be racing for United Autosports #32 with Alex Brundle and Will Owen in the European Le Mans Series, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, if the car will get an entry. After doing single-seaters in lower categories, he ended up at a bit of a blind alley, moving on to sportscars in 2018. He raced for RLR MSport in the LMP3 category in…

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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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Goodyear to be exclusive in LMP2

Goodyear will be sole tire supplier for the LMP2 cars in the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The decision is part of the introduction of the new Hypercar category, where Michlin is the sole supplier. The LMP2 cars will be slowed a bit, since Hypercar is planned to run a bit slower than the current LMP1 cars. There is a currently a tire war in LMP2 between Michelin and Goodyear, making the cars go faster and faster each season. But by limiting it to a…

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