Significant changes at United Autosports

There will be significant changes at United Autosports in the coming months. The British-American team has been ever present in the European Le Mans Series since 2016, where they started out with two LMP3 cars, winning the Championship in that category in both 2016 and 2017. They expanded that programme in 2017 to include LMP2 as well, getting their first start at Le Mans too. The Daytona 24 Hours 2018 was their first step into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champinship, followed up with Sebring and Watkins Glen later in the…

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Driver and team changes in Barcelona

The European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup returns after almost two months of summer break, competing at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Not all teams have been on holiday. A lot of them were at Le Mans in June, to either participate in the 24 hours race or in the Road To Le Mans support race for GT3 and LMP3 cars. Several of the teams have had deals with the drivers until Le Mans, with changes happening afterwards. Inter Europol Competition #34 in the LMP2 category will…

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Porsche presents new GTE car

Porsche has presented their new 911 RSR car, which will be used in the FIA World E2ndurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the three upcoming seasons. By stating that, Porsche has confirmed that they will do FIA WEC at least until the end of the 2021/22 season. Even though the car has got the same model name as its predecessor, 95% of the car is brand new. Headlights, braking system, clutch, drivers seat and some components in the suspension are the only things being…

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Algarve Pro Racing with new line-up

Algarve Pro Racing will have a new driver line-up in the second part of the European Le Mans Series 2019. Olivier Pla will join the team, and will be racing in #25 together with John Falb and Andrea Pizzitola. The team says goodbye to Mark Patterson, at least for now. Patterson was unlucky to get injured at Monza in a testing accident ahead of the ELMS round on the same track. That resulted in him having to miss both the Monza race and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The…

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Tincknell: “It’s been character building”

It hasn’t been the best year for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, with the team currently sitting fifth in the drivers Championship, behind their teammates in #66, but with a 31,5 and 28,5 points gab to climb respectively, to potentially pass AF Corse #51 for third. Porsche has already secured the World Championship. Racing24-7.net sat down with Harry Tincknell yesterday, to talk about the season so far, and the weekend ahead, and a bit about the future too. It’s the fourth…

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Monza delivers again

4 Hours European Le Mans Series race at Monza was just as dramatic and turbulent as the series often are. With 41 starting cars, incidents and problems were guaranteed. Cool Racing #37 with Alexander Coigny, Antonin Borga and Nicolas Lapierre had taken taken Pole Position, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 and IDEC Sport #28. M.Racing #19 with Lucas Legeret and Laurent Millara had the LMP3 Pole, in front of Nielsen Racing #7 and Oregon Team #10. In fact, it was Norma 1-5 before United Autosports #2 which was the best…

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Roussel also sidelined

After Mark Patterson was judged out of this weekend’s race at Monza, and actually the 24 Hours of Le Mans too, another injury has been added to a European Le Mans Series team. Frenchman Leo Roussel has a crash in the second free practice, on his 5th lap in the Inter Europol Competition #34 LMP2 car. Something went wrong during the braking for Parabolica, so the car went straight on a high speed, hit the barrier and apparently went on top of the barrier. Roussel was able to leave the…

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Even more hindrances for Eurointernational

Eurointernational is perhaps the most unlucky team on the whole of the European Le Mans Series grid. They have run into circumstances beyond their control for the second weekend in a row. We have already explained the issues in France, and the team has actually not yet got the cars released from France. So the team found two other cars prior to this weekend for the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup. The car at Paul Ricard was Ligier JS P3 with chassis plate 001 – i.e. the very first…

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Exciting qualifying at Monza

The qualifying of the second European Le Mans Series race was run at overcast but dry Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy. The system for qualifying in ELMS is a totally classic version, with one driver per car, and ten minutes for the various categories to set the times. First it was the eight GTE cars’ turn. Proton Competition Porsche #88 unfortunately won’t compete this time, but it hasn’t been possible to get a comment from the team about the reason why they only run with #77 this weekend. Team…

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Algarve Pro Racing hit by injury

Algarve Pro Racing has been hit by an injury ahead of this weekend’s European Le Mans Series race at Monza in Italy. There was a test day held at the circuit yesterday, with Mark Patterson having a high speed crash, where he even ended up hitting teammate Tacksung Kim in the other car, who was at the wrong spot at the wrong time. Kim was luckily able to be released from the hospital after a quick check-up, with a lot of blue marks and painful muscles. He will be back…

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Inter Europol Competition ready with their Le Mans drivers

Inter Europol Competition has their three drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. It will be three drivers already within the team, who will guide the team through their first participating in the 24 hours race. Jakub Smiechowski and Leo Roussel already race the Ligier JS P217 #34 in the European Le Mans Series, while Nigel Moore will be moved over their LMP3 car, to their LMP2 car for the Le Mans race. That leaves Dani Clos without a drive for the classic race this time around.…

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Beche to help High Class at Le Mans

High Class Racing has named their third and final driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. The two regular drivers, Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen, will be joined by Swiss driver Mathias Beche in their ORECA 07 Gibson #20 on Dunlop tires. Beche won the LMP2 championship in European Le Mans Series in 2012 for Thiriet by TDS Racing, but has then gone on to primarily race for Rebellion Racing in their LMP1 and LMP2 cars. He stood on the overall Le Mans podium in both 2017 and…

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42 cars at Monza

European Le Mans Series will have one additional guest starter, when they will have their second round of the season, being run at Monza in Italy. The local Cetilar R. Villorba Corse outfit will enter Dallara #47 with Roberto Laconte, Sergio Sernagiotto and Andrea Bellichi in the car. Other than that, there are are only slight changes to the entry list at the opening round. Ben Hanley won’t be in the DragonSpeed #21, but will be replaced by Renger van der Zande, who will race alongside Henrik Hedman and James…

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RLR MSport ready with their Le Mans reserve

RLR MSport has got all their drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The winner of the European Le Mans Series LMP3 Championship in 2018, has moved into the LMP2 category, so they can compete in the prestigious race. Their ELMS team consists of John Farano and Arjun Maini plus Bruno Senna. Senna will be on Rebellion Racing #1 duties at the 24 hour race, so it was clear from the start, that they needed a different third driver for that exact race. The team announced today that…

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ACO lets two more cars in

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has managed to get two more cars into this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French organizer has chosen to build two temporary garages, so there will be room for more teams in the prestigious race. That is really good new for the Danish team High Class Racing and British-American United Autosports, who were number one and two on the reserve list prior to today’s announcement. They were originally second and third on the reserve list, but Duqueine Engineering #30 was let into the race,…

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Exciting four-hour race in France

The season opener of European Le Mans Series 2019 turned out to be four hours of good racing and some surprises. Under beautiful, blue sky and 12 degrees Celsius at the start of the race, the 41 cars drove around the 5.770 metres long track, hopefully without as much drama as Michelin Le Mans Cup yesterday, where there were run-offs and all kinds of confusion on and off the track. G-Drive Racing #26 had taken Pole Position in the LMP2 category, Oregon Team #10 took Pole in the LMP3 class,…

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ELMS qualifying Paul Ricard

The qualifying on Saturday for the opening race of European Le Mans Series was run under beautiful, blue sky at Circuit Paul Ricard. It started with the nine GT cars on the track, where the teams could decide which driver they wanted to put in the car. Unsurprisingly they chose their fastest drivers. Proton Competition Porsche #88 and their teammates in Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 were the first two to set a fast time, while Luzich Racing #51 was the best Ferrari in P3 – just ahead of Kessel Racing Ferrari…

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Rainy Bronze test

The Bronze test ahead of this weekend’s European Le Mans Series round at Paul Ricard was run on a wet track. So only about half of the teams opted to run in the session, where the Bronze rated drivers have 30 minutes extra opportunity for track time. Algarve Pro Racing #25 with John Falb was the quickest, ahead of John Farano in RLR MSport #43 and Alexander Coigny in Cool Racing #37 in LMP2. Inter Europol Competition #14 with Paul Scheuschner was fastest in LMP3, ahead of Oregon Team #10…

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Eurointernational’s cars in French police custody – updated

Eurointernational hasn’t been on track in neither the European Le Mans Series nor the Michelin Le Mans Cup, and there is one simple reason for that – the team don’t have any cars parked in their garage. French police showed up at the track Friday morning with a order to take the two Ligier JS P3 chassis’ into custody, that was going to be used in ELMS and LMC respectively. According to team sources, they however have done nothing wrong. It all comes down to an old contract, with a…

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ELMS free practice in dry conditions

The first official practice of the weekend for the European Le Mans Series was run in dry conditions, but with a light cloud cover over the Circuit Paul Ricard. The practice barely got started before we had a Full Course Yellow due to United Autosports #3 losing the left rear wheel on their Ligier LMP3. The car was transported back to the pits on a flatbed, where the mechanics managed to get a new tire mounted, and they ended up doing a total of 9 laps in the session. It…

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