More Le Mans slots taken up

More and more slots for the 24 hours of Le Mans 2020 are taken up. A total of 43 entries have been handed out so far. But one thing is the amount of entries handed out – a completely different thing is the teams taking up their invitations. Because it is just invitations, and the entry fee still has to be paid. The 31 full season entrants from the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 are all secured a ticket for the race, with it being the finale in the World…

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Rookie test returns to FIA WEC

FIA World Endurance Championship will reintroduce the rookie tests for young talents, to get a test in a Championship winning sportscar. The test was most recently run i 2017 in Bahrain, where drivers like Pietro Fittipaldi, Thomas Laurent, Rinus Van Kalmthout (Rinus Veekay) and Alfonso Celis Jr got a chance to test a LMP or GT car. The 2019 selection will have Job van Uitert in a works Porsche 911 RSR-19. That will be somewhat of a downgrade for the flying Dutchman, who won the LMP3 Championship in the ELMS…

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KEO Racing aiming at LMP2

KEO Racing has big plans for 2020. They have got their hands on a used Dallara JSP217 Gibson, aiming at running in the European Le Mans Series. The team has participated in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this year, including the Road to Le Mans race at Circuit de la Sarthe, as a part of the support programme for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They still plan to race their LMP3 car, if there are interested drivers, who can bring the necessary budgets. You need to have a Bronze…

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Nothing decided in ELMS until the last lap at Spa

The fifth round of European Le Mans Series was run at Spa Francorchamps track in Belgium, and it was an insane race, where all three classes’ winners were first found at the very end of the four-hour race. Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson in United Autosports #22 had taken Pole Position in the LMP2 category, ahead of Will Stevens, Rene Binder and Julien Canal in Panis Barthez Competition #23, and Duqueine Engineering #30 with Nico Jamin, Pierre Ragues and Richard Bradley. High Class Racing #20 with Dennis Andersen and Anders…

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6 returnees on ELMS and LMC schedules

The European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup have the same 6 events on the schedule in 2020, as in 2019 – but with some changes. The last two seasons had started at Paul Ricard in France, but that will be Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, which gets the honour of hosting the Prologue and the first round. That will happen in the first week of April, while Monza runs one month later. The majority of the teams will have a two months break, so there are room…

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Weather playing a big part at Silverstone

The weather gods were out to play, when this season’s fourth round of the European Le Mans Series was run at Silverstone in England. DragonSpeed #21 had taken Pole Position, with Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and James Allen, followed by United Autosports #22 with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque, and IDEC Sport #28 with Paul Loup Chatin, Paul Lafargue and Memo Rojas. M Racing #19 with Yann Ehrlacher, Lucas Legeret and Laurent Millara had taken Pole Position in LMP3, ahead of Ultimate #17 with Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and Francois…

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Close qualifying for ELMS

The qualifying for European Le Mans Series race at Silverstone was a close affair. Firstly, the GTE cars got a ten-minute session. The special thing about Silverstone is that the ELMS cars are in the old pitlane, while the qualifying exit was from the new pitlane. It meant that the drivers only had half a lap before they were on a new flying lap. Proton Competition #88 was the fastest car, after all the drivers had set their first laptimes. Nicklas Nielsen got the honour to drive the Luzich Racing…

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Dramatic Friday for ELMS at Silverstone

It was a dramatic day for European Le Mans Series at Silverstone in Great Britain. Actually, the first free practice affected the rest of the day, not just for ELMS, but also FIA World Endurance Championship. It wasn’t more than a thirty-minute session in FP1, before Carlin #45 with Jack Manchester had a serious incident in the Stowe corner, at the end of Hangar Straight. The cars come around with about 275 kph, where a defect on the car caused it to continue forward, only slowed down a little. Manchester…

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Spa Francorchamps extends contract

Spa Francorchamps has extended their contract with LMEM regarding sportscar racing on the legendary Belgian circuit. LMEM is the company behind the FIA World Endurance Championship plus European Le Mans Series, and while the FIA WEC has visited the track since 2012, it’s been a part of the ELMS calendar since 2016. The deal has got an extension of four more years for both series. The Spa Francorchamps track is a very iconic place, where the track itself delivers some great racing with long straights and fast corners, and then…

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Hot ELMS quali in Spain

The qualifying for the third round of the European Le Mans Series was run on a very hot Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, and except for the LMP2 quali everything else went smoothly. All the three classes got ten minutes each, where the GTE cars were the first on the track. It soon became obvious that the Ferraris were quick today, and it turned to an intense duel between Spirit of Race #55 and Luzich Racing #51. They topped the laptimes in turn, until Kessel Racing #60 with Andrea Piccini,…

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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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