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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ELMS rules 2020 announced

European Le Mans Series has announced the regulations for the 2020 season. There are no massive changes to the race weekends, but a few adjustments here and there, closing some loopholes and questionable points, which has arisen during 2019. There will be some slight adjustments to the driving times, so you might be allowed or have to drive further, depending on your driver ranking. The new driving times look like this: They will tighten up the pitstop rules, so you can’t pit during the first three laps of Safety Car.…

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Porsche retirements and new hires etc

Porsche held their annual season-ending party in Stuttgart, where the 2019 season was closed down, and looking forward to 2020. When you say Porsche – at least for the last twenty years – you often think about Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. These two will go into retirement now, but will still be present at Porsche, becoming brand ambassadors. Bergmeister will be helping out on new road car development, while Bernhard will continue running his own KÜS Team75 Bernhard team in ADAC GT Masters. 43-year-old Bergmeister and 38-year-old Bernhard have…

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Magnussen to test for High Class

Jan Magnussen will be testing for High Class Racing, in the upcoming FIA WEC test in Bahrain. The 46 year-old Danish racing driver is currently without an international racing seat, after his contract at Corvette Racing didn’t get extended. In a press release issued by the team, they announce that he will test one of the team’s ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 cars, with Michael Markussen also testing the car. The team already has an entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans due to their WEC car #33, but they…

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Owen stays at UA

Will Owen will stay at United Autosports for one more year, running in the European Le Mans Series. This will be the fourth year for the American in the team, where he has won two races and grabbed futhermore four podiums in the LMP2 category. He was a part of their Daytona outfit in 2018, where they claimed an overall fourth position, before claiming third at Le Mans later in the year, in the team’s debut. Owen will share the Ligier JS P217 Gibson #32 with Alex Brundle, and a…

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DragonSpeed continues in Europe and USA

There still plenty of sportscar activity at the DragonSpeed outfit. The American team did cut down on their running earlier in the year, after being active in both LMP1 and LMP2 in the FIA WEC, LMP2 in ELMS, as well as a part-season entry in the NTT IndyCar Series. The team will enter for a full LMP2 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020, with Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley as the full season drivers. On top of that, they will run at the Daytona 24 Hours, which doesn’t…

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United Autosports enters ELMS once again

United Autosports will once again enter the European Le Mans Series, when the 2020 season starts in April. Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque will once again share the ORECA 07 Gibson #22, while Alex Brundle has been confirmed in the #32. This will be the third season for Hanson and Albuquerque as a pair at United Autosports, having competed in both ELMS, FIA World Endurance Championship and the Asian Le Mans Series. Despite the goals for the ambitious team, the big titles in the ELMS and the 24 Hours of…

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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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