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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ELMS gets night race

European Le Mans Series will join in with a night race of their own. The series have tweaked the 2019 schedule a bit, so the 4 hours at Circuit de Catalunya will be run on Saturday evening 20 July, instead of the traditional Sunday afternoon, which is the usual time for the ELMS races. That makes the race start at 18.30 local time, with the race finishing on a slightly floodlit track, but not on the same level as we know from things like Formula 1. The official reasoning is…

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ELMS test Paul Ricard 2019

The European Le Mans Series season came underway at Circuit Paul Ricard, where the teams had 17 hours of running, to get the last adjustments done before the season starts for real this weekend. 41 teams are competing in the ELMS this year, but not everybody were eager to rush onto the track. The first practice had all Porsche cars but Proton Competition #88 sitting out, with Team Project 1 #56 and Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 going out in the afternoon session on Monday. But there still was no sign of…

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41 cars ready for the season opener

41 cars are ready for the 2019 season opener of the European Le Mans Series. The list is without surprises, since it’s the exact same 41 cars that were announced two months ago. The start of the ELMS season was previously used by some FIA World Endurance Championship teams for a bit of extra running. But since we are in the middle of a FIA WEC season, and the cars are on a ship, on their way back to Europe from Sebring, there are no extra teams entering this year.…

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G-Drive Racing ready with 2019 ELMS plans

G-Drive Racing has revealed their plans for the 2019 European Le Mans Series season. The majority was already announced, with Roman Rusinov as the central piece in the Russian sponsored team. He is once again joined by Jean-Eric Vergne – at least for most of the season. They have found Job van Uitert, who won the LMP3 Championship in ELMS 2018 with RLR MSport. He is the Silver ranked driver this year, and is clearly somebody worth keeping an eye on, with the speed that he showed last year. It…

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Carlin with 4 drivers in ELMS

Carlin will break into the sportscar world, when the European Le Mans Series starts in just under two weeks’ time. The team has collected a bit of a dream team, which will consist of not only three drivers, but actually four – more info later. When the entry list was announced only Jack Manchester’s name was on the list. The 20 year-old Brit has made fast entrance to the sportscar and touringcar scene, where he has raced Radical, Audi Sport TT Cup, and lately Blancpain GT Series – all since…

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Albuquerque: “It’s not like super super busy”

Filipe Albuquerque will be a busy driver throughout 2019, with his not only dual but triple programmes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, European Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship. Racing24-7.net caught up with him at Sebring, to hear a bit more about his busy year. “It’s gonna be nicely busy. I’m very happy about the programme, because it’s still all kind of P2/DPi cars – it’s prototype cars. It’s busy, but because the FIA WEC is in off season, it’s not like super super busy, because WEC…

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Luzich Racing confirms all five drivers

Luzich Racing has confirmed all five drivers for the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2019. Alessandro Pier Guidi will spearhead the Ferrari 488 GTE #51 effort in the ELMS, where he will be joined by French Fabien Lavergne and Dane Nicklas Nielsen as teammates. Pier Guidi won the World Championship title in 2017 in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017, and is one of the very best Ferrari GT drivers in the world. He is basically racing a Ferrari each and every weekend of…

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United Autosports with a complete line-up

United Autosports has signed all their drivers for the European Le Mans Series 2019. Will Owen has been re-elected on the English-American team, where he will share the car with Ryan Cullen and Alex Brundle in #32. That will be two brand new teammates for Owen, who previously has had Filipe Albuquerque, Hugo de Sadeleer, Juan Pablo Montoya and Wayne Boyd alongside him. Other than the UA programme, he is also contracted to Juncos Racing in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. There is a date clash between the ELMS opening round…

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JMW with international line-up

JMW Motorsport are one of the usual suspects in the European Le Mans Series, so it’s no surprise that they are part of the 2019 edition as well. The 2019 line-up will be a very international one, with an Italian, a Canadian and an American will share the Italian Ferrari 488 GTE, running for the British team. The team started 10 years ago, and has participated in the Le Mans Series, at the subsequent European Le Mans Series. The first few years were done in a F430 GTC, before it…

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Erdos makes comeback in ELMS

Tommy Erdos will finally be back behind the wheel of a race car in the European Le Mans Series 2019. The 55 year-old Brazilian will drive for United Autosports in their Ligier JS P3 LMP3 #2 together with Wayne Boyd and Garett Grist. This will be the first time since 2011, that he will do a full season. He has had a few guest starts in things like the British GT, but he is one of the drivers that was hit by the driver ranking system, when it was invented.…

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Roussel back in the ELMS

Leo Roussel returns to the European Le Mans Series in 2019. The LMP2 Champion from 2017 has signed with Inter Europol Competition, who expands the team with a LMP2 car. Roussel had signed for the CEFC TRSM Racing LMP1 team in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19, but the programme has already closed down due to economical issues with their Chinese title sponsor. So Roussel didn’t do much of racing in 2018, but did compete at Le Mans with the Ginetta car. The 23 year-old Frenchman was a silver-ranked driver…

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First reserve called in for Le Mans

ACO has announced that they have called in the first reserve Duqueine Engineering for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June. The French LMP2 team got the spot, since Spirit of Race Ferrari #55 in GTE Am has pulled their entry. Duqueine Engineering will be racing car number 30, since Racing Team Nederland already uses 29. That leaves us with eight teams left on the reserve list, since Meyer Shank Racing, who was originally 8th on the reserve list, pulled their LMP2 effort on the eve of the announcements.…

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Full time job for Jensen in ELMS

The Danish racing driver Mikkel Jensen will have a very busy 2019. Not only will the BMW Motorsport works driver do the Intercontinental GT Challenge plus selected VLN rounds, but he will also race in both the European Le Mans Series plus the Road to Le Mans race. The Italian Eurointernational squad has signed Jensen to race in a Ligier JS P3 LMP3 car, where he will team up with German Jens Petersen for the six ELMS rounds and the single Road to Le Mans event, which is a support…

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IDEC Sport ready with two sets of drivers

IDEC Sport are ready with their 2019 plans and design. The French team will continue almost unchanged in the upcoming European Le Mans Series season and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only one of the six drivers from last year has been changed. ORECA 07 Gibson #28 will continue to be the faster of the two with Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Memo Rojas behind the wheel, which is an exact copy of last years line-up. The car finished as third best ELMS LMP2 team in 2018, and was on…

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Comment – Is it OK to be disappointed?

It happens time after time, year after year. When the entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is released, there are 60 happy teams and x number of disappointed teams. 2019 is no different. There is no doubt that the 60 cars, that have been allowed in have absolutely nothing to complain about – but still one of the teams does so. 22 minutes after the entry list was confirmed, there was a reaction from United Autosports. They got one car in the race, by winning the Asian…

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All Le Mans teams 2019 announced

ACO has announced the complete list with all 60 entrants for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The list includes the 42 teams that was announced just shy of three weeks ago, and the four auto-entries from the Asian Le Mans Series, which finished last weekend, plus various IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and European Le Mans Series teams. There are still 8 LMP1 teams, while 8 more LMP2 teams have gotten their entry approved. That is the Asian LMS Champion from LMP2, United Autosports, and the LMP2 Am winner…

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High Class Racing on Asian adventure

We primarily know High Class Racing from the European racing circuits, but they now expand to the east. When the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 starts on 24 November, the Danish team plans to enter two cars at the Shanghai International Circuit. The team has participated in the European Le Mans Series with a Dallara P217 Gibson for the last two seasons, and has rented out chassis’ to other teams. They will now ship two of those cars to Asia, where they will race in the four races in the…

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New pairing at United Autosports

United Autosports have found a brand new pairing for the European Le Mans Series 2019. The British-American team with base in England has a total of four cars in the ELMS series, which was confirmed this Tuesday. Now the names of the drivers for their JS P217 Gibson #32 during the 2019 have been confirmed. That will be Alex Brundle and Ryan Cullen, and a potential yet unnamed third driver. The team has also applied to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and if both their LMP2 cars will…

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