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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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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