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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41 ELMS cars ready for 2019

European Le Mans Series has 41 entries for the full 2019 season. A few more cars in LMP2, a bit less in LMP3 and 50% more GTE cars hints at a very exciting season in all three classes. DragonSpeed, United Autosports, Panis Barthez Competition, Algarve Pro Racing, G-Drive Racing, IDEC Sport, Duqueine Engineering, Graff, and High Class Racing are back again in LMP2, with a few changes here and there. Panis Barthez Competition doubles their effort, so they have two cars entered, while Graff downscales to just one car. High…

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Duqueine ready with their three drivers

Duqueine Engineering has their three drivers ready for the European Le Mans Series 2019. Two out of three drivers are returnees from the 2018 season, while the final driver makes his LMP2 comeback, after a one year absence. Pierre Ragues and Nicolas Jamin also drove for the outfit in 2018, while Richard Bradley is a new face at the French team. The team finished 8th in the LMP2 standings, but it could have been so much better, if they didn’t make the mistake at Red Bull Ring, of leaving a…

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LMP3 generation 2 presented

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has announced the new LMP3 regulations, starting 2020. The LMP3 category was introduced in 2015, where Ginetta was the first company to have a car ready. Ligier joined them later in the year, while Adess and Norma are the two latest. Ginetta left the party early on, when they had an argument with the engine supplier ORECA. The Adess car is only made in a very few editions, but they are still active. The 4 constructors are all invited again to the new regulations, where…

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RLR MSport hires young Indian

RLR MSport has the European Le Mans Series line ups ready for the 2019 season. After announcing the LMP3 car almost two weeks ago, the British team are now ready to release the names of the LMP2 drivers. Indian Arjun Maini will get his sportscar debut for RLR MSport, where he will share the car with John Farano and Bruno Senna. Senna can’t race for the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which they are qualified for as well, since he will be racing for Rebellion Racing in…

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Hydrogen car coming to ELMS?

The car technologies develop all the time, and new technologies might be on their way to the European Le Mans Series. Automobile Club de l’Ouest and GreenGT have presented a new collaboration – something that we got a bit of a taste of at Spa Francorchamps last autumn, where there Mission H24 car drove for the public for the first time. The collaboration will be named H24 Racing, and will be a LMP3 based racing car, with a hydrogen-electric power unit, driving the car. There is still quite a way…

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Kessel Racing with all-female ELMS team

The European Le Mans Series will have an all-female team, when the 2019 season starts in two months’ time. The winners of the Michelin Le Mans Cup in the GT category in 2018, Kessel Racing, will enter a Ferrari 488 GTE with Dane Michelle Gatting, Swiss Rahel Frey, and Italian Manuela Gostner behind the wheel. There have been several female drivers in the ELMS over the years with Ines Taittinger and Christina Nielsen being amongst them, but this is the first time with an all-female team. The three already worked…

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Algarve Pro Racing ready with second car

Algarve Pro Racing will enter two cars in the European Le Mans Series 2019. At least, that is the plan ahead of the final confirmation of the entry list. They announced the names of the drivers their other car one week ago, and the wording in that release could lead towards a single car entry – but that has been doubled up by this announcement. Tacksung Kim is back on the team, while Henning Engqvist and James French are new to the blue ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car. Korean Kim…

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