All three drivers ready for Risi

Risi Competizione has confirmed all three drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The Italian-American Ferrari team announced Olivier Pla and Sebastien Bourdais as their drivers earlier in the year, but they have completed the line-up with Jules Gounon, who also raced for them last year. They had a collaboration with the French Ferrari dealer in 2019, which made the car not run in the traditional Risi (and Ferrari) red, but in blue. The graphics following the announcement of the drivers for this year’s race, have a red…

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Heavily revised IMSA schedule

IMSA has issued some heavily revised 2020 schedules for all their racing series, including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The changes are, of course, down to the COVID-19 situation, which has resulted in the IMSA series not racing since the opening round at Daytona back in January. Daytona will restart the season, when the series returns on track on 4 July. That is by running a 2-hour-and-40-minute race. The cars will race again just two weeks later at Sebring, which is another 2 hours and 40 minutes. Two weeks later…

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Four American cars hand back Le Mans entries

The entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 has changed quite a bit, over just a few days. Four North American cars have informed the organizers, that they won’t be making the trip to Le Mans this year, even though they were selected for the race two months ago. The two Porsche GTE Pro cars from North America has chosen to stay at home and focus on the IMSA championship. That is the same decision by Corvette Racing, who won’t go to France either with their brand…

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FIA approves Hypercar adjustments

The FIA Endurance Commission has approved some small adjustments to the Hypercar regulations in ACO racing. The Hypercars will replace the LMP1 cars from the 2021 season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The adjustments have been put in place, so they match the LMDh regulations on power and weight. The basic rules for the LMDh cars were announced last week. The new Hypercars will have 650 bhp combined from an internal combustion engine and hybrid power train, and a minimum weight of…

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LMDh basics announced

Automobile Club de l’Ouest and International Motor Sports Association have announced the basics for the upcoming LMDh ruleset. The cars will replace the current DPi cars in the IMSA series in 2022, but will also be allowed to race in the FIA WEC, including Le Mans. The collaboration was announced back in January 2020 at Daytona, and all parties have worked hard ever since, to bring up some technical specifications, that the majority could be happy with. There will be four chassis suppliers – ORECA, Ligier, Multimatic and Dallara –…

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Le Mans releases time table

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has released the time table for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The time table for the 2020 edition had some quite significant changes anyway, compared to previous years, with the new Hyperpole concept being introduced, where the drivers only have a few laps to set a time, in of the previous years where they typically has had 6 hours or more to put in their best lap. Sunday and Monday, prior to the race, will have the scrutineering at the circuit itself. The Tuesday…

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Detroit cancelled, Indycar replaces

Detroit Grand Prix has been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus, affecting both the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Both series were supposed to race in The Motor City the last weekend of May, but that event has officially been taken off both schedules. IMSA states that they are working on a possible replacement later in the year, but there is nothing final just yet. There is about one month gap between Petit Le Mans and the final at Sebring, so they might be…

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IMSA teams prepared for Le Mans

The date change for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans is just one of the huge changes in the 2020 motorsports season. The changes are of course due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which is challenging for all teams, who are planning to participate in the race. Among the competing teams, is a good handful of American teams, who usually participate in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. That will be quite some logistically troubled weeks for all the teams, since they will race at WeatherTech Racing Laguna Seca only…

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No Le Mans test day in 2020

The ACO has announced there won’t be any test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The reasoning is down to logistical difficulties, with the 24 hours for motorcycles running on the last weekend of August. The 24 hours car race is slated to run just three weeks later. The Le Mans week will start on 13 and 14 September with scrutineering of the cars. The exact location isn’t confirmed just yet. It usually happens at the city centre of Le Mans, but that’s not a given…

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IMSA updates 2020 schedule

IMSA has updated the 2020 season after having to cancel or move several of the races in the spring period due to the COVID-19 virus. Only the Daytona 24 Hours has been run in the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, while the Sebring race was put on pause right before the teams were about to head there with their team trailers. The race will now be run in November. The Long beach race has been cancelled altogether, while the Mid-Ohio race has been moved from May to September. September is…

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Long Beach cancelled plus no testing and various other themes

The planned Long Beach Grand Prix has been definitely cancelled for 2020. The race was originally announced as delayed last week, but the organizers have decided that it won’t happen this year, neither for the NTT IndyCar Series nor the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The issue with Long Beach is that it’s a street circuit, so all the roads have to be closed and a lot of preparation with the armco and fences etc. The race will return in 2021, when everything is back to normal again. Indycar has also…

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Le Mans 2020 moved to september

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for sportscars has been moved to September 2020. The change is down to the COVID-19 virus, which has impacted all motorsport plans during this springtime. The race will run on 19-20 September, which will have an influence on the Silverstone race, which was scheduled as the start of the 2020/21 season of FIA WEC. The organizers haven’t released exact information regarding the changes on the European Le Mans Series 2020 schedule, plus the rest of the 2019/20 FIA WEC and the 2020/21 season start.…

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Indycar postpones start of season

The NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to postpone the start of the 2020 season. Despite a press release issued Thursday afternoon local time, the series has given a second thought Friday morning, and has cancelled this weekend’s race in St. Petersburg. The next round at Long Beach was already cancelled by the city itself yesterday, and now the series have chosen to also cancel Round three at Circuit Of The Americas. That leave no races left on the calendar for the whole of March and April, so the earliest race…

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Nielsen misses out on IMSA debut

Nicklas Nielsen will not only miss out on the 100 Miles FIA WEC race at Sebring next week, but will also miss his debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He was scheduled to drive for Risi Competizione in the GTLM category, where he would share a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo with Daniel Serra. With only two drivers on the car for the 12 hours race, it would have been quite an iron man task for both Serra and Nielsen, after both would have participated in the FIA WEC race…

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SuperSebring 2020 cancelled

SuperSebring event 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. FIA World Endurance Championship were the first to cancel their 1000 Miles race, due to the travel restrictions preventing Europeans to enter the US. IMSA followed up later on the Thursday, that the 12 hour race wouldn’t be run in March either. While the FIA WEC race is cancelled with no replacement, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will do the 12 hours race, but postponed to 11 to 14 November 2020, and therefore converted into the season finale in…

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Entry list for Le Mans 2020 revealed

The entry list for the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been announced tonight, and that was without any major surprises. There will once again be 62 cars entered, with the two tents at the start of the pitlane being erected again, while the rest of the teams will be allowed to stay in the permanent concrete garages. There were 75 entries for the 62 places, and with 10 cars on the reserve list, only 3 have not gotten anywhere near an entry. We pretty much…

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Wright Motorsports with an extra car

Wright Motorsports will enter an extra car at the sprint rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team already participates in the full GTD season with a Porsche 911 GT3 R, with Ryan Hardwick and Patrick Long as the full-season drivers. They are joined by Anthony Imperato at the endurance rounds, and Imperato will be one of the drivers in the second car at the sprint rounds. He will be joined by Jeroen Bleekemolen. The Dutchman has raced for many years with Ben Keating, but with Keating currently racing…

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Rebellion will say goodbye after four races

Rebellion has sent shockwaves in the motorsport world today, by issuing a press release at midday. The Swiss watch company, who is active in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing, running two LMP1 cars, has chosen to end all their involvements within motorsport, once the chequered flag falls at the  24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020. Today’s announcement came out of nowhere, especially since it’s just two months ago, that a partnership with Peugeot Sport and their new Hypercar programme were announced. Peugeot Sport was very…

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Braun in three more IMSA races

Colin Braun will be racing three more IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races in 2020. He raced for DragonSpeed at the Daytona 24 Hours, but that was a single race deal. And he won’t the do the three races at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta for DragonSpeed. He will instead race for Era Motorsport, who is competing against the before mentioned team. The two teams were originally slated to work together this year, but Era Motorsport chose to run the ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car by themselves. The deal makes…

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Magnussen and Rockenfeller super-subs at Corvette

It’s not many months ago, that Corvette Racing said goodbye to Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. Now, both drivers are back in the yellow car. The pairing will race the Corvette C8.R at the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Circuit Of The Americas and Sebring, where the American team will enter a single car. There has been a lot of speculations for the last five days or so, but it wasn’t until today, that Corvette Racing officially confirmed the line-up. Magnussen had been at Corvette since 2004, with him…

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