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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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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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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New technology gets race debut at Spa

The Michelin Le Mans Cup returns to the race tracks, when their fifth round of the year will be run at the Belgium track of Spa Francorchamps. The field will consist of 32 cars, which is three up from Barcelona. The teams have had a summer break of two months, before they return next weekend. We have gone up to 12 GT3 cars, with HB Racing, Kessel Racing and Scuderia Villorba Corse bringing two Ferrari’s and a Lamborghini to the field, that already has Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Aston Martin cars.…

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Spanish LMC race in rising heat

Michelin Le Mans Cup had a scorching hot fourth round of the 2019 championship at Circuit de Catalunya. They would drive from 13 to 15, where the temperature was about 30 degrees and sunshine from a cloudless sky. Graff #39 with Adrien Chila and Nicolas Schatz had taken Pole Position in LMP3 ahead of DKR Engineering #3 and Nielsen Racing #2. Christian Stubbe Olsen and teammate James Dayson in RLR MSport #14 would start the race from P13, while KEO Racing #43 with Johan Jokinen and Alain Costa started from…

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Problem free qualifying for Michelin Le Mans Cup

The qualifying for the fourth round of Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019 was run this morning at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, in two fifteen minutes sessions without any drama. The GT3 cars were first on the track for their fifteen-minute session. Krypton Motorsport Mercedes #35 with Marco Zanuttini and Stefano Pezzucchi took Pole Position, ahead of Kessel Racing Ferrari #8 with Sergio Pianezzola and Giacomo Piccini, while championship leader Luzich Racing Ferrari #71 with Mikkel Mac and Fabien Lavergne was third fastest GT3 car. There was, however, some drama…

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Significant changes at United Autosports

There will be significant changes at United Autosports in the coming months. The British-American team has been ever present in the European Le Mans Series since 2016, where they started out with two LMP3 cars, winning the Championship in that category in both 2016 and 2017. They expanded that programme in 2017 to include LMP2 as well, getting their first start at Le Mans too. The Daytona 24 Hours 2018 was their first step into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champinship, followed up with Sebring and Watkins Glen later in the…

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Driver and team changes in Barcelona

The European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup returns after almost two months of summer break, competing at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Not all teams have been on holiday. A lot of them were at Le Mans in June, to either participate in the 24 hours race or in the Road To Le Mans support race for GT3 and LMP3 cars. Several of the teams have had deals with the drivers until Le Mans, with changes happening afterwards. Inter Europol Competition #34 in the LMP2 category will…

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Enjoyable Saturday race at Le Mans

The second Road to Le Mans race of the week, which counts towards the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019, was run on Saturday morning at Circuit de la Sarthe. Lanan Racing #25 with Michael Benham and Duncan Tappy had grabbed Pole Position ahead of DKR Engineering #3 with Francois Kirmann and Laurents Hörr, and RLR MSport #15 with Freddie Hunt and Martin Vedel Mortensen in third. The GT3 category had Mikkel Mac on Pole Position together with Fabien Lavergne in the Luzich Racing Ferrari #71, with Kessel Racing #8 driven…

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Eventful Thursday race in Road to Le Mans

The third and fourth rounds of the Michelin Le Mans Cup were run at Circuit de la Sarthe, as a support race for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But it didn’t run under the Michelin Le Mans Cup banner this time, but as Road to Le Mans, since there are a lot of non-championship contenders entering this race. It’s usually a single 2-hour race, but at the Le Mans circuit it’s split into two races of 55 minutes, but still with a driver change halfway through the race. There…

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Luzich Racing outshone the other GT3 teams

Luzich Racing with Mikkel Mac and Fabien Lavergne have got to quite a good start in the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019. The team had Pole Position in Paul Ricard, and led most of the race, until a penalty for crossing the red light at the Pit Lane Exit sent them back to P3. This time out in Monza, they only missed Pole Position by 0,003 of a second to Kessel Racing Ferrari #8, which was going to be their main opponent in the race too. The race started out…

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Highly dramatic LMC in France – updated

It was a dramatic season opener in Michelin Le Mans Cup, when the 31 cars took the start at Circuit Paul Ricard. Already on the first lap there was panic in the midfield, when Michael Markussen in KEO Racing #43 had a contact with a competitor. The Dane fell back, and it didn’t help that he also got a Drive-through penalty for a jump start. Krypton Motorsport Mercedes #35 and BHK Motorsport #16 had a contact with each other in Turn 4, which damaged both cars so much that they…

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LMC qualifying at Paul Ricard

The qualifying for the first round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup was run at Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France. The rules in LMC state that the Bronze rated driver will have to qualify the cars, so the faster drivers would have to stand in the pits and watch their less experienced teammates do the job. First onto the track was the 10 GT3 cars, for their 15 minute session. The tendency from the practice sessions continued, and it was to be a battle between Ferrari and…

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Michelin Le Mans Cup Paul Ricard Friday

The Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019 really got underway today at Paul Ricard, where the two free practice sessions and a Bronze driver test was run. The first practice ran without major issues for most of the teams. Only Graff #39 had a small kiss with the barrier in Turn 2, but just with cosmetic damage to the car. United Autosports #24 with Wayne Boyd was the fastest driver, ahead of GrainMarket Racing #20 and the Danish KEO Racing #43 outfit. There was another Danish success story with Mikkel Mac…

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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 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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Family affairs in LMP3

There are three cars in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where the two drivers know each other exceptionally well. At the opening round of the 2019 season at Paul Ricard in the south of France, there are three father-and-son combinations racing. We have had Alexander Talkanitsa Snr and Jr in the same car for several seasons, where AT Racing most recently raced in the European Le Mans Series. They have changed to the Michelin Le Mans Cup now, where they can do all the running themselves, without an added third…

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Michelin Le Mans Cup test Paul Ricard 2019

Michelin Le Mans Cup has done their first collective test at Circuit Paul Ricard, ahead of the first round, which will be run at the same track this Saturday. The 31 cars had a total of 7 hours available at the circuit, which gave the teams good opportunities to give plenty of laps for the two drivers of each car. A typical ELMS line-up consists of three drivers, but since they are four hour races, and LMC is just two, with a single pitstop in the middle, there is no…

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31 cars at Le Mans Cup opening round

The Michelin Le Mans Cup will start this coming week at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. LMC, as the series is known in short form, is a support series for the European Le Mans Series, and that might end up being an even more unpredictable season than the ELMS itself. 31 cars have entered the first round of the championship. LMC has the huge prize, that the winner of the GT3 category will be handed an entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. There are LMP3 cars…

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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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