ACO changes FIA WEC, ELMS and LMC schedules

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup schedules. The FIA WEC season has been on pause since 23 February, where they raced the fifth round of the 2019/20 season. The season will be restarted on Saturday 15 August at Spa Francorchamps, with a 6-hour race, originally planned for the end of April. It was announced a few weeks back, that the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be moved to 19-20 September, and that will…

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ELMS postpones season opener

The European Le Mans Series has postponed the two first races in Barcelona and Monza. Just like many other race series around the world, the ELMS has chosen to put the 4 Hours of Barcelona at Circuit de Catalunya in April and the 4 Hours of Monza in May. This includes both Michelin Le Mans Cup races at the same circuits. These are not direct cancellations, but the series is working on an alternative calendar. We will of course update, as soon as this calendar is revealed.

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Nielsen sticks to the same pairings

Nielsen Racing will stick to well-known faces in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Car #7 will have the defending Asian Le Mans Cup Series Champions Colin Noble and Tony Wells in the car, while their “Asian” teammates Rob Hodes, Charles Crews and Garett Grist will race in car #10 in the ELMS. It will be almost identical in the LMC, where Noble and Wells will share #7, while Crews will be on the sidelines, and let Hodes and Grist do the two hours –…

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29 cars in LMC 2020

29 cars have been entered for the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2020 season. The 29 cars are divided into 11 GT3 cars and 18 LMP3 cars. The majority of the teams are returnees from last year, but there are a few new names. Iron Lynx enters a pair of Ferrari 488 GT3 cars. The name might be new in sportscars in 2020, but they have relation to the 2019 Kessel Racing outfit. One of the main persons behind the team, and not least the all-female car in ELMS, Deborah Mayer.…

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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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United Autosports with two more entries

United Autosports has got two more cars on the track for the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup seasons. Both cars will be the brand new Ligier JS P320, of which the team has acquired a bunch. The ELMS part will be run by Jim McGuire, Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley. McGuire and Bell has been racing together for three years in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, but the former has chosen to step up for a new challenge. This will be the 10th season for Bell…

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New qualifying rules at Le Mans

There will be new qualifying rules implemented, when the 24 Hours of Le Mans runs in June 2020. There are significant changes to the Wednesday and Thursday in race week, to add even more excitement, but with added practice time for the teams. Two practice sessions will be held on Wednesday. The first one will run from 15.30 until 20.00, with another hour from 22-23. All sixty-two cars will be on track from 23.15 until 24.00, where they are allowed to do as many laps as they wish, and do…

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Nielsen and Serra new works drivers

Nicklas Nielsen and Daniel Serra are the new works drivers at Ferrari in their GT Programme. Their official title will be Competizioni GT drivers, with the pair having to travel all the world, and represent the Ferrari brand, when there are GT races around the world. Serra has raced on-off for Ferrari for the last few years. One of his tasks has been helping as a third driver at FIA WEC at AF Corse at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won the race this year with James Calado…

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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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