Tom K Grand Marshal at Sebring

Tom Kristensen will be busy two days in a row when the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Sebring in one and a half months’ time. The Danish racing driver is the most winning drivers at Sebring with a total of six victories, and the track decided to name one of the corners after him, following his retirement from professional racing. This is far from the first time that Kristensen will handle this role. He has had the honour several times in both the FIA…

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Corvette also present at Sebring

Corvette Racing will also be present in the 1000 Miles of Sebring race, which is a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the day prior to the Sebring 12 Hours, which counts towards the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The American team also did the double in 2019 too, with Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller being the three drivers on the FIA WEC car. They will enter the C8.R model this year, which will have its FIA WEC debut at COTA in three weeks’ time. By doing that,…

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IDEC Sport, 360 Racing and Duqueine all set

The seats are slowly filling up for the upcoming European Le Mans Series. The defending champions saw one of their three drivers leave for DragonSpeed (Memo Rojas). It didn’t take them long before they signed a new driver alongside Paul Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue. They will be joined by Richard Bradley, who raced for Duqueine Engineering last year. Bradley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 for KCMG, and finished second in the FIA World Endurance Championship season that year in LMP2. He has had a lot…

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Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020 – the last hours

The last eight hours of Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020 started with perfectly dry but cold air, and only eight degrees Celsius asphalt. Performance Tech Motorsports #38 went off track in Turn 2 but quickly came back again. After an hour and a half in the garage, Pfaff Motorsports Porsche #9 finally rejoined the field, after changing a drive shaft. Corvette Racing #4 was back on the track after being repaired for seven hours and fifty minutes! They would have only seven hours left of the race. Precision Performance Motorsports…

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Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020 – the middle hours

The opening race in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020, Rolex 24 at Daytona, had hit a slow phase with two and a half hours of the green flag before something again happened on the track. Performance Tech Motorsports #38 went off the track in Turn 3 and had to use help to get back to the pits since the rear wheels couldn’t pull the car out of the tire barrier. The restart of the race was exciting, where both Acura Team Penske #7 and Riley Motorsports Mercedes #74, and shortly…

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Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020 – the first hours

The 58th edition of Rolex 24 at Daytona had a dry start in 20 degrees temperature when the 38 cars passed the green flag. Pfaff Motorsports Porsche #9 had taken Pole Position in GTD with Zacharie Robichon, Dennis Olsen, Lars Kern, and Patrick Pilet, ahead of Scuderia Corsa Ferrari #63 with Jeff Westphal, Toni Vilander, Alessandro Balzan and Cooper MacNeil, while Heinricher Racing w. Meyer Shank Racing Acura #57 with Trent Hindman, Alvaro Parente, Misha Goikhberg and AJ Almendinger was P3. Christina Nielsen had qualified GEAR Racing Powered by Grasser…

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IMSA and ACO agreement on new top category

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have agreed on a common future in sportscar racing. The the organizing bodies have signed an agreement, that it will be possible, from September 2021 in FIA WEC and January 2022 in IMSA, to race with the “American” DPi cars and “European” Hypercars in the same category. The category will be named LMDh – Le Mans Daytona hybrid. The cars will be based on the LMP2 cars, just like we know from today, with Ligier, Dallara, Multimatic and ORECA…

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Rick Ware skips Daytona – drivers swap cars

Rick Ware Racing won’t be making the Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020, scheduled to run this weekend on the oval in Daytona. The plan was to enter the only Multimatic Mk30 in the LMP2 field, but they have a major crash during the ROAR test, so the car was so severely damaged, that it can’t be repaired in time for the race. That has left the team with the only option to pull out of their Daytona adventure this time. But two of their drivers will be racing anyway. Jonathan…

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16 year-old signs for RLR MSport

RLR MSport has signed their first driver for the European Le Mans Series 2020. The British team has made a deal with 16 year-old Dane, Malthe Jakobsen. He has quite a bit of experience in single seaters, despite his young age. With two seasons in the Danish Formula 4 Championship, and some races in the Asian Formula 4 series during winter/spring 2019, he has already clocked up a lot of miles in a racing car, following his karting career. He got his first outing in the old LMP3 car towards…

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Dalla Lana replacement found

Aston Martin Racing has found the replacement for Paul Dalla Lana at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run next weekend. The Canadian racer has been a fixed part of the AMR outfit for many years, but was unlucky to get injured on a skiing trip, resulting in him missing both the ROAR test two weeks ago, and the 24 hour race in one weeks time. He should however be back in the car for the FIA World Endurance Championship round at COTA in one months time. His…

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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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DragonSpeed grabs ELMS champ

DragonSpeed has announced their drivers for the European Le Mans Series 2020 season. The American team has managed to grab one of the 2019 ELMS championships for the driver line-up. Memo Rojas returns to DragonSpeed, after winning the LMP2 title for IDEC Sport #28 in the 2019 season. The Mexican has also won the ELMS title with DragonSpeed in 2017. He did race under the G-Drive Racing banner, in an orange car – but it was DragonSpeed running the car. Ryan Cullen switches from United Autosports to DragonSpeed. The Brit…

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Autosport international Show 2020 and the big BTCC catch up.

The Autosport international show rolled in its traditional venue of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in the UK, once again providing fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and people behind many different championships.  There were a number of headline events for fans to enjoy, from the Live Action Arena where a huge variety of cars would complete demonstrations in one of the largest indoor areas in Europe, to driver forums and team and driver announcements ahead of the start of the 2020…

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AMR hires two from Ford

Aston Martin Racing has set their drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The British car manufacturer has grabbed two former Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, to help the two GTE Pro cars. Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will be joined by Richard Westbrook in #95. Westbrook has driven in the USA for several years, racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Ford, and prior to that for Corvette teams in both IMSA and Grand-Am. Le Mans 2020 will be his 1oth time at the French track.…

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High Class changes tires, but keeps the drivers

High Class Racing has announced a change of tire supplier for 2020. The LMP2 team is currently active in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, where they have been loyal to Dunlop/Goodyear since their journey into sportscar racing. They have, however, opted to switch to Michelin for the rest of the FIA WEC season, and the upcoming ELMS season. It is a bit of a strange time to switch from Goodyear to Michelin, since Goodyear will be the sole tire supplier in the FIA WEC…

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Few changes at Mazda in 2020

There will only be minor changes at Mazda Team Joest in the 2020 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The #55 RT24-P will once again be shared by Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell for the full season, while Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez will share #77 throughout the season. Olivier Pla will help in #77 during the four endurance rounds. Pla was the endurance driver in #55 during the 2019 season and was part of the winning crew at 6 Hours at The Glen, which was the first victory…

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Era Motorsport confirms 2020 drivers

Era Motorsport has confirmed their drivers for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team will run with Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman, Nicolas Minassian and Ryan Lewis at the Daytona 24 Hours in January. ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 will be the car of their choice. It was previously announced that they would run with DragonSpeed as a second entry, but they have decided to go solo on this project. The name which really stands out is Nicolas Minassian, who is a former works driver at Peugeot Sport in their LMP1…

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Asian LMS moves one week

Asian Le Mans Series will move their opening round of 2020/21 by one week. This is the new round at the Suzuka Circuit, being moved to 29 November 2020, to avoid a date clash with the classic event in Macau, where GT3, Formula 3 cars and others are competing. The organizers of the Asian LMS want as many competitors as possible, and with such a clash it could potentially cost them a few teams or some drivers, having Macau as their first priority. The rest of the schedule will be…

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Old buddy back on track

A well-known figure will return to the track when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020 season starts. Rick Ware Racing is a new team in the IMSA series, but they have chosen the Riley-Multimatic MK30 car for their LMP2 programme. The team currently races in the Asian Le Mans Series, where they are racing two Ligier JS P2 cars, which is the older generation of LMP2 cars. They will enter the Daytona 24 Hours with a single car, driven by James Davison, Mark Kvamme, Cody Ware and Johnathan Hoggard. Kvamme…

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Wright, AVS, and other Daytona news

Wright Motorsports and AIM Vasser Sullivan have announced their drivers for the Daytona 24 Hours. The Porsche team Wright has previously announced Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick as the full-season drivers. They will be joined at Daytona by Anthony Imperato and Klaus Bachler. Imperato has raced in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, getting plenty of Porsche kilometres under the belt. Bachler was previously a Porsche Junior driver and has more recently raced in ADAC GT Masters, and the Nürburgring 24 Hours. No doubt that these four drivers are a good…

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