Brabham returns to Le Mans

Brabham Automotive has big plans for the future, and those are Le Mans. The Australian car manufacturer has announced that in a press release. The car will be based on the Brabham BT62, which was presented in 2018, and lately also has become available in a road legal version. The plans are to participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship from the 2021/22 season onwards, culminating in a start in 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022. While a lot of the rumours have been around them entering the new…

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United Autosports enters FIA WEC

United Autosports has entered the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20. The Anglo-American team has pretty much been represented in every sportscar series in the world either past or present, in one way or another. You need to be approved by the ACO and FIA to be able to compete in the FIA WEC, but with a background in the European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans, they have really good cards on their hands. The team has been frontrunner in all series, and…

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G-Drive Racing ready with first drivers

G-Drive Racing have the first two drivers signed for the 2019 season. It comes to no surprise that Roman Rusinov is back in the orange #26, while the team also have extended with Jean-Eric Vergne. Rusinov has been synonymous with G-Drive Racing since 2013, brings a lot of Russian sponsors to the programme. He is the defending European Le Mans Series LMP2 Champion, which he won alongside Andrea Pizzitola. Jean-Eric Vergne is the defending ABB FIA Formula E Champion, and finished second in the ELMS. How can that be, when…

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DragonSpeed enters Indycar

The DragonSpeed team has their entry into the Indycar series, when the 2019 season starts in march. The team was founded in 2007, but has mainly raced in sportscar racing. They started out in the USA, and then later on Europe, and now the whole world, by racing in both the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team will now dip their toes into the single seater sport, where Ben Hanley will do five Indycar races in 2019. The first race will be the opening…

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Porsche with 4 works cars at Le Mans

Porsche Motorsport will once again enter four works cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019. The German car manufacturer from Stuttgart at least hopes to do so, since they have announced four driver line-ups. Porsche #91 is one of the FIA World Endurance Championship entries, and therefore secured a Le Mans entry. Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz will continue for the rest of the season, and will once again be joined by Fred Makowiecki at the 24-hour race in June. The defending Le Mans winners, and current…

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BMW ready with their 2019 programme

BMW celebrated all their achievements throughout 2018 yesterday evening in Munich, and announced their 2019 programmes as well. The team confirmed six cars from the DTM 2019, where a brand new 4 cylinder turbo engine with a bit over 600 bhp will be used. That gives a significantly different sound, than what we are used to from the DTM cars, but with a minimum of noise cancelling, there will still be plenty of sound. The team has opted to continue with Philipp Eng, Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann, Joel Eriksson and…

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FIA WEC gets succesballast

The FIA World Endurance Championship will start utilizing success ballast from 2019 onwards. That is one of the changes that was approved by the World Motorsport Council, at their meeting in Saint Petersburg. The success ballast will start from the 2019/20 season, but only in the GTE Am category. A similar rule has been announced in the European Le Mans Series. There won’t be any kind of success ballast at Le Mans, but only the regular BOP, that will be kept. The point scales will be adjusted, so they take…

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Points after Shanghai

There were a quite a few movements in the FIA World Championship 2018/19 points standings following the race today in Shanghai. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima keep their lead in the LMP1 Championship, but they are slowly getting reeled in by Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 drivers Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi, who have won two races in a row. Rebellion Racing #3 with Gustavo Menezes, Mathias Beche and Thomas Laurent continue to stay second, despite the blooper from the Laurent…

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Calculation error cost 15 points

There must be one or more engineers who are ashamed of themselves at TDS Racing #28 tonight, following the 6 Hours of Shanghai round in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team consisting of Loic Duval, Francois Perrodo and Matthieu Vaxiviere had done the almost perfect race through most of the day, and was actually heading towards the first podium position of the season. There is a rule in the FIA WEC LMP2 category, which states at all drivers in the car has to have done at least 1 hour…

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Shanghai race with rain interruptions

The weather conditions under the 6-hour FIA World Endurance Championship race in Shanghai had changed completely from yesterday’s qualifying. The rain came down heavy, and the race got starated behind Safety Car so that the drivers could dry out the track a little bit, since there were lots of sprays from the cars even under the Safety Car. There was so much water that Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 and Corvette Racing #64 among others, as well as ByKolles Racing Team #4 were off the track in the final…

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Massive penalty for Dempsey-Proton Racing

All chances of winning any titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 are over for the Dempsey-Proton Racing team. The team has been disallowed all points in both the Teams and Drivers Championships so far in this season, after being caught cheating with the datalogger on the car, which sends data to the FIA during the race. The cheating was first penalized during the 6 Hours of Fuji a month ago, where the scrutineers found that the datalogger was sending incorrect data regarding the refuelling times during the pitstops.…

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Shanghai qualifying under dry conditions

The Qualifying for the 6 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship was run Saturday morning, European time. The GTE cars were first to have 20 minutes of track time. A rainy Friday turned into a dry Saturday, which gave the 11 GTE Pro cars and 9 GTE Am cars ideal conditions. Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 had to pit early, with the mechanics making a few adjustments to the car, before Andy Priaulx headed back on track. After the first drivers had done their times, we had BMW…

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FIA WEC Prologue and Rookie test 2019 announced

The dates for the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue and Rookie Test 2019 have been announced. The Prologue will be run on 24-25 July at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. That is the week following the third round of the European Le Mans Series, at the same venue. The FIA WEC Prologue this year was run at Paul Ricard in the south of France, on the weekend prior to the ELMS season start, and two days before their first testing started. The Rookie Test will be reintroduced, being run in…

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Farfus ends DTM career – races on in GT

Augusto Farfus has chosen to stop in the DTM series, and instead focusing on GT Racing. The Brazilian has done 7 DTM seasons, and has been swapping and changing between sprint races and endurance/GT racing ever since his arrive at the manufacturer in 2007. He has done sprint races like WTCC and DTM plus endurance like Nürburgring 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours and the IMSA endurance rounds in the USA. He was chosen to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship with their BMW M8 GTE car, that made it’s…

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Dalla Lana: “It’s gonna be tough”

Paul Dalla Lana is the cornerstone in the Aston Martin Racing #98 line up in the FIA World Endurance Championship, being the Bronze driver alongside Platinum ranked driver Pedro Lamy and Silver ranked Mathias Lauda. Racing24-7.net caught up with the Canadian earlier in the season, and the first point of our talks, was the bad luck that keeps hitting the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, having retired from most of his 6 participations, and finished in sixth as the highest in only two races, where they reached…

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Gavin: “You can never really count anybody out”

Earlier in the year, Racing24-7.net caught up with Oliver Gavin, for at talk about the Corvette Racing programme, and the anniversary of the brand in sportscar racing. Not only did he do the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in June, but will be back in the FIA World Endurance Championship, racing the Corvette Racing C7R #64 in Shanghai in two weeks’ time, under the Redline/Mobil 1 banner. But his first Le Mans experience wasn’t actually with Corvette Racing. “It was actually my 18th Le Mans, my 17th with Corvette.…

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Le Mans 2019 – who will be there?

The pieces in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 puzzle are slowing coming together. There are room for 60 cars, just like in the 2018 edition. The first 36 places are already taken up, since the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 teams are sure of their entries. On top of that, we have the four class winners from this year’s race. That gives Toyota Gazoo Racing (LMP1), Signatech Alpine Matmut (LMP2), Porsche (GTE Pro) and Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche (GTE Am) an extra ticket for the race. They are all…

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Gavin and Milner travels to China

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will be heading to Shanghai in China in three weeks’ time. The two drivers have been chosen by Corvette Racing for their participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Shanghai International Circuit onboard the Redline/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R #64. They won’t be racing in the traditional yellow Corvette colours, but grey and red, which match the colours of Redline. The race will only be a on-off for Corvette in the FIA WEC, other than Le Mans of course, since the the Asian…

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Standings after Fuji

There are some changes in the standings after the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Fuji. In the LMP1 class, Toyota Gazoo Racing is now first and second in the championship, with #8 ahead of #7, since Rebellion Racing #3 ended their race on the barrier, early on. Rebellion Racing #1 overtakes fourth position, but they’re a lot of points behind the Toyota cars. Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 kept their lead in LMP2, with the skin of their teeth, and they have both Jackie Chan DC Racing cars on their…

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6 hours filled with overtakings – updated

6 hours race at the Fuji track was the fourth round in FIA World Endurance Championship. The weather gods had sent rain over track, so the cars got an extra lap behind the Safety Car before the start. Racing Team Nederland #29 spun around on the warm-up lap, but the team did choose to put Frits van Eerd in the car. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 had the Pole Position ahead of Rebellion Racing #1 and #3. In LMP2 it was Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 at Pole Position, followed by Jackie…

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