MR Racing pull out of remaining WEC races

MR Racing has chosen to pull out of the remaining races of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. The Japanese team with Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Kei Cozzolino won’t be participating in the race this weekend at Spa Francorchamps, and not the 24 Hours of Le Mans, nor the season finale in Bahrain in November. Team owner Ishikawa explains the decision, that he is not a professional racing driver, but only a gentleman racer, and that he is in contact with elderly people in his daily job, and…

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Le Mans 2020 behind closed doors

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for cars, will be run behind closed doors in 2020. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that they have made the decision together with the local health reponsibilities. ACO was hoping to be able to limit the amount of spectators to groups of 5000 persons, but not even that is possible, due to too much uncertainty. All people with tickets for the race will be contacted by either their travel company or by the ACO themselves, depending on where they have bought the tickets.…

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WeatherTech Racing goes for GTE Pro honors

WeatherTech Racing has chosen to jump up one category, for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American outfit, who is run by Scuderia Corsa, will participate in Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, but has chosen to enter the GTE Pro instead of GTE Am. The driver line-up will be Cooper MacNeil, Tony Vilander and Jeff Segal, who often joins the full-season IMSA pairing at the longer races in the USA. There are good chances to get a good result in this years GTE Pro category, since there only will…

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Merhi returns to WEC

Roberto Merhi returns to the FIA World Endurance Championship, when Round 6 of the 2019/20 season will be run at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. The Spaniard will race for Eurasia Motorsport, just like he did in the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 season. The team will use the Spa race as a warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September, which they got an entry for. Merhi will be racing in Belgium with Daniel Gaunt and Nobuya Yamanaka, who are two of the designated drivers for Le Mans.…

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Webb confirmed at ByKolles

ByKolles Racing Team has all three seats taken for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Oliver James Well will once again be in the car, for the team that he has been fixed part of since 2016. Webb made his Le Mans debut in 2014 in LMP2, where he finished third with Signatech Alpine Matmut. One year later, he raced for Team SARD Morand in the LMP2 category, but without much success. He has raced in LMP1 since then,…

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Drop of numbers in IMSA LMP2

There will be a slight drop in the numbers during the coming rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the LMP2 category. Tower Motorsport by Starworks has chosen to pull out of the upcoming race at Road America. The team has sent out information, that they most likely will only compete in the three remaining endurance rounds. The reasoning is the COVID-19 situation, with them having mechanics and drivers risking being hit by the 14 days quarantine, when entering and exiting the US. John Farano is the bronze-rated driver…

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31 WEC cars at Spa

The FIA World Endurance Championship will have 31 competing cars, when the 2019/20 season finally gets underway again at Spa Francorchamps in August. The season has been on pause since Circuit Of The Americas in February, and the series needs some running prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September. There will be four cars in the LMP1 category. The two Toyota Gazoo Racing cars are naturally on the list, since they are in a very position in the championship. The lone challenger in the standings, Rebellion Racing,…

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New Le Mans entry list for the 2020 edition

The ACO has announced an updated entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COVID-19 situation has taken another bite off the entry list, so we have used up the 10 original reserves, that actually were ready to race. Several of those have also called their participation off. That gives us a current list of 60 cars entered for this year’s race. The LMP1 category has lost one of the Team LNT Ginetta cars, which was slated to be raced by Charlie Robertson, Ben Hanley and Egor…

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Spengler new ByKolles driver

Bruno Spengler will be a new ByKolles Racing Team driver, when the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 starts once again. The team hasn’t run any races in this current FIA WEC season, but they were on the reserves list at Le Mans, and following other teams deciding not to take up their entry, they are now elevated onto the starting grid. So the team have to get up and running now, with some racing and testing. Spengler is primarily known from the DTM series, which he entered from Formula 3.…

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AMR guest appearances in ELMS and new driver in WEC

Aston Martin Racing will have an guest appearance in the European Le Mans Series for a couple of weekends. The British team enters a single Aston Martin Vantage GTE car at the Paul Ricard and Spa Francorchamps rounds. The rules for GTE in the ELMS dictate at least one Bronze driver in the car, which effectively is a GTE Am car in the FIA WEC rules. So it will be car #98 from the FIA WEC, who will run these races. Paul Dalla Lana will be joined by his regular…

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Toyota hires de Vries

Toyota Gazoo Racing has hired Nyck de Vries as their test- and reserve driver for the rest of the 2019/20 season and 2021. The 25-year-old Dutchman is the defending Formula 2 Champion, but the Formula 1 route turned stone cold, so he chose to go for a Formula E seat instead, mixed up with some sportscar racing for Racing Team Nederland in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He will have even more tasks for TDS Racing, with helping out at G-Drive Racing, on the weekends where Jean-Eric Vergne isn’t available.…

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Le Mans with limited spectator attendance

There will be a limited number of spectators allowed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, planned to run this September. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that the ticket sales has been closed from this morning, and only spectators already holding a ticket and ACO members will be present at the race. The ACO members will have certain limitations, that they will be informed about separately. If you have bought tickets from the ACO or from one of their authorised resellers, you should be secured entry. If you have…

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Algarve Pro with new colours and new drivers

Algarve Pro Racing has made quite a few changes to the team, ahead of the 2020 season in the European Le Mans Series. The team based in Portugal has been known for their Azure blue cars in the most recent years, but they will be black and while for this season. The change has happened due to a new sponsor deal with the watch maker B.R.M. which primarily uses these colours for their brand. The team will also switch from Dunlop to Goodyear tires. The two tire manufactures are however…

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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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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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SRT41 pulls out of LM2020

The French La Filiere Frederic Sausset, or the slightly easier name, Team SRT41 won’t race at the this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has opted to pull out, since the closing down of France will prevent them from doing any deep preparation ahead of the race. Even though the team will use an LMP2 from ORECA, it’s not a usual team, since all three drivers have some sort of handicaps. The team stated in a press release, as well as a message to the organizers The team’s…

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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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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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