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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Racing Team Nederland replaces Dutchman with Dutchman

Racing Team Nederland has started the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season, but finalizing the last few details. They announced a new partner ship with TDS Racing a few months ago, who will run an ORECA 07 for the team. Guido van der Garde, Nyck de Vries and Frits van Eerd tested the car last week, for the very first time, at Motorland Aragon The team has run a Dallara P217 so far, but team owner van Eerd has decided to go for the ORECA version, since they have…

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30 cars ready for the Prologue

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the preliminary entry list for the Prologue ahead of the 2019/20 season. Circuit de Catalunya hosts the Prologue on 23. and 24 July, where 30 FIA WEC cars will participate in the two-day test. All 6 remaining LMP1 cars are entered for the test. As we wrote earlier in the day, we no longer have SMP Racing in the championship. Rebellion Racing hasn’t named any drivers against their cars yet. It is, however, expected that Bruno Senna will be one of the drivers,…

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SMP Racing pulls out immediately

SMP Racing has chosen to pull the plug on their LMP1 programme with immediate effect. The Russian team, who built a brand new LMP1 car in collaboration with Dallara for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19, announced their decision in a press release, that they have nothing more to win the FIA WEC at the moment. The goal for them was to win, and they feel that the third place finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans a month ago, was just like a victory for them, since they…

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Porsche presents new GTE car

Porsche has presented their new 911 RSR car, which will be used in the FIA World E2ndurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the three upcoming seasons. By stating that, Porsche has confirmed that they will do FIA WEC at least until the end of the 2021/22 season. Even though the car has got the same model name as its predecessor, 95% of the car is brand new. Headlights, braking system, clutch, drivers seat and some components in the suspension are the only things being…

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AF Corse confirms GTE Am teams

AF Corse has confirmed the six drivers for the GTE Am cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Am cars will run under the AF Corse name in the 2019/20 season, instead of the Spirit of Race brand, that has been used in Am for the last few years. There are no changes to the #54 line-up, as Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Giancarlo Fisichella return in the silver VistaJet sponsored Ferrari 488 GTE. That will be the third season for the three drivers in the FIA WEC, and…

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2 cars DSQ – ongoing investigation – updated

The race result of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 has had two significant changes. Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA #68 and Keating Motorsports Ford #85 are both disqualified from the race due to breach of the fuel capacity regulations, which is specified in the BOP for the race. It’s still quite limited regarding the informations, but ACO has just sent out a short statement, in which they inform that the rest of the results are still provisional, which indicates that more investigations are ongoing. Ford #68 originally finished…

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Toyota, Signatech, Porsche and Porsche are champions

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 was also the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018-19. We wanted to honour the various champions in a separate article, so they didn’t just drown in the other article about the race itself. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso are the winners of the LMP World Endurance Driver Championship. Jose Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway in Toyota #7 finished second, while Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent finished third in the Championship with Rebellion…

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Jarvis: “It’s just a top quality field

It’s not an unusual sight to have the Oliver Jarvis name on the 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list, but in 2019 it’s on the GTE Pro and not a LMP1 or LMP2 car, as it’s been in the past. Racing24-7.net caught up with him on Thursday afternoon, to have a small chat about challenging race that lays ahead in the blue Risi Competizione Ferrari #89 in the GTE Pro category. “Unfortunately we’ve had quite a difficult build-up. We didn’t get many laps in the pre-test. So we arrived…

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Non dramatic Warm-Up signals good race

It was a Warm Up without any drama for the 24 hours race at Le Mans. The most dramatic thing that happened was Bykolles Racing Team #4 having a tour through the gravel by the Dunlop bridge, and Car Guy Racing that missed the first chicane on the Mulsanne Straight. We have otherwise seen big problems in Warm Up, but luckily not this year. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez in #8 were the two fastest cars in LMP1, a couple of seconds…

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ACO confirms the new regulations

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has confirmed the new Hypercar regulations, which will start from the season 2020/21. They held a press conference today Friday, putting a bit more meat on the board regarding the regulations, with just about 13 months until the cars will hit the track in an official session for the first time. It’s a very broad set of rules for the new top category in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The cars can either be based on a road going hyper car, being converted into a racing…

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33 cars confirmed for FIA WEC 2019/20

33 cars are confirmed for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship season 2019/20. There are many returning teams in the field, as well as some new names. The drivers haven’t been announced, only the teams. Rebellion Racing, Team LNT, Toyota Gazoo Racing and SMP Racing will all show up with two cars. Team LNT has Lawrence Tomlinson as their team boss, and he’s also the boss for Ginetta. They have chosen to come with two cars. So, eight cars in total. United Autosports is the only one with Ligier model…

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Graff loses Pole Position

Graff #39 has lost Pole Position for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French team had taken first position with Vincent Capilliare, with the Frenchman doing the perfect lap. We don’t know if he was too busy celebrating all the way into the pits, or if there were other reasons for him not stopping – but he certainly went past the weight bridge, even though officials were standing and waiving at him. The weight is located in a tent at the pit entry, and has very good signage,…

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Bomarito: “We just need to get it done”

Jonathan Bomarito is the newest member of the Ford Chip Ganassi team at Le Mans, joining full season regulars Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx in the #67 car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Racing24-7.net had a talk with him on Wednesday, about the programme, and a bit about his American programme as well. Has it been tough for you to transition into a GT car again? “Yes and no. The last time I was driving a GT car was in 2014, so it’s been almost six years. But…

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Nerve-wracking third qualifying – updated

A lot of things changed in the last and deciding qualifying for the 24 hours race at Le Mans – but we’ll get to it later. Not even fifteen minutes had past, when BMW Team MTEK #81 could no longer continue. Nicky Catsburg lost control of the car in the Ford Chicane and violently hit the tire wall, and the car had to be transported back to the pits. When the track got greenflagged , it only lasted for a few minutes before there was a red flag. Rebellion Racing #1…

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Sunny second qualifying

The second out of three qualifyings prior to the 24 hours race at Le Mans was run under sunny sky. However, there were still plenty of problems on the track for the drivers. Rebellion Racing #3 spilled some oil on the Mulsanne Straight, resulting in a red flag. The team was convinced that there was a problem on the engine, even before they got the car back. Keating Motorsports Ford #85 had a tour on the gravel in the same corner – but unrelated to the oil spill. It triggered…

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Tincknell: “It’s been character building”

It hasn’t been the best year for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, with the team currently sitting fifth in the drivers Championship, behind their teammates in #66, but with a 31,5 and 28,5 points gab to climb respectively, to potentially pass AF Corse #51 for third. Porsche has already secured the World Championship. Racing24-7.net sat down with Harry Tincknell yesterday, to talk about the season so far, and the weekend ahead, and a bit about the future too. It’s the fourth…

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First qualifying with lots of damaged cars

It was a turbulent first qualifying on Circuit de la Sarthe, prior to the 24 hours race on Saturday. SMP Racing #11 was the first car to set a fast time, while Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 quickly answered it again. DragonSpeed #10 surprised by being the second fastest at a time, until they fell back to P4, behind Rebellion Racing #3. In the LMP2 class DragonSpeed #31 was the quickest, ahead of foran Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 and United Autosports #22. High Class Racing #20 would drive in the dark…

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Odd Le Mans practice session

It was a very odd practice prior to the 2019 edition of the 24 Hours race at Le Mans. The practice started with damp asphalt, since there were showers throughout the day, but it didn’t take long before the track was dry enough for setting competitive laptimes. United Autosports #22 had a problem with the oil pump, so the mechanics had to repair it. Kamui Kobayashi in Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 had a shortcut run through the gravel in the Mulsanne Corner, which caused a short, local yellow flag before…

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Nakajima: “In a way, we have less pressure”

Kazuki Nakajima comes to the 2019 Le Mans week with a good mix of excitement, but also calmness compared to last year, after Toyota Gazoo Racing finally managed to capture the win with his number 8 car. Racing24-7.net had a chat with him about this year’s race. Do you feel more or less pressure this year, compared to last year, now that you have the Le Mans win – but have a World Championship to win? “In a way, including me as a whole team, we have less pressure. It’s…

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