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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IMSA teams prepared for Le Mans

The date change for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans is just one of the huge changes in the 2020 motorsports season. The changes are of course due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which is challenging for all teams, who are planning to participate in the race. Among the competing teams, is a good handful of American teams, who usually participate in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. That will be quite some logistically troubled weeks for all the teams, since they will race at WeatherTech Racing Laguna Seca only…

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No Le Mans test day in 2020

The ACO has announced there won’t be any test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The reasoning is down to logistical difficulties, with the 24 hours for motorcycles running on the last weekend of August. The 24 hours car race is slated to run just three weeks later. The Le Mans week will start on 13 and 14 September with scrutineering of the cars. The exact location isn’t confirmed just yet. It usually happens at the city centre of Le Mans, but that’s not a given…

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Le Mans 2020 moved to september

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for sportscars has been moved to September 2020. The change is down to the COVID-19 virus, which has impacted all motorsport plans during this springtime. The race will run on 19-20 September, which will have an influence on the Silverstone race, which was scheduled as the start of the 2020/21 season of FIA WEC. The organizers haven’t released exact information regarding the changes on the European Le Mans Series 2020 schedule, plus the rest of the 2019/20 FIA WEC and the 2020/21 season start.…

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Spa race postponed

The FIA World Endurance Championship has postponed the penultimate round of the 2019/20 season, which was planned to be held at Spa Francorchamps. The race is not yet cancelled but just pushed back due to the worldwide COVID-19 virus. The original date was 23-25 April, but basically everything with some kind of FIA stamp next to it has been put on hold until early May at earliest, making this race fall short of that line too. We will update as soon as the series releases a new race date.

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Jensen in key role at G-Drive

Mikkel Jensen will get a key role at G-Drive Racing in 2020. The young Dane has signed a contract with the Russian squad for the European Le Mans Series 2020 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, plus the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps, which the team uses as a warm-up for Le Mans. Jensen will share the car with Roman Rusinov throughout the season, while Jean-Eric Vergne only will do Le Mans for the team. The former Formula 1 driver and double Formula E Championship has…

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SuperSebring 2020 cancelled

SuperSebring event 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. FIA World Endurance Championship were the first to cancel their 1000 Miles race, due to the travel restrictions preventing Europeans to enter the US. IMSA followed up later on the Thursday, that the 12 hour race wouldn’t be run in March either. While the FIA WEC race is cancelled with no replacement, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will do the 12 hours race, but postponed to 11 to 14 November 2020, and therefore converted into the season finale in…

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Eurasia makes early European appearance

Eurasia Motorsport will be arriving early in Europe, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team with Philippines roots have decided to enter the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps on 25 April, before continuing to France for the 24 hours race, for which they received the entry a week ago. Daniel Gaunt and Nobuya Yamanaka will compete at both Spa and Le Mans, while Nick Cassidy only will do Belgium, while his seat will be taken by Shaun van Gisbergen in France. Cassidy isn’t able to do the…

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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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6 hours of close race in Texas

FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 had come to the fifth round of the season, which would be run at Circuit Of The Americas near Austin, Texas. The COTA track replaced the planned race at Interlagos in Brazil, that was decided back in December. On the other hand, the series was back to this particular track in the US, which was the race in the states before it got moved to Sebring, Florida. Rebellion Racing #1 with Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato and Bruno Senna started the race from Pole Position, ahead…

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Nerve wrecking qualifying in Texas

The qualifying for the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 was run shortly before sunset at Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas. First out were the 7 GTE Pro cars, and 11 GTE Am cars for 20 minutes. The GTE Pro category had a guest entry from Corvette Racing #63, who will participate in the COTA race, and the Sebring FIA WEC race next month. They have called up Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller, who are well-known faces at the yellow team, to race their new…

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Aston Martin puts Hypercar programme on pause

Aston Martin will put their planned FIA World Endurance Championship Hypercar programme on pause indefinitely. The British car manufacturer has stated that it’s down to the LMDh category being introduced, and will wait and see what the future brings. It is, however, no secret that AM has had quite a few problems with their economy, which has resulted in Lawrence Stroll investing a lot of millions in the team, plus bringing the name in Formula 1 in 20201, with the Racing Point being renamed Aston Martin Racing. His son, Lance…

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Hörr in, DHH out

Laurents Hörr will have his FIA World Endurance Championship debut this weekend at COTA. The 20 year-old German racing driver replaces David Heinemeier Hansson at Team Project 1 Porsche #56, where he will drive together with  Egidio Perfetti and Matteo Cairoli. Hörr won the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019 in the LMP3 category for DKR Engineering, and has already been confirmed to race with them again, in their upcoming European Le Mans Series in the LMP3 category. The collaboration between DHH and Team Project 1 got off to a bad…

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Porsche announces Le Mans drivers

Porsche has announced the twelve works drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The two FIA World Endurance Championship crews will remain unchanged, with Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz as the two full-season drivers, getting help from Fred Makowiecki, while Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre in #92 once again will be joined by Laurens Vanthoor. Those three drivers won the GTE Pro category in 2018 in the famous Pink Pig 911 RSR The drivers from IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will drive car #93 in the shape of Nick…

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