Peugeot returns to sportscar racing

Peugeot returns to international top level of sportscar racing. The PSA Group has announced their entry to the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2022 onwards. They will run in the new Hypercar category, with a brand new, not yet announced hybrid car. Toyota and Aston Martin have already opted on the new rules, and will be running from season one of the new regulations. The programme will start from the 2022/2023 season, so their first 24 Hours of Le Mans will be in 2023. That will be on the 100…

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AF Corse disqualified – Porsche wins

AF Corse Ferrari #51 has lost their GTE Pro victory at the 4 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship round. At the post-race technical scrutineering, the car was found to be bellow the minimum clearance of 50 mm. The lack of height wasn’t equal in both sides, but the left side of the car only. The team pointed out to the scrutineers, that there had been a contact on the left side during the race, but when the car was lifted up, there was no dripping fluid, nor any…

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Historic qualifying in Shanghai

The Qualifying for the 4 Hours at Shanghai International Circuit was run this morning European time. 31 FIA World Endurance Championship cars had made the trip to China, where Proton Competition Porsche #78 was back in the field again, after having competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier in the year. The GTE cars were first out on track for their 20 minutes of qualifying. The aforementioned #78 had an early spin, but Louis Prette swiftly resumed. Team Project 1 Porsche #56 were the first to put down…

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Hypercars to run on Michelin

When the new Hypercars will take it to the track in summer 2020, they will all be running on Michelin tires. ACO has signed a 3-year deal with the French manufacturer, so everybody will run on the same brand in the new category, which slowly will take of the position of LMP1 cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. All current LMP1 cars are running on Michelin anyway, but we don’t have to go further back than 2016 to have Dunlop active in the…

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More Le Mans slots taken up

More and more slots for the 24 hours of Le Mans 2020 are taken up. A total of 43 entries have been handed out so far. But one thing is the amount of entries handed out – a completely different thing is the teams taking up their invitations. Because it is just invitations, and the entry fee still has to be paid. The 31 full season entrants from the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 are all secured a ticket for the race, with it being the finale in the World…

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Change of starting time for Le Mans 2020

There will be a change to the starting time of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans. We have seen the race start at 15.00 CET for the last few years, but the tricolore will be waved at 16.00 CET instead, next year. The ACO haven’t given any official reason to the change, but since the European Football Championships runs on the same time of the year, there might be a clash that is being avoided with this move. The announcement happened today, on which the ticket sales started. Many…

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Rookie test returns to FIA WEC

FIA World Endurance Championship will reintroduce the rookie tests for young talents, to get a test in a Championship winning sportscar. The test was most recently run i 2017 in Bahrain, where drivers like Pietro Fittipaldi, Thomas Laurent, Rinus Van Kalmthout (Rinus Veekay) and Alfonso Celis Jr got a chance to test a LMP or GT car. The 2019 selection will have Job van Uitert in a works Porsche 911 RSR-19. That will be somewhat of a downgrade for the flying Dutchman, who won the LMP3 Championship in the ELMS…

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Corvette reveals new race car

Corvette Racing has finally revealed their brand new race car. There have been talks about it for almost two years, and a lot of rumours and speculations have been floating around – Daytona 24 hours 2020 will be the race debut for the brand new C8.R GTLM racer. The car was first shown to the public yesterday evening American time, at a special event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Tommy Milner was the only current Corvette Racing driver present, so it was his #4 that was…

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Team LNT swap drivers in Japan

There will be some swapping and changing, when Team LNT runs the FIA World Endurance Championship race in Fuji. Luca Ghiotto will be the new driver in #5, which he will share with Egor Orudzhev and Ben Hanley, while #6 will be driven by Charlie Robertson, Mike Simpson and Guy Smith. The two Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER cars will once run without Chris Dyson, since he has a date clash in the American Trans-Am series, that he also races in. The series were indirectly the cause of him not being able…

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Weather also affected WEC

After yesterday’s European Le Mans Series race with a surprising weather, løb with overraskende vejr, the same thing also happened for the first round of the new season for FIA World Endurance Championship, which was run at Silverstone. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez had taken the Pole Position, ahead of #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, with Rebellion Racing #1 with Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato and Bruno Senna in P3. Amongst the LMP2 cars it was Racing Team Nederland…

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Toyota slowed even further at Silverstone

The time where Toyota Gazoo Racing can win without much opposition is most likely over. At least there has been made further steps to slow them down, when the first round of the 2019/20 season will be run this weekend at Silverstone in Great Britain. When the teams raced at Spa Francorchamps, the Toyota TS050 – Hybrid would have to weight 904 kg. Rebellion Racing were allowed to run at 824 kg, whereas SMP Racing would have to run at minimum 833 kg. The difference was that the turbo charged…

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JOTA with late driver line-up changes – updated

JOTA Sport has been forced to change their driver line-up, for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season, just one week before the start of the season. Pastor Maldonado has sadly dropped out of the LMP2 seat in the #38 car. He came with this short statement today: “Hello everyone. First I want to thanks all of you for the amazing support that you give me every day. I want to inform that officially I’ll not participate this season together with my teammates Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson in Jota…

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Rebellion doubles the effort at Silverstone

Rebellion Racing adds another car to the entry list at Silverstone. The Swiss-British team has announced the drivers for car #3 today. This will be a bit off an all-star team, with the two French drivers Loic Duval and Nathanael Berthon, plus Brazillian Pipo Derani. Berthon already knows the car from spring 2019, where he raced the second half of the 2018/19 Super Season in the LMP1 car. He was also present at the track in Barcelona at the Prologue, where he tested alongside Derani. Derani primarily races in the IMSA…

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LNT announces the first 6 drivers

Team LNT has announced the 6 drivers for their LMP1 effort at the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team enters two Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER LMP1 cars, and for the opening round at Silverstone, they will enter with what easily can be described as the “young boys” and the “old boys” car. Ben Hanley, Egor Orudzhev and Charlie Robertson will share #5. Ben Hanley arrives from the DragonSpeed team, where he raced in the LMP1 category wit their BR1 Engineering. Hanley has also flirted a bit with…

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Changes to the Ferrari WEC team

AF Corse has announced the drivers for the two GTE Pro cars, for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. The pairing will remain unchanged in the #51, where 2017 Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi will share the car once again. This will be the third season together for them, who other than becoming World Champions in 2017, also secured the Le Mans victory in June 2019. Davide Rigon will remain in the #71, but he will be joined by Miguel Molina. The former Audi works driver,…

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Aston Martin with huge push in WEC

Aston Martin Racing is really gearing up for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season. When the 2019/20 season starts at Silverstone in just over two weeks’ time, they will field the probably strongest line-up in many years. The two GTE Pro cars will still be driven by Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen in #95, while Maxime Martin og Alexander Lynn will share #97. Those were the four drivers who secured two victories for the AMR team in the 2018/19 season, and they were key elements in developing the latest…

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American connection in German car in the World Championship

The German Team Project 1 team has found their drivers for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. They announced David Heinemeier Hansson, Egidio Perfetti and Matteo Cairoli in the #56 prior to the Prologue in Barcelona, and the drivers for #57 was announced this week, as an American, a Brazilian and a Dutch driver, all with an American connection. Confused, or have you guessed? Ben Keating, Felipe Fraga and Jeroen Bleekemolen will share the #57 throughout the FIA WEC season. The three drivers are already teammates in the IMSA…

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Rebellion has first car sorted

Rebellion Racing got the drivers for their primary entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 sorted. The season starts on three weeks time at Silverstone in Great Britain, and the British-Swiss team has announced that Bruno Senna and Gustavo Menezes will continue at the team, joined by a new driver Norman Nato. As the plans are at the moment, there will only be a single entry from them in the FIA WEC 2019/20, even though they had entered two cars for the full season. They did run two cars…

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Jarvis gets call-up for Japan

Oliver Jarvis will be jumping on a plane, when the FIA World Endurance Championship races on 6 October 2019. Jarvis will replace Paul Di Resta at United Autosport, because the Scot has a clash with DTM, where Di Resta races for R-Motorsport. The 35 year-old racing driver has several years of FIA WEC experience, where he was Audi Sport works driver for a few years, and then went on to have a season at Jackie Chan DC Racing. He went to the USA in 2018, where he races in the…

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Spa Francorchamps extends contract

Spa Francorchamps has extended their contract with LMEM regarding sportscar racing on the legendary Belgian circuit. LMEM is the company behind the FIA World Endurance Championship plus European Le Mans Series, and while the FIA WEC has visited the track since 2012, it’s been a part of the ELMS calendar since 2016. The deal has got an extension of four more years for both series. The Spa Francorchamps track is a very iconic place, where the track itself delivers some great racing with long straights and fast corners, and then…

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