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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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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Drama surrounding Fuji Pole

It was a more dramatic FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying than usual, ahead of the 6-hour race at Fuji. Aston Martin Racing #95 with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen took Pole Position in GTE Pro, followed by BMW Team MTEK #82 with Tom Blomqvist and Antonio Felix da Costa, and Aston Martin Racing #97 with Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin in third. The championship leader Porsche #92 with Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre had a really bad qualifying, since they were the slowest in the class – two places behind…

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Le Mans 2018 result finally confirmed

On this day, 2 October 2018, the confirmation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, completed on the 17 July 2018, finally has been confirmed. The confusion has been in the LMP2 category, where TDS Racing #28 and G-Drive #26 were disqualified from the race, since the technical scrutineers found some irregularity in the fuel rigs, which meant they could refuel their cars 6 to 9 seconds faster than anybody else. The G-Drive Racing #26 was also run by the TDS Racing team, so that is why both cars were…

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Changes to the entry list at Fuji

A few changes have been announced for the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Fuji. A single Ginetta G60-LT-P1 was originally entered for the race, with an AER engine instead of the Mecachrome, that the CEFC TRSM Racing used earlier in the season. That car has now gone from the list, and it’s getting very doubtful if we will see any more of the Manor team let alone the Ginetta car in the 2018/19 season. ACO will have a hard time giving them two entries at Le Mans 2019, when…

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Minor adjustments to the FIA WEC 2019/20 calendar

There will be a few changes to the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 calendar. A preliminary calendar was released in August, at the Silverstone round, and it’s still going to be the same locations, that the sportscar series will visit, but with a few date changes. The race in Japan has been moved forward one week, to avoid a date clash with the Formula 1 race at Suzuka. As a bi-product, a FIA WEC clash with Petit Le Mans 2019 in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship will be avoided, too, which…

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Dr. Don Panoz 1935-2018

The entire sportscar community has lost a very influential person today. Dr. Don Panoz has passed away, after a long battle with cancer. Panoz founded the Amerian Le Mans Series in 1998, giving the Le Mans cars a second home, outside Europe. The ALMS series was where Audi Sport North America had their home, when they didn’t compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of their biggest rivals through several seasons were the very caractaristic Panoz cars, with the rumbling V8 front engine. They didn’t only race in…

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TDS Racing ready with reserve driver

The TDS Racing team had a bit of an issue ahead of the 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship race, which will be run on 14 October. One in of the drivers in their usual 3-driver line-up, Loic Duval, can’t go to Japan, since he needs to race with his full season works team Audi Sport in the DTM on that date. In theory, it would be possible to do with two drivers only, but since Francois Perrodo is Bronze driver only, it would be too tough a…

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3 cars disqualified at Silverstone

Not one, not two, but a total of three cars have been disqualified from the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Silverstone. It was announced late Sunday evening, British time. Both Toyota Gazoo Racing cars have be excluded from first and second place in LMP2, due to their skid block not conforming with the rules, since it was flexing too much. That block has to withstand a pressure of 2500N, but it flexed 9mm during this test, which is too much. Porsche #91 was caught with too low ride height.…

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Surprises in the FIA WEC qualifying

The FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying at Silverstone was two times twenty minutes with full action from start to finish. The first 20 minutes started with the 19 GTE cars. Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK was the first to set a time in GTE Pro, but they were quickly split by Aston Martin Racing #97 and AF Corse Ferrari #71. Several laptimes of some cars got deleted due to track limit violations. Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 and #88 were the top two cars in the GTE Am class. Nicki Thiim’s first…

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