Almost unrestricted LMP1 action on test day

The FIA Endurance Commision has chosen to give the privateer LMP1 teams almost unrestricted possibilities the test day ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. None of the non-hybrid cars were within 2,3 seconds of Toyota Gazoo Racing in the race, and a massive 4 seconds in the qualifying. That was such a huge difference, that there was never any excitement about the race result, since both Toyota Gazoo Racing cars has lapped everybody else with a lap, in less than 3 hours of racing. The mandatory test…

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BMW pulls the plug – Ginetta, TF Sport and Signatech returns

22 May 2019 has been a day with both positive and not so positive news for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. BMW Motorsport sent out a press release around midday, where they confirmed the rumours, that has been present for a long time. When the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 has finished, they will no longer be in the championship as a works team. It’s still unclear if they cars will be made available for private teams to run it them in GTE Pro or more likely,…

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Dutchmen with different colours and future plans

Racing Team Nederland #29 will go to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a slightly altered colour scheme, and with new plans for the upcoming season. The team has always run yellow and black in the basic colours of the car, but team owner Frits van Eerd has chosen to mix it up a bit. He is a huge Formula 1 fan, and has several old Formula 1 cars in his private collection, which he occasionally races too. The passion has led to some sponsoring of teams, where the…

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Algarve Pro Racing hit by injury

Algarve Pro Racing has been hit by an injury ahead of this weekend’s European Le Mans Series race at Monza in Italy. There was a test day held at the circuit yesterday, with Mark Patterson having a high speed crash, where he even ended up hitting teammate Tacksung Kim in the other car, who was at the wrong spot at the wrong time. Kim was luckily able to be released from the hospital after a quick check-up, with a lot of blue marks and painful muscles. He will be back…

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Inter Europol Competition ready with their Le Mans drivers

Inter Europol Competition has their three drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. It will be three drivers already within the team, who will guide the team through their first participating in the 24 hours race. Jakub Smiechowski and Leo Roussel already race the Ligier JS P217 #34 in the European Le Mans Series, while Nigel Moore will be moved over their LMP3 car, to their LMP2 car for the Le Mans race. That leaves Dani Clos without a drive for the classic race this time around.…

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BMW with the full roster for Le Mans

BMW Team MTEK has announced all six drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. Martin Tomczyk and Nick Catsburg in #81 will be joined by Philipp Eng, while Antonio Felix da Costa and Augusto Farfus will have Jesse Krohn alongside them in #82. So that makes a return for 5 of the 6 drivers from last year’s Le Mans, while Krohn gets his Le Mans debut, as a replacement for Alexander Sims, who is now focusing on his Formula E duties. Krohn does know the BMW M8 GTE…

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Beche to help High Class at Le Mans

High Class Racing has named their third and final driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. The two regular drivers, Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen, will be joined by Swiss driver Mathias Beche in their ORECA 07 Gibson #20 on Dunlop tires. Beche won the LMP2 championship in European Le Mans Series in 2012 for Thiriet by TDS Racing, but has then gone on to primarily race for Rebellion Racing in their LMP1 and LMP2 cars. He stood on the overall Le Mans podium in both 2017 and…

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Incredible race at Spa

It was an incredible 6 hours FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps. The seventh round of the season offered an extremely changeable weather. When the teams showed up Saturday morning, there was snow around the track. Luckily it melted away and the asphalt was dry at the start of the race. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 and #8 started the race 1-2 in LMP1, followed by SMP Racing #17. In the LMP2 class, it was G-Drive Racing #26 on Pole ahead of Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 and #37…

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Super exciting qualifying at Spa

The qualifying for the six hours FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps was run under looming rainclouds, but starting off with dry asphalt. The GTE cars were the first to get 25 minutes on the track. The cars got five extra minutes, since Spa Francorchamps is the longest track on the calendar, apart from Le Mans, or else there could be problems for both drivers to complete their laps. Motoaki Ishikawa was the first driver of the weekend to run off in Eau Rouge. The Japanese in MR…

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Trouble-free FP3

It was an non dramatic FP3 in FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. The 60-minute long practice went without a single yellow flag and all the teams drove between 18 to 27 laps. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 was the fastest car, ahead of the sister car #8, but SMP Racing continued the good speed from yesterday with #17 in P3 and #11 right behind. It was Kamui Kobayashi who set the quickest time for #7, which was even half a second faster than the laptime that Toyota set…

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Mixed weather day at Spa

This season’s seventh round of FIA World Endurance Championship was run at Spa Francorchamps, in a typical Spa weather. The first free practice went without problems, on a dry track. SMP Racing #17 and #11 1-2 in LMP1, in front of Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 and #7, while Rebellion Racing #3 and #1 were P5 and P6 – with ByKolles Racing Team #4 as the last car in the class. Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 was the quickest car in LMP2, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 and Racing Team Nederland #29.…

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Sebring 2020 dates confirmed

The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship have confirmed the dates for the 2020 edition of the Super Sebring event. The format will be just like in 2019, with a 1000 Miles FIA WEC race on the Friday, while the traditional 12 hours IMSA race will be run on the Saturday. The 2019 edition was a big success regarding spectators at the venue, and despite critical voices in both camps, when the plans initially were announced in spring 2018, pretty much everything ran smooth, with just…

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DragonSpeed misses Spa round

The FIA World Endurance Championship field will have one car less on the starting grid, due to DragonSpeed #10 having to drop out. The American team with Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and James Allen were supposed to have participated in the BR1 Gibson LMP1 car, but due to electrical issues at the latest round at Sebring, the team haven’t been able to solve that and get the car ready for the Spa Francorchamps race. The team has had a difficult FIA WEC season so far, only seeing the chequered flag…

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Toyota announces 2019/20 plans and new driver line-up

Toyota Gazoo Racing have confirmed their FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 plans today. The Japanese team with base in Germany will once again start with two TS050 Hybrid in the World Championship, just like they have done since 2012. 5 of the 6 drivers will be back with the team. Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway are all back in the cars, while they will be joined by Brendon Hartley as their new teammate. Hartley replaces Fernando Alonso, who has chosen to end his…

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Ford confirms all Le Mans drivers

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK and Team USA have confirmed all 12 drivers at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2019. Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson will be sharing #66 for the fourth year in a row. Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx will be joined by Jonathan Bomarito, just like he did at Sebring, just shy of two months ago. IMSA teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Müller will have the 4-time Champ Car Champion (and local hero from Le Mans city) Sebastien Bourdais alongside them in…

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RLR MSport ready with their Le Mans reserve

RLR MSport has got all their drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The winner of the European Le Mans Series LMP3 Championship in 2018, has moved into the LMP2 category, so they can compete in the prestigious race. Their ELMS team consists of John Farano and Arjun Maini plus Bruno Senna. Senna will be on Rebellion Racing #1 duties at the 24 hour race, so it was clear from the start, that they needed a different third driver for that exact race. The team announced today that…

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Interesting changes on the Spa entry list

The entry list for the Total 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps FIA World Endurance Championship round has got a few interesting changes over the last few days. The race just got a bit more interesting, at least from Belgian people’s point of view. Stoffel Vandoorne will race for SMP Racing #11, where he will share the car with Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin. He will replace Jenson Button, just like Brendon Hartley did at the 1000 Miles of Sebring. But Button has opted to not return to the car this…

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ACO lets two more cars in

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has managed to get two more cars into this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French organizer has chosen to build two temporary garages, so there will be room for more teams in the prestigious race. That is really good new for the Danish team High Class Racing and British-American United Autosports, who were number one and two on the reserve list prior to today’s announcement. They were originally second and third on the reserve list, but Duqueine Engineering #30 was let into the race,…

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Risi Competizione ready with Le Mans line-up

Risi Competizione has their three drivers ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June. The team has signed Pipo Derani, Oliver Jarvis and Jules Gounon for their Ferrari 488 GTE in the GTE Pro category. The American-Italian team has cherry-picked a good mix of experience, youthful dare and not the least speed, who hasn’t already been signed to other teams. The team was most recently entered the Le Mans race in 2017, where they unfortunately had to retire just a few hours into the race. Their entry this…

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Albuquerque: “It’s not like super super busy”

Filipe Albuquerque will be a busy driver throughout 2019, with his not only dual but triple programmes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, European Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship. Racing24-7.net caught up with him at Sebring, to hear a bit more about his busy year. “It’s gonna be nicely busy. I’m very happy about the programme, because it’s still all kind of P2/DPi cars – it’s prototype cars. It’s busy, but because the FIA WEC is in off season, it’s not like super super busy, because WEC…

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