AMR hires two from Ford

Aston Martin Racing has set their drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The British car manufacturer has grabbed two former Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, to help the two GTE Pro cars. Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will be joined by Richard Westbrook in #95. Westbrook has driven in the USA for several years, racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Ford, and prior to that for Corvette teams in both IMSA and Grand-Am. Le Mans 2020 will be his 1oth time at the French track.…

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High Class changes tires, but keeps the drivers

High Class Racing has announced a change of tire supplier for 2020. The LMP2 team is currently active in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, where they have been loyal to Dunlop/Goodyear since their journey into sportscar racing. They have, however, opted to switch to Michelin for the rest of the FIA WEC season, and the upcoming ELMS season. It is a bit of a strange time to switch from Goodyear to Michelin, since Goodyear will be the sole tire supplier in the FIA WEC…

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Corvette’s new car in WEC debut

Corvette Racing has signed up for an FIA World Endurance Championship race in February 2020. The team will debut their new C8.R i the FIA WEC at Circuit Of The Americas near Austin, Texas. So far it’s just this one race, but they had two starts in the previous seasons, entering one car in China and at Sebring, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The IMSA and FIA WEC will share Sebring again in March 2020, so it’s not unlikely for them to do another programme. Corvette Racing…

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New qualifying rules at Le Mans

There will be new qualifying rules implemented, when the 24 Hours of Le Mans runs in June 2020. There are significant changes to the Wednesday and Thursday in race week, to add even more excitement, but with added practice time for the teams. Two practice sessions will be held on Wednesday. The first one will run from 15.30 until 20.00, with another hour from 22-23. All sixty-two cars will be on track from 23.15 until 24.00, where they are allowed to do as many laps as they wish, and do…

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Sebring adjusts schedule

There are some small adjustments to the schedule at the Super Sebring week in March 2020. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will once again share the track with the FIA World Endurance Championship. The two races will continue to be 12 hours and 1000 Miles or max 8 Hours respectively. The Wednesday will be an all FIA WEC and support races, with practice sessions for the various series. The IMSA cars will be on track on Thursday, with the FIA WEC qualifying later in the day. Friday morning holds separate…

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Nielsen and Serra new works drivers

Nicklas Nielsen and Daniel Serra are the new works drivers at Ferrari in their GT Programme. Their official title will be Competizioni GT drivers, with the pair having to travel all the world, and represent the Ferrari brand, when there are GT races around the world. Serra has raced on-off for Ferrari for the last few years. One of his tasks has been helping as a third driver at FIA WEC at AF Corse at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won the race this year with James Calado…

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Goodyear to be exclusive in LMP2

Goodyear will be sole tire supplier for the LMP2 cars in the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The decision is part of the introduction of the new Hypercar category, where Michlin is the sole supplier. The LMP2 cars will be slowed a bit, since Hypercar is planned to run a bit slower than the current LMP1 cars. There is a currently a tire war in LMP2 between Michelin and Goodyear, making the cars go faster and faster each season. But by limiting it to a…

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WEC 2020/21 schedule finalized

The FIA World Endurance Championship schedule for 2020/21 has been announced. The 8-race schedule consists of a lot of returnees, as well as two brand new tracks for the FIA WEC. The season starts on 31 August and 1 September at Silverstone, with a two-day test. That’s on Monday and Tuesday, with the first race of the year to follow, later in the week. One month later, we will visit the first new track – Monza, Italy. Monza was hosting the FIA WEC Prologue 2017, and has been hosting a…

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Porsche retirements and new hires etc

Porsche held their annual season-ending party in Stuttgart, where the 2019 season was closed down, and looking forward to 2020. When you say Porsche – at least for the last twenty years – you often think about Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. These two will go into retirement now, but will still be present at Porsche, becoming brand ambassadors. Bergmeister will be helping out on new road car development, while Bernhard will continue running his own KÜS Team75 Bernhard team in ADAC GT Masters. 43-year-old Bergmeister and 38-year-old Bernhard have…

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Magnussen to test for High Class

Jan Magnussen will be testing for High Class Racing, in the upcoming FIA WEC test in Bahrain. The 46 year-old Danish racing driver is currently without an international racing seat, after his contract at Corvette Racing didn’t get extended. In a press release issued by the team, they announce that he will test one of the team’s ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 cars, with Michael Markussen also testing the car. The team already has an entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans due to their WEC car #33, but they…

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Peugeot and Rebellion in WEC collaboration

Peugeot Sport and Rebellion Racing have announced a partnership in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The French car manufacturer announced their participation with a Hypercar in the FIA WEC from the 2022/23 season, where they will run in the 100-year centenary of the big race – 24 Hours of Le Mans. Rebellion Racing has a lot of years of experience in sportscar racing, running under the Speedy Sebah name, before they did a deal with the Swiss watchmaker, Rebellion. They have competed in both LMP2 and LMP1, and currently running…

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29 drivers inducted in the Hall Of Fame

The FIA has inducted twenty-nine sportscar drivers in their Hall Of Fame, who already holds all Formula 1 and World Rally Championship winners. The list contains all overall World Championships, in the years, where it’s been hosted as official World Championships. The first years were from 1981 until 1992, and the current FIA World Endurance Championship, that has been running since 2012. The list doesn’t consist of any GT drivers, who were crowned official World Champions in the GTE Pro category since 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi…

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Brazil replaced by COTA

There won’t be any FIA World Endurance Championship race in Brazil in February 2020. The 2020 race was initially announced way back in March 2018, but there have been major issues with the race promoter, that the WEC organizers didn’t see any other solution than cancelling the race in Brazil and moving it to another track. The WEC organizers have worked on several solutions for weeks, which has been quite a bit of a puzzle. The race prior to the Brazil race will run in less than 2 weeks’ time,…

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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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Fantastic race in Shanghai – updated

The FIA World Endurance Championship had come to China for the four-hour race in the third round of the season. The weather conditions were completely different from the previous year, where there were both smog and rain. This year it was beautiful, clear weather throughout the weekend. Rebellion Racing #1 with Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato was on Pole Position, ahead of Team LNT #6 with Mike Simpson, Charlie Robertson and Guy Smith, while Team LNT #5 with Jordan King, Ben Hanley and Egor Orudzhev was P3. It…

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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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