2 cars DSQ – ongoing investigation – updated

The race result of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 has had two significant changes. Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA #68 and Keating Motorsports Ford #85 are both disqualified from the race due to breach of the fuel capacity regulations, which is specified in the BOP for the race. It’s still quite limited regarding the informations, but ACO has just sent out a short statement, in which they inform that the rest of the results are still provisional, which indicates that more investigations are ongoing. Ford #68 originally finished…

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Toyota, Signatech, Porsche and Porsche are champions

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 was also the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018-19. We wanted to honour the various champions in a separate article, so they didn’t just drown in the other article about the race itself. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso are the winners of the LMP World Endurance Driver Championship. Jose Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway in Toyota #7 finished second, while Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent finished third in the Championship with Rebellion…

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Jarvis: “It’s just a top quality field

It’s not an unusual sight to have the Oliver Jarvis name on the 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list, but in 2019 it’s on the GTE Pro and not a LMP1 or LMP2 car, as it’s been in the past. Racing24-7.net caught up with him on Thursday afternoon, to have a small chat about challenging race that lays ahead in the blue Risi Competizione Ferrari #89 in the GTE Pro category. “Unfortunately we’ve had quite a difficult build-up. We didn’t get many laps in the pre-test. So we arrived…

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Non dramatic Warm-Up signals good race

It was a Warm Up without any drama for the 24 hours race at Le Mans. The most dramatic thing that happened was Bykolles Racing Team #4 having a tour through the gravel by the Dunlop bridge, and Car Guy Racing that missed the first chicane on the Mulsanne Straight. We have otherwise seen big problems in Warm Up, but luckily not this year. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez in #8 were the two fastest cars in LMP1, a couple of seconds…

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ACO confirms the new regulations

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has confirmed the new Hypercar regulations, which will start from the season 2020/21. They held a press conference today Friday, putting a bit more meat on the board regarding the regulations, with just about 13 months until the cars will hit the track in an official session for the first time. It’s a very broad set of rules for the new top category in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The cars can either be based on a road going hyper car, being converted into a racing…

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33 cars confirmed for FIA WEC 2019/20

33 cars are confirmed for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship season 2019/20. There are many returning teams in the field, as well as some new names. The drivers haven’t been announced, only the teams. Rebellion Racing, Team LNT, Toyota Gazoo Racing and SMP Racing will all show up with two cars. Team LNT has Lawrence Tomlinson as their team boss, and he’s also the boss for Ginetta. They have chosen to come with two cars. So, eight cars in total. United Autosports is the only one with Ligier model…

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Graff loses Pole Position

Graff #39 has lost Pole Position for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French team had taken first position with Vincent Capilliare, with the Frenchman doing the perfect lap. We don’t know if he was too busy celebrating all the way into the pits, or if there were other reasons for him not stopping – but he certainly went past the weight bridge, even though officials were standing and waiving at him. The weight is located in a tent at the pit entry, and has very good signage,…

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Bomarito: “We just need to get it done”

Jonathan Bomarito is the newest member of the Ford Chip Ganassi team at Le Mans, joining full season regulars Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx in the #67 car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Racing24-7.net had a talk with him on Wednesday, about the programme, and a bit about his American programme as well. Has it been tough for you to transition into a GT car again? “Yes and no. The last time I was driving a GT car was in 2014, so it’s been almost six years. But…

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Nerve-wracking third qualifying – updated

A lot of things changed in the last and deciding qualifying for the 24 hours race at Le Mans – but we’ll get to it later. Not even fifteen minutes had past, when BMW Team MTEK #81 could no longer continue. Nicky Catsburg lost control of the car in the Ford Chicane and violently hit the tire wall, and the car had to be transported back to the pits. When the track got greenflagged , it only lasted for a few minutes before there was a red flag. Rebellion Racing #1…

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Sunny second qualifying

The second out of three qualifyings prior to the 24 hours race at Le Mans was run under sunny sky. However, there were still plenty of problems on the track for the drivers. Rebellion Racing #3 spilled some oil on the Mulsanne Straight, resulting in a red flag. The team was convinced that there was a problem on the engine, even before they got the car back. Keating Motorsports Ford #85 had a tour on the gravel in the same corner – but unrelated to the oil spill. It triggered…

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Tincknell: “It’s been character building”

It hasn’t been the best year for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, with the team currently sitting fifth in the drivers Championship, behind their teammates in #66, but with a 31,5 and 28,5 points gab to climb respectively, to potentially pass AF Corse #51 for third. Porsche has already secured the World Championship. Racing24-7.net sat down with Harry Tincknell yesterday, to talk about the season so far, and the weekend ahead, and a bit about the future too. It’s the fourth…

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First qualifying with lots of damaged cars

It was a turbulent first qualifying on Circuit de la Sarthe, prior to the 24 hours race on Saturday. SMP Racing #11 was the first car to set a fast time, while Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 quickly answered it again. DragonSpeed #10 surprised by being the second fastest at a time, until they fell back to P4, behind Rebellion Racing #3. In the LMP2 class DragonSpeed #31 was the quickest, ahead of foran Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 and United Autosports #22. High Class Racing #20 would drive in the dark…

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Odd Le Mans practice session

It was a very odd practice prior to the 2019 edition of the 24 Hours race at Le Mans. The practice started with damp asphalt, since there were showers throughout the day, but it didn’t take long before the track was dry enough for setting competitive laptimes. United Autosports #22 had a problem with the oil pump, so the mechanics had to repair it. Kamui Kobayashi in Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 had a shortcut run through the gravel in the Mulsanne Corner, which caused a short, local yellow flag before…

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Nakajima: “In a way, we have less pressure”

Kazuki Nakajima comes to the 2019 Le Mans week with a good mix of excitement, but also calmness compared to last year, after Toyota Gazoo Racing finally managed to capture the win with his number 8 car. Racing24-7.net had a chat with him about this year’s race. Do you feel more or less pressure this year, compared to last year, now that you have the Le Mans win – but have a World Championship to win? “In a way, including me as a whole team, we have less pressure. It’s…

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Goodyear returns to sportscar racing

Goodyear has chosen to rejoin the sportscar racing scene at it’s uppermost category, which is the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American tire brand has won Le Mans 14 times, plus winning 368 Formula 1 races throughout the years, with 1998 being the latest. The brand, however, is a sister company to Dunlop, who already is active in the European Le Mans Series plus the LMP2 category in FIA WEC. The two brands are unlikely to start battling each other in the same…

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Crazy colours on the Rebellion cars

The two Rebellion Racing cars will have some crazy colours, when the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 will be run next weekend. The alternative design on the cars has been made by Tomyboy, and highlights a new collaboration with ROCKETBYZ. There is a big tradition for special liveries on the cars for the 24 hours race in Le Mans. The two Rebellion cars are not the only ones this year. We saw Team Project 1 present an abstract Porsche last weekend, which was wild at that point – but…

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Le Mans test day 2019 – afternoon

The second half of the test day prior to the 24 hours race at Le Mans was run on a scorching hot Circuit de la Sarthe, where the practice started with an official air temperature of 29.9 degrees. There was excitement already from the start of the session, when Alex Brundle in United Autosports #32 set the fastest LMP2 time, but it got beaten by Loic Duval in TDS Racing #28 only a few minutes later. It then changed back and forth be tween the two. Olivier Pla in Ford…

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Le Mans test day 2019 – morning

The traditional test day prior to the 24 hours race at Le Mans was started at nine o’clock in beautiful sunshine and 20 degrees temperature. Toyota Gazoo Racing was quick to start both cars on the track, and immediately went for a long-run, where their new test and reserve driver, and new driver in the upcoming season, Brendon Hartley behind the wheel of #8. High Class Racing #20 was out to get the car tested by Mathias Beche, who was new in the team but he got a lot of…

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Colourful Porsche cars at Le Mans

It will be some very colourful Porsche cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. The four factory cars and Team Project 1 #56 will be running different designs compared to the rest of the season. Porsche #91 and #92 are celebrating that they have already clinched the World Championship titles in both Manufactures and Drivers (although it isn’t decided if #91 og #92 wins), by adding gold stripes to the cars. Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in #92 are just two points away from being able to call…

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JOTA Sport is back

The JOTA Sport outfit will return under their own name, when the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season starts. The team has at least sent in an application, subject to approval, of running a ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car, which they have a lot of experience with already. They have raced under different names during the last three seasons. In 2016 it was G-Drive Racing in the ELMS, while it has been Jackie Chan DC Racing since 2017. The plan is to start the upcoming season with Anthony Davidson, Pastor…

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