The View From the Recliner

This past weekend offered a true orgy of delights for fans of sports car racing, with not one, but two, major races at the Sebring race course in central Florida, home of America’s oldest endurance race. The IMSA-sanctioned traditional 12-hour race took place on Saturday, as is usual. This year the World Endurance Championship also ran a 1000 mile or 8-hour race on Friday, to get the weekend started. As someone who still has cable TV, I was able to watch both races almost in their entirety. The whole 8…

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DHH: “I couldn’t be happier”

David Heinemeier Hansson grabbed a career first LMP2 win in the FIA World Endurance Championship, at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, which was run last week. DHH raced for the Jackie Chan DC Racing outfit at Sebring, where he was joined by Will Stevens and Jordan King in the #37. They had taken over that car from the Malaysian trio of Weiron Tan, Jazeman Jaafar and Nabil Jeffri, who drove the car through the 2018 part of the 2018/19 Super Season, that culminated at Le Mans in June 2019. Racing24-7.net…

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First reserve called in for Le Mans

ACO has announced that they have called in the first reserve Duqueine Engineering for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June. The French LMP2 team got the spot, since Spirit of Race Ferrari #55 in GTE Am has pulled their entry. Duqueine Engineering will be racing car number 30, since Racing Team Nederland already uses 29. That leaves us with eight teams left on the reserve list, since Meyer Shank Racing, who was originally 8th on the reserve list, pulled their LMP2 effort on the eve of the announcements.…

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Spa entry list without surprises

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the preliminary entry list for the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps 2019. There are no major surprises on the list, which consists of 35 cars. We have the 34 full season cars, joined by G-Drive Racing #26 with their ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car, which is usually doing the European Le Mans Series – but will also participate at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. They will have Jean-Eric Vergne, Job van Uitert and Roman Rusinov behind the wheel, just like…

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Long Sebring race with a twist at the end

Round 6 of the FIA World Endurance Championship was run at Sebring International Raceway. It was a real “Florida” day, with 31,5 degrees Celsius air temperature before the start. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima started from Pole Position in LMP1, Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 with Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry had LMP2 Pole, Porsche #92 with Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre on GTE Pro Pole, while Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche #77 with Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell had GTE…

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Penalties left and right for WEC qualifying

The stewards at Sebring International Raceway has been busy after qualifying for 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship race. Five penalties were handed out to the drivers – and actually only GTE Pro that managed to avoid changes in their starting grid Racing Team Nederland #29 in LMP2 got their time taken away, since both Frits van Eerd and Nyck de Vries drove too fast in the pitlane. Actually, both drove exactly 66,2 km/h, so it looked like a problem in the pit limiter, since both drivers did exactly the…

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Sørensen’s careful optimism

It wasn’t a fantastic qualifying for Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen and Darren Turner in Aston Martin Racing #95 for today’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Sebring. The Dane train qualified in tenth place in GTE Pro, just ahead of their sister car that closed the field. However, #97 had had some technical problems on the car, which kept Maxime Martin from setting any real laptime. But already before qualifying, Marco Sørensen had no big expectations for the weekend, even though #97 had been the fastest in both FP1 and…

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Incredibly exciting qualifying at Sebring

The qualifying for 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship race at Sebring International Raceway was run Thursday evening local time, and it would be an exciting event. The twenty GTE cars were the first to go. Jan Magnussen in Corvette Racing #63 was the first car on the track, but it was Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 with Andy Priaulx who set the first laptime, that everyone else had to beat. It seemed so until Ben Barker in Gulf Racing Porsche #86 in GTE Am bilen, who put the…

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Points are important for Christensen

Michael Christensen has a very good feeling about this weekends FIA World Endurance Championship round at Sebring International Raceway. Porsche #92 currently leads the GTE Pro category with such a big gap, that they will still be in the lead after the weekend, no matter what happens during the Friday race. And there is a good reason to why they only did four laps in the first Wednesday practice session. “There was no reason for us to test, when the temperatures were the highest, since will will be racing at…

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FP2 without drama – almost

The second training of the day for FIA World Endurance Championship race at Sebring International Raceway was done without major drama. At least when the session started. DragonSpeed #31 lost their left rear wheel, just two corners after they went out of the pits. It resulted in a Full Course Yellow, so that they could send a recovery vehicle to remove the car. Luckily, the other drivers managed to avoid the tire, that continued to roll over the track, right after the super fast Turn 1. When #31 had been…

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Small problems limited Corvette in FP1

Corvette Racing didn’t have a perfect start to FIA World Endurance Championship weekend at Sebring International Raceway. The extra car that the North American team put in the FIA WEC race, in parallel with their participation in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, had some small problems in the first training. But it didn’t make Jan Magnussen worry. He will share the car with Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller. “It was just some small problems. The one driving in Shanghai was the reserve car, and there were some minor issues. It drove…

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FIA WEC started at Sebring

The FIA World Endurance Championship was on the track for the first free practice session. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 was fastest in FP1, with Kazuki Nakajima behind the wheel, while teammates in #7 were second, with a time set by Jose Maria Lopez. Rebellion Racing #1 was the third quickest with “guest driver” Mathias Beche, who has been let into the #1 instead of Andre Lotterer, who is on Formula E duty. The second Rebellion Racing #3 was right behind, while the three BR Engineering BR1 cars were the three…

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Three men continue at United Autosports

United Autosports have the drivers ready for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. And it will be three well known faces. Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta will share the Ligier JS P217 Gibson #22. It’s is a combination of their European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series drivers. The three have shared the car for the last few years at UA, where Hanson has been the common factor in all the equations, while Albuquerque and…

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IDEC Sport ready with two sets of drivers

IDEC Sport are ready with their 2019 plans and design. The French team will continue almost unchanged in the upcoming European Le Mans Series season and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only one of the six drivers from last year has been changed. ORECA 07 Gibson #28 will continue to be the faster of the two with Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Memo Rojas behind the wheel, which is an exact copy of last years line-up. The car finished as third best ELMS LMP2 team in 2018, and was on…

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Comment – Is it OK to be disappointed?

It happens time after time, year after year. When the entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is released, there are 60 happy teams and x number of disappointed teams. 2019 is no different. There is no doubt that the 60 cars, that have been allowed in have absolutely nothing to complain about – but still one of the teams does so. 22 minutes after the entry list was confirmed, there was a reaction from United Autosports. They got one car in the race, by winning the Asian…

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All Le Mans teams 2019 announced

ACO has announced the complete list with all 60 entrants for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The list includes the 42 teams that was announced just shy of three weeks ago, and the four auto-entries from the Asian Le Mans Series, which finished last weekend, plus various IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and European Le Mans Series teams. There are still 8 LMP1 teams, while 8 more LMP2 teams have gotten their entry approved. That is the Asian LMS Champion from LMP2, United Autosports, and the LMP2 Am winner…

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Final WEC seats for Sebring taken up

The FIA World Endurance Championship entry list for the 1000 Miles of Sebring is complete. The majority of the list has been known for about a month, but there were a few TBA’s on the list. As Racing24-7.net reported yesterday, the Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK were all set. Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche #77 has put a name to their final seat – without any big surprise. That will be team owner Christian Ried, who continues in the car. With the lack of Andre Lotterer, he will become the only driver…

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Ford borrows from Mazda

It’s big mix and match time at Sebring, when both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will run on the track in two weeks time. A lot of the drivers will be on double duties, and another driver has been added to that list now, having to wear two driver suits. Jonathan Bomarito will be driving for Mazda Team Joest #55 in the IMSA championship, but has got a bonus job at Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK in the FIA WEC race in #67, which he…

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New engine for Bykolles

It’s one week ago, that Bykolles Racing Team pulled out of the 1000 Miles of Sebring race in March, due to disagreements with their engine supplier NISMO. There is a solution to that problem now – at least for the last two races in the FIA World Endurance Championship races, during the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has announced Gibson Technology will supply engines for the team at these those race weekends. The Sebring race is still off the cards for…

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First part of the Le Mans entry list revealed

The first part of the 24 Hours Le Mans 2019 entry list was announced today – and that was a list without major surprises. But still… The CEFC TRSM Racing team with the two Ginetta G60-LT-P1 cars are no longer on the list. So ACO finally got enough of them, after only completing a handful of laps in the practice at Spa Francorchamps in May 2018, followed by their Le Mans participation in June. The team haven’t showed up since then, but we heard them mentioning an engine change prior…

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