Rebellion doubles the effort at Silverstone

Rebellion Racing adds another car to the entry list at Silverstone. The Swiss-British team has announced the drivers for car #3 today. This will be a bit off an all-star team, with the two French drivers Loic Duval and Nathanael Berthon, plus Brazillian Pipo Derani. Berthon already knows the car from spring 2019, where he raced the second half of the 2018/19 Super Season in the LMP1 car. He was also present at the track in Barcelona at the Prologue, where he tested alongside Derani. Derani primarily races in the IMSA…

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LNT announces the first 6 drivers

Team LNT has announced the 6 drivers for their LMP1 effort at the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team enters two Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER LMP1 cars, and for the opening round at Silverstone, they will enter with what easily can be described as the “young boys” and the “old boys” car. Ben Hanley, Egor Orudzhev and Charlie Robertson will share #5. Ben Hanley arrives from the DragonSpeed team, where he raced in the LMP1 category wit their BR1 Engineering. Hanley has also flirted a bit with…

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Changes to the Ferrari WEC team

AF Corse has announced the drivers for the two GTE Pro cars, for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. The pairing will remain unchanged in the #51, where 2017 Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi will share the car once again. This will be the third season together for them, who other than becoming World Champions in 2017, also secured the Le Mans victory in June 2019. Davide Rigon will remain in the #71, but he will be joined by Miguel Molina. The former Audi works driver,…

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Aston Martin with huge push in WEC

Aston Martin Racing is really gearing up for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season. When the 2019/20 season starts at Silverstone in just over two weeks’ time, they will field the probably strongest line-up in many years. The two GTE Pro cars will still be driven by Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen in #95, while Maxime Martin og Alexander Lynn will share #97. Those were the four drivers who secured two victories for the AMR team in the 2018/19 season, and they were key elements in developing the latest…

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American connection in German car in the World Championship

The German Team Project 1 team has found their drivers for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season. They announced David Heinemeier Hansson, Egidio Perfetti and Matteo Cairoli in the #56 prior to the Prologue in Barcelona, and the drivers for #57 was announced this week, as an American, a Brazilian and a Dutch driver, all with an American connection. Confused, or have you guessed? Ben Keating, Felipe Fraga and Jeroen Bleekemolen will share the #57 throughout the FIA WEC season. The three drivers are already teammates in the IMSA…

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Rebellion has first car sorted

Rebellion Racing got the drivers for their primary entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 sorted. The season starts on three weeks time at Silverstone in Great Britain, and the British-Swiss team has announced that Bruno Senna and Gustavo Menezes will continue at the team, joined by a new driver Norman Nato. As the plans are at the moment, there will only be a single entry from them in the FIA WEC 2019/20, even though they had entered two cars for the full season. They did run two cars…

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Jarvis gets call-up for Japan

Oliver Jarvis will be jumping on a plane, when the FIA World Endurance Championship races on 6 October 2019. Jarvis will replace Paul Di Resta at United Autosport, because the Scot has a clash with DTM, where Di Resta races for R-Motorsport. The 35 year-old racing driver has several years of FIA WEC experience, where he was Audi Sport works driver for a few years, and then went on to have a season at Jackie Chan DC Racing. He went to the USA in 2018, where he races in the…

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Spa Francorchamps extends contract

Spa Francorchamps has extended their contract with LMEM regarding sportscar racing on the legendary Belgian circuit. LMEM is the company behind the FIA World Endurance Championship plus European Le Mans Series, and while the FIA WEC has visited the track since 2012, it’s been a part of the ELMS calendar since 2016. The deal has got an extension of four more years for both series. The Spa Francorchamps track is a very iconic place, where the track itself delivers some great racing with long straights and fast corners, and then…

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WEC announces new EoT

The organizers of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season have announced changes to the EoT, on the eve before the official start of the season, with the Prologue being run tomorrow morning. EoT is the short for Equivalence of Technology, and that is the system that is used for levelling out the different technologies in the LMP1 category. The system has been in place since the FIA WEC started in 2012, with Audi and Toyota being there the first season, later joined by Porsche, which should level out the…

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New colours and new pairings in FIA WEC

The FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 will slowly be starting up in the coming week, with two days of Prologue at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya. That results in more and more teams announcing their programmes for the new season. There has come a few additions since we mentioned some of them last week. High Class Racing #33 has announced all three drivers for their new FIA WEC LMP2 programme. As previously mentioned, it will be Anders Fjordbach and Mark Patterson, and it’s just been announced that Japanese driver Kenta…

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Significant changes at United Autosports

There will be significant changes at United Autosports in the coming months. The British-American team has been ever present in the European Le Mans Series since 2016, where they started out with two LMP3 cars, winning the Championship in that category in both 2016 and 2017. They expanded that programme in 2017 to include LMP2 as well, getting their first start at Le Mans too. The Daytona 24 Hours 2018 was their first step into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champinship, followed up with Sebring and Watkins Glen later in the…

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Racing Team Nederland replaces Dutchman with Dutchman

Racing Team Nederland has started the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season, but finalizing the last few details. They announced a new partner ship with TDS Racing a few months ago, who will run an ORECA 07 for the team. Guido van der Garde, Nyck de Vries and Frits van Eerd tested the car last week, for the very first time, at Motorland Aragon The team has run a Dallara P217 so far, but team owner van Eerd has decided to go for the ORECA version, since they have…

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30 cars ready for the Prologue

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the preliminary entry list for the Prologue ahead of the 2019/20 season. Circuit de Catalunya hosts the Prologue on 23. and 24 July, where 30 FIA WEC cars will participate in the two-day test. All 6 remaining LMP1 cars are entered for the test. As we wrote earlier in the day, we no longer have SMP Racing in the championship. Rebellion Racing hasn’t named any drivers against their cars yet. It is, however, expected that Bruno Senna will be one of the drivers,…

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SMP Racing pulls out immediately

SMP Racing has chosen to pull the plug on their LMP1 programme with immediate effect. The Russian team, who built a brand new LMP1 car in collaboration with Dallara for the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19, announced their decision in a press release, that they have nothing more to win the FIA WEC at the moment. The goal for them was to win, and they feel that the third place finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans a month ago, was just like a victory for them, since they…

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Porsche presents new GTE car

Porsche has presented their new 911 RSR car, which will be used in the FIA World E2ndurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the three upcoming seasons. By stating that, Porsche has confirmed that they will do FIA WEC at least until the end of the 2021/22 season. Even though the car has got the same model name as its predecessor, 95% of the car is brand new. Headlights, braking system, clutch, drivers seat and some components in the suspension are the only things being…

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AF Corse confirms GTE Am teams

AF Corse has confirmed the six drivers for the GTE Am cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Am cars will run under the AF Corse name in the 2019/20 season, instead of the Spirit of Race brand, that has been used in Am for the last few years. There are no changes to the #54 line-up, as Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Giancarlo Fisichella return in the silver VistaJet sponsored Ferrari 488 GTE. That will be the third season for the three drivers in the FIA WEC, and…

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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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