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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Rookie test returns to FIA WEC

FIA World Endurance Championship will reintroduce the rookie tests for young talents, to get a test in a Championship winning sportscar. The test was most recently run i 2017 in Bahrain, where drivers like Pietro Fittipaldi, Thomas Laurent, Rinus Van Kalmthout (Rinus Veekay) and Alfonso Celis Jr got a chance to test a LMP or GT car. The 2019 selection will have Job van Uitert in a works Porsche 911 RSR-19. That will be somewhat of a downgrade for the flying Dutchman, who won the LMP3 Championship in the ELMS…

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Corvette reveals new race car

Corvette Racing has finally revealed their brand new race car. There have been talks about it for almost two years, and a lot of rumours and speculations have been floating around – Daytona 24 hours 2020 will be the race debut for the brand new C8.R GTLM racer. The car was first shown to the public yesterday evening American time, at a special event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Tommy Milner was the only current Corvette Racing driver present, so it was his #4 that was…

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Team LNT swap drivers in Japan

There will be some swapping and changing, when Team LNT runs the FIA World Endurance Championship race in Fuji. Luca Ghiotto will be the new driver in #5, which he will share with Egor Orudzhev and Ben Hanley, while #6 will be driven by Charlie Robertson, Mike Simpson and Guy Smith. The two Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER cars will once run without Chris Dyson, since he has a date clash in the American Trans-Am series, that he also races in. The series were indirectly the cause of him not being able…

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Weather also affected WEC

After yesterday’s European Le Mans Series race with a surprising weather, løb with overraskende vejr, the same thing also happened for the first round of the new season for FIA World Endurance Championship, which was run at Silverstone. Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez had taken the Pole Position, ahead of #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, with Rebellion Racing #1 with Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato and Bruno Senna in P3. Amongst the LMP2 cars it was Racing Team Nederland…

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Toyota slowed even further at Silverstone

The time where Toyota Gazoo Racing can win without much opposition is most likely over. At least there has been made further steps to slow them down, when the first round of the 2019/20 season will be run this weekend at Silverstone in Great Britain. When the teams raced at Spa Francorchamps, the Toyota TS050 – Hybrid would have to weight 904 kg. Rebellion Racing were allowed to run at 824 kg, whereas SMP Racing would have to run at minimum 833 kg. The difference was that the turbo charged…

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JOTA with late driver line-up changes – updated

JOTA Sport has been forced to change their driver line-up, for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season, just one week before the start of the season. Pastor Maldonado has sadly dropped out of the LMP2 seat in the #38 car. He came with this short statement today: “Hello everyone. First I want to thanks all of you for the amazing support that you give me every day. I want to inform that officially I’ll not participate this season together with my teammates Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson in Jota…

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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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