Ferrari wins in Shanghai – three months ago

AF Corse Ferrari #51 has been declared winners of the 4 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship race in November 2019. The team with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi crossed the finishing line as the first car in GTE Pro, and did stand on the top step. During the subsequent scrutineering, the FIA WEC officials found the car not to have a minimum clearance of 50mm. It was not specified exactly how much lower the car was found – just that it was too low. That resulted in…

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Rebellion will say goodbye after four races

Rebellion has sent shockwaves in the motorsport world today, by issuing a press release at midday. The Swiss watch company, who is active in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion Racing, running two LMP1 cars, has chosen to end all their involvements within motorsport, once the chequered flag falls at the  24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020. Today’s announcement came out of nowhere, especially since it’s just two months ago, that a partnership with Peugeot Sport and their new Hypercar programme were announced. Peugeot Sport was very…

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DragonSpeed in FIA WEC one-off

DragonSpeed will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for a one-off. The American team will enter the race at Circuit Of The Americas in two weeks’ time, with Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman and Colin Braun behind the wheel of the ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car. That was the same trio that won the Daytona 24 Hours two weeks ago, but since only three drivers are needed during the 6 hours, they had to leave Harrison Newey at home this time. DragonSpeed did a double programme during last season of…

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Magnussen and Rockenfeller super-subs at Corvette

It’s not many months ago, that Corvette Racing said goodbye to Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. Now, both drivers are back in the yellow car. The pairing will race the Corvette C8.R at the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Circuit Of The Americas and Sebring, where the American team will enter a single car. There has been a lot of speculations for the last five days or so, but it wasn’t until today, that Corvette Racing officially confirmed the line-up. Magnussen had been at Corvette since 2004, with him…

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Rebellion Racing returns with #3

Rebellion Racing will bring their car #3, when the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 races at Spa Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be run. The team had entered a pair of their own LMP1 cars for the whole 2019/20 season, and while car #1 has done all races so far, we have only seen #3 at the opening round at Silverstone in September 2019. Two of the three drivers will be new to the car, when it returns to racing in April on the Belgian track.…

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Ginetta won’t be at COTA

Team LNT Ginetta won’t be racing at the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Circuit Of The Americas, which will be run in two weeks’ time. The British LMP1 team has sent out the press release: “The WEC calendar is challenging, especially for any team with a new car in its first season and we have not had the chassis’ back at the factory since before Silverstone in August. The cancellation of the earlier WEC race in Brazil and the new race at COTA made it impossible to do the…

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Tom K Grand Marshal at Sebring

Tom Kristensen will be busy two days in a row when the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Sebring in one and a half months’ time. The Danish racing driver is the most winning drivers at Sebring with a total of six victories, and the track decided to name one of the corners after him, following his retirement from professional racing. This is far from the first time that Kristensen will handle this role. He has had the honour several times in both the FIA…

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Corvette also present at Sebring

Corvette Racing will also be present in the 1000 Miles of Sebring race, which is a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the day prior to the Sebring 12 Hours, which counts towards the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The American team also did the double in 2019 too, with Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller being the three drivers on the FIA WEC car. They will enter the C8.R model this year, which will have its FIA WEC debut at COTA in three weeks’ time. By doing that,…

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IMSA and ACO agreement on new top category

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have agreed on a common future in sportscar racing. The the organizing bodies have signed an agreement, that it will be possible, from September 2021 in FIA WEC and January 2022 in IMSA, to race with the “American” DPi cars and “European” Hypercars in the same category. The category will be named LMDh – Le Mans Daytona hybrid. The cars will be based on the LMP2 cars, just like we know from today, with Ligier, Dallara, Multimatic and ORECA…

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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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