September 27, 2020

Nurburgring 24 Hours restarted after lengthy delay

Due to heavy rainfall and standing water on the Nordschleife, the race was red-flagged on Saturday evening at shortly after 10:30pm. As heavy rain had been predicted throughout the night, race control announced that a decision on the resumption of the race would not be made until Sunday at 7:00am.It was then decided to resume the race at 8:00am local time, albeit behind the safety …Keep reading …

Nurburgring 24h: Drama as leaders crash out, race halted

First, the Haupt Racing Team lost its long-time leading #4 entry with Manuel Metzger hitting the barriers at the exit of Schwalbenschwanz. Metzger was on the so-called ‘drying wet’ tyre just as the rain started pouring down, catching him out after a brief dry-ish period which even led some teams to unsuccessfully gamble on slick tyres.  With the leading Mercedes entries …Keep reading …

Nurburgring 24h: Mercedes dominates early exchanges

The #9 GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Fabian Schiller, Maximilian Gotz, Maximilian Buhk and Raffaele Marciello) led from the Haupt Mercedes #4 of Adam Christodoulou, Maro Engel, Luca Stolz and Manuel Metzger which started from pole position. Third place is held by last year’s winners in the Phoenix Audi R8 LMS (Nico Muller, Dries Vanthoor, Fred Vervisch and Frank Stippler).Following a wet …Keep reading …

IMSA Mid-Ohio: Castroneves leads van der Zande in FP2

Castroneves’ Acura ARX-05 lapped the 2.258-mile course in 1min11.395sec, almost two tenths of a second quicker than van der Zande’s Cadillac DPi-V.R, and precisely 0.25sec faster than Dane Cameron in the second Acura.Half a second behind was Pipo Derani of Action Express Racing, ahead of the two Mazda RT24-Ps which were over 0.4sec apart.Sebastien Bourdais was fastest JDC-Miller Cadillac …Keep reading …

IMSA Mid-Ohio: Montoya puts Acura on top in first practice

The #6 Acura ARX-05 of reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champions Montoya and Dane Cameron lapped the 2.358-mile road course in 1min13.057sec to beat the #31 Cadillac by 0.236sec, while Ricky Taylor was just 0.009sec further back in the second Acura.A late improvement from Harry Tincknell saw him beat Mazda teammate Oliver Jarvis by 0.02sec to land P4, albeit over half a second off the lead …Keep reading …

Nurburgring 24h: Engel storms to third pole in Top Qualifying

The 35-year-old German first had to qualify for the second session during Top Qualifying 1 thanks to the N24h’s all-new, MotoGP-inspired, two-part Top Qualifying session. The #4 Haupt Racing Team-Mercedes wasn’t able to secure a spot in Top Qualifying 2 during this season’s NLS races.However, Engel was fastest in every single lap in a flawless display, first setting fastest time in Top …Keep reading …

Frijns pulls out of Nurburgring 24h with illness

DTM and Formula E regular Frijns was due to contest the German endurance classic for the Car Collection Motorsport team, sharing the #3 Audi R8 LMS with Mirko Bortolotti, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock.However, ahead of Friday’s third qualifying session, Audi released a brief statement saying that Frijns would take no further part in the weekend. It added that the Dutchman …Keep reading …

Kobayashi joins HubAuto Ferrari squad for Spa 24h

Kobayashi will team up with Marcos Gomes and Tom Blomqvist for the centrepiece GT World Challenge Europe race on October 24-25.It will be the 34-year-old’s second attempt at the Belgian classic, having made his first outing in the race back in 2017 driving a Goodsmile Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.His previous outing in a GT3 car came at the Suzuka 10 Hours last year, where he also drove for …Keep reading …

GM restructures its motorsports operations with two new hires

The internal changes in GM’s racing operations were triggered by the move of Mark Kent, previously GM’s director of motorsports competition, into the role of role of Director, GM Defense Facility Operations.According to a statement provided to Motorsport.com, Kent’s experience in motorsports competition will “support the rapid growth of GM Defense. He will be responsible for …Keep reading …

Nurburgring 24h: Lamborghini tops Thursday qualifying

The Italian set the fastest time of the day at 8m11.428s in the first of two qualifying sessions on Thursday. Four different manufacturers were represented in the top four positions, with the Lamborghini, the #15 Phoenix Audi, the #4 Haupt Racing Team Mercedes and the #18 KCMG Porsche making up the top four spots.The top BMW M6 GT3 managed only 10th fastest time, set by the #101 Walkenhorst …Keep reading …