August 5, 2020

Super GT, DTM unlikely to hold 2020 Dream Race

The inaugural standalone event for DTM cars and SUPER GT’s GT500 machines, both of which are built to Class One regulations, took place last November at Fuji Speedway, three weeks after the conclusion of the SUPER GT season.Seven DTM cars, four from Audi and three from BMW, made the trip for the Fuji event, which followed on from three SUPER GT cars (one from each manufacturer) appearing as …Keep reading …

Spa 24 Hours pushed back to October

The new date for the Belgian enduro, which is also part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, is October 24/25. Originally scheduled in its traditional slot on the last weekend of July, the double-points Endurance Cup round of the GTWCE was postponed earlier this month after the Belgian government announced an extension of its ban on large social gatherings until August 31.A statement …Keep reading …

Remembering Michele Alboreto: F1 ace, Le Mans winner and good man

Michele Alboreto was not someone who became interested in racing only once he was involved. He was like you or I – a pure fan – long before he became a driver, and each year he’d make the 45min journey from home in Milan to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. In 1970, he was left tearful on witnessing Jochen Rindt’s fatal accident in practice, then felt the exhilaration 24 hours later as …Keep reading …

IMSA / WEC

“Vital” LMDh prototype rules to be revealed in two weeks

Speaking to Motorsport Network in the latest of our exclusive #thinkingforward interviews with the leaders in world motorsport, Fillon declared: “I think we will be able to announce the frame of the regulations in two weeks.”Details of the LMDh rules, based on the principles of IMSA’s LMP2-based DPi category, had been promised for the week of the ‘Super Sebring’ IMSA/WEC …Keep reading …

Kovalainen approves of wide-ranging SARD changes

After winning the SUPER GT title with Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate in 2016, SARD suffered a drop-off in form as the Lexus LC500 gave way to the RC F, with last year’s fifth-place finish representing its best championship placing during the last three seasons.Those results prompted ex-Renault, McLaren and Lotus Formula 1 driver Kovalainen to express his disillusionment and call for changes to be …Keep reading …

IMSA could resume season with closed door races

Series boss John Doonan has not ruled out racing behind closed doors if it is a way to re-start a season put on hold by the world health crisis in the run-up to round two of the 2020 season, the Sebring 12 Hours originally set for March 21. “I want to get back to racing as normal, [but] if we could go back without fans, we would have to take a look at that.”He added that “anything is on …Keep reading …

Spengler wins second IMSA Esports race

This one was considerably tougher, but Bruno Spengler and BMW remain undefeated in IMSA iRacing Pro Series competition.Driving the No. 7 BMW IMSA Team Red M8 GTE at the virtual WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Thursday night, Spengler claimed a 1.772-second victory over New Zealand’s Shane Van Gisbergen in the 90-minute race presented by Motul. Spengler’s triumph followed a …Keep reading …

Spa 24 Hours postponed due to public gathering ban in Belgium

Race organiser the Stephane Ratel Organisation has announced that the GTWCE Endurance Cup race set for 25-26 July will be put back after the Belgian government announced today an extension of its ban on large public gatherings in the country until August 31.SRO’s statement explained that “the race will now move to a revised date later in the year in compliance with these guidelines”. It …Keep reading …

DTM / IMSA

Spengler wants DTM farewell after abrupt BMW exit

BMW has moved Spengler from the DTM to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where he has been paired alongside Connor de Phillippi in a Team RLL-run M8 GTE in 2020.The news about his switch to IMSA was communicated in December, more than two months after the conclusion of the DTM season, which meant that Spengler wasn’t aware that the 2019 Hockenheim finale was going to be his last …Keep reading …

Super GT to hold Thailand, Malaysia races in winter

The worsening COVID-19 situation had already forced SUPER GT to postpone its Okayama opener, planned for April, as well as the following two races at Fuji and Suzuka.That meant the season was due to commence in July with a trip to Buriram in Thailand, followed by a first-ever night race at former Malaysian Formula 1 venue Sepang.However, with international travel likely to prove …Keep reading …