August 5, 2021

Hypercars at full WEC power level in Le Mans, Alpine pegged back

The Balance of Performance table for the Hypercar class for the Le Mans test day, which takes place on the Sunday ahead of the race on August 21/22, gives the Toyota and Glickenhaus LMHs the same power as at the past two rounds of the WEC.The Toyota GR010 HYBRID will have a peak power of 515kW and the Glickenhaus 007 LMH 520kW as at Monza last month and the Algarve circuit near Portimao in …Keep reading …

WRT: No disappointment despite dramatic Spa 24 miss

Vosse described the events that led up to the WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 with Dries Vanthoor at the wheel losing the lead to the Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GTE Evo driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi with just 10 minutes to go as “a lot of fun”.”We all like to win and I like to win more than most people, but I like this kind of situation because it increases the excitement,” he told Motorsport.com.”I’m …Keep reading …

BMW “had all the ingredients to win” Spa 24 on M6 farewell

The #34 machine that South African van der Linde shared with David Pittard and Marco Wittmann had run third in the early laps after a bullish start from Pittard, but dropped back down the order with a puncture.However by nightfall the crew were back in contention for a podium, only for an engine failure to force Pittard out in the early hours.The sister #35 car driven by Timo Glock, Martin …Keep reading …

Ferrari credits Pier Guidi’s “history making” drive for Spa win

Andrea Piccini, a winner of the race as a driver with the Phoenix Audi squad in 2012, described Pier Guidi’s drive over the final half hour to haul the Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo he shared with Nicklas Nielsen and Come Ledogar back into the lead as “unbelievable”.”We know we had a good car in the rain, but Ale [Pier Guidi] gave it that little bit extra,” Piccini told …Keep reading …

Karthikeyan, Maini withdraw from Le Mans 24 Hours

Karthikeyan, Maini and a third yet-to-be-named driver were set to form the first all-Indian driver line-up to compete in the French endurance classic this year in a Ligier JS P217 fielded by the Eurasia team.The duo, along with Naveen Rao, also completed a season in the Asian Le Mans Series earlier this year in a Racing Team India entry run by Algarve Pro to prepare for the rescheduled Le Mans …Keep reading …

Spa 24h: Ferrari beats Audi after late downpour drama

Pier Guidi, Come Ledogar and Nicklas Nielsen took honours in the #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 that had led most of the race by 3.978 seconds ahead of the #32 Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Vanthoor, Charles Weerts and Kelvin van der Linde.Pier Guidi went around the outside of Vanthoor at the fast Blanchimont left-hander to reclaim the lead with 10 minutes to go, having lost out when WRT rolled the dice with …Keep reading …

Spa 24h: Iron Lynx Ferrari leads Audi after 18 hours

Having secured maximum bonus points for the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup by virtue of leading after both six hours and 12 hours, the #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, Come Ledogar and Nicklas Nielsen continued to head the field with six hours to run.Both the Iron Lynx car and the #32 WRT Audi shared by Dries Vanthoor, Charles Weerts and Kelvin van der Linde were …Keep reading …

Aitken sustains fractures in Spa 24 Hours crash

His injuries, which also include a minor lung contusion, were sustained when his Emil Frey Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo was involved in a multi-car incident in the opening hour of the double-points round of the GT World Challenge Europe.The fractured vertebra was described as stable and Aitken is hoping to be discharged from hospital in Liege either today or tomorrow in order to return to the …Keep reading …

Porsche’s Vanthoor injured after Spa paddock accident

Defending race winner Vanthoor was sharing the #47 KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 R with Nick Tandy and Maxime Martin.However, just beyond the 16-hour mark, Porsche announced that Vanthoor had been forced to withdraw from the remainder of the race, leaving teammates Tandy and Martin to complete the race as a duo.Vanthoor subsequently tweeted that he had been knocked over by a quad bike in the …Keep reading …

Spa 24h: Iron Lynx Ferrari still leads at halfway

Alessandro Pier Guidi, Come Ledogar and Nicklas Nielsen once again earned maximum points for leading the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup blue riband after 12 hours, having done so earlier in the race for leading after the six-hour mark.The occupants of the #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 suffered a setback when they earned a drive-through penalty for a pitlane infraction, but by the start of the …Keep reading …