October 20, 2020

Petit Le Mans: Acura Team Penske, Corvette, MSR take poles

Harry Tincknell was the first driver to duck under the 69sec barrier around the 2.54-mile Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta course, with an impressive 68.636sec in the #55 Mazda RT24-P, but Dane Cameron trimmed that to 68.593s and his Acura Team Penske teammate Ricky Taylor shaved a few hundredths more to go P1 with a 68.506.Tincknell then pitted, his challenge for pole over with five minutes …Keep reading …

Pla named as full-time MSR Acura driver for 2021

Pla, 38, will embark on his first full season of IMSA competition next year with MSR, which was named alongside Wayne Taylor Racing as one of the teams entrusted with running a single Acura ARX-05 in 2021 following Acura’s impending split with Team Penske.The French driver has been a regular fixture in the paddock since 2014, mostly contesting the long-distance Michelin Endurance Cup races …Keep reading …

Marquardt steps down from BMW Motorsport

This could prelude to a major overhaul within BMW that could see all its factory and customer racing programmes being transferred under its the high-performance M division.This echoes Renault’s move to rebrand its Formula 1 team as Alpine – and return to the Le Mans 24 Hours under the same brand – and Mercedes’ decision to ramp up the involvement of its AMG division in F1.BMW currently …Keep reading …

Petit Le Mans: Derani leads Cadillac 1-2 in darkness of FP3

The Brazilian lapped the 2.54-mile Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in 70.347sec, just quick enough to beat fellow Cadillac DPi-V.R driver, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Renger van der Zande.The two Acura Team Penske cars were next up, Dane Cameron a hair quicker than Ricky Taylor, while Harry Tincknell was fifth – yet within 0.13sec of pacesetter Derani.The 90min session was interrupted …Keep reading …

Petit Le Mans: AXR Cadillac tops second practice

With a lap of 69.366sec around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta course, Albuquerque ended up 0.527sec quicker than Tristan Nunez in the #77 Mazda RT24-P, and over 0.6sec faster than the next quickest Cadillac DPi-V.R. That was the Wayne Taylor Racing car of Ryan Briscoe who narrowly edged Dane Cameron in the Acura Team Penske ARX-05.Simon Trummer moved PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports to the top of LMP2 …Keep reading …

Petit Le Mans: Taylor leads opening practice for Acura

Taylor, who along with co-driver Helio Castroneves has won the last three Prototype rounds in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, used the #7 Acura ARX-05 to lap the fabulous 2.54-mile road course in 70.086sec.However, the majority of the session saw the car in the hands of third driver for the 10-hour race, Alexander Rossi, who hasn’t driven the Acura since January’s Rolex 24 …Keep reading …

How Toyota’s LMP1 reject became a formidable force

With the benefit of hindsight, the decision by Toyota to put Yuji Kunimoto in the third TS050 Hybrid for the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2017 at the expense of Hirakawa seems like a puzzling one indeed – and not just because Kunimoto’s performance turned out to be lacklustre.If you look at both drivers’ respective records since then, Kunimoto has struggled to get anywhere near the heights he …Keep reading …