July 29, 2021

Catsburg went off “at least four times” on way to IGTC title

Catsburg told Motorsport.com that he ended up off the circuit “at least four times” in the heavy rain of the final hour of a race he won together with Walkenhorst Motorsport teammates Augusto Farfus and Sheldon van der Linde.”It was nearly impossible to maintain the 80km/h speed limit because the visibility was so bad and there was so much standing water,” said Catsburg, who claimed the IGTC …Keep reading …

Honda’s Kyalami defeat “hard to take” after dominant run

The works Honda NSX GT3 shared by Baguette, Renger van der Zande and Mario Farnbacher had been firmly in control of Saturday’s race, leading by as much as 12 seconds with three hours to run, before heavy rain hit Kyalami in the penultimate hour.SUPER GT regular Baguette was still leading with just over an hour to run before making the car’s final stop of the race to hand over to Farnbacher …Keep reading …

Kyalami 9 Hour: Farfus, Catsburg snatch IGTC title for BMW

Their Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 came out on top in a confused climax to the IGTC season finale, which finished behind the safety car after a protracted period of running under a full course yellow in wet conditions.The points for victory were enough to vault Farfus and Castburg to the head of the championship. They sealed the title by five points from Patrick Pilet, Matt Campbell …Keep reading …

Kyalami IGTC finale attracts meagre 12-car entry

Of the 12 GT3 cars set to contest the second-ever IGTC event at the South African venue, a significant decrease on last year’s 28-car grid, 10 are entered into the Overall category, while the Pro-Am and Silver Cup sub-classes have just one car each.Audi is the best-represented manufacturer, with its four R8 LMS entries split evenly across two teams, WRT and Car Collection …Keep reading …

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

The German squad, whose successes also include victory in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship and the 2012 DTM as well as at Le Mans in 1999, will not be given a works programme by BMW for 2021, Motorsport.com has learned.The move follows a gradual downscaling of Schnitzer’s activities with BMW Motorsport since it was dropped from the DTM line-up at the end of 2016 when the Bavarian marque …Keep reading …

Bentley to end factory programme with Continental GT3

The British manufacturer has opted against restarting its works assault on the Intercontinental GT Challenge with M-Sport, which was put on ice in the summer, and is releasing the six factory drivers it has under contract.The GT3 programme that dates back to 2013 will then come to what Bentley described as a “natural end” when the 2021 season finishes.Bentley cited the plans laid out in …Keep reading …

Valentino Rossi to return to Gulf 12 Hours with brother Marini

Rossi contested the 12-hour event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi last year in a Kessel Racing-run 488 Ferrari partnered by Marini and his long-time friend and business partner Alessio Salucci.The trio took a class win in their 488 GT3 in the Pro-Am category and were third overall and will return to defend their crown in January.A brief statement from the organisers said: “MotoGP …Keep reading …

Bathurst 12 Hour cancelled for 2021

The opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge is generally held on the first weekend of February, Mount Panorama hosting GT teams and drivers from around the world.However, with Australia’s border shut for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic, event owner Supercars has decided to call off next year’s event, with an eye on it returning as a full-fledged international GT race in …Keep reading …

How Pirelli kept the wheels turning into the Indianapolis 8 Hour

This weekend, Pirelli’s North American arm shod the entire field for the inaugural Indianapolis Eight Hour, the first time its flagship series – GT World Challenge America – has ever raced at the world-famous Speedway’s road course.Importantly, it’s also a round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli – which began at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February, when the world …Keep reading …

United Autosports targeting Bathurst, Spa 24 Hours entry

The British-based squad, which won the LMP2 division at Le Mans earlier this month, announced last week that it will return to the GT ranks next season with a programme in the GT4 European Series with a pair of McLarens.United’s plan is set to take it into the GT3 ranks the year after.Team co-owner Richard Dean explained that the team has its sights set on “the top series” for GT3 cars in …Keep reading …