October 24, 2020

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 …

Nurburgring 24h winner Yelloly says conditions were “worst” ever

The BMW factory driver joined ROWE Racing team-mates Alexander Sims and Nicky Catsburg to score BMW’s 20th success in the event, 50 years on from its victory in the maiden 24 Hours in 1970, and its first since 2010 with a GT2-spec M3 E92 after a barren stretch in the current GT3 era.Their #99 M6 GT3 overhauled the #3 Car Collection Audi R8 LMS as the track dried on Sunday morning, before …Keep reading …

Nurburgring 24h: BMW ends win drought in topsy-turvy race

Nick Catsburg, Nick Yelloly and Alexander Sims scored victory in their #99 ROWE Racing-run M6 GT3 in a heart-stopping finale in an event that was repeatedly turned on its head by unpredictable weather.The 48th edition of the race, which was four months late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was interrupted by a red flag for nine-and-a-half hours during the night because the drains could no longer …Keep reading …

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 …

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 …