September 29, 2020

Kobayashi joins HubAuto Ferrari squad for Spa 24h

Kobayashi will team up with Marcos Gomes and Tom Blomqvist for the centrepiece GT World Challenge Europe race on October 24-25.It will be the 34-year-old’s second attempt at the Belgian classic, having made his first outing in the race back in 2017 driving a Goodsmile Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.His previous outing in a GT3 car came at the Suzuka 10 Hours last year, where he also drove for …Keep reading …

Porsche dominates six-hour Nurburgring GTWCE event

The trio started second on the grid following Saturday’s evening qualifying but made the most of a chaotic opening lap in which the polesitting GPX Porsche of Dennis Olsen was taken out of contention by Albert Costa’s Emil Frey Lamborghini at turn one.Dinamic’s closest rivals came in the form of AKKA ASP Mercedes with Raffaele Marciello, Timur Boguslavskiy and Felipe Fraga on board, but …Keep reading …

De Silvestro to make GTWCE debut for ROWE Porsche team

De Silvestro was added to Porsche’s roster of factory drivers late last year when she took up a development role for the Weissach marque’s Formula E team, marking the end of a three-season tenure racing in Australia’s Supercars series.Since then, she has participated in the first two rounds of this year’s ADAC GT Masters season, sharing a Porsche 911 GT3 R with Klaus Bachler driving for …Keep reading …

WRT Audi wins Imola GT World Challenge Europe opener

In the hands of Matthieu Vaxiviere, Kelvin van der Linde and Mirko Bortolotti, the #31 Audi R8 LMS took the lead in the second hour after a sensational stint from van der Linde.In total, there were five full course yellow periods – three of which occurred inside the opening hour – which contributed to a stop-start race, but the Audi remained the class of the field, beating the #12 GPX …Keep reading …

Sirotkin joins GT World Challenge Europe enduros with SMP

Sirotkin will share a Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 in the Pro class with Ferrari’s works GT drivers Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina, who finished second in last year’s Endurance Cup alongside Mikhail Aleshin.“We are very keen to do well, and I am pleased to find Miguel at my side again and intrigued to see Sirotkin making his debut in the 488 GT3,” Rigon said. “We’ll do all we can to help …Keep reading …

R-Motorsport withdraws from 2020 GT World Challenge season

The race-winning team, whose Aston Martin Vantage GT3s are jointly run by the British Arden and Jota Sport operations, has opted to put its racing activities on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. R-Motorsport, which also contested last year’s DTM under the Aston banner, has stressed that it intends to return to racing next season in what a spokesman said could be a “bigger, better …Keep reading …

Ex-F2 driver Lorandi makes GT3 switch with Mercedes

Lorandi is a race winner in both European Formula 3 and the GP3 Series, placing as high as seventh in the championship in the latter category for Trident in 2017.The Italian was then handed the chance to step up to F2 in the middle of 2018 when Trident parted ways with Santino Ferrucci, although he managed just one points finish in 10 starts.But he was forced to sit out almost all of the …Keep reading …

Rescheduled Spa 24 Hours extended by one hour

Series boss Stephane Ratel told Motorsport.com that he wants the event to become a “race to remember that we talk about in years to come” on what is the first occasion it has not taken place in the summer. The Spa enduro on October 24/25, which is also a round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, will start and finish at 15:30, but because the clocks move back during the night with the end …Keep reading …

Bernhard withdraws Spa 24 Hours entry

The German revealed that Team 75 Bernhard had filed a one-off entry for the fourth year in a row, but has now been forced to withdraw the Porsche 911 GT3-R from the blue riband round of the GT World Challenge Europe on 24-25 October.Bernhard cited the new date for Spa as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and revisions to the ADAC GT Masters calendar in Germany, which is his squad’s main focus …Keep reading …

Spa 24 Hours will go ahead with or without spectators

Ratel made the claim after confirming that the two Italian rounds due to kick off the revised GTWCE (formerly Blancpain GT Series) schedule announced last week will take place behind closed doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have a responsibility to our competitors for Spa to take place, even though it would be a disaster if there is no public,” he told Motorsport.com. “It …Keep reading …