July 10, 2020

Gallery: Corvette’s 20-year history at Le Mans

Corvette’s exit follows Porsche’s decision to withdraw its two CORE autosport-run IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entries from the event.The two announcements leave just seven cars in the GTE Pro field, with two factory cars each from Ferrari, Porsche (Manthey-run WEC squad) and Aston Martin joined by Risi Competizione’s Ferrari.Read Also:Corvette’s 20th Le Mans …Keep reading …

Corvette withdraws from 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours

A statement from Jim Campbell, VP of motorsports and performance, said that “several factors played into our decision, including current conditions and the rescheduled timing”.He added the decision to end an unbroken run of participations for the Corvette Racing squad at Le Mans, which this year has been moved to Sept. 19-20, stretching back to 2000 “was not an easy one”.The move comes …Keep reading …

LM Hypercar rules amended to converge with new LMDh regs

Maximum power output and minimum car weight for LMH machinery has been reduced to the same levels as LMDh prototypes, while the aerodynamic performance has also been equated. The move is designed to ensure that the two types of car have similar performance characteristics, as well as reducing costs in LMH. The maximum powertrain output has been brought down from 585kW or 785bhp to 500kW or …Keep reading …

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Opinion: WEC should double down on its IMSA tie-up

Audi’s decision to leave the DTM at the end of this season should serve as a warning to any championship in motorsport relying on manufacturer involvement – and the WEC certainly falls into that category – that stagnation and failure to innovate, especially in a time of coronavirus-induced economic crisis, will ultimately result in disaster.The past few years, the WEC has had a tendency …Keep reading …

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ACO, IMSA reveal LMDh regulation details

The ACO, which promotes the Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship, and IMSA, which hosts the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, have been working on a joint set of prototype regulations to come into force from 2022 onwards.More details of the so-called LMDh class were supposed to be revealed at March’s ‘Super Sebring’ event, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent …Keep reading …

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McLaren says LMDh rules are “extremely appealing”

The new regulations, which will replace IMSA’s existing DPi regulations in 2022 and sit alongside the WEC’s Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) formula, were announced at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona by IMSA and WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.A follow-up announcement featuring more details of the rules was planned for the ‘Super Sebring’ weekend in March, but was delayed owing to the global …Keep reading …

Remembering Michele Alboreto: F1 ace, Le Mans winner and good man

Michele Alboreto was not someone who became interested in racing only once he was involved. He was like you or I – a pure fan – long before he became a driver, and each year he’d make the 45min journey from home in Milan to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. In 1970, he was left tearful on witnessing Jochen Rindt’s fatal accident in practice, then felt the exhilaration 24 hours later as …Keep reading …

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“Vital” LMDh prototype rules to be revealed in two weeks

Speaking to Motorsport Network in the latest of our exclusive #thinkingforward interviews with the leaders in world motorsport, Fillon declared: “I think we will be able to announce the frame of the regulations in two weeks.”Details of the LMDh rules, based on the principles of IMSA’s LMP2-based DPi category, had been promised for the week of the ‘Super Sebring’ IMSA/WEC …Keep reading …

IMSA could resume season with closed door races

Series boss John Doonan has not ruled out racing behind closed doors if it is a way to re-start a season put on hold by the world health crisis in the run-up to round two of the 2020 season, the Sebring 12 Hours originally set for March 21. “I want to get back to racing as normal, [but] if we could go back without fans, we would have to take a look at that.”He added that “anything is on …Keep reading …

Spengler wins second IMSA Esports race

This one was considerably tougher, but Bruno Spengler and BMW remain undefeated in IMSA iRacing Pro Series competition.Driving the No. 7 BMW IMSA Team Red M8 GTE at the virtual WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Thursday night, Spengler claimed a 1.772-second victory over New Zealand’s Shane Van Gisbergen in the 90-minute race presented by Motul. Spengler’s triumph followed a …Keep reading …