August 1, 2021

Kovalainen’s Le Mans plans scuppered by SUPER GT clash

Kovalainen had been planning to take part in the French endurance classic with the HubAuto Racing team, having taken part in the 2019 Suzuka 10 Hours with the Taiwanese squad.The Finn was even listed as being as one of the drivers of HubAuto’s GTE Pro class Porsche 911 RSR-19 on one version of the official entry list alongside Nick Cassidy and Dries Vanthoor.By then however it was clear …Keep reading …

Two-time Le Mans winner Jean-Pierre Jaussaud dies

The Frenchman claimed his Le Mans victories in 1978 with the Alpine-Renault team driving an A442B alongside Didier Pironi and in 1980 together with Jean Rondeau aboard one of his co-driver’s Cosworth-engined M379 coupes.Jaussaud made a total of 13 participations at Le Mans between 1966 and 1983, all bar two of them coming at the wheel of French-built machines from Matra, Alpine and Rondeau’s …Keep reading …

Glickenhaus finalises Le Mans 24 Hours driver line-ups

The American manufacturer had named a pool of seven drivers for its FIA World Endurance Championship campaign with its pair of bespoke Glickenhaus 007 LMHs, saying it would wait until after last weekend’s Monza race before making a final decision on its Le Mans drivers.Menezes and Ryan Briscoe were the only named drivers for the team’s #708 and #709 cars respectively until the publication of …Keep reading …

What next for 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual?

To refresh your memory, the 2020 Le Mans Virtual was held on the date of the originally-planned race date – which had been pushed back to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A joint venture between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Esports Series and Motorsport Games, it brought together 200 drivers from 37 different countries, racing on 170 …Keep reading …

Ilott secures Iron Lynx Le Mans 24 Hours drive

Ilott will pilot of one of three GTE Am class entries fielded by the Iron Lynx Ferrari squad, which the Briton has been driving for in the GT World Challenge Europe this season.Ilott will pilot the #80 Ferrari 488 GTE alongside GT regular Matteo Cressoni and last year’s Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 winner Rino Mastronardi.Iron Lynx will also field its all-female ‘Iron Dames’ entry for Sarah …Keep reading …

High Class signs Ricky Taylor for Le Mans LMP2 assault

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ace Taylor and Aston Martin factory driver Sorensen join Dennis Andersen aboard the #20 Oreca 07-Gibson for the French endurance classic on August 21-22.The trio will be registered for the Pro/Am subclass in the LMP2 category given Andersen’s bronze driver rating.Danish squad High Class announced back in April that its second entry, the #49 car, will …Keep reading …

Thiim added to Aston Martin Le Mans 24 Hours line-up

The Aston Martin factory driver, who claimed the 2019/20 title together with fellow Dane Marco Sorensen, will drive the AMR NorthWest GTE Am entry with car owner Paul Dalla Lana and Marcos Gomes in the double-points round of the WEC on August 21-22. Thiim has been brought in to race the Vantage GTE in place of Augusto Farfus, who will be competing for Hyundai in the clashing round of the …Keep reading …

United Autosports completes Le Mans line-up with Boyd

Boyd has been given the nod to fill the final vacancy in United’s #23 Oreca 07-Gibson for this year’s running of the French endurance classic after making his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Portimao last month.The 30-year-old was drafted in last-minute to join di Resta and Phil Hanson in Portugal after the team’s regular silver-rated driver Fabio Scherer tested positive for …Keep reading …

Ferrari boss Elkann named starter of 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours

The Italian-American will drop the French flag on the 62-car field at this year’s double-points round of the World Endurance Championship at 4pm on 21 August.Elkann’s appointment in the honorary starter role by race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest follows the announcement at the end of February that Ferrari will end a 50-year absence from the top flight of sportscar racing as a …Keep reading …

HubAuto Porsche squad reveals Le Mans 24 Hours line-up

Dries Vanthoor, Maxime Martin and Alvaro Parente will share driving duties aboard the #72 Porsche 911 RSR-19, which is one of two non-factory cars entered in the eight-strong GTE Pro class for the French endurance classic.It means Martin will attempt to defend the GTE Pro victory he took last year for Aston Martin’s factory squad alongside Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell.Martin and Parente …Keep reading …