August 1, 2021
WEC

WEC set to host first daylight Bahrain race in October

The six-hour event scheduled for October 30 will start at 11am local time and finish at 5pm just as the sun is setting. The following Saturday’s eight-hour series finale will begin at 2pm, with the race finishing in darkness at 10pm. Previous WEC rounds, of both six and eight-hour duration, at the Bahrain International Circuit have always finished under the cover of …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 …

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Ferrari hopes to race hypercar in IMSA following WEC convergence

The Italian manufacturer has admitted that IMSA is on the radar for its first factory prototype programme in 50 years after the final strand in the process of rules convergence between LMH and the LMP2-based LMDh formula was put in place earlier this month.Antonello Coletta, who is heading up the LMH project at Ferrari in his capacity as boss of the Attivita Sportive GT department, described …Keep reading …

WEC

Toyota admits to reliability concerns ahead of Le Mans

The admission follows its pair of GR010 Hybrid Le Mans Hypercars suffering delays in last Sunday’s Monza WEC round. The race-winning #7 entry shared by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez lost a minute with an electronic problem that required Kobayashi to bring the car to a complete halt on track to undertake a full reboot of its systems. Read …Keep reading …

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WRT has “regrets” about losing maiden WEC win at Monza

Best known for its GT3 racing exploits with Audi, Belgian squad WRT has successfully diversified into prototype racing this year with a single car entry in the LMP2 classes of both the WEC and the European Le Mans Series.Ferdinand Habsburg, Charles Milesi and Robin Frijns finished second last weekend at Monza in the team’s #31 Oreca 07-Gibson, less than a minute behind the winning #22 United …Keep reading …

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Kobayashi recalls stoppage that cost Toyota Monza WEC lead

The Japanese manufacturer was enjoying its most dominant display of the hypercar era so far on the WEC’s first visit to the Italian circuit, with the #7 GR010 Hybrid of Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez pulling out a comfortable lead over the two Glickenhaus 007 LMHs and the sole grandfathered Alpine A480 campaigned by Signatech.However, just after the four-hour mark, Kobayashi was …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 …

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Porsche’s Estre “can’t remember such a close” GTE Pro fight

Estre and Neel Jani scored their second win of the 2021 season in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19, defeating Ferrari in front of its home crowd as the #51 488 GTE Evo of James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi finished second.Although Porsche took the chequered flag with a winning margin of over 30 seconds, that didn’t reflect how closely matched the two manufacturers were in Italy, with the race …Keep reading …

WEC

Monza WEC: Toyota survives major scare to beat Alpine

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez led from pole position in the #7 GR010 Hybrid and were untroubled for most of the race, as neither Alpine nor Glickenhaus were able to challenge the two Toyotas on race pace.But there was drama at the beginning of the penultimate hour when Kobayashi crawled to a halt on the long straight following the second Lesmo corner with a suspected …Keep reading …

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“Impressive” Glickenhaus can “keep Toyota honest” in Monza WEC

Pipo Derani, who ended up fourth in the times in the best of the Glickenhaus 007 LMHs, was confident that he would have been close to the American manufacturer’s rivals in the Hypercar class but for the red-flag that interrupted the 10-minute prototype qualifying session. The Brazilian believes that a lap that would have put him within three tenths of Jose Maria Lopez’s pole position …Keep reading …