October 24, 2020
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LMDh’s full introduction to IMSA delayed until 2023

The North American series organizer announced in January that it planned for the new LMP2-based hybrid category to take over as its top class in 2022, with the caveat that market forces could push back the introduction. Now, it has revealed that the current Daytona Prototype international cars will race on into 2022 and that it is expecting to integrate the first LMDh contenders …Keep reading …

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Toyota bracing for LMDh to be delayed until 2023

The Japanese marque faces being the only major player in the top division when the new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations replace LMP1 in the WEC next year, facing opposition only from privateer outfits Glickenhaus and ByKolles.With LMDh initially scheduled to be introduced in 2022, it had been hoped Toyota would only have to go one more season before it could face manufacturer opposition once …Keep reading …

De Oliveira had to give up ByKolles Le Mans seat

The 2010 Formula Nippon champion and long-time Nissan GT500 driver revealed he tested the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 last year and that plans were also made for him to be part of the team’s line-up for the preceding FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa.But Japan’s strict immigration rules prevented de Oliveira from taking up the seat, as leaving the country would have prevented him from …Keep reading …

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Cindric confirms Team Penske’s continued interest in Le Mans

This morning, Acura and Team Penske announced that their partnership in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will end with the season-closing 12 Hours of Sebring in November.The team has so far scored four wins, and the Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron combo won the Prototype title last year. However, to the extreme disappointment of both parties, they have yet to win either the …Keep reading …

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Vanthoor “fears the worst” for GTE after Porsche’s IMSA exit

Last week Porsche announced it would axe its CORE autosport-run IMSA GT Le Mans programme after 2020. That means Porsche will have to find reigning GTLM champions Vanthoor and Earl Bamber, and stablemates Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki, new programmes for 2021.After this year, Porsche’s 911 RSR-19 will only be run in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship, leaving …Keep reading …

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Lotterer, Jani interested in Porsche LMDh drives

Announced back in January during the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend, LMDh will replace DPi as the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s top class in 2022, and will also be eligible to race alongside Le Mans Hypercars (LMH) in the FIA World Endurance Championship.More details on the regulations were finally revealed last week, while on Monday it was confirmed the LMH rules would be modified …Keep reading …

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 …