May 14, 2021
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Deletraz to fill in for van der Zande at Inter Europol

Swiss driver Deletraz is also set to race for the Polish team in September Fuji’s round, as van der Zande will be away on IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship duty with Chip Ganassi Racing.The Portimao WEC race on June 13 falls on the same weekend as IMSA’s Detroit fixture, while the Fuji event on September 25-26 clashes with IMSA’s rescheduled Long Beach round.For those events …Keep reading …

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Toyota: Hypercars won’t always outpace LMP2s in race trim

Toyota technical boss Pascal Vasselon explained that the 1.6s margin between Kamui Kobayashi’s pole position in the new Toyota GR010 Hybrid and Filipe Albuquerque’s quickest time in LMP2 aboard the United Autosports Oreca 07 will disappear at times according to the fuel load and tyres the cars are running during Saturday’s Spa 6 Hours.”To be in front of the LMP2s we needed to be on low fuel; …Keep reading …

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Project 1 team withdraws from WEC Spa after crashes

Project 1 lost its #46 Porsche 911 RSR-19 during the pre-season Prologue test after a crash for Anders Buchardt at Les Combes, which meant the entry he shares with Dennis Olsen and Axcil Jefferies is unable to race at the weekend.The team’s remaining car, the #56 Porsche 911 shared by Egidio Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera, has also been withdrawn after a massive crash during …Keep reading …

Le Mans 24h date won’t change again, even without fans

Race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, also the promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship of which Le Mans is the blue riband round, has stated that there are no plans to push back this year’s from August 21/22 to ensure that spectators can be accommodated.ACO president Pierre Fillon said: “Whatever happens Le Mans will not change [dates], even if it is without spectators. We …Keep reading …

Date for Le Mans 24 Hours won’t change again, even without fans

Race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, also the promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship of which Le Mans is the blue riband round, has stated that there are no plans to push back this year’s from August 21/22 to ensure that spectators can be accommodated.ACO president Pierre Fillon said: “Whatever happens Le Mans will not change [date], even if it is without spectators.”We …Keep reading …

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Spa WEC: Kobayashi gifts Toyota first Hypercar pole

Kobayashi, who shares the #7 car with Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez, set a time of 2m00.747s in the first qualifying session of the World Endurance Championship’s new Hypercar era, half a second quicker than teammate Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 sister car.During a cold but dry qualifying session United Autosports’ Filipe Albuquerque confirmed his rapid pace from testing by proving to be the …Keep reading …

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WEC won’t slow down LMP2 cars if further tweaks needed

New series boss Frederic Lequein and Pierre Fillon, president of WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, have ruled out making further technical changes to the P2s after this weekend’s 2021 season opener at Spa.Lequein, who has replaced Gerard Neveu as WEC chief executive officer for this year, said: “LMP2 we will not touch: we will not reduce the performance of the LMP2s.”Fillon …Keep reading …

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WEC returns to Motorsport.tv with Spa 6 Hours opener

Following a Covid-19 induced delay, this weekend WEC kicks off its 2021 campaign with a visit to the Belgium for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the first of a scheduled six rounds.This season sees the launch of the new Hypercar class that is set to revitalise top tier sportscar racing with Toyota, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Alpine, albeit with its grandfathered LMP1 machine, have …Keep reading …

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Spa WEC: Toyota Hypercars go fastest ahead of qualifying

Both of the Japanese marque’s GR010 Hybrid contenders set their quickest times at the very start of the one-hour session, which were the fastest of the event so far, including the pre-event Prologue test.Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 machine at the head of the order on a 2m02.518s, almost a second faster than either Toyota had managed in FP2, while Kazuki Nakajima was 0.350s adrift in the sister …Keep reading …

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Jani “starting my career again” with WEC GTE switch

Jani, who claimed victory at Le Mans in 2016 with the German manufacturer’s 919 Hybrid LMP1 prototype, believes he still has a lot to learn about racing in the GTE Pro category ahead of his first full season with Porsche since the 2019-20 Formula E Championship.”I’ve got a good feeling with the car now, but there are a lot of things that I still have to think about and stuff I don’t know,” the …Keep reading …