May 14, 2021
IMSA / WEC

“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 …

Kovalainen approves of wide-ranging SARD changes

After winning the SUPER GT title with Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate in 2016, SARD suffered a drop-off in form as the Lexus LC500 gave way to the RC F, with last year’s fifth-place finish representing its best championship placing during the last three seasons.Those results prompted ex-Renault, McLaren and Lotus Formula 1 driver Kovalainen to express his disillusionment and call for changes to be …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 …

Spa 24 Hours postponed due to public gathering ban in Belgium

Race organiser the Stephane Ratel Organisation has announced that the GTWCE Endurance Cup race set for 25-26 July will be put back after the Belgian government announced today an extension of its ban on large public gatherings in the country until August 31.SRO’s statement explained that “the race will now move to a revised date later in the year in compliance with these guidelines”. It …Keep reading …

DTM / IMSA

Spengler wants DTM farewell after abrupt BMW exit

BMW has moved Spengler from the DTM to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where he has been paired alongside Connor de Phillippi in a Team RLL-run M8 GTE in 2020.The news about his switch to IMSA was communicated in December, more than two months after the conclusion of the DTM season, which meant that Spengler wasn’t aware that the 2019 Hockenheim finale was going to be his last …Keep reading …

Super GT to hold Thailand, Malaysia races in winter

The worsening COVID-19 situation had already forced SUPER GT to postpone its Okayama opener, planned for April, as well as the following two races at Fuji and Suzuka.That meant the season was due to commence in July with a trip to Buriram in Thailand, followed by a first-ever night race at former Malaysian Formula 1 venue Sepang.However, with international travel likely to prove …Keep reading …

Oshima targeting debut victory for new Supra

The #14 Cerumo Supra shared by reigning series champion Oshima and new teammate Sho Tsuboi topped the timesheets on the second day of the test, the pair ending up with the second-fastest time of the test overall behind the Real Racing Honda squad.Tsuboi set the car’s quickest time of 1m18.123s at the wheel of the WAKO’S-liveried car, leading a Cerumo 1-2 and an all-Toyota top three.Oshima …Keep reading …

IndyCar stands by season-opening Detroit date – for now

Following IndyCar’s decision to reschedule the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis for July 4, and the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 for Aug. 23 that left the seventh and eighth rounds of the original 2020 schedule – the Detroit GP double-header – as the putative season-opener.It would also be the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, America’s premier …Keep reading …

Porsche will formally evaluate WEC/IMSA LMDh entry

Pascal Zurlinden, boss of factory motorsport at Porsche, has revealed that his organisation has been tasked with carrying out a study on new rules that will allow the same machinery to compete for outright victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”Our board member Mr Michael Steiner [who is responsible for motorsport as research and …Keep reading …