September 29, 2020

Nurburgring 24h: Engel storms to third pole in Top Qualifying

The 35-year-old German first had to qualify for the second session during Top Qualifying 1 thanks to the N24h’s all-new, MotoGP-inspired, two-part Top Qualifying session. The #4 Haupt Racing Team-Mercedes wasn’t able to secure a spot in Top Qualifying 2 during this season’s NLS races.However, Engel was fastest in every single lap in a flawless display, first setting fastest time in Top …Keep reading …

Frijns pulls out of Nurburgring 24h with illness

DTM and Formula E regular Frijns was due to contest the German endurance classic for the Car Collection Motorsport team, sharing the #3 Audi R8 LMS with Mirko Bortolotti, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock.However, ahead of Friday’s third qualifying session, Audi released a brief statement saying that Frijns would take no further part in the weekend. It added that the Dutchman …Keep reading …

Kobayashi joins HubAuto Ferrari squad for Spa 24h

Kobayashi will team up with Marcos Gomes and Tom Blomqvist for the centrepiece GT World Challenge Europe race on October 24-25.It will be the 34-year-old’s second attempt at the Belgian classic, having made his first outing in the race back in 2017 driving a Goodsmile Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.His previous outing in a GT3 car came at the Suzuka 10 Hours last year, where he also drove for …Keep reading …

GM restructures its motorsports operations with two new hires

The internal changes in GM’s racing operations were triggered by the move of Mark Kent, previously GM’s director of motorsports competition, into the role of role of Director, GM Defense Facility Operations.According to a statement provided to Motorsport.com, Kent’s experience in motorsports competition will “support the rapid growth of GM Defense. He will be responsible for …Keep reading …

Nurburgring 24h: Lamborghini tops Thursday qualifying

The Italian set the fastest time of the day at 8m11.428s in the first of two qualifying sessions on Thursday. Four different manufacturers were represented in the top four positions, with the Lamborghini, the #15 Phoenix Audi, the #4 Haupt Racing Team Mercedes and the #18 KCMG Porsche making up the top four spots.The top BMW M6 GT3 managed only 10th fastest time, set by the #101 Walkenhorst …Keep reading …

Jarvis on Mazda: IMSA championship destiny is “in our hands”

Oliver Jarvis and co-driver Tristan Nunez currently lie fifth in the points table, three points behind teammates Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito and nine behind leaders Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande.There are four rounds left in the 2020 IMSA title battle – two 2hr40min races at Mid-Ohio (this weekend) and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and the endurance events of Petit Le …Keep reading …

DPi drivers expect “wild” IMSA races with LMP3 cars

Earlier this month, IMSA announced in its ‘State of the Sport’ address that LMP3 will come on board as a fifth class next season alongside the WeatherTech series’ existing DPi, LMP2, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona categories.As well as boosting grid numbers, Albuquerque – previously a full-timer for Action Express Racing and now the third driver for the squad’s #31 Cadillac DPi-V.R – thinks that …Keep reading …

International Bathurst 12 Hour ‘unlikely’ in 2021

The Supercars-run event has held the Intercontinental GT Challenge in recent years, with teams flocking to Mount Panorama from around the world.This year’s event managed to go ahead without any COVID-19 complications, the early February slot meaning it was before the pandemic took hold.However Supercars isn’t expecting to be so lucky in 2021, with Australia’s tough border …Keep reading …

Acura, MSR will support IMSA teams running NSXs in 2021

Although it was announced today that Meyer Shank Racing will return to the IMSA WeatherTech Championship’s Prototype class, joining Wayne Taylor Racing in running the Acura ARX-05s, lessons learned over four seasons running the NSX in the GT Daytona class will be passed on to new customers.Klaus said: “Regarding the NSX GT3 Evo and continuing in GTD, we strongly support all our customers …Keep reading …

Acura has “desire” to move forward into IMSA’s LMDh era

An “intention to go forward” into the LMDh hybrid formula, which is planned to come on stream during 2022 but enforced in 2023, was outlined by the Honda brand on the announcement that Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing will run its existing ARX-05 Daytona Prototype internationals next year. “We are not confirming an LMDh program today, though clearly that is our desire together,” …Keep reading …