December 2, 2020
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 …

Super GT indefinitely postpones Fuji, Suzuka races

SUPER GT was one of a select few championships around the world to feature some kind of on-track action in March, with a two-day test held at the Okayama Circuit two weeks ago.However, with the Japanese government tightening restrictions amid a spike of COVID-19 cases in the country, it was forced to cancel its second test at Fuji on March 28-29 at the last-minute.GTA has now announced …Keep reading …

Ghiotto could miss F2 races if GT commitments clash

Ghiotto is slated to contest both the Endurance and Sprint Cup segments of the rebranded GT World Challenge Europe series for R-Motorsport, having signed the deal late last year before an unexpected opportunity to stay in F2 with new squad Hitech arose.The Italian had been facing five clashes between the two programmes before the coronavirus pandemic forced the start of both championships to …Keep reading …

Super GT and Super Formula tests called off

SUPER GT successfully held its first test behind closed doors at Okayama this month, and two more days of running were scheduled at Fuji on March 28-29.However, with the Shizuoka prefecture government advising people to refrain from unnecessary travel, GTA made a last-minute call not to proceed with the test.The decision to cancel the test follows just days after Super Formula held its …Keep reading …

IMSA reveals updates to its 2020 race schedule

The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio, originally set for May 1-3, was officially postponed last Tuesday in response to eight-week guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, IMSA has now announced the event will be held on the weekend of Sept. 25-27.Following the ACO’s postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to September 19-20, IMSA has elected to bring …Keep reading …

Kunimitsu is “behind” other Honda teams – Yamamoto

Former champion Yamamoto has shared the Kunimitsu NSX-GT with Jenson Button for the past two seasons, but has been paired with Tadasuke Makino for 2020 – which marks the first season for Honda’s revised front-engined car.In the first test of the pre-season at Okayama, Yamamoto set the fourth-fastest time on the first day, just under four tenths slower than pacesetter Bertrand Baguette, and …Keep reading …