April 23, 2021
BTCC / DTM / F3 / Le Mans / WEC

Tom Kristensen reveals career secrets in ‘Mr Le Mans’ book

Between 1997 and 2014, Kristensen won the world’s toughest sportscar race a record nine times for Joest Porsche, Audi and Bentley, and finished on the podium on five more occasions. Across 18 years of racing in the French classic, he stood on the podium every time his car made it to the finish. He also won the Sebring 12 Hours a record six times in a glittering sportscar career.Now retired …Keep reading …

Opinion: Why safety cars are an outdated institution

However, there is an argument that safety cars are actually anti-competition, and that there are better ways to neutralize a race in the 21st century.Before we start: let’s exclude oval racing from this discussion since full-course cautions are part of the spectacle there and have a long tradition in this type of racing. We are talking about ‘regular’ circuits and what consequences safety …Keep reading …

DTM / IMSA / WEC

Kubica aiming for longterm LMP2 future, will not race DTM

Kubica, who drove an ART-run BMW in the DTM in 2020, suggested that racing a GT3 car after the championship’s switch away from Class 1 touring car rules would be incompatible with his F1 role with Alfa Romeo, which will continue for a second season in 2021. Speaking from the Daytona 24 Hours where he will make his P2 debut with the High Class Racing squad, Kubica said: “GT3 is good …Keep reading …

Why electronics are key to managing modern engines in motorsports

That, allied to the expansion of telemetry with numerous different sensors monitoring everything from a driver’s inputs to component temperatures, means that selecting, installing the right electronic devices for the job has become a key factor between winning and losing.In both DTM and Super GT500, which ran to Class 1 regulations in the 2020 season, Bosch Motorsport supplies numerous …Keep reading …

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

The German squad, whose successes also include victory in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship and the 2012 DTM as well as at Le Mans in 1999, will not be given a works programme by BMW for 2021, Motorsport.com has learned.The move follows a gradual downscaling of Schnitzer’s activities with BMW Motorsport since it was dropped from the DTM line-up at the end of 2016 when the Bavarian marque …Keep reading …

Habsburg “very interested” in racing in Japan in 2021

Habsburg shined in his second season in the DTM this year with Audi’s customer team WRT, scoring a podium and a pole position in the latter part of the season to earn a top-10 position in the drivers’ standings.With the DTM switching to GT3 cars in 2021, Habsburg is keeping his options open for next year, but is seriously evaluating the possibility of racing in Japan’s increasingly …Keep reading …

The vital lesson the ‘new’ DTM can learn from Super GT

One wonders what went through the minds of the Nissan hierarchy when Tsugio Matsuda emerged from the pitlane in the #23 NISMO car just ahead of Kazuki Hiramine in the #12 Impul machine. No doubt, at first, unadulterated joy. But perhaps, with a lighter, Bridgestone-shod GT-R with a seriously quick driver at the wheel snapping at Matsuda’s heels, just an ounce of anxiety over the risk of a Nissan …Keep reading …

DTM title contenders give up Audi Spa 24h drives

The trio, who sit at the head of the DTM standings with just next month’s Hockenheim season finale to run, were announced as part of Audi’s line-ups for the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup blue riband event last month.Rast and Frijns were due to race for the WRT squad, with Rast pencilled in to drive the team’s #31 Audi R8 LMS alongside Kelvin van der Linde and Mirko Bortolotti and …Keep reading …

Marquardt steps down from BMW Motorsport

This could prelude to a major overhaul within BMW that could see all its factory and customer racing programmes being transferred under its the high-performance M division.This echoes Renault’s move to rebrand its Formula 1 team as Alpine – and return to the Le Mans 24 Hours under the same brand – and Mercedes’ decision to ramp up the involvement of its AMG division in F1.BMW currently …Keep reading …

DTM / IMSA

Duval hints at IMSA future amid Zolder DTM absence

Duval will be part of JDC-Miller MotorSports’ line-up in the Mustang Sampling-backed #5 Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 10-hour enduro at Road Atlanta, forming an all-French line-up alongside team regulars Sebastien Bourdais and Tristan Vautier.It marks the 38-year-old’s first IMSA outing since January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he, Bourdais and the recently-axed Joao Barbosa finished in …Keep reading …