May 12, 2021

Menezes to make ELMS return with DragonSpeed

Ex-Rebellion Racing LMP1 star and Peugeot LMH signing Menezes will partner DragonSpeed regulars Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman at the wheel of the American team’s Oreca 07 on May 16.It will be Menezes’ first ELMS appearance since he contested the full 2018 campaign for the Algarve Pro Racing-run Rebellion team.The 26-year-old is also making his second outing for DragonSpeed after he and …Keep reading …

Kubica didn’t expect such an “easy” first LMP2 victory

Kubica, Louis Deletraz and Yifei Ye scored a convincing win aboard WRT’s #41 Oreca 07 in Sunday’s four-hour race by 22 seconds over the #65 Panis Racing Oreca of Will Stevens, Gabriel Aubry and Julien Canal.Ex-Formula 2 driver Deletraz did the bulk of the heavy lifting as he started second behind G-Drive Racing’s Roman Rusinov, and after an early safety car period (deployed for Henrik Hedman …Keep reading …

Porsche, Ferrari guarantee GTE’s future through 2022

The extension of the commitment of the two remaining manufacturers in the WEC’s top GT division after Aston Martin’s withdrawal at the end of 2020 ensures that the division will continue for at least another season beyond the soon-to-begin 2021 campaign. That is in line with the position of WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA, which have both stated that there is no …Keep reading …

Hawkey loses Iron Lynx seat over incorrect driver grading

The 23-year-old, who won the Pro-Am title in the British Porsche series in 2020 with Team Parker Racing, was announced earlier this month as the mandatory bronze driver in the Italian team’s ‘Iron Dames’ Ferrari 488 GTE Evo entered in this year’s ELMS.The Italian team has now terminated Hawkey’s contract because it has emerged that she should have been classified as a silver, alleging in a …Keep reading …

Legge steps up to WEC with Iron Lynx Ferrari team

Legge will join Manuela Gostner and Rahel Frey as part of an all-female crew in one of the two Ferrari 488 GTEs announced by Iron Lynx for its step up from the European Le Mans series.Michelle Gatting was originally due to partner Gostner and Frey in WEC, continuing their partnership to a third season, but will now remain in the ELMS alongside Esmee Hawkey and Frey.23-year-old Hawkey is …Keep reading …

Ricky Taylor to make ELMS debut with DragonSpeed

Hedman and Hanley will be joined by a different ‘guest star’ driver at each ELMS event, with Taylor – who won January’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona on his return to Wayne Taylor Racing – taking the third ride for the ELMS season-opener at Circuit de Catalunya.DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian said: “Our ELMS program is really designed to support our WEC effort. Carrying …Keep reading …

Pietro Fittipaldi joins G-Drive LMP2 squad in ELMS

Fittipaldi will compete in the ELMS’s leading LMP2 category, sharing the Algarve Pro-run #25 G-Drive Oreca 07 – Gibson with John Falb and Rui Andrade.The trio is also eligible for the Pro/Am subclass, due to Falb being a bronze rated driver.“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to compete in the 2021 European Le Mans Series with G-Drive Racing operated by Algarve Pro Racing,” …Keep reading …

Deletraz joins WRT, Kubica for 2021 ELMS season

Swiss driver Deletraz will partner ex-Formula 1 racer Kubica and Chinese driver Ye Yifei, sharing WRT’s solo Oreca 07 for the new campaign.Kubica was previously named by WRT upon the publication of the ELMS entry list last month.WRT team boss Vincent Vosse said of the line-up: “Once again, we have combined talent, youth and experience to compose a line-up.”What really …Keep reading …

Laurent scrambling for seat after late Alpine snub

The French driver concedes that a return to the WEC, where he has raced since 2017, is now unlikely and says his primary focus is on securing a seat in the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours.Laurent was part of the Signatech Alpine squad in LMP2 for the 2019/20 WEC campaign, but was informed early last month that his services wouldn’t be required for the team’s step up to the …Keep reading …

Kubica, WRT headline 43-car ELMS entry list

Ex-Formula 1 racer Kubica was the only driver listed for WRT’s sole Oreca entry for the 2021 ELMS campaign, which is one of 16 cars entered in the top LMP2 division.The Polish driver made his LMP2 bow in last month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with the High Class Racing squad, and during that weekend he made clear his ambitions to pursue opportunities in prototypes instead of returning to the DTM for …Keep reading …