August 5, 2021

Monza ELMS: Panis Racing beats United for maiden win

The first part of the race was an all-out battle between championship contenders G-Drive Racing, Team WRT and United Autosports with reigning champion Phil Hanson in the sole United car taking the lead from the pole-sitting #26 G-Drive car driven by Roman Rusinov just before the first pitstops.Rusinov’s race was compromised when he ran out of fuel following a safety car brought out to recover …Keep reading …

United Autosports down to one LMP2 car for Monza ELMS round

The team has been forced to pull the #32 Oreca 07 shared by van Uitert, Nico Jamin and Manuel Maldonado, leaving it with just the sister #22 car of Jonathan Aberdein, Tom Gamble and Phil Hanson in the top class and its two entries in the LMP3 category.United revealed on Friday that van Uitert had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday morning in a routine lateral flow test and had gone into …Keep reading …

Introduction of next-generation LMP2 car delayed until 2024

The move rubber stamped by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Thursday means that the existing P2 formula introduced in 2017 will continue through a seventh year in 2023. It was initially planned that the 2017 rulebook, under which only four constructors are licensed to build P2 machinery, would have a four-year lifecycle through to the end of 2020.This was extended by one year …Keep reading …

WEC teams join bumper grid for Monza ELMS race

RealTeam Racing, JOTA and Racing Team Nederland will all take part in the four-hour race on July 11, a week before the six-hour WEC event at the Italian Grand Prix venue.It means there will be 19 LMP2s (all Oreca 07s) for the Monza ELMS event, which along with 16 LMP3s and nine GTEs creates a bumper 44-car grid – up from the 41 cars that contested the opening three rounds of the season at …Keep reading …

Paul Ricard ELMS: G-Drive ends WRT and Kubica’s unbeaten run

The Algarve Pro Racing-run G-Drive car, an Aurus-badged Oreca 07-Gibson, beat reigning champion United Autosports and dominant series leader Team WRT in the third race of the season after four hours of racing.At the start, Yifei Ye took the lead in the WRT Oreca that had won the previous two races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the Red Bull Ring, and proceeded to build up a …Keep reading …

Vergne to make ELMS return at Paul Ricard

Vergne has been drafted in by the IDEC Sport LMP2 squad to replace Patrick Pilet, who will be away on Nurburgring 24 Hours duty, for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet event on June 6.He will share the team’s #28 Oreca 07 with fellow countrymen Paul Lafargue and Paul-Loup Chatin for what will be his first ELMS outing since last year’s Paul Ricard round.It also marks his first ELMS event outside …Keep reading …

WRT scores second successive ELMS win at the Red Bull Ring

In a race affected by a heavy rainstorm mid-way through proceedings, the championship-leading crew of Robert Kubica, Louis Deletraz and Yifei Yi managed to keep its head to come out on top after four hours of racing.Formula 3 race winner Logan Sargeant proved to be the big surprise on Saturday with the sportscar rookie taking pole position on his debut for Racing Team Turkey as he filled in …Keep reading …

Fittipaldi parts ways with G-Drive ELMS squad

The Algarve Pro Racing squad that operates the two Aurus-branded G-Drive Oreca entries in the ELMS made the announcement ahead of this weekend’s second ELMS round at the Red Bull Ring.It follows the news that Fittipaldi will skip the Le Mans 24 Hours, which he was supposed to contest alongside John Falb and Rui Andrade, because of a clash with the Gateway round of the NTT IndyCar …Keep reading …

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 …