April 22, 2021

Phil Hill – America’s first F1 champion and Le Mans legend

Philip Toll Hill Jr. is perhaps the most under-appreciated World Champion in Formula 1 history, and one wonders if this is simply a result of him being so smart. The wisest people learn not only from their own mistakes but those of others, too, and this Miami-born, Santa Monica-bred guy had witnessed plenty of trauma by the time he reached the top of the motorsport world in 1961. He had long since …Keep reading …

HubAuto Porsche team joins GTE Pro class for Le Mans

The Taiwanese team, which contested the French endurance classic last year with Ferrari machinery (pictured above), was slated to make its second Le Mans appearance in August with a Porsche 911 RSR-19 in the GTE Am ranks.But now it has opted to move up to the GTE Pro ranks, where it joins the two-car factory Porsche team as well as another privately-entered 911 RSR-19 from WeatherTech Racing …Keep reading …

Porsche reveals full line-ups for Le Mans 24 Hours

Frederic Makowiecki will continue to partner Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR-19, while the regulars in the #92 car, Neel Jani and Kevin Estre, are joined by Michael Christensen.Both Makowiecki and Christensen will also race in the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season at Portimao, which will be run over eight hours on the June weekend …Keep reading …

Lynn joins United Autosports for Le Mans 24 Hours

The 27-year-old Briton, who is racing with Mahindra in Formula E this season, will drive one of three ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 prototypes entered for the double-points World Endurance Championship round on August 21/22 by last year’s class winner.A fifth Le Mans start for Lynn is set to be his first sportscar appearance since he opted not to continue with Aston Martin Racing at the end of last …Keep reading …

Le Mans outlines 2021 schedule, return of test day

It was announced by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest in early March that, for the second year in a succession, Le Mans would not take place on its traditional mid-June weekend owing to the worsening coronavirus situation in Europe, with a new date of August 21-22 chosen.Now it has revealed further details of the race week schedule for the 89th edition of the French classic, which has been …Keep reading …

Lotterer sees Le Mans comeback as ‘long-term’ ambition

Late last year, Porsche confirmed plans to bid for a 20th outright win at La Sarthe in 2023 with a car built to the new LMDh regulations that will be used for both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.Lotterer, who drives for Porsche in Formula E, had previously signalled his desire to return to Le Mans with the German marque if it ever decided …Keep reading …

Obituary: Johnny Dumfries, 1958-2021

He faced a near impossible task alongside the Brazilian, and after that difficult year, he never had another shot at Grand Prix racing.In fact, he was a much more accomplished driver than the bare 1986 statistics suggested, as he had already shown in his F3 days, and would subsequently demonstrate in sportscar racing.In some ways Dumfries was a throwback to an earlier era, following in the …Keep reading …

What to expect from the LMP1 era’s last survivor

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has gone all-in on the new Hypercar regulations, which will finally come on stream in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season.Toyota and Glickenhaus have signed up to be part of the new top class of the WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours from the very beginning,  but we will have to wait until 2022 for Peugeot to provide some factory competition for Toyota …Keep reading …

Manfred Kremer obituary: Le Mans-winning mastermind engineer dies

Victory in the French enduro with Klaus Ludwig and the Whittington brothers, Bill and Don, for Kremer Racing’s own K3 version of the Porsche 935 was the highpoint of Manfred Kremer’s involvement in top-line sportscar racing over the course of four decades.Kremer won a race of attrition at Le Mans in ’79 ahead of the Dick Barbour Racing 935 in which Hollywood legend Paul Newman was on the …Keep reading …